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:10—Okay, let’s get right to it. I know. I’m in the minority and I’m going to get beat up for this…but the movie “Girls Trip,” is not a trip worth taking! (What’s this have to do with sports you ask?) Because moviegoing is a sport…so shut up and read on. No. 1—Why do people have to push vulgar language to the max? And why, oh why, do Black actors have to buy into it? No. 2—Not only words out of a woman’s mouth that you would not want to kiss, but countless stereotypes to go along with it. No. 3—There were more foul words in 10 minutes of this movie than all four Godfathers, Goodfellas and Richard Pryor’s last concert combined. No. 4—Why do these successful, accomplished, rich Black actresses succumb to these cheap theatrics? No. 5—Last, but not least…It – Was – Not – Funny!!! Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish…urinating over a crowd of people in New Orleans…REALLY? I give you all just “one basketball” and that’s only because Hall’s message at the end of the movie to empower women was the only good thing about the movie. (Hit me up, people. 412-628-4856. I – CAN – TAKE –IT!)

:09—Here are the newly-inducted baseball Hall of Fame inductees: Jeff Bagwell, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Tim Raines, Bud Selig and John Schuerholz. (For the record, Tim Raines should have been in a while ago.)

:08—A great story on Megyn Kelly’s new show on NBC Sunday night (July 30). Coach Lou Adams working inner-city magic in Chicago at Orr Academy High School. Not just another feel-good basketball story from the ‘hood. The difference being, they’re in the middle of the killing fields in our nation. Do yourself a favor. Pull it up online. In this one, none of the players die and they win the state title. No spoiler alert here. It’s a must-see.

:07—Now that O.J.’s about to be out, do not worry about starting the O.J. Simpson Go Fund Me account. The Juice has $5 million in his active retirement plan and will be carrying about $10,000 a month across the goal line from his NFL pension. (Hell, who said crime doesn’t pay!) Just kidding, just kidding…like I told ya before, O.J. didn’t do it!)

:06—If you missed it on Sunday (July 30), Andrew “Don’t Trade Me Bro” McCutchen hit three, count ‘em, THREE home runs against the San Diego Padres. The third time in his career. Pirates won, 7-1. Buccos are in fourth place in the division, trailing the Cubs by five games. It ain’t over yet. (Well, it kinda is!)

:05—Worry not little ones about Pittsburgh Steeler Martavis Bryant. Just some NFL technicalities regarding the suspension, but Bryant’s good to go for the upcoming season.

:04—Keep this to yourself ‘cause I’m not allowed to say this stuff in the paper. Stephan and Mr. Doss will have me swingin’ from one of these bridges…but Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is coming September 23. Buy a Courier. That’s all I can tell ya! (Let that “be the cool in you!”)

:03—Here’s something you don’t have to keep quiet. Did you know that the great Roberto Clemente hit an inside-the-park grand slam home run in 1956 against the Cubs at Forbes Field? Now that’s your first for real walk-off home run. And here’s a little more trivia. He ran through the third base coach’s stop sign and got fined $25. Go figure. No good deed goes unpunished.

:02—Last chance for real. The Armen “The Hammer” Gilliam “Hard Work” Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-16 is this Saturday and Sunday (August 5-6), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Penn Hills YMCA. Twenty spots remaining. Lunch, T-shirt, certificate, supervision from college and pro players, skills and drills, games and lots of hard work. Call 412-628-4856 to register. Only $25 for both days. C’mon man!

:01—In fond and loving memory for Ms. Connie Parker. A wonderful woman, community advocate, political leader, tireless worker for civil rights and less fortunate and I’m privileged to say my friend! Ms. Parker, the local chapter NAACP president, passed away last week at age 74. God Bless you, Connie Parker.

:00—GAME OVER…But don’t forget the White Party of the year at the Savoy, Saturday, September 2, 4-9 p.m., with the blowout car show! More details later…

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