JSC Radio Ep. 67: Parkland


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  So, it happened. Again. But are we really shocked? On Valentine’s Day, less than six months after the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, the third worst school shooting in American history — and the third major US school shooting of the decade — occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There were 17 deaths, a majority of them being kids. It exceeded the horrid death toll at Columbine High School in 1999, but fell short of the massacres at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. That there is even a ranking is galling.

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Emma Gonzalez and a number of Douglas survivors have become the defiant face of the shooting’s aftermath. (Photo credit: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

This is the third episode that will address a horrific mass shooting — Episode 11 was the first. Episode 52 was the second. This one, however, is infuriating for a different reason. Unlike Las Vegas, which was a gross display of abuse of this country’s insane ability to stockpile guns, or Orlando — which was used by conservatives as an excuse to target Muslim Americans rather than address guns, this shooting was a combination of our worst fears: lax gun laws, incompetent law enforcement, incompetent leadership on all levels, and the disgusting world that is 2018’s American social media.

A 19-year-old dude with a history of violent, racist behavior was able to walk into a school with an AR-15 and slaughter a baseball team’s worth of kids. There was armed security there — and it turns out they actually ran and hid while the shooting occurred — Plus, in what has become sadly typical, a number of scumbags are accusing the surving kids of being “crisis actors” and claiming that they are being “paid” to protest. WTF, dude!?

This week is a monologue on Parkland, gun control, the corrupt union that is the NRA and the GOP, and when will this country take finally take responsibility for what it has wrought with its strident love of firearms — and whether that will happen with this clownish president at the helm.

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JSC Radio Ep. 40: This is Sparta


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  Hey Now! What’s good, People! The People’s Podcast is back this week after my sinuses and allergies robbed me of my voice. It’s time for another milestone. Episode 40 — FORTY — is here, and it is the first episode solely dedicated to my beloved Alma Mater: Michigan State University.  

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudiTunesStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

Going forward, expect there to be an update every week when a new show drops — usually, but not always — every Thursday.  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 40: This is Sparta

JSC Words of Wisdom #1: Pay it Forward


What’s Up y’all! If you’ve followed me on Instagram the last couple of months — and you should be — usually every Friday, I post some inspirational quotes and pictures to send JSC Words Cardsy’all into your weekend with a little extra juice. Often, it’s stuff I’ve heard to get me through rough stretches. Occasionally, it’s some inspiration shit I thought up on my own after taking time to reflect on my run through life.

Well, starting today and going every week from here on, I’m going to be hitting y’all with some of that inspirational food for thought that only I can give you. It’s the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW.  You can follow me on the Gram to peep the previous ones like this one to the left. For the inaugural (on the web) #JSCWOW, I give y’all a simple message: Pay It Forward.  Continue reading JSC Words of Wisdom #1: Pay it Forward

No Apologies: My Take on the Black Class War…


♣ Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DETROIT (JSC) — In the 5½ months I was largely AWOL from this blog, a whole lot of stuff happened. I can’t even go through an entire rewind of it all. I could go into the tomfoolery that was Donald Trump demanding to see the President’s birth certificate (never mind that anyone with half a brain and a 10th grade education, had seen it three years ago). I could go into the subsequent killing of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden after he was on the run, and I use that term loosely, for 10 years. I could go the sports route and talk about the NFL lockout, which threatens to torpedo part or all of the 2011 NFL season. Hell, I could always go to an oldie but goodie and talk about Detroit. But one story that really jumped out at me that I didn’t get a chance to touch on back in March is the shit storm that jumped off when Jalen Rose, and later Jimmy King (of University of Michigan “Fab Five” fame), singled out all black players recruited by and playing at Duke, particularly Grant Hill, as being “Uncle Toms”. Rose and King got very chesty about this, until the backlash punched them in the face. The full quote asserted that apparently there was something inherently unfair about a school choosing to recruit black players who can not only play, but are model citizens and strong students. The Nerve of Duke! Far be it from me to ever defend Duke basketball, but if I ran a program, I’d do the same thing. Well, the “Uncle Tom” alarm has been sounded again with the barbs being thrown at a familiar target. I’m here to say: Enough is Enough! Let’s Go.


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Mastering Destiny: The Road to Redemption…


♠ Redemption comes to those who wait, forgiveness is the key. ♠

— Tom Petty

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (JSC) — I often bristle when I hear people, most of them under the age of 30, say with their chest puffed out and head held arrogantly high: “I live life with no regrets!” Immediately, I think two things to myself. First: You must not have a lot of friends and your family must secretly hate the ground you walk on. Secondarily: You’re either a ruthless motherfucker, or you are just a posturing asshole. For most of the last decade, I have lived with the festering, angering, mind-blowing regret and guilt over having wasted six of my life at Michigan State University being an abject knucklehead and waste of space. My screwing around during my first 2½ years in East Lansing basically set me back nearly a full 10 years. I have always regretted pissing away those early years at MSU. It gnaws at my soul that because I thought that my shit smelled like the finest spring water with a twist of lemon, I missed out on numerous opportunities while my peers cashed in. I thought that I blew my chance to do what I always wanted to do with my life: Be a working journalist. When I graduated from Michigan State on May 2, 2003, I had no idea where I was headed and what the next eight years would bring. Those next eight years are what will make tomorrow afternoon all the better. The word of the day is: Redemption. Let’s Go.

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Touchy Subject: The Unhappy Ending of Otis Mathis…


♦ Apparently some people REALLY enjoy meetings…♦

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein

DETROIT — There are situations in life where when you see them or read about them, you honestly think someone is playing games with you. There are people that you think have to be actors getting paid to screw with you because what they do cannot possibly be legit. That’s what living in this city is like these days. Just look at the elected officials and citizens alike. Their stupidity knows no bounds. Their tone deaf ignorance coincides with the collective apathy of the people around them. Toss in a culture of conspiracy theorists, paranoia, enabling and second/third/fifteenth chances and you get such champions as Kwame Kilpatrick, Monica Conyers, Martha Reeves, JoAnn Watson, and the list goes on. However, in March I was introduced to a man that makes the shenanigans and tomfoolery of those people seem well thought out.  It is not often in this day and age that I am literally stunned when I hear something about an elected official in this city. It is even more rare that I am amazed by the same person’s actions twice. Enter: Otis Mathis. Let’s Go. Continue reading Touchy Subject: The Unhappy Ending of Otis Mathis…

Ignorance is Bliss: Detroit’s Acceptance of Being Dumb…


Fat, Drunk, & Stupid is No Way To Go Through Life…

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance!”

— Derek Bok, Harvard University President 1971-1990

DETROIT — Detroit is a place that on the surface wants you to strive to be successful. That is, until you actually achieve success. Once that happens, all bets are off. One of the keys to being a success, as I have always been told, is to get a good education and continue to learn even after you get the degree. My mother taught in the Detroit Public Schools for 38 years (1966-2004) and saw some of the most talented people of multiple generations pass through her classrooms. Succeeding in spite of the numerous deficiencies of DPS should be considered a badge of honor. Detroit’s schools, like many other things in this area, are the worst in the United States. Whether it’s the stunning 22% graduation rate, a mind-blowing 77% of 8th graders scoring “below basic” on standardized math test scores, or the widespread and rampant graft and corruption of the school system itself, Detroit isn’t exactly a bastion of higher learning. So when I read in the Detroit News this morning that the current president of the Detroit School Board, Otis Mathis, is essentially a functioning illiterate, I found it equal parts ironic, maddening, and insulting. Let’s Go. Continue reading Ignorance is Bliss: Detroit’s Acceptance of Being Dumb…