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Well readers, the rules are back. My rules in which many must follow, or to simply just to give advice. For this it’s the new traditional Stephen’s Spot Rules of Summerfest. Reviewing again for 2019. By the way, we all know last year that the park celebrated 51 years. But it’s the 52nd year in it’s Golden Age, the fun is still the same. As always a reference: consult Summerfest’s rules of the park here. By the way, I am crediting the park with most of the information I know just to clarify.

First, let’s go over what I said last time in a long sentence mixed with something new. Many of you veterans of the park already know, yet again. Rookies, pay attention! And to those whom been away or seem to try to find your way back, consider this as a refresher course.

Since Summerfest is very well known in Milwaukee, I know about the place well. I first volunteered at the place at the then African World Festival in 1997, saw some shows, and worked in the late 90’s plus the year of 2000. Hard to believe that 20 years ago this summer, I was working there! I know the gates, security things, and the places to park near and far from the venue. So if you ready to party like crazy, start learning and reviewing. By the way, I don’t currently work for the company, BUT I KNOW the rules and regulations for my experience.

1) Summerfest as everyone knows is 11 days starting June 26th to July 7th. Except July 1st. And everyday there will days where you can get in free. Learn it! Especially the timeframes given. Like today, there was free way to get in for donations for the Hunger Task Force from Noon – 3:00pm . Please PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIMES! And pay attention (PLEASE PAY ATTENTION) to the news, internet, social media platforms and radio promos about Summerfest as well. Oh, Summerfest will be open on the 4th of July.

2) The park does have information booths. Need a program? They have them. Or for you mobile folks, you can download them via the net or straight to your smartphone. Your choice. Oh if you got the Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this past Sunday or the Shepherd Express, you might got a program with the paper.

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

4) If you ever think that you’ll be videotaping for your own personal use in or near the park (i.e. camcorders/video equipment), don’t record nothing! Knowing security they will take away the recording devices. They got rules for that. And the same goes for the Amp! Leave the camcorders at home. But there is one exception: If you have credentials from a performer or media organization like Fox 6, Channel 4, or the Milwaukee Courier Newspaper that might be fine.

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

6) Cameras (mostly small cameras) are allowed on the grounds. It’s cool. But in the Amp, Nope. They won’t allow it. Don’t try it. BUT, like camcorders if you have credentials from a performer or media that might be fine. Also, and no selfie sticks. They won’t allow them. Sorry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

13) For the bus folks, as you know Summerfest got shuttles (MCTS, Restaurants, Bars, etc) . You know the deal. No need to tell you. And that goes for the Uber/Lyft folks.

14) They say that Summerfest has nothing for the kids. Um……..they do. Look at the children’s theater schedules, and they have a Children’s Fest day. Take them to that. Usually between Noon and 3pm on the day after Independence Day. Speaking of that, if your child gets lost and it happens often let the security folks know! Summerfest does in fact has an Lost Children’s Area for those who don’t know!

15) Yes, you can buy food and drinks at the park. BUT…………if you buy food on the outside as well as drinks trying to get in, can’t do it. Just like having cans and/or glass bottles. Nope can’t bring them in. Sorry! (Just a thought from my Security days) If you have an empty bottle, that is acceptable to bring in.

16) If it’s raining and if you have an Umbrella, yes you can bring it. BUT…….not in the Amp. If it’s hot, better take a towel just in case. If you get hurt, injured or get sick, Summerfest does have First Aid Stations and MFD will be on stat. Plus don’t be surprised if you see cool tents to take a break from the heat. For you with kids, the Elizabeth Bo Black splash pad will be in effect.

17) Like any other venue, there are areas that you can lock up your stuff. Ask the personnel in the info booths for that. Usually it’s for the special needs patrons, but feel free to ask questions.

18) Upon entry, you will be searched. Just a heads up. Bags, strollers, etc. Expect the pat downs and maybe the overhead security things. Summerfest will have metal detectors and wands. Just like in high school in the 90’s with the searches. BAG POLICY: Like the stadiums, other entertainment parks, Summerfest has a bag policy. Please pay attention to this very carefully!: 9″ x 10″ x 12″. When coming to the park, the carry ins of Tote Bags, Cinch Bags (or Drawstring Bags) and Small Purses/Clutches are allowed. If you have a Fanny Pack, that will be acceptable. BUT: If you have a Backpack, Camera Bag, Large Purse or a Cooler – THOSE ITEMS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE! They cannot be brought into the park. What might happen is either you take the bag back to your parking spot nearby or donate it. That’s what they said! And plus, Summerfest will give you a bag to empty the contents of your original to put in. And they have made this mandatory for everyone, even those who work at the park to follow the same examples as everyone else. If you take the Bus, Uber, Lyft or a buddy to drop off, make sure they pack small with the bags acceptable! If they get dropped off with the wrong bag in all, it’s a wrap. Also, there is an exception that if you have a bag that is for needs like medications, or baby diapers/wipes. And I know many will forget and get angry about a bag that they can’t bring in, and their car is parked in Greenfield or Chicago!
BOTTOM LINE: Just a word of advice, read the rules AHEAD OF TIME! All of this is part of updated security. Just to be safe.

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

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

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

22) And as far as parking: Many know well that parking can be a hassle for a good spot. My advice, look for the areas near the park, like parking lots near Michigan or Jefferson Streets. The U.S. Bank Building near Cass Street has festival parking available for those who want to use it. Yep, pay the required amount. Plus also if you have a concert ticket plus a parking validation with it, you are straight. Also if you’re lucky per say, there are parking spots close by the park near the South Gate that you could try. But, it’s a slim chance though.

23) For the record, Summerfest does have urban acts lined up for 2019: Bone Thugs – N-Harmony, Lizzo, T-Pain, Chaka Khan, The Roots, Lionel Richie, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Schoolboy-Q , Charles Walker Band, Just to name a few. PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT MILWAUKEE!!!!!!

24) Currently, construction right now as we know at times is a beast. Take real caution and be safe. Plus think ahead before planning to drive please!

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

26) Now I shouldn’t point this out, but I should. If there is an issue with a Summerfest employee, volunteer or a worker that you might disagree with, the staff does have supervisors on site. Talk with their managers!

Caught up yet? Good.

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

The park now has Wristbands for re-entry. And are always plentiful. Between Noon and 6:30 that is. But will not be issued on the last day of the event.

Look for the Summerfest Street Team. They are always around. Matter of fact, they might be looking for you!

For all you UBER drivers or Lyft Drivers, I hope you got your plans set up for the extra green. No need to tell you. Or those Ubering a chance to earn money for the first time big gig rides. Feel free to sign up here.

Lyft Drivers, I’m assuming that many of you are probably making ideas for your drivers to set up the schedules. Get the Apps out! Make that money.

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

Reminder: The Summerfest Store on the grounds has many merch for your spending. And many of the merch is homegrown. Support the local shops!

If going to the BMO Harris Pavilion Stage for a show, you might have a special pass for the headlining acts. Some of the passes might be sold out, but there are those you can get depending on the shows. For more information, click here.

The Miller Oasis Stage is once again back. And like last year, make a note of it. They have a sale going for some of the performers making that music. The stage still has the Level Up Viewing Deck for your viewing pleasure. Check it out.

The North Gate area is still new. All decked out.

The Amp is now under the banner of American Family Insurance. And still going through renovations. But you can still party though. And no scheduled acts are set for July 4th. (update)

On June 27th, between Noon and 6pm, get into Summerfest for $5.00! It’s a #TBT special with Pick N’ Save.

June 28th is Show Your College Pride Day. Wear your college shirt or hat to get in between Noon and 3pm. Oh, just for clarification: the colleges are comprised of these schools only: Alverno College, Bryant & Stratton College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, Carthridge College, Concordia University, Gateway Technical College, Herzing University, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, MSOE, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. And the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Other schools, sorry. That includes my UW-Stout.

Everyday at Summerfest, there will be an Emerging Artist Series shows that will take place. And word is you can vote for an artists that are coming up.

For the Milwaukee Streetcar folks: yes you can ride near to Summerfest for Free! And yes, the Hop is still free to take!

For the last day of Summerfest, as everyone knows between Noon – 3:00pm it’s free. But there is also a chance to win an admission for Summerfest 2020 next summer.

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

Now, go party and be safe!


Juneteenth Day 2019

For all those knowing it all, hear these words: “Juneteenth Day Matters Like The 4th Of July.”

