Posts Tagged ‘City of Milwaukee’


Well, it’s Milwaukee Day. The unofficial holiday to somewhat celebrate as an extension of the city’s original birthday with pride, but however yes it’s a day to celebrate us Brew City folks. Now, yes we do got problems of Lead Water, Segregation, Jobs, and a way just to be economically sound. Yes, this is our day of April 14th, as we once again for about the 10th time, recognize 414 Day. And despite of the positives and negatives, we know by now: I’m scratching my head again. And this time, it’s for the locals.

So how does one celebrate Milwaukee Day, or 414 Day, anyway?

MILESTONE: Oh, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of Milwaukee Day. It started with a joke. Now with that joke in the rear view, again how does one celebrate and what will be for the next 10 years of future Milwaukee Days and beyond?

City Hall with the 414 Flag

Many probably wondered about the 2020 DNC Convention coming to Milwaukee next year. BUT, if Milwaukee can hold over 50,000 folks every 5 years for Harley-Davidson’s Birthday, why not this?

At this year’s State of the City Address, the Mayor stated that “Milwaukee is fighting back.” Well many will ask, what are we fighting back with?

Is the Milwaukee Streetcar or The Hop holding up well? I don’t see any haters talking. They must be quiet.

This past election for the State of Wisconsin: Milwaukee was the deciding factor to get Gov. Tony Evers the chair. YES! But what happened this year after the April 2019 election? That need a real scratching on the head!

If you haven’t heard by now, one of our former Malls, Northridge might be dust soon, UNLESS if the Chinese Investors realtors or any step up and actually take charge. Already that ‘s money wasted. Where’s the results?

Northridge Mall back in 2013. Closed.

When you think about Milwaukee famed artists: Tank, Eric Benet, and Al Jarrreau, you know that two of them were and are MPS Alums, right? That’s Milwaukee Public Schools!

Speaking of Facebook: If you follow the Page 414 Milwaukee Mil Town, you might be brought back to yesteryear when the City was totally different. And actually stood for something other than being a bland city. Take a look if you don’t mind. And ask yourself, “Was Milwaukee like this?!” WOW!

This needs no asking: Which Milwaukee neighborhood that many already knows, has the best outings, on point, real progressive, and actually gives back by stating of giving back? I say the Riverwest.

Oh this needs to be asked: Over the years, Milwaukee was and is known as the City of Festivals. And yet we had a City of Festivals Parade, a Milwaukee Christmas Parade and also The Great Circus Parade. If you can get one of these Parades back, what will it be?

This needs to be asked by some or a few, which neighborhoods in Milwaukee should be on the rise, on the comeback, and waiting to be recoginized to represent? I’ll say: Bay View, Bronzeville and my neighborhood I know personally: Lincoln Creek. And I say Lincoln Creek because I was raised in the neighborhood back in day when folks knew your name and where you live! It’s has to be represented even more NOW!

With the lasting memory of the BMO Bradley Center is this:

How will the Fiserv Fourm do this?

Of all the men and women who are buried at Forest Home Cemetery, this cemetery is where the souls of Byron Kilbourn, the Founders of Pabst, Miller, Harley-Davidson and among others are resting in peace. Which of them not mentioned in that cemetery were black folks that made an impact on the city’s past?

What’s your museum? The MAM or the MPM?

Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI

By the way: That’s the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee Public Museum.

Milwaukee Public Museum – Milwaukee, WI

What’s your Historical Society? The Milwaukee County Historical Society or the Wisconsin Black Historical Society?

What’s your movie that was filmed here? Blues Brothers, Public Enemies, Transformers, Mr. 3000, or Major League?

What’s your TV show that was based here? We know Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley as usual. But what about another show or something else?

Remember when Alice Cooper from the first Wayne’s World Movie talked about Milwaukee’s meanings and three socialist mayors? Oh, for you triggered folks, Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn and George H. Walker were all DEMOCRATIC Socialists. Stop running. And each of them had their little towns: JuneauTown(Easttown), KilbournTown(Westtown), and Walker’s Point.

Where would we be when local bands are discovered by a Milwaukee Festival like Summerfest?

Milwaukee County Stadium – We know.

Miller Park – We know.

But after the name change at the same ball park, what will American Family Insurance do?

Speaking of American Family Insurance: They along with TM Partners, and the Milwaukee Brewers are extending the play of continuing the July 3rd Fireworks traditon on the Lakefront. We all know that U.S. Bank is no longer sponsoring this. But seriously, AmFam? What was the reason behind this?

You know that the Core DJ’s started in Milwaukee, right? The CEO is a MPS Alum.

Of all the Milwaukee High Schools, which high school has the active ALUMNI?

Of all the Milwaukee Colleges, which College/University has the active ALUMNI?

Of all the Milwaukee Companies, which Company has the ACTIVE EMPLOYMENT that many should know and apply to?

Of all the Milwaukee Clubs, Fraternities and Sororities: Which of them are CURRENTLY ACTIVE for anyone to join or donate or support?

From the Bascillia of St. Josephat to St. Mark’s AME Church, what other churches are well known and on the rise to be known to do something different?

CALLOUT: With all the Segregation problems of Milwaukee’s checkered past, why does it seem to be not normal for those that moved out? Same with violence?

Which Radio stations in Milwaukee that we miss the most? I say Hot 102. Which is now online.

Of all the radio stations in Milwaukee that do Hip-Hop and R&B, which tops the most?

For a while, Milwaukee used to have two black Radio Stations that were neck and neck: 860 WNOV and 1290 WMCS. Remember them? Sure we do. However, 860 is still alive. But still kept on the pulse of Black Milwaukee.

Of all the newspapers: we know about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But what about that Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Courier, Milwaukee Times, Community Journal, El Conqusistator, etc?

