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This Week’s Guest – Monday, March 27, 2017


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March 27, 2017


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March 27, 2017


March 27, 2017


Dr. Maxine Thompson
Publisher, Author, Founder of

Maxine Thompson Literary and Educational Services
Author of
Affirmations and Essays for Melanoid People



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This Week’s Guest – Monday, August 8, 2016


Maxine Thompson

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August 8, 2016


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August 8, 2016

Judson Bacot
Author of

The Evolution of America’s Homebred Terrorist: The Changing Culture an Indisputable, Comprehensive, Provocative Scrutiny Into the Makings and World of America’s Urban Terrorist


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The Power of Voice: An Artist in the Midst of War

By Dr. Maxine Thompson

“Those who commit the murders, write the reports.” Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was an activist and a journalist. According to Wikipedia: She was born into slavery in 1862, but as an adult, she documented lynching in the United States in the 1890s, showing that it was often used as a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, rather than being based on criminal acts by blacks, as was usually claimed by whites. Needless to say, she had a voice at a time when it was dangerous for a black person, a woman at that, to have a voice.

In that vein, I never realized how important my voice was until I lost mine after a thyroid surgery in 2008…. We’re not talking laryngitis, either. Have you ever tried to ask for directions when you sound like a fog horn, and the mailman can’t understand you? Or, have you tried to order a fast-food take-out over the drive-through window speaker when your voice won’t go up enough decibels for the person on the other end to hear you? Or, better yet, have you ever hosted an Internet radio show where you sound horrible, and you know it, but you have to move on because this is part of your calling? Talk about frustrating, and that was only my literal voice. How about my voice in the world?

Well, it started me to thinking about how so many African American authors, who weren’t given a chance to get published back through the years, even up through the 80s, and early 90s, (I was one of them), have now been given a voice. Many have self-published to get their words, their voice, so to speak, out to the world. I know I did. Eventually, I sold 6 books to other publishers, but now I’m relaunching my books under my own company.

Anyhow, some African Americans have been published through traditional, mainstream publishers, but the point is, we now have a voice. The Internet and social media have opened a lot of doors, too. Over the past 8 years, with President Barack Obama as our first African American Chief of Staff, we saw how important the voice of the people can be when we united.

Now we are living in an even more treacherous time, much of which is being documented through technology and social media. But as writers, we need to document. The power of the pen still reigns.

Whether the media forgets, we should never forget. Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Alva Braziel, Delrawn Smalls Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and on the anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death, everything is the same. Let’s not forget Trayvon Martin, either. Do you recall any convictions for these murder victims? Do you expect to see any convictions for the more recent murder victims, Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile, which were captured on video and live streamed for the world to see? Or more recently, Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist, who was shot by police Monday, 7-18-16, with his hands held up in the air. Will there be any conviction?

What should we do as writers? We write. My business philosophy, taken from my old job at the Los Angeles County Department of Children Services, is, “If you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen.” For example, if a child was injured or killed in a foster home, or in its parent’s home, and the authorities couldn’t find any documentation in your case, indicating you had made all reasonable efforts to supervise and protect that child, you were in deep trouble.

Likewise, if you don’t write what you are seeing happening here in the United States, you are just as involved in the complicity of these crimes we see around us.

Our job, as a writer, involves taking a stand. What is going on in America is wrong. Systemic racism is wrong. This involves all of its offshoots—mass incarceration of Blacks, poverty, redlining, racial profiling, police brutality, miseducation, and lack of reparations for our ancestors who provided the free labor which built the wealth of this country.

On my last radio show, 7-18-16, where I interviewed 21-year-old author, Terrence R. McCrae, who penned the book, “What Should We All do After the Trayvon Martin Trial?” I’ve cited other books which, (along with the Underground Railroad, abolitionists, and the fact slavery was morally wrong,) helped end slavery. These books include, but are not limited to, David Walker’s Appeal (written in 1829,) Frederick Douglass’s narrative, My Bondage and My Freedom, and even a white writer’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. In the 20th century, another white writer, the late Harper Lee, addressed racism in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in the brilliant summation given by the attorney’s character, Atticus Finch. One of the best books of the 20th Century, which addressed the internal devastation (yet the triumph of the human spirit) of slavery, was Pulitzer Prize-Winning novel, Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

Let’s face it. We’re in a war. A war on our community. As artists, this is definitely a time that the power of the written word is just as powerful as YouTube, Periscope, and other social media outlets.

Let us never forget. If you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen. I always see it on a deeper level. Without writing our passage down, “we,” as a people, didn’t happen.

