I thought it would be good to have a thread where we talked about how other members have changed our minds about issues, given good advice, or made recommendations that were helpful. I.e., Let's talk about how we influence each other positively!

I think it a good idea to restrict ourselves to posts/discussions that were made openly out on the board (as opposed to private exchanges). In fact, you may name the thread if you like.

I'll start: A month ago Kresge recommended an excellent book that I've since bought and been reading: By These Hands. This book is on the history of African American Humanist thought. It has been a real eye opener for me. The recommendation was made on the thread Discrimination Against Atheists.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I have not always been right, but I have always been sincere." ~ W.E.B. Du Bois ~~~~~~~~~~~
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Originally posted by Rowe:
Could you possibly elaborate on what this book is about? Who is the author? It sounds like an interesting read.


The full title is By These Hands: A Documentary History of African American Humanism. Edited by Anthony Pinn.

It is basically an anthology of writings of and about Black Humanists ... where Humanism is conceived of as an alternative to Black theistic (primarily Christian) thought ... There's a chapter on the religious evolution of Frederick Douglass ... excerpts from W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and others.

Here is a good review.

Oh ..and Rowe, I also got Holy Lockdown which you recommended some time ago. tfro
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I thought it would be good to have a thread where we talked about how other members have changed our minds about issues, given good advice, or made recommendations that were helpful. I.e., Let's talk about how we influence each other positively!

I think it a good idea to restrict ourselves to posts/discussions that were made openly out on the board (as opposed to private exchanges). In fact, you may name the thread if you like.

I'll start: A month ago Kresge recommended an excellent book that I've since bought and been reading: By These Hands. This book is on the history of African American Humanist thought. It has been a real eye opener for me. The recommendation was made on the thread Discrimination Against Atheists.


In terms of "influence" I would have to say that Sandye has been a positive influence for me.

Along with being very intelligent & wise, she's also a very classy lady with a lot of heart -- and a loving spirit that trancends the internet. She seems to always have a kind word for everybody & her calm demeanor is apparent in her postings. Quite frankly, she is the one woman [from this board] I would love to meet one day. I'm proud of her and everything she's about. She makes me want to do better when it comes to interacting with the people on the board & accomplishing goals I've set for myself.

And she's beautiful inside & out. Smile
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I thought it would be good to have a thread where we talked about how other members have changed our minds about issues, given good advice, or made recommendations that were helpful. I.e., Let's talk about how we influence each other positively!



Gambit's "Investing 101. . .Academic and Real world" thread has encouraged me to try my hand at investing. I started out with a $500 brokerage account but I have since increased my account. . .I am slowly getting the hang of it.

Because of Gambit's well written posts on the subject of "Investing" I have taken it upon myself to independently read more [on investing] and listen to Jim Cramer's radio show [monday-friday/12-1pm].

Who would've thought I'd be listening to a "radio talk show" about buying shares & trading. Eek

Gambit & I rarely post together but I read all his postings, and I appreciate all that he has to say. He's a great combination of intelligence with a great sense of humor.

And those times when he's a little grouchy is cool too -- he's a great guy who keeps it real and I've learn a lot from him.
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Originally posted by Fabulous:

In terms of "influence" I would have to say that Sandye has been a positive influence for me.

Along with being very intelligent & wise, she's also a very classy lady with a lot of heart -- and a loving spirit that trancends the internet. She seems to always have a kind word for everybody & her calm demeanor is apparent in her postings. Quite frankly, she is the one woman [from this board] I would love to meet one day. I'm proud of her and everything she's about. She makes me want to do better when it comes to interacting with the people on the board & accomplishing goals I've set for myself.

And she's beautiful inside & out. Smile


Sister Fabulous: That is one of the nicest things that anyone has ever told me directly, and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. You honor me with your words and I am humbly grateful that I have been a positive influence for you. Your "spunk" and "spark" are contagious, and I have every reason to believe that you will be able to accomplish every goal that you set.

