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Friday, December 30, 2016

The Flashback Fridays For 12/30/16: Peppermint Patty & The Peanuts Crew - Musical Chairs (1986)

With it being the last Friday and penultimate day of 2016, it's the 30 year anniversary of when this great special aired on TV, with one of the best New Year's songs ever. 

It's of course from 'Musical Chairs" from "Happy New Year Charlie Brown," your last Flashback Friday choice for this year. 

Enjoy, as The Flashback Fridays will comeback in 2017.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 12/16/16: Pharrell ft Gwen Stefani - Can I Have It Like That (2005)

Years before "The Voice", "Happy" and "Despicable Me" fame, but in the middle of becoming his own standout from Chad Hugo, Pharrell was firmly in the center of the hip-hop game with his own quality.

Take it back a decade ago with his forever kindred spirit friend Gwen Stefani providing the simple, appropriate torn in chorus.

It's of course "Can I Have It Like That" from a decade ago at this time.

More from The Whole Delivery. Stay tuned. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 12/9/16: Lupe Fiasco ft Jill Scott - Daydream (2006)

In more celebration for the 10 year anniversary that was "Food & Liquor," it's Sir Lupe with the second single off one of the underrated semi-classic music albums of all time.

It's  "Daydreamin'" with one Jill Scott, your second Flashback Friday choice this week that is also from a decade ago.

This is The Whole Delivery. 

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 12/9/16: Busta Rhymes ft Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lloyd Banks, Papoose, & DMX - Touch It (Remix) (2006)

It may have had a million people on it, but for sure the remix to Busta's hit "Touch It" was even better than the original. Quality in rhyme and energy was felt all the way on this track. 

So from a decade ago, it's all of these people with Earl Simmons included, with the always superb Swiss Beatz produced "Touch It (Remix)," as the flashback Fridays are back this week.

More from The Flashback Fridays and TWD in a bit. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 (Space Jam 20th Anniversary Special Edition) For 11/18/16: B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J And Busta Rhymes - Hit Em High (1996)

As we continue to celebrate Space Jam's 20 Anniversary, here is the long forgotten but still energized group collaboration with B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes, with "Hit Em High," produced by the legendary group, "The Trackmasters."

This is The Whole Delivery. 

The Flashback Fridays #1 (Space Jam 20th Anniversary Special Edition): R.Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly (1996)

It's the 20th anniversary week of Space Jam movie, and with that being said, its music album (soundtrack) is arguably more memorable than the movie. And this song is a firm reason why, especially before the days Robert lost his mind with doing, well, you already know by now. 

So, the first of two Flashback Fridays today, it's R.Kelly with "I Believe I Can Fly". And unlike popular songs out now, it didn't need the internet for it to have many parodies like it does now.

More to come from The Whole Delivery, stay tuned. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 11/4/16: Public Enemy - He Got Game (1998)

As Ray Allen officially retired this week, we take it back to 1998, when his inner Jesus Shuttlesworth came on the screen. And when Chuck D and Flava Flav (at least on the regular, unedited version) produced one of the best movie soundtracks ever. It's of course Public Enemy's "He Got Game", from 1998.

Your first Flashback Friday choice for today.

More to come.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The NBA Preview and Predictions Thread For 10/26/16: Jamal Murray for Rookie of the Year; The NBA Finals Choice Everyone is Making

Welcome to the NBA Preview, to be used constantly on Twitter on the real opening night of the season, October 26. 

Rookie of the Year: Prime favorites Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram have major questions marks to start the season, both with terrible teams and Simmons with his injury. 

Dragon Bender and Kris Dunn will be major factors all season, as well as Bender’s explosive Suns teammate Marquisse Chriss. And mature sharp shooter Buddy Hield will not yield on his ability to not down the 3 at this level as he did prolifically at Oklahoma. 

The likes of Sabonis, Prince, Malik Beasley, Bembry, Check Diallo, Tyer Ulis, Hernangomez, Diamond Stone, Niang, Gbinije, Kay Felder, Richardson, Jackson and undrafted Ader Nader will make headlines. 

But my Rookie of the Year choice is the Nuggets Jamal Murray, who is ready to explode as a dynamic scoreline who has the ability to put the ball in the net at all 3 levels, catch and shoot, and create his own shot. 

Most Improved Player: The freshman sensation shooting guard that proceeded Jamal Murray at Kentucky, Devin Booker, is my prime favorite for Most Improved Player, although he was showing signs of elite player dynamics at the end of last season. Already one of the Association’s most feared shooters, Booker continues to show that he isn’t just a young Klay Thompson but an explosive talent capable of taking over games by himself. 

Booker will have contention from slam dunk standouts Aaron Gordon and Zack LaVine for Most Improved, as well as Jonathan Simmons who took the first day lead with his sensational display in the Spurs tremendous opening night humbling to the Warriors. Orlando Magic guards Elfrid Payton and Mario Hezonja will have their says besides their teammate Gordon, with their continued strives to helping the north Florida team return to prominence.And of course Dennis Schroder will make an impact as being the main point guard in Atlanta.  

The Wizards Kelly Ombre, after looking like he needed another year at Kansas instead of being one of the steals of the 2015 NBA Draft, had a terrific preseason and will be pivotal to Washington’s chances to get back in the playoffs. The Nuggets Giant “Twin Ics” of Jusuf Turkic and Nikola Jokic will continued their underrated rise out in the Rocky Mountains while confusing casual fans around the league over which one is which. 

The Mavericks Justin Anderson will have plenty of chances to prove that he is truly one of Mark Cuban’s players to lead his squad in the post Nowitzki era, whenever that comes. And Jordan McRae scoring exploits in the D-league and the preseason should lead to Tyrone Lue giving him some ket minutes this season for the Cavs. 

NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are the clear favorites, with Hassan Whiteside and possibly Andre Drummond and a healthy DeMarre Carroll with a say. Avery Bradley and off injured “rookies” Joel Embiid and Dante Exum have the potential to emerge this season as top defenders. The same holds true for the aforementioned Jonathan Simmons and Larry Nance Jr.  Michael Kidd Gilchrist returning from injury and Whiteside’s teammate Justin Winslow could also factor in. 

And of course, don’t forget about Anthony Davis, who has seemingly been forgotten as a superstar talent, and Dwight Howard, who hopes returning home will give him that push to return to some elite consistency. 

NBA Division Predictions: 

1. Celtics slightly over the Raptors 
2. Wizards slightly over the Hawks 
3. Cavs in the best division in the NBA 

1. Spurs clearly in the Southwest
2. Trail Blazers over the Thunder 
3. Warriors slightly over the Clippers 

Conference Predictions, East: 1) Cavs 2) Pacers 3) Celtics 4) Raptors 5) Bucks 6) Wizards 7) Pistons 8) Hawks 9) Knicks 10) Bulls 11) Hornets 12) Magic 13) Heat 14) 76ers 15) Nets 

Conference Predictions, West: 1) Warriors 2) Spurs 3) Clippers 4) Trail Blazers 5) Thunder 6) Rockets 7) Grizzlies 8) Timberwolves 9) Nuggets 10) Suns 11) Jazz  12) Pelicans 13) Mavericks  14) Kings 15)  Lakers

Coach of the Year: Indiana Pacers Nate McMillan  

MVP: With Curry and Durant cancelling each other out, Westbrook trying too hard like two years, Anthony Davis mired in a mess in New Orleans and LeBron resting most of the way, three prime contenders for the MVP could really emerged. That does not include Blake Griffin and Damian Lillard, who easily could emerge as prime candidates. 

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Kyrie Irving should have banner seasons if they all stay healthy and place themselves fully in the shame echelon, if they aren’t already, with the last three MVPs. 

But my pick will be Kawhi "That Guy" Leonard. 

NBA All-Pro First Team 

G - Stephen Curry 
G- Kyrie Irving 
F - LeBron James
F- Kawhi Leonard  
C/F- Anthony Davis 

NBA Finals: Warriors d Cavs 

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/21/16: Janet Jackson - Nasty (1986)

In wake of a certain birther clown presidential candidate saying "Nasty Woman," here is this week's Flashback Friday choice. It's from 30 years ago, and it's of course from THEEE Janet Jackson.

It had to only be "Nasty," and it is your first Flashback music video, for this Friday.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/14/16: Lil Jon Ft E-40 and Sean P - Snap Yo Fingers (2006)

Take it back a decade ago with Lil Jon in the middle of his terrific rise. As a main part of the Atlanta snap movement of 2006, "Snap Yo Fingers" is still a party classic right now.

And with E-40 and Sean P providing the good times, here is your first Flashback Friday choice of this week. It's "Snap Yo Fingers", with Hype Williams producing this video.

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 10/7/16: Solange - I Decided (2008)

Before Solange got a list of random new fans this week, take it back eight years ago to when she had her last real notable music release.

With Pharrell producing the track, "I Decided" was a smooth nice hit off her underrated second album "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dream" that shouldn't be forgotten in the wave that is "A Seat at The Table."

So your second Flashback Friday choice this week, it's Solange with "I Decided" from back in 2008.

More The Whole Delivery on the way, just stay tuned.


The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/7/16: Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness (2010)

The Flashback Fridays always tries to match the current times of now as best as possible, as this is a prime example of that.

With him checking himself into rehab just a for days ago, Kid Cudi definitely is searching for some happiness after a series of Twitter rants the last few weeks and months. So as he gets that needed help, flashback to when he was seemingly happy with 1 of his 2 biggest hits to date.

It's of course "Pursuit of Happiness" from 6 years ago, your first Flashback Friday choice for this week. And you, me and everyone else definitely hope he gets that help.

More to come at The Whole Delivery.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 9/30/16: Blackstreet ft. Dr Dre - No Diggity (1996)

Today is the 20th anniversary of this song dropping, on this day.

And while it may annoyingly be used today in the background of commercials as another tired opportunity to make "white people look hilarious while awkwardly dancing to black music," the greatness of the Teddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart produced classic will never go away.

With the Hype Williams video adding to its greatness, "No Diggity" served as Blackstreet's sole #1 Billboard 100 hit and was a major international success. Just on it alone, it sold 1.6 million copies and even had a random re-appearence on the UK Top 40 charts in March 2013.  Maybe an even more important fact for "No Diggity's" success is that it ended Macareña's long running domination at the top of the Billboard charts.

Your second Flashback Friday choice today, it's Blackstreet and Dr. Dre with "No Diggity."

More to come at The Whole Delivery today. 

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/30/16: Mary J. Blige - Family Affair (2001)

Based on her weird singing video with Hillary this week as part of her latest push to let everyone know that "Apple Music panders harder to black people harder than certain politicians," it is perfect timing for this flashback in the midst of that hilarious tweet from MTV's Deaux.
"Family Affair" served as the second starting point in Mary J. Blige's career, a wonderful rejuvenation after her early star momentum had waned a little bit. It served as Mary's first #1 Billboard 100 hit ever, a remarkable accomplishment considering that she was still just mainly associated for non-white suburban crowds. Making it even more special is that it ended the strangehold from mid summer to early fall 2001 that Ja Rule and J-Lo's "I'm Real (Remix)" placed on the charts.