Lets see: Ask this, which local bloggers are way popular now, and also which bloggers are on the rise to be noticed in Milwaukee? Regardless of their experience, gifted and talented, etc?

Which Milwaukee Photographer is on the rise right now that you never heard of?

Remember when Harry Kemp was the man with the camera at Milwaukee’s black events?

Of all the Milwaukee news stations: Channel 4, Channel 6, Channel 12 and Channel 58 are all in different categories, BUT…..which one takes the crown?

Which hospital has the best care in Milwaukee that you trust personally?

Which Milwaukeean right now needs a job plan that wants to impact folks very differently?

Remember that Milwaukee commercial that used to have a quote: “If you’re going to make it Milwaukee, you got to know Milwaukee?”

Is Midwest Express Airlines making a comeback?

Back in the day, remember when Channel 18 actually had a news segment and a news show at 9:00pm?

Which Milwaukeeans are the Dark Horses that you need to look out for?

Which Milwaukeeans are the Introverts that make their money like everybody else due to them being not as vocal but working?

This needs to be asked: which Milwaukeeans in the city that is making an impact that many don’t know that will know?

What’s this? Milwaukee’s MPTV station channel 10 is popular in the country? How this happen?

Of all the Black Activists in Milwaukee: who’s next to be heard?

Of all the activism in Milwaukee: ranging from environmental, to LGBT in all, who’s next to be leading?

Of all the poets, and musicians in Milwaukee: who’s next to step up?

Is Harley-Davidson still relevant in Milwaukee right now, after 115 years concerning employment?

Is Miller Brewery still relevant? Same with Harley, and Pabst? AND JOBS?

Who’s rocks the best Barbershop in the City?

Who was and is the most recognizable actor/actress/directors out of Milwaukee? We know Charlotte Rae and Gene Wilder. Who else? Also include John Ridley and George Tillman, Jr.

You know Milwaukee made bowling famous, right?

When Gimbels, Schuster’s, and Boston Store were happening, it was on like Gangbusters. Which of these stores would you bring back?

Which State senators who is Milwaukee born is really making waves in a category that no one is talking about?

What’s your mansion in Milwaukee: Pabst Mansion or the Schuster Mansion?

Are many still rocking the Flag? I’m talking about the Sunrise over the Lake that looks like the O. You know which one!

Which athlete made an impact on Milwaukee sports the most and least and the same as of now?

Which drug stores from the past that need to make a Milwaukee comeback? I say Pill and Puff!

Is the Old/Current Milwaukee Flag can still be relevant no matter anyone’s absent minded opinion?

Pro Wrestling and Milwaukee go hand and hand. And when is “Da Crusher” statue will be done?

I asked this years ago with rock music and black musicians: who was and were the well known Black Artists from Milwaukee that were and or are made an impact onto Rock Music? We know R&B, Blues, Soul, Rap, and Hip-Hop.

And the final question before this Milwaukee Day ends of 2019: What will you take from this #414Day to the next #414Day? Besides the unexpected snow?

Bonus Question: How about those Bucks? In the Playoffs? And have the best record in the league thus far? And is the “Fear The Deer” Mentality really working for the better? Look out, NBA. The Deer is not messing around! And the first win though: Came on April 14th vs the 313 of Detroit And April 14th is aka Milwaukee Day.

And may I add:


As the month of March is in progress, so is Women’s History Month. And yes, March Madness is in effect, as well as the turning point of the seasons from Winter to Spring. Not exactly yet. And oh, for us every Sunday church buffs, we got lent. Nothing but 40 days and 40 nights until Good Friday and Easter. Oh again, what is up with Viacom killing their channels on DirecTV/AT&T and why is 45 tripping on Twitter like always. And racism? And sexism? Let’s go in. I’m scratching my head again!

Who’s giving up stuff for Lent? Like really?

For all the Women that really had to ask: why are YOU asking about International Men’s Day?!!! Now you know how the Men feel asking on your International Women’s Day!

Is it really Spring time yet? Or is it still Winter Extension?

Anyone in the United Methodist Church fighting back in the ongoing decision of the “general” vote?

Next question: Can all the Schools, specifically High Schools really talk about Prostate/Breast Cancer? I don’t see none of that.

So Milwaukee: we got the 2020 DNC Convention coming here next summer. By now, you should probably received a lot of information about how to work and volunteer. And plug your business. Now is the time to talk about Milwaukee to the world. Agree?

The American Legion this month turned the century mark! 100 years old of supporting Veterans and their Families! My late father was an American Legion Member here in Wisconsin. As well a few other African-Americans that previously served during wartime. And yes, countless other Veterans, and current Military. But the million dollar question is: what will the American Legion do to reach out to the next 100 years? Even to the younger vets?

Whenever I hear about the stories about the Freemasons doing good work and service through stories (like the Black Fraternities, Churches, Alumni Associations), it’s a good feeling. But recently here in Milwaukee, I read the Community Journal that the long standing fraternity since 1717 (Black Members came later since 1775) has had seen cracks in the wall: In terms of trying to get to the younger folks to join up. My question to the Freemasons, Shriners, Scottish Rites, Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and others: what are you really doing to reach young men whom are you trying to get, and what are YOU doing to see what they are into?….And for the record, no one asked me about the Masons! And I’m my 40’s. But I know…….if I want to be one I have to ask one.

For all the Conservative types hating on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you are making her famous. You are giving her good press, but why do you bring the hate? Y ‘all are making her rich! And the same with Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and countless others that want to shake up the House of Representatives and also 45’s unkindly butt.

For the Women readers of the Spot: Will you continue to celebrate Women’s History everyday, or will March 8th or the whole month of March is just the only time to appreciate? Not trying to stir the pot, but just asking. I’m sampling that thing from Black History Month.

