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10 Brothers Who Didn’t Do Us Any Favors In 2010

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Black Men with tags , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by Gary Johnson

From Left to Right:  Ron Christie, Bishop Eddie Long, LeBron James and Michael Steele

As the year 2010 comes to an end, we decided to take a quick look backwards to see what lessons we learned from 2010.  As a result, we stumbled on 10 brother who did not do the community any favors.  Some of these brothers continued to portray black men in a negative fashion, while others put their foot in their mouth and made excuses for their objectionable behavior.  And still there were others who simply exercised poor judgment.
All of these brothers made what many would consider to be more than a decent living last year in terms of their income.  So on one hand, we’re not mad at them.  On the other hand, some of these guys are making a living and perpetuating negative stereotypes of blacks men.  Hey, it’s just a list.  It’s our opinion.
Take a look and tell us what you think?  Anyone you would add?  Anyone you would remove?

  1. Michael Steele – Dude wants to be loved by the Republicans, who can’t stand him.  He consistently puts his foot in his mouth.
  2. Jesse Jackson, Jr. – Dude got caught up in an inappropriate relationship with a woman who was NOT his wife.  Jackson, Jr. has trouble “manning up” to the truth in this area, even after you get busted.  Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
  3. Flava Flav -This founding member of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy continues to keep negative stereotypes alive about black men.  Flav is set to release his autobiography, Icon, in March 2011.  In the memoir Flav will reflect on his rap career, his struggle with drug abuse, and his reality TV success.  (Yawn)
  4. Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. –  Can you say ignorant ass N#$ga?  No amount of money can buy you class and manners.  Mayweather is facing a felony coercion, grand larceny and robbery case stemming from a September 2010 dispute with his children and their mother at her home.  Mayweather goes to trial in January 2011 and could face up to 34 years in prison if convicted.  On top of all that he refuses to fight Manny Pacquio.  He says he’s not scared, but we think otherwise.
  5. Bishop Eddie Long – Preacher man was accused by several young men in his church of coercing them into sex.  Did you get a look at the Bishop with his Spandex pants posing in the bathroom mirror?  That not only gets you on our list, you get to merge into the “fast lane” to Hell.
  6. Alvin Greene – Alvin Greene’s candidacy in the South Carolina Senate race was an embarrassment and a disgrace. Yes it was his right to run, however, he was not prepared and often appeared to be out of touch on the main issues and incoherent.
  7. Antoine Dodson - The YouTube sensation let his 15 minutes of fame go to his head.  Mr. Dodson needs to go away somewhere.  Just go away.
  8. LeBron James – For his ESPN televised special “The Decision.”  We don’t fault him for leaving Cleveland, but how he left Cleveland.
  9. Jermaine Jackson – In September 2010, Jackson filed child support papers in L.A. County Superior Court claiming he cannot afford $3,000 a month payments for sons Jermajesty and Jaafar.  Jackson claims he is broke and is asking the judge to reduce his monthly child support payments to $215 a month.  The kids were living with his mother while Jackson and his wife lived in a rented mansion that is about to go into foreclosure.  Jackson recently filed a police report claiming that over $150,000 in clothing and jewelry was stolen from his home.  Jackson probably spends more than $215 a month on hair grease, spray and gel.  Men must make an effective effort to take care of their children and spend time quality with them.
  10. Ron Christie – We’re all for diverse opinions, but this dude is off the rails like a runaway train.  This political commentator is constantly on national television often defending and supporting Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Michael Steele, Dick Cheney, the Tea Party Movement and more.  Dude will say just about anything to defend the GOP even if it goes against the “community.”  Christie is smart, smug, arrogant, petty and a whiner.  We give the brother credit.  He’s probably the most consistent of this bunch.

Honorable MentionTavis Smiley (for being Tavis), Cornel West (for being out there), Tom Joyner and J. Anthony Brown (for “clowning” on syndicated radio when discussing serious topics) and Jesse Jackson, Sr., who despite his good deeds has enough baggage to make this list.

If you’ve never heard of or seen Antione Dodson, you can watch the video that made him an Internet personality.

NEW YEAR WISHES 2011

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Sports News with tags on December 28, 2010 by Gary Johnson

By Harold Bell

I wish comedian Bill Cosby would call out some of these black ministers, politicians, pro athletes and so-called community leaders who are stealing us blind and leading us down a path that is anything but Godly.

I wish for President Barack Obama in 2012, with legacy intact, that he says to the American people “Take this job and shove it.”

