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Well here we are. For the 244th time, it’s America’s birthday. And still many of us have a pandemic on our minds to keep safe. And being aware of the on going struggle of rights and privileges that everyone American should be created equal. We know everytime we see those words should be a constant reminder of every person reading this blog and of course those that use everything else.

However between last year and this year, this Indepenence Day has been a drastic change: COVID-19. Usually I say this that the folks who were here last year celebrating or observing or protesting this holiday are not around this year because many of the thousands have died after suffering this symptom of the Coronavirus. Many of our traditional gatherings at parks, festivals, activities had been either reduced to the social distancing or cancelled for the rest of the year due to the virus. The many folks who previously protsted state capitals in the Don’t Tread On Me Flags, or the Rebel Battle Flags or with Rifles strapped with guns all had this distain that the state houses were promoting “Tyranny” in terms of those wanting to go back to work. That’s not tyranny, that’s being stupid and ignorant. And what’s funny that I mentioned this in the last blog about the words “Tyranny Response Team” on the backs of shirts. Really?

Those men and some women are not a Tyranny Response Team. They are frauds! I know I shouldn’t be saying this on the 4th, but I had to say that it’s apparent that they are misguided about the use of freedom. Oh yes, with out our military and all the guise of implications of our Indedpendcce, we wouldn’t have a 4th of July to celebrate. Nor I dare say a Juneteenth Day. And yes those are #facts!

Let me further say three words on this 244th occasion: Black Lives Matter! That’s right: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

The very same words that our so-called president labeled the organization as a symbol of hate. Other individuals that deflected those words to something like “All Lives Matter”. Let me dive in on this again. I know many had the chance to listen to activists in a response to the message that Frederick Douglass stated years ago called “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Oh yes, that is the speech that many are afraid to read and hear, but to us in the black community, Douglass revealed in his speech of the concerns that the black slaves never had to say but to feel what they were thinking. Even though they couldn’t stand up for themselves. But what Douglass really told was the hardcore truth that the celebration was fine for most folks, but to the black slave: Not as much. He stated at the time was “this is your celebration, not mine”. He also stated that while you celebrate your liberty in all, he must mourn. Keep in mind this was in 1852 on July 5th. Now 168 years later his Great-Great-Great-Great Grandchildren are reciting that same portion of the speech as he did. And it’s poetic because they need to know what their 4th Grandfather had to feel. BUT…….they also must read the WHOLE SPEECH! Not just that portion. My advice to them would be (and they’ll have to understand) read the whole speech before making a comment on Social Media in a weird way then you know. Of course, if Frederick Douglass were alive today saying that speech, either he would be attacked on Facebook, harassed, or shot dead. All because he was revealing a thought that many had been thinking for so long. But he also wanted the Country to improve in a sense of getting to that promised land of opportunity.

Henceforth: Black Lives Matter!

This is also the occasion that individuals like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others in the country who are black had been killed by the hands of the police, and racism are not here. Which still lingers to this day. The activists of today who scream out Black Lives Matter are the new colonists. They are the new Paul Reveres that ring out warnings. They are the Elizabeth Cady Stantons, and many others of the yesteryear that are ringing out the concerns that many need to be aware of. Or in this case, STAYING WOKE! I know that many of us were on our live feeds today or leading up to the 4th, in regards to wearing black. In terms of Black Lives Matter and many others that wouldn’t wear the traditional colors of Red White and Blue.

So what.

Many know that the folks of Morticians or Goth wear black every day and nobody says nothing. How many folks wear black shoes EVERYDAY? I’m just saying! This is all coming from those who were logging into Facebook in Blackout groups that many tried to get others to join to participate. The whole idea was to be informed about the concerns dealing with black lives, and there is some advertising for black-owned businesses. Me personally, I support black businesses all the time. The ones I know very well from Black Barbershops, Black Daycares, Organizations here in Milwaukee like the Northcott Neighborhood House which was founded by the denomination that I was confirmed 30 years ago in 1990, the United Methodist Church, and my church is black supported! So I know this very well. My thing is like every July 7th, we know that Black Out Day is a time to support black businesses, but it is also a reminder that the support of the black dollar goes on all the time!

Also on the fourth, well there were some that have something to add in the concerns: There was an event and a protest held in Pewaukee and Milwaukee in regarding that Black Americans were excluded from celebrating the 4th of July Celebrations. The idea of the event and acts were to address the concerns of Police Brutality and Racism.

From the transcript via WISN Channel 12: AROUND CUTLER PARK AND THE WAUKESHA PUBLIC LIBRARY. NOT EVERYONE IS CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY THIS YEAR NATIONALLY, THERE’S BEEN A CALL TO BOYCOTT THE HOLIDAY. PROTESTERS SAY THAT BECAUSE THE BLACK COMMUNITY HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE FREEDOMS THE HOLIDAY STANDS FOR. NO AMERICANS SHOULD BE CELEBRATING. IN PEWAUKEE, PROTESTERS GATHERED TO CALL FOR AN END TO RACIAL INJUSTICE. THEY MARCHED FROM THE PUBLIC LIBRARY TO PEWAUKEE BEACH, A ALONG CHANTING THE MESSAGE, NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. ORGANIZERS SAY THE GOAL WAS TO KEEP RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY ON THE TOP OF EVERYONE’S MIND. >> A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE THINK AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE ANGRY. THEY ARE NOT ANGRY. THERE HAS BEEN POLICE BRUTALITY, BUT LIVES TAKEN DUE TO VIOLENCE, SO WERE TAKING A MOMENT TO STOP AND BREATHE.

BEN: IN MILWAUKEE, ANOTHER GROUP OF PROTESTERS GATHERED FOR A MOMENT OF MOURNING. THE PROGRAM AT THE UNITY GOSPEL HOUSE OF PRAYER INCLUDED POETRY, LIVE MUSIC, AND DANCING. ATTENDEES WERE ENCOURAGED TO REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST RECENTLY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, VIOLENCE, AND RACIAL INJUSTICE.

https://www.wisn.com/article/people-use-holiday-to-hold-protests/33178206

Also, over the weekend, former NFL Player Colin Kaepernick made his remarks over the holiday by stating “we reject your white supremacy.” He writes on Twitter:  

“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.”

No matter if it was on MSN or Yahoo the story was picked up. And just as I was logging off, here come those who are overly patriotic saying in the comments: “Get over it” or “Go back to a history class”, “quit whining”. Part of what he was saying was in fact true. There has been concerns that America terrorized nations without any consent, bombed innocent people, declared in the Declaration that Indians were savages, and oh, escalated the use of Slavery before, during and the after the founding of the nation. And yes, some of our Founding Fathers that signed the legendary document were slave owners. Even the father of this land by the name of George Washington was a SLAVE OWNER! Instead of hiding from this so-called Fake News, just admit the truth. Yes, of course we can celebrate the 4th, and yes there were black men that fought in the Revolution, but still some of them went back into Slavery! And some also maintained their freedom. Let be real about it.

Also: when many were talking about that had not been researching the story of a white supremacist. I’ll bet that many of those who helped shaped the country, no matter what roles have occurred before and after 1776 probably were connected to White Supremacy! You have the state of Mississippi for the first time in over in one century brought down their state flag with the rebel sign on it. I’ll bet many who were Mississippi born felt jubilant in a peaceful manner that the flag that gave them so many nightmares is finally done! Those monuments of those who were “Civil War Heroes” that lost the war, were taken down. Some were actually destroyed.

In speaking of that when NASCAR finally halted the thought of the Confederate Flags at the events and races that was a jubilant moment. Yes, you can thank Bubba Wallace for that in order to see change happen in the sport.

Now let me conclude this with this. The Fourth is a mixed bag for many folks. Let’s just call it what it is. However in the result of this mixed bag of controversy, yes it’s a day to acknowledge the turning point of the country’s Independence. The document proved to be a starting point to change, to inspire and to confront the issues, concerns and accomplishments that the country endured since it’s founding of 1776. Yes, over the course of human events in the last 244 years, America hasn’t “been that great”. And yet America hasn’t been perfect. But in the years preceded this one in a time frame of a pandemic that already silenced most of the Fireworks displays, parades, and other old-school related events the real Americans must stand up. It must stand up to get the ideas of being self-evident that yes all men are created equal. And should be created equal no matter who or what. Those are not just words, they should be a way of life. All day every day! If that’s the case however then explain why there is so much racism in regarding African-American citizens. From jobs to finance to housing. Even Healthcare! If many are saying “Oh Stephen, you should be lucky to be an American Citizen and have the freedoms to do so. Why are you complaining?” Look, I want THIS COUNTRY TO CONFESS the truth, the ideals founded and have that equality thing that many have been preaching about since Day One! And I also have been discriminated, disrespected, overlooked, unappreciated, devalued and nearly forgotten about. Yes, me! No I’m not going into “I Have A Dream” and recite the same sentences that Dr. King said in 1963. Many of us need to read the whole speech regardless! The same with Frederick Douglass’ speech about again, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” The one portion of that speech many recited over and over again. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BEGINNING? And black folks you should know better! I’m just saying.

And the part regarding the “Mericless Indian Savages” in the Declaration, and if those who were wearing those shirts on the 4th in regarding the three words, you may have missed out on the words regarding the complaint regarding KING GEORGE III! Beginning with the word “He!” Now many of you saw on Instagram of the picture of Cree Summer (whom had a acting career on A Different World and the voice of Penny from Inspector Gadget) that displayed the shirt just like this:

Merciless Indian Savages Declaration Of Independence T-shirts

You know what was missing? See below:

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Question to those who wore this shirt, why wasn’t the whole quote mentioned? There was also a missing thought that it wasn’t addressed to ALL INDIANS! Look at the sentence again: What does it start with again? HE – as in the King of England at the time. The founders I think were describing the dilemmas that were problematic. So when folks said all the Indians, that is taking the quote way out bounds. Hear me out. That’s almost like saying all men are dogs. Or all black men are no good. See the angles here? Or in this case all BLM Members are racists and being funded by George Soros. Or when he was touring the country in the poorest neighborhoods, there were individuals or groups that commented that Bill Cosby had “Harsh words for African-Americans”. Get that mess out of here! And according to the stories, there were Indians that fought with the continental army and for the British crown. You know which folks did that also? Black folks! We got to be real! This is not to drown out the Native Americans here. In which I don’t do at all.

People: it’s time to review everyday of this Declaration. In terms of further understanding the thoughts of why the articles and listings were made and not only just to be one sided. You should be asking why they were one sided at first. I should start by saying #AtFirsttheFourthOfJuly wasn’t a holiday for black folks. That is a fact. And yes, you have many saying the same thing, probably on your timelines on Facebook of asking why. But at the same time, we must not forget that the longevity of the struggle still continues! And also there were black men that fought on the side of the continental during the revolution. If you think that Crispus Attucks was the only one that fought and died in that timeframe, guess what? He was not the only one! There were countless others that served like James Armistead, who was a spy on for the Continental Army under George Washington that helped the Americans. Another was Peter Salem, as well as Salem Poor at the Battle at Bunker Hill. Even the 1st Rhode Island Regiment also fought. Why aren’t these names being mentioned like Attucks? In addition to the struggle, that also is an everyday reminder that must hold dear to these three words: Our Sacred Honor.

