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Oh let me go in on this: White Supremacy is a heck of a drug and it’s a drug that many of you white folks know all to well. Be honest. What began with a group of young white dudes over a statue with Tiki Torches, lead to a violent demonstration of protesting. And the thing is we know it. Everyone talking about the use of terrorism. Foreign and Domestic. This was an act of “Domestic Terrorism” when you saw a driver out of Ohio plowing through a crowd of protestors killing one of them at 32 years old of the name Heather Heyer. Or seeing some of the alt-right in Body Armor with Swat Helmets, Shields with Racial Symbols on it, Flags mixed with the Nazi signs and the American Flag Colors clashing with fights and yanking signs. Oh yes: Make America Great Again, not! Having all this again, is about a freaking statue! A Robert E. Lee Statue! Really?!

This whole thing of the clash was like a throwback episode on Jerry Springer. For you younger readers, he once had Nazis and the KKK on his show many times. Oh and yes they were saying crap like “I got your mom in the trunk of my car!” Oh don’t tell me you remember that! But this was no show. This was an act of criminal in our own backyard. For the clips of what I’m talking about, you might want to do a checking on Youtube and do a search of “Jerry Springer KKK” or something like that to view the clips. And I know that long ago many were getting mad at him on for having the Klan on his show. But then again, what we have saw back then, is no different what we recently saw on Saturday. And oh, it was a long time ago to remind ourselves that they are still out there processing the hate that consumed the DNA of America for YEARS! We know it. Don’t deny it!

And these same folks again: whom were doing the “Tiki Torch thing”, are probably the same folks whom are in the workplaces, served as officers, have high positions of rank, neighborhood organizations, well known members or employees of country clubs, the bar after work for happy hour, and the scary thought: they are also at your kids’ universities or schools TEACHING or ADVISING! – Again, school is back in session. And for you students, that classmate of yours might be related to someone’s uncle, cousin, grandson/daughter and parents.

Did I mention that they root for the same team as you do? Yeah let that also sink in!

And Speaking of the KKK: Former leader David Duke said this remark: “We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.”

CALLOUT: Take our country back?! Back from whom?!!! For all you White Nationalist and fans of them, this wasn’t your country to begin with. Stop that mess. You are playing yourselves!

Most of every ethnic folks whom are from other countries except the Native Americans, are immigrants. For my black folks, our ancestors were slaves. Forced to learn new languages. Branded. Shackled. Loaded on boats forcefully. Get the picture?

Oh let me go in on the leader of 45Land. I heard his remark about the “all sides” thing. Plus his Twitter message also was WEAK! It was weak and stupid! Many are saying that his remarks should have gone in and told these Alt-right, KKK and Neo-Nazi idiots that they need to chill the mess out! Did he call them out? No! He has not! And the strange thing was most of them probably voted for old man Donnie back in 2016! But the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe told them to “Go Home.” They are not welcome here. Don’t ever comeback! Now that’s a real statement! And the fact of matter is, #45 was just scared to admit that some of his supporters whom probably voted up for him the most were connected to the White Supremacists Groups and the dude didn’t call them out in this matter. Oh, he wants them to matter to him due to the one thing that matters: THE VOTES! That’s all there is! Nothing but the votes to get him elected AGAIN! The fools who did all that stunt mess on Saturday in Charlottesville must have been the same supporters whom have voted up for #45. Think about it!

Also, I like everyone else noticed that the representatives of The American Legion were in the background. And many should had mentioned about a Veteran in Oregon was recently killed on a Light Rail Route. And the reason was standing up to hate speech. Where was the mention of that in The 45 Land White House? Answer, no where to be found! Totally lacking. And also, what is the American Legion’s stance on what has happened? As well as the entire Legion Family of The Sons of the American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and the Legion Riders. Matter of fact what is this teaching the Boys and Girls State for the American Legion? Hmmm……Let that SINK IN! And don’t forget the Masons, Elks, and any other Fraternity and Sorority that may have those Frats and Sorors that might have this in them? Come on now, don’t speak at once!

The hate of this thing of White Supremacy, is still at large like a bandit. And when the proverbial thing of the remarks, “There is no real racism in America” is really a smokescreen of overshadowing that it should not be in the discussion. I hate to say that it is in the discussion. Even when you are silent and don’t say anything. Your mouth and mind says one thing, but the eyes says another. Of course when you have that talk at the dinner table, and yes many of us will have the talk/discussion about the use of racism which many know very well, wait until the holidays come and you will hear the mess out of the family members that might spew out the N word or having this hate mentality against anyone that is not them! Tell me I’m wrong! This is an early spoiler alert for the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. You know its coming. And when it does come, what will we be doing about it?

