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As they prey we pray?

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Messages Image(1994146390)This piece is written well in advance of the next tragedy to bestow our community. Unfortunately, I’ve become so accustomed to the constant injustices in this country that I find it my duty to inform you that the time has come to rewrite the script.

This is a public service announcement to all of those that choose to forgive and pray for their tormentors. The fact is your prayers galvanize aggressors to prey even more. When there is no consequence to an action there is no fear to repeat such an action.

Receiving forgiveness is a welcome result after perpetuating a heinous crime. Appealing to someone’s conscience when they clearly lack one is a waste of time. The first prayer cast should never be by the victim. It should be by the aggressor, praying they never acted upon their hatred, stupidity or greed.

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The story has been told countless times. The ending is now typical, even expected, by the public. Turning the other cheek and the rapid assertion of forgiveness is supposed to make everyone feel safe. But does it? Ask yourself this question; how do you stop a bully? While many answers may come to mind, praying doesn’t even crack the top ten. However, taking precautions and developing a tactical response is at the top of that list.

The time has come to rewrite the script.

The reality is there is a limit to everything and it would be best to stop poking the sleeping bear. Plenty of indicators have shown the bear has begun to twitch his eyes and it won’t be pretty if he fully wakes up. The old adage that the Pope reminded us of during his visit to the States “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” should be ingrained into our collective minds, for the religious and irreligious alike. Maybe then it will be easier to understand why prayer should take a back seat to actively doing something.

Mypens Real is immersed in the digital world with the keen eye of sifting through the fat and pulling out the meat. Always keeping tabs on the latest pros & cons technology has to offer. Whether it's sports, politics or pure stupidity...he'll find what's what.

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Writing Your First Book / Should I Self Publish?

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I had the distinct pleasure of  participating in a panel discussion on writing your first book, presented by the Harlem chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.  Alongside Jim St. Germain, Author – A Stone of Hope: A Memoir and Dr. Keneshia Nicole Grant, Author – The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century.  We opined on pain points, benefits and strategies regarding our inaugural voyages into authorship. Feel free to watch for your self and I hope this provides some insight to all those looking to make the same voyage. Enjoy!

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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What the NFT is a BEEPLE?

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On March 11 this year, the digital artist Beeple sold a collage of digital images from his “Everydays” series for nearly 70 million dollars as an NFT, or non-fungible token. And if that sentence confuses you, you’re not alone.

A non-fungible token is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, video, and other forms of creative work. While the digital files themselves are infinitely reproducible, the NFTs representing them are tracked on their underlying blockchains and provide buyers with proof of ownership.” – Wikipedia

Still confused? Let the artist himself explain it, and learn how he went from NFT newbie to making the third most expensive artwork by a living artist in three months. Not to suggest Beeple is an overnight success. The “Everydays” series alone involved creating a piece of art every day since May 1, 2007 – and he hasn’t missed a day.

Check out some of Beeple’s amazing and controversial work below.

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Comic Fans: Geek out with Cartoonist KAYFABE

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Cartoonist Kayfabe is a YouTube channel hosted by comic-book makers Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg.

Comics have come a long way since they were just for kids – and anyway, those kids have grown up and rightfully embrace it as  an artform. Cartoonish Kayfabe expertly walk you through the finer points of comic creation and appreciation, referencing some high quality images along the way.  If you’re a comic geek, you will dig it – especially if you’re into 90’s era and independent comics.

Recording as Electronic Device, Brooklyn artist and writer Eric Curran released his debut record "Two Dull Boys" in 2021.

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