Before the NBA Playoffs began, Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson made a statement that raised some eyebrows around the NBA. He did it again after his young stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the team to an upset win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of their Western Conference Semi-Final series:

I said I’ve got the greatest shooting backcourt that’s ever played the game,” he said. “Call my bluff.”

Are Klay and Steph the greatest shooting back court tandem of all time? That would probably take lots of research and analysis. Perhaps a more appropriate statement  would have been…

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So, with that in mind, let’s look back at some of the best light-skinned backcourts of all-time. We’ll let the people decide:

Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry, Charlotte Hornets (88-97)

Muggsy and Dell made the Hive go “Ayye” in the early-to-mid ’90s.

In the early days of the Charlotte Hornets, Steph and Seth’s dad and Muggsy Bouges were two of the more popular members of the team. Before there was Grandmama and Zo, Muggsy and Dell were the face of the Hornets.

Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers (94-96, 97-2000)

They weren’t the most athletic bunch, but Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller were a tough out in the playoffs every year.

Mark Jackson knows a thing or two about great light-skinned backcourts, as he teamed up with Reggie Miller to lead one of the most heady, if athletically-challenged backcourts of the late ’90s.

Jason Kidd and Jimmy Jackson, (94-96)

The inability to capitalize on the talent of Jason Kidd and Jimmy Jackson haunted the Dallas Mavericks until they won the ‘chip in 2011. Oh, and Jamal Mashburn was here for the pic too.

The Dallas Mavericks were awful for the entire decade of the nineties, consequently giving them top ten draft picks pretty much every year. Kidd and Johnson were picked two years apart and teamed with Jamal Mashburn to form a trio that Dallas hoped would lead it to the promised land. Well, that didn’t exactly happen, and as a result, we have the most disappointing duo on this list. (See, we won’t even mention Toni Braxton….Ooops).

Mike Bibby and Doug Christie, Sacramento Kings (00’s)

Before Christie was Jackie’s husband, he teamed with Mike Bibby to form one of the brightest backcourts of all-time.

This pair was an intregal part of those memorable Sacramento Kings squads that had the misfortune of peaking at the same time as Shaq and Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000s. Alas, Christie will probably be better remembered for being the husband of Jackie Christie than his stellar career as a defensive specialist. 

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (’12-Present)

This backcourt’s future is as bright as their…well, you get the picture by now.

The spawn of former NBA players, Curry (Dell) and Thompson (Mychal) have provided Golden State with the most excitement since its epic 2007 playoff run.

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After nearly a year of flirting, I finally made that commitment-I bought Spotify Premium. Two days in, its already easily one of the best investments I’ve made in awhile. So instead of just hoarding this wonderful digitized music, I’ve decided to share with my readers my first impression of some classic albums. First is up is Mr. Scarface is Back, by Brad Davis, better known as Scarface of The Geto Boys.

This underground classic was release in October of 1991, approximately a month from my sixth birthday. Needless to say, I missed it on the first go-around.

This album plays out like a novel. Each song is its own nuanced chapter in the story of a Crack-Era hustler. These aren’t just gritty tales of gangster glorification, though that is a part of Mr. Scarface (see The Pimp). Scarface touches on a broad range of issues that the Black community and America are still dealing with 22 years later. One can’t help but listen to Born Killer and not feel like you’re peaking into the mind of some of the perpetrators of

“My momma did her part/ But it ain’t her fault that I was born with out a heart/ In other words I’m heartless dude/ I don’t love me, how the fuck I’mma love you?/ Thats right, you guessed it/ I’m legally insane, marked mannick depressive/I’m takin all types a medication/To keep me out the mood of premeditatin/ Yo, the log around my lone is worse/ I’m havin thoughts of killin me, but I’m killin you first/ Mr. Kindness talks but I don’t listen”

The centerpiece of the album is Diary Of A Madman. At just over three minutes, its one of the album’s shorter tracks, but perhaps brevity is its strength. As the title suggests, Scarface takes us into the mind of a mentally ill young man whose life is spiraling out of control.

