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Oh you know I’m about to go in. 2019 was crazy! It had me on point, it had me on rotation, and it had me bugged out. But at the end of me asking these crazy questions we might understand it better. But…since this is the last Scratching my Head all this time of the year, but it’s not the last! So as we countdown to the last ticks of 2019, and we prepare for our Watch Night Services, All Night parties, and family gathering to usher in transition of 2020, and yes to get our resolutions out of what we want to do in all: you’ve guessed it, I’m scratching my head YET AGAIN!

Alright, who remembers any of my blog posts from 10 years ago like 2009?

Did Salt and Pepa really had to let go Spinderella?

Did anyone really pay attention to the fact that the 45 Administration is getting punked? And all this space force non sense?

Simone Biles happened this year. What was it?

You know that the impeachment process didn’t stop at level one, right?

What’s up with the Democrats and this inner circular war?

Which was worse in weather? Solar Vortex or the Polar Vortex?

How will Governor Evers in the first term actually give the Wisconsin citizens real results?

Remember when 20 years ago when Prince had the Rave UN2 the Year 2000 Concert? IN MINNESOTA?

Why was Lizzo had to go there in LA? Butt cheeks showing. Embarrassing!

And about #ADOS….why were they worked up for nothing without substance?!

Why is White Supremacy still a maximum programmed problem? Even if it’s a problem among black people in 2019?

What will be next for the Green Bay Packers that got into the playoffs and winning the North?

You know that again the Milwaukee Bucks are again for real, right?

So which folks in Milwaukee, has benefited of riding the streetcar thus far in its still free year?

Is the Fiserv Forum ready for year two?

What was the best car in 2019?

What were the worst jobs of 2019 that many will NEVER DO AGAIN for another decade or year?

Why did the black websites and Facebook Pages kept repeatedly on rotation published the same story about Roland Martin joining the Masons?

Level with me OWN viewers, what was the real reason why Love Is was canceled?

Was this the second year that many REALLY recognized International Men’s Day in November?!

For all of the Becky’s and other white folks that called the police on black folks doing civilized stuff this year and you know you did, where were your conscious minds at doing that foolishness in 2019?!

Did the #MeToo Movement reach its breaking point in a sense of things that backfired? Especially about Stacey Dash being arrested for Domestic Violence?

If you smelled like Marijuana all through 2019, and you’re in the store or were in a store, did you remember to wash up before leaving the house? Like seriously!

You realized that Lori Loughin messed up this year right with all that College stuff with the SAT’s?

Did Faceapp really get you with the Russian mess?

When will be the right time for many to explore NEW YORK for New Year’s Eve?

You realized it’s been 20 years since the Y2K Bug was a foul ball. Right?

Will the Wisconsin Badgers win the Rose Bowl FINALLY?!

What about those Packers so far? Can they be SuperBowl Ready? Yes, I’m realizing what I’m saying!

For all those hated Introverts, not understand Introverted people, especially BLACK Introverts, why you picked on them? Like seriously.

Will anymore Black Pastors meet with 45 in 2020 that embarrassed themselves in 2019? Trust me they’re coming!

So, Mortal Kombat 11 was a real hit. What will it actually take for EA to get a Madden game on the system? Still waiting!

What will it ACTUALLY take to get Bayonetta 3 on the Switch?!!

Most recently, I’ve seen black authors publish their books on Amazon about their Introvert experience in 2018. I need to see more. Can that happen in 2020?

Oh, this needs to be asked, Wolfenstein III was HOT in 2019. Will it be another for the Nintendo Switch?

Which jobs or careers were or are beneficial for the introverted crowd in Wisconsin in 2019?

In 2019, did many benefited using bitcoins or Stock?

When the Grads of 2019 had their moment of commencements, why were some were being touched by those after dancing or celebrating on stage?

Who has or is really learning from Roland Martin’s show online after one year?

This year’s Black History Month and Juneteenth Day was so pivotal with the 400th Anniversary of the Slave Trade. Has many really learned any thing about this besides going to Africa to get woke?

What was the worst interview this country has ever seen in 2019?

Was the Avengers, Terminator, Shaft, or Rambo were that darn good this year at the movies and on DVD?

CALLOUT: Why many black folks labeled the “Year Of The Return” a sham? KNOWINGLY many have not been to Africa?!!!!!!

Black Church folks, are you ready for the Watch Night Services?

Was not getting the flu shot that worst in 2019?!

Black Milwaukee, did WRRD 1510 lost its consciousness after Sherwin Hughes left in September?

So now the WWE got a new Intercontinental Title for 2019. Probably for the 40th Anniversary of the 1st win by Pat Patterson. But…………….which legendary title be next to upload for Raw, Smackdown, and/or NXT?

Black folks, why are we still saying the N-Word? Why is that really?!

In 2019: who got promoted?

In 2020: who will actually vote? Not just one time during the Presidential election!

In 2019: Did many actually went to the doctor?

In 2019: Did any of you retained your resolutions?

In 2018: Milwaukee, did you enjoyed the State Fair as well as Summerfest?

In 2019: Have any of you saved up financially for that nest egg?

In 2019: level with me, how many times that many of you DID NOT support your Alumni groups?

In 2019: Who did the most work in your community? Don’t say the same people!

In 2019: Who did no work in the community? They need to be called out.

In 2019: Who was the “Dark Horse” in your family, church, organizations, etc?

In 2019: who has a job lined up for 2020 that will be even MORE SECURE?

In 2019: Who wanted a job lined up that no one wanted but applied anyway?

In 2019: How many churches you prayed to, in order to be the best they can?

In 2019 : What influenced you to vote against the Republicans that many despised for 2020?

The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary turned 100 years old in 2019, right? I want to know how many African-Americans will join up and also, how many Sons of Black Veterans will join the Sons of the American Legion? Even Black Daughters the same with the Auxillary?

How many liked Black Lightning this year even more?

For all the Masons, Order of Eagles, Shriners, Divine 9, American Legion Family, Elks, VFW and others, based on what I have read this year regarding young folks joining your groups: what are you going to do about it and what will you do to get new members?

In Milwaukee, many of us have seen the sample of Light the Hoan yet again. Who made a donation in 2019?

Black Methodists in Wisconsin, guess what? BMCR made an impact this year. What did you think?

United Methodist Men in Wisconsin, you know there is a metro men’s group in town looking for “Men at Work”. Have any of you checked out any the meetings this year? If so, what did you think? If not, why?

So I have heard that some of the GM cars might be on the chopping block in the year ahead, which of those cars will be less to buy in the future? And what about Tesla?

I need to ask also, who will miss Empire? It’s the last season.

With all the retirees retired this year, who is next to go in 2020?

If many still did blackface in 2019 which was shameful, can many not do it in 2020?

Who actually “migrated” out of Milwaukee that moved to Atlanta or Texas just to get away from the racism but only to realize that racism is everywhere? Like violence?

If you hated Church folks so much in 2019, why keep talking about it?! Especially those who keep sharing those false memes?!

If many did this in 2019: Resumes. Did many kill it for job interviews?

Can someone explain again the bad connection between buying Christmas gifts and Tax Time?

In all of the 1,000 posts so far, what wasn’t mentioned?

In all of the 1,000 posts what was learned from you?

In all of the 1,000 posts did anyone ever to follow what else I had to say?

Which Wisconsin teams surprised many in 2019? Brewers, Packers, Badgers, or Bucks?

Of all the folks who passed away this year, who was the main person that didn’t receive much recognition?

Of all the folks who were honored this year for their hard work, even milestone work, who didn’t get any recognition after their hard work?

Anyone lost their job unfairly in 2019?

Who was EMBARRASSED HARSHLY in 2019 that will not go away? And will it take a long time too heal?

When folks in the United Methodist Church talk about the future of Black Churches how come many pass over it? And what is the main reason why many UMC objectifying the reasons of not including the LGBTQIA Community as being outcasts?!

And this is the last question before the ball drops and clocks out for 2019: What will you carry into 2020 that you learned in 2019? And also, what will you NOT take into 2020 that you went through hellfire and brimstone in 2019?

Now: let’s go party.

Happy New Year!

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Folks: it is now time to archive the year 2019. Its time that the year of the Pig is to be archived in the Pig Pen. But of course, the living examples of voting, racism, protesting, and yet many others will linger on. We’ll know, it’s about time that the year of 2019, is now over. But before that happens of dropping balls and popping corks: lets us review the year that was.

So now, in that case, it’s time for the Traditional Stephen’s Spot Annual Review blog of 2019! It’s time to review, summarize and learn from the year has gone by very efficiently.

The Good Nationally:

Most recently on December 31st, 2019: The Dow Jones ended the year at 28,538.44 .

The Affordable Care Act got new folks to sign up for the insurance. Just like last year, despite the thought of losing its mandate. But many still sign up to get registered.

The Washington Nationals won a World Series Title. Their 1st actually.

The Toronto Raptors won their first NBA Championship.

For the NFL: Yep, you guessed it, the New England Patriots won the Superbowl.

Barack and Michelle Obama are still admired.

For the NCAA Men’s Basketball: Virginia.

For the NCAA’s Women’s Basketball: Baylor.

For the WNBA: Washington Mystics.

For the USA Soccer – The Women’s Team won the Championship.

Yet on TV Again: How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, The Haves and Have Nots, and Blackish still dominate. Note: Empire’s season currently will be the last.

On YouTube Red: Cobra Kai Season 2. Also BOTH 2 seasons are available on DVD.

Game of Thrones ends after 8 Seasons on HBO.

What was also good: “Live In front of a Studio Audience”. The Jeffersons, All In The Family, and Good Times were revived for the new era with the same scripts from yesteryear.

Roland Martin’s Daily Digital Show, “Roland Martin Unfiltered” continues to fuel the minds of many who have been misused or intellectually lied to. Especially among African-Americans.

Black Lightning had a STRONGER Season 2 going into Season 3.

Yet again, the Hallmark Christmas specials came back for it’s 10th year. With black leading cast roles!

Motorola brought back the Razr Phones in a whole new way.

WWE Raw and Smackdown Live were stellar in 2019. Ranging from the Women’s Division rising up again, NXT, and also PPV’s of the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania. Plus the Greatest Royal Rumble and Super Showdown. Best feature ALL YEAR: Kofi Kingston wins the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 35 becoming the first Ghanaian Wrestler in the company history to become champion. (also in the same year of the 400th Anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade)

For the first time in 18 years since 2001, the WWE has a competitor on a weekly basis: AEW Wrestling. And the show competes on TNT going neck to neck versus NXT. AEW’s new show is called Dynamite, and it comes on Wednesday Nights. This is now called the “Wednesday Night Wars”.

Milestones in 2019:

Restaurants like Captain D’s and Wendy’s both celebrated 50 years.

