They arrested me for playing basketball


A personal argument in favor of defunding the police In juvenile detention, I caught a glimpse of what funding programs aimed at helping at-risk kids instead could do By: Darryl Robertson/Salon.com My tidy bedroom at 1784 Devonshire Road, on the northside of Columbus, Ohio, is where I learned the craft of creating Magic through myContinue reading “They arrested me for playing basketball”

Racism just took a hard left in Kenosha, Wisconsin


Last Sunday an unarmed black man, 29 year old Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. As a result of the shooting, Blake is paralyzed from the waist down and is chained to a hospital bed. Early Wednesday morning beyond the city’s 8 pm curfew an armed 17Continue reading “Racism just took a hard left in Kenosha, Wisconsin”

Violent Invasion From the Suburbs


This young man is Kyle Rittenhouse. The 17 year old is from Antioch, Illinois. Antioch (pop 14,000) is twenty one miles southwest of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a shall-issue state. Wisconsin gun laws operate at the state level with concealed carry weapons (CCW) licenses issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ). In Wisconsin,there is no permit, background checkContinue reading “Violent Invasion From the Suburbs”

“The front door blew off the hinges”: What happens when police raid your home without knocking first “When your black, the cops don’t stop to knock”


  Photo: Google By: D. Watkins/Salon.com It was 1995, and we were scheduled to leave the east side of Baltimore for Kings Dominion the next morning. I had big plans: to ride all the rides, eat funnel cake, crack jokes on the three-hour bus ride with my classmates to the theme park, and sleep on the ride home. AndContinue reading ““The front door blew off the hinges”: What happens when police raid your home without knocking first “When your black, the cops don’t stop to knock””

Why did Rayshard Brooks run?


When I started this blog, the goal was to be light, not too political and fun. Something changed when Treyvon Martin was killed, a teenager being hunted down by a neighborhood vigilante. Freed by a law I didn’t know existed . ” Stand your ground” which allows people to be able to kill if theyContinue reading “Why did Rayshard Brooks run?”

Another day, another black man


Empathy : the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. There are millions of people across the world who are outraged after watching the video of the brutal murder of George Floyd by four members of the Minneapolis Police Department.  There are protests in cities that do not have a large black populationContinue reading “Another day, another black man”

White America, the ball is in your court. What are you going to do?


. In light of police relations with black men, things could have gone horribly wrong for birdwatcher and Harvard Alum, Christian Cooper. Perhaps, she was angry because someone told her to leave.  Perhaps she was outraged because he filmed her with his cell.  Perhaps she didn’t like his tone.  All of these might have irritatedContinue reading “White America, the ball is in your court. What are you going to do?”

Minneapolis mayor calls fo police officer to be charged in George Floyd’s death


Brendan O’Brien/Reuters.com Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Wednesday called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against a white police officer caught on a bystander’s video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man who later died at a hospital. The officer along with three others involved in the apprehension of George Floyd, 46, wereContinue reading “Minneapolis mayor calls fo police officer to be charged in George Floyd’s death”

Imagination Unleashed: Donald Trump in North Korea


Come on to my house( I’m gonna give you candy)……….. Donald Trump crossing the border into North Korea? 45 isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed or the sharpest tool ANYWHERE! Kim has played you several time? “Is it LOVE? Da Donald is the FIRST sitting US President to enter North Korea For a moment,Continue reading “Imagination Unleashed: Donald Trump in North Korea”

Policing: Its not just Black and White


Tone a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. “the piano tone appears monochrome or lacking in warmth” synonyms: timbre,sound,sound quality, voice, voice quality,color tonality “tone             of the tuba” the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation,etc. “trust    Continue reading “Policing: Its not just Black and White”