NFLPA joins civic groups to highlight men’s health on January 24

A father enjoys quality time with his daughters.

A father enjoys quality time with his daughters.

On January 24, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) will team up with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care navigators, community agencies, and barbershops across the country to provide fathers with key tips, information and strategies that focuses on men’s health, encouraging fathers to “Take Time to be a Healthy Dad Today.”

The January 2015 Fatherhood Buzz: Men’s Health Matters will kick off on Friday, January 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA with the NFLPA. The kick-off event will set the stage for the national Fatherhood Buzz on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Barbershops and community partners nationwide, along with the NRFC, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health navigators, will be partnering supporting father’s and families to learn more about health services in their communities.

A father reads with his children.

A father reads with his children.

The focus on men’s health is important because fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can have a powerful and positive impact on the development and health of their children. In fact, a number of studies have found that children who have actively engaged fathers are more likely to have good physical and emotional health, to achieve academically, and to avoid drugs, violence, and delinquent behavior.

This is also a significant time to talk about men’s health because of the new opportunities for health insurance coverage made available through the ACA. Millions of men will be eligible to be covered and receive access to preventative and care services that are critical for promoting and maintaining good health.

Two children shower their father with hugs and kisses.

Two children shower their father with hugs and kisses.

Get Involved by contacting Dial-in # (605) 562-0020 http://listserve.icfi.com/content/preview_in_new_window.tml?DocPost=c087fd120ce508d49cb833f6da6d38a2#>
Meeting ID: 623-401-964#

For more information email info@fatherhood.gov<mailto:info@fatherhood.gov> or call 1-877-4DAD411 [1-877-432-2411].

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

 

Recent NBA Finals show good offense, not defense, wins championships

While defense is always important, these champions have used offense to reach the ultimate goal. (clockwise from top left) LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki.

While defense is always important, these champions have used offense to reach the ultimate goal. (clockwise from top left) LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

With the NFL playoffs underway, the old adage “defense wins championships” will be repeated ad nauseam by commentators and analysts. While that may apply to other sports regularly, the NBA has seen a trend of offensive excellence in recent NBA champions. While contributors at sportingcharts.com may have concluded, “Having an efficient defense is more important than an efficient offense,” it seems a great offense is better than a great defense.

The 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs showed true offensive dominance during their championship run last season.

The 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs showed true offensive dominance during their championship run last season.

Case in point, the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs put forth one of the most dominant shooting displays en route to a 4-1 route of the Miami Heat. According to ESPN Stats and Info, “All four of the Spurs wins came by at least 15 points, outscoring the Heat by an average of 14 per game for the series. That’s the largest points per game differential in NBA Finals history, breaking the record of +12.6 PPG by the 1964-65 Celtics in their victory over the Lakers.”

Both Tim Duncan (l) and Kawhi Leonard (r) have been NBA Finals MVP. They were both excellent defensively but also efficient offensively when they won the award.

Both Tim Duncan (l) and Kawhi Leonard (r) have been NBA Finals MVP. They were both excellent defensively but also efficient offensively when they won the award.

The Spurs had 4 regular rotation players shoot 50 percent or better from the floor and 35 percent or better from the 3-point line for the playoffs. In the NBA Finals their team shooting was even better with 6 regular rotation players shooting 50 percent or better and 6 different rotation players shooting 35 percent or better from the 3-point line.

(left-right) Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Jeff Teague, and Al Horford have helped the Atlanta Hawks to one of best records in the NBA with their offensive efficiency. Can they sustain this high level into the playoffs?

(left-right) Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Jeff Teague, and Al Horford have helped the Atlanta Hawks to one of best records in the NBA with their offensive efficiency. Can they sustain this high level into the playoffs?

Excellent shooting has become the deciding factor for NBA champions for the last decade now. Since 2005, every NBA champion has had at least 2 regular rotation players shoot at least 50 percent from the field and at least 3 regular rotation players shoot 35 percent or better from the 3-point line. Efficiency has become essential offensively as teams have transitioned away from the ground and pound style of offense that tended to be predictable to defend.

Could this be an NBA Finals preview? Stephan Curry (l) has the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference. Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry (r) has helped lead the Toronto Raptors to one of the best records in the East.

Could this be an NBA Finals preview? Stephen Curry (l) has the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference. Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry (r) has helped lead the Toronto Raptors to one of the best records in the East.

As the NBA season nears the halfway point, a handful of low-seeded playoff teams have become top seeds in the conference. Though it is still early in the season, comparing teams by offensive efficiency might be the best way to determine which teams will have long playoff runs. As of today, only the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors meet the 50 or 35 percent field goal/3-point threshold common in the last ten NBA champions with the Atlanta narrowly missing the criteria.

New York Times writer Rodger Sherman recently stated during last season’s playoffs, “Being the staunchest, stingiest squad on paper does not mean as much as an old saying might make it seem.” As the season continues, it seems efficient offenses, not stingy defenses, will be the best way to determine the next NBA champion.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and training/benefits consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646)309-1938.

