A Belated Birthday Shout to a Belated Hero: Happy Birthday Malcolm X

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This week  (5/19)  Malcolm X would have turned 89 years old. Unlike on Martin Luther Kings birthday my timeline was not flooded with  timeless quotes from the birthday icon despite being one of the more poignant orators of not only his era, but the 20th century. I rhetorically ask why?

When we think of the Civil Rights period and the forces behind the dramatic and dynamic societal paradigm shifts that took place we often think of and credit Martin Luther King and the mostly pacifist, Gandhi inspired peaceful resistance movement as the impetus responsible for much of that change–and rightfully so.

We however tend to forget and under-appreciate the role played by Malcolm and the movements that he joined and inspired. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not feeding into the false dichotomy of Malcolm vs Martin or devaluing the work of Dr. King,  nor do I believe that any of the posthumous praise and adulation that he garners is unwarranted. What I do believe is that brother El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz should be given more recognition  to match his major contribution to the ongoing struggle of the black family in America. I’m also a disbeliever in the idea that these two men even before they began to overtly meet in the middle were as ideologically and diametrically opposed to one another as history and even their own musings might suggest. Their overlapping movements in many ways worked in concert. They were both equally effective and neither one of them would have been successful leaders had they employed their style of leadership/protest in the other persons region. i.e if King was leading a movement in the north his early pacifist style would not have played well. At best he would have simply been another Harlem store front street preacher.  For Malcolm’s part if he were leading a protest movement in Montgomery or Selma, the first time he called Bull Conner a white devil he would have had a silver bullet in his  black  ass. I say that to say that even though they may have publicly quibbled with the others respective leadership style, they were both deep enough thinkers and anti-myopic enough to know that the nature of the beast that they opposed largely dictated the style of fight that they employed. Both men made skillful use of the press and they leveraged their ability to create headlines to greatly improve the lives of not only black people but poor folks  below and above the Mason-Dixon line.

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A worldwide movement was burgeoning before both Malcolm and Martin were gunned down at the tender age of 39.  They both in their own unique way successfully conveyed to the world that the American Negroes fight for civil rights was part and parcel to the global struggle of all oppressed people for human rights. By changing the goal from Civil Rights, (something that could be both granted and restricted by the man made powers that be),  to  the fight for human rights–something that only the creator is recognized as being endowed enough to give or take.  Both Malcolm and Martin became international and more importantly interracial leaders of a global movement once they expanded their respective visions.  That made them both a threat to the status quo. Hence they left us much sooner than we were prepared for.

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Some 50 years after their deaths the Status quo has made a major comeback in the area of controlling, manipulating and confusing the hearts and minds of the majority populace. I was asked the other day where is today’s Malcolm X for this generations lost tribe of Shabazz. More or less the query rhetorically was suggesting one, that we needed another Malcolm, and two there are no more Malcolm’s in the ether to cultivate into an  El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. My answer was that I don’t think it’s a matter of leadership that’s lacking so much as there is a lack unity among the people and a lack of an ability to humble ourselves before one another to achieve a common cause while furthering the objectives as posited by men like Malcolm.

In Malcolm and Kings day it really was not hard for them to find a common cause. Far too many of us are too comfortable with our own status quo to identify with a common revolutionary cause today. It is a lot harder to create an effective and sustainable movement for the masses to follow–even with the advent of social media . In many ways it  has to get collectively and exponentially worse in order for the requisite critical mass to build up high enough to birth the kind of public angst potent enough to prop up leaders like Martin and Malcolm because make no mistake about it, the genius that went into the making of those great men is not obsolete and exists to this day. It runs through the collective unconscious of more of our people today than many of us are willing to admit.  We are simply too comfortable as a collective.  So in the absence of wishing for more dire straits to visit our people (I prefer to think that the worst is behind us)instead of wishing for another Malcolm or Martin to come back I will simply remain thankful for the myriad lessons that they imparted in the truncated lives that they lived. King showed America what the black man was capable of when properly resourced from birth.  And Malcolm showed the world that a rose really could grow from the concrete.  Happy birthday sir!

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10 Reasons Why I Embrace Being An Angry Black Male

I’ve often been told that I was angry. An angry black man to be exact. I used to vehemently reject that label until I took stock of all the things that pissed me off and/or truly had enough power over me to disrupt my mood. More things in this world, especially as it pertains to social justice and uplift anger me than I care to admit. For the sake of clarity I’m gonna give you 10 reasons why I’m an Angry Black Man.

To be a negro in this country and to be relativity conscious is to be in a rage almost all of the time ~ James Baldwin

1. The myth of Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was known as the “Great Communicator”. As with most labels, talking points and platitudes from the right, the moniker “Great Communicator” is euphemistic speak for something much more sinister. By great communicator they really mean to say that he was a great liar. One that is able to effectively articulate the dastardly deeds that his party had in store for the country by couching said message in between some innocuous sound bites with his signature evil grin. Our 40th president saved his best acting for his post Hollywood career because his emulating even a marginally effective sitting president was a more Oscar worthy performance than anything he ever had as the B list actor that he was.

I would have to dedicate an entire blog post to the guy  recite all the ways in which Reagan was a foul and failed president, so for the sake of brevity I will provide a truncated list of infractions

  1. He tripled the nations debt
  2. He slashed taxes for the top 1 percent and raised it 18 times on the middle and lower classes
  3. He ignored both the AIDS & crack epidemic that took root under his watch
  4. His vice presidents son (Neil Bush) was at the epicenter of the largest savings and loan scandal that the nation has ever seen (to the tune of 1.5 trillion)
  5. Helped arm and empower Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Iran and the Taliban

All in all the dude sucked royally and the hero worship he receives today should be enough to drive any sane man mad–so yeah, I’m angry about that.

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2. Fox News and the Corporate media conglomerates that purposely confuses the masses

The Fairness Doctrine was created in 1949 due to a rise in  misinformation and outright propaganda being accepted as empirical fact by much of the public. For 50 years it for the most part succeeded in keeping the public informed when it came to matters  germane to its interest.  When Ronald Reagan took office in 1980 he immediately began chipping away at this law until it was finally abolished in 1987.  So if you ever wondered why the Bill O’Reilly’s’, Sean Hannity’s and Rush Limbaugh’s of the world incessantly heap praise on one of the worst presidencies in the modern era, understand that these men would not have jobs in media were it not for Ronald Reagan doing away with a law that forbade them from being the lying talking heads that they are today–at least not unchallenged. Thus began the making of the anti-intellectual society that we currently suffer through today.

