Archive for June 2017

How A Food Desert Happens

How A Food Desert Happens
I read Greg Trotters’ column in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune about the food desert my old neighborhood (Calumet Park), has become and it’s true but sad because that’s my old hood but it wasn’t always like that. I grew up across 123rd Street (the northern boundary of), Calumet Park. It’s as far south in Chicago you... Read more »

I Forgot How Bad Chicago Traffic Can Be

I Forgot How Bad Chicago Traffic Can Be
So Saturday morning I went to the NHL Draft and fan fest at the United Center and then had lunch in Lincoln Park. Then came time for the fun drive home back to eastern Will County early in the afternoon, follow on me on this okay? I got on Lake Shore Drive (LSD), at North... Read more »

Father's Day Doesn't Get Any Easier

Father's Day Doesn't Get Any Easier
This is my fourth Father’s day without my old man and like him Father’s Day isn’t a big deal to me. My wife gives me plenty of time with our son and I soak it up, I’m just doing my job as a dad and being with my kid. But I miss my old man... Read more »
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How To Buy A Sports Jersey

How To Buy A Sports Jersey
I know seems innocent enough, you go to a store, buy your favorite player’s jersey and that’s it. But what if you’re not willing to pay over $ 100.00-$ 150.00 for a jersey but are willing to look high and low for one? Take it for me, I’ve owned almost three dozen jerseys in my... Read more »

The Often Misguided Romance Of Your First Car

The Often Misguided Romance Of Your First Car
I’ve written extensively about my first car and am about to do it again but for us car guys this is “your first”. So all other cars will be judged against it and it’s usually the car you cut your teeth on mechanically and every other way. My first car was my late dad’s 1986... Read more »

30 Years Since L.L. Cool J's "I'm Bad"

30 Years Since L.L. Cool J's "I'm Bad"
One of my favorite memories of growing on the south side in West Pullman was sitting on my parent’s porch at the old house on 123rd Street. Growing up there or my friend Terry’s house (on the other side of 123rd Street), was the gathering spot since we lived on opposite corners. It was a young black... Read more »
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Is This The True Legacy of Prince?

Is This The True Legacy of Prince?
This week (June 7th), would have been Prince’s 59th birthday and though he has been gone over a year (April 21st 2016), he is more widespread than ever. But “The Artist”, we all knew and loved (or at least thought we knew), was known to be private, reclusive and controlling over his work. It surprises... Read more »

The Evolution of NASCAR's Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.

The Evolution of NASCAR's Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.
There hasn’t been an African American to drive in NASCAR’s highest series (Monster Energy Series), since Bill Lester drove the # 23 Waste Management (Bill Davis Racing), car back in 2006. That will change on Sunday at the NASCAR race in Pocono, PA aka “The Tricky Triangle”. Darrell Wallace Jr. affectionately known as “Bubba” will... Read more »

What is My African American Experience?

What is My African American Experience?
In the words of Chicago Tribune reporter Dahleen Glanton “Its tough being black in America. But don’t pity me.” Lebron James had said last week (after his house was defaced with a racial slur), that “Its tough being black in America” and it is. I think this year has opened a lot of eyes to... Read more »
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