Preface: As we all know, the year of the GOAT, (aka the year of 2015) will be in the barnyards and rest for the archives. More like out the pasture. But before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve and making a box empty for 2016, I have once again decided to bring out the good, bad, ugly and the scratching my head thing for this year that has gone down. 2015 had a lot galloping like a Goat on hills so many times around the track, but like every other year, it had it’s ups and downs. So with that being said in all, this is the list of 2015 that I think stood out. Was 2015 the G.O.A.T?
Call it the traditional Stephen’s Spot Annual Blog Review.
The Dow Jones was well above 10,000 points. Maybe more.
Gas Prices FELL below $2.00.
President Obama still remained influential. Even though he said he has no more campaigns to run.
Coloring Books made a comeback. For Adults that is.
The battleflag in South Carolina comes down!
The march on Selma turned 50 this year.
Attention NYOnAir: I like your work. I’m following you! Again!
Shoutout to Outdoor Afro AGAIN for getting Black folks to rexplore the outdoors!
The WWE Network is STILL a hit. Now with prepaid cards at Walmart. And yes with Raw and Smackdown.
Misty Copeland is still my new favorite black ballerina! Plus with Ownership!
For the second year in a row, Drones were a seller.
Big Smartphones with the 5.5 screen size rocked.
For us Gen X folks and cartoons: Robotech and ThunderCats hanged for their 30th Anniversaries.
The Marriage Equality thing is the law of the land. We know!
The Wiz Live was a good OnStage Live Hit! Now on DVD.
Articles of African-Americans using tech in churches was finally recorded and summarized.
Back To The Future turned 30 this year and Hoverboards are turning heads.
Viola Davis winning Emmys.
Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands of Hollywood, If Loving You Is Wrong, Black-ish, News One Now, and The Haves and the Have Nots still rolled.
The ACA still took in more folks. Beat that Haters!
The ongoing saga and slogan of #blacklivesmatter still caught on.
Periscope went hard this year. And Snapchat.
McDonald’s got breakfast. All day!
Lester Holt moved up with the NBC Nightly News.
The Simpsons went to a point of their Halloween shows that was a Halloween Show.
Facebook continued to dominate.
Twitter continued to #dominate.
Instagram was and still making waves.
WWE happened again in the year. Oh, the NXT folks are making waves.
In movies: Selma, Straight Outta Compton, The War Room, Terminator Genesys, Creed, The Hunger Games MockingJay, and Star Wars rocked.
The Christmas commercial with the VW car, the salesman and the black family. You know what I’m talking about!
#SoulCyphers were born on BET.
For those that retired: Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, David Letterman of the Late Show. Just an extra retirement announcement: Willard Scott from NBC. And those who took over for Jon and Dave: Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert.
SNL turned 40.
Change of the guard: Eric Holder goes officially out. Loretta Lynch goes in as the US DOJ Top Cop.
Kobe Bryant announced his retirement for the ongoing NBA Season.
Cuba and the US broke a 54 year streak of diplomatic relations.
Video Games: we know PlayStation and Xbox, but some talk about the Nintendo NX has stirred the pot.
For sports: New England Patriots, Golden State Warriors, and Kansas City Royals all won their championships. Two of the teams waited 30-40 years to win the straps.
On the day that we gave thanks: Brett Favre’s number was officially retired at Lambeau Field.
For the College Football: The Ohio State Buckeyes winning the National Title.
Former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson announced his retirement prior to Christmas Eve.
Speaking of the Packers Fans: I like this dude called “The Pack Daddy”. He is a real fan 24/7. Plus he’s black! G’s Up indeed!
Well here in Wisconsin on the good side:
Kenosha gets the Amazon Distribution site open.
The Northwestern Mutual Tower downtown is underway of construction.
The 833 Building near the US Bank Building is almost finished.
The new Milwaukee Bucks arena has been approved for construction.
The Milwaukee Police Department helped out the homeless of folks.
The Milwaukee Streetcar is officially on the list to be built. After a 25 year battle.
Near the inner city area of Capitol Drive and Hopkins Street, a new building is almost done: Century City I. Look for it in Milwaukee.
