Back in the Day

Some of you can recall those Saturday mornings as a child playing jacks, shooting marbles, riding scooters or go carts, playing wall ball, and yes, roller skating. Roller skating on Saturday mornings was “the thing to do” back in the day.

Most people want privacy in their homes and desire some type of window treatment to provide for it. This is particularly true during evenings and nights; no one wants to give others an opportunity to disturb their quite moments. An advertisement that I received from Blinds.com showed a varie…

When I started writing this column, it was not on the subject that appears today. Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle changed it. The concern expressed by royal family members for the color of baby Archie’s skin may have puzzled some of you. It is an issue that is t…

I was in a store recently and observed a young child calling an adult by her first name. I did not pay it much attention until a disagreement ensued and the adult said, “I expect you to listen to your mother.” Realizing that this was a mother and child relationship, I stopped immediately. It…

Recently, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been getting considerable attention. Much of this attention comes from the recent ascension of their graduates to significant roles in our society — particularly Vice President Kamala Harris, a Howard University graduate.

I looked around the family room for something to read during halftime of the National Football League championship game last Sunday as I needed to occupy my time until the second half began. I had already read the newspaper and so therefore searched for a magazine. Interestingly, I saw none.…

Last week I stopped into The Tribune’s Advertising Department where I encountered two employees who were scrutinizing a headline in a section of our newspaper. The headline read, “We Been Knew.” I was asked if I understood its meaning. Not knowing resulted in their enlightening me of its mea…

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Several weeks ago, a Tribune employee asked me if I recall the days when considerable attention was given to keeping our neighborhoods clean. This subject had been the topic of my column on at least two occasions and therefore I tucked away the thought with plans to resurrect it in the futur…

Several weeks ago, I had a discussion with a friend regarding his plans for New Year’s Eve. Given the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic, he pointed out that he was simply going to sit home and do something that he had not done for yeas; sit alone with a bottle of his favorite alcohol…

I find it difficult to believe that I have been writing this column since 2001; yes, 20 years. While the ride has been fun, it has also been challenging. Coming up with a fresh topic week after week is not easy. However, based on my experiences, readings, news reports, suggestions from relat…

Some of you may know that I love rhythm and blues records. Over the years, I have accumulated a large record collection. It is not unusual for me to go into my basement, during this holiday season, to play holiday records on one of my jukeboxes. One song is a staple in the repertoire of reco…