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Tom Joyner Announces Retirement — But Rumors About Him Being Forced Out of the Company Are Not True!

Dallas, TX — Tom Joyner, founder and host of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show says that he will soon be retiring in 2019. His long-time co-host, Sybil Wilkes, will also be signing off for good.

The show has long been the most popular radio show for African Americans with more than 8 million listeners every morning in more than 100 markets. Joyner, who is now 67-years old, launched the show more than 25 years ago back in 1994 after hosting a morning program in Dallas and an afternoon radio show in Chicago for 8 years.The Daily Mail Online, however, has falsely reported that Joyner is being forced into early retirement next year by his company, REACH Media, and owners and distributors of the syndicated show.

This matter was cleared up in a statement from Melody Talkington, the company’s vice president.

Her statement reads: “Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with REACH Media until the end of 2017. We expect that REACH will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions, and there may be some in the future, but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. REACH is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future.”

Via his foundation, Joyner has been known for his massive support to the Black community. He has raised more than $65 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in full tuition scholarships.

In addition, for years he has hosted an annual star-studded family reunion at his home for Black celebrities and influentials. He also hosts an annual celebrity cruise called the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage.

For more details about Tom Joyner and his company, REACH media, visit www.ReachMediainc.com

United Negro College Fund/ Michael Jackson Scholarship

Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a UNCF college/university during the current academic year.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 depending on the financial need of the student as verified by the attending University or College. MORE

Black Filmmaker, Shirah Dedman, Produces New Documentary Exposing the Truth About Gentrification

Oakland, CA — A new documentary exploring displacement of African-Americans out of major U.S. cities will release on YouTube on October 25, 2017. YOU A NOMAD is a short film set in Oakland, California, where in the past generation almost 40 percent of the Black population has been displaced. The film uses a unique cross-section of African-American voices to unfold the systemic issues underlying the rapid gentrification Oakland is now facing.

As a Los Angeles native, filmmaker Shirah Dedman witnessed gentrification take hold in her own hometown. However, after moving to Oakland, she saw it in a whole new light. “I’ve always thought of Oakland as a black city. After seeing the effects of gentrification, I couldn’t help but ask: What happened to the Black people in Oakland? And this question is what I sought to find out,” Dedman said.After showing YOU A NOMAD to a packed crowd at Merritt College, Dedman decided to release the film on YouTube to reach a wide audience to educate more people on the systematic depopulation of African-Americans out of cities nationwide. “If I can help people see white techies as a symptom of the overarching problem rather than as the cause, then we can start discussing real solutions.”

For more information, visit www.youanomad.com

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Ray Jr. on Sports


  1. Steelers S Mike Mitchell fines 48k for hit-I’m not surprised. It was a foolish hit by a player who plays foolishly at times. Mitchell was supposed to be the replacement of Ryan Clark, and he’s looking nothing like it. He hit KC Chiefs QB Alex Smith after he threw the pass and a week before, he celebrated after getting ran over by Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette. If Mitchell would just focus on being a safety and not the big hit, then maybe we’ll see how good he can be.
  2. Steelers vs. Bengals-This Sunday, these 2 teams meet at Heinz Field and it could be more of a battle than anticipated because the Bengals are on a 2-game winning streak after starting 0-3. Apparently, the Bengals defense has improved as they are now ranked #2. Impressive. But the Steelers own this team as well.
  3. Can the Steelers beat the Bengals? I think they can, provided they take the same approach they did against the Chiefs. Establish the run and bring the pass rush against QB Andy Dalton. It’s not about QB Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game right now, it’s about the W, period.
  4. Vontaze Burfict-Ah yes, him again. We shall see if he will self-destruct against the Steelers like he’s done in games past. Like Mike Mitchell, Burfict’s transgressions get in the way of his ability. He’s made Pro-Bowls, so obviously he’s pretty good. But he plays dirty and his many suspensions confirm it. The Steelers need to keep an eye on him.
  5. James Harrison-Once upon a time, the NFL needed to keep a watch on this dude, but these days, Harrison has changed his game and at 39, he’s proving that he’s still got it as he got that key sack on Smith on Sunday. I’m thinking that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin needs to dress him in every He’s too valuable to be in sweats.
  6. Le’Veon Bell-Is he back? He’s getting there as he shredded the Chiefs for 179 yards Sunday. I like his style. That patient-running approach is unique and awesome. He’s done well against the Bengals in the past and he’ll be needed Sunday as well.
  7. Steelers Injury Report-Apparently there are some concerns, especially on the offensive line. T Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) still didn’t practice, and he was joined by DE Stepheon Tuitt (back) and LB Vince Williams (hip). I’m thinking that only Gilbert won’t play Sunday with means that Chris Hubbard will start in his place, and he’s no Gilbert.
  8. Packers Aaron Rodgers has collarbone surgery-It’s a shame that this happened to Green Bay’s All-Pro QB and for the 2nd time as Rodgers also broke his collarbone in 2013. Now the question is, will the Packers put him on injured reserve (8 weeks) or will he miss the rest of the season? Time will tell.
  9. The Eagles are 5-1-I’m still shocked over this. This strong start is easily the surprise of the NFL thus far (with the 4-1 LA Rams right behind them) apparently their defense continues to get better, but I think the addition to of LaGarette Blount to the running game is the difference. They haven’t had a running back like this since Duce Staley.
  10. Rooney Weighs in on Player Protests-In the wake of NFL not enforcing players should stand for the National Anthem, Steelers President Art Rooney II had this to say: “Why pick a fight where it looks like I need a fight? I think having this dialogue with players has given them a level of understanding we are willing to talk about this. We’re not going to try to force anyone to do anything.” Excellent points Mr. Rooney.
  11. Pitt vs. Duke-Yep, Pitt’s interesting season continues, and this week will take them to Durham to face the Blue Devils on Saturday. Duke is 4-3 (1-3 ACC) while the Panthers are 2-5 (0-3 ACC). It would be nice to see the Panthers get their first ACC win of the season against the Blue Devils, but as you know, winning hasn’t been easy for them.
  12. DiNucci vs. Pickett- a few weeks ago it was DiNucci vs. Max Browne, but the Graduate-Transfer from USC had a season-ending surgery leading Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi to burn freshman Kenny Pickett’s redshirt and play him, albeit rather desperately in their loss to NC State last Saturday. But Pickett looked impressive and I think he should start the rest of the season, but you know that’s not going to happen.
  13. Pitt’s Running Game-I’m disappointed in this unit. After the departure of James Conner, I was hoping that Quardee Ollison (2015 ACC Offensive Player of the Year) would take the bull by the horns, but he can’t even get on the field. Shawntez Moss is suspended, Daren hall is Ok, and freshman AJ Davis hasn’t got much playing time. Plus, they’ve used S Jordan Whitehead for more than gimmick plays, That’s not good.
  14. How can the running game be fixed? I think Pitt needs to put more emphasis on it. Especially with DiNucci at QB. Plus, the offensive line has also taken a step back from last season. Plus, Narduzzi needs to focus on one running back, and not 3 at a time.
  15. Is Pitt a Bowl Team? It would honestly take a miracle for this year’s team to win 6 games this season, and this is already the worst of Narduzzi’s Pitt teams. A 2-5 record is just too hard to overcome, especially with ranked teams Virginia Tech and Miami still on the schedule. If they miss a Bowl this season it will be their first since 2010.
  16. AP Top 5-Of course Alabama is still #1, but there’s a new #2 in Penn State (Proud!) who took the spot from Clemson when they lost to Syracuse. Georgia is now #3, and TCU is #4. Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin Badgers is #5. It’ll be excited to see how this ends up, especially come playoff time.
  17. The NBA Season-It has begun and it started with the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Boston Celtics Tuesday night with the Cavs prevailing 102-99. It was good to see LeBron James mix it up against former Cav Kyrie Irving who wanted out of Cleveland in the Summer and eventually got his wish.
  18. Gordon Heyward-In his first game as a Celtic, the former Utah Jazz All-Star may have played his only game of this season after he fell and broke his ankle while trying to dunk the ball against the Cavs Tuesday. I wish this young man the best and hoe he recovers.
  19. Golden State gets its rings-For the second time in 3 years the NBA Champion Warriors get their rings, and they’re impressive. Then they lost against the improved Houston Rockets. I’m feeling like the Western Conference will be more equipped to take on the defending champs this season, but the question is, which Western Conference team will it be?
  20. MLB Playoffs-Congrats to the LA Dodgers for advancing to their first World Series since 1988 after beating defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs 11-1. Hopefully, Aaron Judge and the NY Yankees will join them if they can beat the Astros on Friday.