I wish Congressman James Clyburn a job with White House security being the shadow for President Sara Palin.

I wish a jail cell filled with crying towels for Congressman Charlie Rangel and his colleagues who think they are above the law and no longer work for the people who voted them into office.

I wish new DC Mayor Vincent Gray a long memory of Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson and former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. Hopefully, he does not forget that “Big Brother” is watching him and the “usual suspects” on his staff and on the City Council.

I wish DC City Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr. a visit from the IRS for stealing monies in the name of children and a somber 2011.

I wish for former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson to meet my Pen Pal convict “Big Dick Willie” in the shower.

I wish black folks in the Prince George’s section of Mitchellville would get over calling themselves the most affluent and richest black county in America!  They are not even the most affluent and richest county in Maryland it is Accokeek and Fort Washington.  Let’s keep it real!

I wish former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has a similar encounter with “Big Dick Willie’s” brother in the same shower.

I wish Jack Johnson’s crooked colleagues a knock at their doors from the FBI with papers saying “Happy New Year.”

I wish that former Prince George’s County States Attorneys Alex Williams, Jack Johnson, Glenn Ivey and retired Judge William Missouri’s children and grandchildren have encounters with Prince George’s County Police while driving black.

I wish for “Mayor for Life” and author of the famous last words “The bitch set me up” Marion Barry a recovery of his loss of memory.  He seems to have forgotten the welfare check he has been receiving since his arrival from Mississippi.  He owes thanks to the loyal but misguided black voters in NE and SE DC for his political success!  He also seems to have forgotten there are more whites on welfare than there are blacks!

I wish new Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to wake up every morning with a mirror with Jack Johnson’s face in it.  He needs to discard the one with the image of Wayne Curry.

I wish pimps in the pulpits in black churches across America, like Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta, Georgia, will wake up congregations that will send them to the dung heap of society where they belong.

I wish for new DC City Councilman Chairman Kwame Brown to switch places with his NBA name sake and washout Kwame Brown.  I will guarantee that you would never know the difference both are in over their heads.

I wish Tiger Woods re-discovers his golf game and a “sister” to help with him recover his identity.

I wish and hope for QB Donovan McNabb to find the balls to stand up to Mike and Kyle Shanahan and say “I am somebody and I want out of this fiasco.”

I wish for Washington Redskin owner Dan Snyder to confess that he is George Preston Marshall in disguise.

I wish against all odds QB Michael Vick the 2010 NFL MVP despite the media naysayers and dog lover’s barks of discontent.

I wish to read the columns of Washington Post sports columnists Tracee Hamilton and Sally Jenkins apologizing to former Redskin QB Jayson Campbell for making him the 2009 scapegoat—-wishful thinking again.

I wish credentialed members of the sports media some “Game” and insight into the columns they write covering sports and hopefully they remember it takes more than a valid driver’s license to qualify as a sportswriter.

I wish former NFL San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Mike Singletary another head coaching job where the players can appreciate his emotional temperament and compassion for winning.

I wish some judge will grant an injunction barring all women in sports media from the Men’s locker rooms, ditto for the men–no access to the Women’s locker rooms.

I wish Washington Caps and new Wizard’s owner Ted Leonis another Gilbert Arenas without the excess baggage and a winning streak for both franchises.

I wish Wizards cornerstone rookies John Wall an injury free career and JaVale McGee an out of body encounter with the late great Wilt Chamberlain for a lesson on how to stay out of foul trouble.

I wish NBA Hall of Fame player Adrian Dantley the balls to warn other black athletes about how sports agent David Falk and his kind misuse millions of dollars while managing their pro careers.

I wish L. A. Lakers’ coach Phil Jackson an assignment on the front lines of the Afghanistan war next Christmas day.  I am willing to bet his line of thinking against NBA players playing on Christmas day changes.  He needs to thank our troops for making it safe and possible for them to play on Christmas Day.

I wish the Washington Nationals would re-hire the greatest baseball mind in the history of the franchise–Frank Robinson.

I wish for boxing promoter Don King a job working for boxing promoter Bob Arum and Mike Tyson.  Kings first assignment, sign NBA heavyweights JaVale McGee and Andre Blatche to boxing contracts.

I wish the hypocrites that run the plantation component of the NCAA a visit from the mafia.  The Godfather will be asking for his fair share of the millions of tax free dollars they take in every year as a result of free slave labor.

