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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

 

 

Our Future Is In The (Race) Cards

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

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“I’m not like a poker player. I’m not into bluff. My way is to look someone in the eye and tell them the way I’m intending to go. My cards are always on the table.”- Tori Amos
 

Into an Irish bar walks four strangers; two black men, an Italian man and a German man. Strangely enough there is no punchline, they actually walked into an Irish bar and sat together. How do I know this you ask?  Well it’s simple, I was one of the four that actually walked into the Irish bar. And if we are going to be clairvoyant, I actually broke the stereotypical chronology as it relates to black people and our punctuality because I actually arrived first, followed by our second group member who happened to also be black, leaving both of us to await our Irish and Italian friends who in fact were very late. Of course this denounces any and all stigmas moving forward within our immediate circle, especially being that we all dined on classic America cuisines of burgers, french-fries, pizza and beer. So to recap, no one did an ode to Michael Diamond and yelled “stick em up” nor did any of us let two (guns shots) fly. In fact no one even grabbed the piano player and punched him senselessly in the face like he stole something. The only real criminal moment was a classic “Welcome to NYC!” given to our brethren from Philadelphia who quickly found out that it is probably cheaper to try to purchase the remains of Johnny Cochran than it is to purchase a glass of Johnny Walker Blue in the middle of Manhattan ($51.00 ouch). So I know the question of the hour is what does any of this have to do with poker and more importantly why did the Beastie Boys have a little horsey in the first damn place? Yes all of these are valid and poignant questions indeed, so maybe I should elaborate a tad bit further. The four men (including me) that I mentioned previously were actually strangers for the most part meeting each other for the first time after befriending one another on a basketball blog (Alan Hahn’s Knicks Fix) over mutual, shared (insane as well) passion for the New York Knicks. Well one could conclude that we are adjoined by a lack of sensibility as it pertains to the Knicks, but hey get your own blog this is a no judgment zone no matter how pathetic and troubled our fandom is as this Knicks life is not for the faint at heart. But in any or event, what started off as casual basketball rhetoric among a group of men, turned into a wonderful brotherhood that has since expanded well beyond our interest in just the Knickerbockers. We debate all types of topics from the likes of politics, music and sports. We also empathize with the struggles that we all face as human beings as well. But if there is one thing that is never debated it is our laughter and our genuine enjoyment of one another’s company.  Now this is not meant to be a mushy Hallmark moment so Tito does not have to run and get me some damn tissues. This is more of an emphatic statement that character far outweighs color. As I set my focus in on the future at hand, I revisit my blog posts of the past and to be honest I was beginning to tire in having to focus in on race as a subject matter way too often. In fact I started writing less about that subject, as well as current events, as our divisiveness had become so prevalent and nauseating to the point that I declared in my husky mimicking of a phraseology coined by Christopher Wallace that “you don’t hear me though”.  I stress often how powerful education is and how moving towards a healing process requires dialogue and truth. But unfortunately what we are getting is more dysfunctional, hyperbolic rhetoric that tends to feed the nature of disruption and discourse. You are either part of a solution or you are part of the problem they say, well I will go a step further in stating that you are the problem if you are not attempting to find a solution. I was troubled in watching how things unfolded in the Charles Oakley incident in Madison Square Garden. I will never claim to ever understand what transpired between both he and James Dolan and frankly it is none of my business. But in a world of video and live television, the aftermath to place right inside our living rooms whether we wanted it to or not. But for me the real aftermath or nuclear mushroom cloud that truly occurred was what took place after the incident was all over. To place this egregious incident under the guile of racism is one of the most irresponsible things I have ever seen, as it is the crying of wolves which in turn dilutes the true treachery that was endured by African-American ancestry in this country some 400 years plus. Charles Oakley was not Nat Turner, in fact he wasn’t even Nat King Cole. He is a man who had past indiscretions and this is one that was now added to his lengthy dossier. Same applies to James Dolan, who is not David Duke in disguise, he’s just an unattached billionaire who never had to learn any social skills because he could buy his social skills as well as his friends. Perfect storm of ignorance? Yes. Slave owner whooping Toby? Bull shit. This is what is wrong with America today and why we have a person in office who campaigned on utilizing the race card to his advantage and we are now seeing other groups pulling out that same card like it’s a Black Amex (not sure if that’s politically correct anymore) to push their agendas as well. Is race a relevant subject? Yes. But is everything always racially motivated? No. Hence why my blog started out about four men, all from different backgrounds, different religions, different regions and different age groups and we somehow managed to befriend each other and see character over color. And my question is why we were able to get along so well as strangers and never have race become an issue?  And why is it that people in this country allow others to deliver race as vehicle and then decide to become a passenger in that same car knowing damn well that it is heading towards an inevitable crash that will end with fatalities?  This is the irresponsible way we as Americans are now portraying our lives. Nowadays everyone is a victim of oppression and destitute when in fact a majority of our problems are ones that are self-inflicted. We all have a choice to either do something or do nothing, but we cannot ever choose to be victims of circumstances that we can indeed have full control over. It’s time to put your cards face down on the table and stop bluffing with the race card or what I describe as the actual trump card that is often utilized as a last second hoorah to salvage a losing hand. In this case, there are no winners at the round-table when racism becomes a bluff and you decide slide all of your chips to the middle of the table on a terrible gamble. This is one bet we all cannot afford to lose. #one lonely beastie I be #knicks o.g.

