How a Broken Laptop Screen Became a Blessing           

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. I am working on ideas for my soon to be released book’s cover as I am stuffing my face. As I get up to place my plate into the kitchen I trip over a cord. I hear a soft “plattt”. I already knew what fell; I started praying before I could even turn and look at the object that fell.  I turned to pick up my fallen laptop and I saw that the LCD screen is crack. I became sad because I knew I would have to wait at least a day to get a new laptop or my laptop repaired. Thankfully my laptop had a “3-year extended warranty.”

If you know me you know I am goal driven and I love to stay productive. Not having a laptop meant I couldn’t do much work at home. The first day without a functioning laptop, I soon saw how much I took having a laptop for granted. You can do many things with a smartphone and tablet, but the most sophisticated tasks are needed to be performed by using a laptop. After this realization I started to become depressed, which has only happened a handful of times in my life. Feeling discouraged, plans broken, and a change in my routine led me to sleep most of my Sunday away.

After I woke up from sleeping most of the day away, I started to realize how much a blessing being without a laptop momentarily would be. For starters, I normally do not sleep much so I guess sleeping most of the day away was much needed. I now could spend some much needed valuable time with my family. Reading is one of my favorite things to do and I do read daily, but now I could read and not feel rushed because I had to do work on the laptop.

I soon realized I had time to go back to the essence and revise my business plans, business goals, and life goals. I also found that I had more time to reflect and meditate.  This things led me to remember why I do all that I do; where my passions lie, and how to better implement my strategies to accomplish all goals. I learned that these strategies can only be carried out if I am not spending majority of my time behind a laptop. Sad that it took a broken laptop screen for me to become aware of this fact. Everything happens for a reason; I guess the laptop had to break so I could remember my present blessings and become more aware of my future blessings.

 

 

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.

 

Passion and Perfection: It’s What Keeps Me Up At Night

 

Why am I up at this hour?  Why can I never seem to get to bed at a decent time? Insomnia, I have battled insomnia since I was a youth. My insomnia isn’t caused by stress. My insomnia is a result of my passion and my steady journey to perfection.  Yes, I know perfection is something we cannot accomplish; however, my drive to become perfect is a goal of always improving.  I am in competition with myself and this competition doesn’t end until I leave this earth. My competition with myself only takes a pause when exhaustion takes over and I am able to fall asleep.

Why am I so competitive? Well I believe a person should only take part in something only when they are prepared to give their best. I also believe we can always learn and improve in all areas of our lives.  One can go to the best schools all over the world but life is and always will be the best teacher.  As long as I live my passion is to learn and figure out life.  I do not do anything half-heartedly; either I’m all in or I’m not in at all. This is why I stay woke most of the night after a game contemplating the areas of my game that I need to improve. Or strategizing a game plan, practice plans, business moves, or how I can change the world.

Is it my passion(s) which makes me so competitive or is me competitiveness which creates my passion(s)? Does my competitiveness drive me to being a perfectionist or does me being a perfectionist make me competitive? I’m not sure but I can tell you my passions are what drive me to train mind, body, and soul to be the best I can be. While others are sleeping or partying, I am doing what it takes to continue to get ahead. Anyone who says they aren’t in competition with anyone else isn’t being truthful to themselves. Life is one big competition. We want the best for our families and friends. We want to be the best prepared for any given situation. We compete for jobs, we compete in sports, we compete for views on social media and we compete for product sales (books, business, etc.). Most of all we compete with ourselves.

Fueled by people who told me I couldn’t achieve each one of my goals, I set out to crush all naysayers and even the doubts in my mind. I think everyone is fueled by people who doubted them. Yet, I don’t think others are honest about this fact. Being in denial makes one sleep easier at night, I suppose. However, while they are in denial and sleeping, its people like me who are up facing our fears and fighting the doubts in our minds. If we were to give in to our fears and doubts then we would lose our passion. We would lose our competitiveness; our will to learn and improve.

You ask me why I am so competitive. I’m competitive because if I don’t fight for perfection within myself, how can I fight to change the world, how can I inspire those who have no hope, how can I tell people that the doubters and the doubts in their minds are wrong? You ask me what my passions are. My passions are to be the best I can be in all areas of my life. My passions are to provide a better world for my family, friends, and all creation; whether it’s through writing, speaking, business, basketball, or being the best person I can be.   For every talent given there come responsibilities. I have many talents and my responsibility is to share them with the world the best I can, so I can inspire the next great mind.

Still don’t understand why I hardly sleep? Why I’m up while others are getting their rest? Passion and Perfection fuels me.

 

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.

The Agony of Defeat

Success and Winning, everyone wants them but why aren’t more people winning and succeeding?  Simple, the average person fear failure; they let their fear of failure stop them from attempting to accomplish their dreams and goals.  Most people don’t understand that the only way someone fails is by not trying.

