Sundays Without The Walking Dead: What To Do, What To Do



I wait so impatiently through the Spring, Summer and early Fall for the return of The Walking Dead (and post-show Talking Dead). The AMC hit comes back with 8 episodes, takes my breath away, then it’s off again until February.

What am I supposed to do Sunday nights from 9 to 11?

I suppose I could do something constructive around the house if I don’t have an article to write. I could also watch Sunday Night Football from the beginning for a change.

Were we in an actual zombie apocalypse I’d aggressively relieve my frustrations on real “walkers” wondering the neighborhood aimlessly in search for fresh flesh to nibble.

Or maybe I’d just stay inside and read. Fighting zombies for two hours sounds like a terrible idea.

I write "good",

Mr. Joe Walker



I Don't Know Bill Cosby. I Do Know Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable.




Hollywood icon Bill Cosby is the subject of some serious allegations.

When the rumblings about him possibly being a years-long serial rapist began, I purposely avoided televised and printed news stories. One day recently I finally gave in, reading a few articles on CNN.com. 

My opinion? I can’t be too surprised by the actions of any human. 

Most importantly, I don’t know Bill Cosby. 

When I was little I was introduced to his classic stand-up comedy special Bill Cosby: Himself. I laughed. I bought the DVD when I stumbled across it in a $5 bin at Walmart years later. It gives no indication of his character and intentions off camera.

I do know Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable - the character Cosby famously played on his hit sitcom “The Cosby Show.” And as well I should. I watched Dr. Huxtable’s life unfold every Thursday for 8 years of my life. I know he had an issue with weight, his cholesterol was high, and he wanted his children to move out and stay moved out. He was also a great parent and husband.

If someone told me Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was possibly a years-long serial rapist? That would unpleasantly surprise me.

I write "good",

Mr. Joe Walker

Tradition: Detroit Lions Will Win the Super Bowl...Someday



There are a number of traditions associated with Detroit Lions football. Most of them I’d prefer to see amended.

As a longtime supporter of my home state’s NFL franchise, I’ve grown accustomed to their traditions of losing, first half leads turned to second half melt downs, squandered 1st round draft picks, losing, not making the playoffs, and being out of Super Bowl contention, just to name a few.

Detroit hosting a Thanksgiving game is another of their traditions.

Gridiron fanatics know on turkey day to expect some pro football action following dinner. It’s as ingrained in the holiday as sweet potato pie versus pumpkin pie arguments. Another dispute is whether or not the Lions will ever win a championship.

I stand firmly on the “they will” side. I’m sure tired of eating crow and humble pie though. Stuffed.

I write "good"!

Mr. Joe Walker

Thanks for the Advice, Julie Lawson Timmer



While out doing a bit of light shopping I happed on to a book signing by author Julie Lawson Timmer. Her acclaimed novel “Five Days Left” recently released, she was engaged in a discussion with fans, admires, aspiring writers, colleagues and peers. Naturally, I was compelled to join their conversation.

With three short stories under my belt – “Dance Off”, “How Too”, and “Keep It”, all three unconventional entertainment-inspired pieces published by SoulTrain.com this year, I feel with each one I’ve gotten a little closer to writing a novel of my own.

Self-doubt and creative reservations have been a bit of a wall around the base of my own mountain. As much as I’ve written over the years, one would think I’d have no fear of climbing to get over it. Listening to Timmer detail her ascension was valued inspiration. She also gave me some useful advice.

I scaled into Julie Lawson Timmer’s discussion and came out with solid connections and sharp hooks. It’s time to reassess this mountain.

I write "good",

Mr. Joe Walker

Sting Finally Arrives In WWE! And I Liked It!



I was a loyal viewer of World Championship Wrestling from the time I was a young child right until they were purchased by their industry rival World Wrestling Entertainment in 2001.

From the day of their last WCW Monday Nitro television broadcast on TNT, I wondered if their top star - the highflying, painted-faced icon Sting (Steve Borden), would ever wrestle in WWE.

Sting’s appearance during the main event climax of WWE’s 2014 Survivor Series pay per view left me speechless! I couldn’t stop smiling.

As much as I’ve enjoyed professional wrestling as an adult, those times it makes me feel like a kid again are few and far between.

Witnessing  Sting appear at WWE’s Survivor series made me want to sit Indian-style in front my television while eating a bowl of Cap-N-Crunch, with a pile of action figures positioned next to me.

I write “good”,

Mr. Joe Walker

Could Arsenio Hall Be the Next Don Cornelius?


(featuring Christopher McDonald, Bowlegged Lou, Ericka Blount Danois, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, MC Lyte, Teddy Riley, Christon Gray, HighTyde, Dena D)
[A SoulTrain.com Special Feature]

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Top 20 Articles and Interviews of 2013 By Mr. Joe Walker

Last year was a banner year for my writing career. I was responsible for a number of memorable pieces. But which of the lot were the best?

Here are the pieces I felt were the Top 20 standouts!


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Mr. Joe Walker "Interviews" Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for SoulTrain.com


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Mr. Joe Walker Remembers Andrae Crouch for SoulTrain.com


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