So yes, as the nation turns the page, or levels up at 244, and it’s ok to celebrate for a moment. But when the next day happens, its back to work.

It’s back to fight White Supremacy.

It’s back to help Homeless Veterans

It’s back to educating our children.

It’s back to realize that Virtual Learning does count like the Traditional Classrooms.

It’s back to supporting Black Lives Matter, in a sense to find Breonna Taylor’s killers.

It’s back to fight unemployment, health issues of COVID-19.

It’s back to defuse the wickedness of Backing the Badge and Blue Lives Matter.

It’s back to stop the abuse of Police Brutality, stand against racism as well as discrimination based of age, religion, gender, education, and experience on the job.

It’s back to fight for the Church in a sense of fighting depression, hunger, finance problems racially, and it’s back fighting the same “Colonial Causes” that were and are in a long working progress. Which includes VOTING!

This year marks 150 years that African-American Men received the right to vote under Amendment 15. Also it’s been 155 years since the Amendment 15 which declared slaves free, hence brought Amendment 13 in April of 1864, thus making it plain in January of 1865 leading to June 19th.

And the beat, in fact goes on.


Juneteenth Day Matters!

Today is a legit day to celebrate an occasion that actually mattered. No, it’s not the 4th of July as we know very well. We’re talking about Juneteenth Day. A day that many don’t know about but to quote Kevin Hart: “You gon’ learn today!” For the 155th time, America is recognizing a forgotten Independence Day that almost had right previously in the late 1770’s. Yes we all know that originally, Independence Day was started in 1776 in which that yes and many will hear that black people were still slaves. They were in bondage. No rights. Yes, Master. No Master. We know. Frankly, there was a lot of that and a few black patriots at the time fought in the Revolution, attempted to seek their freedom and most went back into slavery. However, it seems that 4th of July was the mainstay of celebrating the Independence of America. Again, you will know this next month. But again, this day of the 19th is a CLOSER! Think of this: July 4th is the opening pitch to freedom. An opening pitch to eliminate tyranny, oppression, and persecution. Even though it should have been stopped in that particular year, many in the country who benefited and owned slaves actually didn’t want that to end. Yes, let’s call it what it was, slavery and commodity equals money. Even though the British rule was already divorced, but the inner struggle of slavery was a long shot to be eliminated. It took 89 years which in baseball is about 16,198 games. But on the first to last game, which was January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation to decide that black slaves would be declared free. 2 years later in 1865, after the assassination of Lincoln, the news to Galveston, Texas from General Grainger that the slaves would be now and forever free. This was known as “General Order Number 3.” This is why I say Juneteenth is the CLOSER, or the closing pitch that ended the dreaded streak. That ended the game that many fought for so long to eliminate. This is why I also say that “Juneteenth Day Matters Like The 4th!”

For many of you who are not black, and just wanting to know what this is, and we know many of you will be going all decked out Red, White, and Blue next month. Get this: if you know the 4th, get to know what Juneteenth Day is about. Get to know why this day matters. And many of you are in education, working for the curriculum. I challenge you to put Juneteenth Day further ON THE MAP! I challenge all of those who are black educators: put this day of June 19th ON THE MAP for the curriculum. It is necessary because this is part of the historical events that Americans need to know and summarize. After all, do many people still say that “Black history is American History?” Remember that quote that I hated since Black History Month? Yeah well, since Juneteenth Day is an American Occasion, why not add this to the American History that folks again, need to know! And Black History is STILL World History!

Unlike many Juneteenth Day Celebrations in the country, there were not many marches. And social distancing was in effect due to the coronavirus. In spite of that, Juneteenth Day went on regardless. There were marches, shutting the streets down, murals were and are still being painted on to streets that were declared “sacred ground.” Speeches were made to declare slavery was dead but the struggle goes on. Even after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and countless others that died in the hands of the police. And yet, the Juneteenth Day flags were raised in cities that were used for the first time. EVER. Milwaukee, my homecity that has celebrated Juneteenth longer in the north, raised the new flag outside of the Zeidler Municipal Building. This is the same building named after one of Milwaukee’s Mayors, and a centralplex for the April Voting Drives. Not only that , but Madison also held its Juneteenth Day Flag raising on the State Capitol signifying the 155th occasion. And also, our Milwaukee County Courthouse also raised the new Juneteenth Banner for the special day. All areas of Milwaukee and Madison had the historical moments documented and summarized!

Now let me go left field on these non-black companies and advertisers that are now just discovering Juneteenth Day. Even the Networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC are now just discovering this soon-to-be Independence Day. And our so-called president claimed to “made Juneteenth famous”. Let’s cut the Bull….right now:

First of all: Juneteenth Day was made famous by those who were set free from slavery.

Juneteenth Day was made famous who later marched and protested who were mostly black and fought for Civil Rights that we read about over and over again and making sure that the stories still remain in tact for another era of citizens.

Juneteenth Day was made famous by many who still recognize our concerns, our voices, and our black god-given rights to remain active and ALIVE to let those know that our black rights, and lives still matter! Even at a time when many black men are not as active as black women when it comes to concerns in the community. Even though the black men of TODAY are not as active as the forefathers, but they are out there. And they are active and educating the men of now. Of course, the men of now will do their own thing in the future but guidance must be placed on the table!

If many of the folks who are just now discovering Juneteenth, where have they been?! Black folks have been talking about this for YEARS! This is why the white folks and those who work in non-black establishments must listen to every single black citizen either at work or the house. Not just say, “here you go…………” NO! the key words are to “listen to the black folks!” Let us continue to have our turn to say what we want and need to say. Regardless of our stance on employment, health, finance, spiritual, mental, educational physical and countless others that we discuss that we may agree and disagree, but hear us out! If we don’t see a chair at your table, we have chairs at home to bring. Long ago, we didn’t have those rights as we do now. And that struggle has been going on since the start of loading the boats!

And to have our so-called president to have his “rally” on Juneteenth in a town like Tulsa, Oklahoma that had a history of Black Wall Street being destroyed by racist whites in 1921, was a slap in the face. 99 years this month. Although it was moved to June 20th, which is the first day of the summer solstice. Wow. However even though it’s a different time and a different era, but the struggle again still continues.

So yes, Juneteenth Day 2020 is in the books. However, in the recent “support” of Juneteenth must continue to go on. Like those sales of oil changes to get $17.76 off. Where are the $18.65 discounts? Where are those that need to surface? Yes, I know as a black man that Juneteenth Day MUST be carefully guarded not to be fumbled with a commercialized sense of being jaded. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at all those sales that are geared towards holidays: New Years, Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and yes Christmas. I’m not saying Juneteenth Day should be marketable. But being careful HOW Juneteenth Day should be marketed that it shouldn’t be sold in a negative sense. That is the main point of all of this. Same as Target marketing Black History Month. Which it has. But I hope that those that market Black History or Juneteenth Day should donate some of those sales to most needed black-owned businesses, and especially to the schools. I’ll give four letters: HBCU. That’s the Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Don’t just donate to the causes on these occasions, do them ALL YEAR LONG! And I hope that since the companies are “supporting black workers” and donating all the causes, for all of you big companies from Facebook to U.S. Bank, Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Tesla, Taco Bell (yeah I’m putting them on the list after firing the worker who had on a Black Lives Matter Mask) Best Buy, Walmart, news media, technological companies, health organizations, employment agencies, the federal government, state government, city government, county government and anywhere that they claim or stake their claim in the support of black workers: I got four words for you: step your game up! Prove to many that you back up your African-American employees. No matter what their positions are. Why you ask? simply put, their black lives DO matter. And they should matter just like everyone else.

So yes, we made it to another year of Juneteenth. And its very legit like the 4th. But after this day is over: The struggle continues!


Warning: what I am about write is not for the thinking at heart. I’m going there.

“A Riot is the language of the unheard”.

These last few days since Memorial Day, most of us Americans have had reality hit in the face. It’s all due to those getting assaulting and after the killing of 46 year old, George Floyd. A black man if you will. Now for those who are not so squeamish, you already know over and over again about the Police Officer putting his knee on the back of the neck of George Floyd and he is face down handcuffed. Can’t Breathe. Or in his lasting words: “I Can’t Breathe!” That sounded VERY FAMILIAR out of Staten Island when Eric Garner was killed. Yes I’m saying killed! All because of suspicion and yet I’ll say this: BLACK. Let’s call it what it was and is: those dudes were killed and targeted because of their black skin tone! If anyone of us African-Americans living and breathing knows the feeling of being “hunted” by those who don’t like us that much, we’ll be on someone’s hit list to get buried. Nothing to do with the jobs, the house, the cars or any other earning thing. But nothing that matters. It’s all about ONE THING! And that one thing is being black. I wrote on my Facebook page the words that many hear too often.

And I heard this in the late 1990’s and I’m saying this now in 2020: It’s hard to be a Black Man in America!

I’ve been saying that then and now. Even in a year that many of us were hoping to see in our lifetime to say, we made it. But like any other year, any other decade, there will be dark times to go through. What has transpired in Minneapolis is no different of what happened here in Milwaukee 4 years ago when a Milwaukee Police Officer killed Sylville Smith, and the area of Sherman Park of the Gas Station, a Red Snapper Fish Restaurant and nearby, the former building that housed BMO Harris Bank were engulfed in flames! Even a freaking Jet Beauty Store, a O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store and other shops along the 35th St, Fond Du Lac and Sherman Boulevard areas. And yet, Milwaukee remains a segregated city. And this was in the last election year of 2016. Previously, we Milwaukeeans had to deal with deaths of Dontre Hamilton, Corey Stingley, Jay Anderson, and Derek Williams, whom like George Floyd and Eric Garner had uttered the words, “I Can’t Breathe” before he died in police custody.

Here we are in another election year of 2020 and we still have problems. The problems of Racism, White Supremacy, 45 acting a da*n fool on Twitter saying that the thugs will be shot, and oh, Blue Lives Matter is acting as a fraud! Blue Lives Matter couldn’t save a BURNING POLICE STATION! Blue Lives Matter can’t even save Target, Best Buy, Cub Foods, 3M or any other Minnesota related firm or company! All those stores and companies I mentioned, they are all from the state. For all you Blue Lives Matter Maniacs out there backing up Cops with your Thin Blue Line Flags, Attire, and other forms of support, where is your loyalty now?! Huh? Where is it now?! You got a white cop in freaking Minnesota that laid his knee on the back of a Black Man’s neck face down and dies in about 9 minutes! And you have another cop just stood there and did nothing! And two others were just as doing the job in a guilt manner. Deer caught in the headlights. Remember when Colin Kaepernick was doing the kneeling, and many of the overly patriotic folks got all upset because it was about him dissing the Flag, the Anthem, and the Military? But when he said that it was about Police Brutality? Come to think that his act led to the truth. Somebody must be saying the words, “I Told You So”. Matter of fact it was the truth that justify the means.