Did Tyler Perry really sent Madea out with a bang with the funeral movie?

Are the Milwaukee Bucks despite of the record, are making a case for a Playoff Push? Keep in mind: they were once a basement team that had poor records that nobody cared! Oh, just a surprise: Central Division Champs!

CALLOUT: VIACOM!!!!! You are tripping! What is up with the cancellation of your channels via AT&T/DirecTV?!!! If this keeps up more, there will be a consequence like dialing 888-250-5557. And after all this, what’s next? Sling? Hulu? YouTube Red? And now DirecTV would like to lower the bills with retaining the channels? My other question is, why don’t they let those who has been a customer more than 10 years to get a free reduction of their billings PER MONTH?

Hey, how about those Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Hockey team, winning the Natty? Or the Ship? Or their National Championship? Hmm..

So the Green Bay Packers lost Nick Perry, Randall Cobb and yes Clay Matthews to the off season. What will the rebuilding of the team contribute to the powerhouse overall for the 2019-20 season, which also is the 100th Anniversary of the Packers Organization and the 100th Season of the NFL?

So the GOP Lame Duck Laws in Wisconsin got blocked! HA! Why the tripping, GOP Wisconsin Republicans?

CALLOUT: For the Men’s BB March Madness, show of hands: who does NOT want to see Duke winning the tournament? They have won enough. (and had the “illegal W” against Wisconsin years back) #AnybodyButDuke

Does the BMCR or all Black Methodists for Church Renewal really need to agitate against the concerns of the current status of the United Methodist Church? Like the predecessors did over 50 years ago? Read about how they rejected a thing called TOKENISM!

Next month in April, after Easter, Mortal Kombat 11 is coming. Who’s buying? And yes, the Nintendo Switch is included!

Many folks still think Michael Jackson did the job by sleeping with young boys?!

I suppose that R. Kelly after the Gayle King interview is getting the massacred treatment?

In Milwaukee, there is an event called “Girls Day at City Hall” that takes place every March. So I need to ask ALL the Men in the Common Council, Milwaukee County, and the State of Wisconsin, is there a plan to have a day for the Boys in Public Service? Gotta to be fair! Boys need to see and do examples of civil service and be recognized in November for International Men’s Day!

Is there a specific reason why various white folks who go on to black social media platforms or black social media posts to get triggered?

Why is it so hard for the older generation of Church goers who talk about the future, in the reality of not talking to the young folks of what they want to see CURRENTLY in church?

HOLD UP WAIT A MINUTE: So through the Milwaukee grapevine that the traditional before the 4th of July Fireworks on the 3rd might not happen this year and U.S. Bank declared last year in 2018 that it would be their last. Where was the warning on this? And also, which well known backer organization in the state that would STEP UP and actually pay up $350,000 annually to get the traditional thing going? Harley-Davidson? Kohl’s? Northwestern Mutual? American Family Insurance? Catholic Knights? Somebody step up!

Speaking of this, As of March 19th, 2019: International Men’s Day was 4 months ago. And also it will be on a Tuesday 8 months from now on the same Tuesday date. MEN and I mean MEN, DUDES, GUYS, BROTHERS in all, what will be your sole purpose of making THIS International Men’s Day be more meaningful and recognizable?! Don’t act like you’ll forget!

Many need to really ask: is being apart of an organization a networking need or a recognizable want?

Next question: Will the Brewers make a push to be potential Dark Horses Part 2 for the 2019 Season?

How is it exactly that many ask about jobs, but when looking, they get depleted after the search is done?

Speaking of newer M rated Video Games, will Wolfenstein: Youngblood really making a new impact on the Nintendo Switch? Wait until July.

So is the movie “US” by Jordan Peele is really stepping up to be a real horror film?

Every March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, in which is a day that is set aside for those who fought, served and/or died in uniform. After all of this: why did 45 had to sign it into law before Obama? Barack should have signed it first. And second with all the Honor Flights for the Vietnam Veterans that are taking place, where’s the love of them that were welcomed back over 50 years ago?!! And my late father who served recalled his viewpoints very well!

Oh yes, A black father stands up! What about this? Don’t trip!

And the last thing on the list: Cardi B just revealed that back in her stripping days, she used to rob and drugged men for the green backs in the clubs at 19 years old. Question….does that constitute for rape? Let’s be honest, if this was on the female angle, everyone would be on point in all. BUT…..since this was about men getting almost raped by a then 19 year old Stripper, it seems laughable. Women on the other hand would be asking “what if this was your daughters?” Now for this: Ladies what if this was your Sons, Brothers, Nephews, Grandsons, etc?!! Speak on that!

More to come.


 

Courtesy of the Stephen’s Spot Facebook Page on July 25th, 2018:

Blog update – Yesterday in Milwaukee, we again heard about another shooting death of a Milwaukee Police Officer. While we don’t know the name of the officer that was on duty, but like before that we should NOT engage the dialogue of “karma” or that’s what he or she got. Look, we all have debates about the police based of the acts of police brutality, racism, and many other factors. Even being Black and getting stopped in a fancy car. We can debate anytime about this, but as for now, the family of this officer whom we don’t know is hurting the most. Let’s be mindful of that.

Editor’s note as of today:

Officer Michael Michakski is the officer that died on duty. Again Milwaukeeans, let’s be mindful of the family that is very broken of this loss. And also, even though we have debates of the Police, we’ll still discuss about police brutality, racism and many concerns. Let’s not also comment about celebrating this man’s death like it’s a cheap plug. Not the time for that. If you done that, there is a problem!

Keep the family in deep constant prayer during this time!