Nintendo – believe it or not, celebrated 130 years. It really started out as a playing card company in 1889.

The United Methodist Women overall as a organization celebrated 150 of ministry in the UMC.

GAP turned 50 this year.

Woodstock and Stonewall, the uprising of the LGBT movement also observed 50 years.

MasterCard turned 40.

Adidas turned 70.

Like Batman, Marvel is also 80.

Fiat, the mini-cars that is gaining some popularity, reached 120 years.

The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary both turned 100 years old.

The Moon Landing of Apollo 11 commemorated 50 years.

The NFL turned 100 years old this year that began on a Thursday with the Old School Rivals of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. And speaking of that, both teams have now played 200 Games total in their old school gangster battles. Currently, the Packers lead the all time series of 99-96-6.

The College Football Squad of the NCAA and the MLB both celebrated 150 years. With that, the teams also donned Throwback Jerseys that commemorated the past successes and appreciation of the schools and leagues.

A painful reminder why Slavery is a problem: August marked 400 years of the Transatlantic Slave Trade of 1619 to Jamestown, Virgina.

WWE Smackdown Live surpassed 20 years in the air. Plus made the move to Fox.

The Simpsons turned 30 years old. And their “Tree-house of Horror” Halloween show this year reached #666.

SNL celebrated their 45th Anniversary. Plus after a 35 year absence, Eddie Murphy returns as a guest host!

For the DC Comics: Batman is now 80. Created by Bob Kane in 1939.

Throwback Movies like No Holds Barred, Batman, Indiana Jones & the last Crusade all turned 30 years old.

Mortal Kombat 11 made its way onto the systems, including the Nintendo Switch.

Old School Hip Hop/R&B Albums like Prince’s Batman Soundtrack from 1989 turns 30.

Old School Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B hits like Me Myself and I, Going Back to Cali, Life Is…Too Short, We Got Our Own Thang, The Sounds of Science, Cha Cha Cha, and Rhythm Nation from 1989 all celebrated 30 years .

Mary J. Blige celebrated 25 years of My Life. Old school joint.

Throwback Album joints like Slim Shady, Da Rockwilder, Still D.R.E. Vivrant Thing, Wild Wild West (Will Smith’s Version) Smooth with Santana/Rob Thomas all had hits from 20 years ago.

Singles like Can’t Stop Me, We Made You, D.O.A. Run This Town, On To The Next One, Gangsta Love, all turned 10.

HOT NEWS: 45 is impeached!

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

Shaft

Rambo: Last Blood

Terminator: Dark Fate

Ma

Black and Blue

Black Christmas

Captain Marvel

The Lion King

Aladdin

Joker

Avengers: Endgame

Hobbs and Shaw

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


When the BET Awards this year happened the most: Mary J. Blige was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tyler Perry receiving the Ultimate Icon Award, and the late Nipsey Hussle was given honor of the Humanitarian Award.

DirecTV Now becomes AT&T Now and again, heated up this year again.

The Cord Cutters of Roku, Amazon FireTV continues to have an interest of those ditching high priced cable and satellite!

BET has expanded to the Live Streaming Arena. BET+

For the music: Well not that much but I’ll take this:
Gary Clark Jr – This Land

Ciara – Beauty Marks

The Black Keys – Let’s Rock

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road w/ Billy Ray Cyrus

Khalid -Free Spirit

Anderson Paak – Ventura

DJ Khaled – Father of Asahd

Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness

Logic – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Yuna – Black Marquee

Mary J Blige – Know

Missy Elliott – Iconology


Well known to retire nationally:

CC Sabathia, Marques Johnson, John Kuhn, Jordy Nelson, Tom Joyner, Andrew Luck, Rob Gronkowski, Doug Baldwin, Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Kris Humpries, Noelle Quinn, Lindsey Whale, Darren Collison, and Ichiro Suzuki.

The Nintendo Switch still made a surge in sales. Even for the Nintendo Switch Lite.

The Pageants have been on watch, but it took 5 black women from 5 countries to win them ALL!

Old School Consoles like the Sega Genesis have made their way back to the Plug In TV sections of the country.


TRADE ALERT NATIONALLY: Since Tom Joyner is retired, Rickey Smiley and his show will be taking over.

For the NFL: Jalen Ramsey, Emmanual Sanders and Mohamed Sanu found new homes in the NFL in blockbuster trades.

Straight Outta Wisconsin in a good way:

Tony Evers becomes the 46th Governor of Wisconsin, while Mandela Barnes is sworn in as the state’s 45th Lt. Governor.

According to the recent reports, the unemployment rate around Wisconsin is hovering at 3.3%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For the Wisconsin Badgers Football team: The team has a few downs and mostly ups. Well mostly, ups in this. The team finished 10-3 overall in the 2019 Season. Winnings were best against Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State, and yes, Minnesota. Plus claiming the Big Ten West Title and not the Big Ten Championship vs Ohio State. Jonathan Taylor becomes the latest Badger to finish with his Second Doak Award. Also, after his missed season which was a disaster, Quintez Cephus was reinstated after he was found NOT GUILTY of FALSE Sexual Charges. And had a monster year since coming back to the Badgers. And recently qualified for a bowl game, a ROSE BOWL game to challenge Oregon in a Rose Bowl Rematch from 2012.

Milwaukee Police Department goes after Reckless Drivers in the Hot Spot Zones of the city. Just like last year. AGAIN.

For the Green Bay Packers: quite a turn around! They hired Matt Lafleur as the new HC, got some new talent mostly on Defense from ZaDarius Smith, Preston Smith, and Rashan Gray. Aaron Rodgers was finding his groove, Aaron Jones was having a monster year along with Jamaal Williams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard. Plus, the Special Teams were stellar. And as of now, their record stood at 13-3 in the regular season, in which they won the NFC North Title for the first time in two seasons, and secured the Number 2 Seed in the NFL Playoffs, which is a Bye.

The Good Locally

The Light The Hoan Campaign had reached it’s halfway point which might be at its finishing point by the DNC Convention in 2020.

Black Milwaukeeans and Wisconsinites: Black Arts Fest MKE returned for the second year in row.

Milwaukee Public Schools started classes early like August, again.

American Family Insurance along with the Milwaukee Brewers and private investors in Milwaukee, saved the Lakefront Fireworks that highlights the 3rd of July tradition.

The Milwaukee Streetcar celebrated one year in November after months of disdain and false commentary.

Candy Cane Lane in the suburbs reached a milestone moment of it’s 35 years of glowing the neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s South Side. Plus it’s for a good cause for the MACC Fund vs Childhood Cancer.

The Milwaukee Brewers almost finished the season with a good note. They finished the season at 89-73, 2nd in the NL Central. They were competing in the Wildcard Series against the Washington National whom they lost to. Which is the same team that won the World Series. Plus the team unveiled a new logo and design of colors of Navy Blue and Yellow to signify the 50th Anniversary of the team’s founding for 2020. The Brewers new logo, is actually an update of the old ball/glove look that was popular in the late 70’s and most of the 80’s.

After it’s first year, The Fiserv Forum becomes a hit. While conversely, the Bradley Center was officially demolished.

The E-Scooters of Bird and Lime were reactivated after provisions had to be in place via the State of Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Bucks had a strong season this year earlier finishing 58 wins, 24 losses. Ending up in the 2nd seed in the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs as a runner-up vs the Toronto Raptors. Also Coach Mike Budenhozer became the Coach of the Year. And yes, Giannis won the MVP of the year. Plus the team earned a Central Division Banner after a 18 year drought. So far, this season they have over 30 games and had a streak of winning 18 games.

Homeless Veterans in Milwaukee will be able to settle into Tiny-Homes real soon to get off the streets.

The Bublr Bikes still expanded. Again!

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will defend his seat in the 2020 Election for a fifth term verses contenders Ald. Tony Zilenski, and Senator Lena Taylor, whom also previously accepted the race opportunity. Also, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Able will not seek another term but contenders like David Crowley have accepted to run in the 2020 Election.

Amazon will build a plant in Oak Creek by 2021. As we know.

The Grand Avenue Mall is still getting a makeover.

The ongoing construction of the Old Warner Grand Theater (or the Grand Theater to the current heads) is coming along that will become the new home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The BMO Harris Tower is under construction in Downtown Milwaukee. And to add, it’s nearly complete.

Milwaukee County: Sheriff Earnell Lucas was sworn in to lead the Department.

Well known to retire locally: Sally Severson of Channel 12 slowly this year was edging towards retirement after nearly 30 years in the news media of weather. Jim Stingl of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had worked for the company for 33 years.

Also celebrated milestones locally: Baird celebrated 100 years, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (or now known as Children’s Wisconsin Hospital celebrated 125 years of Health, my home church: The New St. James Community Church UMC celebrated 70 years of Praising God, as the first African-American United Methodist Church established in Milwaukee. And Perkins Restaurant in the Metro Milwaukee Area, was honored in the 50 years of business/service since 1969.

Hold Up: Those that left professions locally: Beverly Taylor formally of Fox 6 resigned earlier this year to focus on new endeavors. More recently, she is now on a different platform called 411 Live.


The Bad Nationally

Racism struck again in America. And it has not been nice.

Most of the Black Republicans were not very vocal against the 45.

The Mueller Report ended due to “facts” of the lying of 45 via Wikileaks.

The Senate Republicans of course support 45 of his antics and decisions.

School and Church Shootings in America had ties to Mass shootings this year over 400 in total.

Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” announced he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Not just him, but also Congressman John Lewis was recently diagnosed with the same condition.

Matthew Knowles, Beyonce and Solange’s Father was recently diagnosed and free from Breast Cancer.

Stabbings in New York around Hanukkah, 2019.

Many of the Caucasian Americans had false accusations of Black folks ranging from barbecuing, shopping, entering their place of residence, jobs, campaigns and many other constructive ideas and objectives. And now, that might be against the law.

The state of Black Hair on Black Women remained a suspect of those who hate it.

Several members of the 45 Administration were fired or resigned despite the position of power. The usual happened again.

Bill Cosby – formally known as America’s Favorite Dad, recent fired off vs Eddie Murphy after his appearance on SNL on December 21st.

Families are still separated near the U.S. Mexico Border.

The 45 Administration just recent signed into law regarding creating a Space Force.

Blackface still remains a racist concept. Especially among white students on PWI Campuses.

In addition to the officers killed in Milwaukee, other officers in different parts of the Country also passed on in and off duty. Slightly higher than 2017.

Hurricane Dorian.

The United Methodist Church’s General Conference had made one of the worst moves in terms of not allowing the LGBT to serve or to partake in a regular style worship service based on their lifestyle, etc. However some have stepped up and were fighting back against the conservatism of the members and groups that opposed it. The fight still lingers.

Despite of the Dow Jones being up in normal ranges, many felt it has not favored everyone in the country.

