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This is not a drill. Matter of fact it’s a breaking news that many are now waking up to on Social Media.

For many years, at least 5 years, I have been asking and blogging about this question:

Is Milwaukee ready to go through another missing element of African World Festival, AGAIN? You really can’t have a “City of Festivals” without black folks!

And this one:

Now the flip side of this, I know Milwaukee is known as the “City of Festivals” but how does that equate? How does the other festivals get crazy paid per say, and African World Festival gets chewed out?

Well there is some news to this. A former Summerfest Marketing Executive, of the name Patrice Harris is the new mastermind/creator behind the making of this festival. And yes, she knows Summerfest!

The news hit the city today, on the same day that the Milwaukee Common Council voted to have a section of 4th Street between Capitol Drive and St. Paul Avenue to be renamed “Vel R. Phillips Ave.” Named after the late Milwaukee Alderwoman whom recently passed on.

Black Arts Fest MKE is a new thing that is coming up so I guess that everyone in the 40% of Black Milwaukee better stand in line now to back this up.

Oh, check the website: http://blackartsfestmke.com/

It may not be African World Festival, or Afro Fest, and it’s a one day festival. But let’s hope this can grow and be supported promptly like the predecessors. Even also, better! And like later on, I’ll give my take on it and what it can be a new spark for the black community in the city. Wait until August!

 

 

 

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Before us Americans get the cooking stuff out, it’s time think. Get your thinking caps on. With all the media mess going on from the flag to racism, we know food is source of healing. So is the mind preparing the food. But as always, I’m scratching my head again.

You realize that “Movember” really started with voting right? Way before the health awareness male mustache thing. Research!

Why is #45 wasting his time with LaVar Ball?!

Trump supporters: some of you realize that LeVar Burton is not LaVar Ball. How dumb is that?

Milwaukee, stop playing with the Streetcar questions. You know it’s giving folks jobs right? Quit playing!

I want to know: WHY are callers calling Churches for money?!!

Why are the Packers not playing good football right now you ask? – 5 words here – Anthony Barr injured Aaron Rodgers. Say it again and again.

What about those Wisconsin Badgers Football players?

So, Atlanta tore down the Georgia Dome. But why many are upset?

In a recent report, the Greater Milwaukee Area is not good when it comes to African-Americans. Do we know this like, already?

According to Forbes, it once stated that many HR’s look at resumes that get tossed after looking almost scary. What is the real reason why many aren’t getting the jobs?! Race, Credit Checks, Education?

So the Facebook group, “The Whole Milwaukee #1” is now getting noticed. So my questions are, why are those using it for swapping drugs, beat downs and not enough for networking with our people?

Speaking of networking, does the Milwaukee MPS Alumni actually know about it’s networking events and actually go besides the Alumni Reunions?

Is Mahlon Mitchell ready for real to run for Governor in Wisconsin? And you realize that Wisconsin never had a black Governor since it’s founding?

Did the black Veterans received much love on Veterans Day? Minority Vets don’t get that much love though.

International Men’s Day came and went on November 19th. Why is this day not honored enough in the United States? Close your mouths, feminists! It’s not about you.

Hey Sagittarius folks, our season is here. Ready to sling the Arrows?

So GOP, is Trump really that guy? Seriously?!

Again, why are we body shaming?! This ain’t High School.

For all you fans of #45, does the term embarrassing comes to mind?

Why is it always that there are more married couples retreats and not enough singles only retreats that don’t see marriage?

Who is responsible for these young girls and young boys acting a fool based on stolen cars, etc?

The recent victory for the Democrats in Virginia and some parts of America really sparked new heights. Is this the breakthrough for the midterms regarding the blue team in 2018?

For you crazy drivers in Milwaukee, why are you still cutting in-front of vehicles and causing accidents?

On December 5th, are you Georgia residents are actually going to vote?

Who really hates the Hallmark Christmas Movies? Asking for a friend!

For the Wisconsin jobs that have the 60,000 jobs unfilled, what are real skills and experience to have besides just having a High School Diploma?

Who is really shopping on Black Friday to get that ideal T.V.? That ain’t happening!

Why do many non-Native Americans had to jump on the bandwagon of not doing the Thanksgiving thing? You know which ones!

I need to know who is putting out this crap about Churches “supposed to have money” for those whom don’t know? Do they know protocol?

Every church men’s group should know about the safe sanctuary rules from sexual harassment to violent outcomes. Does your Church men’s group do this?

