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After today, the 92nd edition of Black History Month will be in the books. However, the ongoing lessons of black history will continue as it always has. Everyday learning. Of course many of us in the black community that lingers that notion the everyday values of our history, also however many of us will not. There will be times that we will simply forget, and keep on doing the same things every single time when this occasion of celebration is in the books.

However, let me review the highlights of Black History Month 2018 that I think stood out.

Black Superheroes: Black Panther was blowing up at the theaters and yes for good reason. This was in the works for over a year and it’s about time that this character has been given it’s due. I like the thought that when a predominantly black cast was able to pull this off and actually get positive reviews based on it’s platform! Already, Black Panther is smashing box office records like crazy. And the #BlackPantherChallenges were on point to take the kids especially black boys and girls to see the movie to look at it to support. Of course there are some haters who felt that the movie was all about nationalism, the Democrats, no Gays, or hatred. Stop it. It was a freaking movie! And to top it off, part of the movie was filmed at Tyler Perry Studios. Hate Tyler Perry all you want, especially with the Madea stuff. But when you had that movie being filmed in your studio, and its huge as is now, expect more folks to line up for jobs.

Also already, is Black Lightning blowing up Tuesday Nights. Like Black Panther, Black Lightning is making waves on the CW. It ties in with the comic book storylines and the real world concerns about crime, gangs, police harassment, education but most of all the issues that go deep that the black community knows very well! This Black Lightning show was like a surprise out of the box to have a black superhero that was needed to show. Now I need to say that, if you supported Black Panther, show that same support for Black Lightning.

Black Winter Olympians: The 2018 Winter Games have ended. But the names of John Crawford, Maame Hiney, Lauren Gibbs, Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Shannon Ogbani Abeda, the Nigerian Bobsled Team, Chris Kinney, Aja Evans, Awkasi Frimpong, Erin Jackson, Kimani Griffin, Elana Meyers-Taylor, Shani Davis and Sabrina Wanjiku Simander will be remembered in making their debut as first timers and also those whom have been there and done it. John Crawford was the first African-American Male to compete for Team USA’s Hockey team (a MAJOR FIRST by the way). Plus also out of this group of Black Olympians, only two walked away with medals: Elana and Lauren won Silver for the Bobsled team. And also, even though she didn’t win, Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian of the Jamaica Bobsled Team commented that the Winter Sports needs more diversity especially when it comes in the response of black children to see a reflection of themselves!

Speaking of that: I want to see more black folks compete in sports that most don’t even touch: We know hockey. But what about Curling? Yes! CURLING. The same Curling team that won Gold and also it’s the same Curling that got The Simpsons talking when Homer and Marge beat Sweden. Oh, it actually happened in real life in South Korea. Also, Speedskating, besides Shani Davis, Maame Hiney and Erin Jackson, who else from the black community that can speedskate? And train here in Milwaukee at the Petitt Center? I know about #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy but let’s see that here also!

In Milwaukee: even though he went to school here, but John Ridley, our own local grown filmmaker that won big at the Oscars for 12 Years A Slave, established a new ground at the The Brewery Complex (formally the Pabst Brewery Area) along with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, has opened “No Studios”. What does that mean?

No Studios, will be a new hub for the community that will provide those in the arts. According to the website:

No Studios will include long-term and short-term office space for local individuals, organizations, and companies in creative fields, a screening room, food and beverage, gallery space, as well as a rooftop event space with expansive city views. The design of the space will be comfortable, open, modern, and inviting, encouraging collaboration among tenants and welcoming diverse communities across the city to celebrate art together.

In addition to serving as a physical space for the creative community and art lovers in Milwaukee, No Studios will present year-round programming that will both provide an opportunity for local artists to present their work and bring in renowned artisans working in a variety of creative fields from around the world to share their knowledge with Milwaukee audiences.

This is coming from our own! A chance for future artists to shine in a opportunity from the ground up and showcasing talent. Many folks thought that, Milwaukee: really? They don’t support their local talent. But with this might be a change. I don’t know about the mindset, but that has to change. Literally. No Studios had a short video promo, that some of the shows and movies like Redtails and American Crime had some Milwaukee related references. And that came from John Ridley. That is a nod from him to give his hometown some love. So I hope that this No Studios might the hub that can spur up new ideas to give future artists a gain to attract and showcase yet again, homegrown talent. And No Studios begins this fall.

More highlights that I think stood out in Black History Month 2018:

I would say the MAJOR highlight of Black History Month 2018, is where it started. Inside the office of Dr. Carter Woodson. His office, where the thoughts, ideas, creativity, purpose and goals of a occasion, started in his DC Office. And for the first time ever the office was open to the public for visitations. I believe like the National African American Museum and Culture, the office of Dr. Woodson should be able to attract visitors alike to learn in depth about the man that started to talk about US and our history in the relation to Black History Month. No it’s not just about being black, its also what we can do and had done despite of us being black.

The office (according to the summaries) have articles, books, letters, documents and other material of value that is predominately sampled or summarized even today. Even the office has some of the letters going back to Frederick Douglass’ days years before the start of Negro History Week, also a book is published in the same year that the occasion got started. Even with book articles, a coloring section for kids. Yes! Dr. Woodson wanted to engage that with young folks in the summary of the occasion to learn about the culture and also a sense of history.

In conclusion: here it is that yes we are again to supposed to learn about Black History everyday. HOWEVER: I have said this before and I’ll say it again, many of us in the black community I hate to say this, but we don’t acknowledge our history at times because we tend to FORGET! We keep saying, “we need to teach our children more” but adults we need to remember that “iron sharpens iron.” What that means in this is, in order for our children to learn about black history, and summarize it to the fullest, we need to do our job! Let me remind us so-called grown folks that we’re getting old. Period. Nothing we can do about it. And yes we complain about the teachings in schools, but many of us forget that we have to continue that teaching AT HOME! In the community centers, and yes whether you like it or not, the church! I was raised by a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher that taught in the classroom for over 3 decades and the thing is, my mother still educates me at 41 years old about Black History. And she’s 71 and retired. I had former and current church members whom were teachers and gone through the same thing. So I’m getting my balance on Black History. Then this hit me: I said this before and I’ll say it again: I do celebrate Black History Month. In February. And I also acknowledge the summaries and figures everyday. So I keep it in the middle. Not on the left or right. And for my “Black History is American History” commenters: It’s not just American History! Stop saying that. What about the Black Canadians, Black British, Black French, Black Irish, Black Australians, Black Indians, Black Italians, Haitians, Jamaicans, Black Hispanics, Black Mexicans and other African Decent of nations besides American? They have a black history story to tell also! We better get with the program. And yes, black kings and queens, that means us too! If we want to do better for our selves, we need to recognize our history as means to learn it and move forward. Many of us think we know it all. But like I always say, where there’s one thing, there’s something else. And that is everyday.  Also to those who think that studying Black History is racist and not American in a sense of Black Americans: think again!

In the words of Angela Rye, “We Built This Joint For Free!”



Pardon my interruption during Black History Month 2018. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. And pardon your interruption of reading my old blogs that gain your interest.

On Valentine’s Day as we know that many of us (except for us Single folks) did have a “day of love” in all, plus seeing ashes on the foreheads on people from the Ash Wednesday Services. Yes, It’s the start of Lent that leads into the Good Friday/Easter Weekend coming up.

But on the 89th Anniversary of the worst Massacres in American History, in regarding the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in which Al Capone was the kingpin in Chicago, another massacre occurred. But it wasn’t in Chicago. It was in Parkland Florida. A school. Yes a school shooting occurred in Florida and according to the stats, this was the 18th incident this year, BUT the third shooting in this country this year. 2018 is still a young year thus far.

