Thursday, January 29, 2009

And more pork.

I should be upset by this.

But, you know what?

Go ahead.

Thin the herd.

BTW: Inauguration

Yes, I was there.

No, I don't feel as bad about missing the MMM now.

For all of the traffic, misdirections, and lack of facilities, I wish I could do it once a year.

Perhaps I'll settle for again in 4.

We'll see.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

in roughly 10 mins,

i'll be heading south to the 44th president's inauguration.

not sure what will happen, or how to feel....but i pray we all have the opportunity to wax ad nauseum after the day is done...


Friday, January 16, 2009

'Toya Frazier

It's been a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time since I've seen her. I wish that I'd seen her since you grew up and got married (lil' 'Toya?!?!?!).

Growing up she was the annoying little sister in the neighborhood. Though I never got to see her as a woman, I'm glad we at least had some fun playing basketball.

May the Spirit conduct you toward heaven...

Bagger Vance -

do watch if you still need an example to explain the magical negro,

or if you want to see proof that, if you wrote it for Morgan Freeman, only Morgan Freeman can pull it off.

Otherwise, don't.

Friday, January 02, 2009

"Leroy" & Alabama vs. GSU

Breaking the Huddle: Integration

In the section about Wilbur Hackett, Jr.'s first game against the Univ. of Mississippi, Hackett's father recounts hearing "Leroy" used as a seemingly perjorative term for his son. I've seen this doc before, but it was on this second viewing that I was reminded that I'd heard a classmate use the name in reference to our Black classmate of mine while in grammar school. I don't know how he came upon it. It's use wasn't malicious, and she didn't receive it that way. It was a joke between them, I thought...or perhaps he was calling her by her father's name, which is something we did as children. She is one of the those member of Black Gen Y who was blessed with a name beginning in "La", so I thought it might have been the similarity to "Le".
But having just seen this program now makes me wonder. If I ever have the chance to speak to him again, I hope I remember to ask what the origin of that was.

Another later story in the show is about USC's first game against the then still segregated Univ. of Alabama. One interviewee contributes that when USC's Black players led the team out onto the field, he heard an attendee remark:

I thought we were playing some team from California. That's Grambling!

The best jokes are always anecdotal.

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