For those of us who have to spend Thanksgiving without a special loved one for the first time this year, how will we get through this? And the same for Christmas, etc? It’s hard for us. Even my family.

Why is David Clarke still running his mouth?

Are the black protest groups really that troublesome being on the FBI watch?

Why would those who go after Rep. Maxine Waters with death threats?

Is Donna Brazille being targeted unfairly after her book was published? Or just happenstance?

Why are the “so-called patriots” coming for Congresswoman Frederica Wilson?

Will the real truth about the late Sgt. La David Johnson please stand up? Don’t act like we don’t know.

I see alot of military hats and division hats, why not have hats for descendants of Veterans or Veteran Families? (sons, daughters, etc.)

What is the percentage of African-Americans in the American Legion Family? Not asking for a friend!

Is the cord cutting thing still going on well? Asking for a friend!

Should the month of November be also the month to spur the support of Veterans everyday?

Why is it always that Black Men, (good ones mind you) get all mistakenly for something that they didn’t do for years and years? Black women, you must explain your part also. As well as everyone else. From molesting, to harassment, to abuse.

For all those whom are so-conscious and running your mouth on social media: what is your motive for ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING?! Don’t talk about it, be about it!

Will Aaron Rodgers be stronger than ever? Just wait, Packer fans. Revenge is coming.

Why is it always a problem for men to talk about Sexual Harassment? Even if you have men in your life that went through it since childhood? This is not a joke!

Is Brett Hundley learning well? What about Joe Callahan?

Tired of reading the same ol’ stuff? Why not read something different? Hello!

If many complain about other people’s blogs, journalism, radio, TV, Online Podcastings, and others, why not start their own stuff to inform of what they want to talk about?

One of these days, I want to learn Skeet Shooting and Archery. Who is a great teacher? Where? Must be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lot of folks might do the Black Friday thing. If you pack Walmart or Best Buy, why not the local small stores?

I gotta ask why did those in Wisconsin think that it’s a good idea to have a gun laws signed for toddlers or those under 10 to have guns in their hands for hunting? No!

Is Foxconn the real way for jobs in Wisconsin regarding black folks who CAN’T get to the jobs? Still asking that for a friend.

Twitter: I like you. Why is your app causing problems of logging in?!

And the final question before you start cooking: has the Black Friday feeling sunk in yet, or are you staying put?

Now you may resume continue cooking your Thanksgiving Meal.


Well readers, the rules are back. My rules in which many must follow, or to simply just to give advice. For this it’s the new traditional Stephen’s Spot Rules of Summerfest. Reviewing again for 2016.

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

Since Summerfest is well known in Milwaukee, I know about the place very well. I volunteered at the place, saw some shows, and worked in the late 90’s plus the year of 2000. I know the gates, security things, and the places to park near and far from the venue. So if you ready to party like crazy, start learning and reviewing.

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

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

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

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

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

6) Cameras (mostly small cameras)  are allowed on the grounds. It’s cool. But in the Amp, Nope.  They won’t allow it. Don’t try it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23) For the record, Summerfest does have urban acts lined up for 2016: Morris Day and the Time, Jason Derulo, The Roots, Nelly, Kirk Franklin, Andra Day, Common, Stephen Marley, Kool and the Gang, Sir Mix-A-Lot,  Check them out. Even our own local urban artists are performing. PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT MILWAUKEE!!!!!!

24) And last but not least: Currently, Construction is a beast. Take caution and be safe. Really it is. For Summerfest’s rules of the park, see here.

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

Caught up yet? Good.

NEW STUFF THIS YEAR: or the extra reminders you already know

AGAIN: Summerfest now has metal detectors. Be advised.

Look for the Summerfest Street Team. They are around.

For all you UBER drivers or Lyft Drivers, I hope you got your plans set up for the extra green. No need to tell you. Or those Ubering a chance to earn money for the big gig rides. Feel free to sign up here. Lyft Drivers, I don’t know about you, I’m assuming that many of you are probably making ideas for your drivers to set up the schedules.

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

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

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

For you future Summerfest Milwaukee performers out there: get on ReverbNation!

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

Now, go party and be safe!


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Oh you know I was about to comment this.

And yes, It’s Women’s History Month. That I really know. Salute to the female species..

Yes, this is the next issue of Ebony Magazine and it’s not the stories of the featured issue upcoming. But the cover story is featured with the four women all BBW and having a “golden chance” to display their craft. Yes, there have positives, and yes many have voted for displeasure of them, and yes, the health concerns of diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and many other health related factors that are very common in men and women. Especially if you’re Black!

