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Why I’m saying goodbye to football

Why I’m saying goodbye to football

I fell in love on a Monday night. Now, many may say a teenage girl can't know about such things. But that night as I watched Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett roll downfield 99 yards for a touchdown, I fell head-over-heals in love with the NFL.

It was January 3, 1983 – "Monday Night Football," Dallas vs. Minnesota. I'd never seen anything so inspiring. Dorsett was so free, so graceful and so powerful to me. He was focused and determined. Watching him break free of his competitors, those who wanted to bring him down and stop him from reaching his goal, I was in awe. And I knew then that his run capsulized all that I wanted to accomplish in my life.

That football game is one of my most cherished childhood memories. I have been a passionate NFL fan since that moment – though I switched my loyalties to the Philadelphia Eagles, my hometown team. My family has never understood my love affair with the league. They have balked as play dates, family events, even church services have been rearranged or skipped to fit my football calendar. I ended up spending much of my career in sports journalism, a dream job if ever there was one.

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  • Written by Roxanne Jones/Special to CNN

Why flipping classrooms is ‘flipping ridiculous’

Why flipping classrooms is ‘flipping ridiculous’

I took my 9th grade English class to the Tech Lab this week to type up Autobiographical Narratives. In today's world of computers and smartphones, one would think this activity would be, for my students, like coming home. This is the generation of information and technology.

Here in the Bay Area, these students should be the next coders for Google and Facebook. In fact, one would think that by now, I should hardly have to help them, as they probably know more about computers than a man in his thirties.

Anyone who thinks like that hasn't visited a low-income public school recently. Here is a list of things my students don't know how to do on a computer:

 

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  • Written by Matt Amaral/New America Media

Are up-and-coming rappers getting a fair break?

Are up-and-coming rappers getting a fair break?

In the world of hip hop, it seems you need someone to validate you in order to be successful.

Most of us have heard of the controversial Kendrick Lamar "Control" verse and the hype associated with it. He was validated on so many levels by his peers, by his elders, and by his fans. His ambitious lyrics ignited a fire that was desperately needed and gave him the confidence to claim he is the best rapper alive. Many laughed in amusement, some rushed to the studio to refute his claims and many were honored they were mentioned in his tirade.

More importantly, fellow Compton native, co-owner of Built Frum Scratch and Most Hated Entertainment CEO, B.J. Hill, feels Kendrick Lamar is not as authentic as his new audience thinks.

 

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  • Written by Jineea Butler/NNPA News Service

Miscalculating Multiculturalism in America

Miscalculating Multiculturalism in America

Given the political gridlock in Washington that's pushed the country to the brink of economic calamity and caused needless distress to millions, one might think America has rarely been more polarized, more "dis-united." Actually, the opposite is true. American society – in terms of expanding democracy to all of its citizens – has never been more unified. That's why the country seems so dis-united.

That assertion seems contradictory – unless you view the current scene through the prism of that adage and basic principal of chemistry: every action provokes a reaction.

Accordingly, the budget and debt-ceiling crisis the Republican Party engineered this fall is just the latest expression of the conservative movement's virulent reaction to Barack Obama's presidency and the changes in American society that emerged and coalesced to make that extraordinary breakthrough happen.

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  • Written by Lee A. Daniels/NNPA News Service

Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Gifted Hands,’ foot in mouth

Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Gifted Hands,’ foot in mouth

Dr. Ben Carson became the darling of conservatives earlier this year by stridently attacking the Affordable Care Act with President Obama sitting just a few feet away.

Carson, who was serving as the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast at the White House, said, "Here's my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed – pretax – from the time you're born 'til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you're 85 years old and you got six diseases, you're not trying to spend up everything. You're happy to pass it on and there's nobody talking about death panels.

"Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don't have any money we can make contributions to their HSA (Health Savings Account) each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let's put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care."

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  • Written by George Curry

Obama is right about ‘Redskins’

Obama is right about ‘Redskins’

The audience was tense. Tempers were heated. Tears were seen and blows were nearly thrown. We needed a referee.

This was not the pre-fight press conference weigh-in for a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match. It was a panel discussion between African-American and Native American journalists from across the country to consider whether the Washington Redskins name was racist. But the conversation at the Unity Journalists of Color convention, which included more than 6,000 media professionals, got nowhere.

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  • Written by Roxanne Jones/Special to CNN

A Comeback for Lauryn Hill: Too late for this diehard fan

A Comeback for Lauryn Hill: Too late for this diehard fan

From 1994 to around 2005, I was Lauryn Hill's biggest fan. I'm sure there are plenty of people who have laid claim to that title and would challenge my statement. I'm happy to battle it out by quoting lyrics and dueling with an encyclopedic knowledge of every quote Hill's ever given, interview ever done, acceptance speech ever made and concert ever performed.

I was a student during most of those years, and I applied an interest to all things Lauryn Hill that was equal to what I gave my undergraduate and graduate courses.

Note the dates above. They are past tense. Last week Hill was released from jail after serving time for tax evasion. She was sentenced to months of home detention for the remainder of her sentence. According to TMZ, however, she has decided to go on tour instead, and the judge has approved it. And that made me wonder something I never thought I would: "Are people actually going to go see Lauryn Hill?"

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