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Alright, we are several weeks removed from the horrible shooting that took place at MillerCoors on Ash Wednesday here in Milwaukee during Black History Month 2020. And yet, the reaction of the shooting is not only shocking Milwaukee but also the state of Wisconsin and also captured the lasting impression on the World and North America. Oh yeah, Milwaukee they know us now!

But as we progress in the months and weeks ahead of our work weeks, it’s respectable that we remember those who have been fatally killed in the Miller Brewery Shooting:

  • Jesus Valle Jr., 33, of Milwaukee
  • Gennady Levshetz, 61, of Mequon
  • Trevor Wetselaar, 33, of Milwaukee
  • Dana Walk, 57, of Delafield
  • Dale Hudson, 60, of Waukesha

These five men were hispanic and white. Some were fathers, brothers, one of them was a Veteran of the Armed Forces, and they were all machinists, electricians, and engineers. And on Ash Wednesday 2020, they never came back home to be with their families. They had their last dinners with their families on the night before, and their last good byes on their final working day on earth at the legendary brewery. Everyone knows that Milwaukee is the original home when it comes to beer. From Blatz, to Schlitz, Pabst, and of course Miller. Milwaukee was a strong hold of Breweries that got the city like Harley-Davidson and Cream food on the map. Of all those those things that made Milwaukee famous, we all know that there was and is another thing that made Milwaukee famous that we talk about all the time: Segregation. For many of us in the city, we know that Milwaukee is “hyper segregated”, hell we’re segregated with our recent voting from February 18th which is different story. But even that also effected the major breweries based on the experiences the black workers went through based on discrimination and racism. The shooter, Anthony Ferrill in which many have labeled him as a folk hero in the black community faced discrimination at Miller 5 years ago when many stated about finding a Noose in his locker and a black spade card. Later on the discrimination portion was solved. But afterwards, it escalated with additional racism. The shooter also killed himself as part of that fateful day of shock at Miller Brewery. For those who don’t know, Miller Brewery has been a staple of Milwaukee since 1855. The company’s headquarters near 45th and State or 38th and Highland has been supporters of our sports teams, community involvement, sponsorship, and yes retail in which many of our stores sell the legendary beer product. When you take a tour of Miller, you’re taking a tour of history from the beginning until now. I’m not talking about the hops only. And also that the company has caves, brewery caves that is. In which many that the beer had been transported years back. Now it’s a highlighted attraction of showing the image of the late Frederick Miller, plus word is that you can do Yoga exercises in the caves that used to transport Beer! And yet, it’s across the street from Harley-Davidson facing Highland Avenue.

But now in all this, we Milwaukeeans or most of us have rallied around a hashtag that many supported. The hashtag, #MilwaukeeStrong has become a new beacon that enable us to get and be strong in our city that has many felt lost it way. The same “strong” hashtag has got other cities like Boston, Las Vegas and many others rallied in terms of rising after a bad disatster of mass shootings that had taken place. We hope that the #MilwaukeeStrong should have a positive role of uplifting this city in the dealt of Segregation, Racism, Violence, and many other concerns that many feel that it must be changed for the better. Milwaukee is 174 years old, but as its status of having this moniker of being a segregated city, its going to take more than a hashtag to move a city better.

The Designer of the Milwaukee Strong Logo.

But..when I was on Facebook, and I’m looking at all the #milwaukeestrong hashtags, there was posting that was questioning an angle relating to racism or being racist. One of our community activist, Tory Lowe recently stated his “opinion” in regarding the “Milwaukee Strong” moniker on March 4th:

Tory LoweMarch 4 at 12:48 PM

“I heard that allegedly the saying Milwaukee Strong is a code word for the Milwaukee white community to stand together. The images promoting Milwaukee Strong came as a cry for unity after the shooting at Miller Coors. A marketing campaign said to further push the narrative of segregation not inclusion of the black community. Milwaukee is considered the worst place in the country for blacks to live and one of the best places for whites to live.

I honestly hope that one day everyone will be included in moving the city forward”

I need to say something here. And while were at it, he is currently is running for Alderman for the 6th district verses current Alderwoman Milele Coggs in April for Wisconsin’s Spring General Election. But I need to call out this comment of being misinformed. Yes you got that right! So Tory’s sources thinks or assumes allegedly that the Milwaukee Strong hashtag, sign, statement or whatever is another division to separate black folks and white folks who want the same thing of thriving, working, building a better city. Really? How does that add up? Let me perfectly clear of what I am about to say and if any of the supporters and backups are reading this that felt this way, STOP! Let me break this down:

Did Tory Lowe ACTUALLY contacted the Leinenkugels about this sign?

Did he ACTUALLY contacted Graphic Designer Lindsay Leinenkugel who works for the Leinenkugels Brewery about this sign and the reasons behind it?

Did anyone of his “sources” ACTUALLY went to the Leinenkugels or contacted them about the reasons why the sign was made in the FIRST PLACE? Did they actually talked to them? Just like among themselves on Social Media? Or anyone in general that uses the Milwaukee Strong slogan regarding something positive?

If all those answers were no, NEWSFLASH: you played yourselves! Straight up! You’re probably thinking, “So what it’s what I feel in all”. Yeah, but did they ask them?! It’s a simple yes or no question. They probably didn’t! Bad move! And if so, where are the receipts? Proof? Evidence? WHERE?!

See, this is what I have learned from things that I don’t understand, I usually do what many folks forget to do at times is to , ASK THE SOURCE! Ask those whom design, promote, advertise and etc. Stop the assumptions! Why is this so hard, even in this technological era of the 21st Century? Even asking the main folks! This really defines stupidity in our so-called Woke Conscious, Hotep era that many don’t really listen or don’t ask! If the Black Panthers for example keep asking among themselves online about why the churches don’t open up their doors when it’s cold and freezing, then they have failed! They haven’t attended the churches! I have not seen not one of them attending a church asking the pastor or congregation about the hard questions. Not one! No church meetings, picnics, block parties, dinners, fundraisers, or even during a service on Christmas, Easter, or Mother’s Day. Yeah I’m saying this. (#ThatPart) Again, for those who feel that the sign is “allegedly racist” per se and never asked the main source without any receipts, congratulations you’ve played yourself. And just to add, I’ve seen on Instagram that some black folks either used or displayed the #milwaukeestrong hashtag moniker in their pictures or comments. So what again in my viewpoint is wrong for a black person who is from this city, and works in this city that uses that hashtag? Well, nothing. Now what will happen if the colors of the sign above were to be Red, Black and Green? Or have a sign that might say “Black Milwaukee Strong?” And check this out, there was a color scheme in Black History Month that the makers of MKE Black App used the People’s Flag design that was designed in the Marcus Garvey Colors. And no one said anything bad. Hmmmmmm, where’s the lie? Lot of you probably assuming that I’m hating on Tory. No, I’m not hating nor judging him personally. I’m hating on the fact that he didn’t do the one thing by asking the main source of this matter. That right there, will get you trapped. I told my church this slightly before my father’s third anniversary passing, and I’m saying it here: to quote Ice Cube, “You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself!” And to add: #FACTS and #THATPART.

Well, it’s a known fact that mis-information or assumption can spread like a virus. But it’ll take the truth or main source to inject the real deal to seal it.

So in conclusion, and might I say in closing, in regarding Milwaukee Strong, we need to be really “Milwaukee Strong” in our neighborhoods, schools, jobs, and many other areas to thrive and rise. EVEN VOTING! And that goes for all Milwaukeeans. Even for us in the Black Community that faces the constant struggle each time we see and experience discrimination of White Supremacy. No matter where in this city or area. We pay our taxes and pull our fair share too! So what’s up with that? And yet, the struggle continues. Even though there are more minorities here than everywhere else in the state, but still we to inject all into to make “Milwaukee Strong” a living breathing reality.

