Common continues to represent the excellence Chicago creates. A few days after winning MVP at the celebrity game he performs a tribute that is uplifting and tear jerking. The love Common has for Chicago comes through his poetic bars. The feeling is motivation for greatness. Check out the video for yourself.
Tiffany Haddish is an intelligent, talented and beautiful black woman. Her energy is infectious and it seems like she would be great to be around. Now, is her stand up funny? That has yet to be determined.
Haddish among a host of other guests including JB Smoove, Gary Payton and Dwayne Wade were guests on Inside the NBA All Star Roast. Guests come on to Roast the hosts of the show Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and Ernie Johnson. Tiffany came out to do her job and all of her jokes fell flat. Twitter wasted no time sharing their opinions and they were not nice.
Haddish has established herself as a box office star since her break out role on “Girl Trip” that came out in 2017. In 2018 she was Kevin Hart’s co-star in “Night School”. She also stars as Tracy Morgans ex-girlfriend on “The Last OG”. Her most recent role was in “Like a Boss” that was released in theaters in January of 2020. Where she may lack in stand up ability she surely makes up with charisma and energy. Those qualities shine on the screen.
Do you think Tiffany should stop doing stand up and focus on acting? share in the comments below.
Common represented for the home team by winning MVP at this year’s All Star Celebrity Game. Chicago showed love on February 14, 2020 at the Wintrust Arena. Common’s team coached by Michael Wilbon crushed Chance the Rapper’s team coached by Stephen A. Smith 62-47.
Common wore number 25 as a tribute to Ben Wilson a high school basketball star who was gunned down as a teenager in Chicago. Common is no stranger to the game. As a child he was a ball-boy for the Chicago Bulls. In 2010 he played an NBA athlete who was injured during the 2009 All Star game in the movie Just Wright alongside Queen Latifah.
Lil Rel, Hannibal Burress, Spice Adams and NBA legends Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson were all there on behalf of their hometown Chicago. Former Chicago Bulls’s Horace Grant and Nate Robinson were unlocked as secret players during the course of the event. Arnie Duncan the former secretary of education showcased his exceptional skills during the night’s festivities. Ultimately the night belonged to Common and his team.
Team Wilbon (Home) Captain: Common (rapper, actor) Bad Bunny (recording artist) Hannibal Buress (actor, comedian) Kane Brown (four-time AMA Award-winning artist) Jon Batiste (musician, bandleader of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”) Alex Moffat (actor and comedian, “Saturday Night Live”) Chef José Andrés (chef and humanitarian) Famous Los (comedian, social media influencer) Jidenna (recording artist) Chelsea Gray (WNBA) Quentin Richardson (NBA legend)
Team Stephen A. (Away) Captain: Chance The Rapper (rapper) Quavo (rapper) Taylor Bennett (rapper) LaRoyce Hawkins (actor, “Chicago PD”) Anthony “Spice” Adams (Aka, Cream E. Biggums, actor, comedian, former NFL defensive tackle) Marc Lasry (co-owner, Milwaukee Bucks) Ronnie 2K (marketing director at 2K Sports) Katelyn Ohashi (gymnast) Lil Rel Howery (actor-comedian) A’ja Wilson (WNBA) Darius Miles (NBA legend)
Chicago is on fire and ready to celebrate NBA All Star 2020 despite the sub-zero temperatures that are on the way. Grammy Award-Winning Artist Chance the Rapper shares that this years All Star is special because of Kobe Bryant. Check out the video.
Jussie Smollett has been indicted by a special prosecutor. Fox 32 reported that Chicago special prosecutor Dan Webb has issued this indictment. Smollett is expected in court on February 24, 2020.
All of this stems from the 2019 hate crime that happened in Chicago. The hate crime turned out as a hoax and seemed to be orchestrated by Smollett.
