“Tiger Woods y’all! Tiger Woods y’all! Tiger-Tiger-Tiger-Tiger-Tiger-Woods y’all! Heeeey Tiger Woods y’all.” – Actor Chris Rock in Paramount Picture’sDown to Earth (2001)
The man with the golden club is back! Golfing legend, Tiger Woods was back in his glory this week when he returned to the golf course at the Hero World Challenge currently taking place in NASSAU, Bahamas. Woods had been on hiatus from competition due to a back injury that required two major surgeries. However, this past Thursday, the golf legend was in great shape and ready to go! Tiger Woods is actually wearing double hats at the tournament as he is competing as well as hosting the unofficial PGA Tour which benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation. So far, so good. Woods is currently tied for ninth at the Hero World Challenge and has the rest of the weekend to get back to his favorite number one spot as the challenge concludes on Sunday, December 4th. Let’s see if he can pull it off. You can follow the Hero World Challenge here for updates and adjusted scores. Let’s get it! Yaaaay Tiger!:)
The votes are all in and it’s official! Our beloved President Barack Obama is on his way out of the White House and Donald Trump is on his way in! *Takes 5 minute break to digest what I just typed.* Still, with that being said, nothing can take away from the two great terms that President Barack Obama gave us as the 44th President of the United States of America. He was a President of many firsts. Including the first to visit the island of Cuba since President Calvin Coolidge in 1928. President Obama also became the first president to visit a federal prison in 2015, the first time for any sitting president in the history of the United States. So, in honor of Obama exiting, I’ve compiled a list of some of his best photos taken by Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza over the last eight years via his awesome and eloquent Instagram account. So, no tears today, please! Because life will most definitely go on! Just sit back and check out the awesome photos below and remember all the good times that we had while Obama was here!
This past Friday on October 21st, 2016 at approximately 8:30pm EST about 150 teens gathered on Temple University‘s North Philadelphia campus in front of the Pearl Theatre. The teens allegedly gathered after being called together via a social media post. Once the kids who were said to be between the ages of 14-17 years old congregated, they began attacking Temple University students, parents, police officers and even punched one officer’s horse in the head twice. In what seemed to be a well-organized revolt against Temple University Police. By the time the attack was over, there were only about four arrests made.
Why did the kids of this North Philadelphia neighborhood decide to come together and go on this crazy rampage? The only thing I could think of is mass gentrification. I myself am a graduate of Temple University (School of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising ’04) and prior to graduating, the extreme renovation of Temple University’s North Philly campus was in its early stages.
Now when I return to Temple’s campus once or twice a year to help out my college Fencing coach and Temple University icon, Dr. Nikki Franke with some of her various competitions (which I myself once competed in), I can see the plan that the university had to take over the entire North Philly area finally coming into fruition. It’s obvious. But, what about the the families who have lived for decades on these blocks and in these buildings that Temple has been taking over at such a rapid pace? What about the people being pushed out of their homes so Temple can build new buildings and facilities and hire other employees who more than likely aren’t even from the neighborhood and have no connection to the neighborhood whatsoever? You’re going to have a lot of angry folks and this time around it was the kids of North Philly saying “Look, we’ve had enough!” Mass gentrification is taking place all over America right now and the truth of the matter is we’re going to see more of these type of events happening due to a whole bunch of people (kids included) being fed up.
When I was a student at Temple University, I tutored at a program organized by the university called “Temple Tutors.” Temple University students currently enrolled at the school would go to the various schools in the area and tutor students during and after school hours. I was pretty disgusted everyday I walked into the schools I was tutoring at when I saw how decrepit the school supplies that the students had to use were. Some of the school text books were hanging from the bind, literally. So, this made me think that maybe there are positive effects of mass gentrification, as well? When better schools are being built with better resources this is a good thing. However, there has to be some type of common ground between the people responsible for the renovating and the people who live in the neighborhoods being renovated or else these types of events will continue to take place.
I hope all the families, police officers, students, etc. who were affected by this unexpected revolt are doing well. Sometimes events like this have to occur to make things better. Either way, I will always represent my alma mater to the fullest. “][“U baby!!!
I wanted to dedicate this post to female Hip-Hop artist Remy Ma. She appeared today on daytime talk show “The Real” and looked oh so fabulous while on the show. It was a great interview and she spoke about all the things going on in her life right now following her highly publicized release from prison back in 2014.
