TGIF

What a long week even though I did have a Monday holiday.  Haven’t posted here in a long time. 2013 was a crazy year for me and now we’ve been dealing with a brutal winter in 2014.  I’m so sick of snow.

Anyway check out this video by Swedish House Mafia.  I discovered them while listening to one of the Electronic Dance stations on SiriusXM.

Washington Redskins defeat the Dallas Cowboys 28-18

How sweet it is.  The Redskins defeated the Cowgirls, oops I means the Cowboys on Sunday 28-18.  I was on pins and needles watching that game.  The Skins also made my Thanksgiving day enjoyable by defeating the Cowboys 38-31.

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Rookies Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III lead the Washington Redskins to an NFC East title with win over Dallas

By Dave Sheinin, Published: December 31

They are too young to understand the angst, too new to this region to understand why there were tears being shed in the stands above them at FedEx Field. In the context of the Washington Redskins’ history, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris are mere babies. Some Redskins fans have emotional scars that are older.

But on a frigid night that felt unmistakably like playoff weather, jarring long-dormant memories of glorious winters past, the two rookies marched the Redskins through the heart of the Dallas Cowboys’ defense and straight into the NFL playoffs.

There will be January football, playoff football, at FedEx Field next weekend for the first time in 13 years, following the Redskins’ 28-18 victory over the hated Cowboys on Sunday night.

Next Sunday at 4:30 p.m., the Redskins, newly crowned champions of the NFC East division, will host the Seattle Seahawks in a first-round playoff game, the first at FedEx Field since Jan. 8, 2000.

As the final seconds ticked down, fans ignored the cold, and the oncoming blitz of winter behind it, and rejoiced in a season extended by a victory on a night when a loss would have ended it.

As many expected, the rookie phenom in the Redskins’ backfield was clearly the best player on the field Sunday night, finding daylight where none seemed to exist and getting the ball to the end zone better than anyone else. Only this time, the rookie wasn’t Griffin, the Redskins’ transcendent superstar quarterback. It was Morris, the unassuming sixth-round draft pick who drives a 1991 Mazda 626 he calls his “Bentley.”

With Griffin still slowed by a knee injury suffered three weeks earlier, Morris, even more than usual, became the Redskins’ workhorse. Over and over, Griffin, 22, fed him the ball, and Morris, 24, ran to daylight. By the third quarter, Morris, plowing through defenders and hitting holes like vintage John Riggins, owned the Redskins’ single-season rushing record, bettering Clinton Portis’s seven-year-old record of 1,516, and by the end of the game, he had carried the ball 33 times for 200 yards, both career highs.

“Coming from where I came from, with no one expecting nothing from you, and to do this on this level, on this stage,” Morris said, “is just an honor.”

When it was over, Griffin and Morris took a moment to ponder what they had just done: Seven straight wins. The franchise’s first playoff berth since 2007. Its first division title since 1999.

You can read the entire article here at the Washington Post.

As a long time fan who has suffered for more than a decade from the miserable play coming from the Redskins, they have finally come alive.  I still can’t believe they’re in the playoffs.  After the dismal 3-6 start, I figured they would be lucky to be at least 5-11 by the end of the season.  I’m so glad I was wrong.

The only thing that disturbed me watching this game was listening to Cris Collinsworth constant fawning over Tony Romo.  Cris was getting on my last nerve.  I swear I wanted to get in my car, head over to the stadium and tell Mr. Collinsworth to STFU about Romo!!!

Anyway I’m looking forward to the playoff game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks are young and hungry too.  Let’s hope the Skins are ready for them.

HTTR!!!!!!

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!!  Can’t believe it’s 2013.  Time is flying by.

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The perfect score

Read a very interesting article yesterday.  With so much negative news about young black males dropping out of high school, here’s some excellent news for a change.  Eighteen year old Cameron Clarke, a senior at Germantown Academy in Philadelphia scored a perfect 2400 on his SAT.  Yes I said 2400.

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Cameron Clarke: Black Teen From Philadelphia Gets Perfect Score on SAT

Cameron Clarke, an African-American teen from Philadelphia, attained a perfect score on this year’s Scholastic Aptitude Test, joining an elite group of 360 U.S. students.

More than 1.66 million pupils took the college preparatory test in the spring of 2011, but Clarke, a Germantown Academy senior, was among the few to score a perfect 2,400. His target college: Princeton University.

It was an achievement that the teenager, in his humility, didn’t want to “brag or boast” about, said his father, Peter Clarke, in an interview with BlackAmericaWeb.com.

“He really didn’t want anyone to know about his score, so he didn’t tell anyone at Germantown Academy about it when he got the result in June,” said the elder Clarke, manager of the The Jamaican Reef Restaurant and Lounge in South Philadelphia’s upscale Penn’s Landing neighborhood.

Clarke’s extraordinary feat began receiving public attention after Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Jenice Armstrong heard about it “through happenstance,” his father said, and published the news in her column.

“He is the one who set all this in motion,” said the elder Clarke of his child’s accomplishment. And, the gratified parent said he told his son, “I am very proud of you, but I am also very happy for you, because you did this on your own.”

In an interview with the Inquirer’s Armstrong, the 18-year-old scholar said his perfect score required hard work and perseverance. This was the second time Clarke took the test—the first time he scored 2,190, which is better than 98.5 percent of all test-takers. However, the high-schooler knew it did not reflect his full potential.

You can read it all here at Politics365.

Check out this video about Cameron at MyFoxPhilly.com

Well done young man and I hope you hear from Princeton.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!!