With the Dr. Dre produced track leading the way, "Family Affair" propelled her 5th album "No More Drama" into making Mary a true crossover star beyond the usual hip-hop and R&B crowds.

So without further adieu, your first Flashback Fridays this week, it's Mary J. Blige with "Family Affair."

More on The Flashback Fridays to come, stay tuned. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #3 (Special Edition For Shawty Lo) For 9/23/16: Shawty Lo - Dey Know (2007)

The final Flashback Friday tribute of this week for the memory of Shawty Lo comes from, of course, the hit that established him right at the start of his solo career and made him a Bankhead, Atlanta legend for life.

From his running jog to his "big ups to all my haters" line as the horns of the Bails Beats, Born Immaculate instrumental played in the background, Shawty Lo created a Mason-Dixon line classic that would be played at every big Southern black event. Whether it was football games with the marching bands or Greek life doing strut line dances, you couldn't have a good time without your DJ putting on "Dey Know" back when it came out nine years ago. And most would agree that is still the case nowadays before the tragic death of Shawty Lo this week.

So without further adieu, here is the third and final Flashback Friday selection for this week, in dedication to Shawty Lo, "Dey Know."

This is The Whole Delivery.  

The Flashback Fridays #2 (Special Edition For Shawty Lo) For 9/23/16: D4L - Betcha Can't Do It Like Me (2006)

Listener Discretion is Advised, especially if you aren't black and/or lived in the hood 

In full memory of the life of Shawty Lo, this week's Flashback Fridays series is dedicated to him.

In their major rivalry at the time with Dem Franchise Boyz, D4L dropped their second single after their massive first one blew them into music superstardom. Although "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" never came close to hitting the heights of "Laffy Taffy," it still served as a solid second single representing truly what D4L was about.

Unfortunately for any fans of the group,  "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me" served as the group's final single. The disbanding begin shortly afterwards with Fabo and Shawty Lo starting their own solo careers.

So your second Flashback Friday tribute this week in dedication to the life of Shawty Lo, it's the Teriyake Smith produced fun track "Betcha Can't Do It Like Me."

There's one more main tribute to come this week in The Flashback Fridays, for the late Shawty Lo. Stay tuned for that here at TWD.

The Flashback Fridays #1 (Special Edition for Shawty Lo) : D4L - Laffy Taffy (2005-2006)

In full memory of the life of Shawty Lo, this week's Flashback Fridays series is dedicated to him.

A decade ago at this time, Lo and his group D4L made their impact on the nation by taking their debut single "Laffy Taffy" all the way to the #1 spot not just on the Billboard Hip-Hop charts, but the overall Hot 100 list.

No matter how you felt about this being a prime example of an Atlanta and South snap music wave emerging in the game at that time (just ask Ghostface), "Laffy Taffy" rose to the pinnacle thanks to K-Rab's "Candy Girl"-esque production and Fabo's charismatic tone on the hook and opening verse.

Without further adieu, here's "Laffy Taffy" in this Flashback Friday tribute day to Shawty Lo.

More Shawty Lo tributes to come on this week's Flashback Friday series. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 9/16/16: Justin Timberlake - SexyBack (2006)

It was the silliest song title, with Prince and many others calling him out for it. It also provoked an angry reply from Timberlake to Prince before he tried to backtrack from it, but that is how thin skinned Justin always will be. Nevertheless, it set the tone for FutureSex/Love Songs massive success as the debut single, as Timbaland's producing once again saved Timberlake's solo career.

Your second Flashback Friday choice this week after Izzo, it's "SexyBack" from Timberlake (& Timbaland).

This is The Whole Delivery.

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/16/16: Jay-Z - Izzo (2016)

15 years ago at this time, Jay-Z was definitely thinking about how his album sales for the quickly released "The Blueprint" would be in wake of the 9/11 attacks. The first single from that iconic album dropping at the time was "Izzo," filmed out in Los Angeles and at the height of him, Dame and Biggs being all good with each other.

From 2001, it's Jay-Z with "Izzo," your first Flashback Friday choice of this week.

Jay-Z - Izzo by BLACKHAWKS4

Stay tuned, there is more from The Whole Delivery to come. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Flashback Fridays For 9/9/16: Sean Paul ft Keyshia Cole - Give It Up To Me (2006)

Taking it back once again 10 years ago at this late summer's time, it's when Sean Paul and Keyshia Cole were at their peak. With the "Step Up" movie coming at the same time, "Give It Up To Me" definitely is a hit that you barely hear anymore nowadays.

So, from 2006, it's Sean & Keyshia with dance successful track, your Flashback Friday choice for this week.

This is The Whole Delivery.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 8/26/16: Remy Ma - Whateva (2006)

With "All The Way Up" summer hit and "Love and Hip-Hop" awfulness bringing her back to relevance, we flashback to a decade ago at this time when Remy Martin was bursting onto the scene.

From 10 summers ago, it's the Swizz Beatz produced high energy dance, thoro lady hit "Whateva." with a large part of the video filmed at Flushing Meadows outside the World's Flair Globe. It's your first Flashback Friday choice of this last Friday, yes, last Friday, of the summer months in 2016.

And this video so classic that Shea Stadium is still well in the background.

This is The Whole Delivery.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Rio Recap #1 For 8/22/16: The Top 11 Endearing Figures of The 2016 Olympics

Here are from me, the eleven top figures of the hundreds of remarkable athletes that we had the pleasure to see in Rio, helping make a corrupt IOC and slimy process of the games going to Rio be pushed to the side for some.  

