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Curbing Bad Behavior/Celebrating Adolf Hitler Is Downright Absurd

CBB Soccer BallI am an ardent fan of FIFA Soccer. It is the most watched game in sports. As international soccer fans prepare for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Championship, which is slated to take place in the summer of 2014 in Brazil, South America, I am also readying my plans to attend the 2014 World Cup. While watching international soccer games this past weekend, it was affirmed some actions – once committed – are very difficult to disavow. Giorgos Katidis is a very talented Greek soccer player. Katidis in a moment of celebration after scoring the game winning goal for his team, AEK Athens F.C., exhibited the Adolf Hitler Nazi Salute. He was immediately banned for life from Greece’s nation team. Katidis should have known that performing the Adolf Hitler salute is not only bad behavior, but also a downright absurd and foolish act. Also, as if his action was not enough, he took off his team’s jersey and exposed his tattooed body while bellowing “Heil, Hitler.” His action was a gesture one should never perform.
The Greek Soccer Federation acted immediately and ended Katidis international soccer career. Fans in Greece is also calling for him to be expelled from AEK Athens F.C. The team officials have not made a decision – as yet – what to do about the embarrassing incident. With one foolish act, Katidis has been branded a racist and fascist. Attempting to defend himself, he posted a tweet on Twitter saying he was not either a racist or fascist. He intimated if he knew what the salute meant, he would not have done it. I find it hard to believe in the 21st Century an international soccer player did not know what “Heil, Hitler” meant.

I hope this incident begins the discussion on bad behavior – there are many despicable incidents presently taking place –  in international soccer. International soccer players and their fans must learn it is an honor to represent one’s country on and off the “pitch” (playing field). It is imperative the “Beautiful Game,” (soccer), remains beautiful.

 

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  • 19

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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/An Inspiring Chicago Story

Horn players in Washington Square by David Sha...
Horn players in Washington Square by David Shankbone, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago, Illinois, known as the “Second City,” has now become one of the most violent cities in the United States of America. This past weekend (June 15-16, 2013) there were several dozens individuals shot, about six were killed, in Chicago. In 2013, the Second City has one of the highest murder rates in America. While at home on Sunday, June 16, 2013, I was reading about the LA Film Fest, which is taking place (June 13-23, 2013) at the Regency Cinemas which is located on LA Live properties in downtown Los Angeles. After reviewing the day’s schedule, I decided to attend the festival to see a film called, “Brothers Hypnotic.” The documentary film tells the story of eight blood brothers, sons of jazz musician Phil Cochran. Cochran is known for teaching Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF) to play the thumb piano, a staple instrument used in EWF’s music. The film’s first time director Reuben Atlas did an outstanding job depicting Mr. Cochran’s love for his sons as he (Cochran) mentored them to be honorable citizens and first class musicians hailing from the rough and violent South side of Chicago.

To date, Mr. Cochran’s sons’ group called Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE) has rejected several offers to be signed to a major  record label. Instead these independent-minded, smart and talented young men opted to control their own destiny by remaining self-contained musicians, who managed their own finances, music, CDs distribution and merchandise. While playing on the streets in Chicago and New York, they attained a large respectable fan base. Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, one of Hip Hop’s most talented and versatile artists, is a big fan of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. He first saw them playing on the streets of New York in lower Manhattan. He was so impressed with their sound that not too long after meeting them he had them playing with him at one of his concerts. Prince is also a fan of HBE. He booked the group to play with him in Ireland. Judging from HBE’s jubilation after their performance with the legendary artist Prince, I doubt they’ll ever forget the day they played with him.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble continues to demonstrate to the world “it’s not where you were born, but what you choose to become” is really what matters. Phil Cochran gave his sons values which they are embracing in adulthood. Presently, they are no longer playing on the streets of Chicago and New York. The New Times has written about them, an achievement every artist welcomes; they have toured Europe on their own; they signed to record a project for Honest Jons, a London, England record label and now a documentary is being premiered about their lives. These young men are true entrepreneurs and their spirit of independence should be celebrated.

The documentary, “Brothers Hypnotic,” will be opening soon at the Regency Cinemas on LA Live properties. I plan on seeing this film again. The documentary affirms Chicago is not the problem, it’s some of the individuals who live there that’s the problem. Moreover, it’s enlightening to see eight brothers from Chicago’s South side working together in harmony.

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Cheers For Serena Williams

English: Third seed Serena Williams, USA retur...
English: Third seed Serena Williams, USA returns a shot during her 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over Natalie Dechy, at the Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2013 French Open Women’s Tennis Champion Serena Williams has refined her image. In years gone by, Serena and her sister, Venus Williams, were constantly ridiculed by the media for the clothes they wore during tennis matches, their confident manner, the close relationship they have embraced with their iconic father, Richard Williams, and let’s face it they were winning all of the women’s tennis matches on the planet earth. So, their dominance on tennis courts around the world created jealousy and dislike for them amongst their peers; this occurs when an individual or team wins most of the time in the sport they are dominating.

Unless you lived in these ladies, Venus and Serena, shoes, you really don’t know what they had to endure to be successful. They grew up in one of the poorest and violent areas in Los Angeles, but with the nurturing and guidance of two wonderful parents they were able to escape the perils of most of what happens to many young women in Compton, California. Compton has seen a somewhat rebirth, but when the Williams sisters were kids, Compton was a difficult place to live. On June 8, 2013, when Serena won her second Women’s French Open Tennis Singles Title, beating Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-4; 6-4, I was elated for her. I was even more proud of her as she conducted her entire post game interview in “French.” Yes, Serena speaks fluent French.

Venus and Serena have been role models for young women all across the world, especially girls in Compton, California. They have garnered global recognition for their talent and for the most part their lives have not been riddled with scandal. Celebrating Serena’s achievements is a wonderful gesture for young women who are trapped in poor communities globally. Even though Serena sometimes goes to the edge with her dressing, she always pulls back and do what’s right. I am convinced somewhere in this world a little girl is admiring Serena’s prowess on the tennis court and is wishing to be like her one day. And, that is not so bad at all.

Venus (left) and Serena Williams during their ...
Venus (left) and Serena Williams during their doubles match against Mashona Washington and Yi Chen at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. The Williams sisters won in straight sets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am celebrating Serena Williams today, because she has demonstrated to the world her will to always strive to be a champion, even when the odds are against her. She was quoted saying after her 2013 French Open win “I’m still a little bit upset about that loss last year,” Williams said in an interview with ESPN following the match. “But it’s all about, for me, how you recover. I think I’ve always said a champion isn’t about how much they win, but it’s about how they recover from their downs, whether it’s an injury or whether it’s a loss.”

Keep On Rising Serena!

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  • 04

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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

In today’s fast paced society, individuals thin-sliced each other consistently. Whenever I am thin-sliced in my daily activities, I am reminded of the old adage “never judge a book by its cover.” The clip below is from a recent presentation I delivered at a Social Media Workshop. The story I related to the audience is an example of “never judge a book by its cover.”
NOTE: The story mentions 12 dozen roses, what I meant to remark is one dozen roses. Enjoy.

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