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same-gender-loving contemporary descendant of enslaved africans. community activist, feminist, health educator, independent filmmaker, mentor, playwright, poet & spiritual being. featured at, in & on africana.com, afrikan poetry theatre, angel herald, bejata dot com, bet tonight with tavis smiley, blacklight online, black noir, brooklyn moon cafe, gmhc's barbershop, klmo-fm, lgbt community services center, longmoor productions, nuyorican poets cafe, our corner, poz, pulse, rolling out new york, rush arts gallery, saint veronica's church, schomburg center for research in black culture, sexplorations, the citizen, the new york times, the soundz bar, the trenton times, the village voice, upn news, uzuri, venus, vibe, wbai-fm, wnyc-fm & wqht-fm. volunteered with adodi, bailey house, inc., black men's xchange-new york, colorofchange.org, drug policy alliance, east harlem tutorial program, imagenation film & music festival, presente.org, save darfur coalition, the enough project, the osborne association, the sledge group & your black world. worked on films with maurice jamal & heather murphy. writing student of phil bertelsen & ed bullins. mjt975@msn.com.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Eagles beat Patriots in Super Bowl 52

the philadelphia eagles defeated the new england patriots 41-33 to win super bowl 52 at us bank stadium in minnesota on sunday. eagles quarterback nick foles was named mvp. foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns, including one td reception.

foles is the first backup to win a super bowl since patriots qb tom brady. he's the first player in super bowl history to have a passing and receiving td in the same game. foles said, "we've played this game since we were little kids, we dreamed about this moment. there's plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment and someday will be here."

eagles owner jeffrey lurie was asked what the win meant to the city of philadelphia. lurie said," if there's a word, it's called everything. that's what it means to eagles fans everywhere. and for eagles fans everywhere, this is for them." 

foles led a 75-yard drive to the winning score, an 11-yard td pass to tight end zach ertz with 2:21 to go in the game. the ball popped into the air when ertz crossed the goal line, and was challenged by the pats. "if they would have overturned that, i don't know what would have happened to the city of philadelphia, but i'm glad they didn't overturn it," ertz said. 

eagles defensive end brandon graham strip-sacked brady and derek barnett recovered, setting up rookie jake elliott's 46-yard field goal for an eight point lead. brady led the defending champs to midfield, but his desperation pass in the end zone with nine seconds left failed. graham said, "for us, it was all about one stop we had to make. we went out here and made that one stop."

in a highly-competitive, thrilling shootout, both teams combined for 1,151 yards, the most by two teams in any game (preseason, regular or playoff). brady threw for a postseason record 505 yards. eagles coach doug pederson is a champion in just his second year in charge. patriots coach bill belichick is now 5-3 in super bowls.

the philadelphia eagles are nfl champs for the first time since 1960. 

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Lewis, Moss, Owens and Urlacher among eight players in the 2018 NFL Hall of Fame

middle linebackers ray lewis and brian urlacher, and wide receivers randy moss and terrell owens headline the eight players honored on saturday in the 2018 nfl hall of fame. offensive linemen robert brazile and jerry kramer, personnel executive bobby beathard and safety brian dawkins were also inducted by the 47 voters.

lewis helped the baltimore ravens win the super bowl in 2000, and was super bowl mvp. lewis is a two-time ap defensive player of the year, and was all-pro for eight seasons. urlacher was the 2005 defensive player of the year on the chicago bears, and joined lewis on the 2000s all-decade team.

moss led the nfl in td catches five times, including his record 23 for new england in 2007, and earned four all-pro selections. moss finished his 14-year career with 982 receptions for 15,292 yards. he ranks second all-time with 156 td receptions. owens ranks second to jerry rice with 15,934 yards and is third - just behind moss - on the all-time td receptions list with 153.

dawkins spent most of his 16-year career with the philadelphia eagles. dawkins was a first-team all-pro five times, and registered 37 interceptions and 26 sacks. he became the first player in history with a sack, interception, fumble recovery and td catch - in the same game - against houston in 2002.

kramer, a senior inductee, helped anchor the green bay packers offensive line for 11 years and win six nfl titles. kramer's block cleared the way for bart starr's td sneak in their 1967 super bowl victory. brazile played a decade for the houston oilers, making all-pro five consecutive years. beathard helped build four super bowl champions in miami and washington, and made seven trips to the title game in 30 years as a personnel executive.   

Friday, February 02, 2018

Former Knicks All-Star Charles Oakley cleared of assault charges

former new york knicks all-star forward charles oakley was cleared of misdemeanor assault charges. the charges stemmed from an incident last year before a knicks regular season game at madison square garden.

the new york post on friday reported a manhattan judge dismissed the charges. oakley got into a scuffle with several madison square garden security guards, was handcuffed and removed from the garden, to a chorus of boos from the fans.

oakley and prosecutors agreed to a deal last august. their deal stated the charges would be dropped if oakley stayed out of trouble for six months. oakley's lawyer, alex spiro, says oakley has been "completely vindicated."

the beloved former all-star power forward played for the knicks from 1988 to 1998. but in recent years, his turbulent relationship with knicks owner jim dolan has been public fodder. in fact, the night of the incident, dolan was sitting in the front row - and he did nothing to diffuse the situation.

dolan later publicly accused oakley of having anger management issues and a problem with alcohol. dolan, an admitted recovering alcohol (sober over 20 years), was chastised by journalists, former knicks players, many knicks fans, and people on social media for his disrespectful, insensitive and unkind remarks.