I repeat: “Juneteenth Day Matters Like The 4th Of July.”

Saying it is the stone cold truth! And does matter because part of this is American History. And the second part of this is that it’s apart of Black History that many should know . Juneteenth Day or the June 19th is the day in American History that slaves were given news that they have been set free from the villainy of slavery. They were officially free 2 years after the signature of the Emancipation Proclamation that was adopted and in acted by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. This was done also before his assassination by John Wilkes Booth around the 1860’s time frame. So yet, with all the hoopla surrounding the occasion, yes every American, and I mean EVERY AMERICAN no matter how woke, conscious or all patriotic flag waving american you are, every one should learn about this “black” version of Independence Day that it took nearly 90 years after 1776. Actually it was 89.

Classic Milwaukee Juneteenth Day Footage

But why does June 19th care? Why does it care to many of us African-Americans the most than the 4th of July and also why does it get many white folks upset about this day over the 4th? Especially on Facebook! I’m on the History Channel’s Facebook Page and I’m reading all these comments about Juneteenth that yes many didn’t know that it does exists and it should be taught in schools. However there are those (and white) had to be very stupid in a remarkable manner about well they should be glad that the slaves made it to America during the time-frame and trying to get freedom like the promise was uphold. Well let’s get to the punchline. THEY WERE NOT FREE! It was not enough! Even after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence the black folks were not totally free. At the time, the only way that the slaves were set free in all, is they had to serve in the Continental Army part of the Militia. And if they served during that term, they were given their freedom. That was one of the ways that the slaves, especially the male black slaves were set free the most. Oh, even the British did the same thing. They took the slaves already in America and some did join under the King to take up arms to get freedom. But keep in mind, this was the 1770’s and it took about 80 plus years to get this motion of freedom in the minds of the colonies.

When folks make some dumb remarks about Juneteenth and not understanding the full meaning behind it, this is why America currently is not that well educated. Its dumb idiots on Facebook that have not done their homework, or actually went to a Juneteenth Day festival or any Juneteenth Fundraiser or any Juneteenth Day anything to gain the knowledge and stories of why this matters like the 4th of July. What I’m saying here is not just for some idiots, even those whom disrupt problems can be a fool too at Juneteenth Festivals. Of course I’m talking about festival goers of color. When Milwaukee had it’s Juneteenth Day Parades and Festivals in the beginning, according to the historians, the festival was from Day to Night. Now It’s from Day to late afternoon to 6:00pm. And the main reasons why that many didn’t felt safe after the fights and mess up disruptions that fest goers saw first hand. Oh, of course again this is about the black folks. Way before the era of Woke and Conscious came out. But we know this.

Juneteenth Is Important – The Root.com

CALLOUT: The real issue is lack of knowledge, lack of education, lack of understanding and lack of advisement about Juneteenth!!!!!!

SPOILER ALERT! When the 4th of July comes, folks will be asking about Juneteenth. Just wait. Just wait until someone on your Social Media lists mentions it. I’m giving everyone an “Early Warning” right now and when the 4th comes many will unleash about the truth about 4th of YOU LIE stuff and many of the White Folks will get UPSET! Don’t believe me? Just wait on it. And also, don’t be surprised that many black folks celebrate the fourth and have reminders of Juneteenth EVERYDAY! I’m one of them. Yes, I’ll decorate my Milwaukee house with Red, White, and Blue which is my choice and yet after it’s done, back to reality. So I’m not afraid of the truth about the 4th and nor I’m not afraid that many of the ideals of Juneteenth Day had not reached the many foothills of this country!

What is Juneteenth?

On Juneteenth Day, there was talks about respiration on Capitol Hill. Danny Glover and Ta-Neishi Coates were testifying on why it’s necessary that Black Folks need that 40 acres and a Mule to solidify fairness and prosperity of the faults of America’s Slavery/Racial past. And some of that still exists today in different forms of 2019! This year of 2019 marks 400 years of the last Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade that came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. This is also called the “year of the return” in quoting our Ghana brothers and sisters in Africa. And also Ghana is “welcoming” some of us black folks here in the state back there to gain a greeting of being back home. And yes of course it’s same continent that sold their own into slavery in the first place. Black folks, as much as we love Africa, that part is the truth. If we want to learn about our people, yes we can talk about our folks whom were raped, beaten shackled, bought, sold, separated, and many other inhumane acts against our folks whom are our ancestors. And also yes we had black folks that tried to fight back against the slavery acts and even spoke out against the 4th of July being a sham. I’m referencing Frederick Douglass. And I wonder how the black historians will respond about 400 years after 1619 in 2019 on America’s Birthday on July 4th. That remains to be seen.

Juneteenth Day is like the last pitcher in Baseball. When the player comes to the mound, it’s the closer. It’s the “be all end all” of the previous era of slavery. So when you do the math: from 1619 to 1865, it’s about 246 years of oppression, malice and fear of slavery. Between the years, around the 157th year, this was I think 1776 came into play as being as the beginning pitch of a new game of Independence. So if we want to get back with fighting against the 4th, let’s go after August of 1619. That’s where it starts. The Independence Day factor was a build up in trying to break up the slavery acts and freedom. But again, it took 89 years to get to 1865.

I hope that many who acted a freaking fool on Social Media probably got a woke lesson. If not, then they are failing. They will fail, suffer, blame others on education, broke at a job, no relationship or divorce, get old, probably diagnosed with a deadly disease and die. But the fact of the matter is when they try to talk about it, they will just post a message and get likes plus comments. BUT THEY WILL NEVER ACTUALLY DO THE JOB!

Folks, you really want to learn Juneteenth? You better study up all day everyday. And yet you better start doing it right now. Don’t wait until the next Juneteenth, because many of you might be gone. You all better get on it RIGHT NOW! This is not a game and there ain’t no mulligans.

Henceforth: Juneteenth Day Matters like the 4th of July: in terms of Freedom and Independence!


Men’s Health Month

As many know we are in the month of June. The 6th month for me is I’m looking at 6 more months towards age 43. Hard to believe. It’s also the month of Summer, Juneteenth Day, Father’s Day, the Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness, Black Music Month and of course, Pride Month for our LGBT community folks.

On the health tip: Men it’s once again our health awareness month. (AKA Men’s Health Month) Start wearing the blue if you haven’t already. As usual for this I’m here to give you a summary report of my health condition. Going back to January, I went to the Eye Doctor for a Eye Exam. My vision at the time was very well overall good. Except the fact that I might need reading glasses. I know I’m OLD! But other that I didn’t need my blood pressure checked because it wasn’t that necessary like 2018.

In February I went to my medical doctor for a physical exam. The same month of my Father’s passing and yet I just had no choice of course. And when I got to the doctors this time, I was given a sheet of paper that listed all the steps of my exam: from Height/Weight to blood pressures and others. Oh, since I am Type 2 Diabetic now, I had to continue to take the medications like Metformin to maintain the condition. My blood pressure was slightly off due to my earlier exercises but I maintained my status to trying to get my weight down.

In addition to the exercises, my doctor had me to try a Low-Carb diet. In which I have to eat and drink certain foods between 60-75 carbs per breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So far the diet does work, but I have to just maintain as of today. And yes, I still keep a list of blood pressure numbers and check them DAILY! Not once in a blue moon. The Color Doctor still works. As far as my A1C: previously before 2018 ended it was at a 6.0 rating. This time around, it was at a whopping 5.2!!!!!!! Cholesterol was normal under 200, and the only thing was for me work with was: drinking water. That was it. Plus the rock music and energy kicked it up way past 10!

Oh just had a dental examination that took forever with the full mouth examination. But the way I keep my teeth clean though, nothing but normal.

So overall thus far, my health stat has been positive, but the hard part is to keep the maintenance. It happens but I have to know that health is wealth. Even for us men of course.

Now it’s time to talk about Blood Pressures yet again. The reason why I’m bringing this up is because of the passing of the late director, John Singleton. Why him? John Singleton was known for being a great director of movies like “Boyz In the Hood”, “Shaft”, “Higher Learning” and others. Yes he worked his way up, got through school, college, his fraternity of Kappa Alpha Psi, and many other accomplishments of achievements. And oh yes, he had fun doing it. But at the age of 51 years old, John died. And according to the health reports, he had a coma for a couple of days and later on it was High Blood Pressure that was the culprit of John’s death. Why I am saying this here? On Stephen’s Spot you asked? High Blood Pressure is nothing to mess with. Even if you have Diabetes, Heart Murmurs or Diseases, High Cholesterol, or many other health concerns that linger the human body. No matter what age you are! I know most Men don’t even think about this until the unthinkable treatable conditions actually happen. Why do they happen? Long job hours, stress, death/grief, bad food consumption, different way of thinking in a negative sense, etc. Any of that can or could contribute to High Blood Pressure. Sometimes the environment that contributes to the heart concerns lead to High Blood Pressure. For all the men that are wondering: “What is the problem concerning me with High Blood Pressure?” If your fathers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins, great uncles, or many other male figures that died of High Blood Pressure, or suffer from High Blood Pressure and you’ve heard the stories many times in your families or groups, then yes it’s time to get checked out!

