Senator Barbara Boxer’s Open Letter to Steph Curry Should Inspire ‘We the People’ #HometownChat

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Trivia: Which all-star NBA player retired from the game this season? (Answer below)

The halls of Congress were buzzing again after representatives returned to office from recess. Some of the chatter was on how the Presidential campaign is going. But beyond that there are other matters of importance. So Barbara Boxer pens an open letter to Steph Curry which should inspire ‘We the People.’

In the letter she writes, “After watching your performance coming off a tough injury, I felt compelled to praise your extraordinary accomplishments, your indomitable spirit and the lessons you’re teaching millions of young people.” She was giving him his due for being named league MVP two years in a row.

What if her words to Curry were an example for an open letter to everyday citizens? It might be addressed “Dear ‘We the People’” and be written as a letter coming from America’s past to guide our nation’s future.  How might that influence citizens in the lead-up to a voting decision this November?

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Boxer sees sports as a metaphor for life because it teaches us the value of teamwork. The world of Politics and public service requires its own coming together. Elected officials often co-sponsor legislation for proposed laws. But teamwork seems to break down in deciding on compromise or collaboration.

She noted his relentless work ethic and leadership. His passion and sheer joy gains respect from teammates. In Congress passion might be seen in good or bad policy based on ideology. Plus, in choosing the next President we should pick the candidate who lets ego fall and a sense of purpose rise.

Curry is the first unanimous MVP vote in the NBA. He’s made history in many ways this season in 3-point shots and winning 73 games. Dr King once said “We’re not makers of history. We’re made by history.” That’s true for public servants and super citizens by serving ‘We the People’ not using ‘We the People.’

The NBA season is now in the playoffs. Teams aim higher to the championship. The election season is also entering a new phase. As things take shape we hope the candidates will run a ‘higher ground’ campaign. When it’s over ‘We the People’ should be the eventual winners. Sincerely, Your Constitution!

Answer: Kobe Bryant

Groove-tracks: Sara Bareilles – King of Anything –  https://youtu.be/eR7-AUmiNcA


Marla Brown
– Better Days – https://youtu.be/ZPK1hSPI540

Beyonce’s Performance Ruffled Feathers: Social Influences or Solidarity References? – #HometownChat

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Trivia: Which prospective Olympic athlete has publicly voiced concern about the Zika virus? (Answer below)

The Superbowl halftime show is being cheered and jeered. Those on one side say the game lived-up to expectations. On another side are those who think Beyoncé rocked the house. But there’s a disgruntled group whose feathers were ruffled. So was it due to the social influences or solidarity references?

Social media has been abuzz with a ‘Beyoncé Boycott’ debate since her performance. It’s taken on a life of its own as a national story. Meanwhile the Broncos parade and Von Miller’s MVP honor celebrate hometown glory. The broader message of the event might be getting lost in the boycott argument.

Take for example Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. One audience might receive it as a call to urban change. This would be supported by efforts in economic evangelism, social activism and choosing hope over skepticism. Others might receive it as a call to national unity beyond the systemic implications.

So it depends on which ears people are listening with. These days it seems there’re those who listen primarily with their left ear and others with their right. This contrast might make sense when using our hands to express ourselves. Some of us wave or write left-handed primarily and others right-handed.

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But in today’s national discourse it’s almost as if we need to learn how to connect and communicate in Americanese. This way we’re not hung-up on small stuff and thus miss the larger point. That might help to explain the backlash that Beyoncé is getting after her ‘formation’ performance during the show.

It’s interesting that she choose the weekend of the big game to release the song. Football is definitely a game of offensive and defensive formations. The Beyoncé backlash might show how a message can get skewered with ‘isms and skisms’ based on how people understand only their own American experience.

Yes, King’s speech and life’s work would have us focus our energies on urban empowerment. The ills of the nation shouldn’t only affect certain blocks. But he might also be pointing us towards a sense of shared humanity through service opportunities, social priorities and projecting hope over personal insecurities.

If the 21st century is going to take us to the next level of becoming a more perfect union then ‘The Block’ in hometowns left and right might be a good place to start. We’ve got to listen past the beat for the truth and look for the silver lining in order to keep building synergy across the United Streets of America (USA).

Answer: Hope Solo, U.S. Women’s Soccer Goal Keeper

 

Groove-tracks: John Legend – “Humanity” – https://youtu.be/tf2t2zCM4eo

 

Rachel Platten  – “Stand by You” –  https://youtu.be/bwB9EMpW8eY