In the last couple of days, the new 45 old Donnie President as we know, had called out the actions of the Neo Nazis and Supremacist groups. But took too long in responding to the groups of being Neo Nazi and Supremacists/Nationalists. He took WAY TOO LONG! Slow stepping! Why? Like I said, many of them went to him because of the votes! #45 claims that he doesn’t know David Duke, but David Duke knows about HIM! That’s all there is. Plus in the last couple days, there have been parades in the response of the Charlottesville clash, even my hometown of Milwaukee had one in the Riverwest Neighborhood recently. And I’m sure that there will be many more anti-parades in the response of Charlottesville.

And about the toppling of the statues, that was crazy! Reminds me of the toppling the statue of Sadaam Hussein during the Iraqi Freedom War in the early 2000’s. And seeing a young boy, whom probably is about adult age now, slapping his shoes on the statue. But already, a statue in North Carolina has been well “toppled” and there are folks in the area (police) having the houses checked to see who done it. They are not playing!

So with all this, has America regretted voting for Ol’ Donnie? If Hillary had a different mindset of her campaign (which also should have came to Wisconsin) she would be the President in the Office NOW! But we have this Tycoon on a fake leader to worry about for the next three years and he’s off to a rocky start. For all those whom are in the backwoods that voted him up, even to those whom are other ethnics (including black folks) ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? If you’re not happy that stuff like this is going on and with all that mix of White Supremacy you know darn well the country is guilty. Remember that we should know that racism, and all that racial stuff we know is part of America’s DNA. Let that AGAIN sink in!

There will be more commentary forthcoming after this.


Happy 4th again, y’all.

We already know that the country has turned another age in all, but we already know that the struggle indeed continues. And yes if you’re Black, you might had been called out being a sellout all because you wore the Red/White/Blue instead of the Red/Black/Green. Or you might have sang the National Anthem without any concern except the fact the third verse had a racial thing attached. But as we put away the fireworks in all, I’m scratching my head again.

Did anyone actually read the Declaration? I mean really?

Black folks, we know about the slavery side of 1776, but what about those whom served in both armies that guranteed freedom? Yes blacks did served under the flag back then.

I was reading Sophia A. Nelson’s book, E Plurbis One, and two of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams were against slavery. Did you know this?

With all the parades in America, why not enough black folks?

Frederick Douglass’ speech “What to the slave mean to the Fourth of July?” is like a call out to the hypocritical attitude of being free for most, not many. Any questions on that?

I hear folks saying, “that flag wasn’t meant for us!” What flag is?

Why do certain folks scream out “Fourth of You Lie?!”

And also to add, what are you celebrating? Like really.

How come we didn’t point out the verse “No heirling for a slave” before like last year?

Was Whitney Houston’s version of the Star Spangled Banner from 1991 the best ever?

Was Marvin Gaye’s Star Spangled Banner from 1983 good?

What about Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Anthem?

Which Team USA Basketball team was better: 1992 or 2008? 92 all the way!

Which team is America’s team deserving? I say the Green Bay Packers!

Chris Rock once said, Happy White People’s Independence Day. More recently, Damon Wayans Jr said Happy racist white people’s day. Both got slandered and attacked after telling the truth. Well white folks, had their punchlines told the truth?

Is “every way” the American way?

How many Americans did not know what Juneteenth Day was about?

How many Americans did not know that the 4th of July is not always about fireworks?

This is interesting, can this be done? Singing Lift Every Voice And Sing on Independence Day?

Check out @Tiffanydloftin’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Tiffanydloftin/status/882409041141673985?s=09

Can the hashtag #MelalinPatriot be a thing to follow? Melalin relates to black by the way.

We know that Philly throws 4th of July Celebrations alot. But can Milwaukee have a 4th of July party concerts with the locals musicians?

And now for the final question:  Don’t be offended by the picture.

Relax and breathe.

Black folks: we know already that many of us don’t really celebrate the 4th Of July by an example of the memes below. And yes our ancestors were in shackles, branded, whipped, had no freedom, no liberty, no justice, no peace to be us. We were stripped from our former names to get the names like Toby. We were forced to be bought and paid in auctions, but like Cicely Tyson said in one of Tyler Perry’s movie Madeas Family Reunion: “Now it’s time to take your place!” We also have this tendency to tell folks not to celebrate the 4th all because our ancestors were slaves. We weren’t beaten. But the legality of those beatings linger into police brutality, racism, sexism, discrimination among minorities, and others. We get sensitive when we see our brothers and sisters wearing red white and blue and shake our heads. Why?!!!!

