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You may have seen this on Facebook. Or any other outlet. Many of us who have posted this stat are taking real stands of what we see in our U.S. Government. And the center of it is number 45. No, I’m not going to use the name, but we know who he is. But however as far as all that “Making America Great Again” in all: NOPE. Time to rally against the thought that many who supported “45” and having his attitude against immigrants, blacks, Mexicans, and many other things that are not like him is just is. Yes, it’s like a call to activism.

WAKE UP!

This is where I stand. To me, FB (or this blog post) is a useful vehicle for connecting with old friends and keeping up with family, but it is also a place for my passion and activism. I believe and respect all opinions, even if they don’t agree with mine, so we can all use FB (or this blog post)to vent.

I believe that our 45th President, his power hungry cronies, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.”

This is my response:

•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years…

•I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

•I will not “work together” to build a wall.

•I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.

•I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.

•I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

•I will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.

•I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

•I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

•I will not “work together” to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.

•I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.

•I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.

•I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.

•I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.

•I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.

•I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.

•I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.

•I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.

•I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.

•I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.

•I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.

•I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.

•I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.

•I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.

•I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a “pre-existing condition.”

•I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.

•I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.

I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.

•I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.

•I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen.

This is my line, and I am drawing it.

•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.

•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN:

That “winning”, “being great again”, “rich” or even “beautiful” is nothing… When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you want, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list.

Signed:

Me. And anyone else that wants in to really save the honor of this Country the right way.

SSP The Struggle Continues

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I know that the holiday of Thanksgiving has ended. Had the chance to eat up the grub that was blessed with. And yes, pie was served with that whip cream. All with the Thanksgiving trimmings with NFL Football in between.

Now I want to call out the fools who want to act a fool on Black Friday with this video:

 

All of you in these videos: really?! This is one of the main reasons why I do not go out and shop on Black Friday. Nope.

I’ve mentioned this years ago (actually 4 years ago) when I blogged like crazy about the disdain about the frenzy Black Friday showdown at the Best Buy’s, JCPenney’s,  ToysRUS, Walmarts, and many other boxed retailers we’ve been shopping all along! WE KNOW. We pass by these stores everyday on our way to work, school, your friends house, your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s house, or your favorite spot just to kick it. Don’t tell me we’ve done it.

Speaking of that, remember when I posted this months “Scratching my head question” months ago:

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Um….Every year, get up early to go to the stores and get the deals, but can’t do the same for the Worship Services?

Um, yeah. Remember that? Remember when I posted that question? Let that sink in. Well many of you probably have done it. If we get up all early for all these Black Friday deals, which is NO DEAL AT ALL per say, why not get up early for Church? Spoiler Alert: you will get up early again for a major holiday, that would be Christmas. Your kids will be the first ones up as usual going to that tree and pop open them gifts like crazy. Oh I know the feeling because I’ve done it. Many of you who are about my age (turning 4o on December 5th) already knows about that anticipation because we did the same thing. Yeah I know that guilt train is still running on time.

But really though, why is it about some folks or many folks have to fight like hell all because of a TV? Or in this video above, why there are some knuckleheads had to start a fight and then it’s on WorldStar or some tabloid website from your own cell phone? Yes I know that many have cell phones and where there is fight, it will be on the internet. Don’t let the cops catch it! Once it goes out, it goes out. Just like your email addresses!  Don’t be so surprised if someone’s sons are in that video, and it will embarrass the family, their chances of getting into college or a club or an organization will be tarnished. Consequences are a bugger.

We know from history like this clip below does not change. It really doesn’t. And plus what do we say to our children who look at the adults that we tell them to act nice in public? Oh I hate to go there.

Folks: if we tell our children to act right, then we as adults better get right with Jesus and his meetings and ACTUALLY do the job. Enough of the mess. No matter what holiday comes up.

End of the rant.


I know many around the world are mourning the victims that are either being remembered and also those who are being treated with injuries. Once again, Paris France is on the spotlight with the acts of concerns with the hit of Terrorism in the country.

Yes folks, it’s the second time in almost 10 months that the city was a target. This attack was yet again all of ISIS’ fault that caused this stir. But the real question is: Why Paris AGAIN? I’m going to say it twice: Why, Paris AGAIN? Some say it’s an act of War according to the French President. Some say it’s once again an act of Religion that continues to harbor the triggers of these acts. Are the folks saying that ALL religion is behind this? Or just this act in theory? Don’t always assume that Religion overall is always the enemy. With me coming from a United Methodist Church Background that is under the Christianity umbrella, I don’t shove no hate down the throat against anyone. That would be like me using a holy oil on someone that doesn’t want it.

The attacks on Paris per say is like attacking those who didn’t deserve to be attacked. Yes, Americans. France is our oldest ally. After all, it was France that backed us in the Revolutionary War against Great Britain in making America it’s own country. Yes we know. They even backed the country in which 9/11 attacks happened. We know. And yes many here in America had to switch on our Social Media Profile pics with the French Flag Overlay in support of the Paris France Citizens that were affected of the recent attacks.

Now I want to say that having a Hashtag and turning your profile pic in supporting Paris is OK. To those questioning that in a negative manner, I guess you don’t have a clue. Many of the folks who have done this, either have a family member or members that are living in Paris, working in Paris, or even spending education time in Paris for their Universities or Colleges. What is the HATE against that? I’m on my Facebook news feeds yet again, and I had to peep at some attitudes about those supporting the Paris thing, and not supporting the communities, or Kenya. Speaking of Kenya, that is where Barack Obama’s Father is from as we all know. But however for Kenya, as many “so-called conscious” folks knows, they had an attack in which over 100 plus of the citizens had perished earlier THIS YEAR IN APRIL! Probably killed. And when word got out for that, OH HERE THEY COME! They had to bust out the commentary about, “Oh you care about Paris, but forgot about Kenya or Beirut, or folks just forgot about Mizzou’s problem of racism.” REALLY?! For all you so-called conscious folks on the social media, be aware that death does not take a holiday. And to quote Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “There are no vacations for The Undertaker.” When you woke up this morning, no matter when you woke up about whatever time zone you wake up to, did anyone of us in America knew about Kenya’s problem? Nope! What about those in Paris that knew about Milwaukee’s problems. Does the Paris Community know about our problems of Segregation, unemployment among black, health problems in all? HELL NO! This is just as bad facing terrorism as much as facing gang activity in the hood! Come on folks! And just to think, we’ve been here before. Think back to 9/11. That one morning that we all felt when those towers collapsed, and guess who was one of our supporters when the country was hit? France. What city in France? Paris. Yes, we know that Bush set it up in a sense that he knew those of a Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein that was on the sidelines cheering that we got sucker punched on that Tuesday Morning. The assassinations of MLK, JFK, RFK were bigger news back then that rocked the country to its core! And yes, my conscious black people, I know about 9/11/1801 when our black people were pictured with being hanged from a tree! I KNOW!!!!! All I had to do is to watch the pic on the most common Social Media Platform: Facebook.