About the Blogger: Dr. Maxine Thompson is a novelist, poet, columnist, short story writer, book reviewer, an editor, ghostwriter, Internet Radio Show Host, and a Literary Agent. As an editor, she has edited numerous best-selling books for African Americans, including many books for men and women who are incarcerated in the prison system. In a down economy, as a literary agent, she has negotiated over 100 book deals for African Americans. She is the author of Novels, The Ebony Tree, Hostage of Lies, LA Blues, LA Blues 2, and LA Blues 3, A Place Called Home (A Short Story Collection), The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell, a contributor to bestselling anthologies Secret Lovers, (A Black Expression Bestseller) All in The Family, and Never Knew Love Like This Before, (Also a Black Expression Book Club best-seller, and Kindle Bestseller).

She is also an ebook author of The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell 1, 2, The Hush Hush Secrets of Making Money as a Writer, The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life You Love, Novellas, The Katrina Blues, Capri’s Second Chance, and Summer of Salvation, contributor to Proverbs for the People, and Editor/Contributor to anthology, Saturday Morning.

Her novels, The Ebony Tree, (Won a small Pen Award in 1997), Hostage of Lies, (Voted a Best Book of 2009), LA Blues, (2011), and LA Blues II, (2012), which were featured in Black Expressions’ Catalog in August 2012. LA Blues 3 was published in August 2013.




Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, July 18, 2016


Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson,
Publisher, Literary Agent, Author, Host of Internet Show is cross-referenced to her other businesses

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Dr. Maxine invites you to join her this week on her various shows where she will be speaking with some interesting people.


July 18, 2016


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This Week’s Guest – Monday, July 18, 2016

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July 18, 2016

Terrence R. McCrea
Author of

What Should We All Do After The Trayvon Martin Trial?


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THE REAL KILLERS OF THE FIVE COPS IN DALLAS TEXAS

BY AN ELDER, DR. ROSIE MILLIGAN

The persons responsible for the loss of lives of the five policemen in Dallas, Texas are as follows: Those who continue to perpetuate institutionalized racism throughout America—in its schools, universities, legal and criminal justice system. This also includes every law enforcement officer—black, white and others—who stood by and said nothing, and did nothing, while white officers beat or killed black men unjustly. The racist defense and prosecuting attorney, every juror who stood up for the policemen who were guilty in taking the lives of black men—yes, you are the guilty ones. And if you have any conscience today, you should be haunted by the trigger pulled by the gunman on that dreadful evening July 7, 2016.

I have lived seventy years in America, and I am a third generation removed from slavery. I experience the past, the present and the future all in one. I have a glimpse of the future, which is based on the facts that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The black man/woman is just as enslaved today legally as in the past. The criminal justice system upholds the law when it comes to disregarding the black person as a human being—which appears to be legal.

My question to all non-blacks is: what if your men were being brutally and unjustly murdered at the rate black men are being murdered, how would you feel and what would you do? When I saw those cops on top of a black man—who was in a helpless position, then shot, I had a flashback. Pain gripped my abdomen. I thought about when I was young, living in Mississippi when white men would roll up on horses to a black person’s house and call for a father or a father’s son to come out the house so they could either beat him in the presence of his family, or kill him. Nothing was done to the killer then, and nothing is done, in most cases, now. After witnessing the black man, Alton Sterling, who was killed just recently, I cried, I cried and I cried.

We must all stand up, and speak up when injustice is done. Here is a good quote I read online. “The only thing necessary for the Triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Remember, the crop we plant today, our children will be the reapers of it tomorrow. Is it the masses who want a race war, or is it just a few evil ones who are trying to ignite a race war? You may not witness a race war in your time, however, if things do not change, there will be one. Is this what you want your children to inherit from your wrong doings? Think. If you have any doubt about what I am saying to you, you had better ask your young people how they feel about what’s going on. You will be quite surprised.

Here is another quote I read online:

“Young whites do not ascribe to the notion ‘We want our country back.’ It’s the old evil power thirsty white folks. Young whites know that you evil ones have lied to them. Their association with blacks in school, in sports, etc., they know truth. And they want to be like blacks, they want to sing like us, dance like us, dress like us, preach and praise like us—don’t you get it? They want to live in peace as God would have it to be—can’t you see how many of them are marching in the Black Life Matters Movement? Does that tell you something?”

