Cheyenne Woods Trying to Make Her Own Name in Golf

Cheyenne Woods Player Profile

Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, earned her LPGA Tour card, so she is trying to make a name for herself.  As such she penned a piece for the Players Tribune explaining the issues of growing up in the shadow of her famous uncle, and declaring her own independence.

Tiger Woods set expectations that he can’t even live up to any more.  But for Cheyenne success is tied to more realistic goals.  If she wins an even she would be the first African-American woman to win on the tour.  In fact there have only been 6 woman to play on the LPGA tour since its inception in 1950.

Everything is relative, so Cheyenne isn’t chasing after 18 Major Championships.  She is successful by just making it to the tour, so she is already an inspiration to the next generation.  Any win that she gets will put her down in history, so she can afford to be patient.

Cliff Alexander Shows How Quickly Things Change

Cliff Alexander High School Mixtape

Cliff Alexander was considered a definite NBA prospect last year as he was the 3rd ranked player in the ESPN 100. Alexander attended Kansas where he was expected to be there a year before heading to the NBA Draft.  But the best laid plans don’t always come out as expected as Alexander can attest.

It started with an ankle injury during the summer that kept Alexander off of the court and stunted his development.  That caused a slow start to the season, which he didn’t show the same dominance he did in high school as the chief rival to Jahlil Okafor.

The slow start to the season compounded as Alexander’s playing time was cut, and then his season was ended early because of improper benefits.  Despite all that it was still expected that Alexander would be picked in the first round, but less than ideal measurements and a knee injury during a workout caused him to go undrafted.

Alexander isn’t the only high-profile early entry to the NBA Draft that went undrafted, but he is the highest profile player to go undrafted.  He still has a chance to make it in the NBA, but he is going to have to take the hard road now. This should serve as a cautionary tale to not only the players, but their families as well.  Alexander could have used more seasoning in college, but that wasn’t an option for him because his family got greedy.  Hopefully moving forward players and families will realize how fragile success in basketball is, and you always have to be focused on the end goal because one day it’s here, the next it’s gone.

High-Profile Players Who Went Undrafted

1. Cliff Alexander, F, Kansas

Comment: The culmination of a stunning fall for a top-five recruit frequently mentioned in the same breath as Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns as recently as a year ago.

2. Christian Wood, F, UNLV

Comment: The 6-foot-11 forward is a tantalizing combination of size and length, but his maturity and work ethic are both lacking.

3. Robert Upshaw, C, Washington

Comment: Even though Upshaw is the best shot blocker in this draft, concerns about his off-court issues and his heart problems kept him from being selected.

4. Aaron Harrison, G, Kentucky

Comment: Had Harrison been selected on Thursday, Kentucky would have been the first school to have seven draft picks in one year.

5. Brandon Ashley, F, Arizona

Comment: The one-time highly touted recruit has a nice pick-and-pop jump shot but no other elite skills to set him apart from other prospects.

6. Trevor Lacey, G, N.C. State

Comment: Lacey’s decision to leave school a year early made sense because of his age even though he was not selected. He’ll make a lucrative salary overseas if he doesn’t make an NBA roster.

7. Chris Walker, F, Florida

Comment: An NBA-caliber athlete who still looks like he doesn’t know how to play basketball, Walker had no business leaving school early.

8. Michael Qualls, G, Arkansas

Comment: An ill-timed knee injury during workouts wrecked Qualls’ hopes of being selected in the second round.

Jamal Murray Reclassifies and Choses Kentucky Wildcats

Jamal Murray Mixtape

Five star guard Jamal Murray has reclassified from the Class of 2016 to the Class of 2015, and he has chosen to attend the University of Kentucky to play college basketball.  After losing out on Jaylen Brown to California, it seemed that Kentucky coach John Calipari was losing his touch, but Cal always has something up his sleeve.

Murray boosts Kentucky to the second rated recruiting class, which is the norm.  The difference is that this time Cal built his team on a perimeter foundation rather than an interior foundation.  Last year was about defense and this year is going to be about offense.  Whatever style, Kentucky is once again in contention for a national championship, this time they are trying to fly under the radar.

Is Pressure on Pelicans Anthony Davis Fair?

New coach Alvin Gentry has put the pressure on the Pelicans Anthony Davis by setting expectation for an NBA title.  Ever since it came out that Davis was voted second to Lebron in ‘Who would you build your franchise around?‘ everyone ran with the notion that it was inevitable that he would win NBA Championships.  That doesn’t take into account that new talent is coming into the league every year.  There are several players with similar size and skill sets that will be coming into the league over the next few years,  prediction of Anthony Davis’ dominance is premature.

If Minnesota does as expected and picks Karl Anthony Towns, it is more logical that Towns is the next dominant big man because his supporting cast is better.  Minnesota is quietly building something, with some nice young talent along with Kevin Garnett to show them the ropes.  Not to mention, this year’s champs, the Golden State Warriors, are a young team, so the battle for this era is up for grabs.

