The Must See TV That Wasn’t Recap

th (4)Party-like activities related to the Senate Intelligence Committee interrogation of former FBI Director James B. Comey was a joke and belied the gravity of the proceedings. The supporters of 45 seemed shocked the Comey called the President a liar; he is and we knew it! Like they don’t! Forget the firing of the FBI Director; everything this guy has said to date has been a lie. Maybe because a powerful white man is saying it to the world means something.

Wait for it; however, Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said, “I can definitively say that the president is not a liar.” But her words didn’t blunt the implication of Comey’s charge. The truth is that nobody can trust a word of this guy says. They see it and know it. So what is this grand conspiracy to cover-up his obvious fallacies?

Comey’s testimony really did not tell anybody much of anything except what we already knew that the crooked president puts loyalty to him above loyalty to the Constitution. What I heard in the testimony sounded like something the boss of a company would say to an underling who is expected to grovel to keep his job. Comey didn’t grovel, thus he’s out of a job. So the bully fired him!

The question now is whether Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction of justice. Of course, it does – it would be for President Obama, which may be the only destination distinction between the two men; their race! Nonetheless, even if Trump avoids obstruction charges, his behavior has been outrageous. It evokes memories of another president who put himself above the law and paid by having to resign in disgrace.

I am going to make a bold statement here; I would rather they not impeach this man because he should be battered and bruised politically and become a stain on the pages of history – a disgrace! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Remembering: The Great Satchel Paige

2It happens every summer, America’s pastime celebrate the best in the game of baseball called the All Star Game where they supposedly present us with the best baseball player of each season. It is no secret that I am one who loves history and this game too. However, in today’s Major League baseball world I see a vastly different type of stars in the sport and frankly all sports with very few worth looking up too. Actually, I call this new breed – million dollar slaves.

In my youth, there were Murray Wills, Willie Mays, Josh Gibson, and many who played in the Negro League. The Negro League had the best baseball players of all-time and perhaps the greatest man to ever play the game of baseball – the incomparable Satchel Paige.

Satchel Paige was born around July 7, 1906, I say around because no one really knows for sure. However, we know it was in Mobile, Alabama, at a time of extreme racial unrest. Paige honed his pitching talents in reform school and made his professional baseball debut in 1926, moving up through various teams in the Negro Southern League, amassing a reputation as an ace pitcher. He made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in July 1948, at the age of 42, and he continued playing for another 20 years.

A run-in with the law, a petty theft and truancy, got Satchel “enrolled” in reform school at age 12. But the Industrial School for Negro Children in Mount Meigs, Alabama, may have been a blessing in disguise. His baseball talent, coupled with big hands and feet on his long, lanky frame were recognized by the coach there, Edward Byrd, as assets that could be developed.

Byrd taught Paige to pull back, and then kick his foot high in the air and as he came down, bring his arm from way behind and thrust his hand forward as he released the ball. This gave the ball maximum power as it hurtled forward. Satchel later said, “You might say I traded five years of freedom to learn how to pitch.”

He played for teams all over the country, from California to Maryland to North Dakota and even outside the country—in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. In between contracts, he had quite a following through barnstorming tours, sort of orchestrated pick-up exhibition games that included a wide array of talent. In one such game, against white ball players he pitched to Joe DiMaggio, who called him “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.”

Because Negro League records were sketchy Paige insisted that he kept his own records. Reportedly, pitching in more than 2,500 games and winning more than 2,000, played for 250 teams and thrown 250 shutouts – staggering statistics. Paige was prone to some flamboyance, but experts believe much of it can be borne out. In July 1948, on his 42nd birthday, after 22 years in the Negro leagues, Paige became the oldest man ever to debut in the major leagues.

He even pitched part of an inning when they went to the World Series that year with the Cleveland Indians. Paige was the first Negro pitcher in the American League and the seventh Negro big leaguer overall. Paige pitched for two other major league teams, the St. Louis Browns and the Kansas City Athletics, with whom he ended his career on September 25, 1965, at the age of 59. Although all during that time, he continued exhibition games and even did a baseball “skit” with the legendary basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters.

