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The Poetic AX ~ Sharp Critique / Re: The Weaver
« Last post by RedemptionCentr on Yesterday at 08:16 PM »
Halo, thank you for diving for this numinous pearl. I can tell the work that went into this, Elise.
The Poetic AX ~ Sharp Critique / Re: The Weaver
« Last post by Halo on April 15, 2018, 04:22 AM »
Beautiful poetry, elise! This deserves a bump.

The Weaver

Ever diligent at His loom
A tapestry He weaves
He does not focus on the threads
But the tapestry to be.

Adding a silver thread of talent
Or maybe two or three
Each tapestry is different
Each beautiful to see.

The Purple threads of compassion
All in different hues
And varying degrees of wisdom
In shades of green and blue.

The reds are threads of courage
From vivid tones to pale
The whites are strength and valor
Pulled taut to tell the tale.

The gray threads speak of trials bleak
And the blacker threads are loss
When more strength is needed
Round the white ones these emboss.

Past the darkest threads transcend
The yellow threads of joy
Interwoven with family and friends
Their brightness does employ.

Back and forth the shuttle flies
Interweaving strands of gold
As wonderfully and magically
The tapestry unfolds.

The perfect golden threads of love
Hold a mystery tis true
Each single one that is given away
Is soon replaced by two.

We cannot know how fine will be
The fabric that He weaves
He does not focus on the threads
But the tapestry to be.

A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on April 11, 2018, 08:46 AM »
On April 11 1968 President Johnson signed into law the first anti discrimination fair housing act. It made red lining, unfair lending, and other discrimination in the housing market illegal.

One other detail in that act.
It made it illegal for groups to travel for the purpose of inciting riots.
Remember at that time we couldn’t even get anti lynching laws on the books, so that was huge.
Anybody want to hazard a guess why that Little detail is left out of mainstream history?
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on April 10, 2018, 12:47 PM »
In May 1927, on a local radio show called the Barn Dance, a classic opera piece had just finished.
It was long the opinion that realism had no place in classics, so George Hay (known as the Ole Judge) announced "you just heard some grand opera so now you gonna hear some grand ole opry." He introduced Deford Bailey who came to the mic and played Pan American Blues on his harmonica. A song that imitated a fast moving train.

The Grand Ole Opry, as we know it today, was born. Its first star being a black man born Dec 14 1899 in Smith county, not far from Nashville. At the age of three he contracted Polio and it was then he started to learn his musical style. He said "my folks didn't give me no rattler, they gave me a harmonica."
Deford was confined to bed for nearly a year and during that time he would lie in bed and listen to the sounds of dogs howling, of wild geese flying overhead, of the wind blowing through cracks in the wall, and most importantly, of trains rumbling in the distance.

He was always seen with top hat, suit and shined shoes. Folks would joke and say he could die and be buried the same day without having to be dressed. This form of dress came about in 1918 when as a young lad he was working as a house boy for Mr & Mrs J. C. Bradford, after having moved to Nashville upon the demise of his father. ( His mother died of a strange illness much earlier) One day Mrs. Bradford heard him playing harmonica in the yard and inquired how long he had been playing music like that. He answered all his life and from then on he was dressed in white top hat, white suit and shined shoes. She stood him in the corner and he played for her guests.

Deford worked odd jobs for several years and after being heard while working as an elevator operator, he was hired to play at a formal company dinner. That company was the National Life and Accident Insurance company and it created the broadcast station WSM Oct 5 1925, hiring George D Hay. George Hay dubbed Deford Bailey 'the harmonica wizard.
In 1928, the first full year of the Grand Ole Opry, Mr. Bailey played 49 of the 52 shows - 20 more than the next most frequent artist.

George Hay never introduced Deford as a 'colored' man on the radio, because he said his audience "would blow us out" if they knew. However when he started to tour with Roy Acuff and others from the Grand Ole Opry, his music was well accepted. Seems his small stature and communication skills made him a less threatening  'colored' man.