When news of the fake hate crime hit the web Smollett received support from all of his Hollywood friends most notably his former co-stars from Empire Taraji P Henson and Terrance Howard. The internet stood behind the actor.
Once the story started to unravel Smollett’s support waned. .
Smolett was indicted on February 20, 2019 for disorderly conduct and filing a fraudulent police report. The indictment pointed to Smollett paying two Nigerian men to participate in his alleged staged attack.
Those charges were dropped in March of 2019 in exchange for community service and a 10k fine. Smollett doubled down after the charges were dropped. He never once denied that the attack happned.
States Attorney Kim Foxx and former superintendent of The Chicago police were at odds because of this case. Johnson said Smollett and his attorneys “chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system.”
Former Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel was also angry about the initial outcome in a press conference in 2019 he share his thoughts “This is, without a doubt, a whitewash of justice and sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power, you’ll get treated one way, other people will be treated another way. There is no accountability.” said Emanuel
Smollett has since gone into obscurity since the initial incident. There were rumors of him joining the final season of Empire but that did not happen. Details are still surfacing in this new indictment.
So what do you think? Will Jussie serve time? Share in the comments.
Dwayne Wade was on Ellen recently discussing the moment his son Zion made it clear that he was ready to love his truth.
Wayne recalls Zion coming home from school. Once Zaya our 12 year-old came home, first Zion, I don’t know if everyone knows (she) was originally named Zion born as a boy came home and said “Hey I want to to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth and I want to be referenced as she and her. I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.” Internally now it’s our job to go out and get information.”said Wayne
Wayne and his wife Gabrielle Union are extremely supportive of their daughter.
How would you feel if your child shared something like this with you? Please share in the comments below.
Camille Cosby has delivered a clear an succinct message to Gayle King and others who seem to have taken up the mantle against Black men. Camille took to instagram to provide a message in defense of Kobe Bryant’s family and the image of Black men.
All of this is a result of the interview Gayle King did with Lisa Leslie. King brought up Kobe Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case and Kobes legacy. This happened right after discussing Kobe’s daughter Gianna playing in the WNBA. Many have taken exception to Kings line of questioning and have not hesitated to let her know.
Snoop Dog took to his instagram to share his displeasure “Gayle King, outta pocket for that s–, Way outta pocket. What do you gain from that? I swear to God we the worst. We the f— worst. We expect more from you Gayle. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why ya’ll attacking us? We your people. You didn’t come after f—- Harvey Weinstien asking them dum a– questions. I get sick a ya’ll. I wanna call you one. Is it ok if I call her one?”
Snoop calls King out of her name saying she needs to back off “before we come get you”. Bill Cosby tweeted from inside of his jail cell in order to thank Snoop for exposing King and “an agenda of successful Black Women being used to tarnish the image and legacy of successful Black men even in death.” tweeted Bill Cosby
Mrs. Cosby echoed her husbands statement in a instagram post “The relentless, stereotypical portrayals of people of color… and I will specify African American men for the purpose of this statement…and the ever-present, unproven accusations of Black men as sexually deviant, brutal black bucks, are repetitive obsessions in most general media.” she posted
King has since delivered what can be interpreted as an apology for how her line of questioning was viewed out of context.
It’s Dilla month. We celebrate the life of one of the best producers we have ever been blessed to hear. Dilla was an extremely prolific producer. Much of his greatest work is with his group Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Common and of course on his own project “Welcome to Detroit.
Dilla had beat tapes circulate the world once people discovered his genius. As a result, a lot of his work may be uncredited or has traveled under the radar and out of the scope of the mainstream. One thing for sure is you can’t mistake that J Dilla bump. It’s a groove. It’s a vibe.
Lets take a moment and listen to 5 songs Dilla produced that you may not have been aware of.
Janet Jackson “Got Till it’s Gone”
When I first heard this song I’m not sure I was fully aware who Dilla was yet. But according to stories I have heard about this production Q Tip who was working with Dilla and basically presented him to all of his friends shared this track with Janet Jackson and she was instantly hooked. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis took credit for this production, but the word got out as to who did the work. This may be one of the first introductions of Dilla’s prowess to the mainstream culture.
