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The NFC West is considered the strongest division in the NFL amongst most NFL analyst. Built on defense and depth, it’s the toughest division to come out of. Ask the Arizona Cardinals, who finished 10-6 last year and still missed the playoffs because two others from their division had better records. One of those teams would go on and win the Super Bowl!

Seattle Seahawks- Last time we saw the Seahawks they looked like the best thing since sliced bread. Total domination and physical play was their way of not only beating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, but also how they intend to continue playing from here on out. Last year, their defense was superb allowing only 172 passing yards per game, that led the team to a 13-3 record. Now the Seahawks look to be the first NFL team to win back-to-back championships since the Patriots in 04-05. They certainly look to be in position too, as they re-signed Michael Bennett to a multi year contract while also extending contracts of S Earl Thomas and CB Richard Sherman. Although they saw guys like Red Bryant and Golden Tate walk, Seattle has a great scouting system and acquired talent through the draft. I believe Seattle stays strong and shows that they’re to be reckoned with once again, especially at home.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

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AFC

My last year’s preview was wrong, as the AFC West had a surprising three teams make the playoffs last year. The Broncos even represented the AFC as a whole in SuperBowl XLVIII. That’s where it ended though.

Denver Broncos: Last year, Peyton Manning came out on fire throwing seven touchdowns on opening night. This eventually led to 55 Passing touchdowns and a 13-3 record from Manning and crew. Things even seemed to be smooth sailing throughout January(Which is unusual for Peyton) then February came. Broncos were flat out dominated in a 43-8 beatdown from the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Looking to rebound, Denver added veterans DE Demarcus Ware, CB Aqib Talib on defense and WR Emmanaual Sanders on the offensive side. The team also said farewell to WR Eric Decker and RB Knowshon Morano. I think Denver is going to sustain its success over the AFC for the most part, but in the Super Bowl their pass protection was exposed. Peyton took many hits, but was only sacked 18 times throughout the year. However in the SuperBowl Manning looked puzzled against Seattle’s stout defense. Losing Morano only hurts the teams pass protection. Nevertheless expect Denver to be in the same position it was the last two seasons, kings of the division.

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Eric Garner is sadly just another victim to police brutality in the United States. On Thursday, July 17, 2014 Eric Garner lost his life at the hands of the NYPD. In the video clip below, you can see the confrontation.  Warning, the video is graphic, a man does die in the end.

 

 

There are enough statistics to go around to show the injustices that take place in black & brown communities when it comes to police brutality. That however doesn’t matter here. A 43-year-old father of six, and grandfather to two more was killed in broad daylight, and nothing is being done about it.

The NYPD placed officer Daniel Pantaleo on desk duty, while stripping him of his gun and badge, police said. This is the punishment for taking another mans life.

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At 20-years-old, Arturo “Dusty” Harrison-Hernandez is one of boxing’s upcoming fighters. The Washington, D.C. native began his professional career at 17 years of age, and made history, as he was billed by his promoters as the youngest professional fighter in United States history.

As a professional, Harrison-Hernandez has compiled an undefeated record of 22-0 (12 KOs), and is set to fight next on July 26 at Madison Square Garden on the Golovkin-Geale under-card.

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What is most troubling about marijuana legislation in the United States is that after almost a century of discrimination and punishment towards minorities for selling and using the drug. That same country has now allowed for the recreational use and sale of marijuana in two states, while decriminalizing the drug in 23 others.

After 40 years of fighting a War on Drugs, the United States has lost more than it has gained. It has caused the destruction of many families, especially in minority communities. If something is to be done about this, it must come in the form of a complete overhaul of the current system we have in place. Whether that be a shift to treating drugs as public health matter or federal legalization of certain drugs, something must be done sooner than later.

Before a resolution can be put in place to end the War on Drugs, our government must admit to a few things. First is, the war on drugs is and has been a losing battle. Second, that the war on drugs is not a war against drugs, but against minority males. Once these steps are taken, real discourse and resolutions can be taken to end this debacle of a war.

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I recently got the chance to interview Christen Whitaker, the founder of Never Too Young, an organization designed to help the youth achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

One of her projects that she has undertaken is the Digital Renaissance, I’ll let her explain to you what the project is.

 

 

Become part of the movement, and in doing so help elevate and expand the culture.

 

At midnight on Thursday, July 17, 2014 the District of Columbia officially enacted the Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014. While the amendment doesn’t make marijuana legal in the District, it is a step forward in the ongoing battle that is marijuana prohibition in the United States.

The issue hasn’t been resolved just quite yet. In the Nation’s Capital, possessing marijuana is still considered a crime under federal law, so while D.C. metropolitan police won’t be arresting civilians for simple possessions, agencies such as, the U.S. Park Police will be.

Ironically, it was on this same day 43 years ago, that marijuana became public enemy No. 1.

So over the next two days, I’ll be releasing two articles on both how we got to this point in United States history, and what must be done to change the unjust, mainly racist laws surrounding marijuana.

On July 17, 1971, United States President Richard Nixon went to Congress and made an impassioned speech about what he, at the time, deemed “public enemy number one.”  It was here that he would initially ask for $84 million to begin his war, which according to Drug Policy Alliance has cost the United States government $51 billion annually. It would be that first step by Nixon that would lead the United States into the War on Drugs, a war that has only inflicted a 40-year concurrent loss.

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