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A Public Service Message: Would You? - January 4th, 2020 11:32 AM
Readers, Let me ask you a simple question. Would you hang with a dude that doesn't have your best interest at heart, that doesn't care for your existence or would...
Archive: For Men, This Is How It Really Goes Down - January 2nd, 2020 10:04 AM
Wrote this a decade ago (wow!) Enjoy! Â Over the holidays, I watched a movie called The Book Of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs It's a movie...
Welcome to 2020! - January 1st, 2020 12:28 AM
Hey peeps, Thoughts on a String is officially fifteen years old! Fifteen years worth of content written by yours truly! Hopefully the author of this blog has kept you...
Happy New Year's Eve ! (a look back at 2019) - December 31st, 2019 11:31 AM
The final day of the year causes different reactions from everyone who makes it through this special day. For one, it's a day planned for a party later in the evening as the...
Archive - From the Director's Chair: New Image Weekend - December 22nd, 2019 10:29 PM
I returned from the New Image Writers bus tour and man, are my arms tired! Well, I'm not THAT tired, but I digress..... Many thanks goes to author and New Image...
The (Opinionated) Voices of YouTube - December 17th, 2019 9:30 AM
Far be it from me to share the following with you, knowing I can be accused of the same issue but here we go...... During my recovery, I have spent a lot of time watching...
Archive: From The Director's Chair - 365 Days Later - December 4th, 2019 6:38 PM
Just an old post about the L.A. Black Book Expo, a summary of the first year Yours Truly took over the event beginning in 2007.......... One year later.... I...
Indisputable Facts - November 20th, 2019 1:05 PM
For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman: but the woman for the man.-Â I Corinthians 11:8-9 Nevertheless...
If The Dream Is Worth It.......... - October 31st, 2019 8:47 PM
Happy Halloween and welcome to any new subscribers to the blog! I hope you enjoy the experience....... I would like to share with you the experiences of this writing life...
Progress Report With Some Thoughts - October 15th, 2019 11:33 AM
Hey folks, I'm doing much better these days. During my time off, I've been thinking on what my life will be moving forward so I want to share that with you. In a social...
Social Media is Our Downfall - September 4th, 2019 9:47 PM
Remember the sane days we had before the invention of social media? I sure do. In the past few years there's been an explosion of regular people and public officials...
The Lesson Of It All - September 3rd, 2019 9:40 PM
UPDATE: I am not fully healed from my stroke - the rest will depend on other medical professionals to see how I'm doing, but I wanted to 'vent' about a subject...
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...
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