Better Days by Butch Ford

Better Days by Butch Ford As a life-long Detroit sports fan, it’s been extremely tough to root for our hometown teams lately.  But what seems to be the problem?  Why are they all so bad at the same time, you ask?  Let’s get into this. The Red Wings are the easiest to explain.  After 25

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Soulless Music by Butch Ford

Soulless Music by Butch Ford In the early 90’s, approximately 1993, the public school system began shaving numerous programs as a part of massive budget cuts Nationwide.  The biggest impact arguably was the loss of music education in our schools.  The cuts didn’t immediately affect the music industry, but it began to rear its ugly

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What the World Needs Now by Butch Ford

  What the World Needs Now by Butch Ford As I look at the state of the world today, I can’t help but think about how things used to be.  When we respected our elders, education was paramount and there was unity and structure among families.  The neighborhoods and communities policed themselves.  Peace and harmony

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Trying to Stay Content in the “D” When its Not Your Season by Chellyz View

  Trying to Stay Content in the “D” When its Not Your Season by Chellyz View It was Monday, November 11, 2019.  I don’t know why the situation that occurred appeared to be foreign.  I was a grown 40 plus aged woman who was birthed and raised in Detroit aka the “D.”  However, I wasn’t

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“Purplesploitation” by Butch Ford

  “Purplesploitation” by Butch Ford In the 1970’s there was a term called Blaxploitation.  It described an ethnic subgenre of exploitation films made by, of and for African Americans.  But that’s a story for another day and time.  Today, I want to discuss the term “Purplesploitation.”  A term I created just this morning while trying to

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Dumbing Down by Butch Ford

How many of you have heard of the term “Dumbing Down” before?  Well, it’s really a thing and has been for quite some time…especially in the urban (African American) community.  But what does it mean exactly? Let’s take two kids who have been honor roll students since starting kindergarten.  One male, the other female.  The

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A Musical Journey by Butch Ford

  A Musical Journey by Butch Ford Let’s have a little fun with today’s topic.  So, join me on a musical journey that spans the better part of three decades. I touched down in the dead of winter during the fourth quarter of the 1960’s in Detroit, Michigan…post-riot.  Aretha was already “The Queen” around these

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See the Other Side by Butch Ford

See the Other Side by Butch Ford During my professional career in Human Services…I’ve had the distinct honor of working in the inner-city Public Schools System, the Clinical Psychiatric Field and in Juvenile Detention.  I was blessed to have met some incredible people throughout my journey.  In each of those positions, I encountered individuals dealing with

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“A Flawed System” by Butch Ford

“A Flawed System” by Butch Ford Today’s topic may be a little touchy for some.  But it’s been MY reality for the better part of two decades and it’s a story I’d like to share.  It’s the story of the flawed Child Support System.  It’s known by a plethora of names nationwide, but here in

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What in the World are We Walking for? by Chellyz View

What in the World are We Walking for?  by Chellyz View It’s amazing how we are tracking our steps around the world. This phenomenon is contained on our wrists and the apparatus is worn faithfully by many. Personally, I’m too frugal to purchase one. Therefore, I downloaded an app on my phone that records the

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