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It’s been a hot minute since the scratching my head blog has been unleashed. I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my father passed and still dealing with the fact he’s gone.

But I still have something to say about the not so happy current affairs of the country and the world. So here it is.

Why do certain folks have an issue of Angel Rye’s shirt: “We built this joint for free!” Knowing it’s the truth when it concerns African Americans? 

Why do certain folks (Church Minded) have to get attacked knowing that they have to go harder every single time in and out of the four walls?

Is going after North Korea really all that? 

What’s this? Bill O’Reilly got fired from Fox News? And the station is under fire of racial discrimination of it’s black employees. Why hasn’t no one seem to realize that racism still rears its ugly head in America’s DNA? Especially at Fox News!

Stop hating on the Milwaukee Streetcar, Milwaukee. You know folks need jobs right?

Who was so glad to hear Former President Obama’s voice after all this mess of 45?

Men, when the women had Women’s History Month in March, we realize that every “Movember” is our International Men’s Month, right? Why trip?

The Republicans failed to sign away the Affordable Care Act. Why didn’t they say something to change it then 7 years ago? Oh, they were still hating on Obama.

Was Shea Moisture really that marketable to black women? 

For the Serena Williams haters worldwide: she’s beating you. Why hate her and her choice of marriage, and her soon to be child? And Black Kings(and queens): let it go.

Is anyone feeling the Milwaukee Bucks lately? #FearTheDeer #DeerRun

Yo, this Eric Thames “talk” about him doing roids or juicing is nothing but a distraction. Dude was tested three times and nothing came out bad. So what is the real problem? Where are the test results?!! We speculte too much, Americans.

Can African American Men be relaunchers for Adult Internships too? 

If moving out of Milwaukee is a solution to get away from violence, why do the suburban areas have issues of drug problems? And some violence issues too? My father once said, “it’s bad everywhere.”

In 2018: the midterms are coming. Midterm Elections. Can Wisco get rid of Scott Walker and David Clarke for real? 

Introvert folks, are we still good? 

So the State of Wisconsin has this problem of 80,000 plus jobs that need to be filled. As well as Milwaukee. And the companies all say “we need to find people.” Well what is the real problem with hiring, matching, education, training and transportation, in getting that job? 

Was the “Mother of all Bombs” really that necessary in Syria?

So the Nintendo Switch is out. Who is really waiting to see if us “grownfolks” gamers can try it? 

Milwaukee: you realize our 2nd MPS Alumni Reunion is coming in May, right? 

I need to ask this question: and it’s for those who wished reunions. Why do many get mad about a so so class reunion that tried to happen but didn’t work? Also why get mad at all class reunions? You know you can use that to generate your class reunions right?

Why is there not enough representation for African Americans when it comes to groups like The American Legion and it’s subgroups? Note: some of them might have been or are American Legion members.

Why is Wisconsin the state so far that doesn’t do expungements?

Really Ivanka Trump? Your father is a champion when it comes to women? You know what he said to Billy Bush, right?

Question: is it a check up, or a physical? Make up your minds when going to the doctors, folks. Jeez.

Should TJ Watt be a Green Bay Packer?

In May, Military Appreciation Month is approaching. Why do we get “Veterans Day” and “Memorial Day” mixed up? 

I need to ask: why did we sent our kids back to school the DAY AFTER EASTER?! Back in my day, we started our spring break on Good Friday, then the week was nothing but a break. And the week after, it was back in the classrooms. Explain!

Do folks really believe the fake news on Social Media that folks display? 

Why do folks have to test the Bible in what the folks who want to say that the people are right and the Good Book is bad? Seriously.

If you are a single man with no kids and not married (Especially if you’re Black) why the barrage of assumptions from women who wanted them to have kids and a wife? Um….Last I checked: kids cost money! And many women today have gone “Independent”. Society does suck.

And the last to ask: Is the truth dead? Or just opinionated? 

I’m back, folks. Get woke! Stay empowered.


 

This post will be a regular post after my father’s unexpected passing in February. But like the old saying goes, the show must go on. And even thought writing this might be hard, but I am reminded that the quote stands of “It’s time to go to work” is a necessary thought. So I’m declaring this blog as is: It’s time to get back to work.

Now I’ve been reading about internships lately. Really I have. I was approached by this by my pastor about networks and the connections we have with the colleges in Wisconsin. Specifically Milwaukee. My pastor would offer me a chance to see this network of jobs and internships to see what is the happenings around the employment world for a man like me at 40 years old to get back on track in getting that particular job in my long search of Industrial Management that I earn the degree from UW-Stout back in 2006.

When I looked at the Google Search results about Internships, it’s related to college kids. We know. But further examination, there was something else: ADULT INTERNSHIPS! Yes you read that right. Adult Internships. So in all of my mysterious search and I’m calling out Milwaukee/Wisconsin Employers here and my Schools, and my community connections this one question: “WHY DIDN’T NO ONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS?!” All that searching I’ve been doing have been squat. Nothing. Ok some have been well. But the thought and the issue of Adult Internships should be on the mind here in Milwaukee the most due to the fact that there are folks here with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees years back that had the papers, but not the jobs to show for it. Even President Obama said this exact same thing about graduating and getting the jobs afterwards. And the Universities have to show proof that their job placement departments have to back up their information. They have to, but the question is, will #45 do the same? Answer: NO.

