Archive for February 2013

Safety At NASCAR Races

Safety At NASCAR Races
I’ve grown up around stock car racing. I was born and raised within earshot of the old Raceway Park in south suburban Calumet Park (its now a strip mall with grocery stores), and my father used to be an amateur drag racer at the old US 30 drag strip in Indiana. I’ve spent my share of afternoons... Read more »

Why I Should Be Pope

Why I Should Be Pope
Here’s my candidacy for pope, yes I know you can’t run for pope (I’m from the south side though, we have elections for everything), but I’m making my case for the papacy. Okay I’m not a priest (I am a Catholic though, and attended Catholic school from junior high through college), in fact I’m married... Read more »

Finally NASCAR Starts With Diversity

Finally NASCAR Starts With Diversity
With all the talk of Danica Patrick as the first woman to start on the pole at this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Daytona 500 race, there’s another minority making history in the lower levels of NASCAR. He is 20 year African American driver Darrell Wallace Jr. in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (which is... Read more »
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An Open Letter To Lil Wayne

An Open Letter To Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne aka Weezy, I hear on an upcoming song you say the verse “Beat the women’s sexual part like Emmett Till”. I don’t know if its ignorance on your part or that you just don’t care but as a now former fan of yours, you can’t say that. As a man of color from... Read more »

Outrage Over Too Many Proposed Chicago Public School Closings On The South Side

Outrage Over Too Many Proposed Chicago Public School Closings On The South Side
I’m sure by now most people have seen the list of 129 Chicago Public Schools (CPS), that could be closed. And I’m sure we’ve all noticed how the south and west sides are overwhelmingly represented on this list. But I will concentrate on the two areas I know best. The area I called home for... Read more »
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    I'm a lifelong writer (since I was 8 years old), and have been doing this blog in some form or fashion since 2004. I'm a DePaul University alum (LA&S '99), and know and love Chicago. Writing is my passion, what I write is what I feel, know and have experienced. I simply want to share my thoughts, experiences and opinions. And I appreciate you taking to the time to read what I have to say.

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