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July 4th: 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 244th 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 mess surroundings Black Lives being murdered, the Pandemic keeping us separate but equal in a sense, the fake tyranny response team is racist, not enough 4th Celebrations except for A Capitol Fourth, Don Lemon and the Empire State Building, Statues and Battle Flags of hate have been destroyed and taken down, Generation Z is on fire, And yet: I’m scratching my head again.

As I mentioned in the blog before: there should be a hashtag with blacks and the fourth. Anyone agree? As an example: #AtFirstTheFourthOfJulyWasntForBlacks

Hold up: how many Americans can name other Blacks that fought in the revolution that were slaved and a freed black?

Yes black folks, you can celebrate the 4th just a little. But it may come at a price. Yes?

It’s a fact: there were some in the founding fathers that wanted slavery to be gone in the Declaration. But it was not completely erased. Care to think why?

Black folks why are we saying, “Pull Up”?

So this pandemic took away our freedom with the masks on? Really?!

Black women, when was the last time you did this for your ancestry tracing….to the American Revolution times?

Women of Color – Daughters of the Revolution 2020

So after that, Black Men what about you? There is a way to track this!

This is the question that really is questionable: they say that respecting other people begins with Public Education. BUT…..it really starts at home like everything else. Agree or disagree?

Sooner or later: Joy Reid of MSNBC will have her own show in the evening timeslot. “The Reid Out” is a coming! Who’s watching when it comes out?

For many who screams out Black Lives Matter as a “Marxist” group, spell it. Can it happen?

Which team in America is the real team that is “America’s Team?” I’m still saying the Packers!

Which Dream Team was so dominate that is still being talked about? Yes I’m talking about the Original Dream Team from 1992. As in USA Basketball.

Which National Anthem is best? Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, or some unsung artist that nobody heard of?

With all the despise of American problems, does anyone believe that African-Americans were and are the “UNSUNG Builders” of the country?

What is your “Real American Soundtrack” to you?

Oh, speaking of National Anthems: should “Lift Every Voice and Sing” be added to the listing of songs we sing every 4th of July like during Black History Month, Juneteenth or Dr. King’s Holiday?

With all the despise of American problems, does anyone believe that African-Americans were and are the “UNSUNG Truth Tellers” of the country? While of course many can acknowledge the positive?

So there are those whom have a problem with African Americans wearing black on the 4th. Like in the last blog, I mentioned that there are those whom wear black everyday like the Funeral Directors or Undertakers. Even those like the Gothic culture. So what’s the problem? Heck I was wearing a Old Navy Shirt and jogging pants that was black.

For all the African-Americans: are we “more American” that these individuals? Yeah these individuals that don’t speak for all of Black America?! They are all scared of Black Media that will go deep with the truth!

Black America: are we “More American” than these folks who claim they love the flag, love to preach about MLK, and oh they might not appear as they seem like….vandalizing a Black Lives Matter Mural?

Black America: Are we are “more American” than those who claim that when the phrase “Black Lives Matter” rings out, many had to claim to say “All Lives Matter? Just to deflect and shut down?

Black America: are we are “more American” that those claim that BLM supporters that vandalize buiildings, or set fires to destroy neighborhoods?!

Black America: are we are “More American” than those who claim all this bravado and boldness like defending the country like during WWII? Or any other World War that blacks were involved in since the start of the nation? And even though many never acknowledge the fact that racism, the Double Victory Campaign and other forms of discrimination actually happened, but still should we?!

Black America: Are we and should we be more American to own our businesses, learn to operate Virtual Learning in schools and homes, fundamentality recap our health concerns, and many other vital needs to uplift US?! Even in this COVID-19 Pandemic?

Black America: Are we and SHOULD WE be MORE AMERICAN: when addressing the difference of Black Lives Matter and to really of course addressing the problems in our communities? I know this is an hard question, but at least Amanda Seales had to comment this. Look for it on Instagram. She dropped those jewels!

Class of 2020, are you having fun yet? This is just the beginning. Hold tight for a long bumpy ride.

Check this: how will the 2020 4th of July historians really align themselves with the discussions of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth Day?

Speaking of the DNC: How are the ideas coming along, Milwaukee? We are about ONE month away from welcoming the Democrats to the Brew City! – Which is will be “virtually” due to the pandemic.

Will all U.S. Cities celebrate the 4th of July next year in 2021?

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

Seriously asking: is every way the American way? AFTER all the pandemic outbreak laws, folks not wearing masks, not being socially distant, fools who go out with the Gadsden/Rebel Flags think that tyranny is a foot, and the ongoing killings of Unarmed Black Men and Black Women such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Oh, by the way: the killers whom have killed Breonna have NOT BEEN CAUGHT or arrested! Where is the American Way for that? And where was Elijah McClain’s American Way when he was killed last August?!

For many of us looking forward to the Summer Reunions of Alumni and Family, should virtual reunions be better this year? Now is not the time to hate Zoom, WebEx or Facebook Messenger Rooms. Or Microsoft Teams.

Can all the Election Inspectors and Election Commission Groups be more socially distant between August 11th and November 3rd?

Word is that Black Folks should have a “Freedom Week” between June 19th – July 4th. Anyone else agree?

And the last question: Is Generation Z really ready to rock and roll as in ready for the cause? I see them but they have a long way to go. They have a good start of making things happen!

BONUS STATEMENT: Between now and the next 4th, see below!


Well here we are. For the 244th time, it’s America’s birthday. And still many of us have a pandemic on our minds to keep safe. And being aware of the on going struggle of rights and privileges that everyone American should be created equal. We know everytime we see those words should be a constant reminder of every person reading this blog and of course those that use everything else.

However between last year and this year, this Indepenence Day has been a drastic change: COVID-19. Usually I say this that the folks who were here last year celebrating or observing or protesting this holiday are not around this year because many of the thousands have died after suffering this symptom of the Coronavirus. Many of our traditional gatherings at parks, festivals, activities had been either reduced to the social distancing or cancelled for the rest of the year due to the virus. The many folks who previously protsted state capitals in the Don’t Tread On Me Flags, or the Rebel Battle Flags or with Rifles strapped with guns all had this distain that the state houses were promoting “Tyranny” in terms of those wanting to go back to work. That’s not tyranny, that’s being stupid and ignorant. And what’s funny that I mentioned this in the last blog about the words “Tyranny Response Team” on the backs of shirts. Really?

Those men and some women are not a Tyranny Response Team. They are frauds! I know I shouldn’t be saying this on the 4th, but I had to say that it’s apparent that they are misguided about the use of freedom. Oh yes, with out our military and all the guise of implications of our Indedpendcce, we wouldn’t have a 4th of July to celebrate. Nor I dare say a Juneteenth Day. And yes those are #facts!