So I did a research about Adult Interships on the site called IRelaunch.com, a site that is geared toward those who have been away from their previous careers and are interested in getting back to something new or different. And even if they were to take care of their families, or kids or whatever, but the thought of them getting back to the workplace under these relaunch programs is an idea to get back to. Now as I scrolled through the webpage, I was amazed that this was actually a good deal. And yes younger workers, the older folks aren’t dead yet. They still have a chance to start over and rebuild. And I was looking at the site, yes it was fully of those whom are women, based on the fact that it has a female connection. Even the SWE or the Society of Women Engineers have this connection to IRelaunch.

But have to ask this question and no disrespect to the CEO of the company in all, but why don’t I see African-American Men on this page? I see the African-American Women, but I don’t see any Black Men on here. Can someone explain that to me please?

The reason why I bring this up that many of us in the African-American Male population are right now have this hard time looking for work. Many of us do have Degrees, but having the hard time to plug in the degrees with the jobs out there. Why hasn’t IRelaunch or any Adult Internship Program has NOT reached out to the African-American men population like the women? Many of us got to work in security or janitorial work which is not a problem. But many of us want to have those jobs that we earned those degrees in while in college. Yes, I know that many of us are in jail more than in college. And that has to be addressed.

Oh yes, we do play ball. We have been told to go to school, graduate with your degree, and get that job. That’s it. But no where it was mentioned that you can apply for a Adult Internship along the way to get the extra step to your part of employment. Or should I say “better employment”.

I want to put on notice, that these companies need to come to the black communities that have a high sense of unemployment in which African-American Men must be examined. For example, here in Milwaukee. We got this high unemployment rate that is in the fifties. The city has a negative track record of being the “most segregated city in America” due to racial tensions that the city harbored in the last 50 plus years. The State of Wisconsin in a recent report that has over 80,000 jobs available but has a hard time to fill them up. And all I hear is that “we need to find people.”

I have to question: WHO IS WISCONSIN IS FOOLING?

What do you mean we have to find people? Are you kidding? You got all these unemployed/underemployed folks here in the Badger State that need work. And what I hear out of these companies is more like matching and competition. So when I go to a job fair or a “CAREER FAIR”, I’m hearing almost the exact same thing. Who is running the show? Man, I posted my resumes on LinkedIn, MilwaukeeJobs.com, CareerBuilder, my Alumni Websites, and others and I’m getting little results of jobs like Lab Cleaners and such. No disrespect to the lab cleaners, but I want to see better results. I didn’t go to school nor got my Bachelor’s almost 11 years next month to earn this. I’m sorry!

And now, I’m hearing that these relaunchers or the still ready for work folks seminars are popping up, where does Wisconsin fit in? Where does Milwaukee (especially Black Milwaukee) fit in all this that has never heard this? Where does the Wisconsin Colleges and Universities fit in? That is sad. I think as a resident, I want to see these relaunching, second chance working programs that works for the women folk need to come to places here to relaunch these jobs for those of us here that got all that educational fire power and operate the goods.

If those want to know about Irelaunch and the Paid Internships they offer, check out the site here.

 


You may have seen this on Facebook. Or any other outlet. Many of us who have posted this stat are taking real stands of what we see in our U.S. Government. And the center of it is number 45. No, I’m not going to use the name, but we know who he is. But however as far as all that “Making America Great Again” in all: NOPE. Time to rally against the thought that many who supported “45” and having his attitude against immigrants, blacks, Mexicans, and many other things that are not like him is just is. Yes, it’s like a call to activism.

WAKE UP!

This is where I stand. To me, FB (or this blog post) is a useful vehicle for connecting with old friends and keeping up with family, but it is also a place for my passion and activism. I believe and respect all opinions, even if they don’t agree with mine, so we can all use FB (or this blog post)to vent.

I believe that our 45th President, his power hungry cronies, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.”

This is my response:

•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years…

•I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

•I will not “work together” to build a wall.

•I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.

•I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.

•I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

•I will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.

•I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

•I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

•I will not “work together” to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.

•I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.

•I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.

•I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.

•I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.

•I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.

•I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.

•I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.

•I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.

•I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.

•I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.

•I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.

•I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.

•I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.

•I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.

•I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a “pre-existing condition.”

•I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.

•I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.

I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.

•I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.

•I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen.

This is my line, and I am drawing it.

•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.

•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN:

That “winning”, “being great again”, “rich” or even “beautiful” is nothing… When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you want, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list.

Signed:

Me. And anyone else that wants in to really save the honor of this Country the right way.

SSP The Struggle Continues


America:

As we know by Sunday Afternoon, we lost the legendary Alwyn Lopez Jarreau. Or to many, Al Jarreau. So far this week, we have heard tributes from News One, to those playing the music that gravitated us to hear.

Many of us are griveing and shocked that he already announced his retirement after 50 years in music. But also passed on way after that. At age 76 years old, he made himself well known.

Yes, he had to go west to get well known after he got his master’s degree in Iowa. And the saying goes, the rest is history. But there is ONE caveat that is part of this. One word: Milwaukee. The same Milwaukee that many don’t want to come back all because of whatever. More on that later.

Al got his start in my hometown of Milwaukee in church. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School (now called Lincoln Center of the Arts) from the class of 1958. Lincoln High School was a rival school to North Division High School which was way before Rufus King and Riverside University High School’s rivarly were thought about.His parents were in ministry and a pianist in the church where he got his start. From his high school days to his career in the music game as I said before, Al was getting noticed.