If a black man or a black woman wants to celebrate the 4th in a way different, LET THEM CELEBRATE! I was listening to one of my local black radio hosts on WNOV. There was a black female caller who expressed about the celebrations of Juneteenth Day. However she also expressed about celebrating the Fourth of July. As we all know from her comment that this country was built on the backs of us Black folks either as slaves and freed people. We definitely know this and should know. And the thing is we always hear about us going back to Africa. Well many people forget, not too many in Africa like us African-Americans maybe because many of us haven’t been there! Many forget that part of the slavetrade, came out of Africa which was a forgotten comment! And of course, America ate up the idea of slavery and served it until 1865, when the slaves were declared free. According to Vibe.com,  Roland Martin was on the Wendy Williams Show last year (after she talked smack about the HBCU’S), cited that black people were “technically free”:

If you had to place a marker on when black folks were technically fully free Americans, it’s 1970.

So as I look at this meme with the word Independence spelled wrong, (don’t blame the Public Schools) a Tupac pic, and all the talk about Juneteenth Day being celebrated and something forgotten, and with the ongoing crimes, racism, sexism, discrimination, police brutality, war against blacks lives, undocumented murders against black folks and many other concerns, I must ASK this:

Have we fully gained our Independence? And after celebrating Juneteenth, did we fully gained OUR freedom? Let that sink in.

Callout: Freedom is still not free. Even after 241 years. And even after 152 years. Let’s be real, the struggle to get to that freedom thing is going to take a four letter word of WORK!

And by the way if a black man or woman or kid wants to celebrate BOTH the Fourth and Juneteenth, even if you fly the flags, let them. Just let them. Some folks celebrate their birthdays on the days. Or a anniversary. Or whatever. Let’s be clear. For those of us whom are so conscious and woke, look: your opinions are just that. With all due respect. Let the folks whom are “Melanin Powered” have their day. Leave them alone!  No one is not forcing you to celebrate the holiday.  Where as you should not force anyone to say “Remember and celebrate Juneteenth Day!” Trust me you will not win that argument. You say that forcefully and folks will still sleep.  I mean correct me if I’m wrong that isn’t one of the Bill of Rights has the words, “Freedom of Expression” in it? Hey, let that sink in! And this applies to us like everyday.

Can I get a Hotep peace mixed in with a thanks of God Bless America?

Thank You.


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Say it again.

We American folk got a birthday. 241 years. And the first strange US Birthday under #45. We know.

Oh, Happy Birthday, United States.

We are in the 241st Chapter and yes it gets more interesting. But however as in the concerns about the country are going on, with the mess of the now #45, we still as a nation need to have a fortitude to move forward. We still deal with the concerns of Black Lives really matter to the fullest. We already know that the issue of racism STILL LINGERS! We already know the concerns of the communities, especially Black Communities that face trouble everyday. We still have to get our folks to get the jobs, education, ownerships and many other factors we still face every single today. Of course many today took the time out to acknowledge the document of the Declaration of Independence, in which has the infamous words that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (even women) are created equal.” We know. Heck, we’ve been knowing that since the day we read the Declaration. But we’ll be honest, the words we know from the document looked good and nice, but we still haven’t lived up to the hype of the follow up. There is still discrimination out there as much as being called a N*gger on the streets or not getting that house, that car, or even that job that you want badly. In the last 241 years on a presidential scale, we’ve elected 45 presidents and some were dumbfounded. Others, game changers. President Barack Obama was a Game Changing Commander in Chief. He was the catalyst that many had hoped for. And I chose him twice as a candidate to lead the nation. Why did I voted for him? Enthusiasm and Vision. That’s it! Nothing else. Yes of course I wanted to see someday a black man to lead the nation in the White House. The very same White House that was built by slaves. And last time, many of the so-called patriots called out Michelle Obama for saying that. Well guess what, it was the truth. The very same acknowledgement that many in the black community don’t acknowledge the 4th. You may have heard it many times: Our people were in bondage. They were shacked, branded, didn’t have any rights to be themselves. And that is hard reality that not a school teacher didn’t acknowledge. Of course we can wave the flags now and don’t even care about it. But that then around that time, we couldn’t do (in the words of Chris Farley) JACK SQUAT!

