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The Consequences of Hazing

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By Miguel Lloyd

This week on #LFCRadio we will talk about the Consequences of Hazing. FAMU is in the midst of a tragedy for the family of Robert Champion, The Marching 100 Band and Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity. But beyond the issues that they are dealing with in Tallahassee, it has a ripple effect throughout the world of Black social organizations.

Hazing is one of the realities, whether completely real or slightly embellished, that is a big part of the history of black college life and beyond. Whether it be some of the obvious physical pledging techniques like “taking wood” and “branding”,  or some of the other techniques that may be unique and ritualistic to each individual organization, there are many forms of voluntary abuse that has been compared to injustices suffered by our ancestors during slavery. This in itself, is one of the reasons that many chose to bypass that part of their college experience or even pursue the organization as alumni.

Well after many years of hazing, it is becoming more and more emphasized as a ritual of black greek life that is “frowned” upon. Is it because there has been an epiphany realized by many in greek life that it was simply abuse, instead of a bonding experience? Is it because the legal repercussions have become to costly? The answer is probably “yes” to both.

We will dig into this subject with some members of the black greek community and the legal community. Our guests will include Leon Jones, Jr. ESQ. Leon, is a 20 year member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the legal counsel for the Middle Western Province and the Polemarch-Elect for the Fayetteville (AR) Alumni Chapter of the fraternity.

We will also have Rhonda Peoples-Waters (member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,) a practicing attorney in the Jacksonville, FL. area. We are looking for her to give us insight on the possible legal ramifications of the Champion case and others like it. Join us and tell your Divine Nine friends to tune in and chime in!

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

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HOUSTON (AP) — The wife of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan witnessed her husband’s death as the two video chatted via Skype, his family said Friday.

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The circumstances of Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark‘s death were not immediately available. The Pentagon said it was under investigation, and his brother-in-law said he didn’t have details.

“We are entrusting the military with investigating and with finding out what happened to Capt. Clark,” Bradley Taber-Thomas told The Associated Press.

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Clark, a 43-year-old Army chief nurse, grew up in Michigan and lived previously in Spencerport, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester and his wife’s hometown. He joined the Army in 2006 and was stationed in Hawaii before he was assigned to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. He deployed to Afghanistan…

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This Week on #LFCRadio…Filmmaker DeShaun Davis of the 55TillNow Project

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By Miguel Lloyd

This week on Life Full Circle Radio, we will have Filmmaker DeShaun Davis of the 55TillNow Project. We will also have the young actor Jonah Lampkin, who will embody Emmett Till.

55TillNow will be the docudrama focused on the Emmett Till story. If you don’t know about Emmett Till, he was a 14-year-old young man from Chicago that visited his family in Mississippi only to be murdered for whistling at a white woman. See the full Wikipedia here. Davis’ goal is to use this story to actually create healing. Visit www.55tillnow.com for more details.

We will talk about the importance of this project with Davis, as well as get Lampkin’s take on how important it is for his generation to understand the impact of this story.

With the reality of tragedies like Trayvon Martin becoming more visible, there has been a lot of conversation about who Emmett Till is. The goal of this film, is to educate the viewing public on this very important story in American history. The conversation will start, right here on Life Full Circle Radio.

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Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

2012 Playoff Preview First Round…Get Ready For Some Dog Fights!!!

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By Miguel Lloyd

Ok, so for some of you guys who have just started to follow my blog, I started my career in writing and broadcasting in sports. I am a die-hard NBA fan, and more specifically love the Lakers and have played the game all my life. With that being said, its time for me to take a stand and put my predictions out there.

First let me say that, I don’t see a dominant team in the field this year except maybe the one team no one wants the see…The San Antonio Spurs. They are getting hot at the right time and they have one of the two best coaches(Popovich and Rivers are the creme of the crop) in the game. But the playoffs are all about match ups. So read on.