I wish the black brothers working for ESPN remind Mike Greenberg of the “Mike & Mike” radio show the correct spelling and pronunciation of Rev. Martin Luther King’s name.  His name is spelled K-I-N-G and not C-O-O-N.

I wish Bob Schieffer CBS moderator for “Face the Nation” better luck this year in picking his alma mater TCU in a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.

I wish a cure of early Alzheimer’s disease (lost of memory) for John Thompson (ESPN), James Brown (CBS), Sugar Ray Leonard (ESPN), Adrian Branch (ESPN), Adrian Dantley (NBA), Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins (Radio & TV One), Kevin Blackistone and his mom (ESPN), Jair Lynch (Olympic Gymnast), Omar Tyree (author), Jamie Foster Brown (Sister 2 Sister Magazine), Glen Harris (TV 8 Sports), Earl Lloyd (NBA) and Howard White (Nike).

Hopefully, the cure will remind them that they came through Kids In Trouble and Inside Sports before their 15 minutes of fame.

I wish the best for those who remembered to keep reaching back to help others and keep making children first.

I wish the hijackers of INSIDE SPORTS the Washington Post and News Week Magazine (own copyrights) and co-conspirators John Walsh (ESPN VP) and former Sports Editor George Solomon their own bylines in hell.

I wish for myself the gift of forgiveness in 2011.  Happy New Year!

Harold Bell is the Godfather of Sports Talk radio and television. Throughout the mid-sixties, seventies and eighties, Harold embarked upon a relatively new medium–sports talk radio with classic interviews with athletes and sports celebrities.  The show and format became wildly popular. Who better than Harold Bell to put together classic interviews with his legendary celebrity friends.

The Bridge: The Black Top Ten—Christmas Gifts

Posted in Black America, Black Interests with tags on December 28, 2010 by Gary Johnson

By Darryl James

What did Santa bring YOU?

Now that you have spent next month’s earnings of gifts that will last a few weeks, it’s time to focus on gifts that will keep on giving.

There are a few things that Blacks can give to themselves, which will continue to give throughout the year, making us a stronger, more unified and powerful people.

In another Black Top Ten List, I’d like to propose some things that Black people can give themselves for Christmas or for Kwanzaa. Some of these gifts are reflective of the Nguzo Saba—the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Top Ten Christmas Gifts Blacks Can Give Themselves:

1                 A Black Women’s Rights Movement.  My sisters, the women’s rights movement duped you into thinking that it was for you, but it was not.  It was for white women and you were pimped. If you want a real revolution, create a Black Women’s Rights Movement and many of your brothers will be first in line.  Black women have been speaking about their rights and talking about Black men as their oppressors, which is ridiculous. Oppression is a product of power, and quite frankly, Black people in this nation have not exercised power in any intrinsic manner since the 1960’s.  Let’s exercise our creativity (Kuumba) and create something that will benefit us all.

2                 A Million Man Investment Club.  Following the lead of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan I propose we bring one million Black men together to invest ten dollars each in one company.  It’s too easy to do.  That’s ten million dollars and that is empowerment and reflective of Ujamaa (cooperative economics).

3                 Black Love.  We hear the song “Give Love On Christmas Day,” and we like it, so why not give that love to ourselves as a people?  Tell someone you love them and then turn around and show someone that you love them.  Finally, look for ways each day to demonstrate your love for yourself as a Black person.  For a list of things to love about us, refer to my column called “Thanks For Being Black,” which lists the Top Ten Things To Love About Being Black (www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com).

4                 Black Pride.  There are a plethora of things to be proud of as a member of the most oppressed race in the world, and we need to focus on those things every day to spread the feeling of pride that will allow us to move forward in the new millennium with faith in ourselves, reflective of Imani (Faith).

5                 Black Unity.  How can any of us progress and feel good about it, when so many of us are not progressing?  Our gift to ourselves should be to care for the least of us, so that we can all move onward and upward together.  This is reflective of Umoja (Unity).

6                 Peace in the streets.  There are many brothers in the streets working for peace among the warring gang factions across the nation and they need the support of the entire community.  You can talk about how bad it is in the streets, or you can find out what you need to do to make it better.  I don’t want to talk about peace in the Middle East until there is peace in the Black community. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

7                 Self-Awareness.  My gift to my people would be to make them aware of the most critical issues facing us, and then to focus on those things without being confused by politics of religion, class, sex or political parties.  I would also give them the gift of history, so that we could remain mindful of whence we came. If you know where you came from, you can more easily determine where you are going.  This is reflective of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination).

