Thursday, August 16, 2018



With the recent scandal involving Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and the current scandal involving UNC’s Rashard McCants, we, at, felt it was necessary to re-publish this excellent article, especially after NCAA President Mark Emmert was cross-examined for the O’Bannon v. NCAA case on Thursday.

NORTH CAROLINA–(BASN)”In life, never forget the golden rule. Those with the gold make the rules.” The government of the United States should investigate the BCS and the NCAA like it was the MOB.

It should infiltrate it as if it was a Mega Church full of prosperity pimps or a drug cartel.
Why? Because according to certain reports, a university like THE OHIO STATE can make millions of dollars a year while an athlete, like Terrelle Pryor “shamefully” makes $40,000 from signing his autograph on a few sports items, is criminalized and vilified.

While pondering that scenario, one must conclude that the NCAA is a bunch of white collar criminals.

paymeThey are, in fact, no different from these corporate CEOs, who make millions of dollars off of cheap labor in “so-called” third world countries. But for some odd reason, the media focuses its attention on punishing those, who commit blue collar “crimes.”

The Blame Game

Therefore, they accuse Reggie Bush rather than USC for the problem.
They blame Cam Newton instead of Mississippi State for the problem.
They punish Terrelle Pryor instead of Ohio State for the problem.

As a result, in the end, they bailout the universities instead of the players like President Obama bailed out the bankers on Wall Street. This is similar to the War on Drugs in the USA, where they lock up petty street hustlers or the small time drug users instead of arresting the big-time drug kingpins.
Former Ohio State (RB) Maurice Clarett confirmed this recently on the Dan Patrick Show when he said, “It’s not a Terrelle Pryor problem. It’s not a Jim Tressel problem, it’s a culture….”
Clarett was correct.

The problem begins and ends with a culture that has been corrupt from the top down, and not from the bottom up.

A System of Pimps and Hoes

To be brutally honest, college athletics is a system of pimps and hoes.

To prove this point, recently South Carolina Gamecocks football head coach Steve Spurrier offered a payment proposal, where the coaches would pay the players $300 a game out of their own pockets.

But many sports analysts felt that Spurrier’s proposal to pay players was simply a clever recruiting tool for South Carolina and the SEC.

“A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it that we would be willing to pay it–70 guys 300 bucks a game.”

This is only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed, but as coaches in the SEC, we make all the money, as do universities, and television. And we need to get more to our players….” said Spurrier, who makes $2.5 million a year not including other bonuses.

If this ain’t a pimp-move, I don’t know what is. The Fear of Socialism in Sports Spurrier’s proposal to pay players, in effect, had a few shrewd capitalists feeling as if he was practicing some weird form of Socialism.

But did Spurrier really want to “share the wealth” like President Obama suggested during his 2008 campaign? According to NCAA President Mark Emmert, Spurrier’s payment proposal would destroy the “sacredness” of college athletics.

“I think paying players by game doesn’t make any sense to me at all.” Emmert said.

“Are you going to pay them for every game they go to, are you going to pay them for women’s volleyball, and why $300, why not $600, why not $1000. If you are just paying them for a game why not $3,000?” he scolded.

millions“Where do you set that number and why do you set that number? That’s converting student-athletes into employees and I’m adamantly opposed to that and I think that would be the death of intercollegiate athletics.”

Despite Emmert’s disapproval of paying college athletes, he can’t deny the fact that college sports is a big business.

College athletics is a Big Business.

How big a business is it?

According to the, during the 20 day basketball extravaganza known as March Madness, the NCAA makes $185 million on corporate sponsorships plus $300 million off of NCAA merchadise sales, while $770 million is spend on TV license fees, $613.8 million on television advertisement, and $7.5 million on beer sells.

Seeing those numbers, there is no question, college athletics is a big business.

And to understand the game, just like politics, one must follow the money.

Politics of Corruption

ccaWhy? Because there is a Politics of Corruption running college sports.
What do I mean by a politics of corruption?