And yes even Frederick Douglass had the infamous words of “What does the slave mean to the Fourth of July?” in calling out the hypocrisy of celebrating America’s Freedoms except black slaves. Let’s calculate: Between 1776 and 1852, how many years was that? 76 years. 76 years of us and a few supporters to call out the hate against America’s DNA counterpart of Slavery. Ain’t that something? Plus also I’ve read the “E Plurbis One” book by News Commentator, Sophia A. Nelson and she states in the book that two of our founding fathers, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin even got on America’s case of harboring slaves during the start of the country’s founding, around 1775 and 1776 sparingly. She even highlighted that a female,  Harriet Beecher Stowe who written the novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” called out the hypocritical attitudes of the country regarding Slavery. So guess what Americans: Before Frederick Douglass, other folks called out slavery during the Revolutionary War era. Even evangelist and England’s own son, John Wesley who later founded Methodism (aka the United Methodist Church) called out slavery being inhumane.

But then you got black folks on the day like today saying remember Juneteenth Day! I didn’t forget. Heck, I fly my flags ON BOTH HOLIDAYS! You read that right. I do both holidays. There was time that yes I flew both FLAGS on the Fourth. No question. But however the thought of flying BOTH FLAGS outside of my house on Juneteenth Day was a long thought of an idea. So the week of Flag Day of June 14th, I keep them both out until the 19th. So yes, the idea of displaying the flags of the U.S. and Wisconsin was well planned indeed. But took the idea to how it was displayed. Until we see buntings of the Red Black and Green, THEN WE CAN BE IN BUSINESS.

But to back about Juneeteenth Day, look, for my black readers, what I’m about to say might sting. We all go hard about Juneeteenth all day everyday. No question. But I have to ask this. Read this article from Juneteenth:

http://thegrio.com/2017/06/19/juneteenth-still-not-free/

This holiday is the “black version” of the 4th, but like many other 4th’s we celebrate we are still not free. Does that sound familiar? Think about it. Sounds familiar? We talk about it all the time, but when ever problems come up in regarding the shootings of unarmed black folks, racism, not getting the house/car due to a thing of running credit checks, I know that many of you today asked that same old question: “Have we gained our independence? Not just on the fourth, not just on the 19th of June, or any other non related holiday or occasion? So the question shouldn’t be pointed on the fourth, but also on the 19th as well. And the thing like the fourth this is a hard reality for the 19th: When the food is put away, when the flags, lights, fireworks, staging areas, the beer, the brats, or red kool-aid are all put away. And when the last person goes out to go home, or group to leave the exits, I got three words for the celebrations: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES! No matter what happens now, a year from now, or whenever, the struggle continues!

So I ask again: Have we gained our independence from both the Fourth of July and Juneteenth Day?  Until that happens, we will indeed know and reminded in this era that INDEED the struggle continues!

So: Happy 4th, and for you late comers: way happy Juneteenth.

 

 

 

 

 


Ok. I’ve been on the “Facebooks” lately, and also the Internet about the latest Summer Fashion Trend. No, it’s not for females. It’s for the Men Folks. We’ve worn these clothings before they were a fashion trend, and it’s making a comeback with mixed emotions of negativity and sharp opinions. I’m talk about “Rompers”. Yeah the Romper Craze has begun and not many aren’t impressed. Matter of fact, not very interested in the reaction of having one.

My reaction of this summer fashion craze for men: NO!

I already expressed my opinon on Facebook that there will be NO ROMPERS in the HOUSEHOLD. NO! The last time I wore rompers was like…I don’t know when I was in the Terrible Two’s maybe?! Why would I want to rock this thing called a romper when I’m 40? Really! Ok, for some of us whom are feminezed and are male, oh yes THEY would rock a Romper. No question. Just wait until June, during the LGBT events. I’m just saying. Now, of course we know some Senior Citizens would probably wear those in their later ages in all, but for current status, NO!

My take on this is real clear, No Rompers! Of course the Kickstarter campaign started this idea in thinking that it will “fly”. Maybe it will fly for some but not all. But we all know it won’t fly for many! Real talk.

Let’s be really honest, this “Rompers” thing will not last! Just wait. And many thought that baggy jeans was bad. Go figure.


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’m going to hard on the blog. This time I’m calling it “The Rant.” What that means is I’m going to find a ridiculous story, meme, picture, or social media post and talk smack about here. I feel that it’s time in the Trump era that since the wrong way folks like to ruin good things, it’s time that it’s to call a spade a spade. 

Now for all the professional folks, I want you to look at this:

Now if your name has a MD on LinkedIn that written a Facebook Post per se, time to find a new doctor. So the “Trump era” wants maids and bring back slaves? Really?! I think it’s time that those in the professional world needs to be examined carefully when trying to friend those whom are in professional services.This is exactly what it entails in the mood of the country. Now many are probably going to say, “Oh Stephen black people make ridiculous postings all the time. Why don’t you write about them instead of the white folks like this one?” Warning shot:this is about anyone who plays a fool online making ridiculous statements like this, and they are supposed to be professionals? 

