This seems to be the talk of the town:

“Aaron Rodgers is off!”

“His game is off.”

“He’s not the same.”

Oh we know it’s the talk of the town.

We’ve seen the lost when the Packers had on the Old School Jerseys at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau. And also, previously at Minnesota in their new arena. But many are still asking and wondering why Aaron Rodgers’ game is off with the Packers O Line.

Before I get into that ask yourself these questions:

How many times has Joe Montana been off?

How many times when Michael Jordan’s game was off?

How many times when Kobe Bryant’s game was off?

How many times when the likes of Walter Payton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird ALL HAVE BEEN OFF their games?

How many times has Wayne Gretzky’s game in Hockey was off?

What about Gabby Douglas, or Billie Jean King, or Venus or Serena or any other athletes that have been off?

Can anyone tell me why?!

Why I am saying this you ask. It seems that oh boy “Aaron has a problem being off.” We’ve been off to, so what? I’m saying is that right now, it sucks. Of course. But why is it sucking?! At this day and time?

Yes, I’ve looked at the Dallas game, and yes Aaron was at times on his game but not fully on his game, and that was exposed. I get it, Cowboys Nation. But guess what, it’s going to happen to Dak Prescott sooner that later. Bank on it!

Before I get into that ask yourself these questions:

How many times has Joe Montana been off?

How many times when Michael Jordan’s game was off?

How many times when Kobe Bryant’s game was off?

How many times when the likes of Walter Payton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird ALL HAVE BEEN OFF their games?

How many times has Wayne Gretzky’s game in Hockey was off?

What about Gabby Douglas, or Billie Jean King, or Venus or Serena or any other athletes that have been off?

Can anyone tell me why?!

Why I am saying this you ask. It seems that oh boy “Aaron has a problem being off.” We’ve been off to, so what? I’m saying is that right now, it sucks. Of course. But why is it sucking?! At this day and time?

Before I get into that ask yourself these questions:

How many times has Joe Montana been off?

How many times when Michael Jordan’s game was off?

How many times when Kobe Bryant’s game was off?

How many times when the likes of Walter Payton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird ALL HAVE BEEN OFF their games?

How many times has Wayne Gretzky’s game in Hockey was off?

What about Gabby Douglas, or Billie Jean King, or Venus or Serena or any other athletes that have been off?

Can anyone tell me why?!

Why I am saying this you ask. It seems that oh boy “Aaron has a problem being off.” We’ve been off to, so what? I’m saying is that right now, it sucks. Of course. But why is it sucking?! At this day and time?

And you’ll be asking the same question. Colin Kaepernick has been off his game, and no it’s not because of him taking knees in protesting the Anthem. The other teams with potential profile players have been off too, but like many they are asking why.

Ok, back to Aaron Rodgers again. Yes, he probably already knows in his brain that his precision on the field, along with judgement is clouded with mistakes. He already knows it. As a matter of fact it’s been kind of known in a few years. Remember when Brett Favre WAS OFF HIS GAME, Packer fans? Oh we booed him, calling for his resignation to be traded or left behind with the 16 year reign in the Green and Yellow. But majorty of us in the Packer Nation still liked him anyway! Even he went to the Jets and the Vikings. Let’s be honest, what Aaron Rodgers is going though of “being off”, is the same thing that many football quarterbacks had gone through with their careers. We already know this. Why is this new? Was Bart Starr or Don Majikowski off in their Packer days?

So I say this as a “DieHard Packer Observer Fan” I want to give 3 words to Mr. Rodgers as well as the players on all sides of the ball: Careful. Precision. Judgement. On Offense. On Defense. On Special Teams. Manily this is for Aaron and no it’s not to blame on Olivia Munn. Plus I dare say for Mike McCarthy!  And about this jink that when Favre is around, it’s a problem. Technically it did happen when he was being honored by the Packers last year on Thanksgiving, and yes the Bears beat them in all the celebration. And the same thing happen this year as well. Can the old Gunslinger stop jinking ARod? Dang! I know this is silly of being in the 21st Century and having all this curses and Jinks. Only main reason why they stay it’s still around its all mindgames. Plus getting in the head of the opponent and signaling that it will never happen. Oh, the Chicago Cubs are in the NLCS and still the Billy Goat Curse lives. The only way the Cubs would “reverse that Goat Curse” is to do one thing: Win the World Series. Just like when the curse of the Bambino was lifted off the Boston Red Sox.

But what does have to do with Aaron Rodgers? Frankly, nothing. But the one thing that the December 2nd Sagittarius must break through is the slump he’s in. Get out of the funk. Enough with the though he’s off comments!

So the Packers are not dead yet. It’s still 10th month like the almost mid-season of the NFL.

G’s up Cheeseheads! We’re still in this thing.

Aaron is off. But he can climb back on to the Football thing he knows with new needed upgrades!

What was that word that Aaron said last year? R-E-L-A-X.

This year, Ty Montgomery said CHILL! CHILL! CHILL!



Have been away for a minute, due to family like related needs, but that is not going to stop me. I’ve been doing this for a while but it’s time for another of the scratching my head all this time thing, and trust me, I need to get back doing it. Plus those hard hitting questions will not be lightly seen or ignored.

How the hell are you going to stay woke and you abuse the word Hotep?

Has Aaron Rodgers really have been that off in the losses so far to Minnesota and Dallas?

Why many in the college football game are sleeping on the Wisconsin Badgers?

So everyone is taking knees after Colin Kaepernick’s stance. Anyone else?

Why is it that when the taking knees thing came about, there are those who are so SO full of patriotism that have all this hate?

Millenials and those of my Generation of X: WHY ARE YOU NOT PLANNING TO VOTE?  WAKE UP!!!

I’ll say this by the end of the year: Will you miss Obama?

Did Ohio State and Michigan cheated against Wisconsin?

I’ll call this out: Why didn’t UW-Stout’s 125th Anniversary didn’t include the Greater Milwaukee Area?