The Riverside Theater downtown got a facelift: A new Marquee and a Sidebar sign on the building for the 90 year old company.
414 Video Spot making waves late nights on TV.
Packers: Aaron Rodgers had a fair year banner year with the Packers along with Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb. They had to play without Jordy Nelson due to a surprise IR injury. But went out and got James Jones back to try to fill in the void. Plus Aaron Rodgers was the league MVP.
For the season that was in a highlighted sense:
Bears- Snapped a 3 year start losing streak.
Seattle- needed that W.
49ers-a decent vengeful W
Chiefs – decent W
Rams -decent win
Chargers- Phillip Rivers wasn’t a joke. But the Pack still won with the throwbacks on.
After the Bye week:
Carolina -Super Lucky. And the nerve to take down the cheesehead banner. Really?
Vikings – stopped the bleeding with a win.
Lions pt. 1- so they got a W in Wisconsin
Bears (pt. 2) They evened up the series with a CB named Tracey Porter.
Lions pt. 2 – Hail Mary!!!!
Raiders – Coach McCarthy took back the keys to the team. And still won. And secured a spot in the playoffs for the 7th time.
Cardinals- Tough and not lucky
Wisconsin Badgers Football ended their previous season on New Years Day by winning the Outback Bowl with a send off to Melvin Gordon. Plus, Gary Anderson leaves Wisconsin to go west. And the Badgers went and got Paul Chryst, a Badger Alum. Most recently, the team finished the season of 10-3 with a win over USC in the 2015 Holiday Bowl. The Badgers Football crew won back to back Bowl Games in the the same year, in a span of 11 months.
The stand outs: Joel Stave, Dare Ogunbolwale, Derek Watt, Joe Schobert, Vince Beigel, Corey Clement, Sojourn Shelton, Robert Wheelwright, Alex Ericsson, Chris Orr, Mike Caputo, and Jazz Peavy.
The Wisconsin Badgers Basketball Crew also owned the West! And the West NCAA Basketball Championship. And were a runner up to the National Title. Plus the view of Frank Kaminisky. #OnWisconsin!
Uber and Lyft are still making moves in Milwaukee.
Colder’s Furniture commercial with the “Step Up” jingle. It’s real fun with advertising.
Summerfest was showing recap footages via the Internet.
Community Retirements: On the same day, May 20th, 2015 that David Letterman retired after 30+ Years in the Television Game, our own Mike Jacobs from WTMJ Channel 4 retired after 38 years on the air.
Here was a 2015 good thing: To those of repping V100, Jammin 98.3, WNOV, and many others in the Black Milwaukee area of radio, even online. Keep it up! I’m listening!
The Mayfair Collection (part of Mayfair Mall) near US 45 is nice again with Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Nordstrom, and oh I should point out: a bakery. Plus Osgoods is open! Not only that, Pizza Man.
Racism struck again in 2015.
Like 2014, 2015 also was a high year of one of the worst stories to write and comment: Killing unarmed black men, while white police officers who did the job go free, EVEN after chokes being recorded on video. Unarmed black women were targets also.
School/College Shootings in America that were in places that was not mentioned alot did occur.
Even though the Dow was getting high in 2015, the number of African-Americans unemployment remained high as well. And there were other factors.
The ending results of the murders of Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice: not guilty from the cops.
The SAE fraternity in Oklahoma City was declared out due to N*gger word chants.
In South Carolina: A black teen in a Classroom got slammed to the ground by a Police Officer that we all saw on video.
A Pool Party in Texas was interrupted by the McKinnley Police Department. Racially Motivated.
Paris was hit twice due to terrorism.
Mali and Kenya were also attacked.
In Ferguson, Missouri: another shooting death of an child sparked outrage. And a partial but not effective blame on the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Baltimore was under siege with violence due to the protest of Freddie Gray’s death by the Baltimore Police Department.
9 members of the Emanuel AME Church were gunned down during a bible study meeting by Dylan Roof in Charleston, SC.
Flooding in South Carolina.
