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Thoughts and Posts by Gibran Ali

IGNORANCE IS BLISS

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 8, 2017

Sensing that I was losing my sense of self, I mentally ran a background check on myself, and from all available data, the generalized notion was that  I didn’t know shit about me. And added to this numbing knowledge was the reality that I was suddenly beginning to feel trapped, but I didn’t know how…

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ROOTS

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 8, 2017

Gentrification. For quite a long time, I have had mixed emotions about this urban phenomenon of dressing the hood up, the governmental equivalent of playing fairy god-mother. Sure, once the hard-hat heroes with their bulldozers and cranes are long gone and the dust has settled, certainly the neighborhood will look much better, but rarely, if…

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By Gibran Tariq | Nov 6, 2017

  COOCHIE 1 On the afternoon of October 20th, a very sunny Tuesday, Neon Ashford  shook her ass like she was trying to break it. She had on a pair of tight-fitting jeans whose relationship to her apple bottom behind was more like a second skin than a piece of fabric. Even though, at nineteen,…

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BETWEEN 2 FIRES

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 6, 2017

  1   The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina was home to one of the most vicious and feared prosecutors in the country, and Regina Barkley couldn’t stand his white ass. The man was intelligent and ambitious, but had climbed up the political ladder on the backs of some…

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THE COLUMBUS DAY CONSPIRACY

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 6, 2017

ONE NOVEMBER 1942   It was one thing to be cold, but quite another to be freezing. Not long ago, Paul Madsen had been warm and safe and at home. Now, he was in New York where his mind raced to find a way to rouse up some inner warmth. With nearly everything else having…

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COOCHIE

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 6, 2017

    COOCHIE 1 On the afternoon of October 20th, a very sunny Tuesday, Neon Ashford  shook her ass like she was trying to break it. She had on a pair of tight-fitting jeans whose relationship to her apple bottom behind was more like a second skin than a piece of fabric. Even though, at…

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BLACK PEARL

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 6, 2017

      CHAPTER 1 The darkness of night ushered in the prospect of something from a made-for-TV-movie, but Pearl saw it differently. The blackness, though frightening, offered her a new dawn, a second beginning, one last chance to save herself. The mood of the night was so evil that the darkness, becoming even more…

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LOOK!

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 6, 2017

THE SELF-REINFORCING THEORY   When you take a look at your personal history, the one thing you will be forced to contend with is the fact that what you are doing right now is establishing a reputation that is sure to outlive you. Be advised that right now, at this very moment, you are building…

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CHAPTER 4

By Gibran Tariq | Nov 6, 2017

LOW SELF-ESTEEM: AN INSIDE JOB     Remember the doll experiment spoken of in Chapter 2 which summarized a sort of self-hatred black women exhibited towards themselves. Since that experiment was conducted a few decades ago when sistas were not quite as liberated or educated as they are now, it stands to reason that the…

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