17 people were shot to death some were injured. And the part of that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz was a former student. In which the former student lost both of his parents, he stayed to himself and others. And of course he had fascination in which of a AR-15 was held in his hand shooting up the school.

And it begs the question: What is not (NOT) being done in the safety of the Schools in which we send our young people to learn Monday – Friday? This episode has been repeated so many times. And usually we have done nothing! All of course when this happens, we get the first off on the list, Our thoughts and Prayers are with the families, etc. Now many are hating “thoughts and prayers”. When we get to church on Sunday, and yes many will be in church on Sunday, you will hear the pastor or a lay speaker talk about this as you heard many times. And for those who don’t go, well, you know the routine.

Also, I need to say this. There is really nothing really wrong with “thoughts and prayers” at all. Period. No I’m not siding with 45 or anyone who says this. If you are in a situation that is bad and worst, of course there will be those who will be thinking about you when things like this happens. And the thing is, when we see this, yet again we’ll be asking the same story like question all over again. And again, we’ll be in the same boat like in 2 weeks. Oh speaking of that, when all this is behind us, we’ll be asking the same questions of what can be done to be safe in the schools. Same with the church and others: WE KNOW! It’s going to be in circles again. And we know this because it’s been happening repeatedly. I’m going to make a early prediction that this summer, when the kids are out of school the most: guess what? Some of them will die by gunfire. BOLD PREDICTION! Wait until the summer months comes and yes, many will be looking for programs and summer jobs. And of course, making the option to move. Oh yes you can move out of your currently city, but what happens when the violence or shootings follows you in your mind? And you rehash it EVERY SINGLE TIME?!

Folks: This is not new. And yes many of us are asking like: we got all this techno stuff of phones, computers, email, apps, Social Media, etc. Why didn’t that stuff work? We use for fun and important issues but NOT for protecting our children in school. At least some of that technology is useable to help counter the thought of shootings, rape, domestic violence, hazing, and many other intentions of negative actions.

Now, for those wondering, I don’t have any children. No kids. No teens. None. But yes, outlets are needed to protect them from harm and danger like the ones we see every time.

Right now the students in Florida are really speaking out. They are protesting. And even though many of them aren’t at the voting age, they’re determined to do the law changes that many times us grown folks tried due to false ideologies. We know what they are. The same stuff we grew up listening too.

We often say that kids and teens don’t care about the world around them, some actually know the deal of what’s going on! That’s like they don’t care about tradition. Don’t be surprised if they know tradition! All they have to do is go on that thing called Facebook or Twitter and they get their news there more than the evening broadcast. That’s just them. Others we get our news Online, Paper and TV.

I want all the young blogger readers to hear me on this. Older bloggers step away. Let the young readers in. You young dudes and girls now, whom are doing the protesting and speaking out, get involved in making a difference. We know that us in the grown zone nag on your social media stuff, your music or anything that pertains interests in your Generation. Other Generations can be haters too, but they been called out. Even Gen-X was and is being still being called out being slackers. Really? Many of us made a way of being successful. And to those didn’t believe in us, well keep talking. The more they hate Gen-X, the more fuel of missing out. More like being jealous.

Which brings me back to you young cats. I hope that your voices of what you said today, as of now don’t stop into your adulthood. There are those who will say, “it’s going to last about 2 weeks.” And it’s going to be forgotten about. I want you students of now, prove us wrong later on. I’m dead serious. If you want to change the laws of Guns or Gun Control or anything that’s violence related, you need to continue to speak out. You are more woke than the average folks who claim to be conscious. Keep holding it down. And represent.

Grown folks, hear the young folks of their concerns and dilemmas. But also they will know the truth. Even the truth that we are not telling them. And many of us know the feeling of well….”being lied to” alot.

If the acts of Congress doesn’t follow through: VOTE THEM OUT!

“Faith without work, is dead.” – James 2:14-26

What a time to be alive during Black History Month 2018. But for this year, the year of the comics, or should I say, Black Comics are having their say.

The hype of Black Panther goes all the way back to last year around this time as an early interest. And here we are a year later, the hype of the movie is coming true. Black Panther is legit. Period. And for my non black readers and non blacks in general, don’t come at me for the “it’s racist” crap. You will get called out!

But before that, I have three words to share:

“Welcome to Freeland!”

Let’s explore first of Black Lightning. Right now, the show on the CW is blowing up! It is the legit show that I think the CW needed and it’s here. What’s that slogan, “Dare to Defy?” Well it’s defying the thought of bringing in the New flavor. Previously, it was supposed to go to the Fox Network. But it was later switched to the CW and have a 13 show for the season.

When was Black Lightning created? It goes back to April of 1977 about 11 years after the debut of Black Panther, which debuted in the Marvel Comics in July of 1966. Four months earlier before the Original Black Panther Party was founded in October of the same year in the Fantastic Four #52 Comics. In the legend, Jefferson Pierce by day is a principal of a private school. The city of Freeland is facing corruption of crime, drugs, violence and etc. One of the main bosses, Tobias Whale is up for power and defiance along with the female bad girl named Lady Eve – which on the TV Show is played by Jill Scott.

We know that. That’s part of the story.

More of the story goes back when Black Lightning hung up his suit for good. But when the daughters were captured, that forced Jefferson to get his suit ready once again and go after the bad guys to get the city cleaned up once again. If you paid attention to the story (via the TV show) that is what part of the origin started. And week by week the storyline build on one after the other.

Another thought to realize that Black Lightning is the first African-American DC Comics Superhero to be featured. And it has some several appearances in The Outsiders Comics, and other guest features.

So far, Black Lightning is doing well. It’s a keeper. Knowingly its a factor that is in the hunt of being one of the best shows on TV. Should Black Lightning be in the Movies like Black Panther? That’s possibly. I expect the show Black Lightning to be up the top rank of shows on the network that defines it purpose. Now I know many probably looked at the first show and that’s it. NO! you have to look at all the shows and then make your decision on how it follows up. One show does not follow the whole season. Say it again over and over. The shows on the season does that. Plus the viewership and interests follows that. In the first show: Guests stars of former NewsOne Now Host, Roland Martin and Sen. Nina Turner of Ohio both appeared. Then in later shows besides Jill Scott, even T.C. Carson, (aka Kyle Barker From Living Single) also appeared as well. Yes there was a mini Living Single Reunion on Black Lightning. Just a side note, Cress Williams before Black Lightning played in other shows like Living Single and Nash Bridges. So Cress has a history of TV appearances, which is no exception.

For an extra thought, read about the creator of Black Lightning and read about why his idea of the creation of Black Lightning actually matters. Even at a time when the Black Panther Movie and the representation of it matters also. And you can still watch the first five shows online on the CW Website or App.

Speaking of that: “Wakunda Ready”!

If you have seen Black Panther already, you should be pleased. Proud and Stoked. Admit it, we are still in awe about Black Panther. And many of us had or will take the #BlackPantherChallenge in which groups of young people were given a chance to see the block buster movie. As of today, it reached over 200 million dollars over the Presidents Day Weekend. However, if you have not seen it, and still reading what your friends and family posted, you better get a move on and see it for yourself.

Black Panther came out as we pointed out, in July 1966 under the Marvel Brand. In the same era of the Civil Rights Movement and four months earlier of the debut of the Original Black Panther Party. Now everyone knows the origins of T’Challa becoming King way after his father was perished. The challenges. The fear factor. And also a twist of betrayal, battles of supremacy with Killmonger. Here is an extra, in the movie, there were scenes of STEM! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Look at the character Shuri. I’ll bet many who saw the flick particularly young black girls are probably getting ideas to see what they could do in the future. Study up, young black queens and definitely young black kings!

Now I want to shift to something else about the movie. Particularly those of us black folks wearing the African Attire like Dashikis, Kente Materials and others. And many folks having this hate about it.

