Thursday, September 30, 2010

Music Showcase - Stalley

Stalley might be from the Midwest but he has an old school east coast flow. Somebody (Kanye, Jigga) needs to take this kid under their wing so the Massillon, Ohio native can get the exposure that he needs. I would hate to see this dude get labeled with that “Dopest MC you never heard of title” that a lot of cats are running around with (no thanks to Radio and suspect A&R’s).

Question: Why put a music link on your blog? Answer: Because radio sucks. Listen to individuals/groups that should be on radio.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Would you like some hot lead with that Pizza??

Another case of why they are building more jails than colleges. I hear black folks talking about how the system is taking advantage of young black men but that’s all who you see on the 6pm news. They aren’t walking across stages receiving diplomas and they aren’t being interviewed for coming up with a cure for a disease. They are robbing, raping and running for cops. Sure we could refute these images if there was a news program to counter that but we’ve been there already. Two young men lost their lives trying to rob a chain store that makes pizzas. This wasn’t some Oceans 11 type stuff. This was a step up from robbing a package store. This scenario isn’t just happening in my city of Charlotte. It’s being playing out across the nation. I hope the guy that killed them doesn’t lose his job. Although I don’t know how Pizza Hut will look down upon his form of “Rough Justice.”

Friday, September 24, 2010

Velma Hart told tales out of school. Uh oh!!!

I learned something from President Obama’s town hall on CNBC this week. The Democrats are in trouble!!!!! Organizing for America won’t be able to email their way out of this one. Velma Hart spoke up and said what a lot of people are afraid to say. The words “I’m exhausted of defending you,” wasn’t a made up statement. They are words that are spoken in silence by many of Obama’s supporters. The last 2 years have been a doozy. How did we go from “Hope and Change” to this?

On Tuesday, Andre Egleshon sat in for Reverend Al Sharpton on his radio show. Apparently Egleshon was upset with Hart for speaking her mind. He blasted her for putting Obama on the spot. Every time he stands in for Sharpton he spends his time praising Obama. Egleshon must be trying to get a job in the Obama Administration. Too bad for him - Obama has already hit his black quota for new hires. I’m sick of black folks dissing other blacks because they aren’t kissing black politicians behinds. Black folks are not monolithic and we should be able to speak our minds. Hart voted for Obama so she has no interest in seeing him fail (how ignorant would that be if she did??). Every other black is afraid to say something for fear of losing their “Black Card.” Black folks have rested on Symbolism and have lowered expectations for our politicians. Instead of “Real Change” blacks are hoping that they can get the pot hole in the street filled. You question black folks on Obama Administration policies and all they can tell you is how good 1st Lady Michelle Obama looked on TV. Really??

Every other race and gender is knocking on Obama’s door. Anytime black folks try to speak to Obama they get dirty looks from other blacks. It seems blacks have to suffer in silence in order to keep the symbolism going. I know that Obama is the head of the American Empire so he has to look out for everyone. I get it!! I wish black folks would stop saying that to calm the waters. No one is telling the Latinos, Gays and Jews to stop pressing Obama. People look out for their self-interests in politics. That’s how the game is played (fortunately and unfortunately). Everyone else is playing “Chess” while black folks are playing “Tunk.” The Democrats are going to be in a world of hurt this November. The White House gambled on making the economy a quaternary priority and now they are paying for it. You have some Democrats that won’t even get near Obama in fear of losing their elections. Republicans ran from President Bush in his last years!! Wow! The Democrats are starting early!! Obama’s opposition is fired up and ready to take him on. His support staff never saw this backlash coming. But then again they don’t have experience dealing with a black man that’s president. I guess they figured if they run from black folks and call out Glenn Beck they will be okay.

