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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