Violence Is Not the Answer?

Ray Lewis is shouting at the top of his lungs that the people of Baltimore need to stop the violence.  He saying that violence is not the way.  Unfortunately in regards to American History, he’s absolutely wrong.  There would be no United States of America if violence was not the way within these borders.  America gained it’s freedom from England through violence.  America slaughtered millions of Natives through violence.  Americans carried Africans that were violently captured in many cases by other gun packing Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to work their fields.  These captured Africans working for free was the main reason America became the economic powerhouse that it is.  They were handled in a very violent manner.

America has been in more wars than any other nation.  In many cases these were seen as unjustified wars and conflicts.  How can you open your mouth about “Supporting Our Troops” but scream violence is not the way?  The troops are engaging in violent acts.  That’s their job.  It’s not their fault, but they are carrying out the agenda of their superiors through violent actions.  The Marine Corp’s Nicknmane is “The Gun Club”.  I know because I went to the Marine Corp and that’s what my Drill Instructor called it.

Why isn’t Ray Lewis screaming at the Police that violence is not the answer?  Michael Smith and Jemele Hill spoke on that point perfectly on his and hers today.  I commend them.  I also agree that the riots are NOT the answer, at least not in the way that they do it.  Tearing up your own neighborhood, stealing TVs, and terrorizing innocent shop owners isn’t solving the oppression. I’m not saying that all shop owners are innocent, because many of them take the people’s money but turn a deaf ear when the people ask them to do something good for the community. Rioting just lets the oppressor know that you are pissed off.  Like Michael Smith said, “Technically the Boston Tea Party was a riot”.

Get off of your grand standing platform and address the entire issue.  The people in the streets are only reacting to violence that is being perpetrated against them.  Ray Lewis tells the people that “We Got You”, but we want to know how do you got us brother? What are yall doing to let us know that you got us? What does that mean?  Are yall putting money into getting this judicial system challenged for letting these killer cops off?  What are yall doing? Who is this “We” that you are referring to Ray?  The people are tired of talk.  They are tired of getting told to vote and things will be better.  Last time I checked, President Barak Obama was voted to office twice and he was black both times.  That hasn’t changed anything in the streets.  I can’t wait for these black celebs to start shouting at the system that is pushing the people into a corner.


Big George Making Bold Statements

I read an article this morning stating that former 2 time heavyweight champ George Foreman says that Floyd Money Mayweather Jr was a better pound for pound fighter than Muhammad Ali.  Like many boxing lovers I disagree with Big George.  My stance is a bit biased because I have a man crush on Ali and I always have.  The only fighter that’s better than Ali is Sugar Ray Robinson and that’s because Ali said he was. And Arsenio Hall’s barbershop character said he was too in Coming to America.

Well not really, because the original Sugar Man is probably the best that ever did it whether Ali said it or not.  Getting back on point, Big George is a big man with a big punch but I think he put his big foot in his mouth.  I wouldn’t be at odds with his comments if he just said that Money was better than Ali, even  though I disagree, but he also said that this entire generation of fighters is better than his generation of fighters. Huh?  I personally think that George likes to say what he thinks the people want to hear.  He a great salesman.  He’s a minister. He knows what to say to get the people excited. And he has that famous smile to seal the deal.  Ironically he was known for his famous scowl when he was knocking boys out.

Today’s fighter, for the most part, is more concerned with being cute than all business.  They are more concerned about their record than giving the public the best fights.  When they get in the big money portion of their career, they only fight once a year unlike the fighters in George’s or Robinson’s eras.  The fighters had to fight way more often than these guys today because they were fighting to keep the lights on and the fridge full of groceries.  They weren’t fighting to get enough money to go buy that new Bugatti after one fight.  The money is much more substantial these days.  If Floyd would have fought during the 80’s with the Hearnses, Haglers, Durans, and Leonards of the world I think that he might have an L in there somewhere.  If he fought during Robinson’s era he would have an L in there somewhere.  The more you fight, the more chances you have to lose.  The more you fight the more chances for you having an off night because you just aint got it that night.  The more you fight the less time you have to fully recover between fights.

