A Friend of Mine Was Jumped This Weekend While Standing Up Against Racism

A Friend of Mine Was Jumped This Weekend While Standing Up Against Racism
So I’m going to tell you a story.  I’m not going to reveal the name of the person whom relayed the story to me, but I will reveal the name of the establishment where the event happened.  The story is being recounted from text messages, exchanged on this past Sunday morning. And the story starts... Read more »

April 4, 1968: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 1968: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
When I still taught history, I made it a point to expose my students to this speech.  My favorite of all his speeches, but also the most heart-wrenching of the lot in my opinion. My students would often conjecture, as do I, whether his words signaled that he knew the end was near, or whether... Read more »

Did You Hear It???

Did You Hear It???
If you were out and about in Chicago today, you may have heard a disturbing sound.  It was the jingle jangle of a thousand lost souls… …. …. …. …WHO DIDN’T VOTE IN YESTERDAY’S ELECTION! To quote the Chicago Sun-Times: As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, with 97.39 percent of precincts reporting, voter turnout was 31.35 percent. The record... Read more »
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I Had Court Today And It Was Wholly Ridiculous

I Had Court Today And It Was Wholly Ridiculous
I had court today.  So let’s start by answering the question burning in your brain due to the previous statement. I received a ticket for having a burned out headlamp.  Yes, one of my headlights was out. It was a Monday evening, January 28, 2019 to be exact.  It was prior to my recent move... Read more »

Words And Narratives Matter: Kylie Jenner Is NOT Self-Made

Words And Narratives Matter: Kylie Jenner Is NOT Self-Made
I feel like I always need to start these types of posts with full disclosures and disclaimers: I am not a big fan of pop culture. I only recently acquired a TV for the first time in 10 years. I am not a fan of the Kardashians I am far beyond being  Kardashian hater.  I... Read more »

Sevendust At The House of Blues Chicago

Sevendust At The House of Blues Chicago
I love Sevendust. Allow me to say again… I…..LOVE….SEVENDUST. Now, I know I could be talking about elections, or runoffs, but at this moment I’d much rather talk about good music and nostalgia, and that’s exactly what I got in spades on Tuesday night when I went to see Sevendust at the House of Blues headlining a... Read more »
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Jussie Smollett and The Cult of Celebrity

Jussie Smollett and The Cult of Celebrity
cult of celebrity noun phrase Definition of cult of celebrity : the tendency of people to care too much about famous people. He criticizes the way journalists promote the cult of celebrity in modern America. Unless you’ve been hiding under a very sizeable rock the last few weeks, and especially today, you’re familiar with the ongoing saga of Jussie... Read more »

The NFL Needs To Fix Their Priorities

The NFL Needs To Fix Their Priorities
I’m not a football fan.  I’m most certainly not an NFL fan.  My biggest exposure to the organization, short of working 1 season at Soldier Field on the security team, was the ongoing news and commentary of the situation of Colin Kaepernick, a situation that loomed much larger than simply football. Outside of that, the... Read more »

Let's Talk About Valentine's Day!

Let's Talk About Valentine's Day!
Back when I was teaching in a public school classroom, I would often try to offer my students historic perspective on holidays, both official and unofficial.  Valentine’s was one of those days.  If you’ve ever spent time around high schoolers, you know that Valentine’s Day can sometimes be a big deal. Hell, I remember taking... Read more »
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Gillette and the Kind of Men We Want To Be in 2019

Gillette and the Kind of Men We Want To Be in 2019
Life is about evolution in my humble opinion.  Nothing in life remains static.  We, and the world around us is constantly changing.  At this juncture, it feels like those changes are so rapid, and sometimes people bristle in the wake of rapid change. The Gillette “Toxic Masculinity” ad took some of these changes head-on. I,... Read more »