11. Four years ago, Michael Phelps said that he would be done. He was already by far the most decorated Olympian ever and didn't need another games to further cement that mantle. But something in him made him want to comeback and exhibit why he is the greatest swimmer ever. And he did just that, with the fierce determination and drive to overcome a new rival in Chad Le Clos pretending that he could psyche him out and provide the latest iconic image of Phelps attitude in an extraordinary career filled with them. Four years later, he is this time, truly done.

10. Along with soccer and golf, the tennis competition at the Olympics isn't the biggest competition in its sport (for Rio 2016, no ranking points were given to ATP or WTA players). But it is still optically and emotionally important for many once the competition begins, and it indeed meant everything to Monica Puig. To become Puerto Rico's first gold medalist in any Olympic games, the 22-year-old displayed the tennis of her life in winning just her second career title (and just a whee, whee bit bigger than her first title in Strasbourg in 2014). To defeat world number two Angelique Kerber in the final after conquering Petra Kvitova and crushing Garbine Muguruza to get there (all three Grand Slam champions still either early in their prime or in the middle of it) encapsulated how special a moment it was for Boricua nation.        

9. Whenever something is a foregone conclusion for someone who has never been at an Olympic games, the mental strength to still live up to those massive expectations enlarges their specialness. For Simone Biles, Rio 2016 had all the potential to make her America's newest sweetheart for all races. Instead, it made her the world's sweetheart. From the moment her historic, dominate victory in the women's all-around gymnastics was official, Biles exhibited inner fortitude that matched her staggering dexterity. Winning three straight world championships should have already confirmed Biles as the best ever, as many had done. But something could always go easily wrong in an event held once every four years, and for Biles to be able to bring her elite form on the biggest stage in front of the largest audience made the 19-year-old an eternal figure. The treacherous, capricious balance beam, always an issue for anyone, may have been the only thing to deny her five Olympic gold medals. But no one will ever have any question as to how much a superstar Biles will forever be.

8. Wayde van Niekerk 400 meter run was arguably the individual performance of these entire Olympics, especially for the track meet where Almaz Ayana's extraordinary 10,000 meter world record run could only rival it. In an athletic competition dominated by the legend of Usain Bolt, the 24-year-old South African temporarily made the mercurial Jamaican share the track spotlight by doing something that would only allow for that to occur: shattering Michael Johnson's seemingly invisible 400 meter world record. It would have been an extraordinary accomplishment if van Niekerk ran in the always preferred middle lanes of the track. But for him to break one of sport's most remarkable records in a lane that no person has ever won a 400 meter Olympic or world championship in augments the already extraordinary feat. It was a real shame, as well as a relief from Bolt, that van Niekerk did not run in the 200 meters.

7. Both Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin provided the sportsmanship moment of the Rio Olympics with the two helping each other to finish their 5,000 meter race. Their benevolence in the wave of their fall was certainly extraordinary, and it was more than deserving for them to win the Fair Play Award. You can certainly guarantee their moment will be played in Olympic commercials for many years to come.

6. Simone Manuel wasn’t a name that received big commercials and massive medal attention before these games. The past two and a half weeks have changed that, as the Houston, Texas native became a viral sensation for becoming the first black woman of any country to take individual gold at an Olympic swimming meet. Manuel’s remarkable and unexpected gold medalist tie with Canada’s 16-yr-old sensation Penny Oleksiak in the 100 meter freestyle race is already an extraordinary thing in itself. But for her to make that history and become a second Simone-named American darling to not only the black community, but to the rest of the world, was a moment everyone will savor forever.

5. Marta, the greatest women's soccer player ever, still is a star figure in the collage of these games, despite the dejection of not winning her first major women’s soccer title on her home soil. For the amount of pressure on her shoulders, Marta and her teammates stormed out the gate brilliantly. Unlike their men's counterparts who couldn't find the back of the net in the first two matches, Marta was the playmaking catalyst in reducing negative vibes felt in the Samba nation on their beloved sport with sensational routs of China and Sweden. Her impact was so great that you saw some people place a cross on Neymar's name on his #10 jersey and write in Marta's as the replacement. Cruelly in the end however, the 30-year-old was unlucky for another major tournament and received the biggest heartbreak of her career. As Sweden found an impervious defense out of nowhere in the rematch semifinal, Brazil's soccer women completed the eerily reversal they had in comparison to their men's team from the third group stage game on. There was no gold medal for their remarkable talent and organization to be rewarded, but instead a dejected fourth place finish coming a day prior to their countrymen's emotional title. It served as the men once again outshining the women in a country that has the most skilled women's players on the planet get a percentage of attention the men always get. But nevertheless, in the face of the biggest pressure in her career, Marta gave even more reasons as to why she is beloved, not only in Brazil but throughout the world.

4. Triple-triple is all you need to say about Usain Bolt and the historic aura he has created for himself. Just six weeks after major doubt was being thrown into whether he would participate in Rio with his hamstring injury, Bolt may not have ran faster than he did in Beijing and London but was arguably more impressive than his world record form. It was "Greatest Olympian" form he instead displayed to his endless array of admirers, as he overcame all of those pre-Olympic injury fears by looking as dominate as always. The endless "Bolt vs Phelps" debate for greatest modern Olympian will forever go on long past their final Olympiad. But Bolt's perfect 9 for 9 in Olympic finals is something we are unlikely to see ever again. It's hard to sustain that level of greatness for three Olympics. But for everything to go your way, including Jamaica being flawless in their 4 x 100 meter relay three straight times, is the staggering accomplishment that only he may ever have.

