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The Source of Spike’s Regard

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The only thing that Spike Lee is known for more than his filmography –  and his infamous dolly shots –  is for being a fixture at New York Knick games.   Lee is a walking mascot for the New York Knicks and the franchise’s most famous and visible fan. For almost three decades, Lee has held court side season tickets for his hometown team that have reportedly cost him nearly $10 million...

Dwyane Wade: The Russian Judge

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The one thing that truly separates the NBA from the NFL and even MLB is that it is as close to a meritocracy as you can get in sports.   Because of the length of the season and the playoff format, the best team usually wins – when health isn’t a factor.  Because the NFL only has 16 games and playoffs are win or go home, a bad call or a botched play can cost a better team a chance...

Gayle, Kobe, Trump, Cosby, Snoop and the Road to Redemption

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The internet exploded yesterday proving yet again that middle ground in this country is eroding faster than the polar ice caps. CBS This Morning posted a clip of an interview that the show’s anchor Gayle King had conducted with former WNBA player Lisa Leslie about the passing of her close friend Kobe Bryant. Although the interview touched on a myriad of topics, the promotional clip on...

Black Music, The Grammys, Commercialism and White Supremacy

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The Grammys were held last night in Los Angeles.  The producers of the show had to scramble to put in some content that would acknowledge the untimely death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash just hours before the telecast.  Ironically, Kobe was heading towards the Staples Center to coach a game for his daughter Gigi’s team before he and she became the victims of the tragic accident...

Be Careful What You Ask For…Empathy and the NBA

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been linked together a lot lately since a video of the two of them talking in a hallway of the Spectrum Center before last month’s All-Star game in Charlotte went viral. When asked about the video by reporters in Milwaukee before the Celtics’ Feb 21st game at Milwaukee, Kyrie responded “It’s a video of me and one of my best friends talking.” These two “best...

Terrorism Reimagined

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I am a sophomore at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, which is the first interracial and coeducational institution in the south, and also the alma mater of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  I major in African and African American Studies and Spanish. This weekend I had an opportunity to travel with the department to Montgomery, Alabama. Our journey to Montgomery was two-fold. Besides being a key city in...

How the NBA and YouTube TV Swindled Me Out of $50

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After obsessively checking the interwebs for weeks to see when NBA League Pass would be available on YouTube TV, I decided to take matters into my own hands yesterday. I contacted YouTube TV customer support to get an update. I started a chat session and the agent promptly told me that she had no information regarding League Pass being added to YouTube TV. I was disappointed but not dismayed...

The Pyrex Dish that Served Up Emmys for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Last night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won 8 Emmy Awards including Best Comedy Series. A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to start watching the Amazon Prime series. I had read that the show was critically acclaimed and that it had previously won several awards so as it nears the premiere of Season 2, I decided to take it out for a test drive. I am very critical of television series, especially...

The Millennial Corporate Rehabilitation Campaign

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Throughout my quarter century of life, I have been witness to one of the most staggering transformations of my generation,  as we have come closer to inheriting leadership role in the world that reared us.  As we come of age as the largest generation in adulthood we are expected to take the reins of our economic system and all of the totalizing wealth that comes along with that responsibility...

Serena Williams vs. Double Standards and Sexism

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The stage was set for a historic 2018 US Open Women’s final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. The match took place exactly 50 years to the day when the stadium’s namesake defeated Tom Okker of The Netherlands to become the first black man to win the coveted title. I’m sure that most envisioned the story ending with Serena hoisting the winner’s trophy over...

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