Archive for July, 2016

No Longer Just A Melo Voice

Posted in Sports, Trending with tags on July 29, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”-Muhammad Ali
 

Servitude is defined as: “the condition of being a slave or of having to obey another person”. I felt this word was appropriate when placing the phrase “modern-day professional athlete(s)” on the table for debatable dissection. The reason I think of servitude when discussing the modern-day professional athlete(s) is due to the fact that more than often we find that modern-day athletes tend to be more enamored/concerned with their marketability/branding and tend to stray away from speaking on social topics in fear of damaging their earning potential.  Yes they may not have asked to be a role model or a shining example, however it is the “monies of the people” that assists them in affording that luxurious lifestyle that they tend to dwell in. I am an unapologetic subscriber to the biblical theory captured in an excerpt from Luke 12:48 that states: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”. I strongly believe that we all have a certain responsibility or accountable role that we must play in this ever-changing, transitional world. Albeit the roles may differ depending on our individual situations, I don’t feel that it is an unreasonable request that we lend an obliging hand to our fellow-men/women that are in need. Of course the reality is that you cannot save or help everyone, as there are individuals and groups that are far beyond changing. But when we hear someone cry out for help and we have the ability to be a beacon of hope and refuge for them, then I why not simply help out?  Why starve out the needy when you have an abundance of wealth and why not lend a voice to those who are voiceless when you have the platform in which to pontificate from?  I often equate standing up for something to a childhood game called musical chairs, as I have stated on numerous occasions that the minute you stand up for something then you run the risk of losing your seat once the music stops playing in your favor. Not many are equipped to stand in the shoes of leadership; in fact I believe that being the leader of men/women is not for the faint at heart but is in fact tailored made for an individual who is willing to turn his/her nose up at the proverbial status quo. Today we long for those who are difference makers. We rarely see those who choose to go against the grain and carve out a new niche in life. Are you a trailblazer or a pathfinder is a question for the ages; as we witness a time of mob mentality and people wanting to adhere to the masses at large.  The question is who is willing to “come out from among them” and stand-alone amid the social fray? Well apparently Carmelo Anthony is one of those individuals who is willing to do just that. It has been well-known around the NYC area about the type of philanthropist Carmelo Anthony has become from initiating food drives, to donating basketball courts in Red Hook (Brooklyn) to visiting inmates at Rikers Island; he has indeed stepped up to make an impact in the lives of those who are in need.  All of these accomplishments are to be admired, as I have stated after seeing his visit to Rikers Island that this is a guy who really understands his place in life and where he can in turn make a difference in another person’s life. Undoubtedly we need more men like this.  Men who do more than just cut a check but are also willing to just show up and be present. In spite of all the aforementioned list of charitable efforts by Carmelo Anthony, I feel that none have been greater than his recent work of calling out his fellow athletes in an effort to heal the volatile relationship between the communities and police departments throughout the country. Carmelo is working to create town hall formats in an effort to open up dialogue between all parties involved in the hopes that a round-table discussion can help jettison a solution to mending the broken clasp between community members and police forces. In one of his interviews I gained greater admiration for him when hearing that he does not rush to judgment on every situation that involves community and police clashes, but tends to wait until all facts are on the table. These are the thoughts of a measured man who is utilizing a tool many in today’s world tend to ignore. That tool is sound perspective. Perspective is: an understanding of how aspects of a subject relate to each other and to the whole. Carmelo Anthony has matured greatly in front of the ever-present cameras of the New York media, but the true measure of his growth has come in front of the national media as a whole. Unlike his nickname of “Melo”, no longer does his voice remain mellow as he is now orchestrating from a platform that is giving a loud voice in his call for change. He is to be commended for taking that step forward in trying to spearhead an effort in darning the fence between the citizen and the justice system. Carmelo Anthony is a tremendous on the court basketball, but perhaps his greatest achievement today is in the court of public opinion which is now seeing a man who a champion in his own right as he campaigns for a new tomorrow and a better way for today. For this I salute him #stay melo #7 #nyk

