Posts in category "African American History"

I Wish I Could Have Met Some of The South Side's Renaissance Men

I Wish I Could Have Met Some of The South Side's Renaissance Men
I wish I could have met some of the old school south side Chicago renaissance men, I’ll start off with the late Dempsey J. Travis. He passed in 2009 but I heard of him most of my life, he was a south side icon and now that I’m grown I know we shared three loves,... Read more »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Foretelling "A Time To Break The Silence"

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Foretelling "A Time To Break The Silence"
On this 29th observance of the Martin Luther King holiday I noticed several Twitter feeds mentioning Dr. Kings “A Time To Break The Silence” speech aka “Beyond Vietnam” as a lecture to study instead of the usual Dr. King bits we usually get to hear. This lecture from Dr. King was delivered exactly a year... Read more »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Is A Little More Relavent This Year

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Is A Little More Relavent This Year
Thursday January 15th marks what would have been the 86th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think about this, he’s been gone from the earth longer than he was on it. He only lived 39 years (the very age I am now), and he was shot and killed in April of 1968, so a... Read more »
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How Stuart Scott Influenced Me

How Stuart Scott Influenced Me
I first saw Stuart Scott on ESPN2 back in 1993, I was in my last year of high school and here was this young, hip sports reporter who spoke my language. And he was wasn’t faking it, yeah the whole “boo-ya” thing could be annoying but how could you not like “cool as the other... Read more »

Here's Some Insight To Being A Black Man

Here's Some Insight To Being A Black Man
When I heard about the non indictment of New York law enforcement for the death of Eric Garner I was immediately saddened and frustrated. I mean just after the whole Ferguson situation its a lot to take. Look I understand neither Eric Garner or Mike Brown were saints but hear me out here, there is... Read more »

A Letter To My Unborn Child About Race

A Letter To My Unborn Child About Race
Dear Child, like my parents and their parents before them we have have to talk about being black. Despite that I’m your only minority parent the world will see you as black. Thus you need to be prepared for all that comes with it. There will be stereotypes, questions and some unfairness but like my... Read more »
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What's A Black Life Worth?

What's A Black Life Worth?
The familiar hashtag on Twitter and picture on other forms of social media for the past few days since the non indictment of officer Darren Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown has been “What’s a black life worth?” I am a black man and there have been times I thought the value of the... Read more »

Chuck's Calendar Of National Holidays

Chuck's Calendar Of National Holidays
National Grilling Day, 1st Saturday in May there would be sales on all grills and grilling meats. Just about every grocery store would have people grilling in the parking lots and local BBQ restaurants would have cooking demonstrations. At all stadiums there would be tailgates even though there would be no games but the opportunities... Read more »

Bill Cosby Is Not Cliff Huxtable

Bill Cosby Is Not Cliff Huxtable
Who is Bill Cosby? No seriously, who is this guy? People of my generation grew up with him as a father figure with “Fat Albert” & “Picture Pages” and then of course “The Cosby Show”, so hearing all of these sexual predatory allegations is disturbing. But I’ve been through something like this personally, over 20... Read more »
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Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson

Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson
Friday November 21st marks 30 years since the death of Chicago public high school great Ben Wilson. You ask any Chicagoan of a certain age and Thanksgiving of the mid 80′s were sorrowful, we lost Ben Wilson the day before Thanksgiving in 1984 and then our beloved Mayor Harold Washington three years later the day... Read more »
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