Posts Tagged ‘Black Lives Matter’


With the news circulating the story regarding the murder of Botham Jean from 2018, the court case has been sharply examined with Amber Gutter being the murderer she was of doing the job. We know this so well and all the drama that went along with it. It’s been a year of heartache and distress. And us in the black community, we are known to let this slide and branch out. Yet its still another day to conquer.

But I want to take a moment to discuss is the subject of forgiveness. Oh let’s go there. This whole thing about Botham Jean’s youngest brother hugging Amber Guyger has really upset the entire Black Community after the footage that has escalated the masses of commentary. And that same commentary was not very liked. 10 times over, it was not liked nor appreciastd of what was learned in a place that many black folks have not or will not go on sundays. Yep I’m talking about Church. It seems that the issue of Christianity has once again has hit the folks and many had bashed Botham Jean’s Brother in the thought of him hugging the woman who murdered his older brother in 2018. And he, asked the judge if it’s alright to hug her. He did. And not only that, the judge hugged her also, whom is BLACK! And now many are questioning or commenting that oh, he’s bowing down to his oppressor, and or it’s being brainwashed of him hugging her due to the mental slavery mentality. Don’t believe me? Look at your Social Media folks, WHO DON’T GO TO CHURCH, NOR NOT WANTS TO GO! They were all over this like white on rice. Look at those who write these opinionated thoughts about religion and haven’t have a darn clue of the positive side of things, rather they want to rant about the negative angles. I said it before and I’ll say it again, there are good and bad in all things! Look at your jobs, your clubs, your recent class reunions, or some sort of organized atmosphere and yes even though that the NFL and NCAA are celebrating milestones this year of 100 and 150 with the throwback jerseys and uniforms. But those whom wore the originals, wore them at a time when there were no black folks playing Football and to bust down barriers of hate just to play on the gridiron. And all of this was way before Colin Kaepernick was even thought about!

CALLOUT: Since when, just when the word or action of forgiveness has become the thing of being bad? Since when the word forgiveness is or had become the thought of being an enemy of the people? Yes, we all even if you had gone atheist claiming there is no God, but we all had to draw a thought to get the subject of forgiveness as an understanding of getting things out and admitting the faults or mistakes. That is the true thought of ideas. It’s not to make you look like a wussy.

Ask yourself, how many of you reading my blog or past blog stories had ever asked to be forgiven or had been asked by others to forgive? Be honest. And I know you have been asking in a sense, “when was Stephen was forgiven of anything, or had Stephen accepted a forgiveness angle of someone that had hurt him? No matter when it was, where it was, and how it was. No matter if it was in church, or school, or even in the family?” You know what, I had folks telling me “I’m Sorry.” Or I had told folks, I’m Sorry. But I also had folks telling me that saying sorry is not enough. I had folks telling me I’m sorry of the crap they did to me, but I have NOT forgiven them. Oh……I know what you’re thinking. “Dude you go to church every Sunday, in that building for 2 hours doing your thing with your members, and you on here telling folks that other people hating on you for some stuff and you have NOT forgiven them?” And oh…..here comes a trying question: “What kind of God you serve?”

Oh, ok. So many of you probably think that if I don’t forgive a person that make me a bad guy? Is that what God is expected of me? The kind of God I serve, is a everlasting forgiving, and fearful God that is far more superior than folks who hate on Church. No matter what my stats or my interests are. No matter what I have done wrong or done right, nor matter if I worked a little or volunteered alot. Even though I may not a perfect person growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the very same Milwaukee that many black folks have dubbed as “the most segregated city in the United States”, have a little menial job of a Church Secretary, or having 2 college degrees, active in my community for my Church and Alumni, and wants a challenge in life in my 40’s with dealing the fact of Type Two Diabetes in session that I did not ask to come into my life, I said it before and I’ll say it now, I am not perfect. If the folks did me wrong so bad, and I have said it million times on this blog, I’m holding folks accountable. Doesn’t matter how long it takes. I’m not able to send out the “I accept your apologies” yet. Nope, that is way too easy. I want that person or persons to be held accountable of what was transpired and to accept the fact they were wrong period. No matter if they were BLACK OR WHITE! No matter if they’re Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Z, and the Millennial folks. Yes I’m putting all of that on blast because now a days, many want to simply forget and move on. Yes we really want to forget and move on, but I say: NEVER FORGET! Where did I heard those words from? Everytime when the issue of the holocaust comes up, the Jewish folks always says, never forget. When 9/11 or any other anniversary act of danger is being remembered, we all say never forget. But when the issue of slavery comes up, we black folks had these words scripted so many times: Get over it. Yeah, follow that. Oprah Winfrey asked Michael Jackson on his interview back in 1993 this one question: “Can you really forgive?” Like Barack Obama once said in his presidency, “Hold me accountable”. He was real when he said it. But for what I said earlier, it depends on the issue and the later stances of that person(s) at fault.

From the article of CNN.com:

It’s part of their Christian faith
Forgiveness is mentioned many times in the Bible and is a pinnacle of the Christian faith.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you,” reads Ephesians 4:32. Another verse, Matthew 6:14, goes further: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
These sentiments of forgiveness are reiterated again and again throughout the Bible, and Botham’s family is quite acquainted with this Christian tradition. Like his brother, Brandt was raised in the Church of Christ in St. Lucia, where his family lives. His mother, Allison Jean, gave all of her three children Biblical middle names. Botham Jean’s middle name was Shem, who was a son of Noah. Brandt’s middle name is Samuel, after a prophet in the Old Testament.

Let’s be honest, forgiveness is hard to accept. It’s truly hard. It’s not easy. It’s not simple. Every time when we church folks take communion every 1st Sunday of the month, we read a passage from our hymnals that deal with the words: “In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!” And many of us repeat the words to one another and say the same thing. Many of us had prayers in circles that we ask God for forgiveness no matter what act of intent was done. No matter if it was taken out of context or whatever. Hear me when I say and everyone knows: GOD KNOWS ALL! How many of us who ever been bullied in school NEVER FORGAVE anyone that tormented you all those years? How many of us got bullied on the job, in a club, organizations, and many others that never EVER FORGAVE that person or persons for what they have done? (Male or Female) How many of us NEVER FORGAVE that pastor, church member, or that fraternity/sorority member, or supporter or leader, or any other person not mentioning that still burns your blood even to this very day, and DOES NOT DESERVE any type of forgiveness? Now we are getting somewhere! Yeah, lets go folks. It’s go time! As a matter of fact, I brought this up before on this blog years back.

Now getting back to Amber Guyger who is about to be in jail for 10 years killing Botham Jean in his Apartment in Texas by minding his own business, was the central point of the incident. And Botham Jean’s Brother, Brandt gave her a hug that many felt was a trap for White Supremacy. Brandt is 18 years old. He’s young. And yet, he’ll have alot to learn in his later years about being black and being questioned about his faith and beliefs in regarding his hug on Amber Guyger. His mother, meanwhile commented that his son did his honorable thing, but also commented via her husband that “it may have consequences”. Uh-Oh! That is part many need to know in this subject. Even I didn’t expect this. Part of this is the truth, whether we admit it or not. So where do I stand in all this? Well, it’s on pins and needles. Part of me is saying, I don’t know about this one. The woman again shot an innocent bystander in his apartment for God’s sake and we should let this go? I know that we are supposed to forgive, but the act needs to be in question. Many might forgive the person of Amber Guyger, but many darn sure will not forgive of forget the act of crimes that was committed against Botham Jean by allowing her to kill a black man in his own home. And to follow up, Botham Jean’s life did indeed matter.

And also, the struggle continues! This however, is not over. So, in this case don’t go burying the hatchet yet. And make sure that person and you come together and actually work out the details to move forward. If it doesn’t happen, there is no deal. However, if there is a deal and if there is a part to be sure, then make that decision.