This is an excerpt that is from the Stephen’s Spot Facebook Page. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Police Department lost an Officer that was on duty during a high pursuit of a suspect driver. The department is shocked by this incident as well as the family.

SSP_MemorialTribute_MPD

No matter how you feel about the Police in general, we know that the supporters are in full force in all. BUT the officer, Charles Irvine, Jr. whom has passed on, had a family and also was in pursuit of a fast paced driver, at age 23.

We in the community mourn the loss of this officer. And also, we also have mixed feelings about the police in terms of brutality, racism, crimes, etc. But not today. Be in prayer for the family of this officer.

The last time an active officer was killed in the line of duty in Milwaukee: 1996 and it was Wendolyn O. Tanner.

Sidenote: The Funeral of the late officer is being planned at this time. This has definitely rocked the core of the Milwaukee Police Department, and the driver that the cops were chasing has been caught. It was a reckless driver that is one of many that the police is still on the hunt to arrest and investigate in all areas. Like many in the community I choose not to celebrate harshly about this officer’s life. No I do not! Again, we all have mixed feelings about the police, especially if you are Black! We know what it is. We say: Black Lives Matter, but the supporters spun it and came out with “Blue Lives Matter.” That moniker is not flying today. Yes, his life mattered. Not because he was a cop, but he had a family to support. Officer Irvine came in at age 19 as a Police Aide for the City of Milwaukee and 2 1/2 years later, he was a cop for the city. Think about the times when we were 23. For him: his life was just getting started, but cut short.

Again: whether you like the police or not. Or if you back the badge or not back it up, but know this: the family is in shock. They lost someone close to them.


Yesterday in Milwaukee, our long waited talk about the Milwaukee Streetcar is over. The vehicle came in from Pennsylvania via a truck and it was parked downtown near the Post Office at around 11:30am . And yes, the interest “per se” was building due to a fight that lasted for over 2 decades in an idea to connect means of transportation in the city. It really started with former Mayor John Norquist.

Just to think, as of the newslinks, it’s been 60 years this month of March since a Streetcar last appeared in Milwaukee, and it’s here. Many of us under 60 years old only saw Milwaukee Streetcars in museums, books, displays of the past when Milwaukee was coming up. And yes after that, the buses came in for MCTS.

Now after all the debate, after all the madness, after all the protesting, after all the ideas that Potawatomi Hotel & Casino would pay for the first year and nicknamed the vehicle “The Hop” if you will, and many others: even my “letter” to the City of Milwaukee Common Council of making that big decision on this blog of the need of jobs in the city, NOW IT’S HERE! Lock it up with an iron clad and let it operate. And speaking of that, The Streetcar needs folks to work!

Now since it’s here, word is that the testing will continue for the rest of the year to make sure that it’s in place starting in April. We just can’t ride the thing out of the gate. And yes of course the naysayers will have their continued say. But like many things: it will all come around in time. In my view.

The Streetcar or The Hop may seem controversial, but like the book by Eric Bischoff which it titled promptly to a point: “Controversy Creates Cash.”

So let’s give this thing a chance. After all, is this a country of opportunity? Plus this should be some sort of small victory in Wisconsin after the blown coverage of the High Speed Rail being faulted by Scott Walker.

Follow the continued momentum via the streetcar website: https://www.themilwaukeestreetcar.com/

There will be more commentary to come.


Two things to comment: Hurricane Katrina and Homicides. Listen up.

First thing to come to mind: Hurricane Katrina. We all know what happened with the city of New Orleans exactly 10 years ago this week. Many of us were watching to see, how can a city like New Orleans be flooded like that. We were still at war with Iraq, Bush was still in Office, and I was still in college working on my Bachelor’s Degree. Plus the up and coming Kanye West did the most well known commentary that mostly had gone viral: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”  And seeing many going to the Superdome to voice their concerns and troubles about the disaster. So yes, we remember it all. Most of us remember the levees being broke. And many still probably blame the government for not keeping up the maintentance, nor the outlook, nor the well being of the levees operated under the guidance of the Corps of Engineers!

Yes, New Orleans has been in this struggle for the last decade. And the last time I was in New Orleans, was in 2001. Way before Katrina hit, and way before the deaths of Aaliyah, and the terrorists attacks on 9/11. My first impression of New Orleans was good. Lively as it is with music everywhere. And even Harrah’s Casino near the hotel. And even hearing a Church sermon on Digging Ditches on a Sunday Morning. No question, being in New Orleans was a good time. Even going by the Superdome where the Packers won Superbowl 31.

I want to say to the residents, and some of my kin folk down in New Orleans that, you have not been forgotten about. We all know what happen, and even the inner struggle of the Black Residents that go through the pain every day that doesn’t get all the coverage like many others in the country! Stay lively, Crescent City! And still, in the words of one of your native folks, “the struggle continues!”

Speaking of that: 103 Homicides in Milwaukee. A second take that I’m going to comment!

103 Homicides in Milwaukee.

Brew City, I don’t know what is up with this. Oh yes I do. The problems lie is with us. Us everyday citizens. Why the HECK we are allowing this to happen? That is unacceptable! 103 homicides. Last time there was this many homicides was in the mid 90’s. Actually, the year 1990 comes to mind. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, I did a research of the homicides of Milwaukee, and it was high. In Milwaukee County alone, the victims total number was reached to 155 according to the report’s Trends. The Percentage of the Homicides was reached to 70%. Again this is just the trends in general in 1990! The majority of the victims were indeed black, and the offenders of those who were victimized were also black as well which increased to 60% towards the end of the year of 1990.

Now you are probably thinking, dang was Milwaukee really like this?!

