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Black History: Once Upon A Time In America

Years after slavery, African-Americans are still struggling to be real Americans

Elizabeth Ann Eckford, a student, and a key figure at the Little Rock Central High School is pictured being followed, booed and yelled at by a mob of whites. She was among the group of the nine African-American students famous for having desegregated the school in 1957. A closer look at the lady on the right, you can see the chilling, unreasonable dislike in her eyes. This reflects on the history of Apartheid Education in America.

In the deep sea, the big fish has no sympathy for the helpless small fish. They intimidate the small ones and always try to eat them up. That was once the hostile situation in America years back, in every sector, including the educational sector, against African-Americans. 

It’s very embarrassing to see such images in America, a country that  believes in democracy, above all they say: In God We Trust.

The more disturbing factor is, America provided  a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis criminals and their collaborators after World War II, yet subjected African-Americans to abuse, discrimination, lynching, experimentation, and slavery.

Abolition of slavery is a fact recorded in history, but the reality is, it still exists in many places around the globe, including America today because we live in a violent and corrupt society.

How many years now did America start fighting against an illegal drug entering its sovereignty? Because of corruption, the country is plagued by cocaine and other dangerous drugs, drastically taking its toll on many citizens.

There was a time, if you are an honest hard worker, with distinguished achievements in the society, you will be awarded, but now those who commit serious crimes against humanity are those that receive that awards, including the Nobel Prize. Among the ring of liars, if you want to remain different and live in truth, you will eventually become an enemy.

Do you feel this world is okay? Are you happy about the turmoil and the path of doom the world has taken? Why politicians fighting for power when they don’t have any means to save this world? Nothing in this world seems to be going better or doing well. Everything has taken the wrong path.

Whether Africans were used as Guinea pigs in testing drugs, whether Aids, Ebola, Lassa and other deadly diseases, were bio-weapons against Africans to depopulate the continent, or whether African-Americans were used for experimentation, the Black man has survived today. That power wasn’t strong enough to wipe out the black race.

Black history is a sad song and a rough road. Even though it’s like an image hanging on the wall, the Black man should change that sad song to a happy song and straighten up that rough road ahead of him. We should let go hatred, jealousy, racism, racial discrimination and hypocrisy to embrace love in our community.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” —I Corinthians 13:4-8a.

James Baldwin’s Advice on Writing

“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.”

James Baldwin’s Advice on Writing

In 1989, Paris Review founding editor and trailblazing interviewer George Plimpton edited a wonderful collection titled The Writer’s Chapbook: A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and Advice from the 20th Century’s Preeminent Writers (public library). Among them was novelist, poet, essayist, and playwright James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987), whom Plimpton had interviewed on two separate occasions in early 1984, half a century after Baldwin read his way out of Harlem and into the pantheon of literary greatness.

In a fantastic addition to the collected wisdom of celebrated writers, Baldwin looks back on his formidable career and shares what he has learned about the creative process, the psychological drivers of writing, and the habits of mind one must cultivate in order to excel at the craft.

James Baldwin with Shakespeare, 1969 (Photograph: Allan Warren)

Reflecting on what motivates great writers to write — an enduring question also addressed beautifully by George Orwell, David Foster Wallace, Italo Calvino, andWilliam Faulkner — Baldwin sides with Bukowski and argues that the supreme animating force of the writer is the irrepressible impossibility of not-writing:

Something that irritates you and won’t let you go. That’s the anguish of it. Do this book, or die. You have to go through that. Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.

Endurance, indeed, is perhaps the sole common denominator among successful authors. Any aspiring writer, he admonishes, should have no illusion about the endurance required but should want to write anyway. A generation after Jack Kerouac considered the vital difference between talent and genius, Baldwin notes:

If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you’re not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real.

In a sentiment reminiscent of Joan Didion’s observation that she writes in order to gain better access to her own mind, Baldwin speaks to the consciousness-clarifying function of the creative impulse:

When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know. The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don’t want to know, what you don’t want to find out. But something forces you to anyway.

Much of that self-revelation, Baldwin points out, happens not during the first outpour of writing but during the grueling process of rewriting. Echoing Hemingway’s abiding wisdom on the crucial art of revision, he adds:

Rewriting [is] very painful. You know it’s finished when you can’t do anything more to it, though it’s never exactly the way you want it… The hardest thing in the world is simplicity. And the most fearful thing, too. You have to strip yourself of all your disguises, some of which you didn’t know you had. You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone. That is the goal.

But as essential as that sense of incompleteness may be in guiding the revision process, it must be mediated by the awareness that completeness is a perennial mirage. (Decades later, Zadie Smith would observe in her ten rules of writing: “Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.”) Baldwin offers:

When you’ve finished a novel, it means, “The train stops here, you have to get off here.” You never get the book you wanted, you settle for the book you get. I’ve always felt that when a book ended there was something I didn’t see, and usually when I remark the discovery it’s too late to do anything about it.