The Democrats had been on survival mode mostly against each other in the debates and contenders like Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke have dropped out. Plus also the contenders still struggle and trying to find a way to appease to the African-American base.

Kanye West meeting with Joel Osteen after his debut album of Jesus is King. Then many realized that it was sketchy and weird after his recently encounters with 45.

The ongoing talk of 45’s Wall.


The Bad Locally

Racism, of course, struck Wisconsin. Not just in Milwaukee.

For the first time in nearly 56 years, the Milwaukee Veterans Parade was altered due to lack of funding support.

This year back in the summer, former WRRD Host of the Forum Sherwin Hughes announced his farewell from Talk Radio. And not only that the station he previous worked at was not very nice and racist. Keep in mind this was a LEFT WING PROGRESSIVE RADIO STATION! However, most recently he returned to his own organization, “Leaders for a Better Community” and has been on the radio as a guest to talk about his viewpoints on the climate of politics in Milwaukee. Sherwin’s last day on the radio was September 10th.

A little controversial decision via the Wisconsin GOP in their meddling in regarding the honoring of African Americans in the state, which concerned former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. But….The City of Milwaukee honored him in response. Later on in the year, another member of the Wisconsin GOP, Rep. Scott Allen wanted to have white figures to be added to the Black History Resolution for 2020. But the black politicians like Sen. Lena Taylor commented that in her words: “Once again we have a non-black state legislator deciding who should be honored in the state legislature’s 2020 Black History Month resolution,” she said. “Without consulting black state legislators, Rep. Scott Allen, at 4pm on a Friday, before the Christmas break, issues a Black History month resolution. This is an insult and disgraceful.” via DailyKaos.com

For the second time in two years, two more Police Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department were killed off and on duty.

A tried attempt to acquire more federal funds for the Milwaukee Streetcar fell short in trying to expand the Vel Philips Avenue area to the Fiserv Forum.

Foxconn still remained in question about the legality of access to jobs and government.

By the numbers: The number of homicides in Milwaukee was at 102.

Opioids in the rural areas were mostly a problem and it remains a dilemma to this day.

Like last year, the unlikely viewpoint of White Women and some men calling the police on African-Americans due to being civilized and doing constructive aspects. Even jobs. Such as : Barbecuing While Black, Campaigning While Black, Working While Black, and Volunteering While Black.

Voter Suppression was unleashed harshly in several states. Especially among elderly black folks. And to add, names on the voter rolls began to be purged.

Blackfaces. Yep, even in Wisconsin!

The Ugly Locally

As much as everyone likes the University of Wisconsin, the Homecoming Video featuring most of white student population was pulled that had reminders of the University’s checkered past of racism. And many of the black and minority students called out the school’s racism angles including UW Senior, Payton Wade.

The state was informed that approximately 200,000 citizens names might be “purged” due to moving or not updating their voter stats.

The State of Wisconsin ordered the Homeless near the Marquette Interchange (aka Tent City) to be removed due to health and safety concerns.

Plus is that not even ugly enough for 2019: One of our hotels in Milwaukee, the Comfort Suites on Park Place does not want any Milwaukee Citizens in 30 miles settling in to their hotel. Even one of our Alderwomen Chantia Lewis was denied access to stay. But our local Milwaukee Black Panthers protested that place in the result of their actions.


We Speak their names – last toast to those that passed on in 2019.

Mean Gene Okerlund

Diahann Carroll

Luke Perry

Ashley Massaro

Congressman Elijah Cummings

Bart Starr

Toni Morrison

Doris Day

Eddie Money

Grumpy the Cat

Rip Torn

Lee Mendelson

Don Imus

Mama Cax

Danny Aiello

Phillip McKeon

John Whitherspoon

Carol Spinney

Juice WRLD

René Auberjonois

Peter Fonda

Valerie Harper

Peggy Lipton

Robert Forester

John Singleton

Carol Channing

Cameron Boyce

Beth Chapman

Ric Ocasek

Peter Tork

Tim Conway

Katherine Helmond

Max Wright

Gloria Vanderbilt

Nipsey Hussle

Rob Garrison

Cokie Roberts

Kristoff St. John

Walter Mercado

Art Neville

Clark Gable III

Dr. John

And to those that passed on in Milwaukee in 2019:

Tracey Smith

Quanita “Tay” Jackson

Sonya Collins

Matthew Rittner (Milwaukee Police Department)

Kou Her (Milwaukee Police Department)

John Hetland (Racine Police Department)

Final Take:

And the final analysis of my point of view: Well this has been a year of blogging. I’ve tried my best to fill in as much as I can, but the thing is all hasn’t been that bad. If many took the chance, I do this on the Stephen’s Spot Facebook Page and Twitter Page to extend the news and viewpoints to gain more twists and turns to get the gears going. Of course the old stuff mattered. But what does matter IS THE NEW! I’ve talked about topics that mainly affect the concerns and needs of the people. And if you’re one of the online folks that jumped aboard, well you’re on time. Kind of late, but……

Now I must say this. If you the audience no matter where you’re from and if you checked out this blog beforehand or just now tuning in, thank you. Yes, this blog site has reached over 1,000 plus posts and over 25,000 hits. But likewise, there is so much to unpack. Ideas like health, finance, employment, gender rights of Men and Women, introversion, Voting, my city of Milwaukee, religion, social media false postings and opinions, and other avenues to explore. Even as a black man in America, I too must write my stories because nobody else can the way I do.

Knowing that yes, writing blog posts was and is, definitely hard work! It’s not easy at times, but when it’s on your mind to know and summarize of what’s going on in your community, that is when you get your mind jogging and get to work.

1,000+ posts are good. But the best is still YET to come!

Happy New Year!

2020 IS NEXT.


Okay. It seems that the holiest of days upon us. We’re talking about Christmas Day. However, by the time you’re reading this it’s Christmas Eve in the world today. And yes like many others you’re probably out shopping getting your gifts, ready to get them wrapped. Watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” or a movie called “The Night Before” or “Home Alone” or any other holiday movie of your choosing with your with your family and friends. But like anything else even on the holiest night of the year, we still deal with concerns and problems in the world. And also in America. And in our communities. And in our neighborhoods. So as we celebrate Christmas 2019 tomorrow, most of you already right now. Yes it is the happiest holiest days of the year. But then again, I’m scratching my head….

So the woke conscious folks hate on Christmas this badly all this time? What else is new?

Question: why do people get offended with the “X” in Merry Christmas? Many already didn’t know that the X is the UNKNOWN! Go back to your Roman Numerals from History Class! And futhermore, no one really knows when Jesus was born anyway. Let that sink in.

Who really deserves a Christmas holiday? Those who have everything or those who have nothing to share or to comment or to explain to get mad?

Yes we all know that Christmas is not the same for us older folks. But why do the older folks have to spoil the fun for the young to enjoy their first or some 18th or 12th Christmas as a child? Many of you are just bitter! Let them have their fun. For now.

Did Eddie Murphy brought it on SNL?

For us the Introverted, are we holding up our end of the deal with some quiet time in between breaks? We know us!

Okay truth-tellers and woke folks: can you really explain to me exactly what truth lies within Christmas being as a “pagan holiday?” If Christmas is supposed to be a so-called pagan holiday, do you think your birthdays/anniversaries are pagan holidays too? Yeah, follow that! Is Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Marcus Garvey Day a Pagan Day? Don’t get me started!

Of all the old School Christmas jams: Which sticks out the most? No matter if it’s soul, R&B, Rock, Jazz, or Hip Hop? You already know!

So, what was the best gift to give for your kids for Christmas of 2019? And for the Adults what was the best tech gadget? Or woman’s gift, for Christmas of 2019 that you may have missed or didn’t know about?

For many of us who are experiencing a “Blue Christmas”, that means that there is someone who used to sitting in the chair or at a table spot that is very empty is no longer with us. So the big question is what will be the ultimate opportunity to not only to try to move forward, but try to build new ideas for new traditions with the Christmas holiday?

Okay this needs to be asked: How was the new Star wars movie? Don’t say nothing here!

For us in the Midwest, we are having a foggy Christmas Eve. And also a mild Christmas Day. Everybody in Milwaukee has a Harley out with a Golf Game?

Back in the day, sitting in front of a TV with the commercials on. Now who remembers the real Classic Christmas commercials that used to get you in the mood for the spirit of the holiday, and also the future of the presents to be opened?

Who’s ready for the TV Yule log on Christmas morning? All day until about 6 p.m.? If not, you still have the Google Fireplace.

I need to know this question. How you going to top Christmas in 2020?

Word on the street, or in the neighborhood, or in the world that one of the cathedrals in France may not have a Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in 200 plus years. That’s like a long streak being broken. Any other Cathedral or Church experienced that?

Next week in 2020, January 1st: can the Badgers ACTUALLY WIN THE ROSE BOWL?!

Milwaukee in years past had great Christmas decoration things. Who wants to see them back?

Has anyone ever got tired of the Hallmark Christmas shows yet?

Oh I see that the other channels have Christmas shows out. Now you know have to realize that other channels like BET or TVONE have their Christmas Specials on lockdown like crazy?

For the Jewish readers, How is your Hanukkah going?

Is it time to do a modern version of the following movies like It’s a Wonderful Life? Even in today’s times of the so-called woke and consciousness of darn near everything?

Here’s a question also and this may kind of hurt: How is because that Churches are not scratching the surface enough of the real meaning of Christmas as much as everyone else?

Bonus question to ask on this Christmas Eve: And I know many of you have probably seen this movie. Who really got scared of FX’s version of A Christmas Carol? That right there, was THE CHRISTMAS CAROL! It was not your Grandpa’s or Grandmother’s Version. It wasn’t the fuzzy warm version like Mickey or Bugs Bunny. The BBC and FX went so DEEP! That was a Dickens!

Does feeling nostalgic at Christmas all day really bringing back those memories? And if so how will it go for the next era?

Okay this needs to be asked to what was the purpose of 45 have to implement the thing called the “Space Force?” Really?

For 2020, I hope the Democrats get a real Christmas present by being hard on 45 for next year. Can they actually make this happen without beating each other up like the royal rumble?

BEFORE YOU VOTE: Have you checked your Voter Stats lately?

Before this year is over, and I know many of us are going to be doing this a lot: What is going to be the best and worst of 2019 that you want to forget, pass, and not to move forward?

I don’t know about you, but when Christmas comes, does anyone’s mind wonders off and forgetting about the day and time? And no, there is no weed or alcohol.

Do people really seriously wake up about 3 in the morning for opening the presents?

Should Black Milwaukee do a story of the history of Christmas in their household traditions?

Optional question: who traditionally goes to church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? And then to the house and CHILL?

The Milwaukee Bucks went hard on Christmas Day vs the Knicks last year. Could they do the same vs the Sixers this year?