In other words: Steady Progress.


With Black History Month 2020 in full swing in all, of course, it’s a time to represent and summarize our black achievements and stories to get things going again. Yes, it’s also a time to celebrate our black folks EVERYWHERE in which already had the recognition and willing to get a recognition shoutout. But yet, of course, you’ll find many that remind us that we have to summarize our people every day besides the second month of the year, in which partially many of us don’t. Yeah I said it. But then again, in the full swing of the Presidential Elections and Leap Day 2020……I’m scratching my head again.

Oh, let’s start with this one more time: Are we really acting upon the notion of Black History Month really begins January 1st to December 31st? Be real honest! We don’t! And let’s be clear, it’s not what it is ALL THE TIME!

CALLOUT FROM FACEBOOK/TWITTER: Like last year, and I’m going to say it: if we really want to celebrate Black History Month all year, we better act like it. Really ACT LIKE IT! Partially, at times we say it, but hardly never acknowledge that notion!  True or False?

How many in Milwaukee have seen this outside of the Zeidler Building?

Who were the real “Dark Horses” in Black History that many still overlook to this day in 2020?

Since the death of Kobe Bryant as we all know, has anyone had this feeling that this Black History Month has been summarized by him most of the time?

For us in Milwaukee, we recently added African-Americans to the War Memorial’s exhibits. Real Question: Why did it take 62 years?!! REALLY?! It ain’t about Douglass MacArthur and Billy Mitchell only. #FACTS #THATPART

In contrast, who is a dark horse on the rise right now in Black History Month 2020?

Any Black Wrestling Fans like the fact that BLACK wrestlers are finally getting their due?

Which organizations in Milwaukee, as well as Wisconsin, can be supported in regarding the legality of African-Americans? As everyone knows that the state and city has segregation problems.

Like last year, when many feel about Black Churches being all about the money and houses, do some actually forget that some Black Churches give back?!!!!

Oh let me count the ways of this again: why do many folks again who fault 45’s mess, had to reverse back to Barack Obama? He’s NOT THE PRESIDENT ANYMORE!

True or Nah? So I’m assuming that many will not acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment that guaranteed African American Men the right to vote? Or the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, or yes….the 100th Anniversary of the Right to Vote for Women? Like really, many need to read on the history! Every Black Man must have on a 150th Anniversary Lapel, shirt or Pin in the RED BLACK GREEN YELLOW Colors and wear that to all the Election Polling places, even at Black Related Events, Juneteenth Day and promote that to EVERY BLACK MALE 18 years and over when exercising the right to Vote at one time many were denied!



With all due respect to Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, many took shots at their Super Bowl Halftime Show like literally. Really?!

Alot has changed the legality of black folks over the years, but which in the mindset has not changed in the legality of black folks overall even in the year of 2020 so far? Either in America and Worldwide?

For those of us who are Dark Horses in Black History right now, when will the flowers be given? Don’t say at our Funerals! Give us the flowers NOW!

For those of us who are Unsung Heroes in Black History right now, when will the flowers be given? Again, don’t just say Funerals!

For those whom are yet to be in the next era of Black History, don’t you agree that that flowers will be given in a moment in time? Don’t EVER think about the Funerals! Give them the flowers ALONG THE WAY!

CALLOUT: I want to see this for future BLACK HISTORY MONTH Celebrations for the houses: Can us in the Black Community invent or make some Kente Buntings that we can display outside of the house along with the Garvey Flag and yes, American Flag? (and for those outside of America with the Canadian, UK, other flags)? I’m trying to see something like the 4th of July, per se.

Oh, many of us had Primary Elections. Hmm…..who voted? BE FREAKING HONEST! Don’t act like you forgot.

Are there any Black Introverted Authors that need their books published?

Just recently, MillerCoors here in Milwaukee had a shooting at the Brewery in killing 5 employees. The shooter, Anthony Ferill, as we know was black. And had racially been harassed and targeted within 5 years. With the racial history of the Breweries and African-Americans in the country have been escalated with hate, are they as well as any other employer in the country has NOT LIVED UP to the hype in promoting real diversity and also confronting the anal of White Supremacy?

And finally to be asked in Black History Month in 2020: With the leading candidates for the Democratic Party that wants to beat 45 like a drum, who among the remaining 6 that has a legitimate chance to actually do the job? Who really wants it? It turns out that many feel that the candidates don’t really speak to BLACK CONCERNS as much they say. The closest that might get there are Joe Biden and maybe Mike Bloomberg. Of course that the ads might say something but it’ll take more than the Ads and Soundbites just to make this an interesting Presidential 2020 Election.


Happy Black History Month! 4 Life.


Preface: I wrote this on the Stephen’s Spot on WordPress Facebook Page in regarding this beef between Snoop Dogg/Gayle King/Oprah Winfrey in regarding the recent interview of the Kobe Bryant Case from 2003. Also since then, former UN Ambassador Susan Rice warned Snoop to back off in the regarding an army that he may not win over. In fact in a couple of days, Snoop did apologize (with a hand from his mother of course) for what he said to Gayle in the recent passing of the NBA Legend. However many don’t want to acknowledge nor accept the apology of Snoop Dogg in which the same folks side with him of opinion.

It’s time for the black community to really have a real serious dialogue regarding this matter. Everybody knows that many of the black men are still hurt by the untimely death of Kobe Bryant. And also angry at Gayle King of what was documented regarding the Sexual Assault case that happened in 2003. If Gayle King had talked TALKED to Kobe way when about it this would not have happened in this dialogue!

Now of all this death threats against her, THIS IS NOT THE WAY! It does matter who you are! This is not High School getting beat up after 3pm on a bus stop. Black Men need to check other black men in regards that this is not how we handle this. Black Men say all the time about protecting the Black Woman like all the time, but it’s not enough when it comes to things like this. How is THIS is setting the example for our black boys our future black Kings that we are supposed to raise up right now? And to think that also there are black women who have been harassed in any fashion are trembling right now about this. Doesn’t matter if it’s your mother, sister, cousin, aunt, grandmother, or matriarch in the freaking family! Yes we can say the same about BLACK MEN being harassed by Black Women because #melanin women you know it’s the truth regarding that part of the harassment men get laughed at. The attitude going back to your younger days until now. Being all bitter because when a black dude tries to approach you now in a respectful manner, you dump it like yesterday’s garbage. How is that inspiring black girls, though? REALLY? You realize that all of this is prelude to domestic violence, right? Let that sink in!

Let’s be freaking real of what is happening in the neighborhoods, matter of fact in our black community where this is still a problem! We know it’s still #BlackHistoryMonth 2020 but this happens in any month on the freaking calendar!

It’s ok to agree and disagree in all but don’t go there with threatning someone’s life that is not cool! Whether you like Gayle King or not, she like many of you has folks to feed that is bigger than her job.

What did Ice Cube used to say? You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself!

By the way this would be a time when your black male groups and female groups need to have that discussion!

Postface: Like many, there are those who are still upset, sad, angry or just plain stunned in regarding Kobe Bryant. I get that. Many get that. What also many must realize when Snoop was going after Gayle King, just like 50 Cent, Boosie and countless others that agreed with the Doggfather is that when you put out a message like “Funky Dog-head Bit**” and using the words “we’ll come get you” that is more like a threat. So you mean to tell me that Gayle King should have been in a school yard fight after 3pm just for this interview that she did with Lisa Leslie? Oh were glad that didn’t happen! That would indicated domestic violence in which is like dudes can’t hit girls and that would resulted in legal action. Now think about this for a moment. Is this what Kobe Bryant wanted? Is this what Vanessa Bryant wanted? What about Kobe’s parents? His sisters? Relatives? Close friends and associates? And yet Kobe’s surviving daughters of Natalia, Bianka and Capri? Now Capri is the youngest of the four just born last December. Keep that in mind. But seriously, Kobe would not want this so-called war to start up like this. He probably would tell those involved: CHILL OUT! Of course I said it! And the thought of this would be not very pleasant of remembering him. Already, Kobe and Gianna had a funeral service which was private. And many are willing to wait to attend the Public Memorial Service later on this month in Los Angeles on the 24th.

