Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ACC Football Kickoff Day 1: The Jameis Winston Show

Meet the Press
(GREENSBORO N.C.) — As the 43rd ACC Media Day 1 commenced, it was apparent – fast, quick and in a hurry – whose star shined brightest.

No doubt, Florida State’s QB and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston was must see TV. However, I digress; more on Winston later. read entire article :  Coach&player.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

ACC Media Days: Greensboro, NC

Me & University of Miami LB Denzel Perryman
Hey wassup to my HGP readers. I am reporting live from the ACC Media Days in Greensboro, NC.

ACC Kickoff 2014  has arrived! And with National Champion Florida State, they have bragging rights.

Can the Seminoles Repeat?

Will Florida State, the reigning national champion, with 2013 Heisman Trophy Laureate Jameis Winston –the Freshman sensation– repeat last year’s brilliant run in his sophomore season?

Or, will Jameis Winston’s crab leg adventure and other off-field shenanigans become a distraction? To be fair, Winston is diligently working to rehab his off field image. read entire story Coach&Player

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Corporate Welfare: Modern day bread line

Government for the 1% interests: Bought and pay for compliments of our Supreme Court.

"Corporations are more people than people"

White fear of Black men: Public Enemy Number One

I was tweeted this link and read the following:

Bonnie Berman Cushing

I have been devoted to a white anti-racist path for close to a dozen years, but I still stiffen with fear and a state of heightened awareness when I find myself alone on a darkened street with one or more Black men nearby.

As a dedicated student of anti-racist facts and principles I know intellectually that white people are five times more likely to be attacked by another white person than by a Black one and that two-thirds of the rapes committed in our country are by white men. 

I am aware that the vast majority of corporate criminals are white and that most of our politicians who have declared war –  bringing death and destruction to millions –  also have the same skin color as I do. My own experience includes a mugging at gunpoint and a date rape – both at the hands of white men.  And yet I have never found myself anxiously responding to a white male or males on an evening walk the way I do in the presence of Black men.

Why, exactly, is that?

I believe there are several reasons for this disturbing phenomenon and that it certainly isn’t limited only to me, but also to most (if not all) white folks – and many people of color as well. read entire article

I personally identify with this writer's description of the often irrationally and inexplicable fear of black manhood in this society. And before you rant about crime stats of the hood, I am not referring to the Mark Cuban Syndrome.

As he stated:

We're all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie late at night, I'm walking to the other side of the street. If, on that side of the street, I see a guy with tattoos all over his face -- white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere -- I'm walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of.  source

Straight up... I understand how anyone of any color would have fear walking the streets of North Philly, Southside of Chicago or East LA. -- common sense. This is not the fear we speak off.

Irrational fear is far more insidious and rooted much deeper in the sub-conscious.

For example:

My first "real job" out of college was working in the Security Trust department for a major bank in Richmond, VA. I worked on corporate accounts in a highly secured bank vault area -- you had to get buzzed into one door and when that door closed, you had to be buzzed into another door.

My job: I processed millions and millions dollars of stock, bonds and cash for Fortune 500 corporations.

Like all Security Trust personnel, I had to be vetted by the FBI and have an extensive credit background check (workers could get fired for bouncing 2 checks in a 30 day period).

We wore special high security clearance ID badges at all times. Our ID badges were among the highest ranked security clearance in the corporate headquarters. But day in and day out, my elevator usage created a wide-range of black man fear reactions from many white women (and sometimes men) of all ages and shapes.

My look was very conservative: Business suit, pleasant disposition, short well groomed haircut (no locs back then) and clean shaved baby face. I was five foot eight inches and maybe 142 pounds with rocks in my pocket.

Nothing countered this irrational fear.

I worked there for four years, yet the same ladies that saw me on Monday would have the same reaction on seeing me on Friday: posture stiffened, clutched pocketbook close to body and avoid any eye contact.

My white friend, co-worker (yes he noticed reactions to me) and I had mad elevator situational jokes. But the laugher betrayed a growing resentment inside of me that can be best summed up by:

Why ask what Whites fear about Blacks? Why not ask what Blacks fear about Whites? More Blacks have been killed by Whites in our country than the other way around. I don’t even know the number of unarmed Black men who have been killed or attacked by police or simply just pulled over for “Driving While Black.” When was the last time you heard of an innocent White man being riddled with bullets by the police?  source

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Parenting 101: Let's close the achievement gap #NoMoreExcuses

No Excuses Allowed
I have to co-sign 100% with the premise of following article:

There is no excuse for the widening achievement gap of young African Americans and their peers.

However, we would be remiss by not extending culpability to the adult world for failing to provide our children with nurturing environments conducive for success.

Parenting Matters

Poverty, racism, single-parent households, home instability, under-performing schools, violent neighborhoods are all factors that provide relevant context for this dilemma, yet in still, they are all hurdles that can be overcome with committed adult support.

BRICS to launch World Bank and IMF rivals

 Are you hip to BRICS?

BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.[2]

The grouping was originally known as "BRIC" before the inclusion of South Africa in 2010.

The BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries, but they are distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional and global affairs; all five are G-20 members.[3]

As of 2013, the five BRICS countries represent almost 3 billion people with a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves.[1][4] As of 2014, the BRICS nations represented 18 percent of the world economy.[5]

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Philadelphia Story: Can a University Transform a City?

Here's two intriguing stories or perspectives on the expanding role of big urban university interacting with a local impoverish community.

As Drexel University in West Philly steps into the role of urban designer or community savior, the questions become:

Is this a post-modern version of gentrification? Or, Is this a big city university doing what big city government can not do?

Politico Magazine Presents

West Philadelphia, Reborn and Razed

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holden slams Sarah Palin

Sometimes short and sweet is just that, short and sweet.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Sarah Palin's impeach President Obama quest.

“She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.”

Say no more. Case close.

And on the GOP party stuck in obstructionist mode.

Attorney General Eric Holder is challenging Republicans who are calling for his and President Obama's impeachment, and denouncing what he calls a "gridlocked Washington" stalled by what he says is a Republican Party bent on blocking any of the administration's efforts.

“For whatever reason, [some] Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were just simply not going to cooperate with,” Holder said in a rare interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas.
"And over the past five-and-a-half years, we have seen demonstrations of that, where the president has reached out his hand, offered compromises that have simply not been met [in the way] they have been in the past by a Republican Party willing to do the appropriate things."
Administration efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, for example, have failed. source

Friday, July 11, 2014

Republican Reality: "I love my Obamacare (but not by that name)"

Live and in living color:

When you cut through the GOP and Conservative Entertainment Complex lies, distortions, misinformation and anti-Obamacare propaganda, you will discover a remarkable and under-reported and growing phenomenon:

Republicans love their Obamacare

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Why we vehemently defend President Obama.

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 demonstrated how progressively our country has evolved.

The treatment of the Obama presidency by the Conservative movement from 2009 to present demonstrates how reflexively racist our country remains.