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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

Cleveland Cavaliers Apologize For Domestic Violence Video

May 7th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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At last night’s playoffs match against the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers aired an arena video that rubbed many of their fans the wrong way.

In the video, a couple attempts to reenact the famous dance scene from 80s cult classic Dirty Dancing. Mid routine, the man tosses his girlfriend after he realizes that she’s rooting for the Bulls instead of the Cavaliers.

The commercial concludes with the couple sitting on the sofa while the woman holds an ice pack on her head.

“When it’s playoff basketball time, you have to be all in. So don’t make the same mistake she made,” a man says in a voiceover.

“I thought you were all in,” the actor says to his pretend girlfriend, who ditched her Bulls t-shirt for a Cavaliers one.

“I’m all in now. Let’s just watch the game.”

It was obvious that the team was trying to put their own spin on a popular United Healthcare commercial that depicts a similar scene—minus the domestic violence nod, of course—but this clearly went horribly wrong.

Earlier today, a spokesperson for the Cavs released a statement of apology regarding the video. It reads:

During a timeout at last night’s Cavaliers vs. Bulls playoff game at The Q in Cleveland, we ran a 1-minute in-arena video that was intended to be a humorous spoof on a popular commercial centered on a song and dance from the classic movie ‘Dirty Dancing.’ While the video was not intended to be offensive, it was a mistake to include content that made light of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a very serious matter and has no place in a parody video that plays in an entertainment venue. We sincerely apologize to those who have been affected by domestic violence for the obvious negative feelings caused by being exposed to this insensitive video.

The Cavaliers organization has a strong and lengthy track record of supporting domestic violence-related causes and efforts. We will continue to proudly work with our regional partners at the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center in support of their numerous programs to end domestic violence in our country once and for all.

Check out Cavaliers’ in-arena video and the United Healthcare commercial that inspired it on the next page. Let us know your thoughts.

When Athlete Style Goes Wrong: 10 NBA Players Make Us Say, What Happened?

October 22nd, 2014 - By Rich
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Fashion makes the world go round and style makes it spin even faster. There was a time when everything seemed the same and outfits were uniforms that separated us by who can afford to buy what, so if you wore Lee jeans or Polo you were only wearing it because everyone else who seemed cool was wearing it…but that time has past.

Fashion and style has evolved. No more are there uniforms you feel compelled to buy because eight or nine of your popular friends have it–you have your own sense of style. In fact, you want what no one else has, so you’re expressing yourself. The beauty in that is rarely does someone look like you. But what happens when individuals take their style a little bit to far? Here we have some of our favorite athletes who like their game, have a style like no other… thank goodness!

When Athlete Style Goes Wrong: 10 NBA Players Make Us Say, What Happened?

Atlanta Hawks Owner To Sell His Interest In The Team After Admitting To Racist Email

September 8th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Another day, another sports scandal. This time it’s the Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson who’s admitted to sending an offensive email in 2012 that said basically the Hawks games were populated by too many Black people.

The email came to light after June free agent discussions began. During the course of talks and a review of various documents, the email was discovered.

In it, Levenson expressed concern that White fans were “scared away” from Hawks home games because the fans in attendance were overwhelmingly Black, as were everything from the bars to the cheerleading squad to the kiss cam. In this respect, he says, the Hawks games don’t “look like” the games for other teams in the league.

“I have been open with our executive team about these concerns. I have told them I want some white cheerleaders and while i don’t care what the color of the artist is, i want the music to be music familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that’s our season tixs demo,” the memo reads in part, explaining that this isn’t the first time he’s spoken about these feelings. He expressed his belief that the lack of White fans was having a business impact, with the Black fan base lacking the money to purchase season’s tickets. He also noted his belief that it kept corporations away, who are also usually season ticket holders and big spenders at sporting events.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement last night saying that Levenson came to him with the email and his decision to sell his controlling interest in the team. “He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family – fans, players, team employees, business partners and fellow team owners – for having diverted attention away from our game,” the statement says.

Levenson had actually been vocal about ousting Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after a racist audio rant from him was made public.