Many might thought that this dialogue would continue. BUT………courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter, NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar written this statement online. He summarizes this:

However, without finding out any facts or contacting King, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Snoop Dogg immediately released vitriolic personal attacks on King reminiscent of Trump’s attacks on Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell. Both men responded to the video by calling King a “b***h,” among other insults. While it’s clear that 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg were reacting from a place of deep grief, their personal emotion doesn’t justify such a public and misguided attack. When a man calls a woman a b***h because she does something he doesn’t like, he is nourishing the already rampant misogyny in society. But when a black man does it, he is perpetuating negative stereotypes about how black men perceive and treat women. That is harmful to the entire African American community. Snoop Dogg has 39.1 million followers on Instagram and 50 Cent has 25.3 million followers on Twitter. When they send out to their followers a threatening and abusive tirade, they are influencing a younger generation of men to continue to refer to women who don’t do what men want as b****es. Worse, King started receiving death threats.

Several celebrities came to King’s defense, including Oprah Winfrey, Sen. Cory Booker, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and others. To his credit, Snoop Dogg has since apologized for his comments, admitting he overreacted: “I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful.” He also said, “When you’re wrong, you gotta fix it.” That’s something Kobe would have agreed with. Fame is unforgiving. Most people who make mistakes in their lives have a degree of privacy within which they can heal and redeem themselves. With the famous, nothing is forgotten and rarely is anything forgiven. Kobe did indeed go through an accusation which he said was consensual, but still was adultery. That was 17 years ago, when he was only 24. The case was dismissed and Kobe redeemed himself many times over with his exemplary life since. To me, Kobe was even more exceptional because he learned from his mistakes and devoted himself to being a better person. Few have that kind of strength, courage or commitment. We can love and respect Kobe without canonizing him as perfect. Death often immortalizes the ideal rather than the real. But it was the real Kobe, flaws and all, that we should love. Kobe would not have appreciated the attacks against Gayle King because he knew they perpetuated a climate of disrespect that would be physically, mentally and socially harmful toward all women, including his wife and daughters.

Again, I say that even though that this angle might be dying down sort of speak, but the summaries of this might continue. And it’s going to continue when the real women who have been abused and violated after hearing this, they might react alot more frightening than the usual. I know many might say what would if your mother, daughter, sisters, cousins, aunts, matriarchs would have this unknown fear of getting violated think? Yeah, for all you #GirlDads, and Dudes with a house full of women, think about it!

And yes, guess what women, you might think this is all about you but guess what? Men can be abused from you as well. So we all got to get the talking in our families, fraternities, sororities, men’s groups, women’s groups and any other group out there that needs the ongoing dialogues. After all, I need to pen this: OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING! And what are we handing them to the next generation that want to fairly well lead us to new and better things? Bet nobody cared about that until now.

Not a cool way to start Black History Month 2020!


BDP – You Must Learn (1989)

I think it’s time for us black folks to wake up! Like the line from movie School Daze: WAKE UP!!!!!!!

Welcome to the 94th Edition of the occasion that many of find interesting and daring. Black History Month. In the year of 2020. A leap year with a twist of the Summer Games and Presidential Elections.

Now of course, that guys like me are our setting the tables in full Black History Scenary. On the other hand many of us black folks are doing a disservice in the maintenance of our traditional history in various obvious objectives. I’m going to be real today. Many of you are probably hash-tagging #BlackHistory365 or “I wish we learn this everyday.” Or the ultimate favorite, we need to teach our children more. While I agree that we need to learn about ourselves all the time, but at the same time we don’t really honor our ancestors that piloted the green light since day one! We don’t. Want more proof: many of us when we were young and acting stupid on field trips to the museum, we often see the African Exhibits with the naked black women, plus the long breasts hanging with the necklaces we giggle and laugh. Oh don’t tell me that many of us do that. Let’s be honest. Although we should be excited about our historical aspects of events and figures, we need to check ourselves. Time to get woke for real. For those whom are younger than 43 years old, you all are talking about what you’re doing now and ignoring the thought of Black History in all, to quote Boogie Down Productions “you must learn.” There were folks before you had balls and didn’t made hashtags to prove their blackness, wokeness, or anykind of ness on the map. They did it the hard way, so guys like you wouldn’t have to worry. But in the era of the revamped White Supremacy full of Neo Nazis and Jim Crow III making a scene that is killing unarmed black men, anti employment/economic statues/housing and many others against blacks TODAY: again Millennials and Gen-Z black folks: YOU MUST LEARN!

If you’re one of the many that still thinks that Black History is American History, stop hitting the booze and the legal Mary Jane for a second. Please stop! Black History once again is really World History. Not all of it is American History only. Might I say this again and again until we get it right? Also might I add that Black History maybe the “proverbial American History” but there are folks in THIS country that may not want to hear about our historical aspects. They don’t. Unless it’s about Martin Luther King and that’s about it. Really?! Are we playing this game again? Black History Month is much more than one man like him and one woman like Rosa Parks. It’s more than Louis Armstrong, more than Malcolm X, more than Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Reggie White, LeRoy Butler, Russell Wilson, Lamar Alexander, and yes Patrick Mahomes. Black History is much more than the people who founded the idea telling our stories from Dr. Carter Woodson who started this occasion along with his fraternity of Omega Phi Psi. Much more than every architect, scientist, lawyer, Servicemen, Servicewomen, actor, actress, archivist, bloggers, driver, business owner, inventor, minister and many other occupation on the face of the Earth. Like they say in our families, we’ve come a mighty long way. And still making charts left to go. And I may add for our non black folks especially whom are caucasian, this is not racist! This is the time that many of you must listen of what we have to say regarding us! Of course many might ask, why there isn’t a White History Month? or an American History Month? Really? Must we ask this over an over? Next month is Women’s History Month I will not be asking a dumb stupid question why there isn’t a Men’s History Month. And yet, Lord knows there is one. But we just don’t know it yet! If many of you “detectives” want to know the reasons why Dr. Carter Woodson picked February because of the Men like Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass whose birthdays are in the same week had influences regarding black folks.

Abraham Lincoln: February 12th.

Frederick Douglass: February 14th.

So as we once again observe and summarize these 29 days. Yes, for this year, Black History Month has an extra day due to the Leap Year, let us NOT ACT A FREAKING FOOL! Let us be civil with our pride and blackness and let us continue to do the work that our previous folks done by setting the course and for us to continue course. We got so much history all the time to summarize. However, I must say this. If we don’t uphold our historical stories and events all day every day like many of you have been saying, don’t blame society, lack of education, or the white man. Or White Woman. That will be our fault because we have dropped the ball on purpose. By NOT EDUCATING US! By listening to the bogus messages that we are distorted to listen and hear. And basically, our downfall. Mark my words.

Now, let me do the set up of the table begin. And no, there is no permission needed. Never need one. Never have to request one.

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#BlackHistoryMonthSTILLMatters


Well, it seems that Black History Month 2019 is about to be in the books. And apparently that this was one of the almost weird Black History Month Celebrations that has happened. Oh, yes it’s 93 years old. And it seems that many already forgotten that the occasion is not a racist celebration. And many had to be reminded that it does matter just like the various White stories we hear almost every day at work, school, or anywhere else. I said many times before that Black History is NOT American History. It may have some American elements in all, but it’s not only American. Black History is also celebrated in different world countries like Canada, the UK, France, Haiti, Jamaica, and others. It’s not just America alone!