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Amerikkka’s Nightmare: The Bi-Racial Child

Posted in Trending with tags , , , , on September 23, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“Men do not love those who remind them of their sins unless they have a mind to repent—and the mulatto child’s face is a standing accusation against him who is master and father to the child.”-Frederick Douglas (My Bondage and My Freedom)

Frederick Douglass stated:  “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”, thus providing us with the notion that there is still hope in this world and it starts with that of our youth. I for one believe that what we are witnessing in this modern-day calamity is a product of a crossroad or pinnacle that we have reached in this country that is ushering in that of a new generation as opposed to that of an old guard that has for centuries on end found itself atop a food chain or class system that has provided a certain level of comfort and assured legacy. Let me preference that the white versus black narrative is an old standby answer that is preached to that of the feeble-minded. Civil Rights was achieved through what I deem as the hands of many, all made up of different hues and different backgrounds. This alone is why my blog title can exist and it further highlights the premise that African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans can exist as well as cohabitate, as we are seeing what I deem as Amerikkka’s (not to be confused with America) Nightmare finally coming to fruition.

You may ask yourself whether or not I am concluding that there are two Americas? The answer to that is yes. Post-Civil Rights, we find a new America that is working to become inclusive and tolerant in its young sixty-two years of existence as opposed to that of its predecessor, the Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka which lasted some four hundred plus years that was baptized in slavery, white supremacy and intolerance. What we seldom highlight is how young Civil Rights is. To believe that this “America” version is going to be suddenly balanced and the void of social injustices is the thought process to that of the naïve thinker. The parents of my generation are in their 60’s, which means we have leftovers from the Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka that is a product of slavery, white supremacy and intolerance, who are still effecting the social climate of this Post-Civil Rights America. This impedes and retards true social change, as we have an old guard’s mind set in a newfangled world that is accepting of ideologies that were once thought of as being blasphemous. Among those unaccepted ideologies was the idea of bi-racial children existing in the forefront of America culture. We saw for two centuries the refuted denial of Thomas Jefferson fathering children with Sally Hemings who was a slave woman at his Monticello dwellings, only to find out circa 1998 by way of DNA testing done by Dr. Eugene Foster that Thomas Jefferson did in fact father six of her children. Of course this claim was pushed to be refuted again by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, further showing the lengths by which people are willing to go in order to preserve the idea that these said acts could not have happened, especially when a founding father is involved that happens to be of Caucasian decent.  So to state that it was shameful to have a bi-racial child or children Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka is probably not laying enough emphasis on the magnitude of this so-called social discretion during this era. I liken this to a common phrase that states that this is in fact Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka’s “dirty little secret”. But much like every secret, what is done in the dark is assured to be exposed into the light at some point in time. What was once an Amerikkka that refuted the notion that African-Americans and Caucasian-American’s could coexist, now finds a Post-Civil Rights America that finds themselves existing for the most part in unison, but most importantly they are cohabitating in unison. I will take it a step further in stating that not only has this Post-Civil Rights America seen cohabitation between that of the African-American and Caucasian American, we have come to find that at least three products of that cohabitation are effecting the social climate in a way yet to be seen. Barack Obama, Jesse Williams and Colin Kaepernick, all products of interracial relationships and all are impacting America in a way that has become a nightmare for those leftovers from the preexisting Amerikkka that wish to hold on to their archaic ideas and belief systems. What was once the “dirty little secret” is now America’s greatest gift in providing a soundtrack to Rodney King’s declaration of “Can we all get along?” What I find amazing is the fact that when we do get along the children that are born as a result of these relationships turn out to be some of the most intelligent and most beautiful people on the planet. From Bob Marley and Alicia Keys to Lenny Kravitz and Grant Hill, all have uniquely impacted the world in a way like no other. This is the secret that the old Amerikkka does not want you to see. They do not want to see the races intermingle because it will spell out their annihilation and imminent doom.  This is their worst nightmare coming true. The bi-racial child. Amerikkka’s true nemesis. #shout out to my nephew who is beautiful and bi-racial

