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Why You Haven't Heard From Me (Charles) - August 2nd, 2019 9:21 PM
Hey folks, I haven't posted in a while because I had a stroke. This is something I usually don't share with the rest of the online world, but I wanted to explain my...
"And Chaos in the Inner City Serves a Purpose" - July 8th, 2019 2:16 PM
Note: the following is courtesy of the L.A. Times, May 22, 1994. This should explain a lot of why South Los Angeles has remained the way it has for decades, hence the title....
In Tribute: Itibari M. Zulu - July 7th, 2019 12:16 AM
Tonight I received an email that the founder of the Journal of Pan African Studies and the L.A. Black Book Expo, Itibari M. Zulu has passed away. He asked me back in 2006 to...
The View from South Los Angeles: Reflections and the Need for Respect - June 28th, 2019 10:53 PM
In 1989, I wrote an article for my college newspaper describing the conditions living in South Central Los Angeles. I was proud when the article was published and in The Voices...
Archive: God Loveth An Oppressor - June 27th, 2019 11:29 PM
Note: This is an article I wrote for my church newsletter years ago but I decided the time is right for a repost because it is. It simply is. The earlier post is here in case...
Even If You Had Nothing To Do With It............ - June 27th, 2019 10:35 PM
Readers, The topic of slavery, or any historical atrocity committed by these Divided States is a topic most would rather not discuss let alone, tackle. Often the argument is...
Bill Moyers' Journal - Rosedale: The Way It Is - June 24th, 2019 9:54 PM
I love it when folks proclaim America is a 'great' country leaving out the areas in which it must improve. Race is one of those areas and in this documentary by Bill Moyers...
The Twilight Zone Predicted Our Unfortunate Future - June 23rd, 2019 12:49 AM
Submitted for your (dis) approval, are two clips from the Twilight Zone, both reflect a sad truth in our 21st Century existence. The State in Romney Wordsworth's world and...
The Redemptive Quality - June 16th, 2019 8:54 PM
Traditionally you would read a tale of a man or woman who committed a foul act or deed early in their lives, only to find redemption in later years. A former die hard racist now...
Thoughts on a June Gloom Friday - June 14th, 2019 12:38 PM
It's been a week since school ended for the summer. I have been resting at home trying to get some writing done when I can find the time. Because of June Gloom, the skies are...
Thoughts on The Warriors and Oakland - June 13th, 2019 10:00 PM
I just finished watching a tense NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the new champions after three years, the Toronto Raptors who earned it. My sister in-law...
The Class of Masculinity - June 7th, 2019 9:48 PM
If it wasn't for my masculinity, I would not have had the opportunity to manage and teach young men who look like me. If it wasn't for my masculinity, I would not have...
Brave New World, Same Old Reality - May 29th, 2019 9:02 PM
There are reminders I'm living in the 21st Century now, 20th Century rules and social norms no longer apply. Then why as a Black man feel definitely out of place in this...
Rambling on a Saturday Night - May 25th, 2019 10:38 PM
Yes, this is how I spend my Saturday night (well tonight anyway) The act of writing isn't just a hobby or profession I'm involved in, itâs also cathartic for...
Thoughts In A Video - May 2019 - May 14th, 2019 3:45 PM
Hey everyone, How are you? I decided to add a new feature in this blog which is a play of the title of this online journal. Every now and then I'll add some information,...
Should The World Recognize Aspiring Authors? - May 5th, 2019 8:03 PM
Question: should the world recognize aspiring authors? For the sake of conversation, I say no. Take for example if someone states theyâre an aspiring singer, the...
In Tribute: John Singleton - April 29th, 2019 1:41 PM
So John Singleton, director of 'Boyz in the Hood' and the youngest to win an academy award has died at the age of 51 following a stroke. This is a sad moment, not only for...
From Your Son - April 26th, 2019 6:33 PM
This is the day he left us. This is what I have to say. Â You were with me in the beginning Chat. I stayed with you to the end. Thank you for being the man who...
The Night My Father Died - April 24th, 2019 6:32 PM
At this exact time last year, my father's health took a turn for the worse. His death was inevitable. It was a matter of not how, but when he would die. Trust me, the harsh...
Archive: When You Can't Split That Board - April 21st, 2019 1:52 PM
Note: This is an archive from 2005. Hope you enjoy including this note..... This (was) an essay I submitted in the June-July issue of a local magazine, Sounds of Sisters....
This is the new 'Diplomatic Immunity' - April 7th, 2019 8:05 PM
Ladies and gentlemen and all other folks, This new generation has produced phrases and words that are capturing the public consciousness a bit too much. So much so, there's...
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...
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