PACKER BACKERS! We got the NORTH! But we know it’s not enough. What is enough you asked? You already know!

Rumor has it the Christmas garland represents a symbol of a snake going around a tree. Now I need to know this serious question and I know a lot of you on Facebook have probably asked this question or read you some what statement on the question with all those memes: Where is the actual proof of reference? This is really a fault on our Education!

For my Sagittarius folks, did we had a good season that made our Birthdays good? Sling the arrows all the way!

There’s always a War on Christmas. Why?!!!!

More and more people have actually spent money on Christmas day than any other day of the whole year. Why is that?

So the Christianity Today is now against the words of Trum….I mean 45. Where have they been at?!!

Should every holiday be a Christmas Day in it? Easy question to spoil.

Why do people get tired on Christmas Eve anyway? You know it’s good exercise! You know, walking and junk.

And one final question to ask: who still does display Black Santas on the front lawn or in this case having a Black Santa/Mrs. Claus teaming up at the Malls and schools? Oh yeah, there are Black Santa everywhere. Even as displays in the house. Just like the white ones.

So with that: Merry Christmas everybody! Now you may unwrap your gifts.


By now, you had the turkey. You had the dressing. You had the cranberry sauce, vegetables, and pie. You’re probably stuffed with all the food. And yes, you probably went to a late night club and got started by shaking down those pounds, carbs and calories. Of course, that’s what Thanksgiving would do to you you fill up and you got to lose weight! Hopefully many of you have had a blessed Thanksgiving, a blessed time with your families and friends and strangers probably came in and see you have something to eat. And hopefully that maybe you’ll do the same thing for the upcoming Christmas season. And of course we have to talk about politics, 45’s crappy stuff, the ongoing problems and concerns about black neighborhoods, churches being so hypocritical, (which partially the good ones can stay afloat) and also your basic everyday road rage and folks driving to crazy and asking the same by the question what is your problem? And just the ad more walls and joys and concerns of holiday employment. Yes if you have not guessed it Christmas is coming. But guess what? I’m scratching my head again.

How thankful are really the things you have already, and willing to go for?

Question for Milwaukee, now we all know that mayor Tom Barrett it’s going to put his seat on the line for the fifth time. But the big question is will he able to retain it with the likes of Lena Taylor and Tony Zielinski. Plus voters that may or may not favor him?

Is the Milwaukee Streetcar really that pointless?! After one year?!

Okay this needs to be asked, which relative really sparked that conversation that you did not want to talk about at the dinner table on Thanksgiving?

You know this is going to happen which came first your football game or Macy’s Parade?

Milwaukee: the Brewers now has a new logo, as a matter of fact: they have brought back the old ball/glove logo that has been slightly enhanced for the ball club’s upcoming 50th season next year. Yes the Brewers are turning 50. Will this next era bring a thing called a Championship?

Already, the 2010s decade is vastly closing real soon, What was your best moment?

Okay this needs to be asked again: which families do and do not use canned cranberry sauce?

For those who may have been “triggered” on Thanksgiving, you probably read about the Indians being murdered after a church service on Sunday morning. And for those of you who probably have never had a chance to re-read the question you might have been triggered all the wrong questions. Did any of us ever had the chance to research the truth?

Which of you Facebook and Instagram users were so scared and worried about the transmissions being almost cancelled on Thanksgiving?

Who was not prepared for the “onslaught” on Black Friday?

For people who drive so stupid in Wisconsin roads, Wisconsin streets, Milwaukee areas, and I know who I’m talking about, when someone is trying to make a turn, or coming out the driveway, coming out of the garage , why do you honk your horn so bad? That right there is going to make you look stupid and irritated. Don’t be surprised if cars come equipped with cameras so they can record your every single driving mode get your license plate and check you. And by the way, that idea is coming for me in 2020 for my cars. Just wait. I’m not playing!

Is Black Friday really worth shopping nowadays?

For the sake of those asking and this is the only question asking why is it that a TV is mentioned on Black Friday the most? As everybody knows.

Right now, the Hallmark channel has it’s Christmas movies playing. And many of us are still wondering why. But you know something, BET, TVOne, and other channels have Christmas movies too. Can you check out those?

For all of my introverted readers, can any of us relate to this?

Attention Black Friday shoppers don’t mean to ask this but, you will be hearing this from your pastor on Sunday. Don’t get triggered because you know it’s the truth. Am I wrong or right?

Is the pressure of the WWE is really building from AEW wrestling?

For all of my UPS, FedEx, USPS, and many other delivery package drivers this holiday season take a look at this:

Now you really have to ask this one question, what kind of mess and crap is this? and the thing is the woman on the video had some crack was on drugs by the way claiming that her car was broken into so many times on outside of a house. Anything is try that turn into racism is really stupid. I hope that no black driver or driver helper this holiday season coming out should not want not and will not go through that type of stupid remarks of racism and many other factors. And this is one of the main reasons why race is still on the deck of the topics of tables in American households, classrooms, churches, the dinner table, the neighborhoods, the malls, the restaurants, and many other places we go and spend our money every single day. They say that the holiday supposed to bring up the good folks in everybody, but I have to remember they can bring out the worst in people too, and this is not about losing folks to death. Even racism place apart around this season especially for those who are trying to do some good deeds by deliver packages to houses or businesses every single day. And don’t assume that the influence of 45 is afoot.

For Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday, which is the best small business you go to support every single day?

For Cyber Monday, which online store you support the most everyday? and don’t assume it’s always Amazon.

For Giving Tuesday, which companies or donations you support the most? As in idea: DONATE TO YOUR ALUMNI!

Milwuakee, it was so naked without our former traditional Christmas Parade that lasted for so long. What will it take to get a new tradition like that to stick for another Generation?

Speaking of “the current Generation that doesn’t want to go on” what is up with Milwaukee restauruant Vitucci’s closing up after 85 years?

Now for you Millennials and Generation Z folks: What is up with this #OKBoomer mess? If any generation can go one on one the most, is Generation X.

For my Live Streaming Folks and I know you got this: Christmas is coming and I’m looking for a gift to save money and get the best live streaming device on the market. I’m looking at Amazon Firesticks, Roku, Android TV JetStream devices and that’s it. So I’m asking all of you, which is the best one you think is the best to buy? Drop a comment in the box or on Facebook.

Sometimes football players make bonehead moves. Myles Garrett. And also this Ole Miss Player, Elijah Moore after making a play, made a dog peeing gesture and costed him and the team the game vs Mississippi State. What was the point of that dumb move?

You know the Milwaukee Bucks are RED HOT right now. How far will they go for another playoff run?

So far, the Green Bay Packers had 8 victories and 3 losses. But this last loss vs a different San Francisco Team gave the Green and Yellow a worst L on the record. The last time they played the 49ers: Colin Kaepernick was playing and won 17-3. Yeah Niners, the Pack won that one. But December is coming and the team usually comes out firing the Big Guns the most in the birthday month of Aaron Rodgers. And mine. Will the Packers make a statement and bust out the guns again in the 12th Month?

And so far, the Wisconsin Badgers are undefeated at the Battleground. And they must go for the Axe vs Minnesota. I think the Badgers must use this as a chance to get redemption vs the Golden Gophers after this ugly L in the Mad City last year:

Will they do this? And keep in mind, it’s not the same Badgers team like last year.

In the next 8 months, Milwaukee will be home of the DNC Convention. Is the Brew City/Cream City really ready for full tilt in Democratic Blue?

For you non Milwaukeeans, yes we’re also called Cream City. Not because of cows or milk. It’s really because of the buildings that have a creamy look on them that blend in. Who knows? And you know why the Milwaukee Bucks have “Cream City” on the jerseys?

How about this interview between the Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin? Very interesting to see on the WWE Network!

Is the confidence of Christmas still an all time high? Not weather wise I should say.

Just to add also, TV One is doing at Family Matters Reunion all weekend long. Yes, nothing but Urkel all day and night. Who’s watching?

If the decade of the 2010s were to end today, what would have been the worst and best moment? I’ll also save that next month.

CALLOUT: Black people: why do you still put a pic of White Jesus on your Facebook pages? Knowing the fact you know better that Jesus WAS BLACK! Speaking of “slave mentality” and “being on the plantation”.

Black People: you do realize that there is an African Heritage Study Bible that really details the truth in biblical times?

Uh-oh: there are names being purged from the voting records. You voters better get to your Election Offices to make sure you are straight with your voter statuses! Now will you be ready when the voting year comes?

All this technology stuff and google searches, and you can’t really read certain books?

And the last thing to ask: After all this weekend of Black Fridays in all, and the racism, and the good things to happen yet to come, what will the 12th month bring and to make sure that you stay afloat?

In the meantime: Happy Thanksgiving!


Here are the rules: Everyone knows how this goes yet again. And it’s really simple. No need to link or google or even #Hashtag. Today, many around the country and in the household or other areas, we Americans will be celebrating that holiday of food called Thanksgiving. From the Parades to the NFL Games, Dog Shows, or other new traditional ideas that will boost the food day. And yes, there will be us going out to the clubs and shaking off the pounds to get loose for Christmas. Or staying home for the house parties. Or just now, folks going shopping. Really?!

And yes, there will be constant reminders of the horrors that our Native American brothers and sisters will not participate in this Thanksgiving Day due to the killing of their ancestors outside of a church on a Sunday morning many moons ago. Henceforth, The National Day of Mourning. We know this. And our Native brothers/sisters are marking 50 years of that horrible reminder that is constantly missed in our schools. It actually happened.

But this holiday, yes does have the two words of Be Thankful for the things and ideas we already have. So here in its 12th Anniversary tradition, here is another traditional Stephen’s Spot Thanksgiving Blog of “Be Thankful”. Break out the tablets, Smartphones, PC’s or laptops. Start reading!

If you have a GOOD PAYING job that is good for you and it pays well for you or family, be thankful.

If you don’t have a job and still looking and STILL not quitting by going to the job fairs or making connections, be thankful!

If you have good insurance, either health, auto, home, vision, or dental STILL be thankful.

If you have a good car or truck that gets you to work every day, and still runs well with or without repairs, be thankful.

If you have a new home, or fixing up your old home, or investing in a home you grew up in and not selling it to those who want to rent out, but want it for life even more: BE THANKFUL!

If you FINALLY have a good doctor or you still don’t have one, but still want to get that monkey (and constant NAGGING) off your back, STILL be thankful about improving your health. And STILL trying. Take your time!

Now I need to say this: If you found out that you have a chronic illness like Diabetes, and you had a devastating moment of asking why it happened and didn’t have the words. But also you had conversations and online postings about those who have it already and knows the feelings of the battles, and you learn from them and they can inspire you to be better and get with the program of what they know, and still believe that it’s possible that you control diabetes and not let it get the best of you. In this month of National Diabetes Awareness Month: BE THANKFUL that you have a support system that can back you up. STICK WITH THE PLANS!