He had his share of hits from “We’re In this Love Together”, “Mornin”, “What you do to me”, “Boogie Down”, a theme song from the 80’s TV show, “Moonlighting”,  to  “In My Music.” Oh, he did a Christmas Album too. Plus he did a song in 1976 about his hometown, “Milwaukee” from his album “Glow” mentioning his move out west to California with the Old Milwaukee Road in between.

Speaking of the songs, and yes many of you went to his concerts over the years. And most definitely that Al did Milwaukee gigs at Potowanomi Bingo for his homecoming concerts. Even singing the National Anthem at a UW- Milwaukee Panthers Game.

Yes Americans, he followed his dream as summarized on the Because of them we can Facebook Page. BUT……He did came back to Milwaukee for not only other music concerts, he came back to visit the students in the schools to give them some knowledge and advice about their gift of music. Most recently, he was at The Milwaukee High School of the Arts, (for you MPS Alumni old heads, West Division High School) providing that notion. He also expressed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that the kids today in Milwaukee aren’t getting the same music opportunities as him back in his MPS days. Yes, Al Jarreau was a MPS Alumni member. Plus he hoped that the kids would get music in the schools to maintain just as science, technology, engineering, and yes math. Music is just as important in the schools like Gym Classes or sport teams. Period. I am a living witness to this as a music dude myself blowing Saxophones since 1989. 7th Grade. So yes, Music/Arts in Public Schools does matter.

Now I want to say this: For you fans, he was a great musician. For us in Milwaukee, he was our native son. Hope you all respect that. 

Now for us in Milwaukee: if we can get the stuff lit in orange,  or purple for Prince, we need to light up our landmarks in Al’s favorite color in symbolic of him. I’m dead serious. If we say we love him or admire him, light up Miller Park, his schools, City Hall, the Art Museum, Summerfest, or any other Landmark in honor of him. Light up all the Milwaukee Landmarks. Period.

For Summerfest: we know the 50th Anniversary is coming in June. Expecting all fest folks to come out. I would like to see a all star Milwaukee tribute in honor of Al Jarreau! I’m calling the locals who follow Al’s music, to the famous Milwaukee folks like Eric Benet, Speech from Arrested Development, to Tank even a Core DJ  that is really known famous and is Milwaukee Born, get yourselves to Summerfest this Summer and get this tribute thing started. If I can think of a good Summerfest 50th Anniversary Celebration idea, this could be it. So I’m challenging the Community, the Landmarks, the musicians, the famous fans like all over, and even us at heart, get that set up! If any relatives or family members are reading this, ponder this for a moment after your bereavement.

Not only that, expand that energy back to the students. They are looking at this and one day in the next era, they might pick up the advice that Al Jarreau said and keep playing. Speaking of that: we all know that Al Jarreau’s Homegoing is going to be private. And since the donation factor of his cause is still open, I urge all supporters to go to this website: UPAF.org. For you folks outside of Milwaukee, it’s the United Performing Arts Fund. It’s been around since 1967 in the recognitions of Milwaukee’s Arts of Music, Dance, Theater, and many of the fine arts that had produced locally. Matter of fact, read about the mini summary of the organization here:

https://upaf.org/what-is-upaf/

Let’s keep the name alive for him. Al Jarreau has given us 50 years of what he knew and let’s give him some love back in his memory!

 

 

 


I did this last year in Black History Month. And it’s back again. So yep, it’s time to scratch the noggin and actually boil the questions. Oh yes, we know we’re in the era of that dude named Trump, and many of us might loose our minds. So now I ask, what’s next for the future of Black History Month? And many of us have been spoiled that it’s supposed to be everyday, but hardly: we black folks DON’T acknowledge our history EVERYDAY! WE DON’T. Yeah, we can do this after March and get all charged up, but might ask where was the energy during February? Hmm……It’s the same ole thing we encounter every time.

Are we still believing this statement? Be honest.

Why are those saying that it’s “National African-American History Month”, than “Black History Month?” Black History Month is now global, not just for the United States.

Is the whole thing about the 45th President saying that the word “black” is outdated true? Last I checked: BLACK is BLACK!

Someone stop me: when we black folks say we celebrate our people everyday or I’m black everyday, are we meaning this or just saying to get the monkeys off the back? Just be honest!

Someone stop me again: are we really teaching our children more about black history everyday? Be honest.

I asked this last year many times: Have you missed Obama?

Is Donald Trump really supporting black folks? Or should I say, those whom are on his side are black?

When was the last time that many took their kids to see a tomb of a famous African-American Figure than to see a  pair of Air Jordans at the mall?

When was the last time that many saw a famous African-American figure that was still dropping knowledge and took the kids?

How many more of the New England Patriots whom are black will not attend the White House?

Dang MSNBC! Why did you kicked off Tamron Hall?!

Is it just me, or is America wants to be driven by those in office whom do not have experience or just being dumb?

You do know that 2017 is a voting year, right?

Is the black media still on point?

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I’m surprised that many in America didn’t know who James White was after the Patriots won the Super Bowl. Um, did anyone checked the Wisconsin Badgers for Reference?

How hard will “The Quad” on BET will go?

Is it just me, or what has gotten into BET with the added cussing in movies?

