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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/22/22

3 Up 1. NY Times Investigative Series on Haiti - The history of Haiti is such a complex (and unfortunate) one. Really, it's a story that goes untold, specifically for the context of how the country is viewed. From being forced to pay operations to enslavers (yeah, you read that right), to so many other historical setbacks - including American interventions - the nation's history is so well laid out in this latest NY Times piece. I urge you to give it a read.  2. Equal Pay for US Women's Soccer Team - Kudos to US Soccer on coming around to giving the USWNT their due - equal pay for prize money from the World Cup. It's a start, and more importantly, it's a push forward for women's sports that do in fact push the needle in comparison, or more so, to their male counterparts.  3. Kate McKinnon - Random "UP" here, but I'm doing it anyway...A few SNL usuals are rumored to be walking away, including Kate McKinnon. The show obviously doesn't carry the

Dome Pondering Movie Review: All the Bright Places

What is it about?  Two troubled teenagers meet and change each other's lives for the better - working through their past, and their demons, the two find meaning in the smallest and simplest of places.  Who is in it?  Elle Fanning - Violet Markey Justice Smith - Theodore Finch

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/15/22

3 Up 1. California Church Heroes - It's soooooooo weird that the top spot is a result of something so horrific as our ongoing domestic terrorism problem of mass shootings. Still, the courage shown by the five members who stopped the shooter deserves it. Those individuals tackled the shooter and tied him up with an electric cord, while wounded.  It's so tough to fathom that those possibilities are within the realm of your Sunday worship, within the sanctity of your church.  But such is America... 2. Olivia Rodrigo & Drake - Rodrigo continues to reap rewards on an excellent album in 2021 as she topped the Billboard Music Awards with seven awards. There was also Drake who I'm beginning to sense we won't really appreciate his body of work until he's near the end of his career. But yeah, Drake poured in a few more for the legacy debates and discussions.

Back of a Church - Revived and Confused

Last week, I found myself in the back of a church service. For the first time in years, I was seated in God’s house. It was redeeming. It was joyous. It was uplifting. It was long overdue. It was also conflicting. Very conflicting. This moment was a culmination of the see-saw contention that has been the road traveled by my heart and soul since my last time present with a congregation. A lot has happened since that last time, and as I’m sure you’ve experienced, the world has endured and changed quite a bit since then too.  I’ve maintained my faith through that entire time. Though, it did wane and weigh throughout moments, periods, happenings, and various reflections. We all have our struggles. There were moments I failed. And others where I've held on steadfastly. Regardless, it continued as a vital source of my existence - my faith, my substance for being, and my purpose for existing.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/8/22

3 Up 1. Mother's Day - It's a day for mothers everywhere, and really, since becoming a dad, I've advocated that it should be an entire weekend. But ah well - Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there - past, present, and subbing in. And of course, Thank You!  2. NHL Playoffs - I've really gotten into hockey over the past two weeks, especially, the Rangers/Penguins series. Honestly, in my opinion, the Turner deal might just be the best thing the NHL has ever done. From the production to the in-studio crew, the product is immensely better - and easier to locate.  3. Pusha T - After over 20 years in the industry, rapper Pusha T finally landed a number 1 album with It's Almost Dry . Following a well-publicized battle with Drake, one in which he outed the mega-star for hiding his son (or you know, it was Drake just hiding the world from his son, yada yada), Pusha follows it up with a solid album, one that is a favorite of mine thus far in 2022. Kudos to Pusha. 