And the bad side of things in Wisconsin:
Burger King in Wauwatosa and some Educator Credit Union ATMs got hacked.
Polarized politics in 2015 deepens worse in the state.
A freeway shooting on December 9th on I-43. No kidding.
Racism and segregation still lingered.
Isiah Taylor, son of Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor, was detained in December of all things……delivering a turkey to a needy family. RIDICULOUS!
THIS JUST IN: HOT 102 Online got a notice of being cancelled. NOOOOOO!!!!!! I grew up with the station. Man!
Unemployment maybe down in Wisconsin, but still up in the Black Milwaukee Area.
As far as the Dontre Hamilton saga: no further sentencing of former MPD officer Christopher Manney.
Kmart in Wauwatosa and Office Depot in Milwaukee’s Midtown Center – Rest in peace.
Plus, African World Festival was canceled YET again.
Dustin Diamond, (aka Screech) gets his serving papers in Wisconsin.
Who did I listen to in 2015? (Hint, no whack rappers, no Bieber mess, or boy bands):
Kendrick Lamar – This dude woke up everybody again in 2015! King Kunta and We Gonna Be Alright!
Faith Evans -20. or Her 20th Anniversary Album
Jody Watley – yes Jody Watley! (and Dancer Remixed is on my playlist!)
Puff Daddy – Finna Get Loose!
Adele – Hello
Chic f/Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There/Back In the Old School
Janet Jackson – No Sleeep/Burn It Up
Dr. Dre – Talkin’ To My Diary
Drake – Energy
Vivian Green – Get Right Back To My Baby
Macklemore – Downtown. Featuring the OLD SCHOOL Rappers like Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz.
Empire Soundtrack Season 1 – Keep it Movin, No Apologies.
Missy Elliott -WTF
Jodeci – (YES, JODECI MADE A COMEBACK THIS YEAR) Every Moment, Checking for you
Jidenna – Classic Man
Monica – Just Right For Me
Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
Fox News and the right wing media needs to shut up about Loretta Lynch. Let her do her job. Plus also those like Stacey Dash and the other guy whats his name, needs to be fired than suspended of the Obama Remarks!
Trying to forget the name Kim Davis, whom made a name of not issuing marriage licenses to Kentucky residents because they were LGBT Material. But Kim did have skeletons in her closest though!
Donald Trump is still talking. Even though his commentary might be troublesome for 2016.
Bill Cosby: Again, Bill Cosby has been under the gun with this whole scandal. And even folks like Janice Dickerson and Beverly Johnson all calling him out. Cosby was also stripped more of his honorary degrees including one from Marquette University. Now , Bill Cosby has stepped up to defend himself and to sue those whom have defaced his name, reputation, etc. Plus there was a warrant of his arrest in which was dated back to 2004. Cosby was bailed out by 1 Million Dollars and this case is to be continued in 2016.
Hulk Hogan: For many, many years, the Hulkster has electrified fans all over the world. Even as an ambassador and a well known public figure in the eyes of the fans of Professional Wrestling and Entertainment. HOWEVER: this year, Hulk Hogan was fired from the WWE due to some off-color racist commentary in regarding the angle with his daughter Brooke years back. That also began a backlash against the man who wanted his younger fans to Train, Eat their Vitamins, Say their Prayers, Believe in themselves, etc.
CALLOUT OF ALL FOLKS – Next time: Can folks who have no experience step outside and let the REAL vets take over?! Seen that a lot this year.
Ugly things that the Badger Residents faced:
145: The amount of homicides that Milwaukee had in 2015. 25 Years ago, the homicide rate was up at 160 at the end of 1990.
Sheriff David Clarke: Oh I got something to comment. He had the Gaul to go onto Fox News and had the nerve to say that Police Brutality ended back in the 60’s. And on top of that he got grilled by a black network host, Roland Martin!
MCTS had a Ugly moment in which there was a bus strike during a portion of the summer.
7,310: the amount of stolen cars in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Lion. Seriously we were duped in the city. More like bamboozled.
Like last year: We had a cease fire weekend back in the spring, and more shots rang out. From 1 year olds, to 5 year olds, to preteens teens, and to grown folks. No fun!
