Archive for November, 2009

The Allen Iverson Escapade Continues………….

November 30, 2009

Former Philadelphia 76er superstar and fourteen year vet Allen Iverson’s personal accolades, scoring championships and praise are all in fact terrific. But Iverson continues to miss the point regarding his playing status.

When announced last week to Philadelphia Inquirer/sportscaster/writer Stephen A. Smith that he was retiring from the league after fourteen seasons, the former Georgetown University standout let it be known that his premature retirement from the game was sincere and complete.  For a player his size (6’0″), Iverson was one of the games premier players and feared competitors and defenders. The ten-time plus all-star, four-time scoring champion, was an unholy terror against some of the best defenders of the NBA during his tenure.  Hence, the problem, the storied and volatile (that’s putting it mildly) temperament which has made him an NBA legend has also led to his recent isolation and banishment from the league.

While his scoring and assists are second to none in league history, Iverson’s effect on teammates (both present & past) has caused an ingratiating “me first, team second, you last” attitude.  Iverson’s aloof attitude and mentality, (which former teammates have testified to) has resulted in zero team championships during his NBA tenure.  Iverson’s refusal to come off the bench & contribute to an NBA contender and refusal to change both his attitude and game (“I’ve always been and I always will be starter, I don’t come off the bench.”) is in stark contrast to another Hall of Fame great and championship player who ever played the game, one John Havlicek of the multi-championship Boston Celtics.  Havlicek, an outstanding guard/forward from Ohio State University, had extreme difficulty breaking into the lineup of that Celtic dynasty of the mid to late 1960’s.

Biding his time and coming off the bench (hint) to spell those great teammates he could not unseat (Bill Russell, Sam & K.C. Jones, Bob Cousy, Tom Henson, etc.) Havlicek became, as the years progressed became not only became a formidable finisher, but finally a championship starter.  Leading Coach Auerbach’s Celtic’s of the late 60’s and early 70’s championship squads, Havlicek showed that patience and virtue are the ingredients necessary to lead a championship ball club, showing his teammates it’s not where you start, but where you finish.  Something that Mr. Iverson has yet to learn in fourteen non-champion ship basketball seasons.  No one player is bigger than the game; it’s the championships that you leave your teammates and fans with, not the other way around.  Let’s see if the banishment continues.

Jeffrey Hunter-


B.I.B.L.E (Watts)

November 26, 2009


If You never took a stand, then you never was a man.

Though you don’t deserve, one mention of my words.

You all are acting gay.

NOT the antonym of straight !

Instead the synonym to Happy.

I am aggravated actually.

How can you be happy?

Fooled and influenced to celebrate a tragedy!

Confused, divided then conquer, that has always been their strategy.

Natives are called Indian givers, for wanting their stolen property.

Property they never gave anyone to begin with. The natives were killed quick.

Those that survived through their next of kin, reside in reservations

Or live on the US’s out skirts as Mexicans.

And some how came to be known as illegal aliens.

Why wasn’t it illegal, for Alien Europeans to Invade them?

So if you going to give thanks.

Then give thanks to the proof.

History doesn’t make sense. Because they censor the TRUTH.


“Who Got Served”- Wadson Auguste (Watts)

November 24, 2009

The ruling class (political elite) is at it again. “No taxation without representation”  is a most appropriate slogan, though recycled from the American Revolution.  Every hard-working American, whether aware of it or not, pays for health care . The problem is the health care benefits they provide for are not for themselves or their children. Instead the health care plans they provide are for  politicians. Many of these same people that occupy desks and chairs in Congress only serve themselves. They are elected and “serve” as our uncharacteristic representatives.

These “Mis-Representatives” claim people should provide health care for themselves. It should not be the government’s responsibility to do so.They use rhetoric such as,” We live in a free market society; we don’t want socialism in America.” Simultaneously, they not only get paid hefty salaries in comparison to the public in which they solely exist to serve, but in the form of taxes they covertly front every tax paying American their personal medical bills as well.

That is right.  You are paying for their health care plans. If that wasn’t underhanded enough, many of these free-loaders try to tell us via media and other propaganda machines, that the American people don’t want universal health care. I have to give it to them though, not only is this working it seems that the old saying is correct: “If you say something long enough people will begin to believe it.”  People don’t even stop to ask, “Where do all these politicians get their health care plans from?”  or “How much do they make annually? Should we even be providing them with health care?”

These politicians use scare tactics as their main tool of persuasion.  They raise questions such as,  “Who would pay for it? Is it fair to the private sector? What about health care monopolies?” They claim that the private sector would not be able to compete with the government’s universal plan. I wonder why? Can it be that the private sectors plans are too outrageously expensive to begin with? I can’t speak for every American but I am not as utterly foolish as the ruling class would like to believe I am.

What an odd notion.  These free loaders would like to convince us that they are so concerned and worried about the economic deficit and  so for that concern alone the government can’t afford to provide its citizens universal health care. If this was really a concern of theirs would they just keep giving themselves pay raises? Even during all these wars and economic meltdowns that we’ve been facing?

You can’t tell that “we the people” are in fact the Government. Many Americans are taking pay cuts and losing job benefits just to maintain employment, not to mention that 10% of Americans are unemployed. Meanwhile these political fat cats are just living the life.

