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Its been a while for a Three Way Dance! And it’s a must NEEDED Dance. With all what is going on with many factors of concern it’s clearly that many folks in conscious are just being grabbed left and right. Oh did I mention that we’ve been here before. Of course! However if many are just late to the dance, or just in general don’t know or just didn’t know until the day actually comes. And they complain about not knowing or whatever. But for this though, I got dance cards on deck.

First Dance: The Leaky Tapes from the White House. Oh we all just woke up to this. Press play:

The Leaky Tape: Nixon and Reagan in 1971.

Show of hands right now: who didn’t know that this was a racial charged remark? And getting to the truth about Reagan and Nixon? Oh, that’s right many of us weren’t born in 1971 and didn’t know this. But there is one thing we all knew: They had racial angles! Nixon probably did but Reagan?! Really? The same “America is a Shiny Beacon on the hill” Ronald Reagan? The same Ronald Reagan that everyone probably voted up in the 1980’s with the same moniker of “Let’s Make America Great Again?” Guess who sampled that material? This Ronald Reagan that many watched to approve the MLK Holiday, gave Michael Jackson an commemorative award in the 1980’s at the height of Thriller, and he along with his wife Nancy had the Just Say No slogan on lock when Generation X were just kids? YEAH HIM! If many of you are Ronald Reagan Fans still backing the words of him during in his 8 years in office and you’re just now looking at this footage from 1971 there is one question to be asked? Are you shocked by this? And if you’re black, your perception has not changed about this man even after he left office. Want more proof? Let Roland Martin Unfiltered enlighten you:

Now many probably will be asking is how will Reagan’s family react to this? Their children, and grandchildren and many other in the Reagan Family Tree will react to this remark from 1971? Oh you know they will, but yet that was their father. Let them address that. But yeah MANY OF US knew this all this time. We’ve been knew it. But it’s others just chiming in on this youtube channels to not vote for Reagan in 2020.

CALLOUT- FYI: Reagan died in 2005, and Nixon passed away in 1994.

Even though that they had those angles, there are those today that would NOT forgive the actions that the Reagan and Nixon Administrations had done in their 4 to 8 years in office. Many will never forgive Reagan with the 80’s drug era that effected the country, including the areas of the POOR! Again, we known this angle for LONG TIME! If those whom are relatively new to the news, they are just learning. But for those of us relearning the story, we know it very well. It has not changed!

Second Dance: The #DemDebates Overall.

We’ve seen the Democratic Debates in the previous weeks and I must say that it’s all about bragging rights. It’s about the bragging rights that only ONE might emerge the candidate to take on 45 or the “Bad Trumpy Boy” in the 2020 Election. And yes we know who ever wins the prize will become president. We know this. But the debates as we know is like a firing squad. Or in this case there all on the same team, but WHO REALLY WANTS it more in order to make the case please-able to the voters? And yet many are looking at Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders (whom is Independent) and many others who feel that they can carry the party. Right now to me, it’s between Biden and I think Harris. I’m calling it right now because that I know it’s what the media is talking about. But however, when it comes to be the front runner, it’s probably Joe Biden. Of course I’m saying him. Nevermind the so-called gaffs about his opinions and viewpoints in regards the Crime Bill or any other that fact of the matter that harbors. So far it’s like a preliminary tryout for the football team. You have your veteran players, your mid-carders and those who have walked on the field to see what they can do. Don’t believe me? Ask the Wisconsin Badgers Football Team. They know walkons. And like the pros, they will be evaluated and see who makes the cut to the main roster. But in this instance, it’ll be narrowed down to that one candidate and that strong running mate. Nah, this is like the WWE Royal Rumble in which it’s every man and every woman for him or herself. That’s all it is. The winner left standing will be that one contender left to fight the champion. Which is of course is Trump. Ooops, I mean 45. We all seen the aftermath of the Democratic Debates and yet it’s not pretty. It hasn’t been. But the fact of that matter is someone is going to go big and might be a surprise pick to get on the ballot and to have a strong connection with the voters. Even to the Black Voters that are woke and conscious! BUT ALAS! Who ever that is, must be strong in all AVENUES! Not the usual groups that is always catered!

And last but not least: For all the Schools that claim that the Alumni needs to be at all the functions, you need to know something.

For quite sometime on WordPress, I have highlighted several times about the need for Alumni to join their Alumni Associations. No matter if it’s High School or College. We all know that many of us give back to our schools that our kids go to currently, but what about the schools we went to? And what about the Schools that are still out there that need the Alumni to stay informed? See this is what I’m talking about. I get information from my old high school, tech college and university mainly because I would like to know what’s going on since I graduated. And yet of course we get those donations in the mail to help contribute to the cause. Some or many of us do this, and yet many of us don’t. Say amen! And also many of us probably hear about a recent fight at our old high school and come up in arms in argument about the bad stuff on social media, and not offering a solution to get the problems solved. But that is another story. What ties in all of this is a recent problem: my high school alma mater recently advertised a flapjack fundraiser in regarding the school’s football team. Many of us in the Alumni had seen the advertisement a couple of day BEFORE the start of the fundraiser. The advertisement was labeled for July 27th, many of us got it on the 23rd. Which was WAAAAAY LATE! Later on in the day, we received a notification indicating that “the breakfast was a success, but no support from the Alumni Association.” Now personally that felt like an attack on the organization. But here’s the thing, I responded like this on the Milwaukee Marshall Alumni FB Page:

“Glad this was a great success. I really wanted to come, but I had to attend a meeting in Germantown with my church. Now I can’t speak for every Alum but I can say that only a few knew about this in the past week. I’m suggesting as a idea (I hope I don’t get in trouble here) make sure that this is advertised ahead of time. Like in a week/month advance. Many of us have different schedules with jobs and families and also many of us are not in the state. But I really wanted to attend. Plus you mentioned about submitting a donation. Even though this has passed, can we still donate? If possible reference the name of the individual that we can submit the donations to. Even though many of us knew about this and missed it, but still would like to contribute.”