So what were my moments that helped made Black History Month 2019 good?

Well, let’s start with the Oscars. No, I’m not going to go toe to toe and bash the Oscars in context. But I will say this: Regina King (aka Brenda Jenkins from 227) Black Panther walked with 3 Oscar W’s in the areas of Production Design won by Hannah Beachler who became the first African-American Female to win that category. Original Score of the movie won by
Ludwig Goransson (non-black), and also Best Costume Design by Ruth Carter. Oh, at long last after 30 years in the movie game: Spike Lee (YES THAT SPIKE LEE) after all this time, won an Oscar for directing as part of the win for the movie Black Klansman. This was Spike’s first Oscar Win and many thought that it was about time that he got one. Just to think, 30 years. Since the first movie that he directed: Do the Right Thing. And even though “Green Book” was highly undiscovered, the actor, however, Mahershala Ali became an Oscar Award Winner in getting the category’s Best Supporting Actor. Later on, Green Book won the best picture of the year and yes Octavia Spencer along with Mahershala were acknowledged.

For Music: I can name many: But Gary Clark, Jr won this one. If you have not picked up “This Land” at your Targets, Best Buys, Amazons, iTunes, or Google Play, your music collections in Black History Month was not saved! The album was supposed to be launched in March, but thankfully it was pushed back in February a week after his birthday on the 22nd. Yes, February 22nd was dubbed Washington’s Birthday, but I don’t think no one was thinking of that. Yes, this was the “This Land” album that had many folks buzzing since the video woke up all being shocked and surprised, with the black folks standing on the Confederate Flags. But it also dealt with the fact that racism is still an ugly feeling of hate on someone because of skin color. And many thought that Gary was separating the races in all. BULL CRAP! Many African-American Songwriters and musicians who were and mostly all Civil Rights Activists, Peace Activists and Social Justice Warriors all talked about how bad Racism/Discrimination is. So to those who were are want to be fans of Gary Clark, Jr. after he said the lyrics: “Run N***a Run, Run back where you come from”, you need to check yourself! He’s addressing the concern that many of you probably fear to talk about it at your group events full of black folks! And I’ll bet many of you, got Black Friends on speed dial! Don’t act surprised.

Here in Wisconsin: we had a debate about who should have been and chosen to be celebrated in the badger state’s Black History Highlights. The name Colin Kaepernick was on the minds of many. The Wisconsin GOP overwhelm didn’t add Colin Kaepernick’s name to the list of achievements due to his protesting of the NFL/National Anthem. Many called him being “too controversial.” And it gained national attention. However many in the Milwaukee area, where Colin was born decided to add his name to the City of Milwaukee’s Black History Month Segments in which many deemed well received as a good thing. Many also had agreed that other activists and civil rights leaders were deemed controversial, but many were praised for their work later on when they age or pass on. And yet, that was called out on being hypocritical. So yes, the City of Milwaukee accomplished a notion that the state’s GOP failed! And how DARE the Wisconsin GOP suggested to tell us whom to celebrate for our Month of Black History?! We don’t need NO ONE TELLING US whom to celebrate and highlight. No one! Also our new elected Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes was highlighted not only on the state level, but also in Milwaukee’s news outlets for Channel 6 and 12’s Black History Month’s Segments. Keep in mind, he’s the first African-American Lt. Governor in the state.

Another highlight of Black History Month in 2019 that I didn’t see coming: Solange Knowles, Beyoncé’s baby sister bought a social media website that many haven’t used in a while and also deleted years ago: BlackPlanet. You remember BlackPlanet where black folks and other folks logged in and getting all the info about who’s who? Way before Facebook and Instagram came in slightly after Myspace, and oh that’s where I met “Stacey Heskinson” and “Mary Lee” who were FAKES! Fake hookups! That is why I deleted my Black Planet Page is because of them and others like them who almost tricked me in giving money to them trying to get out of Nigeria. Yes, that’s the truth over 10 years ago. But since then, I stuck with those who know me and that lead me to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Instagram, and others that are not tricky. And I’m sure many who used BlackPlanet then had been tricked. So I’m not really looking forward to the reunion of the BlackPlanet party, but I will say that yes if any black folks still want to go to Black Planet and revive the username and password, be my guest. But happy that Solange bought the company though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFbUqk3HSvE

Sidenote: even my denomination of the United Methodist Church had several Black History References from quizzes to Black Harry. Yes, black folks played a role in this and the tradition continues to this day as well as other denominations, non-denominational etc. Plus, several African-American Teachers decorated their classroom doors in honor of their Colleges, Fraternities, Sororities, famous figure in history, and many more! And the idea came from Facebook!

Back in Milwaukee, during the first week of Black History Month: MPS had a week of meetings, events, social plays and others in regarding “National Black Lives Matter Week”. And with the week in summary, also regarding the activities, that an idea to incorporate Black History in the school subjects everyday that many of the kids and teens can learn about other black leaders and legends other than Martin Luther King, Jr. other than Malcolm X, other than Rosa Parks, and etc. I don’t know about the other school districts, but WAKE UP! Black History is not just an “American Fad”. It’s for all to learn from. And on a side note, of course, we need to learn about our subject all the time every day like apps and tablets.  Also, one of our Milwaukee Municipal Judges Derek Mosley takes the time every February to summarize stories of Black History to social media. He’s been doing this for 10 years, and yet the summaries are still valuable for all to understand!  Follow him on Facebook!

However: I need to say something that I’ve been seeing a whole lot of #BlackHistory365 or #BlackHistoryEveryday or I’m black every month comments. I think we’re kind of missing the boat here. OF COURSE! We are supposed to summarize our culture everyday. But black folks, hear me out when I tell you at times, we DON’T hardly acknowledge our people EVERYDAY! We don’t do it like the other ethnics do all the time, everyday. The only time we acknowledge I think around celebrating our people is really around family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, the club, and yet also: funerals. But as far as more of everyday when many are not doing problems we skip over that for some reason. We go to work, school, or worrying about that thing in the Mall or stores! There was a comment asked about how can we celebrate our folks everyday and believe it or not, it was on the Stephen’s Spot Twitter Page. The answer was more like an opinionated thought of starting out basic and continue to build on the knowledge every time. Learn from those that have extended knowledge and to build your learning in summary. Of course, it’s hard to do, but ask this: If we can be so knowledgeable about Technology or the latest game, why can’t we be so knowledgeable about our history in the same context? Not just talking the talk, BUT ACTUALLY, WALK THE FREAKING WALK! Man, we can hashtag all we want, but that hashtagging better be in action! Which means also that you better not charge up your Black History in March or later months, but left it lying lifeless in February. That’s a foul ball.

And of course in Black History Month 2019, there were several problems of turmoil: Jussie Smollett of Empire was allegedly attacked in Chicago all to do with some thugs wearing MAGA attire, but apparently, it was beginning to be a rumored attack. And his character on the show is not going to happen in the last three episodes in this matter. And yes also: R. Kelly turned himself in after all this time being in the Hot Seat of this Child Molestation charges that many dodged for so long. And also recently during the Michael Cohen testimonies, the 45 administration brought in Lynne Patton whom she feels that 45 is not a racist. Well, welcome to tokenism! Have a seat next to Candace Owens about what she said about Hitler being a nice guy. STOP IT! Hitler was not a cool dude so let’s not be so petty or tap dance like a fool. And speaking of that in stupidity: the issue of Blackface reared its ugly head. Don’t get me started!