America, you have pushed blacks against the wall, and they have two choices: give in to the ills of society, or stand up and fight for themselves and for their children. You have created a monster in your own back yard. Many black men are in prison unjustly. They pled guilty to a felony because they did not have the money to hire an attorney to represent them. Upon their release, due to a felony, they cannot obtain federal/state assistance such as: low-income housing, food stamps, federal grants for education and cannot be caught in the presence of another felon—Oh, America, America the beautiful, what are you doing to black people? Where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Young blacks will not continue to take, and to put up with, the injustice and do nothing; they have been placed in a positon whereby they don’t have much to lose. The new culture, the new crop, would rather go down fighting than to stand still, do nothing and be killed.

Let me leave you with these words of wisdom: A house divided, cannot stand. An enemy inside of a house can destroy you quicker and faster than the enemy on the outside. America, we have enemies all around the world. If we are to survive, we must come together as one race. We can do better, and we must do better, starting today and henceforth.

Dr. Rosie Milligan, minister, author, senior estate planner, credit consultant, talk show host of Express Yourself Hour, owner of Professional Business Consulting Service, 1425 W. Manchester Ave. Ste. B, Los Angeles, CA 90047, 323-750-3592, drrosie@aol.com, www.Drrosie.com

Blog: The Promise and The Peril of the American Dream by Dr. Maxine Thompson


(The Promise and The Peril of the American Dream: Going to See Misty Copeland in the American Ballet at the Los Angeles Musical Center in the midst of a holocaust; the most recent two murders of black men by police)

These two subjects almost seem incongruous: Misty Copeland and the murder of two Black Citizens. However, I see this paradigm as the Promise and the Peril of Black Life/the American Dream.

Last night, July 7, 2016, because of a ticket my daughter, Tamaira Johnson, bought for my 65th birthday last month, we both had the honor of witnessing the gifted hurricane that is Misty Copeland, the first African-American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, at the Los Angeles Music Center. She danced as “The Firebird,” and she was the consummate performer. In fact, she was fierce. As I watched in awe, I saw the promise of the American Dream.

But there was also a shadow overcasting my pride for our young African American sister. Before the performance, Tamaira, a registered nurse, related how she’d cried when she saw the video of Alton Sterling, with his heart pumping as he bled out, after being shot in the chest by white police. (At the time, I was sequestered in the cocoon world of writing a novel, which is why I hadn’t seen the videos. I’d heard about both shootings on the Internet, though. I’ve stopped watching a lot of the biased news on our American networks.)

Anyhow, when I got home last night, I watched both videos of Philando Castile (killed by the Minnesota Police in front of his fiancée,) and 24 hours earlier, the videos of Alton Sterling, (killed by the Police in cold blood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.) Like many Black people, I am numb, appalled, upset.

Come on, America. What is it going to take to stop this holocaust? Isn’t this the same political climate of Hitler’s Germany before he started his genocide campaign against the Jews, gypsies, and other groups of people? Similarly, when the government withdraws its support from a people, are the people being set up for extermination?

Another question. When will these racist police officers be educated to cultural sensitivity to Black men, in particular? (Actually, they have started killing Black Women, too, such as Sandra Bland who died under suspicious circumstances when she was arrested July 13, 2015 in Texas.) Not to mention, our mass incarceration of Blacks as a new form of holocaust.

Sad to say, this is nothing new. The attempted extermination of Black people has been going on since we arrived in this country in the fifteenth century as indentured servants. Even with the Middle Passage and Slavery, we have been a resilient people.

Looking back in history, we know the flagrant lynchings of Black men, women and children took place in the nineteenth and twentieth century, many of which went unrecorded. Ironically, a book I paid $40 for (around 2002) shows some of the lynchings recorded by whites themselves. The book is titled: Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America Hardcover – February 1, 2000 by James Allen (Author, Editor) http://amzn.to/29GAUnZ

However, the twenty-first century has added something new to the mix—technology. The videos that are showing up now are much clearer than the grainy filming of the now infamous Rodney King beating, which sparked the April 29, 1992 uprising.

But when the police now have a license to kill based on the color of our skin, and the courts won’t take any action against them, what can we do? What steps can we take to turn this tide of mass murders around?

It is time for us to take action. As African Americans, we need healing from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that goes with a five-hundred-year history of abuse in this country. We also need reparations. We need to hold accountable the systems, which are supposed to protect us as American citizens. The courts have to be held accountable. The politicians have to be held accountable. The government has to be held accountable. We need to practice boycotting and do business with our own community.

This is a perilous time we’re living through. Look at all the talent being taken before its promise can be reached, such as in the young Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice’s murders?

