Monday, December 28, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Anyway, I open my trunk and start to unload my spare tire and equipment that I need to change the flat tire. As I'm pulling things out of the trunk, a minivan pulls up beside me. It's a white lady, maybe in her mid-to-late 50's, kind of heavyset. You know, the type of person you would envision if someone asked you to think of what a grandmother looks like. She asked me what was wrong and I told her that I had a blowout. She asked me if I had any water. I told her that I did have a bottle of water in my car. She said that it was too hot and I needed more.
She then proceed to get out of her van and go into her backseat. She emerged from the other side of the van with six bottles of water in her arms. She said that if she knew how to change a tire that she would help me, but she wanted me to at least stay hydrated in the process. I thanked her profusely as I accepted the bottles. She got back in her van, wished me a nice day, and drove off.
I resumed working on my tire and I realized that my tire iron wouldn't fit the lug nuts on the flat. So, I'm unable to remove the flat tire and put on the spare. I'm racking my brain trying to figure out why the tire iron will not fit. I then realize that without that, I'm stuck. So, I grab my cell to call my dad to get him to bring his. It will take him about 30 minutes to arrive, so I sit inside my car to turn on the A/C.
A mid-sized sedan then pulls up in front of me. A black man gets out. He's probably early 30's, wearing an undershirt or what some people refer to as a "wife beater shirt". Sounds terrible to say that out loud on the air, but you know the shirt. He has a few tattoos and has the look of a construction worker, so to speak. He asked me what was wrong and I recited my story. He told me that he had a lug wrench in my car that would fit my tire. He retrieved it from his trunk as I slowly got out of the car.
I called my dad to tell him that I didn't need him to drive all the way across town and while I was doing that, dude started changing my tire. After I got off of the phone with my dad, I tried to stop him and let him know that I could take it from here. He simply replied, "It's all good, man. I used to work at Goodyear. I can change a tire in my sleep".
Dude had the tire changed in a matter of minutes. I offered to Cashapp him some money for his troubles, but he refused. He said that he saw an opportunity to help and did so. I thanked him and he drove on.
I guess I shared all of this just to say that there are still some good people out here. Social media will make you lose faith in all of humanity because of the level of selfishness and ignorance that we see on there every day. But, I had two people, each who appeared to be from different walks of life, stop to assist me. An older white woman and a younger black man. A conservative-looking lady and an urban-looking, for lack of a better phrase, dude.
Good people come in all shape, sizes, ages, and colors. Stop letting social media and the talking heads on the news continue to divide us. There are no secrets in getting along with people. Just be decent and the rest will work itself out.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
- You don't want the financial obligation.
- You don't want the responsibility of being a dad.
- You don't like the woman you're about to have sex with enough to raise a child with her.
- Maybe you just hate kids.
- Not being able to afford the child.
- Not having accommodations for someone to watch the child when she's unavailable.
- Not wanting to tether herself to a dude who isn't worth it.
- Or maybe she, too, just hate kids.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Okay, so I talked to a friend of mine named TeAndra a while back and she brought something up in our conversation that I hadn't thought about before. Why do we have to have designated days to support black-owned business?
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The first step to fixing a problem is to first admit that there is one. A lot of the police departments in this country seem to not want to do that. So many of the politicians in this country seem to not want to do that. Many citizens in this country seem to not want to do that. We're just walking around with blinders on like the Netflix movie, "Bird Box".
We just keep walking around aimlessly as if nothing is going on. "Nope. No racism here!"
Now the NBA players are boycotting. I'm not sure what their endgame is, but I stand behind them exercising their right to peacefully protest. Anything that raises awareness to people of color being fed up with status quo is just fine with me.
What was the final straw that prompted this boycott? A knuckle-headed teen shot and killed two people last night because he wanted to be a cop. How telling is that? And when the cops were responding to the scene, they drove right past the 17-year old, rifle-toting white kid with his hands held up in the air. Drove right past him! Why? Because evidently he didn't appear to be a threat to them. But a 12 year old black kid named Tamir Rice was shot and killed seconds after police arrived on the scene of a playground where he was playing with a toy gun. And Tamir, unfortunately, is just one of many examples.
