Saturday, February 28, 2015

R.I.P. Anthony Mason


If you're a true sports fan as I am...and a basketball fan as I am in particular...You awoke this morning to the news that former New York Knicks power forward, Anthony Mason has passed away..from the effects of a heart attack he suffered a few weeks ago...

I always loved this man's game...Even though he often was bruising my beloved 76ers....He played in a different era...A different time...Back when the Atlantic Division of the NBA was Tough..The Celtics, the 76ers and The New York Knicks were perrenial locks to go to the playoffs and possibly the NBA Finals..

It was bruising , in your face , street playground basketball at best...and nobody personified it more than Anthony "Real Mase" Mason....

Anthony Mason, a bruising power forward who personified the gritty Knicks of the mid-'90s, died early this morning. He was 48.

Anthony Mason had suffered a massive heart attack earlier in the month as I said.

"Mase" played 13 seasons in the NBA with six teams but is best remembered for his days with the New York Knicks. After playing abroad and in both the CBA and USBL, Anthony Mason had brief stints with the Nets(before they were Brooklyn) and Denver before being signed by Pat Riley, who admired his rugged style and his play making ability. Along with Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley, he helped give the Knicks of the early ’90s one of the most physically imposing front lines in NBA history.

"He was as tough as they come,"his friend and former team-mate Charles Oakley told the News.

"First I want to think all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it," his son, Anthony Mason Jr. said in a statement.

“Overnight New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother... but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason,”Anthony  Mason Jr. continued. “As you all would expect our father - Big Mase - put up an incredible fight, dealing with severe heart issues. I'm wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we've got to let you know” ‘we love you and know you'll always be with us. ‘”
“I ask at this time that you respect our family's privacy with regard to questions as our family takes the time to mourn,” Mason Jr.’s message concluded.

Yes...I need time to take this all in myself.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Humor

A man goes to his doctor complaining about migraines.

His doctor tells him, "I also suffer from the same ailment. Every time I get one, I give my wife oral sex. When she has an orgasm, she tightens her legs around my head which gets rid of the pain. You should try it sometime."

Two weeks later on a return visit, the patient tells his doctor, "You know Doc..Your suggestion worked and I'd like to tell you that you have a very nice house."

Everybody have a super groovy weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lester Holt's Prime Time Audition

This is a damn shame....For a long time I didn't know that Lester Holt was Black....Nothing that he did wrong..It's just that when I was watching him on Television he seemed so light that he might go either way...
Now I know that he is black...

I also know that in wake of the Brian Williams debacle....Lester Holt by default has become the face of NBC Nightly News...

Lester is the man on the spot..He is sitting in the anchor chair of "NBC Nightly News" for the next six months after the suspension of anchor and managing editor Brian Williams.Lester Holt will initially be working seven days a week, an NBC official told Journal-isms on Wednesday.

Lester Holt, is the all-purpose substitute at NBC News, will continue this week to anchor "Dateline" on Friday, and anchor both "Weekend Today" and the weekend "NBC Nightly News,"(Get it Les!) the official, who (naturally) did not want to be further identified, said by telephone. Lester Holt's workload henceforth has yet to be determined, the official said.

Lester Holt told "Nightly News" viewers Wednesday what most already knew....

About halfway through the broadcast, Holt followed a piece about snow in Boston by saying, ''Now to the story many of you are talking about tonight and one that not only hits close to home but in our home,'' Holt said, Matt Wilstein reported for Mediaite. "He went on to announce Brian Williams' suspension and read statements from NBC News president Deborah Turness and NBC Universal Chairman Steve Burke, before offering some thoughts of his own.

" 'If I may, on a personal note say, it's an enormously difficult story to report,' 'Holt said. ''Brian is a member of our family, but so are you, our viewers. We will work every night to be worthy of your trust.' "
Wilstein continued, Williams' "supposedly temporary departure from the anchor desk has left Holt with an 'enormously difficult' task. He has not been named as Williams' permanent replacement, but is being tasked with restoring the trust the long-time anchor squandered for NBC News with his actions. . . ."

Lester Holt was initially ignored in the first wave of coverage during the Brian Williams scandal, in which Brian Williams admitted exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq. Media writers and watchers began to assess him as it became apparent that he would be sitting in the anchor chair of the most highly rated evening news program for six months — and maybe longer.