Black men or Men in general, we don’t like doctors. I’ll admit it. But when a doctor or nurse checks you out in the office or have a traveling nurse that goes to your hang out, your barbershops, churches, or any other hang out you go to, and if that nurse for any reason checks your blood pressure and if it’s high or elevated, then you have to make some lifestyle healthy choices. You have get checked first. Then follow up with a diet and cardio exercise. Do it at least 30 – 45 minutes per day out of your leisure. If you have a buddy or family member that is going through the motions of exercise, go with him or her! That buddy (he or she) of yours probably knows the pain and suffering but is doing something about it in trying to get healthy. Learn from them! Take notes. STUDY. LISTEN. Surf on line through your Social Media feeds that know the information and ASK QUESTIONS! And also like I said earlier, check your blood pressure EVERYDAY! In the morning! Also, take a break to avoid burnouts! Even they are a health concern.

And according to NBC News in a new health report, the High Blood Pressure readings 130/80 or above is now considered high.

Even though this is for everyone to follow, but this is really for the Men and Men’s Health Month. If us men really want to be around for another 25 or 30 years of health, we need to get on the ball, now. Even if you’re just now going back. I know that were not like the women. The women know the routine and go when it’s convenient every now and then. But we don’t think like them. But if we were to take notes from a male doctor point of view like my eye doctor did me last year, then we should take heed and actually go.

This may suck in all, but HEALTH IS WEALTH, gents! If this had not been in the way, then what are we are teaching our children? Girls we know, but what about our boys? They are watching us!

In addtion with Men’s Health Month of High Blood Pressures, every man must do at least a Health Stat Check on the four categories:

Physical Health – As we know as in physicals in a health check from a Medical Doctor. The usual roundups of Height/Weight/Blood Pressure/Eyes/Throat/Ears/Feet and usually end with lab work of blood draws and shots. 

Mental Health– This is becoming new. Mental Health is important to check! Last month in May was Mental Health Awareness Month and yet many families and communities are becoming well aware about the stats of Mental Health in all families. With this being Men’s Health Month, it’s very important that each man needs to have their Mental Health evaluated along with their physicals. Mental Health can be a concern of depression, Bi-Polar, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, suicides, and many other factors that can or could be deadly in the long run in a thinking manner.

Financial Health – When you think about it, Financial Health is a concern. For us men, we heard the stories about making the money in the households for a long time. Then we fall short and have the women taking over the finances and we men just go bankrupt at times. We need to reevaluate our financial concerns and needs to establish our financial health in terms of better jobs, better spending, better insurance, and better financial reasons that we can be fiscally normal and better for the future. Invest in stock, or in a business, or build a better nest egg for your children when they go off to college. Or maybe invest in your vacation spots and important needs that can help with your Financial Health. We know the women, I’m talking about MEN!

Spiritual Health – Why this? For all of us men whom are spiritual. Those of us who use the work of Inspirational advice from Church or Men’s Religious Groups, we get this. Even our spiritual health at times need to be checked! Sometimes we fight the good fight in our jobs, families, friends, groups and others to follow. The Spiritual Health is partial important because it’s part of our DNA to be better in our households as men. No matter if you have kids or not. Spiritual Health is not just prayer, its also doing the work of those way beneath you to elevate your faith, your inspiration, and also your worth. Of course many who read this portion may not be as spiritual or they may say, “I love God but I don’t need Spiritual Health Checks!” Well let me say this: Without the will of God , we wouldn’t exist. Period! And while were on the subject, it’s time for men to go back into the church or do work for the church. The women are the gatekeepers in all, but the men need to be seen and heard also. And also for you churches that keep asking about missing men, ask them what do the men WANT TO SEE IN CHURCH? That’s the mistake that many are not doing. Even the women are not asking this question. Yeah I said it! You probably didn’t hear it at a Men’s Day service on Father’s Day, and won’t probably hear it later on for International Men’s Day in November. But I say this: ASK THEM! It’s not hard. In part of that, spiritual health can be assisted with meditation of yoga, or quiet time in place that you and God only can have conversations. I had a pastor told me to drink one bottle of water and have a day of rest. That is part of your spiritual health along with your physical and mental health.

CALLOUT: Of course, men have to step it up. Not just physical. Not just mental. Not just financial, and not just spiritual. Men, our health needs to be stepped up. If we want to live long to see legacies form, we better start NOW! Not just every June. Not just every Men’s Health Month. Not just every Black Music Month. Not just every Pride Month. Not just every start of the Summer Season! Men, let’s get really serious every day!

Happy Men’s Health Month!


Oh yes, wrestling fans: we just saw Wrestlemania 35 this past Sunday. And if you didn’t get a chance to see the event, you may want to not look at this blog post. Spoiler Alert! It concerns the WWE Championship Match. And the Belt, and the fights and a expected win to happen that did happen.

Where was I? Oh yes. We’re talking about Wrestlemania. The same Wrestlemania that we saw yes, Becky Lynch winning not one but two belts, a returning Roman Reigns beating Drew McIntyre, Women’s Tag Team Belts defended, a Universal Champion Crowned of Seth Rollins, and several others.

But the main part of Mania, was indeed the WWE Championship Match between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan. Oh yes there were some close encounters in the match that went back and forth. It was pretty close! But after that move of Kofi’s with the side kick of the “Trouble in Paradise” and after the 3 count pin: HISTORY WAS MADE!

You hear alot about history being made at Wrestlemania, but this history was made was even better because Kofi was the first Black Wrestler out of Ghana to win the company’s coveted prize that many had before him. Yes, Kofi Kingston may have been “crowned” out of Jamaica. But he’s really from Ghana. BLACK MAN! He’s the first Ghanaian African wrestler to win the title. When Kofi got the strap, I like everyone else was like: it’s about time that the WWE crowned the Black Man a WWE Championship! Folks have been asking for years: when is the WWE going to have a black champion to represent the company? Over the years we had from the Nature Boy Buddy Rodgers to Bruno Samartino, Andre The Giant, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, Bret Hart, Sgt. Slaughter, Kane, just to name a few. Most of the men listen were multi time WWE Champions, but none of them were of African-decent. Oh, yes we talk about The Rock winning the belt, but he’s the first third generation to win the title as a biracial competitor. Half black/Half Samoan. Since the WWE acquired WCW in 2001, they had used the old World Heavyweight Championship in transition during the reigns of Booker T (or King Booker) and Mark Henry when they won the title. But keep in mind, this was the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. But not the WWE Championship.

Why does this matter? Why had the old commentators used the phrase “that the title is not about race?” Some say that race played a factor in this question, but I also say after all this time, it was about representation of how others see themselves. When Hulk Hogan and them were champions, yes many like them, but in the Black Community as we know now, Representation Matters. It clearly does matter in 2019 and yet the WWE had to respond to that change. This is the same company that year after year acknowledge about the life/work of Martin Luther King, Jr. every year on Monday Night Raw since it’s inception. And also every February, they acknowledge Black History Month, besides visiting the National Civil Rights Museum, they also acknowledge the likes of Ron Simmons, JYD, SD Jones, and many other notable black wrestlers that either won championships or were noted competitors.

