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Venus, Serena and Tiger Don’t Have Successors: What’s Going On with Black Athletes?

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Most of us can appreciate, on one level or another, the tremendous achievements of Tiger Woods, Venus Williams and her little sister, Serena. They have all been, in one way or another, a tremendous source of pride for the African American community. Much of the reason we are so proud of them is because they’ve dominated like no other in sports that are not typically played by "us." I am personally more impressed with the Williams sisters than with Tiger, in large part because they’ve made it into a family affair, and seem to more directly embrace the idea of making their success into a "black thing." Tiger, on the other hand, seems to want to make his success into a "Caublinasian thing." I admittedly can’t get with that.

 

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African American Athletes and All Their Children

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I recently read a very interesting story about how so many black athletes are being hammered by the financial devastation of child support.  Their paychecks are getting zapped to nothing, only to buy Coach purses and hair weaves for the women who’ve had their children.  Perhaps the sex was good enough to justify the misery, but I’ve never had sex that good.

New York Jets running back Antonio Cromartie is one famous case of “I’m Bound to be Broke-itis.”  Cromartie, who is 26-years old, has eight children with six women in five different states.  In fact, the Jets had to front Cromartie $500,000 to settle his paternity situation before he even started playing for the team.  There are quite a few other cases worth mentioning, but I won’t waste time laying out the issues.

What I will lay out is an added perspective that might help brothers realize  the utter stupidity of putting themselves in situations that will keep their pockets empty, kill their ability to support a family down the road and possibly lead to incarceration.  Getting caught under the neck of the merciless child support system is an absolutely horrible feeling.  Children are a beautiful gift from God, and we can all appreciate a pretty woman, but if you let this stuff get the best of you, you’re begging for a life of misery.

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Cleveland Fans Behaving Like Disgruntled and Insecure Ex-Husbands

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

There has been considerable speculation regarding whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers should retire the jersey of LeBron James. After James’ disappointing decision to leave Cleveland to start a new life in a larger, more vibrant city with better weather, some Cleveland fans are behaving like disgruntled ex-husbands, angry that things didn’t work out.

My question in response to those who wonder whether the Cavs should retire LeBron’s jersey is this: “Why wouldn’t you?”

 

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Why Would an NFL Player Choose to Also Deal Drugs?

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

A very popular rap song with the chorus "Sippin on some sizzurp" was written by the group, Three Six Mafia. I never liked the song, and I never liked the trend. The trend involves something in the south called "Drank," that involves a mix of codeine with 7up or pieces of Jolly Rancher candy. Well, speaking of Jolly, The Green Bay suspended Defensive End Johnny Jolly for the entire 2010 season for getting caught with codeine cough syrup outside a nightclub in Houston. In fact, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Jolly may have been more than a recreational user. The paper alleges that Jolly may have in fact, "bought, sold, funded, transported and aided in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana."

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The Latest from AOL – 6/21/10

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

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Son of Dallas Police Chief Suspected in Killing a Cop

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Is Obama’s Mortgage Modification Program Failing?

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Michael Jackson’s Estate Earned $783 Million Since His Death

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Will Tiger Woods’ Video Game Sell Like it Did in the Past?

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Hallmark Greeting Card Gets Accused of Corporate Racism

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How to Save Your Money: 5 Steps to Getting it Right

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Financial Lovemaking: AOL BV Poll Results on Black Women, Dating

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Black Businesswoman Danielle Douglas and Dr. Boyce Talk Business

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Tiger Woods Sex Scandals Cost Him $25 Million in Endorsements

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Black Scholar: Black Athletes Exploited Physically, Intellectually by NCAA

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Dr. Boyce and Lady Drama Discuss Wendy Williams, Hip-Hop and More

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Foreclosure Epidemic Hits Minority Communities Hardest

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Black Republican: King’s Statement About Obama Favoring Blacks Was Right

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The Black Church Keeps Black Women Single and Lonely?

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Parliament-Funkadelic Guitarist Garry Shider Dies

More Black News – 6/12/10

June 12, 2010 Leave a comment

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NBA Gets High Marks for Diversity in Annual Report Card

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Obama’s "Angry Black Man" Criticism: Isn’t He Also Half White?

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CNN Asks Why Black Men Are Not Graduating From College

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Dwyane Wade Given Temporary Custody of His Sons

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Could LeBron James’ Mother Rumors Push Him Out of Cleveland?

 

Slim Thug and his comments about black women continue to get the artist into trouble.  Is he going to lose big money because of this?

Black News – 4/30/10

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment
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