So how do we end Black History Month of 2019? We should end by stating that we always should acknowledge our ancestors that brought us knowledge and wisdom to carry forward. It’s been 2 years since my father’s passing, but I’m holding to the torch. It’s a hard job to grasp but I’m trying. Also, we need to be thankful that a month like this that started with Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926 that got us talking about us. Keep in mind, NO ONE was talking about us! Until Dr. Woodson heard the Black Civil War Veterans talking in the coal mines in the South. And we also end the #BHM2019 Celebrations by the ongoing efforts to give our black kids a voice. A black voice to tell them that many might not acknowledge them of their talents and being black, but still, prove them WRONG! I want to acknowledge our young black kings and queens that your time is coming. Be ready and willing.

CALLOUT: And a lesson to all of us that Black History Month SHOULD NOT BE underestimated by anyone! Even if you’re black yourself!

Our proud historical events and ideas are still out in interests. And yet many of us have to begin new chapters to extend the stories. Black History Month 2019 may be already in the archives, but yet the summaries and extended plays still go on all the time. Or if you’re like yours truly: you can do BOTH by celebrate Black History Month and summarize Black History every time. No, it’s not a mistake. Keep it in the middle!

And that alone needs no permission!

#BLACKHISTORYMONTH4LIFE!
And yet, the struggle continues.


Normally, I hate to interrupt my ongoing celebration of Black History Month of 2019, but recently today, I caught an ire of a story that nearly had my blood boiling. This is the article that many of us Black Wisconsinites had to read while encountering a thing called a Snow Day:

From the Wisconsin Public Radio Website:

Wisconsin lawmakers clashed Tuesday over a Black History Month resolution that names controversial athlete Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback.

According to Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, some Republican members of the state Assembly were concerned about Kaepernick’s inclusion in the resolution, which was drafted by the state Legislative Black Caucus.

The resolution text says it aims to “recognize the significant contributions people of African descent have made, to the foundation, growth and development of our country and state.”

It includes figures like Lucien H. Palmer, the first African-American to be elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, Violette Neatley Anderson, the first African-American woman to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been a lightning rod for political debate since he began kneeling during the national anthem preceding games in 2016 as a way to protest racial inequality in the United States. He has since left professional football, but remains a polarizing figure.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said it was unfortunate that the state’s Legislative Black Caucus chose to include such a divisive figure in their resolution.

“We’re in a new era, we’re trying to figure out ways to work together,” Vos said. “We would hope they would have more consideration to say, let’s look at finding ways to work together, rather than always looking at ways to drive us apart.”

Rather than vote on the resolution drafted by the state’s Legislative Black Caucus, Republican lawmakers attempted to bring up their own Black History Month resolution. That resolution omitted Kaepernick and Milwaukee Rev. Greg Lewis, and added Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Vel Phillips, the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in Wisconsin

Chairman of the state Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. David Crowely, D-Milwaukee, called GOP lawmakers’ refusal to take up the caucus’ resolution a “slap in the face.” 

“The biggest issue that we have as a black caucus is people choosing to pick our leaders for us,” Crowley said.

The state Senate is expected to take up a Black History Month resolution Wednesday.

The office of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, did not immediately return a request for comment about which resolution to the Senate would vote on.

https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-lawmakers-spar-over-including-colin-kaepernick-black-history-month-resolution

Later on, in a 61-34 vote, it was almost that the vote went through, but later on afterward, the Wisconsin GOP removed Colin’s name because he was deemed as well: “too controversial.”

After reading this article, this was the stupidest thing I ever read. For the second time behind closed doors that the Wisconsin GOP who are mostly white are telling black folks what they can put into a resolution that makes them feel better. But when the name Colin Kaepernick appeared in the idea of the resolution, they all had those nightmares of him kneeling before the National Anthem. Oh, did they mention that Colin was born in Wisconsin? Yes, he’s from here! We’ve found this out when he torched the Packers. Colin Kaepernick is from Milwaukee. Grew up here. Liked Brett Favre and everything. And yes he went out west with his family after age 4 and also played ball in college and of course played in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers until he went through Green Bay and en route to the Superbowl. And lost. And of course Colin got beat by the Packers 17-3 and the majority of the season just benched. Then the kneeling started. Everywhere he went and just kneeled during the National Anthem. Why?!! We know that he didn’t take any future offers with other NFL teams. But with all the Kneelings he was protesting, later on, was against police brutality. Not against the Flag or the Pledge! And the thing also VETERANS who saw his protesting also joined his cause. Even a Veteran named Nate Boyer who was a fan of the 49ers at first didn’t like Colin’s cause, but the two got together and talked about why was it necessary. Hell: EVEN President Obama commented that Colin’s protest was exercising his Constitutional Right as a citizen. And plus, Colin Kaepernick is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. A black fraternity that was founded in 1911.

So to the so-called Wisconsin GOP: in regarding your resolution to choose whom we should recognize during Black History Month in Wisconsin is indeed a “direct kick in the crotch.” That’s almost sound is like you telling us what we can do and what we can’t do just to stay in our lanes and keep quiet. That to me as a black resident of Wisconsin is flat out ridiculous and I dare say racist! Majority of you probably never had the ability to acknowledge the legality of Black Wisconsinites of the contributions we made here in all of the 170+ years that the Badger state has been in the union. Thusly, you haven’t known anything. Probably never attended a Black History Month or Juneteenth Day Festival or anything that pertains to the ongoing contributions of Wisconsin’s African-American Historical Aspects. For once, I’ll say in regarding not including Colin Kaepernick in “your” Black History Month Resolution is really stupid! You labeled him as a “controversial figure” all because of his protests of the Flag, his Pig Socks, the National Anthem and amongst others. And you label him as a controversial figure. You know who was a deemed a controversial figure that was deemed hated and many folks after about 50 years since his assassination is still admired: that’s right, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oh, I can name another controversial turned likable figure: Muhammad Ali, who had to relinquish his championship belt in boxing because he refused to join the military during the Vietnam War. But many liked him! Juan Carlos and Tommie Smith, whom in 1968 had the black fists raised and head bowed on the podium in Mexico City, And oh…..they were controversial, but many now are liking them after their gesture. And keep in mind that 1968, MLK was killed, along with RFK months later. Another controversial figure that stood up for civil rights for the female side of things: Fannie Lou Hamer, who stood up for the movement fighting for the right and encouragement to vote in the south then was beaten up for her act of protest along with her supporters. But most of her cause, she progressed forward. Even after she questioned the statement regarding the idea of black folks were being murdered for their rights to vote such as: “Is this America?” to a convention in 1964. And oh: Remember Rosa Parks, whom as we know refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama? Yeah, that one. And that was deemed controversial!

So what does of all this mean? I highlighted a few African-Americans most we know by reciting events, examples of protesting, and speeches. But THEY COLLECTIVELY were criticized for being controversial. But many years later are being admired as part of the movement and want to effect change. Even other men like Malcolm X, other women like Dorothy Height, and countless other African-Americans that fought for EFFECTIVE CHANGE!

What I hate to say that the GOP of Wisconsin does not give Zero F’s about black folks. And the population of the African-Americans in the state is roughly under 8%. While is ok to recognize the black leaders in the state for various contributions is fine, but to not recognize Colin Kaepernick and for the Activism/Philanthropy he has brought: such as Anti-Police Brutality, Youth Initiatives, Community Reform and Minority Empowerment, Health Reform and Nourishment, and Climate Change Awareness. And additionally, he donated $50,000 to two organizations here in Milwaukee a couple of years ago. So this guy as many looked at being un-Patriotic, in all, with the flag in all, looked controversial, but at least he’s doing something right to address the ongoing concerns of America’s dilemma dealing with racism and countless others. Even this biased BS crap in Madison of a controversial resolution of Black History Month!


