Sunday, July 16, 2017



On Dec.26, 1964, despite all the racial tension throughout the country, the legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach was the first NBA coach to send an all Black starting line-up on the court during a NBA game.

That team consisted of K.C. Jones, Sam Jones (from NCCU), Willie Naulls, Bill Russell, Satch Sanders, and a young John Thompson. Not surprisingly, that Celtic team went on to win the NBA Championship in 1965 and 1966.

But, we weren't impressed by the Celtics. Why? Because, at E.E. Smith High School in 1964, we had our OWN starting five, which had the fans in Duplin County going crazy with their sharp-shooting and dazzling dribbling skills in one of the best Gymtorium in the county.

Our starting five for the Wildcats in 1964 included: (left to right) Samuel Middleton, Joesph Moore, Linwood Davis, Willie Smith, John E. Kenan and coach Charles McKoy.

Sidebar: Boston's all-Black starting line-up in 64' is one of the main reasons why many older Black men still cheer for the Celtics today along with the fact that the Celtics -from (1957 to 1969), won the NBA Finals 11 out of 13 times, including eight consecutive championships.


THE DUPLIN COUNTY ALL STARS SEMI-PRO "77"-The Duplin All Star Basketball Team ended their season in Sampson County April 23, by defeating the "Nuggets" 105 to 87 for the championship.

Curtis Farrior was selected the playoffs most valuable player by the Sampson High Alumni Association. W.Graham, M.Smith, L.Brock, C.Farrior and Earl Glaspie all scored in double figures.

Coach Johnny Farrior says "...He has the best team ever in the history of the all-stars. The team has traveled to places, such as Kinston, Little Washington, Elizabethtown, to play teams that are the best in their counties. The Duplin All-Stars have never been defeated at home, ending their season with a 10-3 conference record and 10-0 non-conference record."

Pictured (L-R) Front Row-M.Smith, E.Glaspie, Larry Brock, Lewis Hall, and Earl Pearsall. Back Row-Coach Johnny Farrior, Mgr. Donald Farrior, Joe Smith, Cicero Davis, William Graham, Curtis Farrior. (Not Shown) Shelton Outlaw, Bryant McIver, and Ronnie Newirk. (Photo:Leslie Williams, Wallace Enterprise) by eric d. graham
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Ezekiel Ezra Smith, educator and diplomat, the son of free Blacks Alexander and Caroline Smith, was born in Duplin County on the farm where his father was working as a laborer. His mother's family had been free for many generations, but his father was the first of his family to be emancipated.

Because of laws prohibiting the teaching of Blacks, the young boy received no formal education, but he did learn from his white playmates.

After the Civil War he attended a school in Wilmington conducted at night by the Freedmen's Bureau, but he worked in naval stores during the day. In 1869 he moved to Wayne County, where he attended the equivalent of high school while also becoming a teacher himself. After four years of preparation, he enrolled in Shaw University and received a bachelor's degree in 1878.

Accepting a position as principal of a Black grade school in Goldsboro, young Smith began a lifelong friendship with Dr. Edwin A. Alderman, principal of one of the white schools there. In 1883 he was selected to succeed Charles W. Chesnutt as head of the Fayetteville State Normal School, then only five years old, which met in a small four-room building and faced financial difficulties. Smith is credited with saving the school, now Fayetteville State University.

Also an ordained Baptist minister, he was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville for six years. He served as president of the State Baptist Convention and was a member of the executive board of the Lott Carey Foreign Missions Convention.

The fact that Smith had been a member of the Democratic party since the early 1870s is assumed to be the reason he won legislative support for his school. His political orientation also resulted in his appointment by Democratic president Grover Cleveland as resident minister and general consul to the Republic of Liberia in 1888. In that post he was able to restore more cordial relations between Liberia and the United States.

With a change in the national administration, Smith returned home and earned a doctorate from Shaw University. He spent one year as principal of a high school in Asheville before returning to the Fayetteville institution that he had previously led. With a new campus and new buildings came better support and development into a degree-granting college. He remained the head of that institution for the remainder of his life, spending a total of forty-two years there except for an occasional leave of absence. He was president of the State Teachers' Association in 1906.

A man of many talents, Smith was appointed a major in the Home Guard in 1880 and was adjutant with the rank of captain in the Third North Carolina Regiment in 1898; though recruited for service in the Spanish-American War, he was never called up. In 1881 he organized and operated the Carolina Enterprise, the first newspaper in the state for Blacks. Later he was editor of the Banner Enterprise and the Baptist Sentinel.

