If Charles Edward Anderson Berry was still alive he would be celebrating his 93rd birthday. Heck, Charles Edward Anderson Berry is indeed still alive because the energy that he put into his life, the spirit that he generated each and every time he performed was unmatched and unparalleled. Now only a few of his fans knew him as Charles Edward Anderson Berry, they simply recognized two words, Chuck Berry. Mr. Berry, the majestic King of Rock and Roll, the coolest cat in the music industry during a period of time when Jim Crow controlled the arenas and coliseums in this country. Chuck Berry was pure unadulterated electricity. Think about the magic in the songs he manufactured for his audience; Johnny B. Goode, Maybelline, Roll Over Beethoven, No Particular Place To Go, My Ding A Ling, and the list goes on and on.
To me, Chuck Berry invented the very nature of smooth. He was pure electric, pure cool, and pure dynamite. That's why I created this poem that reflected my thoughts on the smoothest, coolest cat who ever picked up a guitar. Chuck Berry broke down the color line because when he started playing his vibes the mind might've said rebel but in reality, the soul said let go. So today, I bring back in honor of Charles Edward Anderson Berry's 93rd birthday my creation, Chuck B Invented Smooth.
Oct. 17, 2019
Live, Love, Support, and Appreciate Each Other
Oct. 17, 2019
October 17, 1928 Black America's Historian Lerone Bennett Birthday
Lerone Bennett Jr.'s was born on 10/17/1928 and his glory day was 2/14/2018 Today I honor his greatness by reading aloud "A Different Path" If you are my age, black, male or female or a couple of decades younger. You grew up in what I like to call the Ebony-Jet era of black community news and information. You grew up without access to anything close to being an information aged internet that was capable of delivering the news in nanoseconds. You also grew in an era where the major news publications either ignored totally or minimized greatly the important aspects of information about the black community. You also grew without any black faces delivering the national news on any of the three major networks NBC, ABC, or the informational news giant CBS. There was no CNN, MSNBC, FOX, or BET to deliver the quick response accounts of national events. If you were black and wanted to be informed about the black communities nationally you were well knowledged about publication dates of two incredible avenues of news and information. The weekly edition of Jet Magazine and the monthly edition of Ebony Magazine.
Today, I want to celebrate the historian who delivered much needed black history to me and countless millions of black people on a monthly basis Lerone Bennett who would've celebrated his 91st birthday today had he been still living. Lerone Bennett was my hero because of his delivery of black history of African Americans that wasn't available to schoolkids of my color in the classrooms of yesteryears. I mean I clearly remember reading the column that outed Abraham Lincoln as a white supremacist in 1968. I was just as attached as a literate young black boy to Lerone Bennett's columns as I was to the Jet Magazine's weekly inserts of the Black Beauty of the Week. Lerone Bennett was every Blackman's historian. Today, I am going to read a column from Lerone Bennett to celebrate his 91st birthday. I hope you enjoy my reading. You see I loved Lerone Bennett and I and countless others owe our black consciousness and black understanding of our story to this marvelous man.
Oct. 17, 2019
Rest In Peace Elijah Cummings
Congressman Elijah Cummings passed away early this morning rest in power to this HBCU alum from Howard University. I read a statement from Marilyn Mosby saying that Mr. Cummings that Baltimore City has never had a greater champion. Well that is a great tribute but I can add this Congressman Cummings was a great champion for the citizens of Baltimore. You shouldn’t measure greatness in civic duty against others who have committed their lives to the uplift of others. I can only say that in annals of Baltimore City’s great black civic leaders Congressman Cummings now joins the ranks of the Mitchell Brothers Clarence Sr. and Parren, Du Burns, Lillian Jackson, Thurgood Marshall, John Murphy, Verda Welcome, Howard Rawlings and so many others who fought the fight so that we all could live better lives in Baltimore. Rest well Congressman Cummings. I wish that you had lived longer enough to see your successor elected. I guess you could say Congressman Elijah Cummings died with his political boots still on fighting the fight against injustice and inhumanity until his last dying breath.
Oct. 16, 2019
The Million Man March Monetary Fund Never Happened
24 years ago today nearly 2 million black men, women, and children met at the Washington Mall for the historic Million Man March. It was truly an epic show of black empowerment. The Million Man March was the brainchild of the Most Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. One thing that the March should’ve focused on was not leaving the Nation’s Capital without a plan for economic empowerment. Can you imagine just how much economic power just a simple donation of $10.00 a month for the past 24 years by each participant would’ve created? 12 months out from 10/16/1995 that Million Man Monetary Fund without incurring any addition interest would have been $240,000,000.00 dollars. With a interest accruing rate of 3.5% you could add an additional $10,000,000 to that annual MMMF which after 24 years, can you just imagine the incredible wealth of the fund and how that fund could have truly impacted the black communities across this nation. I didn’t attend the Million Man March in 1995 but I absolutely supported the goals of the Million Man March. I just wonder after all the speeches were done why this Million Man Monetary Fund was the primary goal of the day. You see, Martin Luther King’s final Platform was to establish some semblance of economic equality in this nation. We surely would’ve had a definite impact on numerous policies and developments with 24 years of contributions coming from the participants of the initial Million Man March. A speech cannot feed you, or shelter you, or cloth you. You need money to do that.