When you look at the word politics, the first part of the word “poli” which means many.

And the last part of the word is tics, which means a bloodsucker.

Therefore, by definition the term politics means “many bloodsuckers.”

And without a doubt, we all have to agree that the NCAA is sucking the life force of these young college athletes by collecting billions of dollars annually off of their blood, sweat, and tears.
Even though we know that this form of economic exploitation is wrong, the philosophy of college sports of see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil protects this evil empire.

millionFootball Rules

Why? Because there is a code of silence that governs the game.

For instance, you know the old saying, What happens in Vegas; Stays in Vegas.

Well, that phrase is a little different in college sports.

The motto for many universities: is football rules or basketball rules.

Therefore, there are no rules.

Why? Because, football is the cash cow.

caspAnd you are not going to kill the holy cow, if it is worshipped and viewed as being sacred by the people in order to feed a few hungry athletes hamburgers for dinner.

But this golden calf must be destroyed just like Moses, the Lawgiver, did in the Bible….

In other words, there must be some new laws or commandments to govern this growing entity.

A system driven by greed.
According to Jesse Jackson, of the Rainbow Push Coalition, Capitalism only works if they are checks and balances.

Well, if it is true for Capitalism, it is true for the NCAA.

But this will be a difficult task, because greed drives both of these institutions.

And in a world, where we worship the rich and despise the poor, the rich will always get richer.
Not surprisingly, the NCAA is a microcosm of the macrocosm.

In other words, it is a capitalistic system based off of exploitation, where profit over the people is the law of the land.

Or should I say, profit over the players is the law of the field or the court.

But now this capitalistic system is slowly collapsing, as more universities are being investigated.
And with each investigation, more scandals are surfacing.

Why? Because the NCAA is not a democracy.

It is not governed of, for, and by the people or the players.

It is a plutocracy.

plutoRich getting richer

A plutocracy means ruled for the rich by the rich.
And a plutocracy’s only purpose is to protect the wealth of the rich.

Therefore, the biggest threat to a plutocracy is for the peasants or the players to revolt against the system.
The sense of rebellion can be seen with the new “one and done” phenomenon occurring in college basketball.

But let’s remember the famous words of Frederick Douglas, who said “Power concedes nothing without demand Therefore, maybe all college athletes should unite, organize and boycott the NCAA and create and articulate a list of demands.

This type of athletic alliance could spark a revolution in college sports like none other and potentially change the way the game is played.

If this happens, then, and only then, will the ball truly be in the hands of the players.

If this doesn’t happen, college athletes will continue to be exploited while the rich get richer and richer.

Eric D.Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Graham can be reached at



From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dol...lar industry their talent built.

Provocative and controversial, Rhoden’s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden reveals that Black athletes’ “evolution” has merely been a journey from literal plantations—where sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirrings—to today’s figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. He details the “conveyor belt” that brings kids from inner cities and small towns to big-time programs, where they’re cut off from their roots and exploited by team owners, sports agents, and the media. He also sets his sights on athletes like Michael Jordan, who he says have abdicated their responsibility to the community with an apathy that borders on treason.

The power black athletes have today is as limited as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today’s shackles are often the athletes’ own making. (

Thursday, August 09, 2018


I work like a slave to become a master” -- Antonio Hardy a.k.a. (Big Daddy Kane)
By Eric D. Graham
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) -- Despite what anyone thinks, America was built on the foundation of "white supremacy and Black inferiority." Therefore, psychologically, most relationships formed between whites and non-whites are based on a "master-slave relationship."

I see it every year around draft time, whether it’s the NFL Draft or the NBA Draft.

Surprisingly, these two highly-rated televised events look shockingly similar to the slave auctions of the past. For those that disagree or are upset with me for making this obvious comparison, let's not forget that somewhat controversial Sports Illustrated cover with Sir Charles Barkley entitled "Charles Unchained." In which, Barkley posed as a "slave" with chains around his neck, wrist and ankles.