"Consider the next six months an audition for Lester Holt, the weekend anchor who will now substitute for Williams in his absence,' " Politico's Dylan Byers wrote Tuesday night, after the announcement of Brian Williams' suspension. "Meanwhile, the execs at Comcast/NBC will be hard at work considering an alternative replacement if Holt can't sustain the ratings. Possible anchors include both Today show co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. . . ."
David Bauder, media writer for the Associated Press, agreed Wednesday that viewership will be key. "With 'Nightly News' atop the ratings for almost all of Williams' decade-long tenure as its lead anchor — and back into the 1990s with Tom Brokaw — Lester Holt will be watched closely to see if he can maintain that lead," Bauder wrote. "If he can, that may lessen NBC's desire to bring back a more costly anchor with doubts cast on his trustworthiness."

African Americans and other people of color have a special interest in rooting for Holt. He would be the first African American in the weekday chair on a permanent basis since the late Max Robinson sat as one of three co-anchors at ABC from 1978 to 1983.

"NBC made a wise decision making Lester Holt the anchor of the nightly news," Bob Butler, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, told Journal-isms by email on Wednesday. "I have known Lester for most of my professional career. He is a solid professional with tremendous skills. I am very pleased that Lester is getting this promotion. I know it may only be temporary but no one is more deserving."

If African Americans speak up for Lester Holt and win, it wouldn't be the first time. "Chicago viewers may recall Holt from his 14-year run as news anchor at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2," Chicago television writer Robert Feder recalled for readers (accessible via search engine). "His hiring there in 1986 was part of a settlement with Operation PUSH that ended a 10-month black viewer boycott triggered by the demotion of Harry Porterfield, then the station' only black anchor. Holt left CBS 2 to join MSNBC in 2000. . . ."
Critics on the media beat have been muted in their discussions of Lester Holt's prospects.
David Hinckley wrote Monday in the Daily News of New York:

"Lester Holt has played many roles for NBC News this century, but nothing anywhere near as big as the one he tackles Monday night: trying to keep the 'NBC Nightly News' competitive and credible until the Brian Williams firestorm and jokes subside.

"Holt's primary task is to reassure viewers that NBC News, the organization, has separated itself from the inconceivably foolish 'conflation' blunder that led Williams to say Friday he's taking himself off the air for a while.

"Based on Holt's 15 years at NBC and 18 at CBS before that, no one now at NBC is better qualified to accomplish that mission.

"He's a solid journalist, a proven big leaguer.

 Let's be for real...Brian Williams isn't coming back...He's been suspended for six months without pay...In that period...NBC and their lawyers are going to buy him out and find a way to quietly seperate themselves from him.....This is a prime time to audition Lester Holt...and get America used to him....I'm rootin for Lester!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

No Justice And Certainly No Peace(of mind)

Trayvon Martin has been dead for three years this month...And his memory is still being spat upon...Today he was failed again by that blind lady named "Justice.."

 The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday that it will not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.

The department said it had not found sufficient evidence that Zimmerman intentionally violated the civil rights of Martin, 17.

The announcement comes as the Justice Department also investigates Darren Wilson, a police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

Both incidents sparked nationwide outcry from civil rights advocates who have pressured the Obama administration to press charges against the two men for acting on racial bias.

Thursday will be the third anniversary of Martin's shooting.

"Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man's premature death necessitates that we continue the dialog and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

And all of that means what?  A whole lot of nothing..

A source familiar with the investigation said it has been clear for some time that there would be no federal charges against Zimmerman. The justice department's civil rights division has been investigating for more than two years.

Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Martin in the chest during a confrontation in a neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, after following and stopping the teenager because he thought he was suspicious.

In 2013, he was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

A spokesman for Martin's family earlier said they were meeting with Justice Department officials on Tuesday.

Zimmerman's attorney, Don West, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

You know my wife had no faith from the beginning that the Federal Government would do anything about this... I assured her they would...I was wrong...They did nothing about Dan Wilson and Mike Brown in Ferguson and I don't expect them to do anything for Eric Garner and Tamir Rice either...

If this was a drug case or computer porn or income tax evasion...The government would charge you regardless of race with a quickness...but a trigger happy cop killing a black boy, a wanna be cop shooting a black boy, a cop who went above and beyond and choked a black man and you get blank stares...

There is an idiot troll who comments on these type of posts that I write from time to time and accuses me of being a grumpy and racist old black man....It's hard to not be in a bad mood if you are black when you look at these cases of blatant disregard for Black life...That is if you're intelligent..He and people who think like him expect us to just take these events on the chin and be quiet...

Not gonna ever happen here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Powerful Statements At The Oscars

The Struggle is Universal...The Struggle goes on!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekend Humor

A man comes home early from work and shouts, "Honey, I'm home!" No reply. So he goes upstairs and calls from the landing, "Honey, I am home," but still no reply.

