First let me state for the record that I thought Chadwick Boseman is best damn James Brown imitator I have ever seen (and I have seen a LOT of them!) He should win as many acting awards as the white man (and the "knee-gro elite") wants to give him. The story, while it deals with many of the known facts about the life of James Brown, really misses the three main reasons why I would want to see a movie about James Brown. There are lots of other things that I would consider important (ex: no mention of Henry Stone's career long involvement with James Brown, no mention of Mr. I guess one redeeming thing about there being NO BLACK WRITERS involved in the creation of this movie is that there was absolutely no discussion in the movie about the lyrics of James Brown's songs. Another good thing that this movie clarifies for me is that James Brown was such a dynamic, visionary & multi-dimensional individual figure, that there should be many movies or TV shows made about him, made from multiple perspectives.
Right now there are a whole lotta folks who are pretty upset about "Get On Up." I say, don't fret. That's because had he not been ill, Henry Stone would have called and reminded me that James Brown would have never been signed to King Records in the first place, had it not been for Henry Stone, and didn't the idiots who put the damn movie together know enough about the history of Black music to come and ask Henry Stone about James Brown? Do you think that someone with all of these accomplishment in the music business should be in the RRHOF?
One day Henry said to me, "Bob what is your mailing address, I want to send you our catalog." I gave him my "snail mail address," and the next week a giant box arrived from Henry Stone containing over 200 CD's.
The reason I liked Henry Stone so much is because in our telephone conversations, he was willing to share so much of his history with me.
I'll always be thankful, that he was so willing to provide me with one hell of an education. One of the questions I get from readers is "Why can't we have a new Motown?" My answer to them is that they haven't been paying attention.
TK Records was an "indie soul label" that was also the home to mega selling artists such as; KC & the Sunshine Band, Timmy Thomas, George McCrae, Latimore, Little Beaver, Gwen McCrae, Clarence Reid, Bobby Caldwell, Newcleus and more. Both are excellent albums, are reviewed in detail below and if you click on the links you will be taken directly to websites where you can listen to them.
After reviewing and re-reviewing for the last few hours all the wonderful comments and reviews received from you on the new Latimore album "All About the Rhythm and the Blues" what can I say, Bob Davis one of the greatest Rhythm and Blues writers of all time has spoken his piece along with Earl Gregory's live review of the album.
It announces a new release from our friends TN'T (Trish N' Tom.) I have heard the album myself and I really dig it! Here's a brief note, letting you know we are releasing the first single 'Today' from our forthcoming LP. I was in the house at BB Kings for this one and had a blast myself, along with the rest of the packed house. On a warm beautiful Saturday evening, a great musical happening took place at the infamous B. As Smith exit stage left, Tracy Brathwaite, a extraordinary talent in her own right, chilled us with a heartfelt belting performance of the legendary Etta James' 1961 classic standard of, 'At Last'. Entering his 2nd return on stage, this time with a black outfit, Carlton shared with the crowd his memorable moments on stage with footage of his daughter Misa Love Smith as an infant in 2004, and as a 4 year old in 2008.
Now at the age of 10, Misa Love wowed the audience with a wonderful cover of Aretha Franklin's classic hit of 1967 'Chain Of Fools'. Smith's boyhood friends, EQ hit the stage, also attributing to Michael Jackson with his masterpiece smoothie LP cut of 1982, 'The Lady In My Life' with a still photo shot of Carlton and Michael J. Background singers, Romona and Zahmu paid great homage to Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell with 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' as Carlton bounced back on in red, paid respect to the late great Bobby Womack with 'Daylight' 'Across 110th Street' and 'If You Think You're Lonely Now'. If you ever want to re-energize your funk and soul, well baby, get refunked to sounds of the Carlton J.
The following are some rough notes that I took last Friday at the Boney James show in Lakewood, NJ last Friday.
This band played some SEVERE off the hook almost RETURN TO FOREVER type BUTTHOLE WIPE STANK FUNK up in here for about 10 min. The guitarist (Norris Jones) is outstanding on this otherwise forgettable cover of "Ain't No Sunshine." He now sounds something like Carlos Santana. I also was in attendance at this show in "The People's Republic of Brooklyn," a few weeks ago.
When "Paperboy" Reed was done sound checking, he hopped over to join forces with Jennie Wasserman as The Sugar's backing vocalists.
