Archive | May, 2014

Remember Our Troops

25 May

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I hope that you like this triple rhyme poem in observance of Memorial Day.

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support our troops
While you’re out there enjoying BBQ food from the grill and chugging down cold sodas and beers,
Please take a moment to reflect on our troops and give them applause and cheers.
Pride, love, joy and pain should be in all of our tears.

Never forget our fallen soldiers who put it all on the line.
From recent military campaigns back to George Washington’s time.
This is an ode to fallen warriors via a triple rhyme.

The politics of the battles do not matter in most situations anyhow.
Thanks to G.I. JOE and G.I. JANE, we can exhale and wipe the sweat from our brow.
Thanks to sacrifices made by Black Hawk Down when We Were Soldiers, there will be no Apocalypse Now.

“From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…”
Through the jungles of Vietnam to splashing waves on the South China Sea.
The mountains of Afghanistan to the streets of Mogadishu and NYC.

On a personal note, I remember and honor those that loved a country that didn’t love them back.
Long before the Call of Duty to Iraq.
They may have had some fears but courage they did not lack.

I remember all that you did.
You stepped forward when you could have ran and hid.
You helped the Confederate war machine take a skid.

The Fighting 54th out of Massachusetts was your name.
you fought out of honor and duty but Glory came.
Morgan, Denzel and Andre portrayed you on screen and brought you fame.

Booker T. had a goal of earning the world’s respect and admiration.
No one had to love or like you, but give you credit for ingenuity and determination.
Up from Slavery through true grit and innovation.

The Tuskegee Institute; home of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Their planes with Red Tails did bomber escort and they were among the best back then.
Those who were blinded by racism learned to appreciate those great men.

They were our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and members of our religious groups.
Many volunteered and agreed to lace-up their combat boots.
Freedom is not free so remember our troops.

An Inconvenient Truth About Working While Black

9 May

First off, this is not crying, pulling the race card or anything like that. This is just being 100% honest based on my personal e,periences. Funny thing is that oftentimes your antagonists in the workplace tend to look like you — from the same race or culture. Strange but true.

In my latest book, The 52 Corporate Caveats: How to Cover Your Ass in Corporate America, I offer up the following advice to Black men in leadership positions:

You’re a Black man in a leadership position in Corporate America. The media portrays you as a wild beast. Employees won’t give you the same respect that they GIVE to White men in your same position. You’ll have to EARN it. Mind your P’s and Q’s. Be fair, be honest and persevere.

As a Black (African-American) man who has worked in Corporate America for 25+ years and who is also a father, I must say that fictional character, Eli Pope, from the hit ABC television show, Scandal, really “keeps it real” with his daughter, Olivia. In my opinion, truer words have not been spoken. Pay attention specifically (for the purposes of this blog post) to what fictional character Eli Pope says to his daughter starting at 1:16 through 1:36. He really vocalizes how when your are Black, you have to work so much harder and still get less for their efforts. Yep, the game is kind of rigged.

Well, that is my two cents. As a Black man I would be irresponsible if I didn’t tell people what really goes on and to address the proverbial elephant in the room.

The bigotry and racism need to stop and be replaced by a system of justice that is truly fair to all. Regardless of race, creed, color, se,ual orientation, religion, gender, nationality, etc.

You know what, I will start a series of on social media called Inconvenient Truths using the hash tag #inconvenienttruths.

I leave you with the words of the great American (who happens to have been Black), Frederick Douglas:

“Men talk of the ‘negro problem’. There is no negro problem. The problem is whether they American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their own constitution. We intend that the American people shall learn the great lesson of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God from our presence among them.”

Thanks for your time.