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Did this once, will do it again.

Ready. Set. Go!

 

They say stay woke, right? Well….

 

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Black folks: why does the American Flag is labeled as a “Symbol of Oppression?” Asking for a friend!

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Ummm. Yeah, when are the godly MEN and the godly WOMEN are ACTUALLY going to hook up? Like seriously?

 

Ain’t this the real truth? Ask those who are “woke and conscious”. Just saying.

 

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Should this sink in for all my single brothers in the game? And actually NOT LOOKING?

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But the real question is, what is the REAL problem with this single thing?

 

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BRUH! Really? Now for the “melanin powered conscious folks”, are you really putting this on notice?

 

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Can anyone relate to this at Walmart? Be honest!

 

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If you black Friday shoppers planning to do this after Thanksgiving, then explain why you can’t do this on a Sunday morning for a church. Anyone?

 

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Who ACTUALLY believes this? Call them out!

 

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CALLOUT: We heard the announcement of being free since June 19th, 1865. Tell me also why we in the black community still haven’t been fully free since. (Except for 1970)Anyone want to clarify? Be TRUTHFULLY honest. If we fully haven’t gained our 1776 INDEPENDENCE, then we’re still in the struggle for that 1865 FREEDOM!

 

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Yeah, that thing anyone to clarify? Us introverted folks know to well.

 

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Just like folks being all up in your business. Like really?

 

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Do many realize the real truth of being introverted? Let that sink in.

 

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You know they got belts out, right? Think about it.

 

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For you confused folks on the fly: What is the real solution to this “tithing” problem? Too many these negative church memes will not save your mind.

 

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I told you that this movie came out years ago. For you black queens out there, you had watched this with your black kings, right?

 

I thought “Hotep” means peace. Since when it became a weapon of choice against?

 

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We black men do more than that. Ever heard of working or getting those degrees? Let that sink in. At least some of us are doing this besides drinking up that 40 ounces in a club every Saturday, or not being so well “lazy”of what’s going on.

 

And the last thing to say:

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Oh, I got a question to ask: for all you Eric Thames Haters, you thought that he was on that stuff. Those steroids. He was tested negative. And many of you are now starting to like him. Really?! Many of you have that hypocritical thoughts. So I dare to ask: You still like him, huh? Don’t get mad at the messenger!

 

 

More “meme counter thoughts” to come.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Well readers, the rules are back. My rules in which many must follow, or to simply just to give advice. For this it’s the new traditional Stephen’s Spot Rules of Summerfest. Reviewing again for 2017. By the way, this is Summerfest’s 50th Anniversary and it should “be lit”, as our young folks say. As a reference: consult Summerfest’s rules of the park here.

 

First, let’s go over what I said last time in a long sentence mixed with something new. Many of you already know.

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

1) The 50th Anniversary of Summerfest is 11 days. Except July 3rd.  And everyday there will days where you can get in free. Learn it! Especially the timeframes given. Like today, there was free way to get in for donations for the hunger task force from Noon – 3:00pm . Please PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIMES! And pay attention (PLEASE PAY ATTENTION) to the news and radio promos about Summerfest as well. Oh, Summerfest will be open on the 4th of July.

2) The park does have information booths. Need a program? They have them. Or for you mobile folks you can download them via the net or straight to your smartphone. Your choice.

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

4) If you ever think that you’ll be videotaping for your own personal use in or near the park (i.e. camcorders/video equipment), don’t record nothing! Knowing security they will take away the recording devices. They got rules for that. And the same goes for the Amp! Leave the camcorders at home.

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

6) Cameras (mostly small cameras)  are allowed on the grounds. It’s cool. But in the Amp, Nope.  They won’t allow it. Don’t try it. And no selfie sticks. They won’t allow them. Sorry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13) For the bus folks, as you know Summerfest got shuttles (MCTS, Restaurants, Bars, etc) . You know the deal. No need to tell you.

14) They say that Summerfest has nothing for the kids. Um…they do. Look at the children’s theater schedules, and they have a Children’s Fest day. Take them to that.

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

16) If it’s raining and if you have an Umbrella, yes you can bring it. BUT…….not in the Amp.  If it’s hot, better take a towel just in case. If you get hurt, injured or get sick, Summerfest does have First Aid Stations and MFD will be on stat.

17) Like any other venue, there are areas that you can lock up your stuff. Ask the personnel in the info booths for that.

18) Upon entry, you will be searched. Just a heads up. Bags, strollers, etc. Expect the pat downs and maybe the overhead security things. Side note as of June, 2016: Summerfest will have metal detectors. Just like in high school in the 90’s with the searches.

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

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

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

22) And as far as parking: Many know well that parking can be a hassle for a good spot. My advice, look for the areas near the park, like parking lots near Michigan or Jefferson Streets. U.S. Bank near Cass Street has festival parking available for those who want to use it. Yep, pay the required amount. Plus also if you have a concert ticket plus a parking validation with it, you are straight.

23) For the record, Summerfest does have urban acts lined up for 2017: T-Pain, Ludacris, Charles Walker Band, Big etc. PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT MILWAUKEE!!!!!!

24) Currently, Construction  right now is a beast. Take caution and be safe.

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

Caught up yet? Good.

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

AGAIN: Summerfest has metal detectors. Be advised.

Look for the Summerfest Street Team. They are always around.

For all you UBER drivers or Lyft Drivers, I hope you got your plans set up for the extra green. No need to tell you. Or those Ubering a chance to earn money for the big gig rides. Feel free to sign up here. Lyft Drivers,  I’m assuming that many of you are probably making ideas for your drivers to set up the schedules. Get the Apps out!

Even though it’s relatively new, feel free to leave your mark on the festival with a brick. No really, you can! Check out the “Brick Order” on the Summerfest website. It has a variety of prices on it, but it is worth to have your name etched in stone for life!

