The Indianapolis Colts’ Payroll Pales In Comparison To The Other Teams Still Competing For The Super Bowl

Among the four teams that will compete in this weekend’s conference championship games, the New England Patriots have the largest payroll, barely edging out the Green Bay Packers. At the other end, the Indianapolis Colts are well-behind the other three teams.

If we take a closer look we can see that the four teams spend money on their roster in much different ways according to data obtained from Spotrac.com. For example, the Packers have the most expensive starting offense ($44.0 million) and defense ($44.9 million) but have only spent more than the Seahawks on back-ups and special teams players .

The Seahawks may be the unluckiest of the four teams with the most money dedicated to players on the injured reserve ($17.0 million) and a close second to the Patriots ($18.6 million) in dead money ($18.1 million), which is the amount of cap space allocated to players no longer on each team.

Here is the full breakdown.

NFL Playoffs Chart

Total in the chart above does not include all of the money spent on players. Small items such as practice squad players and non-football injured players are not included.

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wikipedia-android1 The Wikimedia Foundation is rolling out a new version of its Wikipedia mobile application beginning this afternoon, which offers an improved reading experience, better search and an image-centric design, the company says. The updated app will be released on Android first, with an iOS release scheduled to follow.
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Can Black Stars End “Black On Black Crime” And Build Bridges Between The Police And Community? (Part 5 of 5)

Can the Community & Police Fulfill The Dream of King? (Part 5 of 5)

 

Can 100 of the Most Powerful Black Stars & Executives in the World Help End “Black on Black Crime” while Building Bridges Between the Police and Community?

SourceCommunityNYPD-OprahBobJohnsonMLK3Today, January 15, 2015, is the official birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, so it’s only fitting that we publish the last of our Five Part Series to help bridge the communication gap between the Police and the Community, as well as put an end to Black on Black Crime.  To keep NY the “Safest Big City” in the country it will take a lot of work and we wanted to convey a message of hope to those looking for some answers to the mayhem the nation has experienced over the last several months.  It’s time to be proactive because if young people don’t step up to the plate a lot more lives will be lost.  The people are losing confidence in our system of justice and from the way things are looking America will never be the same.  Citizens are saying that the policies we have witnessed over the last few months have been going on for decades and something has to be done to reform our justice system.  We are not here to play the “Blame Game” because at this point we are all at fault and together we will find some solutions.

At the end of the day if you can’t talk about the past, there is no hope for the future, that’s why Blacks and America could be in a lot of trouble.  The Cultural, Family and Spiritual Values that Blacks knew before slavery were slowly stripped away leaving the children with no knowledge of their history.  We are not making any excuses for Black criminal behavior, but you have to ask yourself how do you think any other ethnic group would react to the “Cultural Brainwashing” derived from slavery?  Until the long-term affects of slavery are discussed we will continue to blame the victim.  But ask yourself, if a child is kidnapped and taught how to kill and steal who would you blame for their crimes, the child or the kidnapper?  At the very least there has to be some shared blame for the problems Blacks are having in America and passing a few laws will not fix centuries of discrimination and cultural genocide overnight.

SourceCommunityNYPD-YouthGunsToHeadHollywood’s worst Horror Film could not compare to the real “Black Slave Experience.”  Maybe one day you will see the truth, but at least we have given you something to think about as you wait for history to unfold.  We honestly don’t know which will come first, the introduction of Aliens to the human race or a “Conversation on Race?”  To improve relations between the Police and the Community we must better understand the role slavery and racism play in Black on Black Crime because according to the FBI a disproportionate number of murder victims are Black and make up about 13% of the US population, but 50% of homicide victims.  We have to fix this and there is no better time than now.

