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The Autopsy Report: Lebron James and the Reinvention of Hate

I really don’t write about sports, but here goes. Let me put a few things in full disclosure before I start: I got the idea of “reinvention” from the homie Kyle Brooks. I’m from Chicago, and will always rep the home teams.  That is to say, I’m not some super fan of either the Spurs nor … Continue reading

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I THOUGHT I Heard the Sound of the Abundance of Rain: The Jason Collins Story

 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. \ 1 Kings 18:41, King James Version Recently, the United States had the first male player of a professional sports group publicly come out as gay.  His name is Jason Collins–and he’s black!  Given the … Continue reading

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NBA Nerd Swag: The NBA’s Impotent Infantilizing Style

Black fashion in the last three to four years did hard U-turn and at the current moment we’ve completely decided to head retro with fashion and styles on both sides of the gender aisle.  I remember watching “Precious” which took place in the late 1980s and I couldn’t necessarily see a big difference in the … Continue reading

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In Tim Tebow We Trust

Let me be upfront: I’m a Chicago native born and raised.  I tried running away from it when I graduated high school.  I didn’t want to be associated with those that ate polish sausages from Maxwell Street and I didn’t want to be engaged in the lifelong South Side versus West Side and Harold’s mild … Continue reading

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The Strange Occurrence of the Uppity Negro and the Uncle Tom: Jalen Rose and Grant Hill

On this past Sunday night, ESPN had a much anticipated documentary on the namesake Fab Five team of starters on the 1991-92 Michigan (University of Michigan) basketball squad.  They’re known for radically changing the aesthetics of college basketball and the NBA as we know it–and being good basketball players at that.  For what was a … Continue reading

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It’s An Issue of Brand Loyalty (and some other stuff): Why Lebron James Went to Miami

Let the record show that this is my first EVAR sports blog piece.  I’m actually creating a new category for it. Now on to business. I usually always scoffed at the comparisons that many cultural critics drew with regards to the NBA players being compared to slaves on the plantation and that the whole deal … Continue reading