So, as you watch the NBA Draft, carefully observe how all of these Caucasian reporters, agents, PR directors, managers, coaches, executives, and owners start advising Black athletes to smile more, wear this and not that, stop looking so mean and lose the attitude.

Why? Because, they are now official “property” of the NBA. Or, the NFL. Take your pick. The key word is property. And they can be traded like cattle at any time. This scenario raised its ugly head recently on ESPN when they apologized for a fantasy football segment of an auction draft, where black players were sold to mostly white male bidders, which left
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. "speechless" and Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant displeased with mock auction.

This master-slave relationship revealed its self again when Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones
stated that all Cowboys players would stand for the anthem, “toe on the line” or be cut from team— after the NFL voted to “allow” protesting players to remain in the locker room (which has since been tabled). Especially, after super quarterback Dak Prescott agreed with his owner by saying, according to the NY Post by saying, "I never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so...”

“The game of football has always brought me such a peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people, a lot of people playing the game, a lot of people watching the game, a lot of people that have any impact of the game. So when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game, it takes away. It takes away from that. It takes away from the joy and the love that football brings to a lot of people.”

Those words have brought Prescott a lot of backlash, including a Dallas artist depicting him on a mural in the “sunken place,” a reference to the main character in “Get Out,” a racially charged thriller movie.
The Branding of Athletes
But, we shouldn’t be surprised. Why? Because, athletes are seen as slaves to the system,” branded" by corporations like Nike, Reebok, Gatorade, Wheaties, and Hanes.
Consider Cam Newton's situation last year in Alabama, where Under Armour apparel had a $10.6 million contract with the University of Auburn.
Under that particular contract, Newton was contractually obligated to wear at less 12 to 15 logos every game.
According to Taylor Branch, an author of the new book Cartel, "Newton had four Armour logos on his helmet, one on each wristband, one on each shoe and one on his head band underneath his helmet."
"This was all specified by the NCAA office. They said they had to be an exact size...” said Branch, a civil rights historian.
"They regulate the commercial side of sports and promote it, right down to the tiniest detail while forbidding the athlete from selling their jersey." 
Yes, these new corporate logos are a new form of branding in this system of capitalistic exploitation, where athletes provide free labor without pay, especially in college.
And even though, we hate to admit it. This system is strikingly similar to the one that help build America.

We Own You
Therefore, if athletes, collegiately or professionally speak out against this injustice or act unruly, they will be "cut," replaced, and even "shipped" overseas for their insubordination. Can we say Colin Kaepernick? Who, despite, doing nothing wrong? Has been “whiteballed” from playing in the NFL for his “stance” against police brutality and the injustice against “Black & Brown” people throughout the country.
Yes, these NBA/NFL owners and general managers have the ability to "kill" careers with the stroke of a pen. Why? Because, the pen is mightier than the sword.
As a result, they begin to braking down these young athletes physically, psychologically, spiritually and sometimes sexually (by commercially putting them in dresses and feminizing them to sell products) as if they were "slaves" who had been traveling in packed slave ships during the Middle Passage before being dropped off in the Caribbean Islands.

Because during these NBA or NFL Combines, they are questioned, provoked, challenged, tested, weighted, measured, humiliated and "whipped" into shape for their personal entertainment.

Let's not forget, what happened to the Dallas Cowboy first round draft pick Dez Bryant during a pre-draft interview this year in Miami when Dolphins' general manager Jeff Ireland asked him if his mother was a prostitute.

But despite all of this probing, these young Black athletes like Bryant must remain calm and never show any sign of anger. 
Keep Them Childlike and Dependent
They, in fact, must continue to smile, bear it, and "take it like a man."

Why? Because, nobody wants to see an angry Black man.
Unfortunately for all of these high-paid athletes, expressing any form of Black manhood is frowned upon by league officials.
The league officials unconsciously or consciously like to see their athletes acting childish or child-like. 