“To myself I’m a stranger/ Walking in the foot steps of danger/ It’s a long path ahead of me/ I gotta get somewhere cause everybody here is scared of me/I had a job but they fired me/ My wife walked out now I’m living in my diary.”

Money And The Power is also another standout track. Scarface takes us into the mind of a dope dealer who pursues both with cold and reckless abandon, even bragging about sleeping with the same woman his brother is involved with. Fellow Geto Boys Willie D. and Bushwick Bill provide an eerily seductive chant that lighten the mood just a little.

The album closes with two solemnly irreverent tracks. A Minute To Pray And A Second To Die is a brutal tale of senseless killing and retribution while brilliantly sampling Marvin Gaye’s Inner City Blues and What’s Going On. The album’s finale finds the protagonist dealing with the same fate that many of his colleagues face: Death. I’m Dead  is a humorous take on a grim situation. Wakes up to find that he is dead. His picture is on a mantle with the familiar “Rest In Peace” inscribed on it, his mother and his child’s mother grieving them as they hold his son.

Simply put, Scarface’s debut is still pretty relevant. Its equal parts it’s mostly drama and action, with doses of comedy and maybe a little porn. Definitely worth a good listen.

After 10 years on air, The Michael Baisden Show is coming to an end.

The tenth anniversary of the Michael Baisden Show was abruptly cut short on Wednesday. Baisden announced via his Facebook page not only was his show being taken off the air, he says he and his crew were “locked out” of their studio, owned by media company Cumulus. Apparently, the two sides couldn’t agree on a deal, and when Baisden went public with that info, they decided they would use pre-recorded material to fill his 3-4 pm timeslot until March 29.

I remember listening to Baisden in the car with my mother my senior year of high school and laughing at some of the discussions he engaged in with his guests. As time when on, he evolved from talking about dating, relationships and sex to confronting issues such as domestic abuse, bullying and sexual assault. He has also been vocal on social and political issues such as the Jenna Six, the election (and re-election) of Barack Obama, and the Trayvon Martin Case. He also organized a campaign to get more people involved with mentoring young people and has invested time and attention to small business owners.

Baisden is one of those figures in Black America that folks either love or hate. Whatever you think about him and his opinions,  you have to admit he has a powerful voice. By no means am I a Michael Baisden Stan. I disagreed with his views on more than one subject. But I appreciate his willingness to talk about politically sensitive, potentially explosive topics. He was one of the few minority voices in mainstream talk radio with a sizable audience, and that number is steadily shrinking.

Baisden will be okay. He’ll land a gig on satellite radio or end up on MSNBC with Al Sharpton every day.  My larger concern is that we still need shows like the MB Show, if not that show itself. The Rush Limbaughs of the world aren’t going anywhere, but how many mainstream radio shows featuring minorities are there out there that actually address substantive issues at least on a semi-regular basis?

One less more than we started with this week.

According to a recent report, four of the 11 worst graduation rates in public institutions belong to HBCUs.

Evening people. I’m sure you’re getting tired of my excuses as to why I’ve been away from you for a while, but if you love me, you’ll get over it. For those of you who navigated to this page looking for Part III of Why Women Have Sex, you’ll be comforted in knowing that the rest of the series will be featured on What Black Men Want. You can find it and all my posts under The Fly Young Intellectual.

Also, if you didn’t know, June is Black Music Month. This means you are obligated to check out my blog R&B Essentials. If you don’t, it means you’re racist. Or you harbor a deep self-hatred…..Ok, not really. But please check it out. I put a lot of my heart and soul into that site and I think it shows in the level of content. Besides, it’s heavy on videos, light on words.

Continuing with the Randomness of this post, I want to bring your attention to two stories I came across on the internet today. The first one is a sobering one, dealing with a subject near and dear to my heart: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The article named four HBCUs, including Southern (LA) University at no. 1,  in the 11 Worst Public University Graduation Rates. Luckily, my beloved Winston-Salem State University was not among them, but it still made me cringe. I know the original purpose of these schools is to provide a chance at higher education for those who would not otherwise have the chance, probably myself included. But somewhere along the line, we’ve got to find a balance between finding opportunities and meeting higher standards. I could go on, but it’s a Monday night, so I won’t.