Let me say this now: If I see a posting I think is ridiculously wrong like this one, you darn right I’m going to say something about it. And the reason being for a thing called accountability. Get the minds right! 

No matter what the topic is, it’s go time. I said I wasn’t playing around, but today: playtime is over. Put away the toys and old blog stories. The game is still on.

End of rant.


Let’s start this right now.

2017 has gotten off to a start in which many are not happy with Kim Burrell. If those who haven’t heard of her, she’s been in the news about her commentary about the gay folks being tricked into being gay. We’re going in this today! And the reasons behind it. And yes, Church folks, whether you like it or not, this issue of being silent and not saying anything but THANK YOU JESUS or Hallelujah must be put out the pasture. And I’m saying this as a Active Church Member! We need to stop being afraid of this! Enough of this hidden mess.

Before any of this starts, let’s review again about this speech Kim Burrell made in her church:

 

 

And I’m sure many got the hot seat about her stance on “hating Gays” and all that false statements. Oh wait speaking of that, listen to this:

 

Ok here is what I don’t understand. When a church-like person/Gospel Singer like Kim Burrell talked about the TRUTH in which many think it’s a hateful speech, even in 2017 which A year don’t matter: why are all these folks are scared to death to admit it that it’s part of the truth that they don’t want to mess with, but rather curl hide for that matter?!

Oh I’m sure many in the media and yes Ellen’s show probably saw the clip of the sermon that Kim spoken on, but never fully FULLY heard the entire speech, and the full length of the speech! Whoever has the full sermon online, POST THAT! PLEASE!

My take on this, and this is my first take of 2017, is this: maybe for those who called out Kim Burrell needs to look in themselves and ask WHY she said that. What was up with the line of she stated that those in homosexual lives or somewhat that it was delusional, or tricked per se in getting into the life style? Oh, you don’t want to talk about that! And yes I’ll agree to a point of what Janelle Monae said about the same line that white folks always say about “we all bleed the same color” comment. BUT many of us who bleed that color red, have different blood types, and different blood cells that aren’t all equal with that!

Let’s be real!

We all remember a time or two that we’ve been (stop me if you heard this one) hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, fooled, lied to, cheated on, or been cheated on, been casted out, or my favorite, ostricized all because of a lifestyle, a change, a preference, or any other concern. Think about all those times in school, your church, your jobs, that time you had to be someone’s stepping stone in a Fraternity or Sorority, or just a way to fit in like everyone else of not getting picked on. I would think that there are some who probably got tricked in being in the lifestyle that Kim Burrell talked about. Oh, let’s go there. And for the record, who said that she wanted the Gays to be dead in 2017 anyway? Folks just love to stir up false narratives! Especially those on Fake News who well…post it on Social Media. As they say: The devil is a liar!

So how do we solve this matter?

That will take a long matter to solve. We know this. And it’s not going to take a magic bullet to think that it’s going away in one fatal swoop. The fact of the matter is, many or some don’t want to have this. They would  rather remain silent about this and it might ruin another era or Generation that many want to suceed or be better. Well let me say this: in regarding the church per se about the talk about homosexuality or the negative effects about the LGBT, let’s talk. Both sides need to talk. You can shout back and forth online or by texting all you want, but you really need to talk about this matter! If the most or some of the LGBT per se are about the issues that concerns them, and they all get assembled in full force, why NOT about Black issues or Black Concerns like the killings, or maybe to help improve the BLACK CHURCH? I don’t see much of the LGBT’s per se out there backing the support of Black issues that they need to tap into. Of course that there are those whom are Gay or Lesbian or Transgender whom are on the supportive front about the issues of Black Concerns. Yes we can talk about Baynard Rustin whom was a cog in the part of the March on Washington in which we all know that Martin Luther King was apart of. WE KNOW!

CALLOUT: But where are the new Baynard Rustin’s in the Black Community, or the in the Black Church right now?

But in between, for you the free-thinking, Lesbian, Gay, Multi-Conscious, and many those who think that what Kim Burrell said was harsh: maybe you need to review with those in asking why the spirit of homosexuality can be at times deceptive or tricky. Maybe alot of you don’t like what she said, but just actually LISTEN what she had to really say. And vice versa. Many of you probably under 40 don’t really care about church-like lessons that are everyday values to summarize, BUT if I were you and I’m just saying now: just try to LISTEN UP! 

And many of us that what Bill Cosby said was harsh back in 2004 about the black community didn’t hold up their end of the deal after “I Have A Dream” but many realized, he was telling the truth in his point of view.

 Message sent!


Within the past year I have asked many many times: Will you miss Obama?