 Frustrated, he goes into the bedroom and finds his wife on the bed, stark naked. "Oh Norman, I didn't expect you this early," she says, holding her chest and breathing heavily.

 He thinks she is having an heart attack and runs downstairs to ring for an ambulance. He starts dialing the emergency number when his young daughter starts pulling at his jacket. 

"Dad," she says. "Dad," she says again. "What is it? I'm busy," he says.

 "Uncle Jack is in the bedroom with no clothes on," she tells him. 

He drops the phone and runs back to the bedroom. "You bastard, you f**king bastard," he shouts angrily at Norman. "You bastard! My wife is having a heart attack and you are going around scaring the kids!"

Everyone have a super groovy weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm!

No need for debate or conversation...The facts speak for themselves!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Flip Sides Of The Same Hate

This is the type of disturbing story that keeps me awake at nights...A reminder of this nation's past history of atrocities.....Atrocities allegedly committed by people claiming to be "Christians"...Whose descendents want to take umbrage because President Obama called them on their bullshit, while they are busy condemning ISIS and the Islamic religion for atrocities...

Yes..ISIS is a terrible terrorist organization and they have committed and still are committing terribly insane crimes against humanity...But they are no worse than the Ku Klux Klan and White supremacist groups in this country who did the same thing and worst at times in the 40's ,50's and 60's...

I bring all of this up because of a report I read in the news feed yesterday...

US authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings.

FBI agents questioned a man in Georgia who was among several in their 80s and 90s newly named in connection with the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946 on a list given to the US Department of Justice by civil rights activists, he told the Guardian.

Speaking at his home in Monroe, 10 miles west of the lynching site, Charlie Peppers denied taking part in the killings of four African Americans who were tied up and shot 60 times by a white mob.
“Heck no,” said Peppers, 86, when asked if he was involved. “Back when all that happened, I didn’t even know where Moore’s Ford was.” Charlie Peppers, who was 18 at the time of the lynching, said: “The blacks are blaming people that didn’t even know what happened back then.”

 Jim Crow lynchings more widespread than first thought, report concludes
A report by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) published last week found at least 700 more lynchings than had previously been recorded in southern states, renewing calls from campaigners for any suspects still at large to be brought to justice before it is too late. Too late meaning before they are dead or wearing a diaper and slobbering and crapping their pants in a nursing home.

The Moore’s Ford incident, widely described as America’s last mass lynching, stands out as a particularly brutal case even in Georgia, where more lynchings were recorded between 1877 and 1950 than in any other state, according to the EJI study. The report was the result of almost five years of investigations into lynchings in 12 southern states.

No one was ever prosecuted for the killings on July 25, 1946 of two black couples in their 20s: George and Mae Murray Dorsey, and Dorothy and Roger Malcom. According to unconfirmed claims from the time that are now asserted by campaigners, Dorothy Malcom was heavily pregnant and her unborn baby was cut from her body by the attackers.

An outraged President Harry Truman ordered a federal investigation and rewards totalling $12,500 – worth more than $150,000 today – were offered for information leading to a conviction. A grand jury was convened and heard evidence for three weeks. Yet no indictments were brought for the killings, which have long been linked to the Ku Klux Klan. Anybody surprised?

However then-Georgia governor Roy Barnes reopened the state’s inquiry in 2000 and the FBI reopened its own case in 2007. Georgia state representative Tyrone Brooks, who leads an annual re-enactment of the lynching as part of a campaign for justice, said the absence of prosecutions still hurts black residents of the area.

 “There is a lot of pain, a lot of frustration and a lot of disappointment,” said Brooks. “Because it has always said – like other cases have suggested more recently – that black lives don’t matter”.

 Coroner WT Brown, shown in the photo above holds a piece of rope used in the lynching. 

Charlie Peppers was accused of being involved by his nephew, Wayne Watson. Video of Watson, 57, claiming in 2013 that Peppers and several other men from the area had spoken of their involvement in the killings was given to the US Department of Justice by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“All through my life, I heard them talk about the Moore’s Ford and the lynching,” said Watson, in an April 2013 interview. “I’m tired of it, when you go through life, and you’re living with lies.”
Wayne Watson alleged that several of the men he named were Klan members. When asked this week Charlie Peppers denied he is or ever was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Wayne Watson said he had previously given information on the lynching to the city police and was ignored.
Wayne Watson made his remarks to Benjamin Jealous, who was then the NAACP president. Hilary Shelton, the NAACP’s Washington Bureau director, told the Guardian this week that during a meeting he handed a DVD containing the video footage to Thomas Perez, who was then the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division and is now the US Labor Secretary, and urged him to take action.

