Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Misrepresented Negro

*Update* 7/7/09
Just posted blog on FB. Removed part of post due to privacy concerns. This odd media age does make it hard to clown folks does it not?

Despite his manager's suck ass intro - he's talented.

This post regarding former basketball player and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale on Undercover Black Man's spot made me think of about legacies - public and private.

Far too much of my day was spent avoiding the complete BS that was being shoveled by the manager of my ex. As phone calls and other acts of douchebaggery were taking place, my friends and I all had the same reaction: WTF? Why would a member of several organizations that were designed to mentor young black men, a man that sits on the boards of several prominent organizations, engage in this kind of behavior? There is an interesting dichotomy when I look at this person's public persona and his private actions. His continual interference (see April's post regarding child support) has been an interesting to say the least.

My ex has seen several of his mentors die alone. There were very few people to to truly mourn them because of the lives they had led i.e., wives and children they had screwed over. Yes, there were nice write-ups in the papers regarding their artistic endeavors... However, as they aged and death came closer, what mattered to them was most was what they no longer had.


  1. That Bayard fellow can blow.

    As for the life drama, hope it works out.

  2. Yep, he can.

    Thanks for the well wishes regarding drama. I am hoping to return to my rather nerdly/bookish existence soon. : )

  3. Yeah, that's really unfortunate. Sorry to hear that, KST. You'll be in my thoughts.

    But you just never really know people until the chips are down and the doors are closed. It's one of the reasons that I'm no big fan of autobiographies and mags and Web sites that deal with celebrity and athlete profiles exclusively.

  4. @ blackink: Thanks, it always gets better!