CALLOUT: For those whom have a problem with it, SIT DOWN and SHUT UP! Why is this a problem?

Matter of fact, why is still a problem wearing African Garb in general? You go to Star Wars Movies and folks wearing Luke Skywalker gear or Storm Trooper gear related to a movie and no one gets mad. Why this for African Gear to Black Panther? Makes no sense AT ALL! I wore my Kente Cloth that my mother gave me years ago, along with my African Medallion that I had back in the 1990’s when the millennials were just born. Wanted to represent! You know when a movie likes this gets viral, of course it’s expected to be great. And yes it will bring out folks talking about “Black Panther didn’t have any Gay Reps!” For my LGBT folks, look we like you. We do. Many of us don’t discriminate. But respectfully, it’s not all about you! If you wanted a Gay Rep for your movement for the movie, then you should have been on board with the selection of characters for the movie! We’re you? Say it loud. Just saying. Plus I know some black folks had negative things to comment about the movie. Like one Black Republican thought it was all about the Democrats. Really?! Stop. This has nothing to do with politics. NONE AT ALL! Why are we tripping?! Like for real black folks! This also is like, when something like this comes along some of us will get not satisfied. Not many of us were not on the studios and having our say working behind the scenes. STOP IT! If many of us were to get those jobs instead of being all high and conscious maybe we should be on the front-lines instead of the hate against of this flick! And you wonder why we don’t get along. Yo: this is a movie!

Oh yes, I did like the thought about #WakundaVoting or #BlackPantherVoting to get the voting drives in gear. BUT: if we turned out in droves for Black Panther, what happened in the 2016 Election? If we used that same mentality for a MOVIE, then that mentality should be for our times when we vote up!

CALLOUT: 2018 is a Midterm voting year. Um….Hello!

“ARE WE NOT ENTERTAINED?!” – Gladiator, 2000

Now when I was growing up the Mil, yes I heard that movies, or certain movies inspire you. Or move you. Make you want to go out and do right. Make you want to do get things done, represent you, your brand, your movement, and your ideas and your lessons. We know this. But for this movie, Black Panther many are calling it a “Movement.” Even in the times that black folks are this enemy and can’t shoot straight. Even when we were given the word “No you still can’t do this or that due to your Blackness.” Oh, to the white audience, this movie isn’t all racist. Stop it with the nationalism stuff. It’s just a movie, right?

I’m glad that the Marvel Brand and the DC Brand of both comic groups and other groups have Black Superheroes and Black Super heroines for the black folks to look at. Look, we still like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Professor X, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Cyclops, The Beast, and others. Even Spawn and The Incredible Hulk.

But the black comic book hero characters like Blade, Storm, Kid Flash, Vixen, Luke Cage, Nick Fury, War Machine, Isiah Bradley, Patriot, Misty Knight, Doctor Voodoo, Miles Morales, Cyborg, Steel, Static, Icon, Rocket, and yes even Black Panther and Black Lightning, they all should be not overlooked, and should matter of one reason: Representation!

And no: Meteor Man and Blankman DO NOT COUNT! Sorry folks.

So while the movie is rolling like crazy and smashing box office records, here’s something you need to know: an old school adage of player hating. Even ex Wrestler Booker T said the same thing – Don’t hate the player, hate the game!

Now I can talk. After all the mess. Most recently, our so-called President 45 had to question about folks who come to our country from poor countries. What has that set up a firestorm you asked?  Dude had the nerve to ask this ridiculous  question which is not so surprising:

“Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”

CALLOUT: What kind of Ish is that?!

I know that had to be the most ridiculous question ever! Make that racist! It’s so ridiculous that many feared that it was deemed racist.  Why are many are so shocked about the statement? We all knew what we expected. Getting a crazy man like 45 into office being jealous about Obama’s success in 8 years. Let’s be real America, the hate is real. Matter of fact, the hate has always been real. It’s been real since slavery, since apartheid, since the wars fought, politics formed up and many other things that got the jealousy of the attitude that sparked. We know!

I thought AMERICA was supposed to be the “Land of Opportunity”.

I thought AMERICA was supposed to be this country where folks can actually come here and settle for new dreams.

I thought AMERICA was supposed to have this moniker of welcoming frontiers! BUT after what 45 said about Africa and Haiti being SH*THOLE Countries, I’ll bet those in Africa and Haiti had that feeling like, “this is what America thinks about us”. To our African and Haiti neighbors, NOT ALL AMERICANS think like this. AT ALL. Many of us got neighbors, church members, lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists, construction workers and supervisors, communications, pastors, bishops, nurses, and countless other occupations that we know very well. Why is that so hard to understand?

Chris Rock back in 2004 described this in his comedy at the time called Never Scared:

Now if you swam here from some sh*tty country that didn’t allow you Bubblicious,  you too are American cos you overcame obstacles and made sacrifices to actually get here. You are a true American, OK? You really are. Don’t let nobody tell you no different.

I hope that many in TrumpLand 45 repeats this AGAIN with conviction. Even though that many of you won’t. Now you probably are saying, “why hasn’t Chris Rock said this recently? “UM……again this was said WAY BACK in 2004! The very same 2004 that many AGAIN that gave George W. Bush the chair for his misconstructed 2nd Term! Yeah you Bush Backers know it. Every pre-first Generation Immigrant American, even if you came from Africa and Haiti, you know the real deal why you chose this country to come to. Maybe you came because of Education, Jobs, or to bring something new to the table in order to have that great opportunity to thrive. Of course yes, you have done it, and in some essence still want to do. But we all know that the biggest mistake we did in November of 2016 is picking this dude Trump to lead our nation. That was and is now, a slap in the face! We can only blame us, matter of fact we blame the 50% of us who chose him over Hillary Clinton. Now personally, Hillary was the favorite (WITH EXPERIENCE) that should have been in the chair right now. OF COURSE, she also was denied of being this concern about the 1994 Crime Bill and many others that see negative. People, we need to stop. If this past election has not taught us anything, I don’t know what has.

Like Chris Rock said in 2004, don’t let nobody tell you no different. Don’t let this comment about your native lands of Africa and Haiti being well “Sh*thole Countries” all because it’s looked poor on paper. Many of you had to withstand the poor situations to rise up from that. I’ve heard stories here in America about Americans GROWING UP from NOTHING. And there are those whom became business owners, teachers, lawyers, doctors, even also Public Service and many others. We heard many time that America is the Greatest Country on Earth. A shiny beacon on the hill and many others. And yes there are times America gets caught in evil situations that should have not been in. It’s the truth. And does that make that a “Sh*thole Country?”

We better watch our words. Matter of fact, 45 needs to stop tweeting his!

Also, I should ask: Is America still that thing call a “melting pot?”




Usually I don’t do this, but I’ll try anything. Yesterday, we celebrated another MLK holiday. Full of speeches, breakfasts, parades, gatherings and also paying homage to King in various fashion. But mostly, we usually put away the stuff and forget. We usually have the photo-ops working and also – FORGET! But now, I’m scratching my head again. Even the first MLK Day under #45.

You realize that the cities like Atlanta and Milwaukee celebrate the King Holiday the most, right?

Remember the song, “By the time I get to Arizona” by Public Enemy? The very same song that was in protest against Arizona NOT recognizing MLK Day? (Reference John McCain)

Why has America labeled King as the “bobble head nice figure” when in fact he really was radical and revolutionized CHANGE?

MAJOR QUESTION: why do many us Americans recite that one line of “I Have A Dream” and NOT read the entire speech?

Was the FBI really jealous of King’s success and actually trying to go after him?

Remember when McDonald’s had MLK Commercials?

How many college students wrote about King and got scholarships?

How many former college students remembered writing about King and remembered the value of those scholarships?

