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General Discussion Forum / Re: New Magic Kingdom coaster
« on: February 04, 2023, 05:58:38 PM »
Man, one thing Disney is great at is immersive, themed rides. This one looks great. I went on Rise of the Resistance a year ago here at Disneyland and it might be the best ride I've ever been on. :clap:

General Discussion Forum / Re: I guess I won't be seeing Beyonce
« on: February 04, 2023, 05:55:09 PM »
All I know is SADE plans to tour again and I cannot wait to see here again, hoping she returns to the arena in Atlanta. When I say this lady really showed out, BELIEVE IT!!!!

Now THAT, is the show I'm waiting for.  :nod:

Certainly not Beyonce. :lol:

Sports Forum / Re: HBCUGameday Exclusive: Reggie Theus interview
« on: January 25, 2023, 11:23:51 PM »
This was very good. I believe everything Mr. Theus is saying. This is why you go to the horse for the information.

 Ed strikes me as someone with Bipolar/narcissist diagnosis.  A bipolar narcissist can be a dangerous individual. These people are only concerned about themselves, which was evident in all his videos. But, the damage Ed has done can't be undone. Now all HBCUs are painted as having run down, molded buildings. HBCUs have been trending for a whole week now. Smh.Let's see if anyone  else is going to give him his FIRST coaching job.

................................and this couldn't have come at a worse time. This weekend is the annual Los Angeles Black College Expo, with over 6,000 attendees. I have a feeling we're gonna be dealing with the aftermath of this on Saturday. It's hard enough to recruit kids (and their parents) out here to HBCUs. Now we're gonna have to answer questions about mold and trash, even if it has nothing to do with our institution. And as for BCU..............................................they might as well not even show up to the fair on Saturday. ::)

New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are becoming less Black as African Americans leave the cities that drew their elders

The percentage of Black Americans who live in the South has been increasing since 1990, and the biggest gains have been in the region’s large urban areas, according to census data. The Black population of metro Atlanta more than doubled between 1990 and 2020, surpassing 2 million in the most recent census, with the city overtaking Chicago as the second-largest concentration of African Americans in the country after metropolitan New York. The Black population also more than doubled in metro Charlotte while greater Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth both saw their Black populations surpass 1 million for the first time. Several smaller metro areas also saw sizable gains, including San Antonio; Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.; Orlando and Little Rock.

This has been happening for a while. As you all know, I grew up in Compton, CA. When I left in 1990 to attend Morehouse I was amazed at how many Black people there were in Atlanta, and the South in general. Since I moved back to LA County in 2014 I REALLY notice how few Black people we have here in SoCal. If this wasn't my home, I more than likely would've settled somewhere in the South. But I love Los Angeles...............high prices and all. :lol:

But, my father's side of my family DID migrate here during the Great Migration. So, I'm the first generation born out here. ;)

Roland irks me because he is a journalist that says uh and um so many times that I can barely follow what he's trying to say. Secondly, he has fashioned himself as an HBCU advocate but really only reports on tea and shows up when he's keynoting.

Ed was unhinged in this interview. Interrupting his representative, crying, speech was sometimes inaudible. By now you should be able to articulate what things are from your side free of all the dramatics.

Again, Ed could've been right about whatever but you can't lambast your employer and think you'll remain employed. Also, I still think the president did a good job articulating his point.

Bear I completely agree. Ed would make a great assistant coach, but no way I'd want someone that unhinged heading my football program................

We're down to $4.59 per gallon now. The lowest it's been in probably 12-13 months! :nod: :nod:

Welp, I'm going to visit my family outside Raleigh, NC on Christmas day. When I leave Los Angeles it's supposed to be 77 degrees. When I arrive at RDU it's supposed to be around 10 degrees.  :lol:

General Discussion Forum / Re: Montell Jordan on Pledging Frat
« on: December 22, 2022, 02:29:29 PM »
Well, also keep in mind that over the last 20+ years, USC has done a fairly good job of being a positive entity in the surrounding community. It's not always been like that but, I have to give credit where credit is due. Their Community Relations department has done a great job! With that being said, I have a number of friends who are Black USC and UCLA alums and they have pretty strong, active groups. I even went on a ski trip to Mammoth Mountain resort with the UCLA Black Alumni Association about three years ago and had a great time. Ironically, close to one third of the people on that trip were HBCU alums who lived in Los Angeles.............................that added an interesting dynamic to that trip, to say the least.  :lol:

Sports Forum / Re: Celebration Bowl Game Thread
« on: December 17, 2022, 03:12:43 PM »
Some "trickeration" on the two point conversion from NCCU! :lol:

Long overdue! :clap:

Y you lived in Texas before. I've been to Houston and Dallas cause I have fam there.

