No I(dolatry) in Kaepernick

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

Colin-Kaepernick

 

“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

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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

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

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. #