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midnight cool
creeping through the hay field…
cat’s meow
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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Mystic1 on January 15, 2017, 05:06 AM »
Does fried chicken count? Or is that too stereotypical? And does it have to be midnight? What if I eat it at three in the morning? (I'm usually still up.) :beatnik
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Pure Imagination
« Last post by A-FRIEND on January 14, 2017, 07:16 PM »
noirjente good to see you in the spaces again.
Man that was enlightening, powerful, eye opening.
I never read anything that put a thought process into that kind of working order so quickly.

And I'm talking about me not the child. I just never even considered a conversation could go pass wow that's got to hurt.

We need to hear more from you.  We honestly do.
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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by A-FRIEND on January 14, 2017, 07:10 PM »
Add a soul food midnight snack and you win most multicultural person of the day.
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on January 13, 2017, 08:21 PM »
Excellent write G. Excellent.
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Haiku, Limerick, Zen, Mookuka And Other Fun Poetry / Re: Haiku Of The Day
« Last post by Mystic1 on January 12, 2017, 01:05 PM »
a single cloud
crosses the vast expanse -
yucca blossom
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by Mystic1 on January 11, 2017, 09:24 AM »
To most of us, the phrase “Uncle Tom” is synonymous with a Black person who has sold out their race. The character Stephen from Django played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a perfect example of someone commonly referred to as a “Tom.”

In actuality, the term “Sambo” better fits the characteristics we often ascribe to Uncle Tom.

The racial term “Sambo” first came to prominence in modern American culture with the publishing of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. However, the origin of the term reaches back to the 1700s according to some scholars, and there is evidence the name is a variation of a West African name as well.

Today, the term is largely derogatory but the etymology of the word appears to be “zambo,” a word that was used during the Spanish and Portuguese Empire periods to describe a mixed person that appeared more Black than white. It was also said to mean bow-legged or knock-kneed. There is also evidence that the word is derived from the West African Foulah tribal language, which translates into “uncle.”

In Stowe’s 1852 book, the character of Sambo was one of the slave overseers that work for the cruel slave owner, Simon Legree. Uncle Tom, a god-fearing slave with a compassionate heart, was tormented and beaten to death by Sambo, who regretted his act even as Tom forgave him as he was dying. Although Stowe had higher aims with her book, the depiction of Black characters as matronly and subservient further added to stereotypes that persist today

Scottish author Helen Bannerman’s The Story of Little Black Sambo in 1899 also gave the term more of its negative connection. The tale of a dark-skinned East Indian boy helped push the narrative that the term was racist and meant to be offensive.

Other variants of the name appear throughout African and indigenous culture across the Caribbean. In several African languages, especially along the coasts, the name was rather common despite differing spellings.

https://blackamericaweb.com/2017/01/11/little-known-black-history-fact-sambo/
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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Mystic1 on January 10, 2017, 10:39 PM »
Eating Mexican food, drinking English tea, writing Japanese poetry, listening to Chinese pop music; and people said I couldn't be multicultural. HA! :blusmoke
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Haiku, Limerick, Zen, Mookuka And Other Fun Poetry / Re: Haiku Of The Day
« Last post by Mystic1 on January 10, 2017, 10:23 PM »
late winter moon
old owl's hoot returning -
has he brought spring, too?
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Pure Imagination
« Last post by noirjente on January 09, 2017, 07:36 AM »
Beautifully said.
You need to publish this.

Thank you!
Actually, I hope this technically qualifies as publication.
(I know magazine tacking submission do consider electronic format prior publication.)
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