Saturday, July 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter Pushes Beyond The Setback

"Absolutely appalling!"  It's the best way to describe the assault on Dallas Police officers a day after marches and protests for recent police brutality and other wrong-doings.  Many black people waiting in angst and in hope fearing that the shooter of these officers would not be black.  

The Black Lives Matter movement did not want the actions of idiotic folk to setback action that was building steam just as it did after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.  During that time two New York Police Depart officers were shot; and as a result, the movement mildly spiraled down the efforts of unified people across America.  This time, however, things may be a bit different.  

News in today's world is different than it was twenty years ago.  A serious incident has the shelf life of perhaps two days, even something as awful as the murder of Dallas police officers.  In contrast, the murders of black and brown people by corrupt police across the country continue to be at its usual pace.  And why shouldn't it be?  All that has changed in regards to police brutality in recent times is the immergence of ever-present videos resulting from technology's rocketing pace.

Surely, one would expect the Black Lives Matter movement to be the culprit for the incident in Dallas.  Even President Obama has been scrutinized for placing us in the middle of a race war.  Truly, only the unwise and blatant ignorant believe such blasphemy.  

Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, recently voiced that there should be more guidelines and policy changes as it pertains to policing.  Even former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich (Rep.), stated that whites "don't understand being black in America."  Although, those words could be stemmed from his new political agenda.  He's considering a role as Donald Trump's vice president.

So, how is the Black Lives Movement responding to a perceived setback?  There are events scheduled in Huntsville, Alabama.  There are other events scheduled in Detroit, Atlanta, and other cities.  It is fact is that we all mourn the horrific incident that took place in Dallas.  But many of us know and feel the importance of continuing a movement for justice regarding black and brown people in America.  Thus, the resolve is a simple one.

The movement must continue.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The 60/40 Rule To Dating

It's totally new to me; mainly because it's utilized by women. Maybe you've heard of it: it's called the 60/40 rule. Initially, I thought it was sort of weird. I mean, you're willing to settle for 60 percent of what you actually want in a man. But still, some how, it can see it being quite effective. 

Let me give you an example.  He's a good guy with a job, but unfortunately he lives with his mother.  Girrrl, I can work with that. Or maybe he just got laid off from his job, but he has his own place and no kids.  Girrrl, that's do-able.  Okay, here's another one. He has four kids who live with baby momma, but he has a job and he's great in bed.  Girrrrl, I'll take that any day!  Okay, so that's basically the 60/40 rule.

Certainly there are flaws to every rule.  An obvious one is that you're settling and eventually falling short in receiving what you truly want. Another flaw is the eventual discovery that he has other issues (like a baby on the way or he frequently goes to the clubs on the weekend); but hey, there's always something that you don't know about any partner. 

So is the 60/40 rule the key for women settling into relationships? Well, 'settling' is the key word here so I guess it can't be hurtful. Men, however, are different types of creatures.  We'll take three 33 scores, two 50 scores, or give away our soul in search for that perfect 100. So, I suppose that since men standards are all over the place, a woman's usage of a dating model when searching for a mate can't be a too bad of thing, right?  Of course not.

Go get 'em girl!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Best and Worst of Muhammad Ali

He was before my time.  My era was domineered by Mike Tyson and a few others.  However, Muhammad Ali is forever known as The Greatest in a sport where winners are forever known as "champ." The Thriller in Manila is considered one of the greatest boxing matches ever, and his stand against Vietnam is even more monumental.  However, there are incidents in Ali's past that gives him a true humanistic quality; and with it carries far less merit. 

This Champ is far more than a myth, and bigger than any icon. Forever, he will be equally yoked with his vast number of shortcomings. So what if he was married four times?  And so what if he fathered nine (known) children?  Those qualities are as human as it gets.  The Champ was a indeed a whore just as much as he was the wayward father.  It was a familial trait perhaps modeled by his brother and he from their father.  He separated himself from his friend Malcolm X for both ignorant and selfish reasons. Muhammad Ali was a braggart and spoke harshly about black opponents.  Saying that Joe Frazier looked like a "gorilla" and an "Uncle Tom" will go down as one of the most known setbacks for racial unity in sports history. These incidents serve as examples for Ali being anything other than one whom many consider to be great.

Muhammad Ali met with Saddam Hussein in 1990 to free 15 hostages in Iraq despite being discouraged to do so by then-president George Bush.  In the 1960s, Ali arguably did more for black advancement worldwide than anyone whose last name is not King, Marshall, or Little (Malcolm X).  Muhammad Ali gave athletes more confidence to succeed and provide for their families than any athlete in American history.  Muhammad Ali is an icon.  Muhammad Ali is gold medalist patriot.  Muhammad Ali is an American success story.  Muhammad Ali is a boxing god.

