Maturity comes with a Price and Responsibility

For as long as I can remember, I’ve never run away or shied away from who I am. By that I mean my birthright or race. Oh, I’ve had my questions of why I had to live with my father instead of my mother after their divorce. But then I finally resolved that idea by…

I Remember The Old Christmas Seasons

Tis the season when I become nostalgic and remember Christmas time at my parents and an assortment of relatives’ houses. Being raised in Milwaukee, I understood what the late Bing Crosby meant by a White Christmas. We wished for light snow instead of a snowstorm. If that be the case, I would grab my snow…

Misguided Intentions, the Book

From birth through our teens we experience quite a bit of life that is out of our control. One could say we are not in command of our lives during that period. The responsibility for our overall well-being lies with our parents or other adults. Once we have reached the legal age of self-responsibility, we…

Remembering Moz, the Book

I beg to differ, no… anybody can’t write a book. You will note that those who say that loudest haven’t written anything. Any and everybody may be trying, including me, but everybody cannot write a book. Education, training, or tutoring enables but does not produce an effective writer. Oh, I believe as others that there…

Ignoring American History is Ill-Advised and Shameful

For those who want to erase, or ignore Black History. There should be shame in your game is the best way I can say it. For some people of color, it is shameful because it is your parents, and your own ancestral history that you want to act as though didn’t happen. At the center…

Black Legends of the Wild, Wild West, Part IV

This is the fourth and final article of a Four Part Series on Black Folks, who helped to tame the west. First we looked at US Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves, followed by Mary Fields aka Stagecoach Mary. Then James Pierson Beckwourth, American Mountain Man and our final legend from the old west is Nat (pronounced…

Black Legends of the Wild, Wild West, Part III

This is the third article of a Four Part Series on Black Folks, who helped to tame the west. First we looked at US Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves, followed by Mary Fields aka Stagecoach Mary. Today we examine the life of James Pierson Beckwourth, American Mountain Man.   There is some discrepancy as to when…

Black Legends in the Wild, Wild West, Part 1

This is the first article of a Four Part Series on Black Folks, who helped to tame the west. Today we take a look at U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves.   The subject matter and individual I’m writing about this Black History Month causes me to be reflective of my personal history. I remember when…

Looters & Arsonist are Lawbreakers, not Representatives of the Struggle

We watched our morning newscast the morning after the Ferguson Grand Jury declined to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. We saw what most people expected. During the night, arsonist had set fire to cars and supposedly burned local businesses. One of which was a black woman owned bakery who was…

Corporations and this Holiday Seasons American Consumer

Let me provide you with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. It’s taken from a letter from Lincoln to (Col.) William F. Elkins, Nov 21, 1864. Some have disputed its authenticity. Given all, of the quotes and writings, attributed to one of, if not our greatest President, I see his well-documented vision as right on target…

The Goal is Financial Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency

African-Americans are suffering from a hangover. From recent headlines, we have been forced to drink from the media’s blitz potion that contains police beatings, shootings, and killings of our folks. There is domestic violence in the NFL, and child abuse. Some of these ingredients have left us questioning our own up-bringing. Some folk recall that…

Living in America-Freedom is measured by Economics

Super highways, coast to coast, easy to get anywhere. On the transcontinental overload, just slide behind the wheel..How does it feel…                                                                                                                                            When there’s no destination that’s too far?                                                                                    And somewhere on the way you might find out who you are… Living in America.                                                                                                                           Eye to eye, station to station.                                                                                                      Living in America.                                                                                                                         Hand in…