Bystanders Wake Up and Recognize #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile

When I 1st heard Jesse Williams acceptance speech for BET’s Humanitarian award. I couldn’t help but focus on the following….

And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down. – Jesse Williams

Every time there’s a video released of police brutality or a shooting, there is always someone that needs an explanation of why this is a problem. Over the past year or 2, I have found myself trying to be understanding and taking the time to explain, but after watching Alton Sterling and Philando Castile being gunned down… I just can’t do it anymore

If you can’t see there is something seriously wrong with what is going down in America after watching these latest videos; then that is on you!

And if you answer to all of this is just comply with the police… As Mr Williams said, “SIT DOWN!”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Heroin vs Crack Epidemic

The Senate passed a bill today to help the growing epidemic of heroin and painkiller abuse. Sponsored by New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) will focus on the following:

  • Establish grant programs to help state and local governments improve education and treatment for drug abuse
  • Encourage medical providers to reduce unnecessary prescriptions
  • Commit resources to help veterans deal with addiction
  • Give local law enforcement and mental health officials tools to lower the death rate from overdoses
  • Provide states with incentives to make naloxone, which can counteract overdoses, more widely available by offering liability protections to officials who distribute it

This is much-needed, but I can’t help to think how drastically different the thinking is now versus the 80s and 90s when Crack-Cocaine destroyed inner cities. Instead of treatment the focus was on fighting the crack epidemic with force which included harsher penalties.

Unlike the crack epidemic, heroin addiction is being treated with compassion.

What would have the 80s and 90s been in the inner cities if the approach to the crack epidemic was treatment along with law enforcement?

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

30th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster

Hard to believe that it has been 30-years since the tragedy of the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

I can recall the excitement I had watching the launch with my classmates and then 73 seconds into the launch that excitement turned into despair.

Rest in Peace Michael J Smith, Francis R Scobee, Ronald E McNair, Ellison S Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith A Resnik.

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Those 7 souls will forever live amongst the stars

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Yup, 50 Cent’s First Pitch was the Worst!

By now we have all seen the 1st pitch from 50 Cent before the NY Mets played the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this week.

The consensus has been it was the worst 1st pitch, but The Washington Post took a step further when they posted this visual of some of the worst 1st pitches.

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SMH, Damn 50!

United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor showed more skill on her ceremonial first pitch, and look at Michael Jordan….  And he stopped playing basketball to play baseball for a short time.

 

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Curtis Granderson Doesn’t Understand Passionate Fans

When the New York Mets signed Curtis Granderson this past offseason he stated the following about New York Mets fans

“A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said that, ‘True New Yorkers are Mets fans,'” Granderson said. “So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”

Well Curtis, you got what you wished for!

Granderson and the Mets have heard their fair share of boos recently as they have struggled offensively in the early part of the 2014 season.  Granderson had a rough start as he quickly learned that Citi Field is not Yankee Stadium.  In recent weeks the boo birds have been louder and it’s starting to wear on the team.  In a recent interview with Newsday’s Jim Baumbach, Granderson made some interesting comments…

“I understand you’re a fan, but at the same time, you aren’t playing,” he said. “I can see you getting that intense as a player or have played. But if you’re just a fan and watching, enjoy the excitement of the game that is in front of you, win, lose or draw, whatever the case is.”

Wait….  What the hell is Granderson talking about?

This makes no sense, fans don’t have to play the game to have passion/intensity for their team.  Its passion/intensity that makes fans travel to see their team play on road games or stick around to support their team in extra innings.  There is nothing better than having your fan base support and that support is more than just excitement for the game.

Can you imagine the Raiders telling their fan base, “Hey guys, you’re not actually playing the game.  No need to paint your face and dress up in the and go crazy in the black hole.”

Word of advice for C Grand, stay away from insulting the fan base.  Trust me, if you produce the fans will stop booing.

 

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Ex-players Reach Settlement with NFL in Concussion Lawsuit

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Ex-Players (more than 4,500) have reached a potential settlement with the NFL in their concussion lawsuit against the league; it is being reported that the settlement will include a payout of $765 million dollars (pending judge approval).

Ummmm, that’s it!!!

There has to be something in the details, right?

Well, it is also being reported that the NFL will NOT have to admit ANY liability or disclose internal files about what they knew about concussions and links to brain damage.

Hmmm, wasn’t this whole lawsuit about the ex-players trying to get the NFL to admit that they DID know something?  This is without a doubt a HUGE win by the NFL and the timing is perfect for the league with the new season about to start next week.

But hey, who cares? The clock is ticking until opening night and football being back!  Unfortunately the clock is also ticking on the overall health of one of the more critical pieces to the success of the NFL….

THE PLAYERS!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!