Basin PBS presents ‘Tell Them We are Rising’

first_imgWhat: Free preview screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising” followed by guest lecturer, James Fuller and community discussion.When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Where: Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center, Carrasco Room.Who: Presenters: Indie Lens Pop-Up, Basin PBS and Midland College.RSVP: http://bit.ly/2hM6y4VMore info: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/tell-them-we-arerising/ By admin – January 19, 2018 Twitter Facebook Basin PBS presents ‘Tell Them We are Rising’ Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsEntertainmentcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Basin PBS logo 2016 Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and Basin PBS BasinPBS.org, are presenting “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” which explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played during the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity.The film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality. The latest film from director Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders), brings to life the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs.Co-directed and co-produced by Marco Williams, the film premieres on Independent Lens at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19.A haven for Black intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries — and a path of promise toward the American dream — HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field while remaining unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. These institutions have nurtured some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois to Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker to Spike Lee to Common.About the FilmmakersStanley Nelson has directed and produced more than 12 documentary features including Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till.Nelson has won every major award in broadcasting. In 2016, he was honored with a Lifetime Peabody Award, a Lifetime Emmy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association.Nelson is co-founder of Firelight Media, a nonprofit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories.Marco Williams is a filmmaker and a film educator. He is an Arts Professor at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Department of Film and Television. His directing credits include The Black Fives, The Undocumented, Inside the New Black Panthers; Banished; Freedom Summer; I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education; MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream; Two Towns of Jasper; Making Peace: Rebuilding our Communities; The Spiritual Deficit and The American Dream; In Search of Our Fathers; and From Harlem to Harvard. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I duPont Silver Baton, the Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence.Marcia Smith (Writer) served as president of Firelight Media for most of its first decade.About Indie Lens Pop-UpIndie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can’t attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.If You Go Twitter Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pecos hires Chris Jones as new head football coach, athletic directorNext articleWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB comes up short of upset, falls in overtime to Texas A&M-Commerce admin WhatsApplast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgAnd if he doesn’t, it will be hard to forget about the sixth hole. Fowler missed an 8-foot par putt, and as he stepped over to tap it in, his putter scuffed the green and nudged his ball about an inch. He then tapped in for a double bogey.The cut was looking to be about 1 over, though it could fall to 2 over if the wind picks up.Fowler could use the extra two days. He hasn’t had a top 10 since January and has fallen out of the top 30 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.MLB-NEWSAnother positive test, another postponement for Cardinals August 7, 2020 Associated Press — World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for the Washington Nationals on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. He has been sidelined in 2020 by a nerve issue in his pitching hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the tingling in Strasburg’s right thumb is gone and nothing in the pitcher’s mechanics has changed. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer’s status was not immediately clear after he left his most recent start because of a hamstring problem. Scherzer was going to throw off flat ground Friday to test his leg.— Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Prosecutors are accusing Kay of giving the fentanyl to Skaggs.NFL-NEWSNewton says he’s ready to go in New EnglandUNDATED (AP) — New Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is a week into the latest step in his career. He says he isn’t as much concerned with replacing Tom Brady or silencing his doubters as with proving to himself that he’s still capable of performing at his highest level. Mike Hoffman scored his Florida-leading third goal and fifth point of the series but the 10th-seeded Panthers wound up one-and-done for their fifth consecutive postseason appearance.NBA-SCHEDULE White, Poeltl lead Spurs past short-handed Jazz 119-111LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Derrick White scored 24 points, Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs got a much-needed win over the short-handed Utah Jazz 119-111. Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay each added 14 points for the Spurs. San Antonio moved into 10th place in the Western Conference and is a half-game ahead of the surging Phoenix Suns. The Suns are 4-0 since the NBA restart but were idle Friday. Gay scored 10 points during one stretch in the third quarter to help open a 16-point lead. