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After His Presidency, Could Obama Become An NBA Team Owner?

June 23rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s no secret that President Barack Obama loves to hoop. So much so that shortly after taking office, he had the White House tennis court adapted so it could be used for both tennis and basketball. But now, with his stay in the White House coming to a close in January, he’s drawing out a game plan of his next big moves. And according to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner is a possible option, ESPN reports.

Yesterday (June 22), Earnest shared that “potentially… under the right circumstances,” Obama would pursue the opportunity of being a part of an ownership group for an NBA franchise.

The idea also came up in GQ‘s past November issue when Obama gushed that he’d “absolutely” want to join an NBA ownership group. “I have fantasized about being able to put together a team and how much fun that would be,” he said. “I think it’d be terrific.”

President-turned-NBA owner, what do you all think?

Are We Ignoring Black Men In The Colorism Conversation?

June 7th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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I believe Black folks, in particular, should have more open conversations about colorism.

However, one of my biggest pet peeves with the entire colorism debate is the framing. More specifically, how most public conversations on the issue tend to only address colorism and its effect on Black women.

Of course, colorism is not only a Black woman’s problem. It isn’t just about hair textures and skin tones and adequacy issues. It’s not just about Black women feeling they are too dark to be valued and too light to feel Black enough. It is not all in women’s heads nor is it our cross to bear alone. Instead, it is an issue that affects all of us. And that includes the brothers too.

And yet, it is rare to hear or read anything about how the brothers relate to their own, or to each other’s, skin tones. This is one of the reasons I appreciate Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson’s latest essay, which is entitled, “The Color Line: Stephen Curry’s prominence resurfaces issues of colorism among blacks.”

Well, I should say that I sort of appreciate it.

As the title suggests, this essay tries to make Curry’s light skin tone an issue among all blacks. Dyson even managed to tie Beyoncé and Lil’ Kim into his discussion that is largely about Curry. However, if we read between the lines, it is clear that all of us are not the primary focus here. For one, the article appears on Undefeated, which is generally a sports site. And who is the primary audience of sporting news and opinion pieces? The menfolk.

And secondly, women are fans of the Golden State Warrior MVP player. I’ll just leave it at that.

But aside from the topic’s questionable framing, I am here for it. I too have noticed the subtle shade being thrown at Curry among men. I see the light-skinned jokes on social media. And I personally know of Black men who don’t mess with him as a player simply because he is light skinned.

These sort of instigations do not exist in a bubble. They are very much examples of how brothers are active players in colorism just as much as the sisters. In short, some have no problems accepting and loving redbone women, but will object in a minute to a redbone man.

And as Dyson noted:

The politics of shade have shadowed black folk from the time we set foot in North America. Curry’s fame has upped the ante: Suspicion surrounds him because of his light skin, and because he’s been lauded by both the NBA and media establishments. The subliminal message has become explicit: Curry is a brother we may not be able to embrace because the powers that be embrace him too. Curry is not the first black man who makes some black folk uneasy because America loves him as much as we do, but he may be the most popular contemporary figure evoking that dilemma. And Curry’s color is at the heart of that dilemma.

There’s little question that Curry’s skin has inflamed a racial wound that may be invisible to folk outside the culture: the plague of colorism, or skin tone, that has yet to be conquered. Curry’s light skin and its relation to — some would argue the crucial reason for — his broad cultural appeal has not gone unnoticed.

“James Harden doesn’t stand a chance to win the MVP,” a college professor on the West Coast proclaimed in his class when I visited his school in 2015, referring to Curry’s closest competitor for the award. “He’s too dark and ‘too black.’”

Dyson then goes on to write about the time during an NBA 2K-sponsored panel discussion when Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder said that he initially didn’t believe Curry was Black when they first met.

Or as Dyson wrote of the exchange:

“I thought he was white,” Durant said. “He was this yellow kid, right? I’m just being real now, right? Where I come from, in the hood, we don’t see that. We don’t see the light-skinned guys around. It was all guys like me.” As the darker-skinned Durant told the story, Curry was engulfed in guffaws as he rested his left hand on Harden’s back, who was bent over in laughter. There was clearly no offense meant or taken.

Still, there is a premise or two suppressed in the logic of Durant’s remarks. First, “hood” and “dark” imply an inverse relation to “light” and “suburban,” or somewhere that is definitely not the ghetto. Class distinctions abound in Durant’s observations.

“I thought he was white,” Durant said. “He was this yellow kid, right? I’m just being real now, right? Where I come from, in the hood, we don’t see that. We don’t see the light-skinned guys around. It was all guys like me.”