Racism is real. White Privilege is real. Racial biases are real.
What will it take for us to make you see that?
Monday, July 27, 2020
This conversation came up during an interview about how slavery should be taught in schools. Cotton wants to cut funding for schools who use curriculum from the "1619 Project".
You don't have to be a history major to know that a lot of foul stuff was happening to black people in the 1600's. That project was created to help students understand how this country was built on the backs of slaves. It's a painful story to tell, but it does help to enlighten those who know very little about how this country came to be what it is today. In no way, shape, or form is murdering, beating, and raping a group of people a "necessary evil". It's evil, but it's very unnecessary. I don't care in what context you attempt to use it. However, he later said on Twitter that he wasn't endorsing the Founding Fathers stance on slavery. Blah, blah, blah. Cotton also made quotes that insinuated that despite America being a flawed country, it is a great country and he doesn't want it portrayed as being formed by a bunch of greedy, racists crooks.
And this is a huge problem that I have with American History school books. They are incomplete. They don't tell the real story of how this country came to be. The treatment received by minorities would bring about a ton of shame onto a lot of prominent people. Especially if names were mentioned.
Case in point, Senator Cotton is a descendant of slave owners. There are documents floating around online now that show a will from his great-great-great-great (I'm unsure of how many "greats") grandfather leaving slaves to an heir. So, I'm guessing that having to explain that part of history is not something he's wanting to get into. In fact, I'm sure that a lot of surnames of prominent people would come up if we did a deep dive into the origin of slave owners. There are a lot of rich people in this country who had wealth passed down to them from those who made it off of the backs of treacherous acts.
It's ironic that a man with the last name of "Cotton" has a problem with how slavery is taught in schools. History should be no longer "white-washed" to tell "his story". It should be told in its entirety so that people can begin to understand how "The Greatest Country in the World" has a lumpy carpet from the things being swept under the rug.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
|Me from 10 years ago|
It's hard to believe that a simple blurb that I posted on 7/15/10 has led to almost 700 more posts. And I absolutely appreciate all of you for reading them. Even if you only read one.
And 1.25m views later, I guess that I'm still doing my thing, albeit not nearly as often as it once was. I started my radio show about 7 months after my blog and spent a lot of time building it. It really became my focus around 2013 after the passing of The Mrs. I put all of my spare time into it to help ease the pain of losing her. Plus I'd just lost my mom five months prior. 2012 was rough.
But thanks to loyal readers supporting me, a radio show audience, and the love of family and friends, I made it through and I've made the most of my life since. I have a job that I love. I have a woman that I love. And I have a family that loves me. You can't ask for much more!
I'm not sure how long I'll continue to blog. Maybe this is something that I will do until the day I expire. Who knows? I could be 88 years old and on here complaining about something President Malia Obama did (I'm assuming that we will have at least a few female presidents in the next 40 years).
In the meantime, I'll continue to do my thing here and over at T2Q. I have fun bringing crazy stories and information to the masses and I hope that you all have enjoyed it as well. Thanks for hanging in their with me through 10 years of funny, happy, crazy, informative, and sometimes sad blog posts. I hope that I can fulfill 10 more if possible!
|Me today. What a difference 10 years makes, huh?|
Monday, July 13, 2020
You can check out the discussion here.
I participated in the second episode of the Holism For Advancement Roundtable hosted by Dr. Herman SJr. himself.
I've been fortunate enough to interview him a couple of times on T2Q and as he usually does, he dropped science on this topic as well. His other guest, Miguel Conner, was amazing in establishing a base to some of the societal problems we endure as a country today.
So, please enjoy this discussion and share, share, share! The world needs to hear more insightful opinions on race and not the same old babble and catch phrases.
