Gary Norris Gray-BASN- Staff Reporter


At the end of the season the coaching carousel began to turn with 32 teams with only one  Black General Manager and two surviving Black head coaches, Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Tomlin and Los Angeles Chargers Anthony Lynn . Successful and prominent African American coaches and executives are looking in from the outside, AGAIN.

Hue Jackson-Cleveland Browns, Mike McCarthy- Green Bay Packers, Dirk Koetter-Tampa Bay Buccaneers,  and Todd Bowles-New York Jets were let go before Black Monday. Monday morning the firings continued with Vance Joseph-Denver Broncos  never had a chance with impatient General Manager John Elway, Adam Gase-Miami Dolphins, Marvin Lewis-Cincinnati Bengals the second longest tenured coach in NFL at 16 years, and one and done Steve Wilks-Arizona Cardinals. That leaves two African American head coaches. National Football League teams are once again skirting around the Rooney Rule (2003) which was put in place so minority coaches and general managers would get a chance with an interview. In the past teams like the Detroit Lions-2003, San Francisco 49ers pre-determined their head coach by taking on discussions with a future white head coach, this year it’s the University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, without meeting any Black coach in college or NFL, which breaks the spirit of the Rooney Rule. Harbaugh might get a second chance with the New York Jets after his stint in San Francisco with the 49ers and his well-documented battle between quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. This is tampering, or collusion, either way it is wrong. Last week the league sent an internal office memo to all 32 teams to cease these actions and warned the New York Jets.

The ROONEY RULE:- Requires each team to interview at least one minority candidate for a senior executive job. The San Francisco 49ers-Detroit Lions found ways around this rule and both teams were fined but now other teams like the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets continue this disturbing trend. 


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Last year Black General Managers numbers continue to drop from six to two with the loss of Martin Mayhew-Detroit Lions, Doug Whaley-Buffalo Bills, Rick Smith-Houston Texans, and Jerry Reese- New York Football Giants. In 2018 The Oakland Raiders fired Reggie McKenzie in December leaving Ozzie Newsome of the Baltimore Ravens the Lone Ranger. The Ravens have had one losing season in 11 years. The Ozzie Newsome Show has been running since 1996 with no signs of slowing down. The Last Black General Manager and nobody talking about this or asking WHY? Remember who makes most of the personnel decisions, the General Manager, power and control. In Oakland Jon Gruden flexed his muscle and McKenzie was showed the door. Gruden dismantled the Raiders to fit his image.

Behind the scenes the President of the United States, Donald J Trump is walking around the White House clapping his hands in approval. His ranting against the NFL and Colin Kaepernick the past two years might have something to do with these numbers.


Jim Harbaugh should not be near any NFL team because of his personality and his past play calling. Just as current UCLA Bruin head coach Chip Kelly who blew up the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. Let an African American head coach act like Kelly or Harbaugh he would be escorted out the team’s front door at light speed never to be seen again.

Last year the Oakland Raiders hired Jon Gruden, with a foregone conclusion that Chucky would be wearing Black and Silver, this should never happen under the Rooney Rules. Gruden is currently doing a cheap Chip Kelly impression in the Bay Area. Gruden like  Kelly either traded or released all of the Black active team leaders, Raider kicker Marqette King went to Denver, wide receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas, and defensive lineman Khalil Mack to Chicago. Have you noticed Running Back Marshawn Lynch has not carried the ball since October 22? That covered every team in Oakland except the defensive backs, stripping any resistance to Chucky’s rule.

Haven’t we’ve seen this movie before in Santa Clara, California and Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. How did that turn out?

Five (AFC) American Football Conference Black head coaches and one (NFC) National Football Conference head coach could hear the knocking on the door with pink slips in hand this New Year’s Eve. Since the inception of the Rooney Rule in 2003, 18 minority head coaches have been hired, 25 in NFL history from Fritz Pollard-Akron Pros 1921 to Steve Wilks-Arizona Cardinals 2018 progress maybe, but work still needs to be done when 80% of the players on the field are African American.


What happened to the intelligent coaches in college like Stanford’s – David Shaw, Willie Taggart-University of Oregon, Kevin Sumlin-University of Arizona and Charlie Strong-University of South Florida with the current longest winning streak in division one. One cannot dismiss the ten other Black head coaches in the NCAA which the NFL seems to have done. Then what about the many great (HBCU’s) Historically Black College and University head coaches? Can you imagine the great Hall of Fame Grambling University Tiger Head Coach Eddie Robinson walking the sidelines leading an NFL team with his football knowledge?

This is the life of any coach in any sport, getting hired to be fired is part of the job, this is a reality but African American coaches are held to a different and higher standard, they are on a shorter time frame just as Black quarterbacks. Is it fair? Is it right? No, but it’s a reality.

Black Head Coaches at the end of 2018 Football Season

Anthony Lynn- Los Angeles Chargers* (12-4) 

Mike Tomlin- Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1)

Marvin Lewis- Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)

Vance Joseph- Denver Broncos (6-10)

Todd Bowles- New York Jets (4-12)

Steve Wilks- Arizona Cardinals (3-13)

* means job safe the last week of the season



Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers should be coach of the year in 2018. Lynn has turned around the mediocre quarterback Phillip Rivers and guided the Bolts to the battle for the (AFC) American Football Conference west division title against the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs played the Oakland Raiders while the Chargers played the Broncos in Denver Sunday afternoon late games to end the season for the west title.


The League pushed back against Black leadership-fearing the Colin Kaepernick-San Francisco quarterback protest experience. The seven random-(not random) drug testing of Eric Reid of the Carolina Panthers, nobody in the league had to be subjected to this. Reid was a supporter of Colin Kaepernick and a teammate in San Francisco. Just another warning shot at Black leadership in the National Football League, shut up and play. The huge fine for Pittsburgh Steeler head coach, Mike Tomlin after protesting calls on the field, shut up and coach. The awful and dreadful referee calls (holding and off sides on third downs) against the Steelers, Jets, and Broncos informs the football fans who is really in charge. Strange calls (illegal procedure and holding on third downs) against Black quarterbacks Kansas City Patrick Mahomes and the Field General Russell Wilson just reinforces this notion the league abhors Black leadership. If a team’s line of scrimmage is on the 40 yard line with a third down and three. The play call for the head coach and quarterback is simple a running play or a short pass but when a holding, illegal procedure, or off sides are called by the officials it creates a different play called and a longer distance for a first down changing the dynamic and momentum of the team.

Classic example years ago when the Seattle Seahawks were on the one yard line with a first and ten at the end of the Super Bowl. The Hawks had the best quarterback (Wilson) and the best running back (Marshawn Lynch). Wilson threw a cross pass pattern into the middle of the field for an interception and a New England Patriot championship. Now just think if Lynch was given the ball to score the winning touchdown the officials would have called it back for holding, off sides, illegal procedure, or whatever Seattle would have had to replay the down. This is the power of the referees changing the game.

