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Historically Black Talladega College was invited to play in the Inauguration Parade. The President of the College was lambasted by left wing nutjobs, but stood firm in his resolve to provide this once in a lifetime opportunity for his students. He appeared on the O'Reilly Factor and at the end of the show there was a small opportunity mentioned for people to support the band. They have raised $600,000 to make their dream become a reality. Not bad for a bunch of deplorables.

You too can help this band by contributing. I am. Come on MRDs and people who love our MRDs. Step up to the plate and help your peers out.

https://www.gofundme.com/great-tornado-t...ral-parade
Talladega is a cool band. They exist without a football team!
Boo, this isn't even a remotely veiled attempt to inject polarizing politics into an "on-topic" thread.
(01-16-2017 08:46 PM)HyperDuke Wrote: [ -> ]Talladega is a cool band. They exist without a football team!

Wow!
(01-16-2017 09:16 PM)Pitz Wrote: [ -> ]Boo, this isn't even a remotely veiled attempt to inject polarizing politics into an "on-topic" thread.

Make a donation!
I just donated, and I can't believe some of the comments on the gofundme site written by the tolerant lefties who think helping to commemorate the peaceful transition of power from one President to the next is somehow a treason to one's race. SMFH. Idiots.
Someone send this to Charlie King.
(01-16-2017 10:09 PM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 09:16 PM)Pitz Wrote: [ -> ]Boo, this isn't even a remotely veiled attempt to inject polarizing politics into an "on-topic" thread.

Make a donation!

BSBK, please stop ruining this board by not-so-subtly pushing your political views on the rest of us. I come here to talk and listen about JMU stuff, largely as an escape from the overwhelming political nature of most media today. I don't come here to hear your opinions on liberals. I appreciate that you have these opinions and love America and whatnot, but please post this $hit on some other board. Let's get back to Dukes-related content.
(01-16-2017 09:38 PM)BleedingPurple Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 08:46 PM)HyperDuke Wrote: [ -> ]Talladega is a cool band. They exist without a football team!

Wow!
We have a band like that up here - UMass-Lowell (which is now Division 1). They had a football team, but it was cut in 2003. However, the Band refused to go away and performs regularly at high school shows in the area. (And they have actually gotten better since football was dropped.)

As for the gofundme page...they were looking for $75K - which they got. What is the purpose to keep giving them money for this? Are you just trying to reward them for playing for Trump? (I am glad that the Talladega prez was convinced to allow the band to go - I did both Clinton 2 and W 1 with the MRDs - doing this particular parade is about celebrating the country.)

I can tell you that a lot of bands pulled out of parade consideration this year. Since the MRDs marched in 1997, there have never been fewer than 15 bands there from all over the country. It has gone as high as 27 bands in that time. This year, there are 7 bands total. And that number is so low due to the mismanagement of the parade. They only began notifying groups on December 20th - one month before the parade. That is about 1-2 weeks later than normal (which is tough enough) and waaaaay too short of a time to collect the hundreds (or for west-coast schools, thousands) of dollars required to do this performance. There are only a total of 4 groups in the parade from west of the Mississippi. Most areas are not represented - even "red" areas - because they did not give enough time for logistics.
(01-16-2017 11:59 PM)chicagoduke Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 10:09 PM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 09:16 PM)Pitz Wrote: [ -> ]Boo, this isn't even a remotely veiled attempt to inject polarizing politics into an "on-topic" thread.

Make a donation!

BSBK, please stop ruining this board by not-so-subtly pushing your political views on the rest of us. I come here to talk and listen about JMU stuff, largely as an escape from the overwhelming political nature of most media today. I don't come here to hear your opinions on liberals. I appreciate that you have these opinions and love America and whatnot, but please post this $hit on some other board. Let's get back to Dukes-related content.

Yep, definitely not interested in helping out with Trump trying to make one of his "look how not racist I am" publicity stunts after he ran on a campaign of straight up racism... Not everyone here agrees with you, looking at the election results in Harrisonburg most probably don't. Regardless, I doubt anyone on either side is coming to Dukes' Domain for politics.
(01-16-2017 11:59 PM)chicagoduke Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 10:09 PM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 09:16 PM)Pitz Wrote: [ -> ]Boo, this isn't even a remotely veiled attempt to inject polarizing politics into an "on-topic" thread.

Make a donation!

