Look What You’ve Made Me (Black Man In America)

From the Blog Closet Originally posted April 29th 2012

Look What You’ve Made Me (Black Man in America)


It’s funny what one conversation can do to/for you. Having a casual chat with good company then finding yourself in a personal moment of self examination and deep perspective change.

Let’s set the stage a bit. I’m a 31 yr old man……a Black Man……..a Black Man in America. That’s what I am. It is not all that I am but if you ask me how I view myself then that’s what you’ll get. That comes with much good, much bad, much ugly. To this point in my life everyone I’ve dealt with understood what that means without need of explanation or clarification. In my world pre Toronto, that was just how it was. There was never a questioning of that. Issues of race come up all the time but always with the understanding of where I was coming from. As America’s 1st Black President prepares for re-election season, the nation’s racial tensions have been on an extreme wave that I’ve never seen before….case in point Trayvon Martin. Trayvon’s name sparks those sensitive convo’s pretty consistently. That was the case last Saturday…..
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“Never mix business with pleasure”

From the Blog Closet Originally posted April 12th 2012
“Never mix business with pleasure”

Businesspeople Holding Hands

That’s what we’re told right? For years that made perfect sense to me and in truth it still does but as I look around I wonder if a change in how social relationships are developing is resulting in the need to adjust this rule. As so many of the women I know look up to and aim for Will & Jada or Jay & Bey like relationships, it strikes me that these folk are all about the interlocked paths of business and pleasure.

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Blog Closet


As I get set up on this new blog I’ll routinely post older content from my blogging past. They’ll be stored in the category “Blog Closet.” It’s a great way to get familiar with me and some of what I’ve done over the previous yrs.

Welcome to The Social Media Samurai


This is Jason Francis known to many as Nightfall, Blu Flame, BlacC Yankee, etc, etc….This is my new blogging lair. From this point forward this is where I share thoughts with the world. Some of you may know me from Blu Flame Blvd but fear not. The Blvd will remain active as my personal outlet but for my more polished and professional work this is the go to stop.


I’m looking forward to steadily transforming this corner of the Internet into a hub for great content :)