Black quarterbacks and Black coaches cannot be American heroes until they are safe by conservative American standards and Wilson would have won back to back Super Bowls against two of the best NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Wilson would have been the first African American quarterback to do that. The Kaepernick protest and backlash turned many African Americans away from the game. The NFL hiring procedures do not help either.

If the Dallas Cowboys meet the New England Patriots for this year’s Super Bowl it makes it clear to the world who is really in charge of the National Football League. Two of the most conservative teams in the league telling the other owners and head coaches get in line or get out. These two teams have been inconsistent all year long on the field in their weak eastern divisions, yet they are in the playoffs again. HMMMMM!!!!

So if you are African American and still watching the National Football League the question should be asked, WHY?, When it is very clear the league really is not interested in you. When you have an owner that has a team name that is not pleasing to Native Americans, WHY? When there is only one Black general manager and 2 head coaches out of 32 teams, WHY?

This is complete power and complete control something many people do not want to hear but this is the proof and the evidence.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod





Gary Norris Gray-BASN- Staff Reporter

capital one

America continues to play the Chinese philosophy of Yin-Yang with African Americans, the love-hate game continues in the United States. This country loves African American music, food, clothes, culture, and athletic skills but America  still wants to fight Black people for civil rights, equal pay, and basic respect. The Me Too Movement has more power then Black Lives Matter Movement and there is a reason for that.

The principle of all things exists as inseparable and contradictory opposites. Yin and Yang describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. This is the current mind set of the United States of America, today.

This well known credit card company wants Black people to use their credit cards in their pockets.  They employ less then 12% of African Americans the Black input or Black officers in their company had little or no influence on this decision. They (Capitol One) want the financial benefits, the financial profits, but do not want to give Blacks the rewards.

The CEO-Chief Executive Officer made the decision to create these three advertisements because they (Capital One) did not have to pay as much radio and television royalties for the use of these records. So we as African Americans have the responsibility not to use their credit card.

This is another call for African Americans to take economic action. AGAIN!!!


Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Capital One Credit Card Company saw fit to use recently passed African American singers in their Holiday commercials…

The question needs to be asked why this card company waited until these superstars died to use their music in their holiday commercials. The next question is this company honoring or profiting from these commercials. Last question, American females (ME TOO MOVEMENT) can shutdown all of the radio stations across this nation from playing the Christmas tune “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” why can’t African American likewise shutdown this company that uses the following songs.   


Michael Jackson- Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough- Capital One

Prince- Let’s Go Crazy- Capital One,

 and Whitney Houston- I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Capital One

The last two songs are just irritating and arrogance trying to get Black shoppers to use their services. These two songs are for dancing not selling products. Question what happens on December 26th?

The Jacksons – Can You Feel It- Amazon

Rick James- Give It To Me Baby- Wal-Mart

All of these artists had issues with the rights to their records and all have passed away with this issue still in limbo. They died within the last 15 years under questionable circumstances.

My Fellow Americans please put away that Capital One Card this Christmas and write to them and tell them why you are not using the card.


Capital One Card Services

Attn:- General Correspondence

Post Office Box 30285

Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0285

Merry Christmas Capital One

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod




The Political Football of Secession, Lincoln, and Obama

By Eric Graham

NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)—Some people think that there is another Civil War brewing in America, especially with Alabama losing to Texas A&M and being knocked out of the No.1 spot in college football.

Plus, with the disturbing scene of 400 students at Ole Miss, a university known for flying the confederate flag with a confederate soldier named Col. Rebel as their former mascot, shouting racial epithets and rioting in the streets during the 50th anniversary of James Meredith, who was the first Black student to enroll in the school history in 1962, because of the re-election of President Obama, we have to believe it’s true.

And despite how insufficient these small events may seem, after reading Pat Buchanan’s latest book Suicide of a Super Power: Will America Survive in 2035? and adding to the fact that all 50 states have petition to seceded from the Union, we have to pay close attention to the current mental state of white America. (Read my article King-Kong Ain’t Got Nuthin’ On Me: more monkey business in sports and politics)

Governor Rick Perry and the state of Texas, which ironically is known as the Lone Star State, in fact, led the movement in the secession race. But up until now, out of the 50 states petitioning for secession, only Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas have received 25,000 signatures. Keep these states in mind, when we discuss the realignment of conferences in college football later in this article.

With those seemingly small numbers, the League of Southern States, however, gave at least ten reasons for Southern secession:



  1. The U. S. government is an organized criminal enterprise; secession is the only way to return to legitimate government
  2. The U. S. economy is failing, secession makes economic sense
  3. The South’s unique history and culture is worth protecting
  4. The criminal nature of the bank bailouts and the Fed
  5. A dysfunctional national electoral system, secession may be the only way to restore integrity to elections
  6. Third World immigration into the South, secession removes the federal government’s interference and lack of performance
  7. Organic community vs. the globalism of the elites
  8. The implementation of an American police/surveillance state
  9. The Christian South v. secular America, secession provides the opportunity to return to Our Founding Principles
  10. Because we think we can rule ourselves better than we are being ruled by DC, secession is a path to American Liberty.

American as Apple Pie

Despite these ten points of light, secession is American as Apple Pie, especially when you consider that America’s “so-called great beginnings” started with it seceding from the British Empire due to a document known as the Declaration of Independence.

According to Jefferson Davis during his farewell address to the United States Senate on January 21, 1861, “Secession belongs to a different class of remedies. It is to be justified upon the basis that the States are sovereign. There was a time when none denied it. I hope the time may come again, when a better comprehension of the theory of our Government, and inalienable rights of the people of the States, will prevent anyone from denying that each State is a sovereign, and thus may reclaim the grants which it has made to any agent whomsoever.”

Michael Hill, the President of The League of the South agrees with Davis and believes secession and independence is warranted in 2012. Plus, he doesn’t think it’s a treasonous act, ludicrous, or impractical but a political principle that has to be implied, especially when the majority of the people feel that the present system is corrupt and heading in the wrong direction.

Despite all of that, oddly, the idea of secession is nothing new. People, in fact, have been discussing it for years. And even though, most people think this new secession proposal is laughable, and probably won’t happen, the idea is still worth considering.

 A Nation within a Nation

Besides, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam  have stated  for years that they wanted Black people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own–either on this continent or elsewhere.

“… if we cannot get along in peace after giving America 400 years of our service and sweat and labor, then, of course, separation would be the solution to our race problem.” stated Minister Louis Farrakhan

Today secessionists, however claim that their motivation is not racial. Plus, they swear their desire for secession has nothing to do with the browning of America or, the recent re-election of President Barack Hussein Obama.

“I am completely aware that Election Day was a catalyzing moment, but I do not believe that the underpinnings of this are solely about Barack Obama,” Texas Nationalist Movement President Daniel Miller told POLITICO.

This cake has been baking for a long time — it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.”

With the candles, now lit, and claims of wanting freedom from oppression, the concept of a nation within a nation sounds like a great idea.

Matter of fact, it would be a great idea if it included the large Chicano population and the original Indigenous population of North America, who have had their ancestral lands stolen from them through war, broken treaties and broken promises.

