Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Will The Real Kevin Durant Please Stand Up?

He's the current Most Valuable Player in the NBA. He's an Olympic gold medalist and a former first round draft pick. He does commercials; he's globally known. He's also one of the most likable professional athletes on the planet.  I mean...hell, he even cried during his acceptance speech after winning the league's MVP award. He's charming, well-known, and loved by many; but still, how much do we really know about Kevin Durant?

Okay, here's some of the story.  The guy grew up in the DC area and spent a year of college at the University of Texas. He plays professional basketball in the much smaller sports market of Oklahoma City.  It is believed that he and Labron James are close friends. In addition, he made every fan of the movie Love and Basketball cheer with joy after hearing that he was dating and engaged to WNBA player, Monica Wright. So, I'm sure that's enough for you to formulate a pretty good opinion of the guy, right? Well.. not exactly.  

You see, I recall when a woman who goes by the name Mercedes took to twitter and proclaimed that Durant should "stop acting brand new" after she mentioned that she had a sexual affair with Durant during a time when he was engaged.  I remember when national news reporters were surprised to discover that the good guy basketball player had his entire torso and back entirely inked-out in a way that it was secretly concealed by his basketball jersey (and for the record, I have zero problems with tattoos.. nope, none so ever).  However, now that his now ex-fiancĂ© is saying that the two are splitting because of their different views on religion and lifestyles?  Hmmm... the picture seems to be getting a little cloudy.

It is well-believed that professional athletes (especially professional basketball players) are promiscuous creatures; well, in addition to other things. Being the case, there was hope that Durant would be the poster boy for morality in the NBA.  Surely you know that league players don't exactly give the impression for being ideal citizens.  I mean, there's Kobe Bryant and his rape case several years ago. There's Labron James who is quite loved by many but hated by a relatively similar number for leaving both the Cleveland and Miami basketball teams.  There are also others who have gotten into fights during games, who have gotten caught with illegal guns, who have repeatedly failed drug tests; and of course, have fathered a good number of children out of wedlock. The negative image of these players are even magnified being that most have multi-million dollar contracts.

And then there's the poster boy, Kevin Durant, who is now showing us that all basketball players are pretty much alike.  Right?  Surely, that's what a good number of you think.  I mean, maybe Durant doesn't look so good now that he's refused to have a monogamous relationship with the one he promised to marry?  Gosh! What an awful person! But still, I suppose one could see a righteous quality in Mr. Durant's actions.  I mean, the man did remain truthful to his lustful convictions.  One could even say that Durant is being honest to both himself and the person he truly loves. Surely, that takes character.

Right?   

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Why We're Forced To Love Drake

Are you getting too much Drake? Because you said that you were tired of him crying over lost love on some of his songs. You said that you were tired of his public confessions of love for celebrity women. You said that he's not gangsta enough to be considered a rapper. You said that he's not a talented singer yet he considers himself to be a crooner. He's not handsome enough yet he's considered to be a sexy symbol.  These are all things that you've said, right?  Well, yeah.. you definitely said it; but still you find yourself tuned in to the guy. How is that?

We are simply forced to love Drake.  Why?  Because he's freakin' talented, that's why.  You can hate on him, and you can say that he doesn't fit into the mold that you want for him; but still, quit lying to yourself and admit that the guy is freakin' awesome.  Drake is like Wayne Brady in Wayne Brady's best dream which he's incapable of even dreaming.  He's like that super-talented athlete who is also one of the best musicians in the world.  Hold on a second... that person doesn't yet exist.  But still though, you get the picture.

Drake (who got his start playing the character Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation) is naturally talented as a hybrid musical artist. The fact that he's both humorous and timely as an actor only adds to his substance as an entertainer.  His performance as a host at the ESPYS was a little edgy for some but considered superbly entertaining by most.  Drake is someone who is already on his way but seems to have made it there already.

So, what is my suggestion to most of his haters, and to the number of people who feel that Drake is simply forced upon them by the powers that be?  Well, you can look up some old footage of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Maybe there you could find something worth criticizing... Maybe.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kim and Kanye: The Perfect Celebrity Couple

It was an odd relationship from the start, so we thought; but Kim and Kanye managed to surprise us all. Hell, they've surpassed most people's expectations to the point of Holy Matrimony.  And who would have guessed that such a thing would've happened? Well, yours truly, Blaze Hemingway, of course.  And here's why I was so right about Kim and Kanye's marriage to the point that I am certain that it'll last for Hollywood-ever... which is basically an equivalence of five to eight years.

First, lets all agree that Kanye has some real freakin' issues, okay?  Now, let's also join and agree that Kim Kardashian has some real freakin' issues her damn self. And we're not just talking about normal everyday-person-type of issues; we're talking about issues which have not yet found itself in the office of any therapist of earth.  Still, we are able to see the two of them for who they really are based upon what we know of them publicly.

For instance, we know that Kim is a money-digging twit who has a thing for black men; and I love it. Meanwhile, Kanye is an egotistical momma's boy who desperately wants to be heard; that's great! Kanye is black and has money; Kim has very little to offer intellectually but seems to be a descent listener. So there you have it. It's a match made in heaven... well, I wouldn't say heaven, but it's a match nonetheless.  

Okay, so that was a very practical explanation, but you get the picture.  Certainly Kim can save the multi-talented Kanye from self-destructing by being the mother that he desperately wishes he had.  I mean, Kim is sort of motherly-like, right?  She got that big momma's booty that is normally obtained after giving birth to five or more kids.  She's got that whatever you do is okay because I'm your momma blank stare that let's you know that everything' is right with the world.  Geez.  I totally get the Kimye thing; and it's so co-dependably precious!

But still, if it fails after a month, don't jump off the bandwagon and respond with some "I knew it was gon' happen anyway" bullsh#t.  I mean, we're talking about drama-filled Kanye here.  Hell, they've probably broken-up and gotten back together at least three times in the past 16 hours.

Bless their little co-depended hearts.  


Monday, April 28, 2014

Race, Trust and the NBA

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You all are now aware. Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was recently heard on a recording voicing his dislike for minorities, specifically black people.  The news spread like a wild fire on Saturday April 26th. Some people stated that the team should boycott the playoffs and others wanted the Clippers fans to stop going to the games.  It's a horrible situation, yet it's one which shouldn't be a surprise to many Americans across the nation.

I've written numerous blogs about race, one of those covered the Trayvon Martin incident; another was about professional golfer Sergio Garcia saying that he would invite Tiger Woods to his home and serve him chicken. Hey, it's not a mystery.. racism exists. It's the reason why we still have affirmative action in place; and it's the reason why we still celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at professional ballparks, in effort to address and educate people on a matter that's both sensitive and serious in nature.  So why shouldn't we expect this particular white man whose known to be a tightwadded miser and slum lord, and who also happens to date a young Black-Mexican woman (and I still don't quite understand that) to be anything other than one of strong racial opinion?  Is it because he owns a professional NBA team in a league that's comprised mainly of black men?  Of course not.  Like I said, this should not be new information.

Nope, I'm not surprised. However, I do have an issue with this secret recording stuff.  I mean, hey...I still haven't gotten over that whole Marion Barry matter. Yeah, you remember.. the Washington DC mayor who was invited to his jumpoff's hotel room for dinner and a side order of crack cocaine just before the door got kicked open by federal agents.  And what did Barry say?  I quote, "this is entrapment...that (chick) set me up." Now, should we have a mayor, or any public official, who spends his spare time with jumpoffs and crack cocaine?  Of course not.  But isn't that just the way that a lot of  relationships are nowadays? There's simply an abundant amount of deceitful behavior.. from both men and women.