So when I did the research of the dilemmas that the city faced 25 years ago, to me it resonated of what is happening right now currently. Even with the ideas of creating new jobs or getting new jobs HERE, there will be some young fool here in the city that will try to stir up trouble. All you punk bullies in Milwaukee, and weak gang members, this is what your life is headed if you don’t change NOW! And those of you it’s OK to hit a woman, or to break a man after that man has done so much work, you will so find out that being on a report like this is no joke! Even trying to get a freaking job!!!!! But to matter of subject of homicides, that is major!

So how do we resolve this? Ok course the lawmakers will be accountable. They will.

Of course there needs to be more usefulness of After-School programs in the School Semester. We know.

Community Centers will be on deck everyday. And yes, even the Church. Now many of you are going to calling the church folks sheeples and charlatans, and then say it’s all about the money! Let me ask these questions: what are the nightspots doing to help curb the problems in the city? What are the DJ’s doing besides spinning songs for throwback nights and for that special Rapper coming to the city? (not all but some) What are the local stores that many of YOU go to everyday or month to spend that hard earned money on the new IPhone, or IPad, new Air Jordans, that throwback jersey, smartphone, or just to get that widescreen TV to watch your football games on during the season? HELLO! what those spots doing? Are they sheeples and charlatans too?! And about the cash flow?

HELLO! Let’s be real!

Don’t assume it’s all on the Communiity Centers and Churches. And some schools. And even Funeral Homes.

Some might say, “aww man dude really?! You’ve been in the clubs and the churches! Why are you judging?” I’m not judging, this is called condemning! And plus, I’m proving a point that many don’t realize. Folks need to wake up!

Everyone of us in Milwaukee, needs to be on deck. Hell, I don’t care if you don’t have a job. Or a Master’s degree, or a up and coming minister, or like to go on Periscope to get your hair done for your girls. We need to be on deck when it comes to the act of homicides or neighborhood watch everytime! PERIOD!

I remember this back in John Marshall High School’s band class: “Results Matter. Excuses do not.”

Ponder this, everyone.

Oh, by the way: Milwaukee Public Schools is going to start.


In a recent 21-10 decision, the Wisconsin State Senate has passed a funding bill that will effect the ongoing process to build a new arena in Downtown Milwaukee. Yes, I’m referring to the new Bucks playhouse. Not just for the team, but also for the future concerts, events and maybe a future WWE Pay-Per-View. The Reaction of the news were mixed. Some should say that the owners of the team should have paid for the full tab instead of the tax payers. WAIT A MINUTE: remember how Miller Park got started? Same thing. Taxpayers. Probably the same taxpayers who first complained and partially will like the investment. I think the same thing will happen here.

Now there was a talk of Seattle or Las Vegas in taking the team, (in which NBA Commissoner Adam Silver dismissed it)if Milwaukee had done the deal to fail. BUT this first hurdle of the State, probably sent a signal to those cities that Milwaukee actually got something done. BUT this is a first hurdle. Now if the second, third or a fourth deal is done offically, the start of the construction could start in the fall, between October and November.

So yes, Bucks fans. The deer is staying thus far.


Oh I got a four way stop to say! And trust me this will be one of the hardest four ways that I will write. In this, I’m about to go in on a dumb commentary that Milwaukee County Sheriff gave on Fox News, the pathetic commentary of the Google Search of the N*gga House, the shootings in Waco in a gang motorcycle style, and as usual the random dumb shootings that occurred in the Milwaukee Area. Pump your breaks. Check the Signals. It’s a Four Way Stop!

First Stop: Can Sheriff Clarke please stop? I don’t know anyone in Milwaukee is hearing this, but our beloved second black Sheriff is on the news again. This time he was on a rant about Michelle Obama’s 2015 Commencement Speech at Tuskegee University. In this one minute sample, listen to the “remark” that the Sheriff gave. Start to hit the tripping button.

Black Sheriff Argues for Black People to Forgive America for Slavery and Assimilate, Is He Right?

Are we tripping yet? Are We? We better!

Sheriff David Clarke’s Commentary was just that: dumb. Yes I was challenged to hear the entire viewpoint and yes this is my thought courtesy of my Facebook comments:

“In regarding Michelle Obama with her commencement speech at Tuskegee, he believes she was out of line. Primarily, if David Clarke actually articulated what Michelle was saying in the context of the speech then probably there might be some silver lining of sympathy. Apparently, not very much. Ill just leave it like that.”

So. That is my thought.

Now there are those who like Sheriff Clarke will, or would probably say the exact thing of what was harshly commented out the so-called disdainful words of Michelle Obama. We know that many in the right wing media folks have already pledged their allegiance against the commencement speech. We know the Ann Coulters of the world had to shoot her mouth off and I just know that the fact she probably did. So did Rush Limbaugh, or matter of fact, some goober on Youtube probably had to come up with a video like  “Oh the racists hurting on me!” In a sarcasm way. But the fact of the matter, they do NOT understand and never took the time, persistence, or dedication or just some good understanding of what the racist angles that Michelle Obama went through. NEVER! Also, those same folks who somewhat called out the FLOTUS, probably had a dose of their own medicine. Again: Sheriff Clarke was one of them.

He thought in a congressional hearing that the late Eric Gardner had a heart attack when he perished in New York. DUDE: What kind of ISH was that? REALLY? This dude, Sheriff David Clarke needs to have his head examined. I mean this is the same dude that many in Milwaukee (Black Milwaukee) voted for over the other guy of Chris Moews. Obviously, he was and is I hate to say, is misguided. And no, not  just because he’s the 2nd black Milwaukee County Sheriff. And I’ll say this as a Milwaukee County Resident: I feel embarrassed. He really doesn’t have the fortitude in knowing to credit the real source. I’m just saying!

Second Stop: Ever been to a N*gga House?