So here it is yet again. For the 93rd time, Black History Month is back once more. A time that many will celebrate the traditional version of highlighting the celebrations and accomplishments of black folks and also the ongoing summaries taking about us every day.

And of course, there are those who are so, confused and racist, there are going to be some village idiots who might question again about why there is no “White History Month” that already plagues us every day with the lies buried until generations later will dig up and asking about the truth. Oh, there will be a spoiler alert that many will put out hashtags like #BlackHistory365 in all just stay engaged. Oh, they’ll be engaged with the hashtag for a while, but I’ll ask if you’re stopping the #BlackHistory365 thing by mid-July, then that makes you a hater. No, more like not being responsible. Not being responsible for what YOU put out and not keeping up with the responsibility that YOU put out every time. Yes, I am directing this to the Black Community and I mean it with love! The keyword in this is RESPONSIBILITY! You put it out, you be responsible for it!

So the ongoing asking question yet again: why February, why not every day? I wish we can summarize our history every day, but every day in the calendar year, we work, go to school, hang out at the mall, buying up Air Jordans or iPhones. Or maybe many of you are doing this right now: checking your social media boards about some meaningless and sometimes positive meme or some so-called story of positive vibes. Of course, we say we should study our history and stories every day, BUT WE DON’T do it EVERYDAY! And what I’m saying, is not very new! It’s not new!

I hear folks all the time that “they should teach this in the schools” speech, but to those who say that, guess what, maybe the majority of you mentioning this should become Black History/Multi-African History Instructors in the classrooms and study halls! Oh, did you realize that many teachers are quitting right now? Why is that? How many teachers in the Black History Category quit last year in 2018? How many actually resigned? If you are one of the many who quit, you need to have an explanation. Was it the kids, the teens, or the so-called grown folks that know so much?! Or was it some so-called street smart teacher that didn’t get far as much? Let’s be real.

It’s really interesting that many have to chose the angle about celebrating this way of every day all calendar year. Me personally, I prefer a balance. A balance between highlights and summaries. For many, yes you can still celebrate the highlights of Black History Month. Of course, who’s going to stop you? If you are Black and have been told to not celebrate you, they are flat out stupid! If you are Black and still celebrate Black History Month, and by contrast, SUMMARIZE black history daily or weekly or monthly then guess what, you’re safe. You can do it both ways. Not just wide left or wide right. It goes in the middle. Keep it balanced! Forget about what your friends say and I dare say your family thought to believe at one point, your own point of view stays. I’m talking to those who felt neglected and tricked. This is the truth that many should be following anyway.

Oh, and about the quote that Black History is American History? it’s whack! Not all Black History is American History. Not all Black History is Canadian History. And the same is with the UK, France, Germany, Egypt, South African, and many others that celebrate the history of African Decent citizens. Yes, the idea of a Black History Month Celebration by Dr. Carter G. Woodson did start in America. But let’s be realistic: When folks say, “Black History is American History” per se in a stupid manner, it’s really talking about African-Americans in general IN America. But that excludes the international folks who are not American. That’s why I say it’s a false statement. Not everyone who is black is American. When you talk about BLACK HISTORY, you are addressing the whole black audience, WORLDWIDE! Does this make sense? It should.

So yes, for the 93rd time, we will be once again educated and summarized on why this occasion matters. It does matter. Matter of fact: #BLACKHISTORYMONTHMATTERS Our race of people did and does matter. And will matter as long as folks are misguided or need the guidance of knowledge and truth. And even also, yet to be discovered. So yes, it’s time to bust out the centerpiece one more time for the occasion and summary and celebration for blacks, by blacks, and many others to look and seek. Black History Month is not a time to react to racism from those asking when there’s a White History Month. White folks: NOT TODAY! Or any other folks of color non-black, I’ve mentioned this years ago, you need to hype up your minority months. Just a thought.

Now, I don’t need no one’s permission: I got a Black History Month centerpiece to set up.

#BlackHistoryMonthMatters


After today, the 92nd edition of Black History Month will be in the books. However, the ongoing lessons of black history will continue as it always has. Everyday learning. Of course many of us in the black community that lingers that notion the everyday values of our history, also however many of us will not. There will be times that we will simply forget, and keep on doing the same things every single time when this occasion of celebration is in the books.

However, let me review the highlights of Black History Month 2018 that I think stood out.

Black Superheroes: Black Panther was blowing up at the theaters and yes for good reason. This was in the works for over a year and it’s about time that this character has been given it’s due. I like the thought that when a predominantly black cast was able to pull this off and actually get positive reviews based on it’s platform! Already, Black Panther is smashing box office records like crazy. And the #BlackPantherChallenges were on point to take the kids especially black boys and girls to see the movie to look at it to support. Of course there are some haters who felt that the movie was all about nationalism, the Democrats, no Gays, or hatred. Stop it. It was a freaking movie! And to top it off, part of the movie was filmed at Tyler Perry Studios. Hate Tyler Perry all you want, especially with the Madea stuff. But when you had that movie being filmed in your studio, and its huge as is now, expect more folks to line up for jobs.

Also already, is Black Lightning blowing up Tuesday Nights. Like Black Panther, Black Lightning is making waves on the CW. It ties in with the comic book storylines and the real world concerns about crime, gangs, police harassment, education but most of all the issues that go deep that the black community knows very well! This Black Lightning show was like a surprise out of the box to have a black superhero that was needed to show. Now I need to say that, if you supported Black Panther, show that same support for Black Lightning.

Black Winter Olympians: The 2018 Winter Games have ended. But the names of John Crawford, Maame Hiney, Lauren Gibbs, Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Shannon Ogbani Abeda, the Nigerian Bobsled Team, Chris Kinney, Aja Evans, Awkasi Frimpong, Erin Jackson, Kimani Griffin, Elana Meyers-Taylor, Shani Davis and Sabrina Wanjiku Simander will be remembered in making their debut as first timers and also those whom have been there and done it. John Crawford was the first African-American Male to compete for Team USA’s Hockey team (a MAJOR FIRST by the way). Plus also out of this group of Black Olympians, only two walked away with medals: Elana and Lauren won Silver for the Bobsled team. And also, even though she didn’t win, Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian of the Jamaica Bobsled Team commented that the Winter Sports needs more diversity especially when it comes in the response of black children to see a reflection of themselves!

Speaking of that: I want to see more black folks compete in sports that most don’t even touch: We know hockey. But what about Curling? Yes! CURLING. The same Curling team that won Gold and also it’s the same Curling that got The Simpsons talking when Homer and Marge beat Sweden. Oh, it actually happened in real life in South Korea. Also, Speedskating, besides Shani Davis, Maame Hiney and Erin Jackson, who else from the black community that can speedskate? And train here in Milwaukee at the Petitt Center? I know about #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy but let’s see that here also!

In Milwaukee: even though he went to school here, but John Ridley, our own local grown filmmaker that won big at the Oscars for 12 Years A Slave, established a new ground at the The Brewery Complex (formally the Pabst Brewery Area) along with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, has opened “No Studios”. What does that mean?

No Studios, will be a new hub for the community that will provide those in the arts. According to the website:

No Studios will include long-term and short-term office space for local individuals, organizations, and companies in creative fields, a screening room, food and beverage, gallery space, as well as a rooftop event space with expansive city views. The design of the space will be comfortable, open, modern, and inviting, encouraging collaboration among tenants and welcoming diverse communities across the city to celebrate art together.

In addition to serving as a physical space for the creative community and art lovers in Milwaukee, No Studios will present year-round programming that will both provide an opportunity for local artists to present their work and bring in renowned artisans working in a variety of creative fields from around the world to share their knowledge with Milwaukee audiences.

