Our first Detroit PAL sports writer gets published

Victor Jackson is The Big Fundamental. Well, that is the nickname I gave to this young freshman journalism student at Wayne State University. He is also a trailblazer because he is the first Detroit PAL kid that I’ve helped train who produced a published story outside our PAL family. I hope he is the firstContinue reading “Our first Detroit PAL sports writer gets published”

I vote for Daddy Floyd

Daddy Floyd was a tall man. He stood 6-foot-4, had dark skin and smoked a pipe that made the entire house smell like flowers, cinnamon and lilac. I loved when my great grand father grabbed his pipe for an early evening smoke after walking the streets of Hamtramck as a post man. Daddy Floyd notContinue reading “I vote for Daddy Floyd”

Today we celebrate 22 years of love

The game plan tonight is to get her favorite carry out from restaurant It’s A Matter of Taste and eat in the formal dining room. I will have a bottle of Pinot Grigio chilled. And I will finish off dinner with cup cakes from a local bakery. Then we will retreat to the basement toContinue reading “Today we celebrate 22 years of love”

My view of the Valenti and Rico Show

For 13 years I was one half of the tag team duo of Valenti and Foster on 97.1 FM. You could say we were WWE tag team champions for many years. Now there is a new voice mimicking the role I played — angry black guy. Now I am on the sidelines, a listener likeContinue reading “My view of the Valenti and Rico Show”

The day Fennis Dembo (who?) threatened to kick my ass

It’s never good news to hear your full name screamed across an arena during a practice session. If you are a journalist it means somebody is extremely upset with you and wants to call you out in front of their teammates and other media members. I’ve heard my full name called out during Lions andContinue reading “The day Fennis Dembo (who?) threatened to kick my ass”

Being a good dad begins before your kids are born

Being a dad is still cool even though my kids are no longer young and precocious. Celine, 21, is finishing up her senior year at Stanford and will be working her first real job in Chicago next fall and has already said she wants visits. Brandon, 18, is a freshman at Michigan State although weContinue reading “Being a good dad begins before your kids are born”

Hey Twitter Trumpers stop calling me stupid

Dear Twitter Trumpers, Please stop calling black males stupid, especially this black man. It is racist and offensive. I am not stupid. I have a mind of my own. I am not influenced by CNN. I simply have a different opinion than yours. I would like to see the country run differently than you. ItContinue reading “Hey Twitter Trumpers stop calling me stupid”

Detroit sports media is too soft on Patricia

Detroit Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett recently appeared on a podcast where he was asked if Lions coach Matt Patricia is irritated with the “tough questions” he gets from Detroit sports writers. Birkett said that Patricia has shown no angst toward media members. I don’t know why Patricia would be upset. He is gettingContinue reading “Detroit sports media is too soft on Patricia”

My new Fit Bit adds a bit of daily fitness motivation

Today marks the one week anniversary of my new toy — the Fit Bit My daily walks haven’t been the same. Now I care now about the number of steps I take, how many miles I walk and how many flight of stairs I navigate. I even care about my heart rate, something I neverContinue reading “My new Fit Bit adds a bit of daily fitness motivation”