Atlanta is 54 percent Black and 34 percent White and has close ties to the city’s history in the civil rights movement. The Black population actually declined from 62 percent in 2010.

Moreover, as The Washington Post notes, the city is known for having a larger than average Black middle class, even if they took a hit from the economic recession.

Atlanta’s identification with the black middle class makes Levenson’s claims all the more mystifying. Though African Americans households lost more than half of their net worth in the Great Recession, NPR said Atlanta was “virtually synonymous with the black middle class” in 2011. Though it said that African American median income was much lower than that of whites, the Root pointed out in 2010 that Atlanta has the largest concentration of black millionaires in the country.” Among them at the time: OutKast and real-estate developer Herman Russell.

Hawks CEO and part-owner Steve Koonin will be in charge while the sale takes place. Today, he issued a statement on the team’s website, addressed to Atlanta residents and fans:

Today’s statement from Controlling Owner Bruce Levenson is extremely disappointing and the email that he sent over two years ago was alarming, offensive and most of all, completely unacceptable and does not reflect the principles and values of the Hawks organization. In partnership with the NBA, we will work to ensure that a new ownership team will be put in place that is united and committed to the Atlanta community.

[UPDATE] Did I Say That? Drake’s Shout Out To Kevin Durant Lands Toronto Raptors $25K Fine

August 12th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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During a set in his Drake VS Lil Wayne concert series, Drake accidentally made comments that prompted the NBA to fine the Toronto Raptors. Oops. Did he do that?

While performing in his hometown Toronto, Drake gave a shout out to NBA MVP Kevin Durant who was in the audience: “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.” The crowd chanted in response.

The NBA league deemed his statement a public recruitment pitch. ESPN reports Durant will become a free agent come summer 2016. Teams like the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, LA Lakers and his home state team, the Washington Wizards, are vying to snag Durant with salaries that will out match each other. Drake, who has served as the Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador since 2013, violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rules. Therefore, he landed the Raptors a fine of $25,000.

Below is a video of the incident occurring. Hopefully Drake’s innocent shout out will be a lesson to fellow team ambassadors.

Update: The NBA allegedly offered to drop the $25,000 fine if the team removed Drake as their global team ambassador. Thankfully for Drake, the Raptors remained loyal and passed on that option. It should be noted, Drake’s ambassador position is unpaid. Globe and Mail reports: “The Toronto hip-hop star has a title, but it cannot be claimed he is an employee of the basketball team. By definition, an employee works for wages. Drake draws no salary. When the Raptors gave out Drake-branded OVO T-shirts at a game in January, they were purchased at cost. Drake didn’t make a nickel of profit from them.”

Foul! Civil Rights Leaders Push NBA To Increase Diversity In Front Office

June 6th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Amid the Donald Sterling racism scandal the NBA itself has come under scrutiny. A close look shows that out of 92 teams, there is only one black principal owner.

The lack of diversity in the NBA, as well as in the NFL and Major League Baseball, is outlandish. Blacks play on the field and the court but are not in the boardrooms or ownership boxes. In 2013, 76.3 percent of NBA players were African-American and about 43.3 percent of NBA coaches were black compared. But only two percent of the league’s majority owners are black, according to a report by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. And of the NBA’s 49 majority owners, former baller Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats was the only person of color, reports FiveThirtyEight.

Now the Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders are pushing for increased diversity in NBA front offices and among suppliers, and they have met Commissioner Adam Silver to discuss the issue.

The group of civil rights leaders including Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and incoming NAACP President Cornell Brooks. They discussed the matter with Silver for more than an hour at the league’s Manhattan offices in a session described as constructive, reports The Grio.

“There must be serious dialogue around ownership and business engagement in the black community,” Sharpton said. “It is offensive that we only have one black majority owner in the basketball area when over 80 percent of the players are black.”

Morial added, “We’re pleased that it appears that they’re on their way out as owners of the Clippers. However, the larger discussion about ownership, supply diversity and the future of the National Basketball Association is what we as civil rights leaders are going to focus on with the NBA.”