Professional basketball player Jason Collins has gone public with his sexuality, becoming the first active male athlete in major professional sports to come out as openly gay.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins, who played for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards before recently becoming a free agent, declares in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation," he adds.
Collins said it was a long process for him to accept his own sexuality and reveal the secret to others. "Imagine you're in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know - I baked for 33 years." He said he's now focused on continuing to do what he loves, play basketball. "I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful."
Collins said that one inspiration for his decision to come out was his good friend, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy, a big supporter of gay rights issues. "I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston's 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I'm seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating, but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn't even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator." Collins plans to join Kennedy in this year’s parade in June.
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will
undergo surgery in the coming days to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee,
the team announced Friday.
No timetable has yet been set for his return to the court.
The Thunder say Westbrook suffered the tear during the second quarter of
Oklahoma City's 105-102 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The team did not specify when exactly the tear occurred.
At the 5:34 mark of the quarter, Westbrook hit the deck after Rockets guard Patrick Beverley tried to steal the ball as Westbrook was calling a
timeout, and Westbrook came up limping: He did not leave the game after the play — in fact, he assisted on a Thabo
Sefolosha 3-pointer, picked up a steal and scored an end-to-end layup
immediately after the timeout — and finished with 29 points, five rebounds, four
assists and four steals in the win.
A Baltimore prisoner is said to have fathered five children with four
different corrections officers while incarcerated, according to a recently
unsealed federal racketeering indictment.
In addition, the Washington Post reports that 13 female
corrections officers assisted imprisoned gang members in criminal enterprises
including the trafficking of drugs, witness intimidation and money laundering.
Guards also tipped off prisoners about upcoming cell searches.
Tavon White, allegedly of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, reportedly bragged
about his position of power within the jail. In an intercepted phone call
detailed in the indictment, White is alleged to have said, "I hold the highest
seat you can get. So regardless of what anybody say, whatever I say is law. Like
I am the law... My word is law..., so if I told any mother-******* body they had
to do this, hit a police, do this, kill a mother-******, do anything, it got to
get done. Period."
The indictment is as disturbing as it is astounding. In it, prosecutors
detail the various sexual relationships White had with different prison guards.
Two of the women had the name "Tavon" tattooed on their bodies (one woman got
the tattoo on her neck, the other on her wrist). These sexual relations
"cemented the business ties and the association of the corrections officers with
the enterprise," prosecutors wrote in the indictment. The guards are said to
have smuggled in cellphones and drugs to the prisoners.
One prison guard was given a diamond ring by a gang leader. Others were
provided with cars to drive (including two Mercedes Benzes, a BMW and an Acura).
Two of those cars were purchased by a prisoner using proceeds from the illegal
enterprise, according to the indictment.
All told, 25 people were charged with racketeering and drug offenses. They
include inmates, guards, and outside suppliers. The Washington Post reports that
20 of them were also charged in a money-laundering conspiracy. Defendants will
face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years on the racketeering and drug
"We are committed to ensuring that this activity does not happen again," said
Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein in a press conference.
Gary D. Maynard, Maryland secretary of Public Safety & Correctional
Services, said, "It becomes embarrassing for me when we expose ourselves and we
participate in an investigation that’s going to show what’s going on in our
jails that I am not proud of."
Another sad day in America as the horrific scene from the Boston Marathon is being constantly reported. Details are still coming in but this is news that people should not have to hear. Our hearts goes out to eh families.
The Associated Press reported that the authorities were helping injured runners leave the scene and bloody spectators were being carried to a medical tent that was being used for runners.
The A.P. said that a loud explosion was heard on the north side of Boylston Street, near a photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion was heard several seconds later.
Local television showed ambulances at the scene. Pictures posted online showed several injured runners being attended to and smoke around the finish line.
The headquarters for the organizers of the marathon, one of the world’s oldest, was reportedly locked down while authorities investigate. Reporters inside the Copley Plaza Hotel, where the media center is and where many elite athletes are staying, were unable to leave.