Let me further say three words on this 244th occasion: Black Lives Matter! That’s right: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

The very same words that our so-called president labeled the organization as a symbol of hate. Other individuals that deflected those words to something like “All Lives Matter”. Let me dive in on this again. I know many had the chance to listen to activists in a response to the message that Frederick Douglass stated years ago called “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Oh yes, that is the speech that many are afraid to read and hear, but to us in the black community, Douglass revealed in his speech of the concerns that the black slaves never had to say but to feel what they were thinking. Even though they couldn’t stand up for themselves. But what Douglass really told was the hardcore truth that the celebration was fine for most folks, but to the black slave: Not as much. He stated at the time was “this is your celebration, not mine”. He also stated that while you celebrate your liberty in all, he must mourn. Keep in mind this was in 1852 on July 5th. Now 168 years later his Great-Great-Great-Great Grandchildren are reciting that same portion of the speech as he did. And it’s poetic because they need to know what their 4th Grandfather had to feel. BUT…….they also must read the WHOLE SPEECH! Not just that portion. My advice to them would be (and they’ll have to understand) read the whole speech before making a comment on Social Media in a weird way then you know. Of course, if Frederick Douglass were alive today saying that speech, either he would be attacked on Facebook, harassed, or shot dead. All because he was revealing a thought that many had been thinking for so long. But he also wanted the Country to improve in a sense of getting to that promised land of opportunity.

Henceforth: Black Lives Matter!

This is also the occasion that individuals like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others in the country who are black had been killed by the hands of the police, and racism are not here. Which still lingers to this day. The activists of today who scream out Black Lives Matter are the new colonists. They are the new Paul Reveres that ring out warnings. They are the Elizabeth Cady Stantons, and many others of the yesteryear that are ringing out the concerns that many need to be aware of. Or in this case, STAYING WOKE! I know that many of us were on our live feeds today or leading up to the 4th, in regards to wearing black. In terms of Black Lives Matter and many others that wouldn’t wear the traditional colors of Red White and Blue.

So what.

Many know that the folks of Morticians or Goth wear black every day and nobody says nothing. How many folks wear black shoes EVERYDAY? I’m just saying! This is all coming from those who were logging into Facebook in Blackout groups that many tried to get others to join to participate. The whole idea was to be informed about the concerns dealing with black lives, and there is some advertising for black-owned businesses. Me personally, I support black businesses all the time. The ones I know very well from Black Barbershops, Black Daycares, Organizations here in Milwaukee like the Northcott Neighborhood House which was founded by the denomination that I was confirmed 30 years ago in 1990, the United Methodist Church, and my church is black supported! So I know this very well. My thing is like every July 7th, we know that Black Out Day is a time to support black businesses, but it is also a reminder that the support of the black dollar goes on all the time!

Also on the fourth, well there were some that have something to add in the concerns: There was an event and a protest held in Pewaukee and Milwaukee in regarding that Black Americans were excluded from celebrating the 4th of July Celebrations. The idea of the event and acts were to address the concerns of Police Brutality and Racism.

From the transcript via WISN Channel 12: AROUND CUTLER PARK AND THE WAUKESHA PUBLIC LIBRARY. NOT EVERYONE IS CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY THIS YEAR NATIONALLY, THERE’S BEEN A CALL TO BOYCOTT THE HOLIDAY. PROTESTERS SAY THAT BECAUSE THE BLACK COMMUNITY HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE FREEDOMS THE HOLIDAY STANDS FOR. NO AMERICANS SHOULD BE CELEBRATING. IN PEWAUKEE, PROTESTERS GATHERED TO CALL FOR AN END TO RACIAL INJUSTICE. THEY MARCHED FROM THE PUBLIC LIBRARY TO PEWAUKEE BEACH, A ALONG CHANTING THE MESSAGE, NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. ORGANIZERS SAY THE GOAL WAS TO KEEP RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY ON THE TOP OF EVERYONE’S MIND. >> A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE THINK AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE ANGRY. THEY ARE NOT ANGRY. THERE HAS BEEN POLICE BRUTALITY, BUT LIVES TAKEN DUE TO VIOLENCE, SO WERE TAKING A MOMENT TO STOP AND BREATHE.

BEN: IN MILWAUKEE, ANOTHER GROUP OF PROTESTERS GATHERED FOR A MOMENT OF MOURNING. THE PROGRAM AT THE UNITY GOSPEL HOUSE OF PRAYER INCLUDED POETRY, LIVE MUSIC, AND DANCING. ATTENDEES WERE ENCOURAGED TO REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST RECENTLY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, VIOLENCE, AND RACIAL INJUSTICE.

https://www.wisn.com/article/people-use-holiday-to-hold-protests/33178206

Also, over the weekend, former NFL Player Colin Kaepernick made his remarks over the holiday by stating “we reject your white supremacy.” He writes on Twitter:  

“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.”

No matter if it was on MSN or Yahoo the story was picked up. And just as I was logging off, here come those who are overly patriotic saying in the comments: “Get over it” or “Go back to a history class”, “quit whining”. Part of what he was saying was in fact true. There has been concerns that America terrorized nations without any consent, bombed innocent people, declared in the Declaration that Indians were savages, and oh, escalated the use of Slavery before, during and the after the founding of the nation. And yes, some of our Founding Fathers that signed the legendary document were slave owners. Even the father of this land by the name of George Washington was a SLAVE OWNER! Instead of hiding from this so-called Fake News, just admit the truth. Yes, of course we can celebrate the 4th, and yes there were black men that fought in the Revolution, but still some of them went back into Slavery! And some also maintained their freedom. Let be real about it.

Also: when many were talking about that had not been researching the story of a white supremacist. I’ll bet that many of those who helped shaped the country, no matter what roles have occurred before and after 1776 probably were connected to White Supremacy! You have the state of Mississippi for the first time in over in one century brought down their state flag with the rebel sign on it. I’ll bet many who were Mississippi born felt jubilant in a peaceful manner that the flag that gave them so many nightmares is finally done! Those monuments of those who were “Civil War Heroes” that lost the war, were taken down. Some were actually destroyed.

In speaking of that when NASCAR finally halted the thought of the Confederate Flags at the events and races that was a jubilant moment. Yes, you can thank Bubba Wallace for that in order to see change happen in the sport.

Now let me conclude this with this. The Fourth is a mixed bag for many folks. Let’s just call it what it is. However in the result of this mixed bag of controversy, yes it’s a day to acknowledge the turning point of the country’s Independence. The document proved to be a starting point to change, to inspire and to confront the issues, concerns and accomplishments that the country endured since it’s founding of 1776. Yes, over the course of human events in the last 244 years, America hasn’t “been that great”. And yet America hasn’t been perfect. But in the years preceded this one in a time frame of a pandemic that already silenced most of the Fireworks displays, parades, and other old-school related events the real Americans must stand up. It must stand up to get the ideas of being self-evident that yes all men are created equal. And should be created equal no matter who or what. Those are not just words, they should be a way of life. All day every day! If that’s the case however then explain why there is so much racism in regarding African-American citizens. From jobs to finance to housing. Even Healthcare! If many are saying “Oh Stephen, you should be lucky to be an American Citizen and have the freedoms to do so. Why are you complaining?” Look, I want THIS COUNTRY TO CONFESS the truth, the ideals founded and have that equality thing that many have been preaching about since Day One! And I also have been discriminated, disrespected, overlooked, unappreciated, devalued and nearly forgotten about. Yes, me! No I’m not going into “I Have A Dream” and recite the same sentences that Dr. King said in 1963. Many of us need to read the whole speech regardless! The same with Frederick Douglass’ speech about again, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” The one portion of that speech many recited over and over again. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BEGINNING? And black folks you should know better! I’m just saying.

