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…

A Train & Auto Trips to Remember

Well, people, the kid took a vacation. Normally that would mean a few days in Las Vegas, maybe a week somewhere, which would or may not include home. This time, with time being the operative word, my wife and I took a train to Milwaukee. With the both of us retired from working for someone…

Mrs. Clinton is the ideal Candidate

The former first lady, state senator, presidential candidate, secretary of state has a wealth of political knowledge on building a consensus with opposing forces.  Now she is a candidate for President of the United States for the second time. The Democratic Candidate reign on Super Tuesday, March 15. She won 5 states over her rival…

Do You Like Soul Music, Yeah! Yeah!

It’s easy for us old fogies…lol. When was the last time you heard that term? In fact, some of you may have never heard of or referred to older folks in such a way. As I was stating, before interrupting myself, it’s easy for the baby boomer generation to flip at hearing the beginning of…

Reading for Knowledge is Mandatory, Part 1

I know you’re wondering, who is this fellow? What credentials, education or background gives him the authority to suggest what I should do, much less how I should advise my family? Well, I am really nobody special, just a black man, an interested party in the growth, survivability, of my people and their ability to…

The Aging of Sporty Odie Cody Calls For…

…An Aortic Valve Replacement, Part 2 of 2. Authors Note: Most of my readers know that I have no problem in putting my life experiences out there for public consumption. Especially if I think and hope that it will help someone else or at the very least explain a particular incident or personal milestone. This…

The Aging of Sporty Odie Cody Calls For…

…An Aortic Valve Replacement, Part 1 or 2. Authors Note: Most of my readers know that I have no problem in putting my life experiences out there for public consumption. Especially if I think and hope that it will help someone else or at the very least explain a particular incident or personal milestone. This…

What is The Black Church’s Responsibility?

You’ve probably heard of the latest uproar in our community concerning the black church. Recently, Presidential hopeful Donald Trump hosted a; well let’s not even give it a name. The billionaire who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to run for President of the United States in 2016 had a chosen few of Black Pastors…

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….

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 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…