Governor Scott Walker has been named the worst person in America this year. RIGHTFULLY SO! And even he commented that Wisconsin’s problem of jobs is lack of trained workers. Still laughing at that statement as well as his failure for not running for President.
Milwaukee Salvation Army Kettle Volunteers were robbed at gunpoint. SERIOUSLY UGLY!
Speaking of ugly: I like the Green Bay Packers. But the loss score of 38-8 by Arizona is what it is: Ugly loss. And this thought of Aaron Rodgers playing scared is preposterous.
Another Ugly: Robbing kids of those hoverboards. Yes, this is aimed at Milwaukee’s rough neighborhoods.
Scratching my head this whole time:
Question again: Have these Negropeans ever got it yet of they shouldn’t being ashamed to be black? – Reference with all respect AGAIN: Raven-Symone.
Caitlyn Jenner. For real?
Was the BET Awards that serious this year?
How is Kanye West really gonna run for President in 2020?
About that dress though. Really?
REPOST: When employers have said about “we can’t find anyone.” in relation to new applicants on the map, have they actually looked hard enough? Or they are just being lazy?
Hold Up: This dabbing thing though. REALLY?!
For the Robin Jeans fans out there: Um, what is the real deal with those pants?
Question again: Should there be a rule when folks who were homegrown born in all, made good money elsewhere, and then when trying to comeback to their homecity with promotions or events (nothing wrong with that), SHOULD THEY NOT get an attitude of making folks to come out? I don’t care if you’re a Milwaukee born person, went to the south and made good money and comeback home to force folks to come out and support a cause not worth knowing. There are folks HERE in Milwaukee that are on the grind everyday that are trying to be the best possible to help out. Now you know why it is? Watch yourselves, promoters!
Attention-Note to the “fair weather folks” in all YET AGAIN: Many leave cold places due to weather and rant and complain. But doesn’t that equate those hating the hot places go to cold places?
Why is the GOP reps in Congress was wasting their time in repealing the ACA?
What was that hate about a Horse that didn’t get picked, but a deserving Serena Williams got picked for Sportsman of the Year?
Why are certain online radio stations are getting shafted with all these fees, and copyright stuff? (I.E. Live365, Hot102 Online)
Has the hype of Ronda Rousey ever slowed down after her first loss from Holly Holm?
What was the so-called hype about Iggy Azalea and Erykah Badu beef?
I know some Sports Folks had to ask about Olivia Munn and the slump that Aaron Rodgers went through. Wait a second, do they realize who is Olivia Munn is?!!!!
Will Ride Along 2 and Barbershop: The Next Cut be a hit in 2016?
Still asking this question: with all the “crimes” in the cities, what’s up with the drug problems in the suburbs?!!!
MASSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CALLOUT AGAIN: Can we PLEASE use the “You’re” word on Facebook correctly as well as other forms of Social Media? Like for example, “You’re It!” Not “Your it”. Or “If you don’t follow me on so and so, you’re not welcome here no more. Not “If you don’t follow me on so and so your not welcome here no more.” We need to respell and check our words, folks!
Again: Can Facebook users please be polite and to kindly ask not to be so rude when game requests happen? (No need to be all dramatic and serious. It’s not a threat or an act of war!)
How will us Americans alike be with President Obama in his “Really Last Quarter” in 2016?
Will any of us Americans stop denying prayer so much?
Speaking of President Obama again: when the issue of race comes up and many of us black folks feels that it’s killing us. So I ask: What do we want him to say?!!!!!
Here is a response: President Obama gets Black Lives Matter. The true reason. Do any others?
Still asking: Are the protests of unarmed black men and unarmed black women being killed are getting attention in the cities nationwide, as well as worldwide yet again? #HandsUpDontShoot #BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe
SHOUTOUT CALLOUT: For all my Sagittarius folks: was this year of the horse played the cards well, since part of our zodiac is a Centaur? And will 2016 be THAT YEAR for us to fling our Bows and Arrows?