This is coming from our own! A chance for future artists to shine in a opportunity from the ground up and showcasing talent. Many folks thought that, Milwaukee: really? They don’t support their local talent. But with this might be a change. I don’t know about the mindset, but that has to change. Literally. No Studios had a short video promo, that some of the shows and movies like Redtails and American Crime had some Milwaukee related references. And that came from John Ridley. That is a nod from him to give his hometown some love. So I hope that this No Studios might the hub that can spur up new ideas to give future artists a gain to attract and showcase yet again, homegrown talent. And No Studios begins this fall.

More highlights that I think stood out in Black History Month 2018:

I would say the MAJOR highlight of Black History Month 2018, is where it started. Inside the office of Dr. Carter Woodson. His office, where the thoughts, ideas, creativity, purpose and goals of a occasion, started in his DC Office. And for the first time ever the office was open to the public for visitations. I believe like the National African American Museum and Culture, the office of Dr. Woodson should be able to attract visitors alike to learn in depth about the man that started to talk about US and our history in the relation to Black History Month. No it’s not just about being black, its also what we can do and had done despite of us being black.

The office (according to the summaries) have articles, books, letters, documents and other material of value that is predominately sampled or summarized even today. Even the office has some of the letters going back to Frederick Douglass’ days years before the start of Negro History Week, also a book is published in the same year that the occasion got started. Even with book articles, a coloring section for kids. Yes! Dr. Woodson wanted to engage that with young folks in the summary of the occasion to learn about the culture and also a sense of history.

In conclusion: here it is that yes we are again to supposed to learn about Black History everyday. HOWEVER: I have said this before and I’ll say it again, many of us in the black community I hate to say this, but we don’t acknowledge our history at times because we tend to FORGET! We keep saying, “we need to teach our children more” but adults we need to remember that “iron sharpens iron.” What that means in this is, in order for our children to learn about black history, and summarize it to the fullest, we need to do our job! Let me remind us so-called grown folks that we’re getting old. Period. Nothing we can do about it. And yes we complain about the teachings in schools, but many of us forget that we have to continue that teaching AT HOME! In the community centers, and yes whether you like it or not, the church! I was raised by a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher that taught in the classroom for over 3 decades and the thing is, my mother still educates me at 41 years old about Black History. And she’s 71 and retired. I had former and current church members whom were teachers and gone through the same thing. So I’m getting my balance on Black History. Then this hit me: I said this before and I’ll say it again: I do celebrate Black History Month. In February. And I also acknowledge the summaries and figures everyday. So I keep it in the middle. Not on the left or right. And for my “Black History is American History” commenters: It’s not just American History! Stop saying that. What about the Black Canadians, Black British, Black French, Black Irish, Black Australians, Black Indians, Black Italians, Haitians, Jamaicans, Black Hispanics, Black Mexicans and other African Decent of nations besides American? They have a black history story to tell also! We better get with the program. And yes, black kings and queens, that means us too! If we want to do better for our selves, we need to recognize our history as means to learn it and move forward. Many of us think we know it all. But like I always say, where there’s one thing, there’s something else. And that is everyday.  Also to those who think that studying Black History is racist and not American in a sense of Black Americans: think again!

In the words of Angela Rye, “We Built This Joint For Free!”

#BLACKHISTORYMONTH4LIFE!


What a time to be alive during Black History Month 2018. But for this year, the year of the comics, or should I say, Black Comics are having their say.

The hype of Black Panther goes all the way back to last year around this time as an early interest. And here we are a year later, the hype of the movie is coming true. Black Panther is legit. Period. And for my non black readers and non blacks in general, don’t come at me for the “it’s racist” crap. You will get called out!

But before that, I have three words to share:

“Welcome to Freeland!”

Let’s explore first of Black Lightning. Right now, the show on the CW is blowing up! It is the legit show that I think the CW needed and it’s here. What’s that slogan, “Dare to Defy?” Well it’s defying the thought of bringing in the New flavor. Previously, it was supposed to go to the Fox Network. But it was later switched to the CW and have a 13 show for the season.

When was Black Lightning created? It goes back to April of 1977 about 11 years after the debut of Black Panther, which debuted in the Marvel Comics in July of 1966. Four months earlier before the Original Black Panther Party was founded in October of the same year in the Fantastic Four #52 Comics. In the legend, Jefferson Pierce by day is a principal of a private school. The city of Freeland is facing corruption of crime, drugs, violence and etc. One of the main bosses, Tobias Whale is up for power and defiance along with the female bad girl named Lady Eve – which on the TV Show is played by Jill Scott.

We know that. That’s part of the story.

More of the story goes back when Black Lightning hung up his suit for good. But when the daughters were captured, that forced Jefferson to get his suit ready once again and go after the bad guys to get the city cleaned up once again. If you paid attention to the story (via the TV show) that is what part of the origin started. And week by week the storyline build on one after the other.

Another thought to realize that Black Lightning is the first African-American DC Comics Superhero to be featured. And it has some several appearances in The Outsiders Comics, and other guest features.

So far, Black Lightning is doing well. It’s a keeper. Knowingly its a factor that is in the hunt of being one of the best shows on TV. Should Black Lightning be in the Movies like Black Panther? That’s possibly. I expect the show Black Lightning to be up the top rank of shows on the network that defines it purpose. Now I know many probably looked at the first show and that’s it. NO! you have to look at all the shows and then make your decision on how it follows up. One show does not follow the whole season. Say it again over and over. The shows on the season does that. Plus the viewership and interests follows that. In the first show: Guests stars of former NewsOne Now Host, Roland Martin and Sen. Nina Turner of Ohio both appeared. Then in later shows besides Jill Scott, even T.C. Carson, (aka Kyle Barker From Living Single) also appeared as well. Yes there was a mini Living Single Reunion on Black Lightning. Just a side note, Cress Williams before Black Lightning played in other shows like Living Single and Nash Bridges. So Cress has a history of TV appearances, which is no exception.

For an extra thought, read about the creator of Black Lightning and read about why his idea of the creation of Black Lightning actually matters. Even at a time when the Black Panther Movie and the representation of it matters also. And you can still watch the first five shows online on the CW Website or App.

Speaking of that: “Wakunda Ready”!

If you have seen Black Panther already, you should be pleased. Proud and Stoked. Admit it, we are still in awe about Black Panther. And many of us had or will take the #BlackPantherChallenge in which groups of young people were given a chance to see the block buster movie. As of today, it reached over 200 million dollars over the Presidents Day Weekend. However, if you have not seen it, and still reading what your friends and family posted, you better get a move on and see it for yourself.

Black Panther came out as we pointed out, in July 1966 under the Marvel Brand. In the same era of the Civil Rights Movement and four months earlier of the debut of the Original Black Panther Party. Now everyone knows the origins of T’Challa becoming King way after his father was perished. The challenges. The fear factor. And also a twist of betrayal, battles of supremacy with Killmonger. Here is an extra, in the movie, there were scenes of STEM! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Look at the character Shuri. I’ll bet many who saw the flick particularly young black girls are probably getting ideas to see what they could do in the future. Study up, young black queens and definitely young black kings!

Now I want to shift to something else about the movie. Particularly those of us black folks wearing the African Attire like Dashikis, Kente Materials and others. And many folks having this hate about it.
CALLOUT: For those whom have a problem with it, SIT DOWN and SHUT UP! Why is this a problem?