His new reputation of the next big thing isn’t fair the Davis because it sets him up for failure.  Last year it was just Kevin Durant, and a few years before that it  was Dwight Howard.  Dwight Howard is now a joke, and unreal hype was a main culprit.  A great rise is a prelude to a great fall.

Dom Dwyer Sydney Leroux Are USA Soccer Power Couple

Dom Dwyer Sydney Leroux Documentary

The Dom Dwyer Sydney Leroux pairing could be the ‘it’ couple of USA Soccer even though neither one of them was born in America.  Dwyer is from England and he plays for Sporting KC in MLS, while Leroux was born in Canada and plays for the USWNT.

The two announced their marriage on Valentines Day, which was significant because she is number 2 and he is number 14.  They are 2 beautiful people who are very active on social media, so as they become more famous they can help grow the game.  American soccer is not going to be on par with the rest of the world until it is played in urban areas, and it is possible that Dwyer and Leroux could help with that.

Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc

Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc

Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc (G.M.A.C.C.) is an organization founded by Shanduke McPhatter to help make a difference in the life of at risk youth, and those in and out of prison who society throws away.  It’s a great thing because it is amazing what some attention can do for children.

In this video, we meet G.M.A.C.C. member LeDrell Johnson as he patrols the Cooper Projects in Brooklyn.  Johnson is  a former gangster who turned his life around after the birth of his second daughter.  Johnson is also a ‘violence interrupter’ who basically patrols the projects to make sure confrontations don’t escalate.  Stories like this need more coverage to balance the perception of main stream media.

Lupe Fiasco Pens Open Letter to White Supremacists

Lupe Fiasco penned an open letter on Instagram to white supremacists in what is believed to be a response to the manifesto of alleged Charleston church shooter, Dylann Roof.  He was able to intelligently dismiss the racial rhetoric in that manifesto that compared Black people to dogs.  It is this type of response to racism that will make a difference, not rioting and violence.

 

Lupe Fiasco Open Letter from Instagram 

A letter. Part 1 Of 3

Dear White Supremacy,

First of all you are not really that supreme. While throughout history White Supremacy it must be admitted you have achieved some very dominant positions. These positions have been gained mostly through force or some biological agent such as disease that did a lot of the dirty work for you in advance. I mean anybody can use force on an unarmed populous and anybody can have smallpox. Not judging, just wanted to point out that having a disease that native folks aren’t immune to because they’ve never seen it doesn’t make you strategically smart or tactically superior, just kind of sick. And these dominant positions don’t really stand up to the test of time that long either. There is nothing about you biologically or physically that denotes an innate mode of supremacy. For that matter there is also nothing about you psychologically, philosophically, cognitively, academically, socially, architecturally, culturally or even financially that signifies a higher position above any other group. And to be diplomatic there is nothing about you that denotes innate inferiority as well. So what you really are is something in the middle. You are regular. White Regularity is congruent to all other forms of regularity i.e. Black, Brown, Etc etc. But in regularity there is room for differences and this is where White Regularity shines! Each group gets the same essential universals. Dance, food, music, etc. and it must be admitted that the White Regularity take on these universal institutions has been unbelievably impressive and a great addition to the total world culture. I mean spaghetti and meatballs, Romeo & Juliet, Coldplay, The Tuxedo, lighter that air travel are all world class additions to the collective bucket but they are no less or more impressive than every other regular groups take on the universals either. And if we really wanted to get analytical every invention is built on inspiration from a previously existing invention so the claim of “The Supreme 1st” to do something is highly debatable and except for a few exceptions, impossible! All things human aren’t born from a supreme overlord solely working in isolation.

Part 2 of 3

Things are created in collaboration and in tandem with other cultures, knowledge structures and movements and more important, People. I mean if those Muslims didn’t catalog all that Greek philosophy for research we might not even know who Plato was. Now whether this collaboration is forced, which is seen so much but not exclusively throughout human history, does not take away the fact that it is done with the help of somebody else. We are supreme as a spectrum of colors in collaboration. One color does not dominate the other nor can it. Sure Steve Jobs was white. But the guy who built the computer was probably Chinese. And the girl who wrote the programs for the computer is probably from Mumbai. And the raw materials that were used to make it where probably first pulled out of the ground by somebody in South Africa. And if you take this highly collaborated upon piece of high technology to an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Brazil they’d probably use it as a boat paddle. And we can go on and on down or up the rabbit hole all day long and you’ll always find a regular somebody relying on the abilities of a just as regular somebody else that another regular somebody doesn’t even care about. White Supremacy is a lie white regularists tell to themselves in hopes that they can get a one way ticket to the top and hope we other colors overhear it. Here’s the bad news, ain’t no top. Here’s the good news though, ain’t no bottom neither! It’s just the regular ole middle where nobody is safe from being influenced by somebody else’s extreme regularness. Is your swastika flag printed in Mexico? Did you know the swastika is originally from Asia and the subcontinent? Did you know black people had slaves in Africa too? Did you know in the world your considered a minority too? I mean you call us niggers and beaners but you gotta ship all your formerly Native American land, backwood sourced ginseng to China to get money to support your meth habit. Meth that’s made with chemicals produced in India. I mean Hitler hated everything about the Jews expect every possession they had. It’s funny how the things you hate so much you have to rely on the most for your survival.