The idiot age that has finally come to fruition was not just the fault of  Reagan and his right-wing party, it was a bi-partisan hit job on the American people because not even 10 years after the Fairness Doctrine was repealed by Reagan, Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996  (the very year that Fox News was born) which basically killed mom and pop ownership of local media and granted corporate owned media outlets carte blanche powers to consolidate media markets around the country. The end result is a lot more media voices with a whole lot less diversity in the perspective that powers those many voices. Fast forward to 2014 where millions of people hold steadfast to truths that have absolutely no basis in fact ,like where this president was born or what religion he claims or even more long standing and scientifically proven facts like  the world being older than 6000 years. Either way it’s enough to drive any sane person mad. So for the sake of sanity Fox is a major reason why I’m an Angry Black Man!

3. The Ban the N-word movement

I’m personally offended that the word nigga has some how become the only word in the English lexicon that Americans ( black & white) feel need to be banned( regardless of the context). I’m not here to defend the words usage but I do question the logic being employed. What good is getting rid of the word nigga if you are doing nothing to abate the nigga condition? That’s sort of like putting on deodorant without taking a shower.

Several years ago I watched in sheer disgust as the NAACP conducted a mock funeral for the word. It was an utter spectacle and an all-time low for the organization that still calls itself colored. The only thing more ridiculous than the idea of trying to bury a word that has been an active part of the urban vernacular for most of the 20th century (and on into the new millennium) is the guy they choose to bury the word. They actually had Kwame Kilpatrick do the Eulogy.

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How are you going to ask an n-word  to bury the  n-word?

If such a sad spectacle (and major fail) was not bad enough we now have the NFL commissioner stepping into the fray to give his unsolicited, unwanted and unworthy  opinion on the matter (backed by punitive measures). Now mind you this is the same guy that has neither  the empathy nor social awareness to lend a sympathetic ear to the concerns of the Native American population that take serious umbrage with the Redskin moniker.  Now he wants to interject and legislate the speech of black men in the NFL– ain’t that some shit!?! Even more maddening is the fact that I hear so many black people co-sign this foolish and morally empty gesture. They act like he’s doing this out of sheer altruism and not because of the fact that  two of his white players purposely used the word in its most offensive contexts. So basically he’s going to penalize the black players in the game because he has two white players who embarrassed the league this year. Yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense.

4. Reality Television

I’m first and foremost mad at myself for knowing who many of the characters  on these shows are in the first place.  Unfortunately for me I tend to vicariously follow these shows via my Facebook timeline every time they come on. If it was as simple as blocking (or deleting) the people that watch these sort of programs and provide play-by-play details of the ratchet optics, believe me I would. But it’s not that easy because these shows have captivated people of all walks. From the projects to the pulpits these “reality” programs have become cult like hit shows– especially with black women.    I even have sisters that religiously watch these wayward programs telling me that I should stop using the N-Word. The audacity  niggacity of these particular women truly befuddle me.  It’s wrong to say the word nigga but completely okay to act out the worst of nigga behavior for all the world to see and even worse, for young impressionable minds to think that such untoward behavior as exhibited on these shows are okay to emulate.

the more of this young girls see on TV…

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The more of this we will all see on World star Hip Hop…

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She Watch Channel Zero was song on Public Enemy’s ‘It takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back’ album that dropped way back in 1988. It no longer takes a nation of millions to hold black people back–Bravo is doing a pretty good job at it.

5. Black Conservatives and the house nigger mentality

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The good Dr. Clarke said it all. Nothing left for me to add. Actually I have plenty to add but I have so much disdain to express vis-a-vis the house nigger mentality that it would take an entire blog post dedicated to the subject.

6. White Supremacy

White Supremacy is indeed one of the most wide spread un-diagnosed mental illnesses that exist today. It’s an affliction that transcends  religion, race, creed, culture, and geographic boundaries. When white people in America finally get a grip on what an insidious force white supremacy is and begin to successfully combat it, the world as we know it will begin to move towards peace. The world would also begin to see a semblance of fairness as it pertains to how the wealth of the world is redistributed.

White supremacy is not just the enemy of black people and indigenous people across the globe, white supremacy is also an enemy to most white people. Why? Because it’s a facade. A mere false notion whereby the top 2-5 percent reap 85 percent of the benefits that the majority champion–under the guise of white privilege.  It really is high time that White America collectively wake up and realize that the greatest problems that this country face were caused and co-signed by a white majority. The wayward white male voting patterns are to blame for all of the wars and strife that engulf this nation– almost 100 percent. From the countries two longest running wars in Afghanistan and Iraq all the way back to the Civil War (and before) where over 500,000 died quite literally in the name of preserving white supremacy (99 percent of the participants did NOT own slaves).

Congressman Paul Ryan recently made headlines for what could only be labeled a “blame it on the blacks” excuse (for pretty much all of the countries financial woes).

“there is a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work…So there’s a real culture problem here…that has to be dealt with.” ~ Congress Paul Ryan

Now this is coming from a man that voted to go to war in Iraq (2 trillion plus tax dollars), he voted for the Afghan war (2 plus trillion tax dollars) and the Bush tax Cuts (1 trillion). Now that’s at least 5 trillion dollars alone that this man wasted since becoming a congressman. Then there’s the Medicare part D boondoggle that’s costing the tax payers 62 billion alone this year with the progressive scale that it’s on promising to raise that figure to 150 billion annually by 2019.

Now you don’t need to know algebra (or even a calculator) to come to the conclusion that congressman Paul Ryan’s proclivity for wasteful spending is far more responsible for the nations 16 trillion dollar debt than anything going on in the hood. Even he knows this. The quoted Paul Ryan musing is what you call a dog whistle. A sort of wink wink codec to white Americans to say, “once we get rid of our black problem all will be right in the country”–meanwhile he’s robbing them blind increasing their taxation while decreasing their representation in the form of tangible government  benefits and services. This of course is not a new tactic. It’s a tried and true method of coalescing their base. This Southern Strategy that congressman Paul and others in his party actively employ is wholly dependent on the white supremacist worldview. Lyndon B Johnson best expressed this phenomena when he said:

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”~ LBJ

LBJ in appealing to the white Southerners common sense was able to help them help themselves by getting his Great Society programs off the ground–the very same Great Society programs that are under attack by Paul Ryan and others under the guise of fixing the countries black problem.