Is Halloween really that “Devil’s Holiday” that the overly hyped religious folks are still complaining about?

For those who like my blog, why there are those still reading about Carl Zimmerman and Michael Hightower? That blog story (or my early blog stories) DOES NOT carry the whole blog! Just asking in confidence.

If those who are late, why there at those who believe in conspiracy theories in thinking it’s real? Note to the Facebook folks.

Why is the Federal Government still on those whom are black, conscious, woke, and also that thing of telling the truth that will drive most Americans bonkers on Social Media?

I hear this a lot, if Milwaukee is considered being the most segregated city, then what does that say about America’s  DNA Racism Problem?

REALLY! Is Hillary Clinton really a problem, like Russ Feingold?

This is my question: Why hasn’t Donald Trump have been investigated like many had on Bill Cosby?

Will the Nintendo NX really be that reality that gamers really want?

Will the Old School Nintendo set be so cool again like the old day

Hold up, I have to say this and it’s about the NFL. What is up when a player does the Bow and Arrow that gets a player penalized?

Plus about the NFL Throwback Unis: I get it why the teams of the football league honors the past, but do the dumbfounded, racist, brainless, non-historic observer and overly conscious fans have a problem with them? (i.e. Pittsburgh’s Bumblebee, Acme Packers, etc) Last I checked, the NFL IS NOT a fashion show on the field!

There has been a lot of talk about Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg commenting about Colin Kaepernick’s  knee and protest. Thinking its dumb. Oh, really?! Then explain about when President Obama’s viewpoint of the protest when he said that he’s expressing his constitutional right!

Will the Dallas Cowboys or the Minnesota Vikings get caught by slowing down and making a big mistake by not competing in the NFL Playoffs? Yes I am saying this, plus also they had their strides in the 90’s and 00’s.  Watch out Dak Prescott and Sam Bradford! and you the Cowboy/Vikings Nation!

Will many take heed about what President Obama said and actually have the folks whom lost black sons to violence in the streets, and those who have families that lost sons and daughters in uniform?

I have to ask this and it’s for all of you medics: What is it about the stipulation about those getting the “actual flu shot?” if those taking the “nasal flu shot?”

And for all those colonoscopy freaks: I’m approaching the age bracket where yes I have to get tested. Should I get the Virtual kind without the gas or the regular with the gas?

Is this a fact, should the Alumni back up their schools to invest in the community?

Does one story on a blog make up the whole story?

Is AT&T and DirecTV will infact score big with the deal of Internet TV?

What is it about Sheriff David Clarke and that stance of Pitchforks and Torches talk? 

And final question: who’s trick or treating?









So there is a plan of killing off African-American Programs that help African-Americans. And I must ask why. More recently, one of a black organizations, here in Milwaukee has been shut down by the State of Wisconsin. Asha Family Services, almost 30 years in the city and Madison has been the focal point of helping African-American Women in the awareness of Domestic Violence. We all know that October is the month in which not only Domestic Violence is the subject but also Breast Cancer Awareness as well.

But in this instance, it’s not about talking about it, it’s about addressing it. Plus the angle of helping “your own” in relation to African-American outlets of support is in serious jeopardy. They let the white owned per se needy organizations run without any problems. They didn’t touch the Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans folks and EVEN the Afrikaans (not African-Americans) weren’t harmed. But the African-Americans stuff of cultural or special needs that caters mostly, they’ll go after that. WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM?! Oh, I guess it’s one of those black things that must be eliminated right? Is that the problem?

If not, then what is? Better get woke now!

This country in my opinion fears Black American Intelligence! Sad but true. Just admit it. And I dare say there are those whom are black and somewhat on the side of per se “conservative” fear that also. Don’t tell me this is still a thing that doesn’t go as much!

Still want to help out black cultural businesses?  Support this one via Sistah’s Cafe. Support it well and fairly!

Ok. It’s a three way dance that it’s long awaited.This dance though, is so legit that will make the old school dances come back like killer clowns on Halloween. But anyway: it’s on. Take a number and just relax.

First on the card: Peter Feigin, the President of the Milwaukee Bucks made headlines recently on the comments he made about Milwaukee.

And he quotes the following statement:

Very bluntly, Milwaukee is the most segregated, racist place I’ve ever experienced in my life. It just is a place that is antiquated. It is in desperate need of repair and has happened for a long, long time. One of our messages and one of our goals is to lead by example.

Well. He’s telling the truth.

This is coming from the President of the Milwaukee Bucks, that was stated in a Rotary Meeting in Madison. My question is, why is there are those who felt shocked and appalled by what he said? If anyone knows the city like a book, it’s a well known factor that the city of the Good Land does have factors about segregation and racism and those factors have been so examined too many times. It’s the truth! And I don’t think that Peter should not have backed away or peddled away from his statement! Folks, I know what Peter Feigin may have said that must have set off fire alarms. But there is no denying that those alarms about the ongoing struggle of segregation in a city that was founded by three socialist mayors like Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn and George Walker, and with the Festivals, the Brewers, Summerfest, and countless others.Yes Milwaukee’s ongoing problem with segregation still lingers. It’s not just black and white, anyone else of any ethnicity can be felt segregated while struggle. So I don’t feel that Peter Feigin shouldn’t be guilty of stating an ongoing problem that plagues the city. We in the city that are life long Milwaukeeans: we know. You former Milwaukee Residents that moved and never came back or rarely make visits, I’ll agree that you also know. Even if you rarely visit if you live in the suburbs, or Madison. But know this, the issue of this problem is not just Milwaukee, it’s all over the place. Sorry for the Spoiler Alert, but racism is in America’s DNA. No matter how scary it is. Is there segregation in Atlanta? Chicago? What about the Twin Cities? Texas? Or another well known city like NYC or Miami? Or a well known spot internationally? Come on now! Tell the truth! Even though the big whigs don’t want to admit it, but it IS the truth! Folks can back track all they want. Or tell those “dont’ bring that up!  Just do your job and don’t discuss it”. And for those who picked this up in New York, Chicago, MSN Websites, and many others that are a bit shocked on a journal scale, why are you surprised that Milwaukee has this problem?

