Inside Eddie’s Daydream #10

Lately I have been thinking about some incredible ideas. Of course, I make it a habit to write them down, but I really want to start something new.

I don’t wanna quit my job and backpack in Europe. However, there is a part of me that yearns to start something magical. Something that gives me more passion than money. Each book I read, the vague picture becomes clearer in my head.
I got some other decent news besides the MIL situation. My daughter is entering the age of prekindergarten and we are school hunting {really my wife is the one who is school hunting}, and we have decided that private school would work best for now. My daughter went to one of the prospective schools to participate in an aptitude test of some sort. Long story short, she aced it. The teacher who tested her was aghast and said my child is gifted. She continued on saying that my child would need custom made curriculum, because the other kids wouldn’t be at her level. 

Teachers get really irritated at parents who say, “My child is REALLLLY smart!”, because it comes off as pretentious and pompous. I researched information for parents who faced similar situations and came across this blog who slammed parents like me and my wife. Here it is:

I loved how the parent ethered the teacher. Lol.

Seriously, I think they both have a point. The only thing I can do is keep taking my daughter to the library, and doing math with her. Emotionally, my daughter isn’t ready for skipping a grade. That is out of question, but she is reading bedtime stories to HER grandmother at night. Lol. She gets mad at me for trying to read to her, she wants to read to me. Everything will be alright.


Eddie’s Daydream #9

Well I’ve been thinking about trying a new project. Despite the support of sending my incarcerated cousin multiple books, I still haven’t received a response. Come to find out, that is extremely rare. I am not offended or anything, in fact I am even more inspired to reach out to random inmates who are in desperate need of a pen pal. I will explain the purpose of the letter and my intentions of writing them. My goal is to change a few inmates lives for the better by sending books, and letters of inspiration. I will open a p.o. box and get started in a couple of weeks. I really want to change people’s lives for the better. In life we have roads that we are on that may seem gloomy, but the right book or letter of encouragement may change an inmates life. I plan to give a name to the project and blog, then upload the stories. I might do it, or I may not. But I think this would make interesting content for a blog. What do you guys think?

Inside Eddie’s Daydream #7

Luke Cage

I just recently finished the entire season of Luke Cage on Netflix, and I must admit that I’m impressed. The actor is mediocre at best, but what he represents and goes up against, is something that needed to be brought up and addressed.

  • Black on black violence
  • The disdain of “Nigga” or any swear words
  • His pious mannerism, in reverence of Christianity
  • Mass incarceration
  • Crooked politicians in the black community
  • Drug lords who wield power over the black community
  • Crooked policemen
  • Excellent policemen
  • How law isn’t always ‘doing what’s right’
  • Trayvon Martin  and racial profiling a.k.a ‘implicit bias’
  • The Black Superman leader

I mean I can go on and on, but this show is excellent. I will write about this later on. It will probably take a couple days to finish.

Inside Eddie’s Daydream #6

Today is a good day so far. I happened to find this book yesterday in an abandoned box full of books. You are damn Skippy, I’m gonna add this to my collection of paperback books. You never know when I may have to sell something, I want to be good at it.
Some of the greatest books I’ve come across have been library rejects that no one wants or pays attention to. These are books that were before ‘e-books’ and audible. What I find is that older books seem to have a passion that modern authors don’t have. Maybe because they had to toil over encyclopedia Britannica books and vet all the information first hand. There was no internet to capture that information. I love classic books. Time changes, but the knowledge stays immortal. 

Inside Eddie’s Daydream #5

America is starting to realize the past of Christopher Columbus and considering changing his holiday into “Indigenous People Day”. All I can say about this is wow. Native Americans have caught the short end of the stick, and I would be elated to see America make that change. 