And the part regarding the “Mericless Indian Savages” in the Declaration, and if those who were wearing those shirts on the 4th in regarding the three words, you may have missed out on the words regarding the complaint regarding KING GEORGE III! Beginning with the word “He!” Now many of you saw on Instagram of the picture of Cree Summer (whom had a acting career on A Different World and the voice of Penny from Inspector Gadget) that displayed the shirt just like this:

Merciless Indian Savages Declaration Of Independence T-shirts

You know what was missing? See below:

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Question to those who wore this shirt, why wasn’t the whole quote mentioned? There was also a missing thought that it wasn’t addressed to ALL INDIANS! Look at the sentence again: What does it start with again? HE – as in the King of England at the time. The founders I think were describing the dilemmas that were problematic. So when folks said all the Indians, that is taking the quote way out bounds. Hear me out. That’s almost like saying all men are dogs. Or all black men are no good. See the angles here? Or in this case all BLM Members are racists and being funded by George Soros. Or when he was touring the country in the poorest neighborhoods, there were individuals or groups that commented that Bill Cosby had “Harsh words for African-Americans”. Get that mess out of here! And according to the stories, there were Indians that fought with the continental army and for the British crown. You know which folks did that also? Black folks! We got to be real! This is not to drown out the Native Americans here. In which I don’t do at all.

People: it’s time to review everyday of this Declaration. In terms of further understanding the thoughts of why the articles and listings were made and not only just to be one sided. You should be asking why they were one sided at first. I should start by saying #AtFirsttheFourthOfJuly wasn’t a holiday for black folks. That is a fact. And yes, you have many saying the same thing, probably on your timelines on Facebook of asking why. But at the same time, we must not forget that the longevity of the struggle still continues! And also there were black men that fought on the side of the continental during the revolution. If you think that Crispus Attucks was the only one that fought and died in that timeframe, guess what? He was not the only one! There were countless others that served like James Armistead, who was a spy on for the Continental Army under George Washington that helped the Americans. Another was Peter Salem, as well as Salem Poor at the Battle at Bunker Hill. Even the 1st Rhode Island Regiment also fought. Why aren’t these names being mentioned like Attucks? In addition to the struggle, that also is an everyday reminder that must hold dear to these three words: Our Sacred Honor.

So yes, as the nation turns the page, or levels up at 244, and it’s ok to celebrate for a moment. But when the next day happens, its back to work.

It’s back to fight White Supremacy.

It’s back to help Homeless Veterans

It’s back to educating our children.

It’s back to realize that Virtual Learning does count like the Traditional Classrooms.

It’s back to supporting Black Lives Matter, in a sense to find Breonna Taylor’s killers.

It’s back to fight unemployment, health issues of COVID-19.

It’s back to defuse the wickedness of Backing the Badge and Blue Lives Matter.

It’s back to stop the abuse of Police Brutality, stand against racism as well as discrimination based of age, religion, gender, education, and experience on the job.

It’s back to fight for the Church in a sense of fighting depression, hunger, finance problems racially, and it’s back fighting the same “Colonial Causes” that were and are in a long working progress. Which includes VOTING!

This year marks 150 years that African-American Men received the right to vote under Amendment 15. Also it’s been 155 years since the Amendment 15 which declared slaves free, hence brought Amendment 13 in April of 1864, thus making it plain in January of 1865 leading to June 19th.

And the beat, in fact goes on.


Juneteenth Day Matters!

Today is a legit day to celebrate an occasion that actually mattered. No, it’s not the 4th of July as we know very well. We’re talking about Juneteenth Day. A day that many don’t know about but to quote Kevin Hart: “You gon’ learn today!” For the 155th time, America is recognizing a forgotten Independence Day that almost had right previously in the late 1770’s. Yes we all know that originally, Independence Day was started in 1776 in which that yes and many will hear that black people were still slaves. They were in bondage. No rights. Yes, Master. No Master. We know. Frankly, there was a lot of that and a few black patriots at the time fought in the Revolution, attempted to seek their freedom and most went back into slavery. However, it seems that 4th of July was the mainstay of celebrating the Independence of America. Again, you will know this next month. But again, this day of the 19th is a CLOSER! Think of this: July 4th is the opening pitch to freedom. An opening pitch to eliminate tyranny, oppression, and persecution. Even though it should have been stopped in that particular year, many in the country who benefited and owned slaves actually didn’t want that to end. Yes, let’s call it what it was, slavery and commodity equals money. Even though the British rule was already divorced, but the inner struggle of slavery was a long shot to be eliminated. It took 89 years which in baseball is about 16,198 games. But on the first to last game, which was January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation to decide that black slaves would be declared free. 2 years later in 1865, after the assassination of Lincoln, the news to Galveston, Texas from General Grainger that the slaves would be now and forever free. This was known as “General Order Number 3.” This is why I say Juneteenth is the CLOSER, or the closing pitch that ended the dreaded streak. That ended the game that many fought for so long to eliminate. This is why I also say that “Juneteenth Day Matters Like The 4th!”

For many of you who are not black, and just wanting to know what this is, and we know many of you will be going all decked out Red, White, and Blue next month. Get this: if you know the 4th, get to know what Juneteenth Day is about. Get to know why this day matters. And many of you are in education, working for the curriculum. I challenge you to put Juneteenth Day further ON THE MAP! I challenge all of those who are black educators: put this day of June 19th ON THE MAP for the curriculum. It is necessary because this is part of the historical events that Americans need to know and summarize. After all, do many people still say that “Black history is American History?” Remember that quote that I hated since Black History Month? Yeah well, since Juneteenth Day is an American Occasion, why not add this to the American History that folks again, need to know! And Black History is STILL World History!

Unlike many Juneteenth Day Celebrations in the country, there were not many marches. And social distancing was in effect due to the coronavirus. In spite of that, Juneteenth Day went on regardless. There were marches, shutting the streets down, murals were and are still being painted on to streets that were declared “sacred ground.” Speeches were made to declare slavery was dead but the struggle goes on. Even after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and countless others that died in the hands of the police. And yet, the Juneteenth Day flags were raised in cities that were used for the first time. EVER. Milwaukee, my homecity that has celebrated Juneteenth longer in the north, raised the new flag outside of the Zeidler Municipal Building. This is the same building named after one of Milwaukee’s Mayors, and a centralplex for the April Voting Drives. Not only that , but Madison also held its Juneteenth Day Flag raising on the State Capitol signifying the 155th occasion. And also, our Milwaukee County Courthouse also raised the new Juneteenth Banner for the special day. All areas of Milwaukee and Madison had the historical moments documented and summarized!