In other words, they prefer them to be dumb and dribbling balls or running up and down the court or  field instead of being intelligent business-minded men like LeVar Ball, who took a page out of Stephon Marbury’s playbook of  independence, by expressing a desire to enter into a $1 billion co-branding deal instead of the typical athlete endorsement deal, when he created and manufactured his son’s, Lonzo Ball, the No.2 draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers’ $495 ZO2 signature Baller Band shoe as well as his own sports agency, Ball Sports Group, which he heads while representing his three sons (Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo) along with Big Baller Media.

They’re not ready for that because they’re not used to that model,” LaVar Ball said. “But hey, the taxi industry wasn’t ready for Uber, either … . Just imagine how rich Tiger [Woods], Kobe [Bryant], Serena [Williams], [Michael] Jordan and LeBron [James] would have been if they dared to do their own thing. No one owned their own brand before they turned pro. We do and I have three sons, so it’s that much more valuable.”

Yes. Ball’s desire to be a game changer in the $7.3 billion shoe and sport apparel business created an uproar in the business world and was faced with opposition from many, including George Raveling, a Black man who is Nike’s Global Basketball Sports Marketing director.

Raveling, in fact, had the audacity to call LaVar Ball “the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years. Which suggests that, Ball’s decision to create his on shoe was worst than the former Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s racism as well as the point shaving scandal that once “plagued” the league alongside the refs betting on games.

Craig Hodges, a member of the Chicago Bulls first two NBA Championship teams, who tried to get his team mate Michael Jordan to do something similar to what Ball is attempting told the Final Call newspaper that “Professional sports is the last true bastion of White supremacy."

“This means being able to own a venue and being able to own a player. I think one of the great things the Balls have done is in somewhat breaking the yoke of White supremacy.”said the sharp-shooting three-point specialist, who many felt was also “whiteballed” by the NBA for his outspokenness and political awareness during his professional basketball career.

“Lonzo Ball is showing a young player a way they can go and do their own thing—go direct to China and get your stuff made.” he continued.
“And if another player has the potential to do that, then it’s great. “But this also gives them the potential to stand up and be independent and understand why they have that position, and not because it’s just a phase or a fad that they’re going through. So, if [LaVar Ball] truly does understand what consciousness is and how to work on economic development and the like, then I applaud him.”

With that said, notice how NBA superstar Dwyane Wade reacted when Commissioner David Stern started pointing his finger in his face during NBA negotiations.
“Don’t point your finger at me, I’m not a child.” yelled Wade.
The Wade and Stern confrontation sparked a controversial commentary from HBO's Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel, who is quoted as saying:
"Stern's version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It's part of Stern's M.O., like his past self-serving edicts on dress code and the questioning of officials. His moves were intended to do little more than show how he's the one keeping the hired hands in their place."
Remember what I previous stated earlier in this article that all relationships established between whites and non-whites are based upon "a master-slave relationship."

Gumbel's commentary highlighted this theory when he called Stern "a modern plantation overseer."

But where have we seen this type of behavior before in the NBA?
Do you remember Cleveland Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert's "fathead" remarks toward LeBron James' when he decided to "take his talents “to Miami?
Gilbert's words were so harsh and mean-spirited that they prompted the Rev. Jesse Jackson, of the Rainbow Push Coalition to say, "His (Gilbert's) feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave."
Jackson's statement, of course, upset a few white reporters and caused a slight uproar in the sports and entertainment world. For instance, TMZ's Harvey "I am a Lawyer" Levin replied "that is absurd...come on."
As Levin smirked at Jackson's slavery comparison, one of his paparazzi storm troopers made the sarcastic joke, “You know the difference between a slave and Lebron's situation ......about 65 million dollars," which drew a few chuckles in the room.

Here is another classic example of that superior attitude, in which, they try to interpret our emotions and downplay our opinions on situations that affects us. I, however, suggest that they all read "40 Million Dollar Slaves" by William C. Rhoden.