The presidency of Barack Obama has galvanized the dormant descendants of the Dixiecrat movement (think Tea Party) and got them reengaged in the political process and this is the fools gold that Ryan and others in his fledgling party are playing to. Lee Atwater who was a former Reagan Aide and former campaign manger for George H.W Bush is known as the modern day  architect of the Nixon Strategy. He in very laymen terms explained to Ryan and others how  to execute this strategy in 1981 when he said:

“You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busingstates’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger” ~ Lee Atwater (as Reagan aide)

This lesson from Atwater has not been lost on anyone in today’s republican party. It however was not his last message to them or the masses. It is also one that is sadly lost on them all. Lee Atwater’s death bed mea culpa should serve as a stark and dire warning to the GOP that today employs the worst of what he had to offer the world and to the part of white america that still needs to feel a sense of ethnic and cultural superiority in order to vote for a given candidate.

“My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The ’80s were about acquiring — acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn’t I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn’t I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don’t know who will lead us through the ’90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul”~ Lee Atwater (from his death bed)

Even those who have benefited the most form the white supremacist construct at the end of life regret harboring such a divisive and superficial worldview. Those in America that don’t actually benefit from such a worldview would be doing themselves (and the world around them) great justice by ridding themselves of such an ideology.

7. Stand Your Ground and The rise of the Zimmerman defense

The Zimmerman affect should be enough to raise the ire of every person of color who happens to be, or have love ones that are young black men. The gross injustice doled in the wake of the cold blooded murders of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and the subsequent exoneration for the murderous intent that went into their killing is as frightening as it is maddening.

The George Zimmerman acquittal and his failure to initially be arrested for the crime of murder was about white supremacy. The fact that a mostly white jury could not bring themselves to convict Michael Dunn for the cold blooded premeditated murder of an unarmed 17 year old Jordan Davis despite mounds of evidence is because of white supremacy.

The sense of entitlement and the victim-hood displayed by both George Zimmerman and especially Michael Dunn is the most maddening aspect of their trials. The following quote by Michel Dunn in a conversation with his girlfriend sums up perfectly what’s wrong with his thought process

You know I was thinking about that today, I was like I’m the fucking victim here, I was the one who was victimized, I mean I don’t know how else to cut it, like they attacked me, I’m the victim. I’m the victor, but I was the victim too.”

Since the untimely and racially charged murders of Trayvonn Martin and Jordan Davis more innocent unarmed black people were inexplicably gunned down by white men. Robert Bruce BlackBrian Cloninger, Theodore Wafer and Claudius Smith all joined the ranks of “victims that needed to stand their ground by gunning down a defenseless black person. Apparently it’s a dream of many white men to gun down an unarmed black kid and beat the case. They want to be like George like we wanted to be like Mike. It’s disgusting and any black man that is not angry at this seemingly growing trend is devoid of both a brain and spinal cord.

8. Black bigotry, intolerance and overall lack of political astuteness

The opposite of white supremacy is progress. White supremacy on its face is regressive and reactionary politics/policy. Policies promoted to purposely divide the populous (divide and conquer) to foster a society more ripe for corrupt capitalist to exploit.

Far too many of my so called conscious brothers think that the answer to white supremacy and all of its affects is black unity in the form of huddling the black masses (all 13-15 percent of the country’s black population) and in Marcus Garvey like fashion building our own colony away from from the “evil white man”. What such a supposition fails to account for is the inherent good and evil that exists in all men. If you talk ALL black men with you to that colony of blackness you would no doubt be taking some inherently evil and flawed minded black men with you.

First and foremost our percentages in this country are such that we need other groups to vote along side us in order to maximize a progressive minded influence. As black people we must disabuse the notion that that we are this countries most aggrieved population (even if we are) and be able to look for enough past our own historical disenfranchisement to empathize with the contemporaneous disenfranchisement of others. Even if their current plight is is not nearly as bad as the reverberations of the disenfranchisement wrought on our ancestors. If we are not going to join or co-sign the movements of the LGBT community, the immigrant community or any of the other groups like the labor movement, or women’s suffrage movement then the least that we should be doing is NOT speaking ill of those movements or worse–joining the chorus of hate and misunderstanding as it pertains to those respective groups.

One of the biggest criticisms of Obama is his lack of a “black agenda”. In that critic I often hear black people bemoan the fact that this president has done so many things for gays an immigrants, but nothing for blacks. This is a critique often bantered about by some of the more politically astute blacks. What I often find myself explaining (to no avail) to the men and women that make these proclamations is that the measures that this administration took on behalf of the LGBT community and the immigrant community were low hanging fruit. He did what any person of conscious would have done in his position at this pivotal time in history. There is no such silver bullet to solve what ails inner city America. There is nothing to repeal with a mere pen stroke. Our issues are much more deeply rooted.  Therefore the panacea requires much deeper thoughts and far less regurgitation of bygone era black separatist politics.

At best black people comprise 15 percent of the countries population but our contribution to what made America the first world power that she is in no less than 50 percent. This country literally moves to the beat of the African drum. Wear that as a sense of pride but disabuse the notion that we are superior and are best served by separation from territories that our ancestors helped to build. While in many ways it may seem that we are regressing but we are a long way from were we started. I would not want to live in the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s. We were doing far worse collectively. White supremacy has to continue to die out. It’s dying a slow death and whatever we can do to speed up that death would assist in moving not only the black community forward but this whole nation and the world as well. One final thought to ponder…

There could be no Michael Jordan if there were no James Naismith ~ Unknown

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9. Respectable Negros

The respectable Negro is not to be confused with the House Nigger and definitely  not to be confused with the negro that simply shows respect to their fellow man.

If there was an aviator in the dictionary to  represent the respectable negro it would probably be a picture of the HRNIC (head respectable negro in charge) himself Don Lemon. If you know Don Lemon and can identify his major malfunction than you know what i mean when I speak about the anguish that respectable Negroes world wide are able to illicit in you average angry black man. If you are unfamiliar with the antics of Don Lemon then I have to apprise you on what a respectable negro is in a future blog post. For now judge for yourself…

10. Today’s hip hop landscape

I was born in 1973, the same year that many historians of the genre credit Cool Herc with creating rap. I was also born and reared in Brooklyn NY which is arguably responsible for birthing the worlds greatest MC’s hailing from any single borough, city, county or municipal jurisdiction, so when I see what has become of the culture it makes me Mad Rapper type angry.