I’m not romanticizing  the past because I’m only one year older than Floyd, so this is my generation of fighters.  I personally think that Roy Jones Jr was a better pound for pound fighter than Money before he lost his juice in his legs.  But like I said before, this ain’t a Floyd vs Ali debate.  This is a past generation of fighters vs the present generation of fighters debate.  I roll with the old timers on this one.  They were just hungrier, literally.  Boxing had the best athletes that America had to offer back then.  Now they have to share the greatest with football, basketball, or even MMA.  back then thay were just competing against baseball for the talent pool.  I can’t get down with George’s assessment, but he’s entitles to opinion because i damn sure ain’t gone be the one to tell him that he’s not.  here’s the link to the interview that I read.

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Interview with Former Geto Boy DJ Ready Red

12: First of all I want to welcome my readers and my next esteemed guest to the Corner Store.  We can rap about sports and hip hop without restraints and pc red tape. So I’d like to present to my readers the former DJ of the world famous Geto Boys,  DJ Ready Red. How have you been brother?


RR: I’m good and can’t complain! God has been good to me!


12: When were you a member the legendary Geto Boys and how does it feel to be a part of the group that pioneered southern hip hop music into radios of the world?


RR: Feels good to be part of the foundation.  I was an early member before the legend stuff kicked off.  That era came years later.  We put Houston on Map!


12: The members of the group changed a few times. Can you give us the history of who was in the group before you and during your tenure? How did you become a member?


RR: Before me it was Sire Jukebox, K-9 & Raheem. They wrote and recorded Car Freaks in 1986.  I came to Houston in 1987 and soon hooked up with The Ghetto Boys as it was spelled in those days! Then K-9 left. Raheem went solo and a year later he would become the 1st rapper on A&M Records! Then I called my MC from Trenton,New Jersey named Prince Johnny C. He came down and joined Jukebox and myself to be the Ghetto Boys. Bushwick Bill was our hype man. We did Making Trouble which sold 100,000 and we went out on the Fat Boys Wipe Out Tour with Salt n Pepa, Dana Dane, and Ice T.


12: That had to be a dope experience.  I loved that Assassin record that y’all did back then.  Prince Johnny C wrecked that one royally.  Any memorable stories from the road in those early days?


RR: Yes playing Jack The Rapper in ATL, a Music Industry Event and catering luncheon. All the music bigwigs were in the room and we tore the roof off! That’s when it was Jukebox, Johnny C, and I !


12: How did you become a member?


RR: Entered a Dj contest at the World’s Famous Whinstone Wrangler on Murworth by The Astrodome and that’s how I met Jukebox and the late NC Trahan.

12: I heard Bun B give an interview on Boom 92 in Houston recently and the host asked him “how did DJ Screw influence your sound?” I hear non Houstonians ask stuff like this all of the time because they think Screw was the beginning of Houston Hip Hop culture. ‘Nuff respect due to and RIP to Screw, but you and I both know that this misconception ain’t no where near true. I grew up on Rap-A-Lot Music, Street Military, and SPC music. What was pre-Screw Houston Hip Hop like for you?


RR: It was popping.  It was progressive and to me, many were very good.  They could hang.


12:  I know the answer but some may not, was Screw big when you joined the Ghetto Boys?


RR: Not in the beginning or during my time as a Ghetto Boy /Geto Boy! But you heard his tapes all the time around Houston. Dj Screw was a very talented Dj. rip! SUC for life mane!


12: When did Scarface and Willie D join the group?


RR: After Jukebox quit and Johnny C didn’t want to do that style anymore, then came Will and Face.


12: I like to say that Brad Jordan is your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.  Back when Face joined the group did you think that he would become such a respected MC?


RR: I saw the brilliance in all of them.  Will, Face, and Bill.


12: I saw a clip of you working the turntables on youtube.  It was a Grand Master Flash tribute I think.  Do you still DJ regularly?