The explosions went off more than four hours after the start of the men’s race, which meant that there were still several thousand runners yet to finish the race.
Big city authorities are typically on the highest levels of alert for events like a marathon, said Anthony Roman, a security expert.
“It is quite the counterterrorism effort,” said Mr. Roman, who runs Roman & Associates, a New York firm.
For major events in New York and other large cities, Mr. Roman said the police would typically weld manhole covers shut, while also examining the entire route just before the race. They will also place snipers on rooftops, with helicopters overhead. Analytic cameras in the city will be focusing on the race, he said.
“They have all the analytic cameras in the city focusing on the race with their advanced software network, reading license plates,” Roman said.
The Boston Marathon is one of running’s most storied events, established in 1897 and one of the six World Marathon Majors. The event typically attracts an estimated 500,000 spectators and requires certain qualifying times for runners to compete. The course winds throughout downtown Boston as well as several outlying cities, including Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley and Newton.
Unlike many sporting events that take place in closed arenas, marathons are known and heralded for their sprawl, allowing throngs of spectators to line the 26.2-mile course.
Within minutes of the explosions on Monday, social media and cable networks projected the images of gray smoke on Boylston Street in Boston, emergency crews on the scene and an unknown number of persons injured.
Whitney Houston suffered a tragic death last year. Regardless of the reasons surrounding her untimely death, she still gave the world a beautiful voice to cherish for years to come. No one can replace the way she performed songs like "I Will Always Love You", "I Look To You", and countless others.
Apparently, somewhere, a 14-year old teenager has apparently received an ultimate gift. Through WorldStarHipHop, a user submitted a cell phone recording of a young singer. HSe has since earned over 25000 likes on Facebook and 12000 shares of her video. Her name is Rachel and as facts are gathered we did not want to take the time letting more people know about her.
Right now, some young A&R executive is licking their chops and analyzing her voice to see how controlled it really is. They are finding out if she just wants to do this for phone or is serious. They are looking to find out what her personality is like. If they find all that out please believe in the next 3 years you will have an international superstar that has not existed since Whitney in the early 90's.
See the video for yourself below and you be the judge.
The writing is on the wall. Jay-Z will sign KING JAMES to ROC NATION.
This past week we have all learned, due to conflict of interest in the eyes of the NBA, Jay-Z must sell his stake in the Brooklyn Nets. We highly doubt that he wants to but in interest in growing his empire its the best financial move. Jay-Z isn't one for losing. Roc-a-Fella has sold over 50 million records, ROC NATION still thrives with its current artist line-up, and well then there is JAY-Z. Signing Lebron James will allow Hov to represent a champion. He will represent the man who will likely win the next few titles considering Pat Riley remains a good selector of talent. Selling the NETS also allow Jay to go to HEAT games, a much added bonus.
drug kingpin who controlled a multimillion-dollar cocaine empire in Queens that was so lucrative his lifestyle became the stuff of rap lyrics and street legend, is now in the midst of a senior moment.
After a 20-year stint in federal prisons, Thomas Mickens, once known as “Tony Montana” — after Al Pacino’s notorious “Scarface” character — is teaching fitness classes to senior citizens.
“People who used to work for me look at what I’m doing now and say, ‘What are you doing?’” he told The Post in his first-ever interview. “I left the past in the past — and I was able to walk away.”
Inside the Rain Senior Center in The Bronx last week, no one knew anything about Montana — only Tommy.
“Both arms up! Here we go!” Mickens yelled over a thumping bass. A room full of seniors sat enthralled by every squeal and sound effect out of his mouth.
“Three, Four, Five, Six. Talk to me! “Are you weak? No! We’re not weak! Owwwwwwww!”
Mickens, 49, started out life in Corona, the son of Mary Mickens and Thomas “Weasel” Harris — a big-time numbers runner.
Mary remarried, and moved the family to working-class Laurelton, where Mickens began showing his entrepreneurial spirit.
When he was 10 he carried groceries at area markets, but realized he could make more cash with a cartel of his own.
“I’d pay my friends five dollars a day to help me work, and I’d collect all their money.”