It appears that many are in confidence that the current President 45 still has issues. And of course many are calling him out to still denounce the words of KKK, White Nationalists or Supremacists, Neo-Nazis that actually have this hate of “taking their country back”. Well, guess what? For all that movements that want to knock each other out like crazy and having the Gaul of the hate, they have played themselves. The same folks who tell us black folks to “get over it” when the subject of Slavery comes up, or saying that Black Lives Matter is a hate group. OH, SINCE WHEN?!! Really? And of course, they say we whine about the Police being harassing folks of Color in a fancy car or being watched to be killed by a security watchman, which does happen all the time. And not all get killed due to the fact they assumed about the pound cake missing and ends up either being dead or in jail for a long time all because of the harassment of the badge. Now don’t get me wrong that there are good cops and bad cops. But there is one problem: the bad cops may have a deep sense of hate.

In addition to the death of Heather Heyer, who was remembered today, there were two deputies who were killed in the weekend, where was the “So-Called” Blues Lives Matter crowd at? And why wasn’t 45 acknowledging the families of the Troopers who lost their lives that day? Have to bring this back: EPIC FAIL! Yep. And also you do realize that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has been mostly silent about this tragic thing in Charlottesville? Has not said a word. Typical. Earlier today, there were several companies under the then-president’s Manufacturing Council that pulled out due to this recent “Racist Manner” that Ol’ Donnie refused to acknowledge late. Oh, one the companies, Merck was one the companies in the Pharmacy business was pulled out and the head of the company is a black man of Kenneth Fraizer. Let that sink in. Plus other companies like: Under Armour, Out. You can pull out your Under Armour Sneakers and wear them. Other companies: 3M, GE, General Motors, and others – OUT! Again, all because in the wake of the Charlottesville Violence.

What also has been a red herring, I like everyone else, had been paying attention to these stories on how some the Alt-Right Protestors were being hounded by having their pictures shown and being distributed to the websites and social media. Well shiznit folks: let me break this down. If a picture gets photographed via the news media or newspaper or whatever news out there, it’s going to get published! And when it does get published, guess what? Everyone will see it! Even when your co-workers or bosses will know. Why? It’s everywhere! And when they see it, they will be asking questions of why you committed your time to contribute to this hateful thing of being out there with the “Alt-Right” trashing up the town. And don’t expect to get fired because you will.

Speaking of that, I have to go back to the year 2010, which was 7 years ago. Remember Dresser Waukesha? Hmm…..Let’s revisit that:

Last year, I was a” hater victim of race” when there was a settlement case involving me and 390+ African Americans were denied of a company to get in – Dresser Waukesha. I was one of those who turned in a resume at a job fair in 2006, and never got a call back nor a letter response in the mail. Until August of 2010 came, I got this form in the mail along with a statement that the reason I didn’t get hired nor trained with Dresser Waukesha (see the file Waukesha_Third_Amended_Complaint) is because I happen to be African-American. So I filled out the form and mailed it. When October came, I went to my house and there was a check from the Reed vs Dresser Settlement, and I was awarded over $5000.00. And just recently, I was awarded over $200.00 additionally. And other African-Americans in the case probably got the same amount equally.

See what I’m getting at? Yep. I was disrespected in the Milwaukee area because of my race. And I’m sure that there are others that read this on the Journal Sentinel’s website said something like, “oh they’re crying out racism over a job they didn’t get”. They don’t know (I can’t say the word) about the horror we went through. So they don’t get it. And they never will get it. This is on-going thing here.

Remember when I wrote that? It’s from the blog story that many of you read a lot, it’s the 2011 Blog about no surprise about Milwaukee and race. And many of the things I said back then still lingers today.

Now let me go back to a point, where was the issue of me being overqualified was a problem in 2013:

I did say that I’ll write a blog about being overqualified. And what I’m about to reveal it right now. One day, I was on the LinkedIn website, and I was looking at jobs for the Greater Milwaukee Area. I chose the company to seek out, Brooksource, an IT Staffing Service. The company is based out of Indiana, but do have locations within the country. However, I put in a resume for a job of Corporate Recruiter and the ending result in the next couple of days: Overqualified.

I’m like: Overqualified?!! Really?!

I remember emailing the recruiter about asking why I was in the terms “overqualified”. The response was weak in terms of my diverse background experience. And also the company itself is very small. But likewise they also wish me well in my endeavors.

That what was said mostly. However, with a person like me being “OVERQUALIFED” is not acceptable. I want every company, every company like person, or any company man/woman ask a question:

Why do you not want those who are OVERqualified?

Why are you are afraid of potential candidates like me who have a diverse background experience? Or what, you’re thinking of me being greedy? What’s Up?!

Companies say all the time that they are looking for good people. WELL……..I am good person of hard work.

I also took a look why the word “overqualified” was a red flag for companies who are stuck up. According to the sources, either they don’t want you, you may want to quit for finding a better job for better pay, you’re too old, etc. Technically, that to me is nothing more being “discriminate”. And Brooksource SHOULD know better! I remember writing a letter to Brooksource’s Manager about the situation and I have yet to hear or see a response from the Manager.

In the pathway of me finding a job, specifically in Milwaukee, it’s either because of experience, because of my skin color (yep, I did mention Dresser Waukesha being discrimative against African-Americans) and now…..Overqualified.

Look, I’m about to turn 36 in December, and I thought I would never fit in with the “Overqualified Crowd”. I do realize that the companies are looking for the younger crowds to take over or to enhance work. I’m not against that. What I am against that companies using the “STUCK UP” crap, of not letting guys like me getting a chance to continue to shine up. No matter what.

Just another barrier just for folks like me to stay out. Sad.

This is not just a slap in the face towards me or others like me. And by the way, if you have been in the same boat as me being overqualified, you need to speak up. I don’t care if you write to the President, or your local officials who you voted to put in office. Now some are saying, “well that’s life. You get picked or you don’t.” I get that. However like the President said, in regarding Americans getting an opportunity: Everyone gets a fair shake!

Obviously, Brooksource DID NOT get the message. And with them being a small company in all, is no excuse! That is unacceptable.

Now why I would tie this in with the White Supremacy stuff that is going on like every day? Then it hit me. Technically this is PART of White Supremacy! These stories that I pulled from the archives was a prime example of what is wrong in this country. Part of the matter is it’s all in the lining.

There are those probably in the Human Resources areas that don’t really care about applicants of color. No matter what type of experience, education, goal setting or purpose. Michael Jackson had a song back in 1995 that was called “They Don’t Really Care About Us!” I’m sure you have heard of it, right? And even though that the song had anti-Semitic lyrics, most of that was real talk. Which applies to something like we see now. For the jobs or companies which has these HR folks that refuse to hire black folks (again no matter the skill or education), it’s like what my mother said about the Dresser Waukesha thing of “We’re not going to hire this black man, we’re going hire more of the White folks” routine. Heard of that? You should. And that seems that it’s going around and has been going around for a long time. I was reminded of that when listening to WNOV  per se about keeping people poor. They don’t want them working in freaking Brookfield or a certain zip code. What these companies might do and it has been done that they’ll look at the zip code you live in, and they’ll get all this data or info about the area and jobs with it. And usually, they will look at that one thing you handed to them: your resume. The same resume that you sling out every time you go to the job fairs, or career expos. The same resume you bring when you go to the interviews or many others. Yes, that one. But now job developers and advisors are now telling job seekers to take off the address and zip codes due to this. Even you have to take off the year you got your degree from college due to a thing of AGE DISCRIMINATION! I learned this about two years ago. This White Supremacy thing is a heck of a drug I’m telling you. And the thing is, it’s all over the place. Wanna keep things all white and nothing else. And many realize “oh, that’s why we talk about race”. Even though that many don’t want to admit it. The truth is: racism is in America’s DNA. I need you to hear me on this: It’s in the DNA! Or this thing called the bloodline. And many are telling us to “Get over it?”. To quote my Dad, that is out! Even my father once said that racism will still be around. Or in this case, a factor of concern.