oakley was accused of striking a madison square garden security guard before the knicks game on february 8, 2017. oakley has filed a lawsuit against dolan. the suit alleges oakley was the one assaulted.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer win 2018 Australian Open Singles Titles

world #2 caroline wozniacki of denmark on saturday night in melbourne defeated world #1 simona halep of romania 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 to win the australian open singles championship. this was the first career major singles title for wozniacki, and she was in tears after match point.

wozniacki lost her first major singles final at the u.s. open to serena williams in 2009. while clutching the winner's trophy, wozniacki said, "i'm sorry i'm just taking a second to hug daphne. i dreamt of this moment so many years, to be here now, it's a dream come true." neil diamond's "sweet caroline" played over the speakers as she carried the daphne akhurst memorial cup around rod laver arena.

on monday the popular 27 year-old regains the top ranking for the first time in six years - beating williams' record of five years and 29 days between stints at number one. wozniacki, humbly cognizant of being criticized by the pundits for being #1 and not winning a major, said, "i'm never going to get the question about being a world number one without a slam." 

world #2 roger federer of switzerland on sunday night in melbourne defeated world #6 marin cilic of croatia 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the 2018 australian open singles championship. federer's 20th major singles title is the most by any man in history. 

''i'm so happy, it's unbelievable. of course, winning is an absolute dream come true...the fairytale continues for us, for me, after the great year i had last year, it's incredible. i love you guys. thank you," federer said. he held up the trophy and got a standing ovation as tears streamed down his face. 

at the age of 36 years, 173 days, federer is the second oldest man to win a major singles final in the open era. ken rosewall won the australian open in 1972 at age 37. federer missed the last six months of 2016 due to injury. yet he's won three of the last five majors. he now joins margaret court (24), serena williams (23) and steffi graf (22) with 20+ major singles wins.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Aetna to pay $1.15 million civil penalty after leaking 2,460 members' HIV status

aetna will pay a $1.15 million civil fine, and vowed to improve it's privacy settings to settle charges it leaked the hiv-positive status of 2,460 new york members. during a mailing last summer, the confidential information could be seen in large transparent envelope windows.

new york attorney general eric schneiderman on tuesday said names, claim numbers and hiv medication instructions in the july 28, 2017 mailing were "clearly visible" to outsiders because of how aetna folded letters and inserted them into the envelopes. 

the mailing was intended to notify members of a class action settlement permitting them to buy hiv medication at discounted prices, rather than by mail - where their privacy might be compromised if families or neighbors saw the drug packages. 

"through it's own carelessness, aetna blatantly violated its promise to safeguard members' private health information," schneiderman said in a statement. the attorney general said his office uncovered similar issues with a september 25, 2017 mailing by aetna to 163 new york members with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart condition.  

the hartford, connecticut-based company neither admitted nor denied any wrongdoing. however, aetna did agree to retain an independent consultant for two years to monitor its efforts to improve member privacy. 

also, last week they agreed to a $17.2 million settlement in the federal court in philadelphia of private litigation over similar claims by more than 11,000 members in new york and other states.

"we have worked to address the potential impact to members following this unfortunate incident. we are implementing measures designed to ensure something like this does not happen again as part of our commitment to best practices in protecting sensitive information," aetna said in a statement.

last month, aetna was bought by cvs health corp in a $69 billion transaction.      

Saturday, January 06, 2018

ESPN fires McNabb, Davis after sexual harassment allegations

espn has severed their professional relationships with former all-star football players donovan mcnabb and eric davis because of sexual harassment allegations which surfaced during their recent employment with nfl network.

mcnabb and davis were named in a lawsuit this past october alleging sexual harassment at nfl network. the suit alleges mcnabb sent explicit and inappropriate text messages to former wardrobe stylist jamie cantor. davis allegedly touched cantor's genitals without her consent.

both mcnabb and davis were employed by espn after leaving nfl network. espn confirmed friday neither mcnabb nor davis would be employed by their network after an investigation into the allegations were concluded.    

mcnabb and davis served as nfl analysts for espn. they were both suspended by the network in december, when the allegations by cantor were initially made public.  

Sessions abolishes protections for state marijuana laws

the department of justice on thursday said they've abolished existing policies to prevent federal prosecutors from interfering states who legalized marijuana. attorney general jeff sessions indicated he'll use the power of the federal government to attack each states' ability to decide their own laws.

sessions' intentions will affect millions of americans who voted to approve the legalization of marijuana in their state. his decision may encourage federal raids on licensed, regulated and tax-paying businesses. 

these companies employ thousands of employees and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for various public services, which include new school construction and substance abuse treatment programs.

president donald trump agrees with sessions. during his presidential campaign, he said this should be an issue to be decided by the states, not the federal government, despite the overwhelming feelings of many americans who feel otherwise. 


Friday, December 22, 2017

Venus Williams will not be charged in fatal accident in Florida

tennis legend venus williams is not going to face criminal charges for her role in a fatal car accident this past june 9. the driver of the car which struck williams' suv in an intersection was also not charged.

palm beach gardens police determined neither individual violated the right-of-way. initially, police said williams should be reprimanded for not yielding the right-of-way. but in july, video surfaced vindicating williams entered the intersection lawfully. 

the video showed a car not involved in the collision forced williams to stop in the intersection. the traffic light changed, and a sedan which struck williams' van had a green light. jerome barson, 78, the passenger in a sedan colliding with williams' car died june 22. his wife, linda barson, drove that sedan.

the barson family has filed a wrongful death suit against williams.