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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/16/24

3 Up

1. Father's Day - Happy Father's Day to so many fathers out there who sacrifice, extend themselves, worry, step outside themselves, and so much more, to raise decent human beings for the next generation. 

2. Elijah Hogan - This story renewed so much faith in me in regards to working hard, the ambition of today's generation, and so much in regards to social mobility by means of education. I have to admit, I started losing faith in the midst of today's climate. Elijah Hogan is a tremendous story and an inspiration. 

3. Jerry West - West was an absolute legend within the basketball (and sports) circles - that's obvious. Remembering him this week, however, returned a failing discourse (and common trend) in and about basketball about past generations and tired tropes. We've forgotten to embrace greatness, and in a way, West was a reminder of that. 

3 Down

1. Bump Stock Decision - Well, I can't say I'm surprised. Sandy Hook was the (and remains) the moment this country decided its fate on the gun control debate. 

2. Gaza War - This can be a "down" every week - obviously. For me, this week, with Father's Day and all of the children this "war" has claimed, I'm thinking about the dads and children over there in the Gaza region.

3. Clarence Thomas Paid Trips - All I can do is shake my head. Lobbying a Supreme Court Justice is something...

Cover Photo

Elijah Hogan graduated as the valedictorian of his class at Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans while living in a homeless shelter.

Courtesy of Kewe Ukpolo

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