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HBCU SPORTS With Trevin A Jones

This week we take a look at Urban Media Today Top  Ten football action, as well as letting you know who is capping off their homecoming weekends on the football field.

Check back Monday to see if your favorite HBCU was victorious and also for the updated Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll.

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Reach out with questions or comments at Trevin@UrbanMediaToday.com

Enhance Your Physique With These Muscle Building Tips!

Building muscles don’t happen overnight, but with some hard work and dedication, you can create the toned, muscular body you dream of. In order to begin, you need some guidance as to exactly what to do. Read on for some tips to help you build the muscles you’ve always wanted.

Try to consume some carbohydrates and proteins prior to going to sleep. The calories that you obtain will cause your body to reduce the rate at which it breaks down proteins while you are sleeping. Eating a small portion of cheese and a fruit is a great way to do this. You should also eat something soon after you wake up.

Genetics is one of the most important factors in building muscle mass. There is not much you can change about your interior genetics that shapes your body, but you can improve the way you look by becoming more tone. Some of us just do not have the bodies that will have large muscles, so accept that and strive for better tone.

As you are lifting weights, do your movements slowly. Moving too fast uses the body’s momentum instead of letting the muscles do the work. Likewise, don’t swing the weights, because this keeps the isolated muscle from doing the work. This is why going slow seems harder. The isolated muscle is doing its work!

If you cannot get to the gym for some reason, do not skip your workout altogether. You can simply do chin-ups, pushups, and dips in your home. Even with all of the fancy equipment at the gym, they still remain the best forms of upper body building that you can do.

Train using many repetitions and sets as possible during your training session. Limit your breaks to less than one minute between each set of fifteen lifts or more. This can stimulate your lactic acids, which can help you build muscle. You will maximize your muscle building by committing to this several times during each of your sessions.

Change up your workouts. Research has proven that varying your reps, intensity, and exercises are the best combination for increasing muscle mass. Our bodies are very good at adapting to exercises, and they have to be shocked by changing up the exercises in order to achieve the most optimum growth.

Working out to build muscle is most efficient if you focus on large muscle groups. These include the back, legs, and chest. Implementing workouts that focus on these groups will do the most work in the shortest amount of time, meaning that you’ll grow muscle more quickly and easily than with other workouts.

Allow yourself to eat some ice cream. Studies have shown that eating one bowl of any type of ice cream that you like about two hours after a workout does some good. It will trigger the surge of insulin in your body better than many other foods will, and it will taste good too!

If you have decided to work on building up muscle mass, first talk to your doctor. While working out can improve almost any body type, there are a few conditions that require you to avoid certain types of exercise. Most of them are related to heart conditions and heavy lifting.

Try plyometric exercises. These sorts of exercises will help you enhance your fast twitch muscles, stimulating greater muscle development. Like ballistic exercises, plyometrics require explosive movements. For example, during plyometric push-ups, you would pull your hands off the floor and lift your body as high as possible.

