ABC sitcom Roseanne made an impressive return in March after a 20 year hiatus and showed signs of promise. The sharp tongue, quick witted, low income mom from hell that held #1 show in the 90's has been cancelled. Short version she made a tweet that was deemed offensive and network cancelled show.
Original series was cutting edge. No female during era pulled in that kind of cheddar for a wkly series and it was unheard of for networks to air a prime time show featuring politically incorrect poor people. Hmm.. did everything I could to keep from saying 'trailer trash' like the show constantly stated. Yes there were Beverly Hillbillies in 60's and Archie Bunker in 70's but most were too young to relate. Fast fwd a few decades to social media and infinite cable channels and we can replay these shows in an instant for a cult following.
Sadly her smart mouth, curt wise cracking comments finally did her in.. not on the show but social media via Tweet. Reboot was steeped in controversy from beginning with Rosanne voicing she's a Trump supporter on show while sister Jackie for Obama. Trust me I was not swayed one way or other by this and we could go on forever about it. Personally I was a fan of Roseanne back in the day and even overlooked a lot of snafus in current premier. I.e. black infant grandchild, gender exploring grandchild, pill popping grandparents, etc. Imo they tried to capitalize on some of the shortcomings back in the day. Wise old adage says '..in trying to please everyone, you please no one'. Despite all this show still had good ratings.. until...
All hail Rukia, G4R's first female Madden commish and NBA BallinBros Pro AM Lg baller. She's been with us for a cpl seasons and can take it on the chin like a champ when losing.. better than some of our testosterone driven brother-in-arms. Her dedication to these leagues is remarkable and we encourage all to check em out. Oh she runs a Madden lg too with rules similar to ours if not more aggressive... BallinBrothas Madden League.
Hit up this phenom to get in on festivities or simply send her a friend request to stay up to date on her latest events.
Ok this sexual harassment wave knows no boundaries and chances are you fall into this category too. From Hollywood to politicians to social media.. its quest is insatiable. My heart goes out to the countless women/men who had to live through this and want to give my two cents on topic.
Men have been in position of dominance since beginning of time and issue of sexual favors is nothing new to climb rank of social status in the work field. I've interviewed numerous ppl on short end of stick and most can attest its degrading. Rather than post stats on articles already published I will take you down a different road we all can relate to...
Lets turn back the hands of time and go back to our youthful yrs when in high school, life was care-free, hormones raging and eager to release sexual tension be it in parents basement or backseat of cars. Most experienced their first sexual encounter during this time and albeit awkward we enjoyed it. Heck it was like finding the holy grail. Teen minds are a lot different than adult minds. How often did we portray ourselves as older to get into clubs, bars or just to buy booze? Fast forward decade or so and we're staring consequences in the face.
Lets paint a scenario... If you were 18 and had sex with someone younger technically thats a crime. Doesn't matter how long ya dated or if it was consensual. Think hard... chances are your first experience involved one of you being under legal age. Youths today develop at a much rapid pace body wise than in past. Really no way to tell exact age unless you ask for an I.D... yeah thats a real mood setter haha. Fast forward a few yrs and you're successful now but ole ex wants to grind an axe. She/He makes a post that ya guys had sex while you were a minor and now your under the gun. No way to dispute it.
I'm not talking about sexual predators, rapists or other scum filled ilk but honest ppl who made a questionable choice in the heat of the moment. Yes the majority of population have had sex with underage partners while in their youth with no consequences. Is it legal? No... more times than not it goes unreported bc both partners agree. Still its on the books as a crime if either wish to report it at a later time. Its compounded if you are in a position of power i.e. Hollywood producer, News anchor, celebrity or even website designer like myself. Do I think celebs being accused now are guilty? Absolutely... it reeks of harassment but its not always black and white.
Yrs ago I took a polygraph test for a government agency and guy administering it asked if I had sex with a minor. My response was no. We talked for hrs and I remembered an instance when I was 18 and had sex with a girl who said she was over 18 (her body was fully developed mind you) but later found out she may have been a minor lying bc she liked me. Agent said not a problem as he too was a victim of false intent in his youth but wanted to see if I was telling the truth. I passed the test but message from this is... you never really know. Sexual harassment has been going on since beginning of time but its a different era now. Anyone can instantly post be it falsehood or fact. Be sure and respectful..G4R supports the #MeToo movement.