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSIslanders advance with 5-1 win over PanthersTORONTO (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter and the Eastern Conference’s seventh-seeded Islanders bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday. NBA-WILLIAMSON OUTPelicans resting Zion Williamson against WizardsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched rookie Zion Williamson from the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.The team designated Friday a rest day for the NBA’s top overall draft choice after he scored 24 points in 22 minutes in the Pelicans’ 140-125 loss to Sacramento on Thursday.The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson has seen his playing time limited after missing nearly two weeks of practice in July to attend to a family medical matter. The former Duke star has played as few as 14 minutes and not more than 25 minutes in a game since the Pelicans resumed their season July 30. UNDATED (AP) — Friday night’s game in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the Cubs has been postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for COVID-19. Major League Baseball said the game was called off to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine in a Milwaukee hotel before finally being cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day. They got workouts in at home and had been prepared to return to the field Friday. In other MLB news:— Major League Baseball has announced changes to the regular-season schedule to account for 21 games postponed in the first two weeks by coronavirus issues, and a few clubs are looking at unusual finishes. The Phillies and Marlins are set to play seven times in five days next month. Miami will finish the season playing 27 games in 23 days, a stretch featuring no days off and four doubleheaders in a 10-day span. Philadelphia is slated for six doubleheaders in 60 games, meaning 20% of their games this season will be just seven innings long. Miami was already scheduled to host Philadelphia for four games Sept. 10-13. The series has been extended to include a game on Monday, Sept. 14, and doubleheaders have been scheduled for that Friday and Sunday. The St. Louis Cardinals, who have been out of action since July 31 because of an outbreak, have added three doubleheaders against the Brewers to a previously scheduled series to make up their three games postponed last weekend. The 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick says he’s full go after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in Carolina. He also says there’s no ill will toward the Panthers after they released him in March with one year remaining on a five-year, $103.8 million contract. In other NFL news:— New York Giants long snapper and Pro Bowler Zak DeOssie has retired. DeOssie, who spent all 13 of his seasons with the Giants, announced his retirement on Friday in a statement released by the team. The decision was known to many months ago, but DeOssie did not confirm it until now. A 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of Brown, he won Super Bowls with the Giants in his rookie year and again in the 2011 season. He earned Pro Bowl berths in 2008 and ’10.— New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has been formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm in connection with a fight at a cookout in May. Broward County state attorney Mike Satz says Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. Baker is accused of stealing cash and watches from four men. The punishment in event of a conviction is a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in state prison. Baker surrendered to jail on May 16 and was released on bond. His next court date hasn’t been announced.— The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. The deal adds another former first-round pick to San Francisco’s talented line. Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami in 2013 but has never lived up to his billing because of injuries and substance abuse problems. He has been suspended 32 games over his career for violating NFL rules on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs and has also had two operations on his knee. BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Former Florida State University center Michael Ojo died on Friday after collapsing during training in Serbia, according to his former team, Red Star Belgrade. He was 27.The Nigerian-born basketball player was taken to a hospital in the Serbian capital, but doctors failed to resuscitate him, Belgrade media reported. Local media reported that he died of a heart attack.Ojo was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus but recovered.After going undrafted in 2017, Ojo moved to Europe where he started his professional basketball career with FMP Belgrade. In 2018, he signed with the regional Adriatic League champions, Red Star Belgrade, where he was hugely popular among the club’s fans. Williamson has averaged nearly 17 points and about 19 minutes in the Pelicans’ four games in the Disney complex. He has averaged 22.4 points in 23 total games this season after missing the first 44 games of his rookie campaign while recovering from right knee surgery.The Pelicans’ playoff hopes have faded with three losses in their past four games. They might need to win all of their final four regular-season games to have a chance to qualify.PGA CHAMPIONSHIPMissed 6-inch putt could be costly for FowlerSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rickie Fowler shot a 69 on Friday in the PGA Championship to finish two rounds at 2-over 142. That probably will be right on the cut line for whether he makes it to the weekend at the Harding Park. Update on the latest sports — Linebacker Vic Beasley reported to the Tennessee Titans on Friday, and he has been activated off the Reserve/DidNot Report list. The Titans also put defensive lineman Jack Crawford on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he had either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after coming in close contact with someone who’s infected. — The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend. The NFL club said Friday that season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds. Fans and employees at Ford Field would be required to wear face coverings. Designated gates and entry times would be assigned to fans. The team says the ability to host fans at a reduced capacity depends on local and state approval.