Black lives Do Matter!

My heart and condolences go out to the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Let’s wake up, America.

About the Blogger: Dr. Maxine Thompson is a novelist, poet, columnist, short story writer, book reviewer, an editor, ghostwriter, Internet Radio Show Host, and a Literary Agent. As an editor, she has edited numerous best-selling books for African Americans, including many books for men and women who are incarcerated in the prison system. In a down economy, as a literary agent, she has negotiated over 100 book deals for African Americans. She is the author of Novels, The Ebony Tree, Hostage of Lies, LA Blues, LA Blues 2, and LA Blues 3, A Place Called Home (A Short Story Collection), The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell, a contributor to bestselling anthologies Secret Lovers, (A Black Expression Bestseller) All in The Family, and Never Knew Love Like This Before, (Also a Black Expression Book Club best-seller, and Kindle Bestseller).

She is also an ebook author of The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell 1, 2, The Hush Hush Secrets of Making Money as a Writer, The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life You Love, Novellas, The Katrina Blues, Capri’s Second Chance, and Summer of Salvation, contributor to Proverbs for the People, and Editor/Contributor to anthology, Saturday Morning.

Her novels, The Ebony Tree, (Won a small Pen Award in 1997), Hostage of Lies, (Voted a Best Book of 2009), LA Blues, (2011), and LA Blues II, (2012), which were featured in Black Expressions’ Catalog in August 2012. LA Blues 3 was published in August 2013.

Blog: Self-Publishing (Indie Publishing): The New Middle Passage <p>

(Originally published in 2000; Taken from The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sells (2002)

By Dr. Maxine Thompson)

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“When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny.”

Pastor Ralph Buchanan

In 1992, when I wrote my poem, “The Middle Passage,” I was a frustrated, overworked
social worker with a caseload of 80 children—too many of them being termed as “crack
babies.” These babies were the offspring of the majority of my African American,
formerly known as “South Central” Los Angeles substance-abusing clients/brothers/sisters.

Having lost many of my childhood friends to this same demon—drug addiction—who
knows how much genius has been lost—I think I’ve been on a mission to reclaim all
that lost talent ever since. There’s a saying, “Let your misery become your ministry,
and your mess become your message.”

Although I hadn’t seen Julie Dash’s film, Daughters of the Dust, at the time I penned my
poem, I believe the ancestors inspired “The Middle Passage.”

“We are the children of those who chose to survive,” the matriarchal grandmother,
Nana Peasant, says in Dash’s movie, Daughters of the Dust.

One day, after seeing one more drug baby fight for his life on an inhalator, I had had enough. In anger, I sat down and wrote this poem. I saw a connection between the two figurative “middle
passages.” The slaves had no choice over being in captivity, just as these innocent
“drug addicted babies” had no choice over their mother’s addiction. For these
newborns, the spiritual and physical “middle passage” from their mother’s womb to their first breath was as fraught with peril as “the middle passage” was for their historical counterpart–the
African ancestors who traveled “the middle passage” from Africa to the islands, and the
continents of South and North America. Perhaps I was giving vent to the ancestors’
sense of sorrow.

One thing for sure, though, when I wrote this poem, I had no idea that 9 years later, a
woman, Gloria Battle, an angel (as I called her,) on my path of enlightenment, would read
my poem in a college class and later invite me to Sodus, New York to speak to young people and to conduct a self-publishing workshop. I call this a case of synchronicity.
Gloria Battles was part of God’s answer to my desire to get out and do workshops.

Gloria Battles, a volunteer and community activist, was one of the founding members of the Imani Festival in Sodus, New York. Sodus is located in Northern New York near Rochester, and only had a small Black population. Mrs. Battle worked hard to keep cultural awareness going in this city.

Following a thirteen-hour trek from Los Angeles, to Rochester, due to plane delays and
computer failures on the rerouted plane, I finally arrived safely at 1:00 a.m. (This was
the first real problem encountered since becoming a frequent flier–a big switch from my cocoon as a former hate-to-fly person.) Anyhow, Gloria Battle, along with her husband, were there to meet me. They drove me out to a rural area nearly an hour away and by 3:00 a.m., I was happily deposited in my hotel.

The next day, after my workshop with a group of teenagers and teachers, when Mrs. Battle took me sightseeing, I found the Sodus/Rochester area reminded me of a pastoral
painting filled with roaming fields, land unblemished by buildings and open expanse. We visited The Village of Sodus Point where the wealthy sail their yachts and own
summer homes. The historical Sodus Bay Light House, now a museum, gave a
breathtaking view of Lake Erie, which had a glassy sheen that looked almost like
turquoise in the afternoon sun.