Now let me go left field on these non-black companies and advertisers that are now just discovering Juneteenth Day. Even the Networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC are now just discovering this soon-to-be Independence Day. And our so-called president claimed to “made Juneteenth famous”. Let’s cut the Bull….right now:

First of all: Juneteenth Day was made famous by those who were set free from slavery.

Juneteenth Day was made famous who later marched and protested who were mostly black and fought for Civil Rights that we read about over and over again and making sure that the stories still remain in tact for another era of citizens.

Juneteenth Day was made famous by many who still recognize our concerns, our voices, and our black god-given rights to remain active and ALIVE to let those know that our black rights, and lives still matter! Even at a time when many black men are not as active as black women when it comes to concerns in the community. Even though the black men of TODAY are not as active as the forefathers, but they are out there. And they are active and educating the men of now. Of course, the men of now will do their own thing in the future but guidance must be placed on the table!

If many of the folks who are just now discovering Juneteenth, where have they been?! Black folks have been talking about this for YEARS! This is why the white folks and those who work in non-black establishments must listen to every single black citizen either at work or the house. Not just say, “here you go…………” NO! the key words are to “listen to the black folks!” Let us continue to have our turn to say what we want and need to say. Regardless of our stance on employment, health, finance, spiritual, mental, educational physical and countless others that we discuss that we may agree and disagree, but hear us out! If we don’t see a chair at your table, we have chairs at home to bring. Long ago, we didn’t have those rights as we do now. And that struggle has been going on since the start of loading the boats!

And to have our so-called president to have his “rally” on Juneteenth in a town like Tulsa, Oklahoma that had a history of Black Wall Street being destroyed by racist whites in 1921, was a slap in the face. 99 years this month. Although it was moved to June 20th, which is the first day of the summer solstice. Wow. However even though it’s a different time and a different era, but the struggle again still continues.

So yes, Juneteenth Day 2020 is in the books. However, in the recent “support” of Juneteenth must continue to go on. Like those sales of oil changes to get $17.76 off. Where are the $18.65 discounts? Where are those that need to surface? Yes, I know as a black man that Juneteenth Day MUST be carefully guarded not to be fumbled with a commercialized sense of being jaded. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at all those sales that are geared towards holidays: New Years, Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and yes Christmas. I’m not saying Juneteenth Day should be marketable. But being careful HOW Juneteenth Day should be marketed that it shouldn’t be sold in a negative sense. That is the main point of all of this. Same as Target marketing Black History Month. Which it has. But I hope that those that market Black History or Juneteenth Day should donate some of those sales to most needed black-owned businesses, and especially to the schools. I’ll give four letters: HBCU. That’s the Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Don’t just donate to the causes on these occasions, do them ALL YEAR LONG! And I hope that since the companies are “supporting black workers” and donating all the causes, for all of you big companies from Facebook to U.S. Bank, Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Tesla, Taco Bell (yeah I’m putting them on the list after firing the worker who had on a Black Lives Matter Mask) Best Buy, Walmart, news media, technological companies, health organizations, employment agencies, the federal government, state government, city government, county government and anywhere that they claim or stake their claim in the support of black workers: I got four words for you: step your game up! Prove to many that you back up your African-American employees. No matter what their positions are. Why you ask? simply put, their black lives DO matter. And they should matter just like everyone else.

So yes, we made it to another year of Juneteenth. And its very legit like the 4th. But after this day is over: The struggle continues!


Preface: you may have seen this on your news feed this morning. Or in the last few days.

So what has protesting accomplished?

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained protests:
Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.

👉🏾Charges are upgraded against Officer Chauvin, and his accomplices are arrested and charged.

👉🏾Dallas adopts a “duty to intervene” rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.

👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.

👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.

👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.

👉🏾MBTA in Boston agrees to stop using public buses to transport police officers to protests.

👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).

👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in cities in Virginia, Alabama, and other states.

👉🏾Street in front of the White House is renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.

Then, there’s all the other stuff that’s hard to measure:

💓The really difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.

💓The realizations some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.

💓The self-reflection.

💓The internal battles exploding within organizations over issues that have been simmering or ignored for a long time. Some organizations will end as a result, others will be forever changed or replaced with something stronger and fairer.

Globally:

🌎 Protests against racial inequality sparked by the police killing of George Floyd are taking place all over the world.

🌎 Rallies and memorials have been held in cities across Europe, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.

🌎 As the US contends with its second week of protests, issues of racism, police brutality, and oppression have been brought to light across the globe.

🌎 People all over the world understand that their own fights for human rights, for equality and fairness, will become so much more difficult to win if we are going to lose America as the place where ‘I have a dream’ is a real and universal political program,” Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to the US, told the New Yorker.

🌎 In France, protesters marched holding signs that said “I can’t breathe” to signify both the words of Floyd, and the last words of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who was subdued by police officers and gasped the sentence before he died outside Paris in 2016.

🌎 Cities across Europe have come together after the death of George Floyd:

✊🏽 In Amsterdam, an estimated 10,000 people filled the Dam square on Monday, holding signs and shouting popular chants like “Black lives matter,” and “No justice, no peace.”

✊🏽 In Germany, people gathered in multiple locations throughout Berlin to demand justice for Floyd and fight against police brutality.

✊🏾 A mural dedicated to Floyd was also spray-painted on a stretch of wall in Berlin that once divided the German capital during the Cold War.

✊🏿 In Ireland, protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside of Belfast City Hall, and others gathered outside of the US embassy in Dublin.

✊🏿In Italy, protesters gathered and marched with signs that said “Stop killing black people,” “Say his name,” and “We will not be silent.”

✊🏾 In Spain, people gathered to march and hold up signs throughout Barcelona and Madrid.

✊🏾 In Athens, Greece, protesters took to the streets to collectively hold up a sign that read “I can’t breathe.”

✊🏾 In Brussels, protesters were seen sitting in a peaceful demonstration in front of an opera house in the center of the city.

✊🏾In Denmark, protesters were heard chanting “No justice, no peace!” throughout the streets of Copenhagen, while others gathered outside the US embassy.

✊🏾 In Canada, protesters were also grieving for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who died on Wednesday after falling from her balcony during a police investigation at her building.

✊🏾 And in New Zealand, roughly 2,000 people marched to the US embassy in Auckland, chanting and carrying signs demanding justice.

💐 Memorials have been built for Floyd around the world, too. In Mexico City, portraits of him were hung outside the US embassy with roses, candles, and signs.

💐 In Poland, candles and flowers were laid out next to photos of Floyd outside the US consulate.