Adding to the endlessly fascinating daily rhythms of great writers, which reflect the wide range of differences in the cognitive conditions of the ideal writing routine, Baldwin shares his work habits:

I start working when everyone has gone to bed. I’ve had to do that ever since I was young — I had to wait until the kids were asleep. And then I was working at various jobs during the day. I’ve always had to write at night. But now that I’m established I do it because I’m alone at night.

Complement The Writer’s Chapbook — a treasure so wisdom-packed that it is a tragedy to see it fall out of print — with Joseph Conrad on what makes a great writer, Willa Cather on the life-changing advice that made her a writer, and Jane Kenyon on what remains the finest ethos to write and live by, then revisit Baldwin on the artist’s role in society and his terrifically timely conversation with Margaret Mead about race and identity.

http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Chapbook-Compendium-Centurys-Preeminent/dp/B000NPS9KU

Africans! Sorry for Aids and Ebola

NEW AIDSBy Micro-Surgeon and Scientist Johan Van Dongen

In America and Europe, educated white people with elitist attitude, have a blind eye to the real needs of Africans.  The domination and manipulation of black people by the so-called elites have devastated effects on the African continent beyond remedy.

Soldiers, scientists and politicians occupying high positions in Europe and America, must now realize within the second millennium, the destruction and aggression which took place in the last two hundred years in Africa, leaving the continent handicap with poverty and diseases.

I am a scientist and since I didn’t take part in this horrible crime against mankind, I am free to say that Africa is used as a dumping ground for unwanted drugs, for testing of drugs and for exposing people to bio-warfare products. The deliveries of war materials to the wrong regimes have adversely affected the continent as well.

Actually, it seems that Africa is not part of this world because the people have been seriously abused and degraded as if they are not human beings with brain walking around on the continent. Yet Africans are same products of Quantum Physics and Quantum Mechanics realized as whites.

So what is the reason white rulers treat blacks unfairly? Many Europeans and Americans do not realize that there is a black American president. In this way, are we not aware that an educated black can also occupy a top position throughout the world? Of course, we do, but to what extent nowadays if we look over the African continent?

For four decades; I did investigations / research to reveal that Aids, Ebola, and many other deadly diseases were medical crimes against Africa. I can’t follow their evil deeds, so I’m the enemy today. But that’s not what bothers me, because the evil one sows, the same he shall reap. In order to scrape everything together to provide some counterweight to the destructive way in which Africans have suffered at the hands of whites, I can say that I am ashamed. Yes, I can also say that I can understand the suffering of Africans.

Every word of a white mouth seems as empty as the promises that he gives to the people on the continent of Africa. It is always easy for Europe and America to manipulate Africa, because of the corrupt regimes. Since Africa is the leading continent in corruption, Europe and America support and pay bribes to the corrupt African leaders to remain in power. The corrupt African leaders like that, so how do you expect them to accuse Europe and America of medical crimes against the continent?

The only thing that really holds water as described, is that Africans are intelligent enough to manage their own lives and not necessary to depend on the West and America to meddle in Africa’s politics. Africans themselves are in a position to lift up the African continent in the course of humanity to the top of the dams, but massive corruption dominates the leaders mind than the welfare of the poor and helpless Africans.

The so called educated white folk would have to learn, study and to listen to the voice of Africans. And if a black writer asks himself : “Why black folks were abused and degraded by other races,” there must be an answer, they shouldn’t hide from that question. The bell should ring in your minds.

Most striking to me is the absence of African-Americans and wealthy Africans in the diaspora. Not a single one is reaching his hand towards Africa, Africans, your descendants or us, to help reveal the truth about those man-made origins of Aids and Ebola. The Africans in the Diaspora now looked like whites and act like whites. They are not real Africans anymore!

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to know why the other races of mankind, especially the white race, abused and degraded the black race in such a manner. I have considered this question from every possible angle and yet did not seem to find an answer to it.

It was only recently when I forced myself to grapple with the implications of Quantum Mechanics, that I seem to get a handle on my question. It simply did not add up for the universe to allow one particular race, black people, to be insulted and humiliated in such a manner for no reason.

Of course, I can tell the white man with tears in my eyes, the reason he has abused and degraded the black race. In fact, I have said to all Africans in eighteen articles, my opinion about ‘the origin and spread of Aids.’ We, the Western civilization, has cut off African cultures from the traditional roots and the rest of the world cultures.

We, especially the Dutch, have captured Africans and brought them to America for our own profit. We make money out of blacks. That must be the answer! It is a disgrace to say that, but where does it really go wrong? It will be most certainly not Alexander the Great, although he was also white.