Matter of fact, why is still a problem wearing African Garb in general? You go to Star Wars Movies and folks wearing Luke Skywalker gear or Storm Trooper gear related to a movie and no one gets mad. Why this for African Gear to Black Panther? Makes no sense AT ALL! I wore my Kente Cloth that my mother gave me years ago, along with my African Medallion that I had back in the 1990’s when the millennials were just born. Wanted to represent! You know when a movie likes this gets viral, of course it’s expected to be great. And yes it will bring out folks talking about “Black Panther didn’t have any Gay Reps!” For my LGBT folks, look we like you. We do. Many of us don’t discriminate. But respectfully, it’s not all about you! If you wanted a Gay Rep for your movement for the movie, then you should have been on board with the selection of characters for the movie! We’re you? Say it loud. Just saying. Plus I know some black folks had negative things to comment about the movie. Like one Black Republican thought it was all about the Democrats. Really?! Stop. This has nothing to do with politics. NONE AT ALL! Why are we tripping?! Like for real black folks! This also is like, when something like this comes along some of us will get not satisfied. Not many of us were not on the studios and having our say working behind the scenes. STOP IT! If many of us were to get those jobs instead of being all high and conscious maybe we should be on the front-lines instead of the hate against of this flick! And you wonder why we don’t get along. Yo: this is a movie!

Oh yes, I did like the thought about #WakundaVoting or #BlackPantherVoting to get the voting drives in gear. BUT: if we turned out in droves for Black Panther, what happened in the 2016 Election? If we used that same mentality for a MOVIE, then that mentality should be for our times when we vote up!

CALLOUT: 2018 is a Midterm voting year. Um….Hello!

“ARE WE NOT ENTERTAINED?!” – Gladiator, 2000

Now when I was growing up the Mil, yes I heard that movies, or certain movies inspire you. Or move you. Make you want to go out and do right. Make you want to do get things done, represent you, your brand, your movement, and your ideas and your lessons. We know this. But for this movie, Black Panther many are calling it a “Movement.” Even in the times that black folks are this enemy and can’t shoot straight. Even when we were given the word “No you still can’t do this or that due to your Blackness.” Oh, to the white audience, this movie isn’t all racist. Stop it with the nationalism stuff. It’s just a movie, right?

I’m glad that the Marvel Brand and the DC Brand of both comic groups and other groups have Black Superheroes and Black Super heroines for the black folks to look at. Look, we still like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Professor X, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Cyclops, The Beast, and others. Even Spawn and The Incredible Hulk.

But the black comic book hero characters like Blade, Storm, Kid Flash, Vixen, Luke Cage, Nick Fury, War Machine, Isiah Bradley, Patriot, Misty Knight, Doctor Voodoo, Miles Morales, Cyborg, Steel, Static, Icon, Rocket, and yes even Black Panther and Black Lightning, they all should be not overlooked, and should matter of one reason: Representation!

And no: Meteor Man and Blankman DO NOT COUNT! Sorry folks.

So while the movie is rolling like crazy and smashing box office records, here’s something you need to know: an old school adage of player hating. Even ex Wrestler Booker T said the same thing – Don’t hate the player, hate the game!


Oh, you know I had to do it. Last year I did this and got rave reviews. But I kept it real. Last year for Black History Month, I scratched my head. Now this year, its a repeat. With new updated questions that kept my head scratching since. But for this, it’s for Black History Month 2018. Buckle up! I’m not pulling no punches!

Question: is this statement still relevant? With no substance? Let’s be real. Seriously!

BET has a new show for the black brothers called Mancave. Yes, a black man’s show featuring Tank, Jeff Johnson, Kosine and Slink. They talk about the current affairs of news that goes on. But I have a question: why are you females are watching it? Y’all got Sister Circle on TVONE! No females in the Mancave. I’m just saying!

Is black news really missing NewsOne Now since it got canceled?

Why are folks late reading stuff? Especially about black history? And what I have written?

If Black History is really supposed to be “American History”, why there are some school districts don’t want to hear our history?

Spoiler Alert: Not all Black History is American History! It’s not! Other countries have a Black History too. (Canada, England, France, Italy, Jamaica, Haiti, etc.) Any questions?

Attention Black Authors: we write about our history as well our stories. Past and Present. Does it really matter we do it more?

Again: if we are to supposed to acknowledge our black history everyday, why don’t we at times? Oh were at the lines waiting for the Air Jordans to drop or non big issues that we forget that is meaningless at times. Or were just not engaged!

Black Churches: we have a lot of black history to share up. From the founding of our churches to community involvement. Does it still matter today despite of those hating or assuming that we’re just about the money or praying in circles/tongues? Or going out to eat after the sermon?

Every February 7th, it’s National Black HIV Awareness Day. Want to know the reason?

This week was the start of the original Negro History Week that was the prelude to Black History Month currently. Some ask what was the reason? They should know by now.

Do Black Superheroes Matter? We know Black Panther is coming and Black Lightning is on TV. Either way, black superheroes are winning.

Does Black Archiving Matter? Ask yourself if you are a black historian of any kind.

Does Black Employment Matter? And I’m not talking about just owning your business!

10 years ago, am I the only one followed the momentum when Barack Obama was gaining to be the first black president?

For my Alumni Black Educators and Family! Does forming or being involved in a Black Alumni Chapter really matters to us? Especially at the PWI Schools that have or had minor population of black students with Black Student Unions? By the way: ALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES who don’t have an Black Alumni Chapter need to start one!

For my Military Black Families and Black Veterans, and Families of Black Veterans: Do we matter? After all, many of our Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Aunts, Mothers, Cousins, Grandmothers, etc all have a history of serving in Uniform that is part of the tradition since the American Revolution. Even in times when America didn’t love us back! Keep up other folks.

I need to ask this: How many African-American Sons and Daughters right now are apart of the American Legion Family? I need to ask this for real! And how many actually don’t know what the American Legion Family is whom have or had Veterans in the family that lived or died?

For those saying Black Future Month, you know the things you doing now will be history, right? Not trying to spoil the parade here.

So folks want to make a joke about Black History Month as a punch line to pop off at the mouth for hate. Ummm…..so many don’t do it around Hispanic Heritage Month or Women’s History Month?

Recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one my local journalist commented about former Interim Mayor Marvin Pratt about the city not having a full term mayor of African-American decent. If you know Milwaukee historically, majority of the Mayors are white and known to have popularity. Why does Milwaukee’s problem with black mayors of ideas have a concern? And the city is 172 years old with a segregated past and present.

When ABC’s Scandal is done, and it’s the last season, what ranking will the show be on the best list concerning black television?

There was a indication of Black Slave traders that sold their own into slavery and also managed the slaves. True or False?

Who’s looking forward watching Black Olympians in the Winter Games? You know they are in Korea. Oh, and by the way: Shani Davis is in competition.

Here in Wisconsin, one candidate of the democrats is African-American named Mahlon Mitchell. Could he be the man to take out Scott Walker? Better vote up, Wisconsin!

In Wisconsin: what is the Black Community’s real response to Foxconn? Mainly for those who don’t have their own transportation!

If you are woke and black, you need to see this clip over and over again. Why you ask?

It seems that every year that those who say “I’m black every month” is probably bored around Black History Month. What are the reasons? Are we not engaged enough? What is the problem? We still don’t know everything as we know some to say at least.

For my Black Motorcycle Riders: is the Iron Elite still on point for Harley-Davidson? And are you coming to Milwaukee for HD’s 115th Anniversary in the Summer?

You non-Black folks: as you explore Black History, you realize that not every black folk is considered a thug or a N*gger, right? Many of us were raised way better than that.

Which current African-Americans in the companies is the best OWNER and Supervisor right now that is making history? And got the inspiration from those that MADE HISTORY?

Who were and are the best UNSUNG Blacks Heroes that never got any recognition that deserved recognition right now?

Bonus question:  In honor of those whom are not here with us, which of our Black Ancestors were a beacon to have us move forward in life and career?

And the last question: yes we know this question, do we believe that Black Excellence is still available and hopeful?

Happy Black History Month!

Always.