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Written by Symphony

December 1, 2007 at 1:18 pm

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  1. I LOVE IT! Please keep up this good work! I will do my best to keep my eye open for positive, uplifting stories about our people.


    December 3, 2007 at 12:06 pm

  2. Seriously fabulous. Thank you for doing this.

    Los Angelista

    December 5, 2007 at 1:22 am

  3. I would love an email blast of updates on this site.


    December 16, 2007 at 10:20 pm

  4. Coffey, your wish is my command. Look to the first entry in the right-hand column. Apparently there is something wrong with the RSS feed for those who want that capability. I’m working on it.

    Thanks for dropping by guys. While we work on the negative, we must not forget to promote the positive!


    December 17, 2007 at 9:47 am

  5. Great site; I was directed here from the “what tami said” blog.
    Please consider adding the woman featured in this story,
    Dr. Calandra Tate, to your list.

    She, at 30, is one of the few African-American women to earn a doctorate
    in Mathematics.

    Positive Thinker

    December 23, 2007 at 4:41 am

  6. AFI TOP 10

    Earlier this month, the American Film Institute (AFI) released the top ten sports movies of all time. This is the first time in film history.

    However, there are blatant omissions in this list of movies, Especially or specifically the absence of African Americans or Americans of color. The omission of females is notable. African American, Asian, Latino, or Caucasian this number is ZERO.

    While America celebrates the nomination of the first African American Barack Obama for the president of the United States, some influential Americans are still viewing issues in black and white.

    Anyone can compile a list of their favorite movies and the AFI could be such an example of one list.

    There is nothing wrong about this list of movies AFI selection. Everybody has their own taste, everybody has their own likes and dislikes but there is a glaring earmark that is very noticeable in the AFI list. There is not one leading role by an African American or any person of color on this list below.

    The main black characters in the AFI movie list are subjugated to the white leading role. As in the movie Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr. is the side kick of Tom Cruse. The question remains did AFI chose these movies on purpose or was it just by chance. What was the criteria in the selection of these movies? Was it the ticket sales?

    Here’s is the 2008 AFI All Time Sports List:

    10. Jerry Maguire
    9. National Velvet
    8. Breaking Away
    7. Caddyshack
    6. The Hustler
    5. Bull Durham
    4. Hoosiers
    3. Pride Of The Yankees
    2. Rocky
    1. Raging Bull

    Listed below are some of the greatest sports movies of African American males but there are many more that could be listed here. While researching this subject I found over 20-30 sports movies of African Americans which were omitted from this list.

    One movie on the AFI list many African Americans walked out of right in the middle of the film. This film is about two aging boxers a white challenger and a Black champion. The white challenger comes out of retirement to fight an epic 15 round battle, and wins.

    Yes it could have happen and it has happen but this movie hero boxer became bigger then life. Americans made songs about him, they made five more movies about him, this year in 2008 there was another remake of this make believe champion. They even have a statue of this factious champion on the steps of City Hall in Philadelphia. Now mind you this city had a real Heavyweight Champion of the World named Joe Frazier and he does not have a monument or statue anywhere in the City of Philadelphia.

    A very interesting phenomenon finding these movies. There are few African American female movies. With Black female athletes like Alice Coachman, Cheryl Miller, Layla Ali, Dawn Staley, Jackie Joyner-Keerse, Cynthia Cooper, Florence Griffin-Joyner, Cheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Willye White, Dominique Dawes, Anita France, Teresa Edwards, Voletta Flowers, Althea Gibson, Zina Garrison, The Williams Sisters, Robin Roberts, Wilma Rudolph, C Vivian Stringer, Lynett Woodward and Marion Jones.

    These are 25 sports superstars in basketball, track, and boxing, who happen to be African American and female. So where are their stories? Where are their movies? Where do younger African American females watch these great women of yesterday and of tomorrow? How can anyone have an opportunity to watch these super stars?

    Come on Spike Lee, Come on F. Gary Gray(no-relations), Come on Hughes Brothers, Come on John Singleton, and last Come on Van Peebles Family. Cannot forget sister Oprah Winfrey, Come on Black producers and directors let America see the African American Woman sport story, then they can be added to this great list of beautiful movies.

    As the Black Eyed Peas stated in their number one hit “Lets Get It Started”,

    The list below display the struggles of African Americans in Sports


    1) Remember the Titan’s
    2) The Hurricane- The Carter Story
    3) Coach Carter
    4) Requiem for a Heavyweight
    5) Brian Song
    6) The Great White Hope- The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
    7) Ali
    8) The Joe Lewis Story
    9) White Men Can’t Jump
    10) Hoop Dreams
    11) Pride
    12) Glory Road
    13) The Jackie Robinson Story
    14) Murder Ball (disabled basketball)
    15) The Roy Campanella Story

    What is your favorite sports movie? Let America know.