I love by the motto, “You win some and you learn some”.  This motto helps me face my fears and understand that failure isn’t an option. If I come up short on achieving a goal (which doesn’t happen much), I know a lesson can be learned from my shortcoming. I also understand that my shortcoming is a starting point of another journey and more opportunities.

We all have shortcomings and times in our lives where we feel defeated.  It is important to understand a defeat isn’t failing, and a defeat is only a setup for something great.  If you follow my videos, blogs, and social media, you hear me talk about “Embracing the process” and “Adversity brings Prosperity” (trademark pending).  I am not afraid to share my life experiences as examples of how defeat can turn into something great if one doesn’t give up.

In my basketball career I was cut in high school and waived by teams in my semi-pro/pro career.  Each time instead of giving up, I worked harder to improve my skills and most my attitude/temper.  I wasn’t ever afraid to ask the coach or General Manager why I wasn’t on the team. I took their criticism and used it as fuel to improve.  Many times those teams always came back and wanted to sign me. This brought many other opportunities.  If I would have thought of these experiences as failures and gave up after having these experiences, where would I be now?  One thing I can say is, I most likely would be afraid to take risks. I wouldn’t have experienced many of the life, business, basketball, and writing experiences I’ve been blessed to have.

I have lost a lot of money in my short life due to helping others.  Instead of being bitter, hateful and blaming others, I looked at the lessons I needed to learn from my actions.  I learned I needed to be more careful who I “loaned” money to, I learned how to make smart investments, and I learned the value of saying “no” and how saying “no” doesn’t make you a bad person.

Sure taking losses hurts, however, it’s in those small defeats that sets a person up for success.  One just has to be willing to fly and not worrying about falling out of the sky (failing).  One must be willing to go through the agony of defeat, so they can enjoy the thrill of victory.

 

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.

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.

 

How the Underdog Became the Overachiever.

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Meticulous; Perfectionist; Multi-talented; Overachiever! There are the words many use to describe me. Many believe my work ethic and competitive nature come from being the middle child and the only male child in my family. People say being a middle child I had to fight for my parents’ attention which made me work harder and compete with my sisters. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Attention is something I never craved. This is over reason I’ve never been comfortable talking about my accomplishments, and why I shy away from the spotlight. Truth is I have always marched to my own beat. As a child and now, I enjoy spending most of my time alone.

My competitiveness is probably a balance of genetics and something I was taught. For many reasons I have always been counted out, doubted, or looked down upon. I was always the smallest kid when playing sports, so most of the time I was picked last and picked on.  Although, I was very smart in school and had a high IQ (gifted area), I struggled with reading and had speech issues.  I remember being pulled out of class to meet with my speech specialist. I dreaded reading out loud in class because I was sure to get laughed at.

Overcoming challenges is in my blood. I overcame my challenges by accepting that I was the underdog. When I was four or five years old, my dad told me I had to work 10 times as hard in order to be accepted in this world. I took what he told me and an attitude of being slighted with me in every situation I faced. Every slight, joke, or doubt anyone cast upon me fueled me. When people didn’t pick me for a sport, I worked hard for many hours; working on multiple skills in that sport. When I became one of the best, I worked even harder, telling myself that others still doubt me.  I read tirelessly and I practiced my speaking endlessly, in order to improve my reading and speech problems.

When I reached high school my guidance counselor told my mom that I wasn’t “smart enough” to participate in advanced academic classes (college prep and AP classes). My mom told me, “You have to prove her wrong”.  She didn’t have to tell me this; I was already dialed in from the moment I heard the phrase, “isn’t smart enough”.  Once again I was being slighted. What was my response? I took interest in any and everything, just to prove how smart I was.

I would finish my work so fast that I would get bored and disrupt the class by talking or walking the halls. I rarely took home homework. My parents, teachers, and friends wondered how I was able to get great grades, be involved in extracurricular activities, and still hang out with my friends; yet I hardly seemed to crack open a book.  I had a secret; my visualization and memorialization skills were above average. All I had to do was to look at something, focus on what I saw for a few moments, and I would remember the image. Due to this, I was able to solve problems and answer questions very quickly. Sometimes too quickly; which led me to miss a plus/minus sign in a math answer or a word when writing.

I applied this skill to everything I did. I basketball, all I had to do is see someone do a move once, visualized myself doing it in slow motion, and then I was able to do the same exact move. Sometimes even faster and better than the person who performed the move. While others slept or partied, I planned, researched, and visualized.  I outworked everyone. I am multi-talented and I accomplished all that I set out to do, because I am very meticulous in my learning process and practice. I am a perfectionist, so I stay up late thinking of ways to improve something or ways to accomplish something in the most efficient way possible. Often, simple blunders will cause me to stay up because I want to figure out why I messed up and how to fix it so it will not happen again.

I push myself to limits that few people dare to push themselves. I can do this because I am willing to work harder, smarter, and more efficient than most people. The words “you can’t” or “you will never”, sticks in my head. Those words ring in my head and because of this I push harder and harder. This is the reason I move in silence and hardly advertise my accomplishments.  Also, because of the doubt thrust upon me, I will never doubt or tell anyone what they can’t achieve.