CALLOUT: I have a question, where is the real story/references about 9/11/1801?!!!! I want footnotes, summaries, ACTUAL INFORMATION, and also real references that this actually happened. NO BS MEMES! NONE OF THAT! If those probably pulled that to just make folks read that on Social Media without any backup information, YOU HAVE FAILED! I’m not part of that young crowd readers without backup. I am a Seasoned Vet that wants the full detailed information! Challenges are being sent right now!

But on the support of Paris though. Yes there are those who are going to say, “You support a country that you see on TV but never support your own community.” Hmmmmm….I would like to agree with that, but partially I don’t. You never know that someone or anyone would support the Paris Community, and THEIR OWN at the same darn time! Just like the whole Trayvon Martin thing. But Americans, especially some black folks probably forgotten that what happened to Trayvon could happen in your community! The same with the killings in Beirut and Kenya, could be the same of some incident in the countryside where nothing happens. But could happen! I saw some pictures of those in Paris on Facebook that read: Black Lives Matter. Even supporting the I Can’t Breathe moniker. And this movement that some criticize about in this country, is being also talked about and supported in other countries like France.

Hell, there is racism in Europe. Anyone who felt that the #BLM movement is a farce? Watch it.

Finally, let me comment this. I’m not going to say it in French, but English. To the citizens of Paris, France. We hear you. You’ve been hurt. Rattled with violence. Shaken with pain. And had to start thinking about those that you lost in ways of saying farewells. Importantly, it is with this I say that you must rise up. And you will indeed rise up. No matter what ISIS or any other group that deals with terrorism thinks! Be up on your game. We know how us Americans felt on 9/11 and other events of terrorism that harbored the country, and yet our communities. So yes, Paris. There are those in the country and well as other countries will stand with you in prayer. (Even some of you might not like it, but still!) And we hope you will pray for the communities in America that don’t get enough footage about a school racked with racism, or communities in the African Decent areas are being target by the police. High Unemployment among African-American Men and etc.

Paris, Beirut, Kenya, and all other countries or cities being harmed with this terrorism thing: It’s real now. The struggle continues!


I’m going to bust out some questions that really have my head scratching. Some fun, mostly serious. Usually I do this around the end of the year, but this is a warm up in which in December, next month you will see a different turn out.

  • I know it just ended, but why do folks on FB (in a negative sense) spelled Halloween like this: “Holloween”?
  • Has Sheriff David Clarke really put himself over his head about Police Brutality being over? And being scared of black media like Roland Martin on TVOne?
  • Do we really need Paul Ryan to head the Speaker of the House?
  • Anyone from your past STILL has a crush on you and don’t know it?
  • We know (mostly in Milwaukee) Sheriff David Clarke and is almost related conservative commentary. So why the phrase, “Black Lies Matter?”
  • Speaking of which, do people really think that Black Lives Matter is out to kill cops?
  • Take a wild guess: Still, despite of the suggestion of Louis Farrakhan from the “Justice or Else” Rally, are you really going to do Christmas shopping and tell your kids that “I picked out those gifts, instead of Santa Claus?”
  • Veteran’s Day is coming up. Whose lighting the houses green?
  • Will us Sagittarians be really ready after the Scorpios give up the Zodiac Baton? And rule the 9th house as any Sag should?
  • Why did the Christmas stuff came out SO EARLY in the stores? Right after Halloween?
  • For those who like to sabotage High School Class Reunions, or any Reunion: WHAT IS YOUR BEEF?!!!!!
  • For all those who say “We can’t find anyone in the black community” in relation to jobs, where and what are you digging?
  • For the Church Haters out there: Are you really believing that ALL CHURCH MEMBERS AND BISHOPS, MINISTERS, are all the same team to take your money and be pimpish?
  • For all you BGLO/Divine 9’rs out there, DO YOU REALLY invite Iota Phi Theta to your functions, or you just leave them off your plans to attend? Just don’t say, “well we attempt to contact everybody to come…….” TRY HARDER! I mean it with love.
  • Will you, the average voter are assuming that after President Obama leaves office in 2017, still believe that the “nightmare” will be over?
  • Will the Green Bay Packers win the Superbowl, WITHOUT Jordy Nelson and prove to have 14 NFL Straps?
  • For all you Conscious folks out there, always posting those memes on Facebook, and Instagram. Are you really serious about the things you say and believe, or what?
  • Why do folks on Facebook have to post a “photoshop” photo of President Obama and Michelle in a Pimp and Prostitute look? Are they really this dumb?
  • For those who are looking for a man, (especially Single Black Women looking for love) why at times do you have to say all men ain’t you know what? And having this bitter generalization attitude? Not every man you generalize is not your father who left you at 13 or earlier!
  • Not to pick on the Italians, but why was a young gymnast from your country had to say something about painting her skin dark to win gym matches? REALLY?!!!
  • Here is a question: black folks I need to ask, when facing all the problems in the cities, northern cities per say: Why move to Atlanta? Does the ATL have problems like oh……….Milwaukee? Or any other city that deals with high unemployment, racism,black violence,  discrimination against Blacks, etc. No matter where you go, there are problems EVERYWHERE! Especially in states where Slavery started. Just saying.
  • Can those who have Drones flying around, actually get jobs with big bucks?
  • Can Rachel Dolazal and Raven-Symone be really traded?
  • Speaking of Halloween, most religious folks think it’s the devil’s holiday. Do they realize that has connections to All Saint’s Day, that is a religious occasion? And oh, by the way, not to knock on anything or anyone, the devil does not take a holiday. Even if it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, your baby’s birthday, or 9/11. I’M JUST SAYING!!! Be on watch!
  • And the last question: why are our kids whom are 7 to 11 years old, in Milwaukee are getting robbed for these Hoverboards? And the thing is they probably robbed them for some drug money. Or because they are poor for not having food, and didn’t mean to do it. Think about it.

There will be more to come. Just wait for it toward the end of the year.


Here it is WordPress.

I’m about to comment this latest shooting that recently occurred in South Carolina. Yeah, that one. Im sure many in the country have seen it and read it. Walter Scott, a 50 year old black male was gunned down in the back in his home state by here again, a white police officer. Now before anyone gets on the #BlueLivesMatter tip, the man he shot was a black veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard!  And by the way, if anyone believes that using the words “black and veteran” is a bad thing, trust me its not! I say Black Veterans all the time, and to the hyper sensitive folks: its NOT racist! Black folk that were in Uniform fought hard and served for these United States over the years and decades and even centuries! And to the Michael Savages of the world, EVEN WORLD WAR II! Just a thought.

