Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Birds of a Feather

I recently made an assertion that I would not script political Works of Words any longer in my Publisher's Peace. What I should've said was (hardly ever).
Because today I'm gonna express myself about the process of blacks being used by the political system. First I ask the question: What's the difference between Democrats and Republicans? I truly don't know! If I had to place one or two bets on either party, I would say that maybe the Republican party is slightly more racist than the Democratic party.
I mean, neither party has any real credibility when it comes to black lives that matter. One seems to wanna keep black people on welfare, always keeping their hands out for added crumbs to survive from one year to the next. And the other party seems to only wanna talk (at) blacks during election time--to express how much they truly care. It's all a bunch of dog mess piled up on horse mess with the smell of skunk.
I heard one of my media comrades say that black folks have to be either Republicans or Democrats. Being an Independent isn't feasible or productive, he stated. Why is that? How come blacks can't be Independent? Especially when the two-party system has failed miserably. It has always been hard to tell them a part, but blacks have stayed super loyal to the Democrats and their admitted dismissal of black progress over the last 50 years.
It's absolutely clear what both parties have in common: That's money and power. Each party wants to control the flow of dough and use their leverage to maintain authority. They'll work side by side or separate, in appearance, to ensure that blacks have little to nothing. And when the smoke clears not only in the state budget crisis but also on the 5th floor at City Hall, this corrupt political system would have altered black progress for the next generation or longer.
Did you see what just happened with the Navy Pier TIFF situation? This is one of many examples where the hidden hands of power work in sync to make sure that black folks either starve in this city or bow down to them. They want blacks to be controlled by both parties, never to establish their own foundation for prosperity. Yeah, you can be the working middle-class black who'll keep their mouths shut and keep those paychecks coming. I understand, everyone gotta eat!
I've known this for years. But each day as I listen, look and learn more, it hurts my heart to accept the reality that this system, not necessary the people within it, have no respect for the Negro race. I can't imagine why not? We've proven to be loyal servants to the system. You would think that blacks would be rewarded for their undying devotion to a system that has never been good to them. But still we ride the party's train to nowhere.
Maybe that's why the system ignores and discount blacks, because we've been foolish and blind to these following facts: Decades of horrible schools, continued rising unemployment, forbidden to work on public and private construction sites, redlined into certain communities for housing and other secured loans for personal or professional property; and looked upon by others as less than when attempting to eat and spend our money at restaurants. For all the evidence presented, it's the only logical conclusion: Blacks allow the abuse, so they keep bullying BLACKS!
And to make situations worse, they lock-up Negro children and tell the world that black's at fault. And we believe them. The black community actually help incarcerate their best and brightest. What a tragedy! Even after having a black democratic president for eight years, it meant absolutely nothing for black people's long-term future in terms of rising up the food chain.
I'm hopeful a God will touch the soul of corrupt men and their system. Only He can save the Negro race from continued suffering. I'll never surrender. I'll never stop fighting to progressively build for my family and community. So to Republicans and Democrats, birds of a feather flocking together doesn't mean this will last forever! Lord knows I hope not! Until the next edition........ Peace and One Love.
I Write to Differ

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Continuing the Milestone!

As I announced in the news service on Wednesday, that it was the day we celebrated the 2,000th edition of TBTNews.
It was a such a great day with around the clock warm wishes of support and congratulations. I still can't believe that seven years has passed and the team of correspondents and others who've contributed to this memorable milestone will forever be linked to my professional and personal life.
The best is yet to come as I indicated in the conclusion of my Works of Words on Wednesday. Let me highlight several things being executed to make the next few years also memorable. Innovation is what drives me. I love to conceive an idea and decide its validity before embarking on the journey to make it a reality. And several innovative projects will consume the bulk of my time over the next 2-3 years.
This year MG Media launched another one of our objectives to build wealth, erect institutions and serve our community, equally. The creation of IMAGE Maker Series with host Dometi Pongo on TBTNews TV is an interview style format profiling the best and brightest. Subscribe to the Youtube channel to see compelling stories.
The introduction of e commerce web portal, which I designed similar to Amazon and Alibaba, the leaders in online commerce, will promote small businesses. The web portal highlights (product placement) only, and there are Q&A interviews with business owners who advertise on the portal. This e commerce site will help businesses increase traffic to their (websites) and also generate revenue. I believe that within the next six months this product will be a much sought after innovation.
We're introducing a podcast with select personalities discussing what it takes to be successful. It will be called Speak The TRUTH. There is no due date, but it'll premiere this year. The Tech Revolution is upon us and we must not only be end users but content creators and distributors of our own innovation. This is how legacies are born and wealth is accumulated.
I'm super thrilled to introduce these much needed digital platforms to enhance my community's engagement in changing the world where we live, work and play! Thanks again for witnessing this incredible journey with us. It's much appreciated! Until the next edition........ Peace and One Love.

I Write to Differ

Monday, July 24, 2017


Mariano's Come Correct!

Let me say that last week was a defining moment for the black press. We had what looks to be soon a conclusion to the battle with grocer Mariano's and their reluctance to spend with black media.
The six black media entities represented by their respective executive associates or owners, met with Mariano's key people. And to prove how important this meeting was, the president of Mariano's came to Chicago to professionally handle this matter. And let me say, we in the black media were on top of our collective game.
The head dude in charge of one of the most striving grocery chains was thoroughly impressed and stated that this matter will be solved very shortly. Actually, we will meet this Thursday to look over a budget that he'll allocate for our approval and satisfaction. This is only the beginning of the black press flexing its muscle to ensure that companies are meeting their obligation to be great community partners.

Angry Black Man:

After seeing the powerful exhibit American Justice--She Ain’t Blind, last Friday, it's no wonder that many more black persons don't lose their cool in this unjust and racist world. The tragic situation that happened to Stanley Stallworth, a prominent attorney who the Chicago legal system attempted to railroad, force him to forgo his practice and focus on his next mission. He decided to use his love for art to create projects that showcase America's blind justice.
I was angry just admiring the expressive, colorful and detailed artwork created by some of the world's most dynamic painters and sculptures. It was magnificent but yet hard to understand that a country that preaches liberty and justice for all could be so blatant in its hatred. If you live long enough in America how could you not be an angry ass black dude!

Juvenile Injustice:

First I wanna thank Commissioner Bridget Gainer and her office for inviting me along last Friday with some other brothers to hopefully inspire some youth who are locked down in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. This experience was one that I could not call a (good) time. Maybe the young people thought it was a good time for them, since they're incarcerated waiting for either court dates, transfers to the County Jail or to be released.
I walked in the place wanting to turn around and leave, but I knew I had a bigger mission than the feeling of helplessness in my gut. The 50 or so young people were incredible. Even under the worse circumstance for most of them, they responded positively to our assertion to them about life after. Each speaker shared the same message of getting back on the blocks and changing their lives in terms of having dreams, working hard and committing themselves to being productive members of society.
Upon leaving we were entertained by two young and talented individuals who both recited powerful poems. And let me express, these two teens rocked the joint and had us in tears. The poems were about their lives; past, present and their blight futures. The one thing that pissed me off was the criminal justice system that will only make most of them more productive criminals. There is no system in place to solve what ails each of them and that's mental illness, depression and being completely disappointed and let down by all of US!
These are kids who had very little chance since birth to be what they wanted to be; and that's little kids with big dreams. I pray the ones we met will have opportunities to fulfill their deep hidden figures. I'm betting on them. Until the next edition........ Peace and One Love.
I Write to Differ