Monday, April 27, 2015

BOBBEE BEE: Lessons From Steel Magnolias

1. Pain Does Not Discriminate.
When we meet Shelby she seems like a spoiled princess with every advantage. Then she nearly falls into a diabetic coma at the beauty parlor and we feel like jerks for misjudging her.  That one early scene reveals the heart of the whole film: everyone suffers; try not to do it alone.

2. Holidays & Events Are Meant To Be Celebrated.
 
And unless that celebration can be seen from space, it doesn’t count.

3. ‘Thirty Minutes of Wonderful’ Is Better ‘Than A Lifetime Of Nothing Special’.
4. ‘Personal Tragedy [Should] Not Interfere With [The] Ability To Do Good Hair’.
 
Or wash your face. Or put on a pretty dress. Southern women understand half the battle to regain your footing is looking the part.

5. Perfection Is A Myth.
 
Also, boring. Every character in the film is his or her own brand of crazy, and as such, none seem crazy at all.  They seem human.  Which is why we love them so dearly.  We should be so kind to ourselves.
 

6. Old Southern Women Are ‘Supposed To Grow Vegetables In The Dirt’.
 
And wear silly hats. An utter off-color remarks. Eccentricity is our birthright.
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7. There Is No Such Thing As ‘Too Much’.
 
This applies to hair, jewelry, laughter, heel height, cake, cleavage, pulled pork, emotion, faith, persistence, and revelation.  Contrary to the old adage, less is actually less, and more is divine.
8. Busy Is Better Than Therapy.
 
Just as M’Lynn goes right on cooking as Shelby delivers the news of her health-threatening pregnancy, women know that when calamity comes knocking, you don’t sit on your fanny and do nothing.  Productivity beats wallowing every time.
 
9. Women Can, Should, And Do Share Everything.
 
TMI did not exist in the world of Steel Magnolias, and the women were the better for it.


10. Life Is A Joking Matter. 
 
Southerners know the more serious the situation, the more critical it is that we laugh.  Humor is as lifesaving as any flotation device in the rough sea.”
 

BOBBEE BEE: "The Optimist Creed"

bob_0024"The Optimist Creed"

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.


To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.


To make all your friends feel that there is something in them

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

optimist To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
by Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

BOBBEE BEE: BEWARE OF THE THOUGHT POLICE

The self-proclaimed # 1 cartoon on the Internet, Bobbee Bee "The Hater" is back to answer all the difficult questions everybody else is afraid to answer. Yes, the comeback kid, from the "City of Brotherly," is back with another episode of Here Comes "The Hater" on the Black Athlete Sports Network. www.blackathlete.net
1. With the all of these police killings and gang-shootings, do you think we should have another Million Man March?
NO!!!! I am TIRED MARCHING!!! It's time for some action!!!

2. Do you think Adrian Peterson will play for the Minnesota Vikings next year?

Not if Jerry Jones has anything to do with it. 

3. What would you like to tell ESPN's Skip Bayless?

A wise man never knows all and only a fool knows everything!!!


4. Why do you think Adrian Peterson beat is son?

That's easy.....He wants to be a Dallas Cowboy... 
 

5. What do you think about all the police brutality is an issue in America?

Yes. But, police do locally. What the government does internationally
 

6. What was the best advice you ever received outside the classroom?

Think, it is not illegal yet.
 
7. Can you believe the Philadelphia Eagles signed Tim Tebow? Hey, God performs miracles all the time. Plus, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly thinks he is smarter than God.

8. Have you ever been stop by the police?

Of course....I am a Black male with a college degree, who listens to Hip-Hop.

 
9. What did you dream about last night?

I dreamed about revenging the deaths of Mike Brown, Jordan Davis, Travyon Martin, and other Black men, who were killed by the hands of a crooked cop.
 
 
10. What do you think Martin Luther King would say if he was here today?

Force begets force. Hate begets Hate. And, only Love can transform the hearts and minds of others.
 
 
Eric D. Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Managing Editor at BASN, where his articles appear daily, along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.”Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOBBEE BEE: THE SHOOTING OF WALTER SCOTT: WHO'S THE BLAME?

This week-Charleston and 50 year old Walter Scott.

Police have been taking all the heat for these killings but I would like to extend blame in all these cases.

I also blame America's best and brightest for fanning the flame of racism, fear and predatory behavior toward a Black population in America.

Police feel the heat the most, but I believe and feel in my soul that our Congressional Representatives, National media, (Rush Limbaugh,, Michael Savage, Glen Beck, et al.), Fox News, NRA's Wayne Lapierre, and yes Rand Paul,

"We are going to take our country back."

From whom Mr. Paul?

All these folks bare guilt in this hour.

Their minds are clear tonight, but I don't know how they sleep.



The election of Barack Obama and the onslaught of hate and race mongering originally initiated by Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and company has been a perfect example of America's best and brightest surrendering their leadership and Constitutional responsibility to the worst and most base sentiments of a misinformed and mis-educated American populace.


