*Tray Walker, the Ravens cornerback who lost his life after he collided with an SUV on March 17 while riding on his dirt bike, was laid to rest on Saturday, March 26.
The 23-year-old athlete was sent on to glory in grand style too.
Hundreds joined family and friends at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church in northwest Miami church for his Homegoing Celebration, where members of the Baltimore Ravens and coaches were among those who spoke admirably of the man who head coach John Harbaugh said, had a smile that “could light up a room.” The coach told stories about Walker, a Miami native, who was a dedicated learner of the playbook and the NFL game; even though adjusting to the frigid Maryland winter wasn’t easy. Continue reading →
*A statement from officials of the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW)shows them red-faced after a female Muslim athlete put them on social media BLAST following a request made by one of their volunteers.
lbtihaj Muhammad, an American Olympian, was asked to remove her hijab by a staffer at the event, and told she could not receive her badge until she did.
When Muhammad attempted to make them understand she wore the hijab for religious reasons, it made no difference to the volunteer.
Washington, DC – On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform & Accountability (NCLEO4J) publicly condemned the protests that are being planned at the NFL Offices in New York in response to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 half-time performance.
“We reject the counter arguments comparing the Black Panther Party to the Ku Klux Klan,” states the group. As current, former and retired law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels, we refuse to suspend our common sense as our counterparts attempt to silence Beyoncé’s artistic right to perform her song “Formation” in a critically historical and current context.
The propaganda that is being cranked out attempts to change the social reality on the ground for people of color and poor people as it relates to law enforcement in this country.
On Wednesday, United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department alleging a pattern and practice of unconstitutional police conduct in the city. Continue reading →
*The only thing worse than a bad breakup, is the fact that your significant other did the ultimate taboo: cheated. No ifs, and’s, or buts about it – nobody likes to learn about this, unless they have so little value for themselves or the relationship.
So when I ran across some of the things folks did to revenge their cheating partner, I felt it was my civic duty to share it with you.
Hey, you can thank me in the ‘comments’ section of ThisNthat below or on our Facebook page. Who knows, by then you might even start to remember some of your own ‘revenge’ actions.
Its all in fun right? (Heh. Heh. Heh she laughs…wickedly).
In this first “reveal,” a tatto artist named Ryan
Fitzgerald was sued for $100,000 by his girlfriend. But wouldn’t you scratch your head wondering why she would trust him to do something so permanent as a tattoo on her AFTER she caught him cheating? But anyway…He was supposed to re-create a scene from the beautiful fantasy movie “Narnia” on her back – but look what he did instead. Continue reading →
*The University of Michigan — my alma mater! — lost Saturday’s nail biter to rival Michigan State University in the last ten seconds of the game. To be honest, I still haven’t quite recovered.
With a 26 -23 lead, Michigan’s punter Blake O’Neill fumble was snatched up by Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson, who returned the ball 38 yards for a game winning touchdown and a victory over my beloved Wolverines.
While MSU’s win sent the Spartans partying and left Michigan fans in stunned silence — some reports say fans sat in the Big House for over 15 minutes before leaving the stadium — WZZM‘s sports director Jamal Spencer reported a Michigan victory, saying “…they made a crucial stop and were able to run out the clock.” Continue reading →
*We’ve seen ’em a million times. An act done in a seemingly authentic setting; something that touches the heart, blows the mind, shakes the core of our very being — goes viral. And once something gets leaked online it lives forever.
Even if it was a lie.
What!? You mean that wasn’t …isn’t Bruce Lee nunchuckin’?
—Bruce Lee Ping-Pong
• What people think it is: Archival footage of kung-fu master Bruce Lee playing ping-pong with nunchucks
• What it really is: An ad for the Nokia N96 Bruce Lee Limited Edition
• Agency behind it: JWT Beijing
• Year created: 2008
• Views so far: 17.6 million on main YouTube clip
Here’s the video:
The Backstory: JWT Singapore created this viral masterpiece using a Bruce Lee look-alike, deceptively grainy visuals and some digital trickery. It was for a limited-edition Bruce Lee version of Nokia’s N96 phone. An original 10-second teaser featured only the fake footage with no mention of a brand, and it tallied more than 700,000 views in the first 24 hours. Nokia followed up soon with the full video and product reveal. To this day, many share the supposed nunchuck footage as real, and given Lee’s limitless talents, that’s not too hard to believe.
—Amazing Ball Catch by Girl
You’re kidding. I JUST saw this one for the first time and it blew my mind!
• What people think it is: An impressive wall-crawling catch from a minor-league baseball ball girl
• What it really is: An ad for Gatorade
• Agency behind it: Element 79
• Year created: 2008
• Views so far: 6.1 million on main YouTube clip
Here’s the video:
The Backstory: Even the client was reported surprised that this video had gone viral. They expected it to be shelved after its creative responsibilities with Gatorade was over. But Element 79’s viral clip was leaked online, immediately blew up and remains a frequently passed around clip. Shot during and after a real game between the Fresno Grizzlies and Tacoma Rainiers, the ad used a simple wire-and-harness rig to create the effect of the ball girl climbing the wall. According to Snopes, the once-shelved ad ended up running during the MLB All Star Game in July 2008.
• What people think it is: Slow-build news footage of a crash-proof motorcycle prototype
• What it really is: A U.K. road-safety ad for Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership
• Agency behind it: ST16
• Year created: 2010
• View so far: 3.2 million on main YouTube clip
Here’s the video:
The Backstory : It’s low-budget and a bit cheesy, but for some reason that only makes this regional motorcycle-safety video more effective. The message, that technology only goes so far when it comes to avoiding disaster on the road, is one with universal appeal, and everyone loves a good (albeit grim) fail moment. The creators considered the video a success, largely because of how much discussion it sparked on motorcycle forums.
*In the words of the late Desi Arnez, Jr., “Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!” But its not the crazy redhead we’re concerned with here, its MMA fighter Benny Madrid, who got so caught up in his big win over the past weekend, he chose to publicly thank what appeared to be two very special people: his wife and his girlfriend.
The ‘Wow!’ moment came after Madrid defeated Jeff Fletcher at the World Series of Fighting 23. It only took 1:26 minutes for him to use a rear choke submission (see photo below) to finisher Fletcher off before “El Hijo” was declared the winner.
Excited and obviously feeling himself, the fighter went into public speaker-mode and couldn’t help but thank the women in his life, namely his wife and his girlfriend.Continue reading →