Archive for the ‘Education’ Category


Wow world it has been over two years since my last blog, it’s amazing how time flies!!! Well first and foremost, I want to apologize for the hiatus and tell everyone that I will give the most effort humanly possible to keep blogging on a consistent basis. I understand that sometimes life takes a hold of us and we caught up in the daily grind, but that is never an excuse. Effort is something that does not cost anything but time and energy, and I truely appreciate having this blog as an outlet to express my ideas, concerns, thoughts and feelings to the masses. So with that being said, whats new with your boy Handy???

As some of you may know me personally and for those who don’t, over the last couple of years, I have gotten married to my lovely wife Thelma (that’s such an old name haha) and we are expecting our first son in November!! I really wanted to have a daughter, but God wanted different for me so I’m not upset. My oldest son Isaiah was valedictorian of his 5th grade class and is now ready to tackle the new beast called “middle school”. Me and my wife are moving out of our home of the last six years into somewhere bigger because of the oncoming baby. Also, my “blogger in crime” Puff has a one year old daughter! Don’t tell him I told y’all it’s a secret, SShhh!!! As you can see, this is just some of the changes for us over the last couple of years. It has been a time full of surprises to say the least. (more…)

Good world, what’s going on? This is your man Handy back on it with another blog for the masses. Black History Month for 2014 have not necessarily been the best for me, but there is always March around the corner haha!!! But let’s end off the month right by making sure we hit a Black History topic all of us can relate. Nigga, nigga, nigga, nigga!!! My nigga, your nigga, everyone a nigga!!! (In my Katt Williams voice) Say it with me one time!!!!! Let me take time to all my NIGGAS in the world.

Sounds like I’m out of control right now. Sounds like I am trying to offend some people right? Being a black man in America, do you now give me a pass? Is it now okay for me to just throw the word everywhere and anywhere. If I were a middle aged white man, would you be outraged and angered? Would you want my blog taken down from the Internet? If I were a young Spanish woman, would you be confused on how to feel? Would you be indifferent about me using the word? These are all different questions that we as a society ask ourselves when referencing the use of the N word.
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Hey new world, your man Handy is back in full affect. Like me and my ace boon coon would say, I’m back like I never left baaabbaaayyy!!!!! I’m speaking for both of us when I say we will make a more concerted effort to bang out these blogs more often. How we have been doing lately this year has been unacceptable!! I take full responsibility for that and promise that I will do better!! Now that the pleasantries are out the way, lets get to the meat of the blog.

Dream Big and Stay Humble!!! Now when you see this, most people will say that this is obvious, but I mean something deeper than what you may think.

In the bible it states, (more…)

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As my co-blogger just wrote about the image of young black males in his most recent post, as I’m writing this blog today, I express my frustration with these supposed laws in Florida made to protect the everyday American, but has become something to shackle Americans. The Stand Your Ground law and the gun laws created in Florida are just now receiving national attention due to the cases of Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander. In case Marissa Alexander doesn’t ring a bell to you, she is a 32 year old mother of 2 who fired a warning shot in her home to keep her abusive husband away from her. Based on the current gun laws of Florida, if you fire a gun with the intent to harm a person, you automatically get 20 years in prison. So right now, Marissa Alexander is currently serving a 20 year sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

So in the literal sense of the law it did its job right? Now take into account (more…)

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“Shorty just text me, say she wanna sex me LOL :-)” A couple of words from the Trey Songz hit titled “LOL Smiley Face”. Even though that song is a couple of years, it signified the change in our culture. We went from using our cell phones and telephones as a way to talk to people we care about and loved to not using telephones at all and only using cell phones to send quick messages such as text messages. It’s even gotten to the point where we use abbreviations to make the message even quicker. Lol, brb, imo, wyd, etc… these are all examples of letter phrases used in the place of words to make sending the message easier for the user. And now with all mobile phone carriers allowing unlimited text as part of their plans, it doesn’t look like we will ever go back to the days of dialing numbers to speak to friends and families.

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What’s going on world, it’s one half of the dynamic duo checking back in with everybody.  I know everybody is wondering where we been and if we even still do this.  Well the answer is we do still talk about things going on in life, the writing not so much.  I will admit it’s kind of hard to write when I write at my full-time job all day.    I’m not going to give you my normal spill and apologize for not bringing something fresh, I feel like jumping right back in like I never left.   As the season is under full swing,  I was motivated by several of my friends, associates, colleagues, clients, whomever in their recent endeavors.   Two close friends have recently obtained their master’s in their desired fields.  With that said congratulations to them and everybody else crossing into that next step.    As a spectator its great to see someone finally cross the finish line after a daunting and time-consuming race.  As a competitor you begin to look ahead at your own finish line, plotting on your end goal.    This thought of spectating verses competing raised the question,  are you graduating?
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A famous quote from the movie Training Day came from Ethan Hawke who played Officer Jake Hoyt. While having a convo with fellow Officer Alonzo Harris played by Denzel Washington and a drug dealer named Roger, he says “It’s all about smiles and cries. Yeah. You gotta control your smiles and cries, because thats all you have and nobody can take that away from you.” Now at that moment he was making reference to figuring out the streets, but after further thought, I feel like that could be applied to other aspects of life. It’s very true that you must learn to sometimes hide your feelings and release them when you feel as though the timing is appropriate. But what I am seeing and learning more and more nowadays is that sometimes it isn’t a good thing to always hide or control your smiles and cries. That its cool to release those feelings, because those same feelings might be the death of you if left unnoticed.

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After doing my previous post, many things about education were flowing through my head.  I really started thinking about the American educational system, both the positives and negatives, and I realized we are fighting a losing battle.  Our youth are being set up for failure early and often,  and it appears the country does not seem too bothered.  I remember growing up, hearing the stories that a public school education is inferior to that of a private school, I completely agree with this more so today then back in the 90’s.  Speaking on personal experience as a person whom attended public and private schools through different stages of education, I believe my best learning experiences came from the times when I attended public schools.  My elementary and high school were great examples of when I felt my public school education was far superior to anything remotely close from a private school.  Some may argue the point that both places were ranked in the top amongst the city during my times there, which is very justified. However that does not negate the fact that my public school education served me well during my encounters in those environments.  Fast forward to 2012 and take a look in the educational system.  There are more holes and questions than missing a bad Wayne Brady joke. … KEEP READING!

What happened to our rap music? What happened to the balance? What happened to the lyrics? I was watching the MTV Hottest Hip Hop MC’s Part 7 and they were giving their lists of hottest MC’s at the moment. I did not have a problem with the list, it was pretty much right more or less, but there was a particular segment where they compared Meek Mill’s buzz right now  how DMX’s buzz was back in the day when he was first releasing his record. Now that particular assessment isn’t that far-fetched except for one thing, Meek Mill is nothing like how DMX was! I mean don’t get me wrong Meek Mill can spit, he gives you street music, but that’s so watered down and tampered now what is really street music? What is really considered that grimy, street music that when you hear it, you can feel the pain in the artist’s voice? Do you really get that feel when you hear I’m A Boss or House Party? Those are two of his hit singles right now. DMX’s first two singles were Ruff Ryders Anthem and Get at Me Dog. Both of these were street anthems, but you can tell from the titles that these songs were geared toward different audiences. I guess they were coming from two different situations when they made their singles, thus the far contrast. But I guarantee that if you sat down and looked at the lyrics on paper, it would not even be a close match. …KEEP READING!