Monday, December 31, 2012

The Angry KC Chiefs Fan

Hi, I’m Tony Jefferson, and I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan. Sounds like one of those self help meetings, I know. This season and nearly every season before has been woeful, terrible, depressing and all manner of other words that describe a negative feeling. 
 This morning the Chiefs fired one little piece of the problem in Coach Romeo Crennel, but Chiefs problems run much deeper. Chiefs General Manager, Scott Pioli needs to be fired as well as majority of the staff, coaches, water boys, towel boys, and medical staff. Clark Hunt needs to completely clean house in Kansas City. 
 The Kansas City Chiefs need a decent Quarterback at the very least, and a good tandem of an offensive and defensive coach with a head coach that is capable of both. Jamaal Charles and Shaun Draughn need a decent young Running back to mold and train for the inevitable day when they retire or get hurt. Player development has been a huge letdown for the Chiefs for years and for once they need to address that. The Chiefs are always just throwing together a team and hoping for the best and that’s not how you develop a team and definitely not how you win games. 
Another Lost Season In Kansas City

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is wonderful that over the years this dreadful disease is finally getting recognized and awareness is brought to it. We must be cognizant that awareness for this devastating disease isn't just limited to one month and we must do our part to uplift and remember those who are suffering, survivors, and the ones who have now have to suffer no more. There will be rallies, marches, pink bumper stickers, charity donations and the like, but the most important thing we can do this month is celebrate the survivors and remember those that have fallen to breast cancer. 
 The common misconception is that this is solely a woman issue, but the facts are men get breast cancer as well. Breast cancer is very rare in men, and men only account for 1% of all cases, but the issue has gained more traction and shined a larger spotlight on breast cancer. There have been significant strides in the fight against breast cancer as well as other cancers. 
 Although many of these breakthroughs require more testing, strides are being made and more attention is being paid to this issue. We can all take a note from the breast cancer fighters, with tenacious enthusiasm and hard work you can bring light to issues affecting you and your community. 
 So get out and support Breast Cancer Awareness and get involved with other issues. Grassroots is the key to spotlighting problems and finding solutions.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Politics and Money

Between Congressional contest and the Presidential election, this 2012 Election is on track to exceed 6 Billion dollars. WOW, 6 Billion!


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Todd Akin and Legitimate Rape

    "In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked ire across the political spectrum on Sunday by saying that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy" (Eligon and Schwirtz, 2012). 
     It has been a long time since Americans were as disgusted and appalled by another human being. Todd Akin's statement is both disrespectful to victims of rape and humans in general. To think that a heinous crime such as rape can have a positive attribute is a prime example of extremist logic. 
      It is sicking to think someone can be this heartless and cold to the realities of rape and rape culture in this country. This is a complete lapse of good judgment and is very unbecoming of someone vying for political office. If this is Akins true view of the world, he should not be in a position to influence decisions that affect the lives of Americans. 
      This is America and in this country, you say what you want and feel, just be prepared for the backlash. Whether positive or negative.  
 Eligon, J., & Schwirtz, M. (2012, August 19). Senate Candidate Provokes Ire With ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment. Retrieved October 28, 2016, from 

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Unstoppable Sisters

Venus and Serena Williams have done it for a 3rd time, making history with their 3rd doubles Gold medal win at the Olympics. The London 2012 Olympics have been full of many historic first and runs. This is but the latest.

Congratulations to the Williams sisters and to Serena, for winning Gold yesterday in her singles match.


Recharge your Sunday

     However, you plan to spend your Sunday, remember the most important thing to do is recharge. Recharge your body, heart, and mind. Monday is right around the corner and you'll be starting a whole new week of life. So if you have the opportunity to rest and relax, make sure that's what you do. 
      Whatever you do to take your mind off of things do it. Some folks go to church, some spend time at their local coffee shops, some read, I'll be spending mine writing and solving mysteries with my daughter on Micky Mouse Clubhouse. 
      Without at least one day to recharge, we are failing ourselves and letting our body know that we don't care about our wellbeing. We become depressed, fatigued and easily susceptible to things we'd usually be prepared to tackle. 
 How will you spend your Sunday? 

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan

     Music is life, there really is no other way around that fact. In our quest to set the mood, focus our thoughts, be party animals, or just enjoy the sounds as they vide into our ear, music has always come to our rescue. In this essay, I want to recognize two of the greatest guitarist to ever do it. They were and still are at the top of their game, even though both died at a young age. These two individuals made such an impact on the Rock world, their names will forever be ingrained in the history of music. 
      James Marshall Hendrix was born on November 27th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. "Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar" (Morris). Jimi is often mentioned amongst the greats or as the greatest guitarist of all time and his influence on music will be felt possibly for the rest of known time. Unfortunately, the life of the musical genius came to an end on September 18th, 1970, but his fans and music fans, in general, are left with an eclectic mix of blues, ballads, rock, R&B, and jazz that makes Hendrix one of the most popular figures in the history of rock music. 
      Stevie Ray Vaughn was born in Dallas around 1955 and picked up his first guitar at age 7. "With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the ’80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists like Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre" (Hopkins, 2010). Vaughn was the answer to the fledgling blues scene for a whole decade in the 1980's. After a concert in East Troy, WI in 1990, Vaughn and a few other band members boarded a helicopter that crashed shortly after killing him and 4 others, he was 35. 
      These 2 artists chose to follow their own heart and soul. They produced music that has and will influence artist for years to come.  "Little Wing", a song which is my personal favorite from the 2 artists, is a testament to the skill of both guitarists and the variety of music they offered.  
 Hopkins, C. L. (2010). Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by day, night after night. New York: Backbeat Books. 
 Morris, D. (Ed.). (n.d.). Jimi Hendrix Biography - The Official Jimi Hendrix Site. Retrieved October 28, 2016, from

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Congrats Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old sensation from Virginia Beach, Virginia, wowed the Olympics and silenced critics with her Gold medal performance in the London 2012 Olympics. 
Douglas is the first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning US team at the 2011 World Championships.  
Congratulations Gabby for your storied performance that is sure to be in the history books for years to come! Thank you for being an inspiration to young girls everywhere! #BlackGirlMagic


Hello, world! Welcome to The Audacity of Thought. I'm Tony Lavale Jefferson, Jr. and on this blog, the goal is to raise awareness of literature and issues of the forgotten in a fast paced world. Issues such as literacy, poverty, minority opportunity, racism, domestic violence, and revamping education are just a few issues in a myriad of problems facing the least fortunate. Thank you for your support over the years and I have also conveniently attached a link to my former blog Poetic MindState. Once again thanks for your support and enjoy!