Oh yes, Black Champions Matter. When WCW was still on the scene there was concerns about black wrestlers not getting noticed or being held back. We heard those stories out of “Hardwork” Bobby Walker and I believe Ice Train. Remember them? One of the shattered ceilings happened when Ron Simmons won the WCW Heavyweight Championship in 1992. That was the first time an African-American won the company’s top prize. Before the company folded in 2001, Booker T was crowned the World Heavyweight Championship in which was the second time a black man winning the strap. So even though that WCW had really well……SUCKED in dual times, but the company did something that the WWE did not done in their over 5 decades of existence. And even though it was brought up in the 1990’s toward the 2000’s, the story among the fans especially the Black Wrestling Fans still remained in tact. Yes over the years, the WWE has had Black Champions in other divisions: Intercontinental, Tag Team, European, US Championships (post WCW), Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight, Men’s NXT, ECW, the previous Women’s Championship, Divas title, and yes the women’s belts of NXT, Raw and Smackdown. But in 2019 (also known as The Year of the Return) : this long story of Black Men winning the TOP Belt has been off the hook with Kofi’s win. And many state that this should have been crowned years ago. And yet, that Black NBA, NFL, MLB, Soccer, Rugby and other athletes can be marketable, the WWE must be marketable with it’s black grapplers to be. If LeBron James or Stephen Curry, or Laila Ali, Tiger Woods, Slone Stephens, Serena/Venus Williams, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and a cluster of Black Athletes can be so marketbale of all their likenesses, endorsements why not wrestlers like R-Truth or Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin, Ricochet, Bianca BelAir, or Naomi? And they are black! Plus also, the WWE this past February along with NXT, had celebrated their photoshoots with the attire in the recognition of Black Excellence in this year’s Black History Month. Matter of fact, that started with Kofi Kingston when he and The New Day along with former Raw Women’s champ Sasha Banks, and former Crusierweight Champion Rich Swann were posed in a group shot on Instagram and many of the white fans were upset because it incited racism. Really?! It’s not racism folks, it’s representation! There might be young black boys and girls looking at them for inspiration that they one day can be champions or be something great as they get older in life.

NOW: Enter The New Day. When this group was started, it was designed to get the three wrestlers, Xavier Woods, Big E Langston, and Kofi Kingston all black wrestlers to form their own club in order to get noticed. Many folks thought that it was going to be another Nation of Domination group or it’s version 2. But when the promos were happening full of the all black women’s choir and each of the three wrestlers were shown in the promos for the group’s debut. After the debut and promos the group started to do zany and crude humor segments. Wait a minute, you might have saw DX, or Edge and Christian do crazy stuff in all, but The New Day?! Three Black Men doing crude humor of BOOTY, Twerking, wearing Unicorn Horns, Rap Battles with The Usos, Lyrical battles with SWV, Christmas outfits, Thanksgiving Pilgrims outfits with 6-1 on the front, their wrestling gear that was mixed with their personal statements, even with Kente designs for Black History Month, Fila Track Suits, wearing pink and light blue mixing with their attire, having the word “WHO?” (as in next competitors to challenge), Big E bellowing the intros of: “AWWWWWWWWW (insert your city here)! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous (something something) Champs (or event) and FEEL THE POWER!” Like a minister in church preparing you for the worship service or revival. Many of the black fans were like: “they are some minstrel show ish”. Minstrel show for those whom are not black, it’s kind of like performing before an audience that really doesn’t like your skin color as much but you do it regarding your ancestory’s acknowledgements. But through it all, the group’s ideas of humor along with Xavier’s trombone, pancake throwing, Booty O’s Cereal was somewhat coming along. The New Day started out of no direction and getting direction of what they wanted to do. Yes, the New Day before the group were Intercontinental Champs, U.S. Champs, Tag Team Champs and yes thanks to Kofi – the WWE Champion. So yes, black representation and changing the direction does matter. Even if you’re black. Even if you’re in the Wrestling Game as it’s demonstrated many times before.

And besides that, one of the members Xavier has a YouTube Channel called Up Up Down Down, where he and his teammates along with other wrestlers of the company get together out of their time away from the ring and promos to play video games. I checked out the YouTube Channel and I’m looking at the wrestlers and like: man they are still friends! I guess the entertainment side of things are one thing, but this thing says another. Besides video games, they also do other competitive sports of Axe Throwing, Pool, Bowling, just to name a few. And yes, there is a UUDD Championship Belt. No kidding.

Kofi has his shoe promotions out with Fila in the ongoing success of the New Day Colors even with the new shirt designs. 5 years ago, this happened:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4DZUOmxYUg And even with his segments called I Just Love Kicks on the UUDD Youtube Channel. Plus he’s been on the airwaves in talks about his wrestling career and family.

And Big E, does his job with the videos and promos along with his New Day faithful and other wrestlers. Previously he had done segments and interviews as a singles competitor in the past. And word on the street, is a Double Dare Segment with him coming out? And as a matter of fact: I want to see Big E do his UUDD promos. Come on Big E! I see you, bruh! I know that he’s done some funny segments way back when, BUT……what about coming up? Fill us in!

What does all this mean here? I know this is about Kofi and getting the strap. It also goes by saying that never overlook Black Competitors that might be on the rise coming up. And this being 2019, as known as the Year of the Return: for those who don’t know what that is, this year of 2019 marks the 400th Anniversary of the last slaves arrived in America back in 1619. Even though that many of the Wrestling Universe may not care about 1619, but guess what; it’s not a celebration. It’s a painful reminder that black folks were sold into the slave trade against their will and other aspects. And even though we’ve been talking 400 years, I feel as a black man, we should not make the same concerns of the next 400 years. Now what does that have to do with Kofi Kingston? Yeah many rooted for Kofi to win, but let’s not lose short sighted that many had to endure harsh realities of racism and discrimination to get this far. Just to think 11 years ago, Barack Obama was elected the first black U.S. President. And just to think in 2008, Kofi was getting his big break in the WWE: the very same WWE we know now also was in recruitment of searching for African-American wrestlers! And yet Kofi was one of them. Now look at him! Being a former Tag Team Champ, Intercontinental Champ, U.S. Champ, and now WWE Champion.

Finally as I close this, the next topic will be short and has nothing to do with Kofi. So every wrestling fan like to buy the merch, huh? Well that’s fine. But for all you younger wrestling fans: INVEST and I repeat Invest in WWE STOCK. Buy a share of the stock! Not just to sell and trade, but also to BUY!!!! Put that into a safe deposit box, and just forget it about it. Be a stockholder. Invest in a portfolio and save up more collateral! And goes for the AEW fans, Impact Wrestling, ROH and dozens of promotions that you follow all the time. All wrestling fans need to buy some stock. Instead of buying that replica Championship Belt that cost over $400.00, why not use that pricetag for some stock? Im just saying. If the WWE can put on all these clinics, health awarenesses, and historical ethinc and gender achivements. And they do it so wellWhy not use that community sense for fans or anyone investing in stock? Come on, fans!

But yes, in regarding the WWE Ship, It’s Kofi’s time. ITS ABOUT TIME! And it’s a time that many should believe that a Black Man’s time is definitely here and must defend well! And that really is a New Day that rocks!


I did say that this blog story will be full-blown, and yet I was not kidding via the cause. But this blog story is for all of us who are United Methodist born, married, partnered and matter of fact supported in a sense of any angle we chose.

And yet because of the hype of the recent General Conference and their stance on the LGBTQIA Community and what our “conservative” UMC Brothers and Sisters abroad assumed the obvious, this matter of us with those that the UMC refused in a sense will not, in fact, die out and disappear. It won’t! See this whole decision by the General Conference of the UMC was, in fact, a warning shot without knowing. Many of us tried to ward it off, but the happening of the issue kept coming back. For many, as I was reading the UMC’s stories on how the LGBT clergypersons really were into the ministerial portions of the Church, yes the church is doing something right to a point. But as we all found out this past week, during the last blast of Black History Month 2019, the last stake to the coffin was felt like a swift kick to the crotch. The pain of that did not feel good. Oh, no it didn’t! My reaction to the ministers of the LGBT was like, dang they got F-ed up! And what was the reason why? Their lifestyle? Their practicing same-sex marriage ceremonies? or what of them being in the church, in general, doing the regular work and also having the notion to be distanced from the straight members of the church altogether? Or what it others in the UMC that are so highly conservative put down their LGBT Brothers and Sisters with the traditional plan that had everyone in an uproar?

From the National, International, and local coverages, everyone was talking about the Traditional Plan of the UMC being strong against the LBGT Clergy. Even on social media through the Facebook Page, “United Methodist Clergy” it was a divided conversation about this matter that was so triggered. Many already had their say about whether or not they would be apart of the UMC in the future as in a result of this matter. Some may have decided to go to the UCC or other denomination just to feel welcomed and accepted. For many of us, who are 50 years old and under, this seems new. But if you have been there before and over 50, that is nothing new. Just today, Erin Hawkins of the General Conference UMC had a very commentating viewpoint on how the decision was made didn’t felt comfortable. Matter of fact, here it is from the General Commission on Religion and Race Facebook Page:

In April 1968, a newly formed United Methodist Church changed its practice of sanctioned discrimination and institutionalized segregation by ending the Central Jurisdiction which separated blacks and whites in the Methodist Episcopal Church. This action was taken in part, due to the insistence of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, which proclaimed that it would not merge with Methodists if we held firm in our practice of systemic racism.