Speaking of us blacks being “hunted” we need to be part of another group besides the NAAGA Gun Group. We need to be our own response team. When I was looking at those idiot protesters that hounded against Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer At Home Order, some of them had on these shirts that had these words: “Tyranny Response Team”. I’m like, who is doing the tyranny? Those idiots were protesting in those shirts were just silly and fake!

But if anyone really deserves to be apart of the “Tyranny Response Team” is an obvious one: African Americans. It makes sense because if anyone knows more about being Tyrannized, Oppressed, Persecuted, and many other inhumane acts of concern like Slavery, it’s US! US as in BLACK PEOPLE! None of the folks we know don’t have a shirt like that to wear. But dress it up in a Red Black Green and make it our own. Others I would say would be Native Americans. Excuse me for saying in a more appropriate way of American Indian. Knowingly they too sufferer being tyrannized, persecuted, and having their land STOLEN by those we know that claim it’s theirs. So for all you white folks who like to be all Americanized, when you put on that “Tyranny Response Team” clothing, you are acting like idiots for an inappropriate racial cause.

When a Black Man dies in a act of racism/police brutality, many of you said nothing and did nothing like cowards! Hiding behind the keyboards. Let’s be honest, many of you probably have black friends. When was the last time in this hour of need per se that you called, emailed, texted, social media DM, Video Called or Messaged your black friend or family member that is married inter-racially to see if they are doing well? Out of danger, Out of harm? Black folks we know us! And keep in mind, were still in a pandemic like the Coronavirus! This is the OT version, not the warning level.

Just now as of today: And I know that many of you are looking at the protests. Not just in Minneapolis, but in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Louisville, Staten Island, DC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and yes Milwaukee. All of the cities even those across the globe like London, Brussels, Berlin, Tokyo, Iran, Paris, and even Hong Kong, were in fact protesting the cause. And it’s not a joke. There are folks EVERYWHERE that are protesting this cause after a man that many didn’t know about. Even though George Floyd is not well known, the fact remains that certain policing practicing that is unfairly just must be called out. Minneapolis’ Police Department is being called out after many realize that they had negative ratings or work points that 44% of the African-American Residents of the State were effected by this unfairly. And like Wisconsin as well as any other state dealing with race, Minnesota from what we now have learned, is no comparison of the unfair police practices are being summarized. In other words, the land of 10,000 lakes and the home of Prince has problems too. And yes, its bigger than the Vikings not SKOLing in the NFL.

So what is needed after this that White America needs to start listening to black folks. White America whom are so “gung ho” about being an American, standing up for the flag, get all patriotic, telling us black folks to “get over Slavery”, and pulling yourself by the bootstraps, that has NOTHING TO DO WITH Blacks in general! What they need to do is to hush up, and be quiet. Let us have our say! We were born in this country too! And of course, they have black friends. But their black friends need to speak the hell up and tell them to listen to the concerns and what is needed to say. Remember I used to blog years ago about the same folks you work with or hang out at the games, or get a beer after work, then they fellowship for a good time? And are they like that when they go home to be with their families? Ask that if you dare.

So depending of this, it has garnered attention. But the fact of the matter is this needs to be addressed more openly when the issue of white cops, black victims or cops and black folks need to have a level of understanding. I’ll bet you when looking at the protesters may of them wanted to let the cops and military know that they are not about disruptions. They wanted to them to listen of what is really going on regarding white supremacy, racism, fascism, discrimination and many other harboring things that black folks know VERY VERY WELL! And those whom perpetrate the groups are just wannabes. All they care about is trouble and don’t really call for the cause of Black Lives Matter or any other anti-racist group. They don’t! Do not ASSUME that they associate with the Peaceful Protesters. The protester groups need to weed out the wicked like in Church.

Already, George Floyd is being remembered. From Minnesota, to North Carolina and soon to be his home state of Texas. Leaving behind his family especially his six year old daughter, his son, and a host of brothers, sisters, parent, and many other folks that are survivors. Look, George Floyd was 46 years old! He was apart of my generation that many looked upon as slackers. Yes I’m talking about Generation X. He had a good life, kept up with his faith, business, family-life, etc. But we all know that the Golden Casket we saw at his memorial service was the lasting thing of him. Many stood in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Those numbers are familiar. Reference 9/11. But we’re not talking 9/11 in general, however we’re talking the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of a black man that the police thought had problems with $20.00 died on the street. Over a $20.00 payment from a store! REALLY?!

Make no mistake: this issue will not go away! We all know by now that ALL of the 4 officers have been arrested. And well all know that the AG Keith Ellison is doing a sweeping of the cases that the Minneapolis Police got away with in years past, is now coming into light. And we all know VERY WELL that chokeholds that Police used previously will be banned. EXPECT THAT to happen in all Police Departments in America. Mark my words!

So yes I will say this WITHOUT DEFLECTION: Black Lives Matter! And my black life matters just as those who work, volunteer, attend church, give back to donate, graduated from college and high school, and many other needs that I do like everyone else. No I didn’t serve in the Military, but I serve my community! Let that sink in. No this will not go away. And I don’t care how many individuals are so “All Lives Matter” and those love to bring up “black on black crime” for deflection. When individuals says that, it’s more a say of saying “I don’t want to hear that, talk about you.” Umm….To the Caucasians who say this, believe it or not, you will hear this. You will see color. If we are sick and tired about hearing about your predecessors came to America as Immigrants to Ellis Island and couldn’t speak the language, and had to work really hard, defending America in the World Wars for freedom and many others you brag about with no disrespect, then guess what: YOU WILL HEAR US whether you like it not. Again, we’re citizens too. After all, just like Tamika Mallory said about America’s issues of looting, we learned it from you! I’m just saying.

There will be a part two. Stay tuned.

The Memorial Service of George Floyd – June, 2020.


Here it is: it’s the post edition of the Spot and yet we are supposed to be in the post quarantine mode. Apparently, not. If one of the many have gotten their wish about “Opening America” while getting increased distance of anti-social distancing, anti physical distancing, not wearing masks, no gloves on, not taking the advice of these doctors and scientists, still blaming the democrats of taking always folks freedoms and liberties, 45 acting stupid as usual, GOP in Wisconsin are messing up, Michigan under scrutiny because a black lawmaker went to work with armed black men, plus the hunt against Black Men are still at large, and oh many morons still say the sacreglious phrase of “Happy Memorial Day” WHICH IS NOT! Allow me to scratch my head again.

Hold up: Des Moines, Iowa – WHAT IN THE HAWKEYES LOSING TO THE BADGERS HEARTLAND TROPHY ARE YOU DOING?!

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Black Man beaten in Race Attack in Iowa.

So we just found out about the “gaffe” that Joe Biden said in regards to those whom are Black Conservatives and in his words: “You Aint Black!” Well you know what, if the So-Called woke black folks whom back 45 is actually a thing well how would you explain what 45 did in terms of taking down a portrait of Barack Obama in the White House BREAKING A TRADITION that goes back 40 years?!

So it seems that our so-called President is now labeling Churches as “essential.” REALLY? And now he wants to governors of the country to open them up to bring the normalcy back together. If they don’t do it, he will. IN WHICH HE CAN’T! What will this prove? And by the way, many churches are saying no regardless!

It seems that Republicans want the citizens to rush back for more stuff all trying to get the country reopened. Wait, what has stopped them before with all the harsh disagreements?

Black folks, should Sam’s Club be boycotted after this assault on a 68 year old woman and her son at 43 years old? And her son is MY AGE!

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Police Brutality on Woman and her son in Sam’s Club.

So educators, and those whom are home schooling: How’s that Virtual Education coming along? You all need balance!

In Milwaukee, there was an officer that is being charged with a crime. For all of my Milwaukee folks who didn’t back Tom Barrett: would you back him up for this officer to be fired?

So 45 believes that voting by mail is not right, eh? What about the Poll Workers who operate the sites? You know they have to vote ahead of time!

Every Church MUST LEARN, how to do Zoom, WebEx, Tithe Online, Coordinate Meetings onilne or Audio Phone Conference just to keep up and also WORSHIP! Why is that so hard? Oh wait not everyone is “technically inclined.”

Does it feel real good to acknowledge your anniversary on the actual day of your Graduation Ceremony? Me: Tech School – 20 years. High School next month: 25.

Speaking of Grad Anniversaries: For the reunion buffs, if your Class Reunion would be cancelled for another 5 years or so due to the Coronavirus, you know you can do Zoom Video Conferencing or Facebook Messenger Rooms right?

Are folks still updating their resumes and portfolios and SKILLS to the resumes?

What jams from 1995 are folks listening to in 2020 with all this Quarantine Aftermath gripping us with pain and pestilence?

It’s good to see that the Class of 2020 is getting their due during the virus outbreak. Regardless of the outcome, they should be celebrated. Right? I mean we see it online, does that mean something?

Again: this needs to be asked and harshly questioned: when it comes to Memorial Day, why our younger folks are saying “Happy Memorial Day” like everyone is clueless? DUH! Memorial Day is not for the cheering to be happy, it’s for the deceased who lost their lives in the World Wars and it’s a day of remembrance! Y’all can stop this mess! Should those ask the dumb question need to be punched in the throat?

About 25 years ago, when folks used to ask dumb questions, it usually resounds when it’s not really a dumb question. (No question is a dumb question) My question can it be revived differently?

You need to know that BLACK PEOPLE started Memorial Day. Right? May 1st, 1865.

Memorial Day 2020 will be different because usually Baseball would be on and cracking. But what will take place of the National Pastime?

For all the movies and shows that came out in 1990, which reunion show or movie was the best one so far?

For all the music that came out in 1990 (way before internet radio) who and what was cracking the most that will make most artist today to run for the hills and hide?

CALLOUT: Generation X, are we still winning with our ways that many before us thought it was deemed a waste? Even during the pandemic? Yeah, way before you Millennials and Generation Z folks.

For the men and women of the Armed Forces during the Pandemic, you good?

For the men and women of the Medical Game during this Pandemic, you good?

For the families of the Men and Women who lost a loved one during war, or a Veteran that kept telling his or her stories over and over again that passed on to the other side, are we good? We need to be. Hard but still.

When The Last Dance appeared 10 times for each part, did that really shocked those that Jordan was that mean dude that many couldn’t stand? But they liked him anyway?

Oh this needed to be said: in The Last Dance, Michael Jordan kind of “heckled” some Packers fans in 1998 after they lost the Super Bowl on the plane. He was like: “Hey Cheeseheads, how about those BRONCOS?!” Oh, yeah everyone hated the Pack. Someone should tell Michael not to come from Green Bay! At the time, the Packers were the 12 Time NFL Champions. 12 Times! And Jordan was on his 5th. Don’t come for Green Bay! Why you asked? And keep reminding the Chicago Bears that they haven’t won anything big since Ronald Reagan was President. One time Superbowl Champions my butt! Yeah, tell that story!

Oh let me see, when it comes to white privilage, there’s always this:

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Woman Accosts Black Cop

Does that count as being bigoted or working the fake “Slave Patrol” that is going on? Especially hunting down black men/women?

Just In: More White Privilege. Press Play:

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Central Park Karen gets FIRED!

