Herbert Seward III
Techie, IT Generalist, Blogger, Podcaster, Basketball Fanatic, Gamer, Foodie, Classic Hip-Hop head, and all around dope-ass dude.
“The BEST ideas start small...” - Herbert L. Seward III
Your Narrative is Your Narrative...
Let's be real...The year of our lord 2020 has, is, and will always be remembered as a complete dumpster fire. From demagogues to cults of personality, to untimely and difficult passings, to a pandemic that's giving the 1918 Spanish Influenza outbreak a run for its money, 2020 has given no quarter in terms of the trama that's been dished out to the people that have lived through it. In some ways, 2020 has forced us to examine our collective and individual mettle in ways that we rarely explore. Honestly, many of us have failed those trials in an epic, hunger games-ish kind of way and it's hard to look at that failure with a fresh set of eyes. Well, 2020 has inevitably ended and 2021 has brought us what the beginning of every new year normally does for the bulk of humanity.
Can HBCU Football Create its own Postseason Bowl Structure?
In a year where there's been a renewed interest in all things HBCU-related, Deion Sanders' hiring as the new football coach at Jackson State University was one of the biggest stories out there. The move literally changed the trajectory of SWAC media visibility and it's set the table for some pretty interesting times for HBCU football fans at the FCS level. Coach Sanders hitting the ground running wasn't just limited to the Jackson State program. In a recent tweet to the FCS Bowl universe, the new J-State head coach wondered aloud about HBCUs getting a piece of the post-season bowl pie that football programs at the FBS level have access to:
The Cloud Gaming Wars are Heating Up.
If you're a hardcore gamer, the idea of getting a new console or another PC upgrade doesn't trouble you all that much; You simply prepare to obtain the said goal, keep it moving. The not-so-hardcore community of casual and potential gamers is a bit more discerning. The idea of cloud gaming isn't new, having seen trailblazing early prototype services like OnLive generate a great deal of interest in the prospect of a truly console-free gaming experience. Skip a decade or so, and the marketplace is seeing a renewed push of the cloud gaming concept to a new generation of both hardcore and casual gamers on an extremely large scale.
HBCU Rivalries: Norfolk State vs. Hampton University
If you're from Hampton Roads (aka the 757, bka the seven cities), you already know what it is. There's a rich and storied legacy of HBCU athletic excellence in the state of Virginia. Whether it's Richmond, Petersburg, Southern Virginia, or the Tidewater area, the presence of historically Black Colleges and Universities have left their indelible footprint on the sports of the state. More so, the culture surrounding these rivalries are a point of attraction and pride all by themselves. There's one rivalry that stands out as the de facto mono y mono grudge match in Virginia's Tidewater area; Hampton University vs. Norfolk State University. Most HBCU fans know the rivalry by another name:
HBCUs and ESports: A Perfect Match?
My name is Herb Seward, and I'm a gamer. Video games have been part of my life since I was blessed enough to get my hands on an Atari 2600 console. I'm also a product of an HBCU (Historically Black College and University). Video games, much like everywhere else, became part of the cultural fabric of this country during the last decade or two. We've seen video games grow from two player games like Pong, to a multi-billion dollar industry where really proficient players are plying their trade at both the collegiate and professional level. E-Sports has become a global phenomenon in a pretty short period of time. Professional teams and players in a variety of gaming genres are front and center in the media eye at an increasing pace. There's also a vibrant and growing collegiate E-Sports scene that's starting to take root here.
Sony finally lifts the veil on the PS5. We still have some questions, though.
Well, Sony has finally let the cat out of the bag... Sony finally blessed us by unveiling it's entry into the upcoming battle for console gaming supremacy on a Thursday afternoon live webcast. At long last, the aesthetics and physical form of the long anticipated Playstation 5 console was revealed, though the producers of the event saw fit to tease us with glimpses of it's form throughout the presentation. The bulk of the presentation, however, was centralized around some of the upcoming games coming out on the platform. Before we get any further down the rabbit hole, let's take a look at some of the proposed specs on the platform:
The HONDA Battle Of The Bands
There are plenty of cultural practices that are part of the vast landscape that compose the Black College experience. The camaraderie, the sense of family and togetherness, the activist nature of the mission behind most HBCU's, etc. You get the general picture. The spectacle that surrounds Black College football on Saturday afternoons is truly one of America's unique treasures. We can talk about the football rivalries all day, but there's a culture within a culture here that gives the Black College football experience a flavor all its own.
Google is giving Stadia away for free for 2 Months.
Google Stadia is one of a number of Cloud-based gaming services on the market that's competing for a piece of what's perceived to be a growing demographic of the video game market space. They've decided to run a promotion offering two complementary months of their Stadia Pro service in an attempt to attract increased interest to the platform. It's a pretty interesting strategy for Google, given the mixed early reviews for the game service in general. The initial release of the service last year met with both excitement, and mixed reviews upon launch.