Who remembers the hip hop songs that were Martin Luther King influenced? Hint: go back to the 80’s joints.

CALLOUT: Why do certain members of a political party, (Republican Related) always has to label King a Republican in which his father was a Republican? King was NOT affiliated with a political party. But did supported JFK for President.

Were there any other books that were King influenced that was revolutionary and radical?

Are folks still mad of having a King Holiday? You know which ones!

How many INTERNATIONAL Cities looked at the King Holiday?

You do realize that this April 4th, will be the 50th year since King’s Assassination? NOT HIS BIRTH!

The WWE has been saluting MLK for 25 years through Monday Night Raw. Did you know this?

Why do certain folks, whom like MLK Speeches, can’t DO the work like MLK?

Why did #45 made the King Holiday a national day of service while he’s not being truthful on his part?!

How is it that when the kids speak about King, the adults listen. Why is that?

For those who did the work like King like last year, have they done it this year to influence more folks to do great things?

Was Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity really in the house celebrating King in which he was a member of the organization?

Did the rest of the Divine 9 celebrated King in some sort of service acts?

And lastly: will Dr. King’s only Granddaughter be a new beacon to bring a new era of ideas to change the game?

Oh I had to do this! Here we go.

For those of us whom lost folks this year, can 2018 be healing for us?

America, were we really ready for that Trump thing?

Big Question: Did the eclipse did the thing for you to be spiritual?

What is the real setback about racism and getting the jobs in the workplace regarding black folks?

Men: did you see Wonder Woman after the ladies kicked you out of the theaters?

Did December 5th rocked for me? For the 41st time? OH HECK YES!

Before I go on: Remember 2007 when I wrote this blog? Like 10 years ago?

Was Sheriff David Clarke’s resignation was really a blessing to get out and say thank you Jesus?

What was the real reason why Roland Martin’s show was cancelled by TV One? They say financial concerns, but it has to be something else!

The Milwaukee Streetcar is almost done with the tracks. Haters any comments?

Why the fear of black communications like black radio, black tv or black internet platforms?

Anyone signed up for the Affordable Care Act, like REAL EARLY not to get penalized?

OJ got out this year. Worth the wait?

Hey, Evangelicals: Are you really STILL down with Trump?

Why do certain players (ie Kyrie Irving) was still in the false belief of the earth being flat? It’s round idiots!

For you black Trump Supporters: you still follow him?

Milwaukee’s problem with reckless drivers is still a dilemma. What has been the hold up?

Just tell the truth employers: you really need black folks don’t you? Stop playing!

Who watches the Judge Show with the married couple on the bench?

Introverts again unite! May we continue the struggle?

Did many of you partied at Summerfest in Milwaukee?

Who got the Nintendo Switch?

Who has bought the SNES Classic?

The Milwaukee Public Schools Alumni showed out again this year. Can it happen again in 2018?

Surprise, Surprise Milwaukee: Are you ready for UW-Stout’s alumni return in 2018?

For many think that the use of Black Owned Businesses would be the key, can they maintain the subject to fix, or to further create?

Hey Harley-Davidson riders: you know we have this 115th Anniversary next summer for the Motorcycles, right? And Milwaukee black businesses: BE READY!

You: the Alt-Right, you must be still playing yourselves. Aren’t you?

Covfefe. What was that?

Who was the really the biggest fool of 2017?

Who really had the unsung character of 2017?

Who really had the top hand of respect of 2017?

Question: Back in the 90’s Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme were the best Martial Arts Actors in the game. Now they support Putin. WHY?!!!!!

Of all the shows: was there any show that was really better than Empire or Blackish in 2017? Be honest now.

In addition to the females being sexually harassed in the game, what about the men who were harassed? Terry Crews was the only man in 2017 that told his story. Men, we need to talk!

Who’s ready for Black Lighting in 2018?

Who’s ready for Black PANTHER in 2018?

Who drank the Pepsi Caramel Soda?

Why did Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warrick had that feud? Like really?!

Haters: Having a Black TV Talk Show is not racist. Must we explain why?

Did the WWE Network delivered again?

Has DirecTV Now really sunk in?

You know that the #MeToo movements really started in 2007 by a black woman, right? Tarana Burke is the name.

Folks again this year talked about Colin Kaepernick taking a stand. Well did he proved a point? By being one of GQ’s Awards winners of the year?

Did many knew or realized that Black Male Introverts can actually exist?

Who really did watched the NFL games despite of the protests?

Getting Real: Why do folks on social media mouth off on those that they don’t like? Church, dating, the other side of the moon, you know the usual? And get all “free thinkish” about it knowing half of what they post or talk about is NOT TRUE! Even though all opinions are respected sometimes.

Don’t believe in God? Start!

Is Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, or DirecTV Now really the new thing in TV like right now?

Which is better for those whom are single, or going to be single in 2018? Dating or no dating?

Will we be really saying in the future: “Remember when Barack Obama was running?” Oh think about it!

CALLOUT: For all you haters of Black Lives Matter and the Police Organizations that run the hate to Walmart: were you really that serious about removing the attire, but said nothing about the KKK or the “Stars and Bars”?

Many believe that this year of 2017 was that year. Well, did you claim what you were looking for?

MASSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CALLOUT AGAIN LIKE LAST YEAR: Can we PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JESUS, ALLAH, BUDDHA or SCIENTOLOGY: use the “You’re” word on Facebook correctly as well as other forms of Social Media? Like for example, “You’re It!” Not “Your it”. Or “If you don’t follow me on so and so, you’re not welcome here no more. Not “If you don’t follow me on so and so your not welcome here no more.” We need to respell and check our words, folks! – And no stop blaming the Public Schools systems! Blame the person, you.

Who is really the conscious groups: The church folk, the business folk, the activist, the talk show host, or the unsung folk?

Why do Americans have a short attention memory span? All the dang time! Like really!

When many famous folks this year have passed on and we had “this care” about them, where was the CARE for our own folks?

It’s New Years Eve. Stay home or go out?

Since some of the fallen died of heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, or many other factors: are we really looking out for our health needs? This not just to those whom are men, but those whom are females too! Especially those of us who are black!

Which movie rocked the house this year? Besides Star Wars The Last Jedi or Transformers? Or Wonder Woman?

Which music singles or albums have really rocked the house in the year?

Was Amazon Alexa really hard to ask?

Why so many things of #BlackGirlMagic, or #BlackBoyJoy were huge this year again? Well look at the results.

Will many turn up for the Midterm elections in 2018 by not staying home?

Will the United Methodist Church let the ideas of #BlackLivesMatter in the doors?

Who will have the best New Years Eve show? Ryan Seacrest or Anderson Cooper?

For all of my “snow/cold haters”: umm since you like hot weather so much, why weren’t you complaining about the heat EARLIER IN THE YEAR?! Yeah you hot weather dwellers, confess!

If 2017 was the year to “get lucky”, what about 2018 as in to “Get grown?

Will the Green Bay Packers revive to run the table next season? You Packer haters must be thanking the Vikings for putting the injury on Aaron Rodgers.

Will the Wisconsin Badgers Football Team win the Orange Bowl?

Will you continue to read the stuff I put on here? Not just have written like 4+ years ago?

What about that Google Speaker that answers your calls?

Can folks whom are so picky about not going to Church all because of the Pastor or that money really get off the high horse about going and giving advice? Besides behind the keyboards? And acting like foolish keyboard gangsters? They know who they are. Even if they your family members or folks that you haven’t seen in years?

Know any good Doctors that take in folks that know patients families that know them well? Besides those Cigma commercials?

Will many in the black community support (REALLY SUPPORT) black owned businesses that do follow the protocol?

How many black churches will attend Watch Night Services on New Year’s Eve? It’s WAY legendeary than Rockin’ Eve!

Did you support your Alumni this year (not just high school, but college and universities also)?

