By Gary Norris Gray, Columnist and Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – ChiefBASN Newsroom


OAKLAND, CA. (http://www.basnnewsroom.com): Mr. McClean, Mr. Ingram, and Mr. Gray, “The MIG Line” takes the ice again with the rest of the eastern conference. We will take you through the 2017-18 season with our hockey insights.


The following teams in the Eastern Conference will struggle to make the playoffs in the spring of 2018. Just like the weak Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The current power teams in the NHL are in the west. The Pittsburgh Penguins like the Cleveland Cavaliers rule the eastern conference and will most likely should repeat this year.



The New Jersey Devils were at the bottom of the division at the end of the 2016-17 season. They have nowhere else to go but up. They started this season on the right foot winning their first three games against Buffalo, Colorado, and Toronto reversing the New Jersey tradition of starting slow.


The new motto for 2017 is Red Dawn Raising… we shall see.


Goaltender Cory Schneider will not be looking over his shoulder worrying about the ghost of goalies past, Hall of Fame New Jersey Goaltender Martin Brodeur, number 30 retired in the 2015 season wearing a St. Louis Blues uniform.


The Devils have also put aside the left wing lock defense system and have moved forward with a straight defense.


Left wing Brian Gibbons maybe finally finding his way around the Newark ice rink, scoring his first goal of the year against Maple Leafs.


New Jersey may be hurting currently at right wing with Drew Stafford and Kyle Palmieri out of the line up with a low body injury at the beginning of the season.

The administration committed to not signing veteran rental players to fill the void this year. So the Devils are going to have to do it on their own with their own players.

Get that shuttle bus to Binghamton (AHL) warmed up.

Looking for right wing Jimmy Hayes, center Adam Henrique, and Taylor Hall to step up their game in 2017.  Centers Pavel Zacha and Nico Hischier have not scored yet but if Jersey is going to move they have to put the bisket in the basket.

The Devils goal this year should be making a wild card spot.



SETH JONES                                       


The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a do or die year. This coach is on the hot seat if they don’t reach the quarter finals. We could be seeing a head coaching change early if Jackets get off to a slow start. Last year they made the playoffs and are expected to be better this year. Goal Brother defenseman Seth Jones started the season with two goals and he has resigned with the Jackets for six years. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will have to carry the load in net this year with young Joonas Korpisalo as a backup.

New Jack City will have to find a scoring line to stay in the playoffs left wing Pierre Luc Dubois-center Brandon Dudinsky and right wing Cam Atkinson could be that line.

There is work to do in Columbus, Ohio.



The Carolina Hurricanes are once again in the rebuilding mood. Goaltender Cam Ward finally now has a viable backup with veteran Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks. Carolina must find defensemen to protect them.

The Hurricanes scoring power is up middle with their centers Jordan Staal, Victor Rask, and Derek Ryan.

Not looking for much out of this team this year.


                                                           RED WINGS

The Big Red Machine has struggled the past four years but it seems like they are currently moving in the right direction.

 The Detroit Red Wings organization could be finally putting together a new team. This team missed the playoffs again last year but the team effort is beginning to show benefits, with scrappy rookie right winger Martin Frk and defenseman Nick Jensen.

Veterans  center Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Travor Daley will be leaned on hard because of their experience.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard might be at the end of the road. Howard has seen the good, bad, and ugly in Detroit. He needs a solid backup and Petr Mrazek is not the one.



If you are a Sens fan it could be frustrating because they have so much potential and continue to stumble in the first round of playoffs. Defenseman Goal Brother David Johnny Oduya wants to end his career a Stanley Cup run. Can he do it north of the boarder? At least Oduya is wearing the right colors red, black, and white .

Mr. Anderson, the Matrix Man has aged,  Goalie Craig Anderson finally will get help with veteran Mike Condon from Pittsburgh Penguins in net. Anderson missed games the past two years due to family matters and injuries, the Sens hope he can complete this season. Condon scored 5 shutouts last season and should help Ottawa and Anderson.


Love rookie center Colin White from Boston, Massachusetts and another Boston College Eagle graduate star scoring 35 goals and 41 assist at B.C.



The Florida Panthers may have changed their logo but it’s the same old team. The past five years this team has not made improvements or the playoffs. It seems like they are in a block of ice and can’t get out. Maybe it’s the warm weather and the scenery at the beach distracted this team.

The 1993-94 entry had to wait until the 1996 playoffs season to make Miami notice. The Panthers won their first playoffs, upsetting the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In the Finals the Colorado Avalanche stopped the Panther train in four games ending the surprising ride.

The league also had to pass new rules in regards to fans throwing objects on the ice. In the home opener of the 95-96 season a rat flew across the locker room floor Scott Mellanby one time the rat against the wall, killing it. That night Mellanby scored two goals and goalie John Vanbiesbrouck yelled “rat trick” it grew from there. Panther fans started throwing rubber rats on the ice after a player scored a goal.

It got out of hand the next year when Florida fans bombed opposing goalies with hundreds of rubber rats. The league would assist a penalty if fans continued.

Veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo may have found a home in South Beach after stints in Long Island, New York and Vancouver, B.C. This is his fourth year in South Beach and it might be his best. He has become the elder statesmen and it might be time for the Panthers to seek a new man in net.

This team is in trouble when they are depending on right wing- Radim Vrbata and Jared McCann, center Vincent Trocheck and left wing Jamie McGinn.

The Panthers still need a sniper to jump start their offense.



The Hub fan base could be crying all year. The Boston Bruins might be on the outside looking in April.

The bigger stronger Ottawa Senators put them out of the playoffs last year 4 games to 2 in the first round. The Sens pounded the boards the whole series and the Bruins had no answer.

Boston goaltender- Tuukksa Rask will not have decent backup this year and this might cost them at the end of the season. Last year the Bruins offense went through scoring woes in the middle of the year and it cost them against the Senators they have not fixed that problem.

Boston depends on big defensemen Zdeno Chara, right wing Ryan White, center Riley Nash and left wing Brad Marchand.

The Black and Gold might not make the playoffs this year if they don’t find a scorer and a player to replace defenseman Zdeno Chara. Could that be young centers David Krejci and Riley Nash the new leaders of the baby bears. Cannot forget Center Patrice Bergeron who gets under opponents skin with his gritty place on the ice.


Count on The MIG Line (McClean, Ingram, Gray) to score throughout the 2017 – 18 season for The BASN Assassins!  


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Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Newsroom Staff Reporter

These are the following nine reason African Americans are still slaves in the United States, yet some people say ALL LIVES MATTER. If that were true, everybody would be working to change the criminal justice system. This justice system only reinforces institutional racism: propping up white supremacy.

Black people are imprisoned in exceptionally high numbers.

 People should be asking how 12.5 percent of America’s population can be 54 percent of America’s prison population. That is 2.3 million BLACK people.

The numbers exploded during President Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs but what the American media will never tell you, is how those drugs came into America.

NOW THINK REALLY HARD. How many African Americans owned a boat or a plane in 1970’s?

Black people are more likely to be arrested for nonviolent offenses.

Question, how many white individuals get arrested for Jay-walking, DWB, Driving While Black, selling loose cigarettes on the streets, or walking in the middle of the street? Black people are 3.2% more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than their white peers, even though blacks and whites use the drug at similar rates.

The wheel of justice turns very fast for Blacks but slowly for whites when it comes to penalties for crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine. African Americans receive a five year sentence for crack cocaine while suburban Caucasians get five months or less for powder cocaine. This is the American justice system.   

New Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions appears to be seeking a return to higher incarceration rates. Will this really MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

Black people are more likely to be sentenced to death for crimes against white people.

White citizens who kill Black people receive lesser sentences at trial (life in prison) than when African Americans take a white life (death row).

The death penalty was reinstated in 1976: 80% of people who have been executed have been put to death for crimes against white people. Again, the news media will never inform the American public about this fact.  Blacks and whites are likely to be murder victims at roughly equal rates.

Black people are less likely to be judged by a jury of their peers in criminal trials.

All- white-juries are commonplace in the American court system, but it is rarely seen an all-Black-jury at a criminal trial. Is this equality under the law for African Americans? The law states you shall be judged by your peers. African Americans never get this opportunity. Government studies have found that racism is common in jury selection.

Black children are more likely to be disciplined in school than their white peers.

African American children are sometimes physically assaulted and are assessed harsher punishment by school authorities when that child breaks any rule.

Black children are suspended and expelled from school twice as much as their white counterparts for the same offense.

This begins the school-to-prison pipeline which starts at preschool. The path to incarceration begins.


Each day, 500,000 people fill America’s jails awaiting trial because they are too poor to afford bail.

 Americans technically are innocent until proven guilty, but if you are poor that can be a problem, because they are sent to jail until their trial date because they do not have the funds for bail. The Vera Institute found that 50% of people awaiting trial couldn’t afford bail of $2,500 or less.

Even Black men who do not have criminal records are less likely to be hired for jobs than white men who’ve been convicted of felonies.

Discrimination runs rampant in the job market. NBC News reported in 2015 that if the applicant had an African sounding name he/she did not get a second interview but white individuals with European names received phone calls after the first interview. This was also true with apartment hunting in major cities.

Key findings include:

  • Both Black and Hispanic men were less likely to receive a positive response from employers—including a call back or email for an interview or a job offer—compared with white men.
  • Men with criminal records were more likely than women with criminal records to receive a negative response from employers.
  • White men with a criminal record had more positive responses than Black men with no criminal record.

Black Disabled Americans are literally the last hired and the first fired.

The Disabled Revolution of the 1970s favored most white disabled community and left African American disabled folk behind. Many leaders of the movement stated that they modeled their revolution after the Civil Rights Movement, but they forgot one thing: BLACK PEOPLE. America’s Black disabled had to play the game of catching up in the 1980s. African American disabled women fared much better then disabled Black males.

Mental health assistance is not as available in the African American communities as it is in the white communities.