Had everyone seen Hidden Figures? Not Hidden Colors. HIDDEN FIGURES!

Should AFROPUNK make a Milwaukee Visit? Take my money.

When will President Obama release his memoir? If that happens TAKE MY MONEY!

Black Businesses: are you holding up well?

Was Maxwell out of bounds for his remarks about including whites for Black History Month?

Did The New Edition Story on BET really sparked new ideas for biopics?

Should all of the black Alumni of High Schools or Colleges rock dashikis for Black History Month? Primarily with the school colors we know?

Who still reads books? Mainly African-American Novels?

For my Black Introverts, are we good? Are we are still holding up to resist?

This year in Music Anniversaries: 30 years of Jody Watley’s Real Love, Whitney Houston’s I wanna dance with somebody under the self titled Album, Whitney. Kool Moe Dee’s How You Like Me Now made the cut, NWA and the Posse made it’s debut by the group itself. Even Michael Jackson’s Bad was good.

25 years of R.Kelly & The Public Announcement’s She’s Got That Vibe and Honey Love. Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back. EnVogue’s Funky Divas of Free Your Mind, Giving Him Something He Can Feel, My Lovin’and Give it up Turn it loose. Mary J. Blige’s What the 411? Whitney Houston and The Bodyguard Soundtrack.  Boyz II Men (ALL FOUR OF THEM) serenade the women with the single, End of the Road. Also, Prince with the Love Symbol Album premiered,  and Bobby Brown had the joint Bobby out with Humpin’ Around as a hot single. Just to name a few.

20 years of Missy Elliott’s Supa Dupa Fly, Puff Daddy and Family’s No Way Out, Aaliyah had The One I gave my heart to and Hot Like Fire, Timbaland/Magoo debuted Welcome to our World, Will Smith was back with Big Willie Style, The Notorious BIG’s last album before his death: Life after Death, and Michael Jackson had the album out called “Blood on the Dance Floor.” Just to name a few.

15 years ago: Ashanti and Tweet both debuted with their albums, Musiq Soulchild had “Juslisen”, Meshell Ndegeocello had the album, Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape.  Plus Donell Jones had the joint Life Goes On, Will Smith was Born to Reign, Nelly had the joint Nellyville, Sean Paul had the Dutty Rock thing going, LL Cool J: 10,  Deborah Cox (one of my favorite black Canadian exports) had the album out called The Morning After, and Missy Elliott took us back in time with old school hip hop beats in Under Construction. Just to name a few.

And  10 years of Angie Stone’s The Art of War. Plus Timbaland took us a Shock Value favor with Keri Hilson singing hooks. What music are you celebrating….IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH?

This year in Movie Anniversaries: 10 years of I am Legend, Why Did I Get Married? and Black Snake Moan. 20 years of Men in Black, Soul Food, and Amistad. 25 years of Class Act, Mo’ Money, Bebe’s Kids, Diggstown, Malcolm X, and Trespass. 30 years of Beverly Hills Cop II, Leonard Part 6, Sign ‘o’ The Times, and Shaka Zulu.  What flicks are you celebrating….IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH?

This year in TV Shows that are Anniversary material: Martin. 25 years since WZUP, Martin Love the kids, get the steppin’, and many of the quotes that we know it like that. Also, Living Single debuted in the same year also of 1992. Plus, The Cosby Show ended the 8 year reign the same year.  Easy question: What shows are you celebrating in Black History Month?

Is Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots show still rolling with new ideas?

Will TVONE continue to roll hard with shows and news?

We keep talking about the firsts in Black History. Who’s next?

I’m not easily fooled by the phrases, Black Future Month, or Black Conscious Month. Nope. Wanna know why?

I’m not easily fooled by this notion of blacks not referencing the ideals that Africans were sold by their own and America ate up the idea of slavery commodity. Wanna know why? (Hint: Part of it is the truth whether we like it or not.)

When will all schools acknowledge Black History? Not just in the cities.

When all those who hate the idea of Black History Month actually stop hating?!

When will all those who don’t like the thought of having a Black History Month actually read what Dr. Carter Woodson wrote about the miseducation portion of us not knowing our history?

And yet again, how will all of this be worthy for our children, especially our black children that need to know this? Not just in school, but in the homes, and certainly in other areas like the church and community centers?

I learned black history in the house, school, and church!

So, Happy Black History Month! or #HapppyBHM2017 whatever many prefer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I get it folks. Yes, I have to say the words either “President Donald Trump.” Or for now, “President-Elect Donald Trump.” I know he won the thing on Tuesday by beating Hillary Clinton and the then Clinton Machine that got so much love in the 1990’s. I get it folks. And already there are protests in different parts of the country that did not want this man to represent this country for the next four years. If we thought that George W. Bush was bad, I guess we haven’t seen anything yet. Nothing.

I have to ask this question again and specifically to those who are white and a woman. Plus others too no matter what: Why do you feel Donald Trump was your pick after the mess he had to say about my culture of African-Americans, calling out the Mexicans, or Latinos, or even Muslims or even things that many don’t or will never understand?! That is a definite must to ask! Even if you abandoned Hillary Clinton like trash.  If you are a supporter of Trump that also falls into the categories of these different areas: I don’t know what to say about you! Your minds must be in the gutter, especially if you’re black. Yeah I said it!