It’s not just about drugs. It’s not just about alcohol. It’s not about the looks you have on your body, or a certain credit score, or level of education, it’s really about the issue (the ongoing issue) of race. And the example has been escalated since last Saturday and Ol’ Donnie didn’t go hard enough. Many are saying that his family has ties to the KKK or somewhat related. What’s he hiding? CONFESS, DONNIE! You’re busted!

Next blog up “The Monuments are getting out”. But the stories still remain.


Oh I had to do this! Here we go.

Is America really ready for that Trump thing?

Those DriveTime.com commercials though. Really?

Did December 5th rocked for me? For the 40th time? OH HECK YES!

Before I go on:  I remember writing this in 2006. Remember when? Like 1o years ago?

Was Beyoncé’s Superbowl performance this year was really an attack on the Police? Oh come on now!

When BET Founder Robert Johnson commented about giving Trump a chance, what was he thinking?

Anyone signed up for the Affordable Care Act, like REAL EARLY?

About that Mannequin challenge. Explain. Why this?

Hey, Evangelicals: Are you really down with Trump?

For you black Trump Supporters: are you really convinced that he’ll deliver?

Milwaukee’s problem with lead pipes is a dilemma. What has been the hold up and silent stuff?

Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin said that Milwaukee is the most segregated city he’s been in. To the Rotary club in Madison! Was he telling the truth?

Just tell the truth employers, you need black folks don’t you?

Crime Watch Daily had a switch of hosts this year. Remember when Chris Hansen hosted “To catch a predator?”

Hold up, since when Harry Connick Jr. had a Talk Show?

Introverts unite! May we continue the struggle?

Is “The Real” not the same without Tamar?

Will many across the country will come to Summerfest next year for its 50th?

Who is getting the Nintendo Switch in 2017?

Who has bought the NES Classic?

The Milwaukee Public Schools Alumni showed out this year. Can it happen again in 2017?

Why didn’t the UW-Stout 125th Anniversary stuff reached Milwaukee?

Many think the Black Panther Party was or is racist. Ummm………What about that KKK?

For many think that the use of Black Owned Businesses would be the key, can they maintain the subject to fix, or to further create?

You: the Alt-Right, you must be playing yourselves. Aren’t you?

Attention haters of Leslie Jones: You know you suck, right?

Who was the really the biggest fool of 2016?

Who really had the unsung character of 2016?

Of all the shows: was there any show that was really better than Empire or Blackish? Be honest now.

Who drank the Crystal Pepsi, that recently came back of course?

Did the WWE Network delivered?

Is DirecTV Now the hot new thing to have?

Will all those Luke Cage fans admit that there will be a better show than this? Wait a while.

Folks talking about Colin Kaepernick taking a stand. Well, what about him NOT VOTING?!

Did many knew or realize that Black Male Introverts can actually exist?

Getting Real: Why do folks on social media mouth off on those that they don’t like? Church, dating, the other side of the moon, you know the usual? And get all “free thinkish” about it knowing half of what they post or talk about is NOT TRUE! Even though all opinions are respected sometimes.

Don’t believe in God? Start!

Is Amazon Fire Stick or DirecTV Now really the new thing in TV like right now?

Which is better for those whom are single, or going to be single in 2017? Dating or no dating?

Will we be really saying in the future: “Remember when Barack Obama was running?”

CALLOUT: For all you haters of Black Lives Matter and the Police Organizations that run the hate to Walmart: were you really that serious about removing the attire, but said nothing about the KKK or the “Stars and Bars”?

Many believe that this year of 2016 was that year to claim. Well, did you claim what you were looking for?

What about those who hate on Jesse Williams at the BET Awards this year. Did you really listen, or just make a comment by not listening?

MASSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CALLOUT AGAIN LIKE LAST YEAR: Can we PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JESUS, ALLAH, BUDDHA or SCIENTOLOGY: use the “You’re” word on Facebook correctly as well as other forms of Social Media? Like for example, “You’re It!” Not “Your it”. Or “If you don’t follow me on so and so, you’re not welcome here no more. Not “If you don’t follow me on so and so your not welcome here no more.” We need to respell and check our words, folks! 

Single Black Men, who hate the thought of Serena Williams dating and now being engaged to a white dude, what is your excuse of not dating Queens you are looking for?

Single Black Women (oh don’t you think this is not some reversal thing) you really feel honest that 70% of you are dateless  because some black dude didn’t snag you up?

Who is really the conscious: The church folk, the business folk, the activist, the talk show host, or the unsung folk?

Why do Americans have a short attention memory span? All the dang time!

When many this  year have passed on and we had this care about them, where was the CARE for our own folks?

It’s New Years Eve. Stay home or go out?

So all that talk about taking Hillary Clinton to jail via Donald Trump was just talk, huh?

Since some of the the fallen had died of heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, or many other factors: are we really looking out for our health needs? This not just to those whom are men, but those whom are females too! Especially those of us who are black!

Which movie rocked the house this year? Besides Star Wars Rouge One?

Which music singles or albums have really rocked the house? Besides Beyoncé’s Lemonade?

Was the new toys like Amazon Live Echo or Google Home wasn’t that hard to figure out?

Have coloring books really had another impact this year? For the Adults that is.

Why so many things of #BlackGirlMagic, or #BlackBoyJoy were huge this year?  Well look at the results.

Does the SodaStream  really work?

So bottled water beat sodas this year, eh?

Did Sheriff David Clarke lost his marbles with those jail deaths in 2016?

Why didn’t many didn’t turned out and voted up for the Presidential Election?

Have the Democrats really learned their lessons by not supporting the ideals of Obama? Not many, but some.

Will the United Methodist Church let the ideas of #BlackLivesMatter in the doors?

Who will have the best New Years Eve show? Ryan Seacrest, PitBull, or Kathy Griffin/Anderson Cooper?

For all of my “snow haters”: umm since you like hot weather so much, why weren’t you complaining about the heat EARLIER IN THE YEAR?!

If 2016 was the year to “claim it” as many say in a sweet sense, what about 2017 as in to “Get Lucky?”

Chris Rock said it best: “If we’re losing, who’s winning?”

Will the Green Bay Packers “Run The Table” in the playoffs? And many are scared. AND SHOULD BE! #GOPACKGO!

Will the Wisconsin Badgers Football Team win the Cotton Bowl?

Will you continue to read the stuff I put on here? Not just have written like 4 years ago?

Is the Google Glass back?

Will the Nintendo Switch be the game system of the year in 2017?

Can folks whom are so picky about not going to Church all because of the Pastor or that money really get off the high horse about going and giving advice? Besides behind the keyboards? And acting like foolish keyboard gangsters? They know who they are.

Who used the Portals this year? That had you in these gold trailers talking to someone in a different state? Also known as Shared Studios. Milwaukee was one of them. We need them EVERYDAY!

Know any good Doctors that take in folks that know patients families that know them well?

How are you going to discriminate Doctors on airlines like Delta? REALLY? Especially BLACK DOCTORS!

Will many in the black community support (REALLY SUPPORT) black owned businesses that do follow the protocol?

How many black churches will attend Watch Night Services on New Year’s Eve?

Did you support your Alumni this year (not just high school, but college and universities also)?

Why are many of us are NOT EDUCATED that well when it comes to health? Hint it’s not just the men folk here.

Will there be a “in house online DJ” that will spin the sounds from the crib while many of us are at the house on NYE? THINK ABOUT THAT!

Other countries need to stop dipping in our business when it comes to OUR ELECTIONS! Right, Russia?