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

If going to the BMO Harris Pavilion Stage for a show, you might have a “Blue Circle Seat Pass” for the acts. Some of the passes are sold out, but there are those you can get depending on the shows. For more information, click here.

The Miller Oasis Stage is so new now. Please make a note of it.  They have a sale going for some of the performers making that music.

Jimmy Kimmel Live is also doing some connectional thing with Summerfest. Be on the lookout for that. Matter of fact, some of you know about it anyway.

On June 29th,  Between Noon and 6, get into Summerfest for $5.00! It’s a TBT special with Pick N’ Save.

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

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

Now, go party and be safe!


Usually around this time, I want to tell the 2017 Graduation Classes Congrats. That will come in the next two blogs. But right now, a three way dance is looking and it’s about the stuff that my homecity is going through.

First Dance: Milwaukee Youth, Stop all this mess!

On Facebook today through one of my local DJs page, there was a shared footage about two teenage girls were about to engage in a fight. They duked out. Then the teenage boys later on got in and fought the girls on the spot. This footage I saw where a bunch of girls and boys jumped into a fight, by taking it to the extreme is nothing but more trouble brewing. Of course we can talk about Juneteenth Day about the jubilation of us black folks being all Melanin Proud and free. We can. I’m going to start a #MelaninManic hashtag. But what I saw on this footage on Facebook is nothing to be proud of. It’s not! We see this stuff everyday when the news comes on and oh “Milwaukee School Students fighting again. I’m pulling my child out of the school system!” You can pull your child out of MPS for example, but there will be more problems and concerns. Right now, MPS is on Summer Vacation to about August 14th. But when I saw this footage about the boys jumping in and taking their liberties I have to ask this, where are these dudes fathers at? I know that Father’s Day came and went, but these BOYS need their FATHERS! And I know many go in on the boys being no good because of their father’s behavior from years ago before all of this happens. Of course I can blame them, and partially the Mother’s can be at fault too! Where did the upbringing went too? Broken homes! There it is. If that were me in that mess, I would be spanked at home. Punishments. NO TV, NO INTERNET,  NO VIDEO GAMES, NO FACEBOOK. NONE!  And no, there are NO EXCUSES! Your actions will spell it out for you. Ok so the young black males put their liberties on the black girls because either they thought it was funny, or maybe one of the girls jumped their sister or cousin and they went in even further. That right there, is also dumb. The thing is, these fights that you the younger folks that want to be highly successful later on, things like this will be RECORDED and many will wonder why should I hire this person, when this person was a teen beating up girls in a useless fight? And oh, you get mad and get passed up on a job interview. I know many us grown folks had been there, but there are of us having this convo about “What can I do to help these kids?” My question as a “Melanin Grown Black King”, what haven’t we tried yet? When I attended the 46th NCJ-Black Methodist for Church Renewal’s Convention last year in Milwaukee, we had a group discussion about the concerns of our communities, and one of the concerns was brought up about was about talking with our young people. That’s true! WE NEED TO TALK TO OUR YOUNG FOLKS! Not just on the computer, or in a video game chatroom. Face to face. Women to Girls, Men to Boys, and I dare say, Women to Boys and Men to Girls. Yes I said this! Grown folks, we need to stop being “friends” to our young folks. Mothers and Fathers, stop being friends with your kids and start being REAL FREAKING PARENTS! Many of you aren’t real parents because your parents were better than you! And you didn’t listen. Well, you say that these kids are getting crazy, but when I see these kids messing up, your parental game is messed up. YES I said it! Get it right! Don’t kill the messenger!

Second Dance: A family gets kicked out for being too loud, at a Brewers Game.

Right now, the Milwaukee Brewers are in the top rankings in the National League Central Division. They are playing good baseball as of late with Eric Thames smacking homeruns.

But that’s not what this is about. Most recently, a hispanic family was at a Brewers game, and they were enjoying their team playing. But the scene changed when some white baseball fans flipped off the kids. Sad! What’s even worst than that, they were escorted out of the Ball Park all because they were “cheering too loud”. Keep in mind, they were kids! Young folks whom were cheering for their favorite team! I’ve gone to Baseball Games, Basketball Games, Football Games, even WWE Wrestling Matches and children were cheering loud at those events. I didn’t front nor told them to hush up. Many are looking at this being an angle of racism. If that’s the case, the Milwaukee Brewers need to address that. Seriously. In a Facebook post, the mother of the boys expressed the concern, and yes she had to go there.

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Now let me get this straight. So kids or fans of baseball can’t cheer at their favorite teams? This ain’t no rocket science. This is just them having a good time . Period. For those “fans” who like to flip off with racism at a bunch of kids at a ballpark, a dome, a soccer field, a whatever field, you plainly SUCK! And mixing that with racism is just that: stupid. And of course when kids see that they might get traumaized and they might be effected with all the situation at hand. AGAIN, they are children! They didn’t deserve that and neither the family! NONE. Stuff like this is very inexcusable and it’s not fair. No excuses!

The last dance on the card: Sheriff David Clarke is not resigning.

As I stated in the last couple of blogs, many of us had been rejoicnig that Sheriff David Clarke was on his way out. Oh we were happy to think that this man, would have gone to join #45’s Cabinet for Homeland Security. But recently: Sheriff Clarke recinded his application. He didn’t take the job. What was the reason? He didnt like The Donnie? Or 45? Many are saying that outside of Wisconsin that Clarke is unfit to lead that operation in the DHS. Heck he’s unfit with his politics in Milwaukee County as SHERIFF! Richard Artison can beat Clarke in a foot race and still win. But the fact of the matter is, since now David Clarke is staying put, he will get beat by his 2018 opponent. The person I’m betting on is Earnell Lucas. Get used to say that name because I think that he’ll be the man to lead Milwaukee County Sheriff’s chair for a new clean slate. Yes we can research all we want and still think Clarke is the best for your Clarke/Republican fans. But the fact of the matter is, when he was out campaigning for the 45 Donnie who is VERY UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT, he sold his soul. Flat out. And many of us in the Milwaukee County know it. Even you live in the outline areas in the County know it too! Yeah, your fault. I will admit that I thought that David Clarke was considered to be “Votable”, but I was wrong. Dead wrong. And he will get his day to get voted out. And you real voters whom thought that Clarke was wrong and is still wrong, 2018 better be your chance!