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig Sky joins Pioneer League in dropping fall footballUNDATED (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has postponed its football season until spring and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well. The Big Sky’s decision Friday all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs being held in the fall. The FCS playoffs are an NCAA-sponsored event unlike the College Football Playoff which crowns a champion at the highest level of Division I. The NCAA announced earlier this week each of its three divisions would determine whether national championship events should be held in fall sports. The Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State, said it will attempt to play an eight-game conference schedule in the spring.In other pandemic-related developments:— The Pioneer League says it won’t play a fall football schedule but would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. The conference said in a statement the challenges related to team travel, meeting state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies led to the decision. — The NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference is postponing its fall sports schedule until the spring of 2021. The league said its impacted sports are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball. The league is made up of 13 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.— The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season. The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall. The initial guidelines include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation. The rules, which also apply to volleyball and soccer, were recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. — Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position. Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He played in 10 games last year for Maryland after transferring from Virginia Tech. He went 98 for 207 for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky during the offseason.— North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus. The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons.”— Duke coach David Cutcliffe says long snapper Ben Wyatt and offensive tackle Jacob Rimmer have opted out of playing this season because of concerns about the virus. Last week the school announced that 25 athletes had tested positive over the previous three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school said all cases involved no or mild symptoms. SERBIA-BASKETBALL PLAYER DIESBasketball player dies during training in Serbialast_img read more

Gyan wants Ghana’s EPL duo to learn from Gladiator

first_imgBlack Stars captain Asamoah Gyan thinks he knows the formula for success in the English Premier League.For him, the Ghanaians in the Premiership must give their all and seek to impress their team fans if they want to be successful.The former Sunderland man who spent one season at the Stadium of Light proved to be an instant his with his goals and choreographed dances.Gyan is hoping for a similar fate for his national team mates. Christian Atsu is with Bournemouth) while  Andre Ayew signed recently for Swansea. “All you have to do is to win the fans [over]. That is the main thing I learnt from the movie Gladiator. Everywhere you go the first thing you have to do is to win over the fans,” Gyan told reporters.“[The Ghanaian players In the EPL] are capable of doing that and they have got that fighting spirit. Andre has got that fighting spirit. The English like you to play with your heart.” “Even [when] things are not going well, let them see you have that eagerness to do something. That is all they want and I can see that in Andre so I just wish them luck.”The captain added that he is solidly behind the pair and will be delighted should they make a meaningful impact on the league.“We are all Ghanaians. We are all praying for them. The Premiership is the best league in the world so we will like to see them doing well and everybody will be happy.”Asamoah Gyan himself is on the verge of completing a mega deal to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG from Al-Ain.–last_img read more

Alberto El Patron irked by Tito Ortiz’s support of Donald Trump ahead of politically tinged Combate fight

first_imgView this post on Instagram We are doing MMA great again in @combateamericas and this week…it’s fight week in #dallastexas go and witness why we have the best ratings, the best live events and why everybody talks about Combate Americas around the world 🌎 #sisisiseeyouthere . . Amigos es Semana de Combate Americas con #combatedallas y nosotros seguimos con la misión de hacer el deporte del #mma grande otra vez y al mismo tiempo seguir dándole al peleador latino el lugar que se merece en nuestro deporte. Los esperamos este viernes 1 de noviembre para que vivan una noche de Mucha Más Acción 👊🏻 . . #albertodelrio #albertoelpatron #doscarasjrA post shared by Alberto El Patron (@prideofmexico) on Oct 29, 2019 at 1:53pm PDTThe promo was El Patron’s way of plucking at both the 45th Commander-in-Chief and Ortiz in one shot … and for good reason.The former WWE superstar and first Mexican WWE champ doesn’t appreciate Trump’s divisiveness, especially in accordance to the portrayal the president paints of Mexicans entering the U.S.“I was born in Mexico, but I was made in America,” El Patron told Sporting News. “I’ve had the privilege of becoming American this year on the day of my birthday, May 25. Of course, I’m proud of being Mexican, I’m proud of being brown, but I love this country. Just like me, there’s millions and millions of people coming to this country to work hard and live the American dream.