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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

White Hoops Star At HBCU

 

White Star, Black School: Landon Clement Is The Face Of Upstart North Carolina Central

Written by: Eric Adelson

Monday, February 13, 2012

Whitney Houston died from Rx Pills

 

Whitney Houston Family Told She Died from Rx NOT Drowning

  Whitney Houston did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs.
Whitney Houston's family was told by L.A. County Coroner officials ... the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol ... this according to family sources.

We're told Coroner's officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney's lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned.

Our sources say the family was told Whitney may well have died before her head became submerged.

And family sources tell us ... it was actually Whitney's aunt, Mary Jones, who discovered Whitney's body in the bathtub. Mary had laid out Whitney's dress for the evening on the bed and then left for about a half hour. When Whitney didn't come out of the bathroom, Mary entered, pulled Whitney out of the tub and began administering CPR.

And we're told ... Whitney's mom has arranged to have the singer's body flown back to Atlanta, as early as tomorrow. The family was told the Coroner has no problem releasing the body because there is no evidence of foul play --  and unless cops put a hold on the body, it can be flown back East.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Black History: First Black Professional Baseball Player

 


While Jackie Robinson was not technically the first black player in the organization that became the Major Leagues, he broke the color barrier at a time of fierce racial discrimination in all areas of American life.

From Baseball Almanac:

"1878 - Bud Fowler is the first known professional black player on an integrated team when he plays in Lynn (IA) exhibition games."

"1884 - Moses Fleetwood Walker is the first black major league player and he goes 0-3 with Toledo of the American Association."

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Soon after these early successes discrimination began to solidify its presence in professional baseball, and a color line was drawn to exclude black players.

Jackie Robinson became the first black player to break the color barrier in the Major Leagues. Robinson first appeared in a Major League Baseball game in 1947. With Robinson's introduction and immediate success, black players began to find widespread acceptance in the American national pastime. Along with fellow pioneers, including greats Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella, Robinson led the Dodgers on one of the most successful runs in baseball history, winning 6 pennants in 10 years. The Dodgers' willingness to oppose social norms of segregation is often cited as one of the primary reasons for their success in the '40s and '50s.

Kenyon Martin Is Going To Lob City

 

Words by Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo Sports!


Free agent Kenyon Martin has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract to play with the Los Angeles Clippers, agent Andy Miller told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.

Martin joins a frontcourt rotation that includes All-Star forward Blake Griffin and promising young center DeAndre Jordan. Most NBA contenders had been in pursuit of the rugged forward.

Martin, 34, spent part of the season playing in China and could still have his Clippers debut delayed until the middle of this season as Chinese Basketball Association officials petition FIBA and the NBA to honor his signed agreement. FIBA gave Martin a clearance letter to play immediately in the NBA this week after China officials were slow to respond to a request made over the Chinese New Year.
The Los Angeles Times first reported Martin’s agreement with the Clippers.

The Chinese Basketball Association has forwarded an affidavit to FIBA and the NBA – signed by Martin upon his departure in late December – that stipulates he wouldn’t play in the NBA until his Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers’ season had ended. China is demanding the contract be honored and Martin have to wait until the Flying Tigers finish their season.

The Flying Tigers have six games left and need a winning streak to catapult them into the playoffs. Their final regular-season game is Feb. 16.

Chinese Basketball Association officials are insisting the clearance letter request was deliberately sent to their office over the New Year when they wouldn’t be available to respond. After seven days without a response, FIBA’s guidelines allow it to issue the letter of clearance that all international leagues – including the NBA – need to validate that a player has fulfilled contractual obligations elsewhere.

In truth, Martin is expected to work out for a week with the Clippers before becoming activated. So even if the NBA reverses its ruling, Martin could likely still be back on the floor in two weeks.

China carries significant importance for NBA commissioner David Stern, who has worked relentlessly to cultivate a business partnership with his league and the world’s largest country. What’s more, there’s been a strong belief within the global basketball community that the NBA discouraged China from signing its players under contract during the lockout. Several teams were close to negotiating deals with such stars as Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Tony Parker before the CBA declared its teams would only sign free agents.

