Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry - A Book Review of Marcus Thompson II's "Sermon"

Preach Marcus!  

Marcus Thompson’s observations of Steph Curry’s miraculous rise, is that spiritual food that I look for on Sunday to sustain me through the week, as I encounter the slings and arrows of opposing fans.  
Yes, Marcus is indeed that learned Preacher delivering a stirring sermon to his “choir” and meticulously constructing his evidences of indictment upon those who are still unbelievers.  

"Golden" paints a picture of one who was chosen to break down the constructs of NBA lore and belief to bring about a new Covenant of faith and Resurrection to the "We Believe-ers" and  the "Strength in Numbers” generation.  

Thompson’s high literary and B-Ball IQ, is poured from the heart, as he intertwines facts with prose and events with analysis to fully discuss Steph Curry’s inevitable rise to greatness.  Steph Curry’s life writes the book and Marcus Thompson puts pen to paper to retain it for us as it happens in our midst and for generations to come.  

Each chapter chooses a particular focus on Steph Curry’s life, but each chapter tells the same story; he was gifted to us to show us a different way.  If you are a fan, reading this book will only help you identify and give meaning to how you feel.  

If you are not a fan, reading this book will make you look at your own legend in a different way.  Amen.

(Review by JRS)

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Golden" - The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry from Touchstone Books and Marcus Thompson II - available now

Just in time for the NBA Playoffs, comes "Golden - The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry" written by Marcus Thompson II, Sports Columnist with the Bay Area News Group.

Available online at amazon, Barnes and Noble and in bookstores.

(Review coming soon!)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The thin line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation and why French Montana was trending on Twitter

I woke up this morning to find rapper French Montana was trending.

I like French Montana.  He seems like a nice enough guy.

The reason he was trending on twitter -  he had gotten into a "twitter-war" or "clap back," if you will, with a young woman  who tweeted that essentially no one cares about French Montana.

And while she didn't actually send a direct tweet to Mr. Montana, she upset him enough for him to respond directly to her with a few "opinions" of his own about her appearance which included the words "nappy __ poetic justice braids."

And that's when the fight broke out.

What troubles me most is that while French Montana is of Moroccan descent, he always seems to enjoy the company and support of African Americans both in the entertainment industry and in his fan base.

Never mind that he has dated Khloe Kardashian and Iggy Azelia, we just assumed French was "one of us."  Now it seems he was perhaps. . .full of cultural appropriation.

I have a feeling that French is going to rethink "clapping back" in the future.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

20th Anniversary of the Death of The Notorious B.I.G.

Is it an awful thing for me to say that I never really understood or appreciated "Biggy" when he was alive?

To be honest, most of his music was a little too "raw" for my tastes at that time.  I was in the throes of being a new mom and probably didn't think it quite appropriate to blast his music in the car or house with a small child around.

However, now that I'm a "grown-up" (as in "of a certain age"), I actually get what he and the other rappers of his time (RIP Tupac) were trying to say through their music.  And I also understand what led them to share their art in the form of hip-hop.

You never really realize how great people are until it's too late.  That's the wonderful thing about art though - it never really dies.

Long live hip-hop.

Rest in Peace, Christopher George Wallace.

(May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Copycat" by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Have you ever had a copycat?  I know I have.  

Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery, but when does it cross the line into "obsession?"

Although, we've all been just a little jealous of something or someone at one point in our lives, how we handle that most normal of emotions is what makes all the difference.

I've never been one to covet other people's things or become envious when a friend has success in life or work or love.  Quite the opposite.  We should want our friends to do well.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do with those unhealthy pangs of jealousy and actions often spiral out of control and enter the danger zone.

Kimberla Lawson Roby, one of my very favorite authors, hit the nail on the head with this one.  This is a departure from the "Curtis Black" series, but a very deep look at what is sometimes at the root of "unhealthy competition."

Enjoyable and enlightening.

Online and in bookstores now.

Click HERE for a listing of Lawson Roby's book signings and appearances.

Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. Traci is the kind of woman Simone wants to be-in every way possible. She begins copying her role model. Not because she wants to be Traci. She just wants to be exactly like Traci.

Traci doesn't worry, though. She knows Simone doesn't mean any harm and that her mimicry is only sincere admiration. Until she discovers how far Simone's obsession has gone.

It is then that Simone's entire world begins unraveling, and dreadful secrets from her past are exposed with no warning. Secrets that she'll do almost anything to protect.