DeFord was the only African American in his day to perform regularly and on an equal basis with white performers, and before white audiences, in Dixie and elsewhere.
Sadly he was not equal in any other ways. Legal restrictions and social norms of the time made socializing with his white associates or fans next to impossible. He wasn't allowed to eat or sleep in the same places. They often had to find him special accommodations in the black section of town. Sometimes he had to sleep in the car if they couldn't find a safe place for him to stay. When eating meals, he usually had to eat in the kitchen of a restaurant or in the car. At times he was allowed into white only hotels, but only by posing as a valet to one of the white performers.

Another first for Nashville?  Deford Bailey made records in Atlanta and New York, and when RCA Victor came to Nashville to look for country artists in 1928, Bailey cut five sides for Victor - the first recording sessions ever in Nashville.

The first star of the Grand Ole Opry was fired in 1941 by George Hay. One cannot but see the racial prejudice that played into that. In his book, published in 1945, George Hay said this, "Mr. Bailey was lazy, like some members of his race, we gave him a whole year's notice to learn some new tunes, but he would not."
At Deford Bailey's funeral Roy Acuff let the truth out, "I wouldn't say he was lazy. It wasn't that he wouldn't learn new tunes, he couldn't learn new tunes. That was the only objection. I know that he was willing to do what he could do and when it came to playing the songs he knew, there was none of them who could top him."

The man that put the Grand Ole Opry on the map, and made the first recordings ever in Nashville never made the financial gain of the white stars that followed. He was never voted into the Country music Hall of Fame and died penniless in his daughter's arms at the age of 82 June 23 1983.

A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on April 10, 2018, 12:26 PM »
George and Emillia McCoy, having escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad, settled as free citizens in Canada and homesteaded a 160 acre farm.
Born to them on   5/2/1844 was Elijah McCoy, who at a early age demonstrated keen mechanical ablities. They saved enough money and sent Elijah to Scotland where he studied as a master mechanic and engineer and Elijah returned to the United States after the civil war.

Unable to procure work as an engineer because of his color, he took a job as a fireman/oilman for the Michigan Central in Ypsilanti, Mi. He shoveled coal into the fire box and, as oilman, had to lubricate the axle and bearings of the train. At this time the train would travel a few miles and be forced to stop while an oilman walked  the length of the train to lube it.
Elijah set out to find a way to automate the task in the interest of efficiency and to eliminate the frequent stopping. In 1872 he developed and patented the lubricating cup that dripped oil when and where needed.
His device was so successful R/R companies from all over the country wanted it. He continued to improve on his lubricator and it would eventualy be used in steam engines, naval vessels, oil rigs, factories and construction sites.

In time Eijah invented the graphite lubricator to be used in superheated trains and other such applications.
Knowing there were others trying to sell lubricating devices, the purchasers would always ask if their engine had the authentic device- "The Real McCoy" lubricator.

Thus was born the world known statement symbolizing top quality workmanship; 'It's the real McCoy'.

He also invented and patented a folding portable ironing board  at the 'behest' of his wife.
The desire, as with all men, to make his life easier led him to invent and patent the lawn sprinkler.
Elijah McCoy, symbol of excellence, died in 1929.

Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Champagne Shoes
« Last post by SkaaDee on April 10, 2018, 10:12 AM »
Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Halo on April 05, 2018, 08:36 PM »

Hi elise, good to read you! Life can be very overwhelming at times, big hug sis!  *hug*
Today / Re: Today
« Last post by elise on April 05, 2018, 08:26 PM »
Hi everyone!   Just checking in to show I'm still kickin!   It pleases me to see some activity here!  Life is complex for me right now, but hopin it slows down soon.
 Wishing everyone all the best and sending hugs all around!
Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Halo on March 29, 2018, 09:05 PM »
I wander
your streets
hoping in vane
to find
the gateway
and when I do
I realise
a ‘camel cannot
go through the
eye of a needle’
and the way in
resides inside
me -
to You.

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