If you wish to bulk up, try to focus on doing bench presses, squatting, and deadlifting. These three specific exercises yield maximum benefits fast and let you continue building good muscle. Try adding other exercises to a routine with these three at the core.

Good sleep will work well with your muscle-building efforts. Since muscle building and recovery go hand in hand, you need to make certain your body is getting all the rest it needs. No getting enough sleep or rest can interfere with muscle building results and may even lead to injuries.

Have a protein-rich snack before and after muscle-building workouts. A useful measure is taking 15 grams about thirty minutes prior to training, and then another 15 grams after training. 15 grams of protein is equal to about two cups of milk.

If you have enough time, consider breaking up workouts into two different sessions per day. For example, you could train your chest in the morning, and then once evening strikes, you can train your back. Resting your body in between lets your energy stores recover better than training both muscles during the same workout.

Make sure your deltoids are fully engaged. By having middle deltoids that are developed, your shoulders are wider and thicker. Make sure lateral raises are above the parallel point in order to get the most out of your deltoid exercises. Begin laterals several inches from the hips in order to decrease the involvement of supporting muscles, such as the supraspinatus.

Continue to challenge your body. When you start lifting weights you will reach a point when the lifting becomes easy. When this happens to add more weight. By continuing to challenge your body you will help to create the level of intensity that most effectively tears down muscle so that your body continues to have the opportunity to build it back up.

If you are a beginner at building muscle, try to focus your lifting routine so that you can do between 8 and 12 repetitions of each exercise. If you are able to do more, then you probably are not lifting a heavy enough load. By giving yourself a goal, you will also help to ensure that you continue working out until you reach the point of fatigue.

Building muscles may not be easy, but knowing what to do makes it a lot easier. After reading this article, hopefully, you’ve got a better idea of how to get started. Choose your favorite tip and apply it today so that you can begin building the body that you want to have. editor@urbanmediatoday.com

Pat Narduzzi Press Conference  Duke Week



PAT NARDUZZI: Had another team meeting just to close a chapter on last week, which we need to move on to the next week. We did some really good things on Saturday, both offensively and defensively. Didn’t stay as consistent as we’d like to be. Still haven’t played a complete game. Need to pay attention to details a little bit more than we have, which hurts a young football team, and the details are the key.

A week ago it was discipline I thought really hurt us, and this weekend ends up being really some of the details of just doing it the same way, the right way every single time. We didn’t score enough points to win the game, and we didn’t hold them off the scoreboard enough. You take away the last touchdown, which we were in a four-minute, we’ve got to get the ball back to our defense, and we kind of loaded up with sub-package, which sometimes is all or none. We didn’t execute it as well as we needed to, as well, but it’s an all or nothing sometimes, but just to get the ball back. I’m not worried about the last one. Sometimes that happens.

But defensively you give up 21 points, we gave up a punt return for a touchdown, 93 yards or whatever the heck that was, and just details. And when you look back, we gave opportunities for guys to come in and make an impact in the game, young guys, backups, and they — that makes you even younger when you do that.

So we’re still young in some spots, but we move on to a very good Duke football team that won the first four, lost the last few to Florida State, Miami, Virginia, I believe, and they’re well-coached by Coach Cutcliffe. Defensively they’re a good football team. I think 16th in the country in rush defense, 19th in total defense. They’re really good there, and they’re very solid. Obviously Coach Roper and Coach Cutcliffe together I think run that offense, and Coach Cutcliffe being an offensive guru, we face some of the best coaches I think in the country in the ACC. It’s impressive.

With that, I’ll open it up for questions.

Q. You said you saw some good things on Saturday, too, watching tape. Who were some of the things that you took encouragement from?
PAT NARDUZZI: I mean, you look at the run game defensively, we did some great things for — you won a lot of runs, and when you talk about three yards or less runs, we did a lot of great things, and even the run that went 83 yards, we saw that play before and afterwards, and we were successful in stopping it with base defense, and then all of a sudden — it’s a game of inches. You’re supposed to line up right here and you line up right here, they’ve got angles on you to zone you. So I think it’s those things.

And offensively still trying to find who we are run-game wise, but I was happy with what Ben did in the first half. I thought he played a really good first half. He played a better first half than he played against Georgia Tech, so that’s encouraging. We’ve got to catch the ball all the time. We’ve got to make plays. But we’ve got to find a run game. You look at the Steelers next door, a week ago Le’Veon Bell is not getting as much as he’d like or not getting it to do it. The run game makes you tick, and if you don’t have a run game, it’s going to be hard to win football games, period.

You look at North Carolina State, they had a run game. I know you guys laugh, but I say stop the run every week. If you say, what’s the key to victory? Stop the run, and we’d better be able to run the football, that’s been a problem. Last time we rushed for 150 was against Penn State. Where has that gone? That was a pretty good defense there, too.

We’ve got to find a way to rush for 150 this week to have an opportunity to win the football game. So you can put that on your keys to victory, put that 150 is the benchmark. We’ve got to get 150, and we’ve got to go back to basics and we’ve got to get it.

Q. You talked about wanting to get Kenny looks. Why not just come in with a plan and say no matter what happens Kenny gets the third series and Kenny gets the fifth series and see what happens after that? Experimenting with him seems sort of odd.
PAT NARDUZZI: I guess we’re odd, I guess. That’s your decision to make that call. That’s what we get paid to make those decisions. You say it looked good, okay. If I wait two more series, you might be going, why did you wait so long to put Kenny in? We’re having a different conversation, so it’s easy to sit there with your arm on that armrest and say that stuff. But the fact is we come into the second half, we throw an interception on the third play of the second half, and we haven’t been a great second half team to begin with, so I can sit there and continue to put up with it, or we can do something about it. But we do that and then we go punt-punt. You have more patience than I do, I guess. I like to win, and it’s going to be competitive.

