[Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice]
Maybe I should start by saying that it was very interesting to come across this video of Bryan Stevenson discussing some of the hard truths about the United States justice system, and the extensive imbalances along racial lines: “a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.”- TED
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
For this unfamiliar, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. More info and inspirational and intriguing videos can be found at http://www.ted.com/
Maybe I should start with the fact that there are still many special broadcasts with great moments on American television, especially the Espys. This years 2008 Espy Awards Show which marks a historical night in sports chronicles, and was in my opinion (compared to previous Espy Award Shows that I have watched) one of the best, most entertaining and most memorable.
This years Espy Awards Show was hosted by Pop-Singer Justin Timberlake who entertained, awed and stole the shows with his inimitable singing, quirky antics and comedic skits. His “I Love Sports” performance was particularly funny and plain genius as were his other skits and antics.
Justin Timberlake – “I Love Sports”
Surprisingly, even the illy infamous Will Farrell was actually able to the make me laugh and not just a little but a lot. As much as I consider him to be not funny and would never pay to see any of his films, I must admit that his Espy Awards skits were hilarious.
Will Ferrell at the Espys
Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly’s ESPY Demands
Of course the traditional Awards were given out in usual fashion leaving many proud; and countless inspirational moments were reflected on ranging from that of the Jimmy V Award recipient Kevin Evert who fought back after having sustaining a paralyzing football injury, to the prominent and commemorative Arthur Ash Award (the highest achievable sports award) which was awarded to Tommie Smith and John Carlos for their courageous and life changing act of holding up black gloved hands during their Olympic Medal Ceremony and battling through the repercussions that followed. The introduction to the award was an extremely powerful, emotional and moving piece that all should see and take in without question.
Arthur Ashe Award Intro
Artur Ashe Award
“It took Pleasure to make me and Pain to give birth to me…” - Kev