Archive for June 2016

When Did July 4th Become Bomb The Hell Out of Your Neighbor Day?

When Did July 4th Become Bomb The Hell Out of Your Neighbor Day?
I know I sound like an old man telling you to stay off of my yard but man in the last 10 years 4th of July has gotten ridiculous. When I lived in West Pullman 10 years ago, we used to say it sounded like Iraq (and that was before people called it Chi-raq), because... Read more »

The Ghosts Of Our Race Tracks

The Ghosts Of Our Race Tracks
This past week Illiana Speedway in Schererville Indiana was sold to the city of Schererville and over the weekend there was an auction for the rest of the equipment from the speedway. It’s just the latest in local speedways that have closed due to dwindling competitors, fans and the expense of racing. I grew up... Read more »

Thank You Father Homero Sanchez

Thank You Father Homero Sanchez
For the past few years Augustinian priest Father Homero Sanchez has been an associate pastor at my home church St Jude in New Lenox. In just a few short years he has made a profound impact on our parish and especially with our young people. Fr. Sanchez is one of the most jubilant and passionate... Read more »
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30 Years Since the Death of Len Bias

30 Years Since the Death of Len Bias
This week and this NBA draft marks 30 years since the death of University of Maryland and Boston Celtics draft pick Len Bias. I was 10 years old and a fan of Len Bias, I liked the University of Maryland even back then (I’ve always liked the college game over the pros), and he seemed... Read more »

What I Want For Father's Day, An Afternoon With My Late Father

What I Want For Father's Day, An Afternoon With My Late Father
I’ve already been asked what I want for Father’s Day. Last year (my first father’s day), I stated every day is father’s day for me and it still is. I guess I could use a new cordless drill, I’ve had the same one since my junior year in college (18 years ago), they don’t make... Read more »

Rhetoric & Killing, When Does it End?

Rhetoric & Killing, When Does it End?
I’m as tired of writing about urban terrorism and violence as you probably are hearing about it. But I can’t quit. I’ve personally buried too many people to act like this last instance of killing doesn’t matter. Its not about black lives, its not about the police or any other demographic. This is a human... Read more »
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What To Do When You Have A Car Accident

What To Do When You Have A Car Accident
10 years ago this week I was in a serious car accident, the car was totaled but I was okay but here’s somethings to be aware of. So I was slowing down on a two lane south suburban road, two cars behind a car making a left hand turn. Out of nowhere I’m hit from... Read more »

Why I Love The Buick Grand National

Why I Love The Buick Grand National
The Buick Grand National (and T-Type), was only manufactured from 1982-1987 and the recognizable black out version was only from 1984-1987. But the car has a cult following, excellent value and is a true collector car. When I was 10 years old, 30 years ago I found out about the Grand National, from my late... Read more »

Happy Birthday Prince

Happy Birthday Prince
Today June 7th, would have been Prince’s 58th birthday. Prince has been gone over a month now but I’m still not over him. And I’m not one of those celebrity obsessed people. I just enjoyed his music. Let me rephrase that, his music inspired me, defined different parts of my life and his musical and... Read more »
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Why We Still Have Shows About Slavery

Why We Still Have Shows About Slavery
By now you’ve heard rapper Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion’s), online rant about why shows on slavery are still made and why there isn’t more focus on modern successful African Americans. You’ve probably also heard TV One’s newsman Roland Martin’s passionate response. I write about civil rights and African American history and I’d be lying... Read more »