Monday, February 27, 2006

Sal's Corner

Ladies, I've been hearing you complaining about men. Always in our ears talking about how bad we are. I've noticed some common themes. "It aint no good men out here". "These men are cheap". "I have the worst dates". Well, I've come to save the day for you ladies. Today's lesson will be ways to avoid dealing with CLOWNS. I stick up for the fellas alot but, Im gonna share some things that I normally wouldn't share, so don't ever say I didnt give you nothing. SO here are the rules to getting rid of CLOWNS.

* "GOOD MEN/BAD MEN" - In every man, there is a "GOOD" man and there is a "BAD" man. That man is capable at ANY moment of displaying either side depending upon his respect for you at that moment. Understand this rule and the rest will flow EVER SO easily. The idea is to demand the "GOOD" side of him at all times. Make him take the steps towards bringing out the "GOOD" man in him.

* SPEAKING PROPER ENGLISH - Most women hate that men don't speak properly when they HAVE to. I.E. in front of your parents or high-siddity friends. Well when you meet a man you have to speak proper in your initial convos. This is needed for several reasons. ONE, you dont want this NIGGA to come in your house talking Jibber-Jabber. "KNAWSAYIN" and "FEELMETHOUGH". Now that's cool when you are in a relaxed environment. BUT, not at your niece's recital at church. The more important reason for you to set the tone of speaking properly is because when you meet a man in the street, your speech can intimidate the VERY person you want to avoid. "CLOWN" niggas feel inferior when they hear you speaking properly. They like to joke at your speech or do SOMETHING to secretly denounce your extra effort to speak the King's English. A REAL man is gonna say to himself "She is a bit uptight right now well-rounded enough to play her game and speak her speech yet cool enough to where when we get to know each other, she will loosen up".

* CURRENT EVENTS - Find a way to discuss current events. Right now there is talk about the Supreme Court Justices and so forth. The State of the Union Address just passed. And there are other local things going on not just in politics but in our lives. See if he knows about these things at all. The last thing you might want is a CNN geek but.........see if he knows more than the fact that he lost $200 on the Super Bowl.

* GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS - You gotta constantly bring up your goals in life. Now if you want a "quickie" from the dude, hey do you. I cant stop you. But if you looking for more, then you gotta talk about what you wanna do in life.

FELLAS, I aint sold yall out. Trust me, when you read part 2, it will be understood. Ladies, it's time you take a look WITHIN for all answers to the questions you have about the men you love to hate.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

By Salvador Gabor

Melvin Washington better known throughout Dade County as "Spruce" was the first inner-city African American drug dealer to surpass the $1 Million mark in net drug sales in only ONE month in 1984. Many hustlers such as Alberto "Alpo" Martinez and Richard Porter and other infamous New York hustlers had grossed a million in a month but why down in the south, "Spruce" was THE man. Now there would be those that would surpass this feat such as Rayful Edmonds of Washington, D.C. and others but, "Spruce" can not be denied as the first.

"Spruce tried all he could to eat for free and to go without trickin' on dem gals over at the high school" says Willemina Washington (pictured on the left). "Yes, he sho was bout his bidness and he wanted to make dat Miyon on his own" says Mable Gertrude Maxwell (pictured on the right). And "Spruce" was surely determined to accomplish this mind-boggling feat. He stayed out all night during weeknights just to get one night of rest on Sunday. Even with paying tithes at church he was still on pace for that Million mark until Martin Luther King weekend. His friends wanted to go to a party thrown by some high school friends known as "The Chill Factor". But "chillin" was out of the question for "Spruce". "I got buttas to sell and money to make". That was often the theme for "Spruce's" life.

Today we salute Melvin "Spruce" Washington for his steadfast work ethic and self-motivation to be financial empowered through street pharmacy.

Here's to YOU "Spruce", for being an example to young lions of the streetlife

This announcement was brought to you by "Bread of Life" Soup Kitchen in downtown Detroit. Home of the famous "Hog Maw Bagel". Their motto "You like em, we slice em"

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Black American State of the Union Address
By Gartrelle W. Sexton, Esq.

In honor of Black History Month, I want to address my fellow Black Americans about the state of our union. Now many of you are probably saying, “What union? I don’t see any unity.” You know what? You’re right, there is no real unity among our people and I honestly don’t think there ever will be. Wow, I have no hope for our people huh? Well let me break it down for you.

One thing that our people fail to realize is that amongst ourselves, we are Americans before we are Black. We were born here and raised on American values. We think like Americans. Black, Brown, White, whatever. It is who we are. We are Americans first and foremost. Our Blackness is secondary. Black people in America are not a monolith (go look it up). We are a diverse group of people who will never truly unite in this country because we DON’T all share the same values, morals, and backgrounds. Our unique experience in this country has taken our people down every life path imaginable. Our only true common bond is the continent from which we originated. Even our ancestors’ years of oppression as slaves in this country was a varied experience to say the least.

America is a country built on distinctions of economic class, not race. The economic classism that America was built upon has not escaped the attitudes of Blacks in America since end of slavery days. The work of great Civil Rights leaders such as the late Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King has allowed for Blacks to achieve even greater levels of economic prosperity since the 1960’s. And therein lies the dilemma. The economic gap in wealth among Blacks grew even greater. The social divide widened. The attitudes, the priorities, the values among our people continued to change and became more assorted.

So often I hear Black people say, “Who are our leaders?” or “Who is going to be the next leader of Black people?” My answer is you can’t have a leader of a people who don’t share a common goal or a common ideology. Black people don’t all share the same views on religion, politics, economics, education, etc. There can be no one leader for all Black people. Remember, Dr. King didn’t have the support of ALL Black people when he led the Civil Rights movement. That’s the beauty of Black people. Not only do we come in all shades and colors, but we also carry different perspectives and ideas about every thing under the sun.

Remember, we are AMERICANS above all else, and unfortunately while our Constitution says that this nation was built on noble principles, the reality is that this country was founded on classism and capitalism. And as Americans, Black people are a part of the machine. We are the rich, we are the poor. We are the middle class, we are the working class. Quite often our socio-economic status in America helps to shape our attitudes and actions.

So what needs to be done to help the segment of Black America that suffers from poor education, poor health conditions, and a lack of economic empowerment? How does the segment of Black America that is in the higher socio-economic class help the rest of the Black population? Maybe first I should ask, “Why should they?” “Do they owe Black people anything?” Before any of these questions can be answered, there has to be a major cultural shift in the thinking of all Black people. We have to un-train our minds of the “American way of thinking.” We have to rid ourselves of the classism and elitism. We have to rid ourselves of the resentment against those who are trying to educate us about better ways of living, spending, and investing. We all need to refocus about the things that we deem important. Whether that be moving to the suburbs and buying a Benz, or buying our children video games and expensive shoes before we buy them a book. You see in America, the rich try to distance themselves from the poor, while through the acquisition of material things; the poor try their best to at least appear to have some wealth.

So how do we make that cultural shift? I wish I knew, I’m just your average American.