CALLOUT: There were bigots on Social Media made names this year. Who will NOT have a job in 2017?

Any Uber or Lyft Drivers will be on stat on NYE?

Any Photohogs and DroneHogs  will be on stat making money on NYE?

Who’s getting the drones working in 2017?

Will many graduate in 2017 as well as going into the schools in 2017?

CALLOUT: For all you Millennials: have you learned your lesson about NOT VOTING WILL DO YOU? Just to add, the ISH just got real.

If those are really conscious about being pro this and pro that, what about being pro Alumni?

Yes. Myspace had the blogs back in action again! Who still has their old blog on Excel?

Will Ronda Rousey comeback strong….EVER?

Who here has the Simply Fit? That board that has you exercising like in 5 minutes?

Who used a fitbit this year? Or any fit to walk to burn calories?

How many plan to do something daring in 2017?

How many will do the things that they put off in the previous years and actually do it this year?!

What is that one song you want to end your 2016? And the song you want begin with your 2017?

And the last thing I have to ask: I will say this to ask humbly, will you miss Obama?

Happy New Year!

Let’s get the 2017 thing started.

 

 

 

 

 


I just had to do this. With all the elements of what’s going on, I’m putting out a scratching my head post, which is the current edition. Even though it’s post 4th of July in all, I’m going ahead with this.

Why can’t all cops be like Nakia Jones ?

Yes its true, blacks were slaves during July 4th 1776. But you know there were those unsung that wanted to get away in order to fight to get their freedom papers right?
Where are the real black patriots whom have “black patriotism for country and world” and being black at the same darn time? Even being a real truth teller? And black conscious? And unapologetic? 

Why there are some African-Americans whom look at the American Flag being “racist?”

When it comes to the issues, what is up being one sided? And you know what I’m talking about!

Is Wendy Williams that ignorant about the HBCU’s?

I know many had to go hard on Jesse Williams and his speech at the BET Awards. Had the haters sat down yet?

Will the church pastors talk about the recent events of the shootings? Even afterwards?

Have anyone, just anyone followed “my rules” for Summerfest 2016?

Summerfest 2017 will be so golden that they have invite all those that used to work there. Should they do that?

While many are continuing support for the slain officers in Dallas, Texas; many are still have not forgotten about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. And will be funeralized this week. Does anyone see the pattern here?

You know that the Wisconsin State Fair got next, right?

For you bogus Credit Card pushers, why are you scamming folks?

Man listen: why folks on Youtube have to test Dick Gregory?

Question:why so many folks and you know them, post stuff on Social Media and most they think its true? KNOWINGLY some of that is FALSE!

Black folks: you know you could celebrate Juneteenth Day and the Fourth of July if you like, right?

What is the real concern about those asking about church folks who worship on Sundays, and then go out to eat at Red Lobster, a small family restaurant? What is wrong with that?

Scenario: You hate church. You can’t stand the preaching or the money. And go full postal on social media. Why can’t you go in person say what you got to say to the Pastor and the Church? Are you THAT scared?! That naive?! I dare you to try.

Is the Zika Virus that real serious?

Seriously, can someone school Sheriff David Clarke about this rant about Black Lives Matter? And no mention about the KKK. Shameful! Milwaukee, we are embarrassed by his half carcassed commentary.

 

Do many still fear Intelligent Black Men that want to do good, or many think that they’re all in one lump sum group that they are all the same as the bad folks?

Yo: what is up with the Jobs section in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel being thin? I remember when it was thick!

Milwaukee Suburbans who hate the city: yet you hate Milwaukee, but post negative memes about the city and you don’t live there. EXPLAIN?

Will there be a Hits 3 and Hits 4 out of the vault of Prince?

United Methodists: does the BMCR still count?

Why those that used to go to church or never set foot in a church thinks that “all christians”are the same hypocritically, in which they are not? Almost many think that black people think the same, which is not new but a myth.

Why do folks on Social Media AT TIMES say they hate Church, but then turn around that they  comment:”you can go to any church you wish?” #VERYCONFUSED

They say violence is the same but the cameras are new. Agree?

Is it just me, or has this Summer season really flown by so fast?

Oh, Cleveland: are you really happy you got a title after a 50 year drought?

Why is Azealia Banks is still talking? Has she NOT learned her Twitter lesson?  GO SIT DOWN IN YOUR ROOM, LITTLE GIRL!

For all these younger conservatives like Tomi Lahren: Can you all go in the room in sit down after commenting about things you have no knowledge about? Black Panthers, etc.

Man, some of you officers need to turn in your badges and guns for all that mess about your KKK alignments. Can we have more officers like Nakia Jones who is so deep?

Think about this: Can us African-Americans wear the American Flag in our cause for Black Lives, and against the discriminations of us being black period?

Do we still think this example from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a reality like right now?

Did the Second Independence Day Movie lived up to the hype?

Will Team USA be having an “American Summer” in Rio?

Americans: If you really think that Black Lives Matter thing is a terrorist group, you must be on that haterade. Why?

Huff Black Voices called out the so-called #AllLivesMatter mantra. #AllLivesDidntMatter. They did it 21 times. I’ve been saying and questioning: If All Lives Really Matter, Ask yourself why. Ask why, how, who, what, when, and where. Can those do that? Put up or shut up! #IfAllLivesReallyMatter

Does Laser Bond USA really work?

Ladies: I know this Irvin man or #MrStealYourGrandma is going on right now, but what happens when men look at #MsStealYourGrandpa? 

And the last question: And this is for Milwaukee: La La Brown and Kool Aid’s Killer is in custody. A possible lead is finally in play for Alexis Patterson. Is there a way to heal?

BONUS QUESTION: For all the folks who fly American Flags, or White Folks whom Fly the flag the most. One my local black radio stations WNOV in Milwaukee had a statement of flying the flag in regarding black folks. Can you GIVE A REASON why African-Americans (for those whom are still on the RGB tip and conscious and others) should fly the flag? On a shirt, lapel or houses.Break it down for us. And think before you answer. Yes, we are Americans. But provide this answer!

 

SSP The Struggle Continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Man, tell me this is not happening. Seriously this is not happening. I thought I was dreaming about another black man got killed but this is no dream. It’s was real. Another black male, Philando Castile out of Minnesota was gunned down in a traffic stop while in the car with his fiancée and daughter. And he was only 32 years old, worked with kids, no criminal record and, a Teamster member and tell me folks, why did he had to die? All because of a traffic stop. And trying to get his ID. All recorded on Facebook Live. Just a day or two ago, Alston Sterling out of Baton Rouge was gunned down and his death after the Fourth of July really sparked a wide reaction of horror that this man of 37 years old father is not coming back. Some say he had a gun. And if anyone had the chance to look at the hellish video of him being gunned down, I’ll bet you or others whom are African-American, were just as disgusted and horrified as everyone whom was feeling.

Today on Social Media, mostly on Facebook, it was a wave of sadness, anger, some wanted to know when are we going to start shooting back.No kidding. No matter what you call it, it was all the same thing. Most of us were black. And the feeling of this was a repeated broken record that was on played over and over again. Even I had to dive in on this being as this day of being horrified. In my commentary, this is what I written this morning about these killings:

Just my own commentary here: I like everyone else is really horrified about the recent events that took place in Louisiana (which I visited in 2001) and also in Minnesota(which I have visited in ’95) with the shootings. Both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile should not have died like that at all. PERIOD! This whole thing I’ll agree is a sickening effect that continues to plague us even today. In the 90’s, when most of us were teens in high school, the phrase “endangered species” came up concerning young black males. Now, in this era of Smartphones and stuff, that phrase came back like a boomerang. Straight up. I know many had gone in on the 4th, in terms of being targeted after celebrating the Independence (flags, decorating the Red White and Blue in all). Guess what: (and I’m surprised that others haven’t commented this) other holidays, occasions, birthdays, the first day of school, the last day of school, the midterm break from college, a block party event, anniversaries, reunions, even personal days can be celebrated, but also can have problems like this! It doesn’t matter if it’s New Years, Christmas, Labor Day, Halloween, Black Friday, and even after observing Juneteenth Day. I’m just saying! Every year, I say the words: The Struggle Continues after the 4th, and even after my December 5th Birthday. And in between. So yes, indeed the struggle continues. Even after two black men whom were doing their thing before their untimely deaths shouldn’t have been vanquished at all.