So who is this woman who secretly recorded the super-racist Donald Sterling?  And how is it that a Black-Mexican woman dates a racist man who she knows dislikes blacks and other minorities and still spends her ever-diminishing time on earth around such an egotistical old goat?  Is it the money?  Of course it was the money.  But how do you decide that okay, if I record him talking about black people (a race of which I just so happen to be) that I might expose him for who is although  I might be spoiling that planned trip to Europe?  Couldn't you have taken your stand prior to this secret recording? Because surely he didn't know that he was confessing to the world something which was told under the trusted seal of relationship confidentiality.  I mean, how are we to know that our significant other doesn't record us on a regular basis. Damn smartphones!  Well.. how do we know that there isn't a presence of deceit in our own bed? Because we trust them?  Because we love them so much?  We all say confidential things in private. You know, those never repeated discussions about our best friends or our bosses or our family members.  How are we to know that those things aren't ever going to be repeated?

Surely, I could be looking at this all wrong.  I mean, God could have been using a common person as herself to do something for a greater good just as he used common folks like Moses and Esther to do His will during the good Old Testament times.  But still, why use deceit to resolve an issue for which you were not bold enough to address personally. Could you not see that he was a racist prick over those stacks of 1,000 dollar bills?  Oh, I'm sorry...I mean stacks of $5,000 dollar bills.   Shiiiit.. I hope the prick Sterling gets what he deserves; he definitely had it coming to him one way or the other.  I also hope that she gets prosecuted for illegally recording another human-being. Hopefully, she'll just get a slap on the wrist; but still, a conviction would keep others from conveniently whipping out their phones and pressing the record button.

My advice to Donald's boo thang and to anyone else who has a quick recording hand?  Just tell me how you feel to my face.  And oh yeah, put that freakin' cellphone on the table where I can see it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Why Young Black Males Don't Care About Education


It's true.  Black males don't have the interest as they once did in regards to receiving an education. Well, there are exceptions, such as young Kwasi Enin (he's the one pictured). Elin has been accepted to every university on the planet... at least, that's how it seems.

Still, it's reported that females make up nearly 60% of college classrooms. If you break down that percentage by race, it's reported that black males only make up 6% of college students age 18 and up. That's a staggering number.  During the early part of the millennium it was reported that there were more black males in the penitentiary system than there were in colleges and universities. Although true at one time (actually, that was the case during more years than one), it is no longer the case at the moment. The numbers do remain quite close though.

Now, I am an advocate for anyone who has an entrepreneurship spirit to assert themselves in the economic system of capitalism.  If a young person chooses not go to college because he/she has other reasonable and legit means of acquiring income then I say do you.  The problem lies in that black males are so caught-up in the New American Dream that it's too late when they discover that what they've been chasing the whole time was actually unreachable.

What is the New American Dream, you say? Well, it's very different from the "American Dream" of the early 1900s.  You see, the old American Dream dealt with an extreme desire for home ownership, and wanting your children to receive not only a good education but a career without artificial barriers. A healthy global vision was also an important part of that American Dream belief. Sure the old Dream had it's fallacies, such as "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps" (which is funny in itself) being that obstacles were purposely placed in the way of blacks thus preventing them from getting ahead in life. But still, the chances of obtaining the old American Dream were practical.
Things have changed over the years.  The New American Dream is substantially different.  In fact, it's far more self-centered.  Other than an utmost love of self, there is also a desire for obtaining means in a simplified and quicker fashion. Why work hard day after day when all I have to do is stay here on this corner and let the drug fiends come to me?  Why do I have to save up for retirement when I know that my lottery number is gonna hit? Why do I have to seek out agents when all I have to do is upload my video on YouTube? Why do I have to go through four years of college when all I gotta do is try out for the NBA after my first year of school? Why do I need to go out and find a job when I got momma or my boo thang paying the rent and light bill?

It's true; we can get through life without a quality education.  There are several rich and famous singers, actors and athletes who have proved that very point.  People forget, however, that furthering your education not only increases your career opportunities, it also increases your overall quality of life. The stories are plentiful of millionaire athletes and lottery winners who end up broke after a short period of time.  It's just another example of new money not making people better human beings.

My advice, young black men... Don't get yourselves caught up in the New American Dream.  Either spend your days thinking of that next big entrepreneurial break-though while you're relaxing on your lunch break, or pick up a few classes at the local college or university with the goal of jump-starting your intrinsic talents.  Sure, there's always someone who wins the big bucks on that one in 175 million lottery chance; but still.... it's a freakin' one in 175 million lottery chance!

Friday, March 7, 2014

No Black Woman Existed Before Lupita Nyong'o

You know her..  Lupita Nyong'o.  She's that Academy Award winning actress for her role as Patsey in the movie 12 Years a Slave. Lupita Nyong'o, the 31-year-old woman of Kenyan descent? She's been the talk of the town the entire winter season. Yeah, Lupita Nyong'o.  That well-educated and charismatic young woman who.. oh, did you see her dancing during Pharrell's performance of that song, Happy, at the Academy Awards?  Man, she was H-O-freakin-T hot!  Without a doubt, Lupita is the real deal.  And her speech? And her outfit? Wow!..simply incredible.  But still, she's not the only black artist in Hollywood, right?  I mean, there is Halle Berry, and there's Kerry Washington, and Sanaa Lathan, and the list goes on and on. Yet, Hollywood has painted a picture as if she's the only Black woman on the face of the earth. So what's up with that?

Okay, first of all..I dig her.  I think she's totally cool.  I really do. However, for the last three months Hollywood has been trying to brainwash us into believing that no black woman existed before Lupita Nyong'o.  I don't get it.  Certainly, she can act; but keep in mind that she's the sixth black woman to achieve an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress alone; thus we have seen such a feat accomplished. And her looks?  Well, she's definitely cute, and she is rather fashionable; but still, you're reading a literary post from someone who grew up on GQ and Seventeen magazines.  Seventeen magazine??  Well, yeah.. I mean, no...I mean, it's not like that. (sigh)  My mother worked at a printing company, you see...and uhmm, her company had contracts with numerous magazines of which Seventeen was one.  So uhh, all I'm staying is that there have been countless Lupita Nyongo'o types; but the media has been acting as if they've never seen a stylish black woman in their life.  Their awkward display had been so impressive that, for a second, I had to ask myself if I had ever seen a black woman before. I mean, geez!

If the media had come out first and said 'hey, there's this woman in this movie who is one of the most talented we've seen in a long time' then I suppose I would have understood the reason for such mountainous display of public covetousness. But no, the attention was directed more towards her gowns, her glow, her smile, her suaveness, and everything else that was obviously physical (which I truly love), and not for the work for which she was honored.


Hey, I got love for ya, Lupita.  I think you're one in a million. But I have seen your kind before. I mean, certainly I don't know your personae (you see.. we've never met); but I have seen a face quite similar to yours. And I suppose that I'm not going out on a limb by assuming that Hollywood just...has not.




Thursday, February 27, 2014

Why Black People Can No Longer Use The N-Word

In recent days, the media has reported that the National Football League no longer wants their highly paid athletes to say the N-Word.  They plan to penalize players on the field if the word is heard by a referee.  The result will be a 15-yard penalty and possibly a fine.  Now, keep in mind that over 70% of the NFL is comprised of black athletes. So I'm assuming that they don't want black people to call one another the N-Word?  Or could it be that league owners oddly feel left out because they are banned from using a word that is often used by their employees?

Okay, let's take a really good look at this, and let's start from the beginning.  Now, the N-Word has deeply rooted itself in American history...by white people. It was used in a demeaning way to refer to black people of any culture; AND it's still used in that way to this day; however, it's usually not directed towards anyone who is black.  I imagine that safety is the primary reason for maintaining the restraint; or it could be that white people are more educated in areas of culture, and have accepted the fact that all races are equal.  Still, I somehow feel that it's chiefly due to the first explanation than the latter. Anyway..through the years, black people have creatively taken the sting out of the word by referring to themselves as the N-Word, although removing the last two letters from the word and replacing it with the letter "A."  One black person would refer to another using the N-Word to substitute for the word "man", "woman", "buddy", or use it simply in jest.  You see, black people somehow managed to take the power from the word despite the fact that filth is deeply fused in its meaning.

