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Chrishayden
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Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 10:50 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was that even folks in the know didn't give her much props while she was alive.

I had to wait for a while until I calmed down enough to post on this so I didn't say something that would piss somebody off too bad.

There is this old gospel tune that goes, "Give Me My Flowers Right Now While I Can See Them". A few months ago I tried to start up a discussion of her Earthseed verses. Not just here. Several places. I got tepid response.

That's cool. I am known as The Notorious B.I.G. of Speculative Fiction and people don't know whether I am laying back in the cut waiting to spring a trick on 'em.

But they could have given her some props on their own. Who knows? If she had seen or known that somebody cared about her it might have helped with her illness. As far as I know she didn't believe in an afterlife.

So it looks to me like a lot of people are trying to assuage their guilt like that relative at the funeral who dogged the deceased and now is hollering louder than anybody else.

Very well. It's done and nobody can help who they are and how they react.

But please people. Let's try not to let these people drop dead before we show them some love.
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Tonya
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Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 04:28 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris,

I just heard of Octavia Butler a few months ago, but I purchased a copy of her book "Fledgling," and added it to a very long list of books that I'm now working on. After reading your post, however, I'm curious to know who she was, so maybe I'll bump her book up to one of the next ones on my list.

Btw, do you (or anyone who reads this) have a picture of Octavia Butler. I'd appreciate it--sometimes a picture says a thousand words.
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Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 04:45 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tonya where were you when Kola posted this?

http://www.thumperscorner.com/discus/messages/2152/10220.html?1141065968

LOL!




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Roxie
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Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 06:05 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Let's try not to let these people drop dead before we show them some love."

Well, hopefully that's gonna be harder to do when e-mail access becomes more commonplace. :-)
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Tonya
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Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 08:22 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Roxie.. ?!?!?!?...are you suggesting our problem is e-mail...?!?!?

Thanks, Nubian.

I feel you, Chris.

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Linda
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Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 10:09 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Octavia will surely be missed. She was truly a KINDRED spririt. I had the opportunity to meet her several times at the university here in Indianapolis when she lectured and she had the softest sweetest voice and kindest eyes. It was indeed a pleasure to be in her presence.
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Libralind2
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Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2006 - 01:02 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chris, Octavia wont be the last person black folks diss. I agree with you about giving flowers while folks live. Folks should start doing that by starting with someone you know who is aging.
LiLi
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Chrishayden
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Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 10:36 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

LiLi:

You know it--if you haven't done so in the last twenty four hours folks, hug your mother--or your daughter or sister or whoever.

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us from wee babies to nonogenarians.
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Yukio
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Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 04:38 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, artists generally don't receive praise until they're dead . . . this, no doubt, is veritable. I do agree with you CH; yet, we might place this in the realm of human nature rather than black folk disrespecting Octavia, LiLi. It is apt that CH compares this with the "relative at the funeral who dogged the deceased and now is hollering louder than anybody else," for it is human nature to take the revered for granted, be they artists or relatives.

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