But, we aren’t that stupid.

Because, despite their claims, we know this secession movement is based in white supremacy.

 White Supremacy and Secession

Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, a philosopher of history, in fact, confirmed this while debunking Ron Paul’s disciples, ind what he calls a Tea Party led agenda.

 “Paul’s right wing anarchist notion of secessionism, if it gets any public traction, is a recipe for a bloody and tragic upheaval. It is practically a call for a united front of right wing extremists, to which white supremacists, racists, Mormons, criminal elements, British agents, lovers of violence, and the lunatic fringe will inevitably be drawn.

With that said, Kali Akuno of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement offered another brilliant analysis on this complex issue from an African-American perspective:

 The secessionist movement reflects in part the interests of the forces of white supremacy who are materially dependent on the old-systems of production that require the unity of this historic nexus for their material well-being or are socially and ideologically committed to its perpetuation. For much of the 20th century the far right forces of white supremacy were generally satisfied with the post-Reconstruction reinterpretation of the “states’ rights” doctrine, which was the result of a set of compromises established at the founding of the United Sates empire between the states that wanted to expand chattel slavery and those that were transitioning to a fully articulated system of wage labor.” Akuno writes.

 This reinterpretation rested on the notion that the Southern ruling class interests could continue subjugating the colonized (New) African and Indigenous nations contained in the region for the purposes of having a super-cheap labor force to exploit so long as they accepted the hegemony of the Federal government, which was rooted primarily in the controlling hands of monopoly industrial and finance capitalists based along the Northeastern seaboard. This reinterpretation contained secessionist aspirations for nearly a century, but it never completely vanquished them.

While Akuno’s analysis brings political clarity to this divisive issue, let’s take a look at this issue from an athletic perspective, especially when many sports writers like William C. Rhoden, who wrote Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, have compared collegiate athletes to modern-day slaves. (Read my previous article Master-Slave Relationship on BASN to learn more)

Succession, Sports, and Conference Realignment

For example, in 2010-2011, according to http://www.ncaa.org, the NCAA earned $845.9 million, on the backs of mostly Black athletes, who didn’t benefit financially from all of that revenue they helped generate, this also includes championships and ticket sales (more than $75-million), membership fees (about $12-million), and rights and royalties (just below $8-million).

With those lucrative numbers, athletically, one has to wonder how this secession proposal and the desire for southern independence would affect the SEC or college football recruitment throughout the South, especially during the time when conference realignments are changing the landscape of college football in the NCAA’s efforts to create five Super conferences.

Seriously, how would it affect schools’ athletic departments, alumni chapters, fundraisers and conferences economically, especially when most of the athletes are Black?

That’s simply a sidebar to a bigger issue, but it is still something to ponder.

 Jeffersonian versus Hamiltonian

As a result, we have two opposing ideas butting heads once again.

One side believes in the concept of Thomas Jefferson. And the other side believes in the philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, according to Ron Paul.

Why? Because, Jefferson stated, ” If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation to a continuance in the Union I have no hesitation in saying, “Let us separate.” (1816).

While Lincoln, who was a Hamiltonian, stated, “the Union, in any event, will NOT be dissolved and if you attempt it we won’t let you. With the purse and the sword….in our hands and at our command, you could not do it. (1856).

 Lincoln and Obama

With two conflicting ideas being highlighted by this movement along with a Black man being the president of the United States, it is not coincidence that Hollywood has chosen to  release the new Abraham Lincoln movie directed Steven Spielberg last week.

Matter of fact, it’s no coincidence that the political strategist promoted President Obama as the modern-day Abe Lincoln, the Great Liberator, or the Great Emancipator, who was going to save the United States with his brilliance as Honest Abe supposedly did in 1865.

This was, in my humble opinion, the idea behind awarding him the Noble Peace Prize, from his historic presidential announcement in 2008 in Springfield, Illinois to his memorable train ride along the mid-Atlantic seaboard that tracked Abraham Lincoln’s historic route from Philadelphia to Washington.

Obama even during his inauguration speech borrowed a line from Lincoln’s first inaugural address when he appealed “not to our easy instincts but to our better angels.” and by using Lincoln’s Bible during the inauguration.

As a result, when the Democrats tried to politically package Obama as the next Lincoln four years ago when he was running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, it forced former President Bill Clinton to say “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”

But the real question remains?

What would have the 16th president of the United States thought about the election of Barrack Obama?

 Forced Glory

According to the executive editor of Ebony Magazine and author of Forced

Glory: Lincoln’s White Dream, Lerone Bennett Jr., he would have been highly upset by the near thought of a Black man being president of the USA.

Why? Because, Bennett believed Lincoln was a white supremacist, regardless of the myth that surrounded him. He, in fact, was no different from Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, George W. Bush, or Ronald Wilson Reagan.

“Most people don’t know that Abraham Lincoln didn’t free the slaves. Never intended to free the slaves.” Bennett told an audience at Travis Smiley’s State of Black Union in 2008.

 “Most people don’t know Lincoln oppose Black people voting, holding office, and intermarrying with white people in the state of Illinois.” he proclaimed.

 “Finally, the great irony, if Lincoln would have had his way, Obama wouldn’t have been in America. The only liberation plan Lincoln ever had was a constitutional amendment to deport Black people out of the country.”

Shockingly, Lincoln didn’t oppose slavery but believed in the extension of it.

Plus, he also supported the Black Codes and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which mandated that states to which escaped slaves fled were obligated to return them to their masters upon their discovery and subjected persons who helped runaway slaves to criminal sanctions. (Read my previous article Shackles on my Feet on BASN)

Matter of fact, Lincoln like Obama, was a lawyer, who was involved in over 5,600 court cases. His most disturbing case, however, occurred in Charleston, Illinois in October 1847 when he sent an African woman and her four children back into slavery after they had escaped the horrible institution, according to Bennett.

 “If a German lawyer entered a German court, to ask a German judge to send a Jewish mother and her four children back to the concentration camps, everybody in America, would be up in arms!!!” Bennett told an audience during a speech at Sage Chapel on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

 White Dreams

So while President Obama had Dreams of His Father, and dreams of passing the Dream Act(The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act),Lincoln had White Dreams of an all-white America by trying to negotiate with Great Britain and other foreign governments to deport all Blacks.

No wonder, he is considered the greatest Republican president in American history.

In support of the White Dream,” Bennett writes. “Lincoln mobilized the State Department, the Interior Department, the Treasury Department, and the Smithsonian Institution . . . . Lincoln’s ethnic cleansing plan was the official policy of the American government”

Bennett goes onto write that the reason why most people fail to know these things about Lincoln is because; there is a Lincoln cult that resides in America.

 The Lincoln Cult

If you don’t think there is Lincoln Cult, let’s not forget the other Lincoln movie put out by Hollywood called “Lincoln: The Vampire Hunter” this year.