The NFL wants to discipline black people for using a word that has since been twisted, bent, and folded in order to make some sense out of centuries of nonsensical use. Now, of course you have an older generation of black people who want the word completed removed from any kind of present day usage because of the mass amount of negativity that was directed towards them and their families; and I completely understand that.  However, what many fail to realize is that blacks have empowered themselves once again by taking a word and changing its entire meaning for the better.  This altering was done by way of constant usage within the entertainment industry particularly hip-hop music, via on the field praises and humor directed towards one another in professional sports, and in everyday vernacular of ordinary black folks thus maintaining a strong sense of cultural identity.  Throughout it all black people have dictated who can and who cannot fit into a society in which they have somehow found a way to reinvent.  You (fellow black person) can say the N-Word, and you (non-black employer, neighbor, and even lover) can not.  It's simple.

The NFL owners want total control.  I get it.  They're okay with you saying it, but there are serious consequences for doing so.  Sure, I get it.  It's just like when kids play ball in the playground.  The kid who brought the ball was not picked, or accepted on the team, so now he's preventing everyone else from playing by taking his ball away and going home. So I suppose, black man, that you can say the N-Word behind closed doors (just like them) but you cannot say it publicly (like they would like to do). sigh.  Honestly, I wish my non-black billionaire and multi-millionaire fellow men would just for once by honest about the whole thing. But you know what? I've got some advice for ya. How about if you just keep saying the N-Word to yourselves once or twice every morning when you start your day, and just get it out of your system. Somehow, I have a feeling that would make you feel a lot better; and in the process this whole 'dictating a language thing' would all simply go away.  But wait a minute...you wouldn't be doing anything new here, so what's the difference?  Smh.. They're such foolish people.

Or..I could be wrong about the whole thing and you're doing it as a result of the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito incident where one bullish professional football player texted inappropriate verbage to another more passive player with one of the words mentioned being the N-Word thus forcing you to take necessary steps in an effort to avoid some type of legal action in the very near future.  


I mean, hey...it's either one or the other.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Pam Oliver: The NFLs Favorite Auntie

My goodness! There have been so many jokes made of Fox sports reporter Pam Oliver throughout the years.

The jests mainly targeted her hair, or weave (not that there's anything wrong with that) which radiated with assorted colors, a look that she's maintained for over a decade as a Fox network employee. Pam's specialty is on-the-field reporting. She interviews professional football players and coaches in their most intense moments; and by the way, Super Bowl Sunday marks the last day of her contract with the network.

Pam gives you the game day forecast, the injury report, the mood of the locker room, and acts as a comforting older sister to hundreds of professional players. Or better yet, Oliver plays the role as that of a favorite auntie to a number of black ballplayers, accounting for over 70 percent of the National Football League.

Over a week ago we consumed as about as much YouTube feeds and news reports that one could possible stand of Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman, as he voiced his extrme dislike of 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. All of it was facilitated by terrified reporter Erin Andrews.  Stanford graduate Sherman was labeled a thug; and poor Andrews (bless her heart) was pitied by millions. However, had Pam Oliver conducted the interview...thats right, Auntie Pam; well, not only would it not have been an issue, but Auntie Pam would have simply made the matter an "Oprah moment." Auntie Pam would've had a crying Sherman bouncing on her knee while he released pent-up frustrations about his lack of breast-feeding as a child ...or something of the such.

The truth of the matter is that Auntie Pam has been holding the NFL down for years.  Similar to how Lisa Salters (google her) has been a crucial part of the NBA, Pam Oliver has been doing the same in a sport where the aggression level in players is five times higher.  So, lets recognize years of quality work when we see it. Auntie Pam is no longer the water cooler conversation for her game day hairdo, but a model reporter who has been protecting high-adrenaline and egocentric athletes from their own stupidity for years. 

Her name is Pam Oliver. By all means, google her too.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Truth About Beyonce & Jay Z's Fake-A## Marriage

I am so sorry; I've offended you haven't I? Of course I did. It's Beyonce; and you all just love you some Beyonce. Hell, we all love us some Beyonce. She's one of the most talented women we've ever seen. And energetic?? Oh-my-God, that woman can perform like no other.  And her husband? Jay Z? Without a doubt, he's one of the best hip-hop entertainers of all times.  How he manages to stay relevant year after year, I truly do not know.  Never has there been a couple who have had so much influence in the world of entertainment. Never!

However.. I honestly can't believe that Bey and Jay have this so-called "perfect marriage." That's right, I said it. Now, don't misconstrue my words for those of a hater. Let the record show: Blaze Hemingway is no hater!  Hell, I hope Bey and Hov make money by the yacht-load for the rest of their lives if that's their true desire; AND I hope that baby Blu Ivy will one day attend Harvard, and maybe she'll even study abroad and eventually become one of the world's top scientist who discoverd a next-day pill that cures cancer. Yeah, that's right. The Carters are indeed that perfect. Well, that's what you think. They can absolutely do no wrong and you'll defend them to the end because somehow your spiritual being has aligned with theirs and you all have become one harmonious entity. Right?  Sure you do. 


Still, hundreds of thousands have gone on social media sites defending Beyonce and Jay Z as if they were the newly proclaimed King and Queen of the United States. It's as if you truly believe that everything about them is just...I don't know, perfect.  Perfect?? Certainly, I give them credit for masterfully entertaining us; although that which we see through a prism of smokey TMZ camera lenses is perhaps the most awkward of any kind of relationship that I recall seeing.  Well...you saw their performance at the recent Grammy Awards.  It looked no different than it normally does, an odd pairing.  Odd that Jay Z timidly touches his own wife on her bottom as if she's that scary chick, Lorde or somebody. (I do dig you Lorde!)  Bey and Hov do kiss in public, but it always looks like a strong horrifying peck. And their conversations? What do they talk about? How do they communicate with one other. I sometimes shiver at the thought of meeting Beyonce at Starbucks for a casual talk. Without a doubt, she's pure eye candy; but I don't see the two of us discussing memoirs of W.E.B. Dubois.

It's fake, I tall ya. It's all freakin' fake! Something either isn't right with this marriage or something isn't right with the two of them. Surely, Bey has some insecurities there..you know, with that whole intelligence thing. (I love you Bey!) And of course, Jay isn't the most attractive man in the world (You're my dude, Hov!) So.., maybe the strength of their bond derives from the overcoming of their own issues, rather hidden or visible. And certainly, if it were a functional marriage then they could share they weaknesses with one another and as a result enable themselves to become whole. Through their wholeness comes their strength, and channeling through their strength is the constant flow of their talent. Therefore, that which you see as awkward could be nothing more than a speckle on a shiny surface, yet layered beneath is something so potent that it fuels the fire which eventually entertains us all. It's the Hov and Bey show; and we joyfully engulf every bit of it.

Sure, they're a little corny, but we like it.  They're human. We love that quality.  It's the reason why we marvel; and it explains why in the eyes of millions they can do no wrong. We love it! We have to have it! It's the most welcoming fusion of talent on the face of the earth.  It's Maudi Gras and the Super Bowl wrapped into one. It's the best of both worlds and there is not substitution.  They're all things and everything.  So certainly they're worth defending to the very end, right?  It's Bey and Jay!  Jay and Bey!  Hov and Queen Bey!  Oh-my-God, it's the best thing ever!!


But still though...it gotta be fake-a## marriage, right?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Who The Hell Is Richard Sherman?

Ah, you’ve seen it.  Richard Sherman’s thunderous comments after the NFC Championship football game in which his team, the Seattle Seahawks, beat the San Francisco 49ers to move on to play in the Super Bowl.  If you have seen it, then you’ve also seen Fox sports reporter, Erin Andrews, approach Sherman after the game, thrust a microphone into his face and asked him about his game saving pass deflection from rival player Michael Crabtree with only seconds left in game regulation.

Yeah, you’ve seen it.  It was a direct comment aimed at his opponent similar to other performances and utterances used by the All-Pro defensive back to win a psychological war against opponents. It was great, it was entertaining, and it was basically right on.  Sherman’s comment was the topic of discussion throughout the following day.  “Sherman had no right to say that!” and “Sherman is no more than a common thug!”  Those were some of the remarks mentioned by sports writers and water cooler gatherers alike.  Well, did Sherman lie?  A question was asked; and in the spirit of the moment, Sherman answered it... in extreme.

