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Thursday, November 11, 2010

RF23 – IF There’s Smoke

I've been keeping my opinion to myself on this Cam Newton story, in hopes it's just smoke and not fire, but apparently, there may be fire.

Something else we can thank Reggie Bush for...

It appears that Newton's father, Cecil Newton, like Reggie's got greedy before it was time to be greedy and apparently attempted to or sold his son's talent to play football in the media proclaimed "greatest college football conference, the SEC." According to reports a man identified as Kenny Rogers went to Mississippi State and said that in order to get Cam Newton's talent, the price would be $180,000 and that amount was the discount price, meaning that Newton's bid was higher than $180,000.

At least Reggie's family got a crib, some cars and some pocket change...

After denials by the Newton family and being unable to contact Rogers, until today on ESPN 103.3 (Dallas), the story should have died down after Auburn officials claimed that Newton is eligible to play and no wrongdoing is attached to their school. However, after a shakey media conferences by both Newton and Auburn coaching staff, the story has a pulse and it looks like Cam Newton may have been done in by his old man. Also, according to reports, Cam's father may have wanted the money to improve his church, since he's a deacon. I like the quote by Deion Sanders on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, where he dismissed that notion..

"I don't believe that one bit, because that money wouldn't be used for that, if so that's not glorification to God, but exalting yourself"

Show you right, Deion

Now we have stories, in the form of leaks from other schools saying that Newton's father did in fact start the Cam Newton auction and oh by the way, Cam is not a good guy. We know this, he admitted so in an interview with Jim Rome on his radio show on October 26, 2010, where Newton seemed to take responsibility for his misgivings at Florida University, where he was found to have bought a stolen laptop. And now there are reports that Cam cheated in school by taking one students paper and turning in one paper from off the internet.

Dang Cam!

Look this story is going to get worse, and then there's going to be casualties. My estimation, it's going to be Cam Newton and Cam Newton only. It's going to cost him a probable Heisman Trophy and maybe a chance to play in a national title game. But like all casualties, Cam has a choice, he can either succumb to his injuries or overcome them and be a NFL great.

I hope he chooses the latter.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

RF23 - WHAT ABOUT BLACK MEN/BOYS THAT ROCK?


Last night, I happened to catch the butt end of BET's Black Girls Rock. The show was about celebrating young ladies who are making a difference in their communities by various act of charity or starting programs that could assist others.

Fine..Kudos ...hooray...clap, clap, clap.

What I have a problem with, is that the show was on BET, yes, the same BET that has the award show, that once had rapper Drake and Lil Wayne out there rapping, with [black] girls between the age of 7-10 years of age on the stage.  They used bleeped out b-words and bleeped out h-words. The same BET whose programming is responsible for more junk on its music videos and reality T.V. programming. Yet somehow, we're supposed to be so happy and prideful that for one day, they stopped and honored

Black girls..

Fine, kudos, hooray, clap, clap, clap.

Here's an issue, while partly watching the show, I happened to catch an article by Courtland Milloy of the Washington Post, where he wrote that movies by Tyler Perry portray black men, as adulterous, abusers of women and/or drugs or criminals. He asked where are the movies about positive black men who overcome odds from their various backgrounds. Hell, the last movie that was close to that was "Antoine Fisher," and I think before that was "Men of Honor" in honor of the Navy's first diver, the late Carl Brashear. Before that it was Principal Joe Clark on " Lean on Me" and that's it. But there is one problem, none of those movies were by Tyler Perry. So now I'm stuck agreeing with a columnist, I don't care for, due to his liberal, victicrat writings. And who knows, I may have been lured into one of his woe is me, us articles by noticing that Perry only does "black chick flicks" that demoralize men. But hey! BET was celebrating Black Girls that Rock.

Isn't it about time to celebrate Black Boys That Rock? Isn't it time to show our young black men that there is more out there for them, but gangs, carrying the rock up and down a football field or basketball court or carrying the rock to be sold. Our young black men and boys are hurting, they are facing high unemployment rates, some lag in education and unfortunately a good part of them are coming in and out prisons. Is this their only fate?

It ain't right.

But of course, it must be right for BET and its executives to maintain the stereotype that our black young men and boys are a bunch of n-word, b-word, h-word using, saggin' pants and pick a color rag wearing thugs that can play football or basketball and oh yeah..

commit crimes.

Clap, clap, clap.


Article:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/07/AR2010110704428.html