I had to look as the meeting of the minds when he and President Obama talked in the Oval Office of the White House. And I know that it was a strange bedfellows moment that the man sitting next to Obama insulted his birth, his choice of past religion and many others. But the ONE thing that struck out of my mind when Trump said that he “Respects Obama.” Hold up, I had to hear this. Of all the insult, jab, punch, making him produce the Birth Certificate, assumption of his “Muslim” status is now giving the benefit of the doubt that he respects the 44th President of the United States. Now you so-called Trump Supporters probably had your heads exploded when he said that. Admit the truth!

Now all the hype is still going. Oh that hype of hate of the so-called supporters of Donald Trump is ranging from the scenes of the KKK planning a Victory Parade in December (like really) all the way to those writing “Make America White Again” or “Black Lives Don’t Matter and your Vote doesn’t either”. Or those in school chanting White Power holding a Trump Pence Sign. Or even that having “N8ggers don’t come to my school” and the so-called usual “Go back to Africa.” All of this is really reveling the true mark of these silent majority whites, these Evangelical whites, these Housewives that live at home, even some dumb college students now saying or thinking of it, you name it there it is! Even some backwoods rednecks have said the same thing. And Donald Trump talks about unifying the country. I don’t by it. At all.

If Donald Trump really says what he commented on, by unifying the country in all, he better start with his inner circle and those that SUPPORT the inner circle. But we know that might not happen.

On an other note: think back to the Election Day. And here in Milwaukee, think back to this number: 41,000. That was the amount of voters that was LESS than 2012 when President Obama won. Most of that less thing: was due to one thing, Voter ID. That same Voter ID that was, I’ll use this term, RAMMED DOWN OUR THROATS per se all because trying to get a ballot.

CALLOUT: Can anyone say “Voter Suppression?”

That is what all that hype was about to suppress the votes among Minorities, and causing this confusion of staying home on Election Day. It was SHAMEFUL then and it’s SHAMEFUL now! I had to do that so many times (as ordered) as a poll worker on that same day. And also part of that was the reason why Hillary Clinton was not the winner of this past Tuesday. Folks here in Milwaukee, in this Blue City in the now Red State, we need to be more engaged about this voting process. We probably didn’t read enough of the stances that had been written all this time. That was failure! We have to be up on our VOTING GAME even more now. We know the requirements in all, but just got to keep it on one accord to get it done. PERIOD! We’re not doing that as much. Some of us know it, but the rest needs to know!

All this week also the use of racism is at another notch with part of this Election. And don’t dare remind me of what year this is. No matter what era, generation, year, month, date, place, neighborhood, region, Red State, Blue State, how Democratic, how Republican, how Independent, how single, how married, how widowed, how spiritual, how patriotic, how introverted, how extroverted, how ambiverted, how giving, how not giving, how your sex life is, how your health matter is, if you got a job, a good doctor or dentist, conscious, how proud to black or white, a proud man or proud woman, transgender, gay, straight, career working, unemployed, underemployed, the number of degrees, how Presidential, or not, or whatever it is, even Progressive, Independent, Green Party Rep, or Conservative: RACISM IS STILL HERE!

And for those that this is about race baiting, it’s not. It’s about addressing a long sting of racism that is still in America’s DNA. If Donald Trump has any sense about this matter, in regards to him wanting to Uniting the Country, he needs to call out the bigots who voted up for him and clown these fools of them as a sample: “this is not what I have ran on, and I was wrong”.

But ……….he won’t!

And if those that are parents whom let their kids do this:

 

Or this:

 

Parenting must be revamped. Like seriously!


Breaking News out of Milwaukee:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


With all recent concerns about the recent shootings in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota, and countless others the issue of Trauma is an ongoing concern and subject that lingers in our daily lives. Mainly it effects our children at a young age, and believe it or not, adults can have this effect as well.

For two days, my home church in Milwaukee had hosted two days about Trauma and yes, despite the turnout under 100 that came out, many more in Milwaukee should have came out based on the subject at hand.Yes this was a church event, and many have this disdain about churches and that pastor with that money and those hypocrites. But you know what, I’ll bet many should have given it a chance just to come out anyway. This is not just about “The Church”. This is about the community and the community that harbors!

It began with this statement: What is trauma is, and why do we speak about it.

One of the things I picked up that “Trauma is not an event.” It really isn’t. Trauma is not an event that you pick up on DirecTV or Online Streaming for a Facebook Challenge. It’s not some event in the making. Trauma is a real incident. A lifelong incident  that many have endured and still will endure. Mainly, our children will the ones have to face this concern because whenever things happen, and they are around, they will experience it and it might have a general effect on them for the rest of their lives. Almost like for those that left Milwaukee because of all the shootings. And they moved to Atlanta or Texas to get away from all that. Not very so. I’ll explain that further.

ACE’s was another topic. ACE’s is a acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences, and it is “single greatest unaddressed public health facing our nation today.” Why it is unaddressed. Why has ACE’s has NOT been talked about in the discussions before. We viewed this video by Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris and there were highlight we summarized.