Seeing & Combating Inculcated, "Invisible" Fundamentals That Create Negative Systems
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This is the second show of the Holism For Advancement Roundtable founded by Dr. HermanSJr. to present the most powerful, no-nonsense, science-backed solutions to highly-complex world issues that can be used immediately to begin forcing step-change in people's lives across all landscapes (business, educational, personal, social).
Experts: Dr. Chandra Babu (Ph.D.) | Right.Academy | (not present in show due to technical issues) Miguel Conner (B.A.) | TheGodAboveGod.com
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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Friday, July 10, 2020
I'm a 70's baby and I think that my generation is the last who really care about being married. A ton of people my age have either tried it or wanted to, but 1980 and beyond, I'm not so sure.
- You want someone to do happy hour with you every now and then.
- You want a plus one to social gatherings.
- You want someone to text you "good morning" and "good night".
- You want someone make small talk with via text when there's a break at work.
- You want someone to contact to fill that intimacy void when you're lonely and in need of something physical.
- You want to feel like you're in a relationship without actually being in a relationship.
- You don't want the commitment.
- You don't want the pressure of remembering and shopping for anniversaries and birthdays.
- You don't want the difficult conversations that come along with finding long-term compatibility.
- You don't want the same person in your face every... single... day.
Because you haven't put in the effort. That "everyone is a winner" mentality you learned as a kid is the reason you're sitting around waiting on your participant trophy.
- You don't want to invest in a relationship, but you want to reap all of the benefits.
- You don't want to make yourself a better candidate for someone to want you because you work harder on our Match.com profile than you do on your personality.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
'Gone With The Wind' is one of those movies that critics have raved about for decades. I've never seen the movie nor do I care to do so. It's just not my thing. However, I have read about how black people were depicted in the movie as "willing slaves" or "incompetent". Because of this, we end up with this movie that's been around since before my dad was born coming with a warning label as if we're incompetent as well.
Now, because I've not seen the movie then maybe I don't understand the extremes of which the slaves may have been depicted. However, I don't think that you throw a disclaimer on it because of it. Does that mean that we'll have disclaimers for music videos that show women being degraded by men? Do we have a four minute speech at the beginning of "Old Yeller" because of what people may perceive as animal cruelty?
Look, slavery happened. And it infuriates me to know that people were treated like that. My people. But, TV is make-believe. The reason why 'GWTW' hasn't bothered me in my 48 years on this planet is because I haven't watched it. And that's what I would advise people to do if they feel outraged about how blacks were depicted in this film. Just don't watch. Don't even sweat the "gone with the wind plantation" mentality.
Who cares if some white people watch it and get their jollies from seeing black people mistreated? They were racists anyway if they got enjoyment out of that, so why make a big deal out of people who probably aren't going to change?
I don't want to see lengthy disclaimers in front of my movies due to racial insensitivty, excessive violence, gratuitous booty shots, or whatever. No apologies in front of "A Time To Kill" or "Mississippi Burning" or whatever unflattering movies that may be out there. And there are thousands of them.
Most people generally know what they are getting when they sit down to watch a movie. And if they don't know and happen to get a few minutes into it to discover that there's something about it that they don't like then they can change the channel.
Maybe there's a discussion that can be had about whatever was unpleasing about the movie, but please don't force movies to do this regularly. Let these movies serve as talking points for productive discussions about racism. Although I appreciate the effort, but disclaimers still won't change the systemic racism in this country in my opinion or even come close. That's an entirely different discussion.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic led to multi-trillion dollar bailouts of businesses and citizens in this country. I get the citizens needing a hand, but huge corporations? Again?
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
During the video, the man pleaded for mercy and indicated that he couldn't breathe quite a few times. He kept trying to adjust his head to find relief, but the number of cops on him wouldn't allow him comfort. Not to mention the one cop who applied pressure from a knee to the back of the man's neck. He was clearly increasing the pressure the more the man appeared to be adjusting to get some air.