3. No other person at these Rio Olympic games has felt the type of pressure that Neymar da Silva Jr has felt. Because unlike any other athlete in these entire games, it was the second time that the former Santos prodigy has felt the nation on his shoulders. Other athletes from recent host countries China and Great Britain, along with next host country Japan, will face the home country pressure on them. But Neymar has now had to endure that twice in the last three years that no one else will ever endure, and has simply handled them in a way that makes him a developing legend in our time. He captained the Brazilian men in the face of major criticism after the first two games, hearing calls from some to have his armband taken away. Instead of succumbing to the negativity, the jovial star once again exceeded the massive expectations he faces by leading his country to that elusive first gold medal in the cherished Maracana. It was just destiny for him to be the one to make the final penalty and make it a perfect spot kicks session for his team against the country he couldn't play against in their infamous 2014 World Cup semifinal thrashing. And it was just fitting for the lachrymose moments to follow once his penalty beat Timo Horn, ensuring that the 31st Summer Olympiad in Rio had its biggest moment.      

2. He may have done it in front of a camera, but Taoufik Makloufi's gesture to give one of his two track silver medals in Rio up to his countryman and teammate Larbi Bourrada was a class moment that would be all over NBC's airwaves had the middle distance star been American.  Choosing to offer up one of his prized assets on the final day of the games serves as a move that will make the already benevolent Makloufi even more beloved (and so what if it wasn't his gold medal from the 2012 Olympics).

1. In a move that took true coverage to do, Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa protested his government's killing of the Oromo people, as he crossed the finish line for second place in the men's marathon. He later revealed that he, his wife and their children were going to be in danger because of his temerity. Lilesa could have simply focused on his event like his fellow Ethiopian running stars and not bring up anything as contentious as that issue. Instead, the 32-year-old made the political move of these entire games and will have global support for the potential trouble he and his family may face back home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Real Perspective From 7/12/16: No, Bernie Did As Well as He Could With Black Voters

Note: This was originally suppose to be a piece for Jacobin, but strangely after they showed interest in it, they didn't want. It was originally a response to The New Republic's mostly dreadful mix of opinions from "notable" media center-liberals on the Democratic primary, specifically the expected asinine views on Bernie Sanders. 

Now, it's also a response to good colleague & friend Terrell Starr's diligent piece in Fusion, where he feels again that Bernie Sanders didn't do enough for black people in this election. I firmly feel that even if Sanders had started campaigning back in 2014 and exclusively in black areas that it would not have made any significant difference. The media blackout on him along with this always being Hillary's time on the Democratic side, since the 2008 primary ended, was always going to make this a nearly impossible task for a 74-year-old not known in mainstream black circles. Just like every other race in America, most black people, particularly older black people, don't follow liberal/left politics online a daily and simply didn't have enough time to truly know Bernie Sanders on a deep, memorable level. A few months experience with knowing a white male politician for the first time in your life isn't enough for any black person to trust them, particularly when you have an older voter seeing Hillary be long determined as the Democratic nominee. The "Who the hell is this old white guy" response is very understandable. 

Anyway, that section in particular is in the middle of this piece as a response to Terrell's long held perspective on that, since it is a sentiment I have LONG repeated as the reason Hillary crushed Bernie expectedly with black older voters and with black voters in general despite young black voters going for him in the end. 


Among the many dishonest smears directed at Bernie Sanders and his supporters from visible liberal news personalities, even after all of the Democratic primaries have ended, is the continued belief that the Vermont Senator’s whole candidacy has alienated black people. This thought has unfortunately augmented rather than diminished not only from dubious black figures long antagonist towards Sanders or not halting in any chance to criticize him, but in non-black liberal notables who somehow think they can speak for all black Democratic voters.

The latest galling paradigm of this urge to talk about black voters while not being black came from former Cosmopolitan writer and now latest Guardian US anti-Sanders critic Jill Filipovic in a New Republic piece discussing why the Democratic Party is so divided after its unexpectedly competitive primary season. Titled "The Split," Filipovic didn’t have the only atrocious thought of that TNR amalgamation of opinions (and hot takes). Elaine Kamarck provided a fine display of lazy “both sides are wrong” centrism by being the latest to conveniently lump Sanders in with Donald Trump as “selling snake oil to the voters” and comparing Sanders’ public paid-for college tuition plan to Trump’s “stupid f—king wall.”

New book author Mychal Denzel Smith, who is black, breathlessly showed how not to do identity politics by claiming Democrats as being too fixated on white voters instead of the party’s “strongest voters”, black women. Smith question the “value” of doing that, figuring the fact that there are still a larger number of white people than any single demographic in this country and seemingly engulfing all white working class voters and Democrats trying to talk to them as trying to “win back the racists.”      

The Wire’s David Simon was the owner of the worst, tired narrative of stupidity in that New Republic collection when he claimed Sanders supporters of “drinking the Kool-Aid and not even speaking in the vernacular of reality.” It truly has been an amazing phenomenon how the most privilege anti-Bernie white people like Simon, whose “fame” wouldn’t exist without the black people in Baltimore acting in the roles of the tragic ghetto tales that his white self thought fitting to be a “voice” for, think they are more sophisticated and more racially deeper than white people who support Sanders, but that is another discussion for another piece.

Filipovic is sadly among those people and still thought it was in her place to speak collectively for an entire range of black people despite being as “black” as a Carrie Underwood song. In her latest hackish defense of Hillary Clinton from legitimate and justified criticism, Filipovic claimed that the Sanders contingent of the Democratic Party’s focused primarily on the “concerns of the white working class and they aren’t bringing a lot of race analysis into it.” Filipovic then provided her latest race bait comments by saying that those supposed class focuses “have alienated African-Americans and, to a lesser extent, the Hispanic vote.”