We went from this….

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to this…

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I can’t be the only one mad at what has become of the culture.

Even Malcolm has something to say about it… http://vt.tumblr.com/tumblr_n11rwfAPer1tt8zae.mp4#_=_

 

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An open letter to Kobe Bryant

Dear Kobe,

Despite your many on court feats and your obvious first ballot hall of fame credentials, I’ve never been much of a fan of yours. I cannot and will not ever question your competitive spirit or your quest to be the best Michael Jordan since Michael Jordan. You’ve succeeded for the most part in actualizing every kids wildest dream of being like Mike (for better and worst) and to that I tip my hat. I’d also like to congratulate you on reaching another milestone Mikestone in your quest to be the greatest clone ever. You finally eclipsed Michael Jeffery Jordan in one of the areas that he was most proficient at as both an NBA player and an  executive–ignoring the plight of your biggest fans and supporters..

Way back in 1990 when MJ was just starting his reign as the best player in the game a black mayor from Charlotte named Harvey Gantt asked Michael Jordan for an endorsement as he challenged the incumbent US Senator and longtime segregationist (and rabidly racist) Jesse Helms. Michael Jordan’s response was “Republicans buy shoes too”. In other words he said “hell no nigga!” He displayed a remarkable level of obtuseness as it pertained to using his celebrity for the greater good of those that helped make him the legend that he remains today.

Fast forward to 2014 and the New Yorker interview where you were asked your thoughts on the homage paid to the memory of Trayvon Martin by the Miami Heat. I could almost hear the silent WWJD (what would Jordan do) self query prefacing your very in-artful and even less conscious retort. Sadly even MJ would have been able to side step that tough but answerable question with much less consternation and controversy. You may not ever get that 6th ring or come close to equaling MJ’s six MVP’s but as far as being an out of touch super star athlete devoid of empathy, you are the all time greatest–MJ ain’t got nothing on you.

Since you seem rather oblivious about the gravity of the situation and your statements regarding it, and you are unable to decipher the facts (a whole two years later) I’m going to be a good sport and break down just how badly you played yourself and damaged your legacy–at least among conscious basketball fans.

Let’s first start with your last statement/tweet as it pertains to this issue.

Travon Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion #tweetURthoughts

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 27, 2014

That tweet obviously indicates that you’re not a total moron and you do get the fact that a grave injustice was dealt. Why then was your answer to the question of what you thought about the Heats hoodie gesture the following:

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, just because I’m African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and as a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American, we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, if we’ve progressed as a society, then you don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.” ~ Kobe Bryant

Trayvon Martin was not simply some a black kid. You have/had far more in common with Tracy Martin & Sbryna Fulton’s dearly departed 17 year old son than you care to admit. Trayvon Martin was the same age as you were when you were drafted out of Lower Marion High school in 1996. The fact that some citizen (not cop) racially profiled him before gunning him down at such a tender and time stamped age should be enough for you to at least feel some measure of empathy with those from the Heat that thought it prudent to honor the kid. Then there is the fact that this kid was actually making that run to 7/11 for Skittles and ice tea so he could get back in time to see you break Michael Jordan’s NBA All-Star scoring record which you did in a spectacular 27 point performance. One that Trayvonn tragically missed because he was busy being stalked and murdered by a boy named George. Trayvon’s body remained a John Doe despite having ID and a cellphone with the information of his next of kin readily accessible. They also tested his dead corpse for drugs while at the same time handing his murderer his weapon back– no arrest, no drug test and a seeming ambivalence towards any kind of justice for the victim. The authorities actually treated the suspect as the victim. And to this day the suspect claims to be the victim. Those were the FACTS that the Miami Heat and everyone else in the country were operating off of Mr. Bryant. As a black man that felt the pain of Trayvon’s parents I take great umbrage with your characterization of myself and others efforts, angst and protest as blacks supporting blacks simply because we are black. It’s two years later–what facts are you still waiting to come out?

It’s totally your prerogative to abstain from social movements and working to bring about a more equitable across the board treatment for all people. I mean it would be nice if you were more like LeBron James and some  of the more contentious athletes and entertainers who do make an effort to use their celebrity for the greater good of the community from which they come and more over for which supports them, but you are not automatically expected to take up such causes as you so eloquently stated. While the culture that has helped to elevate you to near GOAT status does not expect your loyalty, to deny that culture your loyalty the way you’ve done says a lot about your level of selfishness .When you first entered the league as a young 17 year old high school graduate you embraced the culture and the culture fully embraced you. Kobe and brandy

From taking Brandy to your prom (when we all know that a dark skin natural woman is nothing close to your style) to rapping on stage in Italian during All-star Saturday with Tyra Banks, (talk about a cornball brother) your carefully crafted image was set in a way that the average Trayvon Martin (then and now) would automatically gravitate towards your likeness and hail you as the greatest player of their generation. They bought your shoes, they made both your #8 and #24 jersey’s top sellers for years. Why would you NOT want to get a kids back like that? Does George Zimmerman wear Kobe’s too or something?

I’ve also noticed that you’ve found a surrogate and unofficial press secretary in Stephen A  Smith (aka Stepin Fetchin). For years he’s served as a Kobe apologist on First Take,  but now I see you got that brother working overtime on your behalf. In the last several months you dispatched that apologetic respectable negro twice to work on operation clean up Kobe’s image. The first was after Jim Brown spoke some harsh truths about you. Some truths that even a non-fan like me took some issue with. I thought that his critique was rather arbitrary and unfair. That was then–today I’m signing that petition to bring Jim back to the show to give a follow up.    Stephen A Smiths face in his second Kobe PR clean up job was enough to tell the viewer that  not even he was totally sold on the message that he was dispatched to publicly co-sign– hence is very dismissive quip of “when I give a damn I will I’ll let you know” referring to the majority black population that he was reminded by Arsenio that would not appreciate his latest Kobe double down. He obviously gave some sort of damn which is why he was jumping through hoops trying to explain the inexplicable.  He goes on to do an even worse job than you did in your original missive by conflating unrelated phenomenons and other partial truths with the original issue which was simply seeking justice for a young black kid who was essentially stalked and gunned down for being a young black kid.

It would behoove you to reach out to the parents of Trayvon Martin to apologize for your less than sensitive and nonsensical comments regarding the death of their son. You should also reach out to the Heat to apologize to them for questioning their gesture and the motives that went into it. You have the right top stand on the sidelines in this battle for full equality and equal treatment under the law. What you don’t have the right to do is to stand on the sideline and take shots at the brave-hearts that are willing to lose a few endorsements in order to bring to fruition a more equitable society.