The recent murder on Easter Sunday of 75-year-old Mr. Robert Godwin in Cleveland by a distraught African American, Steve Stevens and who later suicide in Erie, Pennsylvania just magnifies this problem of mental health in the Black communities.



In World War I and World War II, African-Americans were sent overseas to defend our nation. They all went there, abled and willing to fight against fascism.

These young men were fighting for freedom in a foreign land and when they came home to America they did not have that same freedom. Under the Red, White, and Blue these veterans returned to be second class citizens AGAIN…

Shannon Sharp explains why Colin Kaepernick is protesting, kneeling for the National Anthem.

Mr. Sharp makes it clear why Kaepernick is taking that knee.

Mr. Sharp states, Some Americans insist that Black Lives Don’t Matter but All Lives Do…Now think about these Black men who go to Germany to fight for people who they have nothing in common with and gain their freedom, only to return home and sit in the back of the bus for 15 more years. DOES THIS MATTER?

Black men are being killed, beat up, shot, and arrested for noncompliance, when white criminals who stab, kill, and rape get tased, pepper sprayed, and handcuffed. In other words they live to tell the story. DOES THIS MATTER?

Another young white male travels miles and miles then walks into a church in South Carolina and joins their prayer group. He stands up and shots nine members to death, premeditated. The arresting officers take this young man to Burger King because he is hungry…BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER…

Noncompliance to a Black man is a death sentence.

Mr. Sharp continues: If I don’t tell you my Religion, If I don’t tell you my political affiliation, If I don’t tell you my mom’s name, The one thing that I’ve been for 48 years is Black and that’s what America sees.

Americans don’t see my religion, they don’t see my orientation, they don’t grasp my political affiliation, but they see the Black skin.

This is what upsets many African Americans: the double standard that permeates the country.

In 2008 President Barack Obama tried to invite the United States into a bi-racial community, a multi-racial family.  It did not happen and President Donald J. Trump is currently pushing in the opposite direction, creating a clear racial division among Americans. The forces of white supremacy would not let President Obama succeed.

Slavery is still here under a new name, and new political, social, and economic face. This country lacks a moral compass when it comes to the issue of race.

This is a sad commentary on the United States of America.

Special Thanks to Jamilah King-Sr. Editor of MicDaily

The Justice Center-The Council of State Governments

Arizona State University

Shannon Sharp

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 at garyngray@blackathlete.com


©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod





Gary Norris Gray- BASN NEWSROOM- Staff Reporter

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OAKLAND, CA – African Americans have come a very long way in the National Basketball Association. In 1950, the first wave, Charles Henry Cooper-Boston Celtics, Nat “Sweetwater Clifton-New York Knicks, and Earl Lloyd-Washington Capitols, arrived. Lloyd became the first African American player to win a 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.


The past three years the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have dominated the NBA landscape with the Dubs – Golden State beating the Cavs two of the last three championship series. Head Coach Tyronn Lue won the NBA title two years ago breaking the Black coaching drought of seven years.   

 African Americans were banned from the game until 1950.


All-Star, and Hall of Fame, Center, Bill Russell 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 the Boston Celtic to another championship in 1968-1969.  Russell retired in Seattle with the SuperSonics in 1988.


These fine gentlemen 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 Ty Lue- Cleveland Cavaliers (2016) to the list.


Note there are currently NINE Black head coaches as we begin the 2017 season in a league that is dominated by Black players.This year two young coaches will also direct their teams into their second season. DAVID FIZDALE- Memphis Grizzlies and EARL WATSON- Phoenix Suns will try to get their struggling teams to the playoffs. One veteran coach Nate McMillan will travel from the west coast to the east, from the Portland Trailblazers to the Indiana Pacers trying to mold the blue and gold into the flyboys on the court of Indiana.

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Questions still remain with Mike Brown assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors guiding the team to an undefeated playoff record while head coach Steve Kerr rested in Oakland with his back injury in 2017. Mark Jackson is currently working in the broadcast booth in 2017, and Mike Woodson, is currently an assistant coach with the struggling Los Angeles Clippers. Will these three men get another chance to take a team to the playoffs and a NBA Championship?


* Coached part of that season

CAPS- New Coaches

Head Coaches Coach   Team    Years


  1. Al Attles-S.F./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*
  6. Mike Brown-Cleveland Cavaliers 2005-2010 Los Angeles Lakers 2010-2012* Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014
  7. Quinn Buckner-Dallas Mavericks 1993-94
  8. Mack Calvin-Los Angeles Clippers 1991-92*
  9. M. L. Carr-Boston Celtics 1995-1997
  10. Butch Carter-Toronto Raptors 1997-98* to 1999-2000