Paige died of a heart attack in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 8, 1982—less than a month before his 75th birthday.

Paige was famous for his hard fastballs, and he also developed his signature “hesitation” pitch, but he could do anything with the ball that he wanted. He held a number of firsts, most notably the first black pitcher to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, which he was fortunate to be able to see. He was also the oldest rookie and working player in the game.

I find it interesting that Paige rarely addressed the issue of his age, often quoting Mark Twain: “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Maybe that’s why he was the greatest pitcher ever to play the game and lives in the heart of a kid who thought of him as his hero. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


President Shady

923231_10151617714755070_1689464759_nI am so grateful that I have lived long enough to have witnessed and seen so many things in my lifetime but I never thought I would see this guy “they” elected president. The chief birther is proving every day that he and his administration is a disaster! He berated President Obama at every turn and yet he cannot get any people of substance to join his team. Let me be more to the point, every day we hear about another scandal, his wife does not even live with him, and he seems to be obsessed with Obama. People all over the world have and are denouncing him. He is probably the first American president asked to be dis-invited from England.

I have seen and known about the most horrendous criminals and all were able to obtain a lawyer but it is reported that this guy is being refuse this by a number of prominent law firms. To date, he has not passed or accomplished a thing but his loyal supporter gives him an “A”. Of course, there are those who agree with him that he is taking the country back – I still ask from what? So the only answer is from the others!

The problem is “him”! It has gotten to the point that even the people he appointed to positions are turning on him. They knew who they voted for and now – buyers’ remorse! We lived through eight years of what history will record as the greatest president and even a scandal free president of our lifetime – only to get the worst president ever but the racist love him.

In four months of his term, he has done everything wrong that can be imagined. From where I sit – it is time to bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. It appears to me in taking back their country he has adopted the old philosophy– “I am white and say so or as we say talking loud and saying nothing!” I will say that even Ray Charles can see that this is all about him and the ways he can make money and benefit from. He refuses to release his tax returns, hired his children, and has not removed himself from ownership of his businesses.

There is a consensus that his presidency is worst than Watergate and I say to those who say give him a chance is a special kind of stupid! More dangerous is that this guy has made it OK to openly racist. One of his children spoke out saying that his critics are “not even people” – so what does that say about a bedrock principle or him! Certainly, the black could never have gotten away with any of this behavior! I would say this guy is a bad actor and a disaster! This is a really simple situation – just follow the money!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump


Remembering: Fannie Lou Hamer

1Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the most courageous civil rights activist who was famous for saying she was sick and tired of the condition of black people, stood up and took a stand. She used a passionate depiction of her own suffering in a racist society helped focus attention on the plight of African Americans throughout the South. While working with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1964; Hamer helped organize the 1964 Freedom Summer African American voter registration drive in her native Mississippi.

Born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi the daughter of sharecroppers, Hamer began working the fields at an early age. Her family struggled financially, and often went hungry. In the summer of 1962, she made a life-changing decision to attend a protest meeting. She met civil rights activists there who were there to encourage African Americans to register to vote.

Hamer became active in helping with the voter registration efforts, which few in Mississippi were brave enough to do. Hamer dedicated her life to the fight for civil rights, working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) after going involved with the struggle. This organization was comprised mostly of African American students who engaged in acts of civil disobedience to fight racial segregation and injustice in the South. These acts often were met with violent responses by angry whites.

At the Democratic National Convention later that year, she was part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, an integrated group of activists who openly challenged the legality of Mississippi’s all-white, segregated delegation. For her devotion and commitment she paid a heavy price. She was beaten within an inch of her life. So brutally that it took months for her to recover but she never gave up the fight.

During the course of her activist career, Hamer was threatened, arrested, beaten, and shot at but none of these things deterred her from her work. In 1964, Hamer helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which was established in opposition to the state’s all-white delegation to that year’s Democratic convention. She brought the civil rights struggle in Mississippi to the attention of the entire nation during a televised session at the convention.