His bouts with Parkinson's Disease was perhaps the most necessary battle that he ever fought.  He was rude.  He was boisterous.  He was arrogant.  He was selfish.  The disease silenced him, perhaps in order for his figure to be truly appreciated.  Karma worked this time, or maybe faith was the deciding judge.  Nevertheless, sadly, Parkinson's won.  So, today, we can see him for who he truly is: A necessary victim who needed to be sacrificed for humanity.  He served the public well, although hurting those who knew him the most. 

Muhammad Ali was oddly the people's champion. And through his silence, he could mask his regrets.  Maybe it was the best way for him to leave the world: stoic and visible, prideful and an enigma. At the very least, he represented the characteristics that many would expect to see in any fighter.  

Rest in peace, champ.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Parenting Our Kids And Facing Our Own Gorilla

Oh, how the criticism has been strong... And oh, how the criticism has been constant.  You all are now well aware of the incident of which a 4-year-old boy fell into an exhibit where a silverback gorilla once dwelled. Oh Lord have mercy, did that gorilla ever drag that little boy as if he were a rag-doll!  Oh Lord have mercy, did it ever seem as if that gorilla was going to detach an appendage from that tiny little child.  Oh laawd! Oh my goodness! 

And then, the gorilla was suddenly killed by a sharpshooting zoo employee.  Oh laawd!  That poor poor gorilla!  That poor horrendously strong beast!  That poor mammal whose only 6 times stronger than the strongest human being! That poor gorilla who was once called a "pleasant animal" who would never hurt a soul.  Oh laawd!  "That poor animal should never have been killed," screamed many on the following day.  "How could such a thing have happened... I blame the parents."  Right?  That's what thousands of people said.  Those parents have to be the reason why such a gentle creature was killed?  Oh my!  And the father has a criminal record?  Crucify him!!.. Just crucify them all!  Huh?? Uhmm... But he wasn't there when it happened, right? (silence)... Crucify him, still!

Similar acts have happened in zoos where a human accidentally stumbled into an animal exhibit.  A year ago, a child fell into a cheetah habitat at the Cleveland Zoo.  Two years ago, a jaguar killed a toddler at the Little Rock Zoo.  At the Pittsburgh Zoo, a child jumped from the arms of his mother into an African dog exhibit and was mauled to death.  Surely, such things shouldn't happen; but they actually do. 

No one should automatically blame a parent in an incident like this.  Children are children.  They do what little kids do.  Toddlers run around non-stop until they need breaks. Children older than 5 bump into adults because they seldom look where they're going.  Adolescents can't hear the screaming voices of parents because their headphones are attached to their body like cyborgs.  Children (like adults) do very stupid things.

Who do we blame?  Well, I certainly didn't want to blame the parents of the kid who wiped his dirty little hands on my freshly pressed white pants while at the local grocery store. Oh, how I recall the intensity of the anger that was directly solely at the little kid.  (sigh). The horror.  However, it did make me a little curious.  How come people don't use those little child leashes anymore?  Okay, I know what you're thinking.  What kind of person would want to see a child on a leash?!  Well, giving a child an extended 15-20 feet of roaming space doesn't sound like too bad of an idea given the recent incident, right?  Right?  I thought you'd see it my way. 

Happy toddler... No gorilla... Mom with new shapely forearms. Parenting problem all solved.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Biggie's Story: The Best Ever In Hip-Hop

Yes, you've heard. And yes, if you are a fan of real hip-hop, you already know. It has now been revealed.  The truths of The Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 song “I Got A Story To Tell” has been told. And disturbingly enough, my beloved former New York Knick player Anthony Mason has played the part of the victim.  

Rapper Fat Joe told the world recently that it was the girlfriend of the late Anthony Mason of whom he rapped about in a story of a hook-up gone terribly wrong. The song, however, was done magnificently: and was certainly a favorite of many. 

The escapade starts with Biggie telling the story about meeting up with a girlfriend of an NBA player to his friends.  The story steers to the moment when the player (Mason) surprisingly returns home. B.I.G forces the girlfriend to stall Mason while he comes up with a plan to get out of the situation. The clever Biggie then has an idea to act as if the matter is nothing more than a heist. The plan works as B.I.G puts on a mask and robs Mason of thousands. In addition, it goes down as one of the best tales ever told in any manner on any musical album.  It's simply fantastic.

During the end of the song when asked which Knick player he was referring, B.I.G simply replies, “I don't know… one of them 6”5' nigg#s.”  It was the perfect Biggie response; and it left many wondering if the story was indeed fact or simply fiction. 