But it wasn’t enough. His friends who dealt drugs dressed better than him, and had new sneakers instead of his hand-me-down Pro Keds.
So he dropped out of school by the time he was about 15 to sell marijuana in Mentone Park off the Belt Parkway.
“I started with three dollars. I bought a trey bag, rolled up eight joints, and sold each one for a dollar.”
By 17, he was dealing cocaine and living on the 30th floor of a doorman building on Queens Boulevard.
“I was selling a kilo every two days,” he recalled. And he now had a crew of at least 50 to help him move the product.
The money — $100,000 on good weeks — really started to pour in.
And so did the toys.
He eventually amassed a fleet of 21 luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce equipped with a TV, a Ferrari and a Lamborghini; a $800,000 mansion in Dix Hills; a 38-foot-yacht paid for in cash; a helicopter, and a million-dollar smile showing off the diamonds and emeralds bonded to his teeth.
His lifestyle was immortalized by the rapper 50 Cent in the song, “Ghetto Qu’ran” : “Lord knows, Tommy had Laurelton sold/ Helicopters, Rolls Royces with Louis Vuitton interior/ Might sound like I’m fantasizing, but son I’m dead serious.”
Mickens soon owned a string of businesses along Merrick and Rockaway boulevards and Hollis Avenue, all with the “Montana” brand — Montana Dry Cleaners, Montana Sporting Goods, Montana Grocery.
He said he stopped hustling in 1986, but the feds nabbed him in 1988, and in 1989 he was convicted of drug dealing, money laundering and tax evasion. He was fined $1 million, had $2.5 million in assets seized, and was handed a 35-year sentence.
After getting out of prison in 2008, he created his first non-Montana business — the “Tommy Experience” dubbed as “a premier health, exercise, and wellness” program.
Each session, he said, “is like me giving back to my mother,” who died in 1993 after a stroke.
Seniors who experience Tommy second that emotion.
“He’s our pride and joy,” said Daphne Avery, 73, who was untroubled by the news that Tommy was once a coke kingpin.
“We love him regardless of what he’s done — his past is his past. This is the present.”
One senior was not only unsurprised — he was empathetic.
“I did time myself — 30 years, ” said James Alexander, 81, a volunteer at the center who said he too was locked up for drug dealing. “This shows he got something out of jail. He learned something from it — how to help people.”
A Department for the Aging spokesperson had no comment about Mickens’ past, only saying that city-contracted centers make their own hiring decisions according to their own policies.
Sitting comfortably on his couch in his warmly decorated Far Rockaway condo, Mickens — now a father of a 4-year-old girl — insisted he’s humbled.
“I’m not proud of what I did to my neighborhoods. I’m not proud of the pain I put my mother through,” he said.
Mickens said he was left penniless after he got out of jail, because people he trusted mismanaged his money.
Today, he earns about $40-$150 per class, but still manages to live large, cruising from center to center in a black 2012 Jaguar XJL — a lease.
Some days, he’ll drive through Laurelton, where he was once “the man.”
“I don’t stop,” he said.
MILLIONAIRE MAMA'S BOY The new OWN series Millionaire Mama's Boy explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee. Famous for being domineering on and off the court, Pamela is not only JaVale mom, she also his business manager, working to build an empire while trying to keep a tight rein on the glitz and girls that come with the life of an NBA star. Meanwhile, Pamela managing her own life, which consists of her equally fabulous single girlfriends who also have sons coming up in the league.When Pamela needs someone to laugh with or a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her girls. Like Pamela, they are single mothers raising their sons while dating and chasing their own ambitions. With her hectic schedule, Pamela relies on her Jay to get things done.She trusts him to oversee her mansion, bank accounts and properties. While her friends think there could be a love connection, Pamela and Jay deny it but they certainly fight like a married couple. Like any good mother, Pamela is a force to be reckoned with, and no one is going to stop Mama McGee from taking care of her own. After all, she is basketball royalty herself. They may be crazy, loud and a little wild, but family what it all about for the McGees and their friends. Ultimately, it a show about family, love and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son all seven feet of him.
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