Today the Cleveland Cavaliers decided that it would be best to part ways with their outspoken recently acquired pg, Isaiah Thomas, and they shipped him to the Lakers along with Channing Frye and a protected 1st rd pick, for Jordan Clarkson & Larry Nance.
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In honor of “Throwback Thursday,” I would like to highlight the Father of “African-American” baseball. Andrew Foster, known by most as “Rube,” founded the Negro National League in December of 1920, in which Foster invited 8 owners to Kansas City to form what we would become the strongest league to oppose major league baseball. During it’s existence, the NNL would serve as a league that would fight off the poachers, i.e. booking agents of the times from coming in and using up the best players and paying them less and taking more money from the gate and still treating the players as 2nd rate players/people. Rube was not only the founder, but he wore many hats within the league and coupled with being told at a meeting, with then American League president Ban Johnson and former Yankees manager John McGraw, that “it wasn’t the right time for African-American players in the major leagues,” and not long after that meeting, he suffered a mental breakdown in 1926 and was committed to a mental institution where he would stay until his death at the age of 51.
Andrew “Rube” Foster, the founding Father of the Negro National League.
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Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell has ended his holdout and reported to Steelers headquarters but it has not been announced that he has signed his tender for the upcoming season, but one could only assume that Bell isn’t there just to be around his teammates and that he is there to sign his tender and get back to work. Look, when healthy or eligible Le’Veon Bell is probably the best running back in football, but the key words are healthy & eligible. Bell’s name recently was hot in the streets and it wasn’t because of his newest rap that he put out, which was trash by the way, but because he allegedly got his fiance & his side piece pregnant all around the same time, SMFH! That’s probably why he wants to be paid like a WR instead of a RB, because we know that receiver money is just lil longer than that RB money.
“I spoke this into existence, no I’m not surprised by any of this.” That was Lavar Ball’s reaction when asked by ESPN writer Jeff Goodman if he was surprised by all of the fanfare and attention that the Big Baller Brand had been receiving, and most notably the attention that the architect/composer of this medley has gotten over the past year. You see, Lavar Ball is the outspoken ring leader of a family with 3 talented basketball players that have been groomed to be professional basketball players. If you’ve ever heard Lavar has said on numerous occasions that he and his wife Tina planned this journey from the start and it has already started coming to fruition. Lonzo was his guinea pig and it seems to be paying off, literally and figuratively.
For those that are not aware the Ball family in conjunction with Facebook, have launched their show, Ball in the Family. I’ve started watching the show and I for one will continue to support it because it gives you more than what you see on TV. The show of course provides an inside look at Lonzo, and what he has accomplished so far but it also shows you the different layers that make this family’s story a true treasure.
First, there’s Lavar and Tina, an interracial couple that early on had to find a way to make it work while Tina’s parents had to have time to grasp the concept that their daughter was dating a black guy. Which, truthfully speaking, I was glad to hear Tina’s parents speak the truth in episode 1. Tina’s parents admit to having initial problems with the pairing of the 2 but Lavar “was not pushy, and gave them time to come around to the idea.” That is a direct quote from Tina’s mother. Now look at them, sporting Big Baller Brand tees on TV show that was created by the guy you initially detested(funny how time changes minds). On top of the brand and lifestyle that Lavar has helped establish for the family, since Tina had her stroke, Lavar took it upon himself to rehab his wife and train her mind, body and soul back to recovery.
This show not only highlights the boisterous Lavar Ball, but it shows you how the Big Baller Brand has not only helped the players on the court but it has also provided jobs for Lavar’s brothers and close family friend, because they were able to quit their jobs and become his security(Now that’s bossin’ up!) We get to see a family, 3 generations as they live what we all should consider the American dream! Ball in the Family introduces Grandpa Ball to the world as well and he’s just as loud and proud as his son. There are more narratives, but I don’t want to spoil the show. This is going to be a great show and I for one will be tuning in!
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In honor of Black History Month, I want to honor my mom. No she isn’t famous to the world, but in my town she was special. Bettie J. Holloway-Taylor was an educator to a lot of youth throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. She was loving and kind to all that she came in contact with and she was always trying to help her people. She started a Christmas program in our neighborhood, that would give out free meals and toys to families in need and also the elderly members of the community. She would tutor dozens of children free of charge and did her best to be someone that was always there for you in your time of need. She was and still is my inspiration to be better in life, so every day I try to emulate some of the things she did and I know I’m a better person because of that. I believe that people shouldn’t just highlight the lives of celebrities and people that we have never even met, but instead, we should take time to highlight those people that have influenced our lives and others around them, in a special way. So, with that being said, I’d like to recognize my mother, Bettie J. Holloway-Taylor 3-11-1956 to 10-31-2012. #BHM #LsUp #BettiesBaby #BTSE #LiveLife #Educate
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