She reprised two of the duets she recorded with Etta James; Do I Make Myself Clear and In The Basement. So in terms of the sum total of energy put in, The Sugar clearly is more vested on this recording than Etta. Brian Pace predicts the film Bittersweet will garner the recognition she so richly deserves. Sugar Pie DeSanto's manager, Jim Moore once showed me an email from Little Jimmy Scott and his wife giving kudos and encouragement to The Sugar after she lost her husband. For me Bobby Womack is a total and complete enigma, despite the fact that I spent 2 weeks daily conversation with him back in the 1990's.
For me it was a wonderful 2 weeks, that at the time was probably the most important thing going on in my life at that time. Whets most interesting about that is that for two weeks of something that today feels almost like it never happened, there is in fact a very tangible thing that exists, that was the end result of the two weeks that I spent with Bobby Womack. If you go to Bobby Womack's Wikipedia page you can find all of the basic facts about his life and career. What I got during those two weeks I spent with Bobby Womack was the "un-sanitized" version of what you would find on his Wikipedia page.
However I also had to focus on all of the "dots I had to connect," both online and offline in order to pull off the chat session.
In short there were many things that could go wrong, and cause the whole thing to result in failure. And one of the things that I had to do within that process was to talk to Bobby Womack, multiple times per day, every day for two straight weeks. About 50 people showed up for the actual chat session, some quite well steeped in the details of Bobby Womack's career, and some who were "star-struck" at being in the same "space" with Bobby Womack.
Yesterday afternoon when there was some confusion about if Bobby Womack had passed, a number of people contacted in and out of the media me for information. I don't understand this particular "compulsion" that folks on the internet have to know if a person that they didn't even know is dead or alive. I can tell you this much, Bobby Womack is no doubt having a huge laugh about all of that right now.
As I drove from New Jersey to Reading Pa, the site of the Berks Jazzfest on rainy Saturday afternoon, I had the album Global Noize - "Sly Reimagined" playing in the car CD player. What made me anticipate this show so much is because I knew that they would be performing most, if not all of the songs from their innovative and highly acclaimed 2013 release called "Sly Reimagined." To me one of the very best kind of concerts one can possibly attend is one where the artist performs an entire album. Maya Azucena on lead vocals (in place of the ultra-sultry ) and featuring Karen Briggs on electric violin that, who along with drummer Gene Lane took this funky joint from Global Nozie's 2012 album called; Prayer For The Planet to a whole nother level. This song, the old "pull your self up by your bootstraps song," appears on the surface to be an anthem that even the Republicans might adopt? From the 1973 album called "Fresh," which is regarded as pretty much the last gasp for Sly & the Family Stone.
Jam For Joe is a slammin joint that appears on the very first Global Noize album from 2008. Clyde has arranged with the promoter of a big Doo Wop show coming up on April 19th in Philly to secure tickets for a bus load of young folks from Harlem to attend the show. However he needs CA$H to secure bus transportation to physically get the kids from Harlem to Philly so they can attend the show. We hope to bring the children of Harlem Got Talent to a show in Philadelphia on April 19th. My feeling is that if they can raise the money for the bus, they will create 50 - 60 brand new doo wop fans, who will likely become doo wop fans for life. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, there is a whole series of Tribute shows coming up in Philly. Is there anything or any point that you would like me to make about the artistry or the biography of either Barry White or Teena Marie, that you feel has been either overlooked or marginalized by the mainstream media? Earlier today I asked how many of you would attend a John Coltrane or a John Lennon Tribute show. Plain & simple, I'm having a whole lotta trouble getting excited by much of anything that I hear.
Earthjuice," given the amount of money we spend in the Davis household each month for various Satellite TV services, therefore making it fiscally irresponsible to "go to the movies," yall convinced me that I should go see it. James Brown isn't really "whitewashed" in the movie, but he is marginalized, because the power of his truth is not told! The movie says that James Brown influenced many artists - Hell, why not show me which ones. Bobbit who was James Brown's right hand man, No mention of "capeman" Danny Ray, no mention of Fred Wesley, etc.) Worst of all is the foul treatment of James Brown's parents in the movie, when there is documentation to the contrary of what was depicted in the movie. Clearly the reason for this is because no white man in his right mind would dare to try and interpret what James Brown is saying. And most importantly contains JAMES BROWN (warts and all.) It airs nationwide on TV ONE Aug 17 and also in Sept. How ironic that Henry Stone should pass away within a few weeks of the release of that horrible James Brown movie. But the larger question should be, why was it that those who claim to care about the history of Black music NOT go and speak with Henry Stone.