End of rant, and the bar is closed.


Yes, I knew I was going to write this. We all know about the comedic talk host shrill effect of Bill Maher. We all know.

And yes, on the blog here: we will talk about the N-Word yet again, and why it has gotten out of control. As a matter of fact, it’s been out of control since day one. As I was reading the “cliff notes” about what Bill said to the Republican Representative from Nebraska, about the use of discrimination or use of slavery related stories, and out comes the words: “I’m a house n*gger.” Out of the words of Bill Maher. But here’s the kicker: he said the N*gger before and turned to the audience, “Oh F*** you!” in a comedic fashion he knows.  We get it.

However in a sense of me asking this, why would Bill Maher, use a demonic word of N*gger, and being this ally against the antics of Donald Trump (oops, I mean 45)? Many have called to have Bill Maher removed from HBO in the wake of his recent outburst of the N-Bomb. And this also, many have favored him and support him due to give him a pass.  As in “Oh that’s just Bill Maher. He may say something crazy against those in the church, but we still like him”.

Yeah. But. Still.

If Bill Maher is such against those in the church as an atheist as he is, why did he invited Nuns and a minister on his show to talk about the current events? Call it what………backpedalling perhaps?

Back in the days of the “Politically Incorrect on ABC” yes there were issues that made the screen. Even having Bill saying the N-word 11 times when Anne-Marie Johnson was a guest. But what got Bill Maher fired from the network, was something that he said sometime after 9/11 as we know. And yes, he was terminated. But got resurrected by HBO with his “Real Time” hourly show to pick up where he left off.

But of course: Yeah. But. Still. Of course many had called him out on his head. From the right, the left, Roland Martin all because of the word that had many of the black community already knows that it’s dumb. There was a time that Hulk Hogan used the N-word and many called him a racist. But there were those whom are friends of the Hulkster and black, defended him. Not only just saying the N-Word but also using it as an example to defend his daughter.

By now, yet again here comes this question: who gets to use the N-Word, and who doesn’t? And should Rappers (mostly in a Gangsta related) eliminate it from the vocabulary? We have a local radio personality here in Milwaukee that comes on in the afternoons online, and the expression comes up in the example: “N*ggas, Blacks, African-Americans, or whatever you choose to call yourself”.  Here’s the reason: Some folks want to be called N*ggas. Some want to be called Blacks. And some want to be called African-Americans. But as far as wanting to be called “N*ggas”, ok it’s a choice but it’s a dumb choice of degrading oneself.

Knowing that he’s on trial, Bill Cosby asked the question in Milwaukee in 2004: “Are there any N*ggers here?” He went in about the use of the word in music, dancing to it in all, and also asking why it’s still relevant now. Even when the kids are listening to it when big brother or sister is at the job. Or when someone from school brings it to the class secretly and then others listen to it and so on. Oh we know, Generation X.

Speaking of that, Black-ish had a episode about the N-word in which the character Jack was doing a talent show dance. And it was a Kanye West song, “Gold Digger”. In one of the phrases, Jack says the N-word and gets suspended from school. And yes there was a discussion on why it’s was inappropriate, and the discussion goes back to Andre’s days (Anthony Anderson) when the new use of the word N*gga was popping up. But even Pops (played by Laurence Fishburne) had to school him to a point.

With that being all this said: Many of us need to be careful how certain words or phrased context that is being put out. Of course. We have the right to say what we feel. After all, Freedom of Speech is a right. BUT HOWEVER it’s also an accountability. It’s also a responsibility. Yes dwellers, it’s also a responsibility that we have to go through. It’s like you said it, it’s on you. Not society. Not the Whiteman, or the Black Hotep Conscious Woman. It’s ON YOU!  Even you  “Keyboard Gangsters” that like to write those pointless memes that ruin College Opportunities or taking swipes at those whom like to educate and summarize but being stuck up in your own lifestyle that well, make others miss.

Do you or anyone knows what this is actually reminds me of? Loving America. We all have some love of the country in some capacity like the Freedom of Speech, free religion, or busting out your dance moves that seems objective but good. But when it comes to the bad situations like slavery accountability, racism, shootings against innocent blacks, not getting the job or the house or the car because the ongoing bigotry that many of us American folk should know. MAINLY African-Americans!

  • You say you love Bill Maher, call him out on his comments about House N*gger.
  • You say you love rap music, call it out on the lyrics that desensitizes Women, Children, and other concerns.
  • You follow these activists and their beliefs, but never call them out of their problems that you hate!
  • You say you love Distance Education and claim to understand it, but there are those who will attack you because you don’t go to class in person.
  • You say you love Public Schools or Education, but never show love afterwards.
  • You say you love Black Men: but some black men whom are fathers don’t see our kids. And claiming to be no good at all since the start overall growing up.
  • You say you love Black Women, but some of the black women need to be called out for the long hate against men that you thought that wouldn’t marry you since high school or the same educational level as you!
  • You say you love the church. Ok, but what about the real deal why SOME churches that turn against their beliefs? And many that don’t?
  • You claim not to be a racist, but still spew out words that closely that has racist implications.

Do you see the parallels here?! This is what I’m talking about. If many of us don’t see this, WE ARE THE PROBLEM! But many of us don’t want to hold the other the accountability that we know. We don’t want to hurt the feelings in all, but still tell the truth!