Dope Sports Threads - Nike City Connect Series (Kansas City Royals)

The Kansas City Royals' City Connect uniforms were a design that I wholeheartedly looked forward to. The Royals' current uniforms and aesthetics are some of the best in baseball, and for a city like Kansas City, it just feels like there was enough room creatively to do something historically enlightening (more so something many do not already know about the city), or a simple approach that builds off of the current design.  To be honest, it may sound simple, but the use of "blue" by the Royals is fantastic.  What we got is a concept that continued the awesome blue approach, with a design concept that is just as cool as their everyday threads. However, where I feel disappointed is the safe approach to this. I would have loved to see them lean into the rich history of the Negro Leagues that is Kansas City - a team (and city) able to do so more than others. That could have been really cool, enriching, meaningful, and somewhat different from the norm - maybe even an ode t

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 5/1/22

3 Up 1. Harvard Statement on Enslavement Past - We're currently in a world where dealing with slavery and oppression and all that it was in the past has created further division of the present, as well as ideals to move forward. We're all still trying to figure that out, but as we do, props are given to those who do it without the trendiness of the gesture.  Harvard can be slammed for a whole lot in this arena, but they get the top spot this week for taking steps in a major way - just admitting its connection - is a great start.  2. "Out of Pandemic" Phase - The world surely feels as "normal" as it's felt in a long time. While Dr. Facui's comments were well...confusing and required some cleaning up, the gesture is very much understood - we ain't that bad anymore! Things are definitely not going to snap back to pre-2020, but it definitely feels as close to non-pandemic-ish as it ever has.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/24/22

3 Up 1. Peres Jepchirchir & Evans Chebet - I'm always amazed at the accomplishment of marathon runners, especially those that win. The times are still so impressive. Congratulations to both Jepchirchir and Chebet on their victories at the Boston Marathon.  2. Red Wolf Pups - An odd "up" for this week, sure. Regardless, I very much appreciate the story of a rare species on the brink of extinction suddenly finding hope in the birth of four babies in the wild. IT just gives me hope that our world isn't teetering on the brink of the worst. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/17/22

3 Up 1. Easter Weekend - I love Easter weekend for the mere sentiment of what it represents - the death of Christ and of course, the resurrection on Sunday. Not big on the Bunny guy, but eh, what are you going to do?  Also, Happy Passover and Ramadan to those who celebrate within those faiths.  2. Brooklyn Residents - Not only did Brooklyn residents display resolve after the shooting that occurred on Wednesday, but five residents helped lead police to the suspect. I'm biased as a native Brooklynite, but the spirit of the city following moments like this is powerful. Props to those individuals who led the police to the suspect.  3. Amazon Union - A couple of weeks ago I shared this development in the "Interesting" section for the SSR. However, now I'm giving it an "up" as union discussion have now permeated throughout various Amazon warehouses. I'm not pro-union (or even anti-union), I simply find the entire ordeal to be fascinating. One worker grinding a

Dope Sports Threads - Nike City Connect Series (Houston Astros)

Ok, I'll try to keep all snarky comments about "cheating" out of this review. Because really, the Astros really have a VERY cool concept here for their City Connecti uniforms.  Houston and its ties to NASA and everything space exploration made this such an easy concept for Nike to move towards. I think what really makes this design so awesome is the ability to take the current color scheme and designs and turn it up a notch giving the Astros a very space-theme feel, but also, one that also comes off extremely futuristic.  There are several elements of this design that really work for me. The first is a minor element, but the biggest one is the gradient use of blue and orange throughout the uniform. From the piping on the front of the jerseys to the socks to the font on the back of the jerseys - and the minor tidbits in between - all of it is really well done. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/10/22

3 Up 1. Ketanji Brown Jackson - The new Supreme Court Justice is a win for black and brown girls everywhere. Representation matters.  2. Women's College Basketball Ratings - I'm giving the women's tournament its due as it garnered the highest television ratings ever for the national championship game in eighteen years. And that was head-to-head with the Grammys! Spare me the "women's sports don't draw" tired narrative. Invest in women's sports, period.  3. Baseball Returns - Sure, the sport bothered fans over the winter with its ugly and insulting labor spat. However, it's back, and that's cool.  3 Down 1. Ukraine Images - Unfortunately, I had to put the ongoing acts in Ukraine back in the tops spot. Have you seen some of the images coming out of the country? For me, it was the image of parents writing children's information (i.e. names, details of eating habits, etc...) on their backs - on their backs! - in anticipation of being separated