Stop the pain!

It’s going to get brought up as a CONSTANT reminder that racism exist. It’s real as a headlock. In which I’ll continue more in the second card.

Second card: Yes: real racism does exist.

We all know this. Yesterday, I was listening to The Forum on WNOV. And as I was listening to a segment in regarding racism. We all know that yes, Milwaukee or this instance the Greater Milwaukee Area is no stranger to the effects of Segregation and of course, again racism period. As was listening to the segment, the exact segment about a certain caller whom believed that there is no such thing as “real racism”. After listenting to that one little snippet, this caller must be drunk! SERIOUSLY! And the caller is from West Allis. The same West Allis like where the Wisconsin State Fair is located. And West Allis like the areas of the outliners of the burbs in the area is mostly Republican. But the issue here is RACISM! For all of you callers or speakers whom call into a Black Radio Station clamining that racism doesn’t exist, then you must be AGAIN drunk! I had my experience of racism 6 years ago when I got a letter from Reed vs Dresser in regarding a Civil Rights Case in regarding the issue of the company that DID NOT allow African-American Applicants to train or hire to work for their company! This is true white people! I remember handing in a resume of mine way back around the mid-2000’s  actually 2006 at a job fair in Pewaukee. And also I applied for a job online (on Dresser’s Website) a year later to find work. Then August 2010 came which I got a notice that based on the results of the documented proof, I was one of the 300+ African-Americans that did not got a job based on the fact it was due to racism. So like many others who got that letter, I filled out a form with my detailed info, submitted a copy of my Drivers License in all and mailed both the form and DL Copy to the company in Florida. When October came, in which it was the day after the so-called holiday of Columbus Day, I picked up the mail from my parents house and one of the mail had my name on it. And it was from the Reed vs Dresser company and I was awarded a check of $5,000. I was BLOWN AWAY!!  And all of this was a direct result of me being a job seeker; no a African-American Job Seeker got disrespected all because of racism of looking for a job! In the Greater Milwaukee Area. And you got these so-called white folks who think that racism doesn’t exist. WAKE UP! I’ve mentioned this before on the blog many times, and it’s becoming a still constant reminder about that there are companies here in the area, as well as America that doesn’t want to hire applicants of color! What’s the Plan B in all of this? Either find a job that really doesn’t do the hate thing on hiring, or find your own job by employing yourself. Be your own boss. Be your own CEO. And when you do that, you are doing you. Nothing wrong with that. And your haters who refuse to hire folks of color will be embarrassed. And probably these are the same folks who are in HR are probably those who are doing the “judging hiring” of African-American applicants of not getting in. I’ll bet 40 dollars that is taking place in some of these companies that are looking to be filled with this concern. I told you so! Think I’m joking? Look at the rate of jobs that don’t hardly hire black folks within the last couple of years and that should tell those as proof of evidence. And oh, may I add that those who per se are telling those that there are those in the African-American Community are lazy, don’t want to work, yadda yadda yadda. But when the issue of race and employment (pre employment) comes up via the African-American prospective concern, that is another monster that still needs to be taken down. Even in the year of 2016 and beyond.

Third listing on the card: Millennials, you need to vote up.

For all the Millenials out there, even if you love reading my blog in your classes on your smartphones, I don’t usually ask this but why many of you between 18-34 are not planning to vote in this election? Really, what’s up with that. It’s obvious that yes we face the most difficult election that we know. And yes for President Obama, it’s his last lap as the number 1 guy in The White House. We know! And I know MANY of you probably have mixed bag feelings about the likes of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson all want that chair at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I know many of you probably aren’t going to vote because the issues probably don’t match yours. Well Millennials: what are your “Concerns” that is effecting you right now? Yeah hashtag that! Is that Bernie Sanders mantra got you down because you wouldn’t vote up for Hillary? Or are you ACTUALLY believe that non-voting will help your problems? Ummm… answer those questions is like being on the wrong side of the fence. Or in this case just making a case of nothing. You Millennial folk who are assuming that voting up will not change nothing or assuming that not voting will make you cool at home: STOP! Please stop thinking what your friends have been saying about voting wont work because IT CAN WORK! Ok so many of you don’t like all or some of the candidates. BIG DEAL! But still you have to make your votes count on the ballot by or on November 8th of this year! You probably have heard or somewhat read it on your smartphone or tablet that well: many men and women fought and died for their right to vote! Even black men and black women (especially to my millennial black folks) FOUGHT HARD to vote and with you not voting is like a slap in the face of Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, and many others that all equal rights to voting is on the table and YOUR RIGHT to vote up is included! Frankly, I don’t care about the stances of Hillary, and yes Donald Trump scares me also. If many of you don’t vote, I hate to call you out on this but: many of you are acting selfish. That’s right I said it! Many of you in that age gap are SELFISH that many of you will not cast your vote in this election. Not only it’s selfish, or a slap in the face, but it is the ultimate disrespect that many of you will chose by not voting. On a personal note: SHAMEFUL!

Y’all on these social media sites and texting like crazy on your smartphones, and here you are not voting. Give me a break!

  • Do any of you care about your communities?
  • Do any of you ACTUALLY care about your Healthcare needs? Jobs? Your Alumni? Or that rent? Or those books?
  • Do any of you care about real jobs, not those Burger King/McDonalds/Pick N Save type jobs working for your teenager titles?
  • What about those causes that you ACTUALLY care about? And don’t say the environment only!
  • Do any of you care about the actual donations given?
  • What is it going to take, Millennials? Are you going to sit on Election Day, or WILL YOU ACTUALLY VOTE?!

