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Somewhere I Read

Posted in News, Sports, Trending with tags , , , on September 28, 2017 by geniusscribbleink

 

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“All we say to America is be true to what you said on paper.”-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The conclusion of “The Dream” that was Martin Luther King Jr’s open letter to the American people, has long been echoed through the hallowed hallways of American history. I would think that it would be difficult for anyone with auditory perception to not have heard the ground shaking voice of King, as his words of liberation and accountability always seem to find a way to touch the nerves of our hidden souls. To this very day I get chills when listening to his oratory pontification that forced even his greatest adversaries to not only stand at attention, but in fact it would be the very power of his vocal chords that would strike fear in their foundation to the point that he was of course assassinated in lieu of their fear of his empowerment.  It is the precursor to his death that inspired this blog entry, as I have been noticeably inactive in my writing not due to a lack of motivation, but more to the point that I usually write not for quantity or foot traffic, but I write for change in the hopes that my words can inspire a difference in this world. In our waking life, we are confronted by a plethora of issues causing social unrest at a regurgitated rate, as protest, bigotry, anger, violence and yes racism has engulfed our news cycle at an alarming continuum. If one was to blink, he or she would think this modern-day scorched Earth that is America was capsulated via cryopreservation in the mental temperament of the 1960’s.  Yes indeed history is repeating itself as we continue to search for sound leadership during this crisis, only to find empty rhetoric from a governing body of empty puppets serving under the guidance of a megalomaniac totalitarian.  Who will save us from ourselves this time?  A disturbing question as we dwell in a land of the misinformed, the misled and yes the miseducated.  I find myself searching for sound reasoning as well, as I decided that my best recourse was to revisit the temperament of the historical time frame of the 1960’s, and I found myself pausing at one of Martin Luther King Jr’s speeches. It so happens that this would be his final speech days before he was assassinated. It would dubbed as the “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech.

In reviewing the words from the “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech I came across a segment that I felt was apropos for one of today’s greatest controversy which is the protest by Colin Kaepernick regarding the kneeling during the presentation of the American flag during NFL games due to his belief that blacks and people of color are being oppressed in our country, a and are being victimized by being shot while being unarmed by rogue police officers who in turn receive no consequences for their actions within the judiciary process after said acts were committed.  Just to reiterate this was never about anything other than those things and was never an anti-anthem or an anti-military protest. This was a silent protest that evolved from him first sitting and then opting to kneel out of respect of a former military personnel who convinced him to kneel instead; to which Colin complied. But let us not rehash the entire scenario as it has been completely bludgeon to death. My real subject is not what he’s protesting as much as it is about his right to protest because it was written into the bylaws of this country. It is why I extracted this measure from King’s “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech where he stated the following: “If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech.  Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.” I wish I could drop the mic right there and end this blog, but I must conclude my train of thought and lead you back to the proverbial well of reality. We do not live in China nor Russia, in fact Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hit loudly proclaimed our place of origin: “Born In The U.S.A”!  And being that this is our place of birth, there is nothing written in our bylaws that says our neighbors, co-workers, friends, enemies, pastors, politicians, fireman, policeman, religious zealot, racists, paying patron, season ticket holders, social media thug, white supremacist and et al I failed to list, gets to dictate what patriotism is let alone what freedom of speech and assembly should look like. Anyone who believes otherwise I challenge you to read. I challenge you to tell me what your moral meter is! I challenge you to ask yourself why your values should proceed the value of other fellow Americans living under the same inherited rights as you that is protected within the bylaws of this country. But most important who gave you the license to feel that in a land made up of a multitude of race, religions, genders and creeds do you think that there can only be one way?  If this is your train of thought and you believe there is only one way or else, then much like the fictional Siths who deal in only absolutes, you too are not an actual American. You actually want to live in China or Russia where there is one set of rules with no questions asked, because they have committed themselves to this type of logic. Perhaps it is time for you to rethink your location instead of asking fellow American’s to leave because you don’t like them disturbing something you can easily turn off for 30 seconds and reconvene afterwards. I must say the irony of ignorance is abundantly clear, as people are angry proclaiming they are avid patriots for America, but yet they still fail to know the laws which govern the country they are so proud of. Martin Luther King Jr. stated “I read somewhere”; well herein lies our greatest issue, he actually read the laws that govern our land that people are now choosing to ignore. And all the people who are protesting as citizens of these United States of America is asking is “be true to what you said on paper”. #it was written #on the mountaintop