💐 And in Syria, two artists created a mural depicting Floyd in the northwestern town of Binnish, “on a wall destroyed by military planes.”

Before the assassination of George Floyd some of you were able to say whatever the hell you wanted and the world didn’t say anything to you…

THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT, AN AWAKENING…MANY OF YOU ARE BEING EXPOSED FOR WHO YOU REALLY ARE. #readthatagain

Don’t wake up tomorrow on the wrong side of this issue. Its not to late to SAY,

“maybe I need to look at this from a different perspective.

Maybe I don’t know what its like to be Black in America…

Maybe, just maybe, I have been taught wrong.”

There is still so much work to be done. It’s been a really dark, raw week. This could still end badly. But all we can do is keep doing the work.

Keep protesting.

WE ARE NOT TRYING TO START A RACE WAR; WE ARE PROTESTING TO END IT,
PEACEFULLY.

How beautiful is that?

ALL LIVES CANNOT MATTER UNTIL YOU INCLUDE BLACK LIVES.

YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN YOU DO NOTHING TO STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM & POLICE BRUTALITY.

YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN BLACK PEOPLE ARE DYING AND ALL YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT IS THE LOOTING.

YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN YOU ALLOW CHILDREN TO BE CAGED, VETERANS TO GO HOMELESS, AND POOR FAMILIES TO GO HUNGRY & LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE.

DO ALL LIVES MATTER? YES. BUT RIGHT NOW, ONLY BLACK LIVES ARE BEING TARGETED, JAILED, AND KILLED EN MASSE- SO THAT’S WHO WE’RE FOCUSING ON.

🖤🖤🖤BLACK LIVES MATTER🖤🖤🖤

IF YOU CAN’T SEE THIS, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.

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Postface: The Struggle INDEED Continues! Now we don’t know who wrote this piece, but whom ever was the writer of this statement will be revealed in the future. But in the mean time: #BLACKLIVESMATTER!


Preface: Before many get offended or shocked, read on, please.

You may have seen this on Facebook or any other Social Media Website. But to take this all in, we need to understand. And many who may not read this may not get it.

But for those of us do, WE GET IT and WE BEEN KNOWING since day 1!

Black people are so tired. 😓

We can’t go jogging (#AhmaudArbery).

We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemJean and #AtatianaJefferson).

We can’t ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).

We can’t have a cellphone (#StephonClark).

We can’t leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).

We can’t play loud music (#JordanDavis).

We can’t sell CD’s (#AltonSterling).

We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)

We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).

We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).

We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).

We can’t walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).

We can’t hold a hair brush while leaving our own bachelor party (#SeanBell).

We can’t party on New Years (#OscarGrant).

We can’t get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).

We can’t lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).

We can’t break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).

We can’t shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .

We can’t have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).

We can’t read a book in our own car (#KeithScott).

We can’t be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover).

We can’t decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).

We can’t ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).

We can’t cash our check-in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).

We can’t take out our wallet (#AmadouDiallo).

We can’t run (#WalterScott).

We can’t breathe (#EricGarner).

We can’t live (#FreddieGray).

We’re tired.

Tired of making hashtags.

Tired of trying to convince you that our #BlackLivesMatter too.

Tired of dying.

Tired.

Tired.

Tired.

Just freakin’ tired
#RP

Postface: Now we may not know the author of this statement, but whomever he or she is, we’ll know it. But the author points out harsh truths of murder among Black Americans is noted and should be stopped!


So here we are once again. Mother’s Day 2020. For all the mothers still alive and teaching, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. I hope that many of you will enjoy your day that is specialized with customized opportunities to be with your families and friends. And to many of us also, from all the round the clock of the Coronavirus, another rack of lies of the so-called president, Stay at Home Orders being unfairly challenged, stimulus checks running late: I’m scratching my head again.

So there are those whom have names of “Karens” that are being added to “Beckys” and “Nancys”. Oh, they know right?

For all those that work at Walmart, Target, in all you better be extra careful when you address the 6 ft rule. Someone might take it the wrong way and don’t act stupid to a customer. What would happen IF THEY ADDRESS YOUR MANAGER? Don’t be surprised.

Which is better: Working from home, or Working at the job on the job?

Which is better: acting like a mother, or being a mother?

Man…..2020 is already taking folks left and right like 2012. Why the deaths of Andre Harrell, Little Richard and now Betty Wright?

This needs to be asked AGAIN: why there are those 35 years old and under that don’t want to volunteer?

Do Progressive Radio stations really want black folks, or just their folks?

Is AEW Wrestling actually bringing the pain to the WWE weekly?

For all those asking and wondering AGAIN, what is the value of being in the group that is Woke and Conscious? Somebody needs answers!

Since the WWE had fanless shows out, many blamed them for not having fans. Then AEW, and UFC also had fanless events and shows. Will the MLB, NBA or other sports have fanless stuff while the Coronavirus passes?

In Michigan, their State Rep, Sarah Anthony was escorted to her office with armed Black Men. Wait hold the phone, black folks how many times we talked about how Black Men need to protect Black Women on the internet and in our families, and other groups? Now I need to clarify that black men are not going to hear about how they can protect themselves and then protect the Black Queens in all. The women will not say this. CALLOUT: Women, when was the last time you told your sons, cousins, nephews, grandsons, great grandsons, brothers in all that you(in your words) have to protect me? They need to learn how to defend themselves first even though they have to protect you!

Hold up, this needs to be extra clarified: Whenever we see all these foolish protesters with the rifles, the rebel flags and the Don’t Tread On Me Flags talking about reopen this state or reopen that state. For all you morons making a scene outside of that White Privilege, REALLY? You all are crying and pissed just because you want to governors to “Go Back To Normal” as usual. Well, I got news for you, we don’t know that! We don’t know if and when we will or would go back to normal. So technically if we are to open the state, you all ready know that many might DIE right? There are those of you might say, “Oh we are very aware about those dying in all….” Really? If you are really that concerned about those whom are on the illness, why are you fools are making this a political issue!? This is a HEALTH AND WELLNESS CONCERN! Wake up!

The month of May is two things: Military Appreciation Month and also, Mental Health Awareness Month. You know what it is. Why is it important to recognize them both you asked? READ THE HISTORY!

Hold Up, YET AGAIN: So you got this Shelly Luther didn’t close her shop in Dallas Texas because she defied a Executive Stay Home given by the state and city. Then by the judge, she was given 7 days of jail. After that, there was Go Fund Me page for the shop, and it was raised $500,000. A raise in….White Privilege! So opening a shop is worth than saving lives? This is was nothing more than insane thoughts. Ain’t it something? And oh, what would happen if a black woman or a black man opened a Barbershop or a Beauty Salon during the pandemic? Take a while guess.

If Virtual Learning is not that liked or criticized by those who are just now learning it, why complain? And if anyone knows this is me going through UW-Stout. By the date comes on May 13th: 14 years. And oh I survived it!