If you have a cool dentist and he or she is good and professional, be thankful.

Like any year, if you have lost any loved one this year or years past, and still feel down that the space is empty or the chair is empty, and you want to fill it up with a new generation of family members that want to pull ahead, even close friends, we must try to be thankful to carry on. It’s hard, but we must. I still miss my father, and like last year, my Thanksgiving will be different without him.

If you had folks praying for you all year for all the things you’ve been experienced no matter good or bad, be thankful that there are folks that know, and are in your corner.

If you are expecting a raise in 2020 and will be getting it, be thankful!

Do you still love your gifts and talents that are unappreciated? And still, do them all the time? Be thankful!

If you still got your parents and/or relatives as your back up, be thankful that they still care.

If you had a sibling in the freaking hospital more than once, who is being taken care of and heard good news about coming home, and I know this AGAIN: STILL BE THANKFUL!

Got any good neighbors that know you no matter how long? Be thankful.

Met any new neighbors lately? Be thankful.

Moved to a different city recently that you feel is best? Be thankful.

Moved back to a city that is best? Be Thankful.

Got a good plan to get that next step in your career, or a different career, and a mindset? Be thankful.

For all of my church folks: if you want your Church to succeed despite those want it to fail due to jealousy, BE THANKFUL that you are willing to fight!

If your birthday or anniversary is coming up or it already happened, be thankful!

If you are STILL very introverted and darn proud of it, and not ashamed to tell about it or embrace it, be thankful!

Single and not in a relationship? Be thankful.

Married with or without kids? Be thankful.

Single and no kids? Be thankful.

Single with kids? Be Thankful.

Divorced? Be thankful.

You still have a church home that you stay and willing to have your kids to grow IN THE CHURCH? Be thankful.

If you have been given a side gig, and love it to be paid with that cash money or checks, no matter what it is, be thankful.

Men, did you celebrate International Men’s Day in #Movember? Be Thankful!

Got a good pet or know a pet that knows you well? Be thankful.

If you STILL give back to your community, your Alumni, your Church, your Scholarship Committees, your Fraternity, your Sorority, your Unions or other groups that have been treating you good all this time, be thankful!

If you STILL appreciate the value of your former teachers or coaches, or former principals, of anyone that knew your value of education, be thankful.

If you put in the work to show up at your meetings even if you see the same people time after time, be thankful!

If you can’t wait to eat the meal that gives you life, be thankful you can still eat the grub.

Still avoiding fake news? Be thankful. They suck.

If you read the old blogs that I can’t control the reading, but still want to read what I want to say regardless from my black point of view, be thankful! Not just for me, but for you.

If you STILL got stuff in your house that you want to give away, be thankful. Somebody will take it.

Still fighting Racism, White Supremacy, Sexism, and others? – Be Thankful.

Got a good business handy? And it’s good for you to make that money like Uber or Lyft or It Works? Hey, be thankful!

If you switch your career to a new company in the past year or will go to a new company to come, be thankful!

Own a business? Got your own time schedule? Invested in a product or material that worked? Be thankful.

If you got many reachable sources to give, or to provide, or to share, or to support, and it’s really catching on, you better be thankful!

If you are planning to vote in 2020, be thankful! Get your ballots ready.

If you are looking forward to another holiday weekend of fun, be thankful.

If you are NOT shopping on Black Friday, but willing to spend Black Friday outdoors in the woods or parks, Be Thankful! It’s a release to avoid a violent backlash.

If you are not shopping on Black Friday, but willing to spend your cash at a local business, or on Cyber Monday, be thankful.

If you are donating to your favorite charity on Giving Tuesday, Be thankful!

If you can’t wait to finally deck your halls for Christmas or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, AFTER Thanksgiving (some of you did it ahead of time) Be Thankful.

If you criticized 45 for his “horrible so-far job” as President and his tweets, REALLY BE THANKFUL!

If you are breathing right now normally and woke up: be thankful.

If you were removed from a company that had you started in the game, then a rift in Management occurred, but went to another company that is good so far, BE THANKFUL!

If many in the black community have black pride PLUS Melanin Responsibility to uplift our black people without sarcasm and forced stuff, BE THANKFUL!

Now I have to say this: if many have given back to our Veterans or supported our military while on duty, be thankful!

If you are apart of the American Legion and have been celebrating 100 years of it’s existence, and still give back and inspiring those to join up in the Legion, Auxiliary (even now that Husbands can join) the Sons and Legion Riders, I want say yes, BE THANKFUL!

If you are walking tall real good, be thankful.

If you are expecting a really good breakthrough like this year or next month, BE THANKFUL!

If you still condemn any racist act on the internet, social media, at your job, or in the house, your church demoninaton, or in the neighborhood, or any act of disrespect, forced patriotism, and you had to write letters of complaints to a certain company, STILL be always thankful to get your voice heard! Put the pressure on them on not coming back!

If you are upgrading your house to be better, be thankful!

If you got a plan to take a vacation, be thankful.

If you still got your old game systems on a Throwback Thursday and if they still work, be thankful!

If you still listen to your old school joints on your radio, or maybe some new school material, be thankful.

NOTE: For my readers that had to go through hell with school shootings, and still feeling hopeless. I want you all to understand that it’s a hard Thanksgiving Day for you as we know. But in a sense, you should be thankful that you can rebuild. And BE EXTRA THANKFUL that yet, you are still living! And be EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA THANKFUL that a breakthrough is coming for the better!

If you are a conscious-minded person, a defensive-minded person that you know is best, for your own opinions and viewpoints without any harm or hurtful feelings towards humanity, be thankful!

For my Sagittarius readers: guess what? Our season is back! Are we thankful, now? (SAGS RULE!)

And finally: If I missed anything that many have thought about, and it’s good: we all should be and forever so thankful that we must march on. Like they say at the black funerals: It’s already been said. It’s already done.

Happy Thanksgiving!

#BeThankful


Men of the world, say to your fellow male neighbor and say these words: “Neighbor, we made it to another year!” Yeah, just like in church. If many have not forgotten nor complained, today is International Men’s Day 2019. And yet its a day for all men young and old to be acknowledged and appreciated in terms of not just men being men, but also being better men each and every time. International Men’s Day comes 8 months after the bickering questioning about the occasion after the women had their International Women’s Day in March. If you don’t know what I’m talking about: here it was 8 months ago, and many were asking “When is International Men’s Day?” over and over! Don’t act like you forgot! Or didn’t know. For a short time, International Men’s Day has been on the radar, but many didn’t pick up the signal. I’m not talking about Father’s Day, I’m talking “International Men’s Day”. See, Father’s Day is reserved for men whom are FATHERS! International Men’s Day is for ALL MEN regardless if they are fathers or not. If many men had been wished Happy Father’s Day mistakenly by women this past year in all, it’s their fault. Not every man is a father. Let’s be clear. International Men’s Day however is an unsung day for men for all men to celebrated and also to talk about the concerns that men face each time besides Prostate and Testicular Cancer. We’re also talking discrimination because of being a man. We’re talking about financial concerns, spiritual concerns, mental concerns, bullying and many other manly concerns that men usually don’t talk about but they know it. Even when it comes to the book I bought this year, “Why Men Hate Going to Church.” Oh, I just went there. But yet, on a day like today for Men, let’s talk about all of this.

I’m reading several articles about the question, “Should we be celebrating International Men’s Day?” But the question is, why aren’t many celebrating International Men’s Day? To answer the first part of the question of celebrating the occasion: YES! Why not this day? Why not have an extra day to celebrate the men in your lives? I’m not just saying this to men, but yes women, since you stumbled onto this blog, you’re in this too. Why not this?! We male dudes celebrate you every March 8th, and Mother’s Day and gush all over. However, when the Father’s Day comes as well as today, it doesn’t seem much. But on Father’s Day, it’s about men have to be stepped up to be real men by toughening up and improve. So as males we can’t be treated or dedicated like the women? Come on now.

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Chivalry is now deemed a problem today. Especially, from all these now “Independent/I don’t need a man” women. Let’s tell the truth! It’s really all about being polite and respectful. Not trying to be a big concern. Many of us were brought up like this in sense of being respectful. Acting common sense. What happened to that? OK I get it. It’s a different time in all, but is there an area left where Men can just be polite and nice?

As I stated, it’s International Men’s Day. And no, not all men are dogs. We deserve our own day just like the women do. And with good reason. Where as the women have their day in March as well as Mother’s Day. We don’t complain there.

So yes to all men, we should embrace this International Men’s Day and just to think about it, it’s been 20 years this month on a Friday that this day was just launched. Or should I say relaunched: According to The Independent Website, “The date coincides with the birthday of the father of Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago who relaunched International Men’s Day in 1999.”

Now again, here is one example that International Men’s Day has been coming forward in a “trolling” sense:

“Every year on International Women’s Day, comedian Richard Herring makes it his mission to educate naysayers on the existence of International Men’s Day.”

“8 March, International Women’s Day is being celebrated today. Why [is] International Men’s Day [not] celebrated on some date? This proves that feminism prevails all over the world,” one person tweeted this year.

“Hey I was as angry as you, but when I Googled it to see if it was possible to set a men’s day up I discovered someone had already done it, It’s November 19th. Good news, hey?” Herring responded.

Now I want to pause here. How many of us actually didn’t know that this day existed? Raise your hand. Confess to your pastor or Lay Speaker. How many of us didn’t research? We supposed to be in the 21st century where the knowledge and information is supposed to be displayed instantly, but many of us really need to go back to school. Literally.

Moving forward in a sense:

“The aim of International Men’s Day is to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues. These include topics such as mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide. International Men’s Day coincides with Movember, which involves men growing their facial hair in an effort to promote conversations about men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.”

Let me stop here again. This is the same stuff we heard in June regarding Men’s Health Month. But what I don’t see here is concerns of bullying, harassment of any kind from sexual, financial, and many other factors that Men also face that rarely gets talked about. Men can be harassed for money, sexual favors of non interest, extortion, domestically abused, and mentally harmed. And its not just men doing the damage. Women can do the same thing and get away with murder also. Watch it females! It’s not just all you and non for us.

“The observances of International Men’s Day are part of a global love revolution,” said Dr Teelucksingh. “International Men’s Day is observed on an annual basis by persons from all walks of life, who support the ongoing effort to improve lives, heal scarred hearts, seek solutions to social problems, mend troubled minds, reform the social outcasts and uplift the dysfunctional.”

Again, this for all (and they mean ALL) males. No matter if you’re single, married, widowed, divorced, etc. It doesn’t matter if you have a job, looking for another degree from college, served in uniform or in jail, or maybe getting a finger up to improve, introverted, extroverted, woke, or just maybe to better themselves around other men, the day is for men not only to celebrate universally, but also to find new ways to improve for themselves, community, and families. After all, can we improve our manliless overall?