Well I hate to say that after 8 years of being fired up and ready to go, and also delivering the ideal of Change, and many other factors, yes it’s time to say thank you to the 44th President who had to put the country on his back whether anyone or anybody likes or not. Even you are a so-called hotep warrior who probably just copied almost every word out of Hidden Colors or maybe, yep I guessed it: A Trump supporter who had to remind everyone about the so-called deplorables that had to vote for him over Hillary Clinton. But I’ll say this though, Obama did infact asked Americans to hold him accountable of the concerns and ideas he puts out. And yes Trump Supporters: you must hold ol Donnie accountable. If you don’t, someone will!

Back in 2008 as many know, many in the country were estactic and shocked that an actual African-American actually won the White House. With an African-American First Lady that was so active and black! Even the daughters who grew up so fast in the 8 year reign. I mean they were kids! Now Malia is 18 years old and off to college and seeing the world. Sasha has a way to go to make sure she finishes High School and then off to College. I mean wow, whether anyone likes it or not, the Obamas really have jolted America, and the world that a guy like Barack rocked the culture. If only my late Grandparents and Great-Grandmother were alive to see this. Man!

The Obamas brought life into The White House. From the right to take pics to cooking barbecue on the White House Lawn. Even having black history related events of Jazz, and BET. I’ll bet many African-American Historians, Analyists, and many others had to dig real deep about the history of the House and it’s black representation. It wasn’t just slaves. It was cooks, leaders, supporters and many others who were black that couldn’t been seeing around the House and having their stories really told. When Michelle Obama said this past year that everyday she woke up in a house that was built by slaves, for you Obama Racist haters, she was telling the truth. READ A FREAKING BOOK! Many really have to read on how the White House was built, by free and slaved black folks! She also got us active with the Let’s Move initiative along with the garden, and also putting up new ideas of nutrition on our labels of foods and drinks. Plus supporting Military Families.

Barack on the other had, started up the Affordable Care Act, in which many hated the idea that it’s the law of the land, in which many who cant afford the high costs of healthcare, can now afford it due to the fact that not only it helps to go to the doctor, but also paying less that Blue Cross Blue Shield current has on the high level. Oh yeah, you Obama haters hate that do you! Look, not everyone is not going to get the high coverage as you, but look it’s about those who had a hard time (like many of you giving him a hard time) actually looking for coverage that can be invested in to support.

Jobs: As of right now, the jobs report were on stat. But also before that after the mess that George W. Bush made after leaving office,  Obama had to reverse the negatives all that in which was left behind. It was shameful. Specfically the auto industry that was losing. But got bailed out on  the Governent side to get the jobs rolling again. Remember MasterLock? Of course you do. MasterLock was delivering jobs outside of the country, but Barack broght some of those jobs BACK HERE in America, specifically here in Milwaukee.

Add Science, WindPower, transportation ideas, and more that we needed to explore. Even moonshots about ending various forms of cancer! And I’ll bet also those who hated on gun violence: probably are gun owners themselves. Yes, there was a time when Obama was doing Skeet Shooting at Camp David and lord and behold, there was pic of him with a shotgun. At least he is a responsible GUN OWNER! Speaking of which: President Obama was NOT coming for anyone’s guns! All you fools who posed around with your glocks, pistols and other arsenals that about gun safety or gun accountably, you had to realize that he wasn’t coming for the bullets or rifles anyway. You were tripping! Admit it.

And just for the record, Milwaukee for those who may not know, gave birth to MasterLock in the first place. Just like the Beer, the Harleys, and of course Usinger Brats and a festival called Summerfest.

Plus the bail out of GM in my point of view had to happen in a sense because of jobs as well. Along with education. MOSTLY education! I’m not just talking about getting a High School diploma and actually going to work, but also making sure that the colleges and universities have that access of summaries that they display after the graduates leave school, to make sure that job or that career is ACTUALLY on display to have. Most colleges have this right now, I should point out. Even the technical colleges.

Oh and about the haters. Everything from “YOU LIE!” to actually being targeted by Racism. It’s all brought out by those who have the hate against Obama. You on the other hand probably got all that stuff talked about at Grandma’s for the Holidays. And even though that many in the black community praised him, there are some (I hate to say) that have this disdain that he should help out Black America, over the gays, etc. Look HERE! HE SERVED AS  THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! When the Affordable Care Act was signed, the majority of that act, per se mostly geared to black folks. Most of them didn’t have enough coverage per se didn’t cover all that pre-existing conditions that many others have wiped away like right now. As far his speeches, again look what he said at Morehouse, and Howard. Oh did I mentioned that he gave a speech in one of the “so-called” bad neighborhoods in Milwaukee? And it was a black voting ward, and it was at North Division High School. Hmmm…….I wonder what happened. Remember My Brother’s Keeper? Ooops I’m sorry. Go back and read it why it matters!