Everything about The Notorious B.I.G. was indeed real, and so was his story.  One could also argue that hip-hop was once true and far more authentic.  It’s the reason why true hip-hop fans consider themselves to be just so: real fans.  They've lived through the “good stuff” and they can tell the difference between the counterfeit. 

Of course, there was obvious immorality in the tale and also a hint of disrespect, but there was nothing overt about the matter. It was simply a story. One told to friends of an uproarious night; a true story…  A good story.  And for years, a good story was all that it was. And even now, a good story is what it always will be. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Understanding the Phenomenon Named Prince

Once, after swatting a persistent ladybug away, someone very dear to me reamed me for those selfish actions and explained to me the beauty of those once ignored species. Firstly, they are not asexual insects. They're simply beautifully colorful little beetles that, from the naked eye, have indistinguishable genders.  The male will eventually mate with the female, a procedure that lasts for more than 2 hours; and afterwards, the female goes to a place of ample nourishment and lays eggs that will eventually produce more gorgeous little beings. Please, bare with me… I'm going someplace with this. 

The artist named Prince has passed away leaving a mark on this earth as one of the most interesting and loved humans by people of both genders and all races. In time, you will learn about the seven Grammy awards received and the millions of albums sold.  We will be told of the awesome talents where he created and produced beats, keys, guitar and vocals comprising over 1000 songs in true genius fashion.  People will compare him to other artist who sang falsetto though most do not compare to his artistry. But will we hear about Prince, the creative being, whose music is the most sexually-creative form of art that any person has ever heard? And yes, the man did invent sexuality. He created it through music in a manner that only he can truly explain.  

At 5 feet 2 inches tall and normally wearing heels, Prince became a sexual-being that no man can truly compare. Wearing hairstyles envied by women and clothing that no other man can don, the interpretation of what we believe to be masculinity and grace still exuded from his soul.  The artist simply united people.  He could create an atmosphere through music that would force contentious foes to be cordial, and one that would make lovers want to live out their fantasies. 

Prince was more than an artist… hell, he was more than a unfathomable vibe. He was a phenomenon, a sexual titan, a simple being as gorgeous as the near-identical ladybug. The man taught us about confidence and acceptance through art and passion, and for that he will always be remembered. Some people say that he was caring; others say that he was wonderful. Once during an interview, Prince described himself as simply a “spiritual person." Those were his own words. So... I suppose, truly, spiritual is exactly what the man was.

May he rest in peace

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Demons Of Katt Williams

You've seen the video. You know, the one that showed comedian Katt Williams fighting a teenager? Or maybe you saw the one where Katt Williams jumps on a man at a small venue concert in Philadelphia? Or maybe the one where Katt Williams tries to defend himself for assaulting a pool store clerk in Gainesville, Ga? Or maybe you saw the one where... well, I'm sure you've seen some sort of weird 'Katt Williams goes crazy' video.  It seems like one comes out every other day.

Look, no one is saying that Katt Williams is like... possessed or anything. Well, maybe not yet.  However, it is clear that he's been displaying a lot of odd behavior lately; and being that National Mental Health Month is right around the corner, perhaps a diagnosis is necessary before something seriously happens to him. 
Let's begin here... Born Micah Sierra Williams.  Now, let's move on: started career working the Cincinnati comedy scene.  Okay, now recent times: 

November 2006, arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a stolen gun was found in his briefcase. 

In 2008, moved with his children to South Dakota to set up temporary residence. (Odd, but certainly not a horrible idea if you have eight kids)

In November 2010, arrested while working on a film in Coweta County, Georgia for stealing $3,500 worth of coins and jewelry.

In June 2011, arrested in connection of an alleged assault on a tractor driver. 

In October 2012, hit his former assistant with "a closed fist" causing a serious injury.  

In November 2012, was arrested in Oakland on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on an 18-year-old. 

Seven more arrest have followed. In the midst of these oddities, Katt had a spiritual transition as he joined the Nation of Islam before reverting to Christianity.  Surely, a change of faith is no direct correlation to these odd super-assertive behaviors. Neither does it relate to Katt's random purchase of sneakers for on-looking kids in a shoe store, or his spontaneous gift giving of $5,000 dollars to a woman in financial need, nor his act of charity given to a random man in a Walmart.  There are many more stories of Katt showcasing his abundant generosity. And truly, the totality of them all sums up the man called Katt Williams.  