Predictions and Wild Guesses for the 2022 MLB Season

Adrian Kraus  |  Credit: AP It's been quite the past few weeks for baseball fans. From being ultimately disgruntled with everything about the sport's status when labor negotiations felt insulting and dismissive of the baseball fan, to the emotion that surfaced to your team's transactions in the flurry of moves that was the "off-season". Some Hot Stove... I'm happy baseball will be played. Who isn't? I'm glad they figured something out. However, there still is a part of me that wonders, what truly was resolved? Heading into this season, only a handful of teams are legit contenders, and even more depressing is the gap increased as some have all but said, "we'll try again in 2023." I'm trying to stay positive... There's also the desecration that is the left-field wall in beautiful Oriole Park in Camden Yards ! Ugh. Regardless, we'll get baseball this summer. I'll take it.  As is tradition, here are my wacky predictions for t

Dope Sports Threads - Nike City Connect Series (Washington Nationals)

Nike returns for the 2022 MLB season for its second round of the MLB City Connect Series. Hopefully, this year, the shock of seeing your favorite team in some modern threads calms the classic don't-change-anything-ever fanbase that seems to engulf baseball. Despite the reaction, the Nationals lead off the 2022 campaign and it was definitely a great choice to go in this direction.  First, kudos to Nike for not going the lazy route of injecting some red, white, and blue design, or albeit, something patriotic-themed. Sometimes, when it comes to teams from the Capital, it's as if Washington D.C. has no other character but being the Nation's capital. Going with the Cherry Blossoms is not only enlightening but a really cool theme.  Pink isn't often used in color threads in sports. So to see the cherry blossoms represented by pink accompanied by the dark grey tone of the uniform is super unique and extremely exclusive. That subtle design of the flowers on the jerseys as a patt

Wrestlemania 38 (Sunday) Review: "Overall Fun, Overall Entertainment"

At times, I had no idea of what I just watched. I mean that in a good way, and at times, in a bad way, and in various moments, in a really awesome way. Wrestlemania Night 2 was just more of the same theme from Night 1 - overall fun, overall entertainment.  Wrestlemania 38 (Saturday) Review: "Just Fun" Wrestling reviews by fans can often be harsh, cynical, and tough. Wrestling fans demand a lot, especially when it comes to wanting a level of satisfaction from the product in front of them. I'm not sure where you are in terms of the entire argument of "Sports Entertainment" vs. "Professional Wrestling" philosophy clash, but what I realized tonight is that no one out-Sports-Entertains the WWE.  Wrestlemania Sunday, and really the entire event, wasn't a wrestling in-ring masterpiece, but surely was entertaining. Philosophy be damned! I enjoyed my time on the couch devoted to this event, and quite frankly, that's all you can ask for. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 4/3/22

3 Up 1. Bill Limiting Cost of Insulin - Kudos to the House of Reps who passed a bill to cap the price of insulin under private health insurance and Medicare. I just don't think a drug that is relatively cheap everywhere else in the world should be at insane levels here so Big Pharma can make a bigger profit. Just my opinion... 2. Jon Batiste - I didn't see the Grammys (It's Wrestlemania Weekend, sorry!), but my guy Batiste cleaned up with some hardware tonight, including album of the year. Awesome stuff and well deserved.  3. Wrestlemania Weekend - Ah yes, it was a great show. And for any older millennial or Gen X individual, there was a lot of nostalgia to enjoy. Check out my review of both nights.  3a. The Undertaker's HOF Speech - Much love to Mark Calloway, the man behind The Undertaker persona. Over 30 years of entertaining us all, he's got his rightful place in the Hall of Fame. Also, a tremendous speech on Friday night during the induction.  3 Down 1. Sacram

Wrestlemania 38 (Saturday) Review: "Just Fun"