Now why I’m putting this on here? It’s it to influence the next girl to go big? No. Technically, it’s really about confidence. Confidence in you as being you. Yeah, I know that I don’t have to like it. But let me ask this? Why are many looking at this pic and hating? They know who they are. Just look at those darn posts of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others that lit a fuse of hate. If those fear heavyset BBW whom might be offended, then you shouldn’t look! What is so hard about it? Oh is the movement thing on the BLACK Magazine. Duh!!!!

Frankly, this is not new. Folks been making fun of Plus sizers for years. And in between its like ribbing, making jokes that hurts, talks about their mamma’s being fat and so on. Don’t tell me this! OK so they got it going on now. Being able to step out and actually doing something about it without any fear. The ribbers, well they are sitting at house, blasting their liberties and not making a dime!

Look, another thing, is freedom of expression. Whoops, did I say that? Is that in the American By-laws. If those of a Jasmine Sullivan, Gabi Gregg(aka GabiFresh), or any other person whom wants to do this thing, in this era to be free of fat shaming, or wanting to be free of anti-shaming anything, then I’m not going to stop them or anyone. Look, also. Nobody stopped Ashley Graham. Just saying.

Oh, and to those whom asked about, where are the whites, asians, or non-black female displayed, you do realize that Ebony Magazine is a Black Publication? HELLO! I said it’s a BLACK Publiciation? Many are not hearing this. Especially if you had to sound out on Facebook like a fool on Saturday night. Yes the magazine has had other folks of the non-black universe in it. But with this issue and the women whom are chosen to be displayed on paper, then guess what, it’s an issue and a movement that needs to be talked about. So, in translation: we know you care. But….. It’s not ALL ABOUT YOU! Get it straight!

Maybe the women in the magazine are Big, or Fat, or whatever. Are they taking care of their physique? Are they watching their weight? How often do they get checked by their doctors? Some might say, when do you see your doctors?! Or Dietians that rate your eats and drinks you consume everyday? Or there are those who “look out for their own people” but really do they really mean that? I know folks who say that at times might be true, but there are those just to make noise and don’t care.

So guess what, this blog, nor this issue is not to hate on the BBW’s. Also, I’ve read about skinny folks and husky folks could have genetic health concerns! So everybody got a health problem! And maybe with health solutions! What’s the haps?

Sidenote: There is beauty within.

 

 

 


Well readers, the rules are back. My rules in which many must follow, or to simply just to give advice. For this it’s the new traditional Stephen’s Spot Rules of Summerfest. For this it’s a review, and plus a new twist for 2015.

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

Since Summerfest is well known in Milwaukee, I know about the place very well. I volunteered at the place, saw some shows, and worked in the late 90’s plus the year of 2000. I know the gates, security things, and the places to park near and far from the venue. So if you ready to party like crazy, start learning and reviewing.

1) Summerfest is 11 days. Except June 29th.  And everyday there will days where you can get in free. Learn it! Especially the timeframes given. Like today, there was free way to get in for donations for hunger from Noon – 3:00pm . Please PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIMES! And pay attention to the news and radio promos about Summerfest as well.

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

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

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

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

6) Cameras(mostly small cameras)  are allowed on the grounds. It’s cool. But in the Amp, Nope.  They won’t allow it.

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

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

9) Usually the workers in the colored shirts don’t reveal their names. Best advice, know their numbers! Like 563.

10) For the first time goers: Summerfest attracts big crowds. Just a word of warning. Even on the 4th of July.

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

12) Don’t be afraid to help those who don’t know much about the park. Give them some pointers!

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

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

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

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

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

18) Upon entry, you will be searched. Just a heads up. Bags, strollers, etc. Expect the pat downs and maybe overhead security things.

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

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

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

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

23) For the record, Summerfest does have urban acts lined up: Buddy Guy, Shelia E., Schoolboy Q, Stevie Wonder, Aloe Blacc, The Isley Brothers, Public Enemy, Santigold, Lupe Fiasco,  etc. Check them out. Even our own locals of the Terry Sims Band, Rusty P’s, Love Peace and Soul, Esnavi, Webster X. PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT MILWAUKEE!!!!!!

24) And last but not least: Currently, Construction is a beast. Take caution and be safe. Really it is. For Summerfest’s rules of the park, see here.

Caught up yet? Good.