Again: The Struggle Continues!

 

Yes. That is my written take on these shootings. As I said in my last blog about this, and this again is for those who still have this disdain about the Fourth of July or Fourth of YOU LIE things: You do realize, and I don’t care if you are in Black Radio, you do realize that folks can be killed in any part of the calendar year, right? Why the Fourth of July? Many had to hard on that. What many don’t realize that anytime you might get this, bullets have no eyes, no holidays, no race, and definitely no anything. The deaths of these two black men whom passed on this week after the 4th, after the 240th Anniversary in all, is a constant reminder that our work is not done! Our work AGAIN is not DONE! America as 240 years young it is, must continue to accept the past of wrong doings to be a better nation with all Ameicans alike. Even the ones we don’t like. However with this act of violence, and the act of these Black Fathers are not here, again, we got to work harder on this. And if their names made the list of no convictions, I will NOT be suprised. This will be another example of the Struggle is continuing on now. There are 5 months left in the year of 2016. Next couple of months will be hard for these familes as they go through that phase of daddy is not coming home. The empty chair or space will be hard to look at though holidays, birthdays, and also not watching their kids growing up. I feel for the kids, that will have to experience of not growing up without a father. Already one of a well known actress Issa Rae according the wires, has raised money for Alton Sterlings’ kids in terms of scholarship money. And just to think that Issa is an Introvert.

Also on Facebook: A local cop of 2o years had to comment on today’s occurance that went so viral and this was a DEEP DEEP MESSAGE:

 

What you just heard is Officer Nakia Jones. An officer of 20 YEARS SINCE 1996 that had gone hell, fire and brimstone and was VERY passionate about this message. If you know those officers that had a open partnership that are doing the righth things and are very serious and are supportive of the officers that do have this mentality, this to me is one of those officers in America that is doing the job thus far. Yes we do get concerned about BAD Cops, and racist cops. But one of my relatives whom is a Milwaukee Officer said that not all cops are bad and not all black men are bad! This to me realize that there is some good in everything. As we should. There are good employees, bad employees and employees that are just there. However, there are employees that will listen and take up the class of responsibility to ENSURE that trust does STAYS OPEN!

Officer Jones wanted to quit like she indicated, but she stayed. And I hope and pray that Officers like her and men like her will continue to stay on the force for the right reasons and to ensure a clear path of understanding and openess in the communities.Hopefully this might open a new dialouge that we the community can call out the concerns that we need to do at all times!

This is so crazy. And yes this happened in the week of the 4th of July. And many of us on the African-American Tip have this mixed bag about the 4th. This morning as I was listening to WNOV, which I still do. There was a talk about the flag. In referecing in which about getting black folks to wear the flag. There was statement on the format (The Fourm) of giving a reason why blacks should wear the Stars and Stripes. Well here’s my reason and I think I could probably give a reason for this. Again if you are a WNOV Listener and black, and have a opinion on this, which I respect. I’ll give you my reason why I feel that rocking the stars and stripes is partially not a bad thing.

One of the real reasons why I wear the “Stars and Stripes” or to display the Stars and Stripes, is not just to show off. Its not to gracefully forcefuly to shut up the haters or to sell out. One of the real reasons why I do it, because its in the heart.Its in the heart of interest that I think would be comfortable. What do I mean by that, you ask? Maybe it’s my personality, maybe it’s my way of showing my own patriotism. Maybe it’s my way of showing active in community service. One of the community service that I do is an Election Inspector. And it’s a job that I volunteer for that has given me 10 years to serve. Another reason is probably my way of expression. Another could be my way of being active. Another reason that I continue to serve needs. It has nothing to do with being weak. Maybe that’s the reasons why I still probably have it on me since. Maybe I’m “not as American” as I think like everyone else. I don’t know. But I know that even though I’ve been a US Citizen for all of my years of life, I also can give the country a bit of a “Come to Jesus meeting” when certain things of America goes sour! This includes Racism. This includes Gun Violence. This includes Police Brutality. This includes Job Discrimination. This includes Sexism. This also includes Black Lives Matter! Even my choice on how to finish my college degrees in a format of my choice. This also includes that if I see a child or teen act up, I’m going to tell them NO! If I tell a non-profit job developer about the use of attacking me, like I did with the Milwaukee Urban League in 2005, I will call out the hypocritical mindet period! No matter who is in charge or works there. I’ve done it!  If anyone on Social Media questions my judgement or questions why I got this or that in a opinionated thought, I’ll question them back in asking why you want to know. If they want to get defensive, I’ll get defensive. That is like dealing with a bully. Or an instagater that’s always in your business.

Black folks who want a reason(s) for blacks like me to displays or wear a flag, did I give you my reason?

Let’s dont assume that with me per se rocking the stars and stripes is a worst thing in the world. I’ve seen worst than me that will make the question of “What are you celebrating?”look like a Co-Ed  Gym class on a worst day! Look here: If I want to display my way of the Red, White and Blue as well as the Red Black and Green basically it’s my right. I mean do we have this thing about Freedom of Expression? Come on!

There are bigger fish to fry that worring about a black male or black female wearing anything like Red White and Blue or the stars and stripes. And worrying about blacks celebrating the 4th. And just to remind the Conscious Crowd, even showing some revoultionary radical thought of conscioness can also be like showing a customized patriotism act of defiance. Even also addressing BLACK LIVES MATTER! And EVEN as I write right now, about 12:22AM CST in Milwaukee, Officers whom lost their lives in Civic Duty in Dallas, Texas.


Allow me to indulge you readers about the following word: Formation.

According to the dictionary, via Dictionary.com, the word Formation means in two definitions of:

1) The action of forming or process of being formed.

2) A structure or arrangement of something.

Let’s take a look at last night’s Superbowl Halftime Show. Yeah, the one that had most of White America upset. And yes, some black folks seething upset. Oh yes, stay mad. Stay pissed. But still, stay up and don’t be mad about what is being said here. Beyonce did her thing with a couple of the lady dancers dressing up in a Black Panther-esque like value.

May I remind everyone: It’s still Black History Month.

The song Formation from Beyonce was like a unknown blast out of left field. No one saw it coming. Not even me. The video of Formation in which featured her daughter Blu Ivy, walking around with pride with two other spoke bravery and pride. Speaking of that, it reminded me of the pride talk in which my late grandmother telling  my sister to always at the time keep your head up and walk like a queen. My late grandfather one said that pick your head up and act like you’re so-and-so! So yes, me and my older sibling had that “black pride” talk since we were teens and kids! Learn that black folks of now!

Just to add, it also speaks to the added ongoing concerns of African-Americans that still face and linger today. Mostly with race, violence, and politics in a unapologetic sense. As I like to call it, NO APOLOGIES NECESSARY! NONE!

We all know what they are. But as a I was reading all those so-called comments about Beyonce’s performance, I get it, some didn’t like it. However, being that the wake up calls are in full effect: it did provided a message that many in the country and the world are still sleeping on. From the echos of Hurricane Katrina, the Police, and a black boy in a hoodie standing before the officers with their hands up.