“Blacks are concentrated on the playing field, not in the front offices and earning millions weakened athletes and they shied away from social causes for fear of losing their wealth,” Rhoden explained at a journalists’ roundtable in Washington, D.C. in September. “White people tell you when it’s safe and you can protest within this box.”
After reading "40 Million Dollar Slaves", hearing Gilbert's rants, analyzing Colin Kaepernick’s protest plus analyzing Gumbel’s lastest commentary, maybe they will see things a little differently.

Eric D. Graham is the author and alter ego of the infamous BASN character "Bobbee Bee".

Monday, August 06, 2018


Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes.They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:16)
by eric d. graham
With the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, the Black Church went from preaching a "Black Liberation Theology to a Prosperity Gospel, which systematically seduced or hypnotized poor people to give their hard earned money with hopes it would reap them large sums of money in return. However, most of them ended up paying for the lavish lifestyles of pimps in three piece suits, who drive expensive cars, live in large mansions, and fly private jet planes.

The cult classic Car Wash, which was part of the blaxploitation dramedy of the 1970saddressed this issue along with several of topics with the character Daddy Rich played by Richard Pryor, the pastor of The Church of Divine Economic Spirituality, who preys on the economic depression of the ghetto with promises of prosperity while mocking Abdullah's "red, black, and green" Revolutionary dream. Notice, Antonio Fargas, who plays a transvestite in the movie, which shows the feminization of the Black male image ( 1Corinthians 6:9 ).

Remember, there is nothing new under the Sun. Plus, in the Age of Donald Trump, the church of capitalism has replaced the real purpose the Black Church.
So, Never forget, that Dr. King stated in his sermon(A Knock at Midnight-If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. With that said, will you put your cross before the flag. Or, the flag before the cross. Does your church have a pulpit or a stage, which you sing and moonwalk around real issues that effect Black community (

Cheerleaders with a collar: An open letter to the Black preachers stunting for Donald Trump

Dear Colleagues in Christ:

With heartbreak, yet hope, we reach out to you in the name of our Lord and Liberator, Jesus, the Christ. It was unsettling and upsetting to witness the meeting with you, our moral leaders, and one of the most amoral persons to ever occupy the White House in the name of discussing prison reform.
We are sure it must have been intoxicating to walk the corridors of power and sit at the table of governing authority. Unfortunately, those precincts of power have been infected by white supremacy and moral bankruptcy. Dr. Cornel West is correct, “we are in the spiritual eclipse of decency, honesty and integrity,” leaving our nation in the chaotic shadows of emboldened racism, ugly xenophobia, predatory patriarchy and unvarnished greed.” 

Given your proximity to power and your “seat at the table” in this toxic, political climate, it’s painfully disappointing that instead of being prophetic clergy persons you became presidential cheerleaders. We could never imagine the eighth century prophets cheering the kings of Judah and Israel who were in similar political climates. We know John the Baptist wasn’t content to cheer Herod on and express his gratitude and honor for a seat at the table, declaring that Herod was the most “pro-Jewish king in our lifetime.”
We need not remind you of the posture of the Prince of Peace, our Savior from the streets, when He stood before Herod and Pilate. He didn’t even pray for them. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was quoted yesterday but not emulated. Dr. King had a seat at the table at the White House, but he brought the menu of a civil and voting rights agenda to Presidents who transformed the nation.

It was errantly exclaimed that “this is probably going to be the most pro-Black president that we’ve had in our lifetime…” Were the fumes from the intoxicating toxins that strong? Was he being pro-Black while building his political platform as the number one purveyor of birtherism, which was fueled by racism? Is it pro-Black to label Black NFL players protesting racial injustice in the criminal justice system you were there to reform, “SOBs?” That’s what your pro-Black president did. Was he at his pro-Black finest and most eloquent when he referred to countries of color as “s-hole countries?”
Was he being pro-Black when he equivocated during the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, that left one person dead and more than a dozen injured, declaring there were “very fine people on both sides?” Was he pro-Black when he appointed a white supremacist, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (who was deemed too racist to be a judge by a bipartisan panel and Coretta Scott King) to serve as Attorney General? Did your cheerleading blind you to the fact that the policies of Sessions contradict and overrule the prison reform you were cheering for? Attorney General Sessions wants to stall a federal review of police departments where racial profiling, excessive use of force and racially discriminatory police practices have been exposed.