  1. Fred Carter-Philadelphia 76ers-1992-93* to 1993-94
  2. Bill Cartwright-Chicago Bulls 2001-02* to 2003-04*
  3. Dwayne Casey-Minnesota Timberwolves 2005-06 to 2006-07*, Toronto Raptors 2011- PRESENT
  4. 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
  1. Maurice Cheeks-Portland Trail Blazers 2001-02 to *2004-05, Philadelphia 76ers 2005-2008, Detroit Pistons 2013-2014
  2. Jim Cleamons-Dallas Mavericks 1996-97 to 1997-98
  3. Michael Cooper-Denver Nuggets 2004-05*
  4. Tyron Corbin-Utah Jazz- 2011- 2014, Sacramento Kings 2015,
  5. Mel Daniels-Indiana Pacers 1988-89*
  6. Johnny Davis-Philadelphia 76ers 1996-97, Orlando Magic 2003-04* to 2004-05*


  1. Larry Drew-Atlanta Hawks 2010- 2013, Milwaukee Bucks 2013
  2. Mike Evans-Denver Nuggets 2001-02*
  3.  Derrick Fisher– New York Knicks 2014-2016
  4. 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
  5. DAVID FIZDALE- Memphis Grizzlies-2016-PRESENT
  6. Leonard Hamilton-Washington Wizards 2000-01
  7. Gar Heard-Dallas Mavericks 1992-93* Washington Wizards 1999-2000*
  8. Lionel Hollins-Vancouver Grizzlies 1999-2000*, Memphis Grizzlies 2009-2013, Brooklyn Nets 2014-2016
  9. Bob Hopkins-Seattle SuperSonics 1977-78
  10. Melvin Hunt– Denver Nuggets- 2015*

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  1. Mark Jackson – Golden State Warriors 2011-2014
  2. Stu Jackson-New York Knicks 1989-90 to 1990-91 Vancouver Grizzlies 1996-97*
  3. Avery Johnson-Dallas Mavericks 2004-05*-2008 New Jersey-Brooklyn Nets 2010-2013
  4. Dennis Johnson-Los Angeles Clippers 2002-03*
  5. Frank Johnson-Phoenix Suns 2001-02* to 2003-04*
  6. Magic Johnson-Los Angeles Lakers 1993-94*
  7. 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
  8. Eddie Jordan-Sacramento Kings 1996-97* to 1997-98, Washington Wizards 2003-2008, Philadelphia 76ers 2009-2010
  9. Jason Kidd-Brooklyn Nets 2013-2014, Milwaukee Bucks 2014-PRESENT
  10. Bob Lanier-Golden State Warriors 1994-95*


  1. Gene Littles-Cleveland Cavaliers 1985-86*, Charlotte Hornets 1989-90* to 1990-91, Denver Nuggets 1994-95*
  2. Earl Lloyd-Detroit Pistons 1971-72* to 1972-73
  3. Sidney Lowe-Minnesota Timberwolves 1992-93* to 1993-94,Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies 2000-01 to 2002-03
  4. Tyronn Lue- Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-PRESENT
  5. John Lucas-San Antonio Spurs 1992-93* to 1993-94, Philadelphia 76ers 1994-95 to 1995-96, Cleveland Cavaliers 2001-02 to 2002-03*
  6. Nate McMillan-Seattle SuperSonics 2000-01* to 2004-05, Portland Trailblazers 2005-2012, Indiana Pacers 2016-PRESENT
  7. Sam Mitchell-Toronto Raptors 2004-2008,
  8. Pete Myers-Chicago Bulls 2003-04*
  9. Kenny Nat-Sacramento Kings 2008-2009
  10. Terry Porter-Milwaukee Bucks 2003-04


  1. Willis Reed-New York Knicks 1977-78 to 1978-79, New Jersey Nets 1987-88* to 1988-89
  2. Doc Rivers-Orlando Magic 1999-2000 to 2003-04*, Boston Celtics 2004-05 – 2013, Los Angeles Clippers 2013-PRESENT
  3. Bill Russell-Boston Celtics 1966-67 to 1968-69, Seattle SuperSonics 1973-74 to 1976-77, Sacramento Kings 1987-88
  4. Tom Sanders-Boston Celtics 1977-78* to 1978-79
  5. Byron Scott-New Jersey Nets 2000-2004*, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets2004-2009, Cleveland Cavaliers 2009- 2013, Los Angeles Lakers 2014-2015
  6. Ray Scott-Detroit Pistons 1972-73* to 1975-76
  7. Brian Shaw-Denver Nuggets- 2013- 2015
  8. 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
  9. Keith Smart-Cleveland Cavaliers 2002-03*, Golden State Warriors 2010-2011, Sacramento Kings 2012- 2013
  10. Isiah Thomas-Indiana Pacers 2000-01 to 2002-03, New York Knicks 2006-2008


  1. Reggie Theus-Sacramento Kings 2007-2008
  2. Wes Unseld-Washington Bullets 1987-88* to 1993-94
  3. Jacques Vaughan-Orlando Magic 2012- 2015
  4. Sam Vincent-Charlotte Bobcats 2007-2008
  5. Darrell Walker-Toronto Raptors 1996-97 to 1997-98, Washington Wizards 1999-2000*
  6. EARL WATSON- Phoenix Suns 2016- PRESENT



  1. 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
  2. Monty Williams-New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans 2010- 2015
  3. Herb Williams-New York Knicks 2003-04*; 2004-05*
  4. Mike Woodson-Atlanta Hawks 2004-2010, New York Knicks 2010-2014
  5. Draff Young-Kansas City/Omaha Kings 1973-74*

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 at garyngray@blackathlete.com


©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod







The last week of August I visited a fast food store in Berkeley, California the so called MECCA of the disabled world. My stomach was talking and needed something to feast on. My ears got a very rude awaking.

