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MURDER. SEX. CHAOS: EVERYONE IS TO BLAME

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EVERYONE IS TO BLAME
: ACCEPT IT OR NOT, we are ALL part of the problem, whether you are a descendant & beneficiary of
slavery/entitled by the benefits of being White, whether you “got over” on a real estate deal years back, maybe over-financing your property (and never got caught)… if you own some business and you’ve over-charged for your products or services, then you “took” from the available resources that human beings need to grow/to survive… maybe taxpayers had to pick up the slack. I remember many years ago a good friend of mine was in position at SEARS, and he could easily allow things to “leave the store” at pennies on the dollar. My ethics (and his) were way less than scrupulous at the time, but in hindsight I can see that if Sears was taking that sort of hit all over the nation, it could indeed lead to the reason why Macy’s is ahead of them in earnings, or why Target and Walmart are industry leaders, and not Sears. There were times I got free gas fill-ups from “friends.” There were plenty of times I was fed for free at this restaurant and that… how about over-pouring at the bar. Never did I think about “who’s paying for this?” Never did I consider reciprocity, available resources or replenishing. That only comes with maturity & awareness. Call it “growing up” if you want to, but you and I both know people who are still acting like adolescents, taking things that don’t belong to them. They con’t know how to contribute and earn, so they take. And therein lies the imbalance in resources, and the interrupt in Universal Law. The “Circle of Life.”

Family, I was no angel in my past, but I know that KARMA has its place. I know that no matter what SOMEONE had to clean up after me and my dirt… after you and your choices that taxed someone/somehow. That’s right, these are the checks and balances of life.

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You might romanticize music and think James Brown’s “Sex Machine” is hot. But the truth is it pushed the envelope and helped to make “sexin'” the norm. We’re humans, and we’re here to procreate, yes. But we have the ability to think civil & not carnal. We have the ability to “reason” and not wild-out. We can even exercise logic.

But dirt is done on many levels, whether you’re aware of it or not. If you agreed with Elvis and his girations or James Brown and his “Sex Machine” on stage, you’ve endorsed and helped to fuel the “sexual revolution” that today finds the floodgates wide open with men calling women bitches and worse. You’re the reason there is excessive porn, and women selling their bodies… if you enjoy and repeat the music or the videos that re-enact sex in the content, whether its Janet or Prince or even Salt ‘n Pepa… if you enjoy or romance movies with violence and have repeated lines from the vicious Scarface, or the criminality in Cat Ballou… even if you rejected these platforms altogether and you are the squeaky clean mirror-image of Jesus Christ, and you’ve perhaps denied these artists, these ideologies and the like, (yes if you’ve turned your back on those who did not know the way or those who were wild while searching for a way), you too are culpable of and responsible for the state we find ourselves in today. The reason why the youth of the world are “out of control” is because of what we practiced Its because of our routines. We went from Englebert Humperdinck, Barry Manilow and Sinatra, to Madonna, Snoop Dog and comparing women to jeeps. We are enabled to be the worst we can be, without enforcement/up until we cross the line.

Don’t like the mass shootings of Sandy Hook? AWE, WHAT A FUCKIN PITY, because YOU’RE THE SAME ONE WHO SUPPORTS STEVEN KING! Did you know that Steven wrote THE BLUEPRINT for the Sandy Hook killings?

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Steven King’s Bachman book series is the foundation of the worst that can happen. Want to read about Sandy Hook? Ready RAGE, written decades ago. #Blueprint