Word is that on Friday that yes, Bill Maher will be on his show, and yes Ice Cube will be one of his guests.  Implications? That remains to be seen.

 

 

 


Here is the second part of the blog, “Losing Dad.”

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For a few days, the pain of losing my father was surreal. It was emotional, hard, and also didn’t felt right. But before all that began, I got my mother to come back to my sister’s house. She first wanted to water her plants, and we both went to bed after enduring a hard situation. But before I went to bed, I had to post the hardest Facebook post of losing my father. It was about 3:30am in the morning and then I went to sleep. When I woke up the next couple of hours, I got dressed to take my mother back to St. Luke’s Hospital to be with my sister. Then later on I went back to the north side to set up an appointment with the funeral home for the start of my father’s service. I also went to my parents house in starting to clean up my Father’s entertainment room to take out the rug that he heavily bleed on. And also I clean up the room that he had his last remaining days before dying so soon.

I went up stairs where I had my fun where later on he took over the room after 2000. Nothing but memories growing up. I also had the thought of taking his CD’s that he listened to while working or going to work just to try to ease some of the pain.

My dad was more of a blues fan. Listening to his music collection of John Lee Hooker, Magic Slim, and the Legendary Mavis Staples to name a few. Speaking of that, before he died, we were talking about a song that he was reminded of Mississippi and the south. The name of the song was called, “I’ll be rested”, in which I had a thought of listening myself during Black History Month. But that was then. I began to grab more of his mixtapes on CD’s that he often listen to while working in the house or his days at the Post Office. Thinking about also making a playlist in honor of him when Father’s Day comes as well as his August 18th Birthday.

Plus at the house I had to find some necessary pictures of him and us on our vacations, events, earlier times before he was married, school, the military, and others. Collectively, we had a collection of pics gallore! Later on in the week, I’ve done more cleaning, plus gathering more material that would be beneficial for the Funeral arrangements that was upcoming. Ranging from marriage certificates, to forms of military honorary discharge papers. And in my mind, this whole thing was just surreal gathering the stuff was just that. Surreal.

In church on Sunday after my Dad’s passing, my pastor preached a sermon called “Don’t Be Afraid.” In which he used me as an example of what I went through on the night when I discovered Dad dead in his Entertainment Room. It paled in comparison of what I talked about previously about that even though the situation was hard to swallow, I had to do something in general. In maintaining control of the ship to maintain order. In a spiritual effect, I think that Dad would approve it very well. Plus I highlighted the things that I summarized:

He was a member of my church for 47 years. – In December of 1969, he married my mother. Which also made him a member of the church since.

He wasn’t an “every Sunday” church member, but he was a member.

He was around for my graduations, my sister’s graduations, church events, even the Veterans Day Celebrations at my church.

Always known to fix things around the house, home modelings, woodworkings and others.

He also matched my church salary to make sure I was financially well. He knew I wasn’t making enough as a Church Secretary, but he wanted to help out. And he did. Plus with that, he supported my sister’s needs as well.

And as far as a lessons learned. They spoke for itself. Even the hard lessons!  Plus I thanked the church for the support.

February 27th was the meeting at the Williamson Funeral Home, which is black owned. And plus in history it was mostly that they buried more of my folks. Even my father talked about the owner all the time. We were at the office getting the service for Dad prepared. We chose the date Friday, March 10th 2017 as the day with a visitation date of March 9th. The site of the burial we chose was the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. Plus, I have an Aunt that is buried out there since 1997. Plus two of my church members are buried and entombed at the cemetery.

Along the way we had to get the additional information of his insurance to cover the costs of the funeral including picking out his casket. And for the Committal portion of the funeral, my mother would receive the folded flag, and there was a mention of the 21 Gun Salute that was added as part of the service.

After the service was set up, I immediately went to my Facebook Page to inform my followers, phones convos, text messages and others on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google plus to give the official rundown of my father’s funeral. The dates, places and etc. And likewise, more condolences poured in.

In the remaining days, I also got my Dad’s dark blue suit jacket and light gray trousers. The very same set he wore to my uncle’s funeral in early September. And there was additional shopping to conquer to get shirts, ties, socks and for me, I had to purchase a dark blue jacket, a light gray pants to have an idea (via my mother) to dress like Dad for the funeral.

The notices in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Williamson Funeral Home Website were set to view on the Wednesday before the visitation. And the booklets had to be printed for the funeral as well. Thanks to Great Impressions here in Milwaukee, they were excellent later on.

Part three of “Losing Dad” will continue with the Heartbreaking visitation, the funeral, and the Committal Service.


John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, later on the United Methodist Church asked a question about black slaves. This quote rang true back in the year of  1791 before his passing. He once asked this question:

Reading this morning a tract wrote by a poor African, I was particularly struck by that circumstance that a man who has a black skin, being wronged or outraged by a white man, can have no redress; it being a “law” in our colonies that the oath of a black against a white goes for nothing. What villainy is this?

Well I need to ask this question in the era of Trump. And this recent act of this so called #MuslimBan. What villany is this?!

America: we need to answer this question. Seriously. We really must make this happen in terms of making it sense. All of this week, there were protests at the Airports, Federal Courthouses, New York, Milwaukee and many other cities across the country, many have indeed responded to the protest. Even the NBA has concerns. Here in Milwaukee, we got a player on the Bucks team by the name of Thon Maker. Yes folks, that is name. He’s from the Sudan in Africa, and that is on the no-no list of our so-called new President, Donald Trump.

Other international folks whom do play in the NBA, NFL also expressed their viewpoints and concerns about the so called #MuslimBan, yes I know it’s not really a ban.

I’m also glad that the now all this is starting to wake the folks up. We know that this is what the Donald was talking about during the campaign, but did anyone listened? NOPE! Not one! See what happens when you don’t vote up?