Fifty years later, the action of the Special Called Session of General Conference to support the Traditional Plan serves as proof that our comfort with sanctioned discrimination and exclusion has never left. The sin of white supremacy which has plagued the Methodist movement from its inception continues to reveal its dominance within both conservative and progressive camps of the Church.

My heart grieves for my Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) siblings who experienced the harm of continued rejection, insensitive and bigoted rhetoric, and emotional and spiritual disregard. I acknowledge your dedication to the church in spite of the oppression you face and respect any feelings of anger or betrayal that may lead some of you to walk away.

I also grieve for those traditionalists whose willingness to be in authentic dialogue and relationship was overshadowed by forces that corrupted the work of the General Conference.

Here’s what I know as a woman of color. Despite the changes of law in 1968, which intended to end the exclusion of blacks and other people of color in the life and witness of the church, systemic racism still plagues us. There are churches in the connection that still resist the appointment of pastors of color and actively reject their leadership. There are still Boards of Ordained Ministry and Cabinets who execute racial double standards in the credentialing of candidates for ordination and appointment. There is still a lack of focused attention in the denomination to reach growing communities of color in the United States and by extension to speak consistently and relevantly to the racial injustices that confront our world. Women are still seeking a change in The United Methodist Constitution to “guarantee” their inclusion. Simply put, changes in United Methodist law, while an essential first step, have not resulted in full inclusion for people of color and will not result in full inclusion for LGBTQIA+ people either.

There were Pharisees in Matthew 22 who sought to build a trap for Jesus using the law. To them, he replied that loving God and loving neighbor were the two greatest commandments on which all other laws and prophets hinged. Using the law as a weapon is an age-old tactic and Jesus reminds us even now that Love IS the law!

The struggle to end oppression in all of its forms and to realize the vision of full inclusion must continue. AND…at the end of the day, changing the law is simply a means to an end. Our true mission is to make love real in a church and world that needs it now more than ever. The love that I am talking about is…

A love that actively honors freedom and won’t allow the Book of Discipline to hold us back from calling justice to roll down like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

A love that actively honors humility and calls us to repent for how we decry some forms of oppression while remaining silent about or participating in others.

A love that actively honors community and binds us together as the true church — the fellowship of all believers — where we hold one another accountable and no one is alienated, excluded, or left behind.

A love that actively honors humanity and challenges us to realize that our focus on what happens in the church is not an excuse to ignore what is happening outside of the church. If we cannot be a church present in the world, then we are not the church.

A love that actively honors self and invites each of us to “do our work.” It is time for all people who experience oppression and those who support them, to confront our own biases (implicit and explicit) and get the support we need to heal our traumas, unhealthy need for external validation and addictions to mental, physical, and emotional pain that prevent us from living our best God-ordained lives right now. Our greatest hope for liberation lies in our own unfettered joy, courageous vulnerability, purposeful self-expression, and sacred action.

And most importantly a love of God who calls us to move past our superficial interpretations of love to a depth of generosity, unconditional acceptance, and passionate pursuit of wholeness that can only come from abiding in the eternal truth of love that is God.

I am committed to doing all that I can as a leader in this church to continue challenging the laws that oppress. In my heart, however, I know that I am called to more. I must make the aim of my living and leadership to make real, in every way possible, a liberating love that transforms the world and every human being in it.

The contraction, resistance, and breaking open that is taking place in the denomination right now is so much bigger than The United Methodist Church. What we are experiencing is, in a small way, the messy but inevitable awakening of the human family.

Let the birthing continue…

That statement is coming from the General Commission on Religion and Race within the UMC. A black woman General Secretary. I want all of you to sink that in for a moment. How many times did we see the word “love” in this comment? How many times we saw the references of the United Methodist Church “not doing enough in the areas or neighborhoods being overlooked and underappreciated” in terms of the slogans and many other statements? How many times in this sentence or statement that General Secretary stated about this “law” recently passed must now be convincedly challenged? How many?! If you are asleep at the F-ing wheel you better wake your butt up! Even when the UMC was formed, it encountered problems in terms of racism and bigotry. And I’ll bet many who went along with the Traditional Plan seemed fine in all, but it was a trap waiting to sink in the vulnerable that are less guarded in a sense of being protected.


Hold on: Let me repeat what I just said:

How many times did we see the word love in this comment? How many times we saw the references of the United Methodist Church not doing enough in the areas or neighborhoods being overlooked and underappreciated in terms of the slogans and many other statements? How many times in this sentence or statement that General Secretary stated about this “law” recently passed must now be convincedly challenged? How many?! If you are asleep at the F-ing wheel you better wake your butt up! Even when the UMC was formed, it encountered problems in terms of racism and bigotry. And I’ll bet many who went along with the Traditional Plan seemed fine in all, but it was a trap waiting to sink in the vulnerable that are less guarded in a sense of being protected. Come on now, United Methodists!!!!

As many of you know, and I explained this so many times, I am a 4th Generation UMC Congregation Member. Like many,
I too was brought up in the church from level one and worked my way up from choir boy to Communications Chairperson. And also Church Historian, Higher Education Coordinator, a Co-Secretary of a Metro United Methodist Men’s Group and soon-to-be in practice for the chairperson’s job with the Wisconsin Conference UMC’s. Black Methodists for Church Renewal Caucus that was revived in late 2018. And yes I am a 4th Gen Member. DEDICATED MEMBER! I was confirmed through confirmation class in the church since 1990 at 13 years old almost 29 years coming this June. Never forgotten my limits and principles and God help me, I have not abandoned it. In my almost 29 years there were times that my faith was shaken. Oh yes! I was attacked, abused, misunderstood, had to be forced to speak up as a child, and also there was a time that my talents were challenged because of someone’s underappreciation. ALL FREAKING TRUE! But I have not left the church. I have not declared that the church I serve (with being the first African-American UMC in Milwaukee) as being a hypocritical center, even though that there were members (past and former) had hypocritical viewpoints and that goes for the Pastors too! Oh hell yeah, I said it! But I never left the church. Many of you are asking, “Stephen, why didn’t you leave? You could have gone to another church or no church at all!” True, I could have. I could have joined an AME, or CME, or Lutheran, COGIC, Scientology, or any other Non-Denominational Organization that I felt would an option for me to take. Or, just like everyone else not goes at all. Being a free-thinker and ultra conscious that every single now and then talk smack about those who get all dressed up in suits and ties with the bibles and off to church with the money envelopes. Yeah, I know. There are those I grew up with in church a while back, are no longer there. Why? They moved on. And plus they had a lot to say about Churches in general that they really want to comment (via Social Media). But however part of them probably never came to me and wanted me to quit. Not one! Not those who are my age of 42 (or close to it) or younger. On the flip side, there are those who are about my age that is still in it to celebrate the community work and service while doing their own thing on the side of work and leisure. And that’s where I’m at nearly 29 years later. In the same Church. And without the same church, I wouldn’t receive scholarships, references, and also my first job WAS STARTED IN THE UMC! My current job as a Secretary is in the church! It’s in the UMC! I’m just saying!

But I know all of that has nothing to do with this matter with our LGBT folks who are hurting and wounded of the traditional plan that was passed. If I had an opportunity to meet some of our LGBT folks in the UMC that isn’t doing any harm but GOOD per se, I want to see what they do. Not just hear, I want to SEE what they are doing. I want to know how their gifts and talents in their UMC’s are benefiting the community and neighborhoods and schools that are working. I want to see it not just in Milwaukee, but in different parts of the U.S. that are actually committed to the cause despite the traditional conservative folks that really don’t give a rat’s carcass about their efforts! I dare any of our African UMC members, our European or any other UMC Members that are on the conservative side having their noses turned up to see what is really going on in the UMC’s that are LGBT material of interests. I think that is what’s missing currently. We talk about “Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors”, and yes “Rethink Church”. My church has used those statements in our ministry. Yes, we did! And there was some progress but not a big success in them.

