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For The NYC Title, Brooklyn Tech’s Team Will Step In The Arena (Documentary)

If you cannot wrap your head around ‘step team’ as a sports/athletic activity, look at this and reconsider. Just saying. They go in as hard as any team on the court (or anywhere else).

You won’t find the most successful team at Brooklyn Technical High School on the basketball court or on the football field. You’ll find them stepping in the cafeteria – sweating, laughing and striving to keep their crown as NYC’s regional champions. In this VICE Sports exclusive, we met up with the all-female Lady Dragons step team to see their pressure-packed final days of preparation for NYC regionals.
– VICE SPORTS

Great story, regardless of what you ‘decide’ about the nature of the competition.

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3D Na’Tee | Free Smoke T.Mix | Monday Morning Exercise #016 (Video)

Check another Drake beat off the list. This ‘Smoke’ is good for you this Monday. It’s your exercise… Plus, it’s Na’Tee.

– @ojones1

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Lifestyle: You’re In Los Angeles. You’re High. What Do You Do Next? (Video)

A weed travel show. Excellent idea! And an appropriately laid-back episode to boot.

On VICE’s weed travel show ‘BLUNT REVIEWS,’ we trek to places where weed is legal to review things a cannabis-consuming tourist can do while they’re stoned. On this episode, VICE’s Darlene Demorizi spent a day getting blazed in Los Angeles, where she cured her munchies at Pink’s Hot Dogs, a historic restaurant that tops franks with guacamole and nacho cheese. Then she unwound at Lit Yoga, a THC-friendly studio, and stopped by Puff Pass & Paint to make a little art over a glass of CBD-infused wine.
– BLUNT REVIEWS

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SlamBall, Born In The USA, Has Been Reborn In China (Documentary)

Just to review, or introduce… SlamBall is a bouncy-bouncy version of basketball played on floors with embedded trampolines to facilitate super-high leaps and bounds. As described in the above doc vid, the game is pretty ‘video gamish’ and due to business and sports culture trending downfalls, SlamBall got ‘slammed’ in the U.S. However, it has found life in China.

“We never left, we just needed to take the best path for us,” says SlamBall’s creator Mason Gordon. After years with little exposure other than showcases and bar conversations between nostalgic fans, Slamball is now experiencing a resurgence in China. With a focus on bringing programs to universities before securing any TV rights, the sport is finding a foothold in a basketball-obsessed nation. VICE Sports traveled to China to check out the nation’s first facility and take in the scene.
– VICE SPORTS

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The Therapist Speaks With Prodigy Of Mobb Deep (Video)

Right from the start, this interview with the dope departed emcee Prodigy, will have you re-rethinking that single off his solo project (“Pain”). P made pain his friend. Deep. Mobb Deep.

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep discusses living with Sickle Cell Anemia and receiving supernatural spiritual messages.
– Noisey

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’73 Questions’ With Tiffany Haddish (Video)

That baby-daddy-baby-daddy-child-support chant. So silly. The crazy-sexy-cool multilingual ‘Ms. It’ in comedy is ‘READY’ for her ’73 Questions’ Vogue. Let’s go!

At the world-famous Caroline’s on Broadway in New York City, Tiffany Haddish answers 73 questions about her career, her ambitions and her greatest fears. Tiffany opens up about her honesty, her uneasiness around attractive men and also demonstrates how she deals with bothersome hecklers.
– Vogue

Fried chicken and ‘joyful’ greens is what’s for dinner at Tiff’s y’all. Again… let’s go!

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Black Thought Speaks On His Favorite Kool G. Rap Verse (Video)

‘Road To The Riches’ is one of my favorite verses of all-time too.

Black Thought breaks down his favorite verse from Kool G Rap’s “Road to the Riches” in our series.
– Pitchfork

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Season 4 Of “Ballers” Debuts This Weekend On HBO (Trailer)

Is it just us or are they teasing some #TakeAKnee moments for this season of “Ballers?” Televise the revolution then!

Spencer is ready to change the world. Get ready for the revolution. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry. Season 4 of Ballers premieres Sunday, August 12 at 10PM.
– HBO.

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NORE Speaks On Celebrating The New “5E” Album, Squashing Beefs, Viral Moments On ‘Drink Champs’ (Video)

I’ve always said (or cosigned when others have said) that NORE radio interviews are NOT to be missed. They are always full of high-energy hilarity and good talk. This one is no exception.

NORE Talks New Album, Family Values & Maturing In Music
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Wiz Khalifa Vs. The World’s Hottest Hot Wings (Video)

Taylor Gang or DIE! Okay, but you can DIE f**king around with this hotter-than-HOT wings, too. Wiz is gonna try to work it out though.

Wiz Khalifa is a platinum-selling rapper with a new album, Rolling Papers II, out now and The Dazed and Blazed Tour coming to a city near you. But how is he with hot food? Find out as the O.G. smoker tries to avoid blowing his high on the wings of death. As he and Sean Evans crank up the heat, Wiz breaks down his weed Olympics with Snoop Dogg, discusses his love for the Diplomats, and explains why Pittsburgh’s Primanti Bros. still holds the crown for most innovative sandwich in America.
– First We Feast

@ojones1

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Drink Champs: Faith Evans (Video)

Daaaayumm! Faith is rough, rugged and RAW! Wow. Way down in the interview, they get down to EATING AZZ??? Bwaaahahaa! But then they swing right back around to serious food for thought: Maybe we should not celebrate March 9th. Let’s celebrate the birthday and LIFE of B.I.G. instead. Great talk!