And like I said, Kenny was planning on redshirting, okay. He was planning on redshirting in the summer because we felt good with Max, and we felt good with Ben, obviously. Things changed, and I said a week ago that he was going to play, and we’re going to play, and we had some plans. We changed our plans. I wanted to really — we wanted to really get Kenny in the first half. But Ben was playing really good, so it was like no need to. So your plans do change.

To say he’s going to go in the third series after Ben just threw two touchdown passes, you want to put him in the third series? I think that’s crazy, too. So it’s all how you look at it. To me it depends on the flow of the game, okay, and you’ve got to be down there, and you’ve got to be on the headsets, you’ve got to be knowing — you have to know what’s happening in the game. I mean, even the first half there was a couple close throws that could be picks. We can’t turn the ball over or you give yourself no chance. Our defense did an unbelievable job after that interception of going three-and-out and forcing a punt. But it killed us in field position because they downed the ball inside the 5-yard line, and now you put your offense having to go 95 plus yards, it’s not easy.

Q. I know you don’t do leashes here, I remember that, but then how do you let a kid build any sort of momentum either way, or do you tell them, hey, look, if it’s not going well — do you treat it like all the other 21 positions?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, we do. Yeah, we do. I mean, it should be no different. It’s competitive. They’ve got to be competitive. What’s the difference when we pull backs and put Ben in? What’s the difference? Until you’ve got a guy that’s the guy, okay — Nathan Peterman, did we ever pull him? He pulled himself in the Northwestern game when he got dinged in the head, but that guy ain’t coming out of there. We didn’t make a dumb decision in that decision.

So we are going to — it’s competitive, and it makes guys better, and it made Max better when he came back against Rice, and it’s going to make Ben better. Ben is our starting quarterback without a question. I mean, he’s the guy.

But we’re still going to have quarterback — and if things aren’t going good, he knows that, we know that, whether you want to hear it or not. Sometimes you have selective hearing on what you want to hear and what you don’t want to hear. We’ve had good communication, and Ben will be our guy, and then we’ll see how it goes from there.

Q. You said on Saturday that you were pretty happy with what Ben had done overall, but is what you’re saying the first couple drives of the second half the offense wasn’t moving and that’s why you decided to make a change then?
PAT NARDUZZI: True. It comes down to consistency. Again, it’s not just quarterbacks. As I’ve told Ben, we’ve got to run the ball. His shoulders, they’re like this big, but we make them like they’re this big. This ain’t that big and the poor kid can’t do it all by himself. We’ve got to help him out with some run game. I thought he did a really good job with the passing game early, but we’ve got to help him out a little bit. We talk way too much about the quarterback. There’s some other things that we should be talking about, too.

Q. I know coaches don’t like to play the what-if game, but what if Ben’s helmet doesn’t come off against Syracuse, does Pickett still play Saturday against North Carolina State?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yes, I believe so, yes, because we can’t survive with one quarterback, period. The guy has got to go in, and I don’t want it to be at the last second, so there’s no doubt about it. That’s why there was no hesitation, and like I told you last week, he was going to play, now it would have been a lot harder if Ben is scoring every drive, going down the field, leading the offense down the field. But like I said, the key is are we getting better from his first start to his second start, and I say yes. His preparation was better. If you ask Ben, you’d say, hey, did you prepare better for North Carolina than you did Georgia Tech, he’d say yes, which is great, and guess what, he’s going to prepare better this week than he did last week, and it’ll continue to get better, and I think that’s the important thing.

Q. You talked about the communication with those guys, and Ben said after the game Saturday that he was kind of surprised, kind of caught off guard, didn’t know beforehand that Pickett might get in there —
PAT NARDUZZI: Did you know? Did you know I was going to put Pickett in the game? You didn’t know from our conversation last week? Who knew? He knew.

Q. But that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
PAT NARDUZZI: There’s communication there. I just think you hear what you want to hear. I think everybody becomes a competitor, and I think the emotions go, and we all do, okay. But I think emotions go, and I think I know you want to do that — like I said, I wanted to get him in in the first half. Ben made me not do it because of his play. So the plan changed right off the bat.

But I think everybody in their mind says, I know what you’re playing but you’re not doing that because I’m going to control this and I’m going to do so good that you can’t put him in, and that’s what you want your quarterback to feel. He’s got a great attitude. He just needs to stay within the walls of this building and hear the right things and do the right things.

Q. Do you want to get to a point where you don’t have to worry about —
PAT NARDUZZI: Thank you, thank you, yes, I do.

Q. That’s tough to do in this situation with the running game, the receivers, the quarterback?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, yeah, no doubt about it. We’d like to have one quarterback. That worked pretty good last year.

Q. Between Ben and Kenny, how big are the gaps?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, there’s gaps. Decision making, holding on to the ball, making the right run checks, all those things. There’s not this gigantic gap, put it that way. If there was — it’s not — it’s the same as it was between Max and Ben, it’s the same gap between Ben and Kenny. It’s the same gap. It’s not this — and then after Kenny, there’s a bigger gap, okay. Knock on wood, we need both those guys to stay healthy, or you might be playing quarterback.

Q. In the running game, have you noticed that you’re having more success running outside than you are inside and maybe Jordan’s running style and his speed allows him to take advantage of that more than some of the other running backs?
PAT NARDUZZI: I don’t feel like we’re running good inside or outside, how about that. When you don’t rush for 100 yards you didn’t run good inside or outside. But Jordan’s speed does help you on the edge more than it does inside. When you’re running inside runs, there’s more things to read. You’re not just running in a hole. You’re reading — if the Mike comes over, you cut back, and there’s a lot of things that you coach, and there’s a lot more to playing running back than just saying find the hole and be a player.

