Sep. 2, 2021

Reparations Due: Reparations Now

"The Environmental Protection Agency study, released days after Hurricane Ida battered Black communities in Louisiana, finds that Americans of color are more likely to die or lose work from extreme heat due to climate change. The report, which examines what will happen if the planet warms 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels, projects Black people are 40 percent more likely to live in places where extreme temperatures will cause higher mortality. We must understand and comprehend our current and future African Americans' position, economically, socially, environmentally, and healthwise in the United States. The position of African Americans isn't going to improve in this nation without fundamental and structural policies that will benefit our coming generations. The first and foremost directive that must be advanced and no longer can be ignored is a policy of reparations that is due to our black communities. You can call this gap-closer anything you want if the term reparations offend you, but an economic gap-closer that will improve the standard of living for African Americans is vital and will be life-saving for black communities to protect those communities from further devastation due to the multiple negative factors that our communities will face in the coming decades. No more false promises will be acceptable from either political party. If we want our future generations to survive, not prosper but survive, reparations due is the only solution that can bring this to fruition."

Washington Post & Joe Hall
Sep. 2, 2021

Rising To Pure Excellence

My Iota fraternity brother Reginald Shareef aka Cool Mill was just named to BIG BLUE, Tennessee State University's Foundation Board of Directors. What a marvelous accomplishment for this brother who is a business leader at Microsoft Corporation and Founder of the It's Cool To Be S.M.A.R.T. Foundation which is directed to nurture the coming leaders of this and coming generations to excel. I love this brother Cool Mill he deserves all the recognition he receives because he’s determined to make it better for our communities across this nation. Research his platforms you will all agree.

Sep. 1, 2021

Willis Williams: Florida Slave Narratives: The Federal Writer's Project

The Blackman Who Reads Aloud continues the journey through reading the recollections of our formerly enslaved ancestors. Today we visit the recollections of Willis Williams from Jacksonville, Florida. I hope you all are learning from this journey because it is quite eye-opening.

Sep. 1, 2021

Clyburn? I Blame You

So how long did the Biden presidency last before it collapsed under the forces of Biden’s dementia? Long enough for those who voted for him to understand the enormous mistakes that were made that gave him the nomination. I am looking directly at Congressman Clyburn who righted the sunken ship that was the Biden presidential campaign heading into South Carolina. Every with any sense knew what Biden was and wasn’t before the South Carolina and Clyburn had one job if he had any meaningful consciousness. That job was to send a few political torpedoes to sink the Biden campaign. But, no he decided that a potential Biden presidency was what this nation needed. Hell, I believe any Democratic Presidential candidate would’ve beaten the seating incumbent in the General Election. Yet, we got stuck with Biden/Harris neither of whom had the true support of the conscious black community. So, now 8 1/2 months into this administration what do we have? No real chance at securing reparations any time soon, black communities still failing, a disengaged Vice President and mentally weakened aged President. Thanks, Clyburn and thanks to the Congressional Black Caucus for not standing up and stopping Clyburn from making that horrible decision. Oh yeah, thanks for the day off celebrating a true day equality and economic opportunity we as a black community have yet to receive.

Aug. 31, 2021

Andrew Simms: Florida Slave Narratives: Federal Writer's Project

Age 80, Andrew Simms parents were both in Africa, so Andrew Simms was a first-generation enslaved Black American. The Blackman Who Reads Aloud continues his personal journey through the Federal Writer's Project, Florida Slave Narratives.