8                 Mutual Support.  As a people, we have everything we need to manufacture, distribute, buy and sell the goods and services we seek from others.  If each of us supports another of us, we can begin to recycle Black dollars and resources more productively.

9                 A good conversation.  Many of us just need someone to talk to who will listen and understand.  Let’s stop talking at or about each other and start talking to each other.

10              A collective consciousness.  Today, many of us scoff at the idea of most of us coming together for common purposes (Nia), but no matter what the socio-economic differences, we are still all the same people with the same challenges and the same work lying before us. This is also reflective of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility.

So, this holiday season, instead of wishing for expensive material items, let’s all wish for and give gifts that will continue to keep giving long after these current lives are over.

Happy Holidays!

Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology “Notes From The Edge.” Now, listen to Darryl live on BlogTalkRadio.com/DarrylJames relaunching Sundays from 6-8pm, PST. View previous installments of this column at http://www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com. Reach James at djames@theblackgendergap.com.

Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Book Reviews and More, Money/Economics, Women's Interests with tags on December 12, 2010 by Gary Johnson

Dr. Julianne Malveaux New Book Reveals The Achievements of Black Business Leaders

Book Review by Kam Williams

“In her poem, ‘And Still I Rise,’ Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, ‘You can write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you can trod me in the very dirt and still, like dust, I rise.’ More than a century before she penned her words, Richard R. Wright, Sr., a man born into slavery… asked [Union] General Oliver Otis Howard to ‘Tell them we are rising.’ Wright’s 19th C. vision… has currency today. …Tell anyone who will listen that, while the playing field is not yet level, African-American people can play the game, win it, and even change the rules to make them fairer. 

Tell them we are rising, surviving and thriving.”

– Excerpted from the Introduction (pg. xliii)

The accomplishments of African-Americans have generally been omitted from the history books, when it comes to the field of economics. Consequently, most black kids grow up unaware that despite the obstacles the nation deliberately placed in the path of their ancestors during the days of slavery and the repressive era of Jim Crow segregation, many miraculously managed to flourish financially anyway.

While many accounts of the exploits of the heroes of the Emancipation and Civil Rights Movements have been published for posterity, the achievements of black business leaders have rarely been the subject of scrutiny. For this reason, a debt of gratitude is owed to Dr. Julianne Malveaux, author of Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History.

Her informative text might be best thought of as a bound version of one of those page-a-day theme calendars, except that instead of serving up jokes, words or spiritual reflections, this features a year’s worth of entries about African-American companies and captains of industry. A few of her subjects are familiar household names, such as BET founder Bob Johnson and hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons. However, most of the bios here are apt to be eye-opening intros to someone you’ve never heard of.

For example, there’s Sarah Gammon Bickford, a former slave-turned-public utility owner who moved to Virginia City, Montana where she came to supply the town’s water after acquiring a natural spring. Then, there’s seamstress Elizabeth Keckley, a sister who owned the largest custom dressmaking business in ante bellum Washington, DC. Before the outbreak of the Civil War, she designed outfits for both First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the wives of eventual Confederates President Jefferson Davis and his General Robert E. Lee.

In sum, an inspirational tome design to serve as a daily reminder of the role that African-American entrepreneurs have played and continue to play on the path to freedom and equality.

Black Republicans And The Color Line

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Guest Columnists with tags on December 10, 2010 by Gary Johnson

By Raynard Jackson

Once again race has reared its ugly head with a Republican elected official.  But, this time in a more subtle way.

Incoming Republican congressman, Tim Scott has decided not to join the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in January.  While I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, I am viscerally embarrassed by his rationale for not joining.

Scott is the first Black Republican elected to the House from South Carolina since Reconstruction.  His district is over 80% white and overwhelmingly Republican.  Since every congressman claims to represent the people in his district, one can make the argument that his decision reflects the sentiments of his constituents!

According to Scott’s emailed statement on his decision, “…I will not be joining [CBC]at this time…My campaign was never about race… My campaign has been about themes that unite all Americans­ restoring the American dream by reducing the tax burden, decreasing government interference in the private sector, and restoring fiscal responsibility, and I don¹t think those ideals are advanced by focusing on one group of people.

I believe that by promoting our conservative values we will grow the economy, which will make everything else possible. The black community, like all communities, will benefit when businesses can use their profits to hire more workers instead of paying higher taxes; when companies decide to locate in America instead of overseas; and when our government no longer saddles our children¹s futures with ever-increasing debt.”

