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Mashed Potatoes!

Under any other circumstances, I would unequivocally state that the most disgusting food on the face of the earth would be Kentucky Fried Chicken’s faux bowl of mashed potatoes and the questionable gelatinous brown shit that sits on top of it , and passes for what we call gravy.  But today, the circumstances have changed…

As you all know, I am following the path of my nephew Devyn, who was shot in the head, a victim of a senseless crime that has not yielded one person anything other than grief.  Devyn was shot behind the ear and the bullet traveled in a downward trajectory resulting in the loss of multiple teeth and requiring that his jaws be wired shut.  In the few weeks since this tragedy happened, my nephew has not complained about anything except the one thing that all teenagers complain about, food, and how hungry they are!

Today, Devyn went to the doctor’s office and took a test that they call a “Barium Swallow.”  This test entails testing the patient with a solution containing Barium sulfate.  This solution is ingested by the patient and then tracked by x-rays to track its progress through the esophagus and the stomach.  To make a long story short, Devyn, just got a free pass to put a hurting on a whole lot of restaurants and I intend to take that journey with him… Soft foods only boy!

So, today, after getting the clearance from his doctors, Devyn decided to get some mashed potatoes from K-Fried and I an not taking issue with his culinary choices.  Eat all the mashed potatoes from Kentucky Fried Chicken you want.  I’m not sure that they have any nutritional value, but hopefully, they’ll help you to gain back some of the weight you’ve lost.  Bigger, after all, is a part of your motto…

Bigger – Better – Stronger!

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Hazing!

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One of the things that have been on my mind the last several months is the senseless death of FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion.  I wanted to comment on this issue earlier but several events have transpired in my life that have prevented me from doing so.  First of all, I’d like to thank Brother Chuck Hobbs who posted this article from The Orlando Sentinel on his Facebook  page which did a sensational job reporting on this story.  I don’t feel any remorse for canceling my subscription to my hometown newspaper The Tallahassee Democrat.  Worst newspaper ever…

I want to keep this short and sweet.  To Dr. Julian White, Director of Bands at Florida A&M University, I wholeheartedly apologize for calling for your firing.  Clearly, the evidence points to you doing everything in your power to curtail hazing.  The unfortunate thing about the matter is that no matter what those in power do to curtail the practice of hazing, the responsibility lies with the actual members of The 100 who seek to enthrall us every week when they take the field.

I have read ad nauseam the musings and opinions of those who think that they speak for the majority as if they were some kind of expert on our culture and would speak as if their words were etched on The Ten Commandments.  To Dr. Na’im Akbar, shut the fuck up!  Your analysis seems to suggest that people of our color cannot handle and should not be given the power for self determination. Herein lies the problem…

The strong will always prey upon the weak.  Robert Champion was set to become the head drum major next year.  He could have left it there and set the example for the rest of the band to show them that you can achieve whatever you want to by sticking to your own guns.  However, for whatever misguided thoughts that he may have had, he didn’t need to get on that bus that would eventually take his life.  Acceptance by fools is no acceptance at all…

No matter how this incident has hurt our university, we will prevail!  Bullies have been picking on the weak since time began.  Only when the weak stand up to the bullies and say no more of this shit, will stupid shit like hazing end.  If you are a lamb, it will be to your advantage, not to walk with lions.  Mr. Champion, you may have had the heart of a lion that day, but you should never have trusted them…  May you find the acceptance in the next life that you didn’t find in this one…. Hubba!

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When The Dark Clouds Gather Over The Horizon…!

Recently, in my tribute to my nephew Devyn Hardy, I commented on how I did not have much faith in the human species as a whole.  Let me state how unequivocally I was wrong about the human race and in particularly The Baby Rattler Nation.  While I will always view humans skeptically, I will never again doubt the bonds we forged as Baby Rattlers.  I couldn’t have made it without the support of some of our core families.  I take that back….. even if you were an only child, you are a part of that core.

There are certain things that we hold to be self-evident, such as the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Although these things came to us later rather than sooner, must these three unyielding principles require a child to constantly look over his/her shoulder in the fear that some ne’er-do-well is going to inflict some type of harm on them simply because they have benefited a little better under the system that we live under?  It shouldn’t have to be this way….

I can ramble on and on but I don’t want to bore you, lest myself.  I am truly fighting the monster that I despise I might become.  I just want a very simple thing out of life and that is for us to all get along.  I will gladly give you everything that I have if it will prevent you from trying to blow my brains out.  Maybe, it is beyond my purview to understand this… I might never know.  With this being said evildoers and dregs of society, you must remember one thing…..