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Roller Derby is alive and well! Once the hottest sport in the 70's it is quietly making an underground resurgence in numerous cities across the US. Before social media and cable TV many Americans tuned in every Saturday night to watch this high impact entertaining sport. I was too young to remember any players but do recall watching with my dad a few times as these female gladiators dished out the pain in gritty competition. Its like WWE on roller skates.
Roller Derby origins date back to late 1800's and has made an impact over last century. In 1935 a structured event in Chicago was created where teams of 2 had to skate an oval circle over 11hrs per day.. crazy but groundwork was laid for birth of sport. Later in 1948 CBS aired first live viewing in New York. Few had TV sets and had to watch in bars or storefronts. A year later 55,000 gathered at Madison Square Garden to watch a 5-day event. In the 60's it was switched to video tape format for better quality.. visually and technically.
Fast forward to now and sport is still thriving. Thanks to friend Lorean Celeste I've been reunited with sport and look forward to following it. She's in a league and we recently caught up with her for one of our infamous '5 question interviews'. Here we go!..
G4R: What got you interested in Roller Derby and how long been participating?
Lorean Celeste (LR): I fell in love with derby 2006 when I saw a reality show named 'Rollergirls' that took place in Austin, TX. I've been a part of of the roller derby community for 5 years.
G4R: Who is your fave player/ idol?
LR: My favorite skater is, there are too many to name from Juniors, Female, and Male teams. I have so much respect and love for anyone who laces up skates and is on the track.
G4R: When not on the rink what is your fave hobby?
LR: When I'm not on the track I am gaming! PS4, Nintendo64, Xbox360 and a regular at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. [Ed. note: girl after our own heart haha]
G4R: What advice can you give anyone looking to follow this path?
LR: You got this! Roller Derby is for everyone. No matter your age, shape, gender or color. Anyone can play roller derby! Its empowering and cheaper than therapy. An amazing outlet and you get to hit your friends who become family!
G4R: How can people find league, is there a link or page where they can follow?
LR: I skate with River City Rebels out of San Antonio, TX. We are a co-ed and female team. You can find us on Facebook or Instagram @ RiverCityRebelsrcrd.
That's a wrap people special thanks to Celeste for taking time out to chat with us. Prayers to families in Houston, TX and neighboring communities God speed to all. If need a little uplifting and able to check out this venue tomorrow tell em G4R sent you. While researching topic I came across a few FB friends who enjoy sport in their local communities too. Will be sure to send article their way.
Ed note: Feedback from research has yielded a few requests to do follow up featuring other cities and teams.
F*ck racism and anyone who stand behind it. As kids every Friday night we use tune in to 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and huddle around TV for latest episode and quality family bonding time. If born circa 80's you probably enjoyed it for pure entertainment value too.
Before a**holes made the Confederate flag a symbol of ignorance this was an ok family show depicting underdogs that saved the day, a fast car that outran cops and insane jumps.. oh and birth of Daisey Dukes shorts. Little older and wiser now but still miss the innocence of childhood. Still want this model car tho.. its badass.
Jaron Baylor local B'more baller turning heads. As a fellow Baltimore resident what good is running a company if you can't support local talent? G4R has mentioned him before on our pages but now that he's a senior getting ready for college it's more important than ever to spotlight this young man. At 5'9 he's showing skills larger than much bigger guys.. I see a promising future for Mr. Baylor and G4R would be dropping the ball if not getting the inside scoop on this phenom. King of the 5 question interview G4R recently caught up to him and his latest endeavors, here we go!
G4R: Where ya from and what High School you go to?
Jaron Baylor (JB): I'm from Baltimore, Maryland I go to Forest Park Senior High School
G4R: At 5'9 you play bigger than most guys at position what's your motivation to excel?
JB: My motivation to excel is I look at every situation I'm put in as a blessing nothing is a disadvantage.. make my height an advantage on speed definitely defense against taller point guards they hate crossing over when a person is smaller and if I dip my shoulder a scoop layup is hard to block at my size.
G4R: Vid below is nice, what goes through your mind when putting up a shot?
JB: I don't really think when I shoot because I've been shooting a basketball my whole life its just repetition I believe in myself, trust my abilities.
