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Are We Our Brothers Keeper?

m_8c5c3a48f3504953ac3ec2dd5db5c345“WHY IS IT THAT SOME BLACK PEOPLE SUPPORT EVERYONE EXCEPT EACH OTHER?”

I am on my computer every morning and I say good morning to everyone in my chat box. Most will respond and say good morning back. Some will ask how I'm doing, few will hold a conversation for a few minutes, and some will say absolutely nothing.

The other day I was doing my daily ritual, when a wonderful author by the name of Sandra Peterson Lott popped up and told me that I had made her day. I was trying to figure out what I had done to make her say that. Maybe she had read something that I wrote. She said that I had reached out to her and that many people don't do that. She said that she just wanted to thank me. I know it will sound corny but I was touched and brought to tears. Such a small gesture made someone’s day. I was honored and felt great the rest of the day. You never know what a person needs but God does and He used me to bring happiness to someone else.

We can all do that and I challenge you to.

I have met a lot of wonderful people online. Some people are well known and most are not. Everyone that I have come in contact with has been very supportive and I write this to say thank you. While many are sincere and want to see me and others succeed in this literary world, there are some that do not. For people starting out like me, please do your research on people and organizations. Be cautious, and don't be afraid to say no when people approach you about different opportunities. If they really want to work with you, they will give you time to check them out. Many artists are so anxious to see their names on CD and book covers, that they will jump on the first opportunity that comes their way. God runs this show and your time will come, so don't rush it. Seek God and allow Him to lead you to the road of success.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING FANTASTIC PEOPLE ON UP THE WAY MAGAZINE:

AUTHORBEN, KREATIVEKANIKA, WINTERS KISSES, MAHAUGHANI, ALMALIK7, DD KING, RGREEN, SLOTT2, and others.

WE HAVE TO SUPPORT OUR FELLOW AUTHORS. “TO HELP THEM IS TO HELP OURSELVES!”

Everyday we support our mainstream authors, making them rich while we struggle to get our books in the same stores with them. We love Zane and Terry McMillan but there are lesser known authors that are just as good as or better than the ladies mentioned.

Here are a few of them: AUTHOR_NAKIESIA, AUTHOR WINK, AUTHOR WHITAKER, BROOKLEN BORNE, RL DAVIS, AUTHOR K.D, AARON BEBO, THERMAL WORDS, and others.

Most authors don't have the luxury of staying at home to perfect their craft. They have to work a regular job. Many are city bus operators, (me) teachers, garbage men, construction workers, electricians, etc, or they are disabled and the sales of their books are their primary source of income.

We have to support each other people!

I ASK YOU ALL TO PLEASE BUY TWO BOOKS FROM AN UNKNOWN AUTHOR ONCE A MONTH!

“IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO GET THINGS DONE!” TIFFANI A. MCCLAIN

MICA’S TRUTH, WYDEOPEN, and MCALLEN8204 are literary greats that are on the grind, filling us up with much needed knowledge.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA:

There are black radio stations and television networks that will not showcase new talent. They recycle the same writers, musical artists, and actors. They'd rather play old re-runs like Good Times, create bootleg reality shows like For The Love of Ray J, play the same music videos, showing us being ghetto fabulous, ( pants sagging, mouth blinging, naked girls shaking their butts or wearing tight, yeast infection jeans, smiling in some rappers face.)

COME ON PEOPLE!

WHERE WOULD WE BE IF HARRIETT TUBMAN WOULD HAVE WAITED FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO LEAD SLAVES TO FREEDOM?

We all know Tyler Perry but do you know Rejuvenator, the creator of the play “Don’t Tell Grandma I Met Him Online?"

We all know and love Maya Angelou but have you read the outstanding poetry of Kevin B. Wright, marlysavage, and cavery51. Go to the poetry section and check them out.

OPERATION MOTOWN:

Back in the day, in Detroit, MI, there was a small record company owned and operated by a man named Berry Gordy. The thing I love about the old Motown is that every group was pushed hard. Each group was groomed, styles were created, and all music was voted on. Each group had the support of its company. Everyone was big on Motown. They had the Motown Review and they were in your face. You took one group; you had to take them all.Let's create our own Motown.

Take the wonderful stories from our Up The Way authors and create plays, movies, documentaries, pilots for TV shows, etc...... We have wonderful people like Angelo Sax Shaw and Mazaroddi music to do the musical scores. There are artists like TRU, to open up plays and shows. There are dancers, actors, writers, musicians, all looking for their shot. We need to come together and create our own big opportunities.

There is power in numbers.

Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X were successful because they had many people that had their backs and supported their causes.

SPIKE LEE TOLD US TO WAKE UP!

We need to come together as one and spread our God given gifts.There is a beautiful woman by the name of Miss Richburg on Up the Way Magazine. She writes obituaries for people that don’t know how. If that is not a beautiful gesture, I don’t know what is. Why buy a Hallmark card when you can buy greeting cards from Vai Peters. Have a wedding to prepare for? The lovely Tara Carter can hook you up with ideas for the perfect wedding.

Up The Way Magazine has so much to offer and there is more to come.

Lastly, I would like to give a shout out to Mr. Shane Cox. He works behind the scenes to make Up the Way Magazine and Devyn’s List a success. He spends timeless hours grinding, making sure that we only put out our best works. I want to thank him for being available 24/7 and for giving us an outlet to share our talents with the world. Up the Way Magazine is going to be the most reputable spot on the internet and Devyn’s List is going to be the one to give Facebook a run for its money. It is time to come together and support those that are struggling to make us a better people.

SUPPORT EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE UNIQUE TALENTS AND WE DON'T HAVE TO FIT ANY PARTICULAR MOLD.

RUSSELL SIMMONS SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID, “DO YOU!” A MUST READ FOR ALL PEOPLE!

IF YOU ARE ALL DOING GOD'S WILL THEN YOU ARE ALREADY SUCCESSFUL!

Please become a member of www.upthewaymag.com and www.devynslist.com and let’s show the world how powerful we can be.

By: Tiffani McClain
Last modified onSunday, 16 May 2010 14:15

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