The Compton, California born, Stanford educated player who could have left early for the NFL but returned for his final year of eligibility in order to begin a Master degree indeed voiced his opinion of the final defensive play of the game.  Sherman, who overcame much in his lifetime, wrote a column immediately afterwards to reply to people referring to him as being a thug and a brute. Richard Sherman holds a degree in Communications and is fully capable of expressing himself in any form and in any situation.  However, when you ask someone a question after a win over his team's rival, after physically beating the competitor on the gridiron, while playing in an environment that is recorded as one of the loudest places in the world; well, the response that you get is….well, that is the response that you get. 
  
So, who’s the thug here?  The Stanford graduate who gave nearly his entire physical and mental being in front of millions of viewers; or the one who looks at a black man with dreadlocks who expresses every ounce of himself and then considers him to be a brute because his boisterous response is in the presence of an attractive-looking white woman (hey now, no disrespect intended).  

In the week that we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day, the man who is the voice behind the concept of judging one by the content of their overall character alone, there is no way that we can not look at ourselves and truly discover the source of our opinions regarding Richard Sherman’s words.  And if you were more concerned about the matter because you're a 49ers fan then I certainly understand why you don’t like Richard Sherman.  However, if you think that he poorly represents black people, or if you feel that he’s simply a man filled with ignorance; well, continue to dig deeper into your thoughts.  Perhaps you have a few more issues than you originally thought.

So congratulations to you, Richard Sherman; and not simply because you won a football game, but because you perfectly conveyed your message.  Somehow, you've managed to speak to our souls, as well as our ears.  Hmm....it must be that Compton upbringing.
   

Thursday, January 16, 2014

5 Secrets To Good Sex Revealed...From Real Men

Sex secrets??!! Sure, why not? I've got no problem telling women about our sex secrets. Besides, no entertainment topics were worth writing about this week; and I'm sure the fellas have no problem with me schooling you on a few private things. Quite frankly, there are a good number of men who don't care how women feel about their love-making. Yeah, sounds horrible, right? But it's very true.

You see, sex is a simple matter for men.  We understand that you want it, we try to make ourselves available to give it to you, we know that there's gonna be at least a few moments of the really good stuff, and then, well... it's over. And that's the truth.  HOWEVER, I'm about to reveal to you a real man's guide to good sex. That's right, personal thoughts from the abnormal.  You see, I love you all so much that I'm gonna give you this much desired info for free. It's the least that I could do for my beloved readers. Of course, you are my beloved readers, right?  I mean, you've already read my book, Twelve Lessons From Women, right?... Right?  Still, here we go.  Five secrets to good sex revealed (the clean version):

1.  prepping:  Yeah, prepping.  I mean, you just can't rush into it.  Well, you shouldn't just rush into it.  Men are impatient creatures by nature; but real men know that preparing your partner for sex is a necessary act. Kissing is essential.  We use to kiss a lot when we were younger. The good news for women is that as men have gotten older they've found that kissing on areas south of the lips to be more acceptable now. Wow!! Did he just say that? Damn right I did.. and it's true.  Good sex requires good prep work; and of course, women just so happen to love oral pleasure.  But ladies, don't expect him to spend all night down there.  He has far more things to do.

2. listening:  Yeah, well...I'm not talking about listening to your gossipy stories about your best friend, Karen, who just broke up with her third boyfriend in the past two months and who was just placed on probation at her job and who nearly forgot her own child's birthday, and who..... well, you get the picture. No, I'm talking about his listening to your responses after the touching and cooing or other stimulating acts which he should damn well be knee deep in right now.  Whatever he's doing that has you moaning and squirming, he should be intensifying that very spot until you're ready to receive all that he's equipped to give.

3.connecting:  Well, of course he's connecting.  You both are full at it right now.  But he's done with his prep work and he's heard the things that you like, so now it's time get to that much anticipated state of oneness. It's what the moment is all about, right?  Or did you forget? Believe me, he's a guy so he sure as hell haven't.  He's been thinking about that moment since the ballgame ended.  So now he's eager to connect, and he's mindful of approaching in a way that will keep you at a high sensual state. He already knows your favorite spots soooo...next comes the massaging and probing of your female area with his manness.  Things should be going pretty well at this point. Forgive me...things should be going freakin' great at this point!

4. all in:  Real men know that you have to go all in every-single-time.  All in, you say?  Yes...all-freakin-in! The hot stuff, the heavy stuff, the intense stuff, the fast stuff, the rough stuff, the grabbing, the squeezing, the grinding, the beat up, and basically anything else that's gonna get you where you need to go. You wanted him to be in control and he's responded to your need to the fullest.  He was all-freakin in; and you gotta admit, it felt good.  It felt damn good!

5. maintaing the vibe:  Real men keep the vibe going. You've peaked, he's peaked, and he's well aware that he should remain connected even though you can barely stand another sexual movement. What I mean by connecting is, his manness is still in your spot...or his hands are still touching your sensitive areas...or his kissing is keeping your body temperature at a heightened level. He's maintaining that vibe because your were worth the extras. It had crossed your mind that you wanted him to back off a little but you know you really don't; and he knows that too. Yeah...he's still vibing with you; and it's the best sh#t in the world.

Ahh...the work that real men put in to please that special someone.  Sounds unfamiliar?  Oh my goodness...you poor thing.  Well, there's plenty of real men out there if you're interested.  But hey, at least you now know what the secrets are!  Now all you have to do is teach your special someone that which he doesn't know.  Or....uhmmm, you could extend your search for that real one who is surely qualified for the job (hey!.. I'm talking to the single ladies only here).  Because I have heard that there are still quite a few of 'em out there. Still though, don't tell everybody. Keep in mind now, this is still our little secret.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The 2013 Cornball Of The Year Award Goes To...

The year has come to a close, so you all know what that means.  It's time to recognize the Top Five Cornballs of 2013!!  Balloons, horns and champagne for everyone!  And please, remain standing everyone as we recognize this honor; for it's truly a great day to recognize the lack of accomplishments of this past year's candidates.  They've all tried so hard to refrain from being their true selves... bless their little hearts.

All of our top cornballs were recognized for their questionable acts and behaviors in the eyes of the majority. So what is Blaze Hemingway's definition of a cornball, you may ask?  Well...I think most of you all know. He's the whiner for unnecessary reasons.. The complainer who does so just for the sake of doing so.. The one who gives up when sh#t all of a sudden gets tough.. You know, that guy whose own girlfriend or wife talks about him behind his back.  He's simply your ordinary cornball, ladies and gentleman.  The guy who real men prefer not to be around unless strongly urged to do so (or are paid to do so).  You all know who I'm talking about.  Yeah....that guy.

So, without further ado...here are the top five cornballs of the year in descending order.  You will soon notice that Drake did not make the list this year..bless his little buttons.  And Dwayne Wade was too late of an entry this year (with all of that new baby momma drama, and the I propose to Gabrielle Union simply because of the new baby momma drama).  But still, no worries. I'm sure they'll find a way back to the top.

Number 5:  Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin makes the list this year.  He's one of the many basketball players who could not hide their extreme degree of bitchificity.  Recently, Blake was in the news for impregnating Matt Leinart's baby momma (a former NFL scrub quarterback).  Blake can also be seen in various Kia commercials either looking stupid or doing something even dumber.  Now please, don't think that the consideration of Blake Griffin as a 2013 top cornball has anything to do with hate..oh certainly not.  Blake Griffin is mainly known for making thunderous dunks in pro basketball games; he's also known for having the physique of a Greek god. However, Blake's lack of obvious toughness was exploited during the recent NBA playoffs when Memphis power forward, Zack Randolph referred to him publicly as "a f##king pu##y."  A term which Blake refused to respond to neither on the court nor off of it. Geez Blake...really?!  I heard of taking the higher ground but... (sigh)  Oh well, let's keep the banquet going.