Maybe it’s time that the UMC needs to address this more. Maybe it’s time that the UMC needs to ask why are we the way we are in terms like this. And I know many have to take heart to this. No matter what the position is. Like many UMC churches this morning, there was talk about it. And yes I spoke my viewpoint about “treat those that you would like to be treated.” That’s the Golden Rule and I hope many in our UMC General Conference that killed the chances of being more open more has to realize that.

So I end this statement with this: United Methodists, we are a bunch of wounded bears and we all know that time doesn’t heal all wounds. But now since this happened, like Martin Luther King, Jr once said: “Where do we go from here?” And that’s the question we have to move forward with. And the jobs along with ministry must work for the better for EVERYONE! And to quote Malcolm X: “By Any Means, Necessary!”

It’s time to heal and try to get this going in a brand new way that it should do no harm at all.


Before we Americans throw down on the turkey, yeah there will be political drama at the dinner table. There will be many other factors in which we will ask the question, what are we thankful for in all. It’s also a Thanksgiving that yet the truth will bust out that some of our Ingenious Native American Folks will not partake in the holiday due to the national day of mourning. If you’re not familiar with it, research! Even you might watch football and the ongoing traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushering the Christmas Season.

But likewise….I’m scratching my head again.

Milwaukee, how’s that streetcar thing doing? Overall, please. No Hop Haters from those who DON’T live in Milwaukee!

So it seems now that the People’s Flag and the Milwaukee Arts Board have to get back in talking about the ongoing idea of getting a new flag. We’ve all have seen it like everyday. But many will agree that the People’s Flag Folks HAVE NOT talked to the whole Milwaukee Community. Why?!

They say that the voting never mattered in the Governor’s race in Wisconsin, mainly Milwaukee. Ummmm, did anyone see the totals while yet folks complained?

Can you be a real church member and bring a level of consciousness that many might fear and still be loyal? Not talking about money in all.

Can the Wisconsin Badgers think big and quietly usher in better talent to run pistol plays? Be advised, Big Ten.

Black Woke Folks: we need to stop all this talk about getting us not to vote. And what is the reason why? Back off! Jeez!

Mostly, in that Georgia Election, the reason why Stacy Abrams lost was due to voter suppression, and I dare say: Racism. Agree or disagree?

Remember when the WWE or the WWF Survivor Series was ON Thanksgiving Day?

What will it take to get the Green Bay Packers to get red hot AGAIN?

You know that Country music has two African-American singers that are killing the scene right now. Like Kane Brown and Jimmie Allen. Heard of them? And Country Music is part of Black History!

Who still goes to the clubs and bars after the big meal on Thanksgiving to shake off the pounds?

How about those Milwaukee Bucks though?

And why did Andrew Gillum lose in Florida again, to really someone who is deemed racist?

Since November is National Veterans and Military Families Month, how really those who love our Military actually SUPPORT our Military? And how many of us really love our Veterans SUPPORT OUR VETS?!! Don’t start illing of not being a fake patriot.

When will Milwaukee EVER get their Holiday Parade…..err Christmas Parade BACK? Come on Harley-Davidson, Northwestern Mutual, Kohls, etc!

This is very disturbing: Why a fight in the Milwaukee Courthouse?

It seems that this portrait in Baraboo sparked an outrage. Of course. But what was the real reason again? Let me guess: that blasted Nazi salute and of course that got Wisconsin in a bad light yet again.

I asked this question last time and I’ll ask it again: The Hallmark Christmas Show is back. Who’s still watching them?!

No offense to the Christmas decors but, why does Thanksgiving get suddenly skipped? I’m mean HELLO! Turkey Day is missing!

This is interesting: Sagittarius Season BEGINS on Thanksgiving Day. Sags: what are we thankful for 9th house rulers?

Remember when Thanksgiving shows actually was reclaiming their time?

Men, has #movember really sunk in? After all that no shave, November thing?

International Men’s Day had come and gone. Why is this day not formally recognized again? And why are the whiny feminists of the world, still treat as this day being sexist?

Speaking of Feminism: why target Kleenex for Mansize tissues again?

Wait a minute: there is a Football Game out the Nintendo Switch? Not Madden! But how do many like the MFL? As in the Mutant Football League? Rated M but this might attract those in the think tanks to actually MAKE A FOOTBALL GAME for the Switch! Madden, or make an “NFL 2K” Sports game. I’m calling this!

Men (and women),  can we remind ourselves not to complain about International Men’s Day on International Women’s Day next year in 2019?!!!

When Thanksgiving Day is here: is it Macy’s, Football and Food? or is it Macy’s, Food then FOOTBALL?

When Thanksgiving is over, and for many of us who do not work on a Friday, why is it necessary for those who work on Thanksgiving have to start the Black Friday sales all early?

Speaking of Black Friday: NO SHOPPING FOR ME! But who will be the idiot of the moment when engaging in others for stuff on sale in a violent physical bloodbath? It’s bound to happen. You know it!

Speaking of Small Business Saturday: Who will actually shop locally? No national stuff!

Speaking of Cyber Monday: Best online deals right now. Who has it?

Speaking of Giving Tuesday: Who will donate? To Schools, Organizations, Alumni, Church Groups, Fraternity, Sorority, Legion, etc?

I don’t get it. Since the victory of the recent Wisconsin midterm election, there might be some folks from the black community might call out the new administration of not being diverse enough. My question is: why aren’t many who are complaining (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) not applying?!!

Will Creed II be a hit?

In the last 100 seasons, how many games the Packers won on Thanksgiving? I know, I know. They got archives.

Yes, there was a time that the Native Americans were slaughtered outside after a church service on a Sunday, and years later it was dubbed as the National Day of Mourning. A real question: do many today know that part of the history?

Who might fill up the table that once was occupied by those who passed on?

Who will fill up the table and set a new tone for the big dinner?

And the last question before: how REALLY thankful are you? Like really?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Expect a “Be Thankful” Traditional Blog


Oh, yes I need to address all the drivers in Milwaukee. If you are a young driver that honks at a car or minivan while they come out of the driveway or pulling over to the side, or anything that giving more seasoned drivers more gray hairs of being correct, guess what: I’m talking to you.

Many of you whom drive around like this, are very arrogant. WHY? All because of getting in a big hurry? What’s the hurry? All because of some blunts or going over to see your girl or guy?

I really need to let this out here because it’s becoming a problem among many in the Milwaukee Area that doesn’t give a rat’s carcass about safe driving! When did all these stupid rules came up from making u-turns ILLEGALLY on a busy major street?! Like seriously?! And drivers now a days, will go into the right lane and when the light turns green, they cross over left WITHOUT A FREAKING SIGNAL!

My father warned me way before his death that when you are coming out of the driveway, the drivers coming on 41st street between Capitol and Fiebrantz, seem to honk at you and you are just getting out of your driveway to take off! When DID THIS become a rule?! Back in the day, it was not a problem. Now with all the reckless driving, it’s becoming a joke of the driving idiots making a big hurry speeding faster than 25 miles per hour. IN A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD!

On two occasions: I almost have close encounters with stupid drivers not being in my blind spot! One occasion I was driving north on Green Bay Avenue towards Hampton and I wanted to make a lane change to the left. I tried to make a change, but there a driver that honked at me. That driver was not in my blind spot! I eventually had to go up another block just to get to Hampton Avenue. Shameful! It almost happened again on the second occasion on the north side just to get to those big hurries.

I’m thinking about doing this and if anyone disagrees with this notion, you can write your own blog on your own platform: I am considering getting a camera installed for one of my vehicles. Dashcams, or maybe a Camera that ranges movements while I’m behind the wheel. When I take that picture of the vehicle, the license plate, date/time/location: I’m sending that to the police. Or any other enforcement agency. I’m not playing. If we’re supposed to be about safe driving I’m all for it. But when it comes to the stupid crazy drivers, who don’t probably have insurance or full of legal marijuana or many other factors, pictures will be taken! I might even publish some here!

And that goes for dumb shoppers at Wal-Mart and many others too! Kind of what I encountered with this man back in the summer:

Look, this man accused me of skipping a check out line at Wal-Mart back in June and many had to know it was hot that day. And the thing was, my intent was not to skip those that was waiting in line for like 5 minutes. My attention was focused on the self checkout register was right near where I was standing. And I distinctly heard the workers that it took cash and card. Again my intent was not to skip. Hell, if wanted to skip, I’ll go back to MPS lunch lines. I say the fault in this: Wal-Mart employees. Yeah I said it. If they have been more orderly in the checkout lines that wouldn’t be the case!