This process starts before Obama even takes office and is fanned by all media and all NRA, gun toting, fools everywhere.

 If these folks want to shoot somebody, draft them at all ages and put them in military service and take them off of the American streets.

What about Black responsibility? I agree.

Black folks ought to learn that American culture has turned toward it's more base and racist sensibilities.

Many Americans in the majority have gone out of their minds with the fear generated by idiots like Limbaugh, Savage, Beck, Boehner and Company.

They have fallen prey to NRA rhetoric and a desire to "Take America back." If anyone has taken America, go find the Koch Brothers and Carolinian Art Pope's ilk.

Those folks have stolen your children's dreams and convinced a large portion of our society to blame any "Black guy."

Obama hate is an invisible tax all Black folks have paid.

Considering the obstruction carried out by Republican politicians and some Democrats, the absence of legislation achieved by the worst Congress in American history has been a tax and a treasonous imposition on all of the American people.

This has not been an attempt to stop Obama, this 7 years has been an insurance policy providing racist coverage against my Black children running for President.

Sound crazy to you.

I thought the same thing when McConnell promised obstruction weeks before the inauguration.

That's crazy!!!


Republicans delivered on their promise and the racial climate in the country became palpable, fearful and is still maintained through ignorance and fear.

During the last 7 years of absent legislation, including the response to Obama Care, the Congressional responsibility toward the American people, all of them, has been treasonous at least, malicious at best.

In the inimitable words of Malcolm X, "You been took, you been had, you been bamboozled." Done by our best and brightest and costing Black life and American progress, these last years will go down in history, eventually, as a Jimmy Carter-esque Presidency.

What American history will not record, and the reason I write at this moment, is to inform my children that they should not be fooled by America's capacity to heal itself.

These folks intentionally stirred the racial imaginations in America to divide and conquer the poor and ignorant so they could export jobs and support economic slavery imposed in third world nations and called the lie of "globalism."


I feel sorry for those front line policemen who go into gun stores and are convinced by Limbaugh and others that the world is, "Out to get you."

But this ain't just law enforcement.

Policeman, soldiers, school teachers, and college professors are dependent upon the largess of the State and Federal officials that make their paycheck possible.

What is that old cliché?

Evil will triumph when good people observe and remain quiet.

God help us all. Our best and brightest ain't worth shit.

They have no intention of maintaining democracy, Christian principle, moral will, or anything else.

Officer Slager is a stooge for the powerful.

And he ain't the only one.

Shame is, as the rappers say, "You don't even know it."

Logie Meachum is a graduate of N.C. A&T State University and Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

He has taught Theater, African American Studies, and English at Winston Salem State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Logie is internationally known as a Storyteller and Blues Musician. Presently he is a parental caregiver and a gangsta gardener at what is called The Old Oak Stump Garden creating fresh vegetables in his home community.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

BOBBEE BEE: MY LIFE MATTERS



 
“Cops are just doing their job” always struck me as weird because it implies that somehow the fact that they are harassing, killing, and imprisoning people, enforcing institutional racism, and destroying communities is less morally reprehensible if they do it for money. 
 

BOBBEE BEE: The Definition of Dunking!!!


by Eric D. Graham

NORTH CAROLINA- (BASN)

Black guys do it.

White guys do it.

Even girls can do it.

But no single play in sports can compare to it, not the homerun in baseball, the knockout in boxing, the hole in one in golf or the touchdown in football.

It is only worth two-points And for that reason alone, it is considered by many to be the most overrated shot in basketball.

As a result, many coaches despise it.

The league even tried to ban it because of “Lew” Alcindor.

But we fell in love with it.

And are still fascinated by it.

Matter of fact, we are obsessed with it.

Honestly, most of us started dreaming about it even before we were able to walk.

Even before we could dribble a ball, it gripped our imagination.

Hour after hour, long after midnight, early in the morning, we visualized ourselves dunking a basketball.

We practiced by jumping off of one foot, off of two feet, even barefoot in order to do it.

Why? Because it amazes us, leaves up bewildered, and defies the Laws of Gravity.


As a result, we awe at its acrobatics, cheer its creativity, and became dumbfounded by its devastation.

We love it so much; we even created contests to showcase it and named its ariel dynamics.

There is the Rock the Cradle, the 360, the Tomahawk, the Reverse, the Windmill, and the Double-Pump.

As children, it was all fun and games. But as we got older, it became a symbol of power, of coolness, of style, and of sexual prowess.

Why? Because…..It’s Orgasmic.
And leaves one breathless and speechless.

Quite frankly, it’s a religious experience, which causes some of us to shout… Oh my God!!

And Good God Almighty!!

Why? Because scientifically , it seems impossible.

I know on Sunday mornings in the pulpits of Black churches preachers preach about Jesus walking on water.

Well, I have seen it with my own eyes… Jordan walking on air.