Number 4: Chris Bosh  
Without a doubt, Chris was gonna make the list this year. As long as the Miami Heat center continues to play for a a high profile team, he will be scrutinized for being overpaid, very soft, funny-looking (bless his heart), and an underachiever.  Besides, that stupid picture of him with the Santa Claus hat and the puppy should keep him in lifetime honorable mention status.  Poor Chris. I swear, these basketball players...

Number 3:  Justin Bieber
Biebs...the whole world is waiting on you to become a full-fledged adult so we can no longer blame your stupid behavior on the premise of being "young and dumb," words made famous from Ving Rhames's character Melvin in the movie Baby Boy.  I mean, no one should be as corny as you, dude. I do respect the fact that you fully utilize your young fan appeal, but still...the whole immature thing is getting a bit out of hand.  And another thing, if I ever see you jump out at a paparazzi cameraman like you're actually gonna fight somebody.. (sigh), I swear, I'll personally find a rugged 15 year-old girl to handle your little a##.  Here's some advice from a real dude, Biebs...change your sh#t up.

Number 2:  Riley Cooper and Lamar Odom
Yeah...I had to do a two for one on this one.  Firstly, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, Riley Cooper, expressed to the world on YouTube that he would personally "fight every n####a" at the Kenny Cheasney concert that he was attending (like their were any!).  That alone simply did it for him.  And Lamar...who cried because the Los Angeles Lakers got rid of him, and who cried because he couldn't make it work for the Dallas Mavericks, and who couldn't make his marriage work with a ride-or-die chick, Khloe Kardashian, and who had reportedly turned to drugs and alcohol like his drug-addicted father (no disrespect to his dad).  I mean, geez man! Everything was going your way and you personally blew it completely up.  I'm actually shaking my head with disgust as I write this piece. What a freakin cornball!!

The Winner and 2013 Cornball of the Year!!
Without a doubt it's Kanye West.  Now, I do applaud Kanye for taking on a personal war with the paparazzi and other forms of the media; but still, I have to say...you're a cornball, dude.  Kanye, we're tired of you crying about the fashion designers in Europe who did not give your clothing line a chance.  We're tired of you ranting and raving on the media circuits who actually pity you and who give you a chance to voice yourself feeling that you do have something worthy to say although most times you do not. We're tired of seeing you and Kim Kardashian together in public appearing as though you're some sort of circus show. And most importantly, we feel extremely sorry that God took your mother away too soon (bless her soul) thus leaving you here on earth for us finish raising.  I mean...what a freakin' mess.

So, with all of that being said.... raise your glasses, ladies and gentlemen.  Salute your 2013 Cornball of the Year, and all the other nominees.  Truly, we have been entertained by their stupidity, softness, ignorance, and lameness.  I mean, we should all strive to excel at something, right?  So salute, cornball. Salute. Without any doubt in my mind, I'm sure we'll see half of you on the list again in the year 2014.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Why Jameis Winston Was Never Guilty... Of Rape.

He's young, handsome, and talented; he's nearly every woman's dream. Those were the words used to describe Catcher Jones, the fictional character in the novel, Twelve Lessons From Women. Those words can also be used to describe Jameis Winston, the quarterback for Florida State University who was recently accused of raping a young woman. The difference between the two is that Catcher Jones's story is about understanding women; it has nothing to do with football. On the other hand, the story of Jameis Winston is all about the culture of football; and apparently, it wants very little to do with anything else.

We were all recently informed that Jameis Winston, an All-America player and future professional athlete, would not be charged with a sexual assault that allegedly occurred a year ago. The matter received national exposure from the media.  The victim, whose name has been protected, told police at that time that she had been raped. Well, of course, its her words against his; however, the issue took a turn when Winston's DNA placed him at the scene of the crime by way of semen found in her underwear. Also in her underwear was the semen of another man.  Yep, that's right..another man.

Okay, so here it is.  Young lady is out with friends. Young woman is drinking; however, she's not drinking an extremely large amount of alcohol.  She initially kicks it with a Florida State football player; but not Jameis Winston. She has sex with the guy she meets, and as planned by the guys, in comes the other guy to take over in the sexual escapade  because (maybe you didn't know this but) it aint no fun unless the homies get....well, you know the rest.   And believe me, that line of thinking is a part of the culture in big time college athletics all over the country.

What?  You didn't know that?  Come on.  You've never heard the stories?  Well let me share a story or two since we're on the subject of uh... sharing.  As a guy who has been around the culture of college athletes and who has been around the culture of fraternities; guys will try the most simple and the most perverted of things that you could possibly imagine.  The stories are rampant of the college girl who became star-strucked over the muscles and brawn of a young athlete and is then pushed to do a bit more than what she had intended to do. Hell, I know one case where two college athletes had sex with two females, made a plan to meet in the bathroom in the middle of the night so that they could pull an ole switch-a-roo with the girls just for the sake of seeing if they could get away with it. On that particular night the girls caught on and angrily left the two behind. Laughter and high-fives ensued for the guys as they were pleased for simply making the attempt. Well, yes...true freakin' story.  I'm sure that some of you can recall similar situations.

What I'm getting at is that people should know that this type of behavior happens often.  Young adults shouldn't be pressured into doing anything that they don't want to do. Mothers and fathers, listen to me. Don't be afraid to have conversations with your daughters (and sons) about certain sexual behaviors that you know exist but are too embarrassed to talk about. I'm basically telling you that sharing sex partners in college is alive and rampant. And if you're not a sexual juggeraunt who is in to freaky partner-sharing then don't put yourself, or a loved one, in a position where such behavior is accustomed, accepted, and even expected.

Jameis Winston is not a rapist. I honestly don't know what type of guy he is.  But what I do know is that he has a presiding position in a culture where sharing women runs rampant.  I mean, surely your mother raised you better than that, Jameis Winston.  Unlessss.... she was a little too embarrassed to talk to you about it.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Aubrey Drake Graham: Leading The Charge For Sensitive Brothers

"Started from the bottom now we're here...Started from the bottom now my whole team effin' here.."  Oh yess!!  Those were the lyrics that came to mind when I thought of hip-hop artist and future R&B mega star, Drake. Huh? What? R&B mega star?  Well sure, why not?  I already have a prediction from a reliable source that Drake's next project will be an EP of R&B songs.  You know...because he's so preciously sensitive.

I'm not going to go into a full literary rant on the uber-sensitivity of our beloved hip-hop star/singer who goes by the name of Drake.  I mean, I like Aubrey Drake Graham. I have no issues with the multi-talented artist. I mean...just because he has a knack for returning to past dreary relationships in order to strike up subject matter on his albums? Hey, that's cool with me. There's a level of softness and sensitivity which flows through my veins as well, ya know. Well, actually it doesn't; but still, I can relate to our friend, Drake, on matters of relationship scarring. Well, actually I can't...But I'm certainly willing to try.

The point I'm trying to make is that sensitive brothers are making a comeback dammit!  And it's for real this time. Ralph Tresvant kept it going for as long as he could.  Chico Debarge tried to add a little toughness to the "sensitive man" courtesy of an extended prison stay; and now, at a time when R&B singers are using hip-hop tracks to attract the ear of music listeners, our incredibly soft buddy, Drake, is saying, hey there, sensitive brotha, you need not hide... I'll carry the baton for ya.

And what a baton it is...fully laced with rhinestones and glitter; and it's oddly salted with the tears that rolled down Drake's face in the midst of a confession of relationships gone bad. Or is it the same relationship that he's yet to get over?  Or is the pain felt when two of the hottest women in the industry, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, want no part of a Drake relationship because of his abundant degree of softness? Or is it the pain that comes from....  well, you know what?  It doesn't matter.  The point of the matter is that I'm with you Drake. Teach me how to be as awesomely sensitive as you.  No, really! Because dammit, I wanna relate to the new wave of super-sensitive brothers. You know, like Kanye and Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber. Well...on second thought, no thanks Drake.  There's been a recent change.  You see, my youngest niece just texted me a photo of her new kitten, Emily, rolling around in a basket of yarn. (sniff) So uhmm... (sniff) I guess I'm ready for that second dose of Drake's new album now.

