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March 2009 Blog Posts (71)

"barack obama is dumber than a bag of hammers"--david michael green

Barack Obama and the Altar of Greed

By David Michael Green



March 20, 2009 -- Barack Obama is dumber than a bag of hammers.



I never thought I'd say that about the guy. I thought he would probably disappoint me with many of his policies. I thought he would probably fail to be bold enough for his times. I thought he might miss opportunities to do great things because of his seeming desire to be Mr. Rogers, complete with cardigan. But I never expected him to be really… Continue

Added by diallo sekou on March 21, 2009 at 12:52am — No Comments

Reflecting on the Cruelest Months

By Angeline Bandon-Bibum



"April is the cruellest month,"[1] wrote T.S. Eliot in his poem, The Waste Land. This line seemed to ring true in April of 1994. On April 6, 1994, a cruel course of events would begin in Rwanda. A planned and organized massacre was executed by people across all classes from the poor subsistence farmer, to the middle class schoolmaster, local administrators, and other government officials. There have been genocides throughout human history, in continents all… Continue

Added by Ms.Angeline Bandon-Bibum on March 20, 2009 at 9:50pm — No Comments

LOOK WHERE YOU ARE STANDING

"Bro. Enoch, I understand your premise & points, and while it is useful, it is not new. I would suggest, humbly, that the framing of your argument needs to be examined. First of all, there is no such thing as a "Black ruling class" in this country -- Black folks don't run anything. The experiences of Cosby with NBC, Oprah, etc., Graves at Black Enterprise, etc. make this all to clear. "

Khepera



DEAR ONE AND ALL

The ruling class is all around… Continue

Added by Enoch Mubarak on March 20, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

THE BUSINESS OF BOOK PUBLISHING

It has never been a literary agent's job (nor do they have the time) to give writers a page-by-page analysis of what is working or not working in a manuscript or book proposal. So, they send out various forms of rejection letters. These letters (while necessary) do not give you any idea what the real reasons are for the rejection or how to fix it.



Book publishers operate in the same manner. When I was acquiring projects as a Random House Senior Editor, I received at least 60 packages… Continue

Added by Anita Diggs on March 20, 2009 at 4:35pm — No Comments

UniverSouLove - The Poet... on the Alynetta Beck Show!

Don't miss the Alynetta Beck Show on Saturday, March 21 @ 6PM CST! Featured guest: UniverSouLove - The Poet aka Christopher Donshale Sims. Sims is a poet, spoken word artist, performer, community organizer, activist, writer and author.







Celebrating Women's History Month, UniverSouLove will be a featured guest on The Alynetta Beck Show (Blog Talk Radio) on Saturday, March 21st at 6 p.m. CST.… Continue

Added by Alynetta Beck on March 19, 2009 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Please checkout my page!!!!...I would love to hear more about "your" business!!!!...If I am not your friend...please add me as your friend...also please feel free to contact me "anytime"!!!!!..... 20…

Please checkout my page!!!!...I would love to hear more about "your" business!!!!...If I am not your friend...please add me as your friend...also please feel free to contact me "anytime"!!!!!..... 202-832-5461 or 202-425-7693
Come join me, Mark Stevens Poet and Author, at my new website, Networking Friend Network, where you can meet a lot of nice people.
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Added by Mark Stevens on March 18, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Wizdumb

From the book Nocturnal Poetry...





Wizdumb



It ain’t too much a difference between the wise and the dumb.

The wise not dumb enough to have simple minds,

And the dumb aren’t wise enough to read the signs.

Both are parallels going in opposite ways,

Usually lost causes cause they end in the same place.

And at the same time not realizing the reality

That we casually become casualties,

When we don’t focus on what’s vital in our… Continue

Added by Joseph Childress on March 18, 2009 at 3:59pm — 2 Comments

Updates on the Writers Magazine, From A Writers POV

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From A Writers POV is looking for poem writers and inspirational writers to submit their writing to our website for review and feedback.

View more info here:… Continue

Added by Dominique on March 18, 2009 at 10:29am — No Comments

Georgia Woodbine’s Personal Economic Stimulus Plan: She Tells All How to Stimulate Your Own Personal Economy

Georgia Woodbine’s Personal Economic Stimulus Plan:

She Tells All How To Stimulate Your Own Personal Economy







Westchester, New York [March 2009] – What do you do? When you don’t know what to do? Bestselling Author/ Speaker/Life Coach Georgia Woodbine share her insight on how people can fight the recession through purpose and ingenuity. She shows others how to tap into their creative ambitions and develop future goals. Her tools and strategies… Continue

Added by P Andrews on March 18, 2009 at 12:22am — No Comments

Ain't It A Shame

Ain't it a shame how females laugh when males call them ho's and

bitches... at a time when we are the richest...we've ever been, I think

it's a sin..to see young girls shake to the beat, of those degrading

rap songs...when it took so long, to get pass the "bedwarmer" phase,

and now these days, it seems we forgot... about the "sista's that

stopped..the negative images that were everywhere...does anyone

care, that the next generation may never see, females that… Continue

Added by renae johnson on March 17, 2009 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Beauty Queen

Big-boned , plus size, heavy-set..these are the names I get...when
I walk down the street, it's how everyone sees me,but in my eyes I'm
pleasingly plump..a little thick, Hell! no I ain't no skinny chick, but
does that mean I'm not beautiful?, does it mean I can't be the bomb...
does this extra weight take away from my charm? my upbeat
personality, my dreams..does it mean I can be a beauty queen?