How about 911? Are your panties in a bunch because people flew airplanes into skyscrapers? Where in tarnation do you think they came up with that? Could it be the X-Files TV show/spin-off called “The Lone Gunman”? Could it be the Tom Clancy novel “Debt of Honor“? If you don’t like the gun violence amongst gangs (whether they are from the streets or wearing uniforms), then you have yourself to blame, since YOU TOO have MEMORIALIZED “THE GODFATHER” and you ROMANTICIZED. How about “True Lies” and “King Kong“? “TRAINING DAY.” You don’t like women getting raped, or young girls getting peed-on by grammy award winning singers, AND YET YOU PRAISE MONSTER’S BALL, THE COLOR PURPLE AND PRECIOUS. Who are we kidding? WE LOVE THIS SHIT UNTIL IT HITS YOUR FRONT PORCH! UNTIL WE HAFTA EXPERIENCE IT OURSELVES! You allowed THE HANDMAID’S TALE onto SCHOOL READING LISTS, THEREBY PUTTING THESE IDEAS INTO KIDS HEADS FOR DECADES. WHETHER BY DEFAULT, OR BY ROUTINE PRACTICE, PROBABLY SINCE THE DAY EVE ATE THE APPLE, WE ARE ALL TO BLAME. We endorsed the BS that has perpetuated itself for centuries, and now that the evolution is indeed televised, we are seeing it all raw and uncut, and we claim that we don’t like what we’re seeing, even tho we are WAY PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN. And even YOU… If you turned your back on those who closely and/or purposefully perpetuate these ideas, YOU TOO ARE TO BLAME. Nobody escapes the truth of our digression, of our temptations and of our age-old routine of BEDLAM remixed for the digital age. But we’re quick to accept the progress and benefit from what we call “style” or “creativity.” You love to say, “don’t blame the messenger,” and you love to flaunt your FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, that same caption from a document that is outdated and selectively enforced. But family, the reality here is there is no denying our responsibility for the way things are. And don’t get it twisted, for I too am in the matrix, growing the fruit, selling the fruit and eating the fruit. EVERYONE IS TO BLAME.

5 Ways To Avoid Getting Shot-Up By A Mass Murderer

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There’s always a lesson inside the madness. Whether or not the two Bonnie/Clyde killers in San Bernardino (the 355th US mass shooting/4 or more people shot or killed) acted inside of a Jihadi-terrorist mindset or not, there are lessons to be learned here. A good friend asked me this morning: “What do we do? Whats happening? Are they coming to Atlanta?”

And while there’s a paranoia in all of the reasoning and rationale, there is one strong beacon of reality that stands out for me: Where there are more people (no matter their intent or purpose) there are more problems. 

12346621_10153637832930733_675146436_nThere are 7.3 billion people on the planet. Of that number, we’re compartmentalized by geography, by religious fellowships & beliefs, and by group allegiances. Beyond that, there are families, political alliances and career affiliations and social interests. For the most part, that covers the large groups of us. My “grouping” and “chunking” people together, at least in this commentary, is my way of detailing humanity for a clear and concise perspective on my points. Here are my points:

1) RECOGNIZE THE RED FLAGS - In most every case where there is a mass-shooter, bomber or someone wanting to do harm to a number of people/all at once, the attacker is problematic. Its most likely a “he” who is angry at the world, the circumstances he works or lives in, and perhaps his own lack of resources or of progress.

There is that point of no return where one “gives up” and either surrenders to life by taking their own life, or gives up and decides to “go out with a bang,” taking their own lives and the lives of others. There’s also that peak of frustration; “the tipping point” if you will, which flips the switch for these folks.

The guy who shot the owner of the liquor store (and his customer) and then held his mother hostage… he hit his tipping point. The disgruntled teenager who felt he wasn’t loved from girls in his school; same guy who had it out for the jocks at the same school… he recorded youtube video and showed us all that he had hit his tipping point. South Carolina racial shooting in the church; hate-based, and the guy hit his tipping point. He was ready to throw it all away and surrendered to his own lack of love and love for humanity. The Planned Parenthood attack… Happyland social club fire that was set in NYC years back, the movie theater shooting the Boston boming, Sandy Hook… the perps are almost always on a mission, disgruntled, at there tipping point. Many or all of these folks have shown us “red flags.” Their families, friends, co-workers and others may have not recognized the indicators. But one thing is for sure, things could have been different had they identified the problem before it hit its boiling point. So, while this is not cut & dry, RECOGNIZE THE RED FLAGS, those actions and mannerisms of the people around you.

2) MORE PEOPLE, MORE PROBLEMS - Speaking of the “people around you” how well do you know them? Yes indeed, there is a thin line between you “investigating” someone and “stalking” them. There are rules as to what you can and can’t do/should or shouldn’t do where it relates to another person’s privacy. A person cannot simply be put under arrest or investigation (at least not legally) for their thoughts and beliefs. However, there are warning signs. Sure, the guy who talks to himself all day, cursing government and job and family may well have mental issues, but he can’t simply be arrested?

