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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/12/16

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1. People of Orlando - I can't explain how awesome it was to see the people of Orlando in long lines just hours after the tragic events this weekend, ready and willing to give blood to help those who can still be saved. The human spirit is such a powerful thing, especially, in the face of such senselessness. 

2. #BrockTurner - Social media can at times be annoying and the bearer of terrible things for our culture, but the hashtag brought to the forefront the story of the Standford Rape situation, and angered many, as it should. 

3. Pitcher Home Run Derby - I like the idea of Madison Bumgarner showing some moxie and announcing his intent to get into the Home Run Derby. It's a different element, but one that is definitely intriguing. 

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1. Orlando Mass/Public Shootings - First it was the shooting that killed former voice contestant, Christine Gimmie, and then of course, it was the senesless tragedy at The Pulse nightclub. A lot for Orlando in the weekend, more deaths for us all to ponder about. When will this end? 

2. Los Angeles Pride Parade Arrest - Hidden behind the obvious headline is this story of a man caught with firearms and explosives near the Santa Monica pride Parade. Who knows what his intentions were? This is all too ridiculous. 

3. Brock Turner's Dad - This clown might be the scumbag of the year. "Twenty minutes of action", huh? Anyone notice not once - NOT ONCE! - did he mention or show compassion for the victim. Scumbag. 

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While I love MLB Uniforms and the tradition that comes with them, I do get annoyed with the over-abundance and wacky uniforms we see from the NBA. With that said, I like the idea of keeping this to one weekend. Where it becomes sort of a spectacle. And it is thus far.

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Unpacking Thoughts on Charlottesville

This weekend has been exhausting. Despite the constant systemic injustice that is the United States of America, it's a moment like this weekend that is delivered and must be unpacked and discussed carefully in the pursuit of social justice - justice that is long deserved. 
There is plenty wrapped up in everything that is Charlottesville, Virigina. This is deep, spans back to the beginning of this nation, and is a result of current times as well. 
I'm still decompressing it all. Here are a few quick thoughts as I too wrap my mind, my emotions, and my intellect and rationale around it:

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/13/17

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1. Los Angeles Dodgers - In a rough week where the real world just crushes us, the dominance of the Dodgers is one that leaves us in awe, and can take us out into something great for a few minutes. 
2. Derek Jeter The Owner - Is there anything that Derek Jeter loses at? The Captain is now part owner of the Miami Marlins, and get this - will be the first owner and CEO of color within MLB. That's HUGE. 
3. Married at 98 - These two are getting married at 98 (He's 94). How about they both workout at the gym twice-a-week, and met there. So cool in so many ways. Good for them! 
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1. Charlottesville - So many layers to this story. Hate. History. The ridiculous response from our President. And the apparent shock some in this country have that people are out there who still have this ideology. Point blank, this was terrorism. 
2. Trump and North Korea - Just before Charlottesville, Trump talked tough for absolutely no reason in a back-and-forth that unfortunately effects hund…

Pondering Picture #81

An establishment cannot uphold systemic injustice, and attempt to condemn it, simultaneously.

My prayers (and of course my thoughts...so many thoughts) are with Charlottesville, Virgina, and the many people of color who have endured through these scenes and images over the course of history.