A very disturbing trend is sweeping this great nation and this lead is coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The marginalization of Disabled Americans AGAIN!!!! When ordering food the waitress did not make a good faith effort to understand what was being said because she was in a rush, until the Gray voice was raised with unhappiness, repeating the order three times. This should not be happening in Berkeley because of its disabled population.

One of my heroes Johnnie Lacy explained it clearly

Johnnie Lacy (1937-2010) was a leader in the independent living movement and fought for the rights of people with disabilities, especially people of color. She led Community Resources for Independent Living, a nonprofit in Hayward providing services and advocacy. Lacy spoke of being excluded from the Black community due to her disability and from the disability community due to being a person of color. As a Black woman in a wheelchair, she educated her communities about race and disability and served as a role model for many other Black disabled women.

Lacy explains the separation of the Black community with their Black disabled residents and then had to deal with the racism of the disabled community. Black disabled men and women were and still are the outcast of American society. These courageous men and women have to overcome so many obstacles just to survive and are often rejected not only by American society but the disabled community as well, which is shameful.

Following all of the Cerebral Palsy speaking protocols taught to us as a child, 1) speak slowly 2)speak clearly 3) speak loudly 4)look into the person’s eyes. That did not help at all; the young woman either refused to understand or could not understand what was being said.

This is what a person with speech disabilities went through in the mid-sixties, we are returning to this horrible era with the help and leadership of Agent Orange in Washington. The political, social, and economic, attack on The Disabled American community is returning with full force.

This has been brewing for the last few years; examples: a disabled young woman in South Carolina was brutalized by a white male in authority (school officer) in a classroom. The young lady refused to give up her cell phone in class or leave the room. The teacher called in the school’s security officer for assistance. Was the student wrong, maybe, but what gives that officer the right to lift her out of her chair and slam her to the floor, then throw her across the room like a rag doll. Yes, she was Black.

Four African American disabled men in their wheelchairs were shot and killed by police officers in four different cities and four different dates, last year but the mainstream media basically ignored these events. Question, what did they do? and were they potential threats to these police officers?

My Oakland, California wheelchair bound drug dealing (look-alike) doppelganger has put me in stressful situations with the Oakland Police Department on many occasions, questioning me and requesting identification. One wrong move by me or the police could have resulted in another tragedy

Just a few months ago a San Francisco police officer pushed a disabled man into the streets with his motorized wheelchair because he accidently (allegedly) ran over the officers foot. The officer left the man in the street with his body hanging out of his wheelchair, with his seatbelt saving him from hitting the pavement. Bystanders watching the incident finally picked him up after a few moments.

Incidents like these have been on the increase in the United States and it is troubling. When a group of people are marginalized they become expendable and incidences like these become common place AGAIN!!!.

Many people with Cerebral Palsy understand and deal with this attitude. Cerebral Palsy affects all body motor skills that include speaking, breathing, walking, and eye sight. Our culture has to educate ourselves on the differences and simalaires within our Black community that includes disabled people.

If disabled individuals do not speak up for the Black Disabled community-WHO WILL? If you do not educated the Black Community-WHO WILL?

1.) Most African Americans do not know or understand the world of the disabled and we need to enlighten the United States of America.

2.) The struggles to just survive with Cerebral Palsy with physical, social, and economic difficulties are an ongoing battle.

  1. a) Police often stop people with C.P. and ask have them have you been drinking?
  2. b) Disabled folk with C.P. have to prove repeat to teachers and educators that you are not mentally disabled-basically not stupid. If you are black, male, and disabled there is an 85% chance that child will be placed in a special education class because the school system do not want to deal with the special needs of these children. My educated mother (Hampton Institute) and father (North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University) would not allow this. The Burlington City School system tried a few times and failed to label this disabled child.
  3. c) Then think about this, white people calling Black disabled the N-word because you are Black. Then Disabled people calling Black disabled the N-Word too because people with Cerebral Palsy are in last place on the disabled political totem pole. These individuals drool on themselves, cannot control there muscle movements and cannot or are difficult to understood when speaking. Not pretty enough for the American masses who wanted quadriplegics or Jerry Lewis kids.
  4. d) Literally Black disabled people are the last one hired and the first one fired so when able bodied Black people say they are last, it is not true.
  5. e) Black fathers with disabled children with Cerebral Palsy leave the household eighty five percent of the time, leaving the mother to raise this special needs child. The mother has to do this while creating some kind of equal-ness with this family’s siblings.
  6. f) The Disabled are continued to be cast as A-SEXUAL- being. The disabled are believed to be not interested in love, REALLY- The disabled are not human, RIGHT? Americans still cannot or refuse to visualize disabled Americans having sex or children. This is the doubled standard in the Black disabled community too.