If you want to do dirt against us is a road that you don’t want to travel down because if you do, you only need to remember these words:

When the dark clouds gather on the horizon,
When thunder and lightning pierce the skies,
When fate is but a glare in the eye of a fallen Rattler,
and hope….a lost friend,
When the sinew of the chest grows weary from those hard charging linebackers,
And the muscles in the legs grow tired from those hard charging running backs,
You must always remember….the Rattlers will
STRIKE!!!
STRIKE!!!
AND STRIKE AGAIN!!!

We will get you in the end. We come from a legacy starting with Matthew Esteras, Harry Holt, Doris Jefferson, Doris Medlock, Ruth Williams, Johnnie Williams, Raymond Baker, and even Mrs. Hill, the evil math teacher…. Don’t tread upon us!   My nephew, Devyn Hardy made it through New Beginnings so he is apart of the FAMU Family!  You tried us once, you’d be ill advised to do it a second time.  Because when you screw with one of us, you screw with us all.  My entire family and I, stand together with you and for you. Never again can we allow this to happen to one of our families… Just saying!

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Bethune-Cookman University!

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Bethune-Cookman University is a wonderful school.  Here are my top ten predictions for the Wildcat’s 2010-2011 school year.

10.  Bethune-Cookman will produce more taxi drivers in New York than the entire country of Pakistan.

9.  “How to Sleep Your Way Through College in Four or Five Years” will be the bookstore’s biggest seller.  For both sexes.

8.  Bethune-Cookman’s engineering school will fail miserably at the world Lego Building Blocks competition.  Oh, wait a minute, Bethune doesn’t have an engineering school.

7.  In an effort to spruce up the campus Bethune-Cookman will replace the statue of Mary McLeod Bethune with a glistening new statue of Gabourey Sidibe.

6.  FAMU beats Bethune-Cookman in the Orlando Classic by a score of 65-3.

5.  After the FAMU beatdown, Bethune-Cookman considers changing back to an all girls school.

4.  President Trudie Reed will announce that she is having a love child with Flavor Flav.

3.  Maybe sometime this year the web master will spell speech communication correctly on their degree page.

2.  Alvin Wyatt, unable to find a coaching job, opens up a small chain of Wyatt Burgers.  Unfortunately it closes after giving MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas food poisoning.

1.  She is elected Homecoming Queen!

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Black History Month!

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Damn!  Here it is February 19, 2009 and I am just realizing that we are in the midst of black history month.  Never mind we get the shortest month of the year for our stories to be told but black history month should be abolished.  Why should we be treated special?  Affirmative Action opponents must be having a damn field day that blacks get a set aside.

Growing up, all we learned about black history was that we were once slaves and now considered extinct farm machinery.  It’s as if black people never existed until whites needed a cheap labor pool.  We we were also taught about Martin Luther King Jr.  And on occasion there were brief lessons on Benjamin Banneker, W.E.B. Du Bois, and George Washington Carver.  Forget Lewis Latimer who invented the carbon filament that went inside Edison’s light bulb.  Never mind Garrett Morgan who invented the gas mask and the first traffic lamp.

The point here is that we have a shared history and the fabric of our history should be interwoven.  Maybe that one black kid on the brink of giving up would be inspired to learn more if the curriculum accurately reflected our shared history.  We all know of the contributions that blacks have made to this country.  It does them a great injustice to be compartmentalized into one month.  Our history, our American history should be taught the entire school year.

Do you know who the women is pictured above?  By the way, we have a great resource here in Tallahassee regarding black history.  If you get the chance, please visit the Black Archives on the campus of Florida A&M University.  You’ll be amazed!  eehard told you so!

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Marching 100 in the Inaugural Parade!

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The Marching 100 was number 7 in the parade lineup.  That is a noteable distinction for a band participating in an inaugural parade.  It means that you are an upper echelon band to go off in the first section.  Unfortunately, because of the delay of the starting of the parade, the band was unable to perform a two minute routine for Mr. Obama.

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Help Send The Marching 100 To Washington, DC!

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Please help send America’s band to Washington, DC to participate in this historic inauguration!  No donation is too small!  Your heart will be filled with pride as Tallahassee’s own Marching 100 marches down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol.  Please go to www.famu.edu to contribute!  Thank you!

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