During the Obama Administration (who was disparaged during the meeting to the delight of 46-1), the Justice Department began 25 investigations into police departments and sheriff’s offices and resolved civil rights lawsuits filed against police departments in more than 15 cities. Sessions is stopping and reversing these investigations and consent decrees. Were you cheering for Trump and this Justice Department to continue to ignore the broken body of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the last gasps of Eric Garner in New York, the slain body of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the aborted life of Tamir Rice in Ohio and so many others? Are you cheering for his “law and order” dog whistle calls that encourage over policing and underserving of our communities? You do know his attorney general also has plans to restart the “War on Drugs,” which was really a war on Black and Brown communities!

We are sure you recognize the importance of judicial appointments in criminal justice and prison reform. The president you cheered for contradicts real reform with his appointments of judges. While purporting to be concerned about prison reform and the negative effects of mass incarceration on communities of color, Trump’s actions demonstrate a blatant disregard for the welfare of people of color by pushing judicial nominees with disturbing records on racial equity issues into lifetime positions as judges, which will have ramifications in the lives of people of color long after he has left the White House. Of the 87 judicial nominations Trump has made, 80 are whites who have made careers in undermining civil rights, while only one is African-American.

We understand that the stated intent of the White House has been to focus its criminal justice reform efforts on improving re-entry, rehabilitation and workforce training programs. That’s nice, but if you have a room filled with spider webs wouldn’t you clean the webs AND remove the spider? You cheered him on for removing a few webs, but you didn’t prophetically challenge him to remove the spiders of sentencing reform, ending the money bail system, profiteering from prisons, and the caste system who author, Michelle Alexander insightfully deconstructs in her 
book, “The New Jim Crow.” One of the biggest and most venomous spiders is the school to prison pipeline that begins with expulsions of Black and Brown children from school. Expulsions push our children into juvenile court systems and they commence their passage through the pipeline to prison.

Since you’ve been selected to serve on the front-lines of prison reform, as your colleagues, who have been doing this work and fighting to eliminate the spiders of injustice, we would be remiss if we didn’t give you resources for your new assignment. We encourage you to read the aforementioned, “The New Jim Crow.” And Paul Butler’s, “Chokehold.” He documents and declares how police officers, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of Black men. The result is the chokehold: laws and practices that treat every African-American man like a thug. The former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it’s supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread—all with the support of judges and politicians.Add to your justice edification Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy.” Stevenson is a gifted attorney who is engaged in the work of criminal justice reform and testifies that mercy can be redemptive and offers a challenge and tools for fixing this broken system that has resulted in destroying lives, dismantling families and devastating our communities.
Our beloved colleagues, the leader of the free world you met with has a contagious narcissism that has given him a Messiah complex. Please remind him of the first-person pronouns that saturate the model prayer, “Our,” “us” and “we.” No one can overhaul the criminal justice system alone. Remember the wisdom of the Apostle Paul, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” The flowering of criminal justice reform will require all of our hands for this great work.
Our dear colleagues, the man you met with yesterday during his divisive and incendiary campaign asked the Black community repeatedly, “What do you have to lose?” In less than two years we’ve lost a lot and you have become his cheerleaders with a collar.
We are praying for you. We invite you to join us in dialogue that will prophetically challenge the poison of Trump’s politics, while we work to develop our underserved communities. We are called to speak truth to power. May God give us the courage and power to tell the truth.
Peace and Power