Is Katt Williams talented?  Sure. Can a kind soul be detected in the man?  There is evidence of that as well.  Is this all simply a strategy to promote his upcoming "Conspiracy Theory 2016" comedy tour?  Perhaps. However, the Katt Williams that pops up on our news feed getting beaten by a teenager and randomly assaulting others certainly raises eyebrows. One can easily conclude that either Katt is dealing with ongoing struggles relating to some sort of mental illness, or perhaps he is being possessed by evil spirits.  But I'll simply surmise that he's reacting to the consumption of the best weed that most smokers will ever inhale in their lives.  

So on that note, play on, player.  Just try not to get yourself killed.  I mean, surely there are plenty of strangers in Walmarts across the country who are depending on you.   

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Ugly Head of Social Media

Gosh, what a mess. D'Angelo Russell's video of fellow Los Angeles Laker teammate Nick Young surfaced and the whole NBA brotherhood is in an uproar.  What video, you ask? Only the one where Russell baits Young to confessing to cheating on fiancée Iggy Azeala.  Oof!  I mean,  who other than Mark Fuhrman or PARTYNEXTDOOR would stoop so low as to capture someone on video stating infidelity?  Well, no one other than an immature basketball player who believes such things to be nothing short of amusing.  

And poor Nick?  I don't think his concerns are the true priority here.  I mean, he did cheat on his fiancée.  The issue at hand is once again the ugly head of social media. Now, D'Angelo Russell is not a complete idiot (although questionable) being that he simply didn't upload the video to Instagram or Snapchat; however, he obviously sent the video to someone in order for it to go viral. 

So, that's at least twice in one week where a slightly high-profile person's feelings have been crushed because of ole Ugly Head. Certainly, we thought Kyrie Irving's social media heartbreak would be a topic for at least a three days; and we were obviously wrong about that. But maybe this weird "social media heartbreak week" would be of worthy cause by serving as some sort of moral lesson to us all. I mean, maybe we'll at least think twice before putting someone's business out on chat street. Then again, what was I thinking?  That mindset is for grown-ups. 

You know, I thought I heard someone say there's a app that will send a video from your phone directly to TMZ itself.  Of course I'm kidding. But do be aware, the future as we've dreamt it is indeed upon us. And I'll tell ya, it can get pretty damn ugly.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

5 Things Guys Need To Do Before Getting Married

As I am truly writing this piece for the guys, I do understand that women make up an enormous percentage of my readers; mainly because most guys don't read as much.  Well, its true.  Still, men are the ones who are targeted here; however I do want women to be heedful to these 5 suggestions as well before you start to set that special date.  We men are very peculiar people, and we don't expect women to truly understand us, and vice versa.  However, I will offer a quick view into our souls; and maybe then you can understand that there are a few things men must do before settling down.

Firstly, get Las Vegas/Magic City/or whatever it is that will always be the wildest night (or nights) of your lives out of your system. Some of us have had more than one of these; and oddly, we still believe that the annual trip with the fellas will be an ordinary way of life once we're married.  NEWS FLASH: it isn't!  Men, don't set yourself up to have to respond to the lies that you're going to tell her in the future because believe me, if you're going to indulge in these incredible nights without the misses, you're certainly going to have to remember details of those ginormous fibs FOREVER! 

Second (but perhaps most important), cut the cord with moms, dude.  Now I'm sure that she did a wonderful job raising you (bless her heart); but it's time to move on.  Just because she wants you to be the same "little man" you were when you were four-years-old doesn't mean it's not time to give moms the 'ole sit-down talk' like you did for the other chicks that you so desperately wanted to rid.  Hey, don't cry my brother, moms can keep texting you and all; but she has to recognize that you're now a man who desperately needs more space.  Believe me, just do it!

Third, splurge while you have the chance because as soon as you say "I do" that part of you life is gone forever! Want that two-seater with the chrome wheels?  Get it while you can.  Still lusting after that 70" TV?  Get it now because it definitely won't be coming in the house when you're married.  Of course, if you're a millionaire you can get whatever you want.  But until then, take advantage of the window you have.  Once she accepts your proposal, that window of possibilities narrows to the size of the mail slot in your front door.

Fourth, get your relationships right with your kids, bro!  Yeah, I hate your baby momma.   I'm sure most men say that at some time in their lives.  However, these are your kids...and they'll be your new wife's step-kids.  There's a huge difference.  The issues that you have with them don't compare to the issues that your new wife will have with your kids.  Yeah, your kids...the same ones who despise her for things she can't comprehend.  Lord knows the kids are already brainwashed by baby momma. (Shaking my head)  Poor new-misses; she doesn't stand a chance.

