Twin Counties send 12 teams to basketball playoffs – Rocky Mount Telegram

After a week of winter weather forced the cancellation of most conference tournaments across North Carolina, the 2015 NCHSAA basketball playoffs brackets were unveiled Saturday.

Six boys teams and six girls teams from the Twin Counties earned spots in this year’s field, with all but three of the 12 teams hitting the road Tuesday.

SouthWest Edgecombe had both the boys’ and girls’ teams make the playoffs and both will be on the road Tuesday. The boys (10-12) travel to Fairmont (20-6) while the girls (11-11) head to Clinton (16-7). (Source: Read more)

Event center on tap, consultant to offer analysis – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: I understand The Community Council is still recruiting folks to speak out against the Event Center. Folks if you are in favor of the Event Center you need to go to meeting tomorrow to show your support.

Rocky Mount officials are inviting the public to attend a Monday night meeting to hear from consultants hired to complete a financial analysis of the proposed downtown event center.

The 6 p.m. meeting in the George W. Dudley City Council Chambers at City Hall will focus on the findings by Sports Facilities Advisory, which has been providing market feasibility studies and financial forecasts for sports and event centers for years and was hired by the City Council in November. The report will provide a thorough evaluation on the viability of a sports and event center in downtown Rocky Mount as well as direction for officials on the project. (Source: Read more)

Durham NC: On Saturday I Was At NC Central To Support My Cousin Cedric Blossom During The Morgan State vs NC Central

On Saturday I took the trip to NCCU along with my brother in law Michael Clark, nephew Jaquon and my son CJ to support cousin Cedric Blossom. The game started out close but towards the half-time Central began to get a comfortable lead. Overall though Cedric had a decent game. See Cedric stats.

Morgan State will play Greensboro A & T on Monday at 7:30 PM.

Cedric Blossom is the son of my cousin Tammye Harris Blossom and Ira Eugene Blossom formerly of Pinetops NC and we all were graduates of SouthWest Edgecombe Class of 1981.

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Why so many Americans still deny racism exists when the evidence is everywhere – VOX

The Political Agitator response: Anyone in their right mind knows racism exist however they may be in denial or just don’t care. For me I care because it is a dangerous thing to be around folks whom know that racism exist and they act as if it does not. You see this type of mentality can get people hurt, killed and/or put in jail for a short/long term unjustly. If everyone acknowledged racism existed and spoke out against it, the world would be a better place. For me I know it exist and I will continue to speak out against it.

In 1944, Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal, in his famous study An American Dilemma, unpacked the hypocrisy of Jim Crow segregation in a society based on liberty and equality.

The new PBS documentary American Denial picks up this decades-old question and asks it again: how in the world can a country that claims to cherish freedom and fairness treat black people so terribly?

Using Myrdal’s work as an entry point, director Llewellyn (“Llew”) Smith and producers Christine Herbes-Sommers and Kelly Thomson offer a new answer that’s based on a modern, research-grounded understanding of how oppression works. The film makes the case that everything from the racialized police-involved violence that has captured the country’s attention in recent months, to educational inequalities, economic disparities, and the incarceration crisis all have a common root: unconscious racism, also known as implicit bias. They pin the blame on a belief — so deeply entrenched that many of us aren’t aware that we hold it — that white is better than black. (Source: Read more)