It seems that its a recurring theme when this happens. All the time when we read about black men or black women who are unarmed getting killed for no reason, and yes when the proverbial word goes out in supporting the officer of innocence, the deceased of the bullet has to suffer. Mainly more, it’s the deceased of the black man and black women has to suffer through their families of losing that father, mother, son or daugther. And extended relative. We see it. We read about it. And many had to talk smack on Facebook about the “ha ha’s” of them being black and getting shot in the street. No matter what they did while they were living. How is it that when America hears of sees a news story about a person’s death, who’s black in their working prime, they had to go to the analyticity of their backgrounds to see what they did, and call them out as a bad individual? Like here in Wisconsin, we lost Tony Robinson, Dontre Hamiltion, Bo Morrison, Ernest Lacy, Derek Williams, Darius Simmons, and many others similiar to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tasir Rice, Eric Garner, and countless others? Even those countless others whom were killed by police of Black Women. When Tony Robinson was killed and his story was featured on Instagram, some dude here in the state had to say something stupid like “thank you Madison Police Department for getting the scum off the streets.” REALLY?! And then he committed Armed Robbery PREVIOUSLY way before he was shot, and labled him as a bad person. Oh, wow! Really?!!!

For this Walter Scott, a 50 year old African American Male, who was running away from the North Chaleston Police UNARMED, that was no excuse of the officer who fired the gun and killing this U.S. Armed Forces Veteran! For those who like to say #AllLivesMatter, I’m putting this out here: If all LIVES REALLY MATTERED, why was Walter’s black life cut short again? And to those who say #BlueLivesMatter in regarding the officer, Michael Slager I hate to say this, but they have no idea! NONE! I ask this also, where is the judgment factor? And it was all caught on digital video.

This weekend, the family of Walter Scott is planning and doing the home-going services in South Carolina. One was on Saturday, and there will be one on Sunday. Knowing yes, that the burial might include full military honors in all in his memory. And after that is all over, his struggle, his wrongful death, his vengeance per say will not be forgotten! And if Officer Michael Slager gets off Scot-Free in the shooting of Walter Scott in any manner, don’t be surprised if he makes the list that would be found not guilty. But in this case, in the reaction of it, he is guilty! And what will the #BlueLivesMatter activists say on that?


Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014-The year of the Horse

It’s another year. Another time to run the gambit. Another chance to resolve. Now, let me do the “Traditional Stephen’s Spot” listing of things that I want to see and don’t want ever see again in 2014. Seven to see, and seven I don’t want to see!  So here we go: 

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For the seven I want to see:

1) I want to see more job opportunities for us Americans. Especially African-Americans who are still struggling to find work. And also since the Affordable Care Act is in effect, get checked!!! No more waiting around to see if your existing condition or physical is non negotiable. Just saying. In regarding work, Milwaukee NEEDS MORE CAREERS  THAN JOBS that can stick! We know that Wisconsin is a Work at Will state meaning that your job could be gone like in 3 weeks or 3 months. Get a Career that can stick on you for 15 – 20 years to help to pay off a Student Loan Debt.

2) I want to see more chance of citizens to get active. Not just on a “seasonal effect.” But everyday. Like getting folks out to vote, perhaps? Or better yet, get your relatives together and do some stuff. Family meetings, trips, outings or many other things you haven’t tried.

3) If you going to use “your” in your sentence: CORRECTLY USE IT! Especially those who use Social Media. I mean many of the spellings need to be screaming to say, you need to go back and relearn how to spell! Jeez!

4) If those on the Hyper Sensitive Side thinks that certain things or objects will bother them, in the year of what they don’t understand: Heed my advice – Please, and I mean this in a sense of understanding: GET YOUR LIFE! I don’t have to like what story or topic that is not pleasing to me, I use the K.I.M. effect. As in Keep It Movin.  Can that be done? I don’t care if it’s Technology, or what was said on Facebook, or what was indicated in the past. Or maybe what could have been. I know that the ghosts of the past might play a role of barriers, but still move on it! Ain’t nobody got time for hyper sensitiveness! I’m just saying! Word to those who are “GHOST FOLLOWERS” if someone on a list is criticizing you or a group of you that is hating you that you don’t show your pics public on platforms like Instagram or Pinterest, I’m just saying: Check them out first, and if you like what they display, then you can like and show! And if not, move forward. That’s right I said it! And furthermore, what is a Ghost Follower, anyway?!! School me on that.

5)  The Black Clubs of Milwaukee must stand up to the intolerance of racial angles from those who think the clubs are for those who shoot up and get drunk. 2013 was one of those years that it was talked about. Let 2014 start a new fire to strike back for the clubs in the brew city.

6) VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!!!!!!  2014 is a Midterm Voting year. If those of us were sick and tired of the “Tea Party Tidalwave” from 2010-2011, get out and vote. Even though that Obama is not on the ballot, but your Aldermans, Mayors, or yet Governors are on the ticket for their jobs. Wisconsin: if you don’t like Scott Walker – GET HIM OUT! Have that “Anybody but Walker” on your mindset when going to the polls this year.  This part is for America only.

7) Come up with new stuff.  I mean that is an ongoing thing. Help out your Alumni groups of forming new ideas. Along with churches. 2014 maybe one of those years that changes could happen upfront. Or take time.  Or get this: If you like your Zodiac side to get acquainted, get involved with a gathering locally. Doesn’t have to be your zodiac season, but it could be fun to have an All Zodiac Day in your city. For example, If the Sagittarius folks in Milwaukee can get together and hook up for an event along with Leos and Aries, call it a Fire Zodiac Sign event! I’m just saying. Think about it! And if you are a type to get the party started for a dance, get the crowd pumped up. Ain’t nothing wrong with it. I know the Grown and Sexy folks do it alot, but these young Thundercats?!!! Y’all better learn! Plus also if a person or persons on Social Media says F—-your Christmas or whatever, take the highroad and say, peace and blessings. It’s not a sign of disrespect. Jeez! Don’t hate on a guy or group just because THEY Had a Christmas Season party and you didn’t. Maybe……you know what: I will be addressing this more. In another blog story.

NOW: The things I don’t want to see in 2014:

8) If the issue of Racism is on the table, don’t assume it’s a thing to say “Oh, I’m colorblind, it’s a post-racial society”. I don’t see no utopias!

9) Only for Milwaukee: We have this reputation of there’s nothing to do. WELL FIND SOMETHING TO DO! OR MAKE SOMETHING TO DO! As long as it keeps you here, it matters. We know Milwaukee has a high rep of being a Segregated City, and folks leave out in droves. But for those of us who are here, fight back!

10) I don’t want to hear officials to call into radio stations to “Tone it down.” If you hear that, they are WAY TOO SENSITIVE! Don’t listen! And I don’t want to see nor hear folks talking down or not be educated about their history. Um….this goes for us black folks.

11) NO MORE CREDIT CHECKS for jobs please!