Knowingly yes we all know about his plans for the wall going up. You already know that the wall ain’t going to solve no dilemma with Mexico. Let’s be real! And already there is a “WALL” that borders the US and Mexico anyway. This is not a “Alternative Facts” section, this is the real deal and it’s currently active.

Oh yes, there will be a continued resistance about this so-called ban and while were at it, our values as Citizens or should I say, Americans will be heavily be on the line everyday. If the world sees us Americans as evil per se, the first thing of the viewing is President Trump. And what he stands for. I’m concerned also that if I went to another country and someone asking me about the choosing Trump as President, I would tell the truth that I’m embarrassed. But I would also say that I wasn’t the ones who voted up for Trump and tell the truth that his decisions don’t sit well. So we know full that we have to do is #resist all things that he wouldn’t get far with any of the crimes committed.

So I ask again in the words of John Wesley: What villainy is this?!


As many already know, the 2016-17 Season of the Green Bay Packers had its turn. But didn’t win the NFC Championship. This season was started out as slow as usual, but then got hot in December. They also rebounded with winning the NFC North Championship, a surprise rebound of their running game, defense had a thin concern of banged up injuries, plus a new thing called “run the table”.

So with that, here is my blog letter to the 13 time world champs and 17 time division champions Green Bay Packers.

Oh, it’s been a while, but I do my best!

Dear Green Bay Packers,

It’s me Stephen. A black blogger by hobby and still one of the fans that still supports.

First, I want to say thank you for a season that can run the table. Now  I know that you had your vacation started after the NFC Championship loss to Atlanta. I should say the same Atlanta Falcons team that NOW knows what you felt after losing big period. It’s not a good feeling to lose we know, but as I look at the entire season, there were positives.

And yes I like the idea about Ty Montgomery was used as a running back most of the season, Davante Adams improved EVEN MORE THIS YEAR, and Jared Cook was used as a weapon in Aaron’s arsenal. Plus we know that it was expected that Jordy Nelson was making that improbable comeback this season, EVEN WITH BROKEN RIBS! Not too many can’t do that.

For the Defense: well…..the defense needs to be less exposed for next year. I know that many or some may not be back in the 2017-18 season, but for those whom are remaning can certainly improve to be more combative in the upcoming season to be.

I know that the NFL Draft is coming up and plus there will be picks that might linger in the weak spots in the future spots in the D. Might I make a suggestive idea? I want to hear this: “For the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select……………TJ Watt from the University of Wisconsin”. CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?! Think about it. We know he’s JJ’s and Derek’s brother. And when TJ was playing with the Badgers, he was a beast as a linebacker. So for example, if Nick Perry gets traded, or Julius Peppers decides to retire, get TJ Watt just in case! Also the Cornerback/Strong Safety points MUST be stronger than this season. The opponents of other teams exposed the positions and that was part of the downfall. They need to make the safety points very improveable  to be not very exposed a lot. Micah Hyde and Morgan Burnett can’t do it by themselves. And neither Damarious Randall. But I’ll bet that Damarious will improve by next sesason standards to be a strong CB. Plus it could be a revived point for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

As well as the season, well let me say this: I had some predictions that Jordy Nelson will be a comeback. He did. I predicted that the Packers will take back the NFC North Title. They did. And had a decent record of the Season, in which it was hard, but they did. As for the Playoffs: Finally got the Giants off the back, and dealt with the Cowboys in a win in their house!

And as far as Atlanta: after being torched twice by a team with “buzzsaw potentials”, yes it does make you humble. But look, now they have to be really humbled because the New England Patriots made them look foolish in the Super Bowl with that comeback!

 

Finally, as I close: I want to give a special shout out to Sam Shields and James Starks. As many already know that they have been cut in the now offseason. They were both a boost for the Running Back and Cornerback positions. And helped the Pack in getting a Superbowl win in Dallas back in 2011. To those who like to hate the Packers: hey we hate you too! But in a respectable manner. Just remember who owns more NFL Championships in historical history! So yes of course that the Packers will take a vacation. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers will reload with new talent and revised talent to Minneapolis via SuperBowl 52.

Sincerely,

Stephen


Oh did you see the TV?

The 58th Inauguration of the new Administration has passed to you know who, which looked like a ghost town in Washington. But yesterday after looking at the remains, the Women’s March was like a new Tornado that swept in the bare spots that were heavily empty. I mean it was a jam packed wall to wall March and protest. In Washington, it was close to over 500,000 plus that shut the city down! Washington wasn’t the only city: New York City, LA, Seattle, Indianapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Boise, and Madison all had these demonstrations. Even London, Sydney, and not really thought about: Antarctica! Yes even Antarctica was in this demonstration as well.

Yeah, the March was cool. All the females from Gloria Steinem, to Janelle Monae, the Mothers of the Movement, Alicia Keys, which featured Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton was killed at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee in 2014. Even men like Michael Moore, Jidenna, and Maxwell all appeared.

Like I said: that was a jammed packed event not only for empowerment, but also directed at one man: Donald Trump. The same Donald Trump whom back in 2005 had the quote “grabbing them by the p*ssy” on a well known daily entertainment TALK SHOW of Access Hollywood! And many of the females at the time had on the same shirts or jeans with messages about “Donald can grab my ****** anytime.” REALLY!  Talk about Locker Room conversations. But many might know that it wasn’t all those who said it.

The turn up for the march of course went high of course. But online, the turn down of the march: MEN. As I was viewing the live feeds of the march on Facebook Live, there were men of course that were talking smack if you will about the march, there’s going to be a whole lot of sandwiches missing, back in the kitchen talk, or um some black dude on a black TV host Facebook page saying it should be stopped, and bringing up about America’s problems of overseas. WHAT!!!!

OK MEN: Settle down. It wasn’t our march. It didn’t address our concerns. And if I wanted a freaking sandwich, I’ll get it myself. Men: I’m sure we had our hatefest about this march of women hearing them roar.