Motown was an "Indie Soul" label back in the day that had a huge impact on the music scene. We know the name Henry Stone, because he was the producer of the hit albums by these artists.
Ms Brathwaite informed the audience that she'll portray the great Etta James in near future shows, in which I'm looking forward to.
With style, poise and stage commandment Misa Love's apple doesn't fall far from the musical tree that her dad planted. He then rocked the David Ruffin's 69' hit 'My Whole World Ended', giving shoutouts to each member of the Rolling Stones and and tributes to Marvin Gaye (Keep Gettin' It On' Sexual Healing') and Michael Jackson with ('Roses Make Me Feel' aka ' The Way You Make Me Feel)'. One of the things that I have learned about "smooth jazz," is that although many of the records are formulaic and boring, that the live shows are often full of surprises.
Even a brova like me, married for as long as I have been still needs a nice place to take his lady on a Friday night! We know from the git go that we aren't exactly getting John Coltrane or even Grover Washington Jr with him. The bass player sounded like Stanley Clarke, guitarist sounded like Al DiMeola & drummer sounded like Lenny White. On the next jam, the guitarist is now doing a STANK cover of "Sweet Thing" Drum & Bass are on point too. In addition to all of the above, he also sang several songs during the course of the evening.
Earthjuice" asked me if we would be coming back for any of the other shows in the summer series. But it's a good thing that our friend Tee Watts was also there to provide this review, since I was too busy dancing!
The Sugar also performed Keep It Like It Is, Life Goes On, Soulful Dress, Use What Got, Slip In Mules, Go Go Power, Hello San Francisco and In the Basement. As the "producer" of the chat session, it was truly a test of all of my "PMP Trained Project Management Skills," from a business, technology and operational perspective. You see I knew that since I knew that the primary reason for taking the drive was that I would be seeing Global Noize. Since I knew that I would be writing this review I wanted to do a comparison between the studio and the live versions of the album.
We just went from Mahavishnu Orchestraesque fierceness to something that sounds like a funky nursery rhyme.
Instead it was a catch phrase that then candidate Barrack Obama used many times over during the 2008 Presidential campaign. You know the song that quite literally transitions from Soul to Funk three-quarters of the way thru, almost as if to trumpet the arrival of FUNK music itself to your consciousness. Clearly there was much more than just music that formed a bond between Sylvester, Freddie, Rose (and sometimes Vet.) In the song "Family Affair," Sly Stone's genius lyrics are clearly vignettes about his own family. However the song "In Time," is a tasty and funky little morsel that was very clearly an influence on Shuggie Otis, Prince and others, later in the 1970's. Thank You For Talking To Me Africa was perhaps the best song on the album "There's a Riot Going On, " and for my money is one of the greatest songs in the history of FUNK music! If it's as good as the last one, you will be able to talk about it as much as I have been, since the last show. And I have been asked to provide some historical context as I introduce each tribute artist.
I am truly in need of the equivalent of "de-fibulator treatment, into whatever the parts of my body are that are in control of my musical sensibilities. A But he promised me on his returnA back to the United States I would be the first media personality to interview him in New York City.A  I never will forget how confident he was that he would return victorious.
King & Barrack Obama, James Brown was the most influential Black American of the past 50 years - Tell the story of how James Brown was the most influential Black man in the country, after the death of Dr.
The "angry black man" inside of me thinks this is an attempt to show Black families in the worst possible light. There was no huge conglomerate, investment bank, real estate syndicate or hedge fund behind Henry Stone.
If you go there you will see that there is a TON of music up there, representing all of the musical styles I mentioned earlier and then some.


But I got to hear a LOT of great music (doo wop, funk, southern soul, blues, etc) that I had NEVER heard before. Taken all together, it is a fabulous story and I hope that at some point Inez & Joe will put it all down on paper. Henry Stone is a "shadowy figure," whose name we all know from reading the liner notes of the albums we brought back in the 1970's & 1980's by artists who were on the legendary TK Records label.
We've always presented the listener with music that is fun, real, energetic, of substance and uplifting all at the same time. King's began, Carlton's band in now which I knighted the CJS's' opened with Smith's composition of 'Old School Fool'.
With the devil in disguise, Carlton threw his orange jacket into the crowd and jammed with his drummer Lawrence 'LP' Perry on the drums.
EQ member, Rick Torres was giving a heartwarming thanks by Smith, responsible for his humble beginnings in show business, and belief in his talent, during his teenage years. This is all a part of our friend Jimmy Coefield's (& longtime Soul-Patrol member) vision of creating a regular spot for adult oriented Black music in South Central New Jersey. What you are going to get is a "family friendly" style entertainment that is smartly packaged and presented. Almost the type of venue where you might expect a "red carpet," to be situated near the entrance.
