A Postscript on JSC Radio Ep. 80


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — When I first started doing JSC Radio nearly 2½ years ago, I often pictured the podcast — which was, essentially, an extension of this blog — to be a sounding board for not just me, but for interesting and compelling people. In the 90+ shows I’ve done, counting the “Best of” shows and special episodes, I have had a number of great conversations. Ranging from the early episodes where I interviewed Jenee Darden, Lara Witt, and Adrienne Lawrence to the two appearances by Jazmine Duke (including Ep. 61.5, where she and her dad made a tandem appearance) to my interview with the dynamic Renee Washington. This show has been a slow burn and a slow build but every episode is worth it.

That brings me to Episode 80. The 80th Episode of JSC Radio morphed from being a milestone episode (every 5 shows is a damn milestone) to being my favorite overall episode of this show since I started doing it in 2016. I’m a competitive dude. I’m constantly trying to improve upon things and get better, and I felt a lot of that played a role in how well this turned out. But that podcast was nothing without those two dynamic women.

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Knowing Your Place: A Commentary on Jordan Davis and My “Black” Life


The last time I came at you guys was on June 15, 2013. Long damn time ago, I know. I have since taken on a job in Lansing as a full-time Journalist and I have wrongfully neglected this blog site. I just haven’t had the time, nor energy, to keep up with it and for that I greatly apologize. There have been a lot of things worth my attention that I haven’t had the ability to really shoot on like I have in the past, but periodically something will come up that will have my ass tied up in knots and I can no longer hold it in, and that’s why I’m here today. Without further ado, let’s get this started.

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♠ Reality is often more sobering than Fiction ♠

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

— Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General.

LANSING, Mich. (JSC) — I come to you all today not as a professional journalist, a broadcaster, or any type of representative of any company, conglomerate, or organization. I simply come to you today as a 34-year-old Black Man who is tired of seeing his thoughts, his life, his feelings, and his mere existence being treated as if it is trivial. I don’t say this without some type of logic or reasoning, and there is no shortage of evidence and examples to back up what I’m saying. In the amount of time since I last joined you, two very troubling cases of White-on-Black crime have come to their conclusion (largely). The first being the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The other, which saw 4/5 of the verdict handed down yesterday, was the case of 17-year-old Jordan Davis being shot dead by Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software designer, on Nov. 23, 2012 in Jacksonville after Dunn rudely told Davis and his three friends to turn down the “thug music” pumping out of their SUV. An argument ensued and Dunn claimed that Davis — or somebody in the truck — pulled a 12-gauge shotgun on him and he felt his life was in danger and pumped 10 shots into the SUV, striking and killing Davis. Dunn, who was so afraid for his life moments earlier, calmly drove back to a hotel, ate some pizza, and walked his dog. Did not call the police. Did not inform authorities. And, might I add, did not actually see a gun. As the above quote from the Attorney General says, we’re still a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race, and Florida is the state that has a law that allows cowards to do what they do best. Let’s Go.

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“Dark”ness in Boston: When Getting It Right Goes Wrong…


♠ What Happens When A “Dark-Skinned Male” isn’t… ♠

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”

— Will Rogers

DETROIT (JSC) — Greetings & salutations, people. After what has been honestly one of the more insane news weeks in memory, I almost wouldn’t know where to start if I had to do a mash-up of every horrible and amazing thing that’s happened in the last seven days. But let’s first and foremost throw thoughts and prayers out to the nearly 200 people who were injured in the heinous and senseless bombing of the Boston Marathon. Rest in Peace to the three people who were killed during the attack, and to the family of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was murdered by the two cowards on that insane Thursday night. Thoughts and prayers to the people of West, Texas as well, who are reeling from that horrific explosion at the plant that killed 14 people and obliterated most of that town. Big ups to the police departments of Boston and Watertown, Mass. as well as the FBI for their work in capturing one of the culprits while killing the other one. Incredible work. A lot of people did the damn thing in terms of their jobs. One entity that didn’t exactly have a very good week was the American news media — which, if you didn’t know, I am a member of. Never one afraid to smack my own when needed, I’m here to address the hottest of hot buttons and that’s the performance of CNN, specifically a man I had grown to respect the hell out of the last decade: John King. With one speculative statement amidst a chaotic afternoon, he may have single-handed ruined his reputation and exposed an multitude of greater problems in the news media and journalism as a whole. Let’s Go.

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28 Days Later: Trayvon Martin & The Fear of the Black Youth


It Could’ve Been You…

“These Assholes Always Get Away!” — George Zimmerman, Feb. 27, 2012, before he hunted down and murdered Trayvon Martin.

