Wednesday, April 13, 2011

#MsLMstaus: Maya Moore's UConn Career Ends, WNBA Career Begins (April 3rd-9th)

Maya Moore is an American basketball forward for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, and the winner of the 2006 and 2007 Naismith Prep Player of the Year. She was selected as the John Wooden Award winner in 2009 after leading Connecticut to the undefeated national championship. The following season, Moore led Connecticut to capture its second national championship and continued its overall undefeated game-winning streak at 78; in the 2010–11 season, she led the Huskies to extend that streak to an NCAA both-gender record (all divisions) of 90. I've watched Moore's 4 years at UConn is she is possibly the best female college basketball player to ever play in the NCAA.

#MsLMstatus: Texas A&M beat Notre Dame 76-70 in NCAA Women’s title Game; 1st Championship for Aggies! (April 3rd-9th)

#MYOL News: Idris Elba Set To Open Health Clinic (April 3rd-9th)

Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba is a British televisiontheatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions. Elba grew up in Canning Town, East London. One of his first acting roles was in the soap opera Family Affairs. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.  He is also known for playingRussell "Stringer" Bell, the drug dealer who aspired to become a high powered businessman, in HBO's The Wire. Elba is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis / Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artistIt’s been reported that Idris Elba, along with his cousin, who’s a nurse, are planning to fund and open a heath care facility in Sierra Leone, to provide support for sick families in the country. Elba, who was born in the U.K. to African immigrant parents – his father from Sierra Leone and his mother from Ghana – has never visited his father’s homeland, though that’s something he plans to to address very soon. As he was recently quoted in the Observer magazine: “It’s embarrassing. I have to go. There are plans, serious plans! I can’t wait. I want to go to Sierra Leone with something — whether it’s some sort of contribution to health care, or to the entertainment industry. My cousin is a nurse; we are talking about opening a clinic.” Elba has starred in movies and TV Shows like "Takers", "Daddy's Little Girls", "The Wire" and more. Its great to see fame and fortune be used for philanthropy! #MYOL

#MYOL News: “The LeBrons” Animated Series; Episode's 1 & 2 (April 3rd-9th)

R.I.P Kurt Cobain; Nirvana Superstar (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)

"I get a little honest, and I ask my self 
If the time come will you save me if I ask for help 
Send my mind on a journey to the outermost 
To document what it had seen, and Cc: me the notes 
And ask Kurt Cobain why, cause I need to know 
He stopped when he had such a long way to go" - Big K.R.I.T.

Rest In Peace

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer-songwriter, musician and artist, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band NirvanaCobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album Bleach released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album Nevermind (1991). Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labeled "the flagship band" of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as "the spokesman of a generation". Cobain however was often uncomfortable and frustrated, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention. He challenged Nirvana's audience with its final studio album In Utero (1993).
During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression, his fame and public image, as well as the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. The circumstances of his death have become a topic of public fascination and debate. Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, sold over 25 million albums in the US alone, and over 50 million worldwide.

Hip Hop History: Sade ft. Jay Z - Moon & The Sky (Remix) (April 3rd-9th)

"I was the one/I who could, pull in all the stars above /Lay them on your feet, and I gave you my love/You are the one who got me started/You could have let me love anyone but I only wanted you/So why did he make me cry/Why didn't you come get me one last time"

"You'll always know/The reason why/We could have had the moon and the sky/You'll always know/The reason why this love, reason why this love/Ain't gon' let you go" - Sade

"I know we could have had it all/I wasn't ready to go steady no not at all/Smoke and mirrors clouded my vision we hit a wall/Couldn't see the moon and the sky behind the fog/Pregnant pause/Damn your baby tall, what you been up to/I don't blame you my doll/Yeah, we kinda stalled/As god as my witness, timin' was my mistress/I guess it's in the stars for me to love you from a distance/Uh, our ship sail, uh, the wind blows/The door's always open but our window was closed/You always thought "what if?"/But that'll just drive you crazy baby, girl interrupted/Thinkin' 'bout what wasn't/Thinkin' 'bout what was it?/Was it somethin' I done?/Somethin' I could do better although nothin' could be done/Sometimes you get what you need/Now what you think you want? /So baby no moon and sky, got a beautiful sun" - Jay-Z

Hip Hop: Cory Gunz MTV Reality Show “Son of a Gun” Trailer (April 3rd-9th)

It might just be coincidence but I think there is some awkward reason that both the "Like Father, Like Son: Dell and Stephen Curry" trailer was released in the same week "Son of Gun" trailer was released. Being that I am Hip Hop's Pee Wee Kirkland its only right that we bring light to two types of black fatherhood where fame, fortune and family legacy is at stake. One type is professional athletes which was written in the (NAME) blog right before this one. The other is Hip Hop artists who have become fathers and have children that are ready to make their own lanes. I think that this new generation of Hip Hop that has those relationships and family legacy will be interesting to watch. How will fathers like Peter Gunz, Rev Run, Ice Cube, Diddy and more use their fortune and fame to promote fatherhood?I don't come from either of those two type of relationships with my father but its not easy to feel like you have to fulfill what your father has done in his time and reach for more. My point is Cory Gunz is the first possible Hip Hop superstar to be a son of someone who had success in the Hip Hop game. Will he make it even though he's signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money, Cash Money records with labelmates Drake and Nicki Minaj? We will see, check out the trailer!