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

GSI Business Exclusive with Foremanline

Posted in Trending with tags , , , on August 15, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“One Love Boomer” is the epitaph written in permanent ink on the back of famous hip hop legend DMX (aka Earl Simmons). This phrase hovers above a tattooed portrait made in honor of his self-proclaimed “best friend” pit bull (Boomer) who was tragically killed in a car accident. DMX’s infamous barking when delivering his gravely vocals over his legendary music tracks all but lets us know that his passion for dogs is no farce, as it represents the love he has for dogs that stems back to his childhood when he would rescue strays around his neighborhood in Yonkers New York.  Passion is said to be “any powerful or compelling emotion”. Rarely do you find individuals who are committed to anything, let alone exhibit an ounce of passion towards an aspiration or craft. Often while spending time on social media trolling/strolling down my feed, I always tend to look for those types of individuals who have commitment in their DNA. The type of commitment that is much more than just financial reward and accolades.  These are the individuals who do it for the pure love and the exuberance of not just the results, but also for the process that it takes to get the end result. That old cliché states that you work like a slave to become a master. Well in the case of Travis Foreman, this statement bolds extremely true, as his passion and commitment in the realm of dog breeding has brought him into the forefront of the industry. His business “Foremanline” not only has the endorsement of his last name (Foreman), but it also speaks of the “line” or “lineage” that he is creating inside the breeding world of the American Bully. I had a chance to interview Travis in order to get a perspective inside his world so that I could not only educate my audience, but also gain some insight as well. The following is my Q&A with the CEO of Foremanline, Mr. Travis Foreman:

 

GSI: I like to ask the adverse question first, so here it goes.  Some may say “Eh it’s nothing special about your dogs.  In fact I can get that dog from anywhere else”.  What do you say in response to that person?

 

TF:  My dogs are very special because of how they are bred. Many people have the misconception that you can just put two bullies together and get nice dogs but this isn’t true. It’s not just about how they look, it’s about their pedigree. Through trial and tribulation, I think I have mastered the craft of matching up dogs to produce healthy, sound, clean, functional American bullies. In creating Foremanline, I used two of the most famous bloodlines to date which are Remyline and Gottiline.  I had the privilege of being mentored by a true dog man, best friend and creator of Remyline, Fabian Chichester. So to answer the question, there are many nice bullies in the world, but my dogs are special because of how they are bred and no one else has the same exact ingredients.

 

GSI: What made you get into the breeding business?

 

TF:  In 2005 I was actually running out of gas and had to get off the exit to get gas. After getting gas I was on the service road and I saw this older lady walking a pup and his rear was so muscular that I had to pullover (laughs). I jumped out of the car and she said: “Please don’t steal this dog”!  I said Miss, I’m a school teacher and I don’t steal, I just need to know where this pup comes from. The pup was 14 weeks old at the time and I had never seen a pup so short and thick as this one and I knew I just had to have one. So she said it was her son’s dog and he got him from California and paid $2,200.00. So I gave her my number and told her to have her son call me, he did exactly that (call) in less than 20 minutes. He told to me to go to Lowjack Kennels website which is now Remyline. I went to the website and saw the pic of the pup’s dad whose name was the famous Remy Martin (pictured below with me) and the rest is history.