When I was in your age bracket between 18-35 or 18-34 I voted up. I registered to vote when I was 18 years old in High School. Between 18 years old and now, I know that the use of voting still lingers. I first casted my ballot at 19 and also yes, like many others, Bill Clinton was chosen for his second term. Plus also unlike many who don’t know, I also voted in smaller elections like judges, school board supervisors, mayors, county executives, state legislatures, state senators, city alderpersons, governors, congressmen or congresswomen, referendums, etc. I’ve have done the voting thing since 1996 and I have NOT STOPPED SINCE! Me taking the day off to vote and sit at home is selfish act. You think it’s selfish for not going to the doctor is bad only? Think again!

Millennials, those of you coming after Gen-X like a dark horse: Between now and November 8th and I say this as one of those that got you started: GET OUT AND VOTE!!!! There are no excuses! Nevermind your plans for November 8th, and the post -Obama era, and nevermind about your personal feelings of who’s best and not casting a ballot. I urge all of you 18-35 or whatever TO GET OUT AND VOTE! Period. I don’t know what devil(s) you’re paying attention to, but the devil is a liar!

Hashtag that. I’ll bet you might not.







Is that the slogan?


I ask again: is that the slogan?

That phrase of NEVER FORGET! has been so etched in our minds I can’t even count. We use it everytime when we think of the worst things of humanity that we encounter, or summarize every single time. We know this, because it’s a common thing. We adapt the usage of NEVER FORGET that it’s a constant reminder. From wars, to assasinations, to foundings, and even other concerns.

By which many Americans mostly know about the wars of WWII. Oh this: Remember the Alamo. Or, the most recent: NEVER FORGET September 11th. Of course we shouldn’t forget 9/11 like the Jews can’t forget about the Holocaust. The Native Americans can’t forget about The Day of Mourning in which their ancestors on a Sunday after Church were killed. Thus havin a disdain about Thanksgiving. And so on. But when it comes to us Black folks and Slavery: we were told to “Get over it!” Or “It didn’t happen to you.” Or you’re just playing the race card….This is not a race card thing. When we in the black community talk about slavery or innocent black men and women get gunned down in the streets by the police or by a so-called guard with a gun, of course WE WILL ADDRESS IT! Why, because it needs to be heard, summarized, not swept under the rug , or not forgotten about.

For many years, we’ve been suggested to NEVER FORGET, but however in “Americanized Commentary” in most things we’ve been told to get over it!  TOTAL B.S!!!

No tragedy should not be forgotten. NONE! Black folks, I’m glad we got this sense of not forgetting our history of figures and worst strategies. No question we should NOT forget about our version of what happened with Slavery, Unarmed Shootings,etc. We have been silent or told to shut up about it. NO MORE! If there is a story about findings that were covered up or sealed, you darn right it will be uncovered. Even the topics that non-blacks talk about on Facebook that they well get mad; WILL COME INTO THE LIGHT!

NEVER FORGET – That slavery actually happened. It was real. And the effects of it still lingers today. Just like sexism, or that thing called Body Shaming. And homophobia, and so on.

NEVER FORGET – Black Servicemen that served in wars the early to mid 20th Century, served in nations that were treated well. But when they came back home: TOTAL DISRESPECT!

NEVER FORGET – Black folks, OUR VOTE MATTERS! Just like every other vote should matter.

NEVER FORGET – Black folks will tell you all the time, that no matter what degree you get, or level of assurance to obtain, or highest position to get in the working field, yes they worked hard, but still: the N-word, or some non-POC will say something stupid to say in a racist manner. Let’s be real! And to add, the comment working twice as hard is so clear.

NEVER FORGET – That in addition to the Black on Black Crimes that many non-POC’s still talk about, guess what: White on White crimes do happen that is not overlooked!

NEVER FORGET – Black folks: the legality of getting to finish line has not been so easy for us. Too many obsticles that are still in play. Even in 2016.

NEVER FORGET – Conversely, not EVERYONE is your friend. Or loyal to your family members.

NEVER FORGET – Black Lives Matter talk is still out there. In telling the concerns that need to be talked about no matter who’s listening, and mostly it’s the truth. And, the idea of the talk has not been done before in this country!

NEVER FORGET – White folks: I have to say this in a “patriotic manner”. While you remind us black folks here in America that “We Are Americans”, period. We know this.

But many of us are NOT as Patriotic As YOU!

We’re patriotic to learn about our culture, our heritage, or purpose, or joys, when and how long we mourn, and may others that we know VERY WELL. We need NO permission nor pass to do this. In the words of Taraji P. Henson: We are enough!

NEVER FORGET – Besides 9/11, in which it should not be forgotten,  what about the destruction of Black Wall Street and many other disasters or wars, or bad distractions that MANY sleep on TOO MUCH!

NEVER FORGET! – For those who think that the church is all about money and that pastor behind the money or scams, just to let all know that there are churches in America, especially the Black Churches that really DO WORK! Not play work.

NEVER FORGET! – While many look at black folks as being thugs, some of the folks complaining forgotten that they are neighbors, friends, workers, bosses, advisors, citizens, community leaders and etc.

NEVER FORGET – Education is still a priority. Even college degrees that will point somewhere to propel.

NEVER FORGET – Even though many have made it, it took someone before them to prepare them to make it!

NEVER FORGET – Black media matters. As in black TV, Black Radio, Black websites, Black Bloggers, black etc.

So when I hear: NEVER FORGET out of the mouths of the you know that you know what. Well, yeah, but there are other things that WE SHOULDN’T FORGET about the other dramatic concerns and not the black things that weren’t so great. All stories should be told. No matter what. And not the response of “getting over it” or whatever. This NEVER FORGET mantra can go any direction. Even as I said earlier about slavery, racism and many others. THOSE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!



Every now and then, I thought about the blogs I written in the past before “Stephen’s Spot” got started way back when. But I’m thinking about bringing in more Retro blogs that I writen when MySpace had Blogs. It’s been a minute, I’m about to go back. Way back when I wrote this:  One of them:  “It’s time for New Thoughts…..Again” from April 10th, 2007.