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To conclude the statement this rounds out about the 2019 occassion:

The theme for International Men’s Day 2019 is: “Making a Difference for Men and Boys”. Warwick Marsh, coordinator of internationalmensday.co.uk, explained the inspiration behind this year’s chosen theme. “We want to promote the need to value men and boys and help people make practical improvements in men and boy’s health and well-being,” he said. “International Men’s Day encourages men to lead by example. Boys need positive male role models. Our broader community also needs positive male role models. This is the best way to create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to flourish.”

This is highly agreeable. Us grown men need to be making a difference for our sons, nephews, grandsons, younger male cousins, godsons, and etc. Even if you don’t have kids, but you look out for them. It doesn’t matter if they help you on the job and/or church. Doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you have health coverage that sucks. Each man must be called to do this every time. Through the good times and bad. And down right ugly. We hear from our women folks that “men need to step up” yet again. I’m still going to ask is, “how?” Step up to what?! That’s like saying that there needs to be a black history course segment in every classroom. Agreeable. But what are you going to do?! What’s on the menu? If the women were leading the example of having the answers, they organize and go. That’s what they do. In all their groups. But I hate to steal a line from the book, “Why Men Hate Going To Church”, men can’t be women. Ever heard the term, everybody is different? To quote WWE’s COO Triple H, “Follow that!”

What I want to get at, is I’m on Twitter or Instagram and I’m doing the #InternationalMensDay search online, and I came across a message or story or posting that dealt with some feminists in Australia that want to end International Men’s Day for a strange reason. That reason was about them being victims of rape, men’s rights, etc. Hold up wait a minute: AUSTRALIA! You are going to let your women citizens stop a International Men’s Day thing because some of the things that men get stumped on alot? That’s not making sense. What would have happen if MEN were stop International Women’s Day per se, and to stop it due to irregular pregnancies, sexism, racism, and FEMALE FORCED Date rape?! Ya’ll tripping. So it’s ok for Women to have their days and Men can’t? Because of flaws of Rape, Embezzlement, Extortion, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and a host of others mess that Men do? Well guest what ladies, you do the exact same thing! And many of you know it’s the truth! Men know it’s the truth. And if the mistake falls of the Men that turns out to be false, you still won’t believe them! Until they bring the receipts and maybe extra truths from the archives.

So I want to see more International Men’s Day to be acknowledged. Not just because it’s the same day as World Toilet Day. Actually it is. But however, if we have enough gumption to celebrate our female folks on International Women’s Day, there should be that same gumption on celebrating men. And yes Men, I need to say this: We just had our day on November 19th and for the next year, you should be PLOTTING for International Men’s Day 2020. That means you should be engaging new ideas in your men’s meetings, associations, Fraternities, Men’s Church Groups in all. Speaking of that, even the Boys Scouts (not Girls) BOYS SCOUTS NEED TO BE IN THE CONVERSATION! Or any other male group that is in existance. We know who and what they are. There was a time that the Masons were the go to guys when it concerns young black males. As well as any other groups. Now we don’t see that. Why is that? I think that the Masons, Shriners, Kappas, Iotas, Alphas, Sigmas, Omegas, or any other group our there needs to have an BIG OPEN HOUSE where the Men and Boys are invited to learn about the gorups and what it takes to become one to get involved. We see them with their symbols on their cars, jackets, hats, shirts,sweaters, etc. But they need to connect with the folks in the community especially with the young men! We know money is a factor. And it is. If a young male doesn’t have money for getting in, there is no deal. But what the groups should do, is offer a FREE MEMBERSHIP for one year! For all you male groups, can you promote this?

And yes for this International Men’s Day coming up of course men, check on your doctors to make sure you’re straight on the health tip. We know doctors suck. But don’t get so intimidated. How are we are going to function in our families and friends in all, we don’t get ourselves right? Plus not only that, we need to be right in our finance, our spiritual, and other important needs we see and do every time. For us single men who don’t have kids and not married. Some of this may not apply, but some do. And we get discriminated at times we are not tied to some partner. That has to stop. So yes, Happy International Men’s Day FOR ALL MEN! Not just the usual suspects or same people that get honored all day everyday!


By now, Veterans Day weekend has come and gone, and yet we still appreciate. This Veterans Day marked the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion. That’s 1919 you know. Likewise like many, there are Veterans that are or were not appreciated for their service being skipped over or whatever. Regardless of the dilemmas and the regardless of opinionated thoughts, Veterans you are still appreciated! So in the ongoing honor of this Veterans Day, here is a blog letter for you.

And if you are a Veteran that likes what I write here or the comments on the Stephen’s Spot on WordPress Facebook Page or the Stephen’s Spot Twitter Page, I thank you. It’s only the beginning. Again!

Dear Veterans (and Veteran families) of the United States of America:

It’s me Stephen, a son of a late Vietnam Veteran that served proudly.

Yes, this weekend was and is your weekend. I have 4 words to share for this holiday weekend of yours: Reclaim your Veterans Day! Christmas maybe coming real quick, and Thanksgiving is next to come, but still reclaim your time! I sampled again that from the infamous Congresswoman Maxine Waters who kept constantly saying, “reclaiming my time” over and over again. But seriously, Vets it’s your time again to reclaim the holiday that is meant for you. This is your time to take the heart of this occasion to summarize all of the war stories, the valor, the parades, service stories, lectures, and also experiences that many of you endured in uniform. Those of us that haven’t done the job, we go around that having the opinionated thought about wars and many others. Of course, we have that. But however, without the will of God and you guys, that would not be very possible. Many of you have your say of what you did and yes, your commentary is still and always valid.

But the game doesn’t stop there. Matter of fact, it goes on until the wheels fall off. Even it goes on every day at work, school, church, and leisure. Speaking of the challenges, last year it was an ongoing concern about our so-called president lagging behind when it becomes the statuses of our Veterans. And it’s related to the Department of the Veterans Affairs that many of them are not getting their VA cash due to the fact that it’s an IT issue. This year’s challenge is an everyday challenge in regards to your health, education, job search and most of all, the communities. Why do I say this? every week or month, I hear from Veterans all the time, especially African American Veterans that the issues of Jobs has been a concern. Matter of fact, it’s always been a concern either as a Veteran and as a non-veteran. Homelessness is also a concern, that no one wants to be homeless on any day. In Milwaukee today, there was an idea to build tiny homes that homeless vets can get into to get fed, clothed, and yes to get a new fresh start. The first time I’ve seen the Tiny Homes was in Racine County. But now I’m glad that the Homeless vets here the city can get that chance to reclaim their obligation to get back on their feet again to get going. Speaking of getting back on the feet again: I need to address a concern. Yes, this event is coming up in Milwaukee and it’s an annual tradition, the Milwaukee Veteran’s Day Parade is on November 16th, which is ahead of Thanksgiving and yet it’s in financial trouble. Yep another Milwaukee long traditional parade is in financial trouble due to lack of funding, and further more lack of interest. According to the Milwaukee Independent Website, this question popped up in a gasping thought:

What does it say about the patriotism of Milwaukee and Waukesha corporations, and the general public interest, to actually honor its hometown veterans and active duty members, when a foreign company has to fund our local Veteran’s Day Parade to keep a half century tradition alive?

Let me stop you right there: Heard of the company called “TransCanada?” This is the company that is out of CANADA that helped funded the Milwaukee Veterans Day Parade back in 2017, sometime after the Flag Protesting took place across the country. Way after Colin Kaepernick (who was born in Milwaukee) made his stance with the kneeling when the National Anthem was playing in the background. Note to those who may have forgotten, it was against police brutality. Not against the flag, the military, the veterans, or any thing other thing that utilizing the thought of expressing the ideal of patriotism. Also in the article: this was mentionted in regarding those complaining about high ticket prices, and expressing interests but didn’t show up:

That was the question Milwaukee Independent asked in late October of 2017, during the NFL flag kneeling controversy. It came from the observation that members of the local community were willing buy expensive tickets and travel far to attend an outdoor entertainment event, and in an incidental moment show the measure of their patriotism by standing for a song that barely lasted a minute. However, those same people failed to make any time for a free event in their hometown to actually honor American heroes by simply showing up to wave and smile.

Wait, so folks who had complained about expensive prices for a ticket per say and not showing up to a free event , kind of shows that there is cheapness in the observation. Does this remind you of something? Read this portion that supports the above statements:

Milwaukee Independent: What factors have you seen affect interest and attendance in Milwaukee’s Veterans Day Parade since you first started attending?

Mary Ann D’Acquisto: That is a very difficult question – we have always struggled with getting people to attend the event. We have tried to get the word out as best we could – press releases, posters, e-mail, Facebook, and such, but it was never enough. The first year we took over the event was 2001 and it was just post 9/11, so everyone was very patriotic and we had a huge crowd. In the 18 years since, we have seen less and less attend every year. I have heard many reasons from people for not attending, like ‘it is too cold, I take my kids to the Christmas parade instead, I don’t have any veterans in my family, I donate money to the veterans,’ and the list goes on. I don’t think people realize how much it means to many of our veterans to have a show of public support. When no one is on the street watching the parade it makes them feel as though they are forgotten.

Milwaukee Independent: Has the elderly condition of World War II veterans altered plans for the 2019 parade, and what will the new format look like?

Mary Ann D’Acquisto: Yes, 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and many other major battles in WWII. Consequently the WWII veterans are our Special Guests of Honor for this year’s event. All veterans will be honored and participate, however the WWII vets are our featured guests. In the traditional parade format – veterans are outside for almost 4 hours and the last several years the weather has been less than favorable. That lead us to plan an event that was warmer and drier with more indoor time for our veterans.

The agenda for the day is as follows, this is open to the public: November 16 at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. 0900: Displays – military related groups and a special WWII display and performances by some of our favorite parade units. 1030 – Memorial Service. Veterans Day Parade will consist of an Honor Walk and Motorcade, it will not be the traditional 1.5 mile parade route. 1100 – Honor Walk to let our veterans know how much we appreciate them as they parade from the War Memorial over the Mason Street Bridge to Prospect Avenue. 1200 – Veterans Motorcade leaves the War Memorial to take our veterans to a reception at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Motorcade Route – leaves Prospect and Mason and heads west down Wisconsin Avenue to 6th Street, south on 6th Street to Canal Street, west on Canal Street to Potawatomi.

The veterans will have their coffee and donuts indoors at the War Memorial and can watch the performances from inside the building. The reception and luncheon for veteran participating in the Honor Walk will be at Potawatomi this year, so that we can have a sit down lunch where there is more room. Also, everyone can watch a documentary we are putting together profiling some of our local WWII veterans.