 

Signed,

An Angry Black man

 

P.S. Make sure you sign that petition to get Jim Brown back on Arsenio Hall to discuss your wayward commentary…

Save the Music, Save the Children

People always talk about the 90’s being the golden age of hip-hop, which is true, but it was the golden age of music period. All genres of music during the 90’s was hot. 
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In the 90’s we still had Luther Vandross Anita Baker, Gerald Levert–even the King of Pop was still giving the world timeless music to enjoy. In addition you had new comers like Mary J Blige, Boys II Men, Jodeci and the myriad other male and female groups that sprung up. Some had staying power and others were one hit wonders but they all made the radio enjoyable to listen to. You had Depech Mode, U2, Green Day, Hootie & The Blowfish and other hard and soft rock bands going strong and making great music that was aesthetically pleasing to ear-buds across all demographics.  ImageYou had Shabba Ranks, Beanie Man, Super Cat, Patra and others holding it down for the reggae/dance hall scene and they were all dope. Even the jazz genre was putting out the hits with the likes of Branford Marsalis,Kenny G and Wayman Tisdale  blowing the horn.

So what happened? How did listening to the radio go from being oh so good in the 90’s to being god-awful today? I have a theory–on both how it got so good during its zenith and on how it reached its nadir in 2013. It’s far from empirical fact or even the lone factor but, I do believe it is a major factor in why I hate the radio today.Image

Music in the 90’s reached its peak (In my humble opinion) because were just entering into the Information Age where the world started to shrink and cultural exchange became much more seamless. Any time you have a market place where diversity is fostered awesomeness usually ensues and that is what happened with music in the 90’s. At the same time however very sharp cuts were being made to the wholistic style of education that was once a staple of a free and balanced education. Image

When I was in school I remember everyone taking music class. In elementary and Jr. High. The nerds, the athletes, the class clowns and bullies all had to make use of that little brown flute. Whether or not you were musically inclined you were taught do-re-mi. We overstood what a real musical note was more than we even understood what it was. Our subconscious ear was therefore well equipped to decipher real music from repetitious bull shit–as is the case with the radio today.

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Our kids today are being robbed of their own inner genius because as a nation we rather pay to build other nations (after we destroy them) than build a future for the children who will inherit this mess of a country that we have created.

Save the music and we might save some kids. I’m just saying…

Ten Things Americans can do and/or Stop doing to Abate Gun Violence in America

Multiple Soldiers Wounded By Shooter At Fort Hood

Welp, it happened again–another mass shooting.  Mass shootings have sadly become an inextricable element of the modern day American cultural construct. It almost seems as if there’s a quarterly quota of at least one mass shooting these days. This particular shooting could be easily (and rightly) placed squarely on the shoulders of the US armed forces for their failure to deal with the obvious inordinate level of post traumatic stress syndrome overcoming the ranks of their deployed  and the bi-partisan neo-con legislative agenda that seemingly feels that war is the answer–for everything!

While as a nation can do little to abate (at least not in the short term) the kind of mass shooting spree that took place yesterday at Fort Hood we at have a general understanding of why it happened. As for the myriad other mass shootings that have become common place in America the causation and rectification is far less luminous. So in the spirit of clarity I offer ten points to ponder while mulling how we as a nation can cease being number one at one of the more dubious statistics kept–death by the gun.

 

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1. Learn the true definition of the word compromise and that in a compromise neither side gets all or even most of what they want.

In a country of 300 million plus that averages over 8,000 gun deaths per year, the reasons for these gun deaths are many and the ramifications of any acts to remedy the problem will undoubtedly have some unintended consequences to go along with the intended ones, so any debate on gun control should start and end from a disposition of COMPROMISE. Know that you cannot and will not get everything you want, so it would behoove you to stick to the changes in the law that will have the greatest impact as it pertains to decreasing incidents of gun related deaths. If the measure being bantered about generates more angst, controversy, and fractured feelings among those who generally (at least in principal) wish to see a decrease in the gun related deaths in America than that plan she be used as tool of negotiation and should not in any way be the primary or even secondary end goal.

 

2. Either redefine and get more granular with the term “gun control” or find a new catch phrase to represent your cause

At present the term ‘gun control’ is an anathema in US  Politics. The mere mention of it in certain regions and zip codes can spell political suicide for the statesman (or woman) with the best intentions, rare as they may be.

A novel idea would be to take a page from the Republican play book on semantically cleaver titling. When they want to push an idea that’s not necessarily a popular with the people (even within their own constituency )they are rather skilled in applying innocuous names to their insidious deeds. The Iraq war was not called ‘The Kill Saddam and occupy Iraq’ Bill (what we actually did). It was called Operation Iraqi Freedom. Who can say no to freedom? Or better yet HR 3630 titled The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act, passed by the House of Representatives in 2011–who can say no to more jobs and less taxes for the struggling middle class? Never mind the fact that this bill actually would have frozen federal workers pay for 3 years, cut unemployment from 99 weeks to 59 weeks, cut funding for the Affordable Care Act while mandating that the permit to begin constructing the Keystone XL pipeline be delivered. I’d say that that was pretty cleaver messaging. Luckily for the country such a bill died in the senate but I think you catch my drift.
Perhaps instead of using the term Gun Control, those that wish to bring more sensible gun laws to fruition should re-brand to something like The John Wayne Gun Bill. After all 100 round clips and AK-47’s were not common place when John Wayne ruled the America. It may sound dumb to some but as a country we precipitously sliding further and further behind in the worldwide education stack rankings — we are far from the brightest blip on the globe so the appeal needs to be less logical and much more visceral for it to resonate with the masses.