Why are many of us are NOT EDUCATED that well when it comes to health? Hint it’s not just the men folk here. Women you in this also.

Will there be a “in house online DJ” that will spin the sounds from the crib while many of us are at the house on NYE? THINK ABOUT THAT

CALLOUT: There were bigots on Social Media made names this year. Even those who was at Charlottesville . Who will NOT have a job in 2018?

Any Uber or Lyft Drivers will be on stat on NYE making money?

Any Photohogs and DroneHogs will be on stat making money on NYE?

Will many graduate in 2018 as well as going into the schools in 2018?

If those are really conscious about being pro this and pro that, what about being pro Alumni?

Will Ronda Rousey comeback strong…… the WWE?

Who used a fitbit this year? Or any fit to walk to burn calories?

How many plan to do something daring in 2018?

How many will do the things that they put off in the previous years and actually do it this year?!

What is that one song you want to end your 2017? And the song you want begin with your 2018?

And the last thing I have to ask: I will say this to ask humbly, will you vote in 2018?

Happy New Year!

Let’s get the 2018 thing started.

Well folks. The year of 2017 is closing up shop. Hope everyone had a great Holidays of celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa. The year of 2017 will be retired and to be put in the throwback archives for future generations to come. There has been alot of the Good, Bad, and essentially Ugly in this leap year of 2017. The year of the rooster will be back in the cage….or the hen house. As far as the issues: we know what they are.

It’s time, folks. It’s time for the Traditional Stephen’s Spot Annual Review of the 2017! So here we go.


The Good:

Most recently on December 29th, 2017: The Dow Jones ended the year at 24,719.22

The Affordable Care Act got new folks to sign up for the insurance. Just like last year.

As of January 20th, President Barack Obama cemented 8 years. And also formed the Obama Foundation.

The Houston Astros won a World Series Title. A first!

The Golden State Warriors won another NBA Championship.

For the NFL: New England Patriots. Superbowl 51, Featuring former Wisconsin Badgers RB James White getting the W in OT.

For the NCAA Men’s Basketball: North Carolina.

For the NCAA’s Women’s Basketball: South Carolina.

Again: Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, The Haves and Haves Nots, If Loving You Is Wrong, and Blackish still dominates.

Scandal entered the season being the last.

And yet, Modern Family continues to roll.

The Eclipse.

Janet Jackson had the concerts going in.

Yet again, the Hallmark Christmas specials came back for another year.

Netflix again brought back Voltron, but also gave us Luke Cage and Fuller House.

WWE Raw and Smackdown was huge in 2017. Ranging from the Women’s Division rising up to NXT and also WrestleMania.


Milestones in 2017:

Robocop turned 30 years old.

Malcolm X movie turns 25.

Meet The Press turns 70 years old.

Golden Globes turns 75.

Dr. Dre’s The Chronic turns 25.


HOT NEWS: Nintendo made waves this year: The Nintendo Switch was hot!


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

Fist Fight

Dark Tower


Birth of the dragon

King Arthur

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Hitman’s Bodyguard all came out this year.

Doug Jones of Alabama beat Roy Moore in the Alabama State Senate Race.

When the BET Awards this year happened the most: New Edition became the Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Plus: the New Edition movie was one of the most watched biopics on the network. Chance The Rapper was awarded the BET Humanitarian Award.

DirecTV Now heated up this year. Unleash the cord cutters.

For the United Methodist Church: UMCOR responded with the buckets of supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Plus also issues of violence of shootings have been breifed and updated.


For the music: Well not that much but I’ll take this:

Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dance Floor (remix)

Gary Clark Jr. – Come Together

BBD -Three Stripes

Eminem – Revival

Miguel – ShockandAwe

Logic – Everybody/America

Living Colour – Inner City Blues, Preachin’ Blues

Fat Joe/Remy Ma – All the way up

John Fulford – Empire

Jay-Z: 4:44

DJ Khaled – Grateful, Don’t Quit

DJ Khaled/Rhianna – Wild Thoughts

Bruno Mars – Perm

Eric Gales – Change In Me

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Sharon Jones – Searching for a New Day, Sail On


Well known to retire:

Reggie Bush, Devin Hester, Percy Harvin, A.J. Hawk (Packers), James Jones (Packers) , Vince Wilfork,  Paul Pierce, Metta World Peace, Carlos Boozer, Martina Hingis all hung up their jerseys and cleats.  Also: The Undertaker retires from the WWE.


Straight Outta Wisconsin in a good way:

The Milwaukee Streetcar is still on point. Its coming and the tracks are 90% done.

Train maker Talgo made a comeback: in repairing trains in the same area where it was pulled out due to politics.

The Bublr Bikes still expanded. Again!

The Northwestern Mutual Tower is done. Go see it.

After 15 years of pain in Milwaukee County: Sheriff David Clarke RESIGNED!

According to the recent reports, the unemployment rate around Milwaukee is hovering over 17%. But still a way to go.

The Milwaukee Bucks new arena is in full swing of construction. Should be done in ’18!

Attention Black Milwaukeeans and Wisconsinites: We still have Outdoor Afro in Milwaukee and Madison.

The Milwaukee Admirals officially moved out of the Bradley Center, into the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. (For you old heads, the Mecca Arena)

The Milwaukee Public Schools welcomed back the Alumni again.

Milwaukee Public Schools started classes early like August.

Summerfest celebrated 50!

Also celebrated 50: The 1967 Civil Rights Demonstrations in Milwaukee. Plus, the Milwaukee Bucks opened their 50th Anniversary in old Mecca Arena.

For the retirees in Milwaukee: Mike Anderson of Channel 12 and Tom Pipens of Channel 6.

And also on June 2nd several monuments and landmarks in Milwaukee were featured again in Orange.

Milwaukee County got a new Sheriff: Richard Schmidt.

Milwaukee Police Department goes after Reckless Drivers in the Hot Spot Zones of the city.

Several candidates for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin already submitted names for Governor. Even Mahlon Mitchell.

For the Green Bay Packers: Not so much this year. As of now, Davante Adams signed a four year deal to remain with the team. Center Corey Linsley is retained for another extension.

For the Wisconsin Badgers Football team: Say what you want, they are a good team. They finished the season at 13-1. Plus winning the Orange Bowl over Miami. Retained the AXE, Freedom Trophy, and Heartland Trophy. Most of the wins were coming of an undefeated season, which also Camp Randall celebrated 100 years as a stadium. Even though they lost against Ohio State, but still had a great season!


The Bad in 2017

Racism happened again.

Trump enters as #45 for the Presidency.

Charlottesville faced racism with Neo Nazi’s

Shootings happened in Las Vegas during a Country Music Concert.

Shootings happened in Texas this year at a church.

And even shootings happened at Ft. Lauderdale’s Airport.

Hurricanes ravaged Houston, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone.

The “45” Administration eliminated part of the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate.

Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Russell Simmons Senator Al Franken, and others all stepped down, resigned,  or targeted due to Sexual Misconducts in the workplace.

The angle between the US and North Korea reached a unfavorable pitch.

The U.S. pulls out of the Paris Climate Change angles.

Rapper Meek Mill faces prison time.

After 4 years, News One Now with Roland Martin gets cancelled.

Libya had an issue: Slavery

Tom Joyner made an announcement that his show will end in 2019.

In addition to the gun shootings, there were 337 shootings to date in the country this year.


Straight Outta Wisconsin in a bad way:

125 – the number of victims died in Milwaukee.

Opioid Crisis

Foxconn – in terms of transportation, the black community in Milwaukee.

The 2017-18 Green Bay Packers finished the season at 7-9 and not making the playoffs. And plus: Anthony Barr injured Aaron Rodgers.


Flat out Ugly in 2017

Chicago had topped the homicide numbers of 600.