Milwaukee Independent: For the veterans who participate in the parade each year, what do they enjoy most about the experience?

Mary Ann D’Acquisto: The general consensus is the camaraderie of everyone being together – whether at the breakfast, parade, or luncheon. I do know, however, it has been very disappointing for them to see less and less people coming to the parade to cheer them on.

Ok, let’s stop right there. What you just saw is a portion of the interview that the Milwaukee Independent did with organizer, Mary Ann D’Acquitsto who has held the event in the city for the last 18 years. The organization is overseen by the company called, “Honor Our Military, Inc”. Which has been the nucleus of keeping things in order in the traditional Veterans Day Parade. This parade, or celebration has been going on for nearly 56 years. Which is almost a long time of honoring veterans here in Milwaukee. No matter which war campaign or era. But now in the area, and after this news hitting the fan, guess what? This parade will be on the list like the City of Festivals Parade, Milwaukee Christmas Parade, and The Great Circus Parade all faded out because of lack of money. And to think about it, when the parades was making money in all, guess what? there were more folks in the Milwaukee Area! But overtime, many folks left Milwaukee. The businesses that used to be supporters of the parade, also left Milwaukee. But a few came back. As far as financial support, guess what again, that ties into the businesses. And many also don’t know how the parade process works in terms of money! You got to have sponsors, company backers, a route, the participants, permits, and etc. That’s what it takes. And sadly a lot of folks here in Milwaukee as sad as I hate to say: THEY DON’T KNOW MUCH! They don’t! Oh, when I was reading the comments about this story, specifically from one commenter on Facebook who is “still serving” puts the blame on Tom Barrett in regarding the Streetcar, the DNC Convention and many others that are deemed “liberal”. That’s kind of false. I think the writing was on the wall that had nothing to do with the streetcar nor the convention. Blame it on the lack of knowledge and financial backing that the city encountered in the last 18 years. Blame it on that! There is your reason! Or many might say, oh it’s because Milwaukee is “hyper-segregated”. The only parades left in Milwaukee are the Memorial Day Parade, Juneteenth Day Parade, the Milwaukee LGBT Parade, a Labor Day Parade, and that’s it. No other parades not on the radar. Many of you reading this might be shocked nor surprised. It’s the truth! Matter of fact, continue to read the story and see for yourself.

Now many might say after reading this, “Oh Milwaukee doesn’t care about it’s Veterans. They might support a Trolley or a DNC Convention, or that new Bucks Playhouse called the Fiserv Forum, but won’t lift a finger or pulling the level to acknowledge our Veterans that gave so much to service.” To quote Daniel Bryan: FICKLE! How many here in Milwaukee ACTUALLY acknowledges our Veterans in the City? Even if you do support the Streetcar, Lead Water Prevention talks, Jobs, Black Lives, Health Stats of the Flu, combating racism, Men’s Movember, or the DNC Convention? How many here in Milwaukee ACTUALLY has organizations or local churches that supports and appreciates the valor of Veterans annually? What about everyday? Do you realize that there is void in the city that African-American Veterans aren’t acknowledged enough like the white counterparts that served? Come on now! I know this is Veterans Day respecting the Vets in all, but this stuff is EVERYDAY when many are not organizing. My home church, just recently just celebrated it’s 14th Anniversary in Milwaukee in honoring veterans in the congregation and it’s a BLACK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH! IN MILWAUKEE! Somebody say AMEN! I’m just keeping it real! Veterans, I love y’all but I’m just saying!

Veterans: yes your day and weekend of appreciation will be concluded, but your ongoing ideas and services on this side, will still continue. Like last year, I hinted again that you need to connect with the younger veterans who are currently starting out and settling in after their service. Many of you probably have that idea in mind. Continue to do so! Direct some ideas for them to get started through programs like the American Legion, the VA or any other organization that attracts them to support and get involved.

And one more thing: Young Vets: I need to say this again, you need to respect the OG’s that came before you. It may not be pretty, but like I always suggest that it takes respect to get respect. They are the Military Elders and been in the game longer than you! I’m just saying. As always yes, the non-vets can hear and receive advice from you about your ideas to continue our cause as we move forward. No matter if it’s a job, community time in the church, health, wellness, counseling, or any other idea that is able to do, hey we would welcome and respect it. If I were running a company or a division in a company, yes I would hire veterans in a heartbeat. Why you ask? Since many of you been in places that many of us have seen on TV, why not you? Just asking. No need to go further!

And finally, I realized that the entire month of November is “National Military Veterans and Families Month”. Or National Veterans Month. And it should be. Matter of fact that should have been on Obama’s watch. I know, it was 45’s crazy thing. But however that’s not the case. What is the case that this gives us a chance to have more appreciations, admiration of valor, celebrations and more ways to do Outreach to all of you. Regardless of your service and past duties.

So……To all the Veterans that got the welcome treatment: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans that never got the welcome treatment but got it in small appreciative tokens of appreciations later on: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans who are homeless and still keeping hope alive for the better: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans that were forgotten or being left out: Never Forget.

To all the Veterans that were never acknowledged for their service of any kind, but got acknowledged later on: Never Forget.

To all the WWII Vets: Never Forget.

To all the Korean War Vets: Never Forget.

To the families of WWI: Never Forget.

To the Vietnam Veterans and families: Never Forget.

To the Veterans of Grenada, Beirut, & the Cold War, and Families: Never Forget.

To the Veterans of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Families: Never Forget.

And yes….to the upcoming Veterans and families of Current war on Terror/Iraqi Freedom/etc. – Never Forget!

Additionally: To all the Women Veterans that blazed new paths and set new tones: Never Forget.

To all the Male Veterans: even though you have long historical experiences in the war in uniform, still never forget!

To all of my African-American Veterans: Historically, African-Americans have been in every conflict of wars since the beginning. Even when fighting for the flag and the country that didn’t want them due to race. These are facts, not alternative opinions altered by anyone political. Even with all this: I say NEVER FORGET!

And to all those of other ethnic Veterans ranging from the Indigenous to the European and all: yes, you too should Never Forget!

Never forget your time, Veterans. You have earned the stripes and flowers. Reclaim your Veterans Day!

Thanks to you of all what you accomplished.

Sincerely,

Stephen


Oh, hold up. Wait a minute: Is it Independence Day? The day of the 1776 that many were “partying?” Oh yes, it’s July 4th. The 243rd of the Independence. And yes like before, we can celebrate in all. Plus I said last year and I dare say it again to comment this: The Struggle Continues!

Wake up, Americans! It’s our birthday/anniversary or just call it our day off from work and school. And of course it’s our day to have our say as citizens for another 4th of July Birthday. Let me also say that if we partied or conversated last year with folks whom are not around this year then maybe that was the last conversation. And just to think that this 4th of July is the last 4th under the 2010’s decade. And it’s the first 4th of July that many have to recognize the 400th Anniversary of the last Trans Atlantic Slave Trade of the year 1619. For us Wisconsin folks: our Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes is celebrating his first 4th of July as the first African-American Lt. Governor of the Badger State. That’s indeed a FIRST! Similar to the pivotal aspect of Juneteenth Day of last month.

However like last year we still deal the same issues of black lives being targeted harshly. We still deal with the factors of our LGBTQIA brothers and sisters being judged harshly when it comes to the same sex practices and marriages in the United Methodist Church after the “decision” was made in St. Louis dealing with the General Conference. We also still deal with the twisted laws of misinformation, harassment, bullying after someone tries to give someone a drink, and many other factors America harbors. And yes black folks: many of us still fight among each other in determining our so-called blackness in a harsh manner to the likes of Sen. Kamala Harris.

Let’s be honest here, when “you know who” got elected of course many of us got real stupid. Admit it. As a matter of fact when I referenced the factors of us black folks fighting among each other we still are. We still have this inner hate that whenever we see one of us make it, in a sense of success we sometimes cringe and bear down with the hate of making sure that we tear down our folks in a hateful manner. And yet to quote our Muslim brothers like Malcolm X , this is a classic case of divide and conquer. Where have I heard those words before? Oh yeah, when the Ex-Governor Scott Walker utterly used them during his campaign. Admit the truth. Even though it happened in Wisconsin, but the message still was a look out in a sense of a warning shot.

Another shot of endearment, is with our LGBT Communities. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in a sense that it resonates the rights of the Gay/Lesbian folks. And even 50 years later in 2019 many of us Americans are still dealing with the issues, lifestyles, choices that many of them go through each time. Oh we see it everyday. And yet this does infact deal with the church! Mainly my denomination of the United Methodist Church. You all know the story with that decision by the General Church in which many of the worldly conservatives kept the part of the LGBT stuff held at bay! And it still being held at bay. However many have to look and also realize that the decision is NOT STOPPING THEM to serve in the church! Already, LGBT Bishops and Ministers are actually coming though and having the chance to minister in the practice that they really wanted to do. In a church in Missouri that gained headlines, there was a confirmation class ceremony to welcome new members. But the youth of that church made a stand that they were not ready to be members based on the issues of their LGBT friends that encountered. They decided to leave the offer on the table until a fair change is acceptable. Keep in mind that this church is United Methodist. And is geared toward the LGBTQIA audience.

For many of us, our laws and confidence had been lacking. In a recent poll conducted on CNN via their New Day Reality Check Segment regarding Patriotism:

Patriotism dipping down?

Is there a thing called let down? Or melt down? Ever since 45 got into the office (thanks to many who didn’t VOTE UP in 2016) it seems that our sense of Patriotism has been hijacked and overtaken by those who actually feel a sense of anger towards a previous administration. Of course I’m talking about Obama. But also issues of previous years faults and failures that the country had endured in the modern 20th Century towards the baby version of the 21st Century era. And yes, even the communities that has been long forgotten, overlooked and never had a chance to compete with the popular big cities and folks to recognize. Of course, many felt that way for years before 45 and Obama was into the president’s chair. When many make a reference to move out of Milwaukee or any other northern city to go to Atlanta or Texas for example, and stated the reasons why they moved because of the weather, or in this case: racism, crime, and many other factors that played. Now the southern states as much as the rest of country must realize that racism and problems similar are EVERYWHERE!

Most recently, there was this Nike Shoe that came out this week with the old Betsy Ross Flag on the back. We all seen it right?

Let me say this: who wanted to buy some $140.00 Nikes?! And yet when the shoes dropped, many felt that the flags on the back were from a time when slavery was rampant. And word what that Betsy Ross didn’t actually make the flag in the first place! One of Betsy Ross’ slaves according to the recent stories was the original creator of the flag that had the circle stars and 13 stripes. But I had to fact check about America’s Seamstress that did the first flag. According to the real inside intel, Elizabeth Griscolm Ross (her real name) was born in the mid 1700’s and yet did not owned any slaves under her name. Betsy was from a family of Quakers that was against slavery. Uh-oh! Who didn’t know this? Raise your hands right now! For all those that said that she did that, you must get your facts straight right now! See this is what happens when misinformation gets twisted and not knowing the actual proof of this.