30 years ago in 1990, Milwaukee had a snow storm that was on May 10th. Did we almost had a repeat?


Last year, there were 20 Democrats for the determination to become the nominee for the General Election. Now since Joe Biden is the last man standing, will he go through

MTV needs more dance shows. Most recently they have brought back Club MTV after 30 years being on the shelf. And to ask, where’s Downtown Julie Brown?

Oh, fair question: how many of you have updated your resumes and portfolios?

Again people: I need to ask though, if you are looking for a job in all in your hometown, then all of a sudden you get calls from out of state that the jobs are open in a temporary basis. My question is: why are the LOCAL COMPANIES not calling or contacting the folks about the jobs in the community?! Very corny.

For the Class of 2020: Many of us are so sorry that you’ll not do the traditional way of walking with your classes. W can still say congrats. However, what about doing it virtually or has that happened?

Should CareerBuilder have an option to not have a choice of not making their customers choosing Temp Jobs?! That’s right I said it!

Since DJ D-Nice showed up on Instagram with the jams. It seems that every other DJ since him has done this on Facebook, Periscope, Twitch, Live TV, and other related platforms after him. Hold up: has this been done before, almost?

Introverts: My fellow Innies, are we winning?

For those whom miss our Barbershops, Beauty Salons, Nail Techs, and other needy stuff, why are we rushing to get back?

How does it feel to turn your homes into makeshift workplaces and dining rooms into makeshift altars for Church?

Speaking of Churches being quarantined: Press Play when you’re ready.

Church folks: does this sound familiar when working with the mute button? Don’t say its the devil, neither! Say Amen, people.

Now: this is for all the mothers:


For all the New School Mothers – Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the Old School Mothers – Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the Mother’s that had to work and still work all day everyday: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers whom had to go back to school and get that degree many many many years later, but did it for her kids: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the mothers that continue to teach the Boys, the Girls, the Men and other Women to be productive citizens in life all the time: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the Mothers who served this nation in uniform and earned the title of Veteran: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers that are currently serving this nation in uniform and earning the title of solider, airman, shipmate, coastie, or marine: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers whom are police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, engineers, mechanics, business owners, media, stockbrokers, and any other profession that is gender balanced: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers that just committed to Unions, Happy Mother’s Day

For all the Mothers whom are apart of any Sorority that is NOT on the list of Expelled Members, but paying their dues all the time for new members to join: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the Mothers that guide offices and positions in the workforce, the church, the community, the neighborhoods and others: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the Single Mothers whom constantly push against the grain but still manage to prove others wrong: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the Mothers whom are heaven bound, as in gone home to God and had been memorialized, funeralized, had the last rights, had the 21 gun salute and many other final goodbyes: We thank those in their memories to live on continuously!

EXTRA: For all the mothers whom are on the front line during this pandemic, and missing their children and husbands, and missing the free time, family time, and had to Zoom, or FaceTime their folks: yes you get an ultra Happy Mother’s Day!

And for all the mothers whom don’t have children. Yes, not every woman is a mother! Those whom are like mothers, and whom are just there as needed to be called upon. Yes, they too deserve a Mother’s Day also. EVEN THOUGH THEY AREN’T MOTHERS!

And to the mothers that look at my blog all the time or some of the time: yes you too, deserve a Mother’s Day. Even to all the Introverted Mothers and Dark Horse Mothers that keep the peace in times of conflict and telling the truth! And still working.

So to the Momz, Mothers, Mommies, Mami’s, Madres, Mommas, Mother Dears, Big mamas, grannies, aunties, great aunts, Godmothers, Matriarchs, and the New Big Mamas that need transitional ideas to move forward, and many other mothers I can’t even think about: yes this is your Mother’s Day. Enjoy it!

Oh, and PS: Dad’s count too in a sense.


*Note, I was about to comment about the packers and this past season of 13-3. But since the passing of Kobe Bryant, I felt this My Take will be appropriate. But, the commentary of the Packers will happen after the SuperBowl.

This past Sunday, we the citizens of the world, heard the shocking news of the passing of Kobe Bryant. Yes, that Kobe Bryant. And yet many have not felt this loss within the last couple of years or decades. As I write this, today is the 34th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion that occured when many of us in Generation X were just in Elementary, Middle and High School. This was our major disaster that at the time was on live television. But that was 34 years ago, and no Millennials and Generation Z, Kobe’s death was not bigger than this. Kobe was just about 7 years old when this disaster happened. Me, about 8.

But as many of us were leaving Church on Sunday, we all got this news about the accident. And like many before him, we all were shocked. My memories of this comes back when Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston all were taken from us that we loved all day with their music and videos. But hold up: Aaliyah was dead at 22 in a plane crash just like legends like Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper. Plus Stevie Ray Vaughn. And countless others whom have passed on so quickly. And yet again when their deaths were going on, I’ll bet many had to ask “what about the other folks who died with them? What about those of the pilots, and passengers? It wasn’t just them alone.” We need to stop that. Seriously.

We keep seriously asking because we’ve been reaching too much. I think the only reason this happens that no one gets left out. Yes, we feel bad for the folks who had their lives ended. But we get so over the top with emotion, as if we knew them.

Spoiler Alert: WE DON’T KNOW JACK ABOUT THEM! The ONLY person out of the victims the most known to all was Kobe Bryant! Many of us never knew about Gianna or Gigi his second oldest daughter who was held when the helicopter went down. Others were a Baseball Coach, a Basketball Female coach, a teammate of Gianna’s from the Mamba Basketball Team, and others . We don’t know them. Same thing when Aaliyah passed. She along with 9 passengers died in the Bahamas in 2001. But the MAIN PERSON of the passengers, was Aaliyah! Let’s be clear. Yes, the others should be on the Memorial List. With all due respect with them and their families, again many of US who are looking at all the footage, videos, sound bytes don’t know about the others. PERIOD! So yes as the days and hours and minutes are progressing then we’ll learn about them and also put all the pieces together to get the final results. But yet, in my opinion the center of this as we know was about Kobe Bryant in the terms of main person on the chopper going down.

Now let me continue to say that Kobe was a member of Generation X. Yeah, that so-called slacker generation that I’m apart of that can’t amount to anything. Oh yes, there are those older and way older than 41 are probably asking man, “why didn’t we support him?” (note to the Baby Boomers) Had his head on straight, won all those NBA Championships, got married and raised 4 daughters, owning his own business of Mamba Sports Academy, and most of all: He was involved in his kids lives. Never left them. So yet, why are there are those and others are tripping that a black man, who married interracially to Vanessa had all this going for himself and those he connected with? Seriously, what was and is the problem? Mainly because I think it’s because of jealousy, hate and self absorbed attitudes and behaviors. Think about it!