Sally Yates formally of the Administration was abruptly Fired.

General Flynn was fired.

#45 TWEETED WAY TOO MUCH! To his haters. Even to the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

ALSO OUT of the 45 house: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Reince Preibus and Omarosa.

White supremacy is still at large.

Sexual Assualt among women is being talked about even more. And also: Men are talking also.



Ugly for Wisconsin:

Racism – yep. It happened.

Carjacking at Gas stations

The American Red Cross cancels their Milwaukee Area Zip Code Response Sectors

Anissa Weier is going to jail under stable mental commitment. For 25 years.

Reckless Driving as usual.

In addition to Sheriff David Clarke, his paper he written, now being investigated by the FBI.

Same ol Milwaukee Shootings.


We Say Their Names. Those whom left us. 2017 had this moniker of having “no chill”. Some of the famous fallen left and right.

Adam West

Bernie Casey

Mary Tyler Moore

Glenn Campbell

Robert Guiallume

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

Powers Boothe

Miguel Ferrer

Judge Joe Wapner

Bill Paxton

George “The Animal” Steele

David Rockefeller

Charles Bradley

Aaron Hernandez

Don Rickles

Erin Moran

Chris Cornell


Nelsan Ellis

Chester Bennignton

John Heard

June Foray

Dick Gregory

Jerry Lewis

Fats Domino

Connie Hawkins

U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson

U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black

U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright

U.S. Special Forces Sgt. La David Johnson

Charles Manson*

Terry Glenn

Earle Hyman

David Cassidy

Della Reese

John Thierry

Jim Nabors

Lowell Hawthorne

Hugh Hefner

Al Jarreau

Dick Enberg

Mamie Johnson

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Tom Petty

Chuck Berry

Erica Garner


Here in Milwaukee, we also lost those who gave the city a voice, and a reminder:

Andrew Tyler


My highlights of the year:

Well my highlights of  the year were as I acknowledged my 10th Anniversary as a worker of my church. I survived a decade with a pin. Also, I started and created a summer developers program that didn’t go well, but it was salvaged with a homework assignment. But the challenge of me as I indicated that I am as well as my family are going to the hard reality of the passing of my father. We still miss him. But not forgotten.

Sidenote: I appreciate the 23,615 hits on my blog. This is great, BUT: the “same old reading stuff” bubbles must be busted in 2018! I will find a way to do it, or maybe not. We’ll see.

Don’t be late in 2018!



Well folks, it seems that the season of the Centaur is about to end for another year. Yes, I know. But It’s going to be alright! Yes, I know you Capricorns are about to take over that Zodiac Baton in all. AGAIN. But before you take over as well as any other zodiac takes over being the best:

One advice, never EVER overlook a Sagittarius! NEVER OVERLOOK a Centaur! We stay loyal 365 everyday. 

So with that: here is my “closing” that I like to call, Ode to Sagittarius: the Stay in the fight version.

There are haters and doubters of those of us whom are centaurs roaming, let them hate but we all know that joy comes in the morning.

Many of you already know that on December 5th, I turned #41, That I know. But for you late comers, better learn the game son!

Those of us in the game acting, and those of us whom we aspire, like Bryshere Grey whom still make moves like Hakeem on Empire.

Sags like us are always on point even those whom think we are that slacker. They should be more focused and relaxed, like my December 5th birthday twin: Amy Acker.

We Archer folks love to bounce back. Even those whom think we are dead and able. Ask Aaron Rodgers whom recently was injured most of the season by Anthony Barr that will reload and run that table.

Us Sag folk can be direct and cool, that has the ability to soar to new heavens. But like Hal Williams back in his Lester Jenkins days, we can be more direct and serious like on 227.

We bust those beats in the game on the fly with our music say, like Shelia E, Lala Hathaway, Tori Kelly, Dionne Warrick, Nikki Stixx, Taylor Swift, Jermaine Jackson, Betty Wright, Angie Stone, DJ Yella, Mos Def, Flo-rida, my December 5th birthday twins of Michel’le , Keri Hilson and Little Richard, Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, Jay Z, and even Morris Day.

Sagittarius folks, we love the freedom that we know. And embrace the look abounds that is united in force, just ask the 2016 Miss America Champ and U.S. Army Soldier Deshauna Barber that received that the full source!

When that time to fight for our freedoms or that personal stuff, we really settle the score of the stat, like wrestlers of Jerry Lawler, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Naomi, Rob Van Dam and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and even add this CERTIFIED G to the archer family: Enzo Amore! And you can’t teach that!

When the centaur roams like the stampede in the game, just take notes for all: Just take notes like Giannis Antetokounmpo, who wants to “Own The Future” with Milwaukee Bucks Basketball.

Even when we are ourselves, we Sagittarius folk are so revolutionary. So conscious. So empowered with objectives to create and maintain the cause: Please review the work of Ella Baker, Adam Clayton Powell, Fred Gray, and even Dr. Carter Woodson, the father of Black History Month that NEVER stays on pause.

We might be fun, but can sassy with a brain: Just a reminder, Nene Leakes as well as Nicki Minaj appears to be fine, but can drive you insane!

We remember the centaurs of yesterday, that are no longer here: Let’s always remember Jim Morrison, Walt Disney, Bruce Lee, Reggie White, Patty Duke, Redd Foxx, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, Richard Pryor, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Clarke Duncan, and others of our Sag Nation, that their work lives without fear!

When the source of fun is still going, and we are at the peak of success, we summarize also the work of those of that are doing it big, thanks to us being the best. Additionally, those like Wendie Malick, Joy Reid, Dick Van Dyke, Bob Barker, Cicely Tyson, JB Smoove, Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Larry Bird, Jennifer Connolly, Rita Moreno, Monique, Jermaine Jackson, Bill Cunningham, Teri Hatcher, Nia Peeples, Judi Dench, Jeffery Wright, Kim Basigner (aka Vicky Vale) and additionally the now 101 year old Kirk Douglas of working and passing that test!

So yes, Sagittarius folks: we should be thankful and still be needed by the work of others with insight, we know it’s love and hate, and still we must fight. As this poem closes out another Sag year, on to the Holidays, on to 2018, and let’s hit that reset button to our fiery zodiac cause to cheer!

We are the archers with Human Intelligence and Thoroughbred Strength of fire. Bows and Arrows on lock with insight.

We are indeed representing the ninth house of philosophical elements.

We are indeed the Sagittarius!

Stay in the fight!


It’s been four long years since I written a blog letter to our Veterans around Veterans Day. With all of what’s going on with the protests of the NFL, the disconnect of Veterans taking knees for guys like Colin Kaepernick, or many of the same ideals that still being reminded of what you have achieved, but also getting called out by some keyboard gangsters on social media whom think they are woke and conscious in a sense of false knowledge of getting the word out. But never had the experience but only in the streets. And also remembering active military personal whom had the ability to serve only to be killed in action. And remembering Veterans whom have passed on and leaving behind a mark.

Veterans, it’s your day. And in this now Month of National Veterans and Military Families Month, (originally started by President Obama) we take this time on this day to celebrate you, your accomplishments and your appreciation. While we non-veterans may not like the war stuff per se, many of us do respect what you did. Even if we are Veteran Family Members. So let’s kick this thing in high gear one more time.

Dear Veterans of America:

It’s me Stephen. A black blogger and a proud veterans son that doesn’t get paid to do this.

Your day is here: THANK YOU! Again your day is here, thanks again. As many of you are embarking on another day celebrating your valor achievements, it to me is very vital that I encourage you to keep up with your accomplishments. Why I say this you asked? I believe that many of us non-veterans need to hear the stories that many get confused or twisted. Many of us non-veterans had heard and said about not serving the nation for various reasons. But many of us who didn’t serve had family members indicated that “We served enough!” And many had family members whom were concerned about war or warzones and coming back safe here. And you veterans must also realize that there are problems are being talked about here!