G4R: G4R has seen a few of your training vids and applaud your work ethics.. any advice to young'uns following in your footsteps?
JB: I work hard because I have talent but they say hard work beats talent and its a lot of people that got the work ethic but talent is slowly growing. If I mix the talent with the hard work its no limit on my future, I set the standards. Advice I would give to the younger ones is time is short so whatever you doing make sure you go your hardest.. most definitely school because it will catch up with you. High school is very fun but very easy to slip up on I had to stop being a clown myself and focus up and tell my friends when they were skipping school like no I'm staying. They might tease you but if they don't support they not real friends and be the example for your friends and family once you start doing good you could motivate others.
G4R: Every great man has a supportive woman behind him, is there a lady in your life?
JB: Don't go searching for a woman while you're young let situations involving women come to you enjoy life a little bit first. I've been with a girl since 9th grade I'm going into my senior year and never publish your business relationship status and the things yall do behind closed doors. If your woman isn't willing to help you improve your grades and she tries to harass you to do things that could affect your grades or opportunities for success.. she isn't the one for you. My woman always keep on top of me with school work, basketball and timing with when and how I should do things.
There you have it words from Jaron himself. He continues to impress us with his mentality and drive especially the importance of school. (Will make sure my nieces read this -Ed.) In this era of social media its easy to get derailed from your dreams while trying to be popular with your peers, often times not in your best interest. Sure part of the fun of being a teen is goofing off and making mistakes but to have the mindset to stay focused on whats important speaks volumes about his character. Kudos Mr. Baylor! Would love to hear from some of your coaches and mentors in the future too. Save us a court side seat when drafted to the NBA! Staff at G4R look forward to featuring you many more times in your prosperous journey. Podcast interview in the works.
The '70's popular sitcom 'One Day at a Time' still holds memories for me. The mother, Bonnie Franklin, had the boyish hair cut. The brunette bombshell daughter, Valerie Bertinelli who later went on to marry rock legend Eddie Van Halen and... you know what I'm not doing this lol, I'm not going to list every actor on the show you can Google them yourselves. Netflix has done a complete remake of show and its somewhat intriguing. I will try and not spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet.
Ahh where to begin?.. First the family is from Cuba and features the lovely albeit older Rita Moreno as the grandmother. The rest of cast is a hodgepodge of new talent. The premise is the same as older version, single mother and two kids. The eldest is a 15 y/o daughter who's a feminist activist ahead of her time and the younger a 13 y/o boy more concerned about his looks than grades. Next is the superintendent Snyder who seems to be a middle aged yuppie whose parents own the building. Sets the tone for popping in/ out whenever he wants much like the original Snyder.
The show is 13 episodes and touches on a cpl modern day issues but lacks overall stamina to make it on regular networks. All in all a good wknd killer if stuck at home with nothing else to watch. My Netflix rating is 3 out of 5 stars. Seriously gotta create a G4R emoji for ratings.
New feature.. G4R has teamed up with local comic store Twilight Comics and will dish out a free action figure for fan who dresses up as hero of choice, currently Thor and Captain America. Basically you or your kids dress up as either hero and best dressed wins figure. Contest runs til Aug 5th. Snap a quick pic on phone and send to Gaming4respect@gmail.com. Summer fun and easy way to score a free toy.
GaminG4Respect (G4R) was formed Jan '10 while I was out of work playing video games to pass the time. It was during a game of Madden while I was winning when my opponent pulled the plug and quit. I noticed this was happening a lot and decided to create a gaming co. where guys could play w/o the worries of this happening. At first it was just a GoDaddy domain name and Facebook page but as I invested time and friendships, it grew.
I won't bother you with the details to what brought us here but as of July 11, 2017 GaminG4Respect is officially licensed as an LLC! Nothing really changes for our leagues and communities it's bizz as usual when you play your games but now we can offer up more payouts, contests and rewards! Why? .. Tax write offs and sponsorship baby! G4R has been dishing out standard payouts in the past with no compensation.. basically out of pocket. It was never enough to break the bank and done for pure enjoyment. Looks like our hard work is finally paying off. As of this posting we have custom T-Shirts in the mail to a few select fans and bi-weekly contests every Wed and Sat for followers. This fall we will be branching out to other gaming genres so be on the lookout for our PSN id 'Game4Respect'.