And lastly, make solid plans for the future prior to getting married.  Sure, everyone wants a nice home and lots of money, but those are not measurable goals right now.  Give new-misses a solid plan for the future, and not some trumped-up dream.  You're the anchor in this relationship. That fact was validated once she accepted your proposal. She's willing to follow you to the moon and beyond.  So don't keep running to your buddy's house to get hammered and work on that backyard rocket ship project. I mean, geez bro...She didn't take that whole "moon" thing that seriously.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

4 Reasons Most White Americans Hate Barack Obama

Hate is truly a very strong word.  However, in this case, it is indeed a fitting one.  It is true that many white Americans hate Barack Obama; and believe me, I hear about it every single day.  One can only wonder the reason why he's disliked so much being that he has a noticeably successful track record.  If you have doubts about his accomplishments then I advise you to go to You'll quickly discover that he is worthy of the accolades.  Yet, this man is disliked more than any president that my parents can recall in their lifetime. 

For example, about six years ago I remember responding to an ad in the newspaper about a gentleman selling a vintage Porsche two-seater.  He was a former school superintendent from New Jersey; and boy, did he hate Obama.  His rants would always start, "that damn Barack Hussein Obama..."  It was so funny.  But anyway, here are the top four reasons why most white Americans hate President Obama.

One: Okay, so he's black.  Yep, it's such a hard pill to swallow, I know.  And his color was the same eight years ago when the American people where chanting "we want change" during a time when the country was trying to get out of a recession.  Well guess what?  He delivered.  President Obama delivered again and again, year after year.  Still, he's such a very hated man. Go figure?

Two: Many white Americans feel like they're actually losing their power.  ISIL is scaring people to death, Syrians and Mexicans are believed to be living on every street in America. Too many people of darker complexion are driving Mercedes and appearing in TV commercials; and oh my gosh..."every black person you know is in a mixed relationship." Life as we know it is truly coming to an end!  Well, to many of the white Americans to whom I'm addressing this piece, you are indeed not losing your power.  There's nothing more to say about that.  You're just not.  Trust me.

Three: The guy simply cares too much.  I can see why that's such a major problem. The confusion centers on the fact that our president cares too much about children dying due to poor gun laws.  He cares too much about the rights of discriminated gay and lesbian people.  He cares too much about those in the prison system who have been sent to jail unjustly.  He cares too much about the environment.  He cares too much about big businesses strong-arming the financial sector.  He cares too much about families deteriorated by drugs, domestic abuse, and poverty.  He cares too much about the next generation who are seeing their Social Security benefits vanishing away. The man simply cares too damn much!  I get it. Surely, anyone can see how such a humanistic characteristic can be such a concerning problem.

Four: The man has too much charm and...well, to discribe it in another way, the man's game is simply on fleek.  His actions appear to be so effortless that one can hardly believe that he's the reason bin Laden is dead, that ISIL is on the run, and that the United States is the most powerful country in the world.  Hmm...I guess I really do see why he's hated so much.  No one person can be so totally awesome!

Of course, I'm not generalizing white people.  I love all of God's children and I place no favoritism based upon skin complexion.  All that is reported is based upon what I see and hear. I merely ask that we all judge our president on his accomplishments and his heart, and not by the lies told by those seeking his position. Because if we take this moment for granted, then I have a feeling that Mr. Barack Hussein Obama will be missed much sooner than later once he leaves his post. And that's real! 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Disappearance Of Sexual Privacy

Whatever happened to sexual privacy?  It's a topic today because Kanye West came after Wiz Khalifa on Twitter before getting blasted by Amber Rose for being the recipient of a finger frolic while the two were a couple; but still, why should we be exposed to this?  I suppose I'm the only one who believes that what happens in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom no matter what forbidden activities may have occurred.  The problem today is that what was once a matter that stayed behind locked doors is no longer private at all. 

Just look at the stupid Twitter and Facebook posts that deal with sexuality and relationships.  We are constantly reminded that we can peek into someone's bedroom whenever we choose (and most times it's not a choice in the matter). There was a time when we could simply go behind closed doors and subscribe to the porn channel whenever the mood was right. There was a time when Playboy magazine would come to your mailbox concealed to onlookers because they knew that subscribers didn't want their neighbors to know that they had a freaky side.  Look at Playboy today...they don't even want to showcase nudity anymore.  Why?? Because all you have to do is go online and get it for free.  Everything is available for you please your now fully exposed freaky side.  And why stop there? Submit your sexual activity to Tumblr for all the world to see. That's what every one else is doing.

I mean, who doesn't enjoy being spanked, choked, pulled about, leaked upon? It's all in the nature of humankind.  But still, it shouldn't unwantingly be all in our freakin' face, right?  Shouldn't I just go into my private place and get as much super hot porn as I want, whenever I want it?  Do I have to have it forced upon me just as Amber threw Kanye's business upon all of us?  Geez..perish the thought.