Again, thank you very much, Sis. I think you are very special and simply Fabulous! thanks hug
Prepare the smelling salts....lol

This may surprise many, but, at the top of my list for change of mind/cause and effect - of the explosive type - I'd have to say Nmaginate And while I don't always like his methods he has over time shaken me to my senses and squashed some of my misconceptions about African America, and white priviledge and more, and from whom I've both learned a lot and had a sly laugh now and again. Unfortuntely, that usually tends to be at someone else's expense. ohsnap

I am forever grateful to have 'met' both Kresge and Fagunwa who really do walk the talk and give me faith that their are people who are both deeply religious and spiritual, who are also receptive to others' belief systems and are genuinely non-judgemental. There are two of the few people I have ever met who respect themselves enough to respect everyone else they come across.

In her quest for wisdom and insatiable curiosity I take my hat off to Rowe, who always take time and care in her postings, which are always diligent, elegant and respectful.

EbonyRose is equal parts politics and social theorist. I love her intellectual honesty. The same can be said for Kweli4Real.

A lot of other posters here I like a lot and respect but you asked who has influenced me the most and really made me think.

I also really appreciate Diamond and HonestBro's literary suggestions. What is it they say....? Booklovers are better lovers...lol Wink

Thanks to y'all. hug
In a post a couple of years ago on gay adoption, Kresge brought out some points that I hadn't known about, concerning studies to date concerning the effects of gay adoption on the children as they get older. Before then, I was opposed to gay adoption. Today, I can't say I'm "for" gay adoption, but his info made me think, and now I'm undecided. In the past, whenever I've gone from having an opinion to becoming undecided, I usually end up settling on the opinion opposite the one I previously held. We'll see... As we used to say on aa.org, "Yay kilifa gi, Kresge! "
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
Gambit's "Investing 101. . .Academic and Real world" thread has encouraged me to try my hand at investing. I started out with a $500 brokerage account but I have since increased my account. . .I am slowly getting the hang of it.

Because of Gambit's well written posts on the subject of "Investing" I have taken it upon myself to independently read more [on investing] and listen to Jim Cramer's radio show [monday-friday/12-1pm].

Who would've thought I'd be listening to a "radio talk show" about buying shares & trading. Eek

Gambit & I rarely post together but I read all his postings, and I appreciate all that he has to say. He's a great combination of intelligence with a great sense of humor.

And those times when he's a little grouchy is cool too -- he's a great guy who keeps it real and I've learn a lot from him.


thanks

I'm just happy to help and to hear you're doing your thing. I had someone mentor me in economics and investing (black man who I found out later was a millionaire..and he never told me. Red Face) and I'm a strong advocate of the "teach one, reach one" philosophy.

hug...Now about that grouchy thing... daz Big Grin
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Originally posted by Sandye:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:

In terms of "influence" I would have to say that Sandye has been a positive influence for me.

Along with being very intelligent & wise, she's also a very classy lady with a lot of heart -- and a loving spirit that trancends the internet. She seems to always have a kind word for everybody & her calm demeanor is apparent in her postings. Quite frankly, she is the one woman [from this board] I would love to meet one day. I'm proud of her and everything she's about. She makes me want to do better when it comes to interacting with the people on the board & accomplishing goals I've set for myself.

And she's beautiful inside & out. Smile


Sister Fabulous: That is one of the nicest things that anyone has ever told me directly, and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. You honor me with your words and I am humbly grateful that I have been a positive influence for you. Your "spunk" and "spark" are contagious, and I have every reason to believe that you will be able to accomplish every goal that you set.

Again, thank you very much, Sis. I think you are very special and simply Fabulous! thanks hug


hug You are very welcome dear Sister -- those words came straight from my heart [although I probably could've expressed myself better..ah well Smile]. I appreciate how you've shared with us [from time to time], the early days when you started your business, and how you were eventually able to hire your daughter as office manager. You also mentioned words of wisdom you received from your grandfather.

