Sell-Out and A NI$$@@

You Ain't Hungry Until I'm Starving

This is an excerpt from my first book You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m” Starving. I wrote this piece in 2006 after two men assaulted and called the girl I dated at the time a “nigger lover.” These two guys moments before tried to sell me a slice of their pizza as I headed inside to by my own pizza pie. Moments later these two guys threw the girl into oncoming traffic. I intervened to protect this young lady. Soon witnesses arrived and told me to get into my car. Next thing I know is I’m forced on the ground by seven police officers. Thank God for the witnesses and the crying lady saying I wasn’t the person in the wrong. At this time the two guys walked off. The polices officers did apologize and they did try to catch the guys who assaulted the young lady. The funny thing about this is earlier in the day I had a talk with a guy who lived in the “hood” I grew up in. He basically called me a “sell-out” for going to college and doing my best to better myself and the community.

Disturbed by the fact of no matter well you do or carry yourself some people will still see you as a “nigger”. While others will think you are “selling out” for striving to do better in order to uplift the community, no matter how true you stay to the community.

 

SELL-OUT AND A NIGGER

                   It’s sad that no matter what I accomplish in my life I will always be a nigger to you because of the color of my skin.  I’m tired of being harassed when I try to get into “your” so called bars, colleges, jobs, movies, etc.  All I want is to have the same opportunities that you have, but you consistently push me down. Why? Because I am of a darker complexion than you.

On the other hand, even some of my own race will consider me a sell-out for striving to make a difference and take advantage of the opportunities that are before me.  My brother, don’t you see that in bettering myself, I am bettering us – not as a single race but as the whole human race?  However, you do not see that – because all you see is that I am trying to be better than you – by going to school, having a career and not hanging out in the streets.

Well, my friends, how much do I have to prove to earn something in your eyes?   Whether you think that I haven’t struggled enough – or that I don’t know what it feels like to be treated as an outcast without a voice in this world – I’m certain that you have never experienced life’s struggles from my point of view.  Have you been excluded by other races and even some of your own people, despite the fact that you’re a respectable, hardworking, goal-driven human being? Have you consistently been discriminated against, felt like you did not have a voice, and we’re being prejudged before people even got to know you?  It’s frustrating and defeating to work as hard as I have, just to get knocked down on both fronts. But I will not give up.

I see what you try to deny.  That is, that both of you fear me – I am your worst nightmare.  I am the Dream that Dr. King envisioned.  I am diverse in my taste, my intellect, influences and activities.  Some of you treat me as a nigger because you’re scared to compete with me – so you try to disqualify me before the competing even begins.  However, I do not want to compete against you.  I just want to be afforded the same opportunities.  And some of you call me a sell out because you are afraid of trying, of succeeding, of getting out of your comfort zone. So, call me whatever you want – but I am neither the nigger, nor the sell-out.  In the meantime, I’m going to continue to take advantage of the opportunities before me – until you all can get it together and get on the bus.

xxx

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Inside of the Mind of a Saved Warrior Who’s Soul Bouncing His Way to the Top.

Vid Lamonte' Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing, LLC

Walt-Leon is a multi-talented artist and community leader who hails from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Walt-Leon has a drive that isn’t matched by many. He uplifts his community through his music, spoken words, and dance performances. He is a man of God who relates to those who may not be the most religious. His new song Soul Bounce is an example of how he can explain “adult like situations and still hold the attention of the youth”. Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-one with Walt-Leon to learn his keys to success.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr:  Let me first start off by saying how proud I am of you and your movement. It seems like yesterday you were coming to the basketball courts to see me play and now you are a grown man who is uplifting the community in many ways.

You are a multi-talented person who has several endeavors going on like myself. I know how challenging it can be. How do you stay motivated and overcome the challenges?

Walt-Leon:  I am able to stay motivated by putting God first. It’s not about me. He created me with a purpose and blessed me with gifts. Who am I to say, “I don’t feel like doing it”? The next thing that motivates me is my, “Why”. I have two children and I cannot tell them, “Daddy didn’t feel like getting it done today, so I can’t take you to Busch Gardens”. They are counting on me to provide for them. I also want to see a change in the community and my focus is on the youth.

VLBJ:  You are a musician, choreographer, athlete, poet, and an upcoming author. What inspired you want to become all of these things?