African Americans might want to read about the causes and effects of Cerebral Palsy and how they can help.

Just wanted to get Black America started.

Here are some organizations that may help

United Cerebral Palsy-

United Way-

The National Black Disability Coalition-NBDC

Black/Brown International Disability Art and Hip Hop

Krip – Hop with Leroy Moore

Black, Disabled, and Proud College Students with Disabilities- HBCU Disability Consortium

Sins Invalid- San Francisco, California

Krip Hop Nation- Berkeley, California

POOR Magazine- Oakland, California

Black Lives Matter Organization-

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 at garyngray@blackathlete.com


©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod








Music hip hop artist Cardi B makes it clear.” Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we’re gonna stand for you.”  The movement has grown and has taken a life of its own.

Colin Kaepernick is becoming a bigger thorn for the National Football League with each passing week. Protest went right to their front office door in New York City on August 23. African Americans are openly stating that they will not be watching Sunday afternoon football games this year. The League has a growing problem as more players join Mr. Kaepernick in his quest for racial justice and peace.

What this strong young Black man has done is pull the covers off of hidden American racial and social agenda as it pertains to people of color and African American men in particular. The incident in Charlottesville, Virginia just made it clear America still has a long way to go.

Mr. Kaepernick made writers like me research the words of the National Anthem and the reason Francis Scott Key wrote these words.


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Maybe author Francis Scott Key was trying to tell the country something. Number Seven, Colin Kaepernick just reminded all of us kneeling while the song was being played last year.

Some Americans are gravely offended by athletes protesting our National Anthem but at the same time are more than eager to defend the rights of Right wing, Neo Nazi, and Confederate flag wavers marching down our American streets. This is hypocrisy on the highest political and social level.

Colin Kaepernick is expressing his free speech right, just as right wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos wanting to speak at California State Universities. Kaepernick is discussing police brutality, injustice, and the racial discourse in the United States. I’m still trying to figure out what Mr. Yiannopoulos is talking about.

Mr. Kaepernick is spawning a new national conversation about race, the same conversation that should have been done many years ago. This historic event is more than football, it is more than Colin Kaepernick and the NFL is slow to recognizes this.


Is the NFL the last bastion of slavery? Yes, these players maybe rich but think about this. How many Black owners are there? How many Black General Managers or head coaches? Yet, the league is nearly 70% BLACK on the field. This is the plantation mentality modern style.

There needs to be a national boycott of the National Football League because they refuse to deal with BLACK minds and yet still use those same BLACK bodies to get rich, so please tell me what is the difference between the NFL and slavery other then getting paid? This is what Colin Kaepernick is discussing.

President Obama made a very warm and sincere statement a few months ago about the Colin Kaepernick protest.

“But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and if nothing else what he’s doing has generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”

Obama continued, “But I’d rather have young people engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than those who are just sitting on the sidelines.”

This is the difference between President Obama and President Trump. “And you know, your San Francisco quarterback,” Trump said, via TMZ. “I’m sure nobody ever heard of him. I’m just reporting the news.”  “There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” he said. “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I said, ‘If I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of the Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.’ ”

President Obama supported and defended Number Seven even thou he may not agree with all of Mr. Kaepernick’s agenda while President Trump not only trashed Mr. Kaepernick but made the story about himself.

Many believe Kaepernick remains unsigned because of his political views and actions, but he’s since ended his stance against the anthem. He’s also done work in the community, securing a plane and $1 million in aid for the needy in Somalia

Number seven has also given relief funds for the people of Houston, Texas but we won’t be hearing that from the American Press or number 45 and he still remains unsigned as the National Football League season starts. He has given high school student equipment for the year and he has set up a legal defense (Know Your Rights) project in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mr. Kaepernick has just crossed the road to immortal American history joining the ranks of Rosa Parks, Malcolm, Medger Evers, and Martin.


Send a message to the NFL turn off your television sets on Sunday afternoons, and Monday, and Thursday nights. Turn those sets off until justice is done; turn them off until there are Black owners and more Black general managers.

Use your political and economic power for change because this is what Number Seven, Colin Kaepernick is doing today.

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 at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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Gary Norris Gray-BASN-NEWSROOM

The ugly American has come forth in the form of Number 45.

Agent Orange is forcing the United States of America to really look at themselves. It is not a pretty picture. America has a health care problem, a tax problem, and a brewing dispute with North Korea, three hurricanes, yet this president went out of his way to attack Black sports stars for kneeling in a silent protest.

