Hi there once again my friends,
Its me Eric again with another Journal/Poem for you to enjoy and I hope that all of you enjoyed your Valentine's day well this weekend even though it was pretty cold right here in the east coast of the USA some even had to deal with the snow and freezing temperatures but as long as we were indoors keeping warm with each other its all right. some more romantic than others(ha-ha) thanks to all of you fine female artists in DA for the warm responses to all the Valentines that I send to you and I even got a few Valentines back as well,. Well its been a wild month let alone year so far, Last week's Grammys saw Beck and British Newcomer Sam Smith dominated the show winning their share of grammies but they weren't the only winners on the night, Emimem, Kendrick Lamar, Pharell Williams, The legendary Tony Bennett along with Lady Gaga, The Late great comediane Joan Rivers, Country music legend Glen Campbell, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Toni Braxton and Babyface, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera with a Great big world, Jazz great Dianne Reeves, Ziggy Marley son of Reggae Legend Bob Marley, Roseanne Cash, Miranda Lambert, Tenaicious D, Jack white and even my main man Weird Al Yankovic won grammies also and the show did have its share of moments from Prince's awkard stare to beatles Legend sir Paul Mccarthey debut his new record featuring Rihanna and Kanye west to Madonna still trying to prove that she is still sexy even at almost sixty to once again Kanye making a fool of himself interrupting somebody after the artist won an award he done it once interrupting Taylor swift on the MTV awards a few years back saying that Beyonce should won it to now doing the same damn thing to Beck with once again saying that Bey and hova should won the award. Come on Yeezus cut it out you're too good of an talented artist to keep doing those stupid things let somebody else get their moment in the sun and you and your bootylicious wife don't need to get too much attention all the time, your proud parents now for God's sake do it for the sake of your children. anyway a fun show.
We also lost several other Great legendary men this month, First Charlie Sifford who grew up in the prejudice and racism in the south to rise above to become the first black Golfer to play on the PGA Tour in 1961 long before Tiger Woods and was even called the Jackie Robinson of Golf by his peers died of a stroke at the age of 92 in Ohio and ws buried in his homestate of North Carolina. he was famous player with his trademark cigar in his mouth that won him his share on contests in his career and finally made into the Golf Hall of fame in 2014 even receiving a Presidental medal from Barrack Obama in the same year. He leaves behind two sons. Then we Lost longtime Trustworthy CBS newsman Bob Simon who in his nearly 50 year career Traveled all over the world covering many Crises,Wars and Unrest in 67 Countries
even was captured in Iraq during the Persan Gulf war in 1991 and written a book about his nightmarish turmoil called forty days. He became a regular on the long and still running newsmagazine show 60 minutes and stayed on as an senior foreigh correspondent up until his untimely death in a car accident in his native New York at the age of 73. Mr. Simon won more than Forty major awards including three peabody awards and twenty seven EMMYS in his Journalism career.
he leaves behind a wife and a Daughter and Mr. Simon has earned my respect way more than that pomperous Liar Brian Williams who should be fired from NBC making that nonsense story about him in a helicopter in Iraq instead of just a six month suspension without pay! C'mon Man!
but last week was indeed a sad week for people who loved Basketball like me as we lost two great coaches in College basketball First we lost Dean Smith whose 879 career wins, 11 trips to the Final Four and two national champions were impressive enough but even more impressive that he also fought for Civil rights and gay rights in North Carolina being a Kansas Native and over 98 percent of his players graduated thus leaving a lifetime of love and friendships that he had with all of them Including the likes of Charlie Scott the school's first black player, Billy Cuningham, Current Coaches Larry Brown and George Karl, James Worthy, Brad Daugherty, Bob Mcaddo, Kenny Smith, Vince Carter and of Course his airness himself Michael Jordan. he even got the love and respect of his coaching rivals including John Thompson who he became good friends over the years even when smith beat thompson's Georgetown team in the 1982 NCAA Title and his main rival from the ACC and instate Mike Krzyzewski of Duke who he had great battles with over the years and when Krzyzewski passed smith on the all time wins list,Smith congrated him in a statement and Coach K remembed EL DEANO and thanked hime as well as he won his 1,000 game earlier this year. Smith was 83 when he died. Then later this week we lost another one in Jerry Tarkanian who was sort of ways the opposite of Dean Smith but his own unique style of Coaching won over the love and respect of his players as well. even thought he often feuded with the NCAA Over the years he was always willing to give kids who grew on the wrong side of the tracks and made mistakes in their lives a second chance. He won over 700 games in his legendary career in three schools Long Beach State,UNLV when he had his greatest sucess including winning the national title in 1990 and finally his alma matter Fresno Beach. his most famous players including Current UNLV coach Dave West, Armon Gilliam, Reggie Theus, Stacy Augmon and Larry"Grandmama"Johnson.. Tark the shark was indeed one of a kind who passed away at the age of 84. Rest in peace to these two hall of fame coaches and men as well.