Dangit! I don't remember verbatim and unfortunately I couldn't find the post/s. . .BUT I did find ALL of what you said "very inspiring" & a "positive influence" when I needed it the most. Smile

And thank YOU Sis for the compliments -- yeah, I believe I will accomplish those goals I set for myself. Smile

My Sister Sandye says:

FABULOUS <<<<<<~~~~~~ The sistah got spunk AND spark!
Smile

dance
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Originally posted by xxGAMBITxx:
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Originally posted by Fabulous:
Gambit's "Investing 101. . .Academic and Real world" thread has encouraged me to try my hand at investing. I started out with a $500 brokerage account but I have since increased my account. . .I am slowly getting the hang of it.

Because of Gambit's well written posts on the subject of "Investing" I have taken it upon myself to independently read more [on investing] and listen to Jim Cramer's radio show [monday-friday/12-1pm].

Who would've thought I'd be listening to a "radio talk show" about buying shares & trading. Eek

Gambit & I rarely post together but I read all his postings, and I appreciate all that he has to say. He's a great combination of intelligence with a great sense of humor.

And those times when he's a little grouchy is cool too -- he's a great guy who keeps it real and I've learn a lot from him.


thanks

I'm just happy to help and to hear you're doing your thing. I had someone mentor me in economics and investing (black man who I found out later was a millionaire..and he never told me. Red Face) and I'm a strong advocate of the "teach one, reach one" philosophy.

hug...Now about that grouchy thing... daz Big Grin


rock Well, I'm certainly glad you have the philosophy that you do -- because you have broaden my horizon by sharing your knowledge. Smile I actually get a kick out of checking my stocks regularly. LOL. Hey, I'm a newbie y'all, so it's still FUN.

Funny how when my ex husband would talk about investments -- it would simply put me quickly to sleep. *yawn* Don't know what's up with that. LOL

Anyway. . .

. . .as for that "grouchy" thing, hug I was just tryna get your attention. [cough] & [smile]

YOU grouchy?!? NEVER!!!!!!!

Fab <<<<<<~~~~~~~ was just teasin' Smile
Wow ... this is a really hard one to answer for me! The truth is, I learn something new on this board just about every time I come here ... and almost all of the members here who contribute are responsible for that! So, it will probably take several posts over time for me to fully be able to answer this.

However, just off the top of my head for starters, I would have to say that over the years, I think I have been most inspired by Sandye and Len and Yemaya who are so unlike me .... reserved, quiet, insightful, inspirational and patient ... that they truly make me want to aspire to be like them when I grow up!! Big Grin

And then there is Kweli4Real and Vox and Black Viking who are all so calm and rational and just seem to drop their knowledge and then go back into the shadows. I have always wished they would post more, but I always learn from them too.

And I guess I have to add to that Kresge and 4yainfo and Empty Purnata who always tell me something I didn't know and influenece my thinking and opinions ... and for someone who loves to learn, that's invaluable! So, I really appreciate them too.

Rowe, who has a completely and totally different perspective on just about everything from me makes me understand what things look like through eyes that are not mine and from places that I've never seen! She re-affirms for me that just because something is not my experience, doesn't mean that it doesn't happen or does not exist. And plus, she's really patient with me, and I appreciate that! Smile

And then there's several of the newer (and younger) members like qty226 and msprettygirl and Fabulous and Honest Brother and ma'am ... who tend to make me feel old Smile ... but also keep me connected to the real world and to the future ... and make me really proud and hopeful of our youth! I am also appreciative of Firefly's openness and non-judgmental quest for knowledge about our culture and who we are as a people. I find it refreshing.

And, of course, there's James Wesley Chester who teaches me by his experience that with age does come wisdom. And I can only hope to reach his level of all three of those one day!

And last but certainly not least, I am very thankful for MBM's enthusiastic entrepenueurial (and probably capitalist!) spirit that we wouldn't be here to enjoy each other without! I think he's amazing.