 

3. Bring some new ideas to the table.

For the last 30 years people in the gun control lobby have led the debate on gun control and for the last 30 years their failed rhetoric and stale ideas have led to a stalemate. The status quo continues to exist unabated and seemingly gets worse by the generation. No offense to James Brady or the Brady Bill that bears his name but it’s to reinvent that wheel.
For as long as we have been discussing gun control it’s amazing that no one seems to be able to think outside of the proverbial box and offer new ways to mitigate the problem. For instance the barrel of each gun manufactured has a groove pattern as uniquely identifiable as a thumb print. Before these guns leave the factory and go to market, EVERY one of them should have their ballistics tested and recorded. This will leave a paper trail and such a paper trail will no doubt deter would be shooters if they knew that it would lead to them. Of course such a measure is not a universal panacea because such a trail would only apply to legal gun owners and not the ones on the black market, but it would help however nominally to bring down the yearly body count as it pertains to deaths by the gun in America.
As for the millions of guns floating on the black market a great majority of them go straight from the conveyor belt to the streets with one single purchaser on record before ending up in the hands of killers. Far more culpability needs to be mandated for both the gun manufacturer and the straw purchasers who are in effect illegal arms traders. The tobacco industry’s lobby in Washington is just as powerful as the NRA’s but even they had to succumb to  collective and class action litigation pitted against them by the affected public. The only way that the gun lobby will move is by hitting them where it hurts—their pocket.

 

4. Stop making the banning of assault style weapons and 30 round clips the hall mark of your argument.

The chances of these weapons being banned and disappearing from the shelves of gun stores are slimmer than none. It’s a futile battle that you are fighting and even if such a ban came to fruition, we’d still lead the developed world in gun deaths by a mile.
The mere mention of banning these guns leads to gun enthusiasts of all kinds (the good, bad and ape-shit crazy) to rush to the stores to buy them. The sales of these weapons shoot up exponentially whenever the public dialog is centered on banning them. If you truly wish to see less of these weapons on the street than you should probably stop talking about them because at present state, that’s the biggest driving force behind these guns flying off the shelves. Besides they have already long been circulating through the ether. You can’t un-ring that bell or attempt to push that toothpaste back in the tube. In other words move on–that particular battle has been won/lost.

 

5. Stop looking for a statement from Wayne LaPierre every time a mass shooting or major tragedy involving guns takes place.

You already know that he’s going to say something stupid and counterproductive. Waiting on Wayne LaPierre to make a statement on a gun tragedy makes as much sense as waiting for Flava Flav to make a statement on your taxes before doing them on April 15th.
Wayne LaPierre works for the gun manufactures so every and any solution to gun violence will be more guns, so even as a whipping boy or poster child for what’s wrong with America’s gun culture, you are wasting your breath bringing his name up. Also, know that folks in the media when they solicit his opine or the NRA’s official statement on such tragic events as what happened at Fort Hood yesterday, they are playing a game of ratings–not bringing you breaking or worthwhile news.

 

6. Accept the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” adage. There is some truth to that deflective statement.

I’ve always disagreed with the above argument because it’s mostly used in its most myopic sense by the pro-gun lobby that cares more about the profit margins of gun manufacturers than they do about the carnage created by gun violence. However the fact remains that in order for guns to kill they must be powered by people– hence forth the gun control lobby needs to concede that argument to the pro gun lobby.
In concession of that particular argument, the task then should be to change the people. Just like guns don’t kill people, guns don’t create culture. People do and what the people have created is a very violent culture. From our movies, music, video games and books, to our trigger happy policemen, draconian sentencing structure and our penchant for “peace keeping” around the globe via the dropping of bombs and missiles the American culture is replete with violence. In the immortal words of GI Joe (one of the violent cartoons of my child hood) “knowing is half the battle” now that we know better it is time for us to start doing and expecting better than the violent culture that we’ve all had a hand in crafting, maintaining and perpetuating.

 

7. The 2nd amendment is not the only amendment to the Bill of Rights that needs redress and clarification.

On the heels of almost every act of gun violence that snatches the collective attention of the nation, the 2nd Amendment is almost always the first and last solution or excuse (depending on which side of the debate you are on) for action or inaction. This reactionary response does not speak to any of the underlying problems that lead to gun violence in America, let alone solving them.
Instead of starting with a review of the 2nd amendment it’s high time we review the parameters of the 1st amendment and the myriad ramifications of “free speech” in America. There is an awful lot of hate speak and misinformation being passed off today as actual news. There is a faction of Americans that are about 20 million strong who take the verbatim and rants from the likes of Glenn Beck , Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly et al for face value. You can blame this group of people for being extremely guile and illogical, but it’s hard to fault them for stock piling guns and ammo when they have for the last several decades been ginned up on the fear that their government (and all non-conservatives) is out to oppress them, take away all of their freedoms and guns, throw them in a concentration camps and enact reverse Jim Crow Laws. There was a time in this country where the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and other specious “journalists” and media outlets were not allowed to operate. Yelling fire in a crowded theater was not always considered or conflated with the 1st amendment right to free speech. Unfortunately today it is.
The reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine that once prevented news outlets from spuriously misleading the public in matters germane to its interest is likely never going to come back so it’s incumbent upon those who do respect the need for a well informed public to do everything in their power to combat the false messaging that comes out of those outlets. In other words be the Fairness Doctrine. The internet and social media have become somewhat of a buffer for the lies being spoon fed us in the mainstream media and the more deceit ridden outlets like Fox News, Drudge and Infowars– but that is not enough. Since we can’t rely on our government to properly police the FCC regulated spectrum that these corporate mouth pieces incessantly babble across, the only power that the people have is the power of the dollar. When Rush Limbaugh made those extremely sexist and misogynistic comments about Sandra Fluke a few years ago he started a hemorrhage of sponsors and syndicated slots that to this day has not stopped. He’s not getting dropped by sponsors and stations because he’s a bombastic flame thrower with no moral compass (that’s actually why he was hired and sponsored by these people) he’s being dropped like a hot potato because he’s becoming bad for business due to people boycotting and protesting those that underwrite his ability to hate speak. More energy needs to be put into removing these voices from the airwaves and replacing them with truth tellers.

 

8. Pay more attention to the social ills in society that serve as the precursors to gun violence

Some of the biggest drivers of gun related deaths stem from abject generational poverty, drug addiction, domestic violence, mental illness (diagnosed and un-diagnosed) and a lack of upward mobility–mostly due to failing school systems in failed neighborhoods. We however only wish to speak to these issues in tragic times when a mother has to bury her son, a family needs answers for a stray bullet entering their babies carriage or when the president has to console grieving families because some inexplicable gun massacre took place.
We need to be speaking about and brainstorming on ways to mitigate the plight of the people most affected by the aforementioned societal ills—before the gun violence shatters their lives—not after.
It may take a while but if as a nation we can rectify some of these root causes it will invariably affect the yearly body count.