The next year, Hamer ran for Congress in Mississippi but was unsuccessful in her bid. Along with her political activism, Hamer worked to help the poor and families in need in her Mississippi community. She also set up organizations to increase business opportunities for minorities and to provide childcare and other family services.

Hamer died of cancer on March 14, 1977 from cancer. The encryption on her tombstone denotes her famous quote, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” I’ll ask, when will this statement impact your life, whereas you will affect change. Mrs. Hamer put her life on the line for freedom. The next time you look in the mirror, ask yourself – WOULD YOU? And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

Media Kit


the-enemy-within-1024x576Don’t be mistaken that only people of color, black people, know that racism is real. Every white person knows it is and they have been taught the strategy to make sure it’s sustained! When it comes to the black condition, there is a misnomer that it is racism and bigotry that is the biggest concern to the well-being of black people in America. I say no – Malcolm X, Martin, Fred Hampton, and all the others freedom fighters we murdered with the a traders help to eliminated them.

This post is an extract from and inspired by the words of DA’SHAUN HARRISON. White supremacy is maintained by using Black bodies to push and reinforce its ideals through the use of traders and sellouts. If Black American bodies — bodies that have endured some of the most egregious abuses in history — can be used to delegitimize struggles for liberation, then white supremacists can make claims that oppression no longer exists. The interconnectedness of struggles for liberation around the globe can be separated when/if white supremacy can weaponize the identities of people who have been at the crux of global domination.

The term “black-on-black crime” has been used to demonize and delegitimize the Black Liberation Movement. While the harm Black individuals encounter during daily survival are frequently used to justify the flawed concept of “black-on-black crime,” the audacious nature of white supremacy to use Black bodies to further an agenda for systemic eradication [of people and total movements] is the true “black-on-black crime”, in that Black bodies become agents of the machine — white supremacy.

The bigger problem since being stolen and injected into what they call the American experiment are the coons, traders, and house-niggers that are black. Every leader who has achieved what can be called a position of leadership chosen by black people, someone who can affect change or able to motivated change to the system is murdered. We have seen ALWAYS it is a black person that sellouts or infiltrates this person’s organization to help killed or to bring this down! The biggest threat to black people is the “Uncle Tom’s”! These traders are no doubt the enemy of black people! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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Celebrate Black Music Month

This month, Black Music Month, is as profound to the African America Diaspora as Black History Month. We are the inventors and creators of sounds that changed world cultures.

If we were to begin way back in the cradle of civilization centuries ago it all began with the drum. When we were captured and brought to the so-called New World we brought with us the rhythms that dictate our souls. It is a fact that African American people are responsible for the great music known as Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Soul, R&B, Rap, Hip Hop, and just about every musical sound we hear that featured and directly speak to the glorious past.

During the despicable era of slavery and segregation prior to the Civil Rights Movement the hallowing sounds of gospel music delivered an in-your-face sound that fed the souls of a people and that outlet produced some of the most timeless music ever created. Before I go further, let’s remember that it was Michael Jackson whose music video was the first black music to air on MTV.

This brings me to historic and game-changing record label – Motown and its founder Mr. Barry Gordy. Let’s be honest, can you imagine a world without The “Motown Sound”. For many who don’t know or have forgotten, prior to Motown Records rarely did you see the face of an African American on the cover of an album or black music heard on white radio. The music we enjoyed was called “race music” and it was segregated in the same way America was prior to 1959, when Motown was founded. Prior to Motown Records few black performers enjoyed anything close to crossover success. By the way, an album is what was used to play music before CD’s.

Motown was the first record label owned by an African American to primarily feature African-American artists and its soul-based subsidiaries were the most successful proponents of what came to be known as The Motown Sound, which was a style of soul music with a distinct influence. From its Hitsville U.S.A building on 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan that served as Motown’s headquarters produced the most universally recognized stable of songwriters and performers of our time or anytime.

