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On March 15, 2012,  I celebrated 16 years as a vegetarian!!  It has been a hard, but rewarding journey, especially while playing football at the University of Oklahoma and my love of pizza and sweets.

I can’t even start to tell you how many times I have been asked why did I (especially all those who remember me as the lol fat kid that “worked” for food at his grandma’s BBQ restaurant”) make the decision.

I was blessed to come across some of the very information contained in a recent  Harvard Study, that once again confirmed that red meat consumption is deadly.  Hopefully, the decision will help me live a more healthy life, and a little longer, but a vegetarian lifestyle is not for everyone. Yes, I strongly encourage of you to do all you can (eat healthy, workout, rest, drink water, etc) to live your BEST life free from dis-ease, pain, and costly medical bills.

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Greatly enjoyed attending the planning meeting  for 19th Annual Omega Psi Phi Youth Leadership Conference and Mentoring Program (“YLC”) scheduled for 10-27-12 on the campus of the University of Southern California.
The meeting hosted by the mighty men on Tau Tau (Los Angles, CA) chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega Educational Foundation.

The conference started by Omega Man  Ricky Lewis (I met
Brother Lewis last year while working  the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend  ) has provided information and mentorship to over 3400 Black male Youth between the ages of 8-18 in the greater Los Angeles area.

I was throughly impressed with the Tau Tau brother’s deep Enthusiasm for such a Noble Endeavor to love on and encourage  young Black males! 

Tonight the steering committee group including about 20 professional, college educated Omega Black men who all share two great passions: 1) unwavering love for young Black males; 2) service to their community. It is their love and commitment to service and understanding of their  responsibility that prompts these successful men to sacrifice their evenings (the brothers meet twice a month), away from their own families, after a long day at the office to work  towards the development of an organized, powerful, and memorable conference for America’s most vulnerable segment of society–Young Black Males.

 Additionally, as proof of how serious these Omega’s are about the success of the YLC, the meetings are even open to non members of Omega Psi Phi who are interested the mission of the YLC to instill the principles of manhood, critical thinking, and personal and social responsibilities into young African American males and provide them with tools necessary for self respect, health, and wellness, community leadership and conflict resolution.

Tonight’s group included 86 year old WWII veteran brother Robert S. Hammond who has been actively pursuing Omega’s four cardinal principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift for over 63 years!

In closing, I’m looking forward to an opportunity to present a message that will inform, inspire, and empower the YLC attendees to seek, find, and maximize their educational, social, and economic opportunities.  Further, I look forward to doing all I can to help publicize the YLC’s important and necessary work to save young Black men.

For more information, become a sponsor, or volunteer please visit www.omegaeducationalfoundation.org or Ricky Lewis at rickylewis@earthlink.net

Inspired  today by the dedication and energy of the educators I met with at the area high schools that will provide students for the Williams/Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association Pipeline + Legal Diversity Program over the last few days…Wow…Big Props to BTW’s Anthony L. Marshall, Central’s Dr. Oliver Wallace, McLain’s Dr. Ebony Johnson, and Edison’s Earnest Conyers and Kimberly Thompson…these educators are on the frontline educating our children with sincerity, love, and eagerness…Thank you!!

It is not often that the Oklahoma State Legislature makes me proud these days. However, I was very pleased  when I saw on the front page of the Tulsa World that noted historian, Civil Rights activist, and native Tulsan  Dr. John Hope Franklin was being honored with a portrait to be displayed at the State Capitol.   I first heard about Dr. Franklin in 1996 during my Black History course at Tulsa Community College. In that class we were using Dr. Franklin’s classic From Slavery to Freedom as our textbook.  I swelled with great proud when  I found out that Dr. Franklin was from Tulsa and that he also graduated from the “pride of the great Southwest” Booker T. Washington High School as I. 

Several years later in 2003, while working with the Reparations Coordinating Committee fight for justice and human rights for the suviviors of the so-called 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, I was blessed to work and visit with Dr. Franklin on several occassions.  Once (as pictured below with Dr. Franklin,Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard University, Regina & Ed Goodwin, and me) while in town, Dr. Franklin wanted to tour the brand new Booker T. Washinton High School building.  Dr. Franklin was eager to see if the school’s tremendous Black history was given proper treatment, and discussed several items with the school adminstration upon entering the building.    I even got to travel with Dr. Franklin to Washington D.C. and witnessed from the front row his testimony to Congress about the so-called 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and why reparations for our survivors were necessary.  Without a doubt, that was one of the highlights of my life. 

Dr. Franklin you deserve this great honor and I hope that your memory, great works,  and powerful legacy continues to inspire generations to seek truth, justice, and equality as you inspired me. Image

Love to see stories like this where someone’s hard work and dedication is being rewarded with tangible resources to assist towards their ultimate goal.  Without a doubt, our nation will be a better place if we continue to support the Mauri Miller’s of the nation.  This is whats possible for our young brothers, and I love it!

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The economic reality is that every year Big Time D-1 football and basketball programs continue to earn more and more revenue.   Without a doubt, the more the revenue increases, the more egregious the exploitation of the on-field participants becomes.  Worse as the universities and the NCAA continue to reap  increased revenue (in 2008  the NCAA’s March Madness  alone brought the NCAA $636.2 million in revenue in 2008.).  The so-called student athletes whose labor generates the billions of dollars in revenue continue to get poorer and poorer.

In fact according to the seminal study “The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sports” (Huma and Staurowsky) the average D-1 “full ride scholarship” student-athletes actually owe $3222.00 annually to the university to their university.   In fact, Huma and Staurowsky further explained that 85% on D-1 “full scholarship” student-athletes live below the U.S. poverty line.  For those athletes that actually stay off campus the numbers actually increases to 86%” that have the so-called “full ride scholarships.”  C’mon, how can 8 out 10 student-athletes live below the poverty line, while the average D-1 football and basketball coach easily makes more than 1 million dollars!

How does the NCAA respond to this fact of poverty and average $3220.00 annual scholarship deficit?  The NCAA authorizes universities to provide scholarship athletes up to $2000.00 additional dollars a year to cover the $3222.00  average deficit. This so-called reform is a joke and  absurdly stupid on two fronts: 1) it does not cover the known deficit; and 2) the additional $2000.00 is optional at the Universities discretion.  In other words, the NCAA ha made it clear the that the sharecropping punk-feast system is still in play for Universities (although i believe that most BCS schools would gladly pay their players just compensation, but that’s for another time to discuss) and the NCAA

The good news is the veil of secrecy is rapidly being stripped away from the NCAA’s oppressive and exploitative system, and just like every other oppressive regime it will have to substantially  reform or be swept away completely.