But what impressed me most about the setting was the sense of history and its personal
message it sent to me. My trip to Sodus, New York was not just a business trip as I’d
thought. It provided a spiritual solution to a dilemma I was facing.

How did this happen? I believe what I experienced came about because the place
brought back the ancestral memory of the past. I found out Rochester was one of the
final ports of the Underground Railroad. Rochester was also where Harriet Tubman
brought slaves en route to “Freedom.” This was also the home of abolitionists.
Moreover, Susan B. Anthony formed the woman’s suffragette movement here.
Frederick Douglas founded the North Star newspaper here. Obviously, Rochester has a
rich heritage of social activists for freedom, and the feeling seems to linger in the soil.

It was no accident that I stayed in a hotel by the Erie Canal, which was used for
runaway slaves to escape into Canada. When I strolled along the Erie Canal, it was as
though the ancestor’s spirit returned to me to remind me of the responsibility I have as
a writer/epublisher/literary service person—that I am to call writers to “Freedom.” I
realize, now, I am standing on the backs of my ancestors, who opened the way for this
day of literary freedom.

I’ve often read that the runaway slaves were told to follow the star pattern of the
drinking gourd, or the Big Dipper, which led north. Similarly, I learned that what
explorers called true north was about the journey. True North, in fact, is your authentic
journey through life. I started out thinking my authentic journey was just to be a writer,
and to get published. Now I’ve learned, along the way, that I have a greater calling. I
am trying to point writers True North.

Just as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas helped free enslaved Blacks both in
body and mind, I have a ministry to help free new writers (many of them African
Americans) from not publishing their works. This destiny for me is just as important of
a calling as when I worked with abused, neglected children for twenty-three years.

Later, when I returned to Los Angeles, I dreamed of my mentor, Dr. Rosie Milligan’s
bookstore, being flooded in a foot or so of water. Strangely, a disembodied hand floated
in the water. When I shared my dream, she interpreted it as “the helping hand”—a
symbol of what publishing books provide for a drowning people.

Of course, this dream started me thinking. Just as The Underground Railroad was the
freedom train, self-publishing, now called indie publishing, has become the new “freedom train.” It helps authors retain a sense of ownership of the material, and to retain control over the process. Of course, there’s the money, too, for those with marketing savvy. Now, books can be sold domestically and internationally and through many digital outlets such as Apple, Kobo, and others.

But the real reason we gain freedom is that literature and books are the repositories of our culture.

Think about it. The Dark Ages in history began because books were banned. In slavery, reading
was forbidden for Blacks. After manumission, and throughout the twentieth century, as
Blacks, we’ve had several waves of “Literary Dark Ages,” starting from the demise of
Harlem Renaissance in the 20s and 30s. There’s a lesson in the past. It would behoove
many of us never to be lulled into a false sense of security and forget. It’s no secret that
self-published Black writers are fueling the new wave of African American literature.

For the first time in history, on a growing level, (due to the Internet, desktop publishing,
ePublishing, and Print on Demand, social media), we, as Black writers, have a chance to explore our
journey as part of the African Diaspora here in the United States and other lands.

The insight I gained from this trip to Rochester, New York was two-fold. The message
to my personal dilemma was this: although I’m writing my latest novel, I can continue
to help other writers. At the same time, I realize that helping “birth” or “mid-wife” a
book is the same spiritual “middle passage” that giving birth to a new life is. This time
around, I am writing about “The Middle Passage,” not in a pejorative sense, but in a
positive one. Self-publishing or Indie Publishing can be seen as a “middle passage” for aspiring African American writers. At least this time, we have a choice about the journey.

Contact Dr. Maxine Thompson at maxtho@aol.com or bbutterfly1951@gmail.com If you would like assistance with writing, publishing, or marketing your book.

THE MIDDLE PASSAGE


Ever wondered how the ancestors survived

the boat ride from Africa to America?

Smells of everybody’s lives jumbled together

as they lay flanked side by side, in a cesspool

of blood, tears, and stool, dreaming the undreamable.

Deep in the bowels of a slave ship,

where many made their tomb,

a mother’s tears flowed from dried-eyed ducts,

for the suckling babe snatched from her breast,

while hating the enemy whose seed now grew in her womb.