What is Austin like?

Like Houston and Dallas, 'big ol' pissing country place, nothing much to see'.  That line is from the Best Little Whore House in Texas.

Austin is VERY different from houston and dallas.

Houston is much more black. Austin is "weird"

Lots of homeless.
Very liberal
Very expensive
Big tech is everywhere

I would agree with Neymar on this one. :nod:

So I have a question.........

As many know on this forum, I lived in the South for 24 years, before I moved back to Los Angeles in 2014. During those years (1990 -2014), I don't remember Buc-Cees. However, I've noticed on my trips back over these past 7-8 years, they're all up and down the interstates. So, when were they created? It's kinda like how I used to see Ryan's and Shoney's all the time, but now when I'm in the South, I don't see them anymore. :shrug:

By the way, I'd still rather live in California, after having lived in Texas for a few years.  :lol:

Sports Forum / Re: FCS ADs, Commissioners need to push hard for playoffs
« on: December 01, 2022, 12:27:33 AM »
;D   If its NOT an HBCU, I just don't really care.  :popcorn:
:lol:.......pretty much my sentiments as well.  HOWEVER..........I think its rather "curious" that the HBCU program which is alleged to be the BEST in FCS has avoided playing the BEST in FCS.  But as the late NFL and college football coach brutha Denny Green once famously said: If you wanna crown them, crown them....., but they have AVOIDED playing the best.  :shrug:

Ya know, I've been watching or involved with Black College sports for over 30 years now. Here is the bottom line......

There always seems to be two different idealogies when it comes to this same old debate about the FCS (and Div II) playoffs. Some who believe we SHOULDN'T participate, and those that believe we should. It's actually kinda tired having to see it hashed and re-hashed EVERY YEAR on this forum. Listen, CURRENTLY JSU is the top HBCU football program. It's been great watching their ascent with Deion as their coach, these past two years. But we all need to be honest. No matter how good they LOOK, they would get boat-raced if they played the top teams in FCS, period.

I think it's great that the SWAC is bringing in more revenue than all other FCS conferences. But, that's because we have a unique product / game, not because of the quality of play. I've been to many homecoming, classic, and rivalry HBCU games over the years and absolutely LOVE our traditions, and unique game day culture. I'd hate to lose that.......................and I don't necessarily think we would if our teams allowed themselves to qualify for the FCS playoffs. But we need to decide what is IMPORTANT.

If we think the unique culture of HBCU football, plus are ability (in the SWAC) to make a lot of money through our games, is most important, then we should keep the status quo. If we think winning a national championship (and not a fictional HBCU championship) is important, then we need to move in the direction to get our teams qualified.

However, what we CAN'T do, is continue to brag about the superiority of a Celebration (or Heritage) Bowl, or SWAC championship game, and then pretend that the quality of play is equal to the top teams in FCS. It IS NOT. In reality, most teams in the SWAC really should be Div II in football. We maintain that the SWAC is FCS but almost every team in the conference pales in comparison to even the top ten teams / programs in FCS. We know that the teams participating in the NCAA playoffs lose money.................................but that's the case for EVERY SPORTS PROGRAM in the NCAA except FBS football. So that is not a unique arrangement AND is more the rule than the exception.

Either we're interested in making the money that we're making, or we're interested in being the best. You cannot be both in the current arrangement. I'm not advocating for the SWAC (or MEAC, for that matter), to give up their revenue. But I WOULD encourage that people stop worrying about the NCAA playoffs if they're happy with their program's current position on the matter. Enjoy the unique and incredible culture of HBCU football, and just know that you can do that, even though we know our teams aren't close to being competitive with the top teams in their division.

This morning I saw $4.99/gallon at Chevron. Haven't seen prices that low in about a year here.

Out here it's down to around $5.15/gallon now. :nod:

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