See this is how I responded in a calm manner. I didn’t get pissed. Look what I just wrote. Yes, I’m glad the Milwaukee Marshall Football Fundraiser was good, and it was a successful event. But yet in their estimation the Alumni should have been there to come out. HOWEVER, I need the schools to understand something. We in the Alumni are not just former students. We are parents, grandparents, taking care of our kids, caregivers, travel, going to work, commute in and out of state, and many other schedule concerns and duties we endure EVERYDAY! We are human. We’re not Superman or Wonder Woman. We have schedules like you do in order to stay on task! Why am I saying this? I’m commenting this to be truthful. We all have a schedule. Heck, I told my church this. My father once said when I was in college, that “nobody knows your schedule but you”. He was right. And I’m here to tell those whom have been offended by these “you should have been there”speeches that many of you know your schedule. I don’t know the schedule of many but know of some. I know my own schedule based on what I do everyday. And I tell them. Many of us also that we have to know that we are not always going to show up to everything all the time. Now to the schools: LISTEN UP! You need to understand this. Don’t get angry or pissed that the Alumni doesn’t show up and get a revenge edge on us. That’ll look bad on the organization and also that will reflect on you. Trust me, you don’t want to go there. If you want to really get the Alumni involved, you need to come to our meetings, have the discussions to reach out on OUR Social Media platforms, etc. How many of you teachers, administrators, coaches, or many others have ever been invited to an Alumni Association Meeting within the past year? Or the past two years? Or have talked to an alum at a recent event for them to come back and visit? Don’t speak all at once! If you haven’t done any of this, then that’s on YOU! Don’t blame the Alumni Presidents, Treasurers, Secretaries, Acting Board members, or anyone that donated, contributed, supported or even identifies very well about being an alum of giving back. Don’t go there! Do you understand what I’m saying here? I want all schools to hear this, especially my own. Yes, all the schools should connect with the Alumni and vice-versa. Not too many are doing this. But to call them out like this in a dumb manner is just that: DUMB! If you have information that the Alumni can be notified of in various formats, let us know AHEAD OF TIME! And if we can’t make it to a fundraiser or an open house that features money, let us donate. Can that be done?


I almost forgot to do this, but this is for the Class of 2019. By now, you just completed your degrees, walked with your classes, heard the commencement speeches, and many of you totally admit that this was the last time you saw each other. This part is sad. But you have to stay in touch with your Alumni to keep up. For all of that, this is your blog letter.

Dear Class of 2019:

It’s me, Stephen. And you know who I am. First to the class of 2019, I say congratulations! You made it! Welcome to the club of the Alumni! Or for some of you, the Real World! I know the feeling of walking that stage and being admired of my educational accomplishments. But I have heard that you all had a tremendous year based on sports, academics and yes, getting to this point in your lives that will be remembered as long as you live. If you’re living, say amen.

Even though that this moment in your lives in your educational history is very sufficient, don’t be alarmed but many of you are probably influencing the next class or the next member in your families that is willing to go to that next level to be the best in your efforts. I’ve mentioned this before with a different class, but the reality is you established something that will be very influential. No matter if its your High School Diploma, Colleges Degrees of Associates, Bachelor’s, Masters, or Doctors, somebody is watching you and saying that “I’m going to do this!” My thing is: GO FOR IT! Do the thing that will get you famous with the pictures on the walls and comeback in 20 years to get another generation of graduates to hype them up for the next level. And most recently, we’ve seen elders up near 90 years old that had graduated years ago, and never received their diplomas that were in their 20’s 70 years ago! But the main purpose is that they lived longer to see this moment for those whom didn’t get a chance to see. But also saw it through their succeeding generation family members.

But I want to take a moment to reflect on your Graduation Ceremonies. Many of you had great ceremonies in which you weren’t dancing. Some of you did. And some of you almost got yanked off the stage. Some of you High School Valedictorians that graduated wanted to say your speeches that included some concerns about Sexual Acts of Harassment and other acts of concerns you wanted to say, was cancelled by the administrations of pulling your microphones away.  Even mentioning of names like Trayvon Martin or Tamir Rice. This crap of what you experienced was nothing of fear! The administrators of your schools were full of BS. They didn’t care. All they cared was like YET again: let’s talk about the good things, pomp and circumstance music, speeches, congrats, walk on the stage, tilt your tassel and go home.

WAIT A SECOND! I written about this before years ago about top seniors in High School almost got yanked off the stage for the concerns about the violence, sexual harassment, and many other FEARS that many will talk about after leaving school. My thing is, you should be concerned! This happens almost EVERYDAY in the real world! You read about it online, in the papers, the news, and yes you hear it from other folks whom have their problems in the families in school! But alas: it’s graduation season. I need to tell these so-called Superintendents, Educators, Secretaries, Principals, Vice Principals, Dignitaries, and yes so-called supporters who favored the yanking of speeches: YOU ARE SO STUPID! You’re all about the one-sided affairs. But not about concerns! When I heard about the students making their speeches about the violence and racial N-words this 2018-2019 school year and many others across the country: where were you administration? Were you listening to the students?! If you were NOT LISTENING to the kids and especially those whom were Seniors, there is something wrong with you! This is our future! This is our next leaders to might be better than us in which they will be in control of the game. And oh, you stripped their right to speak about the concerns. You all need to WAKE THE F//**+ UP! Yeah I said it! Many of you are worried about your wallets instead of your instincts! I thought “the schools” are a part of “the community.” When the community of Children and Youth are concerned about the world of Donald Trump insults on many occassions, and the violence of innocent people being harassed, bullied, killed,  or even traumatized about their classmates’ experience, WE THE SO-CALLED GROWN FOLKS need to LISTEN! They are our future! They are not just on Facebook, or their phones texting or playing Fortnite! And as far as the University Commencements are concern: When the graduates in were dancing around after hearing the names called, one of the folks put their hands on the graduates (black ones) and try to get them off the stage! REALLY?! I get it. Its a day full of joy. And yes the University had apologized to the graduates for the act. Lucky some of the HBCU’s (the Black Colleges) didn’t see that as a distraction or a problem!

Class of 2019: Word from one of my late church members: DON’T LET NOBODY STEAL YOUR JOY! If I had to come to a graduation and speak to most of you, I’m letting those words be the anchor. Not just for graduations or commencement services but everyday! Spoiler Alert: You’re going to put up with folks whom don’t care about your academics, your sports,  your music days in the choir or band, your family background, your heritage, your gender, your issues of whatever, religion, history, and etc. THEY WON’T CARE. It might seemed racist, sexist, shaming, in all. They will not care. Although they might acknowledge them, but many will not care about it! But I say this, be proud that you made it. Let the haters hate, sulk, lose, and suffer!