Hey folks, It’s time for some more new thoughts!!!!
New Thought: This is for the 19, 20+ year old ladies of MySpace:  Stop being fake</FONT>. I am so sick and tired of some chicks on myspace pretending to be near me. No you’re not! Like, Hello! I have not seen you in Milwaukee before! If you going to be real from your location, or where you’re from, &nbsp;put yourself on 1800USSearch or yellowbook. Ok your MySpace location is fine, but please be real!&nbsp; And take yourselves to church right now because some of you need Jesus!
New Thought: If you have more than one profile on MySpace, and you have the same pictures, and messages, “Hey..Just thought I would say whats up..I’m trying to figure out how to add music and video to my page.. I have NO CLUE lol…can u help? u got M-S-N or A-I-M? Add me on those, my info is on my page…I travel a lot and will be in ur area soon so hit me up on M-S-N or A-I-M..I’m just tryin to meet some new people🙂 ur myspace page caught my eye… xoxox ” There is no reason to confuse the viewer about what you have on you, than against you. This goes for some chick or chicks named JuicyBella, HunnyBunzz, Sexxxie, BellaSexy, Jenny, Brandy, LilBrat, and Chickeee. Change your thoughts before the deep crap happens! – Could we say Patriot Act?
New Thought:Why is Nigeria scamming Americans? For years I heard over and over again that the country launders money to Americans to get a cut of “the deal”, and then the money goes nowhere! And why are they in Internet Cafes doing this? Folks, we don’t need Nigerian scams in America. Severe it at all costs! Protect your wallets, and your online profiles! This is also a thought for me to never visit there!

New Thought:  Keep Ald. Mike McGee, Jr in seclusion. I may not be one of the voters who decided to keep the Alderman in office, but I hope he, and his supporters got what he wanted, and not only that, he better be real this time. If he’s not, there are important four words to think about: Victory Offers Truthful Equality.
New Thought: Radio newscasters should stop using racial slurs. Don Imus upseted folks last week about his remarks about a female basketball team at Rutgers University. And said the “H word”. To add a stipulation for his two weeks from his show, have him to do community service, in the black community, in the central city by doing interviews of the poor. Hey, that firefighter in Waukesha, Wisconsin went through the same treatment. How’s he doing?

New Thought: I hate to say this but we need to stop complaing about Interracial Relationships. We are all God’s children. It’s a good thing that blacks and whites can come together in families in order to meet each other. Nothing wrong with that. And there’s nothing wrong accepting biracial children in your families either. If you oppose this “race mixing”, something is wrong with you.

New Thought:All Banks should stop passing out credit cards to college students. If you are a college student, or soon to be one again someday, and if you apply for a visa card, you think”jackpot!” You are also probably thinking, cool I can get some more cash! Free money for me! But, if you’re thinking about getting that “free money”, I got some words for you to share if you’re not working at a job: YOU WILL BE TRICKED!
New Thought:Since the holidays of the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day will come at a fever pitch more often, really there not just days off. Know what the real meaning is before your pitch out your barbecue grills, days of from work/school, and watching sports on your satellite or cable systems.

New Thought: For the parents, (I’m not one myself) if you are at home, or in the mall, or at Wal-Mart, don’t swear at your children. No one in the store or in your hood does not want to hear you scream expeltives just to “hurry up and go” or “put that **** down! And by the way, this goes for those who think that they can handle the pressure. Here are some solutions: Go back to parenting school, get saved by God, and come back happy folks.
New Thought: Milwaukee must stop complaing about the new transit system. For 16 years, the city has saved up $91.5 Million Dollars for the potential new light rail system, and some residents complain that the buses are better.No there not! You know for the city like Milwaukee is behind other cities of amping transit, it needs to “build it now”. I remember that same quote about Miller Park years ago and what was happening, oh that’s right to save the Brewers from leaving Milwaukee!

And finally new thought: When at a cemetery visiting your deceased family member(s) and you see another person&nbsp;driving over another loved ones grave, tell them it’s disrepectful. There is no fun in this. What did that person lying six feet under did to you? Absolutely Nothing! When you take the dirt nap, it could happen to you, but then again you wont know anyway.

Going back to July 18th, 2007 with this retro Myspace Blog.

New Thought: Stay away from Primerica. I mean it. Stay Away!!!!! The 30 year old company called me last week to see if I was intereted in working by selling insurance to customers, or in this case middle income families. Yes, they would invite you into their office, fill out and application, have the semi-interviews, but in the end you might need to ask the questions of the company yourself. Other than that, or those whom have contacted by the company for the same issue. Other than that it is wise to have a company looked up to pay nothing for training than 200.00. I got the picture. Did you?

New Thought: Tell the truth. Last week in my MyFoxMilwaukee blog, I posted my story about how I got my BS degree through Distance Education. And I was commented that I shouldn’t mention it.Well, I know that it shouldn’t matter in all, but the thing is here is reason why: I have to mention it:  at an earlier age, my parents and those around me always told me to speak yourself. That was one thing, but the other just to save myself. I mention DE because I did not want to hide anything. That comes to say if you have filled out an application, and the question comes up: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime, or violation of an traffic law?” If you have, fess up. Speak now, or forever hold your peace. And an additional reason is because I had jobs in Milwaukee, while doing DE with UW-Stout. Happy now? Good. That why I do it! Remember these words: Whatever It Takes

New Thought: Martha, Adina, and any other “chick from Wisconsin” who thought I have a twin, or have been in their neck of the woods. Listen here. You have a MS page, but no pictures, why you want to meet me on your fling site? Are you afraid or are you a fake person that wants to get laid? Tell me something! I ain’t buying!

New Thought: George Lopez has to be the funniest latino on the planet. I checked out his HBO Special last week, and to me, some of the things he said was not only funny, but the truth.

New Thought: More Katt Williams and Chris Rock on DVD please. Need more pimp chronicles and bigger and blackers. Or Never Scared vids. I did like the lines that he said blacks should have some white friends. And vice versa. Life is too short. I still can’t over his comments about Michael Jackson!