NEW STUFF THIS YEAR!

This year, there is a new addition to the mix of the concerts: For those who can’t make it to a concert, you would be able to watch them via the internet. YES!!!! A First for Summerfest! If you go to nowlive.com right now, and click on the Summerfest graphic, you’ll get a “preview” of the scenes that would happen when the shows begin. Plus also you can watch them via your tablet or PC and crank up the sound as if you’re there in person. Again, this is a first!

For all you UBER drivers or Lyft Drivers, I hope you got your plans set up for the extra green. No need to tell you. Or those Ubering a chance to earn money for the big gig rides. Feel free to sign up here. Lyft Drivers, I don’t know about you, I’m assuming that many of you are probably making ideas for your drivers to set up the schedules.

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

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

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

For you future Summerfest Milwaukee performers out there: get on ReverbNation!

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

Now, go party!


 

I’m going to start a new rule on this blog: Stephen’s Spot Rules.

In which I’ll think of a well known event or venue in Milwaukee of my choice that many know and many just will forget.  How I came up with this? If anyone uses Twitter and follows Roland Martin, he has a thing called #RolandsRules in which to give the audience or his followers pointers of surviving an event like per say…..The Essence Festival coming up. That kind of gave me an idea. But for that, in regarding Summerfest, I’m going to present my rules that YOU the reader, the citizen and the visitor that can take heed or watch out for.

Since Summerfest is well known in Milwaukee, I know about the place very well. I volunteered at the place, saw some shows,  and worked in the late 90’s plus the year of 2000. I know the gates, security things, and the places to park near and far from the venue. So if you ready to Paint The Town Red, start learning and reviewing.

1) Summerfest is 11 days. Except June 30th.  And everyday there will days where you can get in free. Learn it! Especially the timeframes given. Like today, there was free way to get in for donations for hunger from Noon – 3:00pm . Please PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIMES! And pay attention to the news and radio promos about Summerfest as well.

2) The park does have information booths. Need a program, they have them. Or for the mobile folks you can download them via the net or straight to your smart-phone. Your choice.

3) If you are an out of towner and have been stuck on the Wisconsin highway for about 2 and half hours getting to the park, that is your lost! The reason why I’m saying this because when I was working for the company 15 years ago, I got hollered by a man (a white man from Illinois mind you) about him being stuck on our highways for two hours. He verbally asked for the manager and the freaking former mayor John Norquist of all people. I am not making this up. This is a true story working at the main gate back in ’99. Keep in mind of that usually Summerfest Security doesn’t control the freeways for the patrons to get to the park. My advice for you Wisconsin visitors that  yes the traffic will be hectic, get there early. Like a day early. Or hours early when traffic is not huge. 

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

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

6) Cameras(mostly small cameras)  are allow on the grounds. It’s cool. But in the Amp, Nope.  They won’t allow it.

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

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

9) Usually the workers in the shirts don’t reveal their names. Best advice, know their numbers! Like 563.

10) For the first time goers: Summerfest attracts big crowds. Just a word of warning. Even on the 4th of July.

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

12) Don’t be afraid to help those who don’t know much about the park. Give them some pointers!

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

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

15) Yes, you can buy food and drinks at the park. BUT…………if  you buy food on the outside as well as drinks trying to get in, can’t do it. Just like having cans and/or glass bottles.

16) If it’s raining and if you have an Umbrella, yes you can bring it. BUT…….not in the amp.  If its hot, better take a towel just in case.

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

18) Upon entry, you will be searched. Just a heads up. Bags, strollers, etc.

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

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

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

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

23) For the record, Summerfest does have urban acts lined up: Nas, Usher, Ludacris, Aloe Blacc, Outkast, Gary Clark Jr, DJ Cassidy, Trombone Shorty, Wailers, Kool and the Gang, Ziggy Marley, B.o.B,  etc. Check them out. Even our own locals of the Charles Walker Band and Naima Adedapo.

24) And last but not least: Currently, Construction is a beast. Take caution and be safe. Really it is.

 

Ok, my rules have been enforced. Now go party and paint the town red!

For Summerfest’s rules of the park, see here.