WL:  Honestly, all of these are passions of mine; they are therapeutic for me. They keep my mind clear and bring me peace. Any way I can use my gifts and help someone develop and better themselves, I will. You never know who is watching and by using my gifts that someone may be ashamed of having, helps them to feel more comfortable being themselves. If one life is touched and changed for the better, I am satisfied. That one life can grow to change many more.

VLBJ:  You have a movement called “S.W.A.G”. Can you expand more about your movement?

WL:  S.W.A.G stands for Saved Warrior Anointed Generation. It’s a reminder that we are not who the media makes us out to be, but we are great. We were born to be great. It started as a song which was the first single off of my upcoming album entitled, Music Take Me Away. Now it’s grown to a full blown movement with the slogan, “I Got SWAG”, which came from a moment when I performed the song at Hampton University. The entire crowd was saying, “I Got Swag” back to me and it stuck with me.

VLBJ:  How do you balance your time between all your endeavors and your home life?

WL:  That’s the tough part (Laughs). My four year old daughter demands so much attention. I make sure she gets her time first. When she goes to bed is when I start to handle business as WALT-LEON. I sacrifice sleep to make sure I can handle as much as possible. I often have my daughter and son with me while handling business when they ask to go. So they can understand how to get into business for themselves and also so they can see what I’m actually doing when I’m not home. So when it’s their turn to be in charge they can already know how to operate.

VLBJ:  Who and what inspired you to travel the path to becoming who you are?

WL:  Everything that I do has always been a passion of mine, but I haven’t always been confident doing them. My family inspires me to keep going no matter what. The kids in the community also inspire me. At first I didn’t know they were paying attention until they started speaking up and saying, I make them feel like they can do whatever they want to do in life.

I pull inspiration from any and every little thing from books, to videos, to a child’s imagination, movies and more.

VLBJ:  Who are your biggest influences as a musician, choreographer, author, community leader, and poet?

WL:  As a musician I have my favorites such as Jay-Z of course; but artist like Sean C. Johnson, Sean Slaughter, Reed Dollaz, Reignman, Fred the Godson, Timeless Treez, Philmysoul, Billy Mercury, and more. The reality and hunger in their music speaks to me.

Influences as a choreographer are Muata Langley, Shaun Evaristo, Vernita Williams, Brian Puspos.

Authors I’m influenced by are you (Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.) of course, Erica Spradley, and one of my favorite books is by Paulo Coelho.

Since birth I’ve watched community leaders fight for rights and just help people in general.  Two of the strongest I’ve seen are Edna Davis and Andrew Shannon.

My favorite poets are Godchild, LEVI, and Michelle “TuTu” Vinnie.

VLBJ:  I’m honored that I’m in your list of authors who influence you. Thank you. Let’s talk about your video that is causing a lot of buzz, Soul Bounce.  I love the song and video. Tell us how you came up with the concept of the song, as well as the video.

WL:  What’s crazy about this song is I got the beat for it in 2011 but I couldn’t find the right voice for the song. In 2016, I linked up with a guy named Carlos Anthony that I played basketball with growing up. I haven’t seen him since 2003. His voice was perfect for the song and we were finally able to record it. The concept of the song was to remind people no matter what you go through in life don’t let it break your spirit and if you look at any situation again, you can find something positive worth rejoicing. The hook is actually the directions to the line dance. At the same time it is what we do in everyday life. We often fall off of our path and go left or right, but we always have a chance to straighten out. Then we get to celebrate once we make it through the obstacle and what was supposed to break us only made us stronger and we used it as motivation instead of as an excuse.

The song had a summer fun skating rink feel to it, so I really wanted people from the community to come have fun and enjoy themselves and be a part of something that they can look back on forever. Once releasing the video, it picked up 8,000 plus views on Facebook in the first week.

VLBJ:  You just signed on to publish your book through my company 4-U-Nique Publishing. Why did you decide to write a book and what is it about? 

WL:  I decided to write a book because I ran across a lot of people who will sit on Facebook and Instagram for 30 minutes at a time but say they don’t have time to read. I decided to write a book which would be 1-2 minute daily reads. Each insert is a daily motivation to get your day started. I was inspired by excuses of others to write something they don’t have an excuse to not read. Starting your day with positivity is critical with all the negative the media puts out.

VLBJ:  Out of all the other publishing companies, why did you decide to let 4-U-Nique Publishing work with you on your book?