If they hate that you got a masters or a bachelors from a crappy school that they couldn’t pass, guess what? SORE LOSERS! Same thing with the High Schools. They couldn’t cut the mustard then and not now. That’s why they complain. That’s why they go on the blogs (not this one) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others piss and moan about guys like you making it. And here is a shocker, some of them could be your former classmates, and I dare say: your church members that never cared about you growing up, your other friends, and even this might hurt, your kinfolk family members. It’s a well known fact of hate!

Real talk 2019, always continue to be the best in all what you do! Be real in all what you do! And don’t let NOBODY or anything stand your way towards that goaline. You have made it this far. Keep going to that next level! Oh, one more thing: since many of you have your degrees, and got all that grad money and I’ve mentioned this before. Get involved with your school’s Alumni Associations. Get involved with them. Attend a board meeting, receive newsletters, email blasts, view social media posts about your class or school. Tour the school for an open house, attend a homecoming game. Just to clarify that Homecoming is really for the Alumni! And for those whom are way younger than 42: I was told to do this at 18, and I’m telling you here: Go to your reunions. And also, donate back to your schools that gave you love in the first place! Now a days if you have not heard, Alumni Groups or Alumni in general now wants to give back to their schools. And also, the schools want to reach out to the Alumni. Either way, GET INVOLVED!

Younger alums: I know that many of you will be busy with family and college. But the Alumni Committees needs to hear from you about what you want to see in your alum orgs. My advice, get to know your Alumni Committee. Get to know at least one member. Visit the schools, get the info that is current! Buy a T-shirt, form your own Alumni groups and events/reunions, and have the elder alumni to talk to you about why you should be a future Alumni Board Member. And like I said in many Graduation Blogs years ago, you might be on the stage in the future giving a keynote address to a future class that might be looking at you as an example while getting  or presenting an Alumni of the Year Award. Which would echo your work in the community.

In conclusion, 2019 you made it this far. Congrats to all of you. Like I said on the night of my father’s wake in March of  2017: Stay in the fight! And to quote Nipsey Hussle: The Marathon Continues!

Sincerely,

Stephen


Well, it’s Milwaukee Day. The unofficial holiday to somewhat celebrate as an extension of the city’s original birthday with pride, but however yes it’s a day to celebrate us Brew City folks. Now, yes we do got problems of Lead Water, Segregation, Jobs, and a way just to be economically sound. Yes, this is our day of April 14th, as we once again for about the 10th time, recognize 414 Day. And despite of the positives and negatives, we know by now: I’m scratching my head again. And this time, it’s for the locals.

So how does one celebrate Milwaukee Day, or 414 Day, anyway?

MILESTONE: Oh, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of Milwaukee Day. It started with a joke. Now with that joke in the rear view, again how does one celebrate and what will be for the next 10 years of future Milwaukee Days and beyond?

City Hall with the 414 Flag

Many probably wondered about the 2020 DNC Convention coming to Milwaukee next year. BUT, if Milwaukee can hold over 50,000 folks every 5 years for Harley-Davidson’s Birthday, why not this?

At this year’s State of the City Address, the Mayor stated that “Milwaukee is fighting back.” Well many will ask, what are we fighting back with?

Is the Milwaukee Streetcar or The Hop holding up well? I don’t see any haters talking. They must be quiet.

This past election for the State of Wisconsin: Milwaukee was the deciding factor to get Gov. Tony Evers the chair. YES! But what happened this year after the April 2019 election? That need a real scratching on the head!

If you haven’t heard by now, one of our former Malls, Northridge might be dust soon, UNLESS if the Chinese Investors realtors or any step up and actually take charge. Already that ‘s money wasted. Where’s the results?

Northridge Mall back in 2013. Closed.

When you think about Milwaukee famed artists: Tank, Eric Benet, and Al Jarrreau, you know that two of them were and are MPS Alums, right? That’s Milwaukee Public Schools!

Speaking of Facebook: If you follow the Page 414 Milwaukee Mil Town, you might be brought back to yesteryear when the City was totally different. And actually stood for something other than being a bland city. Take a look if you don’t mind. And ask yourself, “Was Milwaukee like this?!” WOW!

This needs no asking: Which Milwaukee neighborhood that many already knows, has the best outings, on point, real progressive, and actually gives back by stating of giving back? I say the Riverwest.

Oh this needs to be asked: Over the years, Milwaukee was and is known as the City of Festivals. And yet we had a City of Festivals Parade, a Milwaukee Christmas Parade and also The Great Circus Parade. If you can get one of these Parades back, what will it be?

This needs to be asked by some or a few, which neighborhoods in Milwaukee should be on the rise, on the comeback, and waiting to be recoginized to represent? I’ll say: Bay View, Bronzeville and my neighborhood I know personally: Lincoln Creek. And I say Lincoln Creek because I was raised in the neighborhood back in day when folks knew your name and where you live! It’s has to be represented even more NOW!

With the lasting memory of the BMO Bradley Center is this:

How will the Fiserv Fourm do this?

Of all the men and women who are buried at Forest Home Cemetery, this cemetery is where the souls of Byron Kilbourn, the Founders of Pabst, Miller, Harley-Davidson and among others are resting in peace. Which of them not mentioned in that cemetery were black folks that made an impact on the city’s past?

What’s your museum? The MAM or the MPM?

Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI

By the way: That’s the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee Public Museum.

Milwaukee Public Museum – Milwaukee, WI

What’s your Historical Society? The Milwaukee County Historical Society or the Wisconsin Black Historical Society?

What’s your movie that was filmed here? Blues Brothers, Public Enemies, Transformers, Mr. 3000, or Major League?

What’s your TV show that was based here? We know Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley as usual. But what about another show or something else?

Remember when Alice Cooper from the first Wayne’s World Movie talked about Milwaukee’s meanings and three socialist mayors? Oh, for you triggered folks, Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn and George H. Walker were all DEMOCRATIC Socialists. Stop running. And each of them had their little towns: JuneauTown(Easttown), KilbournTown(Westtown), and Walker’s Point.

Where would we be when local bands are discovered by a Milwaukee Festival like Summerfest?

Milwaukee County Stadium – We know.

Miller Park – We know.

But after the name change at the same ball park, what will American Family Insurance do?

Speaking of American Family Insurance: They along with TM Partners, and the Milwaukee Brewers are extending the play of continuing the July 3rd Fireworks traditon on the Lakefront. We all know that U.S. Bank is no longer sponsoring this. But seriously, AmFam? What was the reason behind this?

You know that the Core DJ’s started in Milwaukee, right? The CEO is a MPS Alum.

Of all the Milwaukee High Schools, which high school has the active ALUMNI?

Of all the Milwaukee Colleges, which College/University has the active ALUMNI?