The Democrats should use Velma Hart as a voting barometer for this November. The new voters that became Democrats weren’t doing it to be Democrats. They wanted to be Obamacrats. A lot of loser Democrats rode into office on Obama’s coat tails in 2008. If they were on their own, they would have never made it past the primary. So imagine if voters are feeling “Some Kinda Way” about Obama now….well you can figure out what will happen in November.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Message From a First Time Father

Back in 1996, I completed a Senior Investigative Paper entitled “Adolescent Alcohol Abuse and Aggression.” Essentially the paper dealt with the relationship between teenager alcohol consumption and the violent behavior that comes from drinking. In writing this paper, I found an interesting piece of information that I was not expecting. Research showed that parent-adolescent bonds can have a direct influence on adolescent drug use. The children of divorced parents and single parents are more at risk to be involved with alcohol. Because I come from a two parent household I take a lot of things for granted. I’m amazed by single women that I know with children. I don’t pity them. I am in awe of how they are able to hold it together. But unfortunately these women are the exception. I have a lot of friends who grew up in single family homes. They all turned out to be upstanding men and women. So just because you come from a single parent home doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. But based on research, children have greater odds of success if they grow up in a two family household (i.e. mother and father in the home).

You look at the evening news every night and see the same thing. Young black males being escorted to police cars wearing handcuffs. To reiterate what I said – I said EVERYDAY!!! Every blue moon they will show males from another race being whisked away by the law. But the very next day it will be back to “blacks on screen!!!” If you do the background search on their home life, all the young males have a common problem. They are all fatherless boys!! And don’t think I’ve forgotten about the young black females that are on the news. They are having daddy issues as well. It’s not a surprise that Big Brothers and Big Sisters are pushing harder than ever for mentors for children. If you ask people that work for them, they will tell you that there are not enough “Bigs” for the children. By now you are probably wondering where did all the children come from? And what does all this mean?

Look no further than Maury Povich for the answers. His self titled television show is famous for episodes where women confront their boyfriends with DNA and lie detector tests. The men never believe the baby is actually theirs!! So the women have to prove them wrong to get child support (i.e. pampers, milk and a meal down at the Dairy Queen). The worst ones are where the women don’t know who they slept with. They bring a parade of men on stage testing each and everyone. It reminds me of when the Airforce gives physicals before sending people off to basic training. And they do it by the bus loads!!! Do I think that this show is completely on the up and up? No! But the women and men on his show represent real people that aren’t on stage. And the scary part is that we actually know some of them.

We have a problem with irresponsible boys having unprotected sex with irresponsible girls and creating irresponsible children. There I said it!!! Now I’ll probably get hate mail for this one but don’t blame me. Get mad at the evening news. My friends that are teachers tell me horror stories about the parents of their children. Parent teacher conferences where mothers dress like they just got off the stripper pole. Dealing with parents that argue about why teachers shouldn’t discipline their children. And working with Parent Teacher Associations where parental involvement is practically non-existent. But it doesn’t matter if the teachers can’t educate them. The Prison Industrial Complex will pick up where the school systems left off. Jail is big business!! Every year cities struggle to come up with money for schools but new jails are always being built. Bill Cosby talked about this same problem and he was crucified. It’s an uncomfortable subject to talk about because it hits home with many of us. We don’t want to offend our family and friends. But it’s too late because “the chickens are coming home to roost” and the evening news doesn’t care about hurt feelings.

Today the No Wedding No Womb campaign was launched in declaration and acknowledgement that the out-of-wedlock situation in the black community has reached a critical mass. NWNW calls for both men and women to take into account the trauma that motherless or fatherless children experience when procreating is taken so cavalierly. The scars are long-term, and often for life. But NWNW doesn’t NECESSARILY equate to marriage, per se, but commitment–a lifelong partnership between mother and father. Both are “married” to the idea that a two-parent household is better than a single, struggling one. Of course there are exceptions, but they do not make the rule. NWNW also fights against the normalization of baby momma and daddy-ism. Clearly as a whole, this mentality is NOT working for us as a community.

I joined this campaign because of my wife. At the beginning of next year I am going to be a first time father. Am I nervous? Yes! But I am also very excited. But I’m more excited for my wife. When we met in college I was very immature and not ready for a committed relationship. My wife knew exactly what she wanted at that young age. She wanted to get married and then have children. And she was adamant that there was not going to be any pre-marital sex going on. So you ask why am I proud of her? It’s not because of the fact she waited to get married to have sex. I don’t look down on people because of that. If that was the case, I wouldn’t be able to look at myself because I didn’t wait until I was married. I’m proud of her because she never compromised her beliefs. She knew what she wanted and she stuck to her principles. No matter how much pressure she was up against and even when she had to remove people out of her life. I am honored to call her my wife and that she is carrying “our” child.

