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    I Am Famous For Something and Living With a Colored Cemetery

    William Matthew Roberts started Chicago's famous Roberts Temple and is the Protestant Bishop that presided over the Chicago funeral for Emmitt Till (The Emmitt Till Story made national headlines near the turn of the century, when he was murdered and hung from a tree while visitng his family in Mississippi.

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    Remember The Projects?

    12/15/2014 Chicago, IL   Public housing.  I did not grow up living in public housing but, I have the memories just the same.  When I was younger, public housing had stigma.  It was full of crime and poverty.  We were not supposed to go to the “Projects”.   At the same time, I got a job at the Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club working for Ken Dunkin who was not yet a politician.  Right near 55th and Federal.  (For my out of town readers The Robert Taylor Homes was where this particular Boys and Girls Club was located).  At the Club was where I also met, Torre Torrey and…

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    Change

    2/7/2016 Chicago, IL My son and I decided to visit Water Tower Place on North Michigan Avenue.  I have to admit, I have been to this shopping center a thousand times and I even worked here as a retail salesperson when I was much younger. When I was in high school I would meet my ETHS friends here. It was nice and central for all of our suburban travelling. I thought the entrance was so grand.  We would meet in the entryway and ascend the escalators to where we could run around and be proper mallrats. Even the escalator was jam packed with people.  We would ride chat it up…

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    Chicago Civic at Benito Juarez Academy

    At the start, the Director or Principal Of Juarez delivers the welcome in both English and Spanish. The Juarez Community Academy Advanced Band starts with, “Cancion de Navidad”. I quickly forgot that I am watching students.

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    So Cold, like Bee Sting and Your Fiancee’ is Latin

        1/6/2017   I knew I wanted to say, “whatever” so many times.  It started with the presidential election.  Donald Trump was elected and it was clear that he had won the electoral college but not the popular vote.   People are angry.  I know because the very next day a white guy was beaten in my city for being a Trump supporter.  I was like, “Really?”.  So I looked into the electoral college.   The number of electoral votes is the number of representatives plus 2 senators that your state has in Congress.  It’s all above board.  You might want to take those elections for Senators and Representatives…

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