It was great seeing all of you at The Carolina Kitchen on Thursday as we reminisced about “The Good Old Days” at the Foxtrappe in the 70s & 80s. I owe Bill Lindsey and the Trappe Big Time. He provided me a platform and vehicle for all of my community endeavors (he never said ‘NO’). Kids In Trouble Celebrity Fashion Shows, Christmas Toy Drives, etc. Community involvement by pro athletes, radio and TV personalities and entertainers was unheard of until Kids In Trouble, Inside Sports and the Foxtrappe challenged them to reach back to their communities. When it comes to community involvement, the NFL, NBA, MLB, radio and television all followed our lead.
Christmas Toy Drives and Inside Sports Celebrity Fashion Shows became the norm at the Foxtrappe. The Marines were faking us out, they were collecting toys from the community and then giving back to us and keeping the cash (How soon we forget). We had Police Chiefs, DC Superior Court Judges led by Luke C. Moore and Harry T. Alexander (Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr. brags about meeting his wife at the Foxtrappe at one of my Christmas Toy Parties), World Champion Boxers, NFL, NBA players all modeling and playing Santa Claus for KIT.
My brother in the struggle, Don Baker was right there with me (DJ, photographer, etc.). We were able to witness some of those photos during the gathering—he brought back some memories of some great times.
Bill and I teamed up together for our greatest endeavor ever at Mingles. We took time out to say “Thank you” to our heroes—our teachers, coaches, Principal William Purvis, Annie Duncan and William Davis (Vice Principals), custodians and our own “Officer Friendly” Officer Dixon of Spingarn High School. He was feared and he never cursed or pulled his gun (he could read minds)! Man, I got some stories.
Those unselfish human beings saved most of our lives when most of us were trying to go to hell in a hurry–Big Time! I was “Captain Knucklehead” my Brown Middle School Principal William Stinson one block away from Spingarn had already predicted to my mother, I would not live to get out of high school. I tried my best to honor his prediction but Coach Dave Brown, Mr. Honemond, Mr. Alfred, Ms. Johnson (Gym teacher), Nurse Holmes and Officer Dixon refused to give up on me. This ‘thank you’ to our teachers was the first endeavor of this kind ever undertaken by a group of former students in this city. I still cannot believe we allowed the politicians to close down our school and our history at the same time.
2015 marked 50 years I have been working in the inner-city with youth gangs and kids in trouble. I am still out there because I was once a kid in trouble and this is my way to continue to say “Thank you” to my mother, grandmother, Hattie T and all those unselfish teachers at Spingarn and Fairmont Heights High School (don’t forget Bighouse Gaines—Winston-Salem State). I am truly blessed.
We all are aware of the chaos of the epidemic of shooting deaths of unarmed black men (all ages) carried out by police departments across America. This is nothing new, but the callous disregard for black human life is not something I thought I would be re-visiting in 2016. This is not something I cannot stand silently by and say nothing. We should never forget our ancestors were Kings and Queens and not hoodlums and thugs as we are portrayed in the media.
On Saturday August 20, 2016 Kids In Trouble, Inc hosted its 4th Police and Community Relations forum at Ben’s Chili Bowl. In attendance were law-enforcement officers from all over the DMV (standing room only). But guess who were no-shows—white law enforcement officers despite invitations send out to their departments (see video).
Since my forum, suddenly other similar forums have popped up—all good but the folks who are hosting these forums don’t have a clue, for example; Sirius XM Radio host Joe Madison aka the Black Eagle was the moderator for a forum titled “The Encounter” in Alexandria, Virginia. The sponsoring group was “The Links.” It was held on the same evening we gathered at the Carolina Kitchen. I decided to also attend the Alexandria Forum. I was not impressed it looked like white folks were no-shows at this forum also. There were no white folks on the panel. The auditorium was so dark I thought I was there to watch a movie!
Kids In Trouble, Inc has been involved and a part of the Alexandria community for decades (Christmas Toy parties, speaking at rec centers, schools and coordinated NBA pioneer Earl Lloyd Day in 2000). George Logan-El (Untouchables) and Lawrence Brown (Alexandria Rec) we all networked trying to keep hope alive.
I called several of my community “Movers & Shakers” contacts to inquire about the forum, but six of the seven didn’t have a clue. This brings me back to “Know it all” Joe Madison aka Black Eagle. His claim to fame, see bio below;
Joe Madison is a radio talk show host and civil rights activist. He can be heard every weekday morning on Sirius XM Urban View. Known to his listeners as “The Black Eagle,” Madison has been named one of Talker Magazine’s 10 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America for eleven consecutive years.