Oh there those who haven’t either. Or maybe they have been in a different name. Do this as a favor, when on Google Maps, type in N*gga House (in an non explicit type fashion) and hit the enter key. When you press the Enter key on Google Maps with the N-Word House in it, guess where that takes you? It takes you to a place in D.C. called The White House. Yes, the actual White House where the current President and First Family is residing. And you know what’s even worse on that? I’m reading these bogus comments on how the White House is treated  as some racist angle per say. Let me remind those who are so screwed up about black people: It was black people (both slaves and free) BUILT the White House! They were the first builders, construction workers, and many others whom helped the Peoples House to be built in Chocolate City. So to those who are so misguided, hate to say, you need to re-examined to the fullest!

Really. Google needs to get their butts or brains out of the gutter and ACTUALLY DO work to get their maps stuff under control! It’s not just the N*gga House. It could be N*gga anything that is demeaning, or disgraceful to black folks worldwide and even yes in the United States! And to those black folks who feel its so funny and to poke around, congrats. You just made that list of those on Facebook called “The Cooning Watch!” I want to know is where is all the Black People who work at Google, from the workers to the behind the scenes folks who find this so racist. Where they at?

Third stop: The Waco Shootings.

Oh let me see here. We have a bunch of bikers getting into shootings and they acted like animals. And they got arrested in the crimes they committed on their part. I need to ask, who does biker shootouts in 2015? Seriously?!! There was a time that Milwaukee I believe almost had this at one of the Harley-Davidson’s Anniversaries of the birth of the bikes persay. Yes there was a potential somewhat fight between rival biker gangs of the alleged melee. Now I’ll bet that the bikers whom did the shootings were a bunch of animals? Speaking of that, many have called out blacks killing themselves as a “bunch of animals.” But when you see majority of the bikers whom are white and actually did this with handcuffs in all, do they get the award of being a “bunch of animals as well?”

Well guess what Americans: anyone causing harm to anyone else in a harsh manner IS LIKE AN ANIMAL! And America has had a HISTORY of that didn’t happened back in the 50’s.

Fourth stop: The Same ol’ Milwaukee shootings.
We all know this is a hot button topic. And I made a prediction back in midspring, and I’ll say it here. And I don’t care what is being reported on the news, black radio, black internet radio, a black podcast, or the paper. This summer we’ll read or hear about some young man or lady will be on someone’s target list that will be casket paid! Burials or Cremations. Just to think that when Archie Brown, Jr was killed near 47th and Glendale, someone was screaming’ JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! Not mocking just saying. Most recently, Milwaukee had shootings in certain neighborhoods, schools, parking lots, nearby stores, salons, churches, our workplaces, and now, at FUNERALS and get this: VIGILS! Oh, what we can’t go to vigils to honor’s one’s spirit that was killed? SERIOUSLY? I ask this over and over again, where are the safety nets in our community? Where are those places in which NOBODY can’t get killed or shot up by a bunch of hoodlums that want to mess things up? Now for those who have transplanted out of Milwaukee and have this carefree of not worrying about bullets flying in general, yes I hear you. BUT I think that memory that you keep talking about, will stay WITH YOU no matter what area you move to. Is the safety net in the Suburbs? When you hear about the drug activities in all, the reaction will be different from the city’s BUT the concern is the SAME as everywhere else! Hey, I don’t care if you move to Texas. Or Georgia. Or anywhere else in the United States. Any city or suburb can feel the same concern about someone getting shot or killed as many others. No one ever thought that there could have been shootings in Sandy Hook in which that many I think Milwaukee knows.

But seriously, this summer in which is fast approaching along with the festivals, Summerfest, your Family Reunion, your Class Reunions or any other celebration, even Summer Break, someone is going to get shot and killed THIS SEASON! It’s been like that before and it will not change.I think it’s time that right now, it’s time to gear up programs, activities, gatherings and many others that will try to keep stuff like this at bay.


I’m sure everyone knows about the shootings recently in Milwaukee. We all know about it. The debates, the concerns, the outcries and the lessons learned at times of doing the right thing. Back and forth was constant debate about the use of stay or leave Milwaukee due to the shootings. And the comments about those whom say stop saying it, needs to reexamine that notion again! Technically it does happen almost everywhere in the Continental United States and even in areas in the country that don’t see this at all. Even though some maybe somewhat feel safe in all, be advised that sometimes that can be broken!

I remember asking question straight up: Where are the safety nets?! And no, don’t include #BlackLivesMatter on this. Not just yet.

For the shootings that took the lives of Archie Brown Jr in regarding him doing the right thing, that shouldn’t end like that. It really should not! I had to ponder time after time again, why do folks at times have to be vanquished of bullets, guns, and knives all because they did the one thing that is law of doing the right thing of when it comes to accidents? And the result have to die by the hand of a gun? The dude that did the killing of the brothers and Archie Brown, Ricky Ricardo Chiles, III had a $25,000 tag on his head for a couple of days, and the ending result: turning the gun on himself in a motel room in the Chicagoland Area. The main question of all of this, and I happen to be in the questioning is this: Why didn’t he just surrendered?! Also he was yet to believe that he was the uncle of the two year old, Damani Terry and Rasheed Chiles.

There also yet to believe that Ricky had trouble with the law before and he offered a “light sentence” while serving time in another state. And not be in possession with a firearm afterwards. Why and how Ricky got a firearm in the first place? Makes no sense! Just to wonder that in the state that Ricky was in in having a firearm, there have and are countless others who probably went through the same thing with or without knowing! The knowing part: is just that how many families that knows a family member or any member that has a gun in the house in which that member should not use? This would be a preventative safety question that many should not overlook!

Many in Milwaukee wanted to see Ricky to receive justice for the killing of Archie Brown Jr. However the justice he’s getting, is God’s Justice.

