Gloves for Grades 

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Gloves For Grades charity event at the Marquette Rec Center in South St Louis. This event was titled the “Jamilah Nasheed Classic” due to its sponsorship by the State Senator.

Gloves  For Grades is the brainchild of 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray. A former amateur boxer himself Murray seeks to use the sport of boxing to promote both academic achievement and staying off the streets. A number of local gyms participated in the event along with gyms from as far away as Indiana. 

Presently Murray is trying to close in on a building for the program and is looking to hold another show and fundraiser this summer so stay tuned. 

Below are some videos of a couple of the bouts. The victorious fighters in both of these bouts are coached by St Louis boxing hall-of-famer Keith Abdul-Qawi. 

Marty Murray, Umar Lee in the middle, and labor-activist Kevin Fitzgerald with the famous stache.

Death and A Carnival: On The Tragic Murder of Nabra Hassanen

Thank you Abu Musa for sharing the video of another of the teens with Nabra. The kid elaborated on the altercation that began things that ultimately led to the horrible murder of Nabra. From what he described it was a typical young male altercation, free of any bias or phobia, that went way too far and ended in the death of a young woman. While her body was still warm some activists began pushing the theory that this was a hate-crime despite any evidence and many on Twitter were eager to co-sign. Irresponsible people ran with that  narrative on social media. Sloppy journalists picked up on it. And even, have you no fucking decency, some began visiting the family and the community to encourage them to insist this was a hate crime. Instigators and those who dance on the blood of the dead for their own agenda are quick to start shit, but if their bullshit causes violence between Muslims and Latinos they’ll be far away. Probably in New York sucking up some media attention. All of us have a responsibility to the truth, to think about what we share on social media before we do, and to first and foremost comfort the suffering and not try and exploit them. Northern Virginia will see a few things in the coming days:
-Outside activists pushing  a narrative that best coincides with their agenda quickly followed by fundraising efforts 
-White allies mostly in the form of fringe political zealots looking to exploit a tragedy to organize for their agenda 
-Media, both right and left, looking to feed their base with cheap clickbait 
Who will be with the family after she is a hashtag though?  For birthdays?  For anniversaries of this tragedy? To call in the middle of the night?   

Boxing in 2016-2017

Attending Canelo-Smith at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, GGG-Jacobs at Madison Square Garden, and Irish Olympian Mick Conlan’s first two pro fights in New York and Chicago  (Conor McGregor in the ring in New York with him)

Video Interview of Mick Conlan

Video Interview of Boxing writer Doug Fischer 

Gennady Golovkin press conference 

Danny Jacobs press conference 

Outside of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX where over 50,000 boxing fans watched Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeat Liam Smith
The view inside Cowboys Stadium
Danny Jacobs in the press room after his close loss to GGG
GGG in the press room at Madison Square Garden after his victory over Danny Jacobs
My press box for GGG-Jacobs at Madison Square Garden
Mick Conlan in New York after his first victory

Conor McGregor with a raised fist cheering on fellow Irishman Mick Conlan

With Irish former Olympian and pro boxer Mick Conlan after his victory in Chicago