First Round Matchups

East

No. 1 Chicago Bulls vs. No. 8 Philadelphia 76ers 

This will be any easy one to pick only because of the Sixers lack of fire power and  the Bulls play the best team defense in the league. The Bulls have proven that they can play without Derrick Rose, so the only Achilles heal I see for the Bulls in this round is how long will it take for the reigning MVP to get his legs under him in the playoffs. That will be key to how long they last in this years playoffs, but it shouldn’t be a huge problem versus the Sixers.

Prediction. (Bulls win 4-2)

No. 2 Miami Heat vs. No. 7 New York Knicks

This will be the “pressure busts pipes” series. The names on the marquee will give the feel that this series should be better than it will be. After this season that has included all the Miami Heat “hate” machine and the Jeremy “Linsanity” Lin hype, we are settled on what we thought the Knicks and the Heat should have been from the beginning. A Carmelo lead team that can score a bunch and the loaded Heat. The one difference is that with Mike Woodson as the Knicks coach, they are playing better team defense than earlier in the year. I don’t think that the Knicks have enough in the backcourt to stop Wade from going crazy and I still don’t believe Melo and Amare have figured out how to coexist, but I think it will entertaining.

Prediction (Heat 4-2)

No. 3 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 6 Orlando Magic 

Ok. This won’t take long. The Magic are without their only defensive presence in Dwight Howard. Coach Van Gundy has probably already boxed up his office in his mind, and the Pacers are playing some of the best basketball in the NBA right now. Just because a dead clock is right twice a day and that the Magic tend to heat up from the outside every few games, I give the Magic one game. Other than that, I think they have already set up their summer vacation plans.

Prediction (Pacers 4-1)

No. 4 Boston Celtics vs. No. 5 Atlanta Hawks

This series has the potential to be interesting, not because of talent but because of ole’ father time. Talent wise, I still believe that the Celtics bring more to the table. 3 HOFers and the best set up man in the game in Rondo. They are a year older though, and Ray Allen has been hurt. The Hawks have talented players like Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams but do they have anyone to stop Paul Pierce’s fade away when the game is on the line. Not to mention, Doc Rivers will put them in the position to win games in this series. I do see it going 7 games with the home court making the difference.

Prediction (Celtics 4-3)

West 

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz

Quietly, probably because they don’t draw the TV audiences of the “sexier” franchises, the Spurs never seem to get the nationally televised games that the Lakers, Knicks, Heat, Bulls or Oklahoma City squads do. They just consistently win ball games. For the second year in a row, the Spurs are the #1 seed in the west. The difference I see this year is the infusion of youth in this lineup and a healthy Manu Ginobili. This is a totally different team when he is healthy. He is that guy who has battled the likes on Kobe Bryant for years and dominated the rest. Matchups have been an issue for the Spurs in past years, but I don’t think that will be a problem in the first round this year. Look for them to dominate the young Jazz team en route to a possible run to the finals.

Prediction. (Spurs win 4-1)

No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks  

No one believed the Mavs could do it last year until it was done. Win the NBA crown. On the surface, they were a team that was laden with perimeter shooters and an on again off again super star in Dirk Nowitski. Well if you look at the nuts and bolts of last years team to this one, they lost a dominant inside presence in Tyson Chandler that would bang and rebound the few misses they had last year to give them second chances which they took advantage of. Well they are running into a bad matchup for them this year. OKC is poised to make a deep run into the playoffs with 2 of the leagues most dominant scorers in Westbrook and Durant, toughness inside in Abaka and Perkins and a great bench player in Harden. I still question how deep this team can go because of the mentality of Westbrook. In his mind he is option 1, not Durant. That will be problematic for them to win a championship, but it may be good enough to get them to the finals. Synopsis…Youth and Talent over experience in this round.