Smith married Willie A. Burnett on 17 Nov. 1875, and they were the parents of one son, E. E., Jr., who became a physician in Newport News, Va. His wife died in 1907, and the following year he married Nannie Louise Goode. He was buried in Brookside Cemetery, Fayetteville. (Source: Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, 6 volumes, edited by William S. Powell. Copyright ©1979-1996 by the University of North Carolina Press)



After his first Red-shirt season at East Carolina under new head coach Scottie Montgomery, former Wallace Rose-Hill Football Superstar Keyshawn Canady, who is the son of Victor Canady and Evelyn Canady, is ready to compete for significant playing time at the defensive back position this season after an impressive showing in the Pirates' annual (Purple and Gold) inter...squad games in April, which he had an interception and eight total tackles.

Canady, who is known more for his speed (4.3 in the 40-yard dash) rather than his "toughness" in high school, where he ran for more than 1,000 yards for two consecutive season as a Bulldog, said he has been "living in the weightroom" in order to prepare himself for the physciality of playing Division I football and has increased his bench press to 300 pounds, while adding on 5 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot frame.
ECU willl begin its season in Greenville on Sept.2 against James Madison (ESPN3) before traveling to Blacksburg on Sept.16 to face the Hokies of Virginia Tech, which also will be televised on CBS.

With that said, let's put on our purple and gold and cheer for Keyshawn's success in the process!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017



"My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths (gangbanging, selling drugs, using drugs, committing crimes or going to prison.)"-(Proverbs 1:15)

-The Evolution of an MC: Pocket Full of Ghetto Poems Vol. 2 by Eric D. Graham


THE NEXT DOCTOR OF DUPLIN!!!-While Donald Trump delivered his 1st commencement address as president Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in front about 50,000 people, waiting patiently with her cap and gown, sat a 40 year old, working mother of three from Duplin County named Iris Carter, who was there to receive her MA in Executive Leadership.

“Oh Wow! It's a blessing.” said Carter, who attended James Kenan High School.

“Especially, at the age of 40, working ...towards any degree is special.”

While trying to obtain her Master’s, however, Carter admitted she faced several obstacles, which included the hospitalization, and later, the death, of her father, David Wells, whom passed away in 2014.

Many days, of visiting him, in the hospital, we would talk. (And) he would tell me to never give up on my education…”she reminisced.

“He knew that I could do. Because, he knew that I was a go-getter and not a quitter. So, today, I know he would be very proud of me!!! Because, I did it!!!-(We) did it!!!

With the encouraging words of her father, the love of her mother (Doris Wells), the support of her husband (Greg Carter) along with the motivation from her family and children (Da'Nasia, Diamond and Deoveon), Iris plans to pursue her Ph.D.

I am just trying to Make America “Great Again” she laughed. (Piggy-backing off of Donald Trump’s campaign theme.)

So, now, with a little study, lots of prayer and the scripture from Philippians 4:13 embedded in her heart, -I know she will obtain it.

Therefore, look out for the “NEXT” DOCTOR OF DUPLIN!!! –Dr. Iris Carter-by Eric D.Graham

Monday, June 05, 2017

BOBBEE BEE: THE UNSEEN HAND-Zbigniew Brezezinski

THE UNSEEN HAND-Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it?…What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?” – Zbigniew Brzezinski, in conversation with Le Nouveau Observateur (January, 1998)-

In the shadows of the FBI's investigation into Russia's possible secret convert involvement in hacking into the United State's "democratic process," terrorist attacks in London, and Donald Trump's refusal to sign and endorse the controversial Paris climate agreement, Zbigniew Brzezinski, counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and most famously National Security Adviser under US President Jimmy Carter passed away on Friday May 26th in a Falls Church, Virginia Hospital.

He was 89.

Brzezinski, though hardly a household name, enjoyed an influence over international politics that few intellectuals outside elected office can hope to attain. In addition to his numerous academic treatises, and the role he played in the Carter administration, he was active in the secretive and influential Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group.

Additionally, he co-founded the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller.

His daughter Mika Brzezinski is the host of Morning Joe on MSNBC.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

BOBBEE BEE: Amazing What Israel Gets Away With!!!!

1. Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons? Answer: Israel .
2. Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
Answer: Israel .
3. Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
Answer: Israel

4. Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
Answer: Israel .
5. Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism
Answer: Israel

6. Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
Answer: Israel .
7. Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war? Answer: Israel .
8. Question: What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
Answer: Israel .

9. Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
Answer: Israel
10. Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated? Answer:Israel

12. Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister? Answer: Israel .
13. Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
Answer: Israel .
14. Question: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union ? Answer: Israel .

15. Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
Answer: Israel .
16. Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
Answer: Israel .

17. Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque.? Answer: Israel .

18. Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders? Answer: Israel .

19. Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
Answer: Israel .
20. Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
Answer: Israel .
21. Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
Answer: Israel .

22. Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S. ? Answer: Israel .
23. Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely insults the American people by having its Prime Minister address the United States Congress and lecturing them like children on why they have no right to reduce foreign aid? Answer: Israel .

24. Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because "We control America ?" Answer: Israel .
25. Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?
Answer: Israel .

26. Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing 15 civilians including 9 children?
Answer: Israel
27. Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks? Answer: Israel .

28. Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing? Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children? Answer: Israel .

30. Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes? Answer: Israel

Friday, June 02, 2017


Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.

Victims are young children, teenagers, men and women.

After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied
with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000 (TVPA) defines "Severe forms of Trafficking in Person as:

Sex Trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under of 18 years ;

Labor Trafficking, on the other hand, is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

In both forms, the victim is an unwilling participant due to force, fraud, or coercion.

Trafficking Victims

Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across internationl borders worldwide, according to the US Department to State. These estimates include women, men and children. Victims are generally trafficked into the U.S. from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. Many victims trafficked into the United States do not speak and understand English and are therefore isolated and unable to communicate with service providers, law enforcement and others who might be able to help them.

How Victims Are TraffickedMany victims of trafficking are forced to work in prostitution or sex entertainment. However, trafficking also takes place as labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude, sweatshop factories, or migrant agricultural work. Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to compel women, men and children to engage in these activities.

Force involves the use of rape, beating and confinement to control victims. Forceful violence is used especially during the early stages of victimization, known as the seasoning process, which is used to break victim's resistance to make them easier to control.Fraud

Fraud often involves false offers of employment. For example, women and children will reply to advertisement s promising jobs as waitresses, maids and dancers in other countries and are then forced into prostitution once they arrive at their destinations.


Coercion involves threats of serious harm to, or physical restraint of, victims of trafficking; any scheme, plan or pattern intended to cause victims to believe that failure to perform an act would result in restraint against them; or abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.

Victims of trafficking are often subjected to debt-bondage, usually in the context of playing off transportation fee into the destination countries. Traffickers often threaten victims with injury or death or the safety of the victim's family back. Traffickers commonly take away the victims' travel documents and isolate them to make escape more difficult.

Victims often do not realize that it is illegal for traffickers to dictate how they have to pay off their debt. In many cases, the victims are trapped into a cycle of debt because they have to pay for all living expenses in addition to the inital transportation expenses.

Fines for not meeting daily quotes of services or "bad" behavior are also used by some trafficking operations to increase debt.

Most trafficked victims are rarely see the money they are supposedly earning and may not even know the specific amount of their debt.

Even if the victims sense that debt-bondage is unjust, it is difficult for them to find help because of language, social, and physical barriers that keep them from obtaining assistance.

Help for Victims of Trafficiking

Prior to the enactment of the TVPA in October 2000, no comprehensive Federal law existed to protect victims of trafficking or to prosecute their traffickers. The law is compehensive in addressing the various ways of combatting trafficking, including prevention, protection and prosecution. It is intended to prevent human trafficking overseas, to increase prosecution of United States and to protect victims and provide

Federal and state assistance to certain victims. Victims of human trafficking who are not U.S.citizens are eligible for a special visa and can receive benefits and services through the TVPA to the same extent as refugees. Victims are trafficking who are U.S. citizens may already be eligible for many benefits due to their citizenship.

If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 What is the NHTRC’s National Website?

Who Can Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center?

The NHTRC is equipped to handle calls from all regions of the United States from a wide range of callers including potential trafficking victims, community members, law enforcement agents, medical professionals, legal professionals, researchers, students, and policy-makers. Based on the past history of calls into the national hotline, we know that calls most frequently occur for the purposes of tips about potential trafficking situations, questions about human trafficking, training and technical assistance requests, emergency crisis response situations involving potential victims, and general information about how to get involved in the anti-trafficking movement.

How Does the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Respond to Calls?