From1990 to 2003 politicians’ annual pay went from $98,000 to $158,000 dollars and now just 3 years later it’s a whopping $174,000. Guess who gets to yea or nay whether they get a pay raise. Get ready for a shocker: they do. They’ve even passed laws which will see to it that their pay increases just about every year with no regards for the condition they leave America or its citizens in.

Do these people still sound like they care about the growing economic deficit? Or do they sound like traitors to the American public? They are in fact traitors. They have turned their backs on the citizens of this country and they also continue to trade the futures of this nation’s children for their own vested interest.


Signing off,

This has been Wadson Auguste for Upward Bound News Network (UBNN)

The West Coast Travels Into The Abyss

November 24, 2009

The NBA’s New York Knicks (3-10) and the abysmally decrepit New Jersey Nets (0-13) head into the dreaded West Coast swing part of their NBA schedules this coming week.

The Knicks v. the Clippers and the Nets will face a rejuvenated Denver Nuggets squad this evening.

The Nets, as every one can attest, are presently closing in on the NBA mark for futility (no wins at the start of a season) with thirteen consecutive losses (the record is seventeen).  Although the franchise has been decimated with key injuries, even their front office executives have stated “this is no excuse, we should be able to beat some of these clubs everyone has injuries.”  Ironic to say the least considering the fact that the present head coach (Lawrence Frank) set the record for most consecutive wins by a first year head coach (13) to start a season (2004).  Don’t expect Mr. Frank to last the duration of the trip.

The New York Knickerbockers, no bed of roses themselves, find the franchise in the same position as their across the bridge brethren: Win now or else.  With upcoming games against the finest the NBA has to offer (Lakers, Nuggets, etc.) although with more wins than the Nets, (3), the Knicks are in similar dire straits.  If both franchises are looking for the respect of their peers and home fans, I would expect both franchises to give their all during this significant west coast jaunt.  Stay tuned.

Jeffrey Hunter-

College Fair

November 24, 2009

A college fair was held at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) on November 23, 2009 from 3 – 7 PM.   The fair was held at the college’s main campus located at 199 Chambers Street in the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan.  An assortment of CUNY colleges gathered to show how the veterans programs worked at their school.  Also, the fair displayed how the  colleges view military training for credits in a degree plan. If you check out the link post below, you can find out the further details of the college fair.

–Mel Green

My Love

November 23, 2009

I am an admirer of hers

Does she know how I feel

When I touch her curves

I think this just cant be real

Every time I see her my heart skips a beat

My forehead starts to sweat and my knees get weak

Girls and guys stare at her, but I do not mind

Because when its all said and done, she will be mine

Our moments together just cant last long enough

Because as soon as she leaves I crave for her touch

She touches my lips and my whole body quivers

Every organ I have begins to shake and shiver

She is always down to hang out /She is always down to chill

But she is dangerous at night/Especially when mixed with pills

But no matter what happens tonight or the day after

Grey Goose is my baby and we will live happily ever after


“The One and Only Kevon Vaughn”

national day against violence

November 23, 2009

today lots of people from different communities came out in support of “stop the violence, bury the beef”. we meet at 42nd street and times square. there where many different celebrity guest speakers there.  a coffin was brought out to show what has been happening to our youth and what they are doing to each other. the community relations officers where there in support of the event. i think we got a good reception from the crowd as well as participation with the march. for more info about this effort please see contact info below:

brooklyn: 718 498-2320,

queens: 718 9780089

harlem: 212 690-3070

bronx: 646 579-2981

Another Marvelous Evening at NJPAC!

November 23, 2009

Kudos to the Richard Nader Entertainment, Co for putting on a spectacular show on Saturday Evening.Musical guests included Ben E. King (Stand by Me), Gene Chandler (Groovy Situation), Bobby Lewis (85 years young. God bless him.)  Also present were (Tossin’ & Turnin’) Joey Dee & The Starliters (Peppermint Twist), the Shades of Blue (Oh How Happy), and Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers (Why do Fools Fall in Love).  Once again these acts showed everyone  the enduring legacy of Rock & Roll; music that is timeless, infinite and will stay with us for ever.

Two of the founding members of the Teenagers (Herman Santiago, Jimmy Merchant) showcased their extreme longevity (53 years with the group) and magnificent signing and choreography arrangements.   Their performance showed once again why The Teenagers are duo hall inductees, members of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame well as the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  This performance was an enduring legacy of music that should not have been missed by anyone hail, hail Rock and Roll. Another marvelous evening at NJPAC!

–Jeffrey Hunter

AITAF Pictures

November 20, 2009

Pictures from the play…hope you guys ENJOY!!!!  Be ADVISED…I am not a comedian, but I do try to be a little fun at times…so please don’t take anything offensively, life is too short.  Look at me!  I am  a living testimony that it is not even right for people to be as short or even shorter than me, but every day I make the BEST out of it.  All these pictures are located in the Media Library.  I will also be posting all the pictures on my Facebook page so if you want, look me up.  I am not hard to find.

Enjoy and Have a BLESSED WEEKEND,

Ivette Vega Rivera

Before the Play

Waiting for the Play to Start

During the Play

Did some one say… FREE WINE?!?!?!

Where to next???