Cedric Ceballos do it blindfolded.

Serge Ibaka glide from behind the free throw line.

(Sorry, Dr.J) Darryl Dawkins shatter a backboard.

Shaquille O’Neal pull down the goal.

Vince Carter spin counterclockwise.

J.R.Rider throw it down while taking the ball between his legs along the baseline.



Shawn Kemp make it rain.
Dominique Wilkins make it thunder and lightening.
Spud Webb climb the sky. Jacob Tucker do a summersault.
Antijuan Ball do a back flip.
Kenny become a “SKYwalker.”

Gerald Green blow out a candle on a cupcake.

Larry Nance do it with two balls.

Javon McGee do it with two balls in two goals at the same time.

The Air Up There do a 720.

Philly’s AO throw a lob off the shot clock, Nate Robinson jump over a man 7-foot tall, and Dwight Howard dunk a goal 13 feet high.


And just when, I thought, I had seen it all.

Blake Griffin jumped over a car.

Yes, Blake Griffin jumped over a car.

But before you get too excited, Guy Dupuy did it much better when he dunked over a car while going between his legs on the And 1 tour in Poland. …

Yes, one good one can psychologically change the outcome of a game.
And one great one, changed my life forever.
Man, what a Dunk!!

Now, Magic Johnson is willing to pay Lebron James $1 million to participate in next years Slam Dunk Contest
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Eric D.Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A in Mass Communications, with a concentration in Radio & Television, with a minor in History, with a concentration in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his thought-provoking articles and cartoon Here Comes The Hater appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com

Monday, April 06, 2015

BOBBEE BEE: MAKING OF A STREET BALL LEGEND pt.2

The Graham Brothers are back with another "CLASSIC".

There second book entitled "Larry Long Legs" featuring Bobbee Bee drops right after "March Madness" and right before the NBA FINALS!

Every kid desires to make the winning shot. Plus, every kid thinks he is the next Michael Jordan, the next Lebron James and the next KOBE BRYANT!!

Our cartoon character Bobbee Bee is no different. He, however, thinks he can leave elementary school and go straight to the NBA.


Bobbee Bee, a 10 year old PlayStation junkie, who is heavily influenced by ESPN and Rap videos, takes his street ball dribbling skills, and "do or die" attitude, to the court, in his first organized basketball game.



But, learn what happens when BOBBEE BEE meets his teammate Larry Long Legs, a lanky, 7-foot tall, fourth grader with two left feet ! Believe me, this story will leave you laughing and learning a valuable lesson all the way to the very last seconds on the clock!

Get your copy of Larry Long featuring Bobbee Bee "The Hater" at www.bn.com, www.walmart.com, and www.authorhouse.com And don't forget to read "In the Mind of Bobbee Bee" every week on the Black Athlete Sports Network at www.blackathlete.com

 

BOBBEE BEE: LARRY LONG LEGS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

The 1st Annual Larry Long Legs Basketball Tournament was held on July 15th, 2006 at James Kenan High School in Warsaw, North Carolina.

The basketball tournament was designed to teach leadership skills, good sportsmanship, teamwork, goal setting, angry management, and a winning attitude.

The competition was fierce!!!

There, however, were "NO SLAM DUNKS,"but there were plenty of "airballs," several "bone-crushing" fouls, a few "lucky" three-pointers, and many amazing moves as our "future" NBA STARS battled for the convenant MVP and championship trophies.

The Larry Long Legs Basketball Tournament was also the unofficial book-signing of the "NEW" children's book written by Eric Graham which is simply called "Larry Long Legs!"


This is the second book published in the series of "In the Mind of Bobbee Bee"which is a literacy program designed to improve the attitudes and behavior of our children in the public school system and at home.

The Larry Long Legs Basketball Tournament was hosted by Terrence Graham but there were several other "outstanding" brothers who provided their time and assistance: Lamont Dixon, George Griffin, Dr. Dennis Royal, Truman Raines, Kevin Bouyer, and Jermaine Jones.


"This basketball tournament is about more than basketball. It's about Education, Brotherhood, and Reconnecting the Community.  Why? Because,  too many of our children have "HOOP DREAMS!"
(pictured left to right Eric D.Graham, Lamont Dixon, Terrence Graham, George Griffin, Dr. Dennis Royal, Truman Raines, and Kevin Bouyer.

"They spend 8hours or more pursuing basketball and not on pursuing academic success in the classroom. But we are trying to get these young ballers to realize that academics always come before athletics!" stated Author/Cartoonist Eric Graham.  "We are trying our best to break the vicious stereotype of the "dumb" athlete or the "dumb" jock that can't read or write."
Go to www.authorhouse.com, www.amazon.com, www.buy.com, www.walmart.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com, and purchase the books that inspired the Tournament. "Larry Long Legs," and "In the Mind of Bobee Bee." The NBA stands for NO BAD ATTITUDE!