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Two Months in One

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February is Black History Month.  March is Women’s History Month.  Both months “commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of blacks and women in American history”.

In February, I interviewed Lafayette graduate Kyara Gray-Uqdah, class of 2011, who embodies what both February and March are about.  She is both a successful entrepreneur and a champion of fairness and equality for the black community in Baltimore.

Here is her story.  The interview begins at 4:52.


  1. On Friday night, Chris Michael and John Leone were broadcasting the CentralWilson district basketball playoff game. Central won rather easily, but the best story came at the very end when a 4-year manager and beloved member of the Wilson team wore a uniform for the first time.  Izayah Close was put in at the end of the game and, after missing a shot, he got the ball back and made a jumper from the foul line.  Both teams celebrated the special moment.  No one could miss the smile on the face of Zay.  Central won the game, but no one lost that night.  We will replay the moment next week during championship week.
  1. The 76ers’ Joel Embiid, who is certainly making a huge contribution to the success of the 76ers this year, made a big contribution this week outside of basketball. He will donate $100,000 (his cut from the NBA All-Star game) to several homeless shelters in Philadelphia.  The 76ers ownership matched that contribution to the same groups.  The donations will provide 15,000 meals; 4,000 essential clothing items; care and treatment for 1,000 homeless people receiving COVID-19 vaccines; support for more than 30 previously homeless families; funding for a six-week summer camp for more than 50 homeless and at-risk youth; and shelter and essential needs for over 300 teens facing either homelessness or home insecurity.”
  1. The District basketball brackets came out on Saturday amid some surprises. Both the Easton girls and Easton boys opted out of the playoffs.  Both had very good records – the girls were 7-2 and the boys were also 7-2.  Both would have been seeded quite high.  The Stroudsburg girls team also declined to play.  Covid continues to rear its ugly head.
  1. One note on the Eagles – they are looking for and in need of a talented wide receiver. Experience at the position in the NFL would, obviously be a big asset.  If the Eagles want Jalen Hurts to be successful, he will need help at that position.  Look for a signing soon.
  1. The District basketball championships will be decided this week at the PPL Center. We will have high school games on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  On Saturday, Lafayette will play football against Colgate to start their 4-game spring football schedule.  The game starts at 3:30pm.  RCN-TV will bring the games to you.