12) If those who say they will not vote in any election: you just made the laws setup for keeping you out of the halls and more jobs might not be accessible. Hey Milwaukee, are you listening? Don’t do that.

13) No more showing up at job fairs all slouching! I’m putting my clothes stuff here. Come dressed up like you want a job. No jeans, nor haltertops, no fuzzy slippers or pajama bottoms,  no B.S. crap on resumes. I don’t want to hear none of these “companies” ranting about competition. Ranting about the next guy ahead. Ranting about Social Media hand overs. NONE! This goes for the Wisconsin folks.

14) And the thing that I don’t want to see in 2014……….if a well known dance like the running man, or a well known dance that a certain ethnic group stole to make money to market, it’s already been marketed! It’s been marketed through creativity not just to sell and get a youtube rating. Don’t front!

But other than that: Happy New Year! Let’s get it poppin!

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The Snake Year of 2013 is going to be slithered into retirement. But before we pop the champagne bottles and get drunk for 2014, aka the Year of the Horse, let me say that the year of 2013 was not one of those years in which the year wasn’t going to be messed with.  In a sense of normalcy. But right now, let’s review the good, the bad and the downright ugly:

The Goods:

  • President Barack Obama got sworn in as President yet again, this time on MLK Day. The second time that in a while that a Democratic president got the chair twice since Bill Clinton. And plus, Sunny Obama was introduced as another first dog.
  • Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. Do they have a reason to be joyful after being captured for 10 years in Cleveland? Yes.
  • The Affordable Care Act. – You’re Covered.
  • Canada’s own, Rob Ford. Really?
  • During the Thanksgiving Holiday, Marissa Alexander was SENT HOME! Under House Arrest and monitoring.  And a new trial will be awaiting for her in 2014.
  • 2013 was  a year that the 50th Anniversaries of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, and a solemn remembrance of JFK were remembered and celebrated.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority turned 100 years old, plus Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority celebrated 105 years.
  • Not a fan of the Baltimore Ravens, but they did beat the Niners in the “blackout” Superbowl.
  • Boston overcame some adversity after the marathon bombing, but the Red Sox still won the World Series.
  • Miami Heat repeated as NBA World Champions.
  • For the Wisconsin Badgers, A new coach – Gary Andersen, and a new tradition of pregame speeches shown before the games were implemented. Plus also the Touchdown Dance of Melvin Gordon and James White.
  • Mayweather is still the man.
  • MSNBC’s Karen Finney got a new show called Disrupt.
  • John Cena vs The Rock part II – yeah you watched it. Plus also, The Undertaker is still unbeaten at Wrestlemania like what, 21 Times?!!!!
  • The day after Wrestlemania 29, the fans and their chants.
  • The Green Bay Packers BEATING THE COWBOYS in Texas for the first time since……..1989.  Plus also, Eddie Lacy has been a stud thus far in the Running Back department. Take notes, NFL! In speaking of the Packers, during week 9 of the regular season, Aaron Rodgers suffered a collarbone injury and was sidelined for about a month. However, when December 29th came (27 days after his 30th birthday) he came back and won a winner take all game against a team that put him out: The Chicago Bears. Plus also, Donald Driver retires after 14 years in the green and yellow. And his retirement announcement was a first for public at Lambeau Field in Black History Month.
  • The Catholics got a new pope – Pope Francis I and plus, he’s a Sagittarius. He also quoted about Gay Catholics and their role in doing God’s Work: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
  • The Milwaukee Bucks got a new Coach of Larry Drew. Plus the new coach has a family in the Milwaukee area.
  • For the technological side of things, AT&T got a new Go Phone – Samsung Galaxy Express. 4GLTE in all.
  • Speaking of Technology, remember back in the day when Knight Rider and Power Rangers had their characters talking into watches? Now it’s a reality, thanks to Samsung.  And on top of that, prepare to see Google Glass on your faces to surf the net.
  • Speaking of Wrestlemania: Diddy and Living Colour performed. And marked the first time that a well known black hip hop, and black rock artists performed under one roof.
  • At the theaters: The Hangover Part III, White House Down, The Internship, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, The Butler, Black Nativity – speaking of Black Nativity, it does have a Milwaukee Connection by the name of Jacob Lattimore.
  • Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey hooked up. Her network, his shows. Monster collaboration. Admit it: The Haves and the Have Nots was a HOT Show!
  • Kerry Washington rocked the house this year: Scandal, Peeples and SNL.
  • Jay Z and Beyonce brought new reasons to Music Album previews online. Putting out albums surprisingly on Smartphone Apps, and Itunes way before the stores. Talk about freaking geniuses.
  • What was trending? #blacktwitter and it was not racist.
  • The Essence Festival and MSNBC teamed up. And NAACP President Ben Jealous steps down as of December 31st.
  • True Blood! Enough said.
  • BREAKING NEWS:  GMA’s Robin Roberts became a member of the LGBT Community. Let her have her platform. As well as Darren Young of the WWE, Raven-Symone, Queen Latifah, and even Jason Collins. Plus DOMA is dead.  
  • Instagram got the videos working on Smartphones.
  • The Arsenio Hall Show returns after 19 years. With an upgraded Dawg Pound, Posse 2.0, and mixing the old school with the new. I have to say: never seen her perform, but dang Tiffany Haddish!  – Black Unicorns in all. I mean that in a good way.
  • Gabrielle Union’s show on BET “Being Mary Jane” was on point.
  • Kevin Hart’s movie – Let Me Explain was hot hit. Hey Hollywood, still fear black actors?
  • The March on Washington turned 50 years old. With commemorations from those who were there the first time, and those who be willing to carry on the spirit of the  march.
  • The Royals got a new baby.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed an idea to eliminate the use of Credit Checking for those who are looking for work, school, etc.
  • Henry Louis Gates gave us a new form of history – The African-Americans: Many rivers to cross. A series that EVERYONE should have paid attention to in regarding 500 years of African-American history.
  • The Real Husbands of Hollywood. So funny, so funny. Mitches.
  • Conan O’ Brien/Kevin Hart/Ice Cube – That Lyft skit was so hilarious! Facebook and Twitter continued to dominate.
  • For the Milwaukee and Wisconsin side of things: A streetcar project is in the ongoing works. Amazon would be added to Kenosha. In the Milwaukee Black Market Area – Tom Joyner, Rickey Smiley, and Al Sharpton’s shows have all have been replugged into Milwaukee Black Radio. The Milwaukee Courier and The Madison Times collaborated with a new connection in reaching out to our collective black communities. Milwaukee Native, George Tillman, Jr. came back to be honored for his work in film via the Milwaukee Film Festival. Plus also, the Milwaukee Public Schools sold the former Malcolm X Academy in conjunction to make that a future school, housing, and community center in the Bronzeville District.
  • Milwaukee’s WNOV became the lone wolf of Black Radio. Plus it was “upgraded” with extra hours and formats.
  • Harley-Davidson turned 110 years old, and Milwaukee was rumbling with lots of thunder and a sea of bikes. Plus also Director F. Gary Gray made an appearance at an IronElite exhibit.
  • South Beach Tow. Watched it. Bernice don’t play!
  • For Me: 2013 also marked the year that I made an “American Discovery” of meeting new Family members in Indianapolis. This was a breakthrough of the ages!  – my breakthrough award of the year. Got promoted to an Alumni Treasurer of my old high school, visited the 30 Americans exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum, plus my church made an transitional change to community in the Milwaukee County Parks.
  • Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday, Man Crush Monday, Women Crush Wednesday – oh,  don’t stop the music.
  • Dream Defenders made an impact in Florida.
  • A new network made its debut: Al-Jazeera America, and the haters went wild.  Dumb Americans.
  • I get Selfies. I’ve been doing selfies, before Selfies became selfies! Yeah I said it. And no, Selfies are not selfish.