In his book Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream on page 114, Bennett writes this:

 Lincoln is theology, not historiology. He is a faith, he is a church, he is a religion, and he has his own priests and acolytes, most of whom have a vested interest in [him] and who are passionately opposed to anybody telling the truth about him.”

With these so-called academic cults obsessed with the Lincoln’s Legacy, American scholars as well as some governmental officials have oddly made Lincoln the moral compass of the country, a Christ-like figure, which happened to die on Good Friday for the sin of slavery.

He, in some academic circles, is even called “Father Abraham.”

Therefore, overtime his myth, his martyrdom and his legend has grown into epic proportions.

Unfortunately, many Blacks, due to mis-education, have also been brainwashed in this occult knowledge surrounding “Honest Abe,” or better yet “Lying Lincoln,” who supposedly freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation.

Bennett theorized that Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, however freed no one, since it only applied to “rebel territory,” and specifically exempted all the slave-owning/Union-controlled border states and other areas that were occupied by the U.S. army at the time.

To prove this point, Henry Clay Whitney said the Proclamation was a mirage. And Secretary of State William Henry Seward said it was an illusion in which “we show our sympathy with the slaves by emancipating the slaves where we cannot reach them and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.”

After learning this, it is now safe to say Lincoln practiced the same double-talk, which most politicians engage in today.

In other words, as the Native Americans said, “the white man speaks with a fork tongue.”

Therefore, instead of the Great Emancipator, he was the Great Manipulator.

 Deification of a political figure

According to Thomas DiLorenzo, the author of The Real Lincoln, Lincoln was 10,000 times slicker than Bill Clinton and during his first inaugural address, pledged to enshrine slavery into the Constitution with the “Corwin Amendment” that had already passed by the U.S. House and Senate.

 “If I could save the Union without freeing the slaves I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it. What I do about, and the colored races, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union.” Lincoln said.

Unfortunately, for President Obama, he has been fashioned as the new Abe Lincoln. And just like Lincoln, the United States has tried to make him a Christ-like figure and the Messiah to a nation in need of leadership.

And just like Lincoln, those who love Obama, hate to see him criticized in fear that it will destroy the myth surrounding his historical presidency as well as his legacy.

Plus, Obama loyalists like Reverend Al.Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry, Tom Joyner and Eric Michael Dyson have made new careers out of protecting him, especially from Glen Ford, Tavis Smiley, and Dr.Cornel West.

The deification of politicians, however is a dangerous thing.

Because, we know that there are no perfect people and definitely no perfect politicians.

 Obsession with the wrong Lincoln

Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West, in effect, warned President Obama not to follow the wrong version of Lincoln during an interview with Democracy Now on July 29, 2009.

And I should say this, too, I think, in terms of style, that the Obama administration is obsessed with the wrong Lincoln. They are obsessed with the Lincoln who they think moved to the right and was trying to create bipartisan consensus with conservatives, whereas we know there’s no Lincoln without Frederick Douglass. There’s no Lincoln without Harriet Beecher Stowe. There’s no Lincoln without Wendell Phillips or Charles Sumner. That was a social movement……..If it were not for the abolitionist movement, the courageous black and white freedom fighters, from John Brown to Douglass, who put pressure on Lincoln, we would have been dealing with a white supremacist Lincoln.

 Lincoln became great, because a social movement pushed him against slavery in that regard. And Obama is looking to the wrong Lincoln. And if he doesn’t understand the greatness of Lincoln was responding to the social movements of working people and poor people, he’s going to end up with a failed presidency, with a lot of symbolic gestures…

Therefore, we pray for the protection of President Obama during his second term in the Oval Office as another potential Civil War brews on American soil due to this heated secession debate.

Why? Because, as Lerone Bennett said, “When people don’t know when they were emancipated, or if they were emancipated, they will never be emancipated.”



History of Black Disabled in Sports

Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter 


This article was written in 2009, now some new information    

“The disabled moment” is a flashpoint in time, when disabled African-Americans become self-aware of their oppression and woke up to what they must do to overcome this oppression. That moment occurred for Ray Charles, Wilma Rudolph, an historical host of others as chronicled in the paragraphs below, and every disabled person who rises up.  Until that moment, disabled African-American athletes, and disabled African-Americans generally, live in no man’s land fighting for their lives, fighting for their very existence.  Caucasians do not embrace the Black disabled because of their skin tone while African-Americans do not embrace this group because they are disabled and different.The Black Disabled community is still on the outside looking in. Like my disabled brother and freedom fighter Leroy Moore states many times. “The Black Disabled community are on the outskirts, the outskirts of American society.”  Disabled President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt could have lifted the disabled community by his leadership, he did not. Roosevelt choose to hide his polio and his full leg braces. We are all still paying the mental cost of this “disability invisibility” today.


Inland African countries like Northern Benin, Niger, Western Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Western Chad, treated their disabled children like kings and queens, they were treated like royalty, which all children should be treated in the first place. It was a sign from the Gods that these individuals were special and that they should be given respect and honor.  African communities thought the heavens, the Gods, had blessed them with these special children that had special needs.

Disabled Children on the African coastlines in the counties of Senegal, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guiana did not fare so well and chances of survival were minimal.

The disabled child was taken to the ocean and thrown into the sea to drown. They either learned very quickly how to swim or died. Some remote places in Asia, and Latin America, still practice this act.

Black and white slave traders that captured parents of disabled children left those children to fend for themselves. These helpless children could not help themselves in the African country side. These kids could not produce a profit for the slave traders and were expendable.

Today in Africa just like America, the disabled child helped the family around the house, farm, and rising siblings. He/she was still part of the family.

Some disabled children could not perform the heavy house chores because of their lack of or limited strength and mobility. The disabled child instilled knowledge and strength to his/her siblings.



There is a poignant moment in the movie “Ray” — the story of blind singer and entertainer, Ray Charles. Every disabled child experiences a moment like this. They either rise above the challenge or fall in despair.

In this scene little Ray is on the floor. Lying there screaming, help, to his mother. Ray’s mother hears him and does not respond. She looks at him with tears streaming down her face.

She knows that if Ray is going to survive in this harsh non-disabled world he will have to pick himself up off of the floor and begin his fight for independence.

Ray continues to whine for a few seconds, but then suddenly it clicks the awareness of where he is and what were the things around him. His mind moves into overdrive, the drive for human survival which everybody has. Ray pays attention to everything in his surroundings hearing things he had never heard.

He notices everything, the whistle of the tea kettle, the fly buzzing by his ears; the cows mooing outside the door, the cars passing his house, and even the scent of his mother’s perfume.

Ray gets up off the floor and states, “Mom I know your there so why not help me?” This defining moment happens to most disabled children and a new world begins. It is the point of liberation, the point of independence, the point of self-awareness.



Olympic Champion Wilma Rudolph contracted polio as a child and had a very difficult childhood. One leg was shorter and twisted so Wilma wore a heavy leg brace.

Many thought she would not survive her teenage years because she was always ill. Doctors told her that she would never walk normally, but Rudolph defied the odds. Rudolph was a fighter. Rudolph was a runner and she wanted to beat her siblings at everything.