Sunday, August 05, 2018



On July 17, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, accused President Trump on of being a Russian agent planted in the White House — a “Manchurian candidate.”
By definition a Manchurian candidate is a person, especially a politician, being used as a puppet by an enemy power. The term is commonly used to indicate disloyalty or corruption, whether intentional or unintentional.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia was called “Crossfire Hurricane.” The name refers to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” from the 1968 hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested 19 July 2018 that Russian efforts may have reached into the White House.
“I’ve been trying my best to give the president the benefit of the doubt and always expressed potential other theories as to why he behaves as he does with respect to Russia generally and Putin specifically,” Clapper told CNN when asked about Trump’s refusal to back the findings of the U.S. intelligence community during his joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki.
“But more and more I come to a conclusion after the Helsinki performance and since, that I really do wonder if the Russians have something on him,” Clapper said.
There have also been persistent rumors that some members of Congress could also be doing Russia’s bidding a notion reinforced by Bill Browder, the chief executive officer of Hermitage Capital and a driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, which allows Washington to withhold visas and freeze financial assets of Russian officials thought to be corrupt or human rights abusers. (Source: GS) ( The Song No Happy Endings/Manchurian Candidate is from the album Pocket Full of Ghetto Poems Vol.1

Friday, August 03, 2018


What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?-Mat 16:26
In a 19 minute song entitled (I Admit I Did It) Chi-Town (R & B) singer R.Kelly sings about his battles and troubles in the music business. He, in fact, moans and groans his way through a simple melody about being broke, being accused of sexually abusing women, to being illiterate, and being sexually molested at the age of 14, while addressing the disturbing rumors of him operating a sex cult.
Is this a song of guilt? A song of forgiveness? A song of distraction? A song for sympathy? Or, simply a cry out for help? (

Thursday, August 02, 2018


By Eliana Dockterman

On May 25, nearly eight months after more than 70 women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, Harvey Weinstein entered New York’s First Precinct — just a few blocks from his old Tribeca office — and turned himself in.
The scene was carefully curated, like something out of one of the former producer’s Oscar-winning films. Weinstein wore a baby blue sweater, a soothing color that evokes the innocence of childhood. He carried books about art and filmmaking to remind viewers he’s an artist first. Later, in court, he pleaded not guilty to raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex, and on Thursday he was indicted by a Grand Jury.
The police, too, set up an important shot of their own: the perp walk. Pointedly, a female detective led a cuffed Weinstein out of the precinct. The day offered just a preview of the spectacle that will play out on a national stage over the next several months. Both sides know that the Weinstein trial is the first installment of a series of dramas that will feature other accused men.

What we’ve watched up until this point has been its own genre: the revenge fantasy. The people who came forward in October with allegations against Weinstein — including actors Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lupita Nyong’o — kick-started the #MeToo movement. Women from all walks of life took to social media to expose the men they said had abused them. The movement had, and continues to have, real potency. In May, Visa suspended an ad campaign with Morgan Freeman and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was pressured to resign after each of them faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Whether their disgrace will be permanent is unclear. Men such as Kevin Spacey and Bill O’Reilly are still banished from film and media, and have decamped to their mansions. (In Weinstein’s case it was an Arizona rehabilitation center that offers meditation and equine therapy.)

Now Weinstein’s story could end in prison, rather than at a retreat, and the rest of us will get to witness something often frustrating, but perhaps more satisfying: a courtroom drama. The justice system has been slow to act on #MeToo claims, and Weinstein is the first major celebrity arrested since the wave began. (He’s also still under investigation in London and Los Angeles.) This is where the strength of the social-media movement will be put to the test.

Justice is swift on Twitter. But the American legal system is notoriously slow. In April, three years and two jury trials after New York magazine featured Bill Cosby’s many accusers on their cover, the actor was convicted of sexual assault. His appeal could take years. (Source: Time) (

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When liberal whites fail to understand how they can and/or do embody white supremacist values and beliefs even though they may not embrace racism as prejudice or domination (especially domination that involves coercive control), they cannot recognize the ways their actions support and affirm the very structure of racist domination and oppression that they wish to see eradicated.”- bell hooks