DETROIT (JSC) — In my capacity as a working journalist and radio talent, I often have to dress a certain way. When I’m covering major events, I’m usually in some combination of a sweater, slacks, shirt, tie, and nice shoes. Please believe that your man cleans up very well. The other 97 percent of the time I’m out and about, I’m usually rocking some combination of jeans, gym shoes, my signature Detroit Tigers or Michigan State Spartans 7 3/8 fitted cap with either a t-shirt or hooded sweatshirt. Hell, when I was covering basketball and football games for Wayne State last year, I was often known as the cat who sat in the press box or on press row in the Wayne State hoodie and the baseball cap. I live in Michigan, where in a normal year — and we’re coming off the strangest and warmest winter in decades as well as a week where we saw four consecutive 80°+ days in mid-March — the temperature is under 65° about 55 percent of the time. My closet is full of hoodies: Wayne State Hoodies, Michigan State Hoodies, Detroit Hoodies, Fraternity Hoodies (as I write this, I’m wearing a black ΦΒΣ hoodie), and other miscellaneous hoodies. I’m ready for those mild afternoons and cold evenings. The old adage is that clothes make the man. It also seems that in 2012, clothes can also get you killed. Thanks to a vigilante named George Zimmerman, the focus has been thrown onto one of the touchiest of touchy subjects in America. While I think I’m minding my own business, to someone with a grudge, I’m suspicious and must be dealt with. We ride for Trayvon today. Let’s Go.

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Reality Check: The Truth Can Set Detroit Free…


♣ They Say The Truth Hurts…♣

“Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.”

— Edward R. Murrow

DETROIT — Just another month in the Motor City. Just after midnight on August 1, a 24-year-old woman was shot and killed in an armed robbery attempt in Detroit. The perpetrator, DeMarco Harris is a 6’2″, 155lb black male. He is also 12-years-old. On August 15, 86-year-old Clarence Jones was murdered in a robbery attempt while watching the home of a hospitalized friend. Jones was beaten to death for his wallet and a minivan. The perp was a 19-year-old. On August 21, two teens wearing red bandanas and wielding shotguns, one 17 and the other 16, rob two members of a film crew (in broad daylight) who was in Detroit to shoot a movie called “Little Murder” (no bullsh*t!). While the robbery victims were not harmed, one of the teens was shot by police as he fled because he had the equally bright idea to point his gun at a cop. The two were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Earlier this week, another 17-year-old attempted to rob a 32-year-old man as he tried to walk back into his apartment. Only problem: The 32 year old man had a CCW and a Gun. The perp turned victim and now is facing attempted armed robbery charges after the doctor pulls that bullet out of his ass! This all goes on as the city collectively keeps it head buried in the sand…or up certain orifices in their posterior.
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Gate Crashers: When Did Freedom of Speech Stop Being Free?


Freedom of Speech Also Applies To Stuff You Don’t Like…

“People demand Freedom of Speech to make up for the Freedom of Thought that they seldom use”

— Soren Kierkegaard

DETROIT — There was a very distinct reason why I didn’t blog on the entire crap-sandwich that was the bogus/BS arrest of renown Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates until now. Primarily, I wanted to wait for all the facts to come spilling out about exactly what happened. Anyone who is a minority (and a fair amount of whites) in this country knows that one of their great nightmares is being accosted in their own home by Police Officers/Federal Agents. That’s especially scary when they have done absolutely nothing wrong. Well, when the Cambridge (Mass.) police suddenly chose to pay Dr. Gates a visit after a neighbor apparently mistook him for a burglar…breaking into his OWN home…things were already bad, but who knew it would end up with the man being led out of his own home in handcuffs after proving that he lived in the house! Continue reading Gate Crashers: When Did Freedom of Speech Stop Being Free?

Killa Season: Detroit’s Murder City Blues


♦ Can Detroit be Number 1 In Something Positive For Once? ♦

“Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.”

— Marvin Gaye

DETROIT — As far back as I can remember, this city has been associated with some of the most negative aspects of American society. Detroit seems to routinely top the list on such wonderful categories as Poverty, Crime, Blight, High School Dropout Rates, Pollution, Obesity, and most recently Unemployment. However, over the last 30 years, if there was one title that this city has held more than “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair has been world champion, it’s the title of “Murder Capital” of the United States. Even though there have been points when other cities have held at least a share of the title (Chicago, St. Louis, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, Gary, Indiana, and Flint), more often than not, the leader in the clubhouse of kills is Detroit.
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