TimBookTu Editor's Message

Black Culture's Contribution to American Society

TimBookTu has been a great vehicle for me to interact with a wide variety of people since I launched it in 1996. The site has featured creative works from contributors with different backgrounds, educational and economic levels and life experiences. They include writers, poets, essayists, spoken word artists, performance artists, educators, students, incarcerated persons and many others that have shared their gift of writing via the website. I have made some lasting friendships with many of them and they have enriched my life.

Through the medium of writing, many thoughts and ideas have been put forth. The wellspring of literary creativity hasn't run dry and I don't expect it to do so in my lifetime. The formulation of prosaic words into beautiful compositions and profound pieces of literary art continues to evolve from the collective minds of the writers and poets on TimBookTu. I continue to be fascinated with the talented people I have encountered. Their imaginative and inspired manipulations of words that focus on the African-American experience and black culture have served to inspire, enlighten, cajole, confound, enrage, amuse and seduce the readers.

It makes me proud to see the depths and breadth of the talents of our people. Whenever there are negative images and stereotypes perpetrated about black people and especially of our young people, I know better. I can look to the poetry, fiction and non-fiction of the TimBookTu contributors to confirm that there are many positive examples to dispel those myths and untruths.

Black culture, which is based on African origins, has been a major influence of popular culture and society since black people were brought to this country. If you don't believe me, take a look at television commercials, music, fashion, dance, present-day vernacular and any areas contemporary mass media. Somewhere within all of the modern American culture is the nucleus with origins in black culture. I'm not saying that there aren't other influences but the black influence is oh, so strong in most areas.

The works found here on TimBookTu is a reflection of the African-American contribution to society. It is my goal that TimBookTu continues to be the vessel through which these writers reach you the reader to share their talents. I always urge you to take some time and read the works on the site. It is important that the writers hear from you, so please share your feedback with them. On behalf of the TimBookTu family, I am eternally grateful for your support.

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Memphis Vaughan, Jr.
Editor and Publisher, TimBookTu

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