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So people are upset that they chose Serena Williams over the horse American Pharaoh?

Now, before I dig into what bothers me about this situation lets give credit where credit is due. American Pharaoh credentials…

American Pharoah (foaled February 2, 2012) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing. He won 7 of his 8 total races this year. Kudos to his jockey (Victor Espinoza) training staff and owner (Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trained by Bob Baffert).

Now for Serena’s year. Williams won 53 of the 56 matches she played this year, including three of the four Grand Slam events, and held the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings every week.

Now the fact that the award is called “Sportsperson“should tell you were I’m headed with this. On top of that, humans have been the only ones to win this award since its birth. Below are a couple of quotes from Sports Illustrated about the issue.

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I don’t even want to declare who is more deserving of the award. I really want to speak on another issue that was brought back to my attention. Before I do I want touch on another matter at hand and it is the regard for human lives and its new perception in society.

We have being dealing with a uncanny year when it comes to national tragedy. One is, what seems to be a epidemic to me,  the mass murders/brutality of citizens from the hands of the police. Also, we have had another bad year of terrorist attacks. From the white supremacist Dylann Roof shooting and killing nine black people during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in an attempt to spark a race war, to the Colorado Springs shooting that stemmed from an anti-abortion movement, to the San Bernardino, CA shooting which was ruled terrorism, to the ISIS attacks in Italy. Also, the hundreds of attacks that occurred in other countries that never made top news in America. These situations have really shed light on the true colors of how certain people value certain lives over others. Especially when it comes to race. One case being the most recent backlash the Muslim Americans have been getting do to the rise of terror to the hands of ISIS. Some feel that the banishing of all Muslims is the only way to solve the act on terror whens it comes to ISIS. This method is highly absurd to me but we can touch on this issue at a later time. My focus is a tad bit different.

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Today I want to speak on Human lives vs (wild/domestic) Animal lives. One situation in particularly started this thought process of mine. The call to boycott Micheal Vick from signing to the Pittsburg Steelers. As you know Micheal Vick did close to 2 years in prison on charges of felony dog fighting conspiracy. 20,000 animal activist and Steelers fans signed a petition in hopes that the deal to sign Vick would dissipate. Unfortunately, for them, the deal went through and Vick joined the team. Since Vick’s situation with dog fighting he has bounced back remarkably. He paid his depth to society, took all blame, and even joined forces with HSUS to help stop the underground activity of dog fighting. The confusing part about this situation is that Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape back in 2008. And it’s not like he won the case or got acquitted, they simply dropped the case and settled out of court. The same exact situation happened again this time in 2010. Ben was hit with a 6 game suspension that time.

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Yet, no one seems to care about these women’s lives. It seems Pittsburgh fans just brushed this under the rug and welcomed there beloved Ben back with open arms. Now can I blame Pittsburgh fans for not boycotting Big Ben like they did Vick, technically no, seeing that they all my not be women rights activist. In the same note I’m pretty sure not all those who signed the petition weren’t only animal activist.

It continues. This time with the fall of Cecil the Lion and Jimmy Kimmels reaction to it. See the clip below.

Jimmy Kimmel – Killing of Cecil Lion (Video)

Before I over reacted I searched for the big stories of African Americans being killed by police officers/neighborhood watchmen (Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Micheal Brown) seeing that they would most likely be covered, and couldn’t find one reaction video from Kimmel. I’m not saying there wasn’t a reaction but I was just really hoping he had the same kind of reaction for these lives, as well. He did bring Obama to his show to speak about Ferguson, but its wasn’t as intense. Kimmel even had time to squeeze in a joke. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know his personal connection with Cecil and I’m not attacking his empathy towards human life. I’m simply making a case about public perception towards human life.  It seems as though the fight in the media is to prove wether or not people deserved to die verses stopping them from dying in the first place. Now just imagine how that may be perceived in the public eyes to constantly see the media trying to justify some one dying by police because they may have been a “criminal”  or “thug”?

Now going back to this Serena vs Pharaoh situation. I don’t follow horse racing so when I first Google’d him my initial reaction was “a horse?”. After I took the time to think about it I said to myself “Well, they do have to keep up with the horse, train the horse, etc. so you can’t take that away from them.” Yet, I can’t help but think that, well, why would they want them to race if they are known for getting killed if they endure an injury? I mean, for those who put animal lives so high why would they even want this sport to have light shed on it, right? They don’t feel this is exploitation of animals just as well as dog fighting? I’m pretty sure a horse would’t race on it’s own. This is extreme but I feel it is necessary to put into the light. I don’t feel people can be half way activist. Like those who boycotted Vick, I wonder if they eat meat or costume products that come from the death of animals.

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Right now what I’m seeking is understanding. I had an incident happen that hit home for me and my community. A local woman went viral after posting a picture of her dog with his mouth tapped shut with the caption “this is what happens when you don’t shut up.” I have to be completely honest, from the things I have posted about the “Black Lives Matter” movement I have created a lot of tension with my fellow comrads on my Facebook account. Mainly, if not only, from white people. Amazingly, some of the same people who argued that “those thugs shouldn’t have broken the law” when speaking of the lives that were lost to the hands of police, came together unitedly and with vengeance to catch this woman. The woman was found I believe a week later. My thoughts were “Hmmm, now just imagine if they cared about human lives in the same manner”.