New Thought: What’s up with black women with red hair? I know this is America. Land of the free. Home of the Brave. Freedom of Expression. But the thing is, sometimes expression, like keeping it real, goes to far. Black women, I love you like sisters, mothers, and aunts, but TONE DOWN THE RED HAIR!

New Thought: Harley-Davidson should invite black artists next year for the 105th Anniversary. Yes I have seen blacks artists on motorcycles, but hey, invites some r&b, hip hop, rap, soul performers next year also. Maybe the thought of Elton John would just go away from 2003.

New Thought: I am not a supporter of Michael McGee Jr. Never have, and now never will. I heard at one time he was a real nice man in a school. But what happened? Oh, we know what happened! Never mind. No, his father did not say he wants to come out of retirement. I don’t see that happening! ViAnna Jordan warned us, and we didn’t listen.

And finally new thought: Despite of the so called warnings from Al-Queda and Osama bin Laden, I am not going to stop being……me. That’s right. I can’t stop being me. As long as we have well trained military personal stationed left and right and protecting good from evil, I am not going to stop being me. As an American citizen, I can say that. To those who commit acts of Terrorism, you can flash all the warning videos all you want to. But the thing is, were watching and our troops, ready.



TBT: Here is one of my Myspace blogs from 2010 around Black Music Month.

New Thought: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! After many many years, Johnnie Walkers in Downtown Milwaukee has closed. I want all those to take a look at my profile pic and notice the blue suit: That came from Milwaukee’s Johnnie Walkers.

New Thought: I smell blood. True Blood that is. Time to fire up the DVD Recorders and DVR’s for a were/vamp/human connection all summer long.

New Thought: Milwaukee, stop tripping about having different “Festivals”. We have Asian Moon Festival, African World Festival, Irish Fest, Festa Italiana, Mexican Fiesta, Arab Fest, Indian Summer, etc. If you were on Facebook, and commented about this and being Americans, look. If Milwaukee had an “American Fest” would that be happy? You can still be a full-blooded American while recognizing your heritage. What’s wrong with that?! And besides, Milwaukee is known for being “The City of Festivals”. Duh!

New Thought: If any Milwaukeean felt noise prone in the Air, complain to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels crew. Matter of fact don’t complain, because this is what they do in order to protect the country. I didn’t hate on their practices.

New Thought: Cholesterol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Always know your cholesterol number. Cause if you don’t, it might kill ya! Wanna go through it? Just take a simple blood test. Then exercise more. I’m telling you this because I had mine done, and well, have to start losing more weight.
New Thought: Enough with BP, BP, BP! I am so SICK of looking at the footage of the oil leak over and over again messing up the Gulf of Mexico. Just plug up the freaking hole already! And plus, if I were President Obama, about the statement of “whose A** to kick?” it would be BP’s. And the TeaBaggers, and the so-called Congressmen who stood behind George W. Bush for 8 years with an unfinished WTC Center, Hurricane Katrina and flew on a Air Craft Carrier with a banner in the background stating “Mission Accomplished”. That’s right I said it!

New Thought: Who the crap is “Amber Smith?!!!!!” And why is this “Amber Smith” want to chat with me on MySpace?

And in conlcusion, New Thought: I’m not a fan of Soccer but Go TEAM USA! I can’t the help the fact that oh, Stephen is a soccer fan? Frankly, I am not a fan of players kicking a ball from one goal to another, and having a announcer screaming GOOOOOALLLLLLLL! Nope not me. And I know that there are countless Americans like me in the country that don’t really care about the sport. Sort of like Hockey.

But for the U.S. Soccer Team, I haven’t really paid attention to them lately. I know this is a dumb question but are there any well-known blacks play for the U.S. Soccer Team? I’m not racist, but just a thought out well rounded question in asking. Just want to know. If there are black soccer players on the U.S. Team, I might take an interest. Just want to know who they are and what city they represent. You feel me?

Back around 2002, I didn’t know a lick about Vonetta Flowers, you know when she won the gold medal in Bobsledding? Every Black History Month I bring up her name because of not only who she was, but that one moment that has escalated in sports history by becoming the first African-American Woman to get a Gold Medal in the Winter Games. So no excuses about blacks can’t get the sport on frozen elements. The same can be said for Tiger Woods. In 1997, he made history by winning The Masters. And he was dubbed the first black to do this. And the same can be for Venus/Serena Williams that made tennis watchable.

So the irony of it is, it’s not me being like, Oh he’s full of it. NO! I just want to know in asking who are the BLACK soccer players, on the U.S. Team? Are they well known? That’s all.



It’s time. Oh yes it’s time.

For several weeks it’s been football players like Colin Kaepernick taking knees. There have been black volleyball players taking knees. High school football players taking knees. There have been other NFL players raising black fists in the air. Seattle Seahawks player Jeremy Lane sits as the National Anthem is played. And four members of the Miami Dolphins took knees as well. Plus Denver Broncos Linebacker Brandon Marshall took his knee during the anthem.

But what is this all entail? Some anti-american movement? Was there a part in school that flag etiquette was not taught? Some are asking what is it about African-Americans (per some) having a disdain of hate when it comes to the Nation Anthem and that grand American Flag that many think it’s a symbol of oppression?

Oh it’s time y’all!

Long history of slavery,racism, oppression, tyranny, persecution have plagued this country for 240+ years. Thus is not new to black folks. But if you’re that white dude or female that enjoying being overly patriotic, or assuming that racism or oppression is one and done: then maybe you need to have those seats and listen up.

How many times have I heard and seen black folks in this country feeling oppressed about a location, subject, topic, category, or non-engaged because of the color of their skin? No matter if they didn’t get the job, or promotion, or just being a regular customer, or officer of a well known company that “religiously” doesn’t hire black folks? Lots of times. And I know so because there was a time, I was discriminated of a job offer in Waukesha because of me being black. Remember Dresser Waukesha? That company.

Most of the focus was shifted on the day that most of us had to reflect: September 11th. The same September 11th as we know had the most hellacious smackdown on American Soil. When the planes struck the Twin Towers, and the Pentagon. We know how it felt to go out on a clear nice day 15 years ago, and having that to be ruined by those that wanted this country to feel being sucker punched.

