Monday, February 29, 2016

Why I Skipped The Oscars - Again


For the fourth year in a row, I did not watch the Oscars. Why? For me the answer is relatively obvious in what has become a growing trend - issues with diversity AND inclusiveness in Hollywood and their biggest event of the year. However, more so, the unquestionable limited opportunity or "select" roles for people of color. 

Now there really is no need for me to dive into this as it's been well documented and stated over the past few months. I didn't watch last night's event, and from the latest news of the show having the fewest viewers in eight years, it seems many others didn't as well. 

Following the latest Sunday Sundown Rundown where I gave the Oscars a "down", a few of you readers asked for an expanded explanation for my reasoning. For me, it's simple: the show has always been about rich, white, people who celebrate other rich white people. And for me, I just never have been able to get behind that, or at the very least, find myself intrigued enough to support it. In a world where middle-aged- white males are elite and represent just that, the Oscars feels like the biggest event where all middle-aged-white men are honored. It's just me. Just a personal feeling. Being honest and just bloggin'.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/28/16

3 Up

1. Post -Boko Haram Abductors Rebuild - Lost in the entire terrorist outlook is the damage that Boko Haram is doing in West Africa. This article gives good insight into that issue, as well as the efforts to help the women who are abducted by this evil group, rebuild and start new lives. 

2. Steph Curry - The dude is an absolute beast! After dropping 51 points on Friday night, Curry returned to torch the Thunder for 46, to tie the NBA record for most threes in one game, AND to break his own record for most three pointers in a season, with 24 games still left to go. OH! And how about that 32 foot jump shot to win the game. No biggie. Just Steph. 

3. Lionel Messi - Kudos to Messi on following up on his word that he would meet the Afghan boy who was a big fan of his. Messi was cool enough to give him two autographed jerseys (real ones so he didn't have to wear trash bags like he was in the viral photo). A really, really cool story. 

3 Down

1. Oscars - For the fourth year in a row, I decided to not watch the Oscars for the obvious reasons that makes it "controversial". However, despite Hollywood's approach to not change it's ways on the issue, I found the use of the said controversy and the serious issue for entertainment to be distasteful. Just me, but the Oscars still feels like a door opened for only a few people. This kid from Brooklyn can't relate. Sorry. 

2. Kansas Shooting - Another mass shooting. Ugh. It just makes me angry. We've become so desensitized to this type of violence. 

3. Chris Christie - Endorsing Trump, huh? After all he had to say and attack when he was in the race, now he is for him? Sounds like someone is angling for a position. Which just makes politics so much more politics - if you get my drift. Ultimately, which just makes me lose respect for Christie. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton (2015)

What is it about? 

The story of the rise and fall of the N.W.A. group. 

Who is in it?

O'Shea Jackson Jr. - Ice Cube

Corey Hawkins - Dr. Dre

Jason Mitchell - Eazy E

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/21/16

3 Up 

1. Monty Williams - My goodness. How a man can lose his wife, yet still find it in his heart to forgive, to not be angry, and to use it to inspire us all on the act of forgiveness, is beyond me. But that's exactly what Monty Williams did in this memorable speech. 

2. High Schools Student's Surprise - I'll admit, kids today are often into themselves. However, this story about a group of High School students in Texas that held a surprise birthday party for their teacher is awesome. Who knew? 

3. Polar Bears Meet For the First Time - I'm a sucker for Polar Bears. Yes, I am. And this video was awesome. 

3 Down

1. Oregon Occupiers - WHY (!!!) are these folks still doing what they are doing. Yes, the obvious is known - if these men and women had darker skin tone, they would be dead by now. However, these morons continue to waste the time of our officials, and even have gone as far as defecating on Native American grounds and other artifact sites. Ugh. 

2. Kalamazoo Shooting Spree - Sick of mass shootings. Seriously, when will we stop?

3. Bellator 149 - Wow. From the awful Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 fight, to the mess that was Shamrock vs. Gracie, this was an embarrassing event for Bellator. Absolutely dreadful. 

1 SMH

1. Kesha vs. Sony - I found it very disheartening to hear that a judge ruled that Kesha must remain under contract to SONY, and her alleged rapist boss. Sure, I understand the seriousness of a binding contract, which makes this situation even more messed up. In a perfect world, gray areas like this wouldn't exist. Then again, in a perfect world, neither would sexual assault.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trade Melo? You. Are. Crazy.


You. Are. Crazy. 

That is exactly how I feel toward the growing contingent who are now looking to somehow wish Carmelo Anthony away in a trade. As if they say enough negative things about his career, or attempt to preconceive his legacy, or throw around allegations about his "will to win", that somehow, someway, in some fashion, Melo waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade of town. 

What's even crazier is that these same people believe that their efforts will also bag our New York Knicks the type of package that will instantaneously be fruitful, and will allow the franchise to immediately get where they've been clawing attempting to get to over the past ten to fifteen years - becoming a perennial contender. 

"Why don't they trade Melo for a bunch of picks who you can then pair with Porzingis!" 

Talk about a huge SMH.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/14/16

3 Up 

1. Slam Dunk Contest - Wow! Who knew this event still had the magic? Zach LeVine and Aaron Gordon proved that the contest isn't about props, gimmicks, and showmanship as some wanted it to be about as of late, but simply pure athleticism and creativity. Kudos to both on an excellent show. 

