BIG3 – A Classic Remix of Basketball

Since the very beginning the Big3 has had some exciting proceedings. During the first game there was a buzzer beater as Power’s Deshawn Stephenson hit the dagger over beating Tri-State.

 

This was a venture of creating a new sports league by hip hop legend Ice Cube and power broker Jeff Kwatinetz.

We’ve seen new sports leagues being formed before with varying successes.

Price Of Fame – Lil Bow Wow to Shad Moss

Shad Moss, better known as Bow Wow, is an anomaly. Sometimes he confesses his desire to be the next Will Smith then other times he’s caught faking the funk leading to hilarity (#BowWowChallenge).

In hip hop it’s a very ‘what have you done for me lately’ culture. Artists can be recognized as legends but dismissed as washed after a few lackluster releases. 

For Grammy nominated stars like The Game & Snoop Dogg have moved to independent labels to make up for recently released albums failing to receive Platinum or Gold certifications.

Know Your Worth – Brands Teaming With Creatives

Instead of just retweeting or readily ignoring the originators brands who love the attention & money that our culture brings should employ and build with those who create those moments for them.

Corporations like Taco Bell or Burger King in the past have tweeted using the latest slang but it came off as inauthentic and corny cheapening the integrity of a movement.

But there have been brands who have recognized the talent that these influencers have, especially Black & Brown creatives and teamed up to create creative and original content to advertise to their fan base.

Master P – The Last Don

In the early 90s Death Row & Bad Boy led the way in the musical soundscape but after the death of both Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls the South began to rise.

Bass music of Miami with Uncle Luke & 2 Live Crew became the soundtrack of ‘Thrill’ Hill & The U.

At the Source Awards Outkast’s Andre 3000 declared ‘The South has something to say’. 

In New Orleans there was a new sound led by Master P’s No Limit Records & later Stunna’s Cash Money Records.

It’s A Different World – How A TV Show 30 Years Later Still Effects A Generation

In the era of ShondaLand and Empire, A Different World’s impact is still felt.

Creator of Love & Basketball’s Gina Prince-Bythewood and husband, co-creator of FOX’s Shots Fired were both staff writers on this show.

Papa Morton from Scandal was first Byron Douglas who was infamously interrupted by Dwayne’s impassioned speech to convince Whitley to run off with him instead.

Debbie Allen is the mother of Jesse Williams’ character and now executive producer for Grey’s Anatomy and when rumors surfaced of a Blackish spinoff centered around Yara Shahidi’s character going off to college an outcry of consumers wanted ADW reincarnated.