Muslims Shouldn’t Eat Imo’s

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Muslim Ferguson Panel

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Mary Edna Lee ( June 3, 1928- March 22, 2015)

Last night after the completion of the NCAA wrestling championships I went back to work. With passengers in my cab my sister called me to inform me my grandmother Mary Edna Lee ( nee Wilkerson) passed away. Her death is a tremendous loss to me and my family. She gave so much to so many people raising two generations of children. I don’t even know if I would be alive if it wasn’t for her and my grandfather.

A loving God-fearing woman my grandmother spent her early years in the Bootheel of Southeastern Missouri near the Arkansas border. Her father had come from Oklahoma and her mother from Alabama. As a teenager the family moved to St. Louis and settled in what is now called Old North St Louis near Crown Candy.

My grandmother never was able to attend much school and went to work at a young age at the old St. Louis Dairy. It was there she met my grandfather Ivan Loyal Lee who had just returned from World War II in the Marines. Married in 1946 they raised three children. My late Uncle Jimmy, my Aunt Sharon, and Don ( my father). Later they would raise me and my sisters Jill and Jamie.

A church lady my grandmother was a member of Bellefontaine Baptist Church since the 1960’s. Her Christian faith ran deep and was very important to her. However, she never looked at me in any way other than love after I converted to Islam at the age of 17.

She was an active and talkative woman who loved to chat up strangers. She was very curious about the world. I’ve traveled the world and met thousands of people but nobody has influenced me more than her and my grandfather. So much of the foundation of my worldview and politics I got from them. She was a staunch old school Roosevelt Democrat who was concerned with helping those in need. I not only soaked up her love but grew-up on her stories of old St. Louis, streetcars, the Great Depression and the Bootheel.

At these times you always have regrets and I definitely have a lot. I caused her so much worry over the years. In and out of jail, baby mama drama, moving around the country, not returning phone calls all kind of stuff. One of my biggest regrets is my kids didn’t get to know her as well as my sisters kids did. You just have to live with that stuff and try and do better.

I’ll always remember her voice and her singing the the taste of her cooking a

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My grandparents in 1946

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My grandparents at their 50th anniversary

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Ezzie, the mother of my expected child, and my grandma

nd so many memories. I’m not a guy really open with my emotions but in her last days I got to kiss her and tell her I loved her and I’m happy I was able to do that.

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Grandma with my father and aunt back in the day

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My grandparents eating at the nursing home

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What happened to wrestling in North County? – Guest Columnists – Mobile Adv

My piece on North St. Louis County ( Ferguson area) wrestling history.  

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Mayweatherization of Wrestling

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But Evans of Iowa makes Floyd look like the late Arturo Gatti

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Scenes from NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis

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2015 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships in St Louis

As a St. Louis native,  cabbie,  tour guide,  writer and supporter of wrestling allow me to welcome everyone to the 2015 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships.  St. Louis is a great city with a great history and a solid wrestling tradition.  Below I’m going to post some friendly advice hopefully you’ll find beneficial. 

Food

Within walking distance from the Scott Trade Center you have a number of food options.  The best and most affordable in my opinion is Maurizio’s Pizza at the corner of Tucker and Clark just two blocks from the venue.  They feature a lunch buffet for around two bucks which includes a drink, pizza,  wings, salad, pasta and a dessert.  4 short blocks west of the venue is Union Station which has a number of price restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe.  5 blocks north of the venue is the Washington Ave entertainment district which runs between Broadway and 20th Street roughly.  There you will find a number of bars and restaurants.

Transportation
Next to the venue there is the Civic Center Metrolink Station light-rail stop. If your hotel is near the airport this can be beneficial.  Other than that you can catch cabs if you’re not driving.  As a St. Louis cabbie I recommend you look for the red cabs ( Laclede Cab or St. Louis County Cab) if you don’t want to get ripped off.  Under no circumstances get into a cab that doesn’t have yellow Missouri license plates. 

Tours

There is a lot to see in St. Louis and as a tour guide I’d love to show it to you. I offer personalized tours based on your interests. If interested post a comment (will be unpublished) with your contact information. 

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