Of all the Milwaukee Companies, which Company has the ACTIVE EMPLOYMENT that many should know and apply to?

Of all the Milwaukee Clubs, Fraternities and Sororities: Which of them are CURRENTLY ACTIVE for anyone to join or donate or support?

From the Bascillia of St. Josephat to St. Mark’s AME Church, what other churches are well known and on the rise to be known to do something different?

CALLOUT: With all the Segregation problems of Milwaukee’s checkered past, why does it seem to be not normal for those that moved out? Same with violence?

Which Radio stations in Milwaukee that we miss the most? I say Hot 102. Which is now online.

Of all the radio stations in Milwaukee that do Hip-Hop and R&B, which tops the most?

For a while, Milwaukee used to have two black Radio Stations that were neck and neck: 860 WNOV and 1290 WMCS. Remember them? Sure we do. However, 860 is still alive. But still kept on the pulse of Black Milwaukee.

Of all the newspapers: we know about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But what about that Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Courier, Milwaukee Times, Community Journal, El Conqusistator, etc?

Lets see: Ask this, which local bloggers are way popular now, and also which bloggers are on the rise to be noticed in Milwaukee? Regardless of their experience, gifted and talented, etc?

Which Milwaukee Photographer is on the rise right now that you never heard of?

Remember when Harry Kemp was the man with the camera at Milwaukee’s black events?

Of all the Milwaukee news stations: Channel 4, Channel 6, Channel 12 and Channel 58 are all in different categories, BUT…..which one takes the crown?

Which hospital has the best care in Milwaukee that you trust personally?

Which Milwaukeean right now needs a job plan that wants to impact folks very differently?

Remember that Milwaukee commercial that used to have a quote: “If you’re going to make it Milwaukee, you got to know Milwaukee?”

Is Midwest Express Airlines making a comeback?

Back in the day, remember when Channel 18 actually had a news segment and a news show at 9:00pm?

Which Milwaukeeans are the Dark Horses that you need to look out for?

Which Milwaukeeans are the Introverts that make their money like everybody else due to them being not as vocal but working?

This needs to be asked: which Milwaukeeans in the city that is making an impact that many don’t know that will know?

What’s this? Milwaukee’s MPTV station channel 10 is popular in the country? How this happen?

Of all the Black Activists in Milwaukee: who’s next to be heard?

Of all the activism in Milwaukee: ranging from environmental, to LGBT in all, who’s next to be leading?

Of all the poets, and musicians in Milwaukee: who’s next to step up?

Is Harley-Davidson still relevant in Milwaukee right now, after 115 years concerning employment?

Is Miller Brewery still relevant? Same with Harley, and Pabst? AND JOBS?

Who’s rocks the best Barbershop in the City?

Who was and is the most recognizable actor/actress/directors out of Milwaukee? We know Charlotte Rae and Gene Wilder. Who else? Also include John Ridley and George Tillman, Jr.

You know Milwaukee made bowling famous, right?

When Gimbels, Schuster’s, and Boston Store were happening, it was on like Gangbusters. Which of these stores would you bring back?

Which State senators who is Milwaukee born is really making waves in a category that no one is talking about?

What’s your mansion in Milwaukee: Pabst Mansion or the Schuster Mansion?

Are many still rocking the Flag? I’m talking about the Sunrise over the Lake that looks like the O. You know which one!

Which athlete made an impact on Milwaukee sports the most and least and the same as of now?

Which drug stores from the past that need to make a Milwaukee comeback? I say Pill and Puff!

Is the Old/Current Milwaukee Flag can still be relevant no matter anyone’s absent minded opinion?

Pro Wrestling and Milwaukee go hand and hand. And when is “Da Crusher” statue will be done?

I asked this years ago with rock music and black musicians: who was and were the well known Black Artists from Milwaukee that were and or are made an impact onto Rock Music? We know R&B, Blues, Soul, Rap, and Hip-Hop.

And the final question before this Milwaukee Day ends of 2019: What will you take from this #414Day to the next #414Day? Besides the unexpected snow?

Bonus Question: How about those Bucks? In the Playoffs? And have the best record in the league thus far? And is the “Fear The Deer” Mentality really working for the better? Look out, NBA. The Deer is not messing around! And the first win though: Came on April 14th vs the 313 of Detroit And April 14th is aka Milwaukee Day.

And may I add:


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Ok so now we are about two days removed from one of the most talked about midterms in history, I like everyone else is bone tired from the ads and also the get it over with the mentality of getting through with this election!

I think in this, Wisconsin had made another historical feat of this election. Yes, I said it!

So, answer me this Wisconsin folks what do you think was the determining factor of this midterm election? I’m going to say this I believe that the most common, and the most interesting and the most determining Factor was when Tony Evers and Scott Walker were in the dead heat of the governor’s chair. And eventually, it had a lot of twists and turns along the way. I had to admit, it was a lot of twists and turns in which that ultimately led to this one final decision that Tony Evers eventually won the election over Scott Walker. Man, we have to ask, how did Tony Evers pull this off? I mean for real how did he pulled this off? If you have been following the Tony Evers connection, you would have known that number one, Tony Evers is well known in Wisconsin. Particularly as a state superintendent of the schools. And two, that his supporters who wanted him to run kept it on the real down low. So yes, he worked like a ninja!

While on the other end, we all know by now that Mandela Barnes will be the new Lt. Governor for the State. On this point, he will be the FIRST African-American Male to hold that position. EVER. Wisconsin in its 170 years as a State in all, has NEVER had a black person to hold a position of Governor or Lt. Governor. I’ve asked in the past, when will Wisconsin have someone from the Black Community to be Governor or close to it? Well, it appears that the Lieutenant Governor part is done, but next in the future, the head Governorship is well in reach. Oh yeah, I’ve met Mandela on several occasions and yes he is an alum of my alma mater, John Marshall High School in Milwaukee. Speaking of that: when word got out that Evers and Mandela won, yes I shared the news article on my alma mater’s Facebook Page. There were about over 100+ likes on the Milwaukee Marshall HS Alumni page and yes there were many positive vibes. However, there’s always that one member that had to say something negative and dumb. The commenter brought about Mandela and this thing about “ratchet parties”.

In 2009, there was an advertisement on Facebook about this event called, “Vicky Parties” It was a lingerie party. And yes, Mandela’s name was attached to the event. Plus, he was just 22 years old. Now OK, a lot of us who are older than 22 years old can obviously say “well when I was 22, I didn’t do those things. I kept out of trouble and worked hard after college in all that.”