Despite the man being in custody and no longer a threat, this cop still felt the need to "punish" him by keeping the knee in the back of the man's neck which ultimately may have led to the trauma that killed the man. The onlookers pleaded with the cop to ease up. They begged the police to just put the guy in the squad car. They told them to check the man's pulse when he became unresponsive.
The cops did none of that. An ambulance was called, but the man appears to have died before they arrived.
Look, I understand that police are humans and get frustrated, too. They get tired of people who may run and / or resist. But some cops don't realize how what they do comes off as severe bullying to the general public. Especially minorities. Once the suspect is subdued, the fight is over. You don't have the right to continue to punish someone who is in handcuffs and not in a position to be a threat to anyone.
I have met some really good cops in my life. Cops who wouldn't dare think of intentionally harming someone. But until THEY start to speak out against this, we'll continue to see videos like these. When was the last time you saw a cop testify against another cop for police brutality? Wait. When's the first time you've ever seen that?
This "loyalty to the uniform" stuff needs to end if they ever want to truly gain a reputation for "protecting and serving" the people. Because right now, the police only "protect and serve" each other.
Monday, May 18, 2020
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Unlike most shows where you simply listen to the host, I allow you a chance to do the talking. You have the opportunity to express an opinion or rant on a subject. I want to hear what you have to say which is why I named the show "Talk 2 Q" and not "Listen 2 Q."
The Call-in Number: (516) 595-8306. There is also the aforementioned chat room where you can interact with other listeners and ask questions to the host and / or guests.
Okay, enough of that. Let's talk about what I'm really about. Where do I start? I'm old school. That's an understatement to any of you who have followed me for a while, but it's a true statement. Being blessed with a two-parent household as a child, I was raised with many traditional values from the Hospitality State of Mississippi.
Examples: taking my hat/cap off before entering someone's home, holding a door for a lady to enter first, a firm handshake, making eye contact when speaking with people, and being accountable for my actions to name a few.
As crazy as it sounds, those things are becoming a lost art. Too many boys out there lack the man training that is necessary to continue the dwindling cycle of main components of manhood. Pride, responsibility, and accountability have been replaced with entitlement, dependency, and deflection.
These are the things that fuel the passion for my radio show. I want to bring morals and values back to mainstream America one show at a time. Because although there are plenty of outlets for people to express themselves freely, there isn't one quite like T2Q.
Why? Because "some things need to be said."
Sunday, May 10, 2020
I'm blessed to still have my grandmother who is 97 years old and also I still get gifts from my late wife's mom. But, the day still seems incomplete without my mother.
My mom's name was Mary. She was 69 years old when she passed in June 2012 from cancer. She was diagnosed around 2009 and it slowly ate away at her.
My mom spent the last month of her life in the hospital. One of the toughest moments of my life was when I was feeding her one evening because she was unable to feed herself. I thought about how she fed me as a baby and now here it was I was doing the same for her. It took everything within me to not cry in front of her and I'll never forget that moment. The amount of appreciation for every she did for me in my life swelled up inside of me and almost exploded in a wave of emotions at that very instant.
But, I managed to keep it together. In that moment, all I could think about were the many instances that she made sacrifices for me. Helping me with homework. Taking me to practice when my dad had to work. Being a taxi for me and my friend, Shawn, or my cousin, Jerome, to go to the mall arcade to play video games. So many times, she put off what she wanted to do to make sure that my brother and I were happy.
I'm so glad that she had an opportunity to retire and actually enjoy her life before she got sick. She loved to go fishing and she loved to visit casinos. And she did that very often for about five to seven years before she got too weak to go. The morning she died, I remember the emptiness I felt. When the coroners took her from the hospital room, I felt as if I should go with them to accompany her. I didn't want her to be alone although she'd passed away. Because she had always been there for me.
I guess that the message that I want to pass on to all of the guys out there is don't take your mom for granted. If she was good to you then do twice as much as you can for her when you get in a situation to do so. And for you guys who are husbands or have children with a woman, you're not exempt from this either.
