Lebron James and Dak Prescott Set out to Raise their Impact in the Game and Voice off the Field

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Social Commentary – Common Reasoning

The dust might have settled on news that Lebron James is leaving Cleveland and going to LA. But long before announcing that move, ground was broken for the building of a new school. With the arrival of opening day for the I Promise public school, James hasn’t forgotten that he’s just a kid from Akron.

While NBA basketball is in its off-season NFL football is in its pre-season. The rookies get their feet wet and work thru the early jitters while veterans like Dak Prescott work thru some of the normal drills. Pros like James and Prescott are always looking to raise their impact in the game and voice off the field.

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So it’s not surprising that both would sound-off on matters of social injustice. Prescott’s take on the NFL player protests seems to line-up with those who see it as a distraction where the kneeling has been over-played. He feels it’s time to move-on with the business of scoring touchdowns and winning games.

James says he has become more outspoken since the Trayvon Martin tragedy. This hit close to home because he has two boys. But he’s even more disturbed by how Sports has been used recently by some as a divisive force. He prefers it to be a way to unite and celebrate as a positive force.

One way to look at this ongoing challenge is whether we’re dealing with ‘America Turned-up or America Turned-out.’ The things that James is doing to support and empower his community represent America turned-up. The excitement about his move to the Lakers is certainly going to have fans turned-up.

There’s another side to America we’re seeing lately that feels like America turned-out. Consider the news story of a neighbor calling police on actor Ving Rhames saying he’s an intruder when Rhames was in his own house. It’s a reminder of the cultural perception of ‘white is always right and black is always whack.’

On a deeper level, it’s a hint of what could be happening when we see a mound of dirt around a tree that’s not growing or appears to be dying. At first it might look like a big ants nest. However upon closer inspection by turning over the soil, there’s a whole bunch of insects and worms crawling underneath.

That kind of ‘America turned-out’ might be revealing an underside that’s been underground and has been tuned-over in a divisive social climate. As someone on social media put it, it’s like calling 911 has become customer service for people’s fear, hatred and bigotry. That’s the stuff that’s crawling underneath socially.

James, Prescott and others in pro sports set out to be not just players in the game but also impact players off the field. For them it’s about giving youth the chance to realize their full potential. It’s about helping folks stay on the straight and narrow as opposed to getting caught-up in the crazy of tomorrow.

There’ve been so many stories across the country of people being reported to police for strange reasons. From college campuses to gated communities the social insects & worms have been turned-out. So when we say ‘This is America’ do you see it as America turned-up or America turned-out? It’s a no brainer!

Tracks: DJ Khaled ft Justin Bieber, Quavo & Chance the Rapper – No Brainer – https://youtu.be/kxloC1MKTpg

Rudimental & Major Lazer – Let me Live – https://youtu.be/L08uxunfLi4

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Alec Baldwin and George Zimmerman, Anger Management Issues or What?

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Trivia: Name the President who delivered a historic speech 150 years ago this week? (Answer below)

George Zimmerman and Alec Baldwin made news again, same stuff different day. Zimmerman’s girlfriend called 9-1-1 to report that he threatened her with a gun. Baldwin had his MSNBC show suspended after a skirmish with media. So, do Zimmerman and Baldwin have anger management issues or what?

With his 30 Rock NBC sitcom in local syndication Baldwin must have more time on his hand. In the case of Zimmerman, many feel he has Trayvon Martin’s blood on his hand. Both seem to keep repeating the same old song and dance. Could it be they have some work to do in-season and out-of-season?

Every organized sport or tv show has its season. It’s a period in which they receive a lot more attention than normal. The season provides a certain flow. Maybe that’s part of the problem. For Zimmerman, he’s yet to figure-out his true season. And Baldwin is in between gigs now that the 30 Rock season is no more.

Successful careers have their seasons as well. This is a period where many shine in the spotlight and capitalize on what they’ve sown. So, it’s important to know what you must do out-of-season to reap the rewards in-season. That means growing the fruit of your spirit and ripening the passion of your calling.

Just imagine hearing a fruit on a tree cursing-out another? Or going to the supermarket and seeing one fruit having anger management spats with another? It just doesn’t happen in fruitville. So we can learn a thing or two from the produce-section for why Baldwin and Zimmerman might be falling short of ripe.

Tip: Successful people do some growing out-of-season to be ripe for the pickings in-season.

Answer: Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address