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Helter Skelter: The Charles Manson Mix Tape on Racism

Posted in Trending on July 22, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

 “Look out… Helter Skelter… She’s coming down fast… Yes she is”-The Beatles

 Charles Manson was quoted as saying: “I am not of this generation”; a statement that is perhaps more poignant than ever when I began to research this blog entry. You may ask what does Charles Manson have to do with a mixtape and why would I dare relate this to racism as both topics certainly seem foreign to one another. Yes foreign may be a proper term used to describe my title, however that does not mean that the subject matters are exclusive to themselves. In fact they are more relatable than you may think. In spite of being well renowned for leading his “Manson Family” on a five week murderous tirade through California in 1969 that resulted in the deaths of nine people, Charles Manson was also a singer and a songwriter. Strangely enough some of his music has actually been covered by several musicians. But let me not digress as if I am campaigning for him to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy review board, as this is more about Charles (Charles Milles Maddox) Manson’s mantra and not his music. My true reason behind writing this entry is to point out how Charles Manson may have not been of this current generation, but how his so-called “musical cause” may resonate more today than it did in the late 1960’s. You see the term Helter Skelter was derived from a Beatles song about a British amusement park ride, however Charles Manson who had been prophesizing a racial war many years prior to Helter Skelter’s release, believed that the Beatles were in fact singing about the ascension of blacks and the dissension whites within the class system of society. Charles Manson contrived the idea of creating an album that would subconsciously trigger a race war, believing that fearful whites would look to go on a murderous rampage against blacks that would result in militant blacks retaliating in order to seek revenge for the venomous acts committed against their communities. Charles Manson believed that he would benefit from this war, as he would lie in wake of its end in order to seize the moment where he and his followers could then be in control and overtake society. So I ask was this man just merely insane or was he indeed a prophet just not of his own generation? We sit here in 2016 where there is an undeniable vibe based on the fear of lost power with a war of racial divide looming as its subplot. Of course it would be naïve to believe that every Caucasian person and every African-American person lives in an ignorant exile of horrible communication and disdain, as it would not explain a study done by Pew Research Center that shows an increase from 1% to 10% in multiracial baby births from 1970 to 2013, with the belief that this number would rapidly grow in the decades to come. So if there is in fact a fear of ascension that is setting a racial temperament incased in violence today, then I ask, who are today’s fear mongers? Who are the individuals listening to “MC Charlie-M” that has his record sales exceeding the likes of Marshall Mathers? We hear the oval office is to blame for divisive behavior, yet we never hear those same conspirators speak of candidates who freestyle controversial lyrics about race while on their campaign trail tours coming to a city near you. Is this the new “Hyp-Hop” (hypocritical music) which is a desperate ploy geared towards preserving power of certain individuals? Maybe Charles Manson was not of his generation, but he did speak for the leftovers from his generation that live in our modern times. His musical cause is indeed controversial, but that does not mean it is untrue. Helter Skelter is an amusement park ride, but it is also the manifest of a madman who today still has followers of his Manson Family values. The lyrics stated: “Look out…Helter Skelter…She’s coming down fast”. Well maybe this is an ode to the world we live in today, because morally we are falling fast and race is still yet a prevalent theme in a society that continues to deal with the ills of oppression. Maybe all we do need is love as the Beatles stated or perhaps we need to acknowledge that even the criminally insane like Charles Manson still have people who are willing to carry out his musical mantra. #did I kill anyone?-Charles Manson  

The Burning Betrayal

Posted in Trending with tags , , , , , on July 11, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“What is to give light must endure burning”-Anton Wildgans