Clearly Filipovic not only has wanted to pay little to no serious attention to Sanders’ entire campaign, but she again marches on with her own beat of bizarre generalizations that make no sense compared to concrete, substantive analysis on black voters. There really isn’t any legitimate sign of black voters being alienated by Sanders’ economic talk, especially young black voters (as well as younger Hispanic voters too). Instead, those are the things we demand as crucial to us finding the equality we have long requested in America, as many studies have shown how black Americans have urged for more public/government egalitarian action to dramatically lessen the gaps caused by white supremacy.

Once again, as a young black journalist and citizen of this country, it is important for me to tell the accurate, full picture instead of cliché’, asinine narratives about black voters from people who aren’t black. In general, black voters, especially older ones in the South, denied to cast their ballots for Sanders not because he alienated them with any economic talk (Sanders by the way has NEVER claimed that class issues are more important than race issues and has made racial inequality a major focus of his campaign repeatedly). Instead, it was mainly because of two simple reasons.
First, most black older voters who made up the majority of the demographics’ voters in the Southern primaries and throughout the country simply weren’t aware of who Sanders was or knew anything about him until election season came. This is just the firm truth, where those trying to deny this are being wildly dishonest to this salient fact that is legitimized with a full black perspective not focused solely on identity politics.

Abetting in that lack of familiarity with Sanders is the second reason for why Clinton owned the older black vote and overall black vote: the constant drumbeats of an inevitable Hillary candidacy if she chose to run after losing to Barack Obama in 2008, complimenting her already massive fame/familiarity. Along with the endless array of cable devotion to the Trump clown show campaign and Hillary’s visibility, Sanders didn’t have the echo chamber of big media coverage raise his profile with black voters to even half the swift rate it did for Obama, who obviously had optical advantages that Sanders never would have had with black voters.   
Just look at these accounts from this Los Angeles Times piece from older black voters as the Democratic primary went to South Carolina, the state setting the dominos in place for the rest of the Southern region to go clearly for Clinton as expected and really not even need all of her black Congressional friends long in the tank for her (and in 2008 as well over Obama, least anyone else forgets). 

“Who is Bernie Sanders,” one 59-year-old black voter asked in bemusement.
“I'm not up on all of them,” a 77-year-old black woman said. “I'm just up on the one I want” – meaning Clinton – “and the one I don't,” referring to her preference for Clinton and not Trump, despite that being about her primary voting preference and not the general election.
“I got nothing against him, but I don’t know anything about him,” a 76-year-old black man.
These accounts in South Carolina could be heard and seen in every other state from other older black voters who did participate in the Democratic primary, including even in the states with a diverse population that Sanders won in.
Instead of it being black voters not “feeling the bern,” it was black voters, particularly older black voters, not knowing the bern. And for those who were interested in hearing his beliefs for the first time while knowing little about him, older black voters weren’t alienated by Sanders’ economic talk, but just incredulous to if he was going to be able to actually have them occur.
“I know Bernie wants to do a lot. But are those things going to get accomplished?” said a 52-year-old black corrections officer in South Carolina. “I don’t want to say he’s a snake oil salesman, but he’s telling people what they want to hear.”

Whether on improved wages, demanding that the wealth gap significantly diminish and having public education schools that are only good in affluent, mostly white areas, anyone saying that black voters were alienated by Bernie’s economic talk is being an unfortunate charlatan. It is even more galling when people claiming that has been the case are people who are as black as a carton of eggs.
It willingly ignores the fact that Bernie has made both economic and social (race and gender) matters prime in his candidacy and is further offensive to black voters by thinking that we aren’t able to focus on both simultaneously with equal fervor.

Even after the Affordable Care Act has existed for a few years, black Americans continue to be uninsured and underinsured at higher rates than white Americans. We, just like any other rational person in America, would certainly love having a sane health care system, with expanded Medicaid for Aid single payer, strong public option and/or massive regulation to force private insurers to finally place people over profits instead of the other way around. You couldn’t find any black voter being alienated at Sanders for mentioning the onerous, high monthly premiums from Aetnas and Wellpoints we, just like other people, have to pay.

There is no alienation with hearing a candidate advocate for affordable public health care, or affordable public college tuition or an affordable $15 minimum wage from most black middle to lower case people. And with how black (and Hispanic) Americans as a whole have been at the bottom of America’s white supremacist structural racism, there is no large majority alienated by a candidate urging for years about our society needing to help the most disadvantaged and impoverished.  Those are things that Sanders has stood for years for, yet Filipovic and her kind continue to parrot incongruous statements about how black voters feel.

Unfortunately, with the platforms they are continuously given and the dishonesty they enthusiastically espoused despite being called out on it right on Twitter, more wrong-headed minority takes from non-minorities like Filipovic on Sanders will only continue to fester well beyond the primary election season.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 7/8/16: Yung Joc - It's Goin Down (2006)

As always, Viewer Discretion is Advised, especially if you aren't black or haven't grown up in an American hood. 

For the first of the Flashback Friday video choices this week, we take it back 10 yrs ago at this time with the start & peak of Yung Joc's career before the total irrelevance that it has fully become.

It's of course time to get your Motorcycle Lean on, with "It's Goin' Down," your first of two Flashback Friday throwbacks.

This is The Whole Delivery. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 7/1/16: Kardinal Offishall - BaKardi Slang (2001)

And the second Flashback Friday on this 149th B-day for my Canadian connects, it's the original Toronto most famous rapper. From all the way back in 2001, it's Kardinal Offishall's T.Dot banger, "BaKardi Slang."

This is The Whole Delivery.

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 7/1/16: Nelly Furtado - Say it Right (2006)

For my Canadian connects on their Happy Canada Day, will have a few Flashbacks from standout Canadian artists not named Aubrey Graham.

The first being from the one and only Nelly Furtado, at peak of popularity 10 years ago with this classic off her Timbaland backed album "Loose." She had many hits on that album, with this one being the biggest and her best song of her career after "Fly Like a Bird."