You can hurt your linemen by doing the other. They have to feel where the flow is going and how to come off. It’s a little bit more complicated than what it appears, I guess.

Q. How are those decisions delegated? You obviously have the final call, but —
PAT NARDUZZI: I think we talk about it during the week. It’s a good question. I think it goes with every position. We talk every Thursday, we talk about how are we playing the players. We have a how-to-play-the-players meeting and who are we giving the ball, who are we featuring. You have those discussions at the end of the week so you can tell, hey, what are we doing, I want to know — I don’t want to have that conversation on the headphones in the middle of the game in the heat of — that’s not the time to have that call. This week will be a little bit different than last week, and then the next week will be even more different. So we have those conversations on Thursday after the week of practice, how did they play during practice, you feel good, who are you going to rotate, okay, good. So again, it’s everybody in there. So it’s a staff thing, and if it’s — obviously the quarterback is an important position, and you go around and get input from your entire staff. I don’t care if it’s a D-line coach or the DB coach or quarterback coach; hey, what do you guys think. We all see a lot of things and we watch practice and watch how people carry themselves during — so we’re going to evaluate that, and you kind of know what you’re going to do going into the game.

Q. How do you improve the run game? Is it find new guys?
PAT NARDUZZI: Well, we tried to get on the free agent market there, but they won’t let us in on that. But Martavius, if he wants to come on over, maybe you can line up a tailback. We’re not going to get any extra guys. We need to lock into the fundamentals and the basics of who we are, okay, and like I told the offense and the defense yesterday, if we’re making — we’re not as detailed as we need to, then we need to slim it down and be more detailed in what we’re doing. And again, every week it’s something else that you’re worried about. You’re worried about this, and we haven’t worried about special teams all year, now all of sudden you’re worried about your punt coverage team, like this Hines guy (who had a punt return TD), who is this guy (for this week). So now I’m walking into a special teams meeting going, hey, what are we doing here.

We’ll get it right. Just sometimes it takes — you’ve got to have patience, and some of you guys have more patience.

Q. You don’t have patience, though, you kind of said?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, I don’t.

Q. Damar, eight tackles, led the team, but struggled against the pass. How would you assess his play?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, it’s a new world for him. It’s not even a new position, it’s playing is a new thing for him. He’s a brand new guy. Did you say struggled against the pass game?

Q. At times.
PAT NARDUZZI: Did you know what his responsibilities are? Sometimes you have to know — sometimes (other) guys get beat, and you’re like, he wasn’t even supposed to be there. There was probably some other — I can’t remember — we gave up three passes, one with Dane Jackson. So two was Dane Jackson — again, one was unbelievable. He brought that guy’s whole body this way. He had his hand on the ball. He’s in great position. One, he lost eye control a little bit on an above go. I forget what the third one is. As a matter of fact, the third one was we were man free, and Damar kind of didn’t turn him loose; he was on the guy but he should have been closer to him, so Damar you could say was maybe part of one of them, but Jordan Whitehead rolled over, thinking he was going to help out Damar, and all of a sudden there was a post right there. He should have had a pick. They threw a post into man free coverage and we should have had a pick on that play, so that was kind of — if Damar had one play that I’d say, get on him a little bit tighter, you’ve got help in the middle of the field, be more aggressive.

But everything is new for him. He had his eight tackles, I’d say he needed more help in the run game than he does in the pass game because it’s all new to him. Like on the big run, Damar wasn’t good. Nobody blocked. If you go back and watch the tape, nobody blocked Damar, Damar blocked himself because he was so aggressive to get — but that’s a lack of experience. To his defense, it’s like, he never — he hasn’t been in the action of a run like that, and that’s on us as coaches to continue to develop him as a player.

But Damar is going to be really good.

Q. He puts up eight tackles, does that kind of speak to —
PAT NARDUZZI: Well, it’s not all about the tackles, either, because where are the tackles? Are they for 10-yard gains, are they for TFL’s? We’d rather have TFL’s out of our safeties than six-yard gains. It’s kind of — stats don’t really tell the story. We want them to be good tackles where we want them to be. They want to be wins, as far as three-yard or less runs, so count up the eight and find out where they are, and then we’ll tell you how good it is.

Q. You didn’t rotate on your offensive line this week. How did you feel those five performed?
PAT NARDUZZI: Yeah, that front is pretty good. They did good. I mean, that’s why we didn’t rotate through. That was our plan on how to play the players. This was what we were going to go with. And I thought Jaryd did a nice job at the right tackle. He still had some little things that we’ve got to clean up that get practiced every day, and got to play together. Those guys are so critical that they play together. We didn’t rotate. Good observation.

Q. They didn’t rotate and you still had trouble generating — your backs had trouble with Jordan and Kenny, I think. When you look at the running game, is it the line not getting — missed assignments? Is it the backs not finding the holes?
PAT NARDUZZI: You guys ask this question every week. It’s a little of everything, and again, the first play of the game, it’s our O-line. Guy — Chubb runs right through the B-gap. He’s outside, all of a sudden he came inside. It’s like he’s not allowed to do that, but he was allowed to do that. So we’ve got to be in our zone together. So it’s — every play is a little different thing, and the next time Brian makes his block and someone else misses it, but that’s part of it. So it’s a little bit of everything.

I hate to tell you that, but that’s a fact. The truth.