Intelligent Africans can call upon Alexander the Great and ask him why he didn’t prevent the down flow of Africa, instead of giving them an opening by bringing the African people into the stream of ancient civilizations? But…, Alexander didn’t explore the Nile and as a consequence, interior Africa or African people have been isolated from the rest of the world.

Also striking is that some Africans discussed the presence of mosquitoes and why white folk did not penetrate Africa until the nineteenth century? Within one of my hundreds of previous articles, I explained to Africans and the Afro-Americans that white folk has developed diseases and put them with genetic engineering techniques into African mosquitoes in order to kill black folks.

This is the reason the type of mosquitoes in Central Africa are different from normal mosquitoes in Africa. I can imagine that my research may not be satisfactory to many, but you shouldn’t doubt what I have said. I have already issued a challenge to all top scientists in Europe and America to prove me wrong, if Aids, Ebola, Lassa fever and other deadly diseases weren’t medical crimes against Africa, up till now no one has accepted the challenge.

They are quiet, not because I’m crazy or a liar, but rather they are running away from the truth. They are scared to death if I publish such articles and since I know that fear in their eyes, I will not stop writing or publishing the truth until the time I go down to my grave to rest. They must also live with their crime and guilty conscience forever.

As it were, nature was preserving Africans for a different type of civilization, the one that Africans are best suited for and the type they would lead the world into, a civilization based on love. Nature did not want to corrupt Africans by making them behave as how the other races of mankind behaved hatefully.

All human beings, white, black and oriental are the same and are coequal. Intelligence is distributed in the same pattern in all the races. As everywhere else, few Africans have superior intelligence, some have above average intelligence and most of them are average and a handful is mentally retarded. If Africans are the same as other people, why are they treated differently?

Dear Africans, in my investigations about ‘Aids and Ebola the greatest crime in medical history against mankind’ I  explained the reason white folks have driven black people backward, I will do so again within the next articles. The white folks knew that Africans are intrinsically interested in understanding the meaning of love around them and the world they see.

Africans want to understand the implications of their living and seem to be the consciousness that they are more than matter. Revealing my investigation of Aids and Ebola as medical crimes, made me a whistle-blower, passing through lot of difficulties in my country, Holland, in a situation I could describe it as ‘Darkness fighting the light.’

Europe has exhausted itself, and it will continue to do so. Therefore it is now time for Africans to take over the reins of human civilization and to take your continent to a higher phase of civilization yourself. But never, NEVER be grateful to the whites for what they have done for you because they are too much in debt.

Europeans absolutely do not deserve that gratitude. On the contrary, I would say, of course, you have the right to say that love means union with all beings, I cannot deny that. To be truly human is to love all people. Black folks do love; they love white folks despite white folk’s abuse of them. All those facts are true, only…, white folks haven’t even started to learn those facts.

“In my opinion white smartness is a form of stupidity.” I need to say that because it’s absolutely not smart to degrade, abuse or backward African people in such a way. In the West, smart white people get the Nobel Prize for their criminal actions in Africa, which in my opinion, the Nobel Prize organization is also a criminal institute…!

Every nation that has committed a crime in Africa, during the colonial rule or with medical crimes, should accept the responsibility for all the misery in Africa. We cannot exculpate this mess passed on to the Africans. People can only live in peace together if they can live at peace with itself. Only then can insidious diseases, wars, riots and natural disasters that are increasingly bringing humanity into disrepair be stopped.

At the end of the last millennium all threats were known and the overall globalization of the third millennium. We should not forget the overall findings by the Aztecs as they mentioned the cataclysm year of 2012. Is it meaningless? I really don’t know. We should wait, but further destroying of our world will become increasingly intense, with protests, terror, and calls for war.

I really think we now have to face another sort of cataclysm. Refugee Migration! I also think that we need this to let white people understand what it takes to get a better future. Therefore I call upon every African or African refugees to come to the Western world to take back what belongs to you. Yes, Western Europe looted the African continent and all those riches they are now boasting of are still here. Come and enjoy your fruits of labour Africans.

Europeans didn’t only stole your wealth, but also your health, prosperity, and identity. This way the white ones will be forced to change their attitude. We can not shoot every black person as happening in America, we cannot drown every African in the Mediterranean Sea and we cannot kill every African with contaminated vaccines and poisonous medicines.

The mere fact that the net assets of the sixty-two richest people, like Soros, Gates, Rockefeller, Zuckerberg, and Rothchild, surpass the total income of the suffering and the underprivileged, indicates that the gap between rich and poor has become unbridgeable. They use this money in many projects to depopulate the world, sometimes without knowing it. Over a hundred employees of the World Health Organization are paid by Bill and Linda Gates. What about the secretly paid employees in other so-called distinguish organizations?

