Sunday, June 12, 2011

Visual Poet Honors Mr. Charley Pride; Country Singer and Negro League Baseball Player

Today, I pay the utmost respect to Mr. Charley Pride, a fellow Mississippian, Country Singer and Negro League Baseball Player.  Mr. Charley Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi and I was born in Natchez, Mississippi.  Mr. Charley Pride has been one of my role models and I have absolutely enjoyed his music since I was a teenager.  During my difficult teenage years in Natchez, Mississippi, Mr. Charley Pride’s soothing country music was therapeutic.  I recall how each school day started with Mr. Charley Pride’s soothing baritone voice.  Yes, Mr. Charley Pride’s smooth country tunes has set the tone and got me thru many a challenging day.    

Recently, while focusing on the Negro League Baseball players; I learned that Mr. Charley Pride played for the Memphis Red Sox, New York Black Yankees, Louisville Clippers and the Birmingham Black Barons.  I am thrilled to know that Mr. Charley Pride; one of my favorite country singers was also one of the fabulous Negro League Baseball players.  So, my poem and visual poetry Players of Valor, the Negro League Baseball honors all the Negro League Baseball players, including Mr. Charley Pride.  Now, I must make every effort to have Mr. Charley Pride autograph my bat; since he was not present in Secaucus, New Jersey when I obtained autographs from countless Negro League Baseball players and Lionel Hampton. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2012 Presidential Candidates; Visual Poet Plea for Candidate with the Right Stuff

It appears as though, the current 2012 Presidential candidates do not have the right stuff that America needs.  And, I am concerned about the media frenzy over non essential stories.  Excuse me if I am not interested in Sarah Palin bus tour upstaging Mitt Romney’s announcement speech, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin words of admiration, Anthony Weiner photos, John Edwards campaign funds investigation, Arnold Schwarzenegger love child, nor any other politician’s affairs, sleazy behavior, etc. 

President Obama Presents American Jobs Act

Wouldn’t it be a novel idea for the media to focus on the stories that are truly of interest to Americans; 2012 Presidential candidates proposing strategies to better America, economic recovery, the growing debt, jobs, our crumbling infrastructure, Medicare, Social Security.  I long for the moment when there is adequate coverage of 2012 presidential candidates who are honestly committed to doing what is best for the United States.