In the coming week, the Brown Family will memorialize the life of their son, brother, relative, and also father. The hard decision for the parents of Archie Brown, Jr will be a very difficult one to bury their son. I said earlier that NO parent should not bury their children. And the same will be for the Chiles family in burying a two year old, and a 15 year old.

When their families get done burying their sons, and after they begin the long healing process of this bereavement, Milwaukee: will we have enough balls to stand up to violence? We got investments coming in with jobs and such and this happens! And this type of act kind of cripples cities besides bad politics.

Our Madison-based lawmakers have this invention of “Shot Spotters” to track shootings from the spots originated. To me, It’s going to take more than shot spotters to combating future incidents. Knowing yes, the community must step up big time EVEN MORE on all fronts! We know AND SHOULD KNOW, whats up.

So technically, when shootings happen, yes folks will know. But I hope that when any incident happens there shouldn’t be that panic button of running for the hills! Of course we know that many might leave due to the violence. But like I said, violence and knuckleheads are EVERYWHERE! Just like the racists, sexists, those who look down on those who just don’t like anyone that looks like them!

And like I always say: The struggle continues!

Even for the spirit of Archie Brown, Jr. – The struggle of doing the right thing: CONTINUES!

Even for the spirit of Chiles brothers whom were killed by their own family, it’s a concern, but the struggle continues for the family, and those that know the family so well!


Breaking news out of Milwaukee this morning: Call it the Three Way Dance – The Milwaukee Streetcar Edition. However, my last dance card will not be pretty.

For many many years and months of concern and hope, the Milwaukee Streetcar Debate reached to a breaking point. In a vote of the Milwaukee Common Council of 10 – 5, the Streetcar still lives. BUT: there is one stipulation that was noted from the Common Council President Michael Murphy.

In the meeting, yes there was positives. Even coming from Alderman Nik Kovac (whom I’ve known since Middle School), has been the positive vocal point of the Streetcar Project. Alderman Terry Witkowski of the South Side was at first undecided previously, but the idea sparked for him to support the Streetcar as well. He also noted that there are some in his district had memo that the Streetcar may not work due to the district he oversees. But overall, Alderman Witkowski did say that the streetcar would benefit all of Milwaukee via downtown. The meeting of the Streetcar lasted for about over an hour with the pros and cons. Even the commentary cons of Alderman Bob Donovan, Joe Davis, Tony Zilenski (who favored the Streetcar but due to the stipulation of the signatures) Joe Dudzik, Jim Bohl, and Robert Puente.

For those who favored: Alderrwoman Coggs, and Aldermen Kovac, Witkowski, Hamilton, Wade, Bauman, Murphy, Perez, and Stamper.

Lastly, the CC President himself did indeed noted his support of the Streetcar. He also noted that the even though the project would be taking a risk, but also noted (and it’s real talk) that in his words: “there is a risk in everything in life.” So technically he was point of taking challenges even they seem to be “controversial” or in this case, daring. However on the other end, for those who feel that they needed to say against the project (even though the thoughts in my view are “Conflicted”) he also fairly said that those with the petitions would be welcomed. So with that, the official (and hopefully THE LAST) vote will be extended until February 10th, 2015. The vote was noted with a 10 – 5 decision. But with the stipulation of the signatures, it stood as of 9-6 overall with 8-7 in favoring the signature requests. So it came close with the backing of the Streetcar by the council, but the final vote was put on pause.

Now since that’s on ice until Black History Month, here is something else to note: Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!

Apparently there was a true backing of the Milwaukee Streetcar Dilemma in the eyes of Bob Donovan and others: Americans for Prosperity. A Koch Brothers funding group, who has backers in Milwaukee of all places has been the culprit of these referendums, obstruct and cancel plans that have been planted to stop the Streetcar. For all those who are signing those referendums, I know you have a right to say what’s up, BUT I must warn those pretty much:

Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!

Personally what these so-called Americans of Prosperity folks are just doing the work that want to keep stuff held back. That’s all they do. Keeping folks poor in all. And yes they are Koch Funded that helped the likes of Scott Walker per say to get the chair in Madison. Matter of fact that group has been responsible for “cheating” for the last four and half years in terms of getting the High Speed Rail and the KRM defunded and money to be left alone and went out of the state. Oh yeah, they have been “cheating” just to fund their money to deflate anything that does not like them. Oh, I hope the black community in Milwaukee is paying attention, closely! Especially those who like to say, #TEAMSHUTITDOWN on Facebook. And those referendums that your crew on FB probably got circulated via the net, all that came from the Americans For Prosperity.

AGAIN: BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!

Well since the cat has been let out of the bag in regarding the Streetcar in this sense, The “proponents” per say need to further the cause of the real deal by February 10th. The proponents need to be “reproofers” and to go onto the “Stop The Milwaukee Streetcar” Facebook Page and reproof the folks who are misguided, uninformed, poisoned with thoughts, and just need to get the dose of reality of what is the real truth with this project! The same goes for other Facebook pages, other social media platforms, radio, TV, blog or bloggers, and EVEN the Americans For Prosperity themselves that what they are spreading is just false mess! For 25 years, Milwaukee has been talking about this project over and over again. And the use of future transportation has been thoroughly commented. Sometimes BUSES aren’t the answer at all times. And I mentioned in my previous blog that some employers don’t allow employees to take buses! They don’t! The next time when you look at a job description either online or in print, read it very carefully. If it states on the description that the job does not require applicants or employees to take public transportation, that says it. Again, I’m not saying all jobs have this, only some. I’m making this clear because of my experience back a decade ago. Has there been some changes in the last 10 years? Yes and No.