So let’s end this on a positive note. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen multiple stories about Black women and weightloss/exercise, most of it non-flattering. I wrote about this topic a few weeks ago on What Black Men Want. Well, meet Earnestine Shepherd. This 75-year old from Baltimore was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female bodybuilder in the world. Check out her story.

In my last post, I told you about a book I picked up called “Why Women Have Sex.” Today I’ll share some nuggets I found interesting from the book. The book looks at the sexual motivations of women from multiple angles, such as “What Turns Women On?” “The Thrill of Conquest” and “Barter And Trade.” Today, I’ll focus on the chapter titled “The Thing Called Love.”

*Intimacy + Passion + Commitment = Love
That’s the books formula for love. Intimacy is defined as the experience of warmth to another person related to feelings of closeness and connectedness. Passion is intense romantic feelings of sexual desire for another person. Commitment relates to decision making. No argument here.

* The book cited a study in which, when asked to describe acts that demonstrated love for their mate, only 8 percent of women referred to “having sex” as an act of love. Thirty 32 percent of men equated love with sexual acts. This was a surprise as most people would think women were more likely to align sex with love than men. It seems that men are more likely to see sex as a defining feature of love. I can believe that, simply because of the importance most men place on sex.

*In another study, there were no substantial differences between college-aged men and women regarding how often they had sex to form a stronger emotional bond with their partners.  I kinda feel like calling bullshit on this one, but we’ll move on.

*The authors categorized four main triggers for sex in women:
1. Explicit Erotic Cues: Reading sexy stories, talking dirty or sensing that her  body was aroused.
2. Status Cues: Seeing or talking with someone powerful or famous
3. Romantic Cues: Dancing closely, laughing together
4. Emotional bonding: Feelings of connectedness

The book has a lot to say about a chemical called oxytocin. This chemical, which is released during sex, increase feelings of trust and generosity. One scientist quoted in the book hypothesized that frequent release of the chemical through sex with the same partner can increase the connection a woman feels to that partner. According to this theory, a woman who continually sleeps with a man she is only mildly interested in may soon find herself feeling deeply attached emotionally simply through the repeated release of the chemical with that man. Suddenly “Mr. Aight” becomes “Mr. Can’t Live Without Him.”

Again, the thing I really like about this book is that it just doesn’t throw a bunch of studies and statistics at you and leave your head spinning. They also use real examples of real women (under the condition of anonymity).

There’s alot more just in this one chapter, but I don’t want to overload you guys with science-speak. Plus, if I give it all to you now, why would you come back later!

 

Why do women have sex?

Anyone who knows me off the internets knows that I love to read. It’s more like a compulsion than a hobby. It started when I was young, reading a from a 1970s-era volume of The Encyclopedia Brittanica at home during the summer (I can’t tell you how bummed out I am that they won’t be printing them anymore) and quickly morphed into me reading Slam Magazine when I was supposed to be paying attention in class during my free time at school.

So with that said, it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite places in the world is the library. I usually go at least twice a month, and generally pick up more books than I should. I’m the type of person that gets bored pretty easily, even if I like a book, so I tend to read three or four books at a time. Since I currently have two books I’m not ready to return, I limited myself to just two books tonight.

One of those books was “Why Women Have Sex.” Being a heterosexual man, it immediately caught my attention. The book takes a scientific and emotional look at the underlying sexual motivations of women using a series of professional studies and interviews with real women. The combination of candid responses and scientific evidence has made  for an interesting first chapter so far.

The first chapter deals with factors that contribute to sexual attraction. On the surface, it’s nothing too earth shattering. Women like tall men who smell pleasant, have masculine faces, deep voices and wide shoulders. But this is where the research fills in the gaps, adding analytical pieces about why women are physiologically resistant to men whose chemical balance closely resembles their own. Pretty heavy stuff.

As I continue to delve in the book, I’ll share my thoughts. But in the meantime, share yours with me. Ladies, why do you have sex? Be candid, there’s  no judgement on this blog. Speak up!