Other American players in China and their agents are irate over Martin’s early clearance to return to the NBA. J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler were pleading cases on Thursday about getting themselves out of China and back to the NBA sooner than later.

Martin had visited with several NBA teams interested in signing him before deciding on the Clippers.
“The Clippers are probably the best place for [Martin] to showcase himself for his next deal,” one rival front-office executive said. “He’s clearly the third-best [big man] without competition from anyone on their roster.”

Martin reached an agreement with the Flying Tigers to part ways on Dec. 21 and returned to the United States shortly after. He didn’t play particularly well in China, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds in a league with few NBA-quality big men. He had signed a deal worth $2.6 million for the Chinese season but was paid only a prorated salary based on the 12 games he played.

For now, China’s letter-of-clearance rule still stands for Smith, Chandler and Aaron Brooks. Smith’s team has slumped and could miss the playoffs. If so, Smith could return to the NBA by the All-Star break in February. Chandler and Aaron Brooks are on teams that could make playoff runs well into March.

Smith is an unrestricted free agent, and Chandler and Brooks are restricted free agents, likely to re-sign with Denver and Phoenix, respectively. Smith has significant interest around the NBA, including the Lakers, Knicks, Spurs and several more potential contenders.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Month Is Here: My View

 

As a white man in America who has not yet turned 30, one might ask why Black History Month is important to me. The month isn't what's important to me, necessarily. American History has always intrigued me but that's not even what does it for me. I'm interested in the untold stories of the voiceless, alternative viewpoints, the truth behind the lie.

I grew up in poverty. I was still blessed with surplus but welfare vouchers and Section 8 housing lines were no stranger to me as a youth. Because of our socioeconomic status, my spiritual upbringing, and my mother's teachings, I came to identify with the "underdog" so to speak. My mom instilled in me a strong belief in God and spirituality. She reminded me that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood" so I had a keen understanding that there was more going on in the world that merely what we see. My father was an alcoholic and did not keep steady work. By age 8, my mother left him and he never paid child support or contributed financially to my upbringing. In the 3rd grade at Evers Park Elementary in Denton, Texas, Langston Hughes' niece and my teacher, Mrs. Dorothy Watts, taught me and my classmates about Black history. It fascinated me. Two of my classmates, Erin Hallman and Darnell Evans, lived in the same neighborhood as I and had similar family situations. We learned about Kwanzaa, the writings of Richard Wright, Harlem Renaissance poets and artists, Sojourner Truth and many other lesser known African-American figures in addition to the perfunctory Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman lessons that I believe everyone is taught in grade school. I kept these two classmates as lifelong friends. I believe that Mrs. Watts united us in a way. I excelled in Literature and Social Studies throughout my schooling. Upon entering college at DCCCD's Richland campus, I enrolled in Public Speaking With Emphasis On African American Studies taught by Dr. Artis Thornton. As a self proclaimed "hip-hop head", I was becoming interested in the origins of rap as an art form and the spoken word. While taking Dr. Thornton's class, we had many intense class debates. We studied Tupac Shakur, Adolf Hitler, Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, and the Willie Lynch letter. As a former rabble rouser for the NAACP, Dr. Thornton saw something in me during our class discussion and debates. He began to call me "Dr. Mullen". I made A's in his class and he encouraged me to continue my education and pursue my doctorate. While studying at Richland Community College in Dallas, I also took African American Lit. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. I began to realize how important the teaching of Mrs. Watts were. Most all of my college classmates were obtaining this knowledge for the first time and I had the privilege of learning most of it in the 3rd grade. I transferred to the University of North Texas and to study as an undergraduate. By this time, I had become somewhat of a name around campus for my performances and recorded songs. I met my current girlfriend there. I was no stranger to interracial dating but the wealth of common interests that we shared kept things interesting. I have found that she appreciates the fact that I have a complete understanding of our country's history. I believe in the concept of lying by omission. The fact that most children in America were taught history from one specific point of view has skewed what the mass populous identifies as accepted history. African-American history, or Black history as it were, is one of the missing pieces of the puzzle that defines this country. This country has been lied to about its heritage...by omission.