For you Skeptical Social Media folks and Conscious Minded: When folks had to dig up about certain challenges, or activities, and they tie that into slavery or bad incidents in black culture, even self proclaimed Pagan related stuff: WHERE ON EARTH IS THE MAIN SOURCE THAT YOU GO TO?!!
REPOST: For those of us who go to Walmart in Milwaukee, what is up with the bootlegging folks? (All I hear: We got CD’s and Movies!) Nobody has no time buying something that has your digital camcorder or computer virus on it!
Knowing 2016 is an election year, can we African-Americans ever have a massive Mid-Term/Local Voter Turnout like the Presidential ones?
Was the movie Concussion really THAT controversial?!!!!!
When folks comment about “being apart of the human race”, have they realized that it was black folks that started the human race, per say? Had to ask that again.
Has those who accused President Obama of everything like unarmed black folks getting killed had realized that he is not at fault?
Has the State of Wisconsin really made a serious error about NOT bringing the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to Kenosha? Like the high speed rail?
AGAIN: We all know that #AllLivesMatter, and #PoliceLivesMatter but why folks got to be against #BlackLivesMatter in a sense of being twisted and racist, which is not?
For you Black GOP Fans out there: Is Ben Carson really “Truthful and Honest” to be President?
Why were and are certain folks had to STILL “redline” job seeking folks because of their address on their resumes?
You know 2016 is a leap year, right?
Why can’t we have our Grad Tassels tied to our rear view mirrors, knowingly it’s somewhat might get you a ticket?
Will body cameras be an assist to the Police when crimes happen in 2016?
Did the Milwaukee Coalition of Justice really overstep their boundary of interrupting the Lincoln Center Arts Middle School Choir?
Since when Hoverboards and those in the ministry like Pastors come into play?
ATTENTION NPHC MEMBERS: With all due respect to the colors and letters you wear with your goals and objectives, can you guys lay off the Iotas? I ask this with love!
Can the Consumer Drones, or Parrot Drones, or Radio Shack drones, or DJI Drones or any drones be good money makers for jobs in 2016?
Has The TSU Social Universe been a force again for Social Media? In terms of paying the user of postings, etc?
Same as last year: Why can’t folks can’t be real with folks who are real? – church, the jobs, economic status, sex, etc?
And………Will 2016 be the “that year?”
My own highlights of the year.
For this portion, 2015 was not too shabby this year for me. Outside of me blogging and fronting, and in addition to my community stuff, I now own a drone, that makes me a legal eagle to be a registered user. Also 2015 marked 10 years of me blogging. Yep 10 years and it’s only the beginning.
For those who have read this blog like over 10,000 times with Tumblr – and the repeated blogs that many of you had to read again, Thank you!
For those who have read this blog for support (I.E. The Milwaukee Streetcar), Thanks.
As far as my Alumni Stuff: My Marshall Eagles from the Class of 1995 turned 20! I finally went to a UW-Stout Alumni Milwaukee event that had eluded me since last year. Via the Brewers Game.
Had a second Family Reunion in which many were impressed of Milwaukee.
And now…..those who have passed on.
BB King – We all know who he was right? Blues Artist.
Leonard Nimoy – Spock.
Johnny Kemp – Had a hit song called “Just Got Paid”.
Rev. Robert H. Schuller – Evangelist.
Joe Dudzik – Milwaukee Alderman.
Ameilia Boynton Robinson – who marched in the original Selma March and the 50th Anniversary March along with President Obama. 104 years old!
Helen Bartz – the last name is familiar to us Milwaukee Residents.
Orville Pitts – Former Boxer turned laywer and civil rights activist in Milwaukee.
Quinn Johnson-Harris – Airman, United States Air Force. Wisconsin Born.
Sandra Bland – Activist/Member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
Notable French people killed in the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
Jerome Kersey – Former NBA Great and Portland Trailblazer.
Lemmy Kilmister – Motorhead band leader.
Stuart Scott – ESPN Analyst and the man who used BOOYAH!
Van Alexander – Composer.
Meadowlark Lemon – Former Harlem Globetrotter.
“General” Lee Holman – Former Harlem Globetrotter.
