Tis The 2018 Holiday Season

Tis the season, so on and so on. I love the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year holiday season. I, like all, are reminded of our childhood seasons. Our young adult seasons come to mind. We think of those who have passed on as well as those who are still here with us. Out thoughts shift to old friends….

Communication Is Still A Problem For Some

Over the years, I’ve written a few blogs and articles whereas the subject matter is communication. Specifically, written examples of miscommunication between people or loved ones.  It’s a personal irritation of mine. I don’t mind calling out people and family members who don’t communicate with me or each other. Or, at the very least do…

ACT’s Symposium Request for Dialog

ACT (Antioch Community Team) sponsored a symposium that I attended last Saturday evening. The issues of why police are shooting and killing black folks at an alarming rate of consistency were the topic. The flyer advertisement spoke directly to the events purpose. Noting that “The primary goal of the symposium is to have a proactive…

Don’t Take Our Kindness for Weakness or Stupidity.

Author’s Note: This is the fourth article of four; all dealing with the subject of reaching certain ages in your life. Some day’s we wonder; if after seeming clueless to others should we say something to destroy their image of us? Naw…they think they are brilliant, let them figure it out. I posted this on…

Checking Our Life Progress at Age Forty

My online pastor, don’t trip, I also attend First Baptist in Pittsburg. As I was saying, a few Sunday’s ago Doctor Lance Watson of Saint Paul’s Baptist (Richmond, VA.) began a new sermon series.  The new series is entitled “Fortyish.”  The subject is as it sounds, people reflecting on their current status in life at…

What am I thankful for in 2015?

What am I thankful for on this Thanksgiving? Where do I start? First of all, I am thankful for being the child of Doreatha (Childs) and Codis Hampton. Two people whom I dearly loved and will miss through eternity. And my heavenly father for placing me in their care and guidance in the first place….

Hair Care Industry Update 2015, Part II

Think about it. Of all the numerous manufacturing and service industries in this country, which one should be dominated primarily by the consumers they serve? Of course, it’s the Black Hair Care Industry. In Part I of this article, you got the 411 on the Koreans attempt to dominate that industry. And make no mistake…

It’s Another Family Reunion

You ever wonder why old folks like to bring up the past. Sure, one of the reason is that it reminds them of their younger days when they were spry, fit and could chase the wind without a care in the world. Try asking them which was the most memorable or happiest time in their…

Black Hair Care Industry, Open to all Entrepreneurs

Sometime last year, I was surprised to learn that the United States 1965 decision to ban the import of any wig that contained hair from China contributed to the Koreans domination of the US Black Hair Care Industry.  Six months earlier in a successful attempt to aid their own wig manufacturers, the Government of South…

Whose Time is More Valuable, Yours or Mine?

Here is a question for you…whose time is more important, yours or mine? I ask because the answer is obvious. Most people who answer truthfully will, of course, say their time. We all think our time is a premium possession in which, often we don’t have a spare minute. Some people, who have shortcomings in…

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…