“I had a lot of people telling me that I wouldn’t be able to do it, that it was over for me; and when you’re in such a dark place like that, it’s easy to believe all the negative. So, I’m just grateful and really blessed.” – Remy Ma on “The Real” talk show on October 20th, 2016
In April of 2015, I had the opportunity to meet her and her mentor/brother Hip-Hop veteran Fat Joe during an interview for a podcast I was working for at the time called “The Cipher” and Remy Ma was a total sweetheart! I’m very proud of the progression that Remy Ma is making as a Hip-Hop artist and as a role model for young African-American women. I hope she continues to take the high road. She isn’t letting any of her haters or past demons hold her back and this is admirable. Congrats to Remy Ma on all her success and continue to go “All The Way Up!” 😉
Despite what everybody says, I know Rihanna still loves her Chrissy Poo and vice versa. After I saw a post about Rihanna and Drake’s abrupt split earlier this week in the IBTimes and then Chris Brown trying to lure Rih-Rih back in with gifts, I had to make a gallery. So, in honor of #FlashBackFriday I’ve compiled a whole bunch of pictures of #Chrihanna (Chris Brown and Rihanna) and their long-standing on again/off again epic relationship. Enjoy!
Earlier today, actor Bill Nunn passed away at the age of sixty-two, less than one month shy of his sixty-third birthday (October 20, 1953-September 24th 2016) in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. I felt like I needed to write something to commemorate his life and career because I literally was just watching Do the Right Thing yesterday evening while channel surfing and stretched out on the couch. Nunn played many different parts in various movies including Spider-Man, He Got Game, New Jack City, School Daze and others. However, his most popular and prominent role, in my mind, is when he played the part of Radio Raheem, the mute b-boy in Spike Lee‘s 1989 breakthrough film Do the Right Thing. All Radio Raheem wanted to do was play his music loud on his boombox and convey his message of love to the world via his Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn neighborhood.
However, the irony of Radio Raheem’s story in Do the Right Thing is that he was murdered in his own neighborhood by the police for playing his music and spreading his message of love. In the graphic movie scene where Radio Raheem is strangled to death, Spike Lee did an incredible job of imitating real life and what’s going on in society right now to a tee.
Bill Nunn played the role of Radio Raheem over twenty years ago and look at all that’s going on today in America with law enforcement. I was around in 1989 and I’m still here. So, I know first hand how things have worsened. And this is not just due to the changes in technology like some people may claim. There has been a surge in police violence and something must change to end this. If writing about it can lead to some type of progression, then I’ll keep writing until I can’t write anymore.
Hate is the sickness and love is the cure. This is one thing Radio Raheem had up on a lot of us twenty plus years ago. So, to honor the late great Bill Nunn, how about we try more love and less hate?! Love is a major key!
On Friday, September 16th, 2016, another innocent unarmed African-American male was killed by gunfire at the hands of another White police officer. This time the location was Tulsa, Oklahoma and the victim was 40 year-old Terence Crutcher. The officer responsible for his death was Officer Betty Shelby who somehow believed that Crutcher had a firearm on him at the time she shot even though the police video clearly shows that Crutcher had both his arms raised. So, what will the outcome of this situation be? Will it be just like all the other murders (i.e. Trayvon Martin, Laquan McDonald, Eric Garner, Michael Brown) that we speak about for several days then stop speaking about right up until the next shooting occurs?
The issue that has to be addressed here is police training! These police officers are being trained improperly or they are not being given enough training prior to being released out into the field to protect and serve! As a result of this, whether it be systemic racism or just poor training, Black men are losing their lives to police officers at an alarmingly high rate in America.
Why are these officers so quick to shoot? Why are they pulling the trigger with no just cause and killing these Black men with no remorse? My idea is that somewhere down the line these officers were either taught to shoot first or specifically taught who to shoot at. Either way, there is something happening or not happening during the police training that has to be addressed in order for this epidemic to end. I feel that police training should be way more extensive, especially since these men and women are dealing with the lives of innocent people. This is not a sport. This is real life. These are innocent people with families and responsibilities who are being gunned down senselessly.
Terence Crutcher was a man who did not deserve to lose his life. Now he will join the countless other Black men who lost their lives at the hands of police officers. God bless Terence Crutcher and his family during this difficult time. Stop the shooting and address proper police training ASAP!