Don’t get me started! Yes, I was 22 also, and the thought about me going to ratchet parties was not even thought about. And guess what, at 22 I was still in college. A technical college in Milwaukee. Had a job working between classes in all and still living with my parents. So what? But in the case of Mandela Barnes though, this story that happened in 2009 means nothing! And yes the commenter on the Milwaukee Marshall Alumni Page ain’t saying nothing else about this 9-year story that MEANS NOTHING! Was Mandela arrested? Did he get booked? Was he even suspended without pay? Fined? What was the crime for this?! There were no booking papers. No arrest warrants. None of that. So what was the real crime here?! That story then and now means nothing and it’s still nothing. For all those who feel that especially that fool on Marshall’s Alumni Page thinks that this incident or story is not appropriate for him to serve the people of Wisconsin, you need to check 45 about him grabbing women by the Vagina Parts in all and oh, he won 2 years ago. Why is Trump NOT IN JAIL?! I’ll never know.

With them being the big winners in the State, the challenge of them will come up in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 to battle the now Republican-led Assembly that might limit powers of the Governor’s position out of the mouth of Speaker Robin Vos. And others who feel that it should have been Walker all the way. Well, this I think “power decrease idea” of Robin Vos is a high crime that needs to be broken because this is the same group of fools that were in favor of driving the way of the High-Speed Rail, budget repair bills, bragging about the 250,000 jobs (which NEVER HAPPENED) busting up Unions that was fairly well respected, slashing Education funding, Foxconn, not letting Hard Rock build a casino in Kenosha and many other blunders that the soon to be former Governor Numb Nuts had messed up! And the barrier of this, many of this really started in Milwaukee where Walker was using computers on company time as County Executive. Oh, don’t you remember that? This soon to be former Governor was just that: dumb! And this is the same guy was going around with his high school diploma and failing college out of Marquette University? This guy?!

So after 8 dismal years of pain, in the state of Wisconsin: Walker IS DONE! He along with Rebecca Kleefisch (a former Milwaukee Channel 12 reporter mind you) can pack their bags and leave Madison. They have done their damage and yet they can go. Let them get their lack thereof acknowledgments and all and after that: BE GONE!

Now I want to shift gears here: I need to talk about the role of African-Americans and this disdain of one person’s opinion of being black and voting should not be vital. Press play.

Black Conscious Folks: shut your mouths! I’m just listening to Roland Martin’s segment on Tom Joyner’s Morning Show. And a lot of us have been telling other black folks that we shouldn’t be voting and such.

If many of us on social media got these so-called conscious folks that have no endgame, no purpose, no goals, always pointing the finger at others but not themselves, thinking they are all smart and such other things: let them go! Take them off your lists, your contacts, your buddy lists and get them off your life right now! You don’t need some so-called conscious fool who thinks like Malcolm X or an Original Black Panther telling you not to vote and it doesn’t have a goal for political objectives. You all who have them on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, and countless others: Delete them! Take them off the list. They are not worth talking to.

All of our lives, politics have been in us. From the Cradle to the Grave. It’s going to impact all of us. And it still does. So I don’t want to hear some fake conscious dude about “oh don’t vote, there is no black agenda….” Look here: If you want a black agenda you need to step up your game and actually work to create one! Why don’t you create one that could benefit the valor of the BLACK COMMUNITY?! Oh yeah, we know it, BUT how long can it be valuable?

Black folks, I know we are conscious proud people. No question. But again, we need to stop listening to all these fake conscious negroes that telling us about this disdain about not voting and other stuff. And that goes for following folks on your Social Media lists who feel that all Pastors are evil wearing Fake Jesus Shirts being a demigod. Or believing that so much about them and not about many. They don’t have an answer. Just opinions. Bad opinions!

Well to conclude, Wisconsin: we got work to do. In the words of our state motto: FORWARD!

Now that’s true, On Wisconsin.


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.


Long time ago, I usually say that “August Really Sucks.” I think I say this because that’s when you get the feeling of school is coming. The 2018-19 year is about to start up. BUT….with all what’s going on with Trump messing up the game, a black Milwaukee Radio Station Segment gone, more of the Becky’s of calling the cops being crazy, Harley-Davidson turning 115 in all: I’m scratching my head again.

Did we really need the Hallmark Christmas Movies in July?

Schools of America: Are you ready for the classrooms?

For all the fans of “Shut up and dribble”: Do you hate LeBron James now? After he opened a school in the area Akron, Ohio?! Hmmmm……what about it?!

Are many folks ready for Roland Martin’s new show on September 4th? Spoiler Alert, you need the internet!

Wisconsinites: August 14th is coming up real fast. So you made your marks yet? Who’s betting on Mahlon Mitchell to go all the way?

For the listeners and fans of WNOV: what happens now after “The Forum?”

Milwaukee: Black Arts Fest MKE debuts. Will it be successful and the anticipation be in the staple of the City of Festivals? Just to think that 5 years ago, African World Festival happened. And unceremoniously: for the last time.

Is the Wisconsin State Fair still hyped?

Is the NFL Preseason still good to watch? And justly, not many will not watch the NFL in regarding Colin Kaepernick.

This fall: it will be my 25 years that I backed Bucky. When they got hot and went to the Rose Bowl in 1994 and won the game. (Rose Bowl with Barry Alvarez winning it all) But my question is, can these Football Badgers of now in 2018-19, go for the big one?

What about the new name for the New Bucks Arena? Now known as the Fiserv.Forum?

Alright this needs to be asked: what was the gall purpose of those Black Pastors IN the 45 Wacky White House meeting up with Trump? And what was Milwaukee Bishop Darrell Hines doing there?!!! Was it really about Prison Reform?! And speaking of that, Darrell Scott said that Trump is the “The most blackest president ever.” EXCUSE ME?!!! And having the balls to diss Obama?

Milwaukee: we will have some guests coming to town in later weeks for Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary. Yeah, our every 5 year anniversary is coming yet again. But the question is: will EVERY neighborhood and community in Milwaukee be ready for this? And also will the Black Community be represented? You know it was almost left out IF the Iron Elite Black Biker Jam had not happened! As well as also the MLK Jr Drive Area had not happened either!

For you Bird Scooters Fans: yes you know that already that the City of Milwaukee had began to declare the Bird Scooters to be illegal to operate. In parts of the operating of the scooters didn’t comply under the State of Wisconsin’s DOT Laws. Yes, the city had to comply with the rules in terms of the state. Chapter 340 Paragraph 35. It’s clearly states that. For you Bird Scooter fans: didn’t you read that part before leaving the scooters around? Just asking!

