Why Homecoming At An HBCU Is A Family Event

Another Homecoming is underway

Joe Simmons Jr.

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High school graduation is a benchmark in everyone’s lives. It marks the beginning of your new life. Whether you’re going to college, the military, or you’re staying home and getting a job, that day you graduate from high school sets the tone for the rest of your life.

Many of you will leave high school and go to college. College is where you will form and develop lifelong friends. It’s amazing to me how little I contact and communicate with my high school friends, but I’m always engaged or communicating with people I went to college with.

The epicenter of college entertainment is the homecoming. Homecoming at an HBCU is like a family reunion that never ends. It’s a week of festivities that connect generations of people with common accolades and brings opportunity and circumstance to people in need or people who are social butterflies. 

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Lebron vs. Jordan

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Will Lebron ever really be the king of the game of basketball? Deciding on who’s the best ever is so hard to decipher. Why? Well it’s because it’s all really subjective. It’s like trying to decide who is the best team ever.

Try putting the 1995 – 1996 Chicago Bulls up against the 1986 – 1987 Los Angeles Lakers or the 2015 – 2016 Golden State Warriors and a lot of factors come into play. Which rules are we playing by? If you play by the rules of the 80’s, then the Lakers win this one easily. If you play by the rules of the 90s, then the Bulls beat the brakes off both of those teams. However if the game is officiated the way it is today, Neither of those great teams can match up against the 3 point arsenal that the Warriors would display.

What does that mean? When you choose who is the greatest ever, it’s subjective. Lebron is a great all around player. He’s done more with less than any NBA player not named Tim Duncan. Jordan was and is considered by most to be the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) and rightfully so. Jordan set the bar and honestly if he played in today’s game, I’m not so sure he wouldn’t average 40, 12, and 10.

Here’s the thing that puts me in a conundrum over Jordan vs. Lebron. Lebron is a better rebounder, but he should be. He’s 6’9″ and outweighs Mike by at least 50 pounds. But that’s also what makes Lebron special. he’s the biggest most athletic player we’ve ever seen play the game. We’ve never seen anyone 270 lbs that can play all 5 positions on the floor and guard all 5 positions on the floor.

But other than rebound and pass, what does he actually do that stands out and puts him above Michael Jordan? That’s what makes me believe Mike is still the king. His ability to play in any era and still be the most dominant player on the floor makes Mike the best.

The argument is a good one. It’s also a fun one. But let’s not get caught up in the hype, Mike is still the man. Lebron has done more with less but when they were both fully loaded, Mike never came up short. That’s what separates him from Lebron.

The Gentrification Conundrum

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As we get older and older and people become more and more volitile the idea of gentrification (gen – tri – fa – kay – shen).  Gentrification becomes more and more of a possibility in many cities across the United States as the millennials (mill – in – e – als) continue to graduate and enter the work force. The need to house them becomes more of a problem because unlike most groups, they aren’t looking to buy houses, they are looking to stay in the midst of downtown where the entertainment is going down.

Ironically most cities have lost the thrill of the downtown environment. Many cities abandoned that philosophy as strip malls and shopping malls emerged in the late 80’s early 90’s to accomodate Generation X. Unfortunately for many, of the patrons of that era, their offspring don’t entail the same visions and prefer more of a classic lifestyle of public entertainment than simplicity and private indulgement. Continue reading

The 10 Best NBA Players In The Post Jordan Era

1. LeBron James
The King is arguably one of the three greatest players to ever play the game. We’ve never seen a man of his size and stature do what he does at a rate that he does it. He’s been able to escape injury most of his career and he is physically unexplainable. Standing 6’8” and weighing about 260 pounds he runs like a gazelle and can jump like a kangaroo. Once he added post play to his resume and brought a title to “The Land” it was impossible to keep him off this list at the top spot.

2. Tim Duncan
Revered by many as the most fundamental basketball player ever, Tim Duncan is holding down the second spot on this list. Duncan has proven himself to be the most complete big man to ever play the game. He’s nearly automatic from 16 feet on in. As many would say there are only three things in life you can count on: Death, Taxes, and Tim Duncan’s bank shot. Continue reading

2018 Best Fried Chicken Places I’ve Visited.

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To know me is to know that I know fried chicken. I’ve probably eaten at over 1000 establishments in my lifetime that serve fried chicken. I’ve eaten fried chicken in 47 of the 50 states and I am not one to leave a chicken challenge on the table as I will go to multiple places in a city if there is an argument about who’s fried chicken is the best.

Fried chicken is an art form. To get it right, requires balance and careful attention to detail. One would think that it had to be fried pretty to be good but I’ve learned that looks are only a part of the equation.

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Being Yourself In A World That Wants You To Be Someone Else

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It’s been a minute since I’ve written anything for the blog. Time commitments, and a daughter that requires a lot more of my time has changed the game a little but I’m back on it and I’m going to try and post a few days a week again.

Today I want to rant. The state of America is so opinionated. You know when you have an opinion and another person has an opinion, y’all are basically just two people with opinions… which is cool. It only becomes a problem when people start to believe an opinion is fact when it is not.

The reality is that most of us are not discussing science or research, we’re usually just giving out opinions. No matter how ridiculous you believe another person’s opinion is, it doesn’t mean that your opinion is better… it’s just your opinion. Continue reading

Break Time….

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Have you ever pushed yourself too much in an area of your life to the point that it wasn’t as fun as it used too be? I go through phases where I want to dial back who I am in many areas. What causes us to want to trade out things we love to do from time to time? Maybe it’s the Gemini in me but I’m becoming less and less infatuated with social interaction. There are times when talking on the phone seem like a chore. I’ve never really been a very social person but there are times when you feel like you should have interaction with people who you don’t see very often.  Continue reading