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|Tue, August 22, 2017 at 8:42 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Boston Celtics have acquired All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 unprotected first-round pick, according to ESPN.
Irving, 25, requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has said that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
Thomas missed the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals with the hip injury and opted not to have surgery. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he was not sure Thomas would be ready for the start of training camp, but that further medical tests in September would determine that timeline.Thomas, 28, will become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June. Thomas has said he believes he's worthy of a maximum contract.Irving was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. Thomas was the last.The trade will make for an interesting opener for both teams. The Celtics and Cavaliers open the season in Cleveland on Oct. 17.
|Tue, August 22, 2017 at 8:34 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
According to the folks over at IGN and Deadline, DC is developing a Joker stand alone movie that will act as an origin story.
According to reports, a Joker origin film is in early development stages by Warner Bros. and DC, with Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, on board to direct and co-write the script with Scott Silver, who wrote Eminem's 8 Mile. Martin Scorsese is said to be producing it with Phillips.
IGN is also reporting that the movie will not involve Jared Leto as the character. Instead, it will be part of an unannounced imprint of DC films that will look to tell one-off stories about beloved characters in the DC canon. (So, for example, even if this film is released, Jared Leto's Joker would still appear in any DCEU-related films, such as Suicide Squad 2)
|Sat, August 19, 2017 at 9:56 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
In the world of social media, a good post can make you, and it can cut you down from the highest of pedestals. No platform displays the public's ability to turn on you better than Twitter. Top celebrities, athletes and politicians have all let 140 characters be their downfall. It's why one should always choose words and images wisely when tweeting, and our 44th president, Barack Obama, recently did just that with a touching and inspiring message after the tragedy during the Charlottesville, VA protests.
As you can see in the picture above, the former POTUS is getting a lot of love for his tweet promoting unity. In fact, Obama's tweet was so popular that it has officially become the most like tweet of all time. The tweet took less than a day to gain 3.3 million likes, breaking the previous record. The tweet is still gaining in popularity as it is over 4.4 million like as of this writing. This tweet wasn't the only popular tweet from Barack, two other tweets that were posted along with the above tweet have gain 1.6 and 1.4 million likes.
Leave it up President Obama to show us all how twitter is supposed to be done.
|Fri, August 18, 2017 at 5:24 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Bishop James Dukes, a pastor of Liberation Christian Center, is asking Chicago's Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, to remove the names of former presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson from parks on the South Side. The reason he is giving is that we should not be honoring slave owners in predominantly black communities.
Pastor Dukes isn't looking to deny Washington's or Jackson place in history, he just feels that it is not appropriate to celebrate them in the black community.
?At the corner of 51st and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive sits a statue of George Washington on horseback. "When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans," Pastor Dukes said. "Some people out here ask me, say 'Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.' That's almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat."
Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation's first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he's no hero to the black community.
"There's no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it," he said. "Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us 'just accept it' is actually insulting."
The pastor also said President Andrew Jackson's name should be removed from nearby Jackson Park, because he also was a slave owner. He said he's not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.
"In an African-American community, it's a slap in the face and it's a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner."
Dukes said he has sent letters to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District asking them to change the names of Washington and Jackson parks. He shared the letter on Facebook.
?From report on CBS.com
|Tue, August 15, 2017 at 8:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Image via IstagramIf there is one thing we all learned from "The Dave Chappelle Show" it's that Dylan from MTV's "Making the Band" spits hot fire.
The "Making The Band" parody is still one of the most popular skits from the three seasons of the sketch comedy show. Its popularity is thanks in part to Dave Chappelle's hilarious impersonation of Dylan, one of the members of Da Band, a hip-hop group managed by Diddy (also played in the sketch by Chappelle). Before Friday (August 11), Chappelle had never met the man who takes up all the spots on the top five MCs list, but all that changed at the ?House of Vans in New York City. As you can see in the Instagram video below, ?they quoted some of the sketch's iconic lines, and Chappelle recorded a quick promo for Dylan's upcoming album Pain 2 Power.You can cop Dylan new album, Pain 2 Power, coming out on September 15, 2017.
|Fri, August 11, 2017 at 7:21 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Looks like SoundCloud, the digital music service and favorite of independent artist, will live on. The struggling brand secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.
The new injection of cash comes via The Raine Group, a boutique merchant bank, and a Singapore-based investment company named Temasek. Together they are leading a $169.5 million investment round that infuses SoundCloud with much-needed cash.
Along with the new money, SoundCloud also will have a new CEO and COO. Former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor succeeds founder Alex Ljung as chief executive, and Michael Weissman, another former executive at the video platform, was named SoundCloud's chief operating officer.
Ljung and SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss will remain with the company they founded a decade ago. Ljung will serve as chairman of SoundCloud's board, and Wahlforss as chief product officer.
SoundCloud last reported some 170 million users