For the live version which was at the Super Bowl: Beyonce’s jacket/performance was in symbolic for three reasons: homage to Michael Jackson, whom we all know gave that kick butt performance of a Super Bowl Halftime show back in 1993. And also this year of 2016 is the 50th Anniversary of the birth of the Original Black Panthers that started in the same bay area as Super Bowl 50. Via Oakland. Reference 1966 dwellers and haters. And when the dancers made the X on the field, it was in symbolic tribute to Malcolm X. All that right there, another added element of surprise for Black History Month 2016 in the 90th year of the February tradition. And likewise, the ears will bleed yet again everyday with enjoyment and lessons. And by the way, the outfits were also a semi-throwback to the 1960’s when there were black women then were in in “Formation” on a college Football field. Real Recognizes Real! Even for Beyoncé being southern born.

Well in this case, press play here. But be warned: this video does contain explicit lyrics so be advised.

Just to add also, there is a clean version here.

Well I hope those who actually viewed the footage didn’t get really offended. Ooops. I spoke to soon. There were those who got offended. Ever looked at the Eventbrite events online lately? The ones you can make tickets for the events of your choice. Well guess what? There is an ad out online about protesting Beyonce at the NFL Headquarters next Tuesday in NYC. This is so laughable!!!!!! Are you protesters really that serious?!! What did Beyonce did to you? Oh, the real question is why were any of you yahoos per say were watching Super Bowl 50 in the first place? Oh that’s right, you’re football fans. The same ones who you root for every Sunday per season after church right? The ones that YOU go to the bars after you hear the Sermons, right? Those of you who own the bars, clubs, and those who “supports” the so-called Blue Lives Matter folks, right? The ones you probably gave Obama hell all 7 years because he’s black, right? The ones who openly profess your past concerns in dealing and hanging and working with African-Americans in your neighborhoods or jobs, right? The ones who scream ALL LIVES MATTER, right? The ones who had to agree with the anti comments of Rudy Giuliani on Fox News, RIGHT? REALLY?! The ones who complain about staying in church all day and the clubs all night, right? The ones got the satellites and TV always perfected before the games come on with the homestay right? And to those fans who messed up Denver after the Broncos won, right?

CALLOUT TO ALL: WAKE UP!

Many of you have no idea what the message behind the music was really about. Many of you never probably to oversee the objective of what the music is telling about. And many of you will never understand why this style of messaging is still around in the first place!

Some of you probably in a sense are saying: SAY IT, SAY IT, SAY IT! I’m going to say it alright. And it will be unapologetic speaking in my own right. Pay attention and take notes! I’m about to slay this!

First, let’s get the whole Black Panthers thing straight once and for all: The Black Panther Movement was and is NOT carried nor connected to the KKK. Get it straight! I’m assuming that many of you heard of Afeni Shakur, you know the mother of Tupac? Guess what, Afeni is a former Black Panther Member herself. How do you think Pac got so radical in his words in Rap music? Hello! Another shocker, I was looking on Twitter and an well know funk artist of Nile Rodgers, you know from Chic, displayed a pic of him helping out the Black Panthers when he was 16 years old. And still, he’s one of the best artist that came out of the 70’s. HELLO!

Second, even though that the Black Panther Party had their “angles”, they also helped out those of the needy in the Black Communities way back when. Yes, even I as a black man had to admit it. They might have been crazy, but they had a heart to give back. So to the all of the former ORIGINAL Black Panthers that were misunderstood but helpful, thanks.

Third this song/video was more like of a rally support for the current Black Lives Matter Movement. Also a way to tell us black folks that we may have those black like Afros, Jackson 5 like noses or whatever, we are beautiful. What that taught me and reminds me that I don’t have to change a da*n thing! God made me like this, and I’ll accept that. That also reminds me what I heard in church, WE ARE BEAUTIFUL! Have some pride in our steps when we walk. For all those who keep dragging your feet on the ground, pick your feet up! Walk like you got some sense! Pick your heads up like you’re so-and-so as my late grandfather told me as a young man growing up in Milwaukee. You females, many of you walk like queens and act on it. Tell those to who don’t, do the same thing of having that pep in their steps. No matter if you’re Introverted or Extroverted, and BLACK you got this! With brains and yes brawn. Even in Black History Month and Beyond. No matter if you are a janitor or street sweeper, or a Business Executive, Mechanic, Owner, or a Entry Level Photographer or whatever, use that to be the best what-some-a-jigger thing there is. Even if you are a student.

And for the record, I celebrate “The Centerpiece” of Black History Month and reference the lessons learned of Black History always. I can be conscious with that. Just a heads up to the Black Conscious folks who read this blog. Go ahead and share it. Just saying. I don’t do one. Or the other. I combine the two elements to make it plain all the time. And also challenge ALL BLACK FOLKS no matter what you’re conscious meter happens to be, is to do the same. The gauntlet is already down, but will you pick it up? Just asking.

And fourth, don’t be surprised that many will use this in their confidence rally cries moreover. Yes, there aren’t that many songs now that are in the movement currently, but I’ll say here, put FORMATION in a 21st Century Radical Playlist. There have been playlists before that concerned with the importance of the Freedom Movements in the past, but this should take the cake.

Fifth, apparently there is someone who is not in formation, but is cool with it. I was reading Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron column online and apparently, one caucasian female has openly admit something here, and the use of being on the sidelines cheering. Kate Forristall written an excellent column about the Halftime Show while working a photo shoot at the Super Bowl. One highlight of this commentary was this quote: Spot on.

It’s time for us to stop singing along — to Formation, to Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, to any song that has the N-word or celebrates blackness in a way we will never understand. Our ancestors signed away that right when they signed their names to contracts that said they owned human beings or signed tabs in restaurants that didn’t allow “colored people.”

 

That right there, is a start. This was the most highlighted quote on the article. If those whom are well, so All Lives Matter-ish or All of us need this to shield this and that actually say this, and to admit the truth, then we might get somewhere. In sense of listening. Understanding. And most of all acceptance. And this goes for black folks also.

Final thought: Remember when Michael Jackson had the song, “They Don’t Care About Us?” In which many labeled that song to be anti-this and anti-that? And many went hard against Michael all because back then, in 1995, he was hitting hard against racism and many other factors that we all still facing today! Was Michael telling the truth? Or just kidding?

So yes, it’s time to get in Formation, Black Men and Black Women. In various fronts. And also: FORWARD, MARCH!

 

“Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.” – Beyoncé

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m assuming that today in America, that the country celebrated another Dr. King Holiday. You do realize that it’s been 30 years since 1986 that the first Dr. King Holiday was even lifted off the ground. This wasn’t by highlight, it took a lot of dedicated unsung and well known folks that got this done, and it’s here once again.

This year I’ve done my own reflecting on why this day matters as much as every holiday matters on the calendar. First, we call throw out all the misconceptions of him being a Republican, or whatever. Second we call throw out all the misconceptions of him being a communist or some evil guy. Third, for those WHOM ARE NOT BLACK: can we PLEASE stop with the one liners from the speeches! The same ol’ you know what. And with that, can any of you go back and re-read the ENTIRE SPEECH of “I Have A Dream?” And also re-read all those other speeches that many of you probably didn’t read? Like Beyond Vietnam, Where Do We Go From Here? and many others? Dr. King wasn’t about the dream only. But there were many, many, many components that the speeches and words went along with action. Ooops, did I say “action?” And that goes for the extros and intros.

Many like today, we’ve reread about the speeches and how to re-give back to the communities. Which is fine. Now, if we are all about that TODAY, what about tomorrow? I know, we all go back to work and school. But in the middle of all of this, what can be done to continue to do the humanity thing while we are at the stores waiting for Straight Outta Compton on DVD? Yeah I said it! About getting the deals if your team didn’t make the playoffs. I’ll confess about the Packers later on. What about that app, that gadget, that dabbing stuff, Robin Jeans, or them shoes you peaking on Facebook, or matter of fact, worrying about the individual whom is always in the background not saying a word of hello, or being too loud and obnoxious? Or always trolling like stupid brat on Facebook about small stuff like bandwagon fan perps. I know I’m not the only guilt party that might do this. Let’s be real!