 

What we learned in summary: According to Dr. Burke-Harris, she summarized that those with the disorder, the population of those that have it is around the 67% area. 4 or more is around 12.8%.  The exposure of that with ACE’s with 4 or More might develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD at 2 1/2 times. Hepatitis: 2 1/2 times. Depression: 4 1/2. Suicidality: 12 times.  And some of the studies that those who have been exposed to ACE’s might be exposed more to develop heart disease or cancer. Either it could be bad behavioral habits, that negatively impact heart such as smoking, substance abuse, etc.  The High Doses of adversity affects Brain Functions, MRI Scan and DNA Structures, and yes the problem is treatable. And the final lesson of that is to get everyone involved.

We also summarized that the ACE’s Study from 1998 confirmed the negative impact of the ACE’s on health behaviors and health outcomes in adulthood. 10 areas have been highlighted that was summarized of primary of White, middle-class, and highly educated individuals: Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Neglect, Physical Neglect, Mother/Stepmother Treated Violently, Household Substance Abuse, Household Mental Illness, Parental Separation or Divorce, Incarcerated Household Member. The Philadelphia Urban Ace Study had indicators that ranged the following areas:

Witnessed Violence at 40.5%, Felt Discrimination at 34.5%, Unsafe Neighborhood 27.3%, Experienced bullying 7.9% and Lived in foster care 2.5%.

Overall the day back and forth, one of the highlights had opinated views in which teachers whom are black and white see the Trauma effects on students in schools. Also some of our youth members spoke about in the schools they attend that not many social workers are in the schools. They also talked about that some students hold the problems to themselves and don’t fully acknowledge the problems that were transpired. So the basis of trauma, in the sense as I indicated is all around us.

We concluded the first day with five phases we have to know about Trauma’s self care:

  1. Physical
  2. Emotional
  3. Psychological
  4. Spiritual
  5. Social

We also must realize that Trauma, is associated with fear. This goes back to the Philadelphia ACE’s thing about Witnessing Violence, Unsafe in Neighborhoods and experienced the bullying. Does it sound familiar? Look what is going on now with all the shootings and killings of unarmed blacks. And the kids see this first hand. Again, does this sound familiar?
Day Two: The seminar continued with a male version of Trauma. My cousin, Vernon Drew a former MFD Firefighter recently present his viewpoints on hand. Why a male version? Trauma doesn’t discriminate and also this was a highlight for Men’s Health Month. He began with the statement: “There is trauma all around us. We see it everyday.”

How many times we see this? How?! We already know that.

Plus he said, that Trauma is a pure driven response.  Normally, they go up and down and they have to be identified.  We have to be aware. When Trauma happens, no matter what shape or form, we have this reaction to respond. A respond to action, a respond to identify and a respond to solve. We got to be aware at all times. Or just to “stay woke.”

He also identified four different Traumas, and I’m sure we have heard of this: Direct Trauma, Precarious Trauma, Countertraction Trauma, and PTSD. Is there a witness in the house that knows this? It should. But knowing everything else, it’s all connected. A combination of it if you will. My cousin also realized that we have to discuss it. And yes, he also said that we can run from the uses or concerns of Trauma, BUT WE CAN’T IGNORE IT! Just like any other concern of health, crime, or similar situation that we see and view every single day. There are those of us who run from doctors. We can’t ignore doctors! There are those of us who run from mental health. We can’t ignore the fact that Mental Health does exist. I know this is off topic, but there are those who run from being quiet like being introverted. Guess what: Introversion can’t be ignored. So stop apologizing for being quiet! What is one thing we can do, you ask? For a situation like this: Everybody must be trained. Even us must realize that the current system of the is broken. We must realize that in order to repair that system, we must be trained to understand and study why this happens alot. That goes for anything.

A major lesson in regarding about confronting the individuals who do wrong in all: We need to keep going. Another lesson from the discussion was that we need to talk to the children about this. The masses of the children that we know. And to plug in all of the knowledge that we know into them. I know it’s hard to do, and many of them don’t listen, but we need to make them listen! And you the parents who are asking “why is my son or daughter is like this?” Maybe you didn’t go hard enough.  Or not enough training. But seriously, WE ALL MUST be trained, alert, study, review, summarize, discuss and plan to confront the concerns of Trauma. Especially dealing with our own Children!

No one, especially those of us in the black community, must not take it for granted!

No matter if it’s your church, your business, your community organization, your homies, your girlfriends, your fraternity, your sorority or any group you pay your way, or if you just joined up like right now. I know many can run from it, or make a joke about it, but it can’t be ignored!

Let’s get to work.


I just had to do this. With all the elements of what’s going on, I’m putting out a scratching my head post, which is the current edition. Even though it’s post 4th of July in all, I’m going ahead with this.

Why can’t all cops be like Nakia Jones ?

Yes its true, blacks were slaves during July 4th 1776. But you know there were those unsung that wanted to get away in order to fight to get their freedom papers right?
Where are the real black patriots whom have “black patriotism for country and world” and being black at the same darn time? Even being a real truth teller? And black conscious? And unapologetic? 

Why there are some African-Americans whom look at the American Flag being “racist?”

When it comes to the issues, what is up being one sided? And you know what I’m talking about!

Is Wendy Williams that ignorant about the HBCU’s?

I know many had to go hard on Jesse Williams and his speech at the BET Awards. Had the haters sat down yet?

Will the church pastors talk about the recent events of the shootings? Even afterwards?

Have anyone, just anyone followed “my rules” for Summerfest 2016?

Summerfest 2017 will be so golden that they have invite all those that used to work there. Should they do that?