WL:  4-U-Nique welcomed me and made me feel comfortable as a first time author. When explaining all of the details, you all was honest and broke everything down into terms that someone, who isn’t a publisher, would understand. Built a trusting relationship and the lines of communication have been open for me to ask any questions. I’ve seen the quality of what 4-U-Nique Publishing produces and I love it.

VLBJ:  What are your other goals and aspirations?

WL:  My main goal is to be the best father my children can ask for and to break generational curses that linger in the community. To help others remember, with God they can do anything. I was blessed with many different talents and I love using every one of them. I really want to get into real estate. Once I get the album out, the book out, and one or two more shirts out, I will expand into the real estate side of things. My company TouchLife is about changing lives and being a positive impact on a person’s life anyway you come in contact with them.

VLBJ:  What are your best tips for dealing with creator’s block and staying creative?

WL:  My best tip is to always be teachable. You can learn from a child, from nature, from animals, etc. Always be teachable. Don’t force it. The moment you feel like you’re forcing an idea, step away and you may be inspired be something completely different which will get your creative juices flowing again.

VLBJ:  Can you tell us about your creating process?

WL:  I’m an insomniac, so most of my creativity starts going around 2 am. I often turn on music and cartoons. Being that my focus is for the youth to have something positive and I’m artsy, I watch cartoons and sometimes get a metaphor that the children can relate to while explaining an adult like situation. This way I can reach adults while keeping the attention of the youth.

I love to drive. I will take an 8 hour road trip in a heartbeat. A lot of my creating is done in the car, so I put a lot in my voice memos. Once I come to a stop, I put a rough draft in one of my notebooks. When something is seriously bothering me, I will go sit out by the water and write down what’s bothering me. Then I find a positive way to flip it, so instead of being angry and making someone else relive their anger, I can now have a way to help someone get over what they are going through and not feel alone.

VLBJ:  Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community?

WL:  Don’t let anyone discourage you. People who laugh at your idea or talk down about it, is simply because they don’t understand. The same ones who laugh are the same ones who will thank you and congratulate you. The only way they will understand what you are saying is by seeing you in action doing it. Someone else is waiting for you to fulfill your purpose and execute the idea you have to make your community better. KEEP GOING!!!

VLBJ:  Where are people most likely to see your works? 

WL:  People are most likely to see my work on social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. I am in the process of discussing a website with a web designer and possibly an app as well.

VLBJ:  Do you have any funny or interesting stories to tell us about a project you’ve worked?

WL:  I play a lot, so every project I work, song, album, etc. has an interesting story. I’m going through a situation now honestly, which is why the album is entitled, Music Take Me Away.

I’m the goofy one, so I’m always falling and I can’t play anything off because as soon as it happens my daughter always screams, “Ahhh that’s what you get” (Laughs). I would be here for days discussing interesting stories.  

VLBJ:  If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?

WL:  I would be an international artist. This way I can travel the world for a living and take my children to see the world. Give me more to talk about to inspire the children in my community and communities around the world that there is more to the world then the city you live in. I’ll be able to post pictures and show them what I mean instead of just speaking about it.

VLBJ:  Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?

WL:  Yes, I will be interviewing with DJ DirtyDi on August 6th. August 12th, I’ll teach a workshop where the headline artist will be stellar award winning artist, Bri Babineaux. On August 19th, 2017, the album will be released. I’m also booked to perform at a community day and I have an interview on the Leroy and Janice Butler morning show on 940am radio in Virginia on August 19th. I’ll perform at Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration during the Southeast Day Parade and Festival in September. Just to name a few.

VLBJ:  Awesome. DJ DirtyDi did an interview with me at the beginning of the year. She is definitely doing big things. Where can people reach you at? What social media channels? Websites?

WL:  I can be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic. Instagram and Twitter as @walt_leon and on YouTube as WaltLeonMusicTV.

VLBJ:  Is there anything else you want people to know?

WL:  I want people to know, whatever they put their mind to they can do. Make sure your why is bigger than your excuse and you will accomplish just about every goal you set out to accomplish. My company slogan is what I tell people whenever I get a chance, “See A Life, Touch A Life, Change A Life.

 

Don’t forget to check out Walt-Leon’s new video Soul Bounce.

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IG & Twitter: @walt_leon

YouTube: WaltLeonMusicTV.

 

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Life is short

The only certainty in Life is Death.

Is Death a part of Life

Or is Life a part of Death?

Only thing I’m sure of is we lost too many too young

Robbing us of future memories together

While leaving us of past memories.