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University of Maryland leaves the ACC

Can you believe this?  The University of Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference and joining the Big Ten Conference.  All for the love of money.  Geez!!!  The basketball tradition of trying to kick Duke’s ass will be gone, lol.  Guess we’ll have to find a new rival.  Watch out Ohio State!!

Big Ten Expansion:  Maryland leaves ACC, joins conference in financial move

By Barry Svrluga and Alex Prewitt, Published November 19

For nearly 60 years, the University of Maryland’s most highly anticipated athletic events have come against schools such as North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. The Terrapins’ athletic identity was linked to the South and a tradition-rich affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, with its core of schools from Florida through the Carolinas and into the Mid-Atlantic.

On Monday, the university system’s Board of Regents voted to abandon that past for what university officials vigorously touted as a more secure financial future. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Maryland’s athletic department — which has faced debilitating financial woes in recent years — will compete in the powerful Big Ten, a conference with deep roots in the Midwest. It is the latest upheaval in the landscape of college athletics, which no longer conforms to traditional geographic boundaries.

Not sure if Maryland can compete against the Big Ten football teams, but they could give the basketball teams some competition. It’s gonna take me awhile to get use to this.

Anyway go Terps and fear the turtle you Big Ten folks!!

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to drop in and say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  Enjoy your day.

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If the Washington Redskins can beat those Dallas Cowboys my day will be perfect.  Go RGIII!!!!

Unsung’s new season

The new season of TV One’s Unsung starts on Monday June 25.  The new season includes such artists as Sly & The Family Stone, Con Funk Shun, The Marvelettes, Angela Bofill, Kool Moe Dee, Gerald Levert, Lou Rawls and Arrested Development.  I’m really looking forward to watching Sly & The Family Stone and Angela Bofill.

Tv One usually asks Unsung fans who they would like to see in future episodes.  One person that always gets mentioned is Stephanie Mills.  Well wouldn’t you know it, Huffington Post has an interview with Stephanie and she states why she will not let Unsung do an episode on her career.

Stephanie Mills, R&B Diva, Refuses To Do TV One’s ‘Unsung’ Series

Since its debut in 2008, TV One’s hour-long music series, “Unsung,” has been one of the network’s crown jewels, covering the sometimes tragic careers of an array of celebrated music acts such as Teddy Pendergrass, DeBarge, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Alexander O’Neal, Minnie Ripperton and Phyllis Hyman. Earlier this year the NAACP Image Award-winning series earned its highest rated, most successful season to date as it started airing in 27 percent more homes via various cable carriers.

Though the African-American targeted network is set to premiere the show’s sixth season with Sly and the Family Stone on June 25, one veteran music act who viewers will never see on the series is Stephanie Mills.

The Brooklyn-bred songstress, who catapulted to the top of music charts in the 1980s and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson and Pendergrass after acclaimed stints on Broadway in “The Wiz” and “Maggie Flynn,” seems to have a story that’s ripe for “Unsung,” which is often considered “the black version of ‘Behind The Music’ — VH1’s longtime biographical series.” But according to the sometimes reclusive Mills, the retrospective show is just not her cup of tea.

“I don’t like that show,” the Grammy Award winner revealed in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “They have approached me quite a few times, but I [won’t] do that show.”

“I’ve always been very private and at 55 I don’t want to open up my life to that,” the “Never Knew Love Like This Before” belter continued. “They’ve done Angela Winbush and they even wanted me to say something about her on that show, and I love Angela, we’re sisters. But I had to tell her, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ … I’m not that girl.”

You can check out the entire article here.

Last year the Washington Post had a very interesting article about Angela Bofill.

Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous

By DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 31, 2011

Angela Bofill waits in a plain, beige dressing room at the Birchmere, preparing to go onstage without something she has lost.

It’s not a small thing. Most people, says one fan of the ’80s R&B balladeer, would shut down, would be content to live out their lives offstage, out of the spotlight, wherever it is that old singers go to fade away. The music business demands perfection. A certain look.

At the least, it demands a voice.

“I love perform,” says Bofill, 56, her syntax fractured, her rhythm stop-and-start. She’s illuminated by bright lights but not an ounce of glitter or sequins. Instead, she wears a black-print blazer. A cane leans against the dressing table.

“I used to study opera. Used to teach voice. Used to have perfect pitch. Now, no pitch. Bad pitch. Frustrated – little bit. Half my life, singing. First time. No sing.”

She says she sounds like an old movie. “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane,” she jokes.

Outside in the dark, cold parking lot, a sold-out crowd lines up for Sunday night’s show: “The Angela Bofill Experience.” After two strokes and a five-year absence from the stage, Bofill’s name is again on the marquee. Fans have come from as far away as New Jersey, some cradling Bofill’s original albums, which show an absolutely gorgeous woman.

You can read the entire article about Angela Bofill here.

 

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone!!

Life in general

As you can tell I haven’t been blogging that much on a regular basis for almost 2 years.  Lots going on in my life.  My mom became ill but she’s doing much better now.   After she became ill I got a promotion at my job.  That cheered me up a lot.  Let’s just say my finances have improved greatly since my promotion over a year ago.  I’ve been thinking about buying a new car but I will probably hold out until next year.  I’m looking at Hondas and Hyundais.

I bought a Kindle Keyboard 3G last year which I love. And a couple of months ago I finally bought the new iPad which I also love. You can’t keep me off my iPad.

Not looking forward to the hazy, hot humid days of summer around here. It’s like the older I get the more hostile I become towards heat and humidity, lol.  The humidity already kicked in this weekend. Not that I’m trying to move time forward too quickly but I’m already looking forward to the cooler days of fall.

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