Well, here we are, it's Wrestlemania and it's that time of the year for yours truly to jump back into the WWE product. I'll be completely transparent for those of you new to this site, and for consistent followers,  it's become a theme here, but I've only been committing to WWE programming for their pay per...errr, premium live events for the past 10 months (or so). I simply can't bear to be engaged with Raw and Smackdown. The weekly programming I find dreadful.  But again, this is Wrestlemania, baby! Any wrestling fan, regardless of personal choice or preference of their wrestling entertainment, tunes into it.  Despite my wary allegiance to the "E" these days, dare I say, I enjoyed Wrestlemania Saturday! I really did. Was it overly memorable? To be honest, no. However, the night felt fun, and quite frankly, that hasn't been an emotion I would equate with the WWE's programming in a very long time. In fact, it's the main reason I've ceas

Dear Son, First Swell of Pride

--- 3 Years, 9 Months --- Dear Son,  It's been a while since I've dropped a note to you - actually I haven't done so since your last birthday. The last nine months since then have been trying, tremendous, and of course, VERY interesting. We've been able to witness your personality come to be, your talents begin to blossom, and overall, you begin to establish yourself very early in this world.  After all, COVID continues and really has been a dominant presence in your life. While masks as of this writing are no longer required in school, over the past few months your mother and I have had you home again, a lot - much like the start of the pandemic - after variants of COVID closed your school repeatedly (and frequently), and for a brief moment had society on edge.  Regardless, we made it. And during those stints of 8 days, 10 days, or whatever the state mandate was at the time for the latest recent closure, I learned not how much you missed school, but truly, how much you

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/27/22

3 Up 1. Ketanji Brown Jackson - I didn't know much about Jackson until she was nominated by the President - probably, much like every other nominee in my lifetime. However, watching a black woman on that stage, there was something so incredible to the poise and emotional control she showed this week. In responding to embarrassing questions (some just outrageous), she had such powerful energy, an incredible disposition, and enviable poise.  Yes, it was also a mirror of just how much more people have to give (and take) just to reach specific heights. And also yes, that photo of her daughter smiling over at her mom was my favorite thing this week.  1A. Cory Booker - He gets this for not missing the moment. For a moment, I didn't care about his politics, his words, and that moment was just awesome. Good job by Booker.  2. Innocent DeJesus Brothers - This is a WILD story that I took the time to read this week. I can't even begin to fathom being locked away for over twenty-five y

Today, and Someday

Today,  I push to leave on time, to place my ambition on rewind,  to conquer a list,  to feed the drive, to escape amiss Someday,  I'll work to return home soon, with purpose in tune,  to pursue the extent,  to feed my heart, for Today, I repent. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/20/22

3 Up 1. Bismack Biyombo - I admit it, it's one week too late from when it really happened (and I forgot it last week), but the news somehow made the rounds this week as well, so I'm making it work. Nonetheless, Biyombo donated his entire $1.3M salary toward rebuilding a hospital in his hometown in Congo. That's the kind of action that is more than lip service - love it.  2. The Batman - I haven't seen it yet. Nonetheless, the new film on the favorite caped-crusader past $300M at the box office. That's pretty awesome.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/13/22

3 Up 1. Paralympics - The courage of the athletes competing in the Paralympics is amazing! However, have you watched some of the competitions? Some of these athletes - regardless of disability or ability - are just outright phenomenal at what they do. Shout out to all of the individuals who competed for the past two weeks.  2. MLB Returns - Well, well, well...look who finally got their act together! So, we're going to get a full 162-game season after all, and the next few weeks are going to be interesting in regards to roster moves.  For what it's worth - I'm not a huge fan at all of the new 12-team playoff format.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/6/22

