Write your Words down

What I’ve learned is that WORDS really do have power, if you use them in a determined way. Words of appreciation open up new opportunities for blessings to pour in. Words of encouragement open others up to the greatest within themselves. Words are powerful and, when you write down what your fondest dreams are, often, you’ll return to the place where you wrote them to find that they came true.

Today, I’m writing WORDS about what I want to see manifest in my life and the lives of my loved ones:

  1. All my debts are paid by money earned from book sales, gigs and lectures.
  2. My PhD at NCU is completed with honors and I’m teaching, making $5,000 a month.
  3. My father lives well into his hundreds. My best friend, Bess is cancer-free, and my brother, Carlton is happy.
  4. My children are living successful and fruitful lives.
  5. Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. is fully funded with seven figures in the bank account; and the Lauderhill-Fiuggi Sister Cities is completed; the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is built; and www.saaff.net is up and running and into it’s 3rd Annual event.

Uriah T. Cartwright (92)

Michael + UTC

Carlton G. Cartwright, Age 2 http://www.tccipbc.org

Joan + Bess (1993)

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Author’s Roundtable in Miami

A History of African American Jazz and Blues

On July 26, 2011, I participated in an author’s roundtable with Sisters in Harmony (SiH) at the Courtyard Marriott on Bayshore Drive, in Coconut Grove, Miami. Along with 9 other authors, I presented my book and discussed questions posed to all of us.

The audience was minimal but everyone in attendance enjoyed the presentations.

On September 1, 2011, I will be the co-host with Ed Umoja Herman on The Knowledge Tour, an online radio program featuring authors. Tune in at 8 p.m. at http://blogtalkradio.com/sisters-in-harmony

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Multi-Cultural Earth

In light of the riots in London, I’m writing this blog, today, to explore the bottom line of what’s going on around the planet with young people who are sick of unemployment and poverty; black people who are tired of unemployment, poverty and racism; Jews who are tired of all other religions; Muslims who are tired of Christians; people of color who are tired of the superiority complex of white people; white people who are tired of everybody including their own.

The theory and activity of “Divide and conquer” worked in the 16th to 20th century. It is not working in the 21st Century because too many people have access to instant means of communication with the Internet.

Watch these videos and leave your comments on what you think is going on.

The West Indies

The West Indies

Comprised of the islands of Jamaica, Haiti & Hispanola (Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Tortola, Anchilles, Antiqua, Barbuda, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Tobego, Trinidad and many others

In Triangular Road, Paule Marshall wrote, “Bajans seldom socialized with the other islanders who had also immigrated to Brooklyn. Trinidadians were considered too frivolous, a people who lived only for their yearly carnival. Jamaicans in their view were a rough lot who disgraced the King’s English. . . . Those from lesser-known islands St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Lucia were dimissed as ‘low-islanders’. American black people needed to stand up more to the white man. Bajans were called ‘The Jews of the West Indies’ because they could ‘squeeze a penny’ and ‘turn a dime into a dollar,'” a commendable trait in my view.  (Marshall, 2009, p.86)

Dr. David Duke’s report on  Jews who monetized the Transatlantic slave trade fails to excuse or present apologia for the 2% of white families that owned slaves, while 40% of Jewish families in America owned slaves.

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9/11 UNREPORTED Information

And who’s responsible for this???

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Rodriguez heard and felt at least three explosions going off down in the basement levels within seconds of each other.

Absolute pandemonium broke out, with screams of “Bombs! Bombs!” rising above the din as terrified workers scattered in all directions, frantically seeking ways to escape.

[NB: There were a total of six basement levels. Level-2, immediately below Rodriguez’s position and the apparent location of the first explosion, was a “Mechanical Floor”—a restricted access area.]