“But the moment you start pointing fingers and saying this country is this, this country is that, these people are this, these people are that, you make people fight,” he continued. “When you say Mexicans are this and that, you put the people, not just the country, but the people in a really bad place.”The fact that Ortiz, whose father is Mexican, is a proud and open Trump supporter makes El Patron cringe even more. He’s aware of Ortiz appearing on Trump’s former reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” but can’t believe that the former UFC champ agrees with the president’s ideals.“I don’t understand why he’s wearing that red hat saying Making America Great Again,” El Patron said of Ortiz donning the MAGA hat. “America has never stopped being great.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“The last time we saw each other, he was wearing a Border Patrol hat,” he added. “He said it was to pay respect to those heroes defending our borders. But why are you doing this when you’re in front of a Mexican that was born in Mexico?”Those political differences helped pave the way for El Patron to face Ortiz in a Combate Americas pay-per-view Saturday night in what has been billed “Tito vs. Alberto: Which side are you on?” The clash will take place at the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, right at the U.S.-Mexico border for good measure. The cameras started recording and Alberto El Patron began cutting a promo right on cue as if he were still with the WWE.“Let’s make MMA great again!” he said, his arms crossed, wearing a President Trump-like wig. “That’s what we’re doing in Combate Americas. Titio Ortiz … you and I are going to be facing each other inside la jaula (the cage in Spanish) December the 7th.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year While Saturday is a jam-packed day for combat sports, with Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 happening in Saudi Arabia and the UFC in Washington D.C., Combate has been able to generate plenty of interest with this politically-driven card. Jorge Masvidal, the UFC’s newly-crowned BMF champion, will reportedly be part of Combate’s broadcast booth offering what’s bound to be colorful commentary on Tito vs. Alberto.While El Patron is part of Combate’s front office, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pull a Triple H-like move and fight on one of the cards he’s helping to promote.“We’re committed to make this company grow even more,” El Patron said.last_img read more

Five new caps for women’s Home Internationals

first_img28 Aug 2014 Five new caps for women’s Home Internationals There are five new caps in the England team for the Ladies’ Home Internationals, which take place at Aberdovey Golf Club, Wales, from September 17-19. Three of the newcomers were members of the England team which recently won the Girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year: India Clyburn of Lincolnshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire and Hollie Muse of Lancashire. The other two are Gemma Clews of Cheshire and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire (Image © Leaderboard Photography). They will joined established internationals Sarah-Jane Boyd of Cornwall, Gabriella Cowley of Hertfordshire and Alex Peters of Nottinghamshire. The reserve is Emma Goddard of Cheshire. The team will be captained by Chris Pascall of Hartlepool, Durham, and the coach is Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson. England were third in last year’s Home Internationals, having won the title for the previous two years. The 2013 champions were Wales who will be defending on home ground. The players: Sarah-Jane Boyd, 22, (Truro, Cornwall) has had a string of high finishes this season: she was runner-up in the British stroke play, which she won in 2012; third in her defence of the English amateur; third in the English stroke play; and runner-up in the English mid-amateur. She also won the Hampshire Rose at the start of the season. Gemma Clews, 19, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) has won two scratch events this season: the Pleasington Putter and the inaugural Delamere Comboy Trophy. She was third in the Welsh open stroke play, sixth in the English amateur and 12th in the British stroke play. India Clyburn, 17, (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) is the English girls’ champion and had a perfect record at Girls’ Home Internationals winning all six of her matches. She is also the Scottish junior stroke play champion and was runner-up in the Critchley Salver. Gabriella Cowley, 18, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) played in the 2014 Curtis Cup match and is representing England in the World Amateur Team Championship. She was runner-up in this year’s Portuguese amateur championship and helped to win the Nations Cup for England at the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championship. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy where she also helped England win the Nations Cup and was fourth overall. She was sixth in the English girls’ championship and ninth in the English women’s amateur. Last year she was in England’s winning team at the European Young Masters, won the Scottish U16s and the girls’ title at the Telegraph BMW Golf Championship. Hollie Muse, 14, (West Lancashire), has just won the girls’ title at the North of England U16 championship and was runner-up in the English U15 girls’ championship. She was also runner-up in the girls’ event at the Fairhaven Trophies and tied eighth at the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews. She is the youngest-ever Lancashire ladies’ champion. Alex Peters, 20, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) was third in both the British stroke play and the English amateur championships; and sixth in the English stroke play. She won The Leveret at the start of the season and topped the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. Bethan Popel, 19, (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire) helped England win the Nations Cup at the St Rule Trophy, among a string of good results this season which have  included fifth place in the English amateur, seventh place in the women’s Welsh stroke play, 12th place in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and 11th in the Portuguese amateur. Emma Goddard, 23, (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) had top five finishes in both the St Rule Trophy and the Welsh stroke play. She was 10th in the English stroke play and 11th in the British, and tied second in the Pleasington Putter.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Dé·jà vu