The NHTRC is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Urgent requests are processed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Non-urgent requests are processed primarily between the hours of 9am and 9pm EST, Monday through Friday, during an extended business week. If a non-urgent request comes in after 9pm EST, on the weekend, or on a holiday, a message will be taken by the call specialist on duty, and a full-time program staff will respond to the request within one business day or, in the case of holidays, on the next business day. A chart detailing the available services of the NHTRC is available below:
Pictured above is Eric D.Graham, along with Pam Stricklalnd, the founder of the Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now and Katherine Bass during a recent workshop designed to fight Human Trafficking on September 7th 2011 held at the Ed Emory Auditorium in Kenansville, North Carolina. The event was sponsored by the Duplin County Library System, the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, and the Duplin County Cooperative Extension.

Thursday, June 01, 2017


A MUST READ!!!! PSYCHOLOGICAL COST OF KILLING:-Drawing on interviews, published personal accounts and academic studies, Grossman investigates the psychology of killing in combat. Stressing that human beings have a powerful, innate resistance to the taking of life, he examines the techniques developed by the military to overcome that aversion. His provocative study focuses in particular on the Vietnam war, revealing how the American soldier was ``enabled to kill to a far greater degree than any other soldier in history.''

Grossman argues that the breakdown of American society, combined with the pervasive violence in the media and interactive video games, is conditioning our children to kill in a manner similar to the army's conditioning of soldiers: ``We are reaching that stage of desensitization at which the infliction of pain and suffering has become a source of entertainment: vicarious pleasure rather than revulsion. We are learning to kill, and we are learning to like it.'' Grossman, a professor of military science at Arkansas State University, has written a study of relevance to a society of escalating violence.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (psychology, West Point) presents three important hypotheses: 1) That humans possess the reluctance to kill their own kind; 2) that this reluctance can be systematically broken down by use of standard conditioning techniques; and 3) that the reaction of "normal" (e.g., non-psychopathic) soliders to having killed in close combat can be best understood as a series of "stages" similar to the ubiquitous Kbler-Ross stages of reaction to life-threatening disease.

While some of the evidence to support his theories have been previously presented by military historians (most notably, John Keegan), this systematic examination of the individual soldier's behavior, like all good scientific theory making, leads to a series of useful explanations for a variety of phenomena, such as the high rate of post traumatic stress disorders among Vietnam veterans, why the rate of aggravated assault continues to climb, and why civilian populations that have endured heavy bombing in warfare do not have high incidents of mental illness.

This important book deserves a wide readership. Essential for all libraries serving military personnel or veterans, including most public libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, Wash.


WHERE DID I GO WRONG?-The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 9% being female.

The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans. Roughly 45% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U....S. veteran population, respectively.

America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era.

Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone. About 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.

Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment. (Veteran in crisis?) Dial 1.877.424.3838 for 24/7 assistance. The Evolution of an MC: Pocket Full of Ghetto Poems Vol.2

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


"The Saudis are the biggest funders of Terrorism"-Donald Trump

A DOUBLE DOSE OF THE DEVIL: Beware of the Pale Arab!!!

Because, the Saud Family signed a deal with the United States in 1945, which basically stated, "We (The Saudis) will give you (America) our oil at a cheap price, if you protect us against our enemies and allow us to purchase your military weaponry.

Therefore, we shouldn't have ...been surprised to learn that Donald Trump had announced a $110bn arms deal with the Saudis on Saturday.

Please understand this- there are two factions of Islamists residing in Saudi Arabia. One, who works for the CIA. And, the other, in the form Wahhabism, which is Saudi Arabia's dominant faith, who works totally against America and American Imperialism. This form of Islam, in fact, is more extreme than Isis, Al Qeda and Taliban, except it is supported by the Euro and the US through oil money.

Let's not forget, Saudi Arabia produced Osama bin Laden as well as 15 of the 19 "alleged" hijackers in 9/11. Even though, many people still believe the Israeli Mossad were the "masterminds" behind the entire event.

For this very reason, William McCants, a Brookings Institution scholar, says that the Saudis are both the arsonists and the firefighters.

With that said, I suggest you watch PBS's Frontline Documentary The House Of Saud in order to get a better understanding of what is currently taking place in that region of the world.

As a result, we can become intelligent students of international affairs instead of emotional news watchers, whose political insight comes from 20 second soundbite on CNN, MSNBC or FOX NEWS.

As I have stated before, "I am not a rapper. I just play one on Facebook.-by Eric D.Graham