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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Just a lil rant about TikTokers who give advice on how to steal romance ebooks



Well. Well. Well.

Tik Tok.

The platform that is the newest home to SJWs, is also the home of thieves.

Broke-assed, sorry-assed, bold, proud thieves.

Thieves so proud and bold that these assholes have no problem giving out tips on how to read books, (mostly romance books (but I am sure it is happening to authors of other genres) for FREE!

Yeah, the lil darlings have been doling out help on how to read the hard work of authors for FREE

The tips? Well, if you are a dishonest, broke, cheap smartass, you implement this stealing through Amazon. 

QUELLE SURPRISE! Amazon whose name is whore in my book because they take money from anyone for anything. They also return it too. No questions asked.

But I digress.

As I was aying these lil shytes purchase an ebook from Amazon, read it then return it for a REFUND.That triggers a deficit for the author as the author has to pay for the return. So the only one profiting is the reader. I know of authors who have had their whole series consumed this way. One author had @8 books in a series and this happened to every one of the installments.




And Amazon does nothing. NOTHING. Don't the geniuses in the publishing arm of that business see a pattern? Are they even paid to think? You'd think Bezos would get tired of issuing refunds.Or doing extra transactions at the very least. But Jeffy is too nusy piercing the stratosphere to care because the publishing arm of Amazon operates at a loss. A loss that is offset by all the other stuff it sells. Soooo...Help from Jeff probably won't be coming any time soon.

There are authors who have ceased writing because of this thetf. A petition started by authros is going around to stop this stealing. Will it work? Who knows. That would take someone at Amazon giving a shyte.

I would love to see romance auhors who use Amazon as a publishing platform, stop giving a shyte and stop writing for a bit, or cease using Amazon to publish. Let the thieves twiddle their thumbs while searching elsewhere to steal. 

You bottom-feeders out there. You aren't concerned with helping anyone but yourselves.

But I knew that.



Thursday, June 9, 2022

ODUNDE IS BACK! AND PHILLY HAS IT!

 https://www.odundefestival.org/


The official Odunde Festival is LIVE again! Having been forced into virtual word for 2020 and 2021 due tot he plandemic, the real deal is back!






It began in Philly 47 years ago (Lord, I can't believe I went to the 1st one!). Founded by the late Lois Fernandez, it has been carried on by her daughter, Oshunbumi Fernandez-West.  It will span June 8 through June 12, 2022 ending with the huge street fair that day with lots of entertainment. In fact, June 11th , an all-wWhite Attire Yacht Party will take place on the Delaware River from 6pm-9pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.



Its purpose as taken from the website:

ODUNDE was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez. The festival attracts UP TO 500,000 people annually and is the largest African American street  festival held in the country. The ODUNDE festival, whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for  African Americans and Africanized people around the world. It is an occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from  23rd and South Street to the Schuylkill River where an offering of  fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. ODUNDE is also known for its authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world selling merchandise from African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.

 Each year, on the second Sunday  in June, ODUNDE takes place covering 15 city blocks and has 2 stages of live entertainment.  ODUNDE will be celebrating its 45TH year in the  traditional South Philadelphia location near 23rd and South street. The festival started in 1975 with a $100.00 grant and neighbors from Fernandez's South Philadelphia community. Since then the ODUNDE Festival has become a national model for cultural street festivals in the country.  The eclectic mix of vendors, entertainment, music, food, jewelry and African art  attracts people from around the WORLD.  ODUNDE IS FOR EVERYONE, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THIS YEAR!!!


P.s. Hey, I know you can't attend but go check out the gallery on the website. it's as close as one can come to being there.




Odunde (oh-doon-day) means "Happy New Year" in the Yoruba language of West Africa, and celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and people of African descent worldwide who observe the Yoruba faith.


So, ODUNDE!