While many are continuing support for the slain officers in Dallas, Texas; many are still have not forgotten about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. And will be funeralized this week. Does anyone see the pattern here?

You know that the Wisconsin State Fair got next, right?

For you bogus Credit Card pushers, why are you scamming folks?

Man listen: why folks on Youtube have to test Dick Gregory?

Question:why so many folks and you know them, post stuff on Social Media and most they think its true? KNOWINGLY some of that is FALSE!

Black folks: you know you could celebrate Juneteenth Day and the Fourth of July if you like, right?

What is the real concern about those asking about church folks who worship on Sundays, and then go out to eat at Red Lobster, a small family restaurant? What is wrong with that?

Scenario: You hate church. You can’t stand the preaching or the money. And go full postal on social media. Why can’t you go in person say what you got to say to the Pastor and the Church? Are you THAT scared?! That naive?! I dare you to try.

Is the Zika Virus that real serious?

Seriously, can someone school Sheriff David Clarke about this rant about Black Lives Matter? And no mention about the KKK. Shameful! Milwaukee, we are embarrassed by his half carcassed commentary.

 

Do many still fear Intelligent Black Men that want to do good, or many think that they’re all in one lump sum group that they are all the same as the bad folks?

Yo: what is up with the Jobs section in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel being thin? I remember when it was thick!

Milwaukee Suburbans who hate the city: yet you hate Milwaukee, but post negative memes about the city and you don’t live there. EXPLAIN?

Will there be a Hits 3 and Hits 4 out of the vault of Prince?

United Methodists: does the BMCR still count?

Why those that used to go to church or never set foot in a church thinks that “all christians”are the same hypocritically, in which they are not? Almost many think that black people think the same, which is not new but a myth.

Why do folks on Social Media AT TIMES say they hate Church, but then turn around that they  comment:”you can go to any church you wish?” #VERYCONFUSED

They say violence is the same but the cameras are new. Agree?

Is it just me, or has this Summer season really flown by so fast?

Oh, Cleveland: are you really happy you got a title after a 50 year drought?

Why is Azealia Banks is still talking? Has she NOT learned her Twitter lesson?  GO SIT DOWN IN YOUR ROOM, LITTLE GIRL!

For all these younger conservatives like Tomi Lahren: Can you all go in the room in sit down after commenting about things you have no knowledge about? Black Panthers, etc.

Man, some of you officers need to turn in your badges and guns for all that mess about your KKK alignments. Can we have more officers like Nakia Jones who is so deep?

Think about this: Can us African-Americans wear the American Flag in our cause for Black Lives, and against the discriminations of us being black period?

Do we still think this example from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a reality like right now?

Did the Second Independence Day Movie lived up to the hype?

Will Team USA be having an “American Summer” in Rio?

Americans: If you really think that Black Lives Matter thing is a terrorist group, you must be on that haterade. Why?

Huff Black Voices called out the so-called #AllLivesMatter mantra. #AllLivesDidntMatter. They did it 21 times. I’ve been saying and questioning: If All Lives Really Matter, Ask yourself why. Ask why, how, who, what, when, and where. Can those do that? Put up or shut up! #IfAllLivesReallyMatter

Does Laser Bond USA really work?

Ladies: I know this Irvin man or #MrStealYourGrandma is going on right now, but what happens when men look at #MsStealYourGrandpa? 

And the last question: And this is for Milwaukee: La La Brown and Kool Aid’s Killer is in custody. A possible lead is finally in play for Alexis Patterson. Is there a way to heal?

BONUS QUESTION: For all the folks who fly American Flags, or White Folks whom Fly the flag the most. One my local black radio stations WNOV in Milwaukee had a statement of flying the flag in regarding black folks. Can you GIVE A REASON why African-Americans (for those whom are still on the RGB tip and conscious and others) should fly the flag? On a shirt, lapel or houses.Break it down for us. And think before you answer. Yes, we are Americans. But provide this answer!

 

SSP The Struggle Continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Well readers, the rules are back. My rules in which many must follow, or to simply just to give advice. For this it’s the new traditional Stephen’s Spot Rules of Summerfest. Reviewing again for 2016.

First, let’s go over what I said last time in a long sentence mixed with something new.

Since Summerfest is well known in Milwaukee, I know about the place very well. I volunteered at the place, saw some shows, and worked in the late 90’s plus the year of 2000. I know the gates, security things, and the places to park near and far from the venue. So if you ready to party like crazy, start learning and reviewing.

1) Summerfest is 11 days. Except July 4th.  And everyday there will days where you can get in free. Learn it! Especially the timeframes given. Like today, there was free way to get in for donations for hunger from Noon – 3:00pm . Please PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIMES! And pay attention to the news and radio promos about Summerfest as well.

2) The park does have information booths. Need a program? They have them. Or for the mobile folks you can download them via the net or straight to your smartphone. Your choice.

3) CALLOUT WARNING: If you are an out of towner and have been stuck on the Wisconsin highway for about 2 and half hours getting to the park, that is your loss! The reason why I’m saying this because when I was working for the company,  I got hollered by a man (a white man from Illinois mind you) about him being stuck on our highways for two hours. He verbally asked for the manager and the freaking former mayor John Norquist of all people. I am not making this up. This is a true story working at the main gate back in ’99. Keep in mind,  Summerfest Security doesn’t control the freeways for the patrons to get to the park. My advice for you Wisconsin visitors (that  yes the traffic will be hectic due to construction mostly, or the 1st shift folks going home, 2nd shift folks going to work), get there early. Like a day early. Or hours early when traffic is not huge. 