Dear America and the world:

Today was the home-going service of Whitney Houston. I can’t believe I’m actually saying “Home-going Service” with Whitney Houston in the same sentence. All this week, I like everyone else paided attention to the tributes, music, videos, moments, and anything that had Whitney Houston all over it. I am still stunned and have a surreal feeling that she’s no longer around to entertain us. We know the reasons. No need to say it. I know for a fact that somewhere in the middle of all of this, it’s going to be a treacherous road to recover. Fact of the matter is, it will be tough. Now your probably saying “yeah, I know. I’m feeling the same way, and I never met the chick”. I mean what I’m saying is, every time I listen to a Whitney Houston song, that is how I was introduced to her. The same with Michael Jackson, and countless others.

Morely, I think the focus of the family will be thought of one person the most: Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. The young 18 year old will have face and ask herself, what now? Many of us who lost close relatives know what that feels like. 10 years ago, I lost one of my younger cousins to violence. That hit my family hard. Another was in 2010. And if anyone knows about my family that mostly, that my father’s side gathers, if there is a funeral. Strange as it sounds, it is. But most of us who are living are trying to change it to a point that it doesn’t have to be like this, all the time.

Having said that, I like everyone else today, just watched Whitney Houston’s Service of Homegoing. Now for those who don’t know what a homegoing is, take notes. A homegoing service or homegoing is defined as this from the UrbanDictionary.com: “The funeral of someone loved by family and friends. Not wanting to call the service a funeral, homegoing to be with God.” So for all of you curious what it is, now you know. When Dick Gregory spoke at Coretta Scott King’s funeral back around 2006, he talked about the variations of a “homecoming” and a “homegoing”. He said a homecoming in reference to being born, you come into the world, through a small door. But when a homegoing service comes, the body, along with the casket, pallbearers and all, takes you through the big doors after the funeral services are completed. Henceforth, a homegoing. Or going home. Very common in black churches, by the way.

Looking at the funeral or the Memorial Service, it was all surreal about Whitney Houston. That’s what it was. From her stories of being “crazy Whitney”, generous, given a chance to act with Kevin Costner, her singing, but most of all: having her love for the Almighty. From her start in the church, the same church in which gave her gift of singing, was also the same site of her celebration. I am also surprised that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered the flags at half-staff in recognition of the singer. Now those are probably in the state are probably mad all because it was supposed to be in recognition of the those passed on in battle, or in law enforcement. After looking at that, I’ll bet, (and I’ll be the first to say it here) I’ll bet that other states and cities would lower the flags at half-mast in recognition of citizens who were born in a city or state since birth, would get the same. I’ll predict that will happen somehow. Let’s say for instance if a well-known person from Milwaukee, WI passes on. And had been recognized. The mayor could make the city flags to the half mast settings for that person. Or if the governor decides to put the state flags in the same predicament.

When I was in college, I used to have a teacher that used to say, “You’re not going to remember everything”. I’m like what is he talking  about? Really. But he also concluded, “As long if you learned something.” He pointed his finger towards his forehead in a thinking sense. (ala Malcolm X) I hope those of us, who took the time to view the service, have to ask themselves “have I learned something today”? I mean have I really learned what Pastor Marvin Winans had to say? Did I learned what Tyler Perry commented about Whitney’s love for religion after he was credited for sending a private plane to California to bring the body of Whitney to her native New Jersey? Did I learned about what Kevin Costner commented about Whitney being good enough?  Did I learned something about what Bishop T.D. Jakes commented about death can not win, and having God to love? Did I learned anything at all today, even when the pallbearers hoisted Whitney Houston’s chrome casket while the song she caught attention the most during the 90’s “I Will Always Love You?” Towards the end of that, I had no words to comment. In sense of having a loss for words. And to add, alot who were watching the homegoing, probably were jotting down the songs from the service to be useful for their own planning.

Today was a day of learning! There were some references about Whitney Houston I learned. And things that I already know. Plus also references about her that I didn’t know, such as being real in helping folks. Being real about her love for religion. Being real about having Bobbi Kristina as a motivational element in her times of questioning, and advice. Plus struggles. And most of all, Whitney Houston was and is a REAL performer with class. And even though that she had her dilemmas of looking for ways out of her addictions and having her and Kelly Price to sing “Jesus Loves Me” days before her death, Whitney was cool. There might be some haters in which those who are going to comment that “why can’t our military have that in what Whitney had during her homegoing service?” And having to say that it’s a slap in the face? Is that right? The last music superstar that had a homegoing service so huge and did serve……Elvis. So I think those who front on what Whitney had, what Michael had, and other stars had for their last blast of appreciation, need to relax. When we have our last legs, will those will really care to come out? Will our cities and states have the flags lowered? A day off to reflect on us of what we did in all? That’s needs to ponder.