Husbands, treat your wife right. Spend equal time with your children and allow your wife some alone time. It's not a woman's job to take care of kids. That responsibility belongs to both parents. Do your share. Period.
And for guys who have kids by a woman and you don't have custody of them and don't live with her, please pick up your kids as often as you can. Don't think that just because you get them every other weekend (after she's had them for 12 days straight) that you're doing something special. Just because you and her are no longer together doesn't mean that their mother is no longer important to you. She's raising your kids! You need her to be at her best which means you need to relieve her whenever possible. Allow her time to go out or have a spa day or do whatever it is she wants to do. Her peace of mind will allow her to be the best parent she can be. Your kids deserve that.
I'm ranting, but I'm saying all of this to say: treat mothers with the respect they're due. And I'm not belittling the roles of dads because they are equally as important. We all have a special bond with each active parent. And mothers have a special place in our hearts because we all shared a heartbeat with them at some point of their pregnancy with us. Do right by them and let them feel the love every day of the year and not just on Mother's Day.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Women in 2020 don't really want to be treated like a lady. That was cool in the 60's, but not so much now. Women in 2020 are independent. They don't want another person to have to think for. Especially someone who is grown.
A woman wants a man who can be in charge. Not necessarily of her, but of himself and the situations he finds himself in. If something breaks, can he get it fixed? If the household suffers financially, can he pick up the slack? If she has a bad day, can he push the right buttons to make her forget about it?
Being a man isn't about being "nice". It's about being emotionally stronger than your woman and being her rock. She doesn't need to be treated her like she's fragile. She needs to be treated like she's important.
Friday, March 13, 2020
- Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, apparently tried to pass a coronavirus relief bill that came with an abortion-funding loophole chaser. This is not the time to take advantage of the situation to get a bill passed. Shame, Nancy!
- President Trump banned travel to the U.S. except for in the UK and Ireland. Not because they're coronavirus-free, but I'm guessing because he has golf resorts in those two countries. The UK and Ireland have more cases of coronavirus then some of the other countries in the travel ban. Greed.
- There's talk about offering corporate welfare to the airlines because people aren't traveling right now. These companies fleece the general public around each holiday by jacking up already-high prices and now they need a handout? Ridiculous.
- Bottled water and other essentials are slowly creeping up in price during a time of need. Anything for an extra buck, right?
Saturday, January 11, 2020
|This logo is as accurate as it is iconic. PE#1.|
Then I went to an HBCU (Google it if you don't know the acronym) and I met other people who looked like me who had totally different experiences growing up. By the way, this is generally how one learns about the world. Being exposed to all walks of life is what expands our way of thinking. But, back to the topic at hand...
I spent a lot of my youth and some of my adult life explaining to minorities how "the conversation" about racism should be approached with white people. I found myself speaking from a place that protected the good white people that I knew. It took growing older in society to realize that they didn't need me to defend them. Their privilege alone gave them the protection that they needed.
The point I'm trying to make is that black people have no responsibility in stopping racism. White people do. And it's always been that way despite how others have tried to spin it over and over again. It's not a woman's responsibility to have "a discussion" with an abusive husband. He just needs to recognize that he's wrong and stop abusing her. See how simple that is? Problem solved.
We don't need a table of "black leaders" to sit down and discuss why we shouldn't be unlawfully shot by police, denied opportunities for leadership positions from being a CEO of a Fortune 500 company to being an NFL head coach, or refused loans and/or housing based solely on the fact that we are enriched with melanin. Black people have complained for decades on the things that prevent us from truly being equals in this country, so there's nothing new to talk about. All white people have to do is stop doing it. It's just that simple. Nothing else is required.
And for all white people who have done things to help promote the end of racism, I thank and applaud you. We wouldn't have made it this far without some of you. But, you're going to have to do more. Because in order for you not to be unfairly grouped in with racists, you have to convince the racists to cut it out. So, it looks like you have the responsibility of helping this madness end. Not black people.