4) If you ever think that you’ll be videotaping for your own personal use in or near the park (i.e. camcorders/video equipment), don’t record nothing! Knowing security they will take away the recording devices. They got rules for that. And the same goes for the Amp! Leave the camcorders at home.

5) If you’re about to pick up a ticket for a concert and if you run into a member of Security or Admissions to pay them for the assistance to wait or ask questions to assist, don’t even try it! Buy the ticket and get an early pick up, or a mailing.

6) Cameras (mostly small cameras)  are allowed on the grounds. It’s cool. But in the Amp, Nope.  They won’t allow it. Don’t try it.

7) Like bathrooms, and merchandise areas, there are ATMs on the grounds. Be sure to spot them just in case you need that extra green.

8) Leave your weapons of swiss army knives at home! The red shirts will take them, as well as any other suspicious item that is deemed dangerous.  Just a word of warning.

9) Usually the workers in the colored shirts don’t reveal their names. Best advice, know their numbers! Like 563. Or in this case: Red 563. or Yellow 450.

10) For the first time goers: Summerfest attracts big crowds. Just a word of warning.

11) Best thing to ride at the grounds: Besides the arcades and the interactive stuff: Skygliders. Take them. It’s legendary and use your cameras for sky pics!

12) Don’t be afraid to help those who don’t know much about the park. Give them some pointers! Now, if you can’t be at Summerfest, but know what the day schedule is, and if your bestie needs that social media assistance: Tweet it. Facebook it. Instagram it. Text it. Google it. #Hashtag it. You know the routine!

13) For the bus folks, as you know Summerfest got shuttles (MCTS, Restaurants, Bars, etc) . You know the deal. No need to tell you.

14) They say that Summerfest has nothing for the kids. Um…they do. Look at the children’s theater schedules, and they have a Children’s Fest day.

15) Yes, you can buy food and drinks at the park. BUT…………if  you buy food on the outside as well as drinks trying to get in, can’t do it. Just like having cans and/or glass bottles. (Just a thought from my Security days)

16) If it’s raining and if you have an Umbrella, yes you can bring it. BUT…….not in the Amp.  If it’s hot, better take a towel just in case. If you get hurt, injured or get sick, Summerfest does have First Aid Stations!

17) Like any other venue, there are areas that you can lock up your stuff. Ask the personnel in the info booths for that.

18) Upon entry, you will be searched. Just a heads up. Bags, strollers, etc. Expect the pat downs and maybe overhead security things. Side note as of June, 2016: Summerfest will have metal detectors. Just like in high school in the 90’s with the searches.

19) Now check this, if you bought a concert ticket to see Selena Gomez or any other headliner at the Amp, yes, you can get through the gates with that as well. Mostly the South Gate.

20) Keep in mind, Summerfest does have cameras all around the park. If you mess up, don’t expect to be spotted or thrown out! Warning for those who might be drunk in all. I’m just saying!

21) For the record: Pets are NOT allowed at the park. BUT……….service animals are acceptable as well as many other needs for the elderly and disabled.

22) And as far as parking: Many know well that parking can be a hassle for a good spot. My advice, look for the areas near the park, like parking lots near Michigan or Jefferson Streets. U.S. Bank near Cass Street has festival parking available for those who want to use it. Yep, pay the required amount. Plus also if you have a concert ticket plus a parking validation with it, you are straight.

23) For the record, Summerfest does have urban acts lined up for 2016: Morris Day and the Time, Jason Derulo, The Roots, Nelly, Kirk Franklin, Andra Day, Common, Stephen Marley, Kool and the Gang, Sir Mix-A-Lot,  Check them out. Even our own local urban artists are performing. PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT MILWAUKEE!!!!!!

24) And last but not least: Currently, Construction is a beast. Take caution and be safe. Really it is. For Summerfest’s rules of the park, see here.

25) As far as Fireworks: No need explaining. You should know. First night of Summerfest and July 3rd. Pick a spot and view with the cameras and smartphones on stat.

Caught up yet? Good.

NEW STUFF THIS YEAR: or the extra reminders you already know

AGAIN: Summerfest now has metal detectors. Be advised.

Look for the Summerfest Street Team. They are around.

For all you UBER drivers or Lyft Drivers, I hope you got your plans set up for the extra green. No need to tell you. Or those Ubering a chance to earn money for the big gig rides. Feel free to sign up here. Lyft Drivers, I don’t know about you, I’m assuming that many of you are probably making ideas for your drivers to set up the schedules.

Even though it’s relatively new, feel free to leave your mark on the festival with a brick. No really, you can! Check out the “Brick Order” on the Summerfest website. It has a variety of prices on it, but it is worth to have your name etched in stone for life!

For the Power Pass Users, you’re lucky! Use that pass to get in for the shows of your choice.

If going to the BMO Harris Pavilion Stage for a show, you might have a “Blue Circle Seat Pass” for the acts. Some of the passes are sold out, but there are those you can get depending on the shows. For more information, click here.

For you future Summerfest Milwaukee performers out there: get on ReverbNation!

For other info that you need to ask, comment or question, either business or personal, consult the Summerfest Website for details.

Now, go party and be safe!