What a mess we have to deal with in this day and age. Everyone with financial hardship; lonely, rejected and shafted both in their social life and career path. Too many people not embracing the concepts of “live & let live” or “unconditional loving,” or the ideas of “not condemning, criticizing or complaining.”

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Too many stresses and unbearable tensions in life that are pushing people over the edge; some that are good folk with potential to do and be better, others who are clearly unable to find that peace. But for sure, you can control the amount of randomness you’re exposed to by controlling the people you keep in your circle, the places you frequent and when, the exposure to large crowds. Not to say that you need to always walk on eggshells or that you shouldn’t go where large crowds are, just to say that you should always be vigilant, concerned and careful. And that leads to my next point…

3) AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION - Do you know the exits of the facility where you are a “part of a crowd?“ Do you know if everyone in the gym that you frequent? And if not, do see them interacting with others you might know in that same gym? Who are the “loners” in your midst? Who is connected and who is disconnected from society? Do you know all of the staff members at the school where you drop you child? What other parents have access to the school and0 on what level are they engaging with the students? What sorts of bags are you around? That gentleman that just left the fast food restaurant; is that his bag he left behind? And if you’re not keen enough to know someone’s erratic behavior, you always have the option of having casual conversation, but then you can always just rely on your ‘6th sense” or simply “have faith” that God is watching over you. Personally, I’d like more hard facts to go on than my 6th sense, or merely “following my heart.” But what I’m simply saying is to be aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the people in your surroundings. Thats the least you can do.

4) YOUR HEART & CONSCIENCE -  I say “follow your 6th sense” but what I’m basically saying is to “go with your gut reaction.” You don’t have your own police force to watch over you so you need to police your own world. In this day you can’t assume you’re safe at all times; consider your workplace, consider your home, consider public spaces. But consider your “blind spots” amidst all of these spaces.

5) NONE OF THE ABOVE - None of the above trumps God’s grace and mercy over your life. Know that you are precious, that you are a survivor and that you are a born winner.

Take the risks you feel you can win at and even those where there is a question. Favor may just take you that extra mile; its what heros are made of. Heros sacrifice their lives to save the lives of others. God Bless our heros.

But also Godspeed to you if you ever get caught up in some nonsense such as a mass shooting. Yes, my title is striking to get you to read; obviously, many cannot avoid being victim to stuff like this; and God Bless those who unfortunately perished at the hands of mass murderers. However, there are a couple things I want to leave you with; First, what is happening now is a result of years and decades of digression in our lifestyles, our music, our entertainment, and how we’ve stretched our own imaginations into the world of the worst that can happen. Horror movies are number one instead of the teachers and counselors and mentors in our lives. Raunchy music is number one and supported with our dollars; but that attention is not given to good fathers, medical research and the uplifting of humanity. For so long we’ve been digressing, and as others have put it “We’re going to Hell.” “The world is coming to an end” so on and so forth. The quickest ways to reach these predictions are being prevented by law enforcement and the military. But who’s protecting our mental condition? Who’s safeguarding how you think and why? Who’s in charge of your mind? A rapper? A movie star? The only enforcer of you r mind is YOU.

What happened in San Bernardino can easily be your neighborhood in a couple of hours. And it will be your next door neighbor who brings the pain and conflict. I know this because it happened here in Rockdale County some months ago where a guy had reached his limit, took two lives, took his mother hostage and then police took him. But how else to avoid the madness except to control and bring ease to what we practice, what we inhale and absorb?

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Whatever happened to peace and tranquility?

Family, we are 3 degrees from living or dying. Its easy to die, to take your life, to  go off the deep end.

No matter how you face it, we are all tadpoles being eaten by spiders, or we’re those same spiders who are eaten by bigger fish. And then of course, the eagles come get the fish. Who are you? Are you the tadpole, the spider, the fish or the eagle?