Life is short

And Death is a friend we don’t want to see soon.

Let’s not fear Death

Or take life for granted.

We should use our time living to the fullest

But take time to reflect on moments passed.

Life is short

But a Life of Regrets is a long Life to live.

So tell your loved ones you love them

Spend your time wisely

And don’t waste your life living in fear

Or being unhappy.

Life is short

So why waste it hating others?

Death is certain

So why not leave a positive Legacy behind?

Time is all that we are given

So why not be a Blessing to the world

Before our time runs out?

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Until I’m Starving, Getting Out of the Dark: How to Live a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness, and Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul, all available here

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How Many Times Does A Heart Break?

How many times does a heart break?

Is a heart pieced back together, if so how?

Or, is a broken heart always broken and are we in denial?

Does one cry until their pain is not felt anymore mean their heart is mended?

Or, is it that they push their pain so far down that they have forgotten that their heart is broken?

They say time heals all.

Tell this to the souls who have seen death of a loved one many times.

Ask those whose heart was broken by a former love or one who has fell short of accomplishing their life’s dreams.

Does a broken heart keep breaking into pieces or does a heart turn cold?

Because with so much sadness in the world a heart cannot remain whole.

The only way a heart can keep breaking is by its broken pieces to be broken into more pieces

The only way a heart doesn’t feel pain is by the heart turning cold.

I ask you, can a heart once broken ever be made whole?

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving and Vid’s Viddles. Copyright© 2017 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2017 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

What Kind of Publishing is the Right One for You?

You have just finished writing your book and you are now ready to publish. How do you go about finding the right publishing and the right publisher for you and your book?  Some of you are thinking, “Isn’t publishing and publisher the same?” No, they are different.

There are three different Publishing types:  Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and Hybrid- Publishing.  Think of Publishers as companies. You will have publishers who traditional publish like Harper Books. You have publishers who hybrid-publish like 4-U-Nique Publishing.  You have publishers who only specialize in a specific category or genre, for example, Non-fiction or Poetry.

Which of the three publishing types are right for you? I will briefly go over each type of publishing and their pros and cons.  I always tell people to do their own research and don’t just take my or anyone else’s word.  Many authors dream of getting their book published by a traditional publisher. If you are fortunate enough to get signed to a traditional publisher, your book may benefit greatly.  You have a team of some of the best editors working on your book; your book have an easier time getting on shelves in major retailers, and you have a team promoting your book.  Most importantly, you have time to focus on your next book because the publishing stages of your book are handled by someone else.

Cons of publishing traditionally? Apparently, it is difficult to your work picked up by a traditional publisher. I for one cannot personally speak on the best way to get noticed by a traditional publisher.  I have heard hiring a literary agent is the best route; however, I’ve heard sending your manuscript to publishers work best.  While entering writing contest is the best way to go.  What I can tell you is I caught the interest of traditional publishers when one of my writings was entered in a contest.  Moving on, a traditional publisher is interested in you work.  Usually when you sign a contract with them, you give up control of your manuscript. Which means they can edit your book how they want; they can take out or put in things in your books.  They can promote your book however they want.  They also have control over when and if your book is actually released.  Also, your book royalties are normally low; many authors get less than 10% royalty off of each book sold.  You didn’t really think the publishers were paying for marketing, editing, distribution, and book setup out of their own pocket did you?

Over the years, the publishing industry has seen a boom in self-publishing.  When authors self-publish they are in control of the whole publishing process. They own their rights, they bring in higher royalties and they set the price of their books.  Not bad at all, however, you have to determine how much time and money you have to spend on self-publishing.  Publishing a book in general is very time consuming and very expensive. As a self-publishing author, you will have to either edit your book yourself and/or hire an editor. If you want your book to be the best it possibly can, I recommend hiring multiple editors and proofreaders.  Editing, Book Design and Book Setup are very expensive and time consuming. Yes, I am going to keep saying “expensive” and “time consuming”, so you will understand what you are getting into.  You have just finished bring your book to life, now you have to get your books out to the public. This stage is pretty easy if you are going with online retailers like Amazon, Ibooks, and Nook.  If you are trying to get into a Bookstore like Barnes and Nobles, you will have a challenge getting on their bookshelves.  Don’t give up hope, it is possible to get on their shelves, you just have to write a marketing proposal to them and have it accepted by them.