In the days since the tragedy, there have been most of us showing emotional pain of grief. Mainly of us Men. And yes, Black Men. When that happens that many of our women friends and family members and other male counterparts would tell us to “Suck it up.” Or “Stop making all that noise.” Or “Stop crying like a Bi…you know what.” Or “No tears!” And many of us who go hard everyday for ourselves and families mainly men are not getting any respect at the house that many of us work hard for! I know many of our women folks had and still probably stated that they love us and still give us the boost to keep going in all of our avenues of opportunity. They are saying that now, but what about the next time? Or on our days while we are still here? What’s that quote “Give people flowers while they still live?” Women say it all the time mostly to each other! But for us guys, we don’t get flowers until the casket drops in the cemetery. Tell me I’m lying! So yes women, we’re still waiting up on your end of the deal to really believe that what you say is what you mean. Don’t always assume the obvious that we’re not like you. Matter of fact, we’re not! It’s the dang truth. Let’s just call it what it is. And all that examination has to be on failure mode because we let stuff that was handed down get it the way. Here’s something that we better know. We all laugh, cry, share joys, share concerns, share ideas, get emotional, get woke, get crazy, and many other human emotions we get all the time. Even me. Even you reading this blog. So what is the real problem here?

In reality, Kobe crafted his blueprint. He CRAFTED his blueprint. And I know that many are willing to follow what this man done for his 41 years of life. But we all know that 20 years of his life was his Basketball years to the LA Lakers, and yes The Redeem Team of USA Basketball. And his later years of owning his business, Oscar Award, novels, and many other things and assignments he organized, formulated, built, and summarized he grasped. And this Mamba Mentality? Well let’s talk about the word, Mamba. For those of us who like reptiles like snakes, A mamba is a snake. A poisonous one to be exact. Don’t believe me, google it. Or matter of fact, you can watch a scene from Kill Bill when a Black Mamba snake struck one of the bad guys so fast and so quick. By the way it was the same Black Mamba was a code name for Uma Thurman’s character from the the movie. And yes mamba is a name of a candy that came out years ago. And yet I believe it’s still around. When a Mamba strikes its prey from afar or up close, it will see it, know it and then when it happens, it strikes hard! Sort of like a King Cobra, or a Python, or Anaconda, Boa Constrictors, or any other snake in the jungle that strikes for the kill. More like kill at will. And like many, Kobe didn’t go to college. Like Lebron James, he also went the route from High School to the Pros. Some probably debate that, which is understandable.

Many of us are still in mourning. As we should. But as we approach the final day to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna and as well the rest of the 7 men and women who were on that chopper when it went down, we must continue to give the families their right to mourn in peace. Let them have the right. Let the parents of Kobe Bryant and his Sisters (yes they are still living) to process this loss and have to do the one thing that many won’t do is to bury their only son and brother. And old folks, we all ready know that you said that you should never bury your kids! Don’t seem right.

We know it’s been a week but still. And yes it’ll take a death to pick up that phone and call them to see what’s up. Leave a message please because nobody don’t want to hear no blank responses. Someone said don’t text. I disagree. If using a text message is a way to get a hold of the person contacting then by all means do so! And if you are planning a gathering (not a funeral) do it. Not just in a blue moon. At the top of the year, I always say that if anybperson you met with last year, he or she may not be around this year. Even I’ve heard church folks say this phrase all the time. And when you thinking about it, #FACTS. Right Generation Z and Millennials? So keep checking on your people because we never know. In any way possible!


So here we are yet again.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the blog story that is traditional. Let’s review of what I said last year/last decade with a twist:

Like Sgt. Hulka used to say in the movie Stripes: “before we proceed any further, we gotta get something straight.”

I’m going to be taking this blog to new heights. It’s not just going to be the same old song and dance. Nope, that is going to be one and done. It’s going to more than just one blog story. No matter if you are in America or in freaking India, be ready. This blog thing will one day, get real. If I got to get my Periscope, or own video thing on here to help my stories, well: that’s what I have to do one day. What does all this mean? It means that I have to get better with the idea of blogging with the issues and concerns. I have to. It’s not just that thing that needs to be done, it must be done to improve. To inspire and yes, to get to the point of view that I need to display.

Yes, folks will walk tall, shoulders back, chin up, conscious up to the 10th level, and of course, this is an idea that would be beneficial. I thought about destroying this blog and ending a 10+ year streak, all because of other concerns of boredom or that same story. But wait…..this could be a benefit to help and inspire. While many might think that one story from a blog is all there is, think again!

“Stephen’s Spot” is not just about one same blog story. Or one picture. Or one anything. It can be revolutionary, inspirational, conscious, fun, life experienced, or just plain normal. It’s not a one dance show. It’s one in the million that can be experienced if many take the time to read more than one. Now, I know many are just now discovering the blog based on what I have written back in 2014 or whatever. But if you (yes you) the reader actually like what I write here, in a sense of right now, thank you.

Knowingly I can’t control what others might read, but by me writing more, and thinking more, it will be fully objectionable for me to carry on. I’m in the 40-year-old plus age bracket, and yes this age bracket will indeed test my theory and summarize.

So guess what: you want Stephen’s Spot? I’ll give you Stephen’s Spot! This is no same old song and dance. Nope, not here!

So for now: let’s start my New Year’s Tradition of Stephen’s Spot that doesn’t need a repeat: What do I want to see and not want to see in 2020! 20 things by the way in the now new Roaring 20’s. And just to add, many of the folks we knew, never got to see 2020. But consider this being lucky.

So……..It’s GO TIME!

First Five I want to see in THAT YEAR OF 2020:

Employment/Health & Wellness/Politics/Voting

1) It’s time to work, folks. If this is the year that you will get that real job, the time is now! No more wasting time by waiting on others. It won’t work. We need to have a “Career Awareness Month”. We need to have better job fairs, career expos, have a “seasonal vet” career fair for the mature folks. Not that watered down stuff that many are getting. Even if you still have that degree in the display, that many will pass up. We have to do EXTRA better. Oh, by the way 2020 also means that the Census is coming so make sure you fill out the Census form to keep count. And don’t worry, it’ll be taken care of for another 10 years. Why this? it’s been effective since 1790’s in the United States.

2) If you got to get yourself checked, do it. You know where the doctors are. As well as the dentists, eye examination folks and more. Matter of fact some of them might be near you right now. And while we’re at it, we need to for real get educated about the issues of health. I hear say, “you need to do this or that”. or “you need a flu shot.” BEFORE ANY THAT HAPPENS: ASK QUESTIONS! Forget what you saw on Facebook, know that real stuff first! Really stop and ask definite questions! And when you go the doctors, they will give you a list of what they’ll do to you at the physicals! Plus, still doing the exercises for the resolutions? Why does it have to be the goals for the year? Do them everyday!

3) 2020 also means that new laws will be in effect. Like the Weed CBD stuff in Illinois in terms of not bringing it to Wisconsin. Oh, and if you approve of the work that some or many are doing to help this country and mainly in your districts, show some love! Volunteer or work on their staff, help in politics on their behalf. Be an Able Body Person to carry that out!