For the Alumni on ALL levels: you ready to donate back to the old high schools and colleges?

For the teachers: you ready to get back to the grading papers?

For the Administrators: what about that idea of facilitating new ideas in the schools and colleges?

For you Parents: will you be willing to visit the schools not just because of the games or graduation?!

Will many folks NOT be jealous about taking pics of their kids going to school on the first day on Social Media?

When it comes to the black churches, why are they are REALLY dying out? What is the REAL Reason?

Jerry Springer has been on TV nearly 28 years. And how?

It’s funny though, we see and read about all those comments about the “misfits” can’t mount to nothing. Hmmmm……what if they did? And provide that evidence?

When will the Wisconsin State Fair have an African-American Career Expo? It had it once before!

Milwaukeeans: Century City I area will be getting it’s first tenant: GoodCity Brewing. It’s not Amazon, but can it generate jobs for the area?

Class of 2019: are you ready to get this semester over with? Especially if you are a Senior!

For all those going into school/colleges for the first time, you must be nervous. We all been there. But will you make sure that your first year is a learning experience?

For all those who are still in it at school/college: can you maintain the pressure?

Final question here: How will all of our leaders continue to adapt the ways of the 45 moronic orange head, while many of us have to go through crap everyday dealing with all the mess that most of the GOP do spew out? In other words, HOW LONG?!


While many of us were taking the day off from work and school, the infamous Memorial Day Holiday returned as well as the “unofficial”start of the summer season. You know that is when many will start to travel alot? Yeah that one. This is also the same Memorial Day when many of us in the black community will remind the country that it was black folks that made the holiday. Long history of that missed! And also, it appears that the sacreligous saying of “Happy Memorial Day” is dumb. But however, I’m scratching my head again.

Like last year and this year and the year before that: WHY ARE WE SAYING HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY?!! It’s not for the living!

I need to ask this: does the African-American Community gets to be honored on Memorial Day when many of our black servicemen died or KIA in battle? Even while serving when the country didn’t give them love?

The month of May is Military Appreciation Month, which military member should be given love each day?

The Second Milwaukee Streetcar arrived this month, and in June, the Open House begins. Is June 8th still on your calendar, Milwaukee?

Starbucks was closed for one day after Memorial Day. You know what it means?

Has anyone really adapted to the full blown downside of Tinder?

If Call of Duty is not Nintendo Switch material, can Wolfenstein II be that combat game to become the best ever?

Next month is June: Black Music Month, Pride Month, Month set aside for Fathers, Juneteenth, The First Day of Summer………oh, you know us men realize that it’s also Men’s Health Month? Wear light blue!

It’s really apparent that the celebration of the United Methodist Church’s 50 is catching on. But after the celebration is one and done, what’s really next?

Why many ask those whom are single and no kids: “what’s wrong?”

Why many ask those whom are introverted that are “anti-social?!” Knowing its not the people, it’s really the connection.

Hold up: Noah’s Ark got a new water slide in Wisconsin. Hint it’s a snake ride. Not as you think. Wanna know?

Can the American Legion go to the inner city schools/events to assist them about black history war figures? Along with the Auxiliary, Riders and Sons? This is a serious question here. Not knocking the suburbs.

So many people think that the NFL is being unfair (still unfair) about Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling. Many have said that it’s unfair for him that he’s not signed to a team. NOW the NFL has made a rule that if a player doesn’t rise before the anthem, the team will be penalized 15 yards. There was a time that the NFL players were in the locker room while the anthem is played. Like 2009. My question is, why did 45 had to bust out saying that those who didn’t recite the anthem shouldn’t be in the country?!

Oh my God! Roseanne’s reboot and reruns has been cancelled due to a racist tweet to one of former members of the Obama/Biden Crew: Former Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. For you Roseanne fans: so who’s the snowflake now?

Wisconsin: we turned 170 years old this week. What about the 8% of African-Americans living in the state for opportunities?

Additional School Shootings in Santa Fe, Texas and also after a High School Graduation in Atlanta, Georgia. Now I need to ask yet again after the “March for our Lives”, why are we are NOT getting the message?!

Was this a great decision by Mayor Tom Barrett by NOT running for Governor in Wisconsin in 2018?

I’ve seen Graduations of older folks in their 90’s graduating from College. You know it’s not too late, right?

How will Juneteenth Day 2018 turn up?

This is an interesting article: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story about skills being important as degrees. Should this an idea to get folks back to work in a new way? And I know this needs to be asked: if you have a Bachelor’s Degree and you’ve been working low wages for a while well after college, and you want a newer BETTER JOB, why is this being blocked for those whom have a 4 year degree?

MSNBC had a Town Hall Meeting about Everyday Racism in America. Mainly with the now concerns of racism at Starbucks, Yale, etc. Was White America as well as any other naysayer American was paying attention?

Black Men: when we are stopped by the police or had been stopped by the police, do we feel a sense of concern like they are going to get us? And could this be one of the reasons why an interest in Police work is not out of the question?

And the Final question: Has EVERY American get this?

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Coming in June: two things to write about – A Traditional Stephen’s Spot Blog about Graduations. And MEN – I have a serious blog to write about Men’s Health and you need to listen, er read what I have to say. Especially Black Men! Blood Pressures and Diabetes.


Call it another exclusive.

Since 2016, the Milwaukee Public Schools has been doing an intuitive of a thing called Rethinking High Schools. Part of this is engaging a group of folks that know the feeling of that previous work, the Alumni.

Us Alumni in the MPS world have been long forgotten in terms of the Students, Staff and Parents whom seem to be the bulk of Milwaukee’s largest school district. In 2015, there was a meeting at my old high school about this intuitive, and it was good to see the various ideas then to flow. But until 2016, as we knew, that changed a step further. It changed with the first MPS Alumni Reunion in which many of the MPS High School attended the Bradley Center and greeted by the dignitaries, and even Mayor Tom Barrett.

From there, we even had a Alumni Summit in discussing about our Alumni Associations and various ways to reach out. Plus even we discussed about the name changes of the schools, such as why John Marshall High School became “Morse*Marshall” and the reasons behind it. Not a very good one by the way. Even we discussed about those wanting to start an Alumni Association or Foundation that involves commitment from those that want to keep them open and active. We also had networking series events, Alumni luncheons/picnics as well as Panel Questions/Answers at the MPS Headquarters.