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For You’re Holiday: Will It Be Pleasure or Pain?

commentary relentless aaron peace and progress pleasure pain author urban litIt feels like there’s never a dull moment. Anytime Mike and I get back into the locker room after an hour-long workout, this seems to be yet another story to discuss. Tonight it’s Chicago. Yesterday it was Mali. The day before Kenya. You have to wonder if there’s any place safe in the world for you to survive, to progress and to be proud of. Personally my days and parts of my evenings are spent in a virtual fortress; surveillance systems in place and doors so stubbornly strong you bet’not get your finger foot or hand caught or jammed. Add to that all my wicked gadgetry and u might as well call this Heaven in the middle of our random Hell. And if national or global news is not enough there’s always the local news, Bonnie and Clyde running over an old woman in the Walmart parking lot. Tyrone and Quanah robbing the local liquor store. Multi-vehicle accident. And of course the routine political banter. So this is my day, and I’m guilty of “Living and Thinking Black-While Insulated,” guilty of being outspoken, polarizing, and of knowing that there’s nothing I can do to give you a “Peace Pass.” You need to be savvy enough to find that yourself, according to your own circumstances. That, or submit to pain and confusion. Sure, I could make suggestions but would they even matter to you? Would my mere words mean anything/coming from a man who is admittedly insulated and thus bias with unchallenged judgment? Well, there’s still this: you only have two choices in life… ONLY TWO: They are PLEASURE or PAIN. which choice will be yours? Happy Holiday.

The Street Writer: Throwback News Article From The Local Westchester Papers

Less than three years after getting out of prison, author DeWitt Gilmore is making good
By HEATHER SALERNO
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The empty van parked near Mount Vernon City Hall is more than a little conspicuous. It’s big and white and plastered with the face of Relentless Aaron — the pen name of local writer DeWitt Gilmore — along with the bold logo, “Father of Urban Fiction.”

Obviously, Gilmore is somewhere nearby. But he’s not in the neighborhood barbershop or the beauty salon around the corner — the types of places that were daily stops for the ex-con when he was hawking his gritty self-published novels for $10 each.

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Now, having landed a stunning 14-book contract with St. Martin’s Press, Gilmore doesn’t have to hustle quite as hard. So he’s taking a break from working the streets in his cramped office three floors above West Prospect Avenue. Kicking back on a black leather couch, he’s talking about his first book with St. Martin’s, “Extramarital Affairs” (out Tuesday), and how his life has shifted since being released from jail three years ago.

In November 2003, Gilmore was paroled from federal prison, where he’d written 30 novels while serving a seven-year sentence for bank fraud — his second time inside. The morning after his release, he had 50 copies printed of “Push,” about a Harlem drug dealer just out of jail and trying to go legit. Gilmore sold all 50, then 300 more, and then 20,000.

A sharp, tireless self-promoter — hence the van — he’s peddled his novels on sidewalks, on the Internet, at book fairs and in bookstores. Today, Gilmore, who’s 41, estimates he’s sold at least 200,000 copies of the 12 books he published on his own. He recently scored two movie deals, too, one for “The Last Kingpin,” which Gilmore says will be the “next ’Scarface.’ ” “I’m looking easily at being a millionaire in the next year,” he says, resting one hand on top of his red “Relentless” cap. “It’s surreal. I don’t really feel it yet. I’m still in the streets.”

“Extramarital Affairs” is about a sex-addicted married couple, whose raunchy threesome ends in the death of their partner one night. Like most of Gilmore’s novels, the book is packed with violence and graphic descriptions of sex acts. Publishers Weekly called it “a smoldering batch of raw erotica and criminality” that “won’t make many Mother’s Day gift lists.”

Gilmore shrugs off criticism that’s been leveled at him and others in the exploding genre of “street lit,” which traces to novelists Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines in the 1960s and ’70s. The genre has boomed recently with books by Sister Souljah, Teri Woods and Shannon Holmes.

donal goinesThis style of fiction — with titles like “To Live and Die in Harlem,” “Whoreson” and “A Hustler’s Wife — are usually hard-knock tales about gangsters, thugs, strippers, prostitutes and inner-city life. Writer Nick Chiles wrote a New York Times op-ed piece lamenting the popularity of such books, horrified that they are on the same bookstore shelves as works by Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison. Argues Gilmore: “To be coined literature versus urban fiction, that’s for all the naysayers. I’ll let them haggle over what’s what.”