Since the show, I have gone up on the internet and checked out some of his video's and he is just as SLAMMIN in a cornucopia of different situations (jazz, gospel, hip hop, rock) as he was last Friday night.
This generation of artists that we are at the tail end of believed in our art and us as a people. A seemingly archaic and obsolete artifact, from an earlier time in the history of internet.
And as all that FUNK starts winding and twisting its way thru your body, you listen to the words. However the topics are so universal and so identifiable, that they resonate with us all and could easily be lyrics about our own families as well.
Although Sly & the Family Stone itself had literally run out of time, they left us this gem. I went backstage not so much to congratulate the performers, but instead to try as I might to keep the vibe of the concert going.
Done with the objective of extending the music that everyone here claims to love, into the future. However his great performance is wasted, next to the disgrace that this movie is to the legacy of James Brown.
King, completely against all possible odds, especially with the "knee-gro elite" hating him so much, because he spoke directly to the folks that the "knee-gro elite" had their feet on the neck of. Because he would often send me a reply via email or he would call me to tell me how much he enjoyed what I had written (regardless of the topic) and encourage me to keep on writing, keep telling the truth and to maintain my integrity. And if they do, I hope that they don't ask the folks who made that horrible James Brown movie to make a movie from their book. No one individual looking for a good time, could have asked for a more dynamic entertaining showstopper, than the Carlton J. Smith (decked in white) entered the stage merrily and delighted us with 3 more of his composed tunes, 'A Man's Gotta Do What A Man's Gotta Do' 'Tripple Nickels' and a beautiful rendition of 'Glisten'. Lawrence 'LP' Perry's skillful synchronized stokes on the skins, stunk up the place, funkier than green onion! The reality is that many of the "smooth jazz" musicians themselves are actually BADD AZZ FUNK MUSICIANS in disguise. Have you ever had occasion to have a normal conversation with a famous person whose "voice" is burned inside of your mind?
We talked about "sex, drugs & rock n' roll." I mean, damn it, I am after all supposed to be a "musicologist" myself. He said that it was very important to him that Soul-Patrol get as much recognition as possible since there were so few successful Black owned entities in the music business, he saw that as a part of a personal obligation for himself. It would be something like an album cover of the chat session, proof that it actually happened." He had the picture taken and sent to me via email. In fact I would dare say that I have seen Global Noize perform live more times than anyone reading this. It turned out to be one of the best concerts I have ever seen, In fact I have been wearing the same Sly & the Family Stone baseball cap I wore that night, everyday for the past week. Underneath the lyrics the monster groove makes it easy for us to roll with each individual story and such is the genius of the song. Show me how because of his influence, the United States government took him down, destroyed his businesses, stripped him of his communications empire, humiliated him, etc. So what does that mean in "real life?" It meant that most of the time when I called Henry Stone on the phone, he answered himself. He pretty much always had a new Latimore, Gwen McCrae, etc album and he told me that he felt that it was important to him that Soul-Patrol get the new recordings first.
Very often they are locked in a "smooth jazz box" on their recordings, but when you see them live, they get downright NASTY. To take a musical icon like Bobby Womack, put him into an internet chat room with 50 hardcore musicologists from all over the world, and have a freewheeling "meta discussion," about the highs & lows of his life and music. They are perhaps one of the top 2-3 artists that you can possibly see live if you are a fan of FUNK music. However playing some MONSTER FUNK of that ilk, as the very first song, lays down a gauntlet that sets expectations VERY high.
To take a STAND "for the things that you know are right." As I am intellectualizing about all of that I look up to seen "GREATEST GIRL GROUP WHO EVER EXISTED" (Maya, Maysa & Nona) still on stage and when that "transitional part comes" (you know the part when the song flips from Soul to Funk!) Maya, Maysa & Nona start dancing like they are on Soul Train. In my notes I wrote down; "Is that Maysa or is that Ella Fitagerald?" That's because our friend Maysa Leak reached waaaayyyyy down and did some scat singing from another universe.
I then left the venue as quickly as I could, despite the fact that there were more shows going on that night. Hell, show me James Brown in Africa transforming crowds of hundreds of thousands of people. And when he didn't answer, it was either his wife Inez or his son Joe who answered the phone.
Maybe he had Joe or Inez reading stuff to him or maybe he had some text-to-speech recognition software.