 

9. Understand that Karma is real and stop being a hypocrite

Our great nation unfortunately has a long history of globally aggressive acts. It also seems married to those ways and seemingly shows no true intention of leaving them behind. It would therefore be foolish to think that those chickens won’t continue to come to the homeland to roost. Violence begets violence so if you are okay with American aggression globally you need to expect for the same kind of violence to visit our domestic shores. Live by the gun, die by the gun. If you don’t bat an eye at 13 people being wiped out via a drone strike in Yemen or Pakistan but have a super heavy heart for 13 individuals being shot in an American movie theater, church or place of business, or American military base you are being a hypocrite—even worse you are sowing bad seeds of karma. Humanity knows no geographical boundaries. We need to be more humane towards not only each other but also to the world—as a nation we have a lot of bad karma to expiate.

 

10. Get out and vote!

Not just every four years when a gifted gabber comes around and motivates you to the polls, but also in mid-terms, local and state level races, judgeship’s, the sheriff’s office and even your local school board (especially if you have kids). Not only should you vote, you should also learn about the political process. Know where everyone stands on the issue of gun violence and the other pertinent issues of the day. Challenge them to do more, go to town hall meetings. Endeavor to find out who they are taking money from so that you know who they ultimately work for.

Will all of this change the problem overnight? Not in the least but it’s a start.

Peace

The SPA’s (Side Piece Awards): The Top 10 Side Pieces to throw a monkey wrench in a Playa’s Game

1 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. 2 The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.” ~ Da Bible (Judges 16:1-2)

Ever since the days of the Old Testament women have been able to entice, seduce and otherwise cajole men of great power and influence in to squandering  both power and influence within the span of a 24 hour news cycle–long before the advent of the 24 hour news cycle.  Samson’s super natural extraordinary strength that he got from his locks was suffice enough to escape the precarious position that his patronage of the original profession placed him in. However, as with most men with a proclivity for side piece action, Samson would keep going back to the well where his luck eventually ran out. The good book goes on to say:

4  Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. 5 The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver~ LeBronKing James (16:4-5)

And so began the precedent of the infamous side piece take down.

Over the years there have been countless men of great stature that went out like  Humpty Dumpty due to their inability to resist the periphery. The following 10 examples are what I call modern day Delilahs. Side chicks with a mission to seek, exploit (while being exploited) and destroy. Sometimes it’s a conscious fully cognizant effort and sometimes they are just as oblivious to the inherent destruction that they leave in their wake as the sad saps that sheepishly fall prey to their fine art of seduction, so without further ado I present you in the top 10 side pieces to ever throw that monkey wrench in a playa’s game (from least to greatest)

 

 

10. Karrine Steffans

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Now Ms. Steffans makes this list more so due to the quantity of dudes that she played side piece to than the quality (for lack of a better word) of life, power or fortune that she stripped from them by becoming the albatross that side pieces often morph into.  She did however  pen a salaciously embarrassing  tell all that had to at least bring a little discomfort to her part time bed buddies. So in the absence of  quality here is her quantity –along with the superlatives she tagged her desperadoes with:

Ja Rule (called wifey dumb), Ice-T(sugar daddy), Shaq (sugar daddy) , Bobby Brown(junkie) , Usher (jerk), Puffy (on the down low), Xzibit (down low) Juelz Sanatana (hair puller) Young Buck (her favorite trick), Jay Z (hard to look at), Pusha T (chronic bad breath) Trick Daddy (energetic), Mos Def (chronic bad breath) Too Short (Too talkative) Q-Tip (asshole),  Mase (asshole), Wyclef (bad breath).

While I’m certain  most of the aforementioned did not skip a beat in so far as their climb to success in their industry, they at least had to deal with the side eyes of their respective wives and committed lovers when it was revealed that they too were  dipping in community booty and being made props to sell crappy books. Not a good look–even for a rapper.

 

 

9. Amy Fisher

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This is another one where a sensationalized story was more of an impetus to this becoming fodder for new reporters and gossip columns than an actual down fall of a man who gambled it all on a piece of ass and lost. In fact one could argue that the Long Island Lolita as Ms Fisher was so infamously called helped pluck Joey Buttafuoco from  from obscurity and for a time made the guy a quasi celebrity. Though he will always where the crown of being a cradle robbing teen stalker since Amy was a 17 year old student when he decided to side piece her. But what really earns her a spot on the SPA list is the attempted murder charge she got for trying to kill her back seat lovers wife by knocking on her door and shooting her in the face.  Way to pick’em Joey!

8. Rasheeda Moore

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Rasheeda Moore was a 38 year old former model and cover girl when her name became synonymous with the phrase “THE BITCH SET ME UP”.

After a series of run ins with the law (from DC to LA )the FBI approached Ms. Moore to aide and abet them in their quest to take down current Ward 8 council member and former DC Mayor Marion Barry– and boy did she deliver. While the good Mayor was busy trying to get some ass his side piece Ms Moore was busy trying to  save some ass–her own.  She damn near shoved the pipe down his throat (while he was trying shove pipe somewhere else)and he might have gotten to hits of the crack before the FBI busted in and cock blocked him out of both the crack rock and the ass crack that he originally came to the Vista hotel for in the first place.

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Now a mayor of a major city and capitol of the United States, getting caught with a crack-pipe in his mouth, set up by his side piece (in conjunction with the FBI) would normally be enough to win the SPA or at least rank closer than spot number 8, but luckily the DC voters are extremely forgiving and even more forgetful because a mere four years later they voted to re-elect him marking one of the most fascinating political comebacks of the 20th century.

One a side note:  If the voters in Toronto are half as magnanimous as the pitiful merciful voters in the District of Columbia (circa 1999) than the Rob Ford re-election team has good reason to be optimistic.

7. Ashley Dupre

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The Village Voice  dubbed her  the most famous hooker in America after it had been revealed that then New  York Governor Elliot Spitzer was paying out of the wazoo for side booty (upwards to $5,500 per hour).  Ms Dupre in this case inadvertently helped push Spitzer off of his perch when those massive wire transfers to the Emperors Club (the escort service that employed Ms Dupre) triggered an FBI investigation. The Governor went on to resign from office in shame. However the real shame is the fact that he raised the price of tricking to such a ridiculous figure. $5,500 an hour?  If that was the cost for all side action the world would be free of infidelity. 