St. Martin’s senior editor Monique Patterson pegged Gilmore as a hot commodity after seeing his books hyped by street vendors in her Brooklyn neighborhood. Then editor-in-chief George Witte met him at the Book Expo America convention last summer. Soon Gilmore had secured a deal that included a six-figure advance.

Patterson says that Gilmore’s marketing savvy and strong personality made him attractive to the publishing house. His productivity is a plus, too, she adds. All this combined with his writing talent “makes the difference between something that’s a fad and something that’s here to stay,” says Patterson.

push by relentless aaronGilmore was raised in Mount Vernon and he now lives in New Rochelle with his wife, Paulette, and their son, DeWitt, 13, and daughter, Fortune, 10. Growing up, he spent time hanging out and working at his father’s businesses, from a local liquor store to a string of strip clubs. “He had bulletproof glass in the liquor store, so at 10 years old I could go and sell a pint of Wild Irish Rose to a local,” he recalls.

Bootlegging concert videos and credit-card fraud also became a part of what Gilmore calls his “wayward upbringing.” In 1986, he began serving two years in federal prison after writing a letter to authorities that tried to extort $2 million by threatening to poison Tylenol capsules. To this day, Gilmore doesn’t know why he wrote the note. “I think I was alone, I was a loner, feeling kind of misdirected.”

Ten years later, he was locked up again after pleading guilty to a bank scam that involved passing counterfeit checks. His first stint in jail was “summer camp,” he says. “It didn’t mean much.” But his second, longer term had greater consequences. This time, he had Paulette, a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter when he went away. So Gilmore got disciplined, and he used his time inside to “mastermind the greatest plan to succeed.” He spent a year writing “Topless,” his most autobiographical book to date, which drew from nights spent at his dad’s topless bars. For that novel (and those to follow), he chose a pseudonym, taken from his relentless determination and his baseball hero Hank Aaron.

Gilmore was soon able to knock off a book in two weeks, and he left jail with a stack of finished manuscripts. “Every day I wrote,” he says. “I definitely spent quality time within the misery that was there.” Paulette Gilmore says that it was difficult raising their children alone for seven years, and she wasn’t pleased to hear about her husband’s writing ambitions once he came home. “She was like, ’Get a job!’ ” he laughs. “We had our moments,” she says. “But once I saw … how it was his passion, it was OK for me. I had no choice but to support him.”

Patterson says Gilmore’s turbulent background lends believability to his work. “Not every author in this genre has to have gone to prison, but they have to have a working knowledge of the life that they’re writing about,” she says. “It’s hard to fake, and readers can usually sniff it out in two pages.”

Gilmore certainly won over residents of Leake & Watts, the Yonkers treatment center for troubled children, when he spoke to a group of 75 earlier this year. After arranging Gilmore’s talk, work-study program coordinator Willard Pride found out that many of the kids were already reading his books. “I have a rough crowd to please, and they were very excited” about Gilmore’s visit, says Pride. “He had a similar background to a lot of our kids who are at risk. I thought he’d be a good motivator, showing how you can have problems in life and still make something of yourself.”

Actor Bill Duke, who plans to direct a movie trilogy based onBill-Duke_1 Gilmore’s novel “Push,” was also impressed by the author’s turnaround. “I think everything anyone wants to know about this young man is in his name,” says Duke. “He’s relentless in terms of tenacity to achieve, and he’s one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met.” And Gilmore’s working hard on some pretty lofty goals. One of which is to “out-write every other writer in the market,” he says. “(James) Patterson, (Sidney) Sheldon, Elmore Leonard, they’re all gonna see me,” he says. “Whether they’re looking up from the dirt, or looking at me at a literary event, I’m coming for them.”

