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THEY ARE STILL OUR CHAMPS!

     IT IS A LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME that what was an awesome victory for our city last  year and even  more so for 13 talented Chicago kids, who love and played the game of little league baseball like no other….is now tainted and soiled.

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 WHEN I HEARD THE UNBELIEVABLE AND shocking news on Wednesday that the much celebrated Jackie Robinson West little  League team had been stripped of their national championship title, my face hit the floor in disbelief. The startling revelation that sent negative shock waves throughout Chicago and beyond, became  a reality due to an investigation by Little League International and a whistleblowing coach, who noticed and subsequently challenged the residential boundaries’ rule and snatched the trophies out of these awesome young players hands saying that the JRW team’s officials let kids who lived outside the team’s residential boundaries and tried to cover it up, which is illegal in the little league world.stella-jrw1
THE SADDEST PART OF THIS baseball scandal is these precious and skillful young boys who played their hearts out, but unbeknownst to them, never suspected that the adults managing them, wanted them to win so badly that they used deceptive practices. And now these babies are in the spotlight all over the world for cheating.  But the kids had no knowledge that shenanigans behind the scene would lead to this very public embarrassment.
 BUT I SAY THIS TEAM WILL REMAIN OUR NATIONAL CHAMPS In all of our hearts, soul and spirit even though this is devastating news at the end  of this proud and glorious journey and celebrity treatment that most young athletes could only dream of in their lives. It was not the kids fault, but the adults involved.
 I AM PUBLICLY ASKING that these kids’ fellow students at their various schools will show only support and love for the little champions. I SAY THIS BECAUSE KIDS CAN BE SO MEAN AND CRUEL through the  internet and cyber bullying, especially when a kid is feeling down and hurting inside.  When you see these kids, reach out to them and just hug them real tight…and tell them they are going to be alright!
THIS SITUATION IS A GAME changer for sure and for here on out every little league team members need to be thoroughly checked out so this will not happen again.  Folks are crying racism and i am sure it played a role.  After all, the reality is that it is a white man’s world and black folks will always be judged more harshly.  So I hope and pray that these precious and beautiful kids will get through this crisis with a minimum of emotional scarring and  will continue to embrace and look forward to the rest of their lives with their heads held high and smiling proudly about all of their accomplishments as young black Mandingo warriors!
YEAH, I SAID IT….STELLA IN THE CITY!

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TRIBUTE TO THE BOYS OF SUMMER

KUDOS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEYOND AWESOME JACKIE ROBINSON WEST U. S. WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS FROM THE SOUTHSIDE OF CHICAGO . THESE precious little leaguers deserve all our love and support and best wishes that they will live on to become the best adults that can be despite the streets trying to claim them. These babies are the young black boys that we have to protect and shelter from the.thugs that plague our beautiful communities. These babies deserve to live, prosper and to become future teachers, doctors, lawyers, business owners, CEOs and whatever they desire to be.
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YOU GANG MEMBERS AND THUGS GIVE THESE YOUNG BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED YOUNG BOYS a break….leave them alone. Don’t make them responsible for how your life did not turn out so great! See past that and let these young and decent young boys live and thrive in our neighborhoods. We do not want to read in the future that one of them has been taken from us through senseless violence at the hands of one of our own people!
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GOD BLESS THESE BEAUTIFUL BABIES AND OTHER YOUNG BOYS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, WHO MAY NOT BE PLAYING OR EXCELLING IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL, BUT TRYING TO EXCEL IN THE GAME OF LIFE and in the pursuit of higher education.
YEAH, I SAID IT……STELLA IN THE CITY!