And, I'm sure I've not mentioned everyone who has inspired and/or influenced me here on the board. But again, it's just about everybody in one way or another and I'll try to remember to come back and complete the list as more names come to me! Smile
Thank you Sister Firefly and Sister Ebony for the kind and thoughtful words. I think each of us who is a member of the AA.org Internet Family (AIF) deserves our appreciation. All of us, in our own unique way, makes this site an irresistable, fun, inspiring, and stimulating place to visit. I truly believe that each of us serves a purpose in this virtual community, and that it is not by accident that we have stumbled upon this site and have come together. So I'm sending a BIG thanks to current AA.org members, and a BIG wel to new members who are sure to make AA.org an even more exciting place to visit.
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I'd also like to acknowledge sister Rowe. I always look forward to seeing what her avatar is going to be next. She is truly teaching us to see the beauty of blackness in all of its forms. Smile


Thanks Brother Honest. And as you can see, I'm starting to recycle some of the old pictures, because unfortunately I'm running out of new photos to post. I need to look for more great photos when I have time.
Now, I can't post to this thread without showing my appreciation for two of my favorite brothers here -- Honestbrother & Black Viking.

Honestbrother hug kiss -- this very intelligent & passionate brother has such a wide range of interests, he pretty much holds his own in any discussion -- yet whenever I needed assistance with the functions of the board [when I first came here], whether it was posting in a 'color' text or posting pics, this brother has always patiently taken the time to help me.

(He & I removed those posts because, well, not everyone needed to witness my DUH! moments). lol

His quick wit and great sense of humor when responding to some of my earlier postings endeared him to me from the start. His humorous responses sparked my own. Overall his "positive influence" has made my posting experience here enjoyable.

I also enjoy the photography he shares with the board -- from beautiful African American women to different types of beautiful flowers. I feel "touched" by this gift of his.

Oftentimes he is the first to apologize or admit a mistake [in my observation]. Although I haven't yet, I will 'try' to do the same [cause some discussions can & DO get heated]. Smile

Black Viking hug kiss -- Another very intelligent brother who has also been kind to me right from the start -- always willing to help me "learn the board" (sorta speak), and always coming to my aid when [cough] necessary.

When I read BV's postings I always feel like yeah because he expresses himself so eloquently. I would refer back to some of his posts, but there are so many of his that are very well stated. His positive influence -- simply knowing there are brothers out there like 'him' is inspiring to me.

Also, he has opened my eyes to Taoism. Smile

Bottom-line, the brothers & sisters on AA.org make me proud.
I would like to thank MBM for making this site possible. Good job, bro!

I would like to recognize all of us for making this site what it is. A place For Us By Us with all the diversity that we bring. I've acquired a new love for our people through being here.

I would especially like to thank my sistas. You all have given me a real appreciation of black womanhood. Sandye who has silk in her soul. Oshun Auset with whom I don't always agree but that sista has intelligence and fire. And through her many posts in the Religion forum she has aroused an interest within me about native African religion. tru2urself16 who brings sass, forthrightness, an old soul, and the freshness of youth ... Tre and ma'am who bring both humour and intelligence and yet still keep it real ... Fab ... the word "spark" doesn't quite do it for me ... that sista is J-U-I-C-Y and down witha brotha ... I wonder where she's been all my life ... Wink

I'd also like to thank Firefly ... She has sparked an interest in African literature for me. For real. We all should thank her for her contribution to the board through her blog.
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I would like to thank MBM for making this site possible. Good job, bro!

Yes -- very good job, MBM. appl

I would like to recognize all of us for making this site what it is. A place For Us By Us with all the diversity that we bring. I've acquired a new love for our people through being here.

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I would especially like to thank my sistas. You all have given me a real appreciation of black womanhood. Sandye who has silk in her soul. Oshun Auset with whom I don't always agree but that sista has intelligence and fire. And through her many posts in the Religion forum she has aroused an interest within me about native African religion. tru2urself16 who brings sass, forthrightness, an old soul, and the freshness of youth ... Tre and ma'am who bring both humour and intelligence and yet still keep it real ...

appl appl appl appl


Fab ... the word "spark" doesn't quite do it for me ... that sista is J-U-I-C-Y and down witha brotha ... I wonder where she's been all my life ... Wink

Right here baby. Wink

and thanks kiss

I'd also like to thank Firefly ... She has sparked an interest in African literature for me. For real. We all should thank her for her contribution to the board through her blog.


I agree. yeah Good job, Firefly.
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Fabulous: Oshun Auset... that sista has intelligence and fire. And through her many posts in the Religion forum she has aroused an interest within me about native African religion.


