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Please let us know who you are. What you'd like to accomplishment.   How we can help you get the most out of this club? Provide your goals, expertise and even your expectations.  Share as much or as little - and add when you feel  comfortable.   

 

Thank you for being part of #readingblack.com movement and we want to make sure the movement serves us all.  

 

As for me, I read as much if not more than I write.


So far, I've written, published two fiction titles and I’m working on a memoir.  The former got me a full-page feature in a major business magazine; the latter is proving to be difficult to format. 

 

On the digital front, I've acquired several domain names currently valued at $10K. From those highly-coveted names, I’ve launched a personal website, a news magazine website that is growing in popularity due to the strategic alliances I’ve built with AALBC.com and PRNewswire. com 

 

I was half of a two-person start-up team who created and developed a popular lifestyle website and a weekly live 2-hour radio talk-show.  With sweat-equity, and free social networks such as Myspace, Facebook, and BlogTalkRadio we built an engaged community for the website. 

 

By 2008, the Facebook page had 100K fans.  We invited the most loyal fans to write for the site.  In 2010, the website had a global ranking with an estimated value of about $35K. If sold, it would have been nearly 100% profit.   

 

The co-founder changed the format and pushed me out.  The website lost 90% of its value after the community dwindled.

 

Since 2002, I've consulted in Media Relations with a focus on building communities and creating strategic alliances. I've accumulated millions of dollars in earned media for myself and clients in publications with a monthly multimillion readership.    

 

Before building a media consulting business, I was responsible for corporate communications of several multimillion-dollar funded high-profile nonprofit organizations.  I took those skills to work for a large customer-facing financial institution where I worked closely with marketing to handled internal communications and special projects for the Community Reinvestment Act department.

 

As News Anchor and Managing Editor, at a CBS network affiliate, led a team of editors, photographers, reporters to produce #1 rated weekend newscast that gained 27% of market share. As AM drivetime news anchor/reporter for iHeart (formerly Clear channel) Radio Station 1170 AM WWVA acquired Associated Press credits for contributing breaking news resulting in an AP Radio Partner Award.  Several national magazines and newspapers have published my features and opinions.    

 

Prior, I worked for trade book publishers, G.P. Putnam's Sons and Penguin USA (before the merger) in Special Sales, and Academic Marketing & Sales from 1987-1992.  

 

Oh, did I mention I spent 8-years flying the friendly skies for a major U.S. commercial airline?

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I shared this on social media, but all the replies were posted on the social media platform themselves.  I'll add this to an upcoming newsletter and make it clearer the responses should be posted here :)

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I am an avid reader. I don't generally join groups. 

 

I will list some of the jobs i have done.

 

Cashier Messenger Tax Collector Tutor Bookkeeper Nude Model Statistician Psychic Bartender  and Security Guard. 

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@Delano  Welcome, my psychic brother!  Thank you for joining this one! 

How do you find books to read?  Or if they find their way to you - how does it happen?  

1 hour ago, Delano said:

Nude Model

@Delano And this one... how long did it take you to stop being self-conscious?  

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@Delano, man you better familiarize yourself with the use of commas. I was like what does a "Psychic Bartender" do -- have your drink ready when you step to the bar?  :)

 

I don't read as much as a bookseller should, but I probably read more than most webmasters, and certainly most people -- but that is not saying very much.

 

 

I have been running AALBC.com for over 20 years now.  The activity is so completely different in 2018 than it was in 1997, it might as well be two completely different jobs.  The only commonality is a love for Black people and desire to ensure our stories are told.  In fact the job would be impossible without it.  While money is definitely a motavator, I don't know anyone who does this type of work solely for money. 

 

Over the years it seems people who work solely for money, whether it is for themselves, or for a corporation usually have no problem exploiting others.

 

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@Mel Hopkins it was probably in my 30's. 

 

Troy its a list without the bullet points. 

 

There are a few ways I find books. I read about Dorothy Parker because of the Prince track.  I read the autobiography of Malcolm X because of the Spike Lee movie. Found a few through The New York Press newspaper. A couple of book clubs. Recommendations from people or celebrities. Anthologies. I would also puvk authors because i felt i should have read them . I was interested in the following topics or genre. 

Mythology 

Jungian Psychology 

Numbers 

Astrology 

The Occult. 

 

Sone books happened to be in a section when i was looking for something else. 

 

A few people gave me books. Sometimes it ess a friend or someone i didn't know well.

Lastly by accident. 

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On 2/3/2018 at 11:21 PM, Delano said:

I read about Dorothy Parker because of the Prince track.  I read the autobiography of Malcolm X because of the Spike Lee movie. Found a few through The New York Press newspaper

 

@Delano  I find a lot of my books through mainstream and alternative media too!  This is yet another strategy, many authors should put into their marketing - media relations activity for books.

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