Our taste in musical styles vary, so when we write and record this is reflected in the music.
Food was served in a separate room that, that had a DJ, playing stank azz 70's funk and a larger dance floor than most clubs. Dee and Davis pleaded on national TV for Bob Kaufman to come out of his self imposed exile to take part in The Movement.
Bobby told me that he saw a parallel between that and what my brother & I were doing with Soul-Patrol.
In short, "Family Affair" is just about as close to being a "perfect song." As such you might be wondering why Global Noize would even want to touch it? Meanwhile, we'll continue to work on the cover design for our new cd entitled 'Don't Let Go'.
Much like Kenny Vance (yeah the doo wop guy) Boney James moves about the stage in a highly choreographed manner, that suggests "dancing," but isn't really "dancing," but creates the illusion of "dancing." This is exactly what Kenny Vance does on stage, and just like Kenny Vance, Boney James is quite effective with this presentation. I only mention the food, cusp if you come to the shows in the jazz series you should absolutely eat dinner here.
He told me that even though he wasn't able to travel himself, he thought it was good to try to bring people together. As strange as it all sounds this type of stage presentation is an extremely good "audience engagement technique." Scoff at this type of choreographed technique all you want. I didn't want ANYTHING to interfere with the great show that was now on "continuous replay," inside of my head.
DLG crosses genres, it's fast it's slow, it's soul, it's funk, its house, sprinklings of jazz, pop, gospel, and reggae. Which of course is where the Family Stone would have taken the family of mankind to, had they been able to continue to pursue the music. You see "Family Affair" was the next step after "Everyday People." And Global Noize takes us to the next step beyond. A My second week at the course I got in early and became bored while waiting for my homeboys. A My teammates and coaches were often challenged by my "Just give me the ball and get the hell out of my way" attitude. A I was not the best athlete on the field or on the court, but I thought I was.A When the game was on the line I wanted the ball in my hands. A A It was a hot evening and the constant in and out of the woods was not a pleasant undertaking. What I thought would be a nine-hole outing turned into eighteen holes and a White House visit and a Presidential appointment in 1969. General William Rogers, Hattie, President Nixon and HBA Petey and I would become great friends and in 1965 we would meet again. A The United Planning Organization a self-help community organization was hiring "Neighborhood Workers." A They hired three, me, Petey and H. A Two years later Rap would be named Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
A I would become a Roving Leader (Youth Gang Task Force) for the DC Recreation Department and Petey would find his new home in radio at WOL.
A Three UPO "Neighborhood Workers" would go on to establish their own independent idenities. A Petey would win 2 Emmy Awards and in 2007 there was a feeble attempt to do his life story on the big screen. He is now in jail serving a life sentence for the murder of a black Deputy Sherrif in Fulton County, Georgia.
Brian McIntyre.A  He was sitting almost alone and there was no one waiting in line (compared to today's media circus). A  I looked down and notice that all the white media were seated on one side of half-court and all the blacks were seated on the other side of the half-court line. He stepped in front of me and said "I got it."A It would be the start of the 4th quarter that Mark returned to the press table table and apologize for his unprofessional actions. A There were other mistakes like someone thought a black Judy Holland was VP material---far from it. A It took a minute but in the meantime, he was making an effort to bring about change in his own way. A But according veteran (32 years) sports writer Bill Rhoden of the New York Times, progress in sports media pressrooms around the country are on a slow boat to China.A His recent appearance on the widely acclaimed television news show Meet the Press, he said, "the NBA, NFL and MLB are still dragging their feet. Media pressrooms at Deadline are still the last plantations.A A Pioneering broadcaster and former NBA CBS basketball analyst Sonny Hill and now a sports talk show host on WIP Radio in Philadelphia said, "I am not surprised by Rhoden's statement, very little has changed in media pressrooms. A One of the problems there is no networking among blacks who have moved it up the ladder." A That is an understatement. A  The copy rights for Inside Sports is own by News Week Magazine and it is own by the Washington Post. A A First, there was a a problem with the PR Men from hell, Brian Sereno and Matt Williams. A A It was brought to my attention that Sereno was disrespecting the ladies of The Roundball Report. A The meeting was set before a Wizard's game in the press louge but Scott Hall was the lead man. A He listened and we disagreed on some points but when we walked away from the table we were on the same page. A The community and everyone in it was a friend, the old and the young, the black and the white and the healthy and the lame. A I was honored to speak at his retirement held at the arena just before the Bullets moved to Washington and changed their name to the Wizards.A Denny Gordon was in ticket sales and it seem like he knew everyone who brought a ticket. A He was made the scapegoat after being sold out by his assisstant coach Bernie Bickerstaff and others. A The meeting revolved around a charity all-star game scheduled for the Bahamas, the island home of NBA star Mycal Thompson.