William Guest – One of The Pips.
Ozell Sutton – First African American to serve in the US Marines.
John “Hot Rod” Williams – NBA Basketball Player.
San Bernardino Victims.
Planned Parenthood Victims.
Al Molinaro – (aka Al from Happy Days and Wisconsin born)
Koopsta Knicca – Founder of Three 6 Mafia
Jackie Collins – Novelist
Zaevion Dobson – a High School Teenager, Football Player and Mentee who risked his life to save three teenage girls in Tennessee after a shooting incident. He shielded them by using his body to cover them up. Died at 15 years old.
Wes Craven -You horror fans should know.
Yvonne Craig – aka Batgirl
Julian Bond – Former NAACP President
Frank Gifford – Former NY Giant and the voice of Monday Night Football.
Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown – Bobby and Whitney’s only daughter.
Ken Stabler – former Oakland Raider.
Dick Van Patten – Remember Eight is Enough? I do.
Beau Biden – Son of VP Joe Biden.
Dusty Rhodes – Wrestling Legend.
Rowdy Roddy Piper – Wrestling Legend.
Moses Malone – Former Sixer and Milwaukee Buck.
Darryl Hamilton – Former Milwaukee Brewer.
Some of the folks I know that died in the year:
First, I want to highlight, Nellie Kendrick.
She used to have a saying:
Y’all don’t know her. Nellie a former church member of mine who gave tirelessly in the city. She was a former worker of Blue Cross Blue Shield whom like many back then worked her way up. She also worked as a manger and inspired those to be mangers during her tenure. Nellie was a sorority sister. A real sorority sister of the organization: Eta Kappa Theta.
She and her husband George whom I also know from church were married for 45 years, since the 24th Day of June of 1970. Nellie wasn’t just a member that I knew, she was more than that. She was one of the first black women who on the fore-front and an inspiration to give back. I hope that the women of TODAY can learn from what she did and to take into appreciation of their craft and hard work. Nellie passed this year in February at 81, and she was honor from those of the city, county, state, her chruch homes, former colleagues and many who have known her. And the lasting words from her euolgy, “What legacy will you leave behind?”
Second, I have to highlight two key members of my church: Cleadoretta Keys and Charles Lee Patterson. For Clea, she was a real person. Make that a real Black Queen! Even though at time she appeared to be strict at times. But her heart was in the right place. She was a former school teacher of Milwaukee Public Schools when MPS had real teachers! A devoted church member who like many was active with the United Methodist Women. And was very vocal about the structure and well being of the church during her tenure. She also was one the reasons why I say this statement: “Hey Black, Child!” For that she wanted us to learn about our black culture and not to be ashamed to be black period! Mrs. Keys was a real woman of God, and a Black Queen that will be missed. She passed this year in June at 82 years of age.
For Charles Lee Patterson, or Mr. Patterson as I respected. He was a mans man. Let me say that again not to hate on the guys reading this blog, he was a man’s man. Mr. Patterson was very active in the church. Married for 56 years. Father of six. Grandfather, relative, friend and Godfather. Mostly as a Trustee. Very Active with the United Methodist Men, and also supportive of the then-church’s weekly activities of the Helping Place. Even part of our Men’s Choir. Mr. Patterson was a Korean War Veteran, whom served 3.5 years in the US Army. Later on, he was employed by the USPS for 35 years as a mail handler. I often have love for my Alumni in which I stay active the most part. I kind of drew that from him since he was a charter member of his Mississippi Valley State University Alumni. He often complement my work as a secretary, my talent of music and most of all, gave me some props of my seasonal decorations! The one last thing before his passing, he was part of the Honor Flight to Washington DC in which it was for the Veterans of WWII and the Korean War era. His passing was in July of this year at 83, but many turned out for the Homegoing and Committal as a way of sorrow, grief, and most of all, love. His spirit of support still lives on!
In closing: 2015 was one of those years that we walked through pain, fire and brimstone like the years past. But there were along the way, there were positives, and great stuff that happened.
I ask again: Will 2016 be no “monkeying around” for the greater good? We shall see!