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Kaeptain America

Posted in Sports, Trending with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2017 by geniusscribbleink

Kaeptain America

“Without its ideals — its commitment to the freedom of all men, America is a piece of trash!”-Steve Rogers

 

In my ode to the narrative voiceovers that use to accompany the heroic escapades of my comic book/cartoon heroes from my youth; I state the following:  “The last time we found our often ostracized, afro-centric textured hair hero (hero to some villain to others) he was enthralled in a treacherous battle versus the Hypocritical Avenging Obstructers who released a toxic nerve gas that was used to force him to stand on demand, rendering him with the inability to utilize his super gravitational kneeling powers.  What will come of our too black acting, lighter melano hero/villain?  Will he ever go back to being the crouching tiger he once was? Or will he succumb to the Hypocritical Avenging Obstructers who say that: “freedom is for some men, as long as it coincides with our ideals!”  Tune in for the captivating conclusion of Kaeptain America’s “Damn, Can’t A Brother Just Kneel Anymore?  Well who needs to tune in for next week when I can answer that question today, hell no you cannot kneel. But you can straight cold-cock a female and skull drag her like a venison carcass. Or if you are skilled enough, you can snuff a DJ for playing your least favorite song while wearing a half-shirt that shows off your ab rollers’ greatest achievement. And hey, let us not forget that you can go to an off-site training facility in Federal Prison and still come out and be celebrated and rewarded with a financial windfall because you visited a few animal shelters and talked to the kiddies.  Yes violence is no longer the deterrent from gainful employment the same way peaceful protesting is. So in essence you could basically shoot someone and keep your job if you run a 40 yard dash in 4 seconds flat, but if you run a 40 yard dash in 4 seconds flat and ask that people not shoot anyone, then you are setting a horrible precedence?  In fact let’s forget all of that nonsense for a second and just concentrate for a moment on the Hypocritical Avenging Obstructers. Yes the H.A.O. may be the true embodiment of Luciferication (yes a made up word), especially when the members of the H.A.O. who look like you (key in Michael Vick, key in Ray Lewis) decide to sit in judgment of the said actions of the hero/villain Kaeptain America (Colin Kaepernick) and advise him on conformity and behavior, when their checkered pasts are so checkered that they have to utilize a chess board in order to navigate through their obstructive complexities.  And for a less sophisticated analysis and irresponsible rhetoric by said the journalist who stated that Kaeptain America suffers from Stockholm Syndrome (key in Jason Whitlock) because he was raised by Caucasian parents (Colin Kaepernick is bi-racial last I checked, so either way he was going to be co-parented by a Caucasian and an African-American) which suddenly makes him a puppet for causes because he’s basically has to be told to be black because its unfathomable to think that he could have ever endured racism in a way that 100% pure blacks can. Let me the bearer of bad news for the idiots who prescribe to that notion. Being that I assisted in raising two beautiful bi-racial children, let me state emphatically that they face a far different type of racism than most, having difficulties at times of knowing where their place is, especially when they have to endure friends who don’t know they are half African-American and proceed to have bigoted conversations in their presence because they are unaware that one of their parents has a tan, simply because their skin is “passable” and show no traces of African-American heritage.  It is so easy to claim that your fist is in the air because you say your black and the hue matches the narrative, but when I look at Kaeptain America I see a young man whether you agree or disagree with his causes, who stands up to be counted instead of sitting in the comfort for safety. And because of that I applaud him tenfold. The minute you stand for something is the minute you lose your seat; therefore leaving you exposed and vulnerable to the watchful eyes of a seated audience.  I don’t know if Kaeptain America should be considered a hero or a martyr, but what I can say is that he is no criminal nor is he a villain at large. If anything he is a true American through and through. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. This statement does not contain any asterisks. It didn’t state that if your hair is textured, or if you decide something is not for you that it suddenly makes you not an American. In fact it emphatically speaks out against inequality, stating that your creator created you in an individual brilliance to that of your own. So in the case of Kaeptain America, he was created in his own brilliance; and he was given instruction by the very country he resides in to seek out his individuality because he has life, he has the liberty to do so as long as it makes him happy. Anything less than that is trash, even a comic book hero knew that, so why doesn’t everyone else?  #freedom of all men

 

 

Loose Ball or Loose Cannon: Who Is Lavar Ball?