A Magic Johnson was one of All-Stars participating.A Representatives from the NBA included VP Ron Thorne, Legal Counsel Gary Bettman and head of security Horace Balmer. A A Gary Bettman is the Commissioner of the NHL, Thorne is somewhere lurking in the NBA, Balmer has since retired and Magic is a role model for Black America? A A The short lived existence of basketball legend Michael Jordan as a Wizard's player and Executive in the front office. A After the story broke he and several teammates made light of it during introductions of a game. A He was eventually suspended for most of the 2009a€“10 season.A The thing that I find disturbing about this Donald Sterling charade is that folks are acting like they were surprised by his rants against blacks. A A I also notice the same "Old faces and voices" are called on to respond to the racist acts by men like Sterling---when they are a part of the problem . A He and Sterling were good friends because "Birds of a feather flock together." A  Check Magic's history out and you will discover the two have a lot in common. A Magic's claim to be a minority owner of the LA Dodgers is another sham (token black face). James Brown (CBS Sports) another mis-guilded brother claiming to be a minority baseball owner and an expert on racism. A He did finally admit on the late George Michael Show (Sports Machine) "I have no say in making baseball decisions as a minority owner." A His role as a minority owner is to be paraded out on Opening Day as the black face to read the starting line-ups.


A A This is the same Michael Wilbon that I had at least two recent conversations about the use of the N word as a term of endearment.
A I have to give him credit, he will at least talk to me face to face and not behind my back. A I tried to explain that his rationale that his grandfather's use the word as a term of endearment does not make it right today.
A I told him he should not go on national television saying it is okay to use the N word among friends and family. A It gives bigots like Donald Sterling the Green Light to do the same among his friends and family.
A Plus, Michael told me he was not going to appear on the ESPN Show Outside the Lines because the white host had no horse in the race!
A A I wish that Magic, James, Michael and the rest of the media experts would defer to black men like Hank Aaron, Dr. A But they wear the battle scars and have been on the front lines of the civil rights movement in real life and in the sports arenas of America.
A In other words, they have been there and done that.A I guess that is wishful thinking, especially when everyone wants to be an expert on television. A In the meantime, they don't know their asses from a hole in the ground but the beat goes on and on. A Auerbach would go a step further in the 1966-67 NBA season, when he stepped A down after winning nine titles in 11 years, and made Bill Russell player-coach. A A trailblazers, RED AND DOTIE AUERBACHi»? ON INSIDE SPORTSA Russell would eventually be the first black to win an NBA championship. A There are far too many crying "Foul" and playing the victims in this charade, to include some NBA owners.A Let me start with my homeboy, the great Elgin Baylor who was the Clippers GM for over 2 decades. His teams were perennial losers on the court and in attendance, but he picked up his check every two weeks and kept his mouth shut. A A In his deposition, Elgin spoke about what he called Sterling's 'plantation mentality,' alleging the owner in the late 1990s rejected a coaching candidate, Jim Brewer, because of race. A Talking about an organization needing a change of name and a face-lift---meet Leon Jenkins.A Jenkins seen above at a press conference trying to explain why the li»?ocal branch was honoring Sterling during the 100th Anniversary of the organization next month.
A A He explained the previous award had been approved by the man he replaced and he just went along to get along.
A A Sterling won't be the first to sleep black and think white when it comes to sex, politics and money. Slave owners lived by the credo and in modern day history there was the late Senator Strom Thurmond.
A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer. A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval. The game had been played in the Bahamas the previous year without incident or controversy.A It was obvious that there was a power-play being made by the league office to cancel the game.
Thorn open the meeting by asking who was going to be responsible if one of the players was hurt during the game? A Magic suggested that the topic of conversation just might be centered around an injury to a player. I tried to explain that playing the game was no different then one of the players participating in a pick-up game on a New York City playground in the off season. A What is this some kind of plantation?"A The room went silent and Horace Balmer the only other black in the room just shook his head and seem to be lost for words. A Thorn called off the discussion and promised to get back to us but he never did.A In the meantime, Magic Johnson disappeared and changed his number.