Ideas: Give back to your Alumni. Give back to your non-profits. Give back to voting drives. Give back to important causes of health, vision, dental, foods, shelter, church fundraisers, scholarships, and plus ANTI-Violence. Even Anti-Anything that is against race, creed, class, gender, religion, as we all know very, very, well. Even Anti – Black Lives that have always, currently and still will Matter. Yes, I just went there.

So what about it folks? Are we talking? Are we hashtaging? OR are we doing?

Speaking of the struggle: that still continues, I’m assuming that many have viewed this footage of this actress:

 

Yep. You heard it from Jada Pinkett Smith. Whom made a statement about not attending this year’s Oscars. For those who are somewhat against that: know this. It’s her right and prerogative  for not attending the show that usually don’t show moments that features more of the African-Americans not winning the Oscar Trophy. Now there has been this so-called “butt hurt” comments in which it she is saying this out of line, out of context and whole other stuff. Really? In the year of 2016? ON MLK DAY? Maybe the issue here is bigger than Jada. Bigger than Will. Bigger than Spike Lee. And bigger than the original Aunt Viv Janet Hubert explaining her liberties at Jada. Yeah, I heard what she said. Plus still have those bitter feelings about Will not becoming a star that he is now. Look, I’ve heard that commentary stuff since the second half of 1993! When there was a switch of actresses playing Aunt Viv.

What this really is, is nothing more of talented folks being passed up. Another reason why the NAACP Image Awards will be coming on. And like before, this will be featured of showing us, US as in Black folks being acknowledged. It’s been done before, like it’s not the first rodeo! Maybe if the execs per say actually watch the Image Awards, in which it will come out in Black History Month, per say, they probably won’t care. We know already that they won’t care about so and so who’s black and being this actor or actress or director or producer being recognized! We know! But what if they did, they might be like, “How did we miss this talent?” More on that later.

In conclusion, this is not to take away anyone’s ideas of Dr. King’s playbooks to actually say a speech. It’s more of actually ACT AND SERVE besides hearing and seeing I Have A Dream. Just to think that I’m 39 years old. The exact age that Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. I’ll repeat that again: 39. The exact age that Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. I’ll ask this on a fly:

How many 39 year olds TODAY that are active and leading (either from the front or the back) are in the struggle for civil rights?

How many 39 year olds today that are leading or supporting our communities in various areas?

How many 39 year olds today that are giving back to notable causes that can help empower those to be the best of  their ability no matter what they have in them?

How many 39 year olds TODAY Right now in the year of 2016 that are and will and not so maybe to take those to the polling places to vote, or to help those to register to vote at the polls? Come on now!

How many of my Brothers and Sisters in the Introvert Universe are 39 years old and making the difference that it’s fine to be introverts and using that gift as a voice and activism to say or comment that many of our extrovert brothers and sisters don’t see?

And also, how many of the 39 year olds today that are willing to pass generational stories of struggle and sacrifice to those of the 29 year olds, the 19 year old, or maybe a 9 year old that was given to them from 49, 59, 69, 0r 89 year olds? Whom mostly of the 50’s and 60’s and up still were alive when Dr. King was making moves?

We need this folks. No matter what you have in you.

So in conclusion again:  when this day of MLK is over. When all the recorded speeches have been stored. When the songs of Lift Every Voice and Sing and We Shall Overcome are sung for the last time today, when all the artwork or special art displays of King will be temporary stored until Black History Month, or any other Month: What’s next?

Indeed. We must continue to learn. The struggle continues!

 

 


Ok WordPress, here it is. Another four way stop on the blog that everybody knows. Well mostly everyone will know. For this, I will be commenting about Straight Outta Compton Talgo, the GOP race for 2016, and Scott Walker with the issue, or lack there of the topic of black lives matter.

First stop is the most obvious of Straight Outta Compton.

I will say this if many have not checked out the movie, I would say this, take a chance. Now I know there are those who may not check out the movie based on concern, or based on the fact that yes, N.W.A had their run ins with the law and the obvious then-disrespect of Black Women. Me on the other hand, I liked the movie for this reason: I wanted to see the many angles that the group had to go though that elevated the game of “Reality Rap” or those like to call it “Gangsta Rap” per say. Of course, they had their angles, and they said F**k the Police, in their songs and albums. The real reason, and this for those who are well aware about the history, is one major factor: Police Harassment. Did anyone who wasn’t aware about this in the beginning are now aware about this now? The same style of Police Harassment that we see today, is what N.W.A experienced earlier on. Dang, I gave part of the movie away! But anyone who is a historian of the group knows this very well. And what did they do after they got harassed is a simple one, they rhymed about it. Rhymed about the actions and concerns that many had to sleep on. And then grown folks had to turn off thinking it was rubbish and offensive to well productive cops. But it’s not rubbish until it happens to you. And when the sheet hits the fan, you’ll know. When I look at any biopic of those of a N.W.A, or the Notorious BIG, I’m not just looking at the music. I’m look at the stages, the climax, the rising and falling actions and a conclusion that ends the story. Matter of fact, I look at that in all films that I see. So technically I’m not just looking at the rise to fame. Which is part of the story. I’m looking at the beginning, the middle and ending of all of this. Also, there are those who say, “Anyone above 30 year or older knows about this. We don’t have to see the movie!”

Well……….not so fast!

Sometimes we need to have those refresher things that get our minds to review or summarize. Many my age approaching 40, or at 40, or after 40,  knows about the hits and hustle, which is understandable. BUT SOMETIMES, and I hear my mother saying this now, we have to go back and review what we learned. That is how I feel about N.W.A. There were some things about the group that I didn’t even know. But I’m pleased that I got that refresher! I’m no HardCore Gangsta/Reality Rap fan per sey, but I do understand what they’re saying. Even if it does cutting through the Explicit Content.  And by the way, the theater where I was seeing the flick: NO GUN SHOTS!

Second stop: Wisconsin: You should have kept the Trains!

Oh Wisconsin, I kept telling you since 2010: I’ve told you so! And how many times had that sunk in? Like what, a million times?! And that hadn’t sunk in yet? All of that so-called mess about boondoggles and no one will ride it mess? Remember that? Well guess what, all of that will indeed continue to haunt Wisconsin for dear life! I wrote an apology letter to Talgo via this blog and well, it went something like this:

This is our fault for not backing this up fully. And I don’t know how this would get this over in terms of our valor.  First, I fault our so-called Wisconsin values. I fault that in addition with our polarized politics mainly with Scott Walker, the Republicans of the state, and mostly with those who jumped aboard the bandwagon of spoiled selfish politics that could been better in terms of helping the Wisconsin folks of our unemployment woes. Our black unemployment population is still at around 50% and the area near 27th and Townsend once housed your company was a good idea. And in history, it had GREAT PRODUCTIVE JOBS!  A.O. Smith was a great company. And I don’t care what some so-called citizen thought it could have been. But it was a unfinished opportunity due to the ignorance and stupidity of this state! The deal was to me was perfect. And it should have been thought of the future of Infrastructure of Transportation to go where the jobs are. Milwaukee and Madison should have been linked up with Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Plus also Detroit.  I can’t fault the other cities or states. But the real fault is in Scott Walker’s hands and he knows it. And after all of that being signed a done deal by former Gov. Jim Doyle.