SOLUTIONS THROUGH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Now that we have analyzed the problem, let us present some innovative solutions that have the potential to work.  You see the power to address Black on Black Crime is looking us straight in the eye every day.  Blacks must take the lead and start to police themselves because if they don’t care about their own people, why would they expect anyone else?  There is more than enough power within the “Black Community” to heal any problem on this planet and that is why we are proposing to meet with 100 Black Entertainers and Executives to help implement an innovative strategy to eradicate Black on Black Crime.  Now we know what some of you may have to say about our Celebrities, but we feel they are the best solution for the problem.  Just think about what can be done with this All-Star Cast of Entertainers & Executives that we call the “E Team.”  They represent the antidote to Black on Black Crime and with their support and God Given Talent we can uplift the conscious minds of our youth and young adults and put an end to Black on Black Crime.  For those of you who may have forgotten, it was the power of celebrities, lead by Oprah Winfrey, that helped elect the first Black President of the United States.  So you see anything is possible in America, that’s what so great about this country.

SourceCommunityNYPD-BlackSpendingLet’s look at the Untapped Power of Black America; according to the Nielson Company in 2015 the “Black Buying Power” in the US will be at $1.1 trillion.  If we were talking about countries, that would make them the 16th biggest economy in the world.  “The Black population is young, hip and highly influential.  We are growing 64 percent faster than the general market,” says Cheryl Pearson McNeil, a senior vice president at Nielsen.  Companies spend $75 billion a year on advertising, but only 3 percent go to Black publications, casting Black actors, and Black TV and radio stations.  As you can see our Entertainers and Executives are being short-changed and like Black on Black Crime we need to unify to address the economic and social injustice of both.  By ending “Poverty, Racism and Academic Failure” we are on our way to solving the problem of Black on Black Crime.  Companies have to learn that to ignore Black on Black Crime, Black Entertainers and Executives you do so at your own economic risk.  The recent nationwide protest about our unfair criminal justice system has awakened the sleeping giant who has the resources to finally fulfill the Dream of Dr. King.  If you are not aware of the dream its time to read, watch or listen to the historic speech.

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By working with student and community groups we can create a WIN/WIN/WIN situation with the potential to increase revenue for Black Entertainers, Executives and Corporations who support a “Monumental Mission” to end Black on Black Crime.  This will also start the process of building stronger bridges between the Community and Police.  There is “Strength in Numbers” and when Blacks find a way to work as a team, there is nothing they can’t accomplish.  The task will not be easy to achieve, but anything of value never is.  The only way we can fail is by not trying to save the next generation from the daily hell we face on this planet.  Here is the list of the “E Team” selected for a role in “Mission Impossible.”

TOP 100 BLACK ENTERTAINERS & EXECUTIVES SELECTED TO END BLACK ON BLACK CRIME

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  • Bob Johnson
  • Michael Jordan
  • Magic Johnson
  • Jay Z
  • Beyonce
  • Will Smith
  • Sean “Diddy” Combs
  • Jada Pinkett-Smith
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Kevin Durant
  • Derrick Rose
  • Ronald “Slim” Williams
  • Bryan “Baby” Williams
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Rihanna
  • Kevin Hart
  • Daymond John
  • Tyler Perry
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Quincy Jones
  • Russell Simmons
  • Dr. Dre
  • Steve Harvey
  • Chris Rock
  • LeBron James
  • Halle Berry
  • Denzel Washington
  • Spike Lee
  • Ice Cube
  • Drake
  • 50 Cent
  • Lil’ Wayne
  • Kanye West
  • Queen Latifah
  • SourceCommunityNYPD-WillSmithVenus Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Steve Stoute
  • Mona Scott
  • Floyd Mayweather
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Iyanla Vanzant
  • Susan Taylor
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Alicia Keys
  •  Whoopi Goldberg
  • Angela Bassett
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Lee Daniels
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Funkmaster Flex
  • Tom Joyner
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Timbaland
  • Don Thompson
  • John W. Thompson
  • Kenneth C. Frazier
  • Kenneth I. Chenault
  • Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
  • Ursula M. Burns
  • Aylwin Lewis
  • Clarence Otis, Jr.
  • Franklin Delano Raines
  • Lloyd D. Ward
  • Richard Dean Parson
  • Rodney O’Neal
  • Ronald A. Williams
  • Stanley O’Neal
  • Charles E. Phillips, Jr.
  • Myron Gray
  • Rosalind G. Brewer
  • Prince Fielder
  • Torii Hunter
  • CC Sabathia
  • David Price
  • Andrew McCutchen
  • Joshua Copeland
  • Channing Dungey
  • Paula Madison
  • Christina Norman
  • Salaam Coleman-Smith
  • Pearlena Igbokwe
  • Paxton Baker
  • Odetta Watkins
  • Valerie Watts Meraz
  • Richard Gay
  • Devon Franklin
  • T. Troy Dixon
  • Amy Ellis-Simon
  • Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher, Jr.SourceCommunityNYPD-VenusSerena
  • D. Steve Boland
  • Napoleon Brandford, III
  • Eddie C. Brown
  • Tina Byles Williams
  • Vicki L. Fuller
  • Edith W. Cooper

WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER

You want to talk about “Star Power” with the ability to heal the world, Michael Jackson was listed in the 2000 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star,” the number was 39 and another 33 were not mentioned.  He was the biggest music celebrity of all time giving an estimate of at least $500 million throughout his lifetime.  I guess the media forgot to mention that about Mike, who also gave anonymously on many occasions.  If he were alive today he would be a motivating force and a humanitarian role model for the entire “E Team” and the Black Community.  Mike understood that biblical verse, “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required.”

To address institutionalized racism, Black on Black Crime, sour Police/Community relations, and other social ills that hinder the growth in Black Communities President Obama created the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative to help young Men of Color.  The goals of My Brother’s Keeper are to prevent many of our young people from being sucked into the so-called school-to-prison pipeline.  “We want fewer young men in jail, we want more of them in college,” said Obama. “We want fewer young men on the streets, we want more of them in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America.”  This initiative offers an opportunity for the “E Team” and elected officials from every Party to address the Black on Black Crime problem in America.

It is our hope that this 5 Part Series gave you a better understanding of what we need to do to improve relations between the Community and Law Enforcement Agencies, while working to end Black on Black Crime.  We are looking to host the first “Stars Against Black on Black Crime” Summit in May/June of 2015 with the “E Team” members in attendance so we can use their Star Power & Business Knowledge to address the social and economic unrest that plagues Black Communities.  Through this initiative we want to create a platform that can lead to a more safer and unified community, but to accomplish this goal we will need the time, talent and wisdom of our youth and young adults, who will be on the front line, working to finally fulfill that long awaited “Dream of Dr. King.”  So to our Entertainment & Executive Super Stars this is your “Time to Shine” and show the world that you are Champions of Social Justice & Economic Equality.  The prognosis for Blacks is not looking good and as a race they are suffering from cardiac arrest.  But the “E Team” has the defibrillator that will bring the dying patient back to life.  For additional information on how you can take part in the upcoming “Stars Against Black on Black Crime” Summit; the master plan to end Black on Black Crime; or what you can do to help improve relations between the Police and the Community hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram @HHSYC).

10 Pieces Of Life Advice For Snoop Dogg’s Grandson

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Snoop Dogg is officially a grandfather. His eldest son, Corde Broadus, became a father to a baby boy named Zion, giving the legendary Cali rapper his first grandchild. Being a granddad is a big responsibility. Not only do you have to give fatherly advice to your son, you also have to bestow knowledge on life to your grandson. It’s pretty much in the job description. Over the marijuana enthusiast’s illustrious career, he has dropped plenty of life gems in his hit singles and LPs. Thus, XXL complied a list of wise words for baby Zion using Snoop’s lyrics.

“He that trusts a ho, shall surely be broke/Pressure busts a pipe that make water run uphill”

Translation: Be careful with who you give your heart to. There’s people in this world that will take advantage of you. When you’re looking for your significant other, always be cautious because things can get ugly.

“And if yo’ ass get cracked, bitch shut yo’ trap”

Translation: No snitchin’.

“You lay your hands on me, watch how fast I take your freedom”

Translation: If you ever step to me, you’re grounded for the rest of your life.