Pecuniary wealth has become concentrated in countries outside Africa, a continent plundered of human beings and wealth by the whites. In over one hundred poor countries, it’s just a sharp drop in the average income shown and that worldview is an increasingly rapid process to the detriment of Africa, which is not changing for the better.

Africans, you talked about God? I have long wondered exactly who He is and why He allows people to dice with African people for their own gain. I am not God, of course not, but certainly I know that He God is neither Ego, white, black, Jehovah, Muslim, Christian or Jew. Yes, God is not even an entity but still present.

I think the current belief on earth is, people feel they will not succeed in describing him as the Ultimate Source and power of the universe. The closest way to describe him to me seems to Quantum Mechanic and Physic theories but just then, humans forever will be humans until they have eradicated themselves.

Africans sorry!!!! But does my sorry and shame help? I doubt it, the only thing that will rest is to give the world back to the African natives and their splendid traditional healers….. A world without white conquerors…!

http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Medical-History-Against-Mankind-ebook/dp/B016W89W1G

The Truth About Genuine Love

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The Bible is an inspiration book full of useful materials to help shape, develop and strengthen our relationships,  but many people wouldn’t like to read it.

Since marriages aren’t working for many people and divorces are on the increase, it worth to read the advice apostle Paul gave on building a happy relationship.

God’s word shows that love, personal attachment or deep affection is essential for everyone to enjoy happy relationship.

Paul said: Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous, love doesn’t brag, it doesn’t get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests.

Love does not provoked. It doesn’t keep account of the injury. It doesn’t rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things.

Love hopes all things, endures all things and love never fails. Do you have that feeling for your partner? If you don’t have that, then cultivate it to enjoy a better and happier relationship.

Cardinal Rule: A Short Story

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Cardinal Rule: A Short Story is romantic, but this isn’t a romance…

What do you do when you’ve been there and done that – the good, the bad and the ugly? Meet Earline Jones, a woman who is easy on the eyes and hard on a man – when she loves him.

What do you do when you know who you love, but you don’t know how to express it? Meet Theodore Roosevelt Washington aka Teddy. When he falls in love with a woman, he hones in on her smallest details – and cracks jokes about them.

While enjoying a quick rendezvous, Earline and Teddy are consumed by three things: expressing what makes their hearts beat, sitting in red hot heat and eating ice cold treats. It quickly becomes an intersection between affection and reflection.

Buy Cardinal Rule, featuring Teddy (from the short story Swiggers in Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1) and introducing Earline Jones, and join the discussion.

This version of “Cardinal Rule: A Short Story” is 3,100+ words and includes a bonus Author’s Note section and more.

Praise for Cardinal Rule: A Short Story:

“I enjoyed reading Cardinal Rule. The dialogue and interaction between the two characters was great. I actually didn’t expect the ending.”

“Their conversation regarding their relationship was captured by a chocolate shake and a bowl of strawberry ice cream. Very clever, Joey…”

“I thought this story was very funny. It was real- I’ve heard many conversations that went along the lines of this story, and it just felt real!”

“I enjoyed a different type of storytelling infused with symbolism, sensuality, and innocence.”

“I enjoy well-developed characters. For short stories, a difficult task at best.”

“Great short story about the push and pull of relationships.”

“The information was included afterwards was indepth.”

The Author

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Joey Pinkney is an award-winning author, award-winning book reviewer, book promoter and chocoholic. He favors writing short stories, novellas and essays over longer pieces. His short stories have been published in various in anthologies and compilations.

He has been an active participant in the book industry for over a decade – and has been writing for even longer. His first published book review came in 2004 in a local newspaper in Nashville, TN. Since then, he has reviewed book for various book industry websites. He also maintains a popular author interview and book review series.

http://www.amazon.com/Joey-Pinkney/e/B014B3VZ28

How Do You Envisage Your Future In 2016?

Happy New Year

What do we learn in every old year to live better in the new year?

Within a relatively short period from December 31, 2015, to January 1, 2016, many people couldn’t make this cross-over. Through various reasons, including sickness, they lost the battle to see the year 2016.

There is no doubt that we all had both  positive and negative experiences last year, but since you’ve made it to the new year, what are your hopes, dreams, and aspirations? I strongly believe that your dreams can be a reality in the year 2016.

How prepared to improve the soured relationship with the members of your family? How prepared to change your bad habits to enjoy your professional career? How prepared to be humble and respectful, to get the right gentleman or lady as your partner?

How prepared to make this world a better place for our present and future generation, in a world many think violence, crime, and terrorism, are the only solutions for common problems? We can’t remake the world, but our good deeds can change it.

There is every reason to be happy among those that made it to the new year. Your success, happiness, destiny and good health, are in your own hands. Don’t commit any crime when you know that you will be punished and don’t live in the realms of destructive drugs when you know may affect your health.

Instead of blaming others for the destruction of the world, we should take it upon ourselves to restore our nation’s dignity. “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11.