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Oney Judge, or her correct name Ona Maria Judge Staines, enslaved by George Washington in Philly, made a great escape

https://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/michaelcoard/oney-judge-enslaved-by-george-washington-in-philly-had-great-escape/article_43e45d58-a872-5565-a002-46e1bc216753.html 


Oney Judge ran away from the great cherry tree feller (actually his wife Martha) when girlfriend heard through the grapevine that she was gonna be presented, by Martha, to Martha's oldest granddaughter as a wedding gift! 

Ain't that a bitch! Had these folks not heard of gifting china or silverware or...Never mind. I suppose gifting humans requird less wrapping paper.

Anyhoo.

Oney beat a hasty retreat when word came down. She'd been Martha's body servant and an expert needlecrafter. since the age of ten. She was about 17 when she'd been schlepped from Virginia to Philadelphia with her owners, the Washingtons.As i've stated she'd had enough of bondage, servitude and disrespect. She wanted out after being seen as an inanimate object all her life. So, with the help of free Blacks in philly, she left one evvening while the Washingtons were eating supper! 

She made her way, through Underground Railroad stops, to New Hampshire by way of New York. There, she married a free Black sailor and had 2 daughters. She was hounded by America's 1st president until his and his wife's deaths . Ridiculously, they had kept insisting she return to them because how could she have done such a thing to them?

Say what? Now that's some nerve. Or as we'd say today, some privilege.

In any case, Oney ignored them. Sadly, her sister Delphy became the substitute wedding gift. Sorry, Delphy, but when you gotta escape,  you gotta escape.

The story of the long-distance exchange bewteen Oney and the Washingtons is hilarious, if I do say so myself. The book lays it out in such a fashion that the whole interaction becomes a huge WTF moment.

Even though Oney's husband and children pre-deceased her, she outlived the 1st couple by almost 50 YEARS!

Go, Oney, with yo bad self!



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HMXRZNM?ref=KC_GS_GB_US



Monday, May 30, 2022

How the formerly enslaved are credited with the creation of "Memorial Day" in America

 https://www.lx.com/black-legacy/dont-overlook-memorial-days-black-southern-roots/53453/




Hampton Park, Charleston, South Carolina - a cemetary, birthplace of Decoration Day or Dedication Day, finally Memorial Day. It first took place on May 1st, 1865.

Formerly enslaved were entrusted with basically the "clean up" in the area after the Civil War. They unearthed a mass grave of Black Union soldiers and honored them properly - proper preparation of the remains for burial, the tidy alignment of individual graves and finally the re-burying of the dead with dignity. Many cities celebrated this remembrance but Charleston had them beat by about 100 years! 

This act was a way of the ex-enslaved thanking the men who'd died fighting for the Union and it also was a dig at the defeated Confederacy.. Needless to say, the custom did not sit right with white Charlestonians. They clung to the the myth of the "Lost Cause" - a re-telling of the Civil War which casts the South in the role of the loer because the North had more manpower and resources. It explained that the war happened because the North was jealous of a paradisical antebellum South. its kindly slave holders, and "happily enslaved darkies." The "Lost Cause" never mentioned the brutality of chattel slavery as a cause for the Civil War. The theory is a doozy - https://www.britannica.com/topic/Lost-Cause





Anyhoo, the origins of Memorial Day are not discussed even today. One must research it to discover the true origins.

Whatevs.

Today, I salute 3 of my uncles who served in WW2, and my father and 1 aunt who were in the Navy.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WARRIOR!

                                May 19, 1925 - February 21, 1965



The man

The myth

The legend

6' 3", @180 lbs. of determination

Malik el-Shabazz  (Malcolm X)

Happy Solar Return!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Buffalo Shooter and the Great Replacement lie that kills!

ALERT! This post will be all over the place because my heart is in one place - with my people.


    The Buffalo shooter's victims



Well, here we go again!

Thoughts and prayers. 

Candlelight vigils. 

White reporters, microphones at the ready, hoping the stunned Black folks they are interviewing will utter how we "all need to love one another and hug it out and get along."

Been there. Done that. Tired of the futile gestures.

Black folks don't need to forgive squat. We have turned the cheek. We have followed the adage of not figuratively blinding others because that just leaves everyone blind.