The music produced by Motown made a nation of people living in this nation without a nationality proud with its awe-inspiring run of hits that spoke to the essence of our souls. Form a tiny little basement studio we were introduced to Michael Jackson, the Supremes, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, the Miracles, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Four Tops, the Commodores, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Rick James, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Teena Marie, DeBarge, the Jackson Five, Martha and the Vandellas, the Marvelettes and Motown’s Funk Brothers studio band; just to name a few of the artists that graced our souls and touched our hearts making us proud.

Many of Motown’s best-known hits were written by Smokey Robinson, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield and the songwriting trio of Holland-Dozier-Holland who became major forces in the music industry. For example, it’s a known fact in the music industry that in order to get a number one hit song someone would have to write more than thirty songs. Holland-Dozier-Holland had a string of more than fifty hits in a row with some becoming number one with several different artists like the hit “I heard it through the Grapevine”. This is profound and will never happen again. No songwriter will ever achieve this feat – guaranteed.

Although Mr. Gordy sold Motown and it’s now in the hands of others its legacy resides in a very special place in my heart. I’m sure with you and millions around the world as well. So again I say, thank you Motown for the music, the love, the magic, and the many great memories.

Lastly, to the legends who are no longer able to perform for us today – thank you for your contribution – Rest in Peace. My guess is that they are walking around heaven all day singing with gleeful harmony the same way as it touched our souls when they were with us in this earthly realm. It must make haven more glorious and wonderful than I could ever imagine. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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Commentary: The Law and Order President

pFJMtgl6S22Xjo6kW27YIt was not my intention initially to use this blog as a political source but since 45 was elected I felt that silence is as bad as the crime. Let me say this; we have seen all of this before, maybe not to this degree that might be called espionage but what surely could be called “high crimes and misdemeanors”, which is the measure of impeachment. Let me say that I am not for an impeachment! I would like to see him battered and bruised politically to be marked in history as a loser. Plus, his VP is worst. I think all of us can agree that the big problem is if impeached he will be pardoned for any and all crimes he may have commented – “if” he is found guilty!

I am vexed by this guy, 45, who campaigned on being a law and order president! Having said that, today we see that he is under investigation for many things as well as most of the people around him; especially, his AG! Let’s face it, this guy comes from the New York real estate business, which means he has to have been involved or in some way connected to the mob.

Most people know that there have always been laws created and implemented directed to undermine the ability to obtain freedom for people of color since the beginning of this country.  White folk and so-called liberals’ will say that America has come a long way when it comes to race relations. I think not; maybe from the days when they owned black people as slaves but the system is the same.

Going back to 45, he has been embroiled in controversy from day one; from paling around with, from what has been reported, with spies. I believe if you want to get to the truth – “just follow the money” and you will get the answer! Let’s be clear regardless of what they say “We have not overcome”! This guy’s whole history is not one that demonstrates an American patriot. He was the chief birther, which was rooted in bigotry!

Yet, he now finds himself is embroiled in numerous investigations for violations of law but he says he is the “law and enforcement president”. Most black people know that “regardless of who is president – we will not get nothing more than we always gotten”. The truth is the system never was designed to affect people of color in the first place! It is just that with this guy, we have less to expect from this guy and his administration.

The biggest problem for me during this mess and it is a mess is that this guy cannot stop blaming President Obama. President Obama served for eight years without a hint of scandal while each day there is a new allegation of some sort of suspected wrongdoing. More indispensable, in my view, is that the AG has expressed doubling down on an agenda to rollback efforts gained on civil rights and justice reformers!

More disturbing is with all the unarmed killing of black citizens, men, women, and children – he has not said a word about the extreme effect on what I call radical white supremacist, who commit such crimes against these people or offered sympathy for the families of the murdered people; with many just children! Although, he expressed such heartfelt sympathy for the baby in Syria and launched a missile strike upon that country. Be it from 45 or the AG civil rights are under siege! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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