In the case of this man pictured: he assumed wrong! I took this pic because just to serve a reminder that there will be no mess. I’m thinking about doing a “wall of shame” page to get the idiots pictured here to create a reminder that its no more messing around!

Now is the time.


I want to address all the students of MPS. And no, the adults do not count in this one. I want to address this with you because of what was said about you that made you upset. It’s a matter of stating that what James Widgerson calling you collectively “little convicts” was very disturbing. He is an indeed a racist calling you that. So with that, here is a blog letter for you. 

Dear students of MPS:

It’s me, Stephen. And I am an Alum of the Milwaukee Public Schools.

In the last couple of days, and weeks you have been in the classrooms and I must say I wish your semester well. But in the last day and a half, you have been attacked by a grown man who labeled you as “little convicts” over the performance that continues to give the district of MPS a bad name. And the man that said it was a former students way older than you and I put together. The man, James Wigderson as I speak of was way out of line labeling you as failures being set up for the jail system. We knew what he said in his blog story. And what he said to the majority of you was again clearly stupid. It’s not your fault. And by the way, he’s an alum of MPS.

One of the Milwaukee Youth Council members had really to speak out on this matter and I must applaud the young lady, Emoni Gambrell-Toliver a student from Riverside University High School and President of the Youth Council for a chance to do that. If you have not read her statement regarding this matter, it’s a must read! Even if you are a critic of MPS.

I really hope that the build-up from all of this will decrease and also the value of our education in Milwaukee continue to rise up and prove those that it can be viable just like the outline areas outside of Milwaukee.

But we all know that today, James Wigderson was not apologizing for his remarks in the blog. He also stated that his words as a whole were not directed towards the entire students of MPS. It was about this one player, that went to Washington High School. I have to say that it was not factual. He knew what he was talking about. But just don’t want to deny that part of the truth of hating on all of you that WANT to make a difference in the world. Yes, I will agree he was hateful. He also claims that he backed school choice and charter schools and such. But he was not solid on you in general! For an extra commentary, he’s a coward. And even though his last days of education was at Vincent High School, I want to be clear that he has some soul searching in discovering that what he thought he saw was not just a concern, but to also ask what can be done to change it! I hate to say that there are those in the Alumni are real losers. Jealous that the opportunities you’re getting many of us didn’t get. And James is included in this also. He’s a loser! A racist vile hypocritical loser! And he does not care about you.

In the schools, we know there are things are not sharp enough. And I know that we see and read about the negative about MPS. But the thing is, what is missing from all this is positive! We need to read and see about your positive stories of what is going on into the schools. We need to read and see what you’re up to in a positive manner about what is up in the schools. Show us the receipts, as many of you would say! Show them to us at an Open House, a Concert, a Play, or even yes the football field or basketball court. For academics, I know that math, reading, and science are one of the subjects at hand, but show us what you’ve learned! Prove it to yourselves and us that you can do this!

MPS Students, you are indeed the future of our district. Future Alumni, Future Scholars, and future whatever it is that you want to be. Let us know what is happening in your schools. Your Games, Band and Orchestra, Debates, Communications, Mechanical Classes, and many others that you’re doing. Many of us alumni folks are so busy raising families and working to get very busy. We do. And we assumed what is taking place at the schools now is mostly negative. We want you: and I’m giving you an ongoing homework assignment here. I want you to tell us grown people that been there and done it, really tell us what is really going on in the schools. Tell us and show us your open house projects, your performances in concerts in all. Tell us how we the MPS Alumni can still support your schools! Tell us! We need to do this thing!

Before I leave you this message, I want to share this video clip from 1989:

This is from the movie called Lean on Me, which told the story of a high school in New Jersey that was once a prominent best school in the state was going poorly. But the principal played by Morgan Freeman had to do whatever necessary to get the school in the positive form. Morgan Freeman’s character was Joe Clark. And he had to lock down the school, dismiss the bad students that disrupted the school for a lot of years. Mainly drug dealers. He even challenged the students to reach their potential even if he had to make them sing the school song. This movie is based on a true story of a huge turnaround that captured the state of New Jersey. The reason why I put this clip here because Freeman’s Character Joe Clark was describing to the students what the rest of the world or the society thinks about them that want to succeed. Sound familiar?

I encourage all of you, who are high school students to get this movie. If not, ask your parents to get this movie for you and watch it over and over again. Don’t just watch the clips on youtube, watch the WHOLE movie! But I must warn you, it’s a bit graphic, mixed with overtones that might not be suitable for many. BUT GET THIS MOVIE! The prime example of this movie is the same example of this situation right now with MPS.

And also: gain from the “woke” moments of the movie that really stood out. Study them!

Finally, as I close, continue to do the things you do in the schools. Make it happen! EVERYDAY!

Sincerely,

Stephen


I had to take a break about several segments for a moment to talk to us.

Us as the Alumni of the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Like many, we prided ourselves in response to our Alma Maters in terms of reliving the good days of what we had back then, and of course, we talk about those Class Reunions. That’s what we do. A little of us give back to our Alma Maters in terms of fundraising, sitting in on board meetings discussing important matters, and also a few of us asking about the current status of our old schools. But there are those who are just mad. Really mad about the status being so low in the categories and making a statement about shutting down a school that they once attended years ago, and having a mean streak about calling the current students “little convicts” over a thought of making a new stadium on High School property.

Henceforth: the argument has reached the foot of the Milwaukee Public Schools and also a former MPS Student, James Wigderson an alum of Milwaukee’s Vincent High School fired on his Alma Mater in which got the district and social media’s attention of his rant. James has written a blog article on the Right Wisconsin Website about his “disdain” of the status of his story and of course had to bring in the racist cyberbullying remarks about his commentary.

James writes via the Right Wisconsin Website on all days: September 5th, 2018:

The school has only gotten worse since my days there. The school “fails to meet expectations” according to the state of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction and it’s not even close. Yet nothing will be done about Vincent and 999 kids will be trapped in a failing school this year. Some students will succeed but the odds are horribly against them. But at least it’s a union school, right?

So imagine my surprise when, thanks to the Facebook page for an upcoming high school reunion, I learned the school is getting a new $5.7 million stadium. The stadium will have artificial grass and a new track for WIAA events. The report I saw didn’t mention metal detectors, but it would be a good idea.

The new stadium is part of an $11 million improvement in athletic facilities for Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), presumably so the little convicts can have the best facilities before being sent to the penitentiary.

So the next time someone tells you that MPS needs more money, remind them that more money does not mean a better academic performance. And if they ask for evidence, ask them if $5.7 million could be better spent than on a new stadium for a failing school. And then ask them if the students would be better off with a new track instead of shutting the school down entirely.

At least the artificial turf matches the artificial concern of Wisconsin’s Democrats, including gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, for the well-being of MPS students. Perhaps the new scoreboard can flash the number of kids being pushed through the system without learning anything – not that any of the students will be able to read it.

Well wasn’t that redundant and stupid. This is supposed to be #MPSProud? Really?

In response, Milwaukee Public Schools offered this comment on the blatant article:

We are proud that MPS is working hard to provide the same access to state-of-the-art facilities for our students as districts in surrounding areas have for theirs. We are proud of the Class of 2018, which earned $86.2 million in scholarships, a new district record. We are proud of our students serving as interns for Harley-Davidson, America’s iconic motorcycle company. We are also proud of our Vincent High School urban agriculture students who were the only students to represent Milwaukee at the Wisconsin State Fair.

MPS is outraged – as every parent in the City of Milwaukee should be – that an adult would feel free to make such a derogatory, hurtful, and dishonest statement about more than 75,000 children.

The author of the article should be ashamed that he is engaging in such offensive cyberbullying, which we are sure he would not tolerate if his children were being discussed in these abusive terms.

We have far too many students who work hard every day and who accomplish great things to let an ill-informed and hateful statement stand without comment. We are MPS proud. 

Denise Callaway

Director, Communications & Marketing

 

OK. Now it’s time for my response: and if a certain right-wing blogger like James is reading this, I have a question for him or her: WHERE WERE YOU?!

You know what, it’s just like any other person who had all the good times of education, there always just that ONE person that has to be so negative about a certain problem, BUT OFFERS NO SOLUTIONS to defuse the problem! James, I know that many of the Vincent High School Alum, as well as the MPS Alumni faithful, does not think like you. You and others that sit out in the freaking suburbs and outline areas with a negative attitude talking smack are just that: Hypocritical Blatant Racists! Yeah, I said it. It’s guys like you that are offering NO SOLUTIONS in helping out MPS. And it’s guys like you that are not lifting a finger or a donation to help out the high school that you once attended. Yeah, of course, you called out your old stomping grounds but the fact of the matter is, you didn’t come out; and remained to be a self-centered bigot in calling the young kids “little convicts” all because of your opinion of the upgrades of Vincent High School.