“We already knew it was true that some of them were still here, and still alive, but we just needed people who could name names,” said Edward Dubose, an NAACP national board member and former Georgia branch president, who has campaigned for many years on the issue.
Charlie Peppers said he was visited at his home by two FBI agents, one man and one woman, last year and was questioned for about 40 minutes. He said he asked them: “Why in the world are y’all bringing stuff up that happened 60 years ago. Why didn’t y’all do something about it then?” The male agent called Charlie Peppers a week later asking for further details of his family, he said.

The victims of the lynching, who were sharecroppers, were killed after Roger Malcom was bailed from Walton County Jail on charges of stabbing Barnette Hester, a 29-year-old white farmer. Hester was rumoured locally to be having an affair with Roger’s wife, Dorothy, according to Laura Wexler, the author of Fire In A Canebrake, a 2003 book on the killings.

The couples were seized by a crowd on a dirt road while being driven home in a truck by Loy Harrison, a white farmer who had paid to bail Malcom out of jail. They were beaten, dragged to a clearing beside the Apalachee River and shot.

Loy Harrison, who escaped unharmed and said he was ambushed, has been accused by civil rights activists of being a Klan member and helping to set up the lynching.

Investigators at the time reported difficulty in obtaining statements and evidence on the killings. A conspiracy of silence among the white residents of the area was blamed. Bullets and shell casings were recovered from trees and the surrounding area but little other evidence existed at the time.

The killing of George Dorsey, who was a second world war veteran, caused particular outrage. Eventually about 55 suspects or people of interest were identified. Several were called to testify to the grand jury but none was charged.

 Loy Harrison, left, shows Sheriff JM Bond, centre and coroner WT Brown where four African-Americans were killed by a mob of white men on 25 July 1946, near Monroe, Georgia

In July 2008 the FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said they had collected material from a home in Walton County that was being investigated further. Watson said in his interview that he had provided the tip-off for that raid.

Special Agent Stephen Emmett, a spokesman for the FBI’s Atlanta field office, declined to discuss the case or Charlie Peppers’s questioning.

"We’re not going to be able to confirm or clarify any development that you’re describing,” said Emmett. “It’s still a pending investigation”. 

The Department of Justice did not respond to several requests for comment. A spokeswoman for the GBI referred all inquiries to the FBI.

Wayne Watson told Jealous he had been shunned by members of his family after entering a relationship with a black woman. “I want it all over with, the racism,” he said.

Wayne Watson said in the video that he had spent time in jail. According to public records he was convicted in 1999 of obstructing a law enforcement officer. He could not be reached for comment. Two neighbours at his last known address said he had been evicted and was thought to now have no permanent home.

Is this payback?  We don't know? Is he telling the truth? Again..We don't know...But what we do know is this...Before we stand up and self righteously condemn a terror group like ISIS...Who richly deserve to be condemned for what they are doing...I might add...Let us not turn a blind eye to a century and a half of Ku Klux Klan terrorism that was at times worst than ISIS ...One group claims to be Islamic(ISIS), the other group ,claimed to be Christians..(KKK) both groups members will be in Hell arguing those talking points one day!

Monday, February 16, 2015


Haven't done one of these in a long time...

1.Five favorite cities-Philadelphia  , New York City, Atlanta, London , Denver (Yes...I've been to all of these places.) Runner up- San-Antonio.(Great Food, Great people)

2.Five things I currently can't do without right now...My Android, My Ipod mini, a good book, My car and ......bottled water...(seriously)

3.My top five rotations on my playlist- Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions, D'Angelo, Black Messiah,
,Charlie Wilson,Forever Charlie, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Greatest Hits, Pharell Williams,Girl

4. Last five Books I've read- Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore, Little Green, Rose Gold -all by Walter Mosley....The Audacity of Hope-Barack Obama, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (I've read it many times before, just enjoy reading it) by Malcolm X and Alex Haley.  Almost read 50 shades of Gray, but I couldn't..I just couldn't.

5. Five T.V. Guilty pleasures- 1.Castle, 2. Sleepy Hollow, 3. Gotham, 4. Scandal , 5.How To Get Away with Murder....

Saturday, February 14, 2015



Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekend Humor

A newlywed man is going away on a business trip for 3 weeks and doesn't want his brand new bride to get lonely and mess around while he's gone. He stops by the local sex toy shop in town. He looks around, but doesn't see anything that would keep his wife occupied for 3 weeks.

He asks the clerk for a recommendation. The clerk takes a black box from underneath the counter, assuring the newlywed that its contents are not for sale. He opens the box, and inside is what appears to be a normal dildo. The newlywed guy is unimpressed, but the clerk says, "Let me demonstrate." He looks at the dildo and says, "Voodoo dick, the counter!" and the dildo jumps out of the box. The clerk commands, "Voodoo dick, the box!" and the dildo hops back into the box. 

