Little Known Black History Fact: Frank X Walker

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Originally posted on Black America Web:

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Poet, educator and activist Frank X Walker is Kentucky’s first Black poet laureate, and at 53 the youngest to serve in the post. Governor Steve Beshear bestowed Mr. Walker with the honor in February 2013.

With a specialty in writing “persona” poems, which are works written in the voice of another, Walker has won several awards for his poetry, putting a new face on writers from the Appalachia region.

Born June 11, 1961 in Danville, Ky., Walker was the second of 10 children reared in public housing projects in the area. A self-professed nerd and athlete, Walker typically doesn’t reveal much about himself in his poetry but has shared more in interviews.

According to an essay from Shepherd University professor Dr. Slyvia Bailey Shurbutt, Walker experienced poverty as a child and other hardships but found triumph as a college student.

Initially, Walker entered the University…

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Hidden Gems: Google+ Hashtags

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:




If you are a long-time reader of this blog you might have realized that I am a big fan of Google+ – or GooglePlus – however you want to write it.  And I am not the only fan of this Social Media site, more than a billion other people signed up and it won’t take long until Facebook is a thing of the past.  At least for professionals who realized how important their Google Search Engine ranking is.  Now let’s look at one of the most interesting features Google+ has to offer:


Do you know of any Social Media site that creates custom #hashtags for you? Well, Google+ does!
And they do even more: when starting to type a #hashtag, Google kicks in and offers in a drop-down menue with suggested hashtags starting with the letters you have typed so far. Isn’t that fantastic?
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What’s the deal with that hashtag thing?

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

Last weekend, at the blogging panel (which, by the way, was a blast) during the question and answer period, a woman asked about hashtags – “what are they?”

facebook-hashtagIf she asked that, then I figured someone else in our audience might have the same question. Here is the scoop about hashtags.

A hashtag is just that little crossed symbol on your keypad that used to be called the number sign (#).

It’s used on social media (mostly Twitter but it’s on other sites, like Facebook, as well) as a way to do searches. Hashtagged words act as keywords in a search. Think about it, how many words do you know in the English language that start with #? I’m guessing that you can’t come up with many. Because of this, hashtags are used on the internet as a way to easily do searches.

Finding information with Hashtags

Let’s say I’m…

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5. Dreams From My Father

Originally posted on daretobe_dffrnt:

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

July 2014 


In the esteemed yet controversial memoir, Barack Obama tells a compelling story of his life – personal, determined and colourful in experiences yet so heartbreakingly full of unwanted truths. While it is a story of discovering one’s identity and roots, it also brings out the discrimination and cruelty prevalent in the world. It reminds us that we cannot escape our roots, that our cultural heritage plays a role in the universal journey of becoming who we are. Our race and nationality is not chosen but a gift.

The book got me thinking about a number of things – the first being race and discrimination. Man’s inherent evil to segregate, hate and despise. The second would be attitude – confidence versus pride. It was the confidence of Obama’s father and grandfather that made them exceptional men. They were confident and unafraid…

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The Serial Comma: Blood or Brains

Originally posted on Quoth The Wordsmith:

Serial Comma ComicA serial comma, also known as an Oxford comma, is something that causes fairly heated debates between readers and writers alike. Journalists generally despise it, and old-fashioned writers adore it.

If you aren’t familiar with what a serial comma is, then I’ll give you a quick overview:

1) I had eggs, toast, and orange juice for breakfast.

2) I had eggs, toast and orange juice for breakfast.

The first uses a serial comma. The second does not. The serial comma is the second comma in the first example and it is used to separate and distinguish different items in a list. I use them in my own writing, but a colleague of mine, who I collaborate with on almost every writing project that we undertake, does not. We both have our reasons, and although I regard her opinions highly, I like to think that I am correct (insert stubbornness here).


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