A Mycal was a class act but his hands were tied when Magic decided to do his Houdini act.A Gary Bettman now runs the NHL, Ron Thorn is still in the NBA somewhere calling the shots, Horace Balmer has since retired and Magic is the face (black) in the middle of the Donald Sterling charade.
A When all is said and done, the real victim despite all of her baggage is the girlfriend (The Whistle Blower) V. A NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during his annoucement as it related to the punishment of Donald Sterling apologize to black NBA pioneers Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Magic Johnson. A He reminds me of the controversial Celebrity Chef Paula Deen who alledgely use The N word to describe her love for black folks. A  How should we expect her to know if she has never walked in our shoes ?A  When it is a part of your DNA it is difficult to rid yourself of the gene.A  A One morning I was watching Ms. This award was longed overdue and I wonder why it took the NAACP so long to finally recognized Mr.
Belafonte in accepting the award asked, "Where are today's black leaders?A  Our children's blood is still running in our streets---there is work still to be done.
The coalition stated it will urge President Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his state of the Union speech on February 12th----Good luck!
Ben Carson of John Hopkins University Hospital.A  His prayer and message was centered around health care, the economy, American debt, and tax reform, thus taking dead aim at President Obama's platform for the nation. Carson spend 25 minutes talking about the nation's ills and solutions with the President sitting less than 5 feet from him.A  When all was said and done, President Obama was not looking so Presidential!
Carson set the record straight from the very beginning.A  He made it clear he was not taking any wooden nickels. In 2010, he became that series' youngest driver and the first black driver to win a race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
A close friend of mine that has been partially paralyzed by strokes, pays for aids to "help". If they show up, they usually just sit and do nothing, root through her jewelry and personal effects, and some have been caught stealing jewelry.
One was there when she collapsed with another stroke, and instead of calling for help, she called her boyfriend and left, leaving her patient to manage on her own. It runs M - F from 10am - Noon and starting on Monday July 22 will repeat from 4pm - 6pm each day. My opinions about Tiger Woods or any other issue are mine and I could give a damn about what Feinstein or anybody else things about them.
In their prime at theA Washington Post, they were among the best sports writers in the country.
A I was up close and personal with the sports department.A Kindred and Chad were talented writers but you could not trust them, Cornheiser and Feintstein's talent, they easily blended in with the landscape of the paper. A Feinstein called Wilbon the biggest ass kisser in sports media, if that is true he had great teacher in Cornheiser. A When Solomon tried to kick Cornheiser to the curve (fire him) in the 80s he was able to move to the Style section of the paper.
A One black female Washington Post columnist wrote a book titled "Plantation on the Potomac." A She was describing her employer. A Hopefully, they were asked to participate and were of the same mindset as Wilbon not comfortable with Mr. A Goodell makes more than any player in the NFL and he never has to make a tackle or catch a pass.A The owners recent pay out to the players for injuries suffered on their watch was peanuts compared to the billions they make year in and year out. A When he refused a request by his mother to cease using the word and a similar plea by poet Myra Angelo.
Martin Luther Kinga€™s 1963 march on Washington and 46 years since his assassination in Memphis, Tenn. With the high-scoring Macauley, elite passer Cousy, and new prodigy Sharman, Auerbach had a core that provided high-octane fast-break basketball. In the next years until 1956, the Celtics would make the playoffs every year, but never won the title.
Brown was desperate to turn around his struggling and financially strapped franchise, which was reeling from a 22a€“46 record.[5]A The still young but already seasoned Auerbach was made coach. A Nike NBA rep John Phillips and I met with VP Rod Thorn, League Counsel Gary Bettman and Head of League Security, Horace Balmer.A The meeting centered around whether Magic Johnson, Mycal Thompson and a group of NBA All-Stars would be allowed to travel to the Bahamas for a charity basketball game without league approval.
A He was right on point.A To this day I think Magic had a previous discussion with the league office. James Gholson, Red Auerbach, Biff Carter, Jessie Chase, Morgan Wooten, Everett Cookie Payne Sr., Frank Bolden, Dr. Leo Hill, Roper McNair, Earl Alfred, Maxwell Honemond, Tilman Sease, William Roundtree, Charlie Baltimore, Jaky Mathews, Ferdinand Day, Nick Turner, Walter Brooks, Ted McIntye, and my saviors, Dave Brown and Bighouse Gaines.A  They knew their Xs and Os, but more important, they were there for our highs and lows.A  Where have all those flowers gone? We never could have made it without them.I have given up on the Pigskin Club, but keeping hope alive for the DC Recreation Department and the Roving Leader Program.