3 Up 1. State of the Union Address - I really liked the speech - I really did. I wasn't expecting much as I've become "eh" on the Biden Presidency, but his address really pulled me back in - not completely, but just enough to have me sort of believing. I especially enjoyed the clarification of certain talking points which did unify and clarify mistruths from the election, and of course, put an end to party rhetoric (i.e. position on defunding the police, COVID mandates, etc...) for now. Good stuff all around - props to President Biden.  2. Houses Passes Bill for Lynching as Hate Crime - It took over 100 years to happen, but we finally were able to get it done in making lynching a hate crime. Makes you wonder why it took so long...Nonetheless, the naming of it after Emmett Till is a nice nod not just for the bill, but so that we don't forget the past. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/27/22

3 Up 1. Volodymyr Zelensky - The President of Ukraine delivered a speech this week that certainly went viral not just for his take as the current war on Ukraine ensues, but for his honesty and courage throughout it.  2. Kentaji Brown Jackson - In a world on fire, here at home President Biden nominated Jackson, who becomes the first black woman to serve on the highest court in the nation. That's so cool. I'm happier for the tons of little girls of color who can dream of being a Supreme Court Judge, and now believe it. 

Quick Thoughts on War in Ukraine

Bernadett Szabo / Reuters Anna Semyuk hugs her children at the Beregsurany border crossing in Hungary on February 26, 2022. The children were handed off on the Ukrainian side of the border by the father—who was not allowed to cross—to Nataliya Ableyeva, a stranger to the family, who brought the children across the border and kept them safe. It's been tough lately to watch what has been unfolding at the Ukrainian border. It's been tough from the standpoint that the images of people fleeing West, many hunkered down in bomb shelters with kids, and outright images of casual common apartment buildings with missile holes in the side of them, all have evoked the biggest reaction from me to this ongoing crisis.   Yes, on the surface, there is the anger and the want to wish bad things upon the Russian government. After all, we are here because of them, and of course, Vladimir Putin's need to offer a flex that no one else but he and his inner circle wants or finds even necessary.  Bu

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Amateur (2018)

What is it about? The recruiting and exploitation of a teenage basketball phenom expose the immoral undercurrent world of amateur sports and business.  Who is in it?  Michael Rainey Jr. - Terron Forte Jr.  Brian White - Vince Josh Charles - Coach Gaines

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/20/22

3 Up 1. Adonis Lattimore - Winning a state championship in any sport is difficult. How about winning a state championship in wrestling? Oh! And how about doing so with no legs?! Yeah, that happened. The story of Adonis Lattimore is tremendous - I really can't give it justice. Please seek it out and of course, check out the video of him competing. I love these stories to remind us of the power of the human spirit.  2. NBA All-Star Weekend - Yeah, that dunk contest was bad (but hey, kudos to the sole representative of my Knicks, Obi Toppin, on the win - go figure). However, the NBA put on a super entertaining weekend highlighted by the NBA 75 Players ceremony. And oh yeah! -  there was everything that was Steph Curry doing unreal things in shooting a basketball during the All-Star Game.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/13/22

3 Up 1. Erin Jackson - Jackson is the first black female athlete to ever - EVER! - win any kind of speedskating medal at the US Winter Olympics. There's no need to get into the background of specifics sports and why firsts like this are still happening in 2022, but more so, just living in the moment and appreciating everything Erin Jackson just pulled off. Much props!  2. Super Bowl Staff and Crew - Everyone talks about the game and the halftime show, and thus, they should. The sport manager and athletics professional in me appreciates everything else that goes into it. Yes, I'm the nerd that loves the planning, logistics, execution, coordinating, and more - kudos to the planning committee, to the crew that executed a flawless stage set-up and demo in minutes, to clean up crews, well...you get the point.  By the way, I very much want to visit SoFi stadium - the place looks awesome.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Monster (2018)

What is it about?  A young black boy with a bright future experiences his world thrown upside down as he is put on trial for murder. We follow his journey through the complex trial.  Who is in it?  Kelvin Harrison Jr. - Steve Harmon  ASAP Rocky - James King John David Washington - Richard "Bobo" Evans