Q. With the difficulties of running and obviously with the quarterback situation, you knew there was going to be some transition in those areas, but how much more challenging has it been than perhaps you anticipated?
PAT NARDUZZI: As far as why the run game is not going? More challenging than you’d like it to be. I didn’t think it would be like this at all. As a matter of fact, you come in, you feel pretty positive, and that’s why I told you, when you come out of camp, you really don’t know what you have playing against each other. I know there was good and bad, but you thought you’re progressing when you’re playing against each other. The defense starts to get to know the offense, it becomes a little easier for the defense. But there’s still stresses on the defense with what they’re doing. And you’re not facing anybody else that does it a different way.

I think those are the challenges. But we’re not that young on offense. We are young at quarterback, Tre Tipton, not having him in there hurts you back there. James Conner is a loss. So you knew you didn’t have James Conner out there for sure.

But you know what, you’ve still got to block them, you’ve still got to run to daylight.

Q. Chawntez Moss dressed but didn’t play. Do you have any sort of update on his status going forward?
PAT NARDUZZI: No. We’ll just see how it goes.

Q. I was curious if you got the chance to speak with Ian Troost?
PAT NARDUZZI: Have I spoken with him? I personally have not spoken with him. I answered this obviously on Saturday. We have educated our entire football team, probably as extensively — we did it a year ago. We did it more this year in light of the NFL and all the issues at that we’re having there, but we try to educate our kids on what are you doing, why are you doing it, and if that’s something you need to do, you’d better have a good reason why. It’s not my job to go question a guy. It’s not his to question my faith or what I’m all about as a person.

You know, that’s kind of what we’ve done is educate them so they make smart decisions for themselves, and beyond that, that’s kind of where it is. So we’ve been educated. They have their rights whether you like it or not, whether you like it or not or whether I like it or not, that’s kind of where it is.

Q. Are you satisfied that he did have a good reason for what he did?
PAT NARDUZZI: You know, I’m not going to speak for anybody else. I’m not going to speak about what my beliefs are because it doesn’t matter how I believe. I’m not the judge. I’m not God, I’m not — I don’t judge you or you. I’m not judging anybody. That’s not what I’m all about. You know, dissatisfied, satisfied, I’m satisfied with wins, I’m not satisfied with losses. That’s what I’ll talk about satisfied and dissatisfied.

Q. Have you found out why he did it?
PAT NARDUZZI: I think that question — like I said, we educate them of what — you’re making a statement or you’re making an impact. What are you doing it for? This is what it means.

  1. The conference results over the weekend, Clemson loses, NC State is in first place in their division, and Miami is tooth and nail every week, the Coastal again. When you look at where this program wants to be and you see what NC State is doing, does that give the kids confidence that if we just keep at it that there is —
    PAT NARDUZZI: That’s what we do. I mean, that’s what you do. I think our guys have — I think guys have not lost faith. They believe. And it just takes time. We’re a different football team than we were a year ago. We’re a different football team than North Carolina State. Everybody is a little bit different. Some teams were really good a year ago that maybe aren’t as good this year. They lost — hey, that Trubisky guy, he’s a pretty good football player. They were pretty good a year ago. All of a sudden he’s playing in Chicago and there’s another guy playing — Switzer is playing now with the Cowboys, you watch him out there punt returning and stuff, it’s like, those are two NFL guys that made an impact. Larry (Fedora) is feeling like I do. Their good players are playing at the next level.

    The conference is unbelievable. I think it’s better than it was a year ago. And I’ve said this before, the ACC — not only the players and the conference, I think the coaches are outstanding. Cutcliffe, that guy is a guru. You get to coach against Cutcliffe. Dave Doeren, that guy has won championships in the MAC, at Northern Illinois. Dino Babers is a good football coach. The ACC, the AD’s in this conference have made some great hires. I think it’s great there’s competition. That’s what you want. We’re going to be playing for a National Championship again in the ACC.

    Q. Duke played Florida State pretty tough last week, had a chance to win late. What did you take from that game and the things they were able to do especially in the second half?
    PAT NARDUZZI: You know what, Duke is a good football team, and Florida State is a good football team. Obviously they’re young at the quarterback spot, as well. But Duke is a good football team, and when you watch it, Duke can hang with anybody, and Florida State can hang with anybody. It’s two good football teams banging it head-to-head.

Cooking Tips For Professional And Amateur Chefs

There are a lot of people who are becoming interested in cooking at home these days as opposed to going out. Yet the biggest problem a lot of people face is they don’t know where to start when it comes to home cooking; what you have to do is learn as much as you can about home cooking and from there apply all that you know in order to see successful results.

If you are making a sandwich and adding mayonnaise, make sure that you spread the mayo from corner to corner to give you the ultimate coverage and a delicious taste in every bite. Each and every bite that you take should be outstanding, as spreading mayo will achieve this goal when you eat sandwiches.

Having knives that are very sharp is essential when cooking. Dull knives can be dangerous and they also make cutting things hard. You are more likely to cut yourself by using a dull knife, as opposed to when cutting using a sharp knife.

Microwaving a lemon or a lime for a few seconds can release the juices. Sometimes the citrus at a grocery store is not as fresh as it could be, making it difficult to juice. If you microwave it for 10 seconds and then roll it between your hand and the counter it will release more juice.

To keep your cakes from falling flat, mix dense batters by hand with a wooden spoon. Electric mixers beat too much air into the batter, causing the cakes to fall when they are baked. Meanwhile, by using a wooden spoon to gently mix thick batters like carrot cake you protect the consistency of the batter from absorbing too much air.

If you want to add a unique touch to your dinner, use fruit as a side dish. Fruit will help to flush down the thick pieces of meat that you just ate and will serve to re-energize your body after consuming a lot of calories. Add oranges, pears, and apples to your dinner to optimize your experience.

An easy way to experiment with combining savory flavors in the kitchen and not spend a lot of money in food waste is to turn your ideas into an omelet. Eggs, especially egg whites, are fairly flavor-free and provide a great “canvas” on which to “paint” the ingredients you want and then combining into a dish. Small batches of scrambled eggs that you can fold your ingredients into, will also give a neutral background for your flavor taste tests.

