Friday, October 9, 2009

Salutations Mr. President

Today our President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Needless to say, this is a great honor for Barack. It shows that people except his position on peace and ambitions for a peaceful nation. Obviously the war is still taking place in iraq which may lead some to question this award for the president. But in reality this a war that the Obama administration walked in on. And despite his words and attempts a war does not end overnight.

As the 2009 Nobel Peace prize recipient Barack Obama joins others such as Martin Luther King Jr, Ghandi, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Mother Theresa.

Here is a statement released by his website today.

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Im an addict for sneakers...Bo Jackson's re-released

"Its like im searching for a sneaker head" - Jay-Z "So Ambitious"

Nike just re-released the old school Bo Jackson SC Traners. OBOY! I got a email from my boy Bartlett in Minnesota the other day, saying look what I found. I remember these nikes from back in the day, like it was yesterday. I have had two pairs since they originally released them and I have honestly been waiting for nike to re-release these for some time now.

I got my first pair the night before I started the 7th grade. You know back in the day it was crucial to get some new shoes for the first day of school. I stayed with my Dad, but my Mom told me she would get them for me and make sure she dropped them off before school on Monday. Like ALWAYS, I had faith in Mom's promise, so I spent the day waiting for her to show up at the house with the footlocker bag and that orange nike box. I cant lie, that day moved in extra slow motion waiting for my Mom to show. Its not later until in life that you fully understand all that parents go thru and do to make things happen for you as a kid. All I wondered as a kid, was where the hell is Mom with my shoes!" Mom's eventually made it, but I was already sleep. But I woke up in the middle of the night and saw the footlocker bag that I had anticipated seeing all day. After my sleep walk to the bathroom for a wake up piss, I opened the shoes, kissed them and sat them on top of the ironing board in front of my bed. Which put them in a perfect place for me to stare at them every time I opened my eyes for the rest of the night. Thank you Mom's for coming thru in the clutch, like always.

The next day I went to school feeling fresher than Will Smith and Uncle Phil too. I had some stone washed guess overalls that I rocked with one shoulder strapped dangling, that was the style back in the day. I also had a sweet Bo Jackson t shirt that said BO KNOWS in Orange and Blue the exact color match of the shoes. Not to mention I had a new haircut with a least 15 lines in my head. Like I said...I was fresh, no doubt. Not to mention, I was the only one at school with the Bo Jackson's that day. Time and the fact that I wore my orange and blue Bo Jackson's everyday eventually caught up to those kicks and I was forced to get rid of them. A true love lost....

"You can catch Mac in Marcy 4-5-6'n it...Orange Bo Jackson's New York Knicks'n it..." Beanie Siegel - "My Hood to your Hood"

Years later, while on an internship in Orlando I ran across another pair at the Nike factory for 25 dollars! Needless to say, I scooped them up with no hesitation. Actually they weren't 25 dollars, but I had the switch the box scheme running at the nike store. lol. When I got the shoes the second time I thought there was no way I would ever lose them, thought I would have them forever. On my second run, I had a Patrick Ewing jersey that matched the shoes perfectly, so that Beanie Siegel line from above was real life to me, I love when I hip hop line hits you like that. I would eventually have to leave the kicks behind because I was moving and had to many bags for the plane ride. I felt like I left them in good hands with my boy DJ Jus Chris, but he managed to lose them somehow, someway....jackass!
But it was my fault for leaving these shoes that I loved so behind. Love lost part two....

And with that said, when I got the text from Bartlett I told myself when I get the Bo Jackson this time around, im going to have them doubt. So footlocker here I come.

"I'm a addict for sneakers....." - Nas - New York State of Mind

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Blueprint 3 cover art released

Feeling the new cover art for Hova's upcoming release the Blueprint 3. Definitely on some next level for a hip hop cover, add to that Jay isnt even pictured on the cover. The cover has a rock band look to it, real abstract but I like the look. Rock and Roll Hip Hop in full effect. Album is set to drop Sept. 11.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sportys sweep Anchor Steam to win the ESPN Softball Championship

Sportys sweep Anchor Steam to win the ESPN Softball Championship

Behind their powerful bats, Sportys dominated Game 2 of the ESPN Softball Championship Series 28-8 to complete a clean sweep of the ESPN Softball Championship.

The Sportys team composed of all Studio Production assistants piled up 7 runs in the 1st inning including two pairs of back-to-back homers from Dan Presser and Nick Steger followed by Brandon Moore and Danny Corales. Sportys continued to crush the ball, hitting 10 home runs including a blast from SS Steger, that went into the middle of Route 229.

John Deaver improved to 10-0 as Sportys' ace. Deaver was helped out by great team defense, including a Web Gem diving catch in left field by Presser.

"I didn't know I had it in me. I guess all those times of practicing with the girls paid off," Presser explained

Along with Presser, Jean-Luc Ladoucer, Matt Smith and Brian Bourque played incredible defense in the outfield and kept the powerful Anchor's bats at bay. Meanwhile, 3B Ryan Bartlett went 4-6 with 5 RBIs and 1B Mark Eiseman went 5-6 with 4 RBIs to power the offense.