CALLOUT: It’s time to get back to those U.S. History Books! And actually get to the point of who the folks were when the country got started. Even if they were Slave-traders/Owners that raped and pillage. Start it up all over again!

We need to continue to know so for that the next generation of Americans don’t get caught up in the Okie-Doke like many of us gone through. Sure many of us had the beginning stages of our countries history that “scratched the surface” however as time goes on and as we continue to progress more into our history, then of course we’ll ask those hard questions like, why didn’t they taught me this in school? Maybe the folks who set up the curriculum way back when didn’t go hard enough! And yes, when Nike yanked the Betsy Ross kicks many had to question exactly what Colin Kaepernick was thinking. I know! Colin never dissed the flag in all, but was addressing the Betsy Ross Flag was used around an ugly time when America had harvested vile white supremacy like a bad habit. That is the truth!

But on this 243rd edition of America’s birth, we need to go even HARDER THAN HELL to get our sense back. It’s going to take not just education, but even HARDER THAN HELL of more educational historical facts to actually get to the point of this holiday and beyond. I’ll bet many of you right now are probably thinking about Juneteenth Day. Remembering how it was supposed to get the info and the truth out. And the joy of getting it right. Even folks who celebrated Juneteenth in the past have gone crazy with problems! Not with standing the thought of it. But understanding the gist to get to the moral compass of our nation. Yes, in 2016 the votes swayed to 45 and many of us are feeling this lack of patriotism. And not voting AT ALL! When was the last time that America had an urge of patriotism that really mattered? Don’t just say 9/11! And when was the last time that Black folks in THIS COUNTRY felt like being normal citizens that fit in with the colonial cause for the better all day everyday? We already know the answer. And basically this has been the talk of the town over and over again ever since the country got started. And I’m also sure that many have been looking for those answers ever since. And still looking.

Well, as they say: The Struggle Continues!

And also to quote the late great Nipsey Hussle: The Marathon Continues.

#Happy4th

#IndependenceDay

#243


Hope many of us had another chance of celebrating the 4th.

Happy 4th by the way.

As in the 4th of July, you know America’s Birthday in all? And I’m sorry to say that many aren’t feeling the goodness in all in which many have came so far in advance of getting that American Dream that many continue to thrive for all this time. And yet, it’s still out there. So for this 243rd edition of the Birthday, it’s time to go deep into the thoughts of asking and yes to come clean. Oh, who am I kidding: with all the meltdown of Patriotism, 45 has this so-called celebration in DC, more black folks denouncing the holiday again but overlooking the good, Nike goes crazy with the Air Max Shoes with the Betsy Ross Flag on it, and everyday shenanigans that makes us Yanks really worried. And yet: I’m scratching my head again.

There is a difference betweeen the “Pledge” and the “Declaration”. Who knows the truth?

For real though, had many really paid attention to 45’s 4th of July Parade with Tanks, and other related copy cat stuff like North Korea?

DYI: (did you know) that in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, there was this item? (courtesy of the Library of Congress) “he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, & murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another. ”

*This was an idea to strike the issue of slavery out of America. Our founding fathers had this idea in mind (even though more of them were slaveowners) before the states of Georgia and South Carolina had to intervene. And you wonder why asking!

This needs to be asked. We all heard the rendition of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Speech and yet no one read “The American Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Yes! he wrote that in a sermon in 1965 for Independence Day. Who did not read this? By the way Douglass’ speech is really titled: “The Meaning of Fourth of July for the Negro.”

Who still watches the last 4th of July footage of President Barack Obama from 2016? Where he mentioned about “imperfections in our union”?

It’s a fact: there was no parties for the black folks in 1776 when the country was declared. So many had to ask, why the constant stuff like: “This is not my holiday. My holiday was Juneteenth Day.” And also state like, I don’t vote. What kind of ISH is this? And for the record, there were African Americans like Peter Salem and James Armistead Lafayette that fought along the sides of the Continental Army in which…..to gain their freedom. Including John Chavis, Lambert Latham, Oliver Cromwell, Prince Estabrook, just to name few Black Patriots of the era.

The late great Coretta Scott King once said: “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation”. Agree or Disagree?

Who bought the Betsy Ross Kicks from Nike? $140.00 dollars worth?

CALLOUT: Ok. I like Old Navy. And Old Navy is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. And yes around this time, the store had all the flag T-Shirts out for the holiday, which was selling during the Memorial Day Weekend. But on Facebook,it was noted that they were selling the shirts in a Purple theme design signifying the silver anniversary on 4th of July. But I need answers: Why did Old Navy had to sell 1,994 shirts online and then when word got out, they were gone?! Somebody really tell me something and yet that is a something worth scratching my head for!

And also, when Old Navy got the purple shirts out, there was a message on the back that transcribed almost with the original pledge of allegiance. Without the words “Under God” on it. And many of the folks on social media went nuts. Why, sway?

It seems that some black folks do celebrate the 4th. And guess what, you know Malia Obama’s birthday is on the holiday, right? And she’s just now 21.

Who’s rocking the Essence Festival this weekend in New Orleans? For the 25th time in a row!

Of all the patriots past and present: who were or are the patriotic introverts in American History that defied the odds? No matter what time-frame, era, gender, race, creed, class, preference, or next generation status?

OK, many folks had to ask: with all this stuff concerning the 4th with fireworks, why not of that for Juneteenth Day? Better start now! We need Black Pyrotechnic Workers!

Milwaukee: last night began a new era in our “July 3rd before the 4th traditional fireworks.” The Milwaukee Brewers, American Family Insurance and other private businesses forged together to bring the now “Lakefront Fireworks”. When the fog was getting to be worse, it kind of cleared. But we had our show. So, how did they do? And also they will be back in July 2020. Ahead of the DNC Convention in the city!

In the first half of Summerfest, Pop Artist Lizzo (you know the one that dissed John Williams’ song Jaws being lazy) had a difficult spot with a member of the security squad member that racially encountered Lizzo’s hair stylist and another stylist after her first Big Gig Performance. And yet, it was Lizzo’s first coming off the heels of the 2019 BET Awards. My question is, has that Summerfest Security Guard Member been fired yet?! And will anyone book Lizzo in the future in Milwaukee? You know already that the city is segregated.

Speaking of the DNC: How are the ideas coming along, Milwaukee? We are about ONE YEAR this month away from welcoming the Democrats to the Brew City!

Speaking of Dream Teams: Which team right now in 2019 is a team that nobody is taking seriously but noticing? Oh, it has to be a U.S. Team.

Speaking of Dream Teams: Which team comes to mind as being a Super team that started the super teams and actually won more than one game and undefeated? Again, it has to be a U.S. Team.

Will the Milwaukee Streetcar be able to “extend the play” in terms of fares and sponsorship between now and 2020? And its still free to ride so far.

How will all U.S. Cities celebrate the 4th of July next year in 2020?

How did many of you played Mortal Kombat 11, the tower version with Jax Briggs, Sonya Blade, etc? Just in time for the 4th.

What is the one place in America that many haven’t gone but need to go?

Seriously asking: is every way the American way?

Seriously asking: Who in the living heck is #ADOS?!! Also known as American Descendants of Slaves? Word is that they don’t know enough knowledge and self hate of being black. And also, what is ADOS’s real agendas regarding the support and assistance of the African-American Community or the Black Community at large that is not very snobbish!

ADOS: Who IS This?!!!

Seriously asking: is there a thing called opportunity to earn your keep? In an American way?

Check this: how will the 4th of July historians really align themselves with the discussions of the 400th anniversary of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade? Which was in 1619?

Should all black historians really align with the 4th in a sense of expressing their own truths to be self-evident that all men SHOULD BE created equal?

The one thing still remains, how will the struggle continue for the better now since the 4th and Juneteenth are now in the rear view? This is an everyday question.

Oh hold up. What up with this? You young Americans and world wide folks take notes on this flow of Hip-Hop!

Second question: for all the triggered folks in America, one of members of Chloe and Hallie will be featured in The Little Mermaid and the triggered folks got mad and pissed all because a black woman is getting the part of Ariel. And they got mad on the Fourth. Really?!

Speaking of being Patriotic: which UNSUNG figures in current American History seemed to be the most patriotic in terms of speaking out against racism, police brutality, white supremacy, and many other shameful acts? Hint: We are talking someone or somebody that is all flag waving celebrating and being very VERY conscious about the issues of America’s problems at hand at the same time!

And…..another thing, anyone noticed that “A Capitol Fourth” was way better than 45’s Celebration in DC? Yeah I said it! And I hate to say it that in the 18th Century, there were no runways and airports. SPOILER ALERT!

Which National Anthem rendition was and is still the best: Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix, or Beyonce?

Which America the Beautiful rendition was and is still the best: John Legend, Aretha Franklin or Ray Charles?

This needs to be asked black folks: so the 4th of July “is not considered our holiday” in all, but which holiday is? Oh, if it’s Juneteenth, the word is that many in the Black Community don’t celebrate that either as much as Black History Month. Most of that are facts!

Black folks, when we see our own dress up in Red White and Blue, why do we get upset? Look, many can do Red White And Blue as much as Red, Black and Green and Rainbows. If we can do those without those looks without any disdain, is that considered independent? Or in this case being your own person? Not to offend, but JUST SAYING! As they say, do you!

Which of us in the black community doesn’t mind celebrating the 4th or being greeted “Happy 4th”, but also celebrate Juneteenth Day? Who does BOTH?! This is for those whom are more independent than just being one-sided!

Every Black Family must decorate their houses for Juneteenth Day. Put out the official Juneteenth Day flag and display it. Can that be done? Oh….if those don’t like the Stars and Stripes for the 4th, fly the Juneteenth.

How many times that we were reminded to “Take your place” from the scene of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion? Not put you in your place, but TAKE YOUR PLACE! Just a reminder: Cicely Tyson’s character centered this statement!

When 2020 arrives: is respirations on the list FINALLY?!

When July 4th, 2020 arrives next year, are we going to act more Patriotic and actually VOTE?!! Forget about all the speeches that are anti this or that, what about just going to ballots and VOTE!

When July 4th, 2020 gets here, how many of will not rely on Facebook to sway our votes in a Patriotic manner?

When July 4th, 2020 gets year in a Patroitic manner are we just going to not do nothing or actually get something started to create things HAPPEN?

By the time July 4th, 2020 passes, 10 days later, will be the 2020 DNC Convention in Milwaukee. Will the DNC be Brew City Ready?

And the final question of this 4th of July…….when 2020 gets here are we still going to work towards freedom instead of painting it like a bad habit?

Until the next one: The Struggle (like marathon) Continues!


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!