So in summary, here is the rundown via the Shepherd Express:

    • The final vote on Feb. 10. This will likely pass. When you remove Tony Zielinski’s vote for the project and then to reconsider, it received 9 of 15 votes in support, giving the streetcar more than enough votes for it to pass at the next meeting. Significantly, Common Council President Michael Murphy voted in favor after opposing the project in the past. That carries a lot of weight and says something about how important this project is to the future of the city. (And, no, I don’t think it’s the “second coming.”)
    • Opponents need to come up with 31,000 signatures in the next few weeks. Right-wing radio will be fanning the flames to help out this effort and the petition drive will be well financed. I’m going to assume that Nate Hamilton’s radio ad will continue running as well. One wrinkle for opponents is that they need 31,000 city voters. Suburban residents won’t be able to sign.
    • If the Common Council passes the project and the petition drive is successful, I assume that the city will go ahead full steam to begin launching the actual project so that it’ll be difficult to kill and people will have gotten used to it. (Then again, that didn’t work out so well for the high-speed rail project, which Walker killed even after Doyle was signing contracts right and left to try to lock in that project.)
  • The Joint Review Board needs to give its final approval. I was unfamiliar with this body until this morning, and it seems like a few council members—except for the streetcar opponents—were fuzzy on it, too. According to state statutes, the JRB gives the final approval to any TIF or TID project. (Here’s the state fact sheet on it as well as the city’s fact sheet.) It’s made up of the local taxing authorities as well as one member of the public. Why did the opposing alders mention the JRB this morning? If you look closely, you’ll see that the JRB doesn’t have to be the final word on any TIF or TID project. A majority of the JRB can request that the information the city submits for JRB review be reviewed for errors. And who would do that review? The state Department of Revenue.

So, in my prediction, the Streetcar will roll for approval and the jobs with it. Get the resumes out!

Finally just today, this one of the worst comments coming out of the mouth of Milwaukee Alderman Joe Dudzik. This Alderman, well according to WTMJ 620 AM, he commented that blacks in Milwaukee will be in his words via the Streetcar:

“There’s going to be a couple of assaults, maybe a rape, or a shooting on one of these streetcars,” Dudzik told WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.  “The [millennials] that claim they’re going to be riding this thing are going to be nowhere to be seen.” 

He also claimed that his comments were not racial, but having to review the previous stuff with Northridge and the Grand Avenue Mall.

What did the Mayor say for this?

The Mayor’s office responded to Dudzik’s comments with a statement:  “There have been a lot of irresponsible statements about the Streetcar and this is one of the worst.”

You know what, I’m calling out the B.S. out of the mouth of Alderman Joe Dudzik. His comments about blacks messing the Streetcar with Rape and Violence is very stupid. No it’s BEYOND STUPID! This is just as dumb and immoral as Joe Davis saying the Streetcar is racist. I do have a question though: Has Alderman Joe Dudzik ever been beaten by a black person before he became an Alderman? When was the last time Dudzik was ever defeated and felt soft, snobish, weak minded and racist against those of African-American? Since when, High School?!!! He claims he’s not making it racial, but he is by opening his mouth! If you live in his district, PUT HIM IN CHECK! Was he ever aware that the MCTS had rapings, fights, shootings on the buses?! Has he?! He, like Joe Davis better wake the “F” UP! Plus also he was wrong about the Northridge Mall closing up due to blacks. According to one of my favorite black Milwaukee radio stations, and I’m glad the “The Forum” brought this up, due to the fact that real reason why Northridge is really closed was due to a rumor that a black man way back when caused a violent shenanigan against a white patron previously. Go ask Jesse Anderson, a white dude in JAIL! Who also killed his wife many moons ago. That’s the real main reason why Northridge Mall is closed up now! Put that in the archives all because he killed his wife and blame it on a so-called black guy!  If Alderman Joe Dudzik is up for re-election, he better not get reelected! He need to be fired and recalled for his commentary and yet to apologize to every single African-American he offended with his comments! He might lose alot of “Black Friends.” Just a warning! How does he know what might happen when violence on a Streetcar would occur? As I mentioned from my previous blog, the MCTS had shootings, stabbings, fights and etc. Carjackings. Has any Taxis in Milwaukee had been shot up before? I definitely want to know.

Put a petition together to get him fired! 

And plus, to those who are on the “Stop the Milwaukee Streetcar” Facebook Page or any other Anti-Milwaukee Streetcar Social Media site: do you condone this?! Put down your burgers, fries, sodas, beers, coffees, pizzas, and other eats/drinks and put this fool of an Alderman in serious check! Now you know why Milwaukee is a segregated city? This is not just about the Milwaukee Streetcar idea. Again, this is where “Race in Milwaukee” needs to be talked about and clarified and put on the table. Now for those who say “I have alot of black friends”, to  “I’m not a racist, or that repeating feeling of “I don’t care if you’re purple, red, green, and etc……We’re all the same.” REALLY?! I call B.S. on that also! And don’t even bust out with the MLK speech with the favorite of not about color but about character. Half of you probably believed that notion also have broken that belief with your actions, and your so-called lessons that you obviously proposed or learned! Just admit it! And I don’t care if it’s 2015!

I’ll bet these are the same folks who fear having their boots shaken when going into Milwaukee for a spot visit, work, or just to relive the “good ole’ days” per say, they are the same folks who have this fear of getting shot, assaulted or raped in the city. Well I got news for them: where you are, I might get caught dead for being strange in the nice neighborhoods. Or being called that scary N*gger and getting arrested for some alleged B.S. that went down. Or being accused of any other thing that they feared since something was taught being afraid and racist of black folks! I’m putting this out there to be real!

Like Dr. King once said: “Where do we go from here?” Ponder that hard.

And other than that: check out the statistics thus far from Urban Milwaukee in regarding the Yay’s and Nay’s of the Streetcar.