Once again thank you for all your support and continue to acknowledge them everyway I can. Before I go I want to say R.i.p to my third Cousin Mrs. Mary Estelle Smith who was first cousin to my Grandmother Lucy Mae Isaac. She died on Superbowl sunday Two weeks ago at the age of 97. she was like a second mother let alone a third Grandmother to me and my little brother Sean and our love for her and her love for us kept her alive for so many years. I know that she's looking down on us really proud of seeing us grown into fine and caring men, we love U cousin lady and we will see you again someday in heaven. Here's the Epic poem for Black History that I promised last time and hope that you'll love it.
NOTHING LIKE SOUL HEAVEN
Last night I dreamed an awesome dream of a place that's epic as the garden of Eden
That i was at a sold out live concert hosted by Don Cornelius and Dick Clark realizing that I was in soul heaven
After hearing a intro prayer by the Pastor Andrae Crouch and the Revered DR.James Cleveland,I had a first row seat to see all the performers up close and personal
Sitting next to my late father in seeing the legendary Stars that passed away who were so truly special
We first saw Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey and Lena Horne all of them eloquent ladies
Each of them bought they soUnd of R&B,Jazz and Gospel to the stage with their voices sounds so heavenly
Then we saw the mighty Temptations and the Four Tops along with the Bar-Kays and the Force MD's do their thing
with their great showmanship, class and harmonic Voices when the they sang
then after the great ones Sam Cooke, Otts Redding, Clarence Carter, Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, ZZ Hill,Elvis Presley Jackie Wilson and Ray Charles, my daddy's heroes
Hearing those legends sing their songs while hearing the mighty rips of Jimi's guitar and Brother Ray playing his plano
Then after its was the ladies turn again with this time the singing angels of Whitney Houston, Minnie Ripperton, Tammi Terrell Phyllis Hyman Mary Wells, Florence Ballad, Donna Summer, Vesta Williams, Teena Marie and Baby Girl Aalliyah
With their breathtaking beauty and angelic sound that can blow away any mister
Then the big band came out being led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billy Ecksteine and Roger Troutman
They were indeed the best sounding band in the heavenly nation
With Dizzy Gillespie, Louis "Satchimo''Armstrong, John Coltrain, Charlie''Bird'' Parker, Clarence"The Big Man" Clemons, Gil Scott-Heron, Chuck Brown, Jimmie Walker and Miles Davis each taking a turn solo
They all Know how to work the trumpet and Man all of them can blow
then after the rappers take center stage as we hear the legendary raps of Eazy-E, Tupac and Biggie
With the DJ turntables being run by Jam Master Jay and later be joined in rapping by Big Pun, Lisa ''Left-Eye' Lopes
MC Trouble, Nate Dogg, Adam"MCA'' Yancy, Scott La Rock and the Overweight Lover, Heavy D
then after the star studded Male choir came out with Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, Lou Rawls, Bob Marley, Bobby Womack, Marvin Sease and Teddy Pendergrass
They were later Joined by Gerald Levert, Donnie Hathaway, Billy Preston, Nick Ashford, Rick James, Johnnie Taylor and Luther Vandross
We even heard the duels of Marvin and Tammy and Rick and Lady Tee
Their powerful ballads of Heaven only knows and Fire and Desire
To finally the showstopping final act of the Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr, The Thriller himself Michael Jackson and of course the Godfather of soul, James Brown
Each trying to top each other with their electrying dance moves and showing the crows how to get down
Me and my daddy were having a great time until I woke up from my greatest dream from a place that i haven't yet been
of being in the greatest afterlife concert in history there's nothing like Soul heaven.
until next time America