On my Radio in 2013: FYI – NO JUSTIN BIEBER, NO WHACK RAPPERS, AND NO MILEY CYRUS!!!!

  • Teena Marie – Rare Breed
  • Jody Watley – Nightlife
  • Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N.
  • 2 Chainz – Feds Watching
  • Drake – Started from the bottom now we’re here
  • Adina Howard – Switch
  • Booker T (as in Booker T & M.G.’s) Sound The Alarm
  • Ciara – Sophomore
  • Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
  • Brand New Heavies (I still listen to them) – So You Remember, Lights, Addicted, Turn the Music Up, Forward,Lifestyle
  • Daft Punk (along with Pharrell and  Nile Rodgers) – Get Lucky
  • Eminem – Survival and Bezerk
  • Jay Z – Holy Grail, Picasso Baby
  • Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie, Take Back The Night
  • LL Cool J – Whaddup
  • Trombone Shorty – Fire And Brimstone, Shortyville
  • Wale – Love Hate Thing
  • R. Kelly – I know Black Panties is blowing up Female readers, but the song Shut Up has the radio buzzing.
  • Kendrick Lamar – Control; plus also he gets my breakout the real deal award of the year.
  • Chris Brown (for this one reason and reason only) Fine China
  • Tamar Braxton – Love and War
  • Not a fan of Gospel Music, but if you are: Tamela Mann- Take Me To The King. And many of you church goers probably do praise dances to that song.
  • Beyonce – Drunk ln Love

The Bad Stuff:

  • Racism still happened. Even though those who say we live in a “post-racial society” and possess no real racism. Get out of the gutters!
  • Rush Limbaugh had some supporters missed. No surprise. And some gained on his side.
  • The Michael Baisden Show ended at 7 years on the radio. His show was the real deal unlike some of the “conservatives” who don’t tell the truth. Plus his show was a favorite among African-Americans.
  • Beyonce had a lyric in a sample song that featured “Bow Down B*tches”. Ummm…….. that remains a bombshell of a question.
  • Speaking of Jay Z, dude got mad because Harry Belafonte called him and Beyonce out. – For Social Responsibility. A boy, really?!!!!! Good rapper, but……needs to respect the elders! And what was Queen Bey’s thing with the sampling recording from the 1986 Challenger Explosion?
  • Darius Simmons in Milwaukee was shot by John Spooner – who by the way is serving life in jail, which was gathered news after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in Florida.
  • Boston Massacre Bombing. And the city was on lockdown for a week.
  • A report of Aaron Rodgers as gay. I don’t believe in the B.S. Neither the writers who started the rumor. Dumb Americans.
  • Here in Milwaukee, one of black Milwaukee’s well known radio stations without warning, 1290 WMCS ended in Black History Month 2013. Leaving a void in Black Radio in the city. And many never heard of it. Wow, really Wisconsin?!!! Unceremoniously it was sold to a Pennsylvania  Company and having this assumption that Milwaukee needed Elvis. Now turned Martini Radio. And since then, I have NOT listened to the new WMCS.
  • Kim Kardashian/Kanye West – Oh, let me go in on Kanye: Dude was tripping. And the Confederate flag thing was tired. Can the spirit of Donda West come down from heaven and strike fear in this boy?!!!! How can a guy like Kanye go from Jesus Walks to New Slaves of Yeezus?!!!!!
  • Suge Knight/TMZ – About the N word category, Um, No……
  • Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Porsha Stewart thought that the Underground Railroad actually had a train. DUMB!!!!! And she’s Hosea Williams Great Grand Daughter?!!!
  • A Milwaukee Brewers player admits PED’s: Ryan Braun.
  • Ex-Milwaukee Bucks player Brandon Jennings predicted the Bucks would beat the Miami Heat in 4 games in the NBA Playoffs. WRONG!
  • 102. The amount of Homicides in Milwaukee in 2013.
  • Milwaukee’s Bronzeville were not happy about a Dollar Tree in the area. It was supposed to be a local food market.
  • I never watched not one episode of Duck Dynasty. Even after the unappreciative comments.
  • Megyn Kelly and her racist angle about Santa Claus. Oh really?!!!! Anyone can be a Santa Claus in every family. Duh!!!
  • CNN had to let go Roland Martin and Soledad O’Brien.  But they found successes elsewhere. Roland got hooked up with NewsOne Now and Soledad has gone Starfish Media in helping AlJaeezra America.
  • Martin Bashir was let go from MSNBC. But about him commenting about Sarah Palin from him was the truth anyway.
  • Jason Newton, Portia Young, Shelley Walcott were all let go from the Milwaukee News Market and found new ventures. But there is a question: What is up with Milwaukee’s problem trying to retain well thoughtful BLACK News Anchors, besides Mike Anderson, Kim Murphy, and Beverly Taylor? Plus there was a forum about African Americans in Milwaukee News and Media,  but it was never reported. TV wise.
  • Best Funeral Ever. – Um, no. Don’t let that show back on TV!!!!!
  • MZ Transporation announced in 2013 that it will be overseeing the Milwaukee County Transit System. Plus it’s a Black Owned Company.
  • Milwaukee lost another form of communication: Labor Free Press Union newspaper and also The Onion.
  • So far, for the total job count in Wisconsin: 104,372. And no it’s not at 250,000 under Scott Walker.
  • Scott Walker’s book Unintimitated. Not a very good seller. Could that be a bad omen of not running for President?