 

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GSI: From the photos I have seen from your line, you seem to have an acute awareness of what it takes get that certain “muscular” look that is prevalent in the Standard, Extreme and Extra Large size classes. Is there a secret you can share with my readers that won’t cost you money if you revealed it?

 

TF:  People always ask me what I feed my dogs that make them look like that. Well of course I feed a high quality dog food but my answer to them is “it’s not what they are fed, but rather how they are bred”.  As for the photos that you see, my mentor Fabian told me a long time ago that a pic can make or break a dog and if no one has seen the dog in person, a pic is all they have to go by.  So I’m very particular about photos that I post. I get down on their level and snap away. They do the rest.

 

GSI: Of course there are dangerous stigmas attached to the American Pitbull from their jaws locking to their brain swelling that make people reluctant to be owners. Are these claims true or false and are there any legitimate dangers in owning this breed?

 

TF:  Well just to be clear, I breed American Bullies. The differences are American Bullies are shorter, wider, and thicker with a bigger head and in my opinion have a better temperament. Although, the pitbull was used to make the breed, they are two totally separate breeds. Pitbulls do not have lock jaw; that is a myth. It may seem that way but what allows them to hold onto something so tight is pure determination and drive. I see no danger in owning this breed at all as long as the owner is responsible, these dogs aren’t for everyone.

 

GSI: What was your take on the Michael Vick dog scandal and dog fighting in general?

 

TF:  I am 100% against dog fighting! As for Michael Vick, yes he was wrong and got what the people thought he deserved. I’m a firm believer of second chances and he was given that and I think he is taking advantage of that by taking responsibility for his action and going out and educating people about the breed. So I think some good has come out of it. He has the ability to influence and he is using that ability to correct his wrong.

 

GSI: Have you had any celebrities who have purchased a pup from you? If so who?

 

TF:  I have sold a pup to a professional boxer but I will refrain from saying who. In my last litter, Jonathan Casillas of the New York Giants checked them out but didn’t purchase because of personal reasons. I’m positive more professional athletes will be purchasing my pups in the near future.

 

GSI: The picture that I used for this blog entry is from one of your business t-shirts. Please let the readers know where they can purchase one.

 

TF:  I can be reached on FB (Foremanline) for purchase of the Foremanline T-shirts.

 

GSI: And of course the reason we are here is about your business, so let everyone know how to get in contact with you if they are interested in purchasing a pup from you?

 

TF:  I probably won’t be doing any breeding for a year or two, however I can be reached on Facebook and Instagram under the name Foremanline for anyone interested in my pups.  I also ask that people be on the lookout for my two up and coming phenomenal studs named No’Dax and Cashius.

 

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GSI: In five years from now when I mention “Foremanline” out loud, what will people say about your business?

 

TF:  Five years from now when you say Foremanline out loud, people will say: “Foremanline don’t cross….Paid the cost to be the boss!” I would also like to add this tagline in addition and state: “Research, read about it….Don’t talk about it…Breed about it!”

 

Genius Scribble Ink would like to thank Mr. Travis Foreman for taking time out of his busy schedule in order to give us intricate insight into his business “Foremanline”.  I have seen this man’s passion and dedication to his craft on a continuous basis, so trust that he is indeed the real deal in the world of American Bully breeding. Once again if you are interested in purchasing a pup or a t-shirt, please make sure that to contact Travis Foreman on Facebook or Instagram under the tag of Foremanline.  Genius Scribble Ink would like to wish Travis Foreman and the Foremanline brand great success in the many years to come and makes sure that you: “Research, read about it….Don’t talk about it…Breed about it!” and check out the Foremanline! #man’s best friend    

 

The Ota Benga Exploit

Posted in Trending with tags , on August 8, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings”-Evan Esar
 

