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What Makes Someone “World’s Greatest Athlete?”

Olympics 2012 is over but a debate is still raging around real and social media water coolers about who is the world’s greatest athlete.

Personally? I don’t think one person can hold the title because there are many sports and, within them, many different disciplines.

That said, nothing wrong with dialoguing about the skills, techniques and natural talents that impress us the most.
Doping questions aside, I certainly became fans of many athletes over the last two weeks and, from my view, all are among the “world’s greatest.”

They include but are not limited to Carmelita Jeter, the world’s fastest living 100-meter female sprinter on record; 200-meter swimming phenom Ye Shiwen; 6-mile women’s marathon force; and, of course, the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps, and the fastest short distance human on the planet, the new Ali, sprinter Usain Bolt.

So, what about Ashton Eaton, the decathlon winner? According to Olympic tradition, the gold medalist in this event is to be dubbed “world’s greatest.”

But is that really the case? To me, the decathlon is a track-and-field event much like a triathlon: you have be good at several sports but master of none. Nice, but I’m more awed by a swimmer who can freestyle six fast miles in open water than a chap who throws a javelin, pole vaults and jogs sorta fast around a track.

Well, that’s my view. Now I’d love to read yours.

Is one person from Olympics 2012 the world’s greatest athlete? Do you believe we can narrow it down to one? Do tell!


Misty May and her Olympic 2012 Shout Outs! LOL!!

I’m going to miss Beach Volleyball star Misty May getting WAAAYYY up in camera to say: “Hi Bob, Aunt Em, Pop Corn, Karen ‘dem, Big Grannie. BYE.”

Love the Olympics 2012 athletes. Thanks for the memories!

Benji’s Blog sums up the emergence of the newspaper producer job!

Benji's Blog

When I started out as a journalist seven years ago, I had no idea what a developer was – columnists and editors were the rock stars of the business, the computer guys were “the IT department” who could upgrade your Photoshop or give Quark a kick when it froze.

Sadly, I’m fairly sure that the majority of journalists still think this way. It’s a real problem. But it’s also an inevitability of industrial change. Journalism is a centuries old business in which the core skills didn’t change until very, very recently – thoughts and words and layouts at the creative end, ink and presses at the production end.

When the digital age kicked in, developers were bundled into the latter camp, as they had to be – the new digital means of production needed to be built, swiftly. It wasn’t necessary for journalists to understand what was going on in…

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The 2012 Peachtree Road Race Finish

The 2012 Peachtree Road Race Finish

The July 4th Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, GA: Always a blast; always a celebration of health and fitness… Southern style.

This is fun—> Well You Don’t Say: 10 W

This is fun—> Well You Don’t Say: 10 White Singers We Once Thought Were Black via @MadameNoire

To Partisan America: YOU LIE!

O.K. America. YOU LIE!
You are not about doing what is best for this country, you are knee-deep in your politics, agendas and spins!
President Obama is going down in history as one of our best and too many of you are still in denial about this. You say it is not about race. YOU LIE! You say you love this country and it’s people. YOU LIE! (More….)
[Part A of my Facebook post this morning]

Breaking! Supreme Court: “Obamacare” Constitutional

BREAKING!!! Supreme Court: “Obamacare” IS constitutional!!! Via @WolfBlitzer now on #CNN and The Street—>

Janita Poe Show Moves to WIGO Radio 1570-AM “The Light”

New One-Hour Talk Show Set To Debut 3 p.m. Sat., July 14 

Donzellar Farrow
Esquire Connect Productions
Sales: 404-444-2955

Ellenwood, GA – June 7, 2012 – Award-winning business and urban affairs journalist Janita Poe has joined the WIGO Radio 1570-AM “The Light” team, Brian Poe, Esq., of Poe Simpson Law, and Larry Young, Assistant General Manager/Sales for WIGO announced today. Janita will host the one-hour “Janita Poe Show” every Saturday, from 3 to 4 p.m.

The show – which “seeks a better understanding of and solutions to the myriad problems facing African-Americans today” and which features regular commentary on fitness, jobs news and wealth building – will continue on, where Janita’s shows are archived and enhanced with video and supporting news reports. In addition to hosting the show,

Janita will work at WIGO as a programmer, special events marketer and salesperson for “The Poe Show” as well as the daily 6-7 a.m. “The Rick Joyner Experience,” the daily 7-8 a.m. “Gospel Hour/Bernice King Show” and all other gospel and talk shows on the station.

“We are thrilled to have Janita on our team,” Young said Wednesday, after the first planning meeting for Janita’s move to the station. “Janita grew up in Atlanta and is a popular news personality. We believe this is a coup for her and a coup for us.”

The Janita Poe Show has already built a reputation for candid commentary about the many issues facing African Americans today. The show promotes independent, critical thinking and seeks to have the necessary candid conversations about society’s real problems. Janita features special guests and welcome callers with a range of different points of view and, of course, Janita has no problem sharing her opinion about the subject matter. Unlike other black-oriented talk shows, The Poe avoids the ‘woe is me’ rhetoric and is never boring or depressing.

“I wanted a show that would engage progressive black Americans and people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds on issues that often are not discussed out in the open,” Poe explained. “Some will say that I am airing dirty laundry but I want to get to solutions and action. I want to ensure that all views from our community are heard and yes, that does include our conservatives, our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, the atheists, Muslims and other faiths and non-black Americans who live in our community and who are in our families.”

About WIGO: WIGO has strong roots in the Atlanta metro area. The station was at the 1340-AM frequency during the 1970s and early 1980s and featured popular personalities such as Hal Lamar, who eventually moved to WAOK 1380-AM. More recently, the station has served a Spanish-speaking audience and used the name WSSA. The station is currently an affiliate of The Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation and includes gospel music, business, sports and talk radio formats.

For sales information, please see our rates page on, email or call Janita directly at 404-444-2955. Ads for the July 14th show may be purchased on the show’s Eventbrite page.

Black Wealth (the Lack Thereof) in America

Butch Graves — President and CEO of Black Enterprise— has issued a warning to Black America in his latest column for the magazine, “Choose Wealth, Not Style.”

Graves say that African Americans are “driving in reverse” in their quest for the proverbial American Dream.  In 1984, white Americans had a net worth 12 times that of our community; Today, he says, that ratio is 20 to 1.

What does that mean in dollars? Graves breaks it down.

“The typical black household has roughly $5,700 in wealth compared with about $113,000 for the typical white household,” said Graves, son of Black Enterprise founder Earl Graves, Sr.  “Moreover, more than a third of our households have zero or negative net worth versus about 15% for whites.”

In  “Black Wealth (the Lack Thereof) in America” –featuring  special guest, Executive Editor Elayne Flucker–on the May 4, 2012, episode of The Janita Poe Show we will look at Graves’ statistics and others and converse about the many reasons so many black Americans still are not saving more than they spend and building generational wealth in 2012.

The Poe Show is a new, syndicated talk show currently broadcasted to Atlanta and Houston markets. You can reach sales manager Christopher Harper at for show advertising and Janita directly for live-broadcast agreements and event sponsorship information at 404-444-2955.

 [Images by Black Enterprise and].

Gay Marriage, Black America and The Bibl

Gay Marriage, Black America and The Bible” 9-11 a.m. Friday on “The Poe Show!” Tune in; Call in! 1-855-POE-SHOW!

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