The Flat OUT Ugly:

  • AGAIN! Black Girls Rock is not racist. Note to those who wanna know and having this #WhiteGirlsRock backlash. (Uneducated Twitter folks)
  • Government Shutdown. Really? Look out Republicans, 2014 maybe a bad year for the seats you hold.
  • The Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of the 60’s. But paved way for Marriage Equality in it’s place? Nothing against Marriage Equality, but really SCOTUS?!!!!
  • A shooting at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • The first snowfall prior to Christmas 2013 had 30 accidents. Including it made news.
  • Call out: Employers need to stop hating of what they really want in employers. As in labeling folks being overqualified, etc. Obviously, they better really observe what’s really going on. That was on going in 2013. – Greater Milwaukee Area, better take notes! No more of this mess of being out of sync. They know darn well that the MAJORITY of the city citizens need WORK!  Nevermind the competition nor what is on the resume! Employers need to stop the pettiness of those who don’t have a decent credit rating. This past Christmas season approximately 2 Million Families were on Unemployment Benefits and the stores were worried about their retail stock?!!!!!!
  • Call out AGAIN: Facebook users who pick and delete need to stop being so picky. If you unfriended someone based on what was said or displayed, then why did you friend him/her in the first place? Duh! People don’t think. The same with Instagram, Google Plus, Twitter, and many others.
  • The name Emmett Till was resurrected this year not only for the misuse rap lyric of Lil’ Wayne, but also in the wake and death of Trayvon Martin.
  • A black male teen was accused of shoplifting a $300.00 belt in which he paid for in a store called Barney’s in NY. Oh really? And the store better smarten up it’s profiling options! And Jay Z’s response was?………..
  • Ani DiFranco said what?!!! That Solidarity is for White Women?!!!
  • A church was under fire for having a display replacing the baby Jesus with a bloody Travyon Martin model in a hoodie. SHAMEFUL! And on top of that, that church is under the United Methodist Banner. And to me, as a member, I am appalled and ashamed that here is again, Trayvon Martin is being used as a sign of stupidity. The United Methodist Church better come down HARD AS HELL on this church for this debauchery act!!!!!!!!
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke had to be a hater in 2013. First, he made a commercial of the wolf at the door in defending your home, and telling WNOV to tone it down with host Sherwin Hughes at the controls. The Sheriff is a high ranking official. Of course he’s a hater and will get called out! Duh!!! And, he rides a horse!!!!! (in my Sherwin Hughes/David Clarke imitation voice)
  • Justin Beiber retiring at 19?!!! Really? Enter the shoulder shrugging in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 …………. Comment? Plus also he had to be stupid about Black History Month.
  • SNL got caught with a confession: no black women in the last couple of years, has ever been apart of the starting cast. They better learn and smarten up!
  • BLACKFACES.   NO!!!! That was flatout ugly and stupid. And those that don’t know the history better learn today!
  • George Zimmerman was found Not Guilty in shooting Trayvon Martin – ugly. And the profiling of young African-American males still lingers. Are you listening America? – And that was worth of losing your Social Media folks? Really?!!!!
  • Country Singer Darius Rucker gets called out by a racist tweet for his craft in country music. Um, do folks know that black people STARTED Country Music?!!!! – Dumb Americans.
  • As a member of the United Methodist Church and I must MUST ask this question: Why the hate against pastors like Frank Schaefer who was defrocked in the UMC? DEFROCKED?!!!!! And also, why are those old heads in the UMC don’t like the idea of E-Offering and E-Communion? Aren’t we supposed to “Rethink Church?”
  • Justine Sacco – Her AIDS Tweet was ridiculous. Seriously.
  • The Cheerios Commercial with the interracial couple received a barnstorm full of hate. Um, really Americans?!!!
  • The twitter fan folks in the NBA had to hate a 11 year boy, Sebastien De La Cruz,  for signing the National Anthem. Really? And everyone thought that this Mexican boy in a mariachi was about to shake things up. Clearly, he’s American born.
  • CALL OUT: Harlem Shake/Twerking – If those don’t know the history, they are lost! Plus for the Harlem Shake, Melissa Harris-Perry schooled those who “thought” they knew. And twerking, it started with the Mapouka in Africa. (black folks) Learn it, Americans.
  • Lil’ Wayne makes a video called “God Bless Amerika”, and in a scene he “stomps” on a American setting an uproar among the so-called America audience on the USA Today Website. Even wanting to hang him. REALLY?!!! STUPID!
  • Dr. Ben Carlson  on the ACA Act being tied to slavery- Um no…..
  • Christina Jenkins, remember her? She got a 10,000 check after her receipt was found with the N*gger word on it while working at Red Lobster.
  • Kiera Wilmot, Remember her? She was the 16 year old high school student that got expelled from her school for a science experiment. But she will be getting a Scholarship from NASA after Graduation.
  • Scott Walker writes to the Washington Post about what can Wisconsin can Teach Washington. Uh, what a load of B.S.
  • Nick Cannon got schooled by Joe Madison (aka The Black Eagle) in his response of commentary from Ted Nugent.  And Nugent doesn’t like black folks as much on his racist angle.

Scratching my head all this time 2013:

  • Black People – why are we are STILL saying “ratchet?”
  • This is nothing new, what will it take to get more MEN back in church?
  • Black People, why was a black WOMAN in a noose in a Halloween picture smiling that was passed around on Facebook?
  • What was up with the Bus Fights?
  • Why are Employers are researching folks who have bad credit, and not allowing them to get hired? And checking out their Social Media pages to see what kind of person they are? LEAVE THEM ALONE!
  • Why are Milwaukee County Residents at times of angles are Sensitive to Black Radio and still listen?
  • Why were Black Clubs in Milwaukee getting shut down by the likes of Alderman Bob Bauman, and those who had to jump on his bandwagon of hate against black establishments?
  • Hyper Sensitive people who criticize folks being on Smartphones, Ipads, Iphones and others: I have a question/suggestion – CAN YOU PLEASE GET YOUR LIFE?!!!! Ain’t nobody talking about you! Can you do that please?
  • It’s tired, but can Alderman Bob Donovan and the so-called antagonists of Milwaukee PLEASE shut up about the Milwaukee Streetcar? And the city can use the streetcar to move up IN THE 21st CENTURY?
  • Why was State Senator Ted Cruz had to bust out with Dr. Seuss’ book Green Eggs and Ham for about 21 hours all because of the Shutdown?!!!!
  • Was the Knockout Game really that over hyped like Punch Buggy Red? Wow Really? (If you don’t know what punch buggy red is, ask anyone who is Gen X.)
  • Wal-Martians!!!! What about that?
  • Caucasian folks, I like some of you, but can some of you please stop with the whole get over it phrases of slavery and racism? The more it’s talked about, the more it’s a lesson. And more of “you” need to listen to get out of denial.
  • When President Obama had his foot on the desk, shook hands with Raul Castro, and doing a “selfie” what was the haps? Really Americans?!!!!!
  • When the NY Times visited the spots in Milwaukee, why was Harley-Davidson NOT MENTIONED? And about their Benghazi reporting? Really?!!!
  • Was Windows 8.1 really THAT confusing or what?
  • When Nelson Mandela passed, not many folks knew about him. But the Paul Walker fans? Really? Not knocking the hustle of what was left behind.
  • Not knocking the fashion tip, but the punk look? Really?!! Just asking.
  • I asked this last and will do this year: Why do certain folks, fear folks who are real? And don’t even talk to them or come together? Like Sex Therapy Adviser Experts, Civil Rights, Race, LGBT, the Church, etc. Um, hello?
  • Can anyone explain this phrase of Cray? and also, Amazeballs?
  • If approved, will the Milwaukee Bucks new arena attract more to the population?
  • Why did the critics had to get an attitude when Oprah Winfrey had to tell the BBC about racism in America? Um…….it was the truth.
  • Preachers of L.A. had it’s share of the spotlight, so why are folks hating that Pastors have big houses and fancy cars? Oh, let’s not forget what Bishop T. D. Jakes said. But wait, the Bishop got caught with Tyler Perry(with all due respect)  had his hand on his head………….. and ask why? And why did Jesus had haters?
  • When Billy Ray Cyrus was giving his reaction about Miley’s  “twerking”, he wished for world peace. Ok, but really. Why not the real question of her behavior?!
  • Really Black Christians?!!!! Erica Campbell’s dress was not “holy enough” in a photo shoot? Define that please.
  • Will Mary Burke win Wisconsin in 2014 IF SHE CAN get the black support against Scott Walker?
  • Does Newaukee and Historic Milwaukee actually know black folks besides a few minorities and a LGBT representative?
  • When Rachel Jeantel was describing “Cracker A** Cracker” why did those in America got shocked? I’ve heard this before, hey reference Chris Rock! Plus also, Tom Joyner jumped in to help out in her education endeavors to an HBCU College of her choice. Anyone hating that?