Yeah, right.

What I see are lots of Black Americans with two bruised cheeks and one eye. While others have unblemished skin and both eyes.

Figuratively. 

Gotta say that in this day and age because ANYTHING Black folks post, say or repeat is seen as "BIE" talk. That's Black Identity Extremists as coined by the FBI. It's seen as dangerous.

HA!

Make up your mind FBI! I thought the infiltration of White Supremacy ideology throughout the country was the main problem for your agency. You know. Poisoned people peppered throughout the military. The law enforcement agencies like yours. The medical field. The judicial system. The school system. On and on. I believe that with each passing shooting. Y'all got the bigger and longer record of barbarism..

Dylan. Patrick. Brenton. Kyle. Payton. A short list but Losers All. I have zero sympathy for them. They cannot leave the earth fast enough as far as I am concerned.

They are men (yes, I said "men." not boys) steeped in a culture that blew their heads up to think their kind is the end all and be all when in reality it has dominance because it is the best at stealing, cheating, lying, plundering and pillaging. Oh, and did I say killing? Can't forget that.

This reality is that the great hub-hub is about the teaching of American history in public schools. The CRT scare. Critical Race Theory. A theory about telling it like it was, and is, about America. It is only taught in law school and has been around since the 70s. NO ONE is teaching it in elementary school. NO ONE! But the mouth-breathers aren't hearing that because the sound of their breathing is drowning it out.

But I digress.

This "replacement" fear has taken hold in the most fragile folks in American society. i. e. those khaki pants-wearing, tiki torch-carrying goons who live in 4chan chatrooms. And their families. Yeah, I said it. No cretins like these bigoted shooters grow up in a vacuum. Mom, Pop, Grandpop, Grandma and countless relatives hold the same belief. America has many sins to atone for. Oh well. If it's a possibility that y'all might be replaced, you might want to take a moment and stop coasting on those fumes of unearned, so-called greatness and actually contribute something of worth besides fear, mediocrity and bloodshed before it's too late. 

But I don't think you can. That's all you know and that's what truly scares you.


P.S. I had a chance to read the latest loser's manifesto but did not dowload it. I regret that because I wanted to share it here. It has been scrubbed from the internet. How convenient. What I gleaned from it is that the dude is not crazy or sufffering from some mental illness. Not a one of them who do this are. When you plot out how you are going to pick a target, do reconnaisance days before you strike, load up on ammo and wear tactical gear...You ain't crazy. You are dangerous.

Friday, April 15, 2022

My love/hate relationship with STARZ "Outlander"


        Jamie and Claire

Yeah. I'm the dweeb who read all the Outlander books BEFORE it became a thing. Except for the last one. I need to catch up. I fell in love with Jamie and Claire from the 1st chapter onward. I adore the pairing of Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe. Diana Gabaldon has def written an uber saga.. She loves words and I'm here for ithem. She writes for readers. If you ain't one, don't even try. You might hurt your brain. Her depiction of Jamie and Claire is everything a romance should be. Except...That is where my 1st bone to pick with Gabaldon or STARZ or whoever is. Initially, from jumpstreet, this series of books was labelled ROMANCE. Not HISTORICAL FANTASY. It's like if a person calls Outlander, romance, it's a dirty word. The series drips in it but for some reason the folks associated with it have distanced themselves from the term. I mean. damn! Romance sells. Look at the success of NETFLIX's Bridgerton. Which for me has been a snoozer from episode one. I didn't finish it first time around and I doubt I'll tune in for this second part.

But I digress. Folks love it. It's just not my cup of tea. But at least it's billed as ROMANCE.

Next bone to pick? My gripe is with the Frasers' sojourn in the New World. While Jamie, Claire and their immediate kin are depicted as understanding and accepting of the non-Whites in their midst., I'd have to say all involved are pretty tonedeaf. 