But my question is: when are WE AS MEN are going to have our own march? Like for real.

When are we going to march about our concerns of immigration?

When are we going to march about our concerns of jobs and careers?

When are we going to march about our concerns of finance?

When are we going to march about our concerns of health – OOPS!  Many of us are scared about going to the freaking doctor to get checked, and having the females to take over. Really? We got reproductive things too!

When are we going to march about our concerns about VOTING RIGHTS and CIVIL RIGHTS?

When are we going to march about our concerns about our Fathers, Sons, Uncles, Nephews, Grandfathers, Male Mentors that need those connections to bond? SPECIFICALLY, BLACK MEN!

CALLOUT: Hey Fraternities: All of you. BGLO (Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, and Iota Phi Theta), Service, and many others. What are you doing to reach out to Men, especially young males in your communities? What are you doing also to reach out to men that want to join your frats for life that want to help your cause? Not just the young crowds, but also the SEASONED VETS?

When are we going to march about our concerns about housing?

What about the MALE concerns of education? Besides that High School Diploma, job and not actually going further. Specifically with our sons, and other male relatives? Is college on the mind also?

When are we going to march about our concerns about: racism, sexism, body shaming (heck we body shame like crazy everyday), gun violence, the phobias of transgender, homosexuality, bullying in all angles, etc. Being single. Even Introverts, Ambiverts, Extroverts? Oh I know what it is: “We men don’t get all sensitive. Don’t bring that up to make us look weak.” Hate to say it, but it’s all ready out there. Females, stop laughing.  And don’t go all MLK and the dream with that one line!

When are we going to march for our OWN male needs? No disrespect to the women whom feel that the equal thing should be on the table, but the fact of the matter is, when I see all these women’s meetings and seminars, or events, where are the Men’s meetings? For example: in the church there are more reps for females than males. There are female meetings but not male meetings. There are females in the church per se whom support the church in sense of programs and events, but the men don’t. Except when the men might have a their own fundraiser and a day on Father’s Day to set aside to support.

I ASK AGAIN: WHEN ARE WE: THE MEN ARE GOING TO MARCH FOR OUR CONCERNS?

If many of the Men, whom were watching the Women’s March in DC or in their Cities, did anyone of male folk actually steal some ideas?

Men, we need to get to work. Straight up. Enough about us on the things that we can’t touch, but what about the things that the women can’t touch, but we can to propel our concerns? Hmmm………..think about it.

And also: Educated!

 

 

 


Let’s start this right now.

2017 has gotten off to a start in which many are not happy with Kim Burrell. If those who haven’t heard of her, she’s been in the news about her commentary about the gay folks being tricked into being gay. We’re going in this today! And the reasons behind it. And yes, Church folks, whether you like it or not, this issue of being silent and not saying anything but THANK YOU JESUS or Hallelujah must be put out the pasture. And I’m saying this as a Active Church Member! We need to stop being afraid of this! Enough of this hidden mess.

Before any of this starts, let’s review again about this speech Kim Burrell made in her church:

 

 

And I’m sure many got the hot seat about her stance on “hating Gays” and all that false statements. Oh wait speaking of that, listen to this:

 

Ok here is what I don’t understand. When a church-like person/Gospel Singer like Kim Burrell talked about the TRUTH in which many think it’s a hateful speech, even in 2017 which A year don’t matter: why are all these folks are scared to death to admit it that it’s part of the truth that they don’t want to mess with, but rather curl hide for that matter?!

Oh I’m sure many in the media and yes Ellen’s show probably saw the clip of the sermon that Kim spoken on, but never fully FULLY heard the entire speech, and the full length of the speech! Whoever has the full sermon online, POST THAT! PLEASE!

My take on this, and this is my first take of 2017, is this: maybe for those who called out Kim Burrell needs to look in themselves and ask WHY she said that. What was up with the line of she stated that those in homosexual lives or somewhat that it was delusional, or tricked per se in getting into the life style? Oh, you don’t want to talk about that! And yes I’ll agree to a point of what Janelle Monae said about the same line that white folks always say about “we all bleed the same color” comment. BUT many of us who bleed that color red, have different blood types, and different blood cells that aren’t all equal with that!

Let’s be real!

We all remember a time or two that we’ve been (stop me if you heard this one) hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, fooled, lied to, cheated on, or been cheated on, been casted out, or my favorite, ostricized all because of a lifestyle, a change, a preference, or any other concern. Think about all those times in school, your church, your jobs, that time you had to be someone’s stepping stone in a Fraternity or Sorority, or just a way to fit in like everyone else of not getting picked on. I would think that there are some who probably got tricked in being in the lifestyle that Kim Burrell talked about. Oh, let’s go there. And for the record, who said that she wanted the Gays to be dead in 2017 anyway? Folks just love to stir up false narratives! Especially those on Fake News who well…post it on Social Media. As they say: The devil is a liar!

So how do we solve this matter?

That will take a long matter to solve. We know this. And it’s not going to take a magic bullet to think that it’s going away in one fatal swoop. The fact of the matter is, many or some don’t want to have this. They would  rather remain silent about this and it might ruin another era or Generation that many want to suceed or be better. Well let me say this: in regarding the church per se about the talk about homosexuality or the negative effects about the LGBT, let’s talk. Both sides need to talk. You can shout back and forth online or by texting all you want, but you really need to talk about this matter! If the most or some of the LGBT per se are about the issues that concerns them, and they all get assembled in full force, why NOT about Black issues or Black Concerns like the killings, or maybe to help improve the BLACK CHURCH? I don’t see much of the LGBT’s per se out there backing the support of Black issues that they need to tap into. Of course that there are those whom are Gay or Lesbian or Transgender whom are on the supportive front about the issues of Black Concerns. Yes we can talk about Baynard Rustin whom was a cog in the part of the March on Washington in which we all know that Martin Luther King was apart of. WE KNOW!

