Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kobe's Historical Inaccuracy

They say, “Records like rules are meant to be broken”, and this applies almost nowhere more than in sports. From Peyton Manning crushing Brett Favre’s all time QB passing touchdowns to the nearly impossible ‘72 Miami Dolphins “Perfect Season”, teams and individuals are always trying to make their mark in history to be set a part in their race for greatness.

Now a new record has been set by a man known for defying the odds, critics, and some even say Father Time himself. Kobe Bryant in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies in his 19th NBA season broke the long standing record of most missed field goal attempts. A record formally owned by Boston Celtic and Hall Of Fame inducted John Havlicek. A record Havlicek set at the age of 37 and after playing from 1962-1978. The Laker guard in the 4th quarter missed his 13th of the night and set a new milestone with his 13,418th career missed attempt.

So why does any of this matter? Who cares? Surely not Kobe and the Lakers, in their current state I’m sure this is the least of anyone in Laker Nation’s concern. So to whom?

With his nearly 2 decades of fierce competitiveness, blatant arrogance, legal issues, off set demeanor and killer instinct there is no question why Kobe Bryant has been the target of sheer hatred for most of his career. People often stating, “I don’t hate the Lakers…I hate Kobe!” For some it was the allegations of rape in Colorado, the issues of Bitchassness that followed in his alleged implications of Shaquille O’Neal’s own infidelities (Guy Code Violation), more G.C. Violations involving Pau Gasol & his former fiance, his issues with former teammates (Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Dwight Howard, etc), his lack of leadership, “ball hog mentality”…there’s no shortage of reasons you can find to dislike #24.

All that being said the issue with this record being promoted the way it is does nothing to tarnish the legacy of Kobe to those who support him, but it does do something to our future generations. We live in a society where competition is frowned upon; we have little league games that don’t keep score, the removal of class valedictorians, every kid gets a trophy and pretty much there are no champions, “we’re all winners” mentality is being placed in the minds of our children. We’re removing that will to win, that killer instinct and it’s showing in our younger generations as they go out into the world and compete.

Our kids are growing up weak. They are terrified of rejection, can’t handle failures, can’t make decisions and now see how they’ll be attacked if they try too hard. I remember being a kid and if someone was in a slump things were said like, “keep swinging”, “shoot your way out” , “don’t stop punching”. You were inspired to fight and keep going! Now we tell them to just stop and give up and it’s “OK".

We take the fight out of them as children and can’t understand how we ended up with a generation of 30 yr old men and women still living at home or at the first sign of trouble go running to mommy and daddy. It’s why you ladies pick undesirable men because they may be f’ ups but at least they have a spine. That fortitude is forged through fire and it’s going to take messing up to learn. We need to encourage “taking a shot”.

Another reason why Kobe is so hated…he's a winner! 7 trips to the NBA Finals in 10 years, a 5x Champion, All Star, Scoring Title, MVP etc. It should be noted that Kobe is currently 4th on the NBA all time scoring list about 400 points shy of passing Michael Jordan, leaving only Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar out scoring him. Havlicek the former record holder is currently 13th on that list and nearly 5,500 points short of Bryant.

Kobe didn’t get his championships, accolades or break this record by sitting on the sideline. He took chances…a lot of them. In an age where we’re teaching our children to be so fearful, timid and indecisive maybe we need to let them know it’s okay to miss. Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

There’s going to be bricks & air balls…if you want to be great…you have to take a shot.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Daddy Matters: A Conversation On Black Fatherhood

This is a short documentary focusing on the thoughts, experiences and ideas of different Black men on the importance of fatherhood. With so many negative images aimed at Black men being fathers these are some real life stories from men expressing that Daddy Matters."
Produced & Directed by Jermaine Morris @JMorrisCEO
Filmed by Bj "Photo B" Colston @PhotoBTookThat

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Box Market

It’s hard out there…trying to gauge the marketplace; following trends, spending habits, figuring out what the people want…

No I’m not talking about the nation’s economy, the NASDAQ, or the Dow Jones, I’m talking about the state of another kind of economy. Once held up valuing more than diamonds and gold, and now? Now it’s depreciating quicker than Facebook stock. What are we talking about? Vagina!