FBI reward in Colorado Spring’s NAACP office bombing is a good first step

This Jan. 6, 2015 photo shows at the bottom right the char marks from a device detonated Tuesday along the northeast corner of a building occupied by a barber shop near the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP in Colorado Springs, Colo. Chapter President Henry Allen Jr. told The Colorado Springs Gazette the blast was strong enough to knock items off the walls. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

This Jan. 6, 2015 photo shows at the bottom right the char marks from a device detonated Tuesday along the northeast corner of a building occupied by a barber shop near the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP in Colorado Springs, Colo. Chapter President Henry Allen Jr. told The Colorado Springs Gazette the blast was strong enough to knock items off the walls. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis) MAGS OUT

On Tuesday, January 6, three days before the historical film, “Selma” opened in wide release in movie theaters, there was a bombing at the NAACP branch office in Colorado Springs. This time, to the relief of many and to the disappointment of the perpetrator, no one was hurt.

According to details disclosed by the investigating authorities, an explosive device detonated but failed to ignite a gasoline canister to which it was connected, thereby sparing the lives of staffers in the office and in the surrounding area, which includes a barber shop. However, the building was damaged as a result of the blast, and Colorado Chapter President Henry Allen. Jr. told The Colorado Springs Gazette that articles were thrown from the walls due to the force from the explosion.

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Eyewitnesses described seeing a balding white male placing the bomb behind the building then walking to his pickup truck as the device exploded, according to statements issued by FBI special agent Thomas Ravenelle. From the descriptions, the FBI released a sketch of the suspect but the investigators have declined to characterize the bombing as racially motivated, domestic terrorism, an act of intimidation or attempted murder.

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In the meantime, the investigation continues with the FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offering $10,000 in reward for information about the bombing. This is a good first step in solving this crime and bringing the criminal responsible to justice.

The long history of racial intimidation, oppression and discrimination in this country has been chronicled for decades. And while in some circles this era is often described as the “post racial” period due to the two-time election of President Barack Obama to office, it bears noting that there is noting post racial about planting a bomb at the office of NAACP which has an enduring history of championing the rights of African-Americans.

Sketch of the suspect in the bombing of the NAACP's Colorado Springs office, released on Friday by the FBI.

Sketch of the suspect in the bombing of the NAACP’s Colorado Springs office, released on Friday by the FBI.

Why the eyes of the world are trained on Paris where 12 journalists and four civilians were slaughtered, the eyes of African-Americans, the FBI and other investigators need to remain firmly glued to the developing situation in Colorado Springs. Bombing a chapter office of the NAACP is an act of domestic terrorism and racism, regardless of the reluctance of the FBI to characterize it as such.–OnPointPress.net.

Entertainer Eddie Murphy releases reggae single “Oh Jah Jah” on VPAL

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By Tiffany Mea

VPAL Music, the subsidiary label and distribution arm of VP Records, Jamaica’s largest distributor of reggae music worldwide, teamed up with revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy to release a new single “Oh Jah Jah.” The single will be available January 27, 2015.

The song’s release is not the first time that Murphy has dabbled into the reggae genre.  “Oh Jah Jah” follows Murphy’s 2013 collaboration “Red Light” which featured the formerly named rap star Snoop Dogg who now goes by the name Snoop Lion after spending time recording reggae music in Jamaica.

Murphy penned and co-produced “Oh Jah Jah”  which was recorded and mixed at Soul Mountain Studios in Beverly Hills, California. Ralph Hawkins Jr. and Trenten Gumbs also had a hand in the production.

Murphy released his first single, “Party all the time” with the late Rick James in 1985. He has recorded more singles since then and seems determined to be taken seriously as a single as well as an actor and comedian.

For more information contact VP Records/VPAL at Tiffanym@vprecords.com or through Murphy’s contact Arnold Robinson at arobinson@rogersandcowan.com–OnPointPress.net

Beloved Grammy Award- winning gospel icon Andrae Crouch, 72, has died

Gospel legend Andrae Crouch died on January 8 after a long battle with cancer.

Gospel legend Andrae Crouch died on January 8 after a long battle with cancer.

By Carmen Glover

Andrae Edward Crouch, a multiple Grammy Award-winning American entertainer and pastor who has soothed a strong fan base with compelling, uplifting gospel music for more than 50 decades, died on January 8, 2015 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was hospitalized on Monday, January 5. He was 72 years old.

Crouch, who was a musician, arranger, songwriter and record producer, revealed that he had cancer in 2006. He lost his parents and brother to the disease. In a statement, his surviving twin sister Sandra Crouch said that her “twin has gone home to be with the Lord.” She asked for prayers on his behalf earlier in the week when he was hospitalized in grave condition. Crouch played the piano and organ throughout his life and recorded on labels such as Light, Warner Brothers, Quest and Verity.

Andrae Crouch giving his all during a performance.

Andrae Crouch giving his all during a performance.

Crouch was born on July 1, 1942 in San Francisco, California, was often described as the “father of modern gospel music’ due to his extensive influence on the Christian, gospel and contemporary music scene. he wrote his first gospel song when he was 14.  Among his well-known compositions are “Soon and Very Soon,” “They Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power” and “My Tribute.” His hits include “Take Me Back,” “Through It All,” “I’ve Got Confidence” and “The Promise.”