For all you folks that accuse African-Americans threating white women that this one, expect a termination. Should that be enforced in all companies? And your face is in public.

JUST IN TODAY: This is so UNACCEPTABLE! For all those who love the cops, flagging the Blue Lives Matter Mantra of backing the cops, and seeing this hellacious act of police brutality over in Minnesota, what and where is YOUR REACTION when you see this? Your voices are silent and scared and just cowardly! This was a black male, George Floyd was arrested and one of the cops had his knee on his neck FACE DOWN! George Floyd had 8 minutes of his 46 years of life to live and died at the scene. All this since Memorial Day. By the way this will be discussed in the My Take blog coming up.

The Telegraph – George Floyd Death Scene, 2020. ****WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE****

This may be off topic, but there are talks and ideas that should be that blacks should take up arms. As in Guns, as in protection. There is a organization, NAAGA which stands for, National African American Gun Association. And it is growing! NRA is failing at the seams. After not acknowledging Philando Castile, Ahmaud Aubery, and most recently, Kenneth Walker. Should all blacks carry arms like the white counterparts which happens all the time? And oh should blacks embrace the 2nd Amendment and make it their own?

PLUS: Where is Wisconsin (especially Black Wisconsin) is in this?!

*Sidenote from the NAAGA Chapters Site:

WISCONSIN

No chapters yet.  If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us at chapters@naaga.co.

Report on NAAGA – National African American Gun Association; Courtesy of CBS This Morning

What the heck is this? TYRANNY RESPONSE TEAM?!

And the last question before we once again pay homage to our fallen military and veterans: Since when did Gov. Tony Evers had this thing regarding being like Hitler? That so-called White Privilege is heating up like a bully. You know who are the real Hitlers: Look at Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

Never forget the fallen!


Preface: Before many get offended or shocked, read on, please.

You may have seen this on Facebook or any other Social Media Website. But to take this all in, we need to understand. And many who may not read this may not get it.

But for those of us do, WE GET IT and WE BEEN KNOWING since day 1!

Black people are so tired. 😓

We can’t go jogging (#AhmaudArbery).

We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemJean and #AtatianaJefferson).

We can’t ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).

We can’t have a cellphone (#StephonClark).

We can’t leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).

We can’t play loud music (#JordanDavis).

We can’t sell CD’s (#AltonSterling).

We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)

We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).

We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).

We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).

We can’t walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).

We can’t hold a hair brush while leaving our own bachelor party (#SeanBell).

We can’t party on New Years (#OscarGrant).

We can’t get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).

We can’t lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).

We can’t break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).

We can’t shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .

We can’t have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).

We can’t read a book in our own car (#KeithScott).

We can’t be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover).

We can’t decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).

We can’t ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).

We can’t cash our check-in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).

We can’t take out our wallet (#AmadouDiallo).

We can’t run (#WalterScott).

We can’t breathe (#EricGarner).

We can’t live (#FreddieGray).

We’re tired.

Tired of making hashtags.

Tired of trying to convince you that our #BlackLivesMatter too.

Tired of dying.

Tired.

Tired.

Tired.

Just freakin’ tired
#RP

Postface: Now we may not know the author of this statement, but whomever he or she is, we’ll know it. But the author points out harsh truths of murder among Black Americans is noted and should be stopped!


Before I get to matter at hand. Yes, I like many of you have been on this train of being late like hell. Of course I’m talking about the reasons why but the sole reason why is the dealing with this symptom of conversations regarding the sickness of the Coronavirus or COVID – 19. Again we know. But somehow many of us and including myself are asking and still asking about what this is. What and why is this happening in 2020 in which we should be so excited and energized about the use of the year being the year should be in this 2020’s preliminary start of the decade. But after I’m seeing so far as much as you it’s getting crazy out here!

You see all the good spots, the hangouts, restaurants, bars, schools, churches, sporting events and venues and MANY MANY MANY OTHERS had to be shut down for a while. All quiet so far. Also many of you probably had to make hard decisions to cancel your outings, reunions, alter new dates for graduations, and many many other concerns that not only for the folks coming and going, but for those organizing and planning and MC’ing. We get it.

We also have heard that black folks don’t get immune to the Coronavirus due to slavery and all this so-called mess that was opinonated online with Social Media and Youtube. BULL….I know. It’s B.S. I want to say something regarding this. For all the black folks, especially African Americans who have been following this so call trek online: STOP! I’ve heard all this mess about the Coronavirius could have been connected with the 5G Cell Phone frequencies. OH REALLY?! What a joke. Show me the receipts! I dare you. Don’t be telling me like, you need to look at this video or clip on YouTube and expect me to believe your story. Oh please! Another thing, according to the real black news sources, there were a few deaths that were black that were rare and surprising. Mostly from those whom were up in age past 60. Oh and I’m assuming that we heard that Idris Elba, that good looking British Actor that many black women wished they marry, posted on his social media page that he tested positive for the coronavirus that he interacted with someone that had already been diagnosed. And again, for all of the black folks that deny story like this: WAKE UP! Stop all the foolishness and so called WOKE CONSCIOUSNESS crap that you’ve been following. No matter if they’re Atheist. Yeah I said it! Or those who claimed to be very conscious with no substance. Or those who just act so stupid either in your families, friends, neighbors and many others. Just to say in further, everyone is on watch! EVERYONE! Even me. I’m on watch.

So what probably had started the Coronavirus? What really led to the actions or ideas behind the REAL THEORY of the virus? Just recently, this was shown on Roland Martin Unfiltered. Press play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA3E7oUglS4

Vox Media had produced the clips that might not be seen in the News Media. You probably didn’t look at this on MSNBC, CBS, Fox News, ABC News, or any other news outlet that is on 24/7. You also didn’t see it on your local news stations. But this is online. If you probably bought or visited stuff from China previously this might be a jump. A jump that many of us either missed, overlooked or actually knew but not very summarized. Here is a question that many of us probably haven’t done: who remembers taking any Occupational Safety Classes in College? No matter what year? Guess what, I did. And like many, I went back into the notes and reviewed what I learned as a Industrial Management Distance Education student with UW-Stout. Why Distance Education, I’ll get into that later.

So what we need right now, is answers. We talk about getting all these answers and getting them right now. So my question is, why many of us have NOT BEEN mentioned any sooner?! You know who I’m putting this on: 45. Yep that’s right. I blame him. I blame his administration. I blame his blame on Obama. I blame his connections. I blame his fans. Yes, if you are a fan of 45’s with all the stupid MAGA Hats waving the American flag either online, inperson or at the racist rallies, hell yeah I’m saying this. It’s on you! Now with that, he’s now wanting to have the rules that he put in place for all of us Americans:

Image result for white house coronavirus guidelines jpg
Source: MSNBC, 2020.

Oh did I mention that he will give all of the Americans at least $1,200.00 to cover for the expenses of each family? Really?! You know what this reminds me of: 2002. When George W. Bush gave every American a $300.00 to each individual or group after 9/11? And everyone spent up that money like it was fast Christmas Bonus went real quick! Of many forgot, but this was nearly 19 years ago. And many of you Millennials were just either born or just young. Let me be real clear, dude is just pulling this off . Period.

Now me shift gears here: Social Distancing. Oh for those of us whom are Introverts, this was like a bonus for us. So what is “Social Distancing?” exactly? In a way of a health sense?

According to Forbes.com: “Social distancing is a public health strategy attempting to prevent or slow the spread of an infectious pathogen like a virus. It includes any method to keep people physically separate from each other because physical proximity is how many pathogens go from one body to another. This includes isolating people who are infected, quarantining people who may have been infected, and keeping people separate from each other in general.”

So it’s like 3 feet in basketball in a sense to give players room to move around to get the ball. Or in this case, it’s like keeping your distance from one another in a way to not get sick. It’s the 6 feet rule. You stay on one side and I’ll stay on the other as long it’s 6 feet in between. That’s what it is. Alot the sports teams and groups from the NBA and even the WWE are already doing the social distancing rule regarding the fans.

For us who do church every Sunday, we know that our services had to be cancelled in person due to the Coronavirus. However, many of us are using Technology from home to help communicate with each other. And we are using Audio Conference on our phones to reach out for our church services. Haters be da*ned! Even though that meeting in a church building is not vital, but you can worship God anywhere. Even in your OWN HOUSE! The United Methodist Church as an example had adopted a new revived slogan called: Rethink Church. Well, many of our Worship Cribs were rethinking the ideals of church so that what was missing can be summarized with those later on. Long time ago, this was considered a sin like Texing. Really? NOW with all this going on with the Coronavirus, and among other things, you CAN HAVE this style of communication to communicate and in order to keep up with the worshiping work of the Gospel. Yes you can! So for those whom are old school, look I get it. You’re the as I like to call, “the Unteched”. Sort of like the Unsaved! Yeah, I have went there. Don’t judge me! You need the Teched to be connectable due to the ongoing bridging the Gaps that we see and hear so much. You realize that many homes right now that have kids in it don’t have Internet? Especially among homes in the African-American Community? Think about that! The Schools and Libraries have them and they are closed up for a while. The Community Centers have them and guess what? CLOSED! So for all you that don’t have internet either do one or two things:

  1. According to the sources, Spectrum and AT&T have deals for a 60 day usage of Internet. Call one of those companies to set up an appointment to have one installed for you. Spectrum: 1-844-488-8395. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/spectrum-to-offer-free-internet-access-for-60-days-for-students/ar-BB11bVen

2. AT&T is doing the same as well as Comcast. Give them a call, NOW!

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/15/comcast-att-offer-free-wi-fi-60-days/

Also, if any church member is closely TECHED all the way, so many companies like Zoom, WebEx, Google, Facebook Messenger and others are doing Video Conferencing for meetings and also services. So if I’m one the many that uses any type of technology of video conferencing, I want it to be implemented in our churches just like the telephone. You got to have it now! No excuses. No excuses to those whom are dinosaurs, old school, none of that. Then if you can’t, get with those in your households that can. You can blame the companies all you want. But guess who else you can blame but not really talked about? The Schools. The Universities. Why? Because that’s where the training begins. IN THE INSTITUTIONS that you send your kids and grand kids! Don’t back out now! And church folks, I know we’re all about our faith and coming out with a congregational idea. But for those of us whom are big headed, CHECK YOURSELF! Yeah I’m saying this as a church goer. Keep your holy butts IN YOUR HOUSE until it’s time to comeback! Why is that so hard?

Oh, let me go back to the days when I was attacked. When I was criticized or disliked or devalued as a Distance Education University of Wisconsin-Stout student. For all you whom are Distance Ed students right now, you’re lucky to do your studies as of this moment. But when I was going through the trenches of Distance Ed to complete my classes, it was a beginning of something new. Something different. As a matter of fact, I was introduced to Teleconferencing 25 years ago as a High School Senior. This was 1995 when many were just starting to use the internet. What I went though in 1995 was a sample of things to come. Having a meeting in a space talking to another company or school abroad without leaving your spot. And hopefully carryout the mission that was provided at the time. When I was 18 years old, we were talking about music, science, technology, and also many others to collaborate. Again, this was 1995. And it was the first time that my Alma Mater, John Marshall High School in Milwaukee and the Hugh Christie Tech School in England was engaging in this Teleconference meeting. And it was first that a US High School and a British Tech School were able to do this. And here we are, 25 years later in 2020 at a time of this Coronavirus Pandemic is rapidly getting nuts. Teleconferencing is working not just for personal. It’s also working for business, health/wellness, education, finance, worship, government, media, and many many many other factors as of today. But getting to me getting attacked by Betty Speed, the Milwaukee Urban League, Manpower, Spherion and many other companies that did me wrong back between 2002 – 2006, you know what I need to say that these folks and companies better start eating some serious poisonous crow!