I agree. I've also learned a lot from Oshun Auset I'd love to meet her face-to-face one day and have a very long chat over a tagine and glass of tej. Smile
wow - its a LOVE fest!! eyes

there are so many members here that i do not recognize. MBM your dream has definately taken flight and grown!! congratulations and much appreciation to you for providing this forum for us to teach, learn, and encourage each other.

nyk
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I thought it would be good to have a thread where we talked about how other members have changed our minds about issues, given good advice, or made recommendations that were helpful. I.e., Let's talk about how we influence each other positively!


I don't have a lot of time today, but I have to single out one poster who has changed my thinking on a topic/issue, Empty Purnata.

I've always prided myself on my knowledge of economic systems and their effect on the people living within and outside of them. But E.P. has challenged my economic belief system, regarding capitalism as the "best" alternative in practice [rather than theory], and made me seek more information on "Market Socialism."

But others have challenged my thinking as well and I see that as a good thing; it provides the opportunity for growth. I will be back later to point those folk out.
I think there was a topic on this before but in case I'm wrong and for the FNG's.......
I personally have gained something from everyone here; past and present.
Whether political (MBM), afro-centric and spiritual (Oshun Auset), education (Rico and HB)or that not all sisters hold all men responsible for the stupidity of a few ("The super models" Nykkii, Len, MPG, Sandy and others)and thats its ok to be a blackman in the world today (I never understood/knew it before but but the kind word from a sister does something for the ego!!!!)
But anyhoooo...............
I'm just thankful for the board and the "high" class of people that are here!


If I didn't mention your name, its nothing personal. I'm at work (trying to look busy) and my 2 fingers can only move so fast......... flowers


catch
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Originally posted by FireFly:
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Honestbrother 'not' Fabulous stated the following: Oshun Auset... that sista has intelligence and fire. And through her many posts in the Religion forum she has aroused an interest within me about native African religion.


I agree. I've also learned a lot from Oshun Auset I'd love to meet her face-to-face one day and have a very long chat over a tagine and glass of tej. Smile


Firefly, for the record, in error you attached my screen name to Honestbrother's comments, so I made the correction above.
Thanks to all those who said they appreciated my posts.
Big Grin

I appreciate,

MBM for having the site.

Empty Purnatra, because he inspires me to become more literate and eloquent when it comes to socialist movements. That brother is young AND BAD when it comes to breaking down political/economic systems!

Rowe, because she is an intelligent, strong, and inspiring sister who always posts interesting topics and fly avatars.

Kresge because he just simply amazes me with his wealth of religious and historical knowledge and has single handedly destroyed my hypothesis that all X-tians were either myopic or evil and knew better.

Honest Brother, because he let me know what it is like to actually still 'like' someone that I don't agree with all the time on something as dear to me as African History.

Ricardomath because he always sticks up for the Mexicans.

There are many others, but I can't think of exactly how to phrase my appreciation.
Fabulous--you are every bit of your name--FABULOUS! I couldn't tell you how your mature and encouraging words have been of such great help to me, especially as it relates to being secure and happy in my singlehood. You are a true gem. appl

My beloved 2XGam. Where would I be without your witty charm and humor. Don't forget our imminent nuptials. I've already gotten several offers from those large corporations willing to sponsor our ceremony and lavish reception. eyes

HoBro, HoBro, HoBro--what can I say? You've been the brother that I've never had. Listening to me vent about my Comps exam and my questioning about why I'm getting this degree (you may have to tell me again) 4 Anyway, your combination of intelligence, down to earth demeanor mixed with a little bit of ghetto is not only riveting, but it's also quite sexxxy. cabbage

Here's to the three of you, and the many friends that I have met on this board. I love you all--and just know, that you have a friend in me.

ther
Around a week ago I was about to post an Empty Punata quote and I wish I had coz I'm darned if I can find it now. Because I was going to post beneath the quote the following: "I think Empty Punata is a true humanitarian, and truly will make a difference."

