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The Divider - a lifelong passion brought to screen by one of my best mates, Jim. Years in the making, heart, soul, sweat, grit and everything else poured into this fantastic film. Good luck with your entry into the Wirrall International Film Festival Jim :-).
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One more important thing to add and it follows on from a very astute observation you made. It does appear as though all the men in her life had let her down or abused her in some way. If they couldn't get what they wanted from her (sex and/or a relationship) then they almost didn't want to know her. Although interestingly most of her friendships were with men? I think this must've been one major factor in how she died surely.
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I want to congratulate you on writing such a thoughtful, thought-provoking, fascinating and intelligent piece on the tragedy of Joyce Carol Vincent. It does beggar belief how such a unique woman could have just gone off people's radars like that. Unfortunately it's difficult to do a full 'post mortem' on Joyce as we don't know the circumstances in which she died.  Her unexplained death has some serious implications though. If it was suicide, then something clearly drove her to the depths of despair that she felt she had to take her own life. If she was killed by her former abusive partner, then why did no-one else know of this and intervene?

Unfortunately she did lead a very transient and nomadic lifestyle. That's not to say she 'brought it on herself'; of course not that would be a very cynical and malicious to say. However, her continual 'on-the-move' lifestyle was a contributing factor but clearly not the cause. She must've been running away from something? I've read that she had a father who sexually abused her. I read one comment elsewhere that the reason she went for white men and not black men was because her father was a black man. There may be some truth in that although I think we shouldn't characterise someone's relationships as some sort of fetish.

I do agree however that "missing white woman syndrome" exists and the media tends to have bias towards white faces. I don't understand it and black/mixed race women (as they straddle both lines so to speak) are certainly not invisible to me. Let's hope that'll change. I certainly think the case of Joyce stuck in some people's minds and made them think about the neglect that's all too prevalent around us. If people can think about others in society, particularly their family, friends, colleagues and neighbours then that's a start.

Coffee Rhetoric/Tiff Jones - you've written by FAR the most interesting article on Joyce Carol Vincent. Kudos :-)

P.S. Excuse my ramblings
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