Posts in category "African American History"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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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In Anticipation Of Stevie Wonders "Songs in The Key Of Life" Concert

In Anticipation Of Stevie Wonders "Songs in The Key Of Life" Concert
This Friday legendary Motown Records artist Stevie Wonder will be at the United Center performing his 1976 master double album “Songs in the Key Of Life”. Now I have had the honor of seeing Stevie in concert and it was beyond words, it was Taste of Chicago 2008 and originally my girlfriend (now wife), were... Read more »

A Sailor's Story

A Sailor's Story
In honor of Veteran’s Day I will share the  story of the veteran who influenced me the most, my late father, Alexander Johnson III US Navy. I was at his place of rest yesterday Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (for another funeral), and for me its a beautiful, proud but for me personally a little sad.... Read more »

I Believe In The Word

I Believe In The Word
I believe in the written word, the power of writing, the freedom of the press and articulating myself through writing. But more importantly I believe in the Word of scripture, the words of every prophet, disciple and scribe in the Bible of course the written accounts of Jesus Christ. I believe in the Catholic Church,... Read more »
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The Educational Legacy Of Saint Columbanus School

The Educational Legacy Of Saint Columbanus School
School closings and mergers are nothing to be taken lightly, especially Catholic School closings. I know I was the last graduating class at Seven Holy Founders in Calumet Park but the administration there agreed to close themselves almost 25 years ago due to low enrollment and also a school that is under performing is a... Read more »
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