Her mother told her you have to keep up with your brothers and sisters and you have to beat your classmates because you are different. Wilma did not know what to do because it took her longer to walk to and from school each day.

Right then was her disabled moment. She decided that she would run to school every day and beat her siblings and classmates to school. This personal decision made her the best female runner in the world, beating world-class runners in the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympic Games. She did this breaking World Track Records.


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Willie O’Ree the first black hockey player in the National Hockey League had a similar moment in his career. Playing in a sport that did not have Black players he knew he had to be a strong individual. This continued when he was told he would never see out of the eye that was struck by a flying puck. His decision to play or not to play was the turning point in his life, his disabled moment. Mr. O’Ree went back to the Boston Bruins never telling a soul about his disability. Changing the way he played the game protecting the good eye.

Not telling the Boston Bruin management that he was legally blind in one eye. This was a very dangerous decision because it could have cost him his eyesight for life. There is a NHL rule that if a player lost vision in one eye he could no longer step on the ice.

O’Ree is now the current coordinator of the NHL Diversity Program and the Ambassador to the sport of hockey in the inner cities. The National Hockey League currently dresses 32 Black players, this would have never happened without the courage and strength of Willie O’Ree in 1960.



In 2018 the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks drafted a linemen that plays the game of football with one hand. He made NFL history becoming the first player in the league with one hand. Shaquem Griffin was drafted by the Seahawks to join his twin brother Shaquill Griffin, who was drafted a year earlier, the two brothers made a pact in their younger years that they would play together on the same team in the future. IT HAPPENED!!!! That was their disabled moment.

Shaquem created his own way of catching the football and tackling the opponent on the field with one hand, targeting the middle part of the body of the runner. Many teams in the NFL did not take that chance drafting Griffin because they thought he would be a liability on defense. Shaquem blew all of scouts away with his talent at the pre-season combine breaking speed records and tying his brother in the 40 yard dash.

In the Griffin household the words disabled and handicapped were never used or accepted because it did not exist in this family’s vocabulary.

His brother and father designed football equipment for Shaquem to practice. It worked because he got stronger and faster each year. That pact took both young men to UCF the University of Central Florida and the Seattle Seahawks.


The mothers of disabled children had to protect and hide their disabled child from their master’s. If the master saw a disabled child it was taken immediately and killed. This child was considered a liability an economic burden and not an asset to the master because that child was eating food, taking time, space, and energy from the mother. This child did not producing anything for the master’s economic profit.

This continued at the turn of the 20th century or the modern era. Black disabled children lived in the basement or attic unseen by family or friends. The stigma of having a disabled child was too great for them to be seen.

The first group breaking out of this cycle was the courageous disabled men and women of the late 1950′s and early 1960′s. The first group of visual disabled individuals to, socially, politically, and economically raising their voices, in unison, demanding their equal rights in the 1970s-1980s.



Harriett Tubman, one of the greatest African-American heroines of our time was a strong disabled Black woman. She wanted to free other disabled slaves but the mothers would never tell her where they were. This broke her heart. Tubman was the first Black disabled liberator, the first Black disabled freedom fighter.


The first experiments with the gas chambers were on disabled German citizens. These monsters tested “how to” exterminate humans efficiently. These helpless individuals died a very painful lingering death. They do not teach you this part of World War Two in high school or college.

Disabled German citizens had to wear bright yellow arm bands, making it easier for the German police to round them up.

The term “deaf and dumb” came from the Nazi regime. It has stood the test of time and American society still uses this horrible phrase. Deaf people are not dumb.

Just ask deaf 2014 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawk running back Derrick Colman. Colman was the first Disabled African-American to play in the National Football League.


Or the Atlanta Brave deaf outfielder Curtis John Pride who is now the head coach of Gallaudet University.  Baseball player John Curtis Pride was drafted by my beloved New York Mets; and also played for the Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and finally the Atlanta Braves during his career. When Pride came back to Montreal the Expo crowd gave him a ten minute standing ovation because they loved the way he played the game and helped the disabled community of Eastern Canada.


The Nazi German regime created a new form of slave labor transformed disabled Eastern European females. They were given ten needles to sew new German military uniforms. If the workers broke all ten needles they were sent to the gas chambers. This showed the world the quality of life or lack of quality for the disabled in the German Empire.

Today it has vastly improved. The European world accepts their disabled residents while America still struggles with this growing social issue.



Basketball star Mike “Stinger” Glenn, the Southern Illinois University Saluki great and all American guard grew up with two parents that were deaf. He learned sign languages at a young age; he also understood the difficulties his parents experienced.

The New York Knick-Atlanta Hawk promised his parents that he would help deaf children whenever he could. The former (NBA) National Basketball Association player opened a camp for deaf children. He taught many at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale the art of communication in (ASL) American Sign Languages.

During his playing career, Glenn requested the NBA to broadcast their games with Closed Captioning. Today, most sports broadcast are closed captioned for the hearing impaired thanks to Glenn’s effort.

Now deaf basketball fans can enjoy the game like everyone else.



Deaf First baseman William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy, changed the game of baseball through the signs you see now in baseball. They were created for Hoy because he did not understand what was going on. The umpire’s strike call, the out and safe calls, the fair and foul signs, and the third and first base coach’s signs were created at this time for Hoy. These signs are still being used today.


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However, the American film and television industries still does not understand. The appalling movie called “Tropic Thunder”, in 2008 which stared Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr.

The movie was a comedy, but the disabled community at large did not think it was funny. During the movie’s first weekend it was the highest rated movie.

The movie included scenes about mentally disabled citizens calling them the R- word. No, it is not the Washington Football Club’s racist nickname. Mentally Challenged Americans still have to fight the American movie industry with the use of the word-retarded.

This name has been politically and socially unacceptable. The movie comedy used this word over 50 times. The producers, directors, and writers were not sensitive to the Mentally Disabled American. Education is still needed in the United States.

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The movie and television industries continues to use non disabled actors to play disabled parts i.e. “My Left Foot,” in which Daniel Day Lewis plays Christie Brown a Irish civil right advocate with Cerebral Palsy or “M.A.N.T.I.S.” a Black disabled super hero played by Carl Lumbly. Both Lewis and Lumbly are non-disabled.


The Special Olympic Games lost two of their heroes with the passing of founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and her husband Sergeant Shriver at the turn of this century.



In 1960, the Kennedys and Shrivers wanted American mentally challenged children to compete and meet new people. When it started 65 years ago only half of the stadium in Boston filled up and most were just friends and relatives of the children competing.

Today over 210 countries participate in these games and the stadiums are full of sports fans. The Kennedy-Shriver families are the second positive force for the disabled community in the field of disabled sports.

The same expansion of the Paralympic Games, known as the Stroke Mandeville Summer Games in 1948. The majority of the participants were World War disabled veterans coincided with the International Wheelchair Games both groups would later join together to become the Paralympic Games in 1960. In 1976 the first Winter Paralympic Games were played in Sweden. The fight continues to be accepted in the sports world with these world games.