When you are making fish or meat, make sure to sprinkle seasonings equally. You can compare the sprinkling to falling snow. By doing this, you are avoiding clumping. Also, the spices will be spread evenly so that one side of the meat or fish does not have more seasoning than the other.

When you feel like your dish is missing something but it isn’t salt, consider something acidic. Lemon, wine, and vinegar can all be great ways to add acid to a recipe. Healthy acidic balances out the flavor of anything sweet. It can also be a wonderful way to add a “salty” flavor if you’re on a low salt diet.

How to achieve perfect scrambled eggs. Always cook your eggs in butter. Don’t be tempted to use oil. Allow two eggs per person, and beat with a little salt and freshly ground pepper. Scrambled eggs should be cooked slowly over a low heat, and stirred continuously. Scrape the bottom of the pan and constantly bring the outside edges into the middle. Serve on a warm plate. Enjoy!

When a recipe calls for vegetable shortening, coconut oil is a healthy alternative that should be used. Coconut oil can be difficult to find in the typical grocery stores so you may need to look in a health food store to find it. It is important to read the label to make sure it is true coconut oil.

When you are cooking clarified butter, first slowly melt butter that is unsalted over very low heat. Do not stir the butter, and do not let it comes to a boil. This process will separate the milk solids from the liquid butter into three layers when finished. The clarified butter will be in the middle layer.

Be certain to use only wines that you enjoy as ingredients in your recipes. Using a wine that you dislike could ruin the taste of the food. You could try a wine that is specifically formulated for cooking purposes.

Don’t spend too much time buying books and searching the Internet for exotic fare from around the world and forget the recipes that your family has served for years. Often the most basic recipes are the most cherished ones. Make sure you write those recipes down. No matter how simple they are, there may be a day when a family member wants them.

Store herbs and spices in your cabinet or pantry if they offer a cool, dry area. Many people keep their spice rack out near the stove or on the wall over the stove. These locations offer too much light, humidity, and heat, which can deplete the flavor of the seasonings. Avoid these exposed areas, and look for an optimal location out of sight.

Before cooking with an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable, read up on what you can do with it. By reading up on it, you might be surprised at how versatile a new type of food can be. If you take the time to learn about the item before heading into the kitchen, the experience will be that much more enjoyable.

Hopefully, now that you’ve gained some more knowledge on ways you can help improve your cooking you’re starting to feel more positive about the steps you should take towards your cooking. Remember that there is a lot more information than what has been presented here about how to become a successful cook, so keep your eyes open for new tips and strategies to include into your cooking skills. editor@urbanmediatoday.com

  Steelers Edge Chiefs 19-13



The Pittsburgh Steelers redeemed themselves in a 19-13 win vs. The previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers are now 4-2 and are all alone in first place in the AFC North Davison.

I expected the Steelers to win this game simply because they have owned the Chiefs in recent years. Last season, they beat them 49-13 at Heinz Field and 18-16 in the AFC Divisional Round Game. And it didn’t matter that KC was 5-0, I thought the Steelers were going to win.

The Steelers attacked KC with the running game, led by Le’Veon Bell (32 carries, 155 yards, TD) and the defense who sacked Chiefs QB Alex Smith 3 times (2 by LBs Vince Williams and James Harrison) even the passing game improved as QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 252 yards and a TD to WR Antonio Brown (9 rec, 155 yards) who’s score covered 51-yards after an incredible catch.

But after losing against Jacksonville last week, the Steelers needed this win. They needed to show that if they had an effective game plan, they could win. They proved that they can beat the best when focused. But the offense still struggled as they failed to convert on several 3rd downs.

But I also give credit to the defense for holding KC to one TD and shutting down rookie RB Kareem Hunt (21 yards on 9 carries). Now they need to keep this going against the 2-3 Bengals.

Pittsburgh 19, Kansas City 13

Oct. 15, 2017

Post-Game Notes


  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 (3-1 on the road) and 3-1 against AFC teams in 2017.


  • The Steelers are 22-10 in regular-season history against the Chiefs (11-6 on the road).


  • Pittsburgh improved to 10-2 in regular-season games against Kansas City in the month of October (6-2 on the road in the month).


  • Pittsburgh has won each of its previous two regular-season games against Kansas City.


  • Pittsburgh has won each of its last seven regular-season road games against AFC teams, dating back to Nov. 20, 2016 at the Cleveland Browns.


  • The Steelers are 448-284-2 during the regular season since 1970.


  • Pittsburgh is now 245-144-1 in the regular season during the free agency era – joining the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers as the only teams with at least 245 wins since 1993.


  • Pittsburgh was credited with a safety on the Chiefs’ first offensive possession of the game – the team’s first safety scored since Dec. 4, 2016 vs. New York Giants.


  • Held Kansas City to six total yards of offense in the first half – the second-fewest yards allowed in the first half by the Steelers in the last 25 seasons (0, Dec. 15, 2002 vs. Carolina). www.pittsburghsteelers.com

In other Steelers news: WR Martavis Bryant has requested to be traded, according to ESPN’s Ian Rappaport. The Steelers have yet to comment on Bryant’s request.

Other NFL Scores: Green Bay fell to Minnesota 23-10 and also may have lost QB Aaron Rodgers for the season after he broke his collarbone; Chicago beat Baltimore in OT 27-24, Miami beat Atlanta 20-17, Houston beat Cleveland 33-17 as rookie DeShaun Foster passed for 3 TDs, New Orleans destroyed Detroit 52-38, Washington beat San Francisco 26-24, LA Rams beat Jacksonville 27-17, LA Chargers beat Oakland 17-16, Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards as Arizona beat Tampa Bay 38-33, New England beat the NY Jets 24-17, and in the late game, the NY Giants finally got their first win of the season after beating Denver 23-10.


