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Aaron McGruder and The Boondocks

the-boondocks-the-boondocks-506048_640_512“You look at society and you're poking holes, not because you hate it, but because you can see where people really need to ask themselves, "What's going on?" Socially and politically, there's so much stupidity out there, and people overlook it or they accept it. I think what the show tries to do is point those things out and make us think about them, even if it's only in our own minds”. – Aaron McGruder

Since the Al Capp created the character and comic striip “Li’l Abner” back in the 1930s, comic strips have pulled double duty as controversial entertainment pieces and humorous tools for social commentary. Comics historian, Rick Marschall says “When “Li'l Abner” made its debut in 1934, the vast majority of comic strips were designed chiefly to amuse or thrill their readers. Capp turned that world upside-down by routinely injecting politics and social commentary into Li'l Abner". Garry Trudeau continued the practice in the 70s when he began penning the strip “Doonesbury” for the Yale University student newspaper, The Yale Daily News. “Doonesbury” is regarded as the comic strip that blurred the distinction between editorial cartoons and the funny pages. Now the world has “The Boondocks” by Aaron McGruder, a cartoonist who also started off writing a strip for a college paper that eventually became widely syndicated and developed into an animated television show. Critics have recognized him as the next big thing in artistic satire.

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The Troubles of Lebron James

Lebron James Eastern Conference Finals. As he sits and watches like most of America the conclusion to the NBA playoffs, all signs point towards the ominous date of July 1, where James is expected to be the marquee name of among a gigantic class of free agents on the market. This only adds another chapter to a the career of an athlete who has been from the valley to the mountaintop and everywhere in between at the ripe old age of 25 and who has burdened the hope of so much since he was at the age where most people would be concerned with SAT scores and prom.

Lebron James was given the world before he even entered the summer of his senior season at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, anointed as the next coming of Michael Jordan, and was scheduled to be on national television for the all witnesses to bear full faith and testimony to his greatness. After destroying an Oak Hill Academy super team with five starters that had Division I scholarships on ESPN, the greater American public was ready to believe. As destiny had it, the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers were abysmal with a league-worst 19-63 record and lucked up in the lottery that was called “The Lebron James Sweepstakes”. The phenom from nearby Akron, who was deemed “Next” by everyone in the basketball universe, would be virtually playing at home.

Three The Hard Way

EarlLoydThe second round of the NBA playoffs is in full swing. Names like back to back MVP, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Paul Peirce, Dwight Howard, Shaquille O’Neal, just roll off the tongue. But sixty years ago this was not the case at all.

In the land of the free, home of the brave, the National Basketball Association was completely blacked out, one hundred percent devoid of color. But in 1950 three pioneers forever changed the game.

Who was the first “nonwhite” to enter the NBA? The answer is somewhat complicated. Was it Earl Lloyd, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, or Chuck Cooper?  Lloyd actually became the first “nonwhite” to play in a game when he took the floor against Rochester Royals in 1950. His team’s season started earlier than the other two. Clifton made history when he signed a contract and made a NBA team in the same year. Then Cooper broke a  barrier when he became the first “nonwhite” ever drafted by a NBA team.

Earl Francis Lloyd was born April 3, 1928 in Alexandria Virginia. He played for West Virginia State College at the forward position and became respected as a defensive threat. Lloyd led his team to two CIAA titles in 1948 and 1949. He was dubbed the “Big Cat” as a NBA player.

He enjoyed nine seasons, playing in more than 500 games, averaging, 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
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