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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