Those that we lost: This year of 2013 was year that more legends and those that never got a chance to shine, were clocked out. As my mother would say, The saints are getting out of here!

  • Nelson Mandela
  • James Gandolfini
  • Roger Ebert
  • Annette Funicello
  • Richie Havens
  • Chris Kelly aka Mac Daddy (1/2 of Kris Kross)
  • Jean Stapleton (Edith from All in the Family)
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Jim Kelly
  • Cory Monteith
  • Lou Myers
  • Richie Havens
  • George Duke
  • Lee Thompson Young
  • Lord Infamous of Three Six Mafia
  • Leroy Bonner – Sugarfoot from the Ohio Players
  • Paul Walker

Here in Milwaukee, those have gone to glory:

  • Lauri Wynn – Civil Rights activist, educator
  • James G. White – Milwaukee County Supervisor
  • Ella Washington – Member of the Milwaukee Heritage Chorale
  • Al Culbreath – First black model in Milwaukee

And to those that I know:

Many of  you “West coast” reader folks remember Laura Weiss-Lampert. Probably through her work, and religious affiliation. Personally, I’ve known her since high school in Milwaukee back in the 90’s. She was a 1993 graduate of Milwaukee John Marshall High School and a positive member of the Marshall Band. Laura passed away on May 30th this year after a long battle of Metastatic Cancer. But a year ago, she left a commentary going through her illness she was facing at the time. A life long lesson to learn indeed. 

In Milwaukee, an adopted relative of mine passed at 15 years old, Amari Vann. She passed away back in the summer.  I want my younger readers of my blog to pay attention, even if you had to stumble on this blog with or without your parents permission. It concerns the issue of suicide. Many of you probably had relatives or family members, or maybe classmates/friends who probably had passed away of killing themselves for a strange reason. Maybe they were bullied, couldn’t measure up, or maybe something got in their way and caused them to blink and took their lives away. If anyone of you have a problem or a concern about what is going on concerning you, and might trigger something to do a suicide act, TELL SOMEONE! Tell your parents, grandparents, relatives, teachers, ministers or anyone that you know that knows you! This is my “blogger plea” for you. And it needs no app, nor social media program to do it. 


Just a reminder: December is Aids Awareness Month.

I’m  assuming that everyone is gearing up for Christmas this week. Even yours truly. However there is an individual that is recently will be getting a lot of coal in her stocking and the reason? Fear of going to Africa, AIDS and due to the ethnicity of White.

Justine Sacco is the name. Her actions – not game.

This story recently this week came out in which she put out a tweet that was highly sensitive for those who are in needy concerns. Caring concerns and most of all, giving back in support. Apparently, Justine had a job working as a PR Executive for IAC. This organization also is in assistance with Match.com, The Daily Beast, and many other websites of ownership. Her past job will have to result in use of firing, by basically saying this on Twitter:

Let me say this: #WhiteGirlPLEASE!

Really Justine Sacco?!

Many of us Social Media heads who work in important jobs or organizations, they take their jobs SERIOUSLY. Especially with the companies who deal with AIDS with countries like Africa. We all know also that Africa (medical wise) has the highest percentage of the disease. In 2012, according to the Huffington Post in regarding Africa itself:

AFRICA:

* Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region hardest hit by HIV, with 23.5 million HIV-positive people in 2011, about 69 percent of the global total.

* The number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa has dropped to 1.7 million in 2011 from an estimated 2.6 million in 1997.

* There were 1.2 million AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2011, similar to 2010.

* AIDS has killed at least a million people each year in the region since 1998.

* Nearly 6.2 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa in 2011, up from just 100 000 in 2003.

There are countless others. But this is one example of the epidemic that has harnessed the continent.

For this so-called white chick to make a debauchery of an issue to make a joke of it, was in fact way over stupidity. Stuff like that can get you demoted, or even like her – FIRED!  Think about what is concerned here! AIDS!!!!! This ain’t no barbecue! Yes, the folks who use Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, IMO, Instagram, and many other connections of Social Platform, yes we do display or say what’s on our minds. But however there are those who are our bosses and supervisors are looking at this stuff and probably scratching the heads like, “why did we hire this person again? I thought this person or applicant was to be obedient, and be willing not to speak about the company or to set a reputation of the company in a positive manner”. But then again, there are knuckleheads folks of any color that will talk about their bosses or supervisors to say, “My boss is so dumb and stupid. And don’t know nothing about the craft. Always pissing me off!!!!” #needtoquit #mybossneedstobeshot

This is one example, and if the post is set to Public, while everyone looking, that employee will be having a “Come to Jesus” meeting. Or in this case of another example: you might be questioned.

So she got fired. YEP! And make no mistake that many organizations are or will take heed of this example to well, scan the postings online. Oh yeah, I’m DEEPLY against companies in receiving email logins and passwords from applicants to see what they are like  -In a Interview sense. I don’t want the next company coming after me all because of handing over my social media logins and see what were like. I’ll say it here: I’ll login to my account and let them see what I talk about.