MASSIVE CALLOUT: I remember all the attacking on me so badly in a way that what I was trying to explain was the TRUTH! I am not the one to blame for misunderstanding. THEY ARE! You Baby-Boomers and haters in the industry who work in these companies need to apologize for all the mess you’ve said over and over again that this style of education don’t work. HELLO! IT DOES WORK! I’ve been through it! Say sorry! After all, you made this thing!

All in all: this too shall pass. I’ve mention this on Facebook (my personal account) and also Linkedin regarding upgrading our skills while we are finding our way through the wilderness of this Coronavirus Pandemic. This what I said:

Think about that for a second. This would be a great time right now, to update your resumes, your portfolios and if you had a past skill that is not considered so updated at the moment, BRING IT BACK! Bring it back to be modified for your current status of job seeking, volunteerism, business development, interests, hobbies, and many other ideas. Who knows, all the job skills you are acquiring right now is an extra credit for your resume. Document it! Log it in! I work as a Secretary for my church and I am just getting back in using Audio Conferencing. I knew I had to the experience of logging into an Audio Conferencing network, way before Zoom, WebEx, and Social Media. This was done on the phone and I was a UW-Stout Senior as a Distance Ed student in Milwaukee. However, this was a first time that I had to set up or apply for a Phone Number like Free Conference Calls. So far the idea has been “night and day” but the effort in trying was well received so far. So yes, my church had to thank me because I knew the background! And I have put that on my resume for all you Job Related folks that look on CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, and other uses of Employment Watching.

Finally and I know this is so long, many might think that this Coronavirus might be out of the way before Summer so we can all get back to our normal routines. Look, I hate to be critic and I’m no doctor, but I don’t for-see that happening because no one really knows when this virus will actually be held in check and under control. This virus is relatively new for many of us. Many of our elders and previous folks conquered Polio, and Spanish Flu. Some of us remember Chicken Pox, Measels, Mumps & Rubella. And all those other outbreaks that many of us don’t want to read about; But you will. And to those who think that this Coronavirus is “just the flu”, I call B.S. on that. Really I do because this is ain’t no flu that will be done in 5 days. Already that our local folks like David Bowen, Tom Barrett, Gwen Moore, Tearman Spencer, Rueben Harpole, and Derek Mosley were all infected with the Coronavirus. Some had to be hospitalized, quarantined, etc.

Word on the street that if your temp is over 100, with a cough and/or shortness of breath it’s viable to get tested. If you are tested positive with this virus: STAY HOME! 14 days. Now let me conclude with this: for us the semi healthy folks: keep your immune systems on point. Take your vitamins, hot liquids, etc. In addition to social distancing, add Physical Distancing! That means no huggings, touching, etc. Wear your plastic gloves when handling food, cleaning or any other need. Plus if you are out doing essential needs for food, clothing and other needy assigned work: unlike DJ Khaled who says that you’re being selfish…NO!

If you have a need to go out during this Pandemic like medicine or Milk, that is not being selfish! Being selfish is actually going out with your friends at a dance club or like the fools at Spring Break thinking they won’t get it. Well who are the JackA****es now? This outbreak does not care about your age changing to 21. Or being worried about world hunger or acting like it’s not serious. Oh, it is serious. Wait until they get older, and the stuff will haunt them like the Ghost of Christmas Past.

So between now and later: just do your part to be safe and sound.


With Black History Month 2020 in full swing in all, of course, it’s a time to represent and summarize our black achievements and stories to get things going again. Yes, it’s also a time to celebrate our black folks EVERYWHERE in which already had the recognition and willing to get a recognition shoutout. But yet, of course, you’ll find many that remind us that we have to summarize our people every day besides the second month of the year, in which partially many of us don’t. Yeah I said it. But then again, in the full swing of the Presidential Elections and Leap Day 2020……I’m scratching my head again.

Oh, let’s start with this one more time: Are we really acting upon the notion of Black History Month really begins January 1st to December 31st? Be real honest! We don’t! And let’s be clear, it’s not what it is ALL THE TIME!

CALLOUT FROM FACEBOOK/TWITTER: Like last year, and I’m going to say it: if we really want to celebrate Black History Month all year, we better act like it. Really ACT LIKE IT! Partially, at times we say it, but hardly never acknowledge that notion!  True or False?

How many in Milwaukee have seen this outside of the Zeidler Building?

Who were the real “Dark Horses” in Black History that many still overlook to this day in 2020?

Since the death of Kobe Bryant as we all know, has anyone had this feeling that this Black History Month has been summarized by him most of the time?

For us in Milwaukee, we recently added African-Americans to the War Memorial’s exhibits. Real Question: Why did it take 62 years?!! REALLY?! It ain’t about Douglass MacArthur and Billy Mitchell only. #FACTS #THATPART

In contrast, who is a dark horse on the rise right now in Black History Month 2020?

Any Black Wrestling Fans like the fact that BLACK wrestlers are finally getting their due?

Which organizations in Milwaukee, as well as Wisconsin, can be supported in regarding the legality of African-Americans? As everyone knows that the state and city has segregation problems.

Like last year, when many feel about Black Churches being all about the money and houses, do some actually forget that some Black Churches give back?!!!!

Oh let me count the ways of this again: why do many folks again who fault 45’s mess, had to reverse back to Barack Obama? He’s NOT THE PRESIDENT ANYMORE!

True or Nah? So I’m assuming that many will not acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment that guaranteed African American Men the right to vote? Or the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, or yes….the 100th Anniversary of the Right to Vote for Women? Like really, many need to read on the history! Every Black Man must have on a 150th Anniversary Lapel, shirt or Pin in the RED BLACK GREEN YELLOW Colors and wear that to all the Election Polling places, even at Black Related Events, Juneteenth Day and promote that to EVERY BLACK MALE 18 years and over when exercising the right to Vote at one time many were denied!



With all due respect to Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, many took shots at their Super Bowl Halftime Show like literally. Really?!

Alot has changed the legality of black folks over the years, but which in the mindset has not changed in the legality of black folks overall even in the year of 2020 so far? Either in America and Worldwide?

For those of us who are Dark Horses in Black History right now, when will the flowers be given? Don’t say at our Funerals! Give us the flowers NOW!

For those of us who are Unsung Heroes in Black History right now, when will the flowers be given? Again, don’t just say Funerals!

For those whom are yet to be in the next era of Black History, don’t you agree that that flowers will be given in a moment in time? Don’t EVER think about the Funerals! Give them the flowers ALONG THE WAY!

CALLOUT: I want to see this for future BLACK HISTORY MONTH Celebrations for the houses: Can us in the Black Community invent or make some Kente Buntings that we can display outside of the house along with the Garvey Flag and yes, American Flag? (and for those outside of America with the Canadian, UK, other flags)? I’m trying to see something like the 4th of July, per se.

Oh, many of us had Primary Elections. Hmm…..who voted? BE FREAKING HONEST! Don’t act like you forgot.

Are there any Black Introverted Authors that need their books published?

Just recently, MillerCoors here in Milwaukee had a shooting at the Brewery in killing 5 employees. The shooter, Anthony Ferill, as we know was black. And had racially been harassed and targeted within 5 years. With the racial history of the Breweries and African-Americans in the country have been escalated with hate, are they as well as any other employer in the country has NOT LIVED UP to the hype in promoting real diversity and also confronting the anal of White Supremacy?

And finally to be asked in Black History Month in 2020: With the leading candidates for the Democratic Party that wants to beat 45 like a drum, who among the remaining 6 that has a legitimate chance to actually do the job? Who really wants it? It turns out that many feel that the candidates don’t really speak to BLACK CONCERNS as much they say. The closest that might get there are Joe Biden and maybe Mike Bloomberg. Of course that the ads might say something but it’ll take more than the Ads and Soundbites just to make this an interesting Presidential 2020 Election.


Happy Black History Month! 4 Life.


*Note, I was about to comment about the packers and this past season of 13-3. But since the passing of Kobe Bryant, I felt this My Take will be appropriate. But, the commentary of the Packers will happen after the SuperBowl.

This past Sunday, we the citizens of the world, heard the shocking news of the passing of Kobe Bryant. Yes, that Kobe Bryant. And yet many have not felt this loss within the last couple of years or decades. As I write this, today is the 34th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion that occured when many of us in Generation X were just in Elementary, Middle and High School. This was our major disaster that at the time was on live television. But that was 34 years ago, and no Millennials and Generation Z, Kobe’s death was not bigger than this. Kobe was just about 7 years old when this disaster happened. Me, about 8.

But as many of us were leaving Church on Sunday, we all got this news about the accident. And like many before him, we all were shocked. My memories of this comes back when Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston all were taken from us that we loved all day with their music and videos. But hold up: Aaliyah was dead at 22 in a plane crash just like legends like Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper. Plus Stevie Ray Vaughn. And countless others whom have passed on so quickly. And yet again when their deaths were going on, I’ll bet many had to ask “what about the other folks who died with them? What about those of the pilots, and passengers? It wasn’t just them alone.” We need to stop that. Seriously.

We keep seriously asking because we’ve been reaching too much. I think the only reason this happens that no one gets left out. Yes, we feel bad for the folks who had their lives ended. But we get so over the top with emotion, as if we knew them.

Spoiler Alert: WE DON’T KNOW JACK ABOUT THEM! The ONLY person out of the victims the most known to all was Kobe Bryant! Many of us never knew about Gianna or Gigi his second oldest daughter who was held when the helicopter went down. Others were a Baseball Coach, a Basketball Female coach, a teammate of Gianna’s from the Mamba Basketball Team, and others . We don’t know them. Same thing when Aaliyah passed. She along with 9 passengers died in the Bahamas in 2001. But the MAIN PERSON of the passengers, was Aaliyah! Let’s be clear. Yes, the others should be on the Memorial List. With all due respect with them and their families, again many of US who are looking at all the footage, videos, sound bytes don’t know about the others. PERIOD! So yes as the days and hours and minutes are progressing then we’ll learn about them and also put all the pieces together to get the final results. But yet, in my opinion the center of this as we know was about Kobe Bryant in the terms of main person on the chopper going down.

Now let me continue to say that Kobe was a member of Generation X. Yeah, that so-called slacker generation that I’m apart of that can’t amount to anything. Oh yes, there are those older and way older than 41 are probably asking man, “why didn’t we support him?” (note to the Baby Boomers) Had his head on straight, won all those NBA Championships, got married and raised 4 daughters, owning his own business of Mamba Sports Academy, and most of all: He was involved in his kids lives. Never left them. So yet, why are there are those and others are tripping that a black man, who married interracially to Vanessa had all this going for himself and those he connected with? Seriously, what was and is the problem? Mainly because I think it’s because of jealousy, hate and self absorbed attitudes and behaviors. Think about it!