The first time I heard and seen Michelle Obama: August 2012 at Bradley Tech High School campaigning for her Husband in Milwaukee. I got pics. And video footage from my Canon Camera! Then I thought that after she was here, Barack is coming next. After that, guess what? He came! September 2012, and a long line that was formed from the Art Museum to the Summerfest Gate. Plus metal detectors and yes, the man himself was overheard on the crowd at the BMO Harris Stage near Gate 20. And I know Gate 20 because I used to work at Summerfest moons ago! Hearing my President, along with mother, and getting about 3 or four pics of  him was just so priceless! I still have them even today and to my FUTURE FAMILY MEMBERS: DO NOT LET THEM GO! FOR NOTHING! THEY ARE HISTORICAL PICS FOR LIFE!

And yet here we are. America: you can love them or hate them all you want. Matter of fact you can sit down. Simply because that this Family, had really rocked the country to new heights. Plus also the main reasons I picked the Obama Crew (TWICE) is because of the enthusiasm and vision. And no it wasn’t just because he’s black. Yeah I know America has a disdain when it comes to race, here’s the thing I’ll bet President Obama had to deal with the race factor all day everyday for 8 years! And dealing with the same mess from those who opposed him on everything from the very beginning. Ask our republican friends with the Tea Party family folks.

Like the time that now President Elect Donald Trump had an idea to produce this thing called a Birth Certificate just to see if he’s actually an American born-citizen. And he and the rest of the racist republicans was just that: hating on him just because he kept being Barack! Let’s be honest America, the country as great as is, does have a race problem. And  you wonder why many in the world is laughing at us. That’s like saying, “Well there is America, acting all gung ho and making dumb remarks to their First Black President!”

And what we do about it the most? NOTHING!

Almost having this thing about the church he attended under Rev. Jerimiah Wright. The same pastor who uttered the words: “God Da*n America.” And many of you haters had gone wild! Again, In the words of my former Pastor, “when you Da*n someone, you are condemning.” That what it is. Or like when someone says “Da*n You!” He or she is condemning you. Flat out.

Plus also, like many others in America: there will be Obama stories that will be every archive, every throwback, every flashback, and every single black home (almost) that we know very well! Of course that there will be those who want to erase all or most of the things that he worked hard for some those who feel he didn’t deserve it. NEWSFLASH: OBAMA DOES deserve to be respected in every archive and summary we put out. Period! And like many other presidents before him they will get book deals to be made. I want to get his book! I want to get his side of the story that is uncut, maybe uncensored (YES I DO) and also what he really REALLY NEEDED to say as a Private Citizen. Or Private Citizen Obama, or Executive Citizen Obama. Don’t matter what his new title is after January 20th, but note this: He’s still a force. Period. He’s still an influence. Period. Even in hip-hop. And I want him (or anyone in the Obama-Biden Crew) to have a adviser thing when drafting NEW leaders in the Democratic Party. Matter of fact, make that BETTER leaders in the Democratic Party!

So yes, it’s time for the Obamas to get that LONG retirement. It’s time for Joe Biden and Dr. Jill to take their retirements as well. Speaking of Joe, dude was Barack’s number two. making sure that the duties remained in place, remained on point. He may have been on that crazy side, but yes Joe Biden was and is like Barack: a force. And I’ll say also, like he would say about the ACA, Joe Biden was a huge F-ing deal! And even though he lost his son Beau, didn’t have a chance to run for President, (which would also been great to do) I’ll say also yet again that Joe was that 2nd Dude. Oh, you  all remember that 1994 Crime Bill that many black folks hated and still hate, um…..Joe Biden had a hand in that. Just to add. And I mentioned that he made and appearance and declared that he was a member of the NAACP? Yes, the soon-to-be former VP is an active member of the organization that was founded by 6 whites and one black. And yes white folks, you can join the NAACP as well as getting scholarships named after Martin Luther King. True fact! Try it.

The country in my opinion had a “real 8 years”. A real 8 years that was bombarded by the reaction of race, reaction of change, reaction of second chances and reaction of getting involved. I had the fortunate privilege to work during the Obama Campaign in 2012 and I don’t regret it not one bit. NONE!  I felt that I didn’t do this, I wouldn’t have to tell myself in the next 20 years nearly 60 saying: “I wish I would done that.” But yes we live in a nation of woulda, shoulda and coulda. We know. But however not many thinks that way. We know.