That was in the first two years since the idea was launched. And it worked.

Callout: Now the question is: why does this matter? Why now this idea? And also why didn’t we didn’t get this treatment when we were coming up in MPS?

This should matter to a point that the MPS Alumni Forever Family is part of the community. We are in our careers, families, activities and yes we do hold our titles to a prompt thought. We have been long forgotten in other means, but I think it’s time to celebrate us no matter where we are.

Why now this idea, you asked? Again it’s about us. If we can celebrate our kids and parents of the Milwaukee Public Schools, as well as teachers, principals, staff workers, recreation in all, even other schools; this also SHOULD include the Alumni. Many of us whom are alums probably have connections to MPS in some point based on experience, lessons and also support. As former students.

And why didn’t we get this treatment when we were coming up? Easy answer. It was never thought about. It was never indicated to the times that we had those great times in High School and frankly it was never invented the thought that MPS should create an Alumni Group for every alum that has graduated from Milwaukee’s largest school district.

I mean if the Colleges and Universities can do this, and they do this a lot as we know based on the mailings, emails, Social Media Posts in all, why not Milwaukee Public Schools? I mean we got successful alums in medicine, politics, journalism, science, architecture, business ownership, ministry, and many more areas of work we are currently in. We know this very well.

And I have to say that yes, MPS has problems. MPS has issues. And MPS has concerns with the Teachers, Staff Workers and most of all: our Kids! As an alum of the district, yes I recalled that MPS had concerns about Me. But however as I looked back, even though I had to highs and lows from grades to activities. And a one time suspension from fighting of being provoked and bullied in High School. Overall, I survived being a Milwaukee Public School Student. And I’m sure that many had survived that as well. The thing is many forget that yes, there are good things that MPS provides. And there are bad things. Just like the real world. Do I think about the bad things about the District? All the time. But I also remember the good as well.

So what can I expect at this new year of the Milwaukee Public Schools Alumni thing? What can I expect this year overall even more?

First I think that the idea must flow and continue into every single Milwaukee Public High School Alumni Association and Foundation. Period. They are the foundation for the MPS Alumni and hopefully they are the way to get those whom are engaged, stay engaged.

Second, the younger alumni must work! Like every group from Churches to Organized companies, even Alumni groups must need to have young folks. This is an Achilles Heel in all groups. If we want groups to survive, it’s the need for the younger alums to continue. Now I heard they don’t do Alumni Council Meetings, or be at a Reunion full of older folks. But what do they really want to see? They are MPS Alumni folks too and they need to be at the table voicing their ideas to support. For you younger MPS Alums between 18-35, we need to hear you. We know this is not your thing, but still we need to hear what you have to say. Seriously. Fill us in! There was talks about an idea of having their own Reunion Get Together. Have them! Organize it. But the seasoned vets would like to stop by and give you some tips to keep the Alumni ship going. Hear them out of respect.

And also: this needs to be said, if you say you would to come out and do this and that, and don’t put in the work, that is a problem! Regarding reunions, events and planning. Take notes, young Alumni!

Back in 2011 when my old high school was about to turn the golden age of 50, I was selected to be a new board member at 34 years old. And the date: May 2nd, 2011. 7 years to the date. I’ve worked my way up the ladder and I’m still learning. Plus I serve as a treasurer. I take pics and go to my 90’s reunions and share those whom are not familiar with that decade to give them some insight of who we are and what we did. And here is the kicker, for a while, my Alma Mater’s Alumni group never had anyone from the 1990’s to represent as a board member. But that changed in 2011 when I joined. Again, at 34 years old. And I’m from the Class of 1995. Go figure.

Now for all those that escaped from Wisconsin to go to Texas, Georgia, Illinois, California, New York, Tennessee, or even overseas. If you’re just now looking at this, and still asking what this is, and you are living in your new digs, and still are just wondering what this is: yes you’re missing out! But you can still support your alumni groups.

If I were one of you, I would go to this site right now: www.mpsalumnihub.com

This is the website for the MPS Alumni that has all the information in regarding the reunions, profiles, Alumni Directory, and other events.

Another is social media. If you haven’t killed your Facebook Page or Twitter handles you should be following them via MPS. Including Instagram.

Plus since many in the Alumni has a JOB, and likes to DONATE, this is an idea from one of my uncles who is an MPS Alum: “If I don’t come, I will donate!” I urge you the transplants of the MPS Alumni (as well as living in the state) to donate to the MPS Foundation or even donate to your Alumni Associations/Foundations to whatever area of the school you want. For example, if I lived let’s say…..Utah, and I’m just now reading about the MPS Alumni stuff and I can’t make it to a Networking event, or the Alumni Reunion due to distance in all, I would EXTREMELY donate to the cause of music of my Alma Mater or MPS! And I remember being in Band Classes back in the day. I’ll either send in a check or pay online. Why is that so hard? It’s not! You pay your bills online in all, right? You tithe online to your church, right? Why not this?

Folks, newsflash: It’s not rocket science.

One of the things about the ongoing suggestions that if you are going to be apart of this, it needs to be pushed and examined.

Pushed as to a point to let those know of what is going on in their Alma Maters. I’ll bet many others are asking, “How is the school now after 30 years since I’ve been gone?” Or “Does the school do drill squads, or music?” “Does it still have a football team?” Or, how can we the Alumni support this cause of Education of the school? We know this. We hear it all the time!

Examined as an example to preview and attempt to take part in some sort or many capacity. Now a days, when folks hear about certain events, or groups, they need to see it. Show the receipts, as the young folks would say. If a person that is interested in their Alma Mater Alumni Committee, and/or the MPS Alumni Hub to support or partake, I think he or she needs to see what’s going on. I think they need to ask questions, get information about the status of the Alumni Groups, even if they never heard of one. I think all Alumni Groups needs to have meetings, specifically interest meetings with the Alums to get a clarity of who they are dealing with. From the Chairperson, President on down. They need to see faces, and shake hands. And yes, Skyping.

They also need to go out into the community, particularly the school’s community to the events or meetings and support ideas of fundraising or services. If it’s for a Football Team, or a Jazz Ensemble it does not matter. Even if it’s a bake sale or a Open House, go and do it. Let them know that you (the Alumni) are here to donate your time and money to support this cause. The faces will lit up! Trust me. Many schools do have websites, and again Social Media Pages. Feel free to explore them! If they have an alumni page online, check that out also! If they have an Alumni Badge Lapel or shirt, wear that everywhere you go! Also let the future Alums know at their graduation ceremonies, and grad parties!

