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Justin Timberlake New Single

Check out the Michael Jackson vibe on Timberlake’s latest single.  Nothing really new hear because the King of Pop’s vibe can be felt in a lot of music coming out these days.  Long live MJ! Go in JT! Visit for full experience.


Measure of a Man

Sidney Poitier #FatherhoodFriday

“Of all my father’s teachings, the most

enduring was the one about the true measure

of a man. That true measure was how well he

provided for his children, and it stuck with me

as if it were etched in my brain.”

Sidney PoitierThe Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

Sidney says

Fatherhood Friday Freud

#FatherhoodFriday Know the importance of what you are to your children.  A few words inspiring words from Sigmund Freud …

Ode to Dwight Howard

This AT&T commercial pretty much sums up Dwight Howard and what the Houston Rockets can expect from the happy-go-lucky center.   Go Big or Go home? Which one to you think Howard would rather do? It’s not complicated, Lakers fans.
Solely the opinion of Mike Tucker. Now to the video!


Praying for Trayvon’s Family

Fatherhood Friday, I am praying for the family of Trayvon. A father who had to listen to his “son’s last cry for help.” A father who has to live with the fact that Trayvon was under his care when he died.  How helpless he was and is now.  A father that had to sit through the murder trial of his son. I don’t want to imagine such pain.  While thousands black out their social media avatars, I will pray.  Join me … 


Pray 4 Tray

7 Eleven Day Free Slurpies

Today is the day! Free slurpies and this year they are BIGGER!  Instead of going with a 7.11-ounce free Slurpee as it has in the past, this year 7-Eleven is simply giving out Slurpees in its usual Small size: 12 ounces.

Grab the kids and thank heaven for 7/11 … and 7-Eleven. 



CP3 Brings Kids to Signing

Including your kids in your successes is a must. Your kids need to see what you do and understand why and what it means to others, even.  Good teaching points are in everyday life for ordinary dads and extra-ordinary dads.  It was really cool to see Chris Paul with his kids in his lap during his re-signing to a multi-million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. Look at daddy and his five-year deal worth nearly $108 million.  Wait … Not sure what that teaches, but CP3 is one cool dad. #dadsRule Cheers!


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Paul during playoffs with son



Volvo S60 Outside the Box

2013 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

By Mike Tucker

When the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design arrived at my home I was struck most by its’ clear Caribbean Sea hue before I noticed the shape the color enveloped. The boxy s60.2Volvo of the past is history, a moment of silence please, for the Baby Boomer Volvo fans.  Volvo’s grab at a younger audience went hip on design, technology and at a feverish pace.

Volvo’s new design aggressively grabs your attention.  From the 18-inch Alloy wheels, to the aluminum accented mirrors and exhaust pipes, the new S60 R -Design caused double takes and begged the rhetorical question, “Is that a Volvo?”  It is distinctly unique, but distinctly Volvo at the same time.  Yes, it’s a Volvo.

Instead of staying in its own lane, Volvo is entering the arena to go tire to tire with the competition.  Competitors like the Volkswagen CC, BMW328i, Acura TL and Audi A4, assure the Volvo S60 doesn’t have an easy road ahead.  Still, the vehicle is up to the task and likely to entice a few new converts while giving traditional Volvo owners something for show and tell.


What’s Good?

Safety is the pillar of Volvo’s brand. Although the new design is risqué, the product underneath remains safe quarters. Based on the federal government’s 5-star safety ratings the S60 received 5 stars for frontal crash for driver and passenger, side crash for front and rear seat and an overall vehicle safety score of 5-stars.

Volvo’s Whiplash Protection system and a total of five headrests make sure everyone in the car is covered.  There is also a seatbelt reminder for all positions which shows on the gage display informing the driver when all seatbelts are fastened.  A great feature which clues in the parent when all your passengers are secured or if any child is left unbuckled.

Now that everyone is safe, let’s ride.  The vehicle handling can seem a bit stiff and controlled but that can be a good thing with what’s under the hood.  Once you open it up the mix of comfort, speed and all-wheel drive makes almost every cruise, a day in the fast lane with no cops in sight


The Sound

The sound is premium pumping 4 x 40 watts out of an amplified eight-speaker audio system.  The sound quality is good, but not earth-shattering.  But do you really need your ears ringing?

Volvo Sensus infotainment center appears in 7-inch color LCD screen and is interactive through using the steering and voice commands.  Connect through Bluetooth audio streaming or MP3 auxiliary and USB jacks. The dash is basic devoid of the many normally installed distractions and flashing lights.

There is a number pad like old school phones, that can be used to dial the numbers to some ancient ruin, I supposed or to save your preset radio stations, as I did.


The Fury

Although safety is Volvos mantra, the next priority in the R-Design had to be speed.  The S60 T6 employs a 3.0 Liter turbo charged 6-cylinder Alloy engine pumps 325 horses.  In layman’s terms, speed is at your beckoning call.  This baby flies.  It is easy to underestimate, but once you put your foot down; there is no denying what it can do.