And now, it’s time that on January 10th, 10 days ahead of the Inauguration, that the 44th President will address the nation for the last time. And yes, it’s going to be sad. It’s going to be like dang, how did it get here so fast? We were just used to him! Or why didn’t he do this or that then he had to leave? Well for all you who weren’t so active these last eight years, WHY DID YOU COMPLAIN?! You sat there having him to do all the work, and when problems happen, you get mad happy and just complain. “I wish he came to this or came to that!” BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Many of you didn’t. Now since Donald Trump is going to take over for the next 4 years, now you want to say: Oh I should have helped Obama more. WELL……….too late now.

Many of you whom stayed at home on Election Day, or having the gaul not to vote at all are going to get the ultimate price of a thing called: Elections Have Consequences! Take notes yet again!

Wisconsin is now a red state. – Elections have consequences.

Obamacare might be gone. – And for those who voted for Trump and having a problem that your medicare might be in jeopardy, Elections have consequences.

Most of the executive orders that many favored  UNDER OBAMA might be eliminated. Election have consequences.

Let’s be real here: this is not a game.

So let me say this to the Obama-Biden Crew: THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for the 8 years of enthusiasm and vision. Thank you for being open and bringing in real values. Thank you for being open and bringing in things that had to be done! Thank you for the swaggers, the black woman magic, the magic of us have to get up and the magic of support. Thank you also for the valor and value that this nation must continue to endure even when a Trump Presidency might worry us. Thank you for the encouragement that when they go low, we must REMAIN HIGH! And most of all: thank you for you!

There will be future blogs I’m going to write that will have Obama-like references in it and unlike those that want to, you will read it.  And yes it will family friendly!

 

 

 

 


So here we are.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the blog story that is traditional.

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 that just one blog story. No matter if you are in America or in freaking India, be ready. This blog thing will 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. What does all this mean? It means that I have to get better with  the idea of blogging. 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 benefical. 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 blog. 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 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 age bracket of 40 years old, and yes this age bracket will indeed test my theory and summarize.

So guess what: you want Stephen’s Spot? I’ve give you Stephen’s Spot!

So for now: let’s start my New Year’s Tradition of Stephen’s Spot that doesn’t need a repeat: What do want to see and not want to see in 2017! 17 things by the way.

First Five I want to see in THAT YEAR OF 2017:

1) 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 display, that many will pass up. Gotta do better.

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 were 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!

3) 2017 means that the New Congress will take over. If any of the new members screw up, get on their case!

4) You know that 2017 is a voting year. Oh you didn’t know this? Pay attention! It’s not the presidential election, but maybe some of your county judges or school folks will be running on the ballot. Do better!

5) Speaking of the voting thing, this would be a time to get your voter registration checked and/or updated to get ready for the 2017 election.  I want to see this happen even more. Plus in the future like all these health months, why can’t we have a Voter Awareness Month?

Next Five I don’t want to see:

6) 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!

7) I don’t want to see black folks putting other black folks down. No matter what happens we must continue to look in the mirror and raise up. Jobs, contributions, etc.

8) Never EVER OVERLOOK THIS – Black Queens: you say you love us Black Kings right? Here is a 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! You guys go all out for your thing and we’re in the seats. Why not us?

9) I don’t want to see credit checks on black folks no more. Matter of fact, not on anyone anywhere with credit checks!

10) I don’t want to see those who didn’t vote gloat. After all, most you don’t like Donald Trump after he won, well guess what: Elections have Consequences.

Five More things I want to see:

11) I want to see more of us reinvest in our Alumni Groups. Not just for the class reunions and everyone also shows up broke, mad, left out and uninformed.And by the way, if you see an Alumni Rep at your class reunion, don’t get no attitude about your daughter or son in college needing money and you think that your old High School has no money. That will not work!!!! Just dumb. Have you heard of Scholarships, like churches hand out every year?

12) I want 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 employer is celebrating a milestone of service (10, 20, etc), give him or her the due of respect. It’s the right thing to do.

13) I want us non scared and scared grown folks in the Black Church Groups 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 playing Madden. Or double dutching or learning a praise dance. Even tutoring!

14) I want to see more black folks in the communities whom think there is nothing there to do,  start something! Stop complaining!

15) And plus, 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 whom are 40 ish that want to join up to support the groups you represent. And also don’t be so judgmental about those whom are at that 40’s range.  Best place to find us: either at our church events, alumni group meetings, etc.

Final two: want not to see and want to see.

16) Of all the things I don’t want to see: enough of the blame 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.

17) Get lucky! Get lucky in all there is. We know what we need to do, and what to do this year. So why not get involved! And the time is right now!

Happy New Year!