Sterling Move

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I am a big basketball and Houston Rockets fan, and the NBA playoffs are currently underway. It has been one of the best first rounds that I can remember, like ever. It almost feels like March Madness with all of the extra quarters that has been played.

Unfortunately, it has been riddled with the issues surrounding Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was handed down one of the harshest penalties by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for a wide range of racist tangents: a lifetime ban(never mind that the guy is 80 years old) from the NBA, a $2.5M fine, and pressure to sell the Clippers. Silver has asked for the vote of 3/4ths of the required NBA owners to “make” Sterling sell his team.

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After the punishment was announced, there has been several mixed responses and comments regarding the whole thing. Does the punishment fit the crime? What happened to being entitled to your own opinion? The likes.

So, here are my three cents about the whole thing:

1. The Punishment:

The punishment fits the issue, there was no crime committed, depending on how you look at it. Racism should never be tolerated, and if one has the opportunity to squash any qualms about it, they should take it. The NBA made a statement as to what a bigot’s place in the league is, but I am not sure if the same punishment would have been carried out had the comments been about sexual orientation or say, religion.

2. Donald Sterling:

Donald Sterling was racist long before this event took place. According to wiki, he was previously sued by the US Department of Justice and by former Clipper’s executive/Hall of Famer, Elgin Baylor, for race and age discrimination. He did not become a bigot over night. The league and the players knew before hand what they were dealing with when it came to Donald Sterling.

Side Note: The Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP has previously awarded Sterling with a lifetime achievement award and cancelled plans to award him a second one next month.

3. Donald Sterling and the NBA/Basketball:

After reading some of Sterling’s comments and contract negotiation remarks with regards to race, I can’t help but wonder why no one had previously challenged this man like he should have been. I mean he pretty much believes that Black people are vermin. It took a woman to take him out of NBA arenas. Wiki says that, Sporting News has called him the “worst owner in basketball”, and The New York Times and Forbes have labeled him, “worst owner”, IN SPORTS, and there has been some really bad ones. So, Donald Sterling never was good for the sport or the league and all of this was bound to happen. It just took a long ass time. Money stretches time, I guess.

Let’s hope that all of this helps to preserve some of the league’s and the sport’s integrity and serves as some sort of heed to others out there in the dark. Well, in the NBA, anyways.

EXTRA: Social Media is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Sources: Wikipedia.org

Images from google.com

SXSW Spy!!

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South by Southwest kicks off this weekend and of course I won’t be there. SAD FACE.  If you live under a rock and do not know what it is, go here. It’s basically a huge creatives(music, film, craft goods, ect.) festival thing in Austin, Texas. (Hook ‘Em!) Besides getting to listen to awesome music and see lots of creativity, it is also a huge learning and networking event for literally everyone, for both the participants and the attendees. I am loving some of the lineups this year, and of course Renegade Craft Fair will be there. If you go, get me something 🙂

SXSW has an interactive segment, in which, the issue of surveillance, online privacy, and technology are leading topics. They keep it weird in Austin, so you get music, film, creative trade crafts, food, meet and greets, book signings, and moderated panel discussions. What peaked my interest, cause I am a current affairs nerd, is Edward Snowden will be speaking via video conference, specifically on March 10, regarding NSA surveillance, technology, and the technology community. If you don’t know who Edward Snowden is, go here. Technology and the digital/online community is of great significance to the SXSW culture. This is a great opportunity to reach a large number of people, whose trade and craft rely heavily on the digital world, and to everyone who has ever used technology, so that means you 🙂 The discussion will be moderated by an American Civil Liberties Union director, and regardless of your opinion of Snowden and of his involvement with the NSA, Russia, or anything in particular, this should be an informative session and interesting. I will probably watch the stream. I’m just saying.

*Image from sxsw.com*

That Instagram!

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I am fairly sure that 99% of you have heard of Instagram. Yes, you have.

That annoying photo app version of Facebook. Anyways, unlike many, I don’t think it’s annoying, in fact, I happen to like Instagram. I don’t care how, “ancient”, my kids think I am, or how, “Im too old for IG”, as my siblings and other folks think, I like to waste countless amount of my already short, precious time, thumbing through my IG timeline. Cause it’s pretty great!

It’s even more awesome when paired with the VSCO photo editing app, it CAN make you look like you know what you are doing with photos. No, really!

I do not own a huge, fancy camera or even a point and shoot. The only thing I use for this blog is my iPhone, so naturally, because iPhone photos don’t turn our well sometimes, IG and VSCO will remedy a majority of my fugly and poor quality photos. Most of the time. Sometimes you can’t remedy ugly.

Anyways, I have a point. Here are 3 Reasons why I like/love Instagram:

1. Creativity: I am fairly sure that a lot of the awesome photography on IG are photoshoped and what not. But, I marvel at the creativity of Instragrammers. I am also talking about the challenges that they come up with, and how they can make a piece of towel on a dingy table look like art. Now that’s creative/talent.

2. Inspirations: Believe it or not some of the post by some talented, creative people on IG has inspired me to branch out from mainstream stuff and try “other” brands/products. For example, I loves coffee, and I am happy to say that I no longer (just)drink Starbucks coffee, but have ventured out to the local coffee shops/roasters for my caffeine needs. In fact, I have not been to a Starbucks here in KC. Thanks to Instagram (and google), I discovered my (new)favorite coffee spots here, which made it a little easier to transition. Also, you know how I found out I liked pastry? Yup, Instagram.

3. Promotions/Networking: You can sell water to a well on Instagram. You can take a photo of Beyonce digging in her nose and people will, “Like” and visit whatever it is promoting. The reach and opportunities that IG offers small and local businesses is vast. You never know who will be interested in Beyonce’s boogers. You just don’t. Sure, Facebook, Pinterest, and others do the same. But with IG, I tap on the app and BAM! Photo of latte art, and that’s it, I go get/make coffee. It is quick and painless. And of course, who doesn’t like to show off their cute kid(s) to the whole world? I DO.

Extra: Throwback Thursdays: No explanations needed. Who doesn’t like to see cute and funny baby pics your friends, family members, and your favorite celebrities?

I have only been on Instagram for a little over a year and a half, and I am sure I am late to this, but nonetheless, it deserves a post 🙂

I thought about posting some of my favorite Instagram photos, but it might become a headache later, so I decided to show you a little of my IG. Not necessarily favorites.

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