Yo, dudes! The Scots, the Irish, etc. fled to the colonies because ENGLAND was putting an ass-whuppin' on them by moving them off their ancestral lands, ERADICATING their customs, forbidding the teaching of their mother tongues and by jailing or killing any of them who did the aforementioned. SO why get to the New World and do the same ish to the Indigenous people here? And don't even get me started with the  enslaved Africans. 

Talk about cognitive dissomce.


Jocasta, Ulysses and Phaedre at River Run Plantation


But STARZ is sticking to the books. More or less. Some books are melded together.

The third gripe I have is the passing glance givien to Natives and Black people. Yeah, I said it and I think I heard your collective groan. Look. I know the  books and the TV show center  around Claire, Jamie aand their brood while in Americaa BUT  honey chile, you cannot give a picture of Colonial America WITHOUT on-going stories of the folks who were already here, and the ones that were dragged here in chains.

Here is a line from a PBS/TIMELINE special entitled 1773, Slavery and the making of America:

"The slave population in the colonies is nearly 500,000. In Virginia, the ratio of free colonists to slaves is nearly 1:1. In South Carolina it is approximately 1:2."

So how you gonna have a series set in Colonial America and see partically ZERO SLAVES when in reality there was, at least, one for every White person?

How? Is STARZ' budget low? Do the writers not know how to incorporate realistic non-White characters? Maybe I'm expecting too much as the show is about conquering things - fear, traditions, time, expectations. 

            Ulyssess, Betty and Phaedre

Gabaldon and STARZ only has non-Whites in a storyline to highlight how virtuous Claire and Jamie are, or for titillation purposes ( See Phaedre's "affair" with Jocasta's husband.or Ulysses' "affair" with Jocasta.). Lord, that's a whole other post for me. That's some fantasy that needs to be broomed to the nearest curb. I am so weary of these rapes being penned as "love affairs"  Yes. We have the noble Ulysses, the Black manservant/ex-bed buck (a dude who'd been FREED years before but stayed behind to care for his former mistress) to Aunt Jocasta who saves her from being killed by killing the White man who was attacking her. Ulysses had to be sent away to England (ironic) with Lord John Gray for his safety. There was another plotline where a young slave, Rufus, disobeys his master. They fight. Rufus draws the man's blood. Rufus is punished by being impaled on a HOOK.  Somehow he gets to the Frasers and Claire tends to him.  A mob assembles outside River Run Plantation and threatens to burn it down (how neighborly), and slaughter the other slaves if the Frasers don't hand over the wounded slave for execution by midnight.  The effery of this episode is that Claire as a doctor can do no harm but she can aid Rufus in his choice - To surrender to the mob to be lynched or drink a poisoned tea and die before the mob kills him. Being noble, Rufus drinks the tea. Jamie holds the mob off until the guy dies and STILL has to hands off the body to the mob. The sickest moment is when the mob takes the body and HANGS THE DEAD MAN. Phew! There are female slaves who run Jocasta's estate who you see every once in awhile. Occasionally, a Black or Native body will meander across the screen but that's it. Yeah, the poor Whitess couldn't afford slaves but still...Somebody could if the ratio was 1:1. Slaves were planting the crops, bringing in the crops, washing the clothes, preparing the food, cooking the food,, and yes, being starved, beaten and sexually assaulted in between performing these tasks while held in bondage. Half of season 4 and all of seasons 5 and 6 are problematic. Hella problematic.

         Jamie carrying the dead Rufus 

But, again, I digress.

Lovers of the books and the series can argue that the story is about Claire and Jamie. Not background people.True. True. But if one is going to set a story in an era that is known for certain occurences, or has a specific atmosphere, do it right. Or don't do it at all. The showrunners had no problem showing whorehouses in Scotland or France or the lavishness of the French court during one season. Same with the years spent at Castle Leoch. No detail was left unexplored.. Thinking on this omission now answers the questiion of  WHY folks associated with the show/books started calling it HISTORICAL FANTASY in lieu of ROMANCE. With their "alterations" they should call it REDACTED AMERICAN HISTORICAL FANTASY.