The Power of Doing the Ordinary: What We Learn at the Intersection of Politics, Sports, Race and Money

NCAA College Basketball second half game action during the college basketball game between the USC Trojans vs UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, Westwood, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Every year during March Madness, I think about an article I wrote as a 19-year-old sophomore at UCLA examining the role of race and politics in college sports.

Over the past couple of years, the article has been forefront in my mind as the debate over paying college athletes has grown.  Additionally, there is the controversy provoked by professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick whose decision to observe “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of the highly-publicized spate of police killings of unarmed Black people; Quarterback Tom Brady’s boycott of former President Obama; and the current boycott of President Trump being organized by New England Patriot players Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett.

Politics and sports have long held a close association, so much so that it is beyond laughable when commentators—professional or otherwise—suggest athletes ought to keep their opinions to themselves.

December 24, 2016 Los Angeles, CA.
NFL San Francisco vs Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Ca on December 24, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

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Walking with the Bible & Constitution, Where Faith and Politics Converge: A Conversation with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

In this episode of Suite Talk we sit down with U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, MO for a serious, yet at times playful, conversation about faith, family, creative expression and social justice.

Congressman Cleaver has worn many hats during the past four decades—City Councilman, Mayor, radio talk show host, husband and father—all while pastoring the St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City.

Like his hometown standing at the confluence of two powerful rivers, Congressman Cleaver has spent his life navigating mighty forces at the intersection of secular and sacred worlds. He offers a unique perspective our current social and political landscape.

Some of what we learn include: what he does to relax (get ready for this one), how to talk God and what it’s like to watch your son come into his own.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Consciously Curated: Be Happy, Learn Truth, Swinging Left or Alt-Right, Trump Knows You Better & Understanding Buffett

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

BBC: The Keys to Living A Meaningful Life
You are especially likely to be happier if your personal projects feel attainable. In fact, [Brian] Little has found that our confidence in achieving our projects is an even more important factor for our wellbeing than how much meaning a project has. Put differently, there are few things worse than having a core personal project that feels unobtainable. In fact, findings show that when someone is engaged in a personal project that makes them stressed and miserable, this is an even more powerful drag on their wellbeing than other more obvious factors like poverty. The perfect combination is to have one or more sustainable core projects that feel within reach and are also full of personal meaning, reflecting what matters to you in life.

Related – Brian Little: Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality

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Thoughts on America, on this day

Photo by Edewaa Foster
Photo by Edewaa Foster

My oldest son, Middleton, was born on July 4th in Washington DC. A few hours, later fireworks erupted in celebration across our nation—I’d like to think in honor of him.

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