  • Many of us 15 years ago had to put American Flags out to show solidarity or support that many of us really care about the well being of being “American.”
  • Many of us 15 years ago, packed the church! And the rows of pews were filled as if a funeral was taking place.
  • Many of us 15 years ago saw both the Republicans and Democrats were singing God Bless America outside of Capitol Hill.
  • Many of us 15 years ago were questioning about why we were attacked in the first place. Heck were still talking about it!
  • Many of us 15 years ago copied these words: Never Forget. – I got something to say about NEVER FORGET in my next blog.

So I guess in asking, after the booing of President Obama on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, what is the legality of showing your so-called patriotism, or “Selected Patriotism” about this? He ain’t George W. Bush, I’ll tell you that!

Lot of folks be like, the flag though……. It’s a symbol of oppression. Others say it’s about freedom, but really? Look here, what I’m about to say that might not be suitable for the hyper conscious of black folks, but I’m going to say this. The stars and stripes on display is fine as is. Yeah I said it! You can take the flag and put it on a t-shirt and many ways. Even on a dress. But it’s only “negative” when you use it in a negative action or situation that many normally well know. The key word in this sentence is “NEGATIVE!” There is part of your symbol of oppression, black people!  Remember back in school when your teacher was talking about weapons? Back in my Milwaukee Public Schools days, I had an english teacher at Jackie Robinson Middle School, telling us about weapons and how they can come into play when fights occur. When for example: a stapler is used for one thing to staple papers, but on the other hand it can be used as a weapon against another person in a playground/classroom fight. No joke! That goes for anything like Irons, TV’s or a wooden chair, or even an American Flag!  If you use the American Flag as a weapon in a physical sense, then it becomes a weapon! I’m not just talking a psychological sense. Or that “Symbol of Oppression Sense.” I’m just making it clear as I say this. When I was in college, I took a US History Course and one of the things I remember about loving America, is that there was a time that the American Legion  would lay the physical on you if you didn’t respond that you love America. In this case, you would be smacked senseless. No joke. But that was then.

How many white folks see the RGB Flag, or the Marcus Garvey Flag as a symbol of oppression? Or Segregation? Tell me! And there will be black folks  in your face saying it’s not. The color Red is the blood. The Green is the land, and the Black symbolizes the people of the folks whom were first of Africa: black. And the reason why I asked this question, because some will respond about the American Flag being not totally racist or oppressed out of emotion. Wait a second: that’s been the whole story all this time: Out of emotion!

Let’s be honest, many of us were never EVER educated enough about stuff like this. Like what happened in all? You see other countries getting all with their sense of honor, but us folks here in the good ole USA: half of us do it, and the other half don’t do it and complain. When the Fourth of July was happening, you got many black folks on Instagram and Facebook asking “what are you celebrating?” Well I ask this: what are YOU celebrating? Clap back perhaps? Let’s be real about it! Just asking.

It’s time that this issue needs to be open for dear life! It’s also time that every single destructive act that America produced, copied, destroyed, buried, manipulated, severed, thwarted, oppressed, racially inclined, sexualized badly, religiously hacked, conscious resistance of betrayal and many other horrific things that the country weathered in its 240 year history. From the black slaves to settle in 1619 in bondage, to the lands stolen from the Native Americans. It’s time!

Something that I reminded myself when writing the My Fox Milwaukee blogs about America. If America were to admit the truth of any wrong doing, then it must come to grips of it.

Now if you’re like Kate Upton who is too blind to see that, along with her “depressing” viewpoints of the NFL players taking knees during the National Anthem, then that’s a problem. I don’t see her or some wannabe overly patriotic person telling that in the inner cities, the black communities, or any member of the Mothers of the Movement that has lost Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Dontre Hamilton. Or Mike Brown. I don’t see her doing that. Better start, white chick! So with all this kneeling, it’s another form of expressing Constitutional Rights. Like many of you not going out after church to a bar. Or get drunk at a club on Saturday night. Or giving your money to Walmart or your churches financial goals!


Or even choosing to have your child home schooled or not. Or posing your gun on Facebook or Instagram like a joker just to get noticed. Well it’s your Constitutional right. But you better be responsible for your Constitutional rights as it progresses for your next lifetime! I say that in all things.

Speaking of that: The Star Spangled Banner. The official theme song of America. For many many years, the anthem has been played, sung at events, played in solos and many others. And there were those got criticized of the Anthem being a disgrace to those serve in uniform. But I’ll say that the Anthem is good “on display”. But the author, Francis Scott Key that made the anthem in 1812, was also an owner of slaves! The third stanza in the Anthem, which no one hardly sings by the way, spells out as this:

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Well ladies and gents, let’s breakdown the meat of the third stanza. Now many are already saying that the stantza is racist. The words in the stanza: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave” some say that is so racist that it needs to be erased. But what did Francis Scott Key meant by this? Since he was a slave owner by the way.

  • The word Refuge means in dictionary terms as we know is related to Refugee, as being forced to cross national boundaries and cannot return home safely.
  • Hireling means: A person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of work. In a adjective sense: it also means serving for pay only, vernal, and mercenary. See that?

But when you put it all together in that ONE LINE: The Refugees of the slaves, our ancestors were forced in bondage, couldn’t return to Africa that had to be worked for menial jobs, with no concern for the work values of the jobs that was slave related. Henceforth: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave.”

Hmmm….we have those type of jobs today right?

And some are making the arguement that it related to the Black Slaves going to the British side for Freedom. While many is the opposite like being force fed into menial work being in bondage for so long.