Part 3 of 3

And if you wanted to get really ironic and meta about it, White Supremacy has to validate it’s own identity based solely on its relationship to other races! I mean now that’s what I would call joined at the hip. Without us there is no white supremacy because there would be nothing to be supreme over! That sounds so stupid but sometimes the truth is stupid. Stupid like a fox. And no not stupid like a Fox News I mean the real fox. The animal.
In closing white regularity (the race formerly know as white supremacy) I myself on behalf of my own black regularity salute you. Good luck with the northwest front I hear it’s beautiful in the spring and probably a strategic death trap if and when Yellowstone finally decides to blow up!
Yours Truly

Wasalu “Lupe” Jaco

Miss Japan 2015 Battling Racism in Japan

Miss Japan 2015

Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, is finding resistance to her representing her country in the Miss Universe pageant.  Miyamoto is bi-racial with a African-American father and a Japanese mother, so some citizens don’t feel comfortable with her representing the culture.

Japan hold on tight to their history, so change is hard to come by.  It can’t be overstated that Japan is a U.S. ally because they were defeated in war.  They were on Hitler’s side in World War 2, so their racism isn’t surprising.  Listening to Miyamoto describe how she was bi-racials are treated in Japan, they don’t deserve her.

Japan’s image around the world isn’t too good, and if they embraced Miyamoto it would have been some needed good publicity.  The Fukushima tragedy shows that the Japanese are either too proud, or think they are better than the rest of the world because they should’ve been begging for help the clean up.  There are reports that they have contaminated the Pacific Ocean.  Now as more information comes out to how racist they are to their own, and the perception of the country isn’t as positive as it used to be.

Miyamoto has a chance to be bigger than just a contestant in the Miss Universe pageant, she can be a role model for not only bi-racial Japanese, but the world as well.  She is a symbol of struggle and perseverance, which is something that the world can relate too.  It’s a shame that she isn’t embraced by her country as a symbol of change, but there is still time.

Charleston Church Shooting Leaves 9 Dead

Charleston Church Shooting

CNN reported that a Charleston church shooting has left nine dead.  The shooting took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South.  The church was formed in 1816, burned to the ground in a slave revolt, and rebuilt in 1834, so the church has a rich history, which may have something to do with how it is targeted

According to reports, a young White man walked into the church during Wednesday prayer service and started shooting.  The Feds are investigating this as a hate crime.  Details are still sketchy, but shooting people in a place of worship is an indicator of the mentality of the perpetrator.  It is another example of where race relations really stand in this country, and it shows that America hasn’t progressed as much as people think.  Old habits die hard.

Rachel Dolezal NAACP Scandal is Final Straw for Organization

Rachel Dolezal NAACP Scandal

The Rachel Dolezal NAACP scandal has put race relations behind at least 5 years.  It makes everyone involved look like a joke, and that perception isn’t going to go away.  Dolezal claims to be of mixed race decent, while her parents recently came out saying that she is White.  Her adopted brothers, who are Black are backing the parents as well.  The story is strange to say the least, and it has captured the attention of Twitter where there is a #AskRachel where people ask Rachel questions to confirm her blackness.

It isn’t a big deal in the big scheme of things, but by hiding her true identity, it not only diminishes everything that she has done to fight racism, but it is another embarrassment for the NAACP.  Remember this is the same organization that gave Donald Sterling a lifetime achievement award, so this isn’t that surprising.

The sad part is that none of this was necessary.  Her story would have been more significant if it came from the perspective of a White person.  At this point, racism is ingrained in the culture, so a White person doesn’t really hear it when a Black person speaks on racism.  It will always have a hint of complaining about slavery, but when a White person speaks on racism they have to listen because it is an observation.

Telling a lie this elaborate requires so many more lies to cover it up, so nothing she says is credible, but the NAACP stood up for her saying race is not a qualification for leadership in the organization, which is true.  But they are missing the point that any lie on an application is a reflection of character, since they are standing with a liar, how can we believe the organization is legitimate?

Racel Dolezal may have meant to do good, but when it is all said and done she will be remembered as the person who brought down an over 100-year-old organization.  The organization requires donations, and anyone that still gives them money is doing it for the production because it has to be understood that the money isn’t going to be used as it is intended.  How can anyone there be trusted?