Jim Abbott, the one-armed pitcher for the New York Yankees and California Angels and golfer Casey Martin wanted to play the game they loved, baseball and golf. Both had physical disabilities that did not stop them. One visible, the other invisible. Abbott threw the first no-hitter by a disabled player in Yankee Stadium.

Martin had to file a case with the United States Supreme Court to allow him to play on the Professional Golf Association Tour (PGA) in a golf cart because he could not stand or walk long distances.

Martin won his case but lost the war with his body. He is retired and working with young golfers today.


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Field goal kicker Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints broke the record for the longest field goal in NFL history – 63 yards – beating the Detroit Lions 19-17 in 1970. The record has been equaled in 1998 by Denver Bronco Jason Elam and four others. In 2013 another Denver Bronco, Matt Prater set the new record with a 64 yard field goal against the Tennessee Titans.

Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot. He created a modified shoe so he could play. After the record braking field goal other teams complained that Dempsey had an unfair advantage and the NFL created “The Dempsey Rule”, in 1977.

The rule states that any shoe worn by a player with an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe.

The disabled must conform to the able-bodied world of rules when the non-disabled rules are already stacked against them. The same can be said about disabled African-American players they have to be three times as good as their white counter parts to even play the game they love.


The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon Syndrome is still with us. Disabled kids are cute, get our attention, and need assistance.

Well ladies and gentlemen disabled children do grow up.

Have you ever see an older child or adult; or a child of color on this Labor Day broadcast?

Just like the Native American Indian-First Nations professional team mascots, the disabled are in a time capsule and remain in that time frame, forever. The Cleveland Indians and the Washington Football Club want to stay in the 1920-1940′s with their outlandish logo and racist name, they want disabled kids to stay kids.

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Baseball All-Star Luis Tiant stated many times that as a Black Latino man he disliked putting on the Cleveland Indian uniform because of the disgraceful logo.

Tiant loved playing baseball and loved playing for the Indians, but he recognized the disrespect the organization had for Native American/First Nations fans with their team logo.

If more baseball fans and players like Tiant spoke out against Cleveland‘s Chief Wahoo, the silly grinning red sambo mascot more individuals would speak more about the possible change.

The logo maybe part of American history now as The Cleveland Indian Baseball Club stated that they would retire Chief Wahoo in the 2019 Major League Baseball season.



Dodger Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella was the first disabled coach in Major League Baseball history. Every spring, Campanella would travel with the Dodgers to their spring training camp in Florida.

He would help the young catchers on the art of defense behind the plate. Whenever a team member had a problem they would visit Campanella. He used his disability to help others with words of wisdom and words of experience.

Campanella filled the role that many intelligent disabled Americans fill, that of counselor, that’s a story for another time.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at glcgray@gmail.com  





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After emerging from hockey exile in Buffalo, Evander Frank Kane has matured into one  of National Hockey League’s power forwards and now plays for the San Jose Sharks. Last year he led the Sharks in the first round of the playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks.  He is the highest Black player drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers fourth overall pick in 2009. That year he scored 14 goals 12 assist in 66 games as a rookie, 12th (30 total) among other rookies.

Number nine is the scorer and enforcer the San Jose Sharks have been looking for. Last year only the Cinderella Vegas Golden Knights could stop the San Jose’s Bay Area Men of Teal with new teammate Kane.

Mr. Kane is the new prototype hockey player, with the grit of Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds, and the strength of Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, the size of Vegas Knight Ryan Reaves, and the shooting abilities of Nashville’s P.K. Subban. The San Jose Sharks were searching for a scoring enforcer. Maybe they found him in Evander Kane.

In 2017 the left winger Goal Brother Evander Kane got off to a fantastic start with 12 goals and 8 assists in 3 months with the Buffalo Sabres This was his best start of a season in the NHL. He seemed to have been the only one in blue and gold that could find the back of the net in Buffalo. The Sabres had kept sinking in the Eastern Conference and something had to be done and Buffalo thought it was Kane.

Kane was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1991 coming from a sports family he knew he had to follow. His father was a boxer and his mother a college and professional volley ball star.

His scoring skills on the ice appeared when he was 14 years old he scored 140 points in 66 games in the bantam league. He continued in the minor league hockey with the Vancouver Thunderbirds.

Kane kept growing and receiving calls from the Vancouver Giants at the World Junior Championship. He would use his large body in the corners to muscle out smaller players to get the puck and the Vancouver organization loved that.

In 2009 number nine was selected fourth overall in the NHL draft by the Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets)-The Goal Brother Team. The number of injuries throughout the years hampered this budding star but when he is on the ice he always found a way to score.

In 2010 Kane started a new health regiment to get his lower body in shape. He realized that his legs were his meal ticket to stardom. Once that happened the forward began to score in Winnipeg.

In 2012-12 during the NHL strike he went to the KHL- Kontinental Hockey League-Dinamo Misk in Russia but could not adapt to the Russian lifestyles, hockey styles, or the pressure of being the first Canadian to sign with the KHL.


In 2015 The Jets hired a new head coach Paul Maurice and he and Kane just could not get along plus the fact that the Jets were heading in another direction with a smaller line.

Kane did not like the fact that the organization moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Winnipeg, Canada. Atlanta was forming a Black hockey fan base with the Black Thrasher players on the ice. Kane enjoyed seeing young African-Americans in the stands in the American south watching the game of hockey. Also, the fact that the Thrashers had four Black players on the ice made it easy for Kane.


However the Jets traded Kane along with Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf to Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brenden Lemieux and a first round pick. The Jets traded offense for defense. The trade was lopsided and the Winnipeg Jets won this trade by a wide margin. The Sabres continued to struggle after the trade because they could not score, even with the addition of Kane. Teams would box number nine so he would become a non-factor

In 2015 the Winnipeg Jets wanted to exile Kane to the outer limits of hockey, Buffalo, under the guise of wanting defense. He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres to bolster their offense, it did not work. Then the administration wanted to dump salaries. Kane and many hockey historians stated that Kane had been sent to Buffalo to make him and his offensive talents disappear. It did not happen; he became a better player learning the art of scoring.

He would prove this on his first day in San Jose with two assist in 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers and two weeks later pulled a hat-trick (3-goals) in a 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Evander Kane has finally found a home in the South Bay of Northern California.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod



1948-49 Dayton Rens


Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter

OAKLAND, CA.- This is the secret The NBA does not want America to know; the creation of the first all Black professional basketball league which later would be named the Black Fives. This league had a championship from 1906-1927. From the first The Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn to the Harlem (New York) Renaissance Big Five-(Rens).

The player war between the (NBL) National Basketball League and the (BAA) Basketball Association of America almost killed both professional leagues, while the Black Fives had to set out and watch because of the gentlemen’s agreement by the owners to block Black players on the floor, just like the National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball .

The BAA played in the larger cities of America while the NBL suited up the smaller towns like Fort Wayne, Sheboyken, and Akron. By the 1948-49 season, the BAA had begun to attract some of the country’s best players, and four NBL franchises–Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Rochester–moved to the BAA, bringing their star players with them. George Mikan, the biggest attraction in either league who by himself could virtually assure a team’s success, defected to the new league with the Minneapolis Lakers. Both leagues lost teams and by 1947 the NBL needed the Rens to balance the Eastern Division.

African Americans were still banned from the professional game of basketball until 1950 even-thou the New York – Dayton Rens – All Black team replaced the Detroit Vagabond Kings in 1948. Historical records state that the National Basketball Association did not integrate until the 1950-51 season so the Rens-Kings were two years ahead of schedule and African American owner and head coach Robert Douglas kept knocking on the door.

Douglas guaranteed season long contracts making them the first Black owned professional basketball team. The Father of Black Professional Basketball coached the New York Rens who later became the Dayton Rens.


They were amateur, semi-pro, and professional teams sponsored mostly by churches, athletic clubs, social clubs, and Black YMCAs. The basketball equivalents to baseball’s storied Negro League were the Philadelphia Panthers, the Los Angeles Red Devils, the Washington 12 Streeters and many more, including the historic New York Renaissance aka Rens. The Rens, from 1923 to 1948, won a dumbfounding 2,588 of 3,117 games and whose watershed rivalry with all-white Original Celtics (of New York) helped put the entire team in the Hall of Fame.

In two seasons, the New York Rens defeated the original Celtics for the world basketball championship. In 1932 to 1933, the New York Rens collected 112 wins and eight losses in the season – winning 88 consecutive games. In 1939, the team won the first professional basketball championship against the Oshkosh All-Stars in Chicago.

The financially strapped Detroit Kings gave the Rens a 2-17 record when they entered the league as they merged before warming up in the 1948-49 season. It did not last long because the Dayton fan base did not support or like their new team, because the team did not look like them and played a speed up version of the game.

The New York-Harlem Rens played too sold out crowds as they barn stormed all over the east coast. The majority of the players did not like the idea of inheriting the Kings losing record but the owner and head coach, Douglas made that decision.

The lily white BAA used the newly formed all Black Globetrotters to attract crowds but refused to let them in the league. Owner and Coach Douglass wanted no part of being another circus team before the regular game.

In the 1949 season the two leagues finally merged to form the current National Basketball Association. It did not include the New York-Dayton Rens- Detroit Vagabond Kings; three owners blocked the door for African American players AGAIN….

History would have been different if the Rens had stayed together and made the playoffs in 1947-48. The owner split the squad and The Rens never had a chance with racism, economics, and 17 loses.

Despite strong internal objections the N.B.A. eventually relented, adding three African American players for its 1950-51 season. They were former Rens and Globetrotters player Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, former Duquesne University and Globetrotters star Chuck Cooper, and West Virginia State University star Earl Lloyd.

Head coach and owner Robert Douglas dream had finally come true, African Americans would suit up and play in the NBA.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod 




By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter 

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OAKLAND, CA – As the season moves into the 2018 holiday season there are nine active Black head coaches. The Eastern Conference Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers let their head coach, Ty Lue go along with All Star LeBron James and the Cavaliers have landed in last place with 1-10 record in the Central Division.

There are two new Black head coaches in the league Lloyd Pierce with the Atlanta Hawks 2017-18. Pierce was an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and hung in there during “The Process,” in Philadelphia. The other is J.B. Bickerstaff with the Memphis Grizzlies. Bickerstaff is the son of veteran head coach Bernie Bickerstaff.

The NBA also has head coaching talent on the bench with Mike Brown assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors guiding the team to an undefeated playoff record in Steve Kerr absence two years ago. Mark Jackson is currently working in the broadcast booth, with his wealth of defensive knowledge and Mike Woodson is currently an assistant coach with the struggling Los Angeles Clippers. These three men Brown, Jackson, and Woodson should receive another shot at being head coach.

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The (NBA) National Basketball Association broke the color barrier in 1950, the first wave, Charles “Chuck” Cooper (Boston Celtics), Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton (New York Knicks), and Earl Lloyd (Washington Capitols) changed the game forever. Lloyd became the first African-American player to win an NBA Championship and the first to be an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons in 1968 and the second Black head coach in the league.


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The League has work to finish as Black head coaches continue to be fired faster than their Caucasian counter-parts. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the resent example of this releasing Ty Lue who won the Eastern Conference four times along with a NBA Championship, not enough. This also happen north of the border in Toronto with the Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, released after three 2nd place finishes in the Atlantic Division. Mike Brown and Mike Woodson are still looking for another chance to guide a team to a championship.


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The Golden State Warriors won Back to Back titles and three in the last four years. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are trying to put an historical stamp on the NBA searching for that Three-peat in 2018-19. This would put the Blue and Gold “Splash Brothers & Company,” with the four other elite teams, The Minneapolis Lakers, The Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls. The Warriors would be the fifth team to accomplish this challenge and in the age of free agency this was almost impossible. Golden State will most likely break every offensive record in the book at the end of this season. Yet basketball historians refuse to put them in that elite basketball dynasty category.



Hall of Famer Bill Russell became the first African-American head coach to win a championship. He took over the Boston Celtics in November of 1966, as a player-coach. Russell guided them to another championship in 1968-1969.  Russell retired in Seattle with the Supersonics in 1988. The second head coach to victory was Al Attles of the Golden State Warriors. Attles grew up in New Jersey and is the first (HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities- North Carolina A &T University coach to win the title.



 These men have won championships as head coaches: Bill Russell-Boston Celtics (1968, 1969), Al Attles-Golden State Warriors (1975), Lenny Wilkens-Seattle Supersonics (1979), and K.C. Jones-Boston Celtics (1984, 1986), Doc Rivers-Boston Celtics (2008), now we can add Tyronn Lue- Cleveland Cavaliers (2016-2018).


* Coached part of that season

ALL CAPS- New Coaches

Head Coaches Coach   Team    Years

  1. Al Attles-Golden State Warriors 1969-70* to 1982-83
  2. Randy Ayers-Philadelphia 76ers 2003-04*
  3. Elgin Baylor-New Orleans Jazz 1974-75; 1976-77 to 1978-79
  4. Butch Beard-New Jersey Nets 1994-1996
  5. Bernie Bickerstaff-Seattle SuperSonics 1985-1990, Denver Nuggets 1994-1997, Washington Wizards 1996-97, to 1998-99, Charlotte Bobcats 2004-2010 Los Angeles Lakers  2012*

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  1. B.J. BICKERSTAFF- Memphis Grizzlies- 2017- PRESENT
  2. Mike Brown-Cleveland Cavaliers 2005-2010 Los Angeles Lakers 2010-2012* Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014
  3. Quinn Buckner-Dallas Mavericks 1993-94
  4. Mack Calvin-Los Angeles Clippers 1991-92*
  5. L. Carr-Boston Celtics 1995-1997
  6. Butch Carter-Toronto Raptors 1997-98* to 1999-2000
  7. Fred Carter-Philadelphia 76ers-1992-93* to 1993-94
  8. Bill Cartwright-Chicago Bulls 2001-02* to 2003-04*


