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New biography looks at Michael Jordan, NBA’s only Black team owner

first_imgCharlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan looks up at the scoreboard during the first half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)(NNPA)–It is old news that Michael Jordan once considered himself a racist, but the revelation has taken on new life in light of a new biography of the basketball legend amid the public pillorying of Clippers owner Donald Sterling.In the just-published Michael Jordan: The Life, author Roland Lazenby presented what he calls “the first truly definitive study of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.”As part of that study, Lazenby offers a look inside Jordan’s upbringing in Wilmington, N.C., during a time when Jim Crow was king and the Ku Klux Klan its chief henchman.Lazenby said his research revealed just how powerful the Klan’s hold once was in that state. “North Carolina was a state that had more Klan members than the rest of the Southern states combined,” the American sportswriter told Sports Illustrated in a May 7 article.“As I started looking at newspapers back in this era when I was putting together Dawson Jordan’s [Michael’s great-grandfather’s] life, the Klan was like a chamber of commerce. It bought the uniforms for ball teams, it put Bibles in all the schools. It may well have ended up being a chamber of commerce if not for all the violence it was perpetrating, too.”North Carolina’s atmosphere of unrelenting racism took a mental toll on African Americans, too, he found. For Jordan the situation crystallized when he saw the critically-acclaimed television miniseries “Roots.”“It was hundreds of years of pain that they put us through, and for the first time, I saw it from watching ‘Roots,’” Jordan said in a May 1992 interview with Playboy magazine. “I was very ignorant about it initially, but I really opened my eyes about my ancestors and the things that they had to deal with.”Jordan was 15 at the time and also had his first personal brush with racism. “I threw a soda at a girl for calling me a nigger,” he said. “It was a very tough year. I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at that time. Basically, I was against all White people.”It took a year for Jordan to surmount his bitter outlook, and it was his parents who helped him overcome it, his biographer said.“It would be very easy to hate people for the rest of your life, and some people have done that,” he recalled of their advice. “You’ve got to deal with what’s happening now and try to make things better.”For many North Carolina Blacks, making things better meant achieving economic success, which informed Jordan’s athletic and entrepreneurial achievements, Lazenby said. For that reason, Jordan’s is a “Black power story,” he argued.“As I researched, the whole thing began to take form in my mind that we really don’t think of Michael Jordan that way. He’s been lampooned a lot because he was so great as a player that no matter what he did people were going to be disappointed in him,” Lazenby said. “…It’s an economic story. It’s a Black power story. It doesn’t come from politics or protests, it comes right off the Coastal Plain of North Carolina and out of the African-American experience.”While Jordan historically takes a back seat on issues of race, the Charlotte Bobcats owner recently waded into the public debate over the racist remarks made by his fellow franchise owner, Donald Sterling.“There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed,” the five-time NBA MVP said in a statement. “I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”He later lauded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to ban Sterling for life.“I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s swift and decisive response today. He sent a powerful message that there can be zero tolerance for racism and hatred in the NBA,” Jordan said. “I’m confident that the league, our players and our fans will move on from this stronger and more unified.”Special to the AFROlast_img read more

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Booed by PH crowd, Standhardinger delivers for Hong Kong

first_imgStandhardinger said that he likes what he sees with his new team, which is aiming back-to-back titles.“It’s good. We’re a great team and you see them fighting hard. They’re good guys and we just have to improve even more and work hard. I hope we come out of this season with more victories,” he said.Standhardinger also commended Alab and his former Gilas Pilipinas teammate Bobby Ray Parks, who led the late game rally and almost stole the win.“They really got everything in us. And Ray was a killer,” he said.“Luckily, we just stuck together because it was really hard. You can lose your focus, you can lose in your emotions. We got frustrated, but we kept going. We kept working hard and in the end, we came out with a victory as good as they are. I was just happy it was us who got the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Standhardinger hopes to hear cheers from the Filipino crowd next time he plays in the country.“I hope someday I can hear the cheers again. But today, it’s all good. It’s all love. I was so excited because the gym is full. What a great atmosphere,” he said. “This is what I love about the Philippines. They’re a great basketball country. We have a great basketball country. That’s why I love coming back here.“ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith Christian Standhardinger playing for the enemy on Sunday, there was a handful of fans who booed the Fil-German big man inside Mall of Asia Arena.But that was the least of Standhardinger’s concerns.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments His focus was to lead Hong Kong to victory and he delivered at the expense of Tanduay Alab Pilipinas to open their campaign in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.“I didn’t hear the booing. I think I just love the Filipino fans so if they cheer for me or boo me, it’s okay,” He said after the Eastern Long Lions’ 92-89 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaking his Philippine debut on Sunday, Standhardinger made his ABL debut in front of Filipino fans and passed his first test with flying colors with 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.His presence in the endgame was also crucial in Hong Kong holding off the home team with two crucial buckets in the final 20 seconds. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Survivor Series: Brand supremacy goes to Raw PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Baker Mayfield Calls It “Ridiculous” That Buddy Hield Didn’t Win Player Of The Year