OK, that's not very eloquent, but I think you know what I'm saying. EP, you're still a young 'un now, but it will be very interesting to see what life makes of you and what you make of your life. I think you're quite a special person and if I was your mum I'd be very proud. Don't be too frightened by that thought. Big Grin Wink
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Originally posted by Tre:
Fabulous--you are every bit of your name--FABULOUS! I couldn't tell you how your mature and encouraging words have been of such great help to me, especially as it relates to being secure and happy in my singlehood. You are a true gem. appl

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Fab: Wow. I am deeply touched, Tre. hug Thank you for the kind words. You're a beautiful person and you always make me smile, so a compliment coming from you means a lot to me. Smile

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Tre: My beloved 2XGam. Where would I be without your witty charm and humor. Don't forget our imminent nuptials. I've already gotten several offers from those large corporations willing to sponsor our ceremony and lavish reception. eyes

HoBro, HoBro, HoBro--what can I say? You've been the brother that I've never had. Listening to me vent about my Comps exam and my questioning about why I'm getting this degree (you may have to tell me again) 4 Anyway, your combination of intelligence, down to earth demeanor mixed with a little bit of ghetto is not only riveting, but it's also quite sexxxy. cabbage

Here's to the three of you, and the many friends that I have met on this board. I love you all--and just know, that you have a friend in me.

ther


Awwwww. . .Right on, Sista Tre beer And thanks again.Smile
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My beloved 2XGam. Where would I be without your witty charm and humor. Don't forget our imminent nuptials. I've already gotten several offers from those large corporations willing to sponsor our ceremony and lavish reception.


hug

And the feeling is mutual. Oh make sure those corporate sponsors put everything down as networking. We can get the family up and running with the tax break. lol
Now I'd like to show my appreciation to the brothas:

xxGambitxx, Black Viking, folobatuyi, Empty Purnata, Huey, ddouble, MidLifeman, Vox, Kresge, and even Shango67 ... and others ... I'm not about to try to sit here and run down everybody.

But thanks for the camaraderie, the intelligence and male insight, the laughs, the shared dreams to succeed and get ahead in this white man's world, and the shared frustrations with the sistas (glad I'm not the only one!)... let's not forget the shared appreciation of azz ... Ya'll are the black guy friends that I lack in real life! hat

But dd, you do have some annoying hall monitor tendencies ... and Shango, I'd recommend at least one fling with a white girl ... lol
My favorite members?

Sistas:

Rowe - a down-to-earth, intelligent and proud sista who always has an insightful comment about African America or the Africa Diaspora. She also has inspired me to learn more about African cultures and I like the beautiful West African sistas she always has in her avatar. Smile

Oushun Auset - she knows everything there is to know about Yoruban and West African philosophies and always inspires me to learn more. I also love this sista's revolutionary ideas and spirit. fro

Yemaya - she inspires me to know more about my African heritage as well and has true insight on the African Diaspora.

EbonyRose - she's just so gosh-darn nice that it's hard to not like her. I like her peaceful approaches to things too. Smile

Firefly - she continues to amaze me with her interest in African literature and her depth in art and philosophy. She truly gives me reassurance that there are good White people out there (not to sound patronizing). hug

Fabulous - always so full of spark and life....

Virtue - very deep and interpretive in philosophy and life.

Sandye - always so patient and understanding, it's easy to talk to her about different subjects, like a knowing aunt.

Diamond - a literary extraordinaire who peaks my love for books and makes me want to go to my neighborhood library.


Bruthas:

HonestBrother - like the older brother I never had. Smile He's so worldly and knowledgeable that sometimes it scares me! His love and appreciation for women also inspires me to get to know women in a friendlier and more personal way. He's also inspired me to think about seeing if I could take a math course from him someday....