RR: Yes. That’s from 2006 showing break Mixing, cutting break. I’m a Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five fanatic lol


12: Who were your favorite DJs when you were coming up? Any new cats you dig on now?


RR: Well growing up in Trenton,Nj Dj Kenny Veal was the DJ I took my lead from!

I like many styles of Djing but Hip Hop was my calling! ! I know way too many to say only a few names so I like a lot of Dj’s that’s out now!


12: How do you feel about the evolution of the DJing art form with the advancement of technology?


RR: IMO Dj’s always embraced technology. Use it wisely, don’t become a slave to it, and Don’t Hit The Sync Button lol!


12: This is a sports blog so I have to ask you about your favorite sport.  What sports do you follow? What teams?


RR: I really love Football. I’m Fan of Philly teams. Eagles ,Flyers,76’er’s

  1. I love Philly.  Philly is known for three of my favorite things; Great Music, Great Boxing tradition, and Brotherly love.  Do you keep up with Philly boxers? If so who?

RR: I used to, but Trenton New Jersey had a lot of Golden Glove Boxers that I’m friends with!


12: Ok. On to your Eagles. I will list some names from Eagles history and you give me your feelings on them.

  1. Coach Vermiel


RR: Best ever. Took a bunch of lesser known players and turned them into winners and believers in themselves.


  1. Ron Jaworski


RR: Jaws had heart The Polish Rifle


  1. Reggie White


RR: Humble and Leader on and off the field!


  1. Chris Carter


RR: I’d rather talk about Harold Carmichael # 17


  1. Buddy Ryan


RR: Knew his Defense


  1. Randall Cunningham


RR: Was very well received in Philly. Got it goin for us!


  1. Donovan McNabb


RR: Seemed like he always was day dreaming or distracted.

  1. Brian Dawkins


RR: Weapon X hella of a DB


  1. Michael Vick


RR: Glad he got his life together. We confused him. Does he run or drop back to pass?


  1. Shady McCoy


RR: I wish him well.

(Ready Red wanted me to mention # 31 Wilbert Montgomery when I asked him about LeSean McCoy)


  1. How do you feel about all of the moves that Chip Kelly is making?


RR: I can’t wait for this season. I’m curious myself.


  1. Andy Reid had a lot of success in Philly. Do you envision Chip having that same type of success?


RR: I believe Chip will do good or go right back to College. I hope the best.


  1. I appreciate you taking the time to chill with us at the Corner Store. Anything you’d like to say to the readers?

RR: Thank you for all the support and God Bless!

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12 is makin trouble

Fair is Fair…Foul is Foul

Word got to the Corner Store that Texan’s QB Ryan Mallet is the victim of discrimination because he has a little too much “hood” in him.  We are being told by insiders and people with sources that people are uncomfortable with how “black” and “8 Mile” he acts.  I have no idea about his upbringing or background, but I heard a few of his interviews and picked up on the fact that he grew up around black folks.  It’s obvious by the way that he talks.  There was an orphanage in the neighborhood that I grew up in and over the years they brought in several white children to raise as their own. My neighborhood is a historic black neighborhood in Houston and these white children were raised in the midst of us and our culture so by default it became their culture.  Ryan Mallet talks just like them so it was easy for my ears to pick up on.

My homie Craig Shelton posted a few videos yesterday about how John Lopez of Sports Radio 610’s In The Loop reported that Mallet has been the victim of REVERSE discrimination by head coach Bill O’Brien and some of the Texans’ brass.  This just didn’t add up on a few levels.  Craig brought up a valid point when he said that O’Brien coached and traded for Mallet and so I’m sure he’s familiar with Mallet’s speech patterns.  Apparently it didn’t make O’Brien too uncomfortable or he wouldn’t have even considered pulling the trigger on the trade.  We’re living in an age when teams are sending employees to “shadow” draft picks, like Jameis Winston, and so Mallet’s Texarkana/Arkansas past was thoroughly investigated.  His Eminem type swagger was well known before he signed with The Patriots.  I responded to Craig’s videos by saying…