By completing a 52-hour live broadcast, he broke a Guinness World Record and raised over $200,000 for the Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum. In June 2015, Madison made history again by broadcasting live from Cuba, becoming the first national talk show in America to do so in more than 50 years. When disaster strikes, The Black Eagle flies into action. He traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and assisted relief workers in the Gulf States after Hurricane Katrina.
Joe Madison only flies into action when he can piggyback a ride off of the back of celebrities like community activist, Dick Gregory (one of a kind). I have never seen him do anything in the inner-city on his own. He is a Johnny Come-Lately in radio broadcasting and as a community activist in the DC community. When he started working in radio in Detroit in 1980 he was already 10 years behind me in radio and in the community. He joined talk radio here in DC in the 90s putting him 20 years behind me DC, but he is an expert on the black community?
His contributions to black history; he raised over $200,000 for the Smithsonian African-American History & Culture Museum by completing a 52-hour live broadcast, breaking a Guinness World Record (buying his way into the museum). His profile says, “Madison has been named one of Talker Magazine’s 10 most important radio talk show host in America for 11 consecutive years (come on man). My question, where is his track record making DC black history in radio or the community (talk is cheap)? And what makes him think that he can bring about changes in police brutality in Alexandria and the DMV? My question, when was the last similar forum he moderated?
This is what Wikipedia says about the Links the forum’s sponsor, “The Links are the philanthropic arm of professional women of color located throughout the United States, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Foundation was established in 1979.”
They say, ‘Birds of a Feather Flock Together’ another group of Johnny Come-Late”, but I definitely think that is better than not coming at all. But the blind cannot lead the blind.
My problem, just don’t come on like you are Allen Iverson, “The Answer!”
There is another law-enforcement forum coming up on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at Shiloh Baptist Church located at 9th & M Streets, NW. This one is being put on by the U. S. Attorney’s Office.
Foxtrappe Big Boy Ball Changers, you need to be in the house really making our children first. Read letter below and see why you need to be there, if you really care!
Don’t be like Joe Madison (talk is cheap). These folks are claiming they want to bridge the gap between cops and the community but law-enforcement is running the forum. It makes you wonder what bridge are they talking about.
Go to link and sign up and I will meet you there. If you cannot stay the whole time be there for the opening of the program (9:30 am—make your presence felt. Police Chiefs from all Departments will be in attendance.
We have to stop falling for the okie-doke—and really make Black Lives Matter!
P. S. See my video below from the forum on August 20th (great video by my friend Irving Haywood) and my open letter to Gov. Larry Hogan relating to “Cowboy Cops” in PG County. The KKK/FOP is alive and well in America! If we are going to bring about change we are going to have to do more than profile on Face Book!
Dear Community Leaders:
In response to recent events across the country and local community concerns, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is hosting a symposium entitled, “Police and Community-Building a Bond of Trust.” This symposium will be held on October 12, 2016, at the Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 1500 9th Street, NW. The program will begin at approximately 9:30 am and end at 4:30 pm. We are inviting all Faith-based Leaders, ANC Commissioners, and Civic Associations’ and Non-Profit Organizations’ leaders to this symposium.
The goal of this program is to educate community and clergy leaders about why the use of force is sometimes a necessary measure for both the public’s and officers’ safety and how alleged excessive use of force cases are investigated by our Office. A secondary goal is to have a facilitated dialogue between law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the various issues that presently exist in our city between law enforcement and citizens.
In order to meet these goals, we will have a panel discussion which will include representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Park Police, Washington Metro Transit Authority Police, D.C. Housing Police, D.C. Office of Police Complaints and USAO-DC. The police departments’ representatives will discuss their efforts to minimize excessive use of force. USAO-DC will provide an overview of how alleged excessive use of force cases are handled by our Office. The D.C. Office of Police Complaints will explain how people can file a complaint when they feel that they have been unfairly treated by a member of law enforcement. During the second half of the program, the Department of Justice Community Relations Service will conduct a series of break-out sessions to brainstorm about problems and propose solutions to issues that both law enforcement and citizens face when interacting.
As space is limited, please register for this event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/police-and-community-building-a-bridge-of-trust-tickets-26728092444 by September 30, 2016. Shiloh Baptist Church is within walking distance from the Mount Vernon Square -7th Street Convention Center and Shaw-Howard Metro Stations. Shiloh Baptist also has a parking lot in the rear of the church and there is also public parking at 801 N Street, NW. There is also street parking. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant United States Attorney for External Affairs Wendy Pohlhaus at 202-252-6930. This is a FREE event.
http://blackmeninamerica.com/the-kids-in-trouble-police-and-community-relations-forum-hosted-by-harold-bell/ Color Blind Cops in America: Not in our life time!
http://theoriginalinsidesports.mlblogs.com/2015/11/ / Dear Gov. Hogan “Cowboy Cops”