    Gary Norris Gray

    The Grayline The Analects of A Black Disabled Man
    The Grayline on Air

    Gary Norris Gray

    July 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    • Thank you for posting something I had have questions in reference to the film industry. Since I reside near hollywood, I notice that there is a greater dearth in lack of employment in the film entertainment industry as a whole. Pundits argue that it’s based on “lack of educational” requirements wihch I believe is absolute nonsense!
      For instance, in any film/ studio there are millions of employees yet when it involves the aspect of logistics & support, there are hardly any black faces. How can a town that espouses “diversity” into national society, constantly ignore a population so blatantly! This is why I support foreign films (spanish, arabic mainly) due to the fact that through language, they are able to express there stories and protect they’re culture due to the fact that America as a whole is too lazy to learn and crush those particular people as is the case with people of color.
      I have wondered that if we as blacks actually had “language” seperate of the greater society, this will help embolden us in other facets of life. We could protect our interest via the construct of language. This is what is wonderful about african’s from african nations. They can prosper due to lack of infiltration of their community on a regular basis by the US infrastructure.

      T.j. Hanna

      September 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  7. I am so glad you are still doing this site, Tanisha! It looks great! And such good news… including, of course, Obama as President. Best wishes to you down in South FL. We miss you in Central FL but love seeing what you’re doing here.


    November 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm

  8. African American men stepping up to plate

    The past two weeks many witnessed African American men helping others on the court and on the field. Each heartfelt attempt was ignored or criticized by the mainstream media. The mainstream sports media especially the four letter word network portray African American sports figures as “Beast of Burdens”

    It started in Cleveland, Ohio when wonderkin-superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, stated he would like to see the National Basketball Association retire Michael Jordan’s number 23, a salute to one of the greatest players of all times. James also stated that any player that wanted to keep their number 23 could do so. To honor Jordan, LeBron would change his number next year.

    From 2010 no player would wear that number and that LeBron James would change his number next year. The majority of African American players agreed but of course The Mouse a.k.a. ESPN challenge this suggestion. ESPN stated that if Jordan number were to be retired then other superstars numbers would have to be retired i.e:- number 6 for Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, Number 13 for Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia-San Francisco Warriors-Sixers and Los Angeles Lakers number 33 for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers, number 10 for Walt Frazier and of the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks, Earl Monroe of the Baltimore Bullets and New York Knicks, number 1 Oscar Robertson of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kansas City Omaha Royals-Kings. The list could on and on.

    Throwing a negative light on a positive thought by an African American male, it was not their idea so ESPN and other sports media discourage it.

    The fact that A BLACK MAN wanted to honor another Black man, fly’s in the face of ESPN racial political and social rhetorical agenda. A Young Black man saying these words really impressed many sports fans. It means that young African American sports figures are paying attention to world issues but they are quietly expressing their thoughts. It also gives hope for the future

    LeBron James did not stop there; he would assist another African American Brother. The chaos and circus going on with the Oakland basketball team caught LeBron’s attention. James wanted to make another point. At the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers- Golden State Warriors game last week. LeBron stopped in the middle of the floor and pulled rookie Stephen Curry close to him. James started speaking words of wisdom in his ear. No-one could hear what Lebron was saying and as the cameras closed in on the two basketball stars, LaBron pulled him even closer to him. It appeared that he was expounding on his experiences in the National Basketball League. The rookie seemed to have taken it all in. The crowd at Oracle Area just watched. It seemed like hours but it was only a few moments.
    Whatever LeBron told Curry it worked because the in next game he had the best game of his young NBA career.

    Look at what the sports media missed; an event that will never broadcast by the four letter network because it’s a positive act by an African American male.
    Such an act like this does not attain an audience this does not get advertisers and it makes Black males human.

    The American Sports media would rather talk about Black Oregon football player explosion and going ballistic after being called the “N” word by a white Boise State lineman and YES the game was over.

    IT’S MORE FUN portraying Black males as animals who wear do rags on their heads, and dance in the end-zone or after a great play, with rage and anger, because that’s what they want America to see.

    President Obama has dispelled that theory. As he exhibits a cool and calm demander in every situation. The President defies the 200 year old myth that the sports networks are trying to portray.

    Sunday night in Chicago Ill. another Black athlete shared words of wisdom to a fellow quarterback who happen to be white. At the end of the Chicago Bears- Philadelphia Eagles game, Donovan McNabb pulled Bear quarterback Jay Cutler close to him. Words of wisdom of a wise old quarterback to a struggling young quarterback were given. The microphones picked up a few words spoken by McNabb. Donovan told Cutler to hang in there, that he was a winner, to pay no attention to the negative press, and lastly to keep problems in house. Meaning keeping the dirty laundry in the locker-room. Cutler kept silent and shook his head confirming Donovan NcNabb’s words of wisdom. Donovan like LeBron did not care what uniform the man wore or what color the man was.

    This is the true American, this is what America should be about but on this Thanksgiving Weekend 2009 the United States still has racial strife.

    One BLACK MAN helping another in need. These are the type of events the media especially THE MOUSE (ESPN) do not broadcast. Refusing to let America see the human side of these fine athletes. Could it be that these athletes are human? Could it be that these athletes have a heart and care about the game they play? Could it be that it would ruin their political social agenda?

    Let LeBron James or Donovan Mc Nabb commit a mistake or say something provocative ESPN will be right there with cameras in hand and making it a front page story.

    We as African Americans or just Americans have to call ESPN on this and make them and other sports media accountable.
    Gary Norris Gray
    The GrayLine:- The Analects of A Black Disab

    Gary N. Gray

    November 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm

  9. There’s a bug with your theme.. thought you’d prolly want to know

    Hosea Ilalio

    March 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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