Even if you hear about a class reunion or another some sort of get together announcement, see if you can attend and get a table for the Alumni Association.

*Sidenote: Alumni Associations/Foundations, you might want to update your online pages to keep current of the news and contacts. JUST A THOUGHT!!!!!!!!

This is an also an idea: If you are an MPS Alum that is out of state, and the MPS Alumni Reunion is going on, take a pic of yourself with the school colors/MPS Alumni Lapel Pin. Let them know you represent the school district that gave you your first break! And it doesn’t matter where you are working. Even send a video message!

If you are in the working world and a MPS Alumni Member, guess what? You can network! You might want to do that to keep potential and future alums engaged in the company you are working in. Colleges do it all the dang time! Even network with clubs and organizations like Fraternities and Sororities. Veterans Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Elk Clubs, American Legion Family, Toastmasters, and more. How many of the MPS Alumni are in these organizations? And still active?

*Second Sidenote: If you are asking about a milestone reunion or a ideal reunion, and heard nothing back about it, you need to organize and also get assistance from the Alumni Association/Foundation. That goes for everyone!

Finally as I close, with the 3rd Annual MPS Alumni Reunion is coming up on Mother’s Day Weekend, I hope that the ideas would continue to flow beyond the event. I know that there will be pics taken and memories added. And contacts made. However, after the event is over, I also hope that the event would encourage others who have not yet came out once to actually try. This is still a young event, but eventually it will grow and be successful. And it has to start with the foundation of us Alumni to begin the engagement!

Plus I’ll save a piece for the Class of 2018 after they graduate!


Haven’t done a blog letter in a while, but its time to bring it back to the forefront. This blog letter is for the now graduated class of 2017. Yes, for you High School Seniors and College Seniors whom have now gone on to the next level, yes it’s your turn to shine. Like many classes before you, we too have to had to get our chances. And many of us are still getting chances! But 2017, not to spoil things, but many of you will be faced with challenges ahead no matter who or what comes up. So I’m dedicating this blog letter to you and yes, you have to give back to your alumni.

Dear Class of 2017:

It’s me Stephen. An alum from way back of 1995, 2000, and 2006. Yeah, I’m old school now.

First, let me say to you that it’s good that you have graduated. You have not only graduated from your high schools and colleges, but you have graduated to the next level of life! Of course you may have made it, but like video games, you will have to conquer different levels.

And second, during this past year, you have accomplished feats and did them in the last portion of President Obama’s final term. But yes, many of us are somewhat fearful of the now 45 reign as the current President. No telling what or whom might happen, but to quote me telling my mother the night of my father’s wake: stay in the fight.

Yes, 2017 you will have to face those challenges, even if you have to face the act of racism. Where I’m going with this? The recent acts in this era of “45”, video games and social media really proves that yet even though it’s cool to have those things, and to play around with them, there will be problems. Just like having problems because of a name, an upbringing, your viewpoints on religion, voting, the economy, or even your skin color! Especially recently when the 23 year old, Richard Collins III was killed at Bowie State due to a hate crime from the ALT-Right! Oh, you thought that Racism was dead, huh? Explain to me that is such rubbish! Class of 2017, this is ONE EXAMPLE to deal with, not just when you get that first job, but when you get that car, that house, or maybe when you get new neighbors. Let’s be honest, there are haters around you and you need to know it!

But there are good things to be proud of as a new graduate: you are setting an example. You probably set some examples of getting the degree is not just a thing, it’s a  way of life. Many of you probably got a bookcase at home full of past degrees and motorboards. Maybe you have been looking at them for a long time growing up. But now, you see an empty space on the shelf. And it’s reserved for you! Maybe it’s a saving space for someone who wanted you to have it when you get your degree(s). WELL THAT DAY IS HERE! It’s come. It’s go time. And hopefully, you inspired those in your family or friends to go to school or go back to school to either obtain or finish the degree. No matter how many years ago it was, or whatever. I’m sure they were paying attention when watching you taking the walk with your class. I’ve said this before last year and I’m saying it again.  Its time.

In my Public Schools, College and University graduations, yes I had the feeling to walk across the stage and get my degrees. I felt happy of them. But I also had the question of what happens next? 2017, no matter where you go in life always remember these words, in which were the same words I said the night of my father’s funeral wake:

Stay in the fight! Be empowered. 

Stay in the fight everyday. Be empowered all the time! If your family member or friend died this year before you graduated, I hope you did it for your loved one of best friend. If your family member had waited another 18 years in a era full of Social Media that wanted to add something special, well you got it. If your bestie watched you taking that walk and you want to do the same for him or her, you just did it. And I hope they were watching! If you are the parent, grandparent, aunt, niece, nephew, cousin, stepson, stepdaughter, foster son, foster daughter, adopted, a lifepartner’s guardian of a child, a young ward’s guardian, a mentor, a minister, a community person, or whatever you played a role as a Godparent, YES this was the day you wanted and you got it. But don’t stop at 18 or 23 years old. Go with them ALL THE WAY. Support them ALL THE WAY. And yet, help them ALL THE WAY. It’s does NOT STOP! My parents backed me and sister up and yet we are in our 40’s. Not matter if it’s financial or etc. That’s the thing! Don’t EVER forget that!

Finally for you the Class of 2017: Get involved with your Alumni Groups. Register with your alumni associations and be in the know of what’s going on and ways to get involved in your former schools. Even though that you’ll be going to the next level, but never forget the levels that got you here! Many of you had to go through pain and pestilence just to get that one degree. Many of you probably got attacked by a grown person mentality or psychologically all because of what you’re trying to do to complete a degree non-traditionally and folks were messing with you or just being jealous or hateful, you came along way and there was NO STOPPING YOU! Believe me I know. Reference how I was attacked unfairly in getting my degree from UW-Stout. Oh, and I’m still talkling about it because some of you or many of you probably went though the same thing! For those of you whom had to visit your campuses for the first time by using Distance Education and about to graduate.

In addition to the Alumni Associations, who knows maybe you might serve on the Alumni Boards or maybe give a future speech to a future graduation class. Get cracking on the jobs and activities now! And even if you get an internship job later on in life, it’s not too late!

Finally as I close, never forget what got you here! Never forget what gave you life. Never forget the magic you got going, and most of all, never EVER FORGET YOU!

Congrats class of 2017. Be blessed!

Sincerely,

Stephen