Posts in category "African American History"

To My Brother on His 50th Birthday

To My Brother on His 50th Birthday
On Monday July 31st my brother Kevin turns 50 years old. Yeah okay lots of people turn 50 years old. Yeah but this is a African American man who has had some health issues and honestly issues with the law. He has turned his life around, is a reponsible, married man, helping raise his grandkids,... Read more »

We Need to Focus on Positive African American Men

We Need to Focus on Positive African American Men
Who are the two most prominent men of color in the news this week? R. Kelly & OJ Simpson. They have been in the news for over 20 years for all of the wrong reasons and seem not to get the full extent of the law like most of us African American men would. Let’s... Read more »

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 »
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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 Legacy of My Grandmother: "Momma Nan"

The Legacy of My Grandmother: "Momma Nan"
On this Mother’s Day weekend I need to give credit to a woman who lead our family with strength, faith, love & devotion. My grandmother Nannie Scott, was a matriarch, she’s been gone 20 years this past February but her words still lead me. She had sayings like “Just keep on living”, when you asked... Read more »

Three Years Since I Lost My Father

Three Years Since I Lost My Father
Easter is a tough holiday now, because it was the day after Easter (April 21st), I lost my dad back in 2014. That Easter Sunday my mom, my brother and my wife along with myself made two trips down to Mercy Hospital on the Vitas hospice floor to visit with my dad. One in the early... Read more »
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The Greatness of Kendrick Lamar

The Greatness of Kendrick Lamar
To be great in hip hop is not an easy thing. It takes work, years of working your way up the proverbial totem pole and usually is confirmed with a great album. The Compton California native has done all of that in short order, a little over a decade to be precise and several really good albums... Read more »

30 Years Since PBS' Award Winning Documentary "Eyes On The Prize"

30 Years Since PBS' Award Winning Documentary "Eyes On The Prize"
If there was a documentary that changed my life it was PBS’ award winning documentary on the mid-20th Century Civil Rights Movement titled “Eyes on the Prize” which initially aired in January & February 1987. This was my “Roots”, for when Roots first aired I was an infant. I didn’t even see Eyes on the... Read more »

20 Years Since the Death of The Notorious B.I.G

20 Years Since the Death of The Notorious B.I.G
March 9, 1997 was a Sunday and early that morning I was driving back home from Lincoln Mall in Matteson from my Sunday morning meeting at Montgomery Wards. I had the radio on and heard that rapper The Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed in Los Angeles earlier that morning. And hip hop was never... Read more »
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Why We Celebrate African American History Month

Why We Celebrate African American History Month
It’s as simple as our stories, our history and our heroes were overlooked. This is nothing against any other ethnicity, we are a minority people and mainstream history doesn’t always cover us well. So starting with Carter G. Woodson in 1926 we got Negro History Week. Pictured is my childhood library on the South Side... Read more »
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