first_imgMike Tyson and Aubrey Bruce (Photo by Julio Torres)Dé·jà vu: 1 a : the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time. b : a feeling that one has seen or heard something before. I love many sports, and I cannot honestly say that I really, really, unabashedly favor one over than the other. However, there are a few sports that I don’t particularly care for but I won’t trash them here because as my father Oprah Elliot Bruce used to say: “one man’s garbage, is another man’s gold.”But I do have a penchant for a few sports, pro football, pro baseball, pro boxing and pro basketball being among them. As a former participant in the sport of boxing, I have been and continue to remain a “follower.”During my pre-teen and adolescent years, almost everyone that I knew Black or White was a member of the Lawrenceville Boy’s club at one time or another. Many of us tried our hand at boxing. It was not much more than a hobby for me until I received my first real “beat down.”That fight was a “near assassination” at the hands of a Brooklyn, NY native, the late Ricardo Santiago, son of the great Santos Santiago a prominent weightlifter who was always one of the top competitors for Mr. Pittsburgh, along with my late brother Stan “the man” Bruce; both worked out at a legendary weightlifting facility in the 3400 block of Butler Street in Lawrenceville, simply known as “the bathhouse.”If I would have had a inkling of Ricardo’s pedigree, I would have never even said hello to him or even considered stepping into the “square circle” with him.I had been working out with the late Strip District heavyweight Tony Manno. I was deeply honored when the cousin of Tony Manno, (District Justice Anthony Ceoffe of Lawrenceville) chose me to deliver Tony’s eulogy. Who could know Tony better than me? Having been at the receiving end of one of his right jabs or left hooks.As far as any method of training goes, even if I had ran three marathons, bench pressed 500lbs, and worked out with “Thor” nothing or no one could have prepared me for the onslaught that I was about to receive from Se·nor Santiago.After that “near death experience,” I immediately reverted back to playing saxophone and clarinet along with seriously considering whether or not to ever come outside again because I had a two black eyes and a beat up spirit (I actually missed four days of school which helped ruin my almost perfect attendance record).But there was hope for me, just as there is hope for the true resurrection of boxing in Pittsburgh, PA. After decades of being overshadowed by other so-called “marquee” sports in the steel city; hear ye, hear ye, the sport of boxing is making a comeback in Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region facilitated by one of the greatest heavyweight champions in the history of the sport, Mike Tyson and his company Iron Mike Productions.Tyson’s “maiden voyage into Pittsburgh boxing was “The Pride of Pittsburgh I,” which debuted at the CONSOL Energy Center on August 8, 2014. The event was so successful that he now is putting on “The Pride of Pittsburgh II” which will also be taking place at theCONSOL Energy Center on Friday November 14, 2014. During his recent press conference Tyson was asked about his responsibility to boxing . “I’m only as good as my fighters are, I work for them, they’re the bosses.”Tyson is also again featuring two popular Pittsburgh pugilists’ to headline his upcoming event. After performing and winning in “Pride of Pittsburgh I,” local Pittsburgh boxer 28 year old Sammy Vasquez Jr. is coming off of his career best victory, a ninth round stoppage of then undefeated prospect James Stevenson at the August 8 at the CONSOL, earning Vasquez top billing for “Pride of Pittsburgh II.” “The Stevenson win brought a lot out of me, I was still able to outclass him even though it wasn’t an early stoppage as my last few fights had been” said Vasquez Jr. now with a record of 16-0-0 (12KO’s). “I’ve had people question my chin but Stevenson tagged me a few times, no problem there whatsoever.”Also co-featured on the fight card at “The Pride of Pittsburgh II” will be the highly popular local warrior MONTY MEZA CLAY, 36-3-0 (22KO’s). Meza-Clay will challenge cross-town rival “Lightning” ROD SALKA, 19-4-0 (3KO’s) for the Bunola, PA veteran’s WBC Fecarbox Lightweight Title in a scheduled ten rounder.Monty Meza-Clay is preparing for his second fight on the Iron Mike card after an epic ten round battle as part of “Pride of Pittsburgh I.” He seems to ready again for battle. In a voice brimming with confidence, Meza Clay says; “training is going excellent, there’s no place like home. I set the standards high for myself for the last fight, so that means that I have to go a level above that, I feel good.”When asked about his looming bout against Rod Salka, Meza Clay said that; “he’s (Salka) is local and from the area and I’m from the area. He’s making a name for himself and I have been made a name for myself. He wants to capture the throne, let’s see what happens.” This is no illusion, boxing in Pittsburgh no longer has a “black eye.” We can go outside again.Aubrey Bruce may be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribelast_img read more