Is the NFL running a Modern Day Slave Trade

It is known that to work the sugar plantations and cotton fields in the “New World”, the slave trade was conjured. From the atrocities  that humans endured especially through the “middle passage” of the Atlantic, perhaps birthed the phrase, “only the strong survive”.

When slaves ran away from their captors, some even walking a thousand miles, from the South to the North of the United States, it was grit, stamina, and muscle.

For 400 years, 15 to the 19th century, the African was “Black Oil”, making the traders and cohorts rich. Fast forward to 1869, with the creation of American football, where men behaved like Giraffes, who slap necks and heads against each other for a prize.(a female) It was the beginning of the NFL (the National Football League).

Who would best stand up to this head slapping, kicking, drag down in the mud sport? Similar to dog or cock fighting! Maybe, but that is cruelty to animals, illegal! But boxing is bloody, wrestling, and those are legal. If the two were combined, and the money changers saw profit, the legislators would ratify.

Back in the 15th century, who made the “cut” for the cotton and sugar plantations? The 6 feet 4 inches, 250 pounds African. Who then would be best in the NFL ? Who are the best running backs in the NFL? I just asked a rhetorical question.

Back in the day, the women were losing their men, to the plantation fields, to the killing fields (wars); today to jail, and the NFL. After 3 to 5 years, they are disposed of as in the days of  “the middle passage”. Lots of brain damage, multiple surgeries, some are committing suicide; Parkinson’s, nerve damage, hip replacements. No after care from the traders (NFL owners).

The women want their men back, to enjoy for more than 5 years. This is the message of playwright KJ Sanchez in her play X’s and O’s now at CenterStage, Baltimore. Could this be the Suffragette movement against the NFL, the “abolitionists” in the offing?


James Bond by Marvel Comics

One of many logos for the new Bond film. Photo credit

One of many logos for the new Bond film. Photo credit

John Kitzmiller, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, in the 1962 film D. No. Photo from

John Kitzmiller, Ursula Andress, and Sean Connery in the 1962 film Dr. No.
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O.K. He blows up an adjoining building, that collapses , yet he runs away without being hurt. He is surrounded by 6 or 7 gunmen, all machine gun armed, yet he escapes, without a scratch! He is in a car outfitted with a myriad of gadgets, but he does not know what they do, but manages to figure it out, and parachutes into the air, landing safely without a scratch. “Hold UP! Is this a video game?”

Needless to say, I am talking about the modern day James Bond in his latest dish,  SPECTRE. Am I watching a Marvel Comics production, like CAPTAIN AMERICA, Avengers, Ant-Man? I felt I was watching a Saturday morning cartoon. Was this made for ages nine to seventeen?

On closer look, Money Penny, Bond’s famous secretary is black (of African descent) , and does more than greet James at the office, is a secondary spy. I am all for equity, but this is a miss. Nothing impressive. An implication that she might have tasted James nakedness.

“Q”,  Bonds wizard genius, looks like a young Captain Kangaroo. Too young to have the experience required for that position. Bad idea.

The love scene with Monica Bellucci, was a “shot, far left of the mark”. No build up, no seduction, why would she give her body to Bond for a one night stand? She was old looking, neck strings; he was cold as frozen turkey, for the month of Thanksgiving? Yuck!!

Daniel Craig has a middleweight boxer’s face, and a weightlifter’s body, he belongs in the “ring” or in a soldier’s uniform. He cannot pass the “spy” test. I’ve seen him in other films, “eh!”

This is British intelligence, set by the suave and believable actions of Sean Connery; one can actually believe most of what Bond represented in From Russia With Love, Goldfinger. Sean’s body movement, the love scenes, Ursula Andress, Dr. No, Pussy Galore, lasting impressions. Daniel Craig, like all the other Bonds after Sean, will be forgotten, quickly. Like Saturday morning cartoons: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.



Troy Was Framed

He spent time in jail as a youth, worked in cotton fields, was one of almost a dozen children.

Troy begot a male child in his twenties, and later, after a stint in the penitentiary, found a new woman, with whom he repeated the same exercise.

His new son became his challenge, to play high school football and probably gain a college scholarship, or opt for  a job at the nearby A&P supermarket. Troy demanded his son take the latter. This difference in ambitions gave rise to conflict within the family.

Troy ‘s a habitual drinker, and demands submission from wife and son, no questions asked. Reminds you of anyone you know? Then that day came when Troy had to tell his loving wife he had fathered another child, with a woman he just had to have. The woman later died in childbirth, and Troy was left to care, for “baby girl”. The wife was mad, could “kill” Troy, but could not turn her back on the infant.

Whatever happened thereafter? Did Troy see a psychiatrist? Did his son pull a gun on him for his misdeeds? Was there a family reunion? And what about “baby girl”?

This is about FENCES (August Wilson). I t could be hard for a black man to sit through this play, and not go through a series of emotions: anger, disgust, hatred. Ask questions of Troy, why did you do that? “Dummy!”

Black men who have gone through Troy’s timeline, may be outraged in seeing themselves portrayed in this play, or make silent vows to reconsider how to handle life;to bring their children to see, how not to behave with family. Troy had fences he unknowingly built to keep himself behind, and many fences, him being too old to jump over. He was framed. See what happens to Troy, at the Everyman Theatre, through November.(Photos by Stan Barouh)

August Wilson's

August Wilson’s “Fences” Alan B. Jones (Troy); Jason B. McIntosh (Bono)

Brayden Simpson(Cory); Joy Jones (Rose) and Alan B. Jones (Troy).

Brayden Simpson(Cory); Joy Jones (Rose) and Alan B. Jones (Troy).