Monday, October 14, 2013

5 Things Men Want Their Women To Do (Clean Version)


Words can't express how much we love our ladies. We love you so much that we're seriously thinking about putting a ring on it... if we haven't done so already.  And whatever you want us to do (within reason), believe me, we will certainly do it. That, my dear, is a promise.  However, there is a little something that you could do for us. Actually, there's five things that you can do for us.  Well, uhmm...uhh... if you don't mind, dear.

So here they are:  Number One.  Please, understand the importance of wearing that favorite thing that we like. Some guys like to see their ladies in a pair of snug-fitted boy shorts, others like to see their women in leather or lace. Personally, I go bananas over a number of things, but one of my favs is that ever-provocative crop top t-shirt. Oh yes. The crop top is a man's true friend.  The beauty of the crop top is that it does everything.  It shows off the goods plus its easy access; and dudes freakin' love 'em. Buy one, make one, do whatever you gotta do...just get it. And I promise, for every three times you wear it, I'll wash your car once.  How 'bout that?  And we'll seal that deal with a pinky-locking vow.

Number Two.  We love sexy mid-day photos.  I mean, think about it.  We're at work forced to think about the bossman's new ideas, and his even dumber suggestions for quality improvement...or some other bs.  All of a sudden...bam! We check our phones and lo and behold, there's a sexy photo of our sweet thing in that uber-sexy office skirt.  Well what do you know, we're in love all over again.  All of a sudden it had just become the best Wednesday we've ever had in our life.

Number Three.  Always inform us when you tell you're fake bff to go eff herself.  We both know that she's trifling; and you know that I know that she's trifling as hell.  The problem is that you've known each other since the second grade.  Well geez!  You don't want to go through that three-day-consuming argument for the 17th time so you continue to ignore her foolishness. However, today was the day that you've had enough, dammit! She must've told somebody that you said something about someone...which was probably true. Nevertheless, it happened; and although we both know that the beef is only temporary, I'm still glad that you said it.  It makes a guy's day.

Number Four.  Give us at least one solid eff-up per month. Come on...you know us.  You know almost everything about us; therefore, you know were gonna eff-up.  It's like clockwork; so just shake you head and keep it moving.  We don't know why we did that stupid thing.  I mean, it's just what we do.  So please, just excuse at least one eff-up per month.  Thank you.

Number Five.  Let us watch the game.  Period.  We like competition.  Real men can't get enough of it.  You know the game is suppose to come on; so please, don't schedule that extreme feminine thing (that for some odd reason you think we want to be apart of) on that day.  Geez! It's the playoffs, or something or another...so damn, let us just watch it.  Because ladies, believe me when I tell ya...if you walk across the tv screen in that super sexy crop top t-shirt while we're watching the game then, well... that game (no matter how important we said it was) no longer matters for sh#t.  I'm just sayin.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Black Man: Thank Aaron Alexis for Ruining Your Life for the Next 30 Days

You know the guy. Well, at least you've seen his face. Aaron Alexis. The guy who shot and killed 12 people at the Naval Yard in Washington D.C. The man whose actions were labeled "cowardly" by the President of the United States.  The 34 year-old contractor who randomly fired several rounds at innocent people from an overlook. Yes...him. The idiot named Aaron Alexis.

Now, it is reported that Alexis, the coward, had been suffering from a mental illness, and I do have an understanding of the disease being that I've proudly served as a health care provider for a good number of years; nevertheless, a great deal of damage has been done.  Lives have been lost, loved ones are being missed, and all because of this guy, a prick named Aaron Alexis.
Now, on another note.  When it was reported that the guy who killed innocent people at the Naval Yard was a black man, hundreds of thousands of black people turned their heads in shame.  The feeling was a familiar one.  It took us back to the days of Malvo and Muhammad. The two black men who randomly shot innocent people through a hole in the trunk of a car. That was bad, and this one is just as worse.  Now, to add another notation to this matter, I want to boldly state... black man beware! Beware, beware, be-freakin-ware!  Beware and do not take this warning lightly.

Please, black man, stand clear of any and all authority figures for the next 30 days, or at least until this thing blows over. Know, my dear fellow, that there are now unwritten limitations to your belief of equality . Therefore, black man, be very attentive to this message. 1. Thanks to Aaron Alexis you can no longer drive 5 miles over the speed limit and not get pulled over. Drive with caution, black man.  Drive with caution.  2. Thanks to Aaron Alexis you can no longer talk in that culturally-accepted loud way to which you are accustomed. So please, black man, lower your voice in public. The people are watching.   3. Thanks to Aaron Alexis you must refrain from asking for that much deserved raise that you greatly desired.  Postpone that meeting with your boss, black man. No need in disappointing yourself.  4. Black man, forget about getting that "good job" to which you had recently applied.  Because unless you checked that "do not wish to identify race" box, the position will probably go to the next non-black applicant. Yeah...its' sad, but it's very true.  And black man, if your court date is scheduled within the next 30 days then.... well, now that I think about it, you don't have a chance either, way, black man, so my message don't apply to that.  And black man, if you are seeking to buy a home in the next few weeks, well..,. actually, there's no true worries there either.  The banks only want your money, black man, so just make sure you're credit score is good and anticipate the worse possible interest rate, as usual.
Now, I'm not suggesting that you turn yourself into some scared little b#tch or something, black man. Heavens no, don't do that. But still, lay low for a while, bro.  Let the smoke clear before show your real man-ness.  I mean, it's nothing new; you've been there before. A black man has just put himself in the spotlight of hate; so as a result, repercussions are out there waiting... again.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

No One Can Use The N-Word...Except For Me

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It's simple.  Just don't say it! Just-don't-freakin-it!  Well...I mean, unless you really want to; but still, that only applies to black folks. Sorry, all other races.

Poor Riley Cooper, wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, said it. Cooper got himself busted for saying the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert. Good ole Kenny-freakin-Chesney. And all because a black security guard wouldn't allow him backstage to see the band.  Riley Cooper thought he was safe because he was surrounded by thousands of white people.  He never thought that his rant would go viral on YouTube.  Sorry Riley, it did...and horribly.

As a result, Cooper expressed his sincere apology to everyone who may have been affected by his display of ignorance, including his black teammate's who make up over 70% of his team.  Cooper was also fined and ordered to attend race sensitivity classes.  Since then, Ole Coop has returned to the team supposedly as a refreshed uber-sensitive human being.

Race relations in sports was at a notably high level in the past two weeks.  White folks want the N-word to be banned from public use; and black folks are like "hey, you all invented the word. Geez! Use it...don't use it.  Make up your minds!"  Well, it is true that the N-word is used in daily conversations among black people. Jay-Z and Kanye West have used the N-word in a helluva many songs; and the two are about as popular as any human being can be.  It is also noted that in the movie "Django Unchained" the N-word was mentioned 109 times. One hundred and nine times!!

It may be impossible to go an entire week without hearing the N-word.  And as a result, there is a heavy number of White Americans who feel that since the N-word is so commonly used, and since so many of them have that one "black" friend, then why can't they just use it too?  Use the N-Word? Hmmm... let me give this some thought.

Okay, here's the thing.  There are a lot of black folks who refer to one another by using the N-word.  Okay then..so what's the problem?  Well, as you well know, being called a nigger was the worst thing that anyone could ever call a black person.  And as a result, once it was fully acknowledged that calling blacks the N-word was unacceptable, blacks took the word and applied it freely among themselves, and ultimately took the power out of the word.  That word means nearly nothing to the black man, as it relates to interacting with other blacks; however for those who invented the word, it places them in a very uncomfortable position.

It goes even further. There are women who have taken power away from the word "bitch" by using it in jest within their own circles; and, any man caught using the B-word in public places himself in a position of being disbarred from the human race altogether. If you don't believe me then try it!  There are also some homosexuals who have done the same with the word "fag" and "dike"; and there are also some Asians have done the same to the word "chink."  It seems that it has now become a matter of  "you started it, but we're gonna finish it."