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#  1       Grambling State              5-1     (Bye Week)
#  2       North Carolina Central    5-1     (Beat Gardner Webb 24-17)
#  3       North Carolina  A&T        7-0     (Beat FAMU  31-20)
#  4       Virginia State                   6-0     (Beat Bowie State  47-35)
#  5       Bowie State                     6-1      (Lost to Virgnia St  47-35)
#  6       Alcorn State                     5-2      (Beat Prairie View  34-21)
#  7       Albany State                    5-2      (Beat Morehouse   34-10)
#  8       Tennessee State              4-3      (Lost to Austin Peay 21-17)
#  9       Howard                            3-3      (Beat Delaware St   52-23)
#10       Langston                          6-0      (Beat Texas College 44-17)
Honorable Mention 
Tuskegee                   5-2     ( Beat Jackson State  33-7) 
Virginia Union             5-2     ( Beat Chowan 35-10)
Hampton                    4-2     (Beat Norfolk State 16-14)
Bethune Cookman     3-3     ( Beat South Carolina State  12-9)
Winston Salem St      4-3    ( Lost to St Aug  17-14 )

Pitt Falls to NC State 35-17

The Pitt Panthers had a golden opportunity to save their season by pulling off a huge upset against the red-hot NC State Wolfpack but they didn’t seize it like they could’ve as they fell 35-17 on their Homecoming Day at Heinz Field.
“We did a lot of good things, but we ended up losing to a very good football team.” Said Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi “I give NC State credit. They’re a good football team and they made the key plays that we were unable to. We win together, we lose together. It’s not just one group that lost this game.”
The Wolfpack pretty much gave the Panthers several opportunities as the offense failed to convert, especially in the first half, but the problem is their offense failed to capitalize. I’m convinced that last year’s team would’ve won this game. (See their upset vs. Clemson) but this year’s team continues to prove that they’re simply not talented enough to battle for victories.
There’s always a game that can make or break a team’s season and I really believe that such a game was like this for the Panthers. After losing to two ranked teams (Penn State, Oklahoma State), the Panthers needed to win this game vs 20th ranked NC State.
Trust me, Pitt had their chances, especially when they scored first when QB Ben DiNucci found WR Jester Weah on a 33-yard TD pass. But I guess the defense was still in celebratory mode as RB Nyheim Hines ran right through then for an 83-yard TD to tie the game at 7. After Pitt did nothing on their next drive, Hines struck again as he returned P Ryan Winslow’s punt for 92 yards to take a 14-7 lead.
The last player named Hines to dominate so much at Heinz Field? (no pun intended) Former Steeler Hines Ward.
But the Panthers were eventually able to put the clamps on Hines as QB Ryan Finley continued to struggle in the first half. Pitt tied the game on an impressive drive that ended with RB Darren Hall ran it in from the 1-yard line. NC State failed to convert an FG to close the first half and the Panthers were sitting pretty going into halftime tied at 14.
Just when you thought the Panthers would take advantage of the huge opportunity to begin the second half, they failed. DiNucci threw a pass that was intercepted and Winslow continued to punt the ball away. Late in the 3rd quarter, NC State’s offense finally woke up as Finley found WR Jakobi Myers for a 3-yard TD pass. On that play, Pitt CB Avonte Maddox blew his assignment, which left Maddox wide open in the back of the end zone.
NC State would score again to make the score 28-17 and then the Panthers made a shrewd move by replacing DiNucci with freshman Kenny Pickett (which is truly what the fans wanted) such a move made no sense to me as DiNucci wasn’t playing horrible, but he wasn’t excellent either. But the kid had only started one other game (vs. Georgia Tech) this season and Pickett was basically thrown in the fire in his first college game.
On 2 drives, Pickett was impressive, getting the ball to Weah and WR Rafael Araujo-Lopes, but Pitt could only generate a field goal out of one of those drives. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack put a final nail in Pitt’s coffin when Samuels ran right through them for a 40-yard TD run late in the 4th quarter. Then Narduzzi put DiNucci back in the game, he fumbles the ball, NC State recovers which ends the game.
I was a bit confused over to things:
1. Who is this team’s true RB? This season opened with Quadree Ollison, but all he could muster is 2 carries for 17 yards in this game. The leading rusher was Hall and S Jordan Whitehead, but you can’t really brag when you lead your leading rushers were a combined 16 carries for 46 yards and a TD. Not good at all. Quadree Henderson had 15 yards on 1 carry and freshman AJ Davis’s fumble sealed the game for NC State. Chantwez Moss is suspended indefinitely. This unit looks lost and they obviously miss James Conner in the worst way.
2. Why take DinNucci out and then put him back later in the game? Not feeling head coach Pat Narduzzi on this one. I can understand if Pitt was getting blown out, but they were only down by 2 TDs at the time.
3. The defense-They can’t still tackle anybody and they allowed NC State to rumble for 248 yards. Their linebackers are basically a non-factor and they have no pass rush. And to think that they have to face two more ranked teams in Virginia Tech and Miami.
“I thought DiNiccu did a good job in the first half.” Said Narduzzi “ But we really wanted to get Kenny in the game.”
In the end, it wasn’t the proper homecoming welcome that Pitt wanted for their alumni and fans and if they would’ve taken advantage of their opportunities, we would all be happy right now. But unfortunately, that dream didn’t become a reality.

Notes: Backup K Ian Troost became the first player to take a knee for the National Anthem when he did so prior to this game with DE Jyrd Jones-Smith standing behind him with a hand on his shoulder. “As I mentioned, if they want to do that, then I’m going to give the players the option of doing so.” Said Narduzzi

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