Prediction. (OKC win 4-2)

No. 3 LA Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver Nuggets

As I mentioned, I am a Lakers fan, but I promise you I will be fair in this assessment. The Lakers filled their biggest void in letting go of Lakers legend Derek Fisher for the youth of Ramon Sessions. Honestly with the dominance of the lead guards in the west, they needed someone who could compete at the position to offset the fact that they are going to see either, Parker, Westbrook or Paul in the west and possibly D. Rose in the east, if they make it that far. Sessions also makes their second team better because Blake can play his role as an effective back up, not a starter. Bynum must NOT take games off and Gasol needs to get used to some pounding in the playoffs for them to make a run. No need to say much about Kobe because we know what we will get from him after 16 years. The Nuggets will not lay down easily and if the Lakers don’t take them out early, they will find themselves in a dog fight that Kobe and his legs do not want.

Prediction. (Lakers win 4-2)

No. 4 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 5 LA Clippers  

Lob City Vs. The Team no one wants to see in the playoffs. Last year the Grizzles from the 8th position and with the tougher of the two Gasol brothers made a heck of a run in the playoffs. All without their best perimeter player in Rudy Gay. Well they are loaded this year and poised to be a major disruption in the offices of the TV network execs, because they may be the only team besides the Spurs that America just doesn’t like falling in love with on TV. Nonetheless, they’ve earned this seeding for a reason. The Clippers will come in with their high wire act and Griffin will surely get some highlights, but as I have said a lot this year, his “poster” game will not be enough. His post game will have to step up for them to win this series. I don’t think he has enough to offset what the lefty Zach “Zebo” Randolph is going to do to him on the post. It will be entertaining, but won’t be enough for this Clippers team this year. Losing the veteran leader Chauncey Billups will ultimately be the difference.

Prediction. (Grizzlies win 4-3)

These playoffs will be fun. There may be one or two “cakewalks” in the first round, but don’t be surprised if they turn into series, as well. This condensed schedule has made some of the older guys legs tired as they entire into the second season. Fortunately they’ll get more rest and practice time this time of the year than they have all season. It should be good.

Check back with me as we get through round one for the my conference semi predictions.

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

Who Is Really Waging A War On Women?

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By Miguel Lloyd

This week on #LFCRadio we are going to talk about the War of Women that both President Obama and his opponent for November, Mitt Romney have claimed the other is raging.

If you are a “lefty”, you are first going to talk about the conservatives position on women’s rights to have control of their bodies, more specifically, to have “abortions or not” is not the states choice but the women themselves.

If you are a “righty”, you stick by your guns in saying that women should not be given the choice of having abortions. They have gone as far as attempt in my home state of Virginia to pass a law that would make it mandatory to administer ultrasounds that would require vaginal probes against the collective wills of many women.

If you are a “lefty”, you believe that women have never been paid equal to men for doing the same work. Women such as Lilly Ledbetter, have fought so hard that an act was named after here.

If you are a “righty”, you support either overtly or through your complicity in your silence, that the problem with equal pay either is a myth or is a work in progress that is not determinant to receive their vote. When challenged on this recently, the presumptive GOP nominee, Romney, was hesitant in responding to the question on whether he supported the Ledbetter Act ( “Does Gov. Romney support the Lilly Ledbetter Act?”.) Maybe it’s because, as he so eloquently expressed, “Corporations are People too“. His corporate “people” friends, don’t really want to pay the women who work for them equal pay to the men who work for them.

Than last week, the “lefty” Hillary Rosen, made a comment about Anne Romney, not ever have had a “job”, which was a softball to “righties” to claim that the Dems don’t respect stay at home moms. Of course stay at home moms are to be respected for the real work they do day-to-day. I just wonder how much the multi-millionaire, Romney did daily to raise her boys. I can’t see her folding mounds of socks or carting them around to all of their soccer games. She probably had a “staff” for that. But admittedly I’m being a little presumptuous. Just a little.

So with the general election season just kicking off, we will do the same thing. We will have the current President of the Florida Federation for Republican Women, Cindy Graves as our guest. We will dig into her position on these issues and others.

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Cindy Graves will be our guest

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

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