Black Poetry : Brothers In Flight...(annual repost cause ain't nothing changed)

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  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Young brothers ballin’
    Dunkin’, shootin’, scorin’
    High priced coaches in their Armani best
    Oversized corporate logos pinned to their chest
    Best teams in the land
    In search of Final Four glory
    But behind the hoop and hype
    Is a totally different story

    A story of black gladiators
    Performing incredible round-ball feats
    More blacks on the court
    Than in the arena seats

    Sponsors, media, and of course, the schools
    Anyone making money
    All white
    Everyone except the brothers in flight

    College Basketball
    In a sorry, sorry state
    All you need do
    Is check the graduation rate

    Exploitation
    Manipulation
    Despite a bunch of rhetoric
    No one gives a ****
    About education

    NBA training ground
    Where brothers think they will play
    White players sit the bench and cheer
    But they’re the ones who graduate
    While boosting the team GPA

    Brothers for hire
    Jumping higher and higher
    Campus heroes
    Living large through boosters and other sources
    Just trying to stay eligible
    Curriculum of mostly remedial courses

    Millions of dollars generated from the game
    Brothers in flight
    The trade off is a shame
    “Student Athlete”
    Give me a break
    Brothers being used
    For the millions others make

    Financially it’s unfair
    Morally it’s not right
    Being used and abused
    Young black men
    My brothers in flight

    BE

    © Bruce H. Edwards, 2000
     
  2. Servant

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    Excellent scribe my brother....
     
  3. Joyce

    Joyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Heartbeat,

    This poem (as all poems should to some degree) has given me a great insight as to what goes on in the NBA. In my joy of the game of basketball, I must admit I am very naive about what goes on in the background. I only cheer when I hear about those million dollar contracts that are signed. Personally, I feel that they rate every dime they squeeze out of the owners.

    Anyway, thanks for enlightening me further thru the lines of your poetry.

    Ya sista in poetry...Joyce
     
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