I know that everyone doesn’t have an ideal family situation. People deal with divorce and parental death can come earlier than expected. But we as a society have to be careful of the decisions that we make when having unprotected sex. The consequences are too big to make light of. The process of bringing a life into this world needs to be more than an afterthought. Children are being born to end up in prison. They aren’t even making it out of high school with a diploma (with black men having the worst graduating numbers). We are losing out on our future Doctors, Lawyers, Fathers, Mothers, Teachers and Engineers. My personal responsibility in all of this madness is to be the best father I can be. I have a family that depends on me and I don’t want to let them down. I guess we’ll have to work on this one child at a time. I guess….

Monday, September 20, 2010

Did you know about "The Green Book"?

Harlem postal employee, Victor H. Green created “The Green Book” in response to Jim Crow discrimination and violence in America. Essentially the book was a travel guide for blacks. It’s not surprising that a postal employee could come up with this concept. If he contacted black postal workers across the country, he would be able to find out where blacks lived. The book directed black travelers to safe lodging, restaurants, and other services. Many blacks traveling the highways had to deal with “sunset laws.” Sunset Laws basically meant that blacks had to be out of the town before sunset. Things have changed for black travelers since the books first publication in 1936. But “The Green Book” still represents a shameful time in American History.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Introducing Clinton Portis - Sexual Harassment Counselor

"You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's (bodies), I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."

~ Redskins Running Back Clinton Portis talking on the 106.7 The Fan Radio Show.

Ines Sainz, a reporter for Azteca TV, claimed that she was harassed by the New York Jets during one of their practices. Apparently the NFL is tripping all over themselves trying to clean this one up. But I’m actually not surprised that the NY Jets might have been trying to score with Sainz. They can’t get any points on the field so they had to try somewhere. On the flip side, there is a debate going on about Sainz’s dress and appearance when she is interviewing Football Players. It seems like every other picture in Google Images looks like she dances at bars on the weekend. Painted on jeans and tight fitted shirts seem to be a part of her wardrobe. I don’t know if anyone has ever told Sainz but I don’t think people respect her journalism skills. Google Katie Couric and see what happens. Meanwhile Couric’s network, CBS, has a video slide of Sainz in bathing suits. I think both sides have a lot of explaining to do but Portis’s comments are really bothering me. I just wish that he would stop saying ignorant things. Anytime he gives his opinion about something it ends up being the dumbest thing you have ever heard (example here). Can someone shut him up???

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Kitchen Shrink – A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World.

The following Book Review has been sponsored by FSB Associates

“Have you met Dr. Steve Fleck?” Dr. Byck asks. “No. Who’s he?” “A real character. Before you leave, you must meet Steve Fleck.” One evening, in a quiet corridor, a frail white-haired man shuffles by, his eyes fixed on the floor. He is thin as a skeleton in his long white coat. His nametag reads: “Steve Fleck, M.D., Psychiatry.” “Dr. Fleck,” I call to him, “Dr. Byck says I have to meet you. I’m Dora Wang. I’m applying for psychiatry residencies.” He shakes my hand, nods, and looks back at the floor. “Do you have any advice for a new doctor starting out?” Our hands are still grasped when he utters the only two words I will ever hear from his lips, words I will always remember. “Single payer.” He turns and shuffles down the hall.

~ Excerpt from - The Kitchen Shrink (pgs. 122 – 123)

