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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Major Milestone: 2,000

These Works of Words will not be enough explain how damn pleased and proud I am about the major milestone surpassed on this day! It has been non-stop execution of what many think is one of the most progressive and important daily news and information platforms to hit the digital landscape.
I don't know how to feel about that assertion, but what I do concur with is Black Excellence has been my primary focus. Even though I may have fallen short, I still continue to give my community and the tens of thousands of readers a product that can't be challenged by either the mainstream media or astute readers of global content.
Today....... I professionally celebrate TBTNews' 2,000th edition! YEP, it's been seven long years and countless hours and my deterred vision can contest to that. My eyeballs have been attached to either my computer screen at my home office or my hood headquarters on King Drive for over 10,000 hours. I devoted myself to delivering premium content because I had a dream to distribute images and Works of Words that would highlight the best and brightest. How else can people be inspired to be GREAT if they don't see or read about GREATNESS?
I'm tearful, prayerful and thankful to all who've joined me on the journey to follow in the footsteps of other leaders and innovators in the publishing of relevant news and information. I would be completely remised if I didn't acknowledge the Chicago Defender, the Chicago Citizen, the Chicago Crusader, Windy City Word, the Chicago Independent Bullentin, St. Louis American, South Suburban Standard, The Final Call and NDIGO Magapaper. There are others, but these are the local newspapers that inspired me to mercifully try and emulate their accomplishments.
I know the owners and overseers of each of those brands are cheerleaders of my product. I thank them for their continued support and for allowing me to be a member of the black press. I also have to acknowledge the John H. Johnson brand of magazines that motivated me to reach for insurmountable heights. Mr. Johnson personally expressed to me that 'I too' could create Black Excellence within the publishing industry. He advised me to think and express myself about the good, bad and indifferences that plague my community, as we strive for progress and opportunities.
I've actually surpassed my own imagination. I knew I could be a digital media startup and make an impact, but never did I think I would become what I've become. I wanted it. I dreamed it. And I've had fun living the dream. This platform has garnered me respect and most importantly great partners who've assisted me in telling stories of Black Excellence. I wanna thank the many advertisers and sponsors who believed in ME!
For those companies who've remained silent and absent, I'm watching and taking notes. I'll be calling you in September/November to make 'good in the hood' for fiscal year 2018. You can't hide on the sidelines any longer! It's your responsibility to help build wealth and not just with the same big box and safe organizations and companies. Black executives must use their leverage to help continue bringing truth to light. TBTNews will tell your story, or the lack of it, as you refuse to build with the people.
We can't afford to be afraid and not stand with the common man. He needs US. We need HIM. And we need YOU. Because after 2,000 issues, TRUTH BE TOLD, corporate brands have absolutely no excuses. As I look towards the next few years, I want my support (advertiser/sponsor) list to read like a who's who in corporate and philanthropic.
The best is yet to come. I don't know how long I'll be involved in this space, but I will keep bringing the 'heat' and showing love for those who strive for GREATNESS! Until the next edition........ Peace and One Love.
I Write to Differ

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Black Excellence

To achieve Black Excellence is not an easy task. But to fight for Black Excellence is imperative for anyone who hungers for progress and fulfillment.
Black Excellence can be obtained in multiple ways. Black Excellence is something that's first conceived, developed and executed by those who desire excellence. You cannot buy Black Excellence! You cannot be rewarded Black Excellence! No one can bestow Black Excellence upon you! You must fight and scrap for excellence with your own sweat equity.
To achieve excellence requires extreme hard work. Excellence is accomplished when people believe in their abilities. You must have complete confidence in your skill set. If someone placed you on an island, you'll figure out how to not just survive, but advance the island into a much sought after resort.
Black Excellence requires one to be innovative enough to get the job as well as to rise up the corporate ladder to maybe even becoming the CEO. I've seen Black Excellence deterred, though. I know amazingly bright people who have some minor deficiencies in terms of believing in themselves. This has caused them to be robbed of achieving Black Excellence. You cannot have low self-esteem and achieve excellence. You cannot be weak and expect excellence. It doesn't mean you have to be a superman or superwoman, but you must be in control of your life. You cannot short-change your abilities to gain Black Excellence.
I also know people who (sellout) their abilities. They take what they can get, when they can get it, from whomever, because they don't believe in their own abilities to get it. These can be educated and credentialed individuals who lack character and or guts. See, it's not about the plaques on the wall, it's about the strength that's deep in your soul which allows you to even pursue Black Excellence.
I can't remember doing any thing for money, only. I've been presented with several opportunities to gain resources. But I didn't think it met my standards for Black Excellence. See, I have complete confidence in my abilities. I don't feel the need to be bought or sold. That's not achieving Black Excellence!
Let me give an example of Black Excellence being robbed. Newly retired Charles Thomas, who spent over 30 years in mainstream media and over 20 years at local ABC 7; was unquestionably a professional, political journalist. He followed his job duties and did everything his corporation asked him to do. But rarely did the corporation do what he asked them to do. There were many occasions when Thomas wanted to promote Black Excellence within (his) community, in a different light from what ABC 7 thought was excellence.
Charles was par-excellent in his profession but subpar as a black man and leader for his own community. That he admits! Today, Charles will scream at every opportunity that he's FREE! And those screams can be heard each morning on WVON. Thomas is now FREE to present Black Excellence.
How many black executives live Charles' experience? They give their intellectual capital to an organization or company that will not allow them to support Black Excellence. Black executive are most times robbed of their abilities to truly grow as a person or professional. They're afforded the luxury as an employee to build their employer's Fortune 1000 brand, but are not allotted the freedom to fight on behave of Black Excellence. I see and hear it everyday as I engage with executives who are not FREE to even pursue their own Black Excellence.
Charles' new experience is what Black Excellence is about. Not only being the best in your career, or exploding up the corporate ladder, but being able to scream that you're FREE to support Black Excellence, openly. Unfortunately the world we live in doesn't allow Black Excellence to rise. (See Colin Kaepernick).
When you finally promote or achieve Black Excellence, you must acknowledge what Mr. Thomas now know---that Black Excellence and freedom comes with a price! Until the next edition........ Peace and One Love.
I Write to Differ