“1 there’s really no such thing as reverse discrimination. There is only discrimination. The term reverse discrimination is just another go to phrase that white males who have been ok with discriminating against others so they need to point out every instance that one of their own is mistreated. It keeps them from looking so bad. Same thing goes for the term “race card” and “conspiracy theorist”. Discrimination is discrimination no matter who dishes it or receives it. 2. How is Mallet the victim of reverse racism, if it actually existed, when the person that is allegedly discriminating against him is also a white man. If they think that he is acting “too black” then are they knocking him or black culture? I agree with everything you dropped bro, I just don’t like the terms reverse racism or reverse discrimination. People, including blacks, act like we were the only people that were discriminated against in history. Women have been discriminated against since the beginning of time. So again, in my opinion, reverse discrimination doesn’t exist.”

Like I said in the title, Fair is Fair and Foul is Foul!  We get too loose with these phrases that we use.  Another phrase that I hate is “Anti-Semitic”.  What the hell does that mean?  I know Jews use it when someone speaks out against Jews in any manner, but Jews using the term as if it’s exclusive to Jews doesn’t make sense.  The term Semitic doesn’t refer to a group of people as much as it refers to a language family. Here’s a quote from wikipedia about the origin of the term Semitic.

” The terminology was first used in the 1780s by German orientalists von Schlözer and Eichhorn,[2] who derived the name from Shem, one of the three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis.”

Shem is said to be the ancestor of Abraham the Hebrew who was the father of Isaac.  Isaac had twin sons named Jacob and Esau whose names were changed to Israel and Edom respectively. Israel fathered 12 sons and one of them was named Judah/Yehuda. His descendants would later be known as Jews in the bible. Before the birth of Isaac, Abraham fathered a son named Ishmael with his wife’s hand maid Hagar. Ishmael is said to be the progenitor of the Arab people.  So going by biblical genealogy Ishmaelites/Arabs, Edomites, Israelites(all 12 tribes including Jews), and many other nations should be considered Semites.

Linguistics also support the multiple branches of the Semitic family.  I asked a friend of mine named Asar Imhotep, who happens to be a linguist, to give a brief description of the Semitic languages.  Here’s what he said….

“If we go by mainstream linguists, they argue that it belongs to a language family called Afrisan or Afro-Asiatic. Other languages include Omotic, Hausa, Oromo, Cushitic languages, and allegedly the ancient Egyptian. Mboli (2010) argues it is a part of Negro-Egyptian. Obenga (1993) excludes it from African languages altogether.”

I know that Ethiopia’s Amharic language, known as the world’s oldest living language, is also in the Semitic language family.  Here are some stats from wikipedia.

“The most widely spoken Semitic languages today are (numbers given are for native speakers only) Arabic (300 million),[3] Amharic (21.8 million),[4] Hebrew (7 million),[5][6][7] Tigrinya (6.7 million),[8] and Modern Aramaic (550,000)[9]—its widely spoken subdivision is Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (232,300).[10][11]

Ok. You get the point.  Jews are not the only Semitic people on earth, in antiquity or contemporary times.  So why do they have their own form of racism/discrimination?    In essence, the Israeli’s that bomb Palestinians in Gaza are anti-Semitic since Arabs are also Semites.  The Ethiopian Jews that were placed in concentration camps in Israel were the victims of Antisemitism just like the European Jews that were slaughtered by Hitler.

In closing, we all have had our share of struggles and some situations are unique to a particular ethnic group, but one groups persecution shouldn’t be considered any less wrong than the next groups’.  Certain persecutions may be considered more tragic due to the amount of deaths or horrific acts that took place but wrong is wrong no matter how deep it goes.  That’s why I don’t like terms like reverse racism or reverse discrimination.  Racism or discrimination is not exclusive to black people and it does not just come exclusively from whites.  So there’s no logical reason to call it reverse anything.  It’s just racism or discrimination.  As for Ryan Mallet, don’t worry Texans’ brass, he actually likes country music.  I got that one from the primary source, Ryan Mallet.