Jun. 5, 2019

The Danger Of Black Illiteracy

We have people advocating for the LGBT community, we have people advocating for the disabled community; we have people advocating for the homeless and sick community; we have people advocating for the immigrant community; we even have people advocating for the white supremacist community; but in actuality, young adult and adult black illiteracy is a disabling condition who advocates for those suffering because of that condition? You see if you are either functionally illiterate or totally illiterate, the question I always ask myself is this. Do you truly have the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution? You see if you cannot access or comprehend the words that make up that document of democracy? Do you have those rights in 2019? When it is assumed that everyone is capable of reading and so many in reality cannot even read simple directions today in so many communities across this nation, especially our black communities where illiteracy has caused so many of our black brothers and sisters to make irrational decisions that lead to incarceration and destruction of not only their lives but also the lives of others.


Jun. 5, 2019

Don't Let History Books Cover Up Our Black Excellence and Black Bravery

On June 6, 1944, 75 years ago tomorrow D-Day will be celebrated all around the world. The day that virtually assured that the powers of Axis evil would be disposed of. When I was growing learning of World War 2, my history virtually neglected the efforts of African American soldiers in the war efforts not only of that defining date but also every other significant date during​ this international conflict. Well, today The Blackman Who Reads Aloud, who read the book The Lost Eleven on his program The Blackman Read Aloud, which depicted the massacre of eleven black soldiers by the Nazi soldiers in Belgium in 1944. reading aloud two articles, one article that depicts the contribution of Army Medic Waverly​ Woodson, whose heroic deeds on the shores of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944,​ deserved a Medal of Honor that he never received. The other article discusses the plight of black soldiers getting recognition for his brave efforts performed on June 6, 1944.

As we look back at our history to look ahead to our tomorrows remember this most important fact. Although we as a black people being historically oppressed​. Oppression isn't a part of our ancestors DNA, nor is it a part of our DNA today. We are comprised of​ black excellence and black courage are what defines​ our DNA, both past, ​and present, and please don't let anyone forget it.

Jun. 4, 2019

Salute To The Master Arna Bontemps, June 4, 1973

The salute this evening is dedicated to a magnificent wordsmith, Arna Bontemps, a brother of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, on this date June 4, 1973, he passed away. I could also say that Ancestor Arna Bontemps was also a fellow alumnus of my alma mater, Morgan State University since he received an honorary degree in May 1969.

Arna Bontemps breathed life into many powerful written words that detailed black experiences during the Harlem Renaissance and this country's civil rights movement. To those who aren’t familiar with some of his published works, The Blackman Who Reads Aloud will read 7 specially selected poems in this evening saluting the greatness of Arna Bontemps as I salute the day of his passing 46 years ago today. To my black greek family, we honor a brother who inspired and educated many of our ancestors. To the remaining black community, we honor a brilliant, intellectual giant of prose, this evening.

Arna Bontemps was a personal close friend to both Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes, Mr. Bontemps, all stood by his principles throughout his life. He forged in his writings the power and strength of the black struggle. He refused to allow the unrelenting negative effects to lessen the degree of defiance that was forever present in his writings. In his most famous book Black Thunder which centered on the slave revolt of Gabriel Prosser in Virginia in 1800. The novel was critically acclaimed after many years of being ignored because of the subject matter. It may have been too confrontational for Jim Crow'ed America when it was released initially in 1936 but it was right on time during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s'. You see, Black Thunder, spoke truth to the illusion that blacks willingly accepted their conditions of enforced servitude.

So tonight visit my blog and listen to his majestic words and let’s allow some bright shining light on this warrior for literary justice, Arna Bontemps. In addition, take a chance and visit an old bookstore and read Black Thunder. It is indeed a powerful statement of black personal defiance.​

Jun. 4, 2019

Provoking Thoughts, Who Teaches You?

"“If we learn our own history individually and work collectively we as a people will learn to understand this basic fact. That oppression isn’t doesn’t exist in our DNA but black excellence does. We have a responsibility to our ancestors to learn and grow from our past. We must read the words, understand the works, and build on the experiences of those we walked the path before us. We also cannot depend on television monitors to be the sole source of instructing us about our black history. The screens may be ours the messengers of the stories are owned by the very oppressors who locked us out of a fair and equal society. What we need as a black community are strategic conscious thinkers who can build and rebuild our communities not depend others responsible for wrecking them. So it’s agreeable to watch stories of our blackness but you must be cognizant of the origin of not only the truth but also comprehend the rationale of the presentation. This is just another provoked thought for a Tuesday afternoon. The worst thing we can do is to allow Netflix to tell our stories or define us, without understanding why and who made the decision to present it.”"

Jun. 4, 2019

In Memory of His Greatness, Muhammad Ali, June 3, 2016

The Greatest Of All Time A Poetic Tribute
Muhammad Ali

June 3, 201​6