Added by renae johnson on March 17, 2009 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Reflections Of My Soul

Reflections of My Soul - My Journey of Faith is a book of poetry that i wrote in hope of expressing some of the feelings and emotions that I has experienced in a period of eight months.



I wish to share with people MY hopes for the future and explain the moods that I went though in his time of crisis. I believes that people need to realize that we have to look after each other and lift each other up through these life storms.

Here is one of the peoms from my book… Continue

Added by Charles Johnson on March 17, 2009 at 12:04pm — No Comments

When did I allow jealousy to creep in?

When did I allow jealousy to creep in?







I guess we both made choices we can’t take back



But lord knows I wish I could back track



I tried to alter my thought process



So I could put these evil thoughts to rest



But I’ve allowed confusion and curiosity to rattle my brain

until my mind starts to wander like a runaway train



I’ve allowed pride and anger to lead my heart



And just like that thoughts of you &… Continue

Added by Douglas Griffin on March 17, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

POETRY VIDEO for Death Sentence

Link for youtube video Death Sentence, by Joseph Childress

Added by Joseph Childress on March 17, 2009 at 2:25am — No Comments

some contracts more 'sacred' than others: auto workers contract wages cut, yet AIG execs get bonuses

The Sanctity of AIG's Contracts

By Glenn Greenwald



March 16, 2009 "Salon" --- Larry Summers, Sunday, on AIG's payment of executive bonuses:



We are a country of law. There are contracts. The government cannot just abrogate contracts. Every legal step possible to limit those bonuses is being taken by Secretary Geithner and by the Federal Reserve system.



Associated Press, February 18, 2009:



The United Auto Workers' deal with Detroit's three… Continue

Added by diallo sekou on March 16, 2009 at 9:42pm — No Comments

The Black College Sabbatical -Winter Quarter (The Sophomore Novel to the HOT Trilogy) IS RELEASED!

Greetings Friends,



I am announcing the release of my sophomore, urban-fiction novel, The Black College Sabbatical - WINTER QUARTER! This HOT story of all-out WINTER FUN, SECRETS & DRAMA is available for purchase at www.buybooksontheweb.com! Listed #4 on the NEW TITLES tab, WINTER QTR. has been reviewed as "HARD TO PUT DOWN!" With an endorsement like that, what book lover can say NO?



For the debut installment of this urban-fiction trilogy… Continue

Added by Tracie E. Christian on March 16, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Caged

Caged





Freedom to dwell wherever I tread

Not confined to locations with boundaries

Zoning, districts, busing



Unleash me so I can roam free



To see mountains and rivers and trees of all sorts

To open up and breathe in fresh air

Somewhere where the sky is not blocked

but in plain view



Uncage me so I can go FREE.





Copyright © 2009

Brenda Farrar-Ejemai

(author of: The Family In The Car, A… Continue

Added by Brenda Farrar-Ejemai on March 15, 2009 at 10:01pm — No Comments

A Blank Sheet

A Blank Sheet



They enter blameless into this world, like a blank sheet of paper.



New, fresh, clean, spotless,



Just waiting to be written on,





Who will be the first to write?



Will it be Ms. Incest, Mr. and Mrs. Poverty, Madam Rape to name a few?



Or, maybe Sir Death will sign in before the others do.







Copyright © 2009

Brenda Farrar-Ejemai

(author of: The Family In The Car, A Revelation)

CEO, Favor Blooms,… Continue

Added by Brenda Farrar-Ejemai on March 15, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM

The Storm before the Calm



Sirens blowing

People rushing

Horns blowing

Accidents

Violence

Body parts

Whole bodies

Guard dogs

Crack vials

Window bars

Car alarms

Cries for help

Pit bulls

Homelessness

Don’t care

Couldn’t car

Stray bullets

Ambulances

Emergency rooms

Body bags

Oh! So many body bags

No time

On time

Too late

The world is sick and is in need of a… Continue

Added by Brenda Farrar-Ejemai on March 15, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Heart That Keeps On Beating

THE HEART THAT KEEPS ON BEATING



It has the most important job. Wounded yet it never skips a beat. There is no gluing or stitching involved, it just continues to work, as if oblivious to attacks.



It’s a wonder and many are in awe of it. It’s the pumper of life.



Sometimes it’s carelessly handled and is crushed easily.



Many are not conscious of its fragileness. It is the holder of emotions and takes a direct hit when trampled upon.



Shattered, broken and… Continue

Added by Brenda Farrar-Ejemai on March 15, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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