“See because this world we live in is crazy, and the people they so sick/See why I keeps it gangsta and I ride with the sickest clique/And when it comes to gun play, hell yeah we the quickest biatch”

Translation: Your real friends are who will have your back. The world is dark and very cruel. Make sure your team is strong and loyal, because at the end of the day, you need shooters.

“Never hesitate to pop a 9″

Translation: Protect your neck, always.

“To be a high roller, you need a pistola/And about a half a key of some Coca-Cola”

Translation: Stay sharp. In today’s society, you need to be weary of wolves in sheep’s clothing. If you want to be in the 1 percent, you need to have a killer sharp mind that can fire back and destroy any opponent or obstacle. Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink more Cola. At least half of a 12 pack a week.

“Somebody said that real Gs go to heaven/So I’mma keep spitting the truth on these fools like a reverend”

Translation: There’s nothing wrong with being a good guy. Good guys don’t finish last. That’s why I’m going to keep reminded you when you’re steering off the path of righteous.

“Smack a nigga that tries to pursue it”

Translation: Protect your woman. If anyone tries to step to her, politely tell them to that she’s with you. If he pursues, shoot him with the fade on sight.

“It ain’t nothin’ like the street life/You better be strapped with yo’ shank, cause ain’t no fist fight”

Translation: Prison sucks, just trust me on this.

“Forever, whenever, however, down for whatever”

Translation: I got your back no matter what, grandson.

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New Music: Tracy T Feat. Boosie Badazz “Choppas” (Prod. Childish Major)

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We haven’t heard much from MMG rookie Tracy T since he dropped his debut mixtape The Wolf of All Streets last summer, but the Decatur native is back with all guns blazing on this blistering new banger featuring Choppa City’s own Boosie Badazz (aka Lil Boosie). Credit for that filthy ass beat goes to Childish Major.

Stream below…

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Former Villanova All-American Has Dr. King’s Original “I Have A Dream” Speech & Didn’t Know For 20 Years

An awesome thing to have laying around, y’know

The only thing nearly as great and awesome as the actual I Have A Dream speech, and celebrating its significance on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, is probably the story of former All-American Villanova basketball player George Raveling, who was in Washington D.C. with a friend to join the march, and how he happened across the original copy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech.

Raveling was in D.C. with a friend to join in the now historic event when one of the march organizers approached them to gauge their interest in working security, presumably because of their athletic build. Raveling accepted, and arrived early to the march the next day, which is when he was asked to be one of the people surrounding Dr. King Jr. himself when he took the podium–in footage of King’s speech Raveling can be seen, stoic.

After the King delivered his speech–which didn’t initially contain the ‘I have a dream’ bit–he was ushered off the podium, and Raveling thought quickly on his feet. A Time story details the fateful events that happened next.

“King had just happened to be the last speaker,” Raveling says. “And as he began delivering the prepared text he saw that he was really capturing the crowd. That’s when Mahalia Jackson began egging him on. If you listen carefully to the speech you can her a woman’s voice in the back saying, ‘Please Martin tell them about the Dream.’ She was saying it constantly. It was like going to church on Sunday at a black church and people are making little remarks. From that point on he didn’t read the speech, he only used it as a guidepost. King ended his oration with the unforgettable line: “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” With sweat pouring out of him, he stepped back, blotted his forehead with a handkerchief, and waved farewell as he headed off the crowded makeshift platform. That’s when Raveling made his move. “I was only about four people off to the side of King,” he remembers. “I don’t know what possessed me but I walked up to King and calmly asked ‘Can I have that copy?’ Without hesitating he turned and handed it to me.

What’s even more mind-blowing, is that for 20 years, Raveling didn’t realize that he had the original copy of one of the most powerful speeches any individual has ever delivered on American soil pretty much laying around the house. He didn’t remember until a reporter asked Raveling about being involved in the historic day about two decades after it happened. He now keeps the speech locked up in a bank vault in Los Angeles.

History.

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