The understanding I want is what am I missing? What would make a person value animal life over human life? I rebuttal myself by saying maybe these people feel this way because animals can’t defend themselves. Which is very true. My thing is if we can’t value human life first, being that we are humans, how can we value anything for that matter? If the point of saving animals lives is for the sake of the Earth then aren’t human lives the most important seeing that we are the dominant species of the planet Earth? We, as humans, have the ability the restore this hell on Earth. To me this is a sign that people have given up on humanity. Maybe they feel that humans are a lost cause and that some people just won’t change. Maybe all we have left is the natural instinct that animals have to just nurture the planet. I hope this isn’t true and I’m am sorry if animals lovers feel they are being attacked. That is definitely not the case. I’m purely just a man who feels that saving the humans should be the leading agenda of saving the Earth. I also apologize for going off subject with the Serena and Pharaoh situation, as well. I think this was just my breaking point.

The reason why I’m comparing this situation is because I feel that why publicly take away Serena’s win for a horse that doesn’t even have feelings to be upset about not winning? Why can’t people just be happy that an animal was even considered in a an award race the caters to humans? Thats just my thoughts. My opinion isn’t law.

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P.S., Caitlyn Jenner won Woman of the Year and she has a Penis….but I’m sure no one will outrage that one. Hmmmmm…..

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Bruce Walton

Keedie’s Corner 2015

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY : To the owner of Keedie’s Corner

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I would would like everyone to wish Keidra Ponder a very Happy Birthday! The owner of the Daytona Beach based company has grown her movement over the years, One being her recent branch to Atlanta,GA. Her maturity in age only compliments her maturity as a business and as a person, as well.

I personally met Keidra from being a fan first. I wanted to be featured on her platform. I appreciated the material she posted and the movement she was upholding. It was taken upon her self from seeing my resume that I would be a perfect partner within the company. Since then I’ve watched this woman grow into the real “voice of the underground”.

From the first time she told me her slogan “Somebody gotta tell the story”   I knew it would be perfect for what I believed was needed in our community. Keidra is inspired to highlight the positive within her community. Not only that, she also feels that people should highlight the unseen ground work it takes for these outlets and special people to achieve their goals within the community.

Her movement helped me realize the importance behind embracing the great around us instead of being burdened by negative. If we give people an incentive to do positive then they will feel a self honoring feeling that can encourage them to embrace being rewarded for imputing positivity into the community. Showing what that can do for our community is also just as, if not more, important.

This is not just the celebration of an age change, this is a celebration of what it looks like to “grow”mentally. I am definitely proud of accomplishing another full year with you. We love you Keidra, God Bless.

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Jeanette Demarigny – Post Fight Interview – Breakthrough 18

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Jeanett trained 4 1/2 years at The Jungle MMA under Mauy Thia and BJJ. She became a purple belt in BJJ during the process. She says that she constantly trains but started her weight cut about 2-3 months prior to this particular fight. She has also earned two grappling tournaments in the past where she was honored with 2 NAGA gold medals.

She was particularly proud of being able to participate in the “Fight for the Cure” event with Breakthrough MMA which gave donations towards breast cancer. Thanks to all the woman whom participated. Click the video below to hear more in depth on what she had to say about her fight.

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J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar Release Official Art Cover for their Joint Project “Reminiscing”

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The whole nation was in an uproar over Future and drake’s joint project “What a Time to Be Alive”. Well, it looks like they have a challenge on their hands. The long rumored and awaited joint project from J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar finally has cover art. Although details of this merger project haven’t been released as of yet, we can all agree to be willing to wait for greatness.

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Keedie’s Corner / Hustle Blood Films

Salute to Lil Wayne on his Lil Weezyana Fest!

While there are many issues arising in America today, lets not forget about the tragedy that happened in New Orleans, with hurricane Katrina. 2015 marks the 10th year anniversary, in which Weezy celebrated with a bang. The people of New Orleans are still here and the culture is very much alive and it was evident this past weekend. The festival brought out many of Wayne’s, friends, family and idols. This event is something I hope is here to stay, Keedie’s Corner supports the movement and I am very proud to see this man keeping his eye on the prize and uplifting his city even in the midst of his own fires. Again salute Mr. Carter. Click below to check out some articles and videos on the Lil Weezyana Fest.