first_imgA closeup of a helmetless Baker Mayfield.NORMAN, OK – DECEMBER 3: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game Oklahoma State Cowboys December 3, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 38-20 to become Big XII champions. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine – not Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield – had won the AP’s Player of the Year award in college basketball. Valentine had a fantastic season, leading MSU to a Big Ten Tournament title and a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but there is certainly a faction of fans who believe that Hield, whose dominance has been on display the past two weeks, was the most deserving player.Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield – who is probably a little biased – is one of them. Mayfield took to Twitter this afternoon to call it “ridiculous” that Valentine won the award over Hield. He even went as far as to say that Hield got “robbed.”This is ridiculous, POTY is supposed to go to the best player. Our man got robbed. Plus who’s team is still playing? https://t.co/k0uiq17kur— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) March 31, 2016Whoever voted on this should be ashamed of themselves. We know who the real POTY is. Buddy deserves it, and he’ll show us why these next 2— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) March 31, 2016Mayfield also noted that it’s Hield’s OU squad, not Valentine’s MSU, that is still playing.We imagine that Mayfield’s opinion will be popular in Norman.last_img read more

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Dr. Clarke Urges Public-Sector Workers to Embrace Transformation

first_img Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. “We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency.“We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said.Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew.Twenty teams will be vying for the top spot in the contest, which will run from March 20 to April 25 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (centre), with team members from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) who will be participating in the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition. Occasion was the official launch of the competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. The JIS team members (from left) are Writer, Producer, Presenter, Radio Department, Twila Wheelan; Writer, Producer, Presenter, Television Department, Celestine Thomas; Public Relations Officer, Peta-Gay Hodges; and Public Relations Officer, Charnele Henry.Themed ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, the competition will see public-sector workers engaged in debate on the matter of transformation and other topical issues within the public service.Dr. Clarke welcomed the staging of the debate, noting that it is aimed at including the thoughts and ideas of civil servants in the public-sector transformation process.“Your voice will be important as we chart the course going forward. You will have feedback, you will have criticisms, you will have ideas that others have not even thought about and it is by creating a public space for these ideas to percolate that you’ll be able to make the most progress,” he noted.He added that the debate will serve as an example to the public “that we can have ideas contend and we can have a space where people can express, not only goals but ways and means of achieving those goals to the benefit of the broader Jamaican population”.Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU) in the Ministry, Maria Thompson Walters, said that the competition provides an avenue for public-sector employees to contribute to discussions on building a more effective and efficient public service.“This debate competition is designed to… engage critically on the issues of transformation and do so on a national platform. As both employees and clients of the public sector you have perspectives that are invaluable to how we redesign and reshape the service that we provide to the public,” she noted.There are over $600,000 in prizes and awards to be won in the contest, which will include elimination rounds, with the final round to be televised nationally and the victorious team crowned ‘Master Debaters of the Public Sector’.In addition, there will be a special prize for the most popular team on social media, which will be named ‘Fan Favourite’. Persons can log on to @tiu_jamaica on Instagram and TIUjamaica on Facebook to vote for their favourite team.The Public Sector Debate Competition is being coordinated by the Transformation Implementation Unit and managed by the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment Limited (JADE).The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) is sponsoring the contest.` Story Highlightslast_img
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