Bret Easton Ellis stated in American Psycho: “Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?” This is a question that we all could spend a lifetime trying to figure out an answer to, but nevertheless it is in fact a profound inquiry for the ages. We often times hear of barbaric acts committed against human beings by other human beings that borders on the fringe of the demonic. Often I search for signs of the humanitarian, hoping that the philanthropist is not just a seedy way to describe how the wealthy people try to offset their tax returns, but is in fact a sign that people truly are above the barbaric food chain and are civilized in both their hearts and in their common nature. Yet still I find myself peering out into a world where truth is inevitable. It is the kind of truth that suggests that even in our most humane and in our most civil obedience, that the nature of mankind can still be inherently evil. To borrow a quote from one of my favorite cartoons, Thundarr The Barbarian: “Man’s civilization is cast in ruin. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn. A strange new world rises from the old. A world of savagery, super-science, and sorcery”.  Well maybe the two thousand years later part does not apply, however most of that statement is applicable to these modern times. Civilization in all of its modernization and newfangled advancements, still showers itself in the reigns of savagery and sorcery. It is not the type of sorcery we equate with Harry Potter or the savage labels attached to barbarians like Odoacer; but it is the nevertheless within the same context. Today’s sorcery is the mythical media that utilizes its magical potion to contort and mold the minds of the masses, as they view the regurgitated, savage exploits of politicians, policeman, unruly citizens, cultural exploitation and graphic degradation. We are in a time of the exploited voyeur who watches as the show goes on, buying a ticket to the next thrilling moment in spite of its damaging effect on society. It is indeed a minstrel act, often at the cost of depicting a minority (minority in this case being gender and ethnicity) in squalor and destitute and often times portraying them as being belligerent.  My quote from Thundarr The Barbarian stated:  “A strange new world rises from the old”.  This is indeed more fact than fiction as I was given a piece of historical information by a good friend of mine regarding a Congolese man named Ota Benga. You see Ota Benga was a man purchased during the slave trade by Samuel Phillips Verner who was noted for being a hunter of Africans in order to exploit them at exhibitions as primitive beings within the chain of human evolution.  Ota Benga was brought to the United States of America by Samuel Phillips Verner, who would then put Ota Benga on display in the Bronx Zoo’s “Monkey House” as an exhibit. It is said that Ota Benga had “free” run of the grounds when on and off display, but nevertheless this was indeed his place of dwelling.  Part of Ota Benga’s performances included shooting a bow and arrow at targets and performing acts with an orangutan named Dohong. Ota Benga’s display was thought to be a profitable staple act at the Bronx Zoo and was supported by the New York Zoological Society in spite of protests claiming that the Bronx Zoo was indeed treating Ota Benga as if he was lesser than human. The temperament of the times were reflected in a New York Times editorial stating that “pygmies are very low in the human scale” and that it was nonsensical to believe that it was outlandish to display Ota Benga as a sideshow exhibit for viewing.  It would take mounting public pressure before Ota Benga’s would eventually be removed from the display at the zoo in order to try to obtain a normal life. He would try to fit into society while trying to seek a formal education. He would become employed as a tobacco factory worker, but the lure of wanting to return to his native Congo lurked inside his mind often to the point that it would lead to depression and his eventual suicide once learning that his return was impossible.  As I channel this piece into the now we live in, we see people’s lives being displayed in front of camera as a form of entertainment. We bear witness to the spectacle of the downtrodden and the apparent evil doers that commit heinous acts. This is a learned practice taken from a time thought to be less civilized and less empathetic, yet we find ourselves revisiting a time reenactment from an era of savagery and sorcery. Our “Bronx Zoo” is now being televised by way of satellite transmission. Our humanitarianism sits in the same spot as our remote controls; yet the suicide of one’s life is still be committed right in front of our very eyes. Ota Benga was a sideshow for the ticket buyers. Ota Benga a communicator with the animals of the wild. Ota Benga dwelled himself as a man of the wild. But most important Ota Benga was made into something lesser than human for the pure entertainment of others. It was not until someone decided that enough was enough and thought that he deserved to be treated decent and humane that his life changed. This is something I rhetorically propose to my readers today. When are we going to say that enough is enough?  When will we speak up when we see that people are being treated as less than human?  Is evil something we do or is evil something we stand by and let happen without trying to stop it. I’ll let you be the judge and be the conscious of your habits when the next time you decide to visit the zoo. #the zookeeper