As a fan of Whitney Houston’s music, and a music fan of rediscovering music, I was glad to show some respect today. I didn’t went to any of her concerts, but I watched them on TV. I own three of her music in my collection ranging from the Star Spangled Banner, to her Christmas Album, and her 2009 album.  But as far as artists of color, or any artist that are a favorite, I made a vow to go to their concerts whenever they appear. Simply because, I just want to have that extra memory to last with me for life to say that yeah, I was there!

So to end this, I have to paraphrase what Senator Edward Kennedy once said, at his brother’s funeral for Robert F. Kennedy:  “Love is not an easy feeling to put into words. Nor is loyalty, or trust, or joy. But he was all of these. He loved life completely and he lived it intensely”. In this case for Whitney Houston, I think she was all of those as well. So I as point and look to the heavens, I can say this:

“Whitney, you have rocked this nation. You have rocked this globe. Your God-Given talent was your instrument to instruct, teach, dance, love, respect, and most of all, having an inspiration to make the world a better place. You have won your race. Even though you struggled, and having hard times to express it, and there maybe times we didn’t understand your pain, those of us who stood by you and rooted for you to rise again NEVER STOPPED BELIEVING! Whitney you did your thing. And even though you are in a different realm where no one can’t judge you, you are still a great motivator of faith. That alone, will never stop. And never die. We will continue to play your music, your movies,  your words of advice, and talk about the times that you made us want to dance and sing. Laugh, comfort, stand up, and most of all, love.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston- Thank you for the lessons. And even though you’re not around, and your family’s heart has been wounded, your spirit will continue to  be a beacon of freedom, and never EVER will be extinguished!”

So it is written. So it shall be done. Continue to celebrate, always.

Regards,

Stephen’s Spot – live from Milwaukee, WI.


Today is February 1st, 2012. The first day of Black History Month 2012 which is one of the most recognized (and not racist) celebrations on the calendar.

But today we lost a legend who was indeed a legend with soul. You know the name Don Cornelius. And know the name of Soul Train. Just so you know that I was born in the 70’s when the show came out. I did watched the footages in later years when it was in it’s peak during the eighties and nineties until 1993. And an additional 13 years until 2006. But Soul Train wasn’t just a show. It was a statement. There were times that my African-American folks had to bust down doors and borders to make way. Lots of us know probably don’t know that. But what I have learned that Soul Train was the black side of American Banstand, and stood the standard for standing up proudly. No matter if it was the 70’s with the funk music of James Brown. The R&B music such as Aretha Franklin, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and The Four Tops. The 80’s in which artists like Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Fab 5 Freddy,  and Shalamar came out.The late 80’s and  The 90’s of course had hip hop with Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg. Until 2006, it was passed to Shemar Moore to command the ship.

The dancers from Rosie Perez, Cheryl Song (aka the Asian lady with the long hair) Nelson George, Jody Watley, and all have made their mark. Of course I talk about Yo MTV Raps and others. But Soul Train to me was the blueprint for those other shows. Never forget the Soul Train line! Some of you probably do soul train line at your weddings, dinner functions, picnics, class reunions. Admit it! You have soul now! The name Soul Train has grown from a show to Award Shows. Even it was endorsed by Afro Sheen Hair Products, a first for African-Americans commercials.

Technically, Soul Train opened new endeavors. In which most of us, and especially African-Americans to learn and appreciate the value.  It also opened the door more for Hip Hop, and also yes, Caucasian artists like David Bowie, Elton John and yes Teena Marie. It opened the door to fashion from the Afros, to the Braids, to the High Top Fades. From the Bell Bottom Pants to Hip Hop Jeans. From  Local to National. From Hosting to Producing.

Talk about Love, Peace and Soul. It was important to have that then, and is what is needed now. Especially in 2012. We need to have the Love, Peace and Soul monkier in Milwaukee, where 50% of African-American Men are not working based on variety of issues. Including Racism. We need “Love Peace & Soul” NOW  in ways to mend fences, stop poverty, get healthy, and more importantly ending the constant bickery, mockery, and insane tyraids against those we don’t understand nor things that we don’t comprehend at times that are neutral in American culture. EVEN if it’s against President Obama, or against the new right to vote with Voter ID’s.

Don Cornelius ran his race. He ran it for 75 years. Part of his years during the Civil Rights Movement, was dedicated to Soul Train. Which overall, in my book, had his soul to shine.