Let’s dissect Mr. Scott’s own words.  He indicates that his campaign was never about race.  Oh really?  Here is an excerpt that his congressional campaign sent to the media calling him a “pioneer.”  “Tim Scott is commonly called a “pioneer” because he was the first and only black Republican elected to the South Carolina House since Reconstruction, and

before that, back in 1995, he was the first black elected to a county-wide office in

Charleston, SC (http://www.votetimscott.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Media-Kit-pioneer.pdf).  But, he said his campaign was not about race!

Well, Mr. Scott, you can’t have it both ways.  You were not elected to the U.S. House because you were Black, but your race is part of your narrative.  You should be proud of that narrative.  You did not ask people to vote for you because you were Black, but they did vote for you with the knowledge that you were Black.  This is the essence of the American dream.

It’s not a zero sum game.  You can be Black, Republican, and conservative simultaneously.  They are not mutually exclusive.  All too frequently, Black Republicans spend too much time ignoring their Blackness, thinking this is going to ingratiate them more with whites.  Well it won’t!  It’s a false choice.

Mr. Scott is obviously a proponent of a “color blind” society.  I would be curious to find out if he had any Blacks on his paid campaign staff in any of the “power positions?”  Those positions are: campaign manager, finance manager, press secretary, or campaign chairman?  I would also be curious to find out if Mr. Scott will have any Blacks in power positions on his congressional staff?  Those positions include:  chief of staff, legislative director, press secretary, or state director.

I would be surprised, no totally shocked if the answer to the above questions were yes.  I hope, no, I pray that I will be proven wrong.  It’s not so much that Black Republicans are color blind, but rather they are blind to people of color, especially their own.  This is a major reason Blacks refuse to vote or associate with the Republican Party; though on many issues Blacks are in sync with the party.

So, Mr. Scott, you don’t have to be about race, neither do you have to be blind to your race.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm.  He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine (www.excellstyle.com) & U.S. Africa Magazine (www.usafricaonline.com).

The Bridge: Jumping The Fence

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Black Men, The Bridge - Darryl James with tags on December 10, 2010 by Gary Johnson

By Darryl James

I’m really sick of hearing about it.

At this stage, if Black women are going to do it, I’d like for them to do it and be quiet about it.

I’m talking about their threats to “jump the fence,” so to speak—to date outside of the race.

In addition to talking about how they “need” to date outside of the race, I’m also sick to hell of hearing the reasons why.

One of those “reasons” is that “most” Black men are beneath the level of “most” Black women.

Really?

Well, according to a study in the Post-Gazette, while the median wealth of white single women between the ages of 36-49 is $42,600, the median wealth of Black single women in the same age range is a whopping $5.

What was that about “levels?”

I’m also tired of hearing about the 41% of Black women who are single, when they act like it doesn’t matter that 49% of Black men are single. Hell, let’s run down the numbers for everyone:  51% of Hispanic women, 45% of white women and 41% of Asian women are unmarried.

My point? Dating and marriage in America has become difficult for everyone and the Black women who keep whining and bitching and blaming Black men are only unique in their whining, bitching and blaming. I wish they would shut up.

Today’s dating world is perhaps more difficult than it has ever been.  A plethora of changes in society, particularly our transitory yet insular lifestyles, have made it difficult to find someone to have and to hold.

In the Black community, many dating issues are blamed on interracial dating, despite the low numbers of men and women who actually date and/or marry outside of the race.

For example, while some Black men choose to date outside of the race, their numbers are blown out of proportion. But now, some Black women are “retaliating,” by dating outside of the race, and even going as far as to call it a “revolution.”

One website for Black people promotes excursions to Italy for Black women, with the goal of establishing a competing version of the Black man’s escape to Brazil for sexual escapades with foreign women. The owner has made it her personal goal to encourage Black women to date outside of the race. Yeah, that’ll show us!

To my sisters who think that turning away from Black men to seek out mates in the white world is a revolution, I can only say: “Good luck.”  I hope you find the happiness that every human deserves.  If you are dating outside of the race because that is where you have found the love of your life, then no one should ever say an unkind word about you or what you do in your private life.

But if you are dating outside of the race because you have essential problems with Black men, then I feel sorry for you. And I also want you to shut up. Do it. And leave other Black women alone. Stop trying to get them to do what you are doing—especially if all you are getting is a roll in the sack.

Realize that white men have their own set of difficulties just as any other human beings do.  And, white marriage rates are also declining, which means that you may date, but purposefully dating outside of the race won’t guarantee success with marriage.