Obviously, it's a brand new world out there.  One where your boobies can be googled and you have no idea how it got there.  One were every human's cellphone contains nudie pictures of their loved one, or ex-love,  or their friends' ex-loved one.  One where pornos come in the fashion of gifs or 5 minute uploads.  One where your whole day changes because you just found out that Kanye likes to have his anus probed.  Yes indeedy...things have definitely changed.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sharing An Office With A Pro-Life Extremist

Yeah, it's true.  Years ago I shared an office with a pro-life extremist. And please don't think I'm writing lightly about a subject which is as serious is this; I'm merely expressing some facts on a topic which is relevant to today's most popular topic.. 

You see, I was a younger man then.  I was fresh out of college and willing to accept any position that was relative to my degree.  A letter came in the mail one day when I returned from Bermuda wanting to know if I would accept a local government position. Of course, I didn't think twice about it.  Two weeks later they showed me to my new office.  After the first two days, my coworkers felt that I had settled in enough to receive the surprising news that I had then shared an office with a pro-life extremist.

Now, when I say extremist I'm certainly not understating the term.  Don't get me wrong, there are were obvious alarming signs or profiles to which to label the man.  He was married and had been honorably discharged from the military years before.  Hell, he even held a position for the local government.  By any definition he was simply a normal guy.  However, he was one who believed that abortion was wrong and that all who condoned it were going to hell, and that those who murdered abortion physicians were well justified. Needless to say, I tried my best to refrain from having these conversations with him.  In actuality, he was a pretty descent guy (outside of his enormously strong views on abortion).  It was as if his pro-life beliefs were the only thing that made his life significant. 

Certainly, you have your own views on the matter and some (or many of you) may think that my coworker is just in his beliefs, and that it is I who is being irrational.  Your opinions are your own and I don't fault anyone for having different thoughts on the issue.  The problem with...(let's call him David); well, the problem with ole David is that he truly believed that abortion physicians should be killed.  David had no qualms about the matter and repeatedly made such statements.  Truly, ole Dave was a supporter to those who have done works similar to the recently abortion shooting in Colorado. Such terrorist behaviors are no different than the one committed in San Bernardino, California. Quite factually, David appeared on several talk shows supporting the shootings that targeted abortion clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts and in North Carolina. The man was often questioned by the FBI, a procedure that seemed to have only fueled his ego.

Now, I believe in a number of things that others may find unfavorable. I believe in the term, Black Lives Matter. I believe that there should be a tougher gun law.  I even believe that Hillary  should listen more to what Bill has to say.  And I firmly believe that masturbation is definitely not murder.  But one thing that I'll stand proudly on my soap box to the full extent of my tippy-toes to voice is that no innocent person should die simply because of the belief of another. Therefore, anyone who attempts to justify murder for their own cause is undoubtedly wrong. And that's a message that I proudly direct to David, and any other fool of a human-being.  This matter is not complicated at all.  In fact, it's as simply as breathing air. 

Terrorism is wrong.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Missouri Students Learning From Ferguson and Baltimore

It took a number of tactics to get the administrative body to see that there was a race issue on the campus of Missouri's flagship university.  Let's see...there were complaints, there were protests, there was even a hunger strike; however no action was more vital than the university's football team's refusal to be a part of scheduled athletic activities. It was simply a method of hitting them where it hurts; and the place where it always hurts the most is in the wallet.

During the past number of months at the University of Missouri, black students had been exposed to maltreatment ranging from being called nigger to visuals of feces-decorated swastikas on campus walls. However, all matters that were reported to the school's administration was taken as lightly as a 3rd grade Valentine's Day exchange.  It's been a year since the incident involving Michael Brown in which the unarmed teenager was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police.  In similar fashion, the university's approach was just as insensitive. 

Somehow, the young men on the University of Missouri's football team knew that the movement would be even more effective if they made a statement themselves.  The decision to boycott the sport (which pays the athletes' tuition) proved to be a deciding factor in effort to get the university to understand that a problem does exist on campus.  It's estimated that the school would have lost nearly $2 million dollars had the team refused to play their game on Saturday versus BYU.  One million dollars of that amount would have gone directly to the opposing school. 

It was also only months ago when people were questioning the validity of several protests in Baltimore regarding the brutal death of Freddie Brown at the hands of the city's police.  The questioning ceased  only days after the protests when the city's administration charged the officers involved with manslaughter and other serious crimes.  All it took was the mere thought that the city's own people would be hindering Baltimore's ability to make money from visitors, in addition to the money already lost trying to protect its Downtown and neighboring area.  Quite similarly, $2 million dollars and a solid reputation was simply too much to lose for Missouri's chief university.

