No Longer Just A Melo Voice

stay melo

“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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