6. Monica Lewinsky

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Unlike Ms Dupre Ms Lewinsky’s take down of her king of the hill seemed much more premeditated.  Now a 50 year old leader of the free world sleeping with a 22 year old intern is just bone deep dumb. No excuse for the lower chamber over ruling the upper chamber on that one. That being the case to go to such lengths as to preserve a semen stain on her dress after a job well done at least to me denotes a woman with a motive.  Even if she was devoid of  ulterior motivation her damage was pretty significant–at least it was 20 years ago. She helped get a sitting president impeached.  She would actually be higher on this list had not he been able to remake his public image to the point that he can garner 250K plus per speaking engagement. But she seems not to be done…

Monica and her sordid tales from the 90’s have recently been resurrected. First via a Rand Paul mention and more recently via her own volition as she penned a piece for Vanity Fair. Her re-introduction to public life is as curious as Rand Paul’s invocation of her name was dubious.  And she came back with an attitude and vengeance with scorn for everyone from Beyonce to the feminist movement all the way back to the woman whose husband she borrowed 20 years ago. This is what she had to say about Hillary…

“Yes, I get it…Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband’s mistress. She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman — not only me, but herself — troubling.”~ Monica Lewinsky


So let me get this straight. You give fellatio to the woman’s husband, preserve the DNA evidence on your dress for proof– then when it becomes a headline story and the shit hits the fan you’re mad at the woman you wronged?

Monica sounds like she’s arrested in her development. She’s still that same little chubby 22 year old blonde brunette playing hide and suck  seek under the executive desk in the oval office. Nothing else makes sense to me.

 

5. Rachel Uchitel

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Tiger was on top of the world before the first of his many dalliances outside of his marriage began to unearth themselves. He had just come off winning his 14th major (the Australian Open) and had  Jack Nicholas’s 18 majors record firmly insight because up until that fateful day in November of 2009  when wifey went HAM on him and his Escalade,  From 1999 to 2008 not one year had gone by without Tiger winning at least one major–he has not won a single major since Ms Uchitel among other mistresses came to light.  I imagine Jack Nicolas is celebrating with the 1972 Dolphin’s team. His record is at least as safe as theirs so long as omnipresent side piece remain in existence.

4. Mark O’Donnell

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Before there was such thing as a Jersey Bridge-Gate there was a Jersey Bi-Gate. Who said that side piecery was only reserved for females? This particular man on man tryst cost the New Jersey governor his political career. Too bad that he was not a black athlete–in which case all he’d have to do was hold a press conference declaring his true sexual proclivities.  If that were the case he’d be more hero than goat. Thank god for “black privilege” huh? Just kidding.

3. Donna Rice

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If I said the name Gary Hart you’d likely say, “Gary who?”  The reason why he’s less prominent in the history books is due to the woman sitting on his lap–or the paparazzi that snapped the now infamous Presidential campaign ending photo.

In 1988 Gary Hart was far ahead of the democratic pack when his long rumored infidelity finally came to light.  Within weeks his campaign and poll numbers took a nose dive. He went from being the sure shot democratic nominee to lagging behind even Jesse Jackson for said nomination.  When you have less hope than Mr. Keep Hope Alive you are officially dead in the water and that just what happened to Harts presidential aspirations.  So while Donna Rice may seem like a rather obscure name,  in order to fully understand her historical impact and moreover her SPA ranking one must grasp the counter-factor of what would have been.

 

2. Rielle Hunter

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John unlike Gary had no chance of winning the democratic nomination the year that the National Enquirer caught him with his hand in the cookie jar. He still however had substantial political clout when he gracefully bowed out of what essentially became a two person race to the nomination between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. In addition to losing ALL of his political capital for which he would have easily been able to parlay into a cabinet position (thereby keeping his presidential ambitions alive) he lost his wife who was dying of cancer, the trust of his family and the public,  and faced federal campaign violation charges for allegedly supporting his mistress and their forthcoming love child with donor money.  He beat the case but the entire trial in error only served one purpose and that was to permanently bury the reputation and political aspirations of a man who in 2000 came within a hanging chad of becoming the vice president .  His once very bright and limitless political future has been relegated to one of histories myriad foot notes of would have, could have should have…

and the SPA award winner is…

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Now before we present the SPA (side piece award)winner allow me, or rather the Good Book to further expound on what happened with our boy Samson :

6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”

7 Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

8 Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them. 9 With men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.

10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.”

11 He said, “If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”

12 So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.

13 Delilah then said to Samson, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.”

He replied, “If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric 14 and[b] tightened it with the pin.

Again she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric.

15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.

17 So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” ~ The Good Book (Judges 6-17)

Let me let me put this biblical parable in a laymen perspective for those of you who played hookie from Sunday school. This dude Samson had not one, not two, but three clear cut signals from Delilah that she was in on the conspiracy to bring him to ruins. Yet and still he gave her the combination key to his life. That’s some Queen B shit for ya.

 

and the SPA winner is….

 

1. V. Stiviano

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But I’m sure that you already knew this when you read the title.   V. Stiviano cold went Sampson and Delilah on old man Donald.  I mean never mind the two Bently’s, the Ferrari and the 1.8 million duplex that his wife is suing her to get back, that’s nothing. That’s not even enough for her to make the list, much less be number one on it.

Ms Stiviano of black and Hispanic heritage pulled off a feat that would make Delilah blush with pride. She got a rabidly racist tycoon to expound in the most visceral fashion on his profound and long rumored disdain for black people and other minorities as if she was not one herself.  Her gangster is to be respected. She could probably teach  classes on how to win in the side piece lane because while THOT’s be searching for ballers at All Star weekend she’s busy searching for the good fellas that actually pay the ballers. The V in V. Stiviano obviously stands for victory because she’s winning.

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On a side note, it’s going to kill Donald Sterling to not be able to sit court side while his million dollar niggers are playing abd remain in contention for this years Larry O’Brien trophy. Many think that ultimately he’s winning  because he’s about to make a one thousand percent profit on his 13 million investment. He’s not winning because he’s already a billionaire a couple times over and has completed no less than 95.3 percent of his lifespan which means that he can’t even spend the 2 billion that he already has in his coffers–he won’t even see the possible billion that he makes from the forced sale of his team due to all that older money in the way.

The day has finally come that his lowly, perpetual last place Clippers are playing for it all and he can’t even tune in TNT to watch them because he’s been so excommunicated from the game. Donald Sterling,  thanks to V. Stiviano is the first person to ever have his NBA League pass revoked. The struggle is real for that cat.  He might soon be worth 3 billion dollars but he’s still losing. Hell, even he’d tell you that much.

Damn you V! (in my Donald Sterling voice)