Jackie Robinson stated: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”.  I can sincerely concur with this notion as my very reason for writing is to impact at least one person’s life for the better during my visitation here on planet Earth.  One would probably have very little resistance if he or she stated that sports as a whole, tends to have an impactful effect on its viewers as we recently witnessed with the loss of the great Muhammad Ali.  Ali did in fact “shake up the world” in both the athletic arena as well as in the social arena. He was a vibrant orator, considered intelligently conscious, yet provocative.  He was unapologetic when delivering his dissertation on the struggles of a society marred in hatred, violence, racism and bigotry.  In fact the Ali that is beloved world-wide today was not as beloved during his ascension into the professional boxing realm.  His decisions on religion and his freedom of choice did not settle too well on the forefront of an American society that did not except a person of African-American descent speaking out so brash and so loudly against the quote on quote establishment. I am more than sure he received a countless number of death threats due to the fact that he chose to live his life a certain way. This is in fact what America is said to be built on; the freedom of choice. I grew up in great admiration of a few athletes myself,  most of which happened to be basketball players. I can recall at some point during my unbridled days, forfeiting a night on the town in order to see what phenomenal feats Michael Jordan would accomplish during the waning seconds of a pivotal game. Yes my obsession with basketball is about as real as it can get. However I like to think of my obsession as that of a healthy obsession and not the type of obsession that borders on that of the Robert Dinero character in the movie “The Fan” (Come on Bobby!). I become euphoric when watching anything competitive as the excitement conjures up a jolt of adrenalin that pulsates throughout my veins. This indeed makes me feel lively. Of course as it is with most things we are passionate about, we tend to have both admiration and disdain for certain aspects of it.  As much as I have athletes that I have admired, I also have a list of athletes that I am not so fond of for various reasons or another.  For example I did not like the manner in which Lebron James made his exit from Cleveland (The Decision) as I felt he conducted himself in way that was classless and tasteless.  I felt the same disappointment when hearing that Kevin Durant opted to join the Goldenstate Warriors in a move I felt was not indicative of my personal philosophy and principles regarding what a superstar basketball player does during the peak of his prime years. Yes athletes disappoint us with some of the choices they make, as we find ourselves sort of living through them or having invested interest in them because of how we believe they can help the particular franchise we cheer for achieve the ultimate success of winning a championship.  Trust that I am a New York Knicks fan and we seem to specialize in disappointment. So to the fandom that is starving for success and waiting with baited breath for that illusive championship parade, do know that I empathize and document your pain as a suffering fan myself.  I can relate to the suffering fan who spent his/her own money on tickets and merchandise as you indeed have a legitimate gripe. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than hearing the final buzzer sound of a long season and there you are left with just the logo of your team on your apparel and the looming phrase of better luck next time hovering over your head like a dark Sirius cloud. Sometimes it’s just too hard to swallow.  Yes these are  the dog days of the offseason and I get it wholeheartedly. However recently what I did not get, which I found to be overly disturbing was the burning of Dwayne Wade’s jersey after he decided to part ways from the Miami Heat after thirteen loyal seasons. During these loyal thirteen seasons Dwayne Wade help to usher in three world championships, as well as, help the Miami Heat organization accrue millions of dollars in both ticket and merchandise sales. What should be noted is that Dwayne Wade assisted the organization in achieving all of these accolades while deciding to take lesser than his NBA standard value in order to ensure the team’s success. This is something unheard of in today’s modern-day game, an athlete taking less so that his/her organization can bring in better talent so that they can win more games. So one would think that with all of those accomplishments and said sacrifices that this man would receive a gracious thank you from his fans in delivering not only championships, but for also leaving everything on the floor during his thirteen year tenure in a Miami Heat uniform. But this was not such the case as there is footage of this man’s jersey being burned at the stakes by fans for making a decision to leave not of his own volition, but because the organization he made financial concessions for decided to lowball him during contract negotiations. Perhaps being a financial martyr was not the right choice to make for Dwayne Wade, but nevertheless it was a choice. So when Dwayne Wade decided to make a different choice beneficial to his perceived value and worth, why is this being met with such disdain? A disdain so venomous that it resulted in the burning of this man’s jersey. What is the burning suppose to symbolize?  Is this a new ritual or is it suggesting that you wish to burn him at the stake for trying to leave?  Does this denote some sort of ownership of the said “man”, saying that he physically belongs to you and only you?  This would make it appear that he was thought of as some sort of property or personal possession. Strangely enough this is not the first that we have seen regarding these acts of burning game jerseys as this also happened when Lebron James left Cleveland as well as when Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City. All of these ritualistic burnings stem from the fact that a man-made a professional choice during a time in which his contract deemed him worthy to do so.  So what exactly is this message conveying?  Is this stating that they are free but not until you give them permission?  Is this a modern day Salem witch trial where you are setting that person afire in order ward off their evil presence? One has to wonder how much does their ethnicity or economical worth play a part in this as well? We often see everyday people leave their respective places of employment in order to seek a better situation for both them and their families, so how does this differ from that same scenario? At the end of the day, it is just entertainment. We don’t burn down NBC or ABC because they decided to pull one of our favorite shows, so why target these athletes in particular?  Have we as a society become so infatuated with being voyeurs that we have lost sight to that which is reality? If the truth be told, we are exhibiting traits of animalistic behavior worthy of being highlighted footage on Animal Kingdom. So if enduring a burning is giving light to something, then that light is clearly showing that we are still barbaric and more than ever we are still uncivilized.#freedom #choice