In the days since the tragedy, there have been most of us showing emotional pain of grief. Mainly of us Men. And yes, Black Men. When that happens that many of our women friends and family members and other male counterparts would tell us to “Suck it up.” Or “Stop making all that noise.” Or “Stop crying like a Bi…you know what.” Or “No tears!” And many of us who go hard everyday for ourselves and families mainly men are not getting any respect at the house that many of us work hard for! I know many of our women folks had and still probably stated that they love us and still give us the boost to keep going in all of our avenues of opportunity. They are saying that now, but what about the next time? Or on our days while we are still here? What’s that quote “Give people flowers while they still live?” Women say it all the time mostly to each other! But for us guys, we don’t get flowers until the casket drops in the cemetery. Tell me I’m lying! So yes women, we’re still waiting up on your end of the deal to really believe that what you say is what you mean. Don’t always assume the obvious that we’re not like you. Matter of fact, we’re not! It’s the dang truth. Let’s just call it what it is. And all that examination has to be on failure mode because we let stuff that was handed down get it the way. Here’s something that we better know. We all laugh, cry, share joys, share concerns, share ideas, get emotional, get woke, get crazy, and many other human emotions we get all the time. Even me. Even you reading this blog. So what is the real problem here?

In reality, Kobe crafted his blueprint. He CRAFTED his blueprint. And I know that many are willing to follow what this man done for his 41 years of life. But we all know that 20 years of his life was his Basketball years to the LA Lakers, and yes The Redeem Team of USA Basketball. And his later years of owning his business, Oscar Award, novels, and many other things and assignments he organized, formulated, built, and summarized he grasped. And this Mamba Mentality? Well let’s talk about the word, Mamba. For those of us who like reptiles like snakes, A mamba is a snake. A poisonous one to be exact. Don’t believe me, google it. Or matter of fact, you can watch a scene from Kill Bill when a Black Mamba snake struck one of the bad guys so fast and so quick. By the way it was the same Black Mamba was a code name for Uma Thurman’s character from the the movie. And yes mamba is a name of a candy that came out years ago. And yet I believe it’s still around. When a Mamba strikes its prey from afar or up close, it will see it, know it and then when it happens, it strikes hard! Sort of like a King Cobra, or a Python, or Anaconda, Boa Constrictors, or any other snake in the jungle that strikes for the kill. More like kill at will. And like many, Kobe didn’t go to college. Like Lebron James, he also went the route from High School to the Pros. Some probably debate that, which is understandable.

Many of us are still in mourning. As we should. But as we approach the final day to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna and as well the rest of the 7 men and women who were on that chopper when it went down, we must continue to give the families their right to mourn in peace. Let them have the right. Let the parents of Kobe Bryant and his Sisters (yes they are still living) to process this loss and have to do the one thing that many won’t do is to bury their only son and brother. And old folks, we all ready know that you said that you should never bury your kids! Don’t seem right.

We know it’s been a week but still. And yes it’ll take a death to pick up that phone and call them to see what’s up. Leave a message please because nobody don’t want to hear no blank responses. Someone said don’t text. I disagree. If using a text message is a way to get a hold of the person contacting then by all means do so! And if you are planning a gathering (not a funeral) do it. Not just in a blue moon. At the top of the year, I always say that if anybperson you met with last year, he or she may not be around this year. Even I’ve heard church folks say this phrase all the time. And when you thinking about it, #FACTS. Right Generation Z and Millennials? So keep checking on your people because we never know. In any way possible!


So here we are yet again.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the blog story that is traditional. Let’s review of what I said last year/last decade with a twist:

Like Sgt. Hulka used to say in the movie Stripes: “before we proceed any further, we gotta get something straight.”

I’m going to be taking this blog to new heights. It’s not just going to be the same old song and dance. Nope, that is going to be one and done. It’s going to more than just one blog story. No matter if you are in America or in freaking India, be ready. This blog thing will one day, get real. If I got to get my Periscope, or own video thing on here to help my stories, well: that’s what I have to do one day. What does all this mean? It means that I have to get better with the idea of blogging with the issues and concerns. I have to. It’s not just that thing that needs to be done, it must be done to improve. To inspire and yes, to get to the point of view that I need to display.

Yes, folks will walk tall, shoulders back, chin up, conscious up to the 10th level, and of course, this is an idea that would be beneficial. I thought about destroying this blog and ending a 10+ year streak, all because of other concerns of boredom or that same story. But wait…..this could be a benefit to help and inspire. While many might think that one story from a blog is all there is, think again!

“Stephen’s Spot” is not just about one same blog story. Or one picture. Or one anything. It can be revolutionary, inspirational, conscious, fun, life experienced, or just plain normal. It’s not a one dance show. It’s one in the million that can be experienced if many take the time to read more than one. Now, I know many are just now discovering the blog based on what I have written back in 2014 or whatever. But if you (yes you) the reader actually like what I write here, in a sense of right now, thank you.

Knowingly I can’t control what others might read, but by me writing more, and thinking more, it will be fully objectionable for me to carry on. I’m in the 40-year-old plus age bracket, and yes this age bracket will indeed test my theory and summarize.

So guess what: you want Stephen’s Spot? I’ll give you Stephen’s Spot! This is no same old song and dance. Nope, not here!

So for now: let’s start my New Year’s Tradition of Stephen’s Spot that doesn’t need a repeat: What do I want to see and not want to see in 2020! 20 things by the way in the now new Roaring 20’s. And just to add, many of the folks we knew, never got to see 2020. But consider this being lucky.

So……..It’s GO TIME!

First Five I want to see in THAT YEAR OF 2020:

Employment/Health & Wellness/Politics/Voting

1) It’s time to work, folks. If this is the year that you will get that real job, the time is now! No more wasting time by waiting on others. It won’t work. We need to have a “Career Awareness Month”. We need to have better job fairs, career expos, have a “seasonal vet” career fair for the mature folks. Not that watered down stuff that many are getting. Even if you still have that degree in the display, that many will pass up. We have to do EXTRA better. Oh, by the way 2020 also means that the Census is coming so make sure you fill out the Census form to keep count. And don’t worry, it’ll be taken care of for another 10 years. Why this? it’s been effective since 1790’s in the United States.

2) If you got to get yourself checked, do it. You know where the doctors are. As well as the dentists, eye examination folks and more. Matter of fact some of them might be near you right now. And while we’re at it, we need to for real get educated about the issues of health. I hear say, “you need to do this or that”. or “you need a flu shot.” BEFORE ANY THAT HAPPENS: ASK QUESTIONS! Forget what you saw on Facebook, know that real stuff first! Really stop and ask definite questions! And when you go the doctors, they will give you a list of what they’ll do to you at the physicals! Plus, still doing the exercises for the resolutions? Why does it have to be the goals for the year? Do them everyday!

3) 2020 also means that new laws will be in effect. Like the Weed CBD stuff in Illinois in terms of not bringing it to Wisconsin. Oh, and if you approve of the work that some or many are doing to help this country and mainly in your districts, show some love! Volunteer or work on their staff, help in politics on their behalf. Be an Able Body Person to carry that out!

4) You should know that 2020 is a voting year? Oh, you didn’t know this? Pay attention! Do better! See the next line.

5) I’ve been saying this for MONTHS AND YEARS! This would be a good time to get your voter registration checked and/or updated to get ready for the 2020 election year. I want to see this happen even more. Forget waiting until next month! It’s best to do it NOW! After all the “decisions” of purging names off the lists!

Next Five I don’t want to see:
Church/African-Americans/Credit Checks/Not Voting

6) Like last year, and the year before that and previous years and so on: I don’t want to see NO ONE complaining about the lack of this or that in the church. If you don’t have a certain something going in your church, then make something happen! Keep at it! What did I say after my father’s passing in 2017: Be empowered, and ALWAYS Stay in the fight!

7) And like many many years ago: I don’t want to see black folks putting other black folks down for stupid pathetic reasons! No matter what happens we must continue to look in the mirror and raise up. Either for Jobs, Education (past or present) contributions, clubs/organizations etc. And that goes for anyone else. It doesn’t matter what you got with you. Either way, NO EXCUSES!

8) Never EVER OVERLOOK THIS: Now for all you Black Queens: you say you LOVE us Black Kings right? DO YOU?! Here is a “whenever you get a chance” challenge that you might not think. Cater to us for ONE DAY at a restaurant, or maybe give us a day that we might enjoy. Think it over! Many of you got Brothers, Fathers, Uncles, Husbands, Boyfriends, Cousins, Neighbors, and many other male influences that you probably know that need that appreciation! Even Black Kings whom you overlook a lot, never thought about, or being Single and no relationships. You gals go all out for your thing and we’re in the seats. So why not us? Still waiting……Oh heck, we’ll do it ourselves! But many of you might tag along anyway just had to go into the back door!

9) I HOPE TO GOD, I don’t want to see credit checks on black folks no more. Matter of fact, not on anyone anywhere with credit checks that are bad news!

10) I don’t want to see those who will not vote this year to gloat. Guess what: Elections have Consequences. Period!

Five More things I want to see:

Alumni Associations/Results Doing Actual Work and Milestones/ Black Church Groups/Black Community/Fraternities and Sororities

11) I want to see more of us ALUMNI (YOUNG AND OLD) to reinvest in our Alumni Groups. Not just for the class reunions and everyone also shows up broke, mad, left out and uninformed. If you get pissed about not being informed about a class reunion or gathering, DO NOT GET MAD AT THE ALUMNI COMMITTEE! You need to be backing up your Alumni Contacts from your classmates, anyway. And if your Alumni Organizations messes up, get on their case! Write letters or email messages to state your case. EXTRA NEWS: if your class reunion from High School, College and or University is hosting a milestone reunion this year of 2020 consider that a bonus! This would be a good start RIGHT NOW to get things planned! What do I mean by Milestone? 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, etc.

12) I want to see the results of us “doing the work”. Not just the partial results of patting on the back and say “nice work”. But also what did it took to get the results needed. And if your employee is celebrating a milestone of service (10, 20, etc), give him or her the due of respect. It’s the right thing to do. Or even if no one gives you a pin of service: give yourself one!

13) I want us “non-scared and scared grown folks in the Black Church Groups” as well as any other Church Group to talk to our youth. Seriously talk to them. Some of them need us to come to them. I don’t care if they are in the schools shooting basketballs or at the community centers or in church playing Chess or Madden 20. Or double dutching, or even learning a praise dance. Even tutoring and READING BOOKS! Let’s learn to #HashtagAndTalk to our young folks. Male members of the church: get the young men involved in these groups! Women, you know what it is. And I dare say, VICE VERSA.