The legendary Faith Evans talks with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN about her journey to being signed to Bad Boy, meeting The Notorious B.I.G., sustaining success in the music industry, and more. #DrinkChamps
– REVOLT TV

@ojones1

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Maino | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #104 (Video)

Maino got bars! And Flex got apologies for anyone ‘in their feelings’ who got hurt by them (guess they can still go dance over and ask ‘KeKe’ if she loves them though). HAAA!

They cracked the fourth wall and dropped the facade of ‘off top’ rhyming for this freestyle presentation (letting us see the ‘bloopers’), but still pretty good #ItsYourMain #MainoStillGotIt

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Comedy: ‘Batman’ Wants To Sit At The ‘Cool Table’ (Video)

Live from the #ConanCon cafeteria.

Sorry, Batboy, this table is ‘Marvel Only’…

Yeah. DC you later, NERD!

Burn! Hahaaaa! ‘Batman’ wants to be an ‘Avenger’ sooo bad.

@ojones1

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“Little Apple” Is Young, Woke, And Representing Harlem To The Fullest (Series Trailer)

Watch out, Luke Cage! “Little Apple” is a young hero-in-the-making doing her thing in & for Harlem (whether Marvel Universe acknowledges her or not).

From Executive Producers Riley S. Wilson (Orange Bright) and Lisa Cortés (Precious) comes a sci-fi/drama series with a 9-year-old heroine taking a stand against gentrification, racism, and complicity–all while developing special abilities. Little Apple is a contemporary coming of age story about a young Harlem girl finding her voice in a society that often silences women and people of color. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign and a finalist for the 2016 Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab, Little Apple is also a comic book, podcast, and upcoming Summit.

The first season features 6 episodes exploring themes of gentrification, the erasure of Native Peoples, Black feminism, microaggressions, Black Girl Magic and more. Find out how you can grab your copy of the comic book and be notified when the series goes LIVE! www.LittleAppleTheSeries.com

Little Apple

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Watch Joe Budden ‘Pull Up’ On T-Pain (Episode 7) [Video]

Okay, so Joe Budden has become known for creating the content and moments online, for being at the center of things, that make viewers go ‘wooooow’ right? Think about him almost getting into a three-on-1 (plus their bodyguard) fracas for smooth walking off mid-interview on Migos (e.g. whosaidIgotleftoffBadandBougie… doitlookitlikeIgotleftoffBadandBougie). But this is not that. His ‘Pull Up’ series, according to Joe himself, is all about sitting down ONLY with folks HE gives a f**k about. This T-Pain episode, case in point, looks like a conversation that is the result of ‘pulling up’ on a longtime homie to catch up & give him a chance to get deeper in depth about things like moves he’s made (changing the game with autotune, putting out the ultimate “Boo’d Up” remix) and moves he’s about to make (rumors of dope music in his clip he is about to let off).

Good stuff. Watch!

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Why “40 Acres And A Mule” Is No Longer Enough Reparations For Black Americans (Video)

Word on the street, dirt road… hell, everywhere… is that that 40 acres and a mule promised to Black folks in the United States… IS. NOT. COMING. And even if it was, it would NOT be enough to ‘catch us up’ and make things fair & square for how far slavery, Jim Crow, and follow-on disenfranchisement has set people of color (esp. Black people in America) back. The ‘why’ behind this is skillfully “Decoded” above in this throwback episode.

Out of 536 billionaires in the USA, only 3 are Black. Why the stark racial divide? Well, it’s complicated, but it turns out our history of racism has a lot to do with it. From segregated schools that receive less funding in property taxes, to the history of redlining Black homeowners, to the long history of slavery, oppression, and segregation, White families were accumulating wealth. That “old money” has provided the capital for the modern-day billionaires, and even average-income white families, to stay significantly ahead of Black Americans. So how can we fix the wealth divide in America?
– MTV Decoded

@ojones1

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3D Na’Tee | I Get The Bag T.Mix | Monday Morning Exercise #018 (Video)

Na’Tee is the essence of “I Get The Bag” (so much so that she did the MME over the Gucci Mane beat this time).

@ojones1

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Fat Joe | Mysonne | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #103 (Video)

I don’t think Fat Joe has stepped to the Flex mic like this, but we know how a Mysonne freestyle for Funk Flex go… HELLA HARD! Enjoy.

@ojones1

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Being Sean: Sydney’s First Car

Great write-up on what has always been a hard moment in a girl’s dad’s life: when his baby gets her own car. Our homie Sean “DJ Cisco” Thomas puts it perfectly – relating all the feelings (and fears) that come with this milestone in your child’s life. Please read on.

July 26, 2018. Today was an extremely exciting and also a sad day for me. Syd bought her first car! Yup, her first car! Here’s the back-story…(More at BeingSean.com)

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Boogie Cousins Speaking On His Path To Joining Golden State Warriors For The League Veteran Minimum (Video)

And they’re doing the interview from Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr’s office.

DeMarcus Cousins sits down with ESPN’s Chris Haynes to discuss his tumultuous 2018 offseason NBA free agency, signing with the Golden State Warriors, fan backlash, and more.
– ESPN

Watch. With all that’s going on, Boogie is looking beyond ‘laid back’ in this sit-down; like he popped half a bottle of f**k pills. Gonna be interesting to see how this whole situation plays out on the court.

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