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2017 by geniusscribbleink

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“Basketball is my favorite sport, I like the way they dribble up and down the court”-Kurtis Blow

 

It was the year 1984 and yes the bias child that still lingers within me unequivocally believes that life just couldn’t get much better than the 80s. I remember watching some local cats embattled in a break dancing contest in front of a local store front and at the time the very song I borrowed an excerpt from at the beginning of this blog Basketball was providing the nostalgic soundtrack for what is arguably one of the greatest forms of self-expression to date which is the B-Boy or Break-Boy. Of course this is not a blog on the evolution of Hip Hop culture as we can save that for a future blog. My true intent and focus is actually about the song Basketball. I recall hearing that song for the first time during that break dancing memoir I previously detailed. It was then in which I realized just how relatable that song was to me on a personal level.  I love basketball, just like Kurtis Blow articulated in that song. In fact I have healthy/not-so healthy obsession with the sport that often hovers on the cusp of insanity. But is that not what passion is all about?  Passion is defined as: “strong and barely controllable emotion”. Well if you ever catch me watching my New York Knickerbockers play, all that is described in that definition is always on full display, as my television is usually a sounding board for both those positive exclamation during heroic moments, as well as the profanity laced discourse of villainous failure. Indeed it is the quintessential polar opposite dynamic that embraces the concept that in order to understand great love you must first experience even greater heartbreak. But that is what unbridled emotions are about. They are lively and in the moment. They are raw and organic. And at times they can even be misconstrued. This is why I entitled this blog focusing on the father of UCLA’s basketball star Lonzo Ball; asking whether or not he is merely a loose ball or a loose cannon? We all know he loves his son, but is his passion too strong and uncontrollable due to his emotions. Let us delve into his history and let you decide.

 

First let me state that I am a very confident person. I don’t wear it with an arrogance or exude the type of bravado that sucks the air out of all living species. In fact I despise narcissism and self-absorbed people. To me confidence is just believing high in yourself and your ability to accomplish anything you set your mind towards doing. If we are going to give confidence its fair description, its definition states the following: “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust”.  When examining Lavar Ball and his impassioned assurance in his son Lonzo Ball’s basketball prowess, one could conceive that he believes and trust in his son’s ability to become a great basketball player at the professional level. I don’t believe it is a farfetched notion as Lonzo Ball’s projected ceiling has zenith and apex written all over it. Projected to be one of the top draft picks in this up and coming NBA 2017 draft class, many have Lonzo Ball being either the number one or number two pick. So one can concur that not only does Lavar Ball have confidence in his son, but apparently those at the professional level endorse his conjecture as well. But this is normal and not outlandish. We have seen young prospects be ballyhooed year after year, projected to be the next Michael Jordan. So no harm no foul in that regards. In the case of Lavar Ball what has been an unprecedented act is the fact that he has predicted greatness for his son (who has never played at the NBA level) by climbing over the back of two NBA champions (Jason Kidd and Stephen Curry, the latter a two-time league MVP) in order to transmogrify his son into a basketball savant.  If it stopped there then maybe this blog is not written, but he then goes on the lament the fact that his son would only play for a particular franchise of his preference (he has since backtracked the statement) even though the drafting process is in laymen’s term is “first come, first serve” as whatever organization that is in position to draft said player has every right to pick whoever they so choose. He also went on to proclaim that albeit sneaker companies have been after his son (once again his son has never played a professional game in his life) he is only willing to discuss distribution deals for his son’s sneaker brand in the likeness of Jordan brand called Triple B’s. So to give this perspective, a young man who has never played professional basketball father is demanding that his son have a shoe deal, his choice of the team he wants to play for, all while insulting two NBA legends as well. Wow. We often talk about handing out trophies to all participants, but what does it mean when a kid’s father hijacks the trophy truck way before the trophy presentation. I can understand having confidence in your child and feeling passionate about his life and wanting the best for your child. I get it. But what kind of precedence or standard of respect is this teaching your child? To each his own with regards to how they choose to raise their offspring, but sometimes some things are so egregious that you have to question a person’s parental guidance. Lavar Ball is not lacing up those shoes, in fact the university is paying for them more than likely. Lavar Ball will not have to pay his son’s salary at the NBA level, because the org he plays for will handle that. Lavar Ball will not have to face competition night in and night out against the world’s best basketball players who will look to annihilate young kids who come in with an air of arrogance surrounding them. So all in all why is Lavar Ball acting like he is the one playing for UCLA and not his son? This should be a time for his son to showcase his greatness, yet we are talking about the arrogant proclamation of a father  who is stealing the spotlight from his son. No one is questioning Lavar Ball having high standards for his child or anyone having high expectation for children. Really good parents want their kids to exceed abundantly. I have always believed that true power is alway silent. Greats like Tim Duncan barely made a squeak during his entire tenure as a professional and yet his NBA resume puts him atop a list of the all-time greatest ever to play the game. So is Lavar Ball “that” parent?  We all know them, the ones who scream at their kid’s coaches and trip cheerleaders who make the squad over their kid. The ones who create a generation of entitled anal cavity muscles who believe they deserve everything just because they showed up. Lonzo Ball has apparently worked his butt off to get where he is and I think it is safe to say his father played a humongous part in doing so. But one of the worse things any person can do is pull a Leon Lett and celebrate prematurely before reaching the finish line. You respect the goal and you respect the process, I don’t know of any great person no matter how confident he or she is that does not adhere to this philosophy. In sports you may see players scramble for a loose ball now and then and are able to corral it, but when a loose cannon misfires the results are always quite damaging. My hope is for a great career for young Lonzo Ball who is talented beyond measure, but I also hope that Lavar Ball recognizes that he has done a great job that does not require these demands as validation of that terrific job. And perhaps in the end Lonzo Ball will be remembered in a song by his generation’s Kurtis Blow’s much like Julius Irving was. #when Dr. J shook the whole damn team with moves that came right out of a dream #they’re playing basketball  #ballislife

