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Mamba No. 5

Posted in Sports, Trending with tags , on January 27, 2020 by geniusscribbleink

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The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”-Kobe Bryant
I am a self-proclaimed basketball nerd to a level that sometimes borders on obsession. I just recently attended a Gatorade League (G-League) basketball game this past week with my wife at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to watch the Long Island Nets take on the Maine Red Claws. Aside from a few borderline NBA prospects, for the most part the team is made up of players who are still dreaming about playing in the big league one day, albeit their chances of success are slim at best given their limited skill-sets and in some cases their age. But needless to say, it is basketball and for many of us who are fans of the sports, it’s a way of life for us “die-hard hoop fans” who never get tired of hearing the squeaking sounds of sneaker soles adhering to the sugar maple flooring of a basketball court or the snapping of net threading as a “wet jumper” passes flawlessly through the rim for a scored bucket. Without question this is a beautiful ensemble of music for those who subscribe to the genre, because when played right, basketball is indeed an extraordinary piece of artwork. With all of those things I mentioned that I literally put music to like a soundtrack, we can always recognize that all great music requires a maestro who can orchestrate and create that perfect sound. A sound that will eventually inspire other artist to have their own vision, as they sit on the cusp of obtainable greatness. Everyone has certain genius in them, whether its exceptional intellect, the ability or power to create or just natural ability; all of us have one of those abilities stored within our DNA. But what if a person has all of those levels of genius in their DNA. What if they have the exceptional intellect, the creative power, as well as the natural ability? That would make for one extraordinary individual who was destined to not only do exceptional things in life, but it also makes room for an individual to have a great impact on the world at large. As we sit in the wake of what is a tragic event involving Kobe Bryant, I don’t sit here writing this as a fan of his because I was never a huge fan of the player, however I always respected his work ethic and his commitment to excellence. That work ethic and commitment would come to be known as the Mamba Mentality to the world which spoke about his drive to be the greatest version of himself in anything he set out to do. We saw the five championships as fans of this great sport that he would capture as well as the numerous individual accolades he obtained. What we did not see was the behind the scenes Kobe Bryant that we are now learning had the same mentality when approaching life after basketball whether in his business ventures, his family life, his philanthropic endeavors, and ultimately as a mentor and a friend to others. It’s tough to believe that at 41 years of age that someone could have a full life, but in many ways Kobe Bryant indeed had one. His exceptional work on and off the court should be commended and is really the reason for me writing this blog. Kobe never sought out mediocrity, only legendary status. He was listening to a wondrous soundtrack to life that I am deeming as Mamba No. 5. This is music to my ears and perhaps should be a song on rotation for all of those who are seeking to live life to its fullest and committing to your dreams and aspirations. Mamba out, but Mamba not forgotten. #salute 8-24

The Case of Brown Versus Bryant

Posted in News with tags , on December 14, 2013 by geniusscribbleink

imageI broach the topic of black on black adversity from time to time because I like to revisit the dynamic struggles of my culture and it’s regression versus it’s progression. Often times our dirty laundry spills over into the mainstream media and creates a platform for dialogue such as this. I for one never adhere to the who is “more black” versus “less black” mantra, as I have concluded that we as a black culture are not in an empowered position to dictate the etiquette by which this criteria is judged. It is in fact external racism from other cultural groups that conclude us to be one in the same regardless of the hue variances in our pigmentation. Yes, black is black; the problem that arises is that most blacks do not realize this. Perhaps it’s the years of forgotten heritage or the absence of images that reflect who we are historically and presently. I often speak on the concept that we as a culture, have done a porous job in the preservation of our history. We tend to subscribe to material wealth instead of traceable legacy and throughout this systematic breakdown, we have lost our identity. My theory is that we had a generation that dropped the baton, thus the transference of their “leg of the race” became mere dust in the wind. The great Satchel Paige ask that we “Don’t look back” because “Something might be gaining on you”. Such an interesting note of wisdom, however one has to sometimes look back in order to know where you come from and where you are heading. Knowledge is the perseverance of thought through wisdom that is fueled by a form of education. Some education comes in the realms of formal education where as others come by way of carnal knowledge. The point is, when you feel that you may have information that could be vital to growth, you have to be cognizant of the recipient and the tone of the message that is being delivered. Such was the case with Jim Brown’s public emasculation of Kobe Bryant, regarding whether he was black enough to understand the plight of the supposed “Americanized” African-American’s racial struggle, because he grew up abroad before coming to live in America. Kobe went on to defend himself via Twitter and pointed out that the global African-American perspective is no different then that of the domestic African-American, because worldwide we are all still one in the same. I must say that Kobe’s reflective insight spoke of a man who is brilliantly educated due to his worldly view having lived abroad. As much as the American African-American has it bad, there are countless spots on the globe where Africans or people of color, live in destitute and impoverished conditions that far exceed the tribulations once suffered and currently endured within the borders of this country. This is not to make light of our disenfranchised ancestral family tree, but to bring awareness to the universal fight that has always been coveted in poverty, enslavement, murderous plotting and the erasing of historical contributions that has always existed. Brown’s “speaking on behalf” of the said black was irresponsibly done, as it showed divisiveness, bitterness and unfortunately ignorance. If Bryant was a person Jim Brown felt was not aware of the black histrionics of this country, he should have reached out and extended an olive branch. Communication can become a pipeline of nourishment when filtered properly and routed towards the malnourished. The last thing that the black culture needs to see is another black man denigrate another one of its sons. Each one should teach one, as it is through the eyes of the youth that ingenuity is sometimes brought to life. No one besides Crayola owns certain copyrights to the color black. Strangely enough, I would think Jim was more educated to know, that we are much more of an anomaly than we are a tone of color.