The newlywed man asks how much it costs, but the clerk insists it is a priceless heirloom. The newlywed man takes $500 cash out of his wallet and the clerk quickly hands over the dildo. When the man arrives home, he gives his wife the box, explains how it works, and leaves the next morning on his business trip. A few days later the wife is bored and horny, so she opens the box and skeptically says, "Voodoo dick, my pussy." 

 After about 15 minutes, she has had several orgasms and is starting to get tired, so she tries to pull the voodoo dick out. Her husband had forgotten to tell her how to make it stop. She puts on a dress and drives to the hospital. On the way there, the voodoo dick is still going at her so the lady is speeding and swerving her car. A police officer pulls her over. The cop asks, "Lady, why are you driving so recklessly?" 

She explains, "Officer, there's this voodoo dick going at me and I can't make it stop! I'm on the way to the hospital to have it removed!"  

The officer laughs and says, "Yeah right, lady. Voodoo dick, my ass."

Everybody have a super groovy weekend and Valentines Day!  Stay Warm!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Who Is The Real Terrorist?

Take a real good look at the person pictured above...He probably thinks he is a patriotic American...
What he is ,is a murderer...What he is ,is a hate filled idiot fueled with hatred that is generated by pundits on Television and other media who should know better.

His name is Steven Craig Hicks.

Yesterday,Steven Craig Hicks killed three young Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
 While it hasn't been said yet, I strongly suspect that in addition to capital murder charges, that this will be deemed a hate crime.

You see, walking and breathing among us each day are folks who cannot discern between an ISIS or Al Qaeda terrorist and a peace loving Islamic man or woman. And  let me be clear, there are millions of patriotic Americans who happen to be of the Muslim faith...I work with them,I've taken classes with them..I have served in the U.S. Military with them.

They  work hard, pay their taxes, fight and die in the name of America in the military, and yet the persistent and ignorant theme from many on the far right and even a few on the left (like  Bill Maher) has the most idiotic people among us truly believing that "all" Muslims are engaged in Jihad and thus, are the enemies of America. It would almost be funny if it was not so deadly serious and frightening.

What happened in North Carolina was certainly not funny...

Makes me wonder...Who is the real terrorist? Who should I fear more..Somebody in ISIS and or Al Queda or some drunken idiot in a pick up truck who's only frame of reference is Rush Limbaugh or Bill OReilley ??? Who is the real terrorist?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015


25 years ago today, President Barack Obama was the first black student elected to preside over the Harvard Law Review.

He was interviewed for the first time publicly...who knew then that he was destined to be the first Black U.S.

Here's to those Hundreds and Thousands of not just Black, but Latino, Asian and Women with at least equal talent waiting in the wings for their shot!

Imagine That!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Weekend Humor

At school, Little Johnny's classmate tells him that most adults are hiding at least one dark secret, so it's very easy to blackmail them by saying, "I know the whole truth." 

 Little Johnny decides to go home and try it out.

Johnny's mother greets him at home, and he tells her, "I know the whole truth." His mother quickly hands him $20 and says, "Just don't tell your father."

Quite pleased, the boy waits for his father to get home from work, and greets him with, "I know the whole truth." The father promptly hands him $40 and says, "Please don't say a word to your mother." 

Very pleased, the boy is on his way to school the next day when he sees the mailman at his front door. The boy greets him by saying, "I know the whole truth."

The mailman immediately drops the mail, opens his arms, and says, "Then come give your Daddy a great big hug!"

Everybody have a super groovy weekend!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Black History


Monday, February 2, 2015

What I've Learned

1.If you can survive ,growing up in Philadelphia...You can deal with just about anything in life!

2.Telling the truth is a gift that not many public officials have.

3.A Lot of people had very low expectations for me...I was glad to have proved them all wrong!

4.If you have success, taste it and spit it out quickly because it grows into ego and becomes poisonous.

5.Time seems endless until you become 50...then you start thinking about the end!

6.I think about a lot of situations I was in in life that could have gone wrong and I'm very thankful that they didn't.

7.There will always be haters..You can't let them side track you.

8.The best moments of my life was when everything was falling apart and I found something funny to laugh about, despite that!

9.Cowardice is easy...Courage is Hard.

10.If You don't know someone who is a different race,religion or sexual orientation than you,then you need to meet them..You'll find that aside from the obvious difference, they aren't all that different from you.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


"Mommy, can I go to Timmy's blog and play?"

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