No I(dolatry) in Kaepernick

Posted in News, Sports, Trending with tags on August 30, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”-1 Corinthians 10:14

 

Actress Q’orianka Kilcher stated:  “I love the power of celebrity because you can give voice to the voiceless.”  I guess the real question at hand is, who exactly are these voiceless people? I mean I have a strong voice that can carom off a wall like a set of Bose speakers, so I guess that would make me not a voiceless person or does that make me merely a person who is just extremely loud at times? So does that eliminate me from being included in the so-called voiceless people of the world?  I mean we all have the ability to say what we want, to be what we want and to act as we want as it is our God-given right and by all accounts our said freedom and our way of life according to the mantra of the country we reside in. Freedom, justice and equality, you cannot beat the power that resonates in a statement so bold, so forward and so fair. Certainly this proclamation in itself is not voiceless as it speaks of a way of life we are afforded by claiming residency in these here United States of America. So my question remains vehement in soliciting answers as to who could be voiceless living under the pretenses of a country who eats apple pie while standing on the trifecta pillars of freedom, justice and equality. It almost would appear blasphemous that such an absurdity of being “voiceless” could exist in today’s society. We live in an era of the communicator, where at the mere click of a single button you can get a message across the world having to never leave the comfort of your favorite arm-chair. We are living in a technologically savvy world that allows one to view the entire planet in a microscopic fashion, so much that even if you live in an encapsulated environment/own little bubble, you can be just as informed and as aware of any atrocities or grandeur that is occurring in any place at any given moment. In saying this, one would think that there is no realistic reason to be the void of apathy. If you can see it or read it then you are indeed informed. In surmising the notion that we are in fact “informed” and we in a nutshell have an “eye in the sky” watching over the vast world we dwell upon, then I am still asking: “Why are there still voiceless people in this world”?  Maybe (just maybe) I am approaching this the wrong way.  Maybe my angle is too forward and less provocative, so I am going to approach this in and entirely different manner. If no one is voiceless and these same individuals live in a free, just and equal society, then the real question is “Why is there no one listening to them?” If we are indeed a society of values and standards and we are said to believe in being patriotic in our prideful display as Americans, then why are there voiceless people here. Our pledge states:  “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”. Then I ask my fellow Americans, when a section of Americans are not receiving these same liberties and justice stated in our national pledge, then what is this saying about who we are at our very core if this is not indeed righted? Racism tends to be the cheapest way to expense off the debt of the non-humanitarian. Lines are often drawn in the sand whenever a person of color is outspoken regarding the integrity of America, often having their entire history from their financials to their family lineage exploited in the media for dissection and ridicule. Yet when those same exact proclamations are pronounced by those who lack the melanin hue in their skin, often results in them being praised as being “patriotic” or “saying it like it is”. The newsflash is not a really a newsflash in these particular cases. Americans are just more enamored with race idolatry as opposed to being enamored with acting like a humanitarian who is trying to align themselves with the words of God. Samuel Johnson once stated that “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” The Enlightenment Thinkers often viewed patriotism as being similar to faith but in strong opposition of one another. Here we have a young man of mixed racial lineage with his biological father being African-American and his biological mother being Caucasian, who was in turn adopted by a Caucasian family with a German surname of Kaepernick. He is the quintessential melting pot that is America and is living the true “American Dream” as not only being raised by an ethnic village, but he also has obtained incredible wealth in the process. His crux you ask? He had an opinion and decided to voice that to America under the guile of being free in his seeking of justice and equality for those he believe are not getting what this country asks that we pledge our commitment to as citizens every day. Why is this considered criminal?  Why is Colin Kaepernick suddenly less patriotic and considered cantankerous because he is making the choice as a free person and as an American to speak out against what he is considered an injustice? Most importantly is how dare someone try to own the definition of patriotism while reprobating Colin Kaepernick in the process. These acts are indeed synonymous with that of the scoundrel. Idolatry is defined as the: “immoderate attachment or devotion to something”. Immoderate is described as being excessive or extreme. Colin Kapernick is obsessed with helping people, while his opposition is obsessed with campaigning against him for his supposed lack of respect for an anthem and a flag. Colin Kaepernick has spoken openly that his stance was also about military personnel that are not being taken care of by its own government as well. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his stance, it is their inalienable right to do so, but no one owns the term patriot and no one owns America. There’s no idolatry in Kapernick, but how much idolatry is in you?  #humanitarian

