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The Man Shortage: What About Your Friends? - March 20th, 2019 9:00 PM
Note: from time to time I like to add posts from my wife to prove there's more than one writer in the family (smile). This is from an old blog called The Man Shortage (now...
The Joyless Jazz of Social Media - March 12th, 2019 9:46 PM
In my MySpace days, I had a separate blog called 'The Jazz with Chazz' posting lighthearted and weird stories from today's headlines. Little did I know the subject...
An Iconic Takedown and Other Musings - March 6th, 2019 12:51 PM
Fellas, this isn't the way you want to go out; standing up shouting, cussing into the air while the calm, cool reporter sits there unmoved, unflinching, unfazed by the...
The Sweeping of Black History Month - March 3rd, 2019 8:40 PM
That was some Black History Month eh? R Kelly, Jussie Smollet, Kamala Harris, who didn't get in trouble in February? Obviously, it was a month to forget which you could...
Hold The Outrage - February 17th, 2019 10:36 AM
For reasons of my own, I don't comment much on news stories made for our collective outrage. These emotionally inducing manufactured tales are in my opinion, not worth my...
Happy Black History Month! - January 31st, 2019 9:42 PM
Happy Black History Month, y'all! Why don't we start this February right? Hit it! Â
The Accountability Test - January 30th, 2019 7:35 PM
Senator Kamala Harris has declared her candidacy for President of these Divided States of America. It's only been a few days but already she has provided plenty of...
Here's Why I've Been Silent - January 29th, 2019 9:22 PM
Hey, it's been over two weeks since my last post. Don't worry; I'm on a long assignment at work so most of my energy is tied up with that. I promise to return with...
Nice Guy, Your Time is Up - January 9th, 2019 10:52 PM
Harvey Weinstein Les Moonves Bill Cosby and just last week, R Kelly. Nice Guy, with all of the #MeToo and #TimesUP accusations flying against powerful men...
The Niagara Movement - January 6th, 2019 11:03 PM
Submitted for your (dis) approval: Videos of the history of the Niagara Movement (and the NAACP which followed). ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Protect Your (Mental) Heart: Take a Break - January 6th, 2019 7:18 PM
You know, this past week has been full of fire and fury on social media. I like to slow things down a bit and post a serious-less entry. There will be no responses about that...
The Conscious Objective - January 3rd, 2019 7:42 PM
By nature, I'm what you consider to be a conscious writer. Of course, that word has been overused over the years by prominent artists, I can see why folks are confused...
Going Through The Process - December 31st, 2018 10:40 PM
At this time last New Year's Eve, my father spent the night in a hospital, fighting a flu plus other ailments that caught up to him over time. In the end, his body broke...
A Personal Message (2018) - December 20th, 2018 8:25 PM
2018 is almost over, time once again for most of us to reflect back on the year that was for the fulfillment of resolutions that wasn't. Yes, there may be a few of us who...
From This One Hobby - November 21st, 2018 9:45 PM
When I began to write way back when, I had no idea where this hobby would take me. I wrote as a way to keep me busy when no one wanted to talk with me or even participate in a...
Video: Point of Pride: The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point - November 15th, 2018 10:49 AM
Submitted for your (dis)approval: Point of Pride: The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point. (Produced in 2014) From their YouTube description: Point of Pride: The...
Archive: Cause and Effect? - November 13th, 2018 7:06 PM
A thought from 2011: Remember the good old days when you could talk to someone who didn't share your political beliefs in a SANE manner? Yes, you scored some points, the...
In Tribute: Stan 'The Man' Lee - November 12th, 2018 4:11 PM
It happened so fast. I sat on a cement block close to the apartment my grandmother used to live in holding something in my hand. The contents inside held my interest. The...
News and Opinion - November 7th, 2018 9:54 PM
Maybe I'm too 'old school' but I can't help but notice a trend in journalism that is far removed from the word itself. For example if I were to ask what is a...
A Message to the Internet Soul Patrol; Part Two - October 25th, 2018 10:57 PM
Last post,actual evidence was shown of Black businesses burned and looted during the 1992 Unrest as a response by those who argue Black California is 'gone'. I offer another...
A Message to the Internet Soul Patrol: Burning Down Our Own - October 25th, 2018 9:27 PM
A message to the Internet Soul Patrol: when you say California is 'gone', remember there is an reason why we (Black people) find ourselves in the financial hole...
One Mid-October's Thought: My Joy of Writing - October 16th, 2018 7:37 PM
Hey folks, just checking in with you. I haven't posted anything in a while and I didn't want to write just anything on this blog but because the month's almost over,...
The Hobby That Turned Into A Dream - September 24th, 2018 9:22 PM
This fall marks a special occasion for the writer of this piece. This is the fortieth year I can proudly say that I'm a writer. While I have been a 'professional'...
The Reason I Walked Out - September 2nd, 2018 7:08 PM
Last week, there was a community gathering in my neighborhood. The Community Coalition every summer hosts a Power Fest for South L.A. residents. Out of curiosity, I attended the...
In Tribute: Aretha Franklin - August 16th, 2018 10:23 PM
Growing up in the 1970's, it was easy to hear the soulful voice of one Ms. Aretha Franklin. Whether I heard her on the AM radio dial, a vinyl album, cassette or eight track...
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