Post Notes:

One Response to “Journal News Article (September 1st, 2006)”

  1. Relentless Aaron » The New Improved Roger Bannister: Says:
    […] Getting away from life and life’s priorities is more than a strategy for me and my writing process; it’s a necessity. I happened to find myself buried deep in the dirt some 7 years ago, and after a year of venting on paper, creating a memoir that could be accepted as fiction, I actually did experience that “aha! Jennifer speaks of.” I suppose it was more of a time-released effect, but it hit me hard and fast, nonetheless. And once I got the bug, I didn’t let up. Now, 32 Relentless Aaron books later, I think I more than have the process down to a science. I’ve become a manufacturing plant, where my mind has catalogued so much experience, so much character development, and so much emotion, that I can pretty much challenge the Grishams and Pattersons of the world with my own relevant content and not think twice about the critics as I go for it. Also, that separation (from society) is important since writing books (at least fiction books) is about suspending the reader’s belief systems. Essentially, I can’t write about it while I’m living it. And this just goes to evidence another milestone in this generation, something like what Roger Bannister did in 1954. Up until that time, nobody thought the mile could be run in less than 4 minutes. Same with “Iron” Mile Tyson, who whipped every boxer up until Buster Douglass came along. See, history has been made, folks, but it’s also being written today. And you cannot possibly know what you are capable of unless you try. So, for all of you who subscribe to “writers block,’ and for you others who have surrendered to the fear of failure, I am here to testify that it is possible to win at writing, at self-publishing and to step your game up to deal with the industry at large. To date, because I have become disciplined at mastering my craft, I have been contacted or contracted by some of the worlds most renowned actors, directors, movie studios and media publications. And I’m going to enjoy riding the wave until someone (Maybe Roger Bannister?) can come along a run this race harder, faster and with more capability, discipline and experience than I can.

Memories of a Distant Holiday Gathering…

Within the first year of my arriving to Atlanta, there was this:

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 professorking[1] richardlong1[1] richardlong2[1]As many of you know who read my stuff, I had the honor of meeting Professor Preston King at a Starbucks in-store Dec 12th in Atlanta. I had my books set up for sale; some wild-card-agreement with the manager who (at the time) was a go-against-the-grain type of guy… maybe the reason he’s no longer with the franchise? Anyway, that doesn’t change me making history inside this billion-dollar giant. I’ll make sure to add this slice to my forthcoming book; in the meantime I was just remembering those days and how certain Atlanta dignitaries treated me so well; I felt like a prize-writer. (A prize fighter?) Mr. King invited me out to his home (gated, jazz music, wine–you get the picture) and then to a quaint gathering of Atlanta’s elite. Included in the gathering along with Professor King were Andrea Young (Andrew Young’s Daughter), and Dr. Richard Long, distinguished author and historian.. The gathering was hosted a woman named Mae Gentry, the decendant of a famous painter.  Meanwhile, here are some flicks of my awsome Christmas Eve. BTW its such a blessing to have so many professors and teachers to applaud my work. If you happen to one of those who have met me or who are familiar with my body of work, please get in touch with me. I’d like to incorporate your voice into a project we’re putting together. info@relentlessaaron.net

It’s Almost Time…

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Many of you want the RAW STORY. You wanna know how I got into the nations newspapers, tv shows, radio and major chain stores. I’ve been secretly working on the project, both the book and the videos so that there is an unmatched story that is captivating, transformational, inspiring, informative and resourceful. I also wanted it to be dynamic multimedia. I also wanted it to be affordable. I also wanted to touch everyone where it counts. Where it matters. All I can say is, its almost time to drop. Stay tuned.Screenshot 2015-11-15 13.08.25

 

Wow Tisha Campbell!

If you watch my website you know I don’t do too much focusing on celebs. And yet there are those individuals who create movement; movement I feel is of value to my unique audience. Enjoy Tisha’s testimony on the Steve Harvey Show and also her super extreme music video “I’m Still Here.” GO TISHA!