14) CALLOUT: I want to see more black folks in the communities who think there is nothing there to do, start something! Stop complaining! Stop moaning! Stop Getting Pissed off! Get up and get out and make the stuff happen! Such as Health stuff, job applications, resumes, networking, organizing a business venture. Able Body folks, if you’re still standing outside of a Walgreens or a Gas Station asking for money, and if you can still move around, get inside that building and ask for an application! Why is that so hard?!!! And yet this is a start of a new decade. Time for something new and improved!

15) Like last year and year ago and prior years, here is a thought: I want to see ALL fraternities, and ALL sororities to “recruit and meet up” with seasoned vets that can help out. Especially those of the black fraternities and sororities. All of the Divine 9 folks: From the Alphas to the Iotas and from the AKA’s to the Sigma Gamma Rho’s: Have a day in which YOU need to go out to the seasoned vets of those who are 40-ish and up that want to join up to support the groups you represent. And also, don’t be so VERY judgmental about those who are at that 40’s range. The best place to find us: either at our church events, alumni group meetings, etc. And this goes for the American Legion Family, VFW Auxiliary, Masons, Elks, Eastern Stars, and etc. WE SEE YOU! You need to re-introduce yourselves! And….just to add, do some of your groups have Founder’s Day Celebrations going on like this month?

Final Five : I want not to see and want to see.
Black Lives Matter/Volunteerism/Grown After 18/If it doesn’t work…..

16) Of all the things I don’t want to see this year, this DECADE of the New Roaring 20’s: enough of the blame game on Black Lives Matter that seemed violent or racist. For all you Blue Lives Matter or copying off the Black Lives Matter Movement, you will suck. Instead of hating on Black Lives Matter at least go to a meeting or hear from those who lost a brother, or sister or a parent that was black. Take notes, Blue Lives Matter. And don’t front! Not only that, no blame game on the #LGBT, introverted, dark horses, or any other person that is not like anyone else down the street that is deemed racist, violent, or just love saluting the flag in a nice way.


MASSIVE NEW YEAR’S CALLOUT: And also to white folks: enough calling the cops on black folks doing CIVILIZED stuff like campaigns, jobs, barbecues, community projects, volunteering or even waiting on a client, going into their apartment, swimming, selling lemonade, or to be SEATED AT A RESTAURANT OR AT STARBUCKS! Be advised and WARNED; if you work at a job, you will be fired for these stupid acts! And it takes a SMARTPHONE with video to get you TERMINATED!

17) Now, this probably might work in this year of 2020: Get grown in your own work and volunteerism. We know what we need to do, and what to do this year. So why not get involved? And the time is right now! Didn’t I say it’s time to work in the new decade? And if many don’t know, 2020 is a LEAP YEAR! February 29th is coming. So what you’re going to do on the extra day?

18) This is for the grown folks 18 and up: HANDLE your grown business! After all, we supposed to be grown after 18, right?

19) If you smell like weed going to a job interview or in the store, do you think your hygiene needs to be fixed? Fix that problem BEFORE GOING!!! Nobody needs to smell your Pot or Mary Jane.

20) If any of the plans that don’t work, This should be seen and heard by EVERYONE: If there are things that might be difficult, stressful, unhealthy, not financially, and many others, Leave it alone! Find a Plan B, or what you know best and stick to that! Keywords: PLAN B!

Happy New Year!!


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Folks: it is now time to archive the year 2019. Its time that the year of the Pig is to be archived in the Pig Pen. But of course, the living examples of voting, racism, protesting, and yet many others will linger on. We’ll know, it’s about time that the year of 2019, is now over. But before that happens of dropping balls and popping corks: lets us review the year that was.

So now, in that case, it’s time for the Traditional Stephen’s Spot Annual Review blog of 2019! It’s time to review, summarize and learn from the year has gone by very efficiently.

The Good Nationally:

Most recently on December 31st, 2019: The Dow Jones ended the year at 28,538.44 .

The Affordable Care Act got new folks to sign up for the insurance. Just like last year, despite the thought of losing its mandate. But many still sign up to get registered.

The Washington Nationals won a World Series Title. Their 1st actually.

The Toronto Raptors won their first NBA Championship.

For the NFL: Yep, you guessed it, the New England Patriots won the Superbowl.

Barack and Michelle Obama are still admired.

For the NCAA Men’s Basketball: Virginia.

For the NCAA’s Women’s Basketball: Baylor.

For the WNBA: Washington Mystics.

For the USA Soccer – The Women’s Team won the Championship.

Yet on TV Again: How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, The Haves and Have Nots, and Blackish still dominate. Note: Empire’s season currently will be the last.

On YouTube Red: Cobra Kai Season 2. Also BOTH 2 seasons are available on DVD.

Game of Thrones ends after 8 Seasons on HBO.

What was also good: “Live In front of a Studio Audience”. The Jeffersons, All In The Family, and Good Times were revived for the new era with the same scripts from yesteryear.

Roland Martin’s Daily Digital Show, “Roland Martin Unfiltered” continues to fuel the minds of many who have been misused or intellectually lied to. Especially among African-Americans.

Black Lightning had a STRONGER Season 2 going into Season 3.

Yet again, the Hallmark Christmas specials came back for it’s 10th year. With black leading cast roles!

Motorola brought back the Razr Phones in a whole new way.

WWE Raw and Smackdown Live were stellar in 2019. Ranging from the Women’s Division rising up again, NXT, and also PPV’s of the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania. Plus the Greatest Royal Rumble and Super Showdown. Best feature ALL YEAR: Kofi Kingston wins the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 35 becoming the first Ghanaian Wrestler in the company history to become champion. (also in the same year of the 400th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade)

For the first time in 18 years since 2001, the WWE has a competitor on a weekly basis: AEW Wrestling. And the show competes on TNT going neck to neck versus NXT. AEW’s new show is called Dynamite, and it comes on Wednesday Nights. This is now called the “Wednesday Night Wars”.

Milestones in 2019:

Restaurants like Captain D’s and Wendy’s both celebrated 50 years.

Nintendo – believe it or not, celebrated 130 years. It really started out as a playing card company in 1889.

The United Methodist Women overall as a organization celebrated 150 of ministry in the UMC.

GAP turned 50 this year.

Woodstock and Stonewall, the uprising of the LGBT movement also observed 50 years.

MasterCard turned 40.

Adidas turned 70.

Like Batman, Marvel is also 80.

Fiat, the mini-cars that is gaining some popularity, reached 120 years.

The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary both turned 100 years old.

The Moon Landing of Apollo 11 commemorated 50 years.

The NFL turned 100 years old this year that began on a Thursday with the Old School Rivals of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. And speaking of that, both teams have now played 200 Games total in their old school gangster battles. Currently, the Packers lead the all time series of 99-96-6.

The College Football Squad of the NCAA and the MLB both celebrated 150 years. With that, the teams also donned Throwback Jerseys that commemorated the past successes and appreciation of the schools and leagues.

A painful reminder why Slavery is a problem: August marked 400 years of the Transatlantic Slave Trade of 1619 to Jamestown, Virgina.

WWE Smackdown Live surpassed 20 years in the air. Plus made the move to Fox.

The Simpsons turned 30 years old. And their “Tree-house of Horror” Halloween show this year reached #666.

SNL celebrated their 45th Anniversary. Plus after a 35 year absence, Eddie Murphy returns as a guest host!

For the DC Comics: Batman is now 80. Created by Bob Kane in 1939.

Throwback Movies like No Holds Barred, Batman, Indiana Jones & the last Crusade all turned 30 years old.

Mortal Kombat 11 made its way onto the systems, including the Nintendo Switch.

Old School Hip Hop/R&B Albums like Prince’s Batman Soundtrack from 1989 turns 30.

Old School Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B hits like Me Myself and I, Going Back to Cali, Life Is…Too Short, We Got Our Own Thang, The Sounds of Science, Cha Cha Cha, and Rhythm Nation from 1989 all celebrated 30 years .

Mary J. Blige celebrated 25 years of My Life. Old school joint.

Throwback Album joints like Slim Shady, Da Rockwilder, Still D.R.E. Vivrant Thing, Wild Wild West (Will Smith’s Version) Smooth with Santana/Rob Thomas all had hits from 20 years ago.

Singles like Can’t Stop Me, We Made You, D.O.A. Run This Town, On To The Next One, Gangsta Love, all turned 10.

HOT NEWS: 45 is impeached!

For the Movies (my only picks I should say):

Shaft

Rambo: Last Blood

Terminator: Dark Fate

Ma

Black and Blue

Black Christmas

Captain Marvel

The Lion King

Aladdin

Joker

Avengers: Endgame

Hobbs and Shaw

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


When the BET Awards this year happened the most: Mary J. Blige was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tyler Perry receiving the Ultimate Icon Award, and the late Nipsey Hussle was given honor of the Humanitarian Award.

DirecTV Now becomes AT&T Now and again, heated up this year again.

The Cord Cutters of Roku, Amazon FireTV continues to have an interest of those ditching high priced cable and satellite!

BET has expanded to the Live Streaming Arena. BET+

For the music: Well not that much but I’ll take this:
Gary Clark Jr – This Land

Ciara – Beauty Marks

The Black Keys – Let’s Rock

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road w/ Billy Ray Cyrus

Khalid -Free Spirit

Anderson Paak – Ventura

DJ Khaled – Father of Asahd

Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness

Logic – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Yuna – Black Marquee

Mary J Blige – Know

Missy Elliott – Iconology


Well known to retire nationally:

CC Sabathia, Marques Johnson, John Kuhn, Jordy Nelson, Tom Joyner, Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski, Doug Baldwin, Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Kris Humpries, Noelle Quinn, Lindsey Whale, Darren Collison, and Ichiro Suzuki.

The Nintendo Switch still made a surge in sales. Even for the Nintendo Switch Lite.

The Pageants have been on watch, but it took 5 black women from 5 countries to win them ALL!

Old School Consoles like the Sega Genesis have made their way back to the Plug In TV sections of the country.


TRADE ALERT NATIONALLY: Since Tom Joyner is retired, Rickey Smiley and his show will be taking over.

For the NFL: Jalen Ramsey, Emmanual Sanders and Mohamed Sanu found new homes in the NFL in blockbuster trades.

Straight Outta Wisconsin in a good way:

Tony Evers becomes the 46th Governor of Wisconsin, while Mandela Barnes is sworn in as the state’s 45th Lt. Governor.

According to the recent reports, the unemployment rate around Wisconsin is hovering at 3.3%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For the Wisconsin Badgers Football team: The team has a few downs and mostly ups. Well mostly, ups in this. The team finished 10-3 overall in the 2019 Season. Winnings were best against Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State, and yes, Minnesota. Plus claiming the Big Ten West Title and not the Big Ten Championship vs Ohio State. Jonathan Taylor becomes the latest Badger to finish with his Second Doak Award. Also, after his missed season which was a disaster, Quintez Cephus was reinstated after he was found NOT GUILTY of FALSE Sexual Charges. And had a monster year since coming back to the Badgers. And recently qualified for a bowl game, a ROSE BOWL game to challenge Oregon in a Rose Bowl Rematch from 2012.

Milwaukee Police Department goes after Reckless Drivers in the Hot Spot Zones of the city. Just like last year. AGAIN.

