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Arthur Ashe, Jackie Robinson and Magic Johnson can credit part of their success to marrying well; they chose partners who smoothly insisted or assisted their drive to the top.  Tiger Woods has made me so proud as an American and African American. Yes, my friends and I were wrong to say he is Black when he wins and Asian on the Sundays that he doesn’t win…we are wishy washy like that.  Obama policies worked well “that’s my brother”…economy down next year “what up with the Hawaiian Kansan.”

On Ken Burns long documentary about Baseball, we learned that Mr. Jackie Robinson was a “race man” or a person who constantly concerned himself with uplifting his people.  Before someone gets his BVDs in a bunch, that doesn’t mean that race men wanted to pull down other races; just assist in our raise out of our previous condition.  Of course, Robinson found himself at odds with radicals during the civil rights era and would be so disappointed with our community today.

Cookie Johnson stood by her man when some thought that she would kill him for insulting her and putting her at risk.  How is Magic doing these days?  Cookie wins and the same can be said for the widow of Arthur Ashe.  Jeanne and Arthur’s relationship was the standard by which we measured couples in my college crew—okay the Huxtables also but that was T.V.  People talk about what would Dr. King think about this and that but I wonder about Ashe’s views. 

When Ashe wanted to enlighten prominent Black Americans about the South African situation, he would coolly have a private function and broach the subject. 

If I currently serving in the Senate, I would have an outdoors weekend on my southwest Georgia spread to nudge the young cats toward who I think they should be approaching.  The only thing sweeter than Georgia peaches is the fruit that bosomed on the African vine.  Unlike the White House, security would be in full force to keep out golddiggers and video vixens.

Guest List

Tiger Woods

Kobe Bryant

Lamar Odom

Reggie Bush

Alex Rodriguez

Usher Raymond

Brian Urlacher

Ray J

Esperanza Spalding

Lizz Wright

Alicia Keys

Kelly Rowland and any former members of Destiny’s Child

Kandi Burruss (No, Kim Zolicak can’t be Plus One)

Huma Abedin, Hilllary Clinton’s assistant

Jill Scott

Melody Barnes, Obama Domestic Policy advisor

Tamron Hall, MSNBC

Venus Williams

India Arie

Let the matchmaking being:

Tiger and Esperanza

Lamar and Kandi

Kobe and A Keys or Huma

Ray J and Kandi or one of the former D.C. singers

Brian and Tamron

Alex and Melody or Esperanza 

The Senator and Tamron or Lizz 

Okay, Who told the D.J. to play Sir Mix-A-Lot:

To the beanpole dames in the magazines: You ain’t it, Miss Thing!
Give me a sister, I can’t resist her.
Red beans and rice didn’t miss her!

(Yes, I have way too much free time on my hands and half these people never dated anyone who looked like them.)

All kidding aside, Tiger and his family are going to be just fine.  After all of the things he has done right, the guy can have a little drama—he is human off the course and after last year he is human on the course also.  He knows who he likes and I wish them well.


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While watching the Terrell Owens reality show on VH1, I humorously found parallels with southern congressional politics.  T.O. performs well on the football field generally but needs to remember his obligation to his coach, his team and his owner—the bosses.  Members of Congress (MOCs) work for the voters/the people; not lobbyists or future corporate employers and partners.  On the other hand, T.O. and MOCs should be mindful of their long-term career and financial goals.

If we look at the Democrats and Republicans from the South who left congress in the last twenty years, most Republicans went on to make more money or retire while many Democrats did not move forward in salary.  What’s up with that?  Democrats generally arrived at congress from previous public service or community work while GOPers came from the business or corporate world.  As smart business minds, many Republicans serve in congress with an eye on their post-congressional career moves which is not a problem because their expertise makes them great resources.  But, are their congressional actions in the best interest of their districts primarily or their future bank accounts. 

Many Democrats stay in congress as long as they can because this might be as good as it gets—which is not fair because they also have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that should be beneficial in the private sector.  Quick—name a southern former House Democrat who went on to better things.  Harold Ford Jr. is the only one that comes to mind and he is still in politics in another way.  So, the Democrat MOCs often play it safely—that is not a bad piece of money coming into the account monthly. 

Terrell Owens has made enough money to live comfortably if he is wise.  Like MOCs, he is planning for his next income source, if not retirement. His actions during this job are setting up his next move.  Those people without lives (like me) that watched the T.O. Show debate who T.O. should date: the young bartender or the supermodel (we know this mess is as fake as a two dollar bill and so is some of the congressional theater.)  If T.O. asked me, I would state the obvious: leave both of those arm candy women alone and date Kita, his publicist. Kita is tall, brown, intelligent (University of Kentucky grad), southern, grounded, witty and lovely.  The real question is does T.O. deserve Kita.   The supermodel sista is nice but they are too much alike and the bartender is…I will leave that alone. Man, get you a southern woman and call it a day. 

This Fall, T.O. and the MOCs should remember who put them in the game and the long-term consequences of their actions.  If you are wearing a Buffalo Bills jersey, you should remember that there is no “I” in team.  If you are wearing a Democrat jersey, please remember the same—the folks with Republican jerseys already know their playbook.  Finally, if you can’t get down with your team’s game plan, become a free agent or retire.  


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Coach Art Shell

Coach Art Shell

Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that Rep. Leonard Boswell of Iowa said that President Obama is prepared to be a one-term president to pass health care reform and his energy plan.  Wait a second…that sounds familiar.  I have been saying the same thing on this blog for a year.  Because I am from a rural area, I have a country ability to read people that they don’t teach in MBA programs. 

The president has the same look in his eye that Art Shell had when he because the first Black N.F.L. head coach.  Shell got the Raiders when that great team was down and Obama became president of this great nation during a rough period.  In press conferences, the media would ask Shell play-calling questions other head coaches received infrequently and he would say, “coach’s decision….coach’s decision” and we knew what he really wanted to say: “I have never seen a head coach scrutinized like this.”  My friend Butch was famous for telling mall customer service people “waterboy..waterboy, bring me the bucket..if you didn’t want the job..you shouldn’t have took it.”  Of course, I am not calling the American president or Coach Shell a “boy;” I am just saying they both look like “I don’t need this aggravation when I am clearly better than many of my predecessors and I am doing the job I was hired to do.”

On June 5, 2008, Senators Obama and Clinton had a private meeting at the home of Senator Feinstein and I told every political junkie I know that my gut told me that a deal was made.  The deal would be that Obama would push the reforms he felt necessary to help America and if the nation was not pleased with his service, he would not run again..clearing the way for Clinton in 2012.  We should remember that Senator McCain also considered running as a reform-minded one-termer.  If I was president and the nation seemed unhappy with my performance, I wouldn’t give a long face speech like LBJ.  I would just tell them “you can have this…I’ m out…peace.” 

Of course, this topic is moot because the “change” initiatives will hopefully work.  


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