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Kevin Gates Responds to Kicking Lady at Florida Show

There has been an uproar to the actions of New Orleans rap star Kevin Gates recents acts at his Florida show. From video evidence a female fan grabs Kevin Gates pants and Kevin Gates reacts with a violent kick. Here is the video below

Well, rapper Kevin Gates has finally responded in he does it in the studio. Don’t let me tell you the story listen to it for yourself. From what I’ve heard, it’s not what it may seems. Is his reasoning legit or did Kevin Gates go overboard especially with it being a female? Let us know below.  (video below)

Bruce Walton – Keedie’s Corner

Leon : The Professional (1994) Full Movie

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     I don’t know about you but I am a movie head! I’m mean really…I can quote you every line from the movie “Life” starring Eddie Murphy & Martin Lawrence. Lady : “THESE ARE WHITE ONLY PICS!”. Martin : ‘Well, do you have any NEGRO pies?”. “Eddie : Come on now Claude..where would…(chuckles) where would she get a recipe to something like that? Uhh , how far to the next stop?”. Lady : “35 miiiles”. Martin : “I’m not driving no 35..to get no pi…lady…MAM! We want some food. BILLY, we want some pie!”. Eddie : “Let me take care of this. How much is it gonna’ cost to turn one of those white only pies….inta’ nigga pies?” Lady : “How’s about I turn yaw’ll INTA’ NIGGA PIE?!”. Martin : “So, you say about how far?”. Lady : “35 Miiiles!”. Eddie ” Ain’t know white folks was so serious about pie down here.”. See, that was an accident it just came out.  A long with the movie “Next Friday” and the list goes on. I’ve decided that I would bring back some movies for our Keedie’s Corner followers. I have a thing for spotting thought provoking or hilarious movies. So I’m bring to you “Late Night Movies” with Keedie’s Corner.

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     Today the movie I’m bringing to you is an action packed thriller. I don’t know wether to call it an action movie or a drama being that it has a good mix of both. This movie is starring French actor Jean Reno. Jean plays Leon, a hitman whom works for a Italian boss that doesn’t seem like a “shoot the streets up” kind of boss. More like a God father. A regulator to keep things in order. Leon is quite the killer but on the flip side he is very intriguing. He may be a tad bit mentally held back it it kinda of plays well into him meeting the next character.

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     Natalie Portman. She plays Mathilda, A troubled 12 year girl old stuck in a family of a low life drug dealer father, a snobby step mom, and a stuck up, snobby step sister. She has a little brother whom she is very attached to, though. She is deftly above her time in this role. She seems to be a 30 year old trapped in a younger body. Natalie blew me away with this one. I mean, you would have thought she was a grown woman with the way she killed this role perfectly. One thing I can say is that if the actor/actress doesn’t act well it’s hard for me to follow the film. It sticks out like a sore thumb. I enjoy films where the actors is so great that I believe I’m watching a true or live story. Natalie definitely did that for me.

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     To top it all off when have this incredible performance from Gary Oldman. He did so good that one would actually stop liking him as a person because you think the character he is playing was really him. Yes, that good. He plays a crooked cop that is, quite frankly, insane. He has a strange love for classical music and some kind of pill that he takes right before he goes on a rampage. You would just have to watch this guy in action to see exactly what I am talking about.

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The Good & The Bad


    The great thing about this film is that everyone captured their roles perfectly. They either make you love them or hate them. The film has great “back against the wall” twist. Just when you think one thing is going to happen, something amazing unfolds. Also the character arcs are amazing. Even though Gary Oldman was quite unpredictable. even his arch was great. You grown with the characters and thats is part of what helps you get zoned in when you watch a movie.

The only uncomfortable part was that the 12 year old girl creates a strange relationship with an older man and it almost shuffles your concentration. But it doesn’t go over the edge so it is watchable.

     All-in-All, this movie defiantly made my top 20 movie list along with : Men of Honor, Antwone Fisher, Se7en, Fight Club, Training Day, I am Legend, Life, Book of Eli, Identity, Tsostie (independent film), Shawshank Redemption, Next Friday and Fresh just to name a few. You can check the movie out below. Hope you enjoy!

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How did the MTV Commercial for the “White Squad” rub you?

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As I sat and watched the MTV Video Music Awards I noticed a commercial that was to say the least “interesting”. It was made to advertise MTV’s  Look Different Campaign. Done to shed light on racial equality, yet the skit left some with a sense of being made a mockery of. They have a website also, White Squad, which is used as a tool to make painfully clear how serious racism is. If you haven’t seen the commercial I will post it for you via YouTube;

I was tempted to call and no laugh out loud either. As an African decent, I have always had to prove my worth to get the credit I deserved, sometimes even from my own people! For us as people to find humor in horror will forever amaze me. We should wake up and understand racism and inequality is still real and very much alive in this world. You may say you understand it, but what are you willing to do about it? What will this campaign MTV is running ultimately do for people of color if we don’t stand up and do it for ourselves?

This has awaken the hunger for justice inside of me. Excuse me if I don’t laugh at the call 1-855-WHT-SQAD attempt to show people white privilege, but again that was not MTV’s angle, they are waking us up as free thinkers. We can actually have a voice and put a name on what is really going on now instead of waiting until we’re behind doors and free to talk amongst each other. I just would like this announcement to empower the entrepreneurs and leaders to start their own businesses and support each other. The only way to get respect is to have power. No respect is not earned, respect is due! Respect is due to even a dog, yet sadly it is not given to all people. Here at Keedie’s Corner,  we respect all people. One of our main focuses is to enlighten the people, so we will continue to tell the story.

By: Keidra Ponder

Keedie’s Corner LLC 2015