Recently, more and more Hybrid-Publishers have popped up. Hybrid- Publishing is exactly want it sounds like; they are a mixture of self-publishing and traditional-publishing.  Authors can hire a hybrid publisher for varies services like editing, book design, marketing, etc.  Authors can choose to self-publish their work themselves after using a hybrid publisher for, let’s say editing.  Or, authors can hire hybrid publishers to publish their book in entirety.  Each hybrid publisher is different, so I will only speak on how 4-U-Nique Publishing is set up.  If an author wants a service or package, that author pays up front (or payment plan) for the service/package.  We and most hybrid publishers have a team of editors, marketers, designers, etc. who are very good at what they do.  If an author chooses to use the hybrid (4-U-Nique Publishing), for their entire publishing, (getting the book out to the public and in retailers), they will usually pay the hybrid publisher a royalty.  In this case the author is still bringing in higher royalties than they would see from a traditional publisher but less than they would if the self-published. However, the author has more time to focus on their next book, work, family, and other endeavors.

You still have to look at a few more factors before making your decision on which publisher and publishing is right for you.  1) How much time do you want to spend on different stages of your book creation and publishing? If you don’t have much time to devote to your books creation, then traditional or hybrid publishing is for you. If you have tons of time then self-publishing may be your best fit.  2) How much control do you want over your book? If control doesn’t matter than traditional publishing may be for you. If you like to have control over what’s edited, release of book, etc. then self-publishing or hybrid publishing is for you. 3) Royalties? If you want the most royalties go with self-publishing; if you want high royalties but don’t want to do all the publishing work, go with hybrid publishing; if you don’t care about royalties, don’t want to be involved in the publishing process and don’t want to pay for services upfront go with traditional publishing.  4) What is my target audience and what genre/category does my book belong in? If you are a poetry writer, there is no need to contact a publisher who only deals with Mystery Novels.  Go to a publisher who specializes in your genre.

Finally advice, call these publishers, editors, book designers, etc. Ask them questions and analyze how they answer your questions. Do they rush you off the phone? Do take the time to thoroughly answer questions and explain their answers? Are they passionate? Are they knowledge? Remember your manuscript/masterpiece is like your child, you have to be careful with who is holding it, forming it, and who is going to be in control of it.  Also, remember no matter what anyone says, You Have to Market Your Own Book, Music, Art, Product.  Do not leave marketing solely on the publishing company; you will not get the results you expected. Remember, if you are publishing through a publishing company they have other authors who they have to divide their attention with also.

Best wishes on your journey.

 

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

 

“Can It Be I Stayed Away Too Long?”

Ahh, it’s been awhile since I wrote a blog.  Pretty sad being that this blog is supposed to be about what is going on in my world.  Consistency is key to have success and I have to hold myself accountable no matter what is happening around me.

Over the past few months I have been fortunate to be featured for print and podcast interviews. Some of the interviews dealt with me being an author and my publishing company, some dealt with me being an entrepreneur, some dealt with success and motivation, and others dealt with athletics and training.  I am very blessed to be featured for interviews because they help me achieve my goal of motivating people to be successful in all aspects of life.

Speaking of success, helping people and getting my message out to the masses, I was able to release a short free ebook called Getting Out of the Dark: How to Have a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness.  I was inspired to write this book due to my followers on Facebook, twitter and personal friends asking how they can achieve their goals. Time management and investing in yourself is a sure way to be successful. This book explains how to start and keep a routine of investing time in yourself and managing your time.  I must admit putting out the ebook kind of eased the pain of pushing back the release date of Vid’s Viddles.

Vid’s Viddles was pushed back due to editing work and I wanted to release it around the time another author that’s signed to 4-U-Nique Publishing was ready to release their book. I figured the added marketing would help their book especially since it would have been their first time publishing a book.  Last week I found out that due to personal issues the author has decided to wait a few months to publish their book. Bummer, however, I and the company aren’t too sad.  The same day we heard this news, we were able to sign author Kevin Bates to the company.  His addition eased the pain a little. Who am I kidding; it eased the pain a lot.

Let’s humor you all some. This summer I was asked to play kickball. Yes my thoughts exactly when I was asked. I haven’t played kickball in years and when I played it wasn’t competitive. They asked me to play because I am fast, so they figured if I could bunt (yes they bunt in kickball), I was quick enough to get on base. Well, I said I’ll give kickball a try. If you know me you know I am super competitive, but with this new sport I decided I would just use it as a learning experience as well as another form of exercise. I must admit I had fun playing. They were right about my speed and getting on base.  I surprised them with my catching ability in the outfield though.  By the end of the season every other team was asking me to play with them next season. I must add that we lost in extra innings of the champion game by a run.