An excited Bartlett said, "Ira (Fritz) is one of the best pitchers in the league. However, B Moore reminded me before the game of the times Ira made those late bump changes and remembering those times made me focus a little harder on my at-bats"

Sportys completed an impressive playoff run that included a victory in extra innings with only eight players in the first round vs The Fraggles. They moved on and knocked out the regular season champs, The Bugs. Then they swept Research and Destroy before completing their championship run vs Anchor Steam.

Game notes: Steger was named MVP, after going 10-for-12 with 5 home runs in the 2-game series ... Sporty's starting outfielder Jim Serratore, did not play due to a prior committment, but did show up for the champagne celebration on the field ... Simon Baumgart, Matt Brooks, Chris Burns, Aaron Katzman and Andy Davison are also on the team but didn't play in the series.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My President is Black

Nov 4th 2008

History in the making: Election 2008

My morning started with a flurry of text messages from friends and family telling me they had already voted and asking if I had voted yet. I was in a good slumber when I received the messages, but ended up getting up shortly after that. I was ready to get my vote on and be a part of history because I knew that this would be a historic day, a day that many people have suffered for, dreamt about and longed for. Barack Obama was about to become the first African American President of the United States.

Because of a 11am dentist appointment, I was up and ready to go the poll by 9am. Me, Boone and Bartlett went to polls together.
A small middle school down the street from our apartment building. On our way into the school, a group of people holding a sign to reelect someone said hello. This was enough to gain the votes of Bartlett and Boone, but I went with someone else for the local office that had mailed me a flyer about their campaign a few days prior. Jane Heinske or something like that for governer.

Lines were short in the polling location, two things i noticed, first, the old ladies that were working the lines looked like they had been trained for this day for a long time and you dare not walk down the wrong line or anything out of order. Second, I noticed and Boone were the only two black people in attendance, guess they knew who we were voting for!

When I got in my ballot booth, I took a couple extra minutes to read the directions on the ballot because I had seen so many emails about what to do and what not to do. So I wanted to make sure I didnt mess up and vote for McCain by accident. But after some careful reading I made my selections, Barack Obama for President and a few other selections. When I finished, I looked around and Bartlett was already outside and Boone was still in the booth. So Boone was a little slower than me, maybe he was reading the instructions too. Bartlett read the directions after he filled in his circles.

When we were all finished, I put my I VOTED TODAY sticker on we took a couple flicks to celebrate history in the making.
For the rest of the day I sported my sticker with tremendous pride.

Fast Forward to 8pm when some polls around the country started to close. Im at home with some friends switching between CNN election coverage and the Celtics / Rockets game. I moved down the hall to my neighbor Kofi's house for the second half of the game and the later election results. As I watched the end of the Celtics game, I got another text from my neighbor Bartlett, saying "Obama just won!" We immediately changed the channel and CNN was posting that it projected Obama had won. I complete feeling of joy overcame me once I realized that this moment had finally arrived.

My other neighbor Boone, rushed downstairs with some tequila shots for everyone in celebration. Then we went to Bartlett's house to listen to Obama's speech and enjoyed a victory cigar for the occasion.

As I listened to the speech, I thought back on how I had had the opportunity to interview Mr. Obama when he was running for Senator of Illinois in 2004, while attending Southern Illinois University and working for the local station. I recall not realizing how the big moment was when I held my microphone up to his face as we look at each other eye to eye and he answered a few of my questions regarding the senate race in Illinois. I remember spending time at one of his campaign hubs in Carbondale, while shooting stories for the station and feeling connected to him because of his color and his message. I remember listening to his speech during the democratic national convention and my pops saying "We could be looking at the first Black President of the United States, right here."

This also made me think about how special it was for people like my parents to see this moment come to fruition. Thinking about my Pops and grandparents who lived thru the civil rights movement and saw segregation in its darkest hour, this was indeed a special moment not just in black history but a moment in world history. Sometimes it hard for me to put things in proper historical perspective when they are actually happening in front of you. Because I always think of history as something that has already been done, which means most of the time it is just something to you read about and say, wow, that happended! But it didnt take much time to realize the magnitude of this occasion.

Barack Obama is President of the United States, and I am proud to be an American and I look forward to the future under his leadership.

My President is Black

BMoore Report over

Friday, August 15, 2008

YouTube's to watch

BMoore Report checking in. Been a minute since I have posted but I was out of town for a few weeks (Florida and Chi-Town) add that to my laziness and shady work schedule and you get no posts. lol. Here are a couple of youtube videos that have caught my attention over the past month or so. Shout out to Young Kof, oh you mad cause I'm styling on you....

And oh yeah...don't know if you have had a chance to check out Spain / Portland Trailblazers Rudy Fernandez. He is currently hooping with Pau Gasol and Espania in the Olympics. Fernandez and Spain figure to give the USA their toughest competition on the way to gold. Rudy appears to be pretty legit, not sure if those same skills will translate to the NBA. But he looks like the real deal. Add him to the Trailblazers already potent roster plus the debut of Greg Oden and the Portland squad may be a problem out west.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Barack Obama the painting

Here's the finished product of my second painting. I finished it much quicker than I did my Biggie portrait for my peeps that are keeping score on my art.
Shout out to Barack Obama for his democratic presidential nomination....a change is near!

Let me know what you think

Be real, be you, BMoore