Category Archives: Sports and Entertainment

Sports and entertainment articles that have political and cultural implications.

Donald Sterling

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Racist Donald Sterling outed.

No one is going to argue that Donald Sterling is a despicable human being. He has a long track record of discrimination against Blacks and Latinos as a convicted slum lord in Los Angeles. There are already attempts to discredit the messenger, his long time mistress V. Stiviano. No matter where the recording came, it doesn’t lessen the damage that was done by [Stirling’s] racist comments.

 

It’s a curious irony that Sterling is the owner of an NBA franchise that has risen like the Phoenix of Greek mythology. A long time laughing stock of the NBA is now a contender. These allegations couldn’t have come at a worse time. The NBA is overwhelming African-American. His team is mostly African-American; not to mention that is mistress is bi-racial (African-American and Mexican-American)

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Tiger Woods Wins!

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Tiger Woods is Back!

The Tiger has roared!

After a two year drought, Tiger Woods has roared back winning his first major, The Chevron World Challenge. Suffice it to say the man’s been a bit preoccupied and distracted with his multi-million dollar divorce and public humiliation.

Many thought Tiger Woods was finished after the cheating scandal broke two years ago. Having his squeaky clean image shattered right before our eyes was probably the biggest obstacle for Tiger to overcome.

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Joe Paterno – Will He Survive Scandal?

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Will Joe Paterno Survive Scandal?

Joe Paterno has been a hero and icon to many in the world of college football. This past week all hell broke lose when the story surfaced about his alleged knowledge of an inappropriate sex act committed by his long time assistant, coach Jerry Sandusky.

What is a story about Joe Paterno and Penn State football doing in a political blog? Politics dominates college football; as well as money and power. College football is big business in the United States. Winning coaches like Joe Pa are considered Gods at the Universities they serve. Many of them have as much power as the president of the university or more!

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Tiger Woods Golfs Transcendent Figure

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Tiger Woods is golfs transcendent figure

Tiger Woods has done more to change golf than any other human being alive or dead. That’s quite a statement to make in such elite company of today’s elite golfers. Tiger Woods, is without a doubt golfs most transcendent figure.

Tiger Woods has single-handedly gotten people to take up golf who probably never would have considered the sport; namely African-Americans and other minorities. Golf is no longer an old, rich white mans game. Now a days you see people of color flocking to golf courses and driving ranges all over America. This would not have been the case pre-Tiger Woods. Before Tiger Woods, golf was viewed as the last bastion of white privilege.

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Lebron James

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Lebron James is he as good as Michael Jordan?

Why we Hate Him – As the NBA Championship winds down, much is being said about the games premier player. Lebron James is the man we all love to hate. Much like overweight women hate Barbie. He has athletic ability others would kill for. He makes it all look so easy. His swagger, his I’m going to do it my way has everyone in a lather. There in lies the problem. Lebron James is one of those black men who forgot “his place.” And a lot of people are not happy with that. This writer says, you go Lebron – keep it up!

Admittedly, Lebron Jame’s hastily planned, televised announcement of where he was going to go was tacky. It was a great example of, how NOT to announce your departure from a team that was desperate to keep you at all costs. Part of Lebron James public relations debacle lies in how his reality television type announcement was done. It ruffled feathers among NBA fans and teams alike.

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Hopkins – McNabb and Willful Ignorance

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Class riff still strong in Black Community

Published on The Root (http://www.theroot.com)

McNabb vs Hopkins. It’s time to end the “house vs. field” debate among African Americans.

Here we go again. Just two months after ESPN’s The Fab Five documentary sparked a controversy involving Jalen Rose and Grant Hill, we’ve suffered another instance of black athletes sorting our dirty laundry in public. This time it’s boxer Bernard Hopkins, who claims in a recent Philadelphia Daily News article that Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb isn’t black enough.

“He’s got a suntan. That’s all,” said the boxer during press day at his gym. Hopkins further implied that McNabb’s privileged upbringing set him up for a rude awakening when the Philadelphia Eagles traded him to the Washington Redskins last year. “Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He’s the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. ‘You’re our boy,’ ” Hopkins said, patting a reporter on the back to illustrate his point. “He thought he was one of them.”

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Cam Newton and NFL Draft

Article first published as Cam Newton and NFL Draft on Technorati.

After much posturing and predictions, the NFL draft will occur on Thursday, April 28th. Of course, the main topic of discussion will be how high in the draft will the NFL take Cam Newton? Already many experts are questioning his commitment to greatness, and if he has what it takes to become one of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks.

Cam Newton and the draft will be the dominating story in sports this week. He has an advocate in the person of Warren Moon. Warren Moon is one of the first NFL quarterbacks, who made it to the Hall of Fame in the most unconventional way. After college ball at the University of Washington he was un-drafted because of his insistence of playing the position of quarterback. Football is very political. There is no position in the game of football more political than quarterback.

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Tyler Perry – Who is He

Article first published as Tyler Perry – Who is He? on Technorati.

If you’re white, you probably are wondering who is Tyler Perry? If you’re black, you’re probably wondering why am I asking, and the answer is yes, I know who he is. This will set the tone for this article. Tyler Perry has become a household name in the African-American community in general, and the church-going African-American community in particular. If you’re wondering what does this article have to do with politics – everything! When you’re dealing with a medium (Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise) you’re dealing with; social issues, class,race and politics.

Tyler Perry’s Madea franchise has made him one of the highest paid movie directors in Hollywood (ranked by Forbes as the sixth highest-paid man in Hollywood). However, it’s come at a cost. There are some in the black community, including Spike Lee, who see his work as “coonery” and “buffoonery,” Something of a modern day minstrel show. There is a reoccurring theme in Tyler Perry’s work. It’s message targets the African-American community, has strong ties to the African-American church and family. Tyler Perry has hired blacks in his office, in front of the camera and behind the camera. While he is enjoying enormous commercial success; he has his critics, who feel that this depiction of black pathology only serves to fuel negative imagery and stereotypes of black life.

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Why Barry Bonds Will Lose Perjury Trial

Article first published as Why Barry Bonds Will Lose Perjury Trial on Technorati.

Opening arguments have begun this past week in the Barry Bonds perjury trial over his alleged steroid use. As you may recall, Barry Bonds was indicted almost 7 years ago over his testimony that got him in trouble in the first place. Mr. Bonds troubles started with his involvement and subsequent investigation of BALCO. The company was originally founded in the 1980s by Victor Conte to provide private blood and urine testing for Olympic athletes.

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The NBA and White Fans

A controversial article was published this week that makes the assertion that white fans don’t want to follow the NBA because of the overwhelming dominance by black players. The number of white American players is down precipitously over the last decade.

This week as the Boston Celtics make major trades as well as other NBA trades this argument only comes to the fore. The hip hop culture may relate to the NBA. Many young suburban whites are definitely in the fold. They are enthusiastic fans of the NBA.

Sports writer, Buzz Bissinger has tongues wagging with his assertion that most white fans are unenthusiastic about supporting or watching black athletes play in the NBA. There are some quarters that proclaim this is nonsense. Some say the economy is one reason, others admit, there are some whites who have a problem watching blacks do anything. NPR radio featured this story on one of their programs. There are some that state when Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan burst on the scene, the popularity of the NBA skyrocketed.

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