2. Daniel Bryan - It's always tough to see such promising careers cut short, but with what we know about head injuries and concussions, Bryan's retirement was for the best. Thanks again for entertaining all of us crazy pro wrestling fans. 

3. Sage Steele - Not a fan of ESPN and most of their talking heads, but kudos to Sage Steele who cut short a political response by Win Butler, yet still didn't make it awkward. Professionally done. Great job. 

3 Down

1. Jenrry Mejia - Moron. Idiot. Dummy. To be the first player - EVER - to be suspended for life after three failed drug tests is just utterly stupid. To be suspended for the same drug twice? Dumb. And yes, to be caught for a drug that is taken by animals and is easily detected because of it's raw strength - idiotic. This just seemed too dumb to be true, but it's not, which makes it more disappointing. 

2. Arizona High School Murder/Suicide - These mass shootings and mass-suicides continue to be troubling. Our youth today has some serious issues. It's downright troubling. 

3. Cam Newton Backlash - Can we give the guy a break? Seriously? He made a mistake in walking away - a lot of athlete s learn from these situations. No need to run the guy into the ground, especially a week after everyone seemed to be caught up in the dab craze. He made a mistake. He apologized. Lets move on. 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Thoughts on Daniel Bryan Retirement - "Glad You're Able to Walk Away"


I always have a soft spot for pro wrestlers whenever they decide to call it quits against their will. For any pro wrestling fan, we know the addiction these performers have to the business, and the sheer high that is in hearing the roar of a crowd - no matter the size. Likewise, one has to appreciate the risk and sacrifice these men and women make to merely entertain us for a few hours. 

It's for those reasons I always find myself, especially in today's cynical and critical atmosphere of Twitter fingers and microwave reactions, always giving the wrestler the benefit of the doubt over so-called, "creative".

And I'll admit, there is a part of me that gets fired up when I hear or read many criticize and/or over-analyze the physical ability and conditioning of these athletes. Especially, when I know such comments come from a person or persons who aren't exactly physically active to say the least. But I'll digress on this...

Tonight's Daniel Bryan announcement and retirement moment on Monday Night Raw fits right into what I just explained. How can one not feel for Daniel Bryan? I reckon if you didn't feel anything during that segment, it might be time for you to throw in the towel on your wrestling fandom.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/7/16

3 Up

1. Kevin Reilly - A huge tip of the cap to Kevin Reilly who in the midst of a huge construction crane being whipped about by 40mph freakish winds in lower Manhattan, was able to react quickly and with poise by directing the falling crane into the streets. IF not for his actions, the crane was headed for many nearby buildings. It should be noted, the one casualty was indeed a man who was crushed to death who was on his way to work. A tragic and tough situation, but Reilly potentially saved the lives of many. 

2. Lionel Messi - These are the types of stories we all wish we saw more of from our top athletes in the world. After a picture of an Afghan boy in blue and white striped plastic bag with "Messi 10" written all over it went viral over social media (the bag attempting to replicate the Argentinian's national jersey), Messi has agreed to meet the young boy. So awesome. Hopefully, he gets him a real jersey as well. 

3. Peyton Manning - It's hard for anyone to not to feel happy for Peyton Manning tonight as he won his second Super Bowl. Especially, under the circumstances that he has dealt with this past year. It's most likely the last hurrah, but what a way to go out! OMAHA!!!

3 Down

1. Flint Water Crisis Negligence - The more we hear about the truth and effects of the Flint water crisis, the more disgusting it is to comprehend. For me, the worst part is reading that for a mere extra $9,000 in the budget per year, Flint officials could have provided clean water for the town. $9,000!! Now they'll spend Billions to clean up this mess. On top of that, the GM plant in the area was the only place to receive clean water. Messed up, right? This has Erin Brokovich all over it. Are our elected officials that awful? My goodness...

2. Bret Hart Cancer - A childhood favorite as well as my favorite wrestler of all-time, Bret Hart, announced this week that he had, and will be fighting prostate cancer. Here is to hoping he forces cancer to tap out! Maybe even slapping it in a sharpshooter! All the best in beating that ugly disease, Hitman! 

3. Johnny Manziel's Circle - Finally, beating your girlfriend and threaten her life is an easy nod for one of the "downs" of the week. However, I want to slap Manziel's family and friends with this week's down for waiting this long before attempting to curtail his problems. There were obviously signs of this, but it seemed the cash and fame cow were too large to risk bringing it up. I hope Manziel gets the help he needs. Forget football, this young man's current situation and life is much bigger than any roster spot right now. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Being 'That' Guy

I couldn't believe what this lady was saying to me. At the age of seventeen, going through the application process for college - with no help from my parents who had no idea of such an experience - this lady, my mom's boss, a very wealthy Jewish woman, looked at me and said the following:

"Don't worry about it. You won't have issues getting into college. You're black. Kids like you going to college are rare, you'll get in. Schools will accept you. Your grades are what will make you unique." 

I look back on that moment now and laugh out of nervousness and mixed emotion. It still makes me feel a bit uncomfortable when I think about it. Not because I believe my path was emboldened and paved by my appearance, as if my skin's shade served as some college acceptance catalyst. No, not because I prefer my advancement in this life to be because of my work, my abilities, my integrity, my character, and my potential rather than the color of my skin. But because such a statement exists. Because such a statement is real. And because well, there was some truth to what she was saying.