So, now that we understand the rules for using racially-charged or socially unacceptable words, there's no longer a reason to place yourself in those uncomfortable situations.  But I do understand where you were coming from, Riley Cooper. It was truly an honest mistake; and it's definitely a learning process.  I mean, I still have a couple of geeks giving me the stank-eye for some words that were said at a local Starbucks a couple of weeks ago.  I forget about the rule myself some times.  You see, that's their word now.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Is Don Lemon "Black Enough" To Talk About Black People?

Well is he?  Don Lemon, the CNN correspondent, who added to Bill O'Reilly's controversial rant about black people. "He doesn't go far enough,"  Lemon said about the rants.  He went on to voice that blacks need to pull up their pants and stop using the N-word.  The response put a number of black folk in an uproar. And how dare he talk about black people in that way anyhow?  Is he indeed "black enough" to talk about his own kind on a global scale?

Well, sure he is.  He has a voice don't he?  When Lemon came out of the closet and told the world he was gay, surely the public had an avenue to voice how they felt about the matter...and they did.  So why can't Lemon talk about his own people?  Is he too much of a media profile to put black folk's business on blast? Is he "too educated" and out of touch to talk about matters within the inner-city? Or is he just one of the number of so-called celebrity individuals who simply can not talk about black people in public?

Bill Cosby, the philanthropist and entertainer, voiced his issues with black people and the manner in which we speak and behave.  The black community hated him for it. President Obama touched on the matter once upon a time in a way that seems he was scolding us.  The majority of the black community couldn't stand him for about three days (although Tavis Smiley and Cornel West continued to dislike him for two additional years).  Our other beloved president, Bill Clinton, spoke on a need to improve the black family infrastructure.  The black community voiced their disapproval about that as well.

It simple comes down to the belief that no one has the right to talk about black people and their problems. That doesn't seem to make any sense.  Well, being that we were brought to America on slave ships, being that we were physically and emotionally abused for years, given countless promises that were left unfulfilled, endured beatings during a period of civil right demand, and have been perpetually discriminated against for reasons still unknown; well, I would say there is some reasoning behind that notion.  Hey, its simple.  Blacks do not like to be talked about in a negative way.

Yeaaahh...but still though, we can at least pull our damn pants up from time to time.  I do feel ya on that one, Don.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cornel and Tavis: And Their Hatred For Obama

Cornel West is the outspoken Princeton professor. Tavis Smiley is a talk show host and liberal commentator. Together they make up the tag team duo of hatred towards Barack Obama and his presidency. May I also add that two are the greatest pair of haters since Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.  Oh...and John Beck and Hank Williams Jr.  And...well, we're talking about haters of Barack so I could go on forever.

Anyway, in the wake of the George Zimmerman decision, both West and Smiley have been extremely critical of President Obama's response to the jury's acquittal.  On NBC'S "Meet The Press" Smiley said that Obama was hesitant to speak on the matter.  He voiced that the president was not truly willing to walk to the podium to address the nation, but was "pushed to that podium." Afterwards, Smiley went on to say that the president's remarks were "weak as pre-sweetened Kool-Aid." Damn! Pre-sweetened Kool-Aid??  You took it there?!

His partner-in-trife, Cornel West, called President Obama "a global George Zimmerman."  West believes that the president rationalizes the killing of the innocent in the name of self-defense just as children were innocently killed in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  Huh? West also commented on black leader's in Obama's administration and their unwillingness to say a word "about the master in the big house." Woah! Master in the big house??  You're killing me!

Truth be told, they both seem to be two hatin'-ass men who feel the need to talk about others in order to get people to pay attention to them.  I mean, how else are these two clowns going to make themselves relevant? But, it's nothing new.  We've seen this before.  We saw that guy, uhmmm....geez, what's his name?  Oh, yeah.. Jesse Jackson. The guy who said he wanted to "cut (Obama's) nuts off."  Cut a man's nuts off??   Where-the-hell they do that at?  It seems that ole Jesse was just bothered that Obama was getting all of the attention.  And then he shed that fake-ass tear at the inauguration. Remember?  Just pitiful. 

Well, hatred is the issue here, as well.  Tavis Smiley is still hating because Obama didn't attend his "State of the Black Union" conference in 2008 because he was campaigning for the White House.  Cornel West is still hating because he couldn't get tickets to the 2009 inauguration.  Oh boy.  I can feel the hate from here.

Gentlemen, listen..you're both successful black men who were riding the president's jock when he was running for election in 2008.  The whole Trayvon Martin issue was as horrible as it comes; so I understand that it's also an excellent time for you two to get your name out there by being that known black man who occasionally takes swings at President Obama. However, the thing about it is, you're both smart enough to know that the president basically spoke on the Zimmerman verdict to share his grief with other's who saw it for what it was..a wrongful death.  He also spoke to the public to identify himself with every other black man in America. The president addressed the nation because he wanted to douse water on a possible emotionally-charged fire.  The president voiced his concerns because he genuinely cares about his American people, and recognizes injustice when he see's it.

But, if there is no one else for Mr. Smiley and Mr. West to talk about then maybe it's best that they choose someone with whom they can identify.  Then again, I guess there is where the problem lies.

The two simply can't.




Sunday, July 14, 2013

Recovering from the verdict

SANFORD, Fla – On July 13, 2013 a jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  It was a case that affected people all over the nation in one way or another. 

Zimmerman appeared unnerved prior to the minute before hearing the verdict despite the obvious weight of the matter.  It was the same expressionless look that viewers had seen during the course of the trial.  After the verdict was read, Zimmerman gave a quick smile and extended his hand to his attorneys.  However, many people suspect that a civil case will soon follow.

If one paid attention to the active Facebook and Twitter posts following the conclusion of the trial, one could quickly gather a feel for the pulse of the nation.  Currently, there is anger and resentment among a vast number of African-Americans.  Many white Americans have chosen to openly express their views as well; some have done so with caution.  On the morning prior to the verdict, there was one elderly white gentleman who told me that he knew with certainty that there would be a guilty verdict.  “It has to be,” he had said.  Surely, that gentleman was surprised with last night’s ruling.

So, what’s next for the great number of Americans who were angered by the not guilty ruling in the Trayvon Martin case?  Certainly, there has to be a search for strength, a search for understanding, and a search for comfort.  There was a victim here, and his name was Trayvon Martin.  There are other victims as well; including the parents and family members who have lost a son, a cousin, and a friend.  When there is a need for truth and guidance, one can only look to God for resolution.  “He will bring order to chaos,” an irritated bystander said following the verdict.  “He will bring comfort to the unsettled.” Without a doubt, he can bring strength to the remaining weakened.

Once again America has been wounded; but, in the search for God’s guidance, we all can become better citizens.  We will indeed be healed in due time. 

So, what is to come out of the killing of an innocent 17-year-old teenager named Trayvon Martin?  Well, if God is truly in our midst then surely we will grow stronger from this unsuspecting tragedy.  We simply need to seek out the real Truth, and only then act according to how we are moved. 

Because quite frankly, the pulse of the nation tells me as much.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kanye and Kim: And a child named North.



No duo is more suitable for conversation than the drama-king/queen Kanye West and his super egotistical sex tape princess Kim Kardashian.  As often as we see Kanye on TMZ going bananas over a cameraman for simply saying hello...believe me, he wants the attention.  For two wayward beings, it's only fitting that they name their only child North West.  (s-m-h slowly).  One may think that Kim is so uncontrollably attention-seeking because she had lost her father; and that Kanye is so... well, Kanye, because he has lost his mother.  I suppose that the two don't truly understand the importance that parenthood has on child-rearing since they purposely destined their child for a drama-filled life.  Good job, you two.  You've gotten off to an excellent start in steering young North to a future stent in a SA rehab clinic.  But what do I know, they're both talented and uhmm, I mean, well... one is very talented and the other is, well... the other is a female.  Still, who knows? I'm sure that'll do just fine.