  1. DWANE CASEY-Minnesota Timberwolves 2005-06 to 2006-07*, Toronto Raptors 2011- 2018, Detroit Pistons-PRESENT
  2. Don Chaney-Los Angeles Clippers 1984-85* to 1986-87, Houston Rockets 1988-89 to 1991-92, Detroit Pistons 1993-94 to 1994-95, New York Knicks 2001-02* to *2003-04
  3. Maurice Cheeks-Portland Trail Blazers 2001-02 to *2004-05, Philadelphia 76ers 2005-2008, Detroit Pistons 2013-2014
  4. Jim Cleamons-Dallas Mavericks 1996-97 to 1997-98
  5. Michael Cooper-Denver Nuggets 2004-05*
  6. Tyron Corbin-Utah Jazz- 2011- 2014, Sacramento Kings 2015,
  7. Mel Daniels-Indiana Pacers 1988-89*
  8. Johnny Davis-Philadelphia 76ers 1996-97, Orlando Magic 2003-04* to 2004-05*



  1. LARRY DREW-Atlanta Hawks 2010- 2013, Milwaukee Bucks 2013, Cleveland Cavaliers-PRESENT
  2. Mike Evans-Denver Nuggets 2001-02*
  3.  Derrick Fisher– New York Knicks 2014-2016



  1. ALVIN GENTRY-Miami Heat 1994-95* Detroit Pistons 1997-98 to 1999-2000* Los Angeles Clippers 2000-01 to 2002-03* Phoenix Suns 2008- 2013, New Orleans Pelicans 2015-PRESENT



  1. DAVID FIZDALE-Memphis Grizzlies-2016-2017, New York Knicks 2018
  2. Leonard Hamilton-Washington Wizards 2000-01
  3. Gar Heard-Dallas Mavericks 1992-93* Washington Wizards 1999-2000*
  4. Lionel Hollins-Vancouver Grizzlies 1999-2000*, Memphis Grizzlies 2009-2013, Brooklyn Nets 2014-2016
  5. Bob Hopkins-Seattle Supersonics 1977-78
  6. Melvin Hunt– Denver Nuggets- 2015*
  7. Mark Jackson – Golden State Warriors 2011-2014
  8. Stu Jackson-New York Knicks 1989-90 to 1990-91 Vancouver Grizzlies 1996-97*



  1. Avery Johnson-Dallas Mavericks 2004-05*-2008 New Jersey-Brooklyn Nets 2010-2013
  2. Dennis Johnson-Los Angeles Clippers 2002-03*
  3. Frank Johnson-Phoenix Suns 2001-02* to 2003-04*
  4. Magic Johnson-Los Angeles Lakers 1993-94*
  5. K. C. Jones-Capital/Washington Bullets 1973-74, to 1975-76, Boston Celtics 1983-84 to 1987-88, Seattle Supersonics 1990-91 to 1991-92
  6. Eddie Jordan-Sacramento Kings 1996-97* to 1997-98, Washington Wizards 2003-2008, Philadelphia 76ers 2009-2010
  7. Jason Kidd-Brooklyn Nets 2013-2014, Milwaukee Bucks 2014-2017
  8. Bob Lanier-Golden State Warriors 1994-95*
  9. Gene Littles-Cleveland Cavaliers 1985-86*, Charlotte Hornets 1989-90* to 1990-91, Denver Nuggets 1994-95*
  10. Earl Lloyd-Detroit Pistons 1971-72* to 1972-73
  11. Sidney Lowe-Minnesota Timberwolves 1992-93* to 1993-94, Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies 2000-01 to 2002-03
  12. Tyronn Lue-Cleveland Cavaliers* 2014-2018
  13. John Lucas-San Antonio Spurs 1992-93* to 1993-94, Philadelphia 76ers 1994-95 to 1995-96, Cleveland Cavaliers 2001-02 to 2002-03*

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  1. NATE MCMILLAN –Seattle Supersonics 2000-01* to 2004-05, Portland Trailblazers 2005-2012, Indiana Pacers 2016-PRESENT
  2. Sam Mitchell-Toronto Raptors 2004-2008,
  3. Pete Myers-Chicago Bulls 2003-04*
  4. Kenny Nat-Sacramento Kings 2008-2009
  5. Terry Porter-Milwaukee Bucks 2003-04

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  1. LLOYD PIERCE– Atlanta Hawks-PRESENT
  2. Willis Reed-New York Knicks 1977-78 to 1978-79, New Jersey Nets 1987-88* to 1988-89

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  1. DOC RIVERS-Orlando Magic 1999-2000 to 2003-04*, Boston Celtics 2004-05 – 2013, Los Angeles Clippers 2013-PRESENT
  2. Bill Russell-Boston Celtics 1966-67 to 1968-69, Seattle Supersonics 1973-74 to 1976-77, Sacramento Kings 1987-88
  3. Tom Sanders-Boston Celtics 1977-78* to 1978-79
  4. Byron Scott-New Jersey Nets 2000-2004*, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets2004-2009, Cleveland Cavaliers 2009- 2013, Los Angeles Lakers 2014-2015
  5. Ray Scott-Detroit Pistons 1972-73* to 1975-76
  6. Brian Shaw-Denver Nuggets- 2013- 2015



  1. Paul Silas-San Diego Clippers 1980-81 to 1982-83, Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets 1998-99* to 2002-03, Cleveland Cavaliers 2003-04 to 2004-05*, Charlotte Bobcats 2010-2012
  2. Keith Smart-Cleveland Cavaliers 2002-03*, Golden State Warriors 2010-2011, Sacramento Kings 2012- 2013
  3. Isiah Thomas-Indiana Pacers 2000-01 to 2002-03, New York Knicks 2006-2008
  4. Reggie Theus-Sacramento Kings 2007-2008
  5. Wes Unseld-Washington Bullets 1987-88* to 1993-94
  6. Jacques Vaughan-Orlando Magic 2012- 2015
  7. Sam Vincent-Charlotte Bobcats 2007-2008
  8. Darrell Walker-Toronto Raptors 1996-97 to 1997- 98, Washington Wizards 1999-2000*



  1. Earl Watson- Phoenix Suns* 2016- 2017
  2. Lenny Wilkens-Seattle Supersonics 1969-70 to 1971-72, Portland Trail Blazers 1974-75 to 1975-76, Seattle Supersonics 1977-78* to 1984-85, Cleveland Cavaliers 1986-87 to 1992-93, Atlanta Hawks 1993-94 to 1999-2000, Toronto Raptors 2000-01 to 2002-03
  3. Monty Williams-New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans 2010- 2015
  4. Herb Williams-New York Knicks 2003-04*; 2004-05*
  5. Mike Woodson-Atlanta Hawks 2004-2010, New York Knicks 2010-2014
  6. Draff Young-Kansas City/Omaha Kings 1973-74*

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