BSBK, please stop ruining this board by not-so-subtly pushing your political views on the rest of us. I come here to talk and listen about JMU stuff, largely as an escape from the overwhelming political nature of most media today. I don't come here to hear your opinions on liberals. I appreciate that you have these opinions and love America and whatnot, but please post this $hit on some other board. Let's get back to Dukes-related content.


This is a public forum where people are allowed to express their opinions, and there has been a lot of talk on these boards about bands/MRD. It's not your safe place, so get over it. If you don't like it, don't read it. Good lord.
What's the donation for? Doesn't the new administration cover their costs for travelling/staying in DC to perform?
BSKB- Take your own advice and stick to basketball related topics.

(12-16-2016 10:25 AM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]......What the hell are the message boards for other than discussion of our teams, coaches and players?.....
(01-17-2017 06:52 AM)atljmualum Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 11:59 PM)chicagoduke Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 10:09 PM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 09:16 PM)Pitz Wrote: [ -> ]Boo, this isn't even a remotely veiled attempt to inject polarizing politics into an "on-topic" thread.

Make a donation!

BSBK, please stop ruining this board by not-so-subtly pushing your political views on the rest of us. I come here to talk and listen about JMU stuff, largely as an escape from the overwhelming political nature of most media today. I don't come here to hear your opinions on liberals. I appreciate that you have these opinions and love America and whatnot, but please post this $hit on some other board. Let's get back to Dukes-related content.


This is a public forum where people are allowed to express their opinions, and there has been a lot of talk on these boards about bands/MRD. It's not your safe place, so get over it. If you don't like it, don't read it. Good lord.

This is a public forum, one dealing with JMU and sports, mostly the two together. In this forum there is a section made exclusively for non JMU or non sport topics. There is even a better place for political discussions. Make the post about sports and JMU or express your opinion in the right place. It isn't about "safe spaces."

If you don't like someone's post, don't read it and certainly don't feel the need to respond with ignorance.
So glad to see this band get the needed funds--and then some additional. I applaud them for doing the right thing and resisting the ridiculous pressure put on them to not go. I will be cheering them on for certain. It is a shame some people have chosen to act like this when, like it or not---we swear in an elected president this week in a uniquely American event that is/should be a source of pride for our country. Whether you like the incoming president or not is not the point. Bravo to this band!!!
(01-17-2017 06:52 AM)atljmualum Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 11:59 PM)chicagoduke Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 10:09 PM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-16-2017 09:16 PM)Pitz Wrote: [ -> ]Boo, this isn't even a remotely veiled attempt to inject polarizing politics into an "on-topic" thread.

Make a donation!

BSBK, please stop ruining this board by not-so-subtly pushing your political views on the rest of us. I come here to talk and listen about JMU stuff, largely as an escape from the overwhelming political nature of most media today. I don't come here to hear your opinions on liberals. I appreciate that you have these opinions and love America and whatnot, but please post this $hit on some other board. Let's get back to Dukes-related content.


This is a public forum where people are allowed to express their opinions, and there has been a lot of talk on these boards about bands/MRD. It's not your safe place, so get over it. If you don't like it, don't read it. Good lord.

This is hilarious coming from a poster who routinely ******* about other people's opposing viewpoints, both JMU related and political.

Yep, I know I'm being a hypocrite.
OK Snowflakes, this is a feelgood thread about helping out a band in need and the power of a television program to make a difference. I think it is appropriate here on this board and not some off topic/political page where no one would see it. Yes, I injected some bias in it since Trump supporters are constantly labeled as racists. Here is a case where those very people saw an opportunity to help a black college from Alabama make a dream become a reality. I am happy for the kids and I would do this again. If you don't like it don't read it. If you want to lambaste me, have at it.
(01-17-2017 08:23 AM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]OK Snowflakes, this is a feelgood thread about helping out a band in need and the power of a television program to make a difference. I think it is appropriate here on this board and not some off topic/political page where no one would see it. Yes, I injected some bias in it since Trump supporters are constantly labeled as racists. Here is a case where those very people saw an opportunity to help a black college from Alabama make a dream become a reality. I am happy for the kids and I would do this again. If you don't like it don't read it. If you want to lambaste me, have at it.
Preach it. Nothing but good here in helping a band cover travel costs to participate in an historic event.

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(01-17-2017 08:23 AM)BSKB 24 Wrote: [ -> ]... this is a feelgood thread...

03-thumbsup Yeah, you kind of eliminated any chance of that when you you started talking about nutjobs and such.

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