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Marriage Story (2019)

What is it about?  Two individuals navigate the complex process of growing apart, breaking a marriage, while attempting to keep a family together.  Who is in it?  Adam Driver - Charlie Barber Scarlett Johansson - Nicole Barber  Azhy Robertson - Henry Barber

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/6/22

3 Up 1. Funeral for Det. Wilbert Mora - Still incredibly sad. Yet, incredibly cool to see the NYPD and the surrounding police departments come together to honor the fallen.  2. Brian Flores - Flores gets the "Up" here for the simple act of courage that is his lawsuit filed against the NFL. He likely will not get another coaching gig again in the league (see: Colin Kaepernick) but his action has already drawn attention to some questionable hiring practices throughout the league, the lack of historical representation throughout it, and the ineffectiveness of the "Rooney" rule. It's also brought about diversity and inclusion policies in the common workplace as well.  Whatever your thoughts are on Flores or his lawsuit, you have to admire the man for putting it all on the line for a change he believes is necessary.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/30/22

3 Up  1. NYPD Full Support - It was for an unfortunate event - the fall of Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora - but there was empowering strength in thousands of NYPD officers flooding the streets for the funeral of both officers. Also empowering was the voice of Dominique Luzuriaga, who delivered a touching eulogy for her husband, Detective Rivera.  Bad stuff, but good stuff...because of bad stuff. Our city is in such a dangerous place.  2. Rafael Nadal - The premier tennis player set a new record of 21 Grand Slam wins with a victory at the Australian Open this weekend. The Fuscia King is now arguably, the GOAT of men's Tennis. 

Royal Rumble 2022 Review: "Struggles of the Current Product Came Glaring Through the Cracks"

The Royal Rumble is easily my favorite wrestling event of the year - solely for the sake of the match, the aura of the pageantry, and all of the drama that comes with it. Nothing is like that buzzer going off, the surprise entrant, and that possible encounter we've been waiting for, or we thought would never happen. It's pro wrestling's All-Star Game in a nutshell.   The event carries so much nostalgia for this wrestling fan, that no matter how bad I think the WWE product currently is - and believe me, I'm no longer avidly watching it - I will still plan my weekend around the event. Unfortunately, this year's Rumble provided that nostalgia, but the sheer struggles of the current product - again, at least to and for this fan - came glaring through the cracks.  Overall, I found the event to be fun. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns was awesome. Mickie James getting her flowers was super cool, you can't replicate that big fight feel of Lashley vs. Lesnar, and of course

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Encanto (2021)

What is it about? A young Columbian woman struggles with the reality that she is the only member of her family without magical powers.  Who is in it? Stephanie Beatriz - Mirabel  John Leguizamo - Bruno Maria Ceclia Botero - Abuela Alma

Thoughts on the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Okay, so this year's Hall of Fame election results might be the tipping point for me. And from the general reaction around the topic, it seems that I'm not the only one who feels that way. Because after all, we just spent ten years discussing the "morality of the game" and not rewarding those who soiled the game with PED use, just to pin the blame on a select few.  With this outcome comes the crazy hypocrisy and historical injustice that now rises to the surface of the game. This of course, is among the other challenging items on the list for baseball - you know, like this lockout scenario that has all fired up to talk baseball - really, about anything baseball!  This HOF stuff is literally the cold stove exploding.  What an amazingly bad off-season for Major League Baseball. Awful. Awful. Awful. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/23/22

3 Up 1. NFL Playoffs Divisional Round - Well, your boy actually watched some football this weekend. Yeah, like for reals - and I wasn't disappointed. I watched all four Divisional games and what a weekend it was for the NFL. All of them, highly entertaining games, that even a super casual fan like me who occasionally tunes in, was absolutely hooked. I'm actually looking forward to next week - truth be told, I've always been a big fan of Conference Championship Sunday.  1A. Chiefs vs. Bills - Tonight's game might have been the absolute best football game I've ever watched. Gripping. Entertaining. And yes, outright in awe at what I watched tonight.  1B. Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen - Mahomes has always been my hook to football, the way Michael Vick and Peyton Manning were. But damn, Josh Allen, that dude is legit! Again, so much fun tonight. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/17/22

