Archive | November 2007

Michael ‘crab bucket’ Baisden attacks of Color of Change

What’s up fam,

Popular talk radio host Michael Baisden should be commended for his efforts raising attention to the Jena 6 but he foolishly squandered all that when he got involved in the same old crabs in a bucket mentality that consistently cripples the efforts of Black folk to do good. I can not put it better than Jack and Jill Politics, “For reasons that appear at best, self-serving, he and another DJ have gone on the attack against the laudable leadership Color of Change has shown in bringing needed attention to the plight of the Jena 6 families.” The SuperSpade enthusiastically supports the work of Color of Change because they have four characteristics that are sorely missing in traditional Black leadership model; principled, transparent, bold, and accountable. I challenge you to go to their site and tell me what you disagree with. Read More…


When communities go to school…

For adults that do not have a background in education or counseling, their ability to directly help students is severely hampered. To counter this lack of community involvement inside schools, I want to present to you an idea I have stewed over for the past week. Read More…

Detroit welcomes revised census data

Cross posted at the Michigan Messenger,

It was reported today that the US Census revised Detroit’s 2006 estimates upwards to 918,849, which is 47,728 more than the 2006 estimate. This revision bodes well for validating the work of Social Compact, a non-profit group dedicated to revealing the hidden strengths of traditionally undervalued communities to promote business investment. Social Compact conducted a study estimating Detroit’s population to be 933,043, nearly 62,000 above the 2006 Census estimates. 

John Talmage, President and CEO of Social Compact said of the revised estimate, “The city did a terrific job challenging the census and we were happy to be a part of that process. Not only was Mayor Kilpatrick correct in his intuition that the city had stronger market potential, we feel good about our ability to identify where that potential is.” This official data will help the city’s ability to acquire federal funds for services that are based on population. Leaders of Detroit also hope that this new data will help them market the city as a viable place for residence and business.

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

(My username is bqw, instead of Brandon Q. but it’s the same guy)


It’s our anniversary!!!

Two years ago this month, The SuperSpade was born and everything this site and community has become would not have been possible were it not for you. I speak for Garlin and Steve when I say that we are constantly renewed and inspired by your support. And through it all, we always strive to speak from the heart and provide analysis and commentary to help you in your day to day. So continue to grow with us as together we live life, learn from each other and our mistakes, and exchange experiences and love with people with whom you will probably never see. We live a good life,

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

SuperSpade Election Guide

Today is Election Day, not for President, but an election day nonetheless where you will probably be voting for millages, school board, or some other offices you may not think really impacts your life, BUT IT DOES! Moreover, have you ever asked someone else who/what you should vote for? If so, then the person you asked probably has garnered the political trust of those in his/her sphere of influence. And if this power is used wisely, then perhaps we could get some better folks in office.

My friend suggested that we develop a trusted list of local endorsers to help people who, for whatever reason, don’t have the time to research voting records, speeches, campaign donations, etc. Do you think this would be helpful, why or why not?

Stay up fam,
Brandon Q.

The Cares of This World

“Do not wear yourself out to become rich; have the wisdom to show restraint”

-Proverbs 23:4

“One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.”

-Proverbs 13:7

“Havin’ money aint everything, not having it is”-Kanye West

I have spoken of this many times, but it is a topic that has turned up many times as of late.  So I am taking that as a sign that I should revisit this topic.  And topic has to do with money and our relation to it. Read More…

The Weekly Dream: The Power of Reinvention

I love the winter.  In Milwaukee, the winters are legendary.  I was recently talking to one of my friends about the two Michigan winters I did not have a winter coat.  All winter I wore hoodies and thermals underneath my fall windbreaker.  That experience made me tough.  I definitely learned to layer up. 

But aside from that, winter always represented something more.  It represented the ability to transform.  Read More…