Oh, I must share that I am now the Varsity girls’ basketball coach at the school I was coaching Middle school at the past few seasons. I still have the role of program developer. Everyone associated with the school are happy about the move and looking forward to the season. I’m pretty excited too; however, I have been entertaining the idea of playing basketball again competitively. I have played in leagues over the past months and I played in a tournament with NBA and other pro players and I did my thing. I still have it and everyone was shocked to learn that I just turned 36. With entertaining this thought comes the responsibility to train and workout even harder.  To be honest, I haven’t been consistent with my workouts, so I am sure that is a sign that the idea is just an idea. Besides, I love spending time with my family, building my companies and becoming a better author and speaker.  Also, I couldn’t leave my girls and the basketball program hanging.

Bonus detail, if you know me you know that I usually do not get caught up in the number. Well in late July a friend suggested that I look at the rankings for best-selling books in my genre on Amazon and Smashwords.  You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving, was #28 on Amazon and #9 on Smashwords.  Getting Out of the Dark was #2 most downloading in its genre on Smashwords and #16 out of all the books downloaded on Smashwords(which includes Ibook and Nook sales).  Now it’s not the numbers that I was excited about, it was 1) it showed me that my friend and editor of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving, Marci Wise advice, wisdom and encouragement to me was 100% correct.  2) My book was ahead of Nikki Giovanni’s two books. Nikki Giovanni is one of my inspirations and to be in any list with her book(s) is an honor. Hopefully, soon I will be mentioned with the likes of Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin and Maya Angelou.

Thank you all for catching up with what’s been going on with me.  I ask you all to check me out on Youtube, Twitter, Instagram,  Facebook

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Relationship Status?: It’s Complicated

Years ago, I joined Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends. Once in a while I’d post a positive message as a “status” update or post a “note”. Remember “notes”? Facebook and I share an on again, off again relationship.  I went private on “the book”, yet, damn Mark keep changing the privacy settings. I can call him Mark right? He and his addicting service understands me more than I understand myself.

How does “FB” know that I know Amber or Tom and suggests them as “Friends who I may know”? Who knew Amber, Tom and I attended the same hospital nursery on the same day we all were born. Amber, Tom and I haven’t seen each other since we were 1-day-olds. Mark how did you know I would love this new product that was invented yesterday? You slick dog, you.

Due to your invasive intrusion into my life, I had to step away from this relationship we share. Twitter was more my liking because I could post my thoughts without questions asked or being “poked”. Has anyone found out what’s the true purpose of a “poke”? Sorry, let me get back on track.

I then fell in love with Instagram. Remember “IG” was only for Iphone users? I was starting an exclusive relationship with Instagram. Until I found out “IG” was cheating on me and getting in the bed with Facebook. Facebook, your acquisition of Instagram was the start of a love triangle.

Mark you have me back. I figure I can use Facebook to promote my books, company, and post “status” and video to make others think. Now you tell me I need an author page (Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.), and a company page (4-U-Nique Publishing) to promote my services and products. (Inserts shameless plug, Go Check Me Out). Very crafty Mark, you have sucked me into having 3 Facebook pages.

Mark, now you have my attention. I will tell you what I see in the Facebook “neighborhood”. As I walk down the street, I see friends who I were once close. These friends are people of different backgrounds and ethnicities. Some people have let their racist and prejudice views come to light in this “neighborhood” due to being able to hide behind a screen. Next, I see those who think they are “holier than thou”, and others who want to be “thugs”. I guess they forget we know who they are.

Across the street are the intellects, and those who are pushing their services, products and businesses. The intellects and the small business owners receive minimal likes and shares. Meanwhile, their next-door neighbors receive hundreds of likes and shares on fight videos and hate speeches they post.

I walk towards my house to post a status update and I see what appears to be a Postal truck. The truck stops near me, someone sends me another game invite! To get to my door, I have to check all of my messages, friend requests (who are these people) and notifications. Most of these notifications are from people who I don’t know. They are just replying to a post I liked.

Damn you Facebook, you are like the drug dealer who keeps supplying us with the product we know isn’t good for us, but we can’t do without.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright© 2016 http://www.vidbuggs.com. Copyright © 2016 http://www.4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.