It's "Say It Right", your first Flashback Friday choice this week, especially for my Canadian connects.

This is The Whole Delivery.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Andrew Jones' Media Portfolio

(Updated December 21, 2017)

TYT Broadcast Media Videos: 

My report on Comcast spending against net neutrality, while Comcast news shows do not disclose it:

With Cenk giving it coverage for a segment on air for the main Young Turks show:

Notable Writing Clips 

Producer of this viral tweet and video for the WTA

My work as editor in chief at SB Nation's Brace The Hammers website 

Goodell missed the point: Kaepernick's argument isn't with the military, at The Guardian

What everyone is getting wrong about Serena Williams’ return to Indian Wells, at The Guardian

Serena Williams aside, American tennis’ love affair with grass has soured, at The Guardian 

Lisa De Vanna is the rebel to lead Australia’s revolution, at Fusion Network 

Who will stand up to the NCAA? .... at Ebony Magazine 

Glen Johnson & Steven Gerrard's changing roles in their final seasons at Liverpool, for STATS INC and formally BSports

Andrew Jones’ World Soccer Talk File

On-air resume tape, updated April 2017

ESPN name shoutout appearance

First Look Media's The Intercept Reporting Clips

Full Portfolio at The Intercept

The Raw Story Reporting Clips

 Romney Campaign Meets Equal Pay With Silence (article featured on news network MSNBC's coverage of the RNC)

 Sanders Skewers The Class Warfare of America's ‘economic royalists’

 House Dems introduce bill recognizing low income mothers raising their kids as work

Scahill: Obama has ‘murdered’ people with drone strikes

Bush: ‘I wish they weren’t called the Bush tax cuts’

Washington state to legalize same sex marriage

Rep. Walsh: Obama 'Like a teenage boy who had a big party'

Dallas teenager found after being mistakenly deported to Colombia

Employers discriminate against long-term unemployed: reports

Private prison company offers to buy 48 states’ prisons

Talking Points Memo clips

Rumsfeld: Still No Apologies For Iraq 

California GOPer On Wisconsin Senate Dems: ‘Fire Them!’

Huckabee: Poverty Will Fall If Single Parents Just Get Married

Karl Rove: Birtherism Is A ‘White House Strategy’

Appearances on HuffPost Live: 

Anchor Broadcast Reel:


Friday, May 13, 2016

The Flashback Fridays For 5/13/16: Janet Jackson - All For You (2001)

With news of her possibly having her first child, only fitting that another Flashback Friday celebrates Janet Jackson and in particular, her "All For You" terrific release from 15 years ago.

For many, her best album in the 2000s and arguably the top single that she has had in the 21st century. She, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis really produced a wonderful track and showed how her creative force was vastly underrated.

It was the biggest hit of a big year in music in 2001, and although she hasn't produced a song as big since, it certified her career greatness.

Today's Flashback Friday choice, it's Janet Jackson with "All For You."

This is The Whole Delivery. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 5/6/16: 2Pac - Dear Mama (1995)

Right in time for Mother's Day, and with Afeni Shakur gone up above with her son this week, a fitting Flashback Friday is in store for 2Pac's "Dear Mama" from 1995. Truly fitting and deserving of this honor.

More to come at The Whole Delivery, stay tuned. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Liberalism vs Centrism Election Thread For 4/20/16: No, Bernie Didn't Diss The South

With each passing day now in this unexpectedly engaging primary season on the Democratic side, someone on the “centrist left” will find a novel, silly thing to be angry at Bernie Sanders or his supporters with. And one that has now come fully to the surface has been the painting by a constant set of black journalist Sanders critics of the Vermont Senator being a regional elitist and, worse, a passive racist for saying why he felt Hillary Clinton dominated him in Southern states in the Democratic presidential primary.

Although this latest over outrage has flamed up over the last week, this whole incongruous narrative of claiming Sanders is disrespecting the South actually started way back on the night he was trounced in the South Carolina primary in February. As he was giving a speech at his Minnesota rally ahead of that state’s causes there, Sanders complimented the crowd who uttered his now synonymous $27 average campaign donation phrase.  

“There’s no way we are going to lose Minnesota, I can see that you are just too smart,” Sanders told the crowd.

That response prompted consistently and occasionally erroneous Sanders critic Jamil Smith of MTV News to imply that Sanders was passively slamming the intelligence of South Carolina’s black voters. When I and many others called out Smith on his intentional implication there, he quickly backtracked by saying, “Folks, if I wanted to call him ‘racist.’ I’d have done that.”
That represented how the narrative was already in place on framing or thinking that Sanders has an antagonism towards Southern voters. And it further aggrandized after Clinton won every state in the region, including Missouri by a whisker. Large defeats in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana gave more fuel to the fire for that “storyline” of Sanders clever distain for the South to be reignited.

And it has indeed come to the forefront again.   

In an appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos on April 10, Sanders expressed again why he would be the stronger candidate than Hillary Clinton in the general election. When Stephanopoulos countered by replying, “She’s getting more votes,” Sanders offered a retort. “Well, she’s getting more votes, a lot of that came from the South.” And cue the latest, irrational Bernie chastising, with some feeling those words was another subtle jab at Southern black people.  

The usual, notable online Sanders skeptics, besides Smith, instantly presumed that the septuagenarian was once again dissing Southern voters entirely for Clinton’s shellacking wins in the region, outside of Missouri, over him. Slate’s Jamelle Bouie claimed Sanders was being “dismissive in large part because Sanders touts wins in the rural West.” When asked if he was overanalyzing Sanders’ simple take of being dominated in the South, Bouie scoffed, “It is entirely possible if you ignore the context of what he said and his general rhetoric the past few days.”