Will the racial tension in Missouri cease to exist?  Perhaps not.  Will the university's administration be more attentive to the needs and demands of it's minority students?  Well, as long as the majority of its football team is black. One thing is for certain, however; every Missouri student has now completed an unexpected non-degree seeking course in both business and sociology.  Apparently, when it comes to race relations, the two subjects go hand in hand.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Why We Like Donald Trump...I Think

I was trying to get some writing done at a local cigar shop when all of a sudden, "Hey, did you see the last Republican debate? 
Well, of course I saw the debate.  So did 20 million other people.
"So what did you think?"
"Well," I say, "I thought it was very entertaining."
"Sure.  Wasn't it set up for the sake of entertainment?"
"I don't understand," says the stranger.
"Well, you had Trump standing next to Jeb Bush and Ben Carson.  Trump's slapping fives and ribbing up Jeb.  Carson is trying to spit out words that are read on a cue card in his mind.  Meanwhile, Chris Christie is posted to the far right nearly hidden from camera view.  Rand Paul is debating with Jeb Bush about marijuana.  Carly Fiorina is looking weird in the face meanwhile Trump's on the spot for saying that she looks weird in the face.  I'm tellin' ya, it was good entertainment."
"Well, they did talk about the issues though," the stranger says.
"Yeah, it's a I'm glad they did talk about the issues."
"But still, I think I really like Trump."
"Yeah," I say, "everybody likes Trump."
My stranger takes a pull of his cigar.  I can feel his eyes studying my soul as I'm glued to my keyboard.  "I don't understand.  What do you mean by that?"
I finally look up.  "Everybody likes Trump, man.  We like that he speaks his mind.  We like that he's honest about most of the things that he says.  Americans like him because he's a celebrity.  But still, nobody loves him.  I mean, do you love him?"
"Well, I actually like him a lot," says my stranger.
"But do you love him?  Is he your guy?  Or do you just like that he speaks his mind?"
"Well, I like what he says about immigrants.
Geez.  Well, I'm not gonna touch that one.  "Let's look at it this way," I say.  "I have no doubt that he's a leader.  I have no doubt that he's a successful leader.  However, I do feel that to be the leader of this country one has to have compassion for all Americans in a addition to being a successful person.  Do you think that Trump has compassion for all Americans?  Because you can't have empathy for people worldwide if you don't have compassion for every living American.
My stranger gives up on this one.  "Well, I think he's better than Obama.  I mean, what has Obama done anyway?
Okay.  Here we go.  Well, Obama is the one person who came to mind when I was talking about compassion for Americans. True compassion starts with being open-minded."
"Well, I agree that a president should be open-minded."
"Well that's good.  But can you honestly say that President Obama hasn't done one thing since he's been in office?"
My stranger doesn't say a word for the next 30 seconds.  I can see that it hurts him to admit that fact that President Obama has indeed done one good thing since being in office for over six and a half years.  At that moment, I receive a phone call from my mother who wants to meet me Downtown for lunch.  I excuse myself and take the call to confirm a time.
"Sorry about that," I say. I scribble a web link down on a piece of paper.  It read:  "This is a list of many of President Obama's accomplishments since taking office.  You may enjoy it."
"O-kaaay."  He frowns his face.
"I wish you well in the upcoming election.  And remember what I said... Everybody's like Trump."

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Return Of Kanye

Of course, any writing about Kanye West is an interesting read. I've had a number of Kanye blogs which have been well-supported by my beloved followers. One even suggested that Kanye is homosexual. Well, that just goes to show how hard it is to figure out the guy.  But one thing that is for certain, Kanye West is indeed a musical genius.  He's also one of the most complicated humans we will ever see in our lifetime.

Yes, I watched the Video Music Awards. And yes, I saw Kanye West's reception of the Video Vanguard Award.  He was looking at the audience, and the audience was looking at him.  Everyone was like, 'what the hell is he gonna do.'  It was an extreme oddity at the very least.  Kanye takes what seems like an hour to explain his awkward first encounter with Taylor Swift during the infamous VMA where he snatches the microphone away from her. He rambles on, and he rambles on...then all of a sudden he goes all Kanye 2020 on us. 

Now, we all regress to our normal "Kanye's crazy" mentality. But at the same time, with the recent success of Donald Trump's campaign for president, we are reminded that even the presidency is a popularity contest.  It's like high school all over again.  I mean, the guy isn't serious is he?  Is he??