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

The Black Eye On The Black Athlete

Posted in Dining, News, Sports with tags , , , on May 4, 2015 by geniusscribbleink

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Long before Simon Cowell introduced the term “American Idol” to the forefront of pop culture, we were very well aware of the concept of idolizing an individual for his or her given talents in a perspective field. Some talents are considered “God Given”, however until those talents are harvested, honed and polished, they truly are dormant attributes dwelling inside the solitude of your internal DNA. So in retrospect I solute those who are committed to their craft, who sacrifice and pay a tremendous toll in ordered to reap the benefits of the fame, notoriety and financial rewards. I often reference Proverbs 18:16 as I aspire to be a writer, for it states that: “A man’s gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men”. I believe this to be the absolute truth, as a man/woman’s gift or talent, can bring them to places that others may only dream of. It can catapult you into a different realm; an unfathomable dreamscape to the said individual, due to the countless hardships one faces on the journey towards the pinnacle of success. Duly noted is the fact that even if you are a savant, there is still a responsibility when trying achieve greatness. A responsibility to both your predecessors and your peers, whose sacrifices beforehand, helped to provide you with very the platform in which you stand upon. Regardless of any achievements, we are all standing on the shoulders of someone else’s prominence. This is why I subscribe to the philosophy that with great power comes great responsibility. Everyone has someone to answer to and acknowledge; a proverbial pecking order one encounters during their epic climb towards the echelon of their zenith. It is during this process that we are admired, critiqued, adored and to some degree; idolized. As it relates to the black athlete, there is an added criteria of also being a role model. In spite of what asinine theory Charles Barkley states, the fact remains that the African-American community still lacks the accoutrements for sustainable and applicable success. So to believe that we don’t require more positive role models is about as ridiculous as believing that the brain can survive without oxygen. The black male is absent inside the household, whether by death or by incarceration. This has spawned an undeniable crippling and rippling effect that is no longer on the table for debate because it is indeed factual. It’s either a Hip Hop artist or an athlete that garners both the admiration and the attention of African-American youth, due to the absenteeism of the black male as an everyday role model. It the athlete/musician who many emulate, simulate and replicate more so than that of the professionally educated. For this blog, I am concentrating on the black athlete; I will save the musicians for another soliloquy at a later date. Now before I go further, let me acknowledge that not all athletes are bad role models. Athletes like Serena Williams, Lebron James, Tim Duncan, and Russell Wilson; all who have kept a clean images for the most part, give the black youth a template for decorum, professionalism and being image conscious. But I would be fallacious if I did not mention the flip side and the reason for this blog entry. There are those who I refer to as the poisonous athlete. The people like Greg Hardy, Ray Rice and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who in my opinion belong on a terrorist watch list for the black community far more than that of any white supremacist for a multitude of reasons. Bravado; I get. Ego; I get. Arrogance; I get. Being brash and a bit cantankerous; I get also. These are common attributes that most great people have in their DNA makeup that makes them elite and usually puts them at the top of their professional field. What I don’t get is the brutal beating of women. What I also do not get is the amount of fans that blindly follow them and idolize them like the prodigal son. I respect Ray Rice for at least coming forth to accept responsibility for his actions; but the fact that a person like Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never come forth and been contrite or apologetic (mind you he’s considered a lethal weapon due to his training) yet hordes of black men and sadly enough, black women follow behind him like he’s a God is disgusting and deplorable. What am I missing? Am I so caught up in my own moral compass to the point that my direction is not on a GPS tracking system? To me it speaks volumes on how we so need more positive role models to the point of possibly suggesting a black version of The Purge on the African-American community in order to rid ourselves of not only the tainted idols, but those minions of followers who still remain clueless to a fault. For far too long we have adhered to the pathway of failure by self-inflicted injury; a malpractice of a botched surgery that has crippled the very legs we stand upon. No one expects perfection, but it is too much to ask for apathy, especially when the lifestyle that you are afforded is due to the public consumption of your said brand. A person with a full stomach does not need to be fed, but perhaps it is time we begin to starve those who benefit from the people, but continue to show that they are not about our people. #it’s time to make a change

