I remember when I was little and didn’t know much about sports and I would cringe every time I heard my daddy yelling, screaming, stomping, loud clapping, talking mess and laughing! He would do that whether he had his friends over or even if he was sitting up there by himself; just shaking up the whole house. I remember when I got curious enough to ask questions so I could scream at the TV too. My dad worked a lot so I would look for any reason to sit with him when I was younger. If it wasn’t cartoons, it was wrestling and basketball. I love football now but back then my short attention span wasn’t having it. Lol Anyway I never met Stuart Scott but I remember watching and listening to him when I got to watch a little TV with my daddy. He was on TV sounding like my daddy and my uncles do when they talk sports. Slick, confident and with a little slang. My perfectionist virgo traits often had me saying Easter speeches at church, speaking with prime decorum, in the most standard of English with a flat surface and limited personality like most anchors I saw on TV, trying to do everything just right. Stuart Scott did something different up there that is now a lot more common. Black, bold, and knowledgeable. I remember I came back to the church I grew up in after college to speak to the youth of the congregation. My vernacular was different, I was calm, I was real, I was direct, I was myself and everyone received my message well. When I heard about people still quoting my words of that speech months later, I knew I did something right. You know…it’s the little things that can be the most impactful. God truly moves in mysterious ways. The love I have for my daddy and the love I have TV brought Stuart Scott into my path of influence. Though I picked up something really small, I realize that in order to reach the masses, you have to be yourself; you’re authentic self. We feel he is gone too soon, but he did very well while on this earth. He influenced so many people. Thank you for sprinkling a little inspiration on me when I didn’t even realize it. #RIPStuartScott #cancersucks
Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. He taught us all how be professional on TV while being ourselves and to beat cancer “how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live”. I will keep his family, colleagues and numerous fans in my prayers as we all work to heal from such a loss. God Bless Us All!
Always Remember to Stay Inspired! – @MsJaneThang