Hip Hop: Mobb Deep ft. Nas - Dog Sh*t (prod. by Alchemist) #NYC (April 3rd-9th)

"Dog S***, I s*** you not/you bring that larceny, danger or harm around me? / Dog S***, listen to me good we the grand goons/you just a lil nickle, dime hood"

"I'm the epitome slime ball, f*** up out my eyesight/f*** is on your brain dog s***, I'm not the clown type/die before I let a n**** play me like some baby s***/ Dog S***, you deaf, dumbb or blind? I'm the craziest" - Prodigy

"To, every gang, every hood’s in my veins/It’s my thing, it’s real, I’m in tune/I chill like the cold side of the moon/Silence you dudes like an empty room/Empty out with silencersYou get murdered like how it was in a saloon/Anastasia that is/Haters can’t live, talkin about they putting 8 in my wig/I got my dollars up, try ya luck, you die, no trial for us/Court appointed lawyers as foul as f-ck and I’m too fly/Cause when you’re locked in prison, you’re clock stop ticking/Now, you came home, the same age you went in/Mentality wise, get iller when boxed in/Fresh home, and right up top, you get it poppin/Freedom is a vitue, n-ggas hanging way past they parole curfew/Blowing on that purple, know my street ties, beef wise/I let three fly over ya head, Welcome home P/Let gets get this bread, Dog shit" - Nas

Hip Hop: Nipsey Hussle – Rose Clique #WESTCOAST (April 3rd-9th)

"played out p**** please don't offer me, no/if sex is weapon she could not kill a mosquito/lil mama lost her grip, pastrami round her peehole/got too many miles, baby thats a repo/shorty's in denial really tryna f*** with me though/I'm way out your league so, please excuse my ego"

"Young Nipsey Hussle aint some s*** that you should sleep on/rich before rap, had to let the streets go/faith in my transition I knew I'd be back in Beastmode...still somehow I understood that I could make a seed grow/and that one that tree would bare fruit to feed my people/that one day is upon us grab your fork its time to eat bro"

NBA: "Like Father Like Son": Dell and Stephen Curry (April 3rd-9th)

The story of the Curry Family is right out of a book. Whether its in your local area or nationwide there are families that are dedicated to the game of basketball. Every once in a while families that have had the game of basketball influence their lives fir decades produce new generation of basketball players. I come from a basketball family starting with my father and I know that when me or my brother have children that they will be involved in the game of basketball. Dell Curry was a sharp shooter in the 90's most notably with the Charlotte Hornets playing with Alonzo Mourning and Larry "Grandmama" Johnson. He also played for random teams towards the end of his career as a shooter of his caliber always has a spot somewhere on a team. Throughout Dell's whole journey his son's Stephen and Seth were there on the floor shooting around before games and hanging out around the NBA life since birth. Now there time has come as Stephen is the starting PG on the high scoring, high energy Golden State Warriors and Seth is a returning Junior next year at Duke. Watch the trailer, it is great to see Stephen Curry make his own lane after the one his father set for him.

NBA: Bulls Clinch No. 1 Seed in 2011 v Cleveland Cavaliers! (April 3rd-9th)

The last two years prior to the 2010-11 NBA season, Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Eastern Conference. This year Lebron is on a far better team than any lineup that was on the floor with the "King" at Cleveland. Derrick Rose was always predicted to be a superstar but his hype was never anywhere near the type of hype Lebron James has gotten throughout his career. With nicknames like "The Golden Child" or "The King" which were given and have been self-endorsed by Lebron himself. His only argument of upholding those nicknames is his 2 consecutive MVP Awards and numerous records he has broken in his career thus far but still no NBA Championship. Derrick Rose has never been given any nicknames, walks off the court and not shake hands after losing a playoff series or makes efforts to be an international brand. The one thing that D.Rose and the Bulls do have is the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference and possibly the whole playoffs. Chicago's is chasing down the best record in the league while the league leading Spurs have two games left but have chosen to sit there best players Parker, Ginobili and Duncan. The Bulls also have the unanimous MVP this year, will they get a title before the Heat? #2011NBAPlayoffs