Month: November 2019

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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