BELL 12-25-1940---8-1-2013A A GOOD COP WHO BROKE THE CODE OF SILENCE IN THE WASHINGTON, DC POLICE DEPARTMENT.
A The real Serpico is seen leaving the Bronx Courthouse alone after testifying before the Knapp Commission on wide spread police corruption in the department. A In the old days police A would carry a "drop knife---an inexpensive weapon cops would bring along on patrol to drop onto or next to suspect that they had taken out so that they could say that he had threaten them.
A Today you don't even need to do that; all that you have to do is justify the use of deadly force if you are a police officer is to say that you feared for your life, for whatever reason. If the victim dies, that just means there will one less witness around to contradict the test-lie. A In the case of Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston police, it appears he was being extra-carefulto cover his tracks. A Probably he could have gotten away with simply declaring, as he did in the radioed report, that Walter Scott "took my taser," and that would have probably have sufficed to exonerate him. A But Slager having shot Scott eight times in the back--as everyone can see in the now famous video--perhaps felt that he needed a little help explaining what he was up to. A So apparently dropped his Taser next to Scott's body, which would obviously help to make the case that Scott "Took my taster."A If you think that what happen in North Charleston is a unique case, its not.
A Only recently, in another case, a policewoman in Pennsylvania first Tasered a black man then shot him twice in the back as he lay face down in the snow. A Unless honesty is rewarded more often then corruption, the police will lose credibility altogether. A I wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton in 1994 addressing this very issue, saying that honest cops have never been rewarded, and maybe there ought to be a medal for them, he wrote back but nothing change. A If enough testi-lying is uncovered, then who is going to believe the police even when they are telling the truth? A A Until now the shoot first fear of my life mantra has eliminated any cause for concern in the taking of life by police. A When a civilian committs a crime, every nuance is looked at, the better to "throw the book at" the suspect. A The other day I got a letter from a journalist in Argentina who was complaining about police and judicial corruption there. A I wrote back to him, there are good cops, even where you live, but if the good cops don't want to be painted with the same broad brush as the bad cops, they need to come forward and expose the guys who are doing bad things. A Take New York City detective who was caught on camera recently abusing an Uber driver with threats and foul language, A This was truly disgusting behavior. Yet predictably enough the detective union leader, Michael Palladino, was out there making excuses for him, suggesting that, well, it was only one incident, and everyone has a bad day. A Afterward Police Commissioner William Bratton announced he was removing the detective's shield and placing him temporarily on desk duty while an investigation is conducted .
A But this man needs to be demoted to uniform at the very least, or "back in the bag" as we use to say.
A Imagine what he is capable of doing under the cover of darkness if he can talk to someone like that in broad daylight. A There are plenty legitimate incidents where police believe, correctly, that their lives are in danger. A I was in a few of those situations myself during the course of my career.A But unless the police forces and society as a whole take action we're not going to be able to distinguish between the legititimate claims and made-up testimony. A A long time ago Norman Rockwell painted a famous picture of a friendly neighborhood cop bending down to help a little boy.
A For example; I could name someone who is a great athlete but a lousy human being or I could name someone who is a great human being but not a great athlete. A Heading the list is Muhammad Ali (The Greatest), Red Auerbach (NBA), Dave Bing (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL), Bert R. Sugar (Boxing), Lee Jones (NBA), Roy Jefferson (NFL) and Harold McLinton (NFL), finding pro athletes like them today are far, few and in-between. A And that is a sad commentary when you think about the hundreds of men and women I have interviewed on Inside Sports and worked with as a youth advocate (Kids In Trouble). Moore, LB Dave Robinson (2013 NFL Hall of Fame inductee) and WR Roy Jefferson host KIT toy party.
A Sam Jones (NBA), Lenny Moore (NFL) and Roy Jefferson (NFL) participate in KIT clothing drive for needy children at Union Station. A Bert Sugar (Boxing) receives KIT Life Time Achievement Award and Dave Bing (NBA) pays tribute to KIT Saturday Program All-Stars.I had the opportunity to hear an interview on Sirius A XM Radio (channel 126) on the Maggie Linton Show recently, her guest was NFL Washington Pro football player, wide receiver Peirre Garcon. A I have not been very impressed with todaya€™s pro athletes and their give back commitment to their family, friends and community.
A He has three older sisters making him the youngest and the only one born in the United States.His father died when he was 4 years old leaving his mother to raise him and his 3 sisters alone. A My background is similar to Peirrea€™s, my mother had to raise 4 boys alone with an assist from Grandma Bell.



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