Black Viking - rational to fault, level-headed and also has a philosophical side. This brotha must scare the hell out of racist people with stereotypes of Black men. tfro

Kweli4Real - patient, understanding and knowledgeable on economics and politics. He inspires me to study even more and work harder on my major. Smile

Shango67 - understanding yet tough, strong and revolutionary. Sometimes he makes me think that he's Malcolm X reincarnate. Big Grin

xxGAMBITxx - amazes me with his investing and entrepreneurial know-how and convinced me that not all venture capitalists are pigs( Razz), some are quite helpful and vital. And that entrepreneurship goes a long way for the Black community. Cool

Nmaginate - one of the few people I've ever met in the e-world who can match me in a debate. ohsnap May not always agree with his approach, but I can damn sure appreciate his wisdom and clarity. tfro

Kresge - this brotha is bad and educated in world religious and existential thought! He makes me want to go back and brush up on my existential and spiritual philosophy. beer

Fagunwa - the male version of Oshun Auset, he makes me want to go to Africa to live amongst my ancestors and immerse myself in African culture and the African struggle. Smile
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
Firefly - she continues to amaze me with her interest in African literature and her depth in art and philosophy. She truly gives me reassurance that there are good White people out there (not to sound patronizing). hug

not patronizing at all Smile and from someone I respect, that means a lot. hug backatcha. I'm off to an African conference next month... which tries to address Australia's obssessive focus on the 'Middle' 'East' and 'South-east' Asia.
I have to appreciate everyone on this board because I appreciate the value of diffrent perspectives. Nothing is more boring and more worthless than a group of people in continual agreement lockstep. *shuddering at the idea of a race of mental clones...bbrrrr*

But my biggest appreciation I would have to say is for qty226. Not only have I known her for a few years (before aa.org) but she has given me back some hope for people younger than me (damn I sound like an old man now). This sista has, on mores times than I can count, leashed my "warrior" side and convinced me to utilize my "intellectual" side more and more to resolve conflicts. While my two dueling natures are always raging, qty has made this worn out vet realize, life is not always about warfare. thanks
I would like to thank each and everyone of you who contribute to this site.

I usually access this site at lunch time and really don't have the time to donate by posting regularly. Especially to some of the more serious topics. But to those who do, thank you for your articulation on intellectual subjects. I am a former member of Africana.com and when its format changed and some of the regulars left the site, I was at lost for the same camaraderie I had there. Some of the members of this site have caused me to change my opinion on certain subjects or given me a new view on a subject I never thought about and some have confirmed my belief on a subject.

Most of all, this site has a diversifed flavor of folks - young and old who bring various experiences to share. I LOVE IT!! Hopefully, in the future I can contribute more.

thanks
MBM - Much thanks for this site. rock
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Originally posted by Diamond:
I would like to thank each and everyone of you who contribute to this site.

I usually access this site at lunch time and really don't have the time to donate by posting regularly. Especially to some of the more serious topics. But to those who do, thank you for your articulation on intellectual subjects. I am a former member of Africana.com and when its format changed and some of the regulars left the site, I was at lost for the same camaraderie I had there. Some of the members of this site have caused me to change my opinion on certain subjects or given me a new view on a subject I never thought about and some have confirmed my belief on a subject.

Most of all, this site has a diversifed flavor of folks - young and old who bring various experiences to share. I LOVE IT!! Hopefully, in the future I can contribute more.



Speaking of appreciation, Diamond is one of those people I wish would post more. I always enjoy reading her insights. Smile
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Originally posted by xxGAMBITxx:
I have to appreciate everyone on this board because I appreciate the value of diffrent perspectives. Nothing is more boring and more worthless than a group of people in continual agreement lockstep. *shuddering at the idea of a race of mental clones...bbrrrr*

But my biggest appreciation I would have to say is for qty226. Not only have I known her for a few years (before aa.org) but she has given me back some hope for people younger than me (damn I sound like an old man now). This sista has, on mores times than I can count, leashed my "warrior" side and convinced me to utilize my "intellectual" side more and more to resolve conflicts. While my two dueling natures are always raging, qty has made this worn out vet realize, life is not always about warfare. thanks



Aaawww...well first of all you know that i always 'hate' these types of forums...........because i feel bad when i've left someone out.

But thank you Gambit/Ebony....... kiss

I look at AA.org, as a family.......

Each member has a different personality, different dreams, hopes, lifestyles, careers, etc., but all working towards a common goal........loving our community.

MBM, founding father, old members, and new members....I've learned so much, since being here.......and i have the entire community to thank.