Maybe if you had the balls, you actually would be able to help mentor the young folks at Vincent to be more productive while they are still high school students and then they might morph into that when reaching adulthood. BUT NO, you had to go negative about a bunch of students that don’t know you. Oh, I’ve heard that they don’t forget stuff like this. As you age James, I hope they don’t take away your Medicare or your Social Security because when they get older, mark my words: they will never forget! And second, when was the last time you visited the School? When was the last time you sat in a public meeting at the school? When was the last time you listened to the Alumni Association about the ideas to support the school? Oh, I’m sorry Vincent does have an Alumni Committee, duh! When was the last time James that you ACTUALLY CARED about your Alma Mater of giving back?!! When?! Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

You’re just like the rest who get mad about being left out of Class Reunions, had to vent your personal feelings and actually attack those who don’t know you. And also you’re just like those who complain about the Fiserv. Forum, and the Milwaukee Streetcar. Sorry James: it’s not all about you! And since you want to give a care: why attack Vincent? And just for the record, I’m not a Vincent Alum. Never went there. Didn’t cheer for your beloved Vikings. But I know some Vincent Viking Alums that are doing way better than you! And I know MANY MPS ALUMNI MEMBERS that are doing WAY BETTER than your own bigoted mess on a right winged blog. And if you think that for one split second is going to get you famous: wrong dude. It just made you realize that you just messed up. And by the way, the kids are watching. Speaking of that, the Milwaukee Youth Council just called you out! And many of them are MPS Students!

Wanna be a bigger man? Apologize to MPS. Apologize to the school, the students, staff, parents, and ALUMNI of your Vincent High School. Even the MPS Alumni Groups. But I doubt you won’t even try. And that goes for anyone else that thinks they are in agreement of this matter.

MAJOR CALLOUT: If you honestly feel this way in a racist manner, keep your butt at home! Don’t come to the reunions. Don’t donate to the cause. Don’t mentor or make internships. Tear off your Alma Mater colors and just resign and QUIT!

End of rant.


I have been saving a Three Way Dance for quite a while now. And it’s always needed. Matter of fact, it’s still needed. Even if the old blogs will be retired. More on that later. But like the title, it’s time to do a three way because of the situation right now even if you love calling on black folks doing right.

First Dance on the card: What is it about white folks, who call the police on black folks doing positive or civilized activities?

Barbecues, selling water, doing paper routes, cleaning up trash on a freeway, waiting to be serviced on meals, paying for meals, driving while being black, doing inspections and many other things doing WHILE BEING BLACK! What is the problem here? What is the real problem here? It seems to me that there are paranoid idiots out here that don’t know jack about a certain individual or groups that aren’t doing anything negative to get attention. When I was back in high school, one of my former band teachers used to say all the time, “do something constructive with yourselves.” And she was white. And its been about 23 years now.

Hmmm…….this got to be reminded that many of us have been doing constructive like Barbecuing, or whatever ideas that might get those riled up with cell phones calling the cops. Some said on Social Media that whenever a white person whom has the cell phone calling the police, there should be retaliation by saying that “we’ll sue them or put a fine on them for doing things that are constructive.” Yes, black folks can also be constructive and doing activities that don’t harm NO ONE! Somebody is probably saying what kinds of things they do? Open your eyes. Long time ago, when Fox 6 Milwaukee had their blogs going, someone whom was a white blogger at the time talked about or asked why can’t black people do things like dipping Doritos? No seriously! “Dipping Doritos?!” That was the most ungodly dumb question I’ve seen in my life. I know that “no question is a dumb question” means more in 2018 like 1995, but this was a dumb question as is. This whole thing is silly and dumb. And this keeps up, it’s going to be a problem. And I would not be surprised that retaliation of justice will come up. Mark my words. Remember those words about being constructive, or being civil.

Second Dance on the Card: I need to address this – Puerto Rico is part of the U.S.

On Facebook, I was looking at this footage about this white dude in Illinois kept going towards this young lady about her shirt, a Puerto Rican Shirt and stating that she shouldn’t be wearing that in the United States. The young lady’s name, Mia Irizarry recorded the entire footage about this subject and yes review the footage to refresh your memory.

The dude kept going on and on about the whole “she’s not an American thing” by wearing a Puerto Rican shirt and oh, the cop in the background looking at this, does absolutely NOTHING! No movements, no arrests, nothing. It’s almost like he’s standing there and not making any advancements or law and order to cease all this in a manner. Is this what the new normal of law enforcement work is now? Later on the rest of the squad showed up and told the man whom did all the harassment, was told that the park was a public place. Plus Mia was using the park area for a Birthday Party. As I looked at this, and yes there might be someone say that Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Actually – It’s long mentioned that it was a territory of the U.S. since 1898. We’re talking about to be exact: 120 years. That’s right, 120 years as part of the U.S. The United States as a whole is 242 years old as we know from the holiday of July 4th. And when Puerto Rico became a U.S. Territory in 1898, the U.S. was just 122 years old as it’s own nation. Like many in families, many of us have relatives whom may and are related being Puerto Rican. I too have relatives whom are mixed cousins whom are Puerto Rican. They are my blood relatives, my kinfolk and yes family! And for the record, majority of my family members are black. If someone were to approach them after what Mia experienced there will be an all out protection. Not because they are of Puerto Rican decent, but they are my family members. They are cousins of mine. I would defend them to the fullest. Period! If a drunk dude get at an angle of being hostile, the defense will be up. Oh, just an update here, word is that the officer had be relieved for desk duty and the guy got charged for the hate crime.

Third Dance on the card: Wisconsin’s Democratic Gubernatorial contenders.

Yesterday, the City of Milwaukee, really the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee recently had the 1st and only Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Debate. Yes it was televised on TV and the Internet plus radio. The 8 contenders: Mike McCabe, Kathleen Vinehout, Josh Pade, Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, Paul Soglin, Kelda Roys, and Mahlon Mitchell. In the 1hour and 30 plus minute mark of the debate, the remaining 8 contenders referenced the various topics including Foxconn, Education, and Justice Reform. Many of the candidates had ideas in all, but one of them stood out the most to me was………Mahlon Mitchell. I’m going to say that Mahlon is becoming a fan favorite because the articulation of his ideas and philosophy really sunk in very well. I would best believe that Mahlon Mitchell is obviously a new fresh choice that would boost the interest of the state.

And yes, he is black. Remember what I said that in one of my “Scratching my head all this time” blogs that Wisconsin turned 170 years old in May, and about the 8% of African Americans living in the state? Plus I also said that Wisconsin in it’s history never had a black governor that led the state. That is a fact. But the question is, and I’m putting this out, is Wisconsin ready for a governor that is African Decent? Can it be done in a state that most of the folks locked up in jail happen to be African-American, which dictate the sentiment of the “Worst State for Black People” moniker? And the high unemployment of those living in the rough neighborhoods of Milwaukee?  This should NOT scare anyone with Wisconsinites. Maybe the rural/suburban folks. But “this convo” has been long discussed in the African-American areas of the state that many in Wisconsin will not go to. Or will not talk about. Does Tony Evers or Kathleen Vinehout go to the inner city area of Milwaukee? Nope! What about the other candidates whom have no Milwaukee ties? None. Oh, they might talk about it from afar, but not in person! And keep in mind that Wisconsin’s African-American Population is hovering around the 8% percent. It’s small. And the majority of the African-American population is in the South East Area of the state. Oh, the current Governor like Walker doesn’t really care about the Milwaukee Area that much.

I’m going to bet that Mahlon would be a “surprise front runner” for this election. And the thing is, here it is back in 2011-12 that he and Tom Barrett were going all over the state competing for the chair in Madison. Then losing to Walker. Now it’s his turn and doing it well with growth. So guess what, I’m betting on Mahlon on August 14th. And plus most recently, his fundraising status was boosted more than the contenders competing. And this was between January and June of this year. And unlike the other Democratic contenders, he didn’t use no loans to help boost his funds. NOPE! Not him! It’s self-funded. Old school self-funded style.

We’ll see after August 14th. In which also that many will cast a ballot of their choosing to take down Scott Walker.