Well, in Kanye's world he's probably dead serious. We also know that the odds of he winning such a thing is a probability that can only be seen in the movies.  But then there's the ongoing success of Trump. But still, it's Kanye... And all of a sudden, 2016 seems far less interesting.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Addressing Baltimore: 1200 City Workers Making Six Figure Incomes Doesn't Help

Some time ago, I had worked as a counselor for a major city in the state of Virginia. It was the first time I had worked in the area of local government. I was an eager twenty-five year old man who was two years removed from college. There was much to do then and so many people to help.  

In the first year I received an award for performance excellence, and I am still very proud of that accomplishment to this day. However, all I had really done was perform my job efficiently. I did nothing (at that time) out of the ordinary.  I was actually still learning my job duties. My true difficulty centered on dealing with city employees who were blatantly more focused on receiving big pay checks rather than assisting those who were in need. Helping people in the community was actually the reason our jobs were created. 

When I read that 1200 city workers in the City of Baltimore received six figure incomes, it agitated me somewhat. We've all seen the issues pertaining to police brutality in the city of Baltimore.  We've all seen the poor handling of the matter by the city's administration. Just like most major cities, there are key issues regarding youth education, poverty, and race relations. Yet, the funds distributed to these areas remain few and infrequent. While investigating the matter in Baltimore, I've found that people who are on a $70,000 a year salary are making upwards of $160,000 due to excessive overtime pay.  I have no quarrels with anyone receiving money for a good day's work.  My concern is that there are people in need who are not receiving assistance because local government is improperly handling its resources. 

It reminds me of the time when my department was being audited by the state during an annual review. There was an unlimited amount of overtime pay being offered just to get our files in order.  It was if a red flashing siren was turned on by the administration just to cover our overwhelming amount of negligence. Clinicians were making double and triple their monthly salary just to cover a facade, meanwhile funds that could have been given to the homeless, the mentally ill, or the hungry were never being considered for dispersing. 

Twelve hundred people made six figure salaries, yet these same people who are in the position to help those in need are basically benefiting from other's misfortune. This is what many would call a broken system. Sadly, when I'm traveling or interacting with various people, I often hear complaints that the protests in Baltimore, St Louis, New York and Oakland are all cries over spilled milk. Truly?? Spilled milk?

Why are we so blind to the mistreatment of the many who are in need? It's as if we feel better about our own lives knowing that there are others out there doing worse than we are? I suppose that is a question that is more suited for those who have recently moved to a higher tax bracket courtesy of an inadequate government system. Because obviously there are deceitful activities occurring right under our noses; yet somehow, we continue to accept it.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

3 Reasons Why Nobody Cares About a Meek Mill and Drake Beef

Nah...we don't care.  I mean, we really don't. Of course, hip-hop heads love a good beef every now and then; but overall, no one really cares about a Meek Mill and Drake hissy fit. Sure, the two are super-sensitive grown-ass men who are drawn to attention like a desert horse is drawn to water. And yes, I'm sure Nicki Minaj did voice to her new boo Meek that once upon a time someone did write a few bars for his pseudo-enemy Drake; but still, no really cares about this beef. And here are three reasons why:

Reason One:  We are seeing on a regular basis that people of color are mistreated every single day; thus real news is out there, and the average person is more society-conscious today than ever. Therefore, this little quarrel draws no true interest...well, with exception to the folks who get paid to broadcast (or create) entertainment news. But basically, all of it is sort of unimportant.  

Reason Two: Drake is no stranger to criticism. Not only is he immune to criticism, but he's managed to surpass the kicks and punches from both haters and critics alike. Let's face it, the man is super-talented...maybe a little passive, but he is super-talented. And yes, he's far more talented than Meek Mill. I mean, hey...come on now, you know it's true.

Reason Three: It'll all blow over in a week or two. And after that they'll probably do another song together just as Drake and Chris Brown did after their real beef in which more bottles and law suits flew over New York City than Mike Tyson's pigeons. And truthfully, I'll probably be the first to buy the collaboration album when it's all over (or download it for free on DatPiff.)  Yeah...I'll probably download it for free.

But still, I do give the folks who lurk in the shadows a bit of credit for keeping this "beef" thing going. Surely, units are being sold and people are getting paid; and perhaps the one who's benefiting most of all is Meek's boo-thing Nicki Minaj. I don't know why, but I got a feeling she'll end up with most of the buzz when it's all said and done. Actually, I kind of feel a little sorry for her. For the life of me it seems like poor Nicki just can't get away from these overly emotional dudes. But I don't know; I suppose they're everywhere nowadays. 

Bless their precious hearts.