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.