I was a Psychology major when I was an undergraduate student. I wanted to be an Industrial Organizational Psychologist. I didn’t want to be a Psychologist that listened to peoples’ problems all day long. That would have been depressing to my soul and draining to my spirit. I definitely would have never been a Psychiatrist. I thought this was just going to be a book on Psychiatry. It was and it wasn’t. Dr. Wang talked about her career in Psychiatry from being an eager medical student, to an overworked professional. When Dr. Fleck said the word “Single Payer” to her, he was foreshadowing future events involving health care. Throughout the book, you could see where the Health Insurance Industry had taken over the medical profession. Doctors in the book went from being concerned about patient wellness to meeting quotas. I kept reading the book going “so that’s why my Doctor does that.” It was an eye opener to the reality of our modern healthcare. In my opinion, the beauty of the book was how she humanized her patients. Many of us look at people with psychotic behavior and shun them but we forget they are human beings too. I highly recommend this book for individuals thinking about a career in the medical profession.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Old black folks robbing our black youth - another example of a “civil rights” politician that should retire.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, from the 30th Congressional District of Texas, got caught slipping last week. She had awarded thousands of dollars in Congressional Black Caucus scholarships to her relatives (i.e. grandchildren, grand nephews). Her excuse: she didn’t know it was wrong! I know you are probably thinking that she must be a first term congresswoman to not know this. Sike!! This chick has been in office since 1993!!! I was a Sophomore in college when she got her gig in D.C. I am now in my late 30’s and she is still in office!! And she has the nerve to talk about she didn’t know???

*Side Note* Still don’t think we need Term Limits for Politicians???

Well if she didn’t know the media did!! In July, I did a post on The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. It was obvious from the piece that they wanted to avoid anything that made them look shady. The foundation’s general counsel, Amy Goldson, came out saying that Johnson violated the rules. So I’m pretty sure they weren’t too pleased with Congresswoman Johnson and her scholarship give-away. All of the time she has spent in congress and she gets caught with her hand in the scholarship jar?? Why don’t these black politicians know better? They were sent to Washington to make sense of the political machine not to become influenced by it. The dope boys aren’t the only ones out here hurting the community. She must really think the people in her district are stupid. Wait until parents realize that their children missed out on scholarships because of some trickery. I’m also sure that ignorant black folks will talk about how the “white man” is plotting against blacks in congress. Well I have bad news for all my black nationalists out here in internet land. No need to blame the white man for this one. Johnson was wrong and she needs to face whatever repercussions come from this illegal activity. My personal suggestion – do the citizens of Texas a favor and retire immediately!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Dastardly tales of Mexican Marauders – Hide the women and children!!!!

"We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it, everything from the crime and to the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings "

~ Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Fox News “On the Record” – June 16, 2010

Not since “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” have I heard of such tall tales!!! I know it sounds like I’m calling Gov. Brewer a liar but I am calling her a LIAR!!! I would believe her if she could produce a headless body. All she needs to do is produce one headless corpse that was hacked off with a machete. When she runs from the cameras and evades questions it looks suspicious. If she wants to be taken seriously, she needs to find a law enforcement official to cosign on her statement. I’m starting to think she’s another political opportunist that’s using Obama’s unpopularity and a plethora of illegal aliens to win an election. I see the new political strategy is to say something crazy and duck the press until election day. Can a real politician that wants to run on the issues raise their hand? I know we have an immigration problem but beheadings!!! Really??

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Running the numbers with Baby Daddy.

An episode from last weeks HBO’s Hard Knocks showed New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie naming his children. Cromartie is accusing HBO of re-shooting the scene to make him look bad because people are saying he doesn’t know the names of his chaps. Of course, HBO has said that Cromartie is incorrect in his recollection of the event. If I had “8” children, I probably wouldn’t remember their names either.

*Side Note* Word on the street is that Cromartie has “8” children with “6” different women in “5” different states.

The real problem is that a “20” something year old man has “3” Three Year Olds!!!!!!! He didn’t say that they were triplets so um…….eh!!!! Did that man impregnate “3” women in the same year?? Dayummm!!! That’s just nasty!!! But he’s rich so it’s acceptable. Oh hold up! My bad – earlier this year the NY Jets advanced Cromartie “$500,000” for child support payments.

*Side Note* Please check out No Wedding, No Womb! America we are in crisis mode!!!

Cromartie has no one to blame but himself for this fiasco. HBO saw something that was bizarre and they milked it for what it was worth. That’s what they do on Tel-lie-Vision!!! I’m not going to stop watching HBO (if I could afford it) because they snookered a human sperm bank. I do hope that he has a long - long - long - long playing career so he will have something left after those child support payments.