2. The Brand New Heavies “Sometimes (Ummah Remix)
The Brand New Heavies were a force to be reckoned with during the Neo-Soul movement. They were driven by live instrumentation and an R&B vibe. This specific song mentions that this song was remixed by The Ummah. The Ummah was a production collective that consisted of Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Raphael Sasdiq, Q Tip and J Dilla. By this point the cat was out of the bag and Dilla was known more in the industry. So even though this is an Ummah remix you can still hear Dilla’s bump all over this.
3. Black Star “Little Brother”
As an avid fan of the legendary rap group Black Star I thought I knew a lot about them. Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def and Talib Kweli are two of my favorite emcees. I had a pretty good idea of the production they used. Imagine my surprise when I found out that “Little Brother” a single used for “The Hurricane” soundtrack featuring Denzel Washington was produced by Dilla. Whats even more amazing is to hear the way this song was produced. It is awe inspiring and speaks directly to Dilla’s genius. Google “Questlove on J Dilla’s sampling techniques ” to hear that story.
4. D’Angelo “Feel Like Makin’ Love
“Voodo” by D’Angelo is arguably his greatest work. The recording of that album took place at the legendary Electric Lady Studio’s where legendary projects by Common, Erykah Badu and The Roots were recorded. This song was recorded because Lauryn “Miss Hill” Hill missed a session. Dilla is ALL over this one.
5. A Tribe Called Quest “Find My Way”
This song comes from a Tribe album that wasn’t well received initially but has since grown to be a classic. The Love Movement had a different sound. It was jazzy but still hip-hop. Its had class and bottom. All of these a Dilla traits. The Ummah is credited for production on this but as always Dilla’s influence is evident and seeps into your soul.
6.Tupac “Do For Love” . BONUS!!!
I know I said 5 but this one had to mentioned because it features two of Hip-Hop’s greatest. This is one I just realized thanks to a post by Andrew Barber on twitter. Tupac and Dilla on a track together is truly heaven!
For context on this Tupac joint.
I’m sure I missed a few. What are some of your favorite Dilla productions. Share in the comments.
The past 2 days have been a whirlwind when it comes to the living. The fact is Kobe, Gianna and seven other individuals are no longer with us. Their families are left to morn their loss alone once the cameras go off. Can any of you even imagine what these families are going through? What could it possibly be like to be Vanessa Bryant who lost her husband and her daughter? How do the families of John Altobelli, Kerri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobyan and Christina Mauser feel about their family members being lumped in as the “seven other victims”?
Those questions are why what Gayle King did was so unsettling and irresponsible. She tried to pass the buck off to “someone” at CBS uploading that snippet after the interview already aired. She mentioned the video was out of context. King provided a number of reasons. She even mentioned how she would feel if she saw the video the way the public did. “I know that if I had seen the video that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too” said King. That is the most telling part of this. If that line of questioning is moved to any other part of that interview it’s going to come off the same way. It’s going to feel abrupt, accusatory and like gotcha journalism.
Lisa Leslie handled her questions masterfully. She kept her composure even after she was blindsided. Leslie spoke facts, protected her friend and delivered a clear message. This three time WNBA MVP rose to the occasion with class and grace.
Here are five reasons why she remains the MVP.
She never once shied away from the question.
She kept her poise.
She spoke her truth and shared the impression of the man she knew Kobe to be.
She looked Gayle directly in her eyes and told her that the “media” (another word for Gayle) should be more respectful at this time.
She shut it all down when she reminded Gayle that the case was dismissed and it should stay there.
It takes a real friend to fend off an attack against you and your family in that manner. We should all be so lucky to have one friend like that.
Who is your MVP? How did Lisa do? Share in the comments.