3 Up 1. Dr. King Weekend - I love this weekend, because, I'm just a big fan of Dr. King. Sure, this is the weekend of many who will ill-use his quotes, water down his message and purpose, and hold up his work in such a way to accommodate and support their message - at times, it's comical.  However, it's a weekend to be reminded, to reflect, and to celebrate his life. Don't ever forget, Dr. King was hated during his time. He was killed for fear of what he would bring to America. Let's not forget that as we reflect this weekend. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/9/21

3 Up 1. Justice for Ahmaud Arbery - It won't bring Ahmaud back. It won't right the wrong done. I'm not even sure if it provides solace for his loved ones. However, having those three men finish their lives in prison is the most that could have been done. Kudos to Judge Timothy Walmsley and the point he made by holding a minute of silence to prove it was just a fraction of how long they chased Arbery.  2. Sidney Poitier - I learned about Poitier through a film class in High School. To this day, I'm thankful for a teacher to recognize the greatness of black actors and the contributions of others to the entertainment industry. From "To Sir with Love" to "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", I adored his work, and him as a person. A life well-lived. 

IMPACT Hard to Kill 2022 Review: "Mickie is in the Rumble. ROH is here. Wild times, Yo"

IMPACT Wrestling kicked off their 2022 campaign with big noise that made waves throughout pro wrestling and has now set them up for some intriguing things ahead. Before this event even took to the airwaves, there was the subtle, yet huge bomb, that was the voice of Pat McAfee on FOX announcing Mickie Jam...err, excuse me...IMPACT Knockout champion, Mickie James, would be in the Women's Royal Rumble. Yes, that's wrestling in 2022. Like you, I too was stunned. I sat there with Smackdown as backdrop entertainment, just to snap up wide-eyed and amazed, rewinding it, over and over again. You know, just to make sure I wasn't going crazy. So yeah... And then of course Hard to Kill happened. And this event continues to be such a fitting name for a company that truly embodies that slogan as it moves forward. Right now, that includes acknowledgment from the industry leader on national television, as well as offering up a metaphorical couch to its one-time rivals in ROH, for them to c

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Red Notice (2021)

What is it about?  An Interpol agent works with the second most wanted art thief in the world in order to catch the top most wanted art thief as well as to clear his name from being framed.  Who is in it?  Dwayne Johnson - John Hartley Ryan Reynolds - Nolan Booth Gal Gadot - The Bishop

WWE Day 1 Review: Back to the WWE Product

I immediately warn you, this review will be skewed. Why? Well, yours truly hasn't followed the WWE product since Summerslam. I just haven't been interested in any way through 2021, and finally, I stopped hanging on with the hope that the product will hook me. I just simply gave up. There is too much out there to wait.  RAW has been atrocious - I don't even skim through the DVR recordings anymore unless something pops up in the general wrestling news feed worth seeing. Smackdown will typically and occasionally get a fast-forward style of viewing (mainly due to having to see Roman Reigns' work), and NXT feels more and more like a product that is Triple-A baseball - it's okay, but I can spend time invested into other products.  So yeah, I've been out of the loop. And this review surely will reflect that. However, with a new year (and a lazy Saturday Night), I gave the WWE my time and interest. I wasn't disappointed. And this is good heading into the Royal Rumbl

Dome Pondering Movie Review: I Care A Lot (2021)

What is it about?  A legal guardian, who is deceitful and cold in her practice with the elderly and their loved ones by draining their savings, meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle becomes a bigger challenge to her scheming empire.  Who is in it?  Rosemund Pike - Marly Grayson Peter Dinklage - Roman Lunyov Eliza Gonzalez - Fran