In responding to Bouie’s critique, MSNBC’s Joy Reid continued her own inane takes on Sanders, claiming that Sanders was making a “seamless argument” of Southern states getting more attention than the Northwest states he was winning, only that he was never making that argument in the first place. “It it so serving and frustrating because Sanders is demonstrably better than that,” Bouie replied. Continuing in their overreaching, vapid analysis, Reid added, “He’s giving in to the temptation to do and say anything to dismantle his opponent.”    

Smith wasn’t far behind with his poorly contemplative take on the Senator. “Sanders argument that Clinton’s wins in the South somehow mean less doesn’t just discount her votes in that region, it discounts his own,” Smith wrote on Twitter.  “Neither the Sanders nor Clinton camp should not be using any rhetoric that delegitimizes or discounts votes, it’s undemocratic.”

If their vain slams weren’t galling enough, Sanders bringing up again how he was completely handled in the South by Clinton in the Brooklyn Democratic debate and accurately saying that the South is “more conservative” drew the ire of the usual suspects again. New York Times columnist Charles Blow, never hesitating to express any single disgust he has with Sanders, said he found Sanders words “odd and unsettling” and labeled his debate comments as having a “racial dimension” about them.  Bouie decided to write a post himself on Slate, saying again that Sanders was “dismissing” the South with his comments and that Southern Democrats weren’t far off from being as liberal as Vermont voters. “If Bernie Sanders wants to bring about a political revolution, he should refrain from spurning the Democrats who are most likely to make it happen,” Bouie chided.    

What general rhetoric is Bouie or any of these colleagues referring to that indicates Sanders and his campaign being irresponsible, clumsy or insulting to Southern voters, in particular Southern black voters? There is none whatsoever.

It was always going to an arduous task for Sanders to make any headway in a short amount of time in that region compared to the decades long public ID Hillary and Bill Clinton have. Moreover, the black community is primarily focused either on voting to make sure Republicans don’t severely harm us even more, don’t want to vote with how the political process has done little to truly eviscerate systematic racism or have had their voting rights taken away in a myriad of more systematic racism ways. With how Sanders was barely known with Southern black voters (and still some black voters in general now) he was never going to get past the natural skepticism those voters who don’t know him would have. A prime example was him going to South Carolina churches and basically be ignored with church goers thinking he was just another white politician coming only when it’s election time for their vote.   

Southern black voters aren’t blessed to see different choices within the Democratic party and have to either settle for what’s given to them or not, if they even have their rights to vote secured in the first place.  Moreover, Southern black voters are a small representation for black voters in general with turnout being low in presidential primary years outside of Barack Obama’s 2008 historical election, or just non-presidential years in general.

Dealing with Democrats not liberal enough against the already legacy and structural advantages conservative Republicans have in their devastation of Southern communities, many Southern black voters don’t have the desire to deal with the nonsense that constant political engagement brings. The challenges and daily struggles they deal with make little room for seeing what nonsense centrist cable media like CNN and MSNBC spew on, or centrist to centrist left media figures on Twitter argue about on a daily.

Sanders isn’t saying the South is more “conservative” because Southern Democratic voters are more conservative than Democrats elsewhere across the country. Rather, he is indicating that the conditions in these states are so conservative that Democrats there in total aren’t able to see the full view of liberal ideas such as free state college tuition, single payer health care, and making sure public schools are fully invested in over private charter schools who want to get public dollars. Being liberal is much more than saying “I’m liberal,” and why actions matter.     
It’s why Jim Clyburn’s clever but diabolical insinuation that Sanders’ free state college tuition plan would hurt Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) could not be firmly shutdown as it should because of the infrastructure in place allowing that sketchy claim to exist. It’s why the idea of “free college” combined with Sanders virtual anonymity in Southern voters’ minds leads to an instant quick dismissal of him over the vastly familiar, “friendly” presence of the Clintons. It is why this insinuation that Sanders is being, at the very least, a Northern elitist continues to persist.

That would be a problem if Sanders did indeed show vocal apathy towards Southern voters. A really big problem.

But there is no clear, substantive indication that he did dismiss or lessen the value of Southern voters, or any voters for that matter, by just stating an opinion about the South that has a lot of evidence to back it up. None whatsoever. Instead, it’s this persistent, stringent psychoanalysis of Sanders and trying to show that he is just a typical politician like everyone else continuing to reach more disturbing grounds by centrist-left journalists showing how obvious their hackdom is. If Sanders said that purple was his favorite color, some would automatically assume that he was being blatantly disrespectful to all other colors. It would then lead to more deranged Twitter comments from those who either are dedicated Hillary supporters, creepy paid autoturfers or easily annoyed Sanders haters declaring in every trolling tweet how “worse” and “toxic” Bernie is getting.

The process is so predictable now that it was inevitable some backlash would happen each time Sanders says those words. At the very least, anyone who has consistent sagacity would at least hold off on even thinking that Sanders was dismissing any voters. If Sanders literally said, “The South just doesn’t matter in the general,” then condemn him at all costs for even saying something as foolish and awful as that. But again, he didn’t say that, or even come close to uttering those words.

Moreover, if you had such an outrage over him assuming that the former Secretary of State publicly called him unqualified to be president when she technically did not, then maybe it would be consistent and fair of you to not assume what Sanders was saying as a direct insult to Southern voters. It would make those out there look less hypocritical than the embarrassing level of non-pensive scolding Sanders has received from them. And even as this primary winds down, you can be sure that Sanders will endure more twisting of his simple words made into more controversial phrases for those same characters to “condemn.”    

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