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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/26/16

3 Up

1. Jesse Williams - "Just because we're magic, does not mean we're not real". Williams said what needed to be said for all communities in regards to the oppression of black people in this nation. PLEASE give his speech a listen here

2. Memphis Man Raises 103K For Teen - As always, I love a great feel good story. This is one that once again shows the power of the human heart. Imagine if we can all help others in this way. Check out the story. Definitely a touching one, on both ends. 

3. Mom's Viral Facebook Photo - A mom recently posted a picture of daughter standing on top of a toilet, a move taught to her daughter in school for active shooting situations. It's a photo that is moving, and her words following the picture are just as poignant and intelligent. Great read. 

3 Down

1. Brexit - Look, as an American, I am in no position to offer an insight on this issue which Brits have clearly voted on. Personally, this whole deal of Britain leaving the European Union just doesn't seem like a good idea. All in all, I hope this gets resolved with democracy, and with the best results for everyone. 

2. Ethopia/Kenya Flood Recovery - Let's not even talk about the lack of coverage the folks in Kenya and Ethopia, but the recovery from their recent floods has been rough, including a recent drought, which has added hunger and other concerns to the recovery. 

3. Roman Reigns - It's harder than ever to sit atop the WWE mountain top. Especially, with so many talents under the umbrella. The former world champ apparently might have taken his position for granted as he was busted by the WWE Wellness policy this week and was suspended for 30 days.

1 What?!

1. Lionel Messi - The dude missed a penalty kick in tonight's COPA America final. Just doesn't seem real. 

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Dear Son, Letting In and Letting Go

--25 Weeks Old (Before Birth)--
Dear Son, 
The word is now spreading to more and more people about your existence, or eventual arrival - however, you prefer to look at it - and it feels like a fire that is now out of our control. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but as mentioned in prior letters to you, your mother and I are pretty methodical in how we divulge news about our private lives. 
Truthfully, your mother is definitely more willing to share news than I am, and you'll eventually see that one day. Maybe I'll change, who knows? But the truth is, because of the nature in how I grew up, in the neighborhood that I did, and really, the independence that I had to attain early on, I've always been late to share things with others. That's just who I am. It's probably why I have had this very blog since I was sixteen - to let those thoughts out somewhere.

March Sadness

This post has been coming for awhile, and it now seems like the best time to do so...
So, here goes...
Division I Basketball is getting more and more difficult for me to watch and support. 
Just like I once laid out regarding my ethical feelings towards the NFL (and really, football, overall), thus is the same credence and feelings I have developing for Division I Basketball - mainly the NCAA's approach to it. Now of course, my feelings aren't something new as many share my thoughts and opinions on this - the NCAA is corrupt and college basketball is a sham. But for me, it goes even deeper - certain programs, coaches, and communities enable this exploitation of young men. And yes, many shy away from that word, but that's exactly what college basketball has become, an exploitation of services.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/18/18

3 Up 
1. UMBC - I'm really struggling to watch these tournament games. The games have been entertaining, but morally, I can't stomach the exploitation of these young men (more on that some other time). Regardless, kudos to the young men of UMBC who made history this week. I'm thrilled to see such a program make headlines, and of course, for a coach from the DII and DIII ranks who did it the right way. 
2. UMBC Social Media Team - Yo, whoever is running the UMBC Twitter following their defeat of Virginia deserves a raise. There was some serious shade being thrown, and to be honest, everyone who was in their way in some ways, deserves it. 
3. 2018 Paralympics - Oddly, I watched a tremendous amount of these games and was totally in awe of the athletes. Shockingly, the hockey games were super entertaining to me. So much love and credit to those who participated, and even more importantly, continue to persevere despite disabilities. 
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What is it about?
An unusual but driven and idealistic lawyer finds himself in a series of events that forces him to his extremes, and ultimately, to make a decision on what he stands for. 
Who is in it? 
Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel Esq. 
Colin Farrell - George Pierce 
Carmen Ejogo - Maya Alston