Rattlings of shackles never quite able

to drown out the re-memory of sun-drenched savannahs

where they once roamed as kings and queens

pulverized the spirit. . .

Were they bludgeoned into mindless stupor?

Or did they tell themselves,

“We must be strong; we must survive

for our future sons and daughters”?

For survive they did…only to endure the unwriteable…

bondage…false freedom…lynchings…now drugs…

Ever wondered what the ancestors would believe

if they knew of the perilous journey their future seed

must fork through the middle passage

from their mother’s crack-filled womb?

Deep in the caverns of an incubator,

where many make their tomb,

a drug baby’s life shackled to tubes, ventilators,

not guaranteed to save, like mother’s milk, an umbilical cord,

but an alien world…Now, who’s the slave?

Maxine E. Thompson, 1992

Email: maxtho@aol.com

About the blogger:

Dr. Maxine Thompson is a novelist, poet, columnist, short story writer, book reviewer, an editor, ghostwriter, Internet Radio Show Host, and a Literary Agent. She is the author of Novels, The Ebony Tree, Hostage of Lies, LA Blues, LA Blues 2, and LA Blues 3, A Place Called Home (A Short Story Collection), The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell, a contributor to bestselling anthologies Secret Lovers, (A Black Expression Bestseller) All in The Family, and Never Knew Love Like This Before, (Also a Black Expression Book Club best seller, and Kindle Bestseller).

She is also an ebook author of The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell 1, 2, The Hush Hush Secrets of Making Money as a Writer, The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life You Love, Novellas, The Katrina Blues, Capri’s Second Chance, and Summer of Salvation, contributor to Proverbs for the People, and Editor/Contributor to anthology, Saturday Morning.

Her novels, The Ebony Tree, (Won a small Pen Award in 1997), Hostage of Lies, (Voted a Best Book of 2009), LA Blues, (2011), and LA Blues II, (2012), which were featured in Black Expressions’ Catalog in August 2012. LA Blues 3 was published in August 2013.

Blog: Alex Haley’s TV Mini-Series “Roots” Now Redux

By Dr. Maxine Thompson

6-2-16

Yesterday, I was standing in line at the post office and the conversation turned to the new TV series, Roots. I had watched some of it on my tablet on the History Channel, but my preference is still for the original classic of Roots, which was groundbreaking in 1977 when I first saw it.

Everyone wanted to know why do they keep creating slavery shows or movies now.

Since that was the groups’ consensus, my opinion was why not? I was vocal about it.

Just as the Holocaust victims never let the world forget the Germans’ atrocities and have erected memorials of the concentration camps, (just to name some examples

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/history-of-the-holocaust-auschwitz-oven-factory-reopens-as-a-memorial-a-742013.html),
http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/MemorialSite/Jewish.html),
then why should we, as African Americans, forget the human atrocities done to us?

One reason we should never forget is because of long-overdue reparations.

The Jews and Native Americans will or have received reparations.

http://rollingout.com/2015/10/07/obama-administration-earmarks-12-million-reparations-holocaust-survivors/

http://www.prrac.org/full_text.php?%20text_id=649&item_id=6623&newsletter_id=17

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/politics/american-indian-settlment/

Bottom line. Why haven’t we, as African Americans, whose ancestors’ free labor built the wealth of this country received our reparations?

If anything, we need more books and movies regarding what happened to our ancestors for over four hundred years in this country. Perhaps to that end, we will receive our reparations.

Why should the holocaust of 60 million and more Africans be forgotten?

Many young African Americans don’t even know their history. Too much of our history was lost due to the laws that banned reading and writing for slaves. (Oh, how I wish I knew what songs or stories they might have sung during the Middle Passage? How did they survive the voyage at all?)

The main thing that survived (besides a few precious books, such as Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, and 12 Years A Slave: A True Story : Includes Interviews and Photographs of 30 Former Slaves Authored by Solomon Northrup,)
was the oral tradition.

Our oral tradition is the main vein we have back to the past, such as in Kunta Kinte’s story, which was handed down in Alex Haley’s family.

African Americans not wanting to remember our slave past reminds me of a saying that Harriet Tubman is reported to have said; “I I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

There’s a saying, “If you don’t know your past you will keep repeating it.” (Look at the mass incarceration of African Americans.)

I am currently working on a historical fiction book, which is a prequel to my novel, Hostage of Lies. It has involved a lot of research into the slave ancestors’ past. I am following a story that was told to me by an octogenarian (now deceased) in 1995. I am looking for little known stories and facts to support this story.




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