Snoop Dogg rails against ‘Roots’ in expletive-filled video

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In the USAToday.com link below, California rapper Snoop Dogg urges black Americans to boycott the Roots mini-series remake. Snoop Dogg believes we have seen too many negative depictions of black history recently; also citing 12 Years a Slave as an example.

While appreciating Snoop Dogg’s desire to see mainstream media highlight the accomplishments of black American history, it is a harsh reality that slavery existed for hundreds of years in this country and there are still many stories that have not been told.

In this era we are lucky to see comedic and dramatic depictions of black Americans in shows like Blackish, The Carmichael Show, House of Lies, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal and even Empire

While slave movies/shows are hard to watch they are a part of American history. A part of American history that is often avoided in classrooms…

Source: Snoop Dogg rails against ‘Roots’ in expletive-filled video

Report: Apple extending iPhone product cycle

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At one point, iPhone launches were as predictable as the changing seasons. They launch a smartphone (iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6), then follow up with the slightly improved “S” model (4s, 5s, 6s).

That schedule could change. According to a report from Asia’s Nikkei, Apple is going to extend the product cycle of its flagship device where a revamped version of the iPhone will launch every three years instead of two years…

Source: Report: Apple extending iPhone product cycle

Prince, Innovative and Influential Music Legend, Is Dead at 57 | KTLA

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Legendary, innovative and hugely influential musician Prince has died at age 57, the Associated Press reported, citing his publicist.

Source: Prince, Innovative and Influential Music Legend, Is Dead at 57 | KTLA

77 killed, hundreds hurt in Ecuador’s 7.8 earthquake

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Ecuador’s Risk Management Agency said 10,000 armed forces were deployed to the coastal areas hit hardest by the deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Saturday night…

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Source: 77 killed, hundreds hurt in Ecuador’s 7.8 earthquake

The Battle for New York’s Key Voting Blocs in the Primaries – The New York Times

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A look at where the candidates are competing for votes. Interesting to see where primary candidates have the best opportunities to earn votes. Click the link below.

Source: The Battle for New York’s Key Voting Blocs in the Primaries – The New York Times

Sarah Palin mocks Bill Nye over climate change – CNNPolitics.com

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mocked Bill Nye on Thursday, using the premier of a film that criticizes climate change scientists to call into question Nye’s credentials.

Source: Sarah Palin mocks Bill Nye over climate change – CNNPolitics.com

Kobe’s Depth & Drama

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Last night is the only time in history when 60 will be worth much more than 73. Kobe Bean Bryant ended his 20 year NBA career last night scoring 60 points while hitting multiple clutch jump shots in a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz. A few minutes before that, the Golden State Warriors earned their record 73rd regular season win against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kobe scoring 60 points is nothing new, he has done it 5 times. Kobe taking 50 shots is a career high but totally not out of character, he has missed the most shots in NBA history. During Kobe’s last season we did experience something new though. The depth, compassion and respect we saw from Kobe during his farewell season totally obliterates all the things we thought he was.

Kobe made his name as a cold hearted competitor. There are tons of stories from teammates and even a book from his former head coach Phil Jackson which paint Kobe as a win at all costs type of player. Championships meant more to Bryant than the relationships he had in the locker room. However, without a realistic shot at any team success the past three seasons in LA, Kobe has had to find other motivation to fuel his game.

Throughout this season, it seems as if that motivation has come in the form in coaching his super young teammates and solidifying relationships with his peers around the league. At the end of each game this season Kobe gave out more hugs than Barney. In numerous interviews he praised the superstars of our era and openly offered his wisdom to all who needed it. All this from a guy who once said:

“Smush Parker was the worst. He shouldn’t have been in the NBA but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. … I was shooting 45 times a game [in 2007]. What was I supposed to do? Pass it into Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown?”

And this:

“There’s certain players that I’ve made cry. If I can make you cry by being sarcastic, then I really don’t want to play with you in the playoffs.”

Even though this seems like a new Kobe, he has had no issue being open in the past. Probably too open. During his time with Shaquille O’Neal in LA, the two would frequently communicate through the media. Kobe always thought Shaq was lazy in practice, and Shaq thought Kobe took too many shots. The worst of it came when the jabs at each other became personal. During Kobe’s sexual assault trial, for some reason he suggested that Shaq had paid off women that he had extra marital relations with:

Eventually, Kobe grew up and two have made up. Through Kobe’s jovial farewell season, he has made these minor missteps seem irrelevant. Our first thoughts will always go to his precise movements and  planned actions on the basketball court that made him an all time great.

The last stand of Kobe Bryant is something I’ll definitely tell my future kids about as they watch the final games of Steph Curry or Kawhi Leonard or Anthony Davis. The Kobe that smile, hugs and scored 60 in his final game, is what will resonate for years to come. But the drama, mistakes and overall hatred for his should by opposing fans is what made him more interesting than the average superstar. Probably even more interesting than MJ.

Mamba Out…