Oh I could use one of it’s many “street” names, but we’ll keep it clean. Yes Vagina value has been plummeting something fierce! If it were on the New York Stock Exchange it would be somewhere between Kodak and FUBU!

Now I understand it’s a recession and ladies have got to make tough choices, but this is ridiculous. Women offering up box at rock bottom prices! Men are willing to buy high yet you ladies insist on selling low. Letting a man disrespect you, talk all kinds of crazy to you, cheat on you, live off of you and yet you still keep him around and serve up vagina on a silver platter! Tsk, Tsk.

Can we be honest? Ladies I understand that a lot of you feel like a “Good” man is nothing more than a fairytale your mother told you to keep you hopeful. So you hold on to that losing liability hoping that one day it will turn around and finally be worth something. Riding out that petty stock just praying for some kind of meager return. I get it. In the words of George Michael, “You gotta have faith!“ Fear not, good men are real! However, one of the traits of a good man is properly assessing real value. So if you’re out slangin’ vagina with a double coupon and placing no real value to it, he’s gonna keep it pushing and find a woman who knows her worth. Please know, he’ll still sleep with you, but that’s it. He’ll flip you like a Penny Stock and move on to a real investment.

I say this in love…

You women are effing up right now! I know some of you will say, “Where’s the man’s responsibility in this?” I’ll tell you…nowhere! Men don’t set the market value, men just pay it. Men only rise to the level of what’s necessary. Set the bar high, we aim high. Set it low… If you ladies want a bigger and better potential pool to fish from, it’s on you. The ball is in your court to round up and police these broads tainting the economy and messing up your bottom line! If you let these ratchets and hoes get a monopoly on acceptable vagina practices, you’re all going to suffer. You'll be done in by your own team like a bad case of insider trading. Don't let these chicks embezzle your joy!

Regulations, standards and good business practices are necessary to maintain a strong economy. Ladies it is imperative that you take an aggressive stance in reestablishing vaginal value. As men our egos shoot through the roof knowing we have a “high demand/low supply” woman. A woman that isn’t about “community box” and hasn’t let everyone know, “What Dat Mouf Do”. Placing standards and requirements for your time and affection only raises your stock. It let’s us know that not everyone can get it and it is something to be appreciated.

It’s going to take some work to maneuver out of this recession, to get back to strong bonds, good communication, trust and real love. It can happen. Ladies you possess the world’s greatest commodity…treat it as such. Doing the most for the least has never been good business so tighten it up. We don’t want the alternative…

Vagina with no value…

…that’s the Great Depression.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bye Felicia (A Poem)

(A Poem Based On A True Story)

“When I met you last night baby…”

I apologize, but that’s all that popped in my head
With your ass hanging out
Breasts pushed to your head
Your Hooker war paint, whoredrobe’s best
And that ish you said?!?

Telling me about all of the “prestigious” men
You’ve been with was a mystery
Why would you start your introduction
With your history?

You see I’m looking for a lady
With class in her step
Not community box
That’s been passed to the rest

It must be the weekend
Because you’re loving “The Crew”
You’ve been with like 5 of the homies
And everybody knew
I know all of the stories and
“What that mouf do”
Even how you’ve been known to
“double up” a time or two

You’re a lesson I don’t need to learn
Not from a rash or itch, ooze or burn
I’m cool off the idea
Of it being “my turn”
I prefer vagina
I actually have to earn

So now you’re all in your feelings?

What you want to slap me?
Need a tissue?
Sorry but my penis is not your
Experimental counselor for your
Daddy issues

I don’t love you hoes

I say it harsh
So you can hear it
Get it all in your brain
Deep in your spirit

I know the thought of being alone
Is real and you feel it
But drowning your soul in
Unidentified dicks
Is not how you deal with it

I’m not a preacher man
And this isn’t the pulpit
And when it comes to frolicking
With hoes
I admit I’m a culprit
So I won’t act like
“I’m better than that”
Or some other bullshit

I just need more than THAT
Realest way I can put it

Wipe your face

I appreciate your pretty, “hello”
Your smile and time
As for “hooking up later”
I respectfully decline
Getting an STD has never been
An ambition of mine

Take care of yourself
It was a pleasure to meet you
Good night and good luck

Bye Felicia
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