CALLOUT: But where are the new Baynard Rustin’s in the Black Community, or the in the Black Church right now?

But in between, for you the free-thinking, Lesbian, Gay, Multi-Conscious, and many those who think that what Kim Burrell said was harsh: maybe you need to review with those in asking why the spirit of homosexuality can be at times deceptive or tricky. Maybe alot of you don’t like what she said, but just actually LISTEN what she had to really say. And vice versa. Many of you probably under 40 don’t really care about church-like lessons that are everyday values to summarize, BUT if I were you and I’m just saying now: just try to LISTEN UP! 

And many of us that what Bill Cosby said was harsh back in 2004 about the black community didn’t hold up their end of the deal after “I Have A Dream” but many realized, he was telling the truth in his point of view.

 Message sent!


Within the past year I have asked many many times: Will you miss Obama?

Well I hate to say that after 8 years of being fired up and ready to go, and also delivering the ideal of Change, and many other factors, yes it’s time to say thank you to the 44th President who had to put the country on his back whether anyone or anybody likes or not. Even you are a so-called hotep warrior who probably just copied almost every word out of Hidden Colors or maybe, yep I guessed it: A Trump supporter who had to remind everyone about the so-called deplorables that had to vote for him over Hillary Clinton. But I’ll say this though, Obama did infact asked Americans to hold him accountable of the concerns and ideas he puts out. And yes Trump Supporters: you must hold ol Donnie accountable. If you don’t, someone will!

Back in 2008 as many know, many in the country were estactic and shocked that an actual African-American actually won the White House. With an African-American First Lady that was so active and black! Even the daughters who grew up so fast in the 8 year reign. I mean they were kids! Now Malia is 18 years old and off to college and seeing the world. Sasha has a way to go to make sure she finishes High School and then off to College. I mean wow, whether anyone likes it or not, the Obamas really have jolted America, and the world that a guy like Barack rocked the culture. If only my late Grandparents and Great-Grandmother were alive to see this. Man!

The Obamas brought life into The White House. From the right to take pics to cooking barbecue on the White House Lawn. Even having black history related events of Jazz, and BET. I’ll bet many African-American Historians, Analyists, and many others had to dig real deep about the history of the House and it’s black representation. It wasn’t just slaves. It was cooks, leaders, supporters and many others who were black that couldn’t been seeing around the House and having their stories really told. When Michelle Obama said this past year that everyday she woke up in a house that was built by slaves, for you Obama Racist haters, she was telling the truth. READ A FREAKING BOOK! Many really have to read on how the White House was built, by free and slaved black folks! She also got us active with the Let’s Move initiative along with the garden, and also putting up new ideas of nutrition on our labels of foods and drinks. Plus supporting Military Families.

Barack on the other had, started up the Affordable Care Act, in which many hated the idea that it’s the law of the land, in which many who cant afford the high costs of healthcare, can now afford it due to the fact that not only it helps to go to the doctor, but also paying less that Blue Cross Blue Shield current has on the high level. Oh yeah, you Obama haters hate that do you! Look, not everyone is not going to get the high coverage as you, but look it’s about those who had a hard time (like many of you giving him a hard time) actually looking for coverage that can be invested in to support.

Jobs: As of right now, the jobs report were on stat. But also before that after the mess that George W. Bush made after leaving office,  Obama had to reverse the negatives all that in which was left behind. It was shameful. Specfically the auto industry that was losing. But got bailed out on  the Governent side to get the jobs rolling again. Remember MasterLock? Of course you do. MasterLock was delivering jobs outside of the country, but Barack broght some of those jobs BACK HERE in America, specifically here in Milwaukee.

Add Science, WindPower, transportation ideas, and more that we needed to explore. Even moonshots about ending various forms of cancer! And I’ll bet also those who hated on gun violence: probably are gun owners themselves. Yes, there was a time when Obama was doing Skeet Shooting at Camp David and lord and behold, there was pic of him with a shotgun. At least he is a responsible GUN OWNER! Speaking of which: President Obama was NOT coming for anyone’s guns! All you fools who posed around with your glocks, pistols and other arsenals that about gun safety or gun accountably, you had to realize that he wasn’t coming for the bullets or rifles anyway. You were tripping! Admit it.

And just for the record, Milwaukee for those who may not know, gave birth to MasterLock in the first place. Just like the Beer, the Harleys, and of course Usinger Brats and a festival called Summerfest.

Plus the bail out of GM in my point of view had to happen in a sense because of jobs as well. Along with education. MOSTLY education! I’m not just talking about getting a High School diploma and actually going to work, but also making sure that the colleges and universities have that access of summaries that they display after the graduates leave school, to make sure that job or that career is ACTUALLY on display to have. Most colleges have this right now, I should point out. Even the technical colleges.

Oh and about the haters. Everything from “YOU LIE!” to actually being targeted by Racism. It’s all brought out by those who have the hate against Obama. You on the other hand probably got all that stuff talked about at Grandma’s for the Holidays. And even though that many in the black community praised him, there are some (I hate to say) that have this disdain that he should help out Black America, over the gays, etc. Look HERE! HE SERVED AS  THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! When the Affordable Care Act was signed, the majority of that act, per se mostly geared to black folks. Most of them didn’t have enough coverage per se didn’t cover all that pre-existing conditions that many others have wiped away like right now. As far his speeches, again look what he said at Morehouse, and Howard. Oh did I mentioned that he gave a speech in one of the “so-called” bad neighborhoods in Milwaukee? And it was a black voting ward, and it was at North Division High School. Hmmm…….I wonder what happened. Remember My Brother’s Keeper? Ooops I’m sorry. Go back and read it why it matters!