What we post or comment, should not be a factor of our jobs, organizations, or many other connections. Have I talked smacked about my current job? Even though I wanted to but I had to decline not to post it.  I know the truth. I’ll keep it to myself until I retire, or write a tell all book.  Or maybe just keep it under wraps. But I know my limits regardless. On this blog, the posts and comments I do here, they don’t reflects my organizations, connections, acquaintances or many other connections that I have personally. I leave them out of this. I might bring up an example, but I have to keep it civil. But however, I am free to say what is on my mind.

So yes, we are entitled to speak or post freely, however it’s best for business that some postings should not be shown. I mean think about it, there are those who might question and comment from afar. Justine’s recent post is just that: Pure ignorance. Maybe when Christmas comes, she’ll get gifts, but expect some early COALS in her stocking!

Time to learn, Citizens!

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It seems that the polar opposites still lingers within the African-American Community. By now, most of us probably saying that there is no love for Paula Deen, while on the other hand, a 19 year old woman who was the last person to know Trayvon Martin before his unexpected death, is doing the thing that most folks don’t do: TELL THE TRUTH and snitch.

First: Paula Deen. It seems that the linger of the N-Word gets to a boiling point. Now it’s going to the dogs. Devil dogs. As an African-American Male, there was a time that I got called n*gga alot. But strangely, this firing squad on Paula Deen is more like a witch hunt than a firing squad. Many of folks who probably were like Paula Deen kind of had similar stances of joking around with racial slurs. Admit it black folks, we do it also. Look at the way we were raised. We probably had folks who done the exact same thing, but won’t admit the faults that the predecessors were to blame also. Or yes, the society we live in has to be like “oh you have to fit in in order to make it.” I think and believe what Paula Deen did, or said was harsh, was unacceptable, and has no business whatsoever displayed. Yes, she is a good cook in the eyes of those who buy or market her stuff, but all that can be taken away IF a harsh turn of reality can sink in. Now I know this a hard question, but who has the right to say the N-Word? Who has the right to express the N-Word like painting the town red? Who in the living right has that authority to use that word in a sense without having a joke to say without harm? I have an uncle who once told me that back in the earlier days around the 1970’s in the Milwaukee area, there was a time that it was OK to call the black employees n*ggers. I kid you not. Nowadays, you get called that on the job, that might get you fired, suspended or transferred out of the district. Or let’s just say fired. What happened with Paula Deen, is a prime example of what could happen if things get out of line. No matter how successful, appreciative, or valuable your time, talent and skills are. Plus also, did Julia Childs ever used any racial overtones while cooking on TV? Just asking! And I’m surprised about this? No. Have I heard about this similar? Yes.  This is just another lesson to be learned for US. But who’s going to listen? And it better be the black community! Yes for a while, the folks of the slavemasters owned the N-Word, and the black folks are supposed to bury it. Um…..why keep exhuming the dead?

In speaking of that: Rachel Jeantel. We’ve been watching the Trayvon Martin Murder Trial. And yes, George Zimmerman is still on trial. Why? For those who like Social Media, let’s have a reminder that he committed murder. Not that “walk Scot free self-defense” mess. Mostly we have never heard of this chick, but again she’s being blasted negatively on Social Media. She is only 19 years old. A young black woman. Yes, I was paying attention to her as she gave her side of the story. One thing that I kind of pointed about is asking why did she had to lie about not going to Trayvon’s funeral? OK, I get it. She was in a weakened state of shock. But I have to say, yes: TELL THE TRUTH! – Which was my reaction on twitter.

And unlike those who went ballistic on Social Media against Rachel, she was literally attacked by those who just want to see a punchline. Mainly coming from those who are YES: black. It’s a shame at times that despite of the creations that black folks did in history, we still have to tear down each other all because of hair, all because of what she had to say, and how to say it. All because she is 19 and can’t read script writing. That’s cursive by the way. All because it’s literally a complete mess coming from US! Make that GHETTO! It’s just like Gabby Douglas last year when she won the Gold Medal and folks on Twitter had to comment about her hair. REALLY, BLACK PEOPLE?!! This kid at 16 did something that most of us didn’t do when we were her age. ADMIT IT! What Rachel Jeantel, is doing on that witness stand, and even though that she’s has the tone in which most can relate, she is telling her side of the story in which happened to Trayvon Martin. And she’s a key witness. So I don’t know what the hate against her has to do with all this mess.I think that’s what it is: HATE. Yet again, black folks, heed the words of Kevin Hart: “You gonna learn today!” Just imagine if the tables were to be turned on you if someone you don’t who is the same color/gender and have no support of you based on your game to the table!

It just sickens me, as a single black male that is occurring in the 21st Century, in 2013. Matter of fact, I’m not really surprised.  I think what I’m assuming the most about Rachel is no different from those who are facing the same EXACT problem! Either they didn’t learn to read at a young age, or maybe it’s a disorder. To lash out at Rachel was nothing more in comparison, a criminal act of disrespect. I don’t care how famous (see Lolo Jones), dedicated, educated, has a wealthy business, or hard working. But if you have a disrespectful attitude towards others who grew up in a different environment than you, then well: there is something wrong. And it’s not them. It’s the person or individuals who has issues!


Haven’t said this in awhile, but I’ll say it anyway.

Instagram backs away from advertising plan

Dear America:

By now we have been in this state of confusion in concerning Instagram. Like many of you, I too use Instagram to take pictures from the cell  phone and hash-tag my home city, state, and others for the world to see. And I assume you do the same. No matter where you are in the world, we all have been hash tagging and sharing since Instagram got started. Now when the policy thing came in, most of us were upset. Or asking why this is. If anyone bother to read the article on why Instagram is doing this, in a professional manner, unlike a childish manner then there would be a real reason for it.

Technically when we accept things online, such as coming on to WordPress, before we sign that agreement box, we have to learn to “READ THE FINE PRINT!” That’s not what were doing now.  I’m not saying that there is nothing wrong accepting things that are likable. I’m saying that we have to have those important factors in the  back of our minds before we sign with the X. That’s all I’m saying. I’m also not calling out folks who don’t read. Technically we all get caught up in that. With that being said, it doesn’t matter if you accept to go on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google Plus, Tout, or any other Social Media thing out there, even if it’s your local blogs in your home cities, you have to read the fine print in order to understand it! Period.

Now today, while most of us were angry with Instagram’s policies of chance coming in 2013, this morning that it was reported that Instagram is changing up their policy thing in concern of this matter of advertising. So in other words, they listened, they have to respond. When you feel that a product you know well is not going the way you want it or fairly operates, then it would be up to you, the consumer to let the company know about it. Even with spam with porn stuff on Instagram. I’ve seen that! Now, unlike those who complained with comments on the pictures previously, I used the one option that most didn’t do: hit the “Report Inappropriate” selection on Instagram and the company will take care of it. Don’t go “Holy Hell” on a picture with those you have a problem with! Plain and simple.

Regards,

Stephen’s Spot