Remaining Relevant in the Slushpile of Storytellers

vivica foxI recently pulled up the #VivicaFox photo because she recently became relevant in the media (again). This time, she (basically) labeled rapper 50Cent in a comment made on a national late-nite TV show. Altho her comments were confused and she contradicted herself/adding that she had a good time with him (when they were together). In other words, “he was just fine when he was with me,” Really, she just put her foot in her own mouth, because the rapper got back at her TOO fast. [You’ll hafta Google that/it’s not that real;event to this post.] This post tho, (my post) is about remaining relevant in an otherwise busy, confusing world of messaging and commerce. Ideas and life’s algorithms are the pulses that drive consumers these days, unless you’re spending loads of money on advertising.  So then, if you’re not spending the dough, the easiest way is to weigh-in on the relevant conversation of the moment. One moment theres a shooting on a campus, and the next a star football player knocks out a woman in a strip club. So, 1) its inexpensive to get your voice into the equation./frere. And 2) hopefully the subject is one you have experience with. In THIS instance, I certainly DO have connectivity (to both parties) and then there’s the subject hee-haw… wrote about that in the Extra Marital Affairs novel. Meanwhile, anytime a celebrity or other well-known personality or brand becomes big news, you essentially get some of the “spillage” (of exposure/ofinterest/of followers when you weigh in, if indeed what you share has value. In this instance its just the photo. I don’t necessarily want to speak on the subject here. (Maybe another time.)

So, check out some of my commentaries (about exposure & Riding The Tiger) early on when I originally posted this photo:

Many of us (authors) are in “fake it ’till you make it” zone. We run up to a celeb, with our book, hoping to get a picture (with them and the book) in hopes others will see the pic and assume our work is affirmed and official. Nothing wrong with that, since so many of us don’t necessarily have the resources to get the push we often need to market and promote our work. So go ahead, get into a photo with a celebrity and it can help to affirm your value/even if you’re still trying to create or manufacture that. Thing is, if you can, try substantial efforts that connect you with celebrities. This way, you won’t look like a lame duck when someone asks: “How’d you meet them?”
This picture with Vivica Fox is taken at a golf event/one that I played in with Katt Williams & Malik Yoba, some years back, b4 the major book & movie deals. I have Victoreyah Watson and Shana Mac to thank for this encounter. Life: its about RELATIONSHIPS.

 — with Shana Mac and Victoreyah Watson at Conyers Square Starbucks.

Up until an hour ago, YEARS after I posted the photo, the comments still come in:

Wakiem Freeman The average don’t understand. Myself, I don’t go after photo. Last artist I meet was Miguel. I go off memory.

Relentless Aaron

Relentless Aaron (Twighlight Zone Theme here) “I go off memory” whats that mean, sir

Dave L Wiseman

Dave L Wiseman My man……..a hustler breed…..always 100……

Wakiem Freeman

Wakiem Freeman Simple. I will always remember the encounter. No need for me to ask for photo.

Relentless Aaron

Relentless Aaron oh. gotcha. Well thats a substantial position to take. Less-superficial. And yet, “branding successfully” requires many levels of “strategic alliances” and “riding the tiger.” Some authors are familiar with these terms. Others are not. They simply print and sell. 360-marketing is sometimes necessary when you don’t have the marketing budget and or know-how in getting your books recognized and purchased. In the instance relating to this photo with Vivica, she’s been in over a billion dollars worth of movies. She’s highly recognizable. I was floored when she made the grab for my book and held it up proudly. You WANT that type of promotion for a novel.

Brandon Hardison

Brandon Hardison Very nice person who was willing to help the bebies ina group that I was working with. You have it relationships Relentless, hope that you are feeling better.

Denise Burrows

Denise Burrows very true and maintaining those connections

Author Press

Author Press great advice. any advice on publishing? i have a manuscript that I just completed

Relentless Aaron

Relentless Aaron You should publish and sell it yourself Press Bfent Moss You’ve already got a brand (your first name). Run with it

Author Press

Author Press Ure the truth…

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Renita M. Walker
Renita M. Walker Needed to hear this. Headed to meet Jeezy tomorrow with book in hand!

“Semper Peace”

united states marine corp

TODAY IS THE MARINE’S BIRTHDAY,
FRONT LINE, PROTECTING US ALL
SOME HAD NO CHOICE/ NO OPTIONS
THEY JUST HAD TO GO WHEN CALLED

OTHERS STILL FIGHTIN FOR REPARATIONS
WHATS BEEN PROMISED BY THIS LAND
MANY OF US STILL HURTIN DAILY
TRYIN TO KEEP OUR IDENTITY AS A MAN

STILL SOME SOLDIERS KILLIN THEMSELVES
THEY SAY “TO THE TUNE OF 3 PER DAY
I SWEAR THERE’S NO RIGHT OR WRONG HERE
CARDS WE’RE DEALT, ARE THE CARDS WE PLAY

THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT SO MANY DIE
WHETHER BY ORDERS OR FOOLISH PRIDE
WE’RE EMBRACIN THESE IDIOLOGIES
AND BLINDLY, WE’RE STILL “TAKIN SIDES”

AS A CHILD, WITH ONLY LOVE IN MY EYES
I WAS BORN IN SIXTY-FIVE, STILL COLOR-BLIND
AND NOW 50 YEARS LATER, I PARAPHRASE
IS THIS THAT’S “YOUR LAND” REALLY ALSO MINE?”