The propaganda machine that has people believing that Black men can’t wait to get their hands on white women, now has many Black women duped who can’t wait to open themselves to white men, instead of waiting for the good Black man who they believe is now nearly “extinct.”

People date other humans, and some people are less concerned with race than with the love and compatibility they find.  There is no proof that either Black men or Black women are dating outside of the race in numbers that should concern any of us.

But the public discussions have to be countered.

There is no shortage of Black men. The lies about prison and the down low boogeymen are as overhyped as the Black man’s fabled love for white women.

There are very few Black men running around talking about how much they love white women more than Black women.  Yet, we can tune into radio and television shows, and read books, newspapers and magazine articles with Black women telling the world how much Black men love white women and that they need more Black women to join the “revolution” of dating outside of the race.

I’d like to see more Black women admit to the silliness of dating outside of the race as a “revolution,” before that propaganda goes too far.

There is no “revolution” to be found in Black women dating outside of the race.  If that is your choice, do so, but don’t call it anything except that–a personal choice.

Why not deal with the real issues?

Everyone is having difficulty in dating, so why not stop pretending that it’s only us?

And, before heading for other races, how about we put in a little work with each other first?

I don’t have a problem with anyone dating whatever race they choose.

I do have a problem with Black women claiming that they are being forced to date outside of the race and that it is a revolution.

I believe that many of these women making such proclamations need to believe these things. Otherwise, they would have to focus on the mistakes they may have made or the changes they need to make.

In my personal experience, the women I’ve come across who spew these things are not marriage material. For anyone. Some of these women may be successful, some may be physically attractive, but typically, they are broken inside—selfish, angry, bitter women, who need to paint themselves as victims so that they don’t have to face their own shortcomings or their own bad behavior which contributed to their single station in life.

Without the ignorant propaganda about interracial dating, they would have to do some actual work instead of blaming other people as they jump in and out of relationships.

It’s easier to just jump the fence.

Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology “Notes From The Edge.” View previous installments of this column at http://www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com. Reach James at djames@theblackgendergap.com.

How Many African Americans Participate In Outdoors Activities?

Posted in Black America, Black Interests, Guest Columnists, Sports News with tags , on December 8, 2010 by Gary Johnson

By Candice Price

One very perplexing question today would be how many black people actually engage in some sort of outdoor activity.  These outdoor sports would include hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, camping, etc. The question is very pertinent because of the millions of dollars that is used to purchase these expenditures that go along with theses sports that are not being talked about it. Everyday reports go out about what is being spent and by whom, but when it comes to black people and outdoors nobody says a word because after all the prevailing thought is that black folks don’t do the outdoors thing.

So today we would like to ask the question just how many people do you know does or have done some sort of activity in outdoors? Just think about it for a second. Did you or do you have a friend or relative that is involved in outdoors? The majority of people are going to smile and answer the question by saying; I do know somebody directly that does this. It may even bring back happy memories about this particular person. You may say things like I remember granddaddy Big Jim would bring home all that wild stuff and throw it up on the kitchen counter and Mother Dear would sometimes holler a little but we would end up having a good hot meal. Or it could be Uncle Buddy stays out on that water all day. You might even talk about your crazy cousin that has that real good job and he has that big old RV that he sleeps in, in front of his perfectly good house. The bottom line is that most of us know somebody who does the outdoors or belongs to a group that engages in some form it.

We really want to know who is out there because it is important to represent. We believe that the numbers are in the millions and we also believe we are spending multimillions of dollars in this arena. If we can find out and substantiate our true numbers, this can help us create new jobs in an industry that says we don’t exist.  The market will eventually have to respond to the realities. Outdoors world is a very important component to our everyday life because it deals underneath the surface with all of our Natural Resources, meaning the land, the water that we drink and the air that we breathe. All the basics to our very survival, so the outdoor sports are on the outer realm but underneath is our life source so becoming engaged is essential for all of our future.

So the question is,”Do you know someone who engages or has engaged in the outdoor sports?” Let us know by email at uaotv27@yahoo.com or Facebook Urban American Outdoors. We are very interested in the outcome and we will keep you abreast of our findings, we are quite sure that the numbers will be huge.

Candice Price is the Executive Producer “Urban American Outdoors” located at www.uaotv.com, the first multicultural reality sports adventures show.  Over the past several years under the tutelage of Wayne Hubbard, Candice is becoming an authentic urban outdoors woman, who now has knowledge and lives the urban outdoors lifestyle.

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