The Hood Of America 

Posted in Trending on July 7, 2016 by geniusscribbleink


“Give a man a mask, and he’ll tell you deeper and darker truths. But he’ll also be more abusive, unaccountable, and demonic.”-Cory Duchesne

There are certain pandemic plagues to which there are no tangible remedies or cures for. Sometimes the infectious root cause or strain origin develops into something so viral to the point where it becomes immune to any sort of antidote or serum. We tend to search for a vaccinating remedy before it reaches this advanced stage, only to find out that we are often too late, as it has reached its pinnacle and has become even more powerful and more potent. The term “disease” is defined as: a definite pathological process having a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. This definition puts such a humanistic characterization on the word, similar to the terminology that defines the word tradition as: characteristic manner, method, or style. Perhaps “disease” and “tradition” are lost long relatives inside the pages of Merriam Webster. Or perhaps they are meant to become a hybrid of word play to form a phraseology that I call “traditional disease”. As we dissect today, July 7th of 2016, we find ourselves amidst adverse times. In my past blog posts, I have found myself discussing the reoccurring social climate that is America today. I have touched on many of the climate changers such as racism, gun violence, raising children, conscious awareness. And yet, after taking a hiatus to work on some of my literary work, I find myself blogging once again about those same climate changers. This is when an epiphany occurred. It was then that I came to the realization that my writing was not just becoming a stagnant pulse, but in fact my writing was indeed the repetitious pulse of the world in which I live in. Yes the “traditional disease” that is often masked in America as democracy and justice, are still showing the signs and symptoms of an abusive, unaccountable and demonic plague known as racism. When a racist has the ability to become a deity to a major political outlet, I ask what does this say about America?  When we have a purported blind, balanced scale of justice that exhibits injustice, prejudicial bias and imbalance, then what does that say about America? When we are said to have journalistic integrity and truth seeking media coverage, only to discover more bias reporting, more agenda driven portrayals and more character defamation. What does this say about America? When empathy is shown based on the hue of the victim on social media and not the severity of the situation. What does this say about America? When religion, race or creed defines whether or not a gun wheeling assailant is either considered a lone wolf or a radical terrorist. What does that say about America? The answer to that question is the same answer it has always been when you unmask America. America has always had a “traditional disease”. Some hide it behind masks, others behind the safety of their computer screen. But if by some Freudian slip, by way of cell phone, political podium or the courtroom, you will sometimes find it in full frontal view for the entire world to see. You will see that America is and has always been radically racist for a very long time and has been telling its citizens this deeper and darker truth since its existence. Our failure is believing that somehow this has changed, yet we ignore that we are indeed more abusive, less accountable and demon like in our actions towards our fellow man/woman depending on their one singular detail; their race. #