The first time I heard and seen Michelle Obama: August 2012 at Bradley Tech High School campaigning for her Husband in Milwaukee. I got pics. And video footage from my Canon Camera! Then I thought that after she was here, Barack is coming next. After that, guess what? He came! September 2012, and a long line that was formed from the Art Museum to the Summerfest Gate. Plus metal detectors and yes, the man himself was overheard on the crowd at the BMO Harris Stage near Gate 20. And I know Gate 20 because I used to work at Summerfest moons ago! Hearing my President, along with mother, and getting about 3 or four pics of  him was just so priceless! I still have them even today and to my FUTURE FAMILY MEMBERS: DO NOT LET THEM GO! FOR NOTHING! THEY ARE HISTORICAL PICS FOR LIFE!

And yet here we are. America: you can love them or hate them all you want. Matter of fact you can sit down. Simply because that this Family, had really rocked the country to new heights. Plus also the main reasons I picked the Obama Crew (TWICE) is because of the enthusiasm and vision. And no it wasn’t just because he’s black. Yeah I know America has a disdain when it comes to race, here’s the thing I’ll bet President Obama had to deal with the race factor all day everyday for 8 years! And dealing with the same mess from those who opposed him on everything from the very beginning. Ask our republican friends with the Tea Party family folks.

Like the time that now President Elect Donald Trump had an idea to produce this thing called a Birth Certificate just to see if he’s actually an American born-citizen. And he and the rest of the racist republicans was just that: hating on him just because he kept being Barack! Let’s be honest America, the country as great as is, does have a race problem. And  you wonder why many in the world is laughing at us. That’s like saying, “Well there is America, acting all gung ho and making dumb remarks to their First Black President!”

And what we do about it the most? NOTHING!

Almost having this thing about the church he attended under Rev. Jerimiah Wright. The same pastor who uttered the words: “God Da*n America.” And many of you haters had gone wild! Again, In the words of my former Pastor, “when you Da*n someone, you are condemning.” That what it is. Or like when someone says “Da*n You!” He or she is condemning you. Flat out.

Plus also, like many others in America: there will be Obama stories that will be every archive, every throwback, every flashback, and every single black home (almost) that we know very well! Of course that there will be those who want to erase all or most of the things that he worked hard for some those who feel he didn’t deserve it. NEWSFLASH: OBAMA DOES deserve to be respected in every archive and summary we put out. Period! And like many other presidents before him they will get book deals to be made. I want to get his book! I want to get his side of the story that is uncut, maybe uncensored (YES I DO) and also what he really REALLY NEEDED to say as a Private Citizen. Or Private Citizen Obama, or Executive Citizen Obama. Don’t matter what his new title is after January 20th, but note this: He’s still a force. Period. He’s still an influence. Period. Even in hip-hop. And I want him (or anyone in the Obama-Biden Crew) to have a adviser thing when drafting NEW leaders in the Democratic Party. Matter of fact, make that BETTER leaders in the Democratic Party!

So yes, it’s time for the Obamas to get that LONG retirement. It’s time for Joe Biden and Dr. Jill to take their retirements as well. Speaking of Joe, dude was Barack’s number two. making sure that the duties remained in place, remained on point. He may have been on that crazy side, but yes Joe Biden was and is like Barack: a force. And I’ll say also, like he would say about the ACA, Joe Biden was a huge F-ing deal! And even though he lost his son Beau, didn’t have a chance to run for President, (which would also been great to do) I’ll say also yet again that Joe was that 2nd Dude. Oh, you  all remember that 1994 Crime Bill that many black folks hated and still hate, um…..Joe Biden had a hand in that. Just to add. And I mentioned that he made and appearance and declared that he was a member of the NAACP? Yes, the soon-to-be former VP is an active member of the organization that was founded by 6 whites and one black. And yes white folks, you can join the NAACP as well as getting scholarships named after Martin Luther King. True fact! Try it.

The country in my opinion had a “real 8 years”. A real 8 years that was bombarded by the reaction of race, reaction of change, reaction of second chances and reaction of getting involved. I had the fortunate privilege to work during the Obama Campaign in 2012 and I don’t regret it not one bit. NONE!  I felt that I didn’t do this, I wouldn’t have to tell myself in the next 20 years nearly 60 saying: “I wish I would done that.” But yes we live in a nation of woulda, shoulda and coulda. We know. But however not many thinks that way. We know.

And now, it’s time that on January 10th, 10 days ahead of the Inauguration, that the 44th President will address the nation for the last time. And yes, it’s going to be sad. It’s going to be like dang, how did it get here so fast? We were just used to him! Or why didn’t he do this or that then he had to leave? Well for all you who weren’t so active these last eight years, WHY DID YOU COMPLAIN?! You sat there having him to do all the work, and when problems happen, you get mad happy and just complain. “I wish he came to this or came to that!” BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Many of you didn’t. Now since Donald Trump is going to take over for the next 4 years, now you want to say: Oh I should have helped Obama more. WELL……….too late now.

Many of you whom stayed at home on Election Day, or having the gaul not to vote at all are going to get the ultimate price of a thing called: Elections Have Consequences! Take notes yet again!

Wisconsin is now a red state. – Elections have consequences.

Obamacare might be gone. – And for those who voted for Trump and having a problem that your medicare might be in jeopardy, Elections have consequences.

Most of the executive orders that many favored  UNDER OBAMA might be eliminated. Election have consequences.

Let’s be real here: this is not a game.

So let me say this to the Obama-Biden Crew: THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for the 8 years of enthusiasm and vision. Thank you for being open and bringing in real values. Thank you for being open and bringing in things that had to be done! Thank you for the swaggers, the black woman magic, the magic of us have to get up and the magic of support. Thank you also for the valor and value that this nation must continue to endure even when a Trump Presidency might worry us. Thank you for the encouragement that when they go low, we must REMAIN HIGH! And most of all: thank you for you!

There will be future blogs I’m going to write that will have Obama-like references in it and unlike those that want to, you will read it.  And yes it will family friendly!