I am a so called “mover and shaker” because I was blessed with so many God-given abilities; it is my due to use them to the best of my capability. I am an Overachiever because I am the underdog.

 

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.

Transcending Barriers

If you know me or follow me and my messages, you know that I am about equality and equity.  I have always been bothered by how we as people want what everyone else wants; (Love, Happiness, Success, Security and to be treated Fairly); yet we deprive others of those same wants, needs and rights. I always say, “We are more similar than we are different. Our differences are what make us unique and we are to share our uniqueness and unique talents with the world in a positive manner.”  Seems like we forget all this’ because we are so concerned about Me instead of We.  We don’t forget that it is not the I that makes the world go around, it is the We that makes the world go around.  We need each other in some shape, way or form.

If you look at the news today, you are sure to lose some hope in humanity and love. This is way Sports, Music, Art and Education are important, they transcend barriers. People of all backgrounds can come together and enjoy an event, discuss a subject, and even disagree, but at the end of the day they usually leave the event or conversion about these things in a better place. Take the Olympics for example.  The Olympics were created as an alternative to war, where countries compete against each other to see who were are the best. This tradition is still carried on. Have you noticed how the Olympics have brought people together from all kinds of backgrounds and all kinds of war torn countries? Have you notice the how for the most part everyone is getting along? Even the competitors have put aside their dreams of medaling to help a fallen or injured fellow Olympian (see Abbey D’Agostino).

I say the true spirit of humanity lies within Sports, Education, Fine Arts and yes even Tragedies.  These events are when we usually come together, sharing a pain, love, happiness and forgetting about me and remembering we are the world.

I think it’s time to treat every moment and every interaction as if we are enjoying a sports event, listening to some good music, or learning about a subject that we enjoy.  Heck, let’s listen to some good ole Bob Marley, Beatles or Michael Jackson and come together.

 

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.

Started from the Bottom

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We’re in an age where many people feel entitled to have success but few want to put in the work to become successful. Some people want to have the outcome but do not want to go through the process needed to reach the desired outcome. Success is like a building, both are started from the ground level, the bottom. It is here where one acquires the lessons, patience and work ethic to becoming and staying successful.

Most of the businessmen and businesswomen in the world started out with small capital.  Many entrepreneurs started out by selling newspapers, snacks, lemonade, fruit, etc.  Mark Cuban often talk about his first business, which was selling garbage bags door to door as a kid. With the money he and other entrepreneurs like him, profited from these small business ventures, they were able to save enough up to start another, bigger venture.

Starting out on the bottom is the same concept successful athletes, musicians, authors, artists, etc. had to follow.  The bottom may mean for some people, going for a mile walk so they can build up the endurance to run a half mile. To get to the top we must go through different levels.

Many times what holds people back from reaching the top level are pride and ego.  Many people are worried about what others may think or say about the process they will have to go through in order to reach their goals.  Others are too lazy to do the work or research needed to be successful. If staying up extra hours to work on your craft or doing research is too much for you, then you will never make it to the top. If you won’t market yourself, business or product; or take risks in order to reach your goals, you will never leave ground level.

When one takes a leap of faith do not let the words of others bother them, everything in the universe will conspire to help them with their life’s mission. Enjoy the process, this is where the real treasure is find. The masterpiece lie within going through the process. The finished product is just a representation of all of your time and sacrifice.

 

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.

Image used in this Blog post is not the author’s. The image is trademarked by Drake.

 

 

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.

Survivor

Scared of our beauty, knowledge and power; we have been whipped, chained, enslaved, oppressed and nearly wiped off of the planet. They tell us to forget the injustices of the past; ignore the crimes that are being committed against us in the present. Only to give us a false hope that justice we be served in the future.

Although the physical scars of our ancestors are not present, the psychological scars continue to hunt our very existence. Made to feel inferior by our skin color, gender, age, religion, nationality and who we chose to love. How can anyone expect us to get over that? The affects and effects of being subjected to oppression for centuries just does not go away.

We kill ourselves because we hate to see our reflection in the mirror. If you think I am only speaking about black on black crime or it is just about black and white; then you really have the slightest clue. As humans we hate ourselves so much that we hate each other. Fathers are not around and women not being mothers.

You expect me to be quiet while the world is in dismay. Innocent people are being sent to the penitentiary. Yet most of us are concerned with the latest trend and who is gay. Meanwhile the world’s government is controlling what you are allowed to think, hear or say.

They want us to look at our history and be ashamed; while glorifying and being proud of their history. Our ancestors were Kings, Queens, Chiefs, Warriors, Scholars and Doctors way before there were universities. What is there to be ashamed of? Through all of the oppressions that we have face; we all survived. Hold your head high because we are all Survivors..

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving. Copyright © 2015 vids-world.com. Copyright © 2015 4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.