And I remember writing this:

Now this announcement of you leaving the City is disappointing. And most of us know it’s our fault. As a native of the state, I too take the blame. However, for those who were opposed to the project, probably got their wish that it’s a boondoggle and it’s another way of run away government spending. They claim that no one will ride it and it’s too expensive. The same folks in my opinion that said that, are just bigoted fools that don’t want folks like me roll through their part of the state based on my skin color. And other minorities too. What I mean by that is, there are those in Wisconsin that things “segregated”. Even though also this is a black eye in our state, and a black eye in the vision of President Barack Obama. Why I am putting the President in this? It was part of his idea of putting folks to work with the shovel ready jobs. Don’t believe me? one of our radio stations, 860AM WNOV talks about this all the time. And the question will restart yet again, how and will this create jobs? And the obvious, where are the jobs that I can get to without a car in the state?

Not everyone in Wisconsin doesn’t have a vehicle, citizens!  Tell that to the Governor and Republicans of the state!

And this:

And the lamest comments: “Sorry about the jobs, and bye bye choo-choo train!”  Really lame along with Walker’s imaginary 250,000 jobs that he pointed to be objective in his first run. But now, he is not fully committed with that notion. Right now, the jobs report in Wisconsin is still low! And also who wants to come to Wisconsin and put jobs in the Century City District, in the city of Milwaukee and mostly in the areas in Milwaukee THAT FOLKS CAN BE SUPPORTED in the area? Not Waukesha, Not anywhere else where the white flight happens to go. Just in the area where it’s needed. If the so-called Wisconsinites who talked smacked about the train jobs, then why didn’t they supported the workers of Talgo by staying and working with them? And I met the workers two years ago. Ignorance is bliss when you know it.

We already know that the state will be jacked up with later fees, taxes and losses. Plus your on- going lawsuit against the state is still intact. I say do it. You have every right to do so. And I’m saying this as a resident.

If this is one of those “Teachable Moments” to learn from, it is. But the state of the Badgers will be suffering from it the most.

Now, do we remember? Yes that letter. And I did indicate that the company had a right to sue the state in part of the breach of contract. That should have been a deal signed for the use of jobs and economics, but all of that was RIPPED away by dumb politics. And I should say also ongoing segregation, too? Does that ring a bell? Well in regarding the penalty, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports this penalty that the State will owe, plus a potential Milwaukee to Chicago Route:

Under the agreement, Talgo will keep the two trains it built for the state of Wisconsin, and receive a $9.75 million payment from the state to close out the contract, said Lester Pines, attorney for Talgo. Talgo will attempt to sell the trains, and the state can collect a portion of the revenue from that sale to recoup up to $9.75 million, he said.

Also there is a history that this matters. The article does point out as well:

The conflict goes back to a contract for Talgo to manufacture and maintain over 20 years four trains for Wisconsin. The Spanish company agreed to set up its U.S. manufacturing operations in Milwaukee. Wisconsin canceled the order for two trains that were intended to run a high-speed passenger rail route between Milwaukee and Madison.
Conflicts arose after Wisconsin canceled the order for two trains, and refused to build a maintenance facility for two that were built. Those two were intended to run on the Amtrak Hiawatha route between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Talgo filed the lawsuit in late 2012 against Gov. Scott Walker and Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. There was a dispute over the contract, and over whether Talgo or the state of Wisconsin actually owned the two trains.
Talgo claimed $65.9 million in damages over its contract with the state. Even with the settlement, it will never recover losses from Wisconsin not following through on the 20-year maintenance agreement for those two trains, Pines said. Talgo had priced the trains expecting to get that 20 years of maintenance work, he said.

And the article concluded with the settlement that must be exchanged in merit:

The disputes between Talgo and the state resulted in the two never changing hands. Talgo in May 2014 rolled the trains out of Milwaukee, ending the company’s operations in the city. They remain in storage in northern Indiana, Pines said. With the lawsuit cleared up, Talgo can now advance efforts to sell them, potentially to another state, for passenger service.

Wisconsin, under the settlement agreement, can collect up to 30 percent of the price of their sale, not counting any costs Talgo takes on to prepare the vehicles for sale and close the deal, Pines said. Depending on the final sale price, the state can collect up to $9.75 million, which represents its final payment owed to Talgo under the manufacturing contract.

See Wisconsin: I’ve said it all along, but I told you so. Instead of being big-headed and gullible with the segregated view politics, you should have kept the trains, and the ORIGINAL route of the Madison-Milwaukee High Speed Line as it was. But this is what you get! If the next generation of Wisconsinites get screwed up in a future plan, they might go back and ask what was up with 2010? And I’ll tell them here that Our so-called Values of political mess got us in a heap of trouble. And we paid the price for it. And partially it was not allowed by then-Governor Scott Walker. Doyle had it right after all!

Third dance: Let’s talk clowns. GOP Clowns.

Oh, I won’t be long here. This will not take long. Anyone seen this GOP Clown Cars of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, and many others who are continuously making fools of themselves for the 2016 Republican side? I know I’m not the only one. The majority of the folks in the race is talking out of his mind the most, is Donald Trump. Think about it!  He didn’t say all the things he’s saying when he was running before. Maybe because the black guy Obama got in the second time. But now, we’re seeing for who he really is, yeah he’s exercising his liberties, but he’s doing it in a fashion that is giving the gift that the Democrats would probably get.

And yes, he’s talking. But will all that talk even last? I say that because the more he’s TALKING, the less he’s doing. That is what Donald Trump is doing, NOW! Right at the moment he’s just opening a new can of worms that are just full of hot air. OF COURSE we still got problems in America. We still got problems with Education being in the areas of 25 or 23. There are those like him want wars! We’ve gone through about 10+ years in Afghanistan/Iraq and they want to bring this crap again? And like before, how is this going to create more jobs? The last republican President, which really SUCKED: George W. Bush, shipped jobs overseas. And dried up America’s Credit Card. Um, does that ring a bell?

If “The Donald” loses his talk, he will lose big. Mark my words.

Finally on the Card: Scott Walker does not have time for #BlackLivesMatter. (So he says)

I read this today via Rawstory.com. And United Wisconsin of Facebook. It appears that the Governor does not like black people. Or should I say, black concerns. For all you black republicans and Walker fans in Wisconsin, and those whom proudly voted for him, you might want to read this commentary story.

The article pretty states itself that even the man who took down unions, put a cancellation on High Speed Rail, put a cancellation on the Hard Rock Cafe Casino Project, put a break and halt on Teachers, medical care, close off anything that the working poor that have access constantly, and many others that WIsconsin held dear for most of the time. Remember that State of the State Address when he had all those workers and not one, NOT ONE person of color was on that state? Not one black nurse or black doctor that wasn’t shown! Oh, when was the last time that Scott Walker was in the BLACK COMMUNITY addressing the needs of Black Residents? May I remind that Wisconsin does have black folks around 6%. Plus when the 2014 campaigns were going on, for the black side, Mary Burke was on WNOV over 4 times talking to the black listeners during the time. Walker: ZERO! None!

Can bust a J. Cole lyric right now in a Edited Version: “He don’t give a F-word about you!”

The same notion that he gave when he closed off the Bus Routes and raised bus fares that many folks needed to get to work and school during his County Executive days. And forcing the Voter ID’s to make it harder for those to cast a freaking ballot!  And to top on that, we supposed to be “Open For Business”. Apparently his business is flourishing money away to other states and not investing it here to serves the needs for US. And majority of us here in the Southeastern part of the State are Black folks!

Making sense now?

Like i said, the real purpose movement of #BlackLivesMatter is not going away. The concerns of Black America IS NOT GOING AWAY! Of course, there are those who get behind a movement for two weeks and then, it’s all forgotten about. This is where it needs to stop. The concerns must be on course. Even if it’s in the heart of Milwaukee or Madison. And even if it’s shows up at Scott Walker’s front door.

Yes, I know Scott Walker has black friends. But he, like many others like him are just in denial. That’s right I said it!