Oh, and by the way... here's a much belated congratulations to you both.  It's a girl.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Paula Deen: Our Favorite Racist


We love us some Paula Deen.  We love her tasty pot pies, her delicious peach cobbler, and of course, the chicken and dumplings.  We love her ever-tender meatloaf, her succulent shrimp kabobs, and that crispy fried chicken. We love her spicy chili beans, her Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps, and those uber fattening sandwiches.  I'll take the gumbo, please...and that Honey Game Hen to go.  Ahhhhh boy!!  It's the type of food that'll speed up your heart rate all while putting a smile on your face...yes, indeed.  And to top it all, it's all promoted by a certified-down-home white woman.  So its gots to be good for ya, right?  Right??  No? Well, maybe not anymore.  You see, our beloved country fried cook is no longer America's favorite chef.  In fact, she has personally placed herself on a hate list of her loyal fans..

Here's the story.  As part of a $1.2 million lawsuit brought on by Lisa Jackson, former manager of a Savannah, Georgia, restaurant run by Deen and her brother; Jackson alleges that Deen used the N-word at the restaurant repeatedly.  She also alleges that Deen's brother, Bubba Heirs, sexually harassed her.  As a result, Deen admitted in a recorded deposition last month to telling racist jokes, using the N-word, as well as planning a slavery-themed wedding.  But still... that Sweet Chicken Bacon Wrap sure sounds good, right?  Right??  No?

As of June 21st, Deen was fired from the the Food Network.  She has also been dropped by Smithfield Foods, the global pork producing company based in Smithfield, Va.  Walmart, which sells Deen's cookware, is also looking into the matter and will likely remove the product from their shelves; and it is believed that QVC will also follow the actions of the others.  Yet still, something continues to lure me to that delicious Chicken Pot Pie!  No??

Years ago, I took a Sociology of Minorities course instructed by a gifted professor name Dr.Carr. There was one thing that he said that will always stick in my head. "Only people in power can be a racist."  I have repeated those words time and time again when someone was quick to coin another as being a racist.  Most hate words are simply said out of nothing more than absolute ignorance.  I mean, come on... Whites have said negative things about Hispanics (and vice versa), Italians have made derogatory comments about Jews (and vice versa), Orientals have stirred racial remarks towards Blacks (and vice versa).  But still, according to Dr. Carr that doesn't make you a racist. However, when you have direct control over someone's livelihood in such a way in which Paula Deen had power over Lisa Jackson; well, there truly exist the act of racism. Hmmm.... mouth-watering Honey Game Hens.  No??

So what's next for the unveiled racist/celebrity chef Paula Deen?  I'm sure she'll lose more endorsements; and once she's at the bottom, someone will give her another chance to bring forth her culinary magic to the masses.  But, maybe she's learned something from all this.  Then again, maybe she just learned to keep her demeaning thoughts to herself.  Truly, only time will tell.  But until then, Ms. Dean is stuck at a lifetime low, appearing pathetically sorrowful as she pleads the American public for one last desperate act of forgiveness.

But still.... that damn Sweet Chicken Bacon Wrap sure sounds good right now..  No?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

..And That's Why Sergio Kept it Real With Tiger

Okay..this is what happened.  Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods had exchanged heated words over the past two weeks, dating to The Players Championship when Garcia said that Woods purposely stirred up the crowd as he was playing a shot.  The matter got nasty when Garcia and other golfers were at a dinner and an emcee from The Golf Channel jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open.  "We'll have him round every night," Garcia said.  "We will serve fried chicken."

Hahaha...haha...haha...ha.  Oh, uhh, you didn't find that funny?  Well, not even a little?  Oh...okay.  Well, ole Serg apologized for it; but too late, the damage was done. Welcome to the world of professional golf; and reintroduce yourself, if you will, to a world filled with shadiness and hatred.  But wait a second!  Perhaps something constructive can come out of ole Sergie's racial statement? Yeah.. constructive.

You see, some of have felt that Tiger Woods doesn't have a good sense of self.  Some have even said (not me, of course... well, maybe me) that Tiger has had trouble identifying with blacks.  He has also seemed to act a little awkward around Asians...well, some have said.  So, what's the deal with Tiger?  What's the issue with the most polarized sports figure in the entire world?

Okay, let's get a little more history on the matter. Tiger Woods was heavily ridiculed for the whole wife attacks cheater with golf club incident.  He later confessed to having a sex addition (which was a total joke).  He lost plenty of endorsement money and most of his huge fan base.  The ex-wife signed a divorce settlement which entitled her to receive over a hundred million dollars.  Tiger then struggles to win tournaments.   A year or so later, Tiger starts back winning.  He also wins back endorsements.  He then wins back a good number of his fans.  And now he becomes the recipient of a stereotypical joke.  And well..... I'm okay with it!

Sigh.  I know what you're saying.  "A racial joke is directed towards Tiger Woods, and you're okay with that? What-the-hell, Blaze?"  Well, you see.. firstly, maybe Tiger should be regularly reminded of the thoughts of his fellow players, as well as any other so-called racist associated with The PGA Tour.  And secondly, I mean...gosh man, chose a side for once, Tiger; or chose both, I don't care.  It's just that...playing vanilla, as a race card, isn't a good look for you.  And third, you-are-freakin-touchable, dude!  You should be reminded of that everyday.  Ask O.J.  Ask Wesley.  Ask Oprah... yeah Oprah, the chick who thought she could shop at a Paris Hermes store at any time she wanted...until she was reminded that she was black.   Or ask any black person who thought they were bigger than the thoughts of others in regard to the color of their skin.

And poor Sergio?  Yeah, that's right..poor Serg.  Sergio Garcia, the man who is adored by Europeans, and is now admired by a good number of white Americans for saying what many have said in private... yeah him? Well, quite frankly...Gracias, Spaniard!  Hell, you may have just been the one who brought Tiger Woods to his senses.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Why We Love/Hate Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey is a national hero. No. Charles Ramsey's just a ignorant guy from the hood. Charles Ramsey is a life saver.  No. Charles Ramsey's just a street bum who didn't want to drop his Big Mac to help a screaming woman.  Okay, so who is the real Charles Ramsey? And do we love him, or do we hate him?

It's simple. Charles Ramsey's just a black man living in a Hispanic neighborhood who responded to the screams of a white woman being held by her Puerto Rican captor.  And with all that being said, there's no race issue, there's no gender issue, there's only a matter of human civility.

You see, there are black folks who don't like Ramsey because he reminds them of their aloof cousin or uncle who is always getting themselves into something.  And some blacks simply don't like the fact that this kind of man was fortunate enough, unfortunate enough, ignorant enough (or whatever words you choose to use) to be seen on a national level thus representing all of the black race. Sigh....We can all be such fools at times.

Well, I can tell you for certain what Charles Ramsey is... He's the type of guy who can live on a little over $200 dollars a week because that's what his job pays.  He's the type of guy who can own up to the mistake of assuming that his lover has cheated on him, and goes to jail for domestic assault.  He's the type of guy who gets sent home from work for having AK-47 rounds in his coat pocket that were a souvenir from his friend who served in Afghanistan.  He's the type of guy who ends a George Stephanopoulos' nationally televised interview by simply throwing up the peace sign.  He's the type of guy who constantly insists that the woman who was screaming for help is the real hero.  And in this case, he's the type of guy who came out of his home to respond to the sounds of a stranger who was screaming "a scream you never heard before."

Charles Ramsey, a regular guy from the hood, is indeed a hero.  Nowadays he is bothered by streams of people who just want to be apart of his entourage.  He does radio shows and he's invited to events by people of influence; and still, he's been reminding people for an entire week that he has to get back to his dishwashing job on Monday. "I work for a living, man, and I will until I'm terminated."

Charles Ramsey has had much to say to those who wanted to hear him.  Many wanted to make fun; others simply wanted a story.  But if one had paid close attention to his words then one would have gained much. One of my favorite Charles Ramsey comments is "I just played my damn position.."  Hmmm, just imagine if we all just played our position in life?  Could you fathom that?  Gosh!  What other life changing stories could be told?


So truly, you just gotta love Charles Ramsey.  I mean, the man is only a national hero.