We see you with your medals, jackets, and hats signifying your branch of service and war campaigns but we still say “Thank you for your service.” I know many of you hate that, but many of us mean this! “Thank you for YOUR service!”

Now I want to shift gears for a moment. Kneeling during the national anthem. The same national anthem that many of you kind of hated. Almost. When we all saw Colin Kaepernick kneeling last year in protest, many of us were asking what up with this?! And many of us went in on him and said he’s disrespecting the flag! Other NFL players sat, linked in arms, raised fists, and even some fans sat in the seats while some took offense to say of the “disrespect of our flag at Ford Field!” But here me out Veterans, it wasn’t about the flag, the military or you guys. It’s about the injustice of innocent lives being taken away unceremoniously! That’s what is it about. Nothing against you. And I say this as a Veteran Son. Many of you fought and served – I get that. Really I do. But this fight in injustice of innocent lives here in America, is another war everyday. Every single time when a black man or black woman gets killed for no reason as an example,  this is the type of injustice we are talking about. Black Lives Matter. Always. And furthermore, when that footage is displayed on the news or online, it’s a sign most that the person gets disrespected, usually through social media. And by many other cultures whom don’t understand what’s it like to be a black man in America. Veterans, this is a whole new fight. And for you black veterans, you should know regarding this scenario. But getting back to this kneeling, guess what? I saw some of you kneeling in support of Colin. And some of you supported and continued to support the cause! And this is the cause that many of you fought for.

Continue to shift, I want to comment your groups. There was an article that was published on the Washington Post in 2014 about a young veteran, asked about joining a local VFW and the American Legion. The Veteran, Kate Hoit served 8 years in the Army and she didn’t go for the opportunity to be apart of it. She didn’t want to be in the mix of those at least older than her to be with the “old guys” per se having a whiskey or smoke. She like many others her age wanted to be in the community doing various activities with families and non-military members in a active different angle. But she’s not alone. As I read the article, other veterans like her are doing the same thing. But how is the veterans groups like the American Legion, or the VFW are catering to young veterans, whom alot of them are Millennials?

Just like any other group: Alumni Associations, Church Groups, Neighborhood Groups, and others, there are groups that have a hard time finding young folks. Why is this you ask? What is it that you want the young vets to follow after you step down? And what is the young vets should be looking for in getting into the clubs and organizations that you created, or founded? There is also a sense of a disconnect in communication. In terms of being confused or misunderstood about a connection of communication. Many of the younger folks go to Social Media to get their news on what is taking place. Even creating groups of Cyberpages of Posts to keep communications open of what is going on.  The older guys as we know, most of them don’t go to Social Media. They get it from word of mouth. And the phones, and the letters, and the paper and partially email. For you older Vets who feel that, you need to reach the younger vets. I think you may need to reach to them of where they are. We know the College Campuses. But what about the hangouts that they go to or organize? Or the Service Projects that they know very well around the community? This is what you need to do I think to reach out. Location! Location! Location! Just my opinion. Even though I’m a Gen-X’er, I’m sampling this from a Millennial that I met recently.

And yes if a young person feels left out after joining up with a club, yes we need to be reminded to them about the issue of being the change. For example, when I was 19 years old (and in college) I joined my Church’s United Methodist Men’s Group. And I was uncomfortable because I didn’t have enough knowledge to understand what does it take to be in the United Methodist Men’s group. I’ve heard about “Since you have been 6 years old, you are already involved with the United Methodist Men.” What kind of ish is that? Technically that didn’t make any sense. And this is was coming from one of the women in the Church! But years later I got the chance to feel comfortable with the men’s group with the right kind of message, goals, and fundraising ideas. Plus my gifts and talents! What I did for the Church, I also did for the United Methodist Men’s group. And now I’m becoming a senior co-chairperson of a secretary for a combined United Methodist Church group. And I’m almost 41. Now I’m telling the group that the need of young folks are in need like your Veterans groups. But I want to warn you Vets: If you want your groups to survive, and I know you want to, YOU need young folks! You many not like all that Texting, or all that Facebook on the Smartphones. Or spending too much time on a Smartphone than a book, or Video Games. But the fact of the matter is, they might be taking over your posts when they get older doing that. Without young folks, Vets the posts that you contribute or donate your time right now,  will die out! And many would be asking, why did this Veterans Club die out? Besides the memberships? Did it have or had youth or young folks being involved? Did the young people or younger members had their concerns at the table? You want that to happen? I’m just saying, is talk to the young vets. Make them feel comfortable about coming into your clubs! You need to do it! And also while you’re doing that give them a reason. Provide some receipts! Just don’t hand them the keys so quick before you check out. Give them the real reason why this is necessary for them to carry on the missions. Young Vets, please get involved with these groups mixed with your own ideas. Be the change! And don’t be afraid to tell them what’s going. Older vets, listen to them what they have to say.  And nowadays, folks need to know what they get themselves into. They need to see EVERY DETAILED INFORMATION of why this is! This is the normal thing right now, and I learned this from my Alumni Groups several years ago of going to a Class Reunion. It’s not just about memories, and it’s not catering to a particular crowd. Just suggesting.

All in all, Veterans this is your day to shine. Enjoy all of the Veterans Days/Occasions as you can. After all, it’s about you! And I say this as a Veteran’s Son! Or should I say, a Vietnam Veteran’s Son.

Once again: THANK YOU!



SSP_Thank You Veterans Sign

By now, many of us have had our Halloween Decorations looking so-so scary. We decorated our houses and community centers so spooky that we need to change the game for next year in Halloween 2018. Which we have to do before we vote in the Midterms. And yes, we had to put up our costumes on wax to think again about next year as well. Plus I had a costume that I had to sample from my father’s work wear to pay tribute to him.

BUT………I have to address my black Kings and Queens in regarding this thing of Halloween, Christians, Ebony Magazine, and certain thing about “Pagan Holidays”. Let me go in on my people. Even though I love my blackness, honor my ancestors and also fly the red, black and green in the heart like the red white and blue. I’m reading the article online from Ebony Magazine (via Facebook)  the latest one that had an article with Meagan Good dressed like Catwoman. Oh, by now that everyone knows, she married a pastor earlier this year per se and many questioned about her choice celebrating All Hallow’s Eve in a FREAKING COSTUME! Really?!

Then I went to this BallersAlert Instagram Page. And when I was view the page in term of Meagan Good doing her, all these comments mainly coming from those whom are considered “Christian” and being black and proud had this remorse of shaming her just because she’s a Christian celebrating this “so-called” scary evil holiday known as Halloween.

For all of my black readers whom think they know everything about Halloween or having this negative stat of pagan holidays: SPELL IT! Spell Pagan. Let me school you on this: Do you know what Halloween really means? It really means Comes from the adage of All Hallow’s Eve in which leads into a holiday called All Saint’s Day. Heard of All Saint’s Day? You should! If you called out a name, or remembered a person that recently passed, that is part of it! If you go to church, you have should have heard the thought about All Saints Day, PERIOD! But what does that have to do with Halloween? Part of that is another meaning that you probably never got the knowledge of: Holy Evening.  THAT IS WHAT HALLOWEEN REALLY MEANS! It’s a HOLY EVENING.

According to Wikipedia: As you should know –

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556.