Much luv to all of you.... kiss
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Originally posted by qty226:
Aaawww...well first of all you know that i always 'hate' these types of forums...........because i feel bad when i've left someone out.


Ditto.

*steps up to podium anyhoo*

Perhaps with the exception of trolls, I value everyone here. Even those who I don't agree with, I appreciate their voices and hearing their perspectives.

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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
I thought it would be good to have a thread where we talked about how other members have changed our minds about issues, given good advice, or made recommendations that were helpful. I.e., Let's talk about how we influence each other positively!


Advice?

When AudioGuy gives advice, it's always sound.

Recommendations?

Firefly has a lot of reading recommendations that I should take advantage of.

And ddouble is gonna give me Bassett arms. *flexes*
thanks ma'am [blushes]
blushes because it was tardy of me stck not to mention you.

I really appreciate both your honesty, intelligence, and especially your dry sense of humour (very Australian, lol - that's a compliment btw). Although we are in different time zones chronologically, I imagine if you lived in Sydney, you might be one of the gurl friends I regularly meet up with to share a nice meal and glass or 2 and chat about books, film, men, women, music, life, the universe and everything else. rock
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Originally posted by Sandye:
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Empty Purnata: Sandye - always so patient and understanding, it's easy to talk to her about different subjects, like a knowing aunt.


Thank you very much, my Sister. hug It's nice to have such a loving and supporting online "family!"


Thanks! But, I'm a Brother, not a Sister. Wink
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
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Originally posted by Sandye:
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Empty Purnata: Sandye - always so patient and understanding, it's easy to talk to her about different subjects, like a knowing aunt.


Thank you very much, my Sister. hug It's nice to have such a loving and supporting online "family!"


Thanks! But, I'm a Brother, not a Sister. Wink



EP, you're doomed to be a gender bender... lol
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
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Originally posted by Sandye:
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Empty Purnata: Sandye - always so patient and understanding, it's easy to talk to her about different subjects, like a knowing aunt.


Thank you very much, my Sister. hug It's nice to have such a loving and supporting online "family!"


Thanks! But, I'm a Brother, not a Sister. Wink



EP, you're doomed to be a gender bender... lol


lol I don't see why, do my posts seem feminine or something? I'm certainly not feminine in physical appearance. Well, I have a softness to my face.... lol
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
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Originally posted by Sandye:
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Empty Purnata: Sandye - always so patient and understanding, it's easy to talk to her about different subjects, like a knowing aunt.


Thank you very much, my Sister. hug It's nice to have such a loving and supporting online "family!"


Thanks! But, I'm a Brother, not a Sister. Wink



EP, you're doomed to be a gender bender... lol


lol I don't see why, do my posts seem feminine or something? I'm certainly not feminine in physical appearance. Well, I have a softness to my face.... lol


I think it is the 'sound' of your name(names ending in 'a' often denote a feminine word in some languages) and your avatar(s) in the past. I thought you were a women for a while too.

People often think I'm a man so I feel your pain...

Know need to fret over it anymore. You surely don't sound fem after this post!

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CON-Feed, shut your dumb White semen slurping ass up...


I'm still cracking up about that one! lol

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Since I'm in the member appreciation section. Where the heck is Fagunwa? I would appreciate if he would post something!
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Since I'm in the member appreciation section. Where the heck is Fagunwa? I would appreciate if he would post something!

hopefully busy being interviewed by.... MBM... how about it? Wink and maybe also that other wise gentleman I requested a while ago... Smile
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Originally posted by FireFly:
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Since I'm in the member appreciation section. Where the heck is Fagunwa? I would appreciate if he would post something!

hopefully busy being interviewed by.... MBM... how about it? Wink and maybe also that other wise gentleman I requested a while ago... Smile


That would be nice...
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Originally posted by The one and only ME:
I have to give much love and appreciation to xxGAMBITxx. I haven't been here long but I've noticed that he never fails to inject a refreshingly different point to view into the threads. His humor and wit impresses me. (And I am NOT very easily impressed. LOL) Thank you, xx. You made my day today.


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My pleasure. lol

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