For the Green Bay Packers: quite a turn around! They hired Matt Lafleur as the new HC, got some new talent mostly on Defense from ZaDarius Smith, Preston Smith, and Rashan Gray. Aaron Rodgers was finding his groove, Aaron Jones was having a monster year along with Jamaal Williams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard. Plus, the Special Teams were stellar. And as of now, their record stood at 13-3 in the regular season, in which they won the NFC North Title for the first time in two seasons, and secured the Number 2 Seed in the NFL Playoffs, which is a Bye.

The Good Locally

The Light The Hoan Campaign had reached it’s halfway point which might be at its finishing point by the DNC Convention in 2020.

Black Milwaukeeans and Wisconsinites: Black Arts Fest MKE returned for the second year in row.

Milwaukee Public Schools started classes early like August, again.

American Family Insurance along with the Milwaukee Brewers and private investors in Milwaukee, saved the Lakefront Fireworks that highlights the 3rd of July tradition.

The Milwaukee Streetcar celebrated one year in November after months of disdain and false commentary.

Candy Cane Lane in the suburbs reached a milestone moment of it’s 35 years of glowing the neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s South Side. Plus it’s for a good cause for the MACC Fund vs Childhood Cancer.

The Milwaukee Brewers almost finished the season with a good note. They finished the season at 89-73, 2nd in the NL Central. They were competing in the Wildcard Series against the Washington National whom they lost to. Which is the same team that won the World Series. Plus the team unveiled a new logo and design of colors of Navy Blue and Yellow to signify the 50th Anniversary of the team’s founding for 2020. The Brewers new logo, is actually an update of the old ball/glove look that was popular in the late 70’s and most of the 80’s.

After it’s first year, The Fiserv Forum becomes a hit. While conversely, the Bradley Center was officially demolished.

The E-Scooters of Bird and Lime were reactivated after provisions had to be in place via the State of Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Bucks had a strong season this year earlier finishing 58 wins, 24 losses. Ending up in the 2nd seed in the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs as a runner-up vs the Toronto Raptors. Also Coach Mike Budenhozer became the Coach of the Year. And yes, Giannis won the MVP of the year. Plus the team earned a Central Division Banner after a 18 year drought. So far, this season they have over 30 games and had a streak of winning 18 games.

Homeless Veterans in Milwaukee will be able to settle into Tiny-Homes real soon to get off the streets.

The Bublr Bikes still expanded. Again!

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will defend his seat in the 2020 Election for a fifth term verses contenders Ald. Tony Zilenski, and Senator Lena Taylor, whom also previously accepted the race opportunity. Also, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Able will not seek another term but contenders like David Crowley have accepted to run in the 2020 Election.

Amazon will build a plant in Oak Creek by 2021. As we know.

The Grand Avenue Mall is still getting a makeover.

The ongoing construction of the Old Warner Grand Theater (or the Grand Theater to the current heads) is coming along that will become the new home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The BMO Harris Tower is under construction in Downtown Milwaukee. And to add, it’s nearly complete.

Milwaukee County: Sheriff Earnell Lucas was sworn in to lead the Department.

Well known to retire locally: Sally Severson of Channel 12 slowly this year was edging towards retirement after nearly 30 years in the news media of weather. Jim Stingl of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had worked for the company for 33 years.

Also celebrated milestones locally: Baird celebrated 100 years, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (or now known as Children’s Wisconsin Hospital celebrated 125 years of Health, my home church: The New St. James Community Church UMC celebrated 70 years of Praising God, as the first African-American United Methodist Church established in Milwaukee. And Perkins Restaurant in the Metro Milwaukee Area, was honored in the 50 years of business/service since 1969.

Hold Up: Those that left professions locally: Beverly Taylor formally of Fox 6 resigned earlier this year to focus on new endeavors. More recently, she is now on a different platform called 411 Live.


The Bad Nationally

Racism struck again in America. And it has not been nice.

Most of the Black Republicans were not very vocal against the 45.

The Mueller Report ended due to “facts” of the lying of 45 via Wikileaks.

The Senate Republicans of course support 45 of his antics and decisions.

School and Church Shootings in America had ties to Mass shootings this year over 400 in total.

Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” announced he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Not just him, but also Congressman John Lewis was recently diagnosed with the same condition.

Matthew Knowles, Beyonce and Solange’s Father was recently diagnosed and free from Breast Cancer.

Stabbings in New York around Hanukkah, 2019.

Many of the Caucasian Americans had false accusations of Black folks ranging from barbecuing, shopping, entering their place of residence, jobs, campaigns and many other constructive ideas and objectives. And now, that might be against the law.

The state of Black Hair on Black Women remained a suspect of those who hate it.

Several members of the 45 Administration were fired or resigned despite the position of power. The usual happened again.

Bill Cosby – formally known as America’s Favorite Dad, recent fired off vs Eddie Murphy after his appearance on SNL on December 21st.

Families are still separated near the U.S. Mexico Border.

The 45 Administration just recent signed into law regarding creating a Space Force.

Blackface still remains a racist concept. Especially among white students on PWI Campuses.

In addition to the officers killed in Milwaukee, other officers in different parts of the Country also passed on in and off duty. Slightly higher than 2017.

Hurricane Dorian.

The United Methodist Church’s General Conference had made one of the worst moves in terms of not allowing the LGBT to serve or to partake in a regular style worship service based on their lifestyle, etc. However some have stepped up and were fighting back against the conservatism of the members and groups that opposed it. The fight still lingers.

Despite of the Dow Jones being up in normal ranges, many felt it has not favored everyone in the country.

The Democrats had been on survival mode mostly against each other in the debates and contenders like Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke have dropped out. Plus also the contenders still struggle and trying to find a way to appease to the African-American base.

Kanye West meeting with Joel Osteen after his debut album of Jesus is King. Then many realized that it was sketchy and weird after his recently encounters with 45.

The ongoing talk of 45’s Wall.


The Bad Locally

Racism, of course, struck Wisconsin. Not just in Milwaukee.

For the first time in nearly 56 years, the Milwaukee Veterans Parade was altered due to lack of funding support.

This year back in the summer, former WRRD Host of the Forum Sherwin Hughes announced his farewell from Talk Radio. And not only that the station he previous worked at was not very nice and racist. Keep in mind this was a LEFT WING PROGRESSIVE RADIO STATION! However, most recently he returned to his own organization, “Leaders for a Better Community” and has been on the radio as a guest to talk about his viewpoints on the climate of politics in Milwaukee. Sherwin’s last day on the radio was September 10th.

A little controversial decision via the Wisconsin GOP in their meddling in regarding the honoring of African Americans in the state, which concerned former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. But….The City of Milwaukee honored him in response. Later on in the year, another member of the Wisconsin GOP, Rep. Scott Allen wanted to have white figures to be added to the Black History Resolution for 2020. But the black politicians like Sen. Lena Taylor commented that in her words: “Once again we have a non-black state legislator deciding who should be honored in the state legislature’s 2020 Black History Month resolution,” she said. “Without consulting black state legislators, Rep. Scott Allen, at 4pm on a Friday, before the Christmas break, issues a Black History month resolution. This is an insult and disgraceful.” via DailyKaos.com

For the second time in two years, two more Police Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department were killed off and on duty.

A tried attempt to acquire more federal funds for the Milwaukee Streetcar fell short in trying to expand the Vel Philips Avenue area to the Fiserv Forum.

Foxconn still remained in question about the legality of access to jobs and government.

By the numbers: The number of homicides in Milwaukee was at 102.

Opioids in the rural areas were mostly a problem and it remains a dilemma to this day.

Like last year, the unlikely viewpoint of White Women and some men calling the police on African-Americans due to being civilized and doing constructive aspects. Even jobs. Such as : Barbecuing While Black, Campaigning While Black, Working While Black, and Volunteering While Black.

Voter Suppression was unleashed harshly in several states. Especially among elderly black folks. And to add, names on the voter rolls began to be purged.

Blackfaces. Yep, even in Wisconsin!

The Ugly Locally

As much as everyone likes the University of Wisconsin, the Homecoming Video featuring most of white student population was pulled that had reminders of the University’s checkered past of racism. And many of the black and minority students called out the school’s racism angles including UW Senior, Payton Wade.

The state was informed that approximately 200,000 citizens names might be “purged” due to moving or not updating their voter stats.

The State of Wisconsin ordered the Homeless near the Marquette Interchange (aka Tent City) to be removed due to health and safety concerns.

Plus is that not even ugly enough for 2019: One of our hotels in Milwaukee, the Comfort Suites on Park Place does not want any Milwaukee Citizens in 30 miles settling in to their hotel. Even one of our Alderwomen Chantia Lewis was denied access to stay. But our local Milwaukee Black Panthers protested that place in the result of their actions.


We Speak their names – last toast to those that passed on in 2019.

Mean Gene Okerlund

Diahann Carroll

Luke Perry

Ashley Massaro

Congressman Elijah Cummings

Bart Starr

Toni Morrison

Doris Day

Eddie Money

Grumpy the Cat

Rip Torn

Lee Mendelson

Don Imus

Mama Cax

Danny Aiello

Phillip McKeon

John Whitherspoon

Carol Spinney

Juice WRLD

René Auberjonois

Peter Fonda

Valerie Harper

Peggy Lipton

Robert Forester

John Singleton

Carol Channing

Cameron Boyce

Beth Chapman

Ric Ocasek

Peter Tork

Tim Conway

Katherine Helmond

Max Wright

Gloria Vanderbilt

Nipsey Hussle

Rob Garrison

Cokie Roberts

Kristoff St. John

Walter Mercado

Art Neville

Clark Gable III

Dr. John

And to those that passed on in Milwaukee in 2019:

Tracey Smith

Quanita “Tay” Jackson

Sonya Collins

Matthew Rittner (Milwaukee Police Department)

Kou Her (Milwaukee Police Department)

John Hetland (Racine Police Department)

Final Take:

And the final analysis of my point of view: Well this has been a year of blogging. I’ve tried my best to fill in as much as I can, but the thing is all hasn’t been that bad. If many took the chance, I do this on the Stephen’s Spot Facebook Page and Twitter Page to extend the news and viewpoints to gain more twists and turns to get the gears going. Of course the old stuff mattered. But what does matter IS THE NEW! I’ve talked about topics that mainly affect the concerns and needs of the people. And if you’re one of the online folks that jumped aboard, well you’re on time. Kind of late, but……

Now I must say this. If you the audience no matter where you’re from and if you checked out this blog beforehand or just now tuning in, thank you. Yes, this blog site has reached over 1,000 plus posts and over 25,000 hits. But likewise, there is so much to unpack. Ideas like health, finance, employment, gender rights of Men and Women, introversion, Voting, my city of Milwaukee, religion, social media false postings and opinions, and other avenues to explore. Even as a black man in America, I too must write my stories because nobody else can the way I do.

Knowing that yes, writing blog posts was and is, definitely hard work! It’s not easy at times, but when it’s on your mind to know and summarize of what’s going on in your community, that is when you get your mind jogging and get to work.

1,000+ posts are good. But the best is still YET to come!

Happy New Year!

2020 IS NEXT.