A friend of mine wrote:
“1/3rd of America, you are showing your “ugly face”, and the world is watching. When Trump disrespected a war hero, John McCain, you didn’t say he was disrespecting the military, you cheered. When Trump disrespected a fallen soldier, you didn’t say he was disrespecting the military, you cheered. When Trump announced he was banning “certain” service members from the military, you didn’t say he was disrespecting the military, you cheered. But, when black men exercise their 1st Amendment right to peacefully protest, which by the way is a CONSTITUTIONAL right that ALL military members raise their right hand to UPHOLD and PROTECT, so that those black men can silently protest, AND so that Trump can SCREEEEECH at crowds, and whine on Twitter, you jeer those black men, and say THEY are disrespecting the military. Why is it that you feel that Trump is not disrespecting the military, but feel that black men peacefully protesting racial injustices are???? The answer to that is as ugly as the “face” you are presenting to the world. 
#TakeAKnee “

flag upside 


Note: Have to give number 45 credit for unifying the National Football League, something that has not been done in 40 years. The Commissioner, team owners, General Managers, the union president, and players stood as one this past weekend.

Have to also give 45 credit for giving LeBron James, Stephan Curry, The Golden State Warriors, and The University of North Carolina Basketball Team a national platform to continue the discussion of race in the United States.

When racism raises its ugly head in this country, its leaders wrap itself in the flag, this is what Agent Orange-Number 45 has done currying the favor of the conservative right.

What number 45 did was hijacked Colin Kaepernick’s year long protest and changed the conversation. Mr. Kaepernick brought forth the issues of racism, equality, and police brutality. Number 45 hijacked and changed the narrative cloaking himself with the RED, WHITE, and BLUE ignoring the subjects that Colin Kaepernick brought forth.

NOTE: It is interesting that former quarterback Tim Tebow can take a knee for Jesus the whole season and nobody, I mean nobody said boo, but Mr. Kaepernick broke all of the rules kneeling in silence and was called an ungrateful Negro.

1st fact Caucasians do not have ownership of being patriotic, just ask the Black soldiers of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War… Ask the Black soldier who fought in the rice paddies of Viet Nam. Just ask my father George Thomas Gray, a Black United State Marine.

2nd fact we are all Americans from different backrounds and cultures , we should be helping and educating each other not sniping or throwing hateful words at each other.

Number 45 and his base want to ignore all of these facts and then ignore the fact that unarmed black males are being shot and killed by police, ignoring the fact that wage disparities between black and white that still exist, and the fact that injustices in court are still part of the American system and the growing ignorance about race.

It is too hard for Number 45 and his followers because they want to go back to the past. With the cloak phrase “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”, we all know what that means.

The National Football League made that clear the third weekend of the season with teams locking arms, kneeling, or just not coming out of the locker room during the anthem. Stating that, we (NFL) are not with you, Mr. President. The NFL stated we are not backing down. This is the only language Number 45 understands.

The United States of America might have to do some real soul searching and ask itself, do we really want to act like this, history will give the world the answer. Will we keep that ugly face or become the nation that we can truly be.

America can be better; we will survive with or without Number 45.

God Bless the United States.

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 at garyngray@blackathlete.com


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freedom torch

Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Newsroom-Staff Reporter

The United States of America is on the verge of a political and social breakdown. It is no longer about the right or the left, no longer about Democrat or Republican. It’s about our nation and its leader at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his mental state. The man from New York City doubled down on his statements about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Monday August 14th. He did not call out the White supremacist and in a sneaky backhanded way tried to blame the counter-protesters for the violence.

Question, why would you bring chains, bricks, bats, guns, and wear combat helmets to a protest? The right wing has no answer.

Many Americans including my father are in disbelief and shock that this president is currently defending White Nationalist and fascism. These veterans faced death every day in the South Pacific and Germany to free the world in the 1940 global war.  These 80 and 90 year olds are upset that this dark political force has re-entered the United States.

NAZI 45credit@sirmitchell 

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah stated “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

America’s top-ranking military officers spoke out against racial bigotry and extremism. It was a rare public foray into domestic politics, revealing growing unease at the Pentagon with some of Number 45’s policies and views. Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all posted messages on their official Twitter accounts to denounce the far right extremist behind Saturdays violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

General Milley said, “The Army does not tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It’s against our values and everything we’ve stood for since 1775.”

The message did not mention Number 45; the rebuke seemed clear after the furor over the president’s insistence that “both sides” were to blame for the violence around the rally.

Admiral Richardson stated “The Navy will forever stand against intolerance and hatred. We want our Navy to be the safest possible place-a team as strong and tough as we can be, saving violence only for our enemies.”

  The message from America’s military leaders had special resonance because several of those who played prominent roles in the far right rally had served in uniform.

Marine commandant General Neller stated “No place for racial hatred or extremism in USMC”

Air Force General Goldfein tweeted he stood “with my fellow service chiefs in saying that we’re always stronger together.”

The military has also moved to publicly disavow White nationalists who were photographed wearing military-affiliated clothing or gear.

CNN reporter Don Lemon could not have made it clearer.  “The history of this country came out of racism, it came out of slavery and those people who were there (protesting)  want to keep people like me enslaved.