Second, “ ‘hood” in the coded speech of black identity means “real.” Durant channels what passes for common sense among many blacks: that a “real” black may be the darker one, and the lighter black is suspect and inauthentic because his or her skin reflects symbolic, if not literal, ties to the white world. There would be no light skin if there weren’t white skin in the game — either through the raping of black women on slave plantations, or in less-volatile relations between black men and white women.

As Dyson noted, Durant isn’t the only player with colorism issues. Retired Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson once referred to Curry in an interview as “That light-skinned dude.” And retired Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant once “admonished” former teammate Jordan Clarkson for “driving to the basket like a light-skinned dude.”

As Dyson wrote, both of these comments, as well as the many made daily online, illustrate how Black folks have fed into some pretty nasty ideals about light skin not being Black enough. “Often, without proof, lighter blacks are indicted for the sin that their skin suggests they’ve committed — the sin of collusion with white society to derive advantage from their elevated status,” Dyson said. “In such a view, their choices are narrowed to either eagerly embracing light privilege, or disdaining light skin as the mark of racial heresy — a sign of the denial of authentic blackness at the level of the epidermis.”

You can read the essay in its entirety here. I suspect that for many Black womenfolk, in particular, the ones who have been beaten over the head with the colorism issue, there are very few revelations in anything Dyson wrote. In fact, the essay itself is pretty elementary and self-evident.

But again, the mere fact that this issue was broached from a brother, among other brothers, makes it worth the consideration.

Though for some reason, I expected more of a reaction to the article. This should have gone viral the same way that the conversations about Lil’ Kim’s drastic transformation did. And yet, this piece has barely gained any traction.

Hmm, I wonder why…

 

 

That Fight With Derek Fisher Will Cost Matt Barnes $64,000

December 28th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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That Fight With Derek Fisher Will Cost Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes’ name appeared in the headlines at least twice this year. One time, when he claimed he was dating Rihanna and another when he fought his former friend and teammate Derek Fisher. For those who don’t remember, the two men got into a physical altercation after Barnes learned that Fisher was at home with his estranged wife and two sons.

Barnes drove over to the home; and while we don’t know what happened afterward, there was clearly some type of scuffle.

Both authorities and the NBA looked into the incident and a punishment has been rendered.

According toYahoo Sports, Barnes, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, has been suspended for two games. He is expected to serve the suspension on Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat and Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz.

Sitting out for these two games will cost Barnes $64,000 in salary.

What do you think about this punishment? Is it sufficient or too much?

NBA Stars Lend Their Voice To Anti-Gun Violence PSA

December 27th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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As many of us know, Christmas Day was chock full of family and friends, good food, gift-giving, and of course all the men in the family huddled around the TV watching several hours of basketball.

However, the NBA stars that are known for defensive plays and scouring triple doubles, decided to talk about much more than their love for the game. On Christmas, a public service announcement debuted, in which four ballers – Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Joakim Noah – lent their voices to an anti-gun violence campaign by Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that aims to prevent gun violence.

“My daughter Riley is that age,” Curry says, referring to a three-year-old girl that was fatally shot over the summer. “The gun should never be an option,” Anthony says during his segment.

The series of videos, which aired as one commercial, was shot by director Spike Lee, who is also a member of the organization’s creative council.

“I think [Lee] sensed and saw that our guys were feeling that same passion that he had and he reached out to Adam [Silver, the NBA’s commissioner] and said, ‘I want to do something about this and I think we should do it together,’ and we thought it was a good idea,” said NBA president of social responsibility and player programs, Kathy Behrens.

“The guys really wanted to kind of put their voices behind this, and so we like the way it’s come together, and I think the guys speak very passionately about the issue of trying to end gun violence, trying to make their communities stronger and safer for families.”

Watch each of the NBA player’s video segment below.

Gifts For Him: Grab The Guy In Your Life The NBA’s New Christmas Jerseys

November 21st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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With the holiday season about to kick off next week, it’s about that time to get your Christmas shopping underway if you already haven’t.

And when it comes to that special man in your life whether it’s your father, brother, boyfriend or husband, it can sometimes be tough to find the perfect gift they’ll love and actually use — not collect dust on a bedside table or some random nook or cranny in their house.

Luckily, every man’s favorite acronym, has made Christmas shopping this year a cinch. Having released new 2015 NBA Christmas Jerseys that everyone in the league will wear as their uniform while hooping on Christmas day, it’s a definite must-have for a basketball fanatic. The holiday-inspired jerseys give a nod to holiday greeting cards with a special scripted font, a scarlet NBA seal, in addition to primary team colors and cream tones.

Ladies, head over to the NBA store to snag a jersey for him. Do be forewarned that the limited-edition jerseys are a bit pricey at $109.99, but it’s definitely something he’ll enjoy time and time again.