In other news, I checked out Nate Parker Birth of a Nation movie. It was a great movie that tweaked some changes from the original narrative. However, it was still an award winning performance by Nate Parker. I went inside of the theater, and much to my surprise, there were barely any black people supporting this movie. I noticed one African American mother coaching her daughter on the importance of this film. As me and my wife passed, she spoke even louder to include us, but we continued to our seats. This movie had a powerful ending and I was very emotional as a black man walking out of that theater. Parker captured all of the idiosyncrasies of slavery, from slave catchers to the use of Christianity by slave owners as a tool to quell disgruntled slaves. Black people were believed to be the cursed sons of ham. I dont wish to go too deep, but he hits the nail on the head about the myth of the ‘benign slave master’. The slave revolt is a small part of the film, and even when the killings take place, it still feels like a losing battle for Nat Turner. I was impressed with the film so much so, that I yearn for a film that explains the Haitian revolution.  
I could go on and on, but i dont have enough time in my daydream to type. I will say this though.  We all have our personal takes on Nate Parker, but ‘The Birth of A Nation’ is a great film. Whether you choose to see it or not.
I also saw ‘Girl on the train’ and Emily Blunt nailed the character Rachel perfectly. Despite not being overweight and unattractive,  Blunt owns the character and is completely convincing. I believe in all my heart that she deserves an Oscar for this film. The film is located in New York instead of the UK, and there is virtually no people of color in the movie, not even the south asian therapist, despite having an Indian name. Great film though.


“What have you done?”[for the Black Community] Solution #1

This is a question that many people within the Black community ask our leaders. The problem that some of us Black folk have, is that we expect an overnight turn around when it comes to the problems that plague our community. No politician or said “leader” will make any change that will completely mitigate the issues we have. The onus has unfortunately been placed on our athletes and billionaires, because they hold a high amount of capital that many Blacks beneath them don’t have. For this favored group, many of us will argue about what one has done for our community. The question that always gets tossed around whenever we get mad at each other is ultimately “What have you done for the Black community?”


Solution #1: Education

When I say education, I don’t solely mean schools. I am talking about self-improvement by all means. Challenging yourself to read daily about something that may enhance your life or give you a different perspective. Despite being a trash truck driver working 12-14 hours a day, I read as much as I possibly can. There are audiobooks that you can listen to if you are busy at work all day or traveling to school via public transportation. E-books are really awesome to me, because you can highlight important parts of the book and visual reading has a way of gluing information to your brain. Even if you could on focus on one book a month, that is way better than none. Reading exercises the brain, and gives you more context of the subject matter you choose to study. By improving your mind, you inadvertently improve your vocabulary in conversations without even recognizing it. I have denounced religion because of books, and figured out who I truly was as a man by reading. For you, it may bring you closer to your spiritual deity. The more that your mind improves, it improves the family members that interact with you on a daily basis.

Without proper knowledge, you will be bamboozled by politicians, outwitted by sleazy salesmen, and jumping into situations without proper perspective. Back in slavery we had laws that prohibited slaves from reading. Couple centuries down the line, and you have a lot of brothers and sistas who refuse to pick up a book other than Steve Harvey’s dating book, or something trivial. In order to improve education for our children, we have to improve our own personal education. You don’t have to enroll at your local city college (which I recommend you doing, if you have the time and ambition to do) to get education. You can get free books at a library with a library card. I don’t care if you have a grown son/daughter living with you, or a toddler, reading should be essential in your house if you are black. It’s never too late to learn something new. We as blacks have been told that if you go to college, then everything will be awesome. Statistics are coming out that degrees don’t equal jobs. Go to school if you are pursuing a passion that will yield a positive return of investment. We live in an economy where you have Ph.D students working as baristas, and journalism majors struggling to make it in the industries they were amorous about. College is not for every kid, some kids are smart, but would be more useful inside of a trade school to apply that genius to a technical skill. I want my child to go to college like the next person, but I have my reservations on forcing my child to pick a college major to impress my friends/family. I would rather my child find a passion and pursue it. No degree will let me compromise my child’s future over selfish ambition. To read further on this topic, check out this book by Will Bennett:


To advance within the dominant society, we need proper guidance into how economics work. If you have no basic understanding of economics and how money works, you will be misled by many assumptions without concrete evidence. I want reparations for slavery on behalf of my  African ancestors, but if im spending that money on European luxury instead of black businesses, what is the point.  One of the best books I have read on economics that breaks down complex economics in layman terms, check out this book:


You as a Black person should know the basic fundamentals of money. You don’t have to sign up for some expensive course online.  I found a book written by Jason Kelly at my local library, it was the world’s simplest book on finance tips. You can even find this book on eBay for dirt cheap as a used book.


If you only read these two books and nothing else, these two books will lead you in the right direction in current time.