So with that being asked: Is the Star-Spangled Banner as a whole is a racist song when it comes to black folks? Just because one line in the song is considered racist doesn’t mean the WHOLE SONG is racist! Let’s be real. But it’s worth examining of asking W. Is “America the Beautiful” racist? Is “God Bless America” racist? Oh, let me ask this: Is “Lift Every Voice and Sing” the same song we sing at MLK events a racist song? Uh-oh! I went there! Now many of you are thinking, “really Stephen? Lift Every Voice and Sing is not a racist song! It’s about unity”. I know, but what about America’s anthems? Shoud they hold the real true meaning of unity as well? Without all the lines of Racism? Think about that while doing you feel is worthy of protest. It’s ok. No one is not going to say anything.

So with all the kneeling, to me it’s not about the flag in Colin Kaepernick’s opinion. Nor it’s all about those following the idea that Colin is doing. It’s all about really addressing the ongoing treatment that Black folks get EVERYDAY that is unfair, not right, and I dare say UN-AMERICAN when innocent lives are being taken everyday without notice. Even not getting the jobs without notice. Not getting healthcare without NOTICE. Not getting to the finish line like the other guys WITHOUT NOTICE! Do you see this?

Maybe I might catch hades for this, but I think many job seekers RIGHT NOW looking for work, that got disrespected either online or in person at interviews,  need to boycott the companies that don’t hire black folks due to their race. That’s right I said it! I CALLED IT. The best way to combat that, in my opinion, is do what everyone is doing the least: Go into your own business. I don’t care if you use drones for retail houses for $200.00, or own your own store that is home grown. Or take pictures as a side gig at Funerals. Get your own business started and you can hire many folks you want. Or run it yourself being your own boss. And I’ll BET that those looking in will be kicking themselves in the crotch or feet wishing like for example:  “why didn’t we get them (him or her) to work for us?” speeches. Mainly because the ignorance of that CEO or HR didn’t allow them to come into get picked or hired. And many of you CEO’s who are just now reading this, might be that CEO or Owner that is facing that truth like a bullet. And the same with HR’s and etc. Admit the guilt!

And yes, some of the sponsors that the players had, are now pulled. All because of the kneeling image. BUT some have come out to be new sponsors. When Brandon Marshall’s Sponsorship from the Academy Federal Credit Union and CenturyLink, of all folks, Russell Simmons the brother of Rev Run of Run DMC, got Rushcard calling for Brandon. Talk about turnabouts fair play.

So let me end by saying this. I did this when Alton Sterling passed, and I’m saying it here in the Red, White and Blue. Stars and Stripes and a strong message to relate:

SSP The Struggle Continues


Now let that take a knee to respond with the black fist up and hands over hearts.

Breaking News out of Milwaukee:

One of our well known voices in the Milwaukee Community has passed. If you haven’t heard the name of Eric Von then maybe the ears weren’t open. He was the voice in Milwaukee’s media for several of years that was on our TV’s and also mostly, Radio. There were times that I listened to him on the radio in which the topics ranged from the news, sports and health were on point. No question that his voice or commentary was indeed legendary just as OC White in his hey day. Either on 1290 WMCS or recently, his segment on WNOV of “The Eric Von Show” that comes on at 7:00am, two hours before “The Forum” appears on air.

I had the opportunity to meet him 2 years ago at my old High School of John Marshall. Now it’s called “Milwaukee Marshall High School” but still it’s John Marshall ANYWAY! The occasion was the Alumni Reception that was featuring the former students and guests that meet up prior to the 2014 Graduation Ceremony. Eric was with his wife, Faithe Colas who was the special guest speaker for the ceremony. Plus also, Faithe (class of 79 Alumni) was the recipient of the John Marshall High School’s Alum of the Year Award. And yes her pic is in the school for all to see.  Plus also I had to play the official photographer for the Alumni to capture pictures like this:


Now just to point out here: Eric is pictured on the far right.

After the ceremony we went to Saz’s on State Street for the followup to our fellowship. Eric was sitting across from me. Faithe was on the same side on an angle. I like everyone else introduced myself, with me being the youngest Alumni Board Member in the house. We conversated just the basic stuff of work and volunteering. But to hear him and be in the prsensence was just that: priceless.

Yes, I’ve meet the man that we know. And black Milwaukee knows as well.

For the lessons this week, yes Eric was cool. No matter what subject or topic he was on, he was on it. Plus he was a US Veteran that served in the Air Force.

One of the things of his work as we know, it’s called Brain, Brawn and Body. His work and awareness about African-American Men and their families to maintain the needs of health. Yes black men, as we know doctors and us don’t mix. But we have to face the music sometimes of getting back with the Medics. Even me. But don’t quote me on that.

Another was with the election connections. He was featured on a show on Channel 12’s “It’s Your Vote” in dealing with the voting issues that the voters in Milwaukee faced at the time. Even Milwaukee Black Voters as usual.

He was also featured on other shows like “Black Nouveau” which comes on our Public Broadcast Station here in Milwaukee of Channel 10. And for that was discussing the concerns and issues in Milwaukee’s Black Community. Black Nouveau is still on point today with issues and news that the community is still informed.

In 2003, he was a Campaign Co-Director in lieu of one of the past Elections that propelled Tom Barrett to his first mayoral bid for the city.

When the day of September 8th came when Eric’s death came up: it was like a shock. I kept reading my Facebook Newsfeeds to see if this was real. When you get those notices of a well known figure around your community that died, usually it’s a hoax via Social Media. BUT……this was no hoax. Eric Von really did die at his home in the Sherman Park Community. The next day, WNOV was really focused on him, his life and work. I was listening to his segment and The Forum and let me tell you: it was sad, but it was a time to celebrate him of what he brought to us over the years. No matter if it was his days at 1290, or WNOV. The callers kept calling the station to offer their condolences and sympathies. Even former 1290 Personalities  that called in to do the same thing. And those that used to rival WNOV were also called in to equal the messages of those offering condonlences.

I will admit, it will be hard to replace him on the radio. But I think that with all of this, the WNOV Family; no, the remaining WNOV family will be fine. It will take time, but still will be fine.

This coming week, there will be a Community Memorial Celebration for Eric at Marquette University’s Alumni Union. And the date will be September 14th.