But the “bombs” were by no means confined to the basement levels. READ MORE

Presidential Issues


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50 Things About President Obama

On His 50th Birthday

Written by Casey Gane-McCalla, Lead Blogger on August 4, 2011 9:43 am Click for More Next Post

Today is the 50th birthday of the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Here at NewsOne we decided to provide you with 50 things on his 50 birthday that you may not know about our president.
This birthday couldn’t have come at a better time for the president with criticisms being launched at him on the economy and other issues in the country.
Check out the list.
1. He and Bill Cosby are the only people to ever get free food from Ben’s Chili Bowl.
2. He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper when he lived in Indonesia.
3. He says his favorite children’s book is “Where the Wild Things Are.”
4. He owns a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali.
5. He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics.
6. He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager.
7. His favorite show is “The Wire.”
8. He majored in Political Science at Columbia University.
9. His father grew up herding goats.
10. He used to drive a Chrysler 300m.
11. He used the n-word in his audio book “Dreams From My Father.”
12. He watches HBO’s “Entourage.”
13. He was an avid reader of the “Autobiography Of Malcolm X.”
14. He owns several Bob Marley albums.
15. His first date with wife, Michelle Obama, was the movie “Do The Right Thing.”
16. He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia.
17. He applied to appear in a Black pin-up calendar while at Harvard, but was rejected by the all-female committee.
18. His favorite book is “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville
19. His favorite movie is the “Godfather.”
20. His high school yearbook picture inscription thanks “Tut,” “Gramps,” and the “Choom Gang.” Choom is Hawaiian slang for “pot smoking.”
21. He has seven half-brothers and sisters in Kenya from his father’s other marriages.
22. He did a good imitation of Jesse Jackson while he was at Harvard.
23. His high school nick name was “O-bomber.”
24. He won a Grammy for his audio book “Dreams From My Father.”
25. He has read every Harry Potter book.
26. He was called Barry until he became known as Barack in college.
27. He was in the Columbia Black Student Union.
28. Jesse Jackson’s daughter is his daughter Malia’s godmother.
29. His favorite artist is Pablo Picasso.
30. He can bench press 200 pounds.
31. His name means blessed by God in Swahili.
32. He was the 5th African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
33. He enjoys rap artists The Fugees and Jay-Z.
34. He gets his hair cut once a week.
35. He says he would’ve been an architect if he wasn’t a politician.
36. He was on the Hawaii high school state basketball champion team.
37. He was mentored by Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree who was also the lawyer for rappers Tupac and Shyne.
38. He loves playing Scrabble.
39. His favorite president is Abraham Lincoln.
40. He traveled to Kenya in 1988 and met many of his paternal relatives.
41. His favorite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini.
42. His paternal grandfather was affiliated with the Kenyan revolutionaryMau Mau movement.
43. His maternal grandfather fought in World War II.
44. Some of his maternal ancestors were slave owners.
45. He moved to Chicago and worked as a director of the Developing Communities Project after college.
47. He wrote a children’s book “Of Thee I Sing.”
48. His father attended Harvard University.
49. His first public speech was at Occidental College, calling for the school to disinvest from apartheid South Africa.
50. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School.

The Gold Mine of My Being

The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds

Writing is the best way for me to dig into the gold mine of my being. One day, while walking around my two lakes, I met a gay man who pointed out a rainbow to me. I couldn’t see it because I had dark sunglasses on. When I removed them, I saw TWO rainbows, perched directly over my apartment building. That’s how life is. You must take off the rose-tinted glasses to see the truth and, if your glasses are too dark, you could miss all the bright beauty of life. Also, that beautiful morning, the moon was in the sky, along with fluffy white clouds and there were sun showers falling on my head! So, when I got back to my computer, I immediately penned my book “The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds”.

Someone said at a book fair I participated in last month that we shouldn’t write books with the intention of making a lot of money. I agree. I have published nine books, including the one mentioned above and, I have to admit, I have sold a million copies of any of them, yet. But writing them, publishing them and sharing them with others makes me feel worth a million! First, people realize that I am industrious and have something to say. Secondly, I recognize my own “transformation and transmutation” from a mediocre being to a Divine Being of Light, Love and Music.

Writing is transformational. Like music, which I consider to be the “mastery of mind”, writing is like using a pick and shovel to dig deep down into the crevices of your soul. Often, I wondered why and how people wrote books, before I began writing my own. Then, I understood, after taking 13 months to produce my first book “In Pursuit of a Melody”, that it is the best therapy I could have ever engaged in. Now, I’m teaching others how to write and publish their own lives. My workshop – Write Your Life takes people through the process from beginning to end.

Learn more about my books and workshop at http://fyicomminc.com/books/jc-books.htm#WRITE
and thanks for this post!

Joan Cartwright
http://www.joancartwright.com