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The Trickiness of White People

In Fenway park on Monday during a game of America's past time, baseball not racism Adam Jones, a Black centerfielder for the Baltimore Orioles was heckled by Boston Red Sox fans,  not for his play on the field but for what some fans thought he was in their eyes…a Nigga and someone to throw peanuts at.  After the story picked up traction in the news, Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy condemned the actions of the fans and encouraged fans at the following night's game to give Jones a standing ovation, which they did.  Herein lies the problem I have with this whole situation.  White people somehow are allowed to mask the disgusting acts of one or a few members of their community with a show of emotion, avoiding any attempts to pathologize the act (Elizabeth Hasslebeck crying over the N word), while minorities are left explaining the actions of everyone in their community from rappers to 17 year olds who have been killed for no other reason than them being Black. (What about Bl…
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You Better Watch What You Say (or at least who you say it to)

I’m sure by now at least 80 percent of America has heard what Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had to say on a secretly recorded audio tape, or at least seen Donald Sterling and racist in the same headline, the rest must not have a TV or internet connection. I’m sure 100 percent of sports fans have heard the hateful words of an owner, revealing his feelings about minorities as well as his inner feeling towards women and the space both occupy in the world according to Donald Sterling. As juicy as the details to this story are, especially the fact that the NAACP was about to give Mr.Sterling a second Lifetime Achievement Award, there are so many angles to this story we have to break this one into several parts; Ownership, Culture, Racism.               “Structure” …… “WHITE POWER STRUCTURE”.  What did you feel when you read those words…”WHITE POWER STRUCTURE”, better yet what do you think about when you read the words “BLACK POWER STRUCTURE”. Which one sounds more believable?…

Black "OUT"

I had to get this one out of my head while everything is fresh and the concepts make sense to me. Two days ago on April 29th, Jason Collins an NBA journeyman who has played on several teams and shared the NBA spotlight with his twin brother came out as a gay male to much accolades and support of sports figures and notable public figures. As some might have expected, but were unable to put a face to the detractors there were those individuals, who’s comments seemed to put a damper on the moment or come across as homophobic (enter ESPN’s Chris Broussard and Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace). Both Mr. Broussard and Mr. Wallace employers were quick to release statements saying that the views of these individuals did not reflect the views of ESPN and the Miami Dolphins respectively.

With this post it is not my intent to put a damper or a black cloud on this revelation of Mr. Collins but to pose a question and hopefully get a conversation started around Black masculinity and black male inclu…

Thank You Human Spirit

Last month the Tri state area was hit by Hurricane Sandy or Superstorm Sandy as others have called it. What ever the name what is certain is that the damage that was cause by this storm was unimaginable to the people in the northeast especially after last years hype over Hurricane Irene. I stayed away from watching much television while the storm was happening because the news loves to give minute by minute updates of the same thing, but once I started to see houses destroyed like they were in a tornado or in the vicinity where a bomb was dropped, I knew this was going to be different. It was difficult to wrap my mind around the idea of neighborhoods in the northeast being destroyed by a hurricane, that just doesn't happen in New York or at least it hasn't in my lifetime. At work we were already given two days off following the storm because of the system wide shutdown of the mta, however, when it was reported that the tunnels were flooded and it could take days to get it out…

Its What You Are NOT Saying Mr. President

Last week, President Obama attended the Al Smith dinner in midtown Manhattan at the Waldorf Astoria. This annual event, held during the final stretch of a presidential campaign brings together all the political heavyweights from government, media, and religious institutions. Attending this dinner was mayor Micheal Bloomberg, who's proposed soda ban was the subject of a light hearted joke from the president.  What I found not humoring was the inability of this president to even address the violation of rights of thousands of young men in this city at the hands of the NYPD, commissioner Ray Kelly and the aforementioned Micheal Bloomberg . Of course I don't really expect him to make damning statements at this dinner, but perhaps at a local church or playground in NYC. Less amusing is knowing why the president didn't address stop and frisk that night or any other time he has come to New York for a fundraiser; the president does not want to jeopardize his political run in a bl…

40 Oz Bounce

As I'm sure most of you know mayor Bloomberg has put in motion a plan to stop the selling of any sugary beverage that is over 16 Ozs at restaurants, stadiums, and  other venues. Stating obesity as the reason for this change, Bloomberg has received criticism from New Yorkers who feel that the government has no right dictating how they enjoy their sugary drinks. One has to obey their thirsty even if that thirst comes from diabetes.  Without question this "new rule", is a conversation starter because nothing like it has been done before. There might be long term benefits such as healthier, slimmer New Yorkers which may create more space seat space on trains and buses. Seriously though, the stated reason by Bloomberg was a concern for public obesity and the ailments that come along with being overweight. This lead me to think of another beverage that affects public health, alcohol. Almost every New Yorker can attest to the disruptive nature of people who have had one too ma…

Maxed Out

I've been meaning to write this blog for the longest but that annoying little thing called procrastination crept up and held me hostage. Nevertheless, I still want to share my opinion on this because I'm an opinionated dude and I'm on a mission to finish what I start. Rapper Max B had his appeal denied at the end of August, meaning that he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. He received a 75 year sentence for his role in a 2006 robbery. Between 1997-2005, Max was incarcerated on robbery charges.  A few years back Max B was tearing up the underground ago rap scene with his unique rap style, use of the term "wavey" and his burgeoning beef with Dipset member Jim Jones. Now he and his fans only have memories and songs to keep the wave going. Many of these fans, myself included, were holding on to the idea that the appeal would be granted and Max B would return to producing good music.
I remember not being impressed by Max B when I first heard him on s…