4) You should know that 2020 is a voting year? Oh, you didn’t know this? Pay attention! Do better! See the next line.

5) I’ve been saying this for MONTHS AND YEARS! This would be a good time to get your voter registration checked and/or updated to get ready for the 2020 election year. I want to see this happen even more. Forget waiting until next month! It’s best to do it NOW! After all the “decisions” of purging names off the lists!

Next Five I don’t want to see:
Church/African-Americans/Credit Checks/Not Voting

6) Like last year, and the year before that and previous years and so on: I don’t want to see NO ONE complaining about the lack of this or that in the church. If you don’t have a certain something going in your church, then make something happen! Keep at it! What did I say after my father’s passing in 2017: Be empowered, and ALWAYS Stay in the fight!

7) And like many many years ago: I don’t want to see black folks putting other black folks down for stupid pathetic reasons! No matter what happens we must continue to look in the mirror and raise up. Either for Jobs, Education (past or present) contributions, clubs/organizations etc. And that goes for anyone else. It doesn’t matter what you got with you. Either way, NO EXCUSES!

8) Never EVER OVERLOOK THIS: Now for all you Black Queens: you say you LOVE us Black Kings right? DO YOU?! Here is a “whenever you get a chance” challenge that you might not think. Cater to us for ONE DAY at a restaurant, or maybe give us a day that we might enjoy. Think it over! Many of you got Brothers, Fathers, Uncles, Husbands, Boyfriends, Cousins, Neighbors, and many other male influences that you probably know that need that appreciation! Even Black Kings whom you overlook a lot, never thought about, or being Single and no relationships. You gals go all out for your thing and we’re in the seats. So why not us? Still waiting……Oh heck, we’ll do it ourselves! But many of you might tag along anyway just had to go into the back door!

9) I HOPE TO GOD, I don’t want to see credit checks on black folks no more. Matter of fact, not on anyone anywhere with credit checks that are bad news!

10) I don’t want to see those who will not vote this year to gloat. Guess what: Elections have Consequences. Period!

Five More things I want to see:

Alumni Associations/Results Doing Actual Work and Milestones/ Black Church Groups/Black Community/Fraternities and Sororities

11) I want to see more of us ALUMNI (YOUNG AND OLD) to reinvest in our Alumni Groups. Not just for the class reunions and everyone also shows up broke, mad, left out and uninformed. If you get pissed about not being informed about a class reunion or gathering, DO NOT GET MAD AT THE ALUMNI COMMITTEE! You need to be backing up your Alumni Contacts from your classmates, anyway. And if your Alumni Organizations messes up, get on their case! Write letters or email messages to state your case. EXTRA NEWS: if your class reunion from High School, College and or University is hosting a milestone reunion this year of 2020 consider that a bonus! This would be a good start RIGHT NOW to get things planned! What do I mean by Milestone? 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, etc.

12) I want to see the results of us “doing the work”. Not just the partial results of patting on the back and say “nice work”. But also what did it took to get the results needed. And if your employee is celebrating a milestone of service (10, 20, etc), give him or her the due of respect. It’s the right thing to do. Or even if no one gives you a pin of service: give yourself one!

13) I want us “non-scared and scared grown folks in the Black Church Groups” as well as any other Church Group to talk to our youth. Seriously talk to them. Some of them need us to come to them. I don’t care if they are in the schools shooting basketballs or at the community centers or in church playing Chess or Madden 20. Or double dutching, or even learning a praise dance. Even tutoring and READING BOOKS! Let’s learn to #HashtagAndTalk to our young folks. Male members of the church: get the young men involved in these groups! Women, you know what it is. And I dare say, VICE VERSA.

14) CALLOUT: I want to see more black folks in the communities who think there is nothing there to do, start something! Stop complaining! Stop moaning! Stop Getting Pissed off! Get up and get out and make the stuff happen! Such as Health stuff, job applications, resumes, networking, organizing a business venture. Able Body folks, if you’re still standing outside of a Walgreens or a Gas Station asking for money, and if you can still move around, get inside that building and ask for an application! Why is that so hard?!!! And yet this is a start of a new decade. Time for something new and improved!

15) Like last year and year ago and prior years, here is a thought: I want to see ALL fraternities, and ALL sororities to “recruit and meet up” with seasoned vets that can help out. Especially those of the black fraternities and sororities. All of the Divine 9 folks: From the Alphas to the Iotas and from the AKA’s to the Sigma Gamma Rho’s: Have a day in which YOU need to go out to the seasoned vets of those who are 40-ish and up that want to join up to support the groups you represent. And also, don’t be so VERY judgmental about those who are at that 40’s range. The best place to find us: either at our church events, alumni group meetings, etc. And this goes for the American Legion Family, VFW Auxiliary, Masons, Elks, Eastern Stars, and etc. WE SEE YOU! You need to re-introduce yourselves! And….just to add, do some of your groups have Founder’s Day Celebrations going on like this month?

Final Five : I want not to see and want to see.
Black Lives Matter/Volunteerism/Grown After 18/If it doesn’t work…..

16) Of all the things I don’t want to see this year, this DECADE of the New Roaring 20’s: enough of the blame game on Black Lives Matter that seemed violent or racist. For all you Blue Lives Matter or copying off the Black Lives Matter Movement, you will suck. Instead of hating on Black Lives Matter at least go to a meeting or hear from those who lost a brother, or sister or a parent that was black. Take notes, Blue Lives Matter. And don’t front! Not only that, no blame game on the #LGBT, introverted, dark horses, or any other person that is not like anyone else down the street that is deemed racist, violent, or just love saluting the flag in a nice way.


MASSIVE NEW YEAR’S CALLOUT: And also to white folks: enough calling the cops on black folks doing CIVILIZED stuff like campaigns, jobs, barbecues, community projects, volunteering or even waiting on a client, going into their apartment, swimming, selling lemonade, or to be SEATED AT A RESTAURANT OR AT STARBUCKS! Be advised and WARNED; if you work at a job, you will be fired for these stupid acts! And it takes a SMARTPHONE with video to get you TERMINATED!

17) Now, this probably might work in this year of 2020: Get grown in your own work and volunteerism. We know what we need to do, and what to do this year. So why not get involved? And the time is right now! Didn’t I say it’s time to work in the new decade? And if many don’t know, 2020 is a LEAP YEAR! February 29th is coming. So what you’re going to do on the extra day?

18) This is for the grown folks 18 and up: HANDLE your grown business! After all, we supposed to be grown after 18, right?

19) If you smell like weed going to a job interview or in the store, do you think your hygiene needs to be fixed? Fix that problem BEFORE GOING!!! Nobody needs to smell your Pot or Mary Jane.

20) If any of the plans that don’t work, This should be seen and heard by EVERYONE: If there are things that might be difficult, stressful, unhealthy, not financially, and many others, Leave it alone! Find a Plan B, or what you know best and stick to that! Keywords: PLAN B!

Happy New Year!!


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.