Oh wait, there’s more for you Christians:

Christian influence (via Wikipedia)

Today’s Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’ or Hallowmas) on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve (meaning the evening before All Hallows’ Day).[69] Since the time of the early Church,[70] major feasts in Christianity (such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost) had vigils that began the night before, as did the feast of All Hallows’.[71] These three days are collectively called Allhallowtide and are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls who have yet to reach Heaven. Commemorations of all saints and martyrs were held by several churches on various dates, mostly in springtime.[72] In 609, Pope Boniface IV re-dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to “St Mary and all martyrs” on 13 May. This was the same date as Lemuria, an ancient Roman festival of the dead, and the same date as the commemoration of all saints in Edessa in the time of Ephrem.[73]
The feast of All Hallows’, on its current date in the Western Church, may be traced to Pope Gregory III’s (731–741) founding of an oratory in St Peter’s for the relics “of the holy apostles and of all saints, martyrs and confessors”.[74][75] In 835, All Hallows’ Day was officially switched to 1 November, the same date as Samhain, at the behest of Pope Gregory IV.[76] Some suggest this was due to Celtic influence, while others suggest it was a Germanic idea,[76] although it is claimed that both Germanic and Celtic-speaking peoples commemorated the dead at the beginning of winter.[77] They may have seen it as the most fitting time to do so, as it is a time of ‘dying’ in nature.[76][77] It is also suggested that the change was made on the “practical grounds that Rome in summer could not accommodate the great number of pilgrims who flocked to it”, and perhaps because of public health considerations regarding Roman Fever – a disease that claimed a number of lives during the sultry summers of the region.[78]

By the end of the 12th century they had become holy days of obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing church bells for the souls in purgatory. In addition, “it was customary for criers dressed in black to parade the streets, ringing a bell of mournful sound and calling on all good Christians to remember the poor souls.”[80] “Souling”, the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for all christened souls,[81] has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating.[82] The custom dates back at least as far as the 15th century[83] and was found in parts of England, Flanders, Germany and Austria.[53] Groups of poor people, often children, would go door-to-door during Allhallowtide, collecting soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the dead, especially the souls of the givers’ friends and relatives.[83][84][85] Soul cakes would also be offered for the souls themselves to eat,[53] or the ‘soulers’ would act as their representatives.[86] As with the Lenten tradition of hot cross buns, Allhallowtide soul cakes were often marked with a cross, indicating that they were baked as alms.[87] Shakespeare mentions souling in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593).[88] On the custom of wearing costumes, Christian minister Prince Sorie Conteh wrote: “It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints’ Day, and All Hallows’ Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognized by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities”.[89]
It is claimed that in the Middle Ages, churches that were too poor to display the relics of martyred saints at Allhallowtide let parishioners dress up as saints instead.[90][91] Some Christians continue to observe this custom at Halloween today.[92] Lesley Bannatyne believes this could have been a Christianization of an earlier pagan custom.[93] While souling, Christians would carry with them “lanterns made of hollowed-out turnips”.[94] It has been suggested that the carved jack-o’-lantern, a popular symbol of Halloween, originally represented the souls of the dead.[95] On Halloween, in medieval Europe, fires served a dual purpose, being lit to guide returning souls to the homes of their families, as well as to deflect demons from haunting sincere Christian folk.[96][97] Households in Austria, England and Ireland often had “candles burning in every room to guide the souls back to visit their earthly homes”. These were known as “soul lights”.[98][99][100] Many Christians in mainland Europe, especially in France, believed “that once a year, on Hallowe’en, the dead of the churchyards rose for one wild, hideous carnival” known as the danse macabre, which has often been depicted in church decoration.[101]
Christopher Allmand and Rosamond McKitterick write in The New Cambridge Medieval History that “Christians were moved by the sight of the Infant Jesus playing on his mother’s knee; their hearts were touched by the Pietà; and patron saints reassured them by their presence. But, all the while, the danse macabre urged them not to forget the end of all earthly things.”[102] This danse macabre was enacted at village pageants and at court masques, with people “dressing up as corpses from various strata of society”, and may have been the origin of modern-day Halloween costume parties.[94][103][91][104]
In parts of Britain, these customs came under attack during the Reformation as some Protestants berated purgatory as a “popish” doctrine incompatible with their notion of predestination. Thus, for some Nonconformist Protestants, the theology of All Hallows’ Eve was redefined; without the doctrine of purgatory, “the returning souls cannot be journeying from Purgatory on their way to Heaven, as Catholics frequently believe and assert. Instead, the so-called ghosts are thought to be in actuality evil spirits. As such they are threatening.”[99] Other Protestants maintained belief in an intermediate state, known as Hades (Bosom of Abraham),[105] and continued to observe the original customs, especially souling, candlelit processions and the ringing of church bells in memory of the dead.[69][106]
Mark Donnelly, a professor of medieval archæology, and historian Daniel Diehl, with regard to the evil spirits, on Halloween, write that “barns and homes were blessed to protect people and livestock from the effect of witches, who were believed to accompany the malignant spirits as they traveled the earth.”[107] In the 19th century, in some rural parts of England, families gathered on hills on the night of All Hallows’ Eve. One held a bunch of burning straw on a pitchfork while the rest knelt around him in a circle, praying for the souls of relatives and friends until the flames went out. This was known as teen’lay.[108] The rising popularity of Guy Fawkes Night (5 November) from 1605 onward, saw many Halloween traditions appropriated by that holiday instead, and Halloween’s popularity waned in Britain, with the noteworthy exception of Scotland.[109] There and in Ireland, they had been celebrating Samhain and Halloween since at least the early Middle Ages, and the Scottish kirk took a more pragmatic approach to Halloween, seeing it as important to the life cycle and rites of passage of communities and thus ensuring its survival in the country.[109]
In France, some Christian families, on the night of All Hallows’ Eve, prayed beside the graves of their loved ones, setting down dishes full of milk for them.[98] On Halloween, in Italy, some families left a large meal out for ghosts of their passed relatives, before they departed for church services.[110] In Spain, on this night, special pastries are baked, known as “bones of the holy” (Spanish: Huesos de Santo) and put them on the graves of the churchyard, a practice that continues to this day.[111]



Makes sense now? Keywords: HOLY EVENING!

Now from my understanding that the Holy Evening Holiday may have some pagan roots. Halloween has some pagan connections but it’s not entirely EVIL! When folk think of “Pagan Holidays” they think it’s something that is demonic or trickery. REALLY? Not all holidays are “Pagan Holidays.” If your wedding or a loved ones funeral is considered a “Pagan Holiday” filled with evil or demonic implications, then I guess you haven’t been to one. Or you don’t know enough! That is the problem today, why do many feel (espcially in the black community) that pagan holidays are evil, knowing that there are some “Pagan Holidays” are good? You got Christmas coming up in celebrating the Birth of Jesus, and many folks are calling that being a “Pagan Holiday”: Many of you got it all twisted. Not all Pagan Holidays are evil .

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Is many of our holidays that we started (KWANZAA) is considered a Pagan Holiday?

Is waving the Red Black and Green on Marcus Garvey’s Birthday or any BLACK HOLIDAY is considered a Pagan Holiday? Oh, you don’t hear me.

Why I am saying this? Why I am calling out the gossiperes to this manner? Real simple, LACK OF KNOWLEDGE! That is what this is. All that so called opinons that man of you spilled on Social Media makes no sense at all. And I’m assuming that BallerAlert wanted your reaction. They really don’t care about it. Just to make money and hurt your feelings.

Despite what Meagan Good does in her spare time should not be a concern on anyone. Even Black Christians! Now I’m a Black Christian myself and I do celebrate and decorate the Holy Evening thing of Halloween on my house. And don’t come at me with all that “pagan holiday opinionized mess” that black christians shouldn’t be celebrating this holiday. That goes double for the non-church folk! If any christian celebrates Halloween without any harm or concern, it shouldn’t be a problem! Many of us need to reread the Lord’s Prayer featuring the words: Hallowed be thy name. The Keyword is Hallowed. That word again.

Learn it.

Black Folks, it’s just Halloween. Chill out!