Nik Stauskas: White Men Can Jump, Pass & Shoot

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by geniusscribbleink

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” You can put a cat in an oven, but that don’t make it a biscuit.”-Sidney Deane (White Men Can’t Jump 1992)

The fore mentioned quote that I extracted, was from what many would consider to be one of the most enlightening, yet extremely funny, comical movies of all times: White Men Can’t Jump. The movie starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as two playground basketball hustlers who find themselves unwillingly intertwined in continuous financial mishaps and mindless blunders due to their pension for feeding both a gambling addiction, as well as, egotistical pride. Whether or not you are a fan of basketball or not, this movie is wildly entertaining even to this day. It allows you a peek inside the nuances of everyday life, but it also lends insight into the general psyche and dialogue of basketball players while on the court. Now I for one believe that if this movie was entitled “Black Men Can Only Dunk” that the venom and vitriol Hollywood would have received would have been enough to rival the burning of Chernobyl. However, I digress in saying that there are certain societal allowances that have been deemed acceptable (i.e. White Chicks), although I personally feel it creates a dicey double standard as it pertains to racial insensitivity. Needless to say, certain avenues of controversy can open up a necessary dialogue that brings forth awareness while unveiling the truth in the process. As we examine White Men Can’t Jump, it delves into what many of us think, assume or project an individual to be in accordance to their pigmentation. In an open forum on ESPN, Larry Bird stated “The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me. I still don’t understand why.” Albeit I’m no pundit of the coaching realm, I am a huge fan of the game of basketball and I can answer Larry Bird’s rhetorical question by stating one noticeable elephant in the room: “Because you are white?” But is this not typical society, where image dictates perception? I reference the human perception to that of The Wizard Of Oz, whereas the polarizing image, coupled with unknown facts, can make a frail, old man standing behind a curtain appear to be Goliath in nature. But do we need Toto to pull at the pant leg to reveal what we have all known for a long time? Blacks have always been thought to be athletically superior and while being intellectually inferior, while Caucasian athletes are believed to be the exact opposite. It was not until Adolph Hitler’s belief in Aryanism, that there would be an adverse challenge to the athletic superiority of the black male; that is until Jesse Owens’ performance in 1936 Berlin Olympics. So when Nik Stauskas of the Sacramento Kings, referenced his race as being a part of the mental scouting report that we all reference, I ask why is this news? Why is this a sudden “shockwave” in the media circuit/circus? Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle lifted the veil/curtain off of stereotypical theories, the minute Billy Hoyle caught that alley hoop pass from Sidney Deane. But even more so, guys like Larry Bird, Brent Barry, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Williams, Kevin Love, John Stockton, David Lee, JJ Reddick, Mike Miller, Chandler Parsons completely shatter the unsophisticated premise regarding Caucasian basketball players. In fact I could not name ten black players I would take over Larry Bird period, because he was that damn good. So in conclusion, Nik Stauskas words of controversy are not controversial, they are truthful. I am not sure what the media gains out of conjuring up what has been reported on basketball courts throughout the country for decades. But I find it absurd to just say pigmentation is the only thing on mental scouting reports. Weight, height, age and confidence also dictate how players perceive their opponent to perform prior to setting foot on the hardwood or asphalt. I am sure Zach Randolph (who is black) would be perceived as being overweight and not mobile, that is until you see him play in an actual game and he’s beating your team down like they stole something. So I ask, when has an image not formulated a stereotype? There is no need to even expend your brain matter on an answer because as Junior would say “We goin’ Sizzler, we goin’ Sizzler…” #write about something else