Crouch has been involved in creating gospel music since he was 15. He collaborated with other artistes by leading choirs on the late Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” He also collaborated with Qunicy Jones, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Barbara Mandrell, Vanessa Williams, Elton John and several others. Crouch also did the score for the movie “The Color Purple.” He was the co-pastor of the New Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, California.

Crouch contributed vastly to the echelons of music and he will be sorely missed for his talent and impact which spanned the globe.–OnPointPress.net.

From “Hustle & Flow” to “Empire,” Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard click

The cast of the sitcom "Empire" which debuts on Fox, Wednesday, January 7 at 9;00 p.m. and stars Academy Award nominees Tariji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.

The cast of the series “Empire” which debuts on Fox, Wednesday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m. and stars Academy Award nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.

By Carmen Glover

After displaying undeniable chemistry in the 2005 American independent film “Hustle & Flow,” Academy Award nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard reprise their palpable connection, this time appearing in the new television drama “Empire” which debuts on the Fox network Wednesday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m.

In “Hustle & Flow” Henson played Shug, a prostitute, while Howard played Djay, a drug dealing pimp who was aiming to become a rapper. The movie, which won Three 6 Mafia an Academy Award for Best Original Song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” was written and directed by Craig Brewer. It was produced by John Singleton of “Boyz in the Hood” fame and Stephanie Allain. At the time the movie hit theaters moviegoers were conflicted, enthusiastically rooting for the raw talent of the two stars but cringing at the subject matter.

Tariji P. Henson and Terrence Howard star in "Empire."

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard star in “Empire.”

“Empire” picks up where “Hustle & Flow’ left off, it seems, since it casts Howard as Lucious Lyon, a music impresario who operates Empire Records, a successful music enterprise. Henson plays his wife, Cookie, who has her own ax to grind as she returns home from a seventeen-year stint in prison or “vacation” as it is euphemistically described in the ‘hood. Meanwhile, top flight music producer helms the music in “Empire” giving the series street credibility and an authentic vibe and Lee Daniels provides expert direction.

Armed with deep-seated resentment and spunk, Henson demands her share of the company which she helped build and usher to success. Howard, on the other hand, wants to select a successor from the ranks of the couple’s three sons: Andre (Trai Byers) whose the oldest; Jamal (Jussie Smollett), who is gay but remains on the down low and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) who is skilled and self-centered.

Unquestionably, sparks will fly, egos will emerge and competing agendas will lead to explosive, dramatic acting that will be riveting to fans of Howard, Henson and great, relatable storytelling. —OnPointPress.net.

 

 

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott, 49, succumbs to cancer, leaving inspiring legacy

Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor, died on Sunday, January 4, after a long battle with cancer.

Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor, died on Sunday, January 4, after a long battle with cancer.

By Charles Glover

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott died this morning, January 4,  succumbing to the cancer he battled  for several years. Scott was 49 and leaves behind two daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said: “Twenty years ago, Stuart ushered in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. I will miss Stuart Scott. Over the years, he entertained us and, in the end, he inspired us with courage and love.”

Scott, who joined ESPN in 1993, will forever be remembered by co-workers and fans alike for his effervescent presence and quick wit on screen, and in particular, for expressions such as “Boo-Yah” and  “As cool as the other side of the pillow.” In a touching tribute to Scott that was narrated by his friend and former colleague Robin Roberts, fellow “SportsCenter” anchor Jay Harris, who grew up watching — and hoping to be like — Stuart, spoke out. Harris  said “Think about that phrase, ‘As cool as the other side of the pillow.’ It’s a hot, stifling night. You’re having trouble sleeping. But then you think to turn the pillow over, and, wow, it’s cool, and it feels so good. “Well, that’s who Stuart is. He is ‘the other side of pillow,’ the man who made sportscasting cool. God bless whoever it was who thought to rearrange the bedding at ESPN.”

Scott will also be remembered for his generosity and willingness to help others, which has been reflected in an outpouring of grief from former colleagues, athletes and people whom he interviewed during his illustrious career. Ines Bebea, a New York-based freelance journalist recalled meeting the gracious Scott one year at a convention for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). “He was very nice,” she said.

 

Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, brought the ESPYs to tears on July 16 2014 when he was presented the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance after undergoing more cancer treatment. Accepting the award from Kiefer Sutherland, who stars as counter terrorism agent Jack Bauer in the iconic television thriller “24,” Scott relished the poignancy of the moment, stating that “24” was his favorite television show. Addressing his fight with cancer he said: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live an din the manner in which you live.” He went on to say that “When you get too tired to fight, it’s time to let someone else fight for you.”  Scott then called his daughter on stage saying “Daddy needs a hug right now.”

 

Scott doted on his two daughters and spoke lovingly of them as often as he could. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, excellence, and triumph. Many who were fortunate enough to get to know him have expressed their condolences and sadness. Former co-host with Scott and current lead anchor at NFL Network, Rich Eisen shared an emotional response upon hearing the news. He summed it up the way many would, “I love you Stuart. Wherever you are, Godspeed.”–OnPointPress.net.