ONLY ONE THING THEY LEFT OUT
OF THAT AGE-OLD MARINE CORP CREED
SURE WE’RE BRAINWASHED TO SAY “SEMPER FI”
BUT WE REALLY NEED “SEMPER-PEACE.”
‪#‎RELENTLESS‬

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BE CLEAR, THAT I AM EVER GRATEFUL FOR THE BLESSINGS OF MY FANS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY (OF READERS.) I HAVE SACRIFICED EVERYTHING SO THAT COULD BURY MYSELF INTO MY CRAFT, INTO MY WORK AND INTO MY LEGACY. I APPRECIATE YOU, YOUR ENERGY AND RESOURCING WITH YOU.

“Reading Relentless Aaron’s books was like an Eric Jerome Dickey/Sister Souljah sort of thing that was so raw and real and talented in a way that… Definitely the words jumped off the page and wrapped me up in the story until I couldn’t put it down, until I finished all the reading that I had to do. I mean he’s dynamic, he’s awesome! If you’re tired of every other Black author thats telling you the same story, you need his books.” Nia O’Neal – Houston Texas





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THIS IS A COLD HARD WORLD. I HAVE BEEN PUSHED BY CIRCUMSTANCES TO STAND STRONG; TO DO WHAT I NEED TO DO TO SURVIVE, TO PLAY THE CARDS I’M DEALT. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY I HAVE BLESSED SO MANY OTHERS AND I AM HUMBLED AND BLESSED FOR YOUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SUCH. I’M NO POLITICIAN, RICH BALL PLAYER OR COMMUNITY LEADER, BUT I STAY MY OWN LANE. I LEAD IN MY OWN MISSION. I APPRECIATE YOU AND I AM HONORED BY YOUR LOVE. ‪#‎RELENTLESS‬

““I find a little bit of myself in your books, bottom line, as a single mom, tryna make it happen in life… Reading your books keep me focused. They show me who I am, where I wanna be, and where I wanna go.” ‪#‎wow‬

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I Didn’t Merely Love Hip Hop, I Began My Career There…

I LOVED HIP HOP SHIT FROM DAY ONE! SO MUCH THAT I HAD TO GET OUT THERE AND MEET THE KINGS IN THE GAME… SO MUCH THAT I HAD TO BE BEHIND THE SCENES, RUNNING AND PROMOTING THE CONCERTS/WORKING WITH THE STARS AT AGE 19! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN THIS WORLD IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT/IF YOU WORK HARD ENOUGH FOR IT! Thank you Rolando Hudson for being a first-mover, filming this event for me. Its been a pleasure to work with/know you thru the years.

“I’m not a violent/angry man. I don’t have a record…” Wow.

“I’m not a violent/angry man. I don’t have a record…” wow. I am teary-eyed and just as upset, but I need to stay positive and productive. I can affect change in my own way, within my own fellowships. Any of us, Black or White can be lions if we want to/killing everything we disapprove of. Turning everything we see as wrong into a “right.” But the American society as a whole is progressive. There is more good going on than bad. But theres a thin line between civility/diplomacy and turning into jungle beasts.

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Let us acknowledge and try to fix the cancers around us, starting with your household, with your neighborhoods. But do it in the most effective way/with the most integrity and diplomacy. I am volcanic right now/fire in my eyes. But I know that the worst of me would leave me dead or in the hospital or jail… just unproductive. Just a memory. We can call all the names we want, try and able my attitude or voice all we want… but at the end of the day I’m still alive, breathing, productive, inspired and passionate about better circumstances for us all. God Bless South Carolina and ALL the parents who are dealing with this right now.