It feels quick and not heavy.  Being light on its feet is not always a good thing, as it doesn’t handle the brutal potholes of the city with grace. Even so, the extremely comfortable seats help the driver and passengers dismiss the vibrations.


The Pump

The S60 gets 21 miles per gallon in the city, which falls short of a few competitors that use less gas. On top of that, the R-Design is such a joy to drive fast you might lose track of the fact that “eating up the road” means eating a hole in your pocket at the gas station.


The Verdict

The Volvo S60 R-Design is restricted for those who can appreciate some of the finer things in life. If you are looking for arm candy or a brand that validates your status, this is not for you. If you are looking for all the bells and whistles, many of which you don’t need or will never use, this is not for you.

But, if you are satisfied with what you need and your need does not include impressing the masses.  If you can do without having it all but enough to quench your thirst for speed, technology and luxury; step into the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design, I promise gratification.


2013 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Price Tag: $43,900 base ($48,195 tested)

Power: 3.0L Turbo Charged 6 Cylinder 325 horsepower

Transmission: 6-speed Geartronic Automatic Sport-Mode

Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive

Fuel Economy (mpg): 18-city/ 25-hwy

Even the Celibate Know #FF

Recently at a morning Mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta in Rome,  Pope Francis made remarks about fatherhood …

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Condom in my Son’s Wallet

google walletBy Eric McKinley King

So I grab The Kid’s wallet this morning to put a few dollars in it and discovered that he had recently become a condom carrying member of the teenaged community. My immediate thought was, this dude is barely responsible enough to keep-up with his wallet, much less to use a condom. But in this case, I suppose over-ambition is better than the alternative. Of course it was also cause for conversation, so I waited ’til we were eating dinner to bring it up. Segueing from a totally unrelated conversation about … I said, “Speaking of … why’d you take a condom without asking and put it in your wallet?”

Honestly, I was almost scared of the answer. Then I remembered I was talking to a 14 year old boy.  So, of course he said, “I don’t know.”  I asked if that was the first and only one he took. He said, yes. I asked him if he felt like needed it. He said, no. We were both a little uncomfortable and there seemed to be a mutual sympathy for having to put each other through this, yet we both understood it was entirely necessary.

I told him, while it was wrong to have taken it without asking me, I thought he should keep it. Yeah, he wasn’t exactly expecting to hear that. And I’m pretty sure I wasn’t expecting to say that either.

There were a few conditions, however:

1.) He still had to ask me for it, if only for the sake of reinforcing the principle of the matter and because I wanted him to hear me say, “Yes.”

2.) He also had to store it responsibly, not exposed, half-hanging out of his wallet.

3.) He had to tell me if he used it.

4.) And finally, he had to know how to use it, which meant I had to show him how to properly inspect, open and unroll a prophylactic (sans the banana).

Then I desperately pleaded with him to talk to me about any and everything that happens, before it happens–which I fully realize may not happen.  But the most important part of the conversation came post-demonstration. I spoke to him very candidly about my experiences and the perspective I’m afforded as an adult that I didn’t have as teenager. I told him about the unplanned pregnancies (him being one) and the fact that I’m practically a unicorn for never having contracted an STD. I even showed him the (positively negative) HIV screening I took last month.

None was meant to scare him, but impress upon him a greater sense of responsibility. We’ve always had a unique relationship and never was that more evident than tonight. It had its awkward moments, but it was also peculiar thrill to see him look at me with disbelief and reverence at the same time. He knows he’s getting intel that most of his peers are not. And I found myself thinking about how much I could’ve used this kind of wisdom at his age–how many of my friends could’ve–how many of his friends could now.


It’s a Google wallet I got him last year ’cause I figured it was too red for him to misplace or lose. Embossed on the front is, “I’m Feeling Lucky.”

Jay Z Blue About Fatherhood

In a new video promo for his album, Jay-Z discusses how his shortcomings as a father and husband stem from not having a father himself.  In his new song “Blue,” Jay reveals his fears of fatherhood andjay-z-blue-ivy in “Heaven,” he discusses his interaction with his daughter Blue Ivy for all those willing to listen.  His new album Magna Carta Holy Grail drops soon; actually July 4th, if you have a Samsung. So you will have to wait.

If there is one thing that can be said about his music is that he sprinkles heartfelt truth here and there.  This is something that can’t be said about most Hip Hop these days.  It would appear that with being a dad he is shedding more of his braggadocio and bling to show more of his makeup as a man.

“I have a daughter,” Jay-Z explains. “It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad.” Fatherhood will change you! If it doesn’t you are not doing it right. You can take that to the bank.


Supreme BS

By Cam Poles

About last week … Dammit #SCOTUS … One step forward, 48 (years of) steps back! #Voting_Rights_Act effectively neutered. Within hours, Texas moves to enact laws that will most assuredly disenfranchise Black, Brown, and low-income voters! Other southern states affected likely to follow suite. Outraged at these developments. Equally outraged at the complacency, apathy, and lack of vigilance that allows this to happen!  The United States has to do better, lest our children will not have the same rights we have – rights her/our ancestors prayed, marched, fought, and died for.  Fathers take note. Read a little more here.

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