As far as history goes, it is up to you what you wish to read. The greatest black person to ever live, in my honest opinion, can be no one other than Harriet Tubman. She put it down so hard for black people back in the day, she even was rumored to carry a pistol. Treason was not going to be an option if you rolled with “Minty”. I have read my history, therefore my child will be schooled on history, and how it repeats itself in different forms. Read Malcolm X in his prime, and the relevance of an old Harlem speech will send chills down your spine. It is almost like you are conjuring dead spirits that speak directly to you. You will see the contrast of groups led by Martin Luther King Jr., compared with today’s so called leaders.


Last but not least, we have to be more accountable for family members or friends that are incarcerated. We need to send them letters of encouragement, commissary money on birthdays and holidays. I know you may say that “If you did the crime, you do the time”, but it is far too many Black men in the system for us to turn our backs on them. I would suggest finding the prison wherever the family member or friend is located and research programs that they could sign up for. There ARE accredited programs that are financed by the state that inmates could participate in, depending on where you live and the facility where the inmate is detained, where many of them don’t know about the programs to be taken advantage of. A lot of the programs are trades. Print out this information and mail it to the inmate to let them know what their detention center offers. I have a cousin that I mailed over 20 books to. Books about business and fitness, magazine subscriptions, how to start a small business and write a business plan. So that way, when he/she gets out of prison, he knows how to write a business plan for the trade he/she learned behind bars. The reason it is important to provide facts on the obstacles facing him/her, is to cut down on jail recidivism. I let my relative know the obstacles facing him and send books about former convicts who found a way out of the system. If you can’t stand writing to a person, than at least send a book, or print an article. You never know what impact it may have.

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Inside Eddie’s Daydream #4

In the following weeks, I plan to release this series called “What are you doing?(for the black community)”, which basically stems from black suffering and pain. This is a question that us as blacks ask political leaders. I think that we as African-Americans or Americans of African diaspora –whichever you prefer — should continue to ask these questions, but also do some work in the meantime. Education is where I start, then other topics that I feel would be effective in our community. One thing that I am tired of, is seeing black folks get played by politicians in exchange for votes. It seems that we as a group cannot collectively come together as a group, and unequivocally demand solutions. Some of us will be distracted by fancy slogans and dance moves, rather than actual change. Symbolism has been the biggest scam being sold to my people. Ex. Luke Cage is a great black superhero, national museum of black history, 1st black….., first black woman to..And the list goes on and on for stuff that looks great in history books, but provides no tangible impact. What needs to happen is that us as blacks  should practice various forms of altruism that will lead to minor, but eventually major changes. It might take Elon Musk 200 years or less to make Mars an exo-planet.He may not live to see it. However, the future generations will be able to eventually take 3 month trips to Mars and live a great life that we couldn’t fathom. We don’t have to change overnight, but we can plant a seed that will create a harvest for future generations to come.

Inside Eddie’s Daydream # 2

I wake up with all the money in the world, and can quit my job. What would I do? I think this is a question that many people can’t figure out. I think the first thing I would do is establish more educational funding for poor schools where majority of black kids attend. I would love to upgrade the teachers and build learning facilities with 15 student limit classrooms. I would create quarterly fundraising events that would involve parental involvement. Teach inner city kids finance and challenge them to create a business plan by the end of the school year. Teach kids about the importance of health, by building farmer markets and bringing doctors in to explain the effects of junk food. 

I would have the dopest academies nationwide.

Inside Eddie’s Daydream

Please excuse any writing gaffes that occur on my post. Anything that I can fit into a blog post for 15 mins, I will rant about.
Lately I have been thinking about time and how short it is. Time is actually an illusion that we believe is true. I can tell the time is 3:06 pm right now, but what really makes 1 minute any different from a thousand years from now. I have the same fears and anxieties that many before me have had. I look in the mirror and look at my mortality the same way Marcus Aurelius did. The only difference is the way we handle it. I am scared to death of death, yet I consistently continue the same fallacies that contribute to my demise.
I don’t only fear death, but the death of my loved ones. I am at an age where I have this anxiety that one of my parents will pass away. This event is inevitable, but what frightens me even more, is that I remember when I was my daughter’s age sometime in the 80’s. 2016 seemed like a year so distant with flying cars and high tech. The future is now, the past already happened. Our present day problems, is our great children’s past.