An Open Letter To The City of Detroit…


Congratulations! You Got The Job. Now Don’t (Expletive) It Up!

“You’re a fighter, you’re a lover/You’re strong and you recover/From whatever gets you down…”

—Sammy Davis Jr., Hello Detroit (1984)

CHICAGO — That is the opening line of a song that started many of my mornings as a little boy. Every morning for nearly 20 years in Detroit, that song opened up the Mason in the Morning show on WJLB (Yes, the Mason that those outside Detroit know as the “DEEEE-TROIT BASKET-BALL” guy). The song, which was Sammy’s ode to Motown after being signed to the label in 1983, became a Detroit feel-good anthem. Ask anyone who grew up in Detroit or lived in Detroit during the 80s and 90s, and they can give you the first verse of that song off rip. The 1980s were far from Detroit’s best years. In fact, they may have been our worst. But there was still a pride in the city. There was some semblance of confidence that the City could fight back after the riots and racism of the 60s and the exodus of people and business, rampant crime, and subsequent collapse of the 1970s. The problem is, aside from a brief rally in the mid 1990s, Detroit has yet to recover from the 1970s. In fact, unlike the 1980s, it appears that people are on the verge of giving up. That’s what makes what transpired in this week’s originally scheduled general elections so amazingly huge, and potentially Detroit’s last shot at redemption. Continue reading An Open Letter To The City of Detroit…

Do Not Pass Go: Monica Conyers Exits Stage Left…


♣ The End of An Error… ♣

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”

—David Brin

DETROIT — Her office officially sits empty and she waits at home for her inevitable sentencing to jail on three counts of accepting bribes, a federal offense. There have been few public figures in the 300+ year history of the city of Detroit who have done so much to ruin it’s image in such a short amount of time as Monica Ann Conyers. Lest we forget that this woman hadn’t finished her FIRST term in the land of misfit toys known as the Detroit City Council. I have blogged numerous times on the exploits of negro-tude that have gone on in just the last two years alone in Detroit City Government. With few exceptions (JoAnn Watson thinking that it’s cool to pay $58 in property taxes, anything that comes out of Martha Reeves’ cake hole…), a majority of this foolishness was associated with one of two principles: Monica Conyers and former Mayor and fellow convicted felon Kwame Kilpatrick.

Continue reading Do Not Pass Go: Monica Conyers Exits Stage Left…