Cougar Alert! Celeb Women Who Like Younger Men

July 31st, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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It’s pretty common to see a male celeb dating a younger woman. In fact, it’s expected. But nowadays celeb women are looking for their own PYT (pretty young things), and we are so here for it. Check out these 15 celeb women who are getting their cougar on!

Game, Set, Match: 15 Black Athletes Who Are Dominating

July 15th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The world’s biggest athletes will receive honors for their achievements at the 2015 ESPY Awards tonight. With so many Black athletes commanding their courts, fields, stages, and rings, we decided to look at 15 of today’s biggest and most dominant Black athletes in the world of sports.

Was It Riley Curry’s Charm? ABC Has Highest Ratings Ever For Last Night’s NBA Final

June 17th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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It seems like everybody and their mama turned on the tube to watch the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers battle it out on the basketball court. According to CNN Money, ABC had the highest rated NBA finals since the network became its exclusive broadcaster in 2003.

The 2015 NBA finals, with Golden State’s Steph Curry and Cleveland’s LeBron James as the stars, reeled in a 13.9 average rating, up from 2014’s 10.6 rating. The sixth and final game, which aired on Tuesday, ABC posted a 15.9 average rating.

“It is the highest game six in ABC’s history of airing the Finals,” Entertainment Weekly said. “The ratings reached a peak with an 18.8 rating in the 11:45 p.m.-midnight window.”

Whether audiences were pleased with the results or not, massive numbers of people watched the Warriors kick the Cavaliers’ butt in a 105-97 victory — an estimated 20 million tuned in, according to Variety. These numbers are record-breaking for ABC, but in league history, Michael Jordan’s 1998 finals game was the biggest draw ever.

“That series received an average overnight rating of 18.9, continuing a long trend of big numbers for the Finals during the 1980s and 1990s,” SB Nation wrote. “…the Bulls topped the Utah Jazz in six games thanks to Jordan’s heroics.”

The 2015 NBA Finals champions, the Golden State Warriors, also experienced their own record-breaking achievement. It’s been 40 long years since the Bay Area team won a championship — and Curry is finally basking in all its glory.

“I’ve seen [this trophy] on TV so many times,” said Curry, according to Yahoo! Sports. “You dream about what it would be like to pour champagne on yourself. And when that moment comes, holding the trophy and the champagne is falling in my face, that’s when it all sinks in.”

“This is real. It’s the best champagne I ever tasted in my life,” he added.

SBNation concluded that the NBA Finals broadcast was a “major success.”

Watch Riley Curry Take Over At Dad’s Postgame News Conference

May 20th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Steph Curry appeared with his two-year-old daughter Riley after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night. Can we say, “cutest ever”?

Between her exclaiming, “that’s too loud, Daddy,” when her father began answering questions, to actually stretching after Steph uttered the word “stretch,” Riley was clearly the star of the show.

And we all know what happens to little ones who are up past their bedtimes.

Sweet clip!

#ManCrushMonday: Stephen Curry

May 11th, 2015 - By Rich
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It was just about a week ago that the NBA announced that Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award (MVP). So, it only made sense we at Mommynoire piggybacked off that success and awarded Curry with another honor: our Man Crush Monday subject of the week!

Aside from it being all the way timely (Curry beat out Houston’s James Harden with 100 of 130 first-place votes for a total of 1,198 points), there are various undeniable reasons why Curry is our hunk this time around. Let’s start with the above: the man can hoop! Other than the stats on stats on stats that you can find everywhere online, Curry’s skills on the court go far beyond that of an athlete; if you watch a highlight video of Curry, you’d be calling him more so an artist by the time you reach the end of the clip. His handle of the ball, his coordinating foot and hand work, his ability to perfectly shoot a ball with zero to no time to think, and, dude can jump, among other impressiveness. Needless to say, the guy can hang with the best of them.

But, there is more to love about this 28-year-old phenom than just his game. Curry is a devout Christian that pays tribute to Jesus Christ after every made three-pointer; he’s a family man with a tight-knit circle (the son of former NBA player Dell Curry and wife, Sonya, Curry has a brother named Seth who also plays professional ball, and a sister, Sydel, who plays volleyball at Elon University); and has what appears to be a very pure love for his wife, Ayesha Alexander, who he married July 2011, and his daughter, two-year-old Riley. And, the couple is expecting again! Baby no. 2 is due July 2015, which simply adds to the adorableness of this family.

Don’t get me wrong, this all doesn’t mean Curry doesn’t also have looks to go with all of his personal and professional yumminess, which is the icing on the cake. His boyishly good looks and boy-next-door appeal is simply alluring. And have you looked at those light eyes and smile?!

Congratulations, Curry, for all of your wins, including this one. We hope you enjoy the distinction as much as we have!

#ManCrushMonday: Stephen Curry