That’s why they are protesting. And to talk about the removal of monuments at Robert E. Lee High School. Can you imagine having to go to school that has the name of your oppressor on it? Or walking into a building and seeing a Confederate flag? (EVERYDAY)

 Imagine you’re a Jewish person in Germany and you had to go to Hitler High School or Goebbels Elementary School or Middle School. That would be completely offensive to you on the deepest level and that’s how people of color feel in this country. When we have to deal with figures like Robert E. Lee, like Confederate flags, it is no different than flying a swastika. It is insulting.

The president is ignorant of history, he does not know context. He should be ashamed of himself. He should go back to school and get an elementary education on how this country started and about protest groups and how this country works and who he represents and who he should represent.

So for Republicans: When is enough, enough? What is the breaking point? What is the moral compass of your party? Who is the moral conscience and compass of this country right now? WE ARE LEADERLESS, MORALLY.”     

This is another racial wakeup call for everybody just as there was a call to end segregation, a call to end Jim Crow, a call for voter’s rights, a call for equal education now there is now a call to end the Radical Right or Alt Right Movement.

The last time the world citizens were silent against white nationalists, more than six million people died and the Jewish Nation does not let anyone forget.

Months ago the man at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue told everybody what he was going to do. NOBODY believed him. He stated ” I can shoot somebody in the middle of a New York street and they would still vote for me.”

We now have a man in the White House that has little or no compassion for anybody outside of his own culture.

Number 45 used every political racial dog whistle he could find and used it for eight months to gain the White House.

He also stated 25 years ago that he could run as a Republican candidate for president and win because their fan base was not intelligent…

He has told his followers during the 2016 presidential campaign to beat and punch people then throw them out of his rallies if they did not agree. That was a warning sign. America did not listen. Does this sound familiar?

My history teacher in Edgewater Park, New Jersey told the eighth grade history class if we don’t pay attention to past history we are doomed to repeat it, we are on our way to repeating the 1930-1940 German national mistake.

We now have a person with a moral credibility issue, a person who has no conscience, and a bully. Just as Germany promoted Adolf Hitler, to lead their country into war, America put a business man in office to lead the country into a state of continuing confusion.

Number 45 claimed that Barack Obama was born in Africa only to recant that near the end of the campaign. He told a story that thousands of Moslems in New Jersey cheered when the Twin Towers fell September 11th.  He repeated the claim that three million to five million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote. He calls the news media he does not like fake news. These are just some of the inaccurate statements this country’s leader has stated.


white privilege

When the United States deals with this openly and honestly we as a nation can move forward. Number 45 is a recipient of White Privilege; his father gave him lots of money to start his own company.

The current President has taken more vacations and has spent more money on security in 8 months then the former President, Barack Obama took in 8 years, guess who complained the loudest about President Obama’s vacation and security details? NUMBER 45

1.) White males can create problems in the street marching with Confederate and Nazi Flags all day and then fade into the community without a trace.

2.) White males have friends in the police department. For example, how many officers are sitting in jail for shooting anybody by mistake?

3.) Flying the confederate flag 160 years after the war to intimidate people. THEY LOST, at least that is what we are told. Question, when was the last time the losing side of any war kept flying their flag?

It is interesting on Saturday these young Caucasians carried and marched with the Confederate Flag along with the Nazi swastika flag. Is this not respecting America?HMMMM!!! Then again that is the privilege card.


This president has not been fair on this issue and it has to be addressed. Number 45 has targeted immigrants from South America and Central America and wants to send them home.

He targets individuals from Islamic States like Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan but he never mentions the undocumented immigrants from Mainland China or Indo-China that move to Washington State, California, and Arizona.

He never speaks about the undocumented immigrants that fly in from Eastern Europe and Russia without legal papers and stay in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Central Pennsylvania.  We all have to ask why?

Number 45 focuses on Latino and Muslim undocumented immigrants because they are defenseless and poor. He focuses on them because they are brown. He focuses on them because they are mostly manual laborers. One group is looking for a better life in the United States the other group fleeing from the horrors of war. Number 45 thinks they cannot help his business so he has no use for them. They are expendable. This is the new attitude in Washington. What this president does not understand that there are Latin American and Muslim American nurses, doctors, lawyers, and politicians that truly make America great.


President Kennedy spoke about this issue over 60 years ago. This is how a real President shuts down racism.

 This Nation was founded by many nations and backgrounds.

It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal and the rights of every man is diminished when the rights of one man are threaten.

It ought to be possible, in short, for every American, to enjoy the privilege to be American without regard to his race or color.

In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he wish to be traded as one wished his children to be treated.

But this is not the case. 100 years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not truly free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice.

They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this nation for all of its hopes and all of its boast will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free.

We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and is a clear as the American Constitution.

It cannot be met with by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk.

It is a time to act in the Congress, in your state, and local legislative bodies, and above all in all of our daily lives.

Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly and recognizing right as well as reality.”      

While all of this is going on The American Justice Department is requesting information on Americans who protested at Number 45’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. eight months ago and who visited the web site DreamHost.com who had information coordination Inauguration Day protest. There is a chill covering America.

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 at garyngray@blackathlete.com


©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod