The heroes of Memorial Day

Memorial DayOf course when you think about Memorial Day, you think of the heroes who served our country and are no longer with us. But there’s a reason why the United States of America takes time off to honor the fallen year after year — and it’s due to a certain group of individuals, who we all need to thank for honoring and remembering. Continue reading The heroes of Memorial Day

Another NBA owner apologizing for racist comments?

mark cubanYes, a second team owner in the National Basketball Association has found himself apologizing for making comments that could be racist, or at least insensitive. The Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke in an interview Wednesday with Inc. Magazine at a business conference in Nashville. He was talking on a range of topics which included his take on the scandal that his fellow NBA owner Donald Sterling found himself. Continue reading Another NBA owner apologizing for racist comments?

The wedding gift that keeps on giving

kimyeIt’s hard to ignored it, and even harder to say you haven’t heard, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting married, and you’re going to hear about it one way or another. With less than a week until the wedding of reality star Kim Kardashian and hip-hop superstar Kanye West, America finds itself in the midst of a media blitz leading up to the highly publicized nuptials. Continue reading The wedding gift that keeps on giving

Jay-Z vs. Solange…What really happen?

solange jay z met gala split apBy now many of us have seen the video of Jay-Z getting attacked by his sister-in-law Solange. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for!

Now the only thing that remains on the minds of all who watched is why? What really happened that caused that lady to beat on the hip-hop mega-superstar, right in front of his wife?

The footage that was leaked just today by TMZ shows Jay-Z, his wife Beyoncé, her sister Solange and a security guard entering an elevator at the 2014 Met Gala last week. As soon as the door closed, Solange is shown punching Jay-Z several times. She then gets retrained by the security guard, but continues to throw multiple kicks and lunge at him to keep up with the assault. While this whole ordeal is being recorded on your typical elevator surveillance camera, Beyoncé just stands there for the entirety of the three-minute video, apparently not taking a side either way.

So what set her off to go so violent? At first guest, an easy consensus would be she was taking up in the defense of her sister. The number one reason why sisters take up for sisters, is over an unfaithful partner, who Solange was directing her anger toward. So was Jay-Z unfaithful to his wife Beyoncé and Solange found out about it that night and took out her frustrations on behalf of her older sister? Why else would Beyoncé stand there and let her sister be so abusive to her husband.

…THAT’S ONE WAY OF LOOKING AT IT. BUT HOW ABOUT THIS?

Solange, Beyoncé’s younger and less popular sister, was trying to make a name for herself. Beyoncé is a world-famous pop icon, who is married to arguably the most notable rapper of all-time. While Solange has a bit of a singing career in her own right, she does not have the multi-millions of her sister, nor does she have the notoriety. In fact, if you don’t follow closely to the R&B/pop scene, you may have to Google her just to find out who she is or what she does. And without having an established career or hit single in years, she very likely could be supported by her sister and brother-in-law. Maybe bread-winner Jay-Z said enough is enough. Cutting her off and putting her out would be enough to set a loose cannon flying off the handle.

BUT REAL CONSPIRACY THEORIST KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE…

It’s no secret that Jay-Z, Beyoncé and even their new bundle of joy are rumored to be apart of the Illuminati, a mythical organization with designs on controlling the world. The hand signals, music lyrics, symbolism and clothing all contribute to a conception that is related to the Enlightenment era group who opposed the Catholic Church, that are now modernized to be a group of powerful elitist who seek a “New World Order” through politics, religion, entertainment, government, etc. How does Solange play into this? Well its obvious she tried to beat her way in? Or worst, upset that Jay-Z won’t let her in their club. Maybe Solange got threatened if she spilled the beans on the inner workings of the group. Either way, the release of this leaked video is further proof in itself of a conspiracy.

LET’S BE REAL THOUGH, THE TRUTH IS…

There was probably some alcohol and drugs involved, or not involved like they should have been. There’s been talk of the mental issues of Solange who may be suffering from ADHD, or perhaps bipolar disorder. In which being off her meds would cause an outburst like we saw in the tape. She’s talked about mood swings and stress and even canceled a tour last year because of which. And who’s to say she didn’t have a couple of drinks (maybe too many drinks) before they hit the elevator. If someone is intoxicated enough, or their faculties are effected enough where they could not act rational, one really can’t do anything for that person but just stand by and let them get it out of their system. Hence the restraint we saw in Jay-Z, and the idleness we saw with Beyoncé.

Not for nothin’ but its good to know what Stevie J, Joseline, K. Michelle and Benzino go through isn’t limited to reality television. Whatever scene from Love & Hip Hop Solange was trying to act out in that elevator has gotten us all curious. But we can only speculate as to her reasons for her tantrum, because that’s what all this is, just pure speculation. Maybe Jay-Z had an affair she didn’t like, maybe the Illuminati put her up to it, maybe she’s just a crazy drunk. Who knows. All of those could be true; or perhaps none of those.

Not to be out-done by Kevin Costner

Manziel“With the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M University.”

With that line, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell capped off an adventurous night for the Cleveland Browns. A night that included multiple draft pick trades and multiple draft pick selections for the Browns just in the first round alone.

That’s a feat we’ve seen in NFL drafts before, but it was much more recently highlighted in a Hollywood feature film, Draft Day, where Kevin Costner portrayed a fictional General Manager for the same Cleveland Browns team who, after going back and forth, also received multiple draft pick trades and draft pick selections in the first round.

In both the real-life and fictional Draft Days you could make your head spin trying to figure out how many picks were traded where, when and how far up and down. Lets just say both Cleveland Browns made huge splashes.

First year GM Ray Farmer initially had a fourth pick and his choice of several impressive players, but to the awe of many that pick was dished away to Buffalo for their number nine pick (and two next year). Farmer couldn’t stop there, and with a further first impression, he decided to move back up one spot and make their first pick giving Minnesota a later pick. But it was the Browns third move of the draft, and second pick, that sent a shockwave across the league. After having a second pick at 26 from an in-season trade of Runningback Trent Richardson, Browns moved up from there and selected Johnny Manziel.

Their first pick Cornerback Justin Gilbert didn’t provide the sizzle that fans wanted, but Manziel was easily the most talked about Quarterback in this year’s draft, probably the most talked about player altogether. A lot of people didn’t know what to make of the Heisman Trophy winner, particularly after he went undrafted throughout most of the first round. In the winter there was talk of a number one selection, but it cooled down to where many thought he’d be taken in the early teens at the latest. With the third pick, the Jaguars chose another quarterback. And to the dismay of some, and the shock of many, Manziel was passed on by close to 20 other teams, including the Browns.

Manziel polarized many analyst and fans for the past couple years. An obvious talent and playmaker, he was peppered with off the field incidents from fights, law enforcement infractions and a NCAA investigation which saw him suspended for several games. Nonetheless no other player made an on-field impact like Manziel this year, and obviously not last year considering his Heisman victory. And now a (dare I say) Tebow-esque fascination will ride it out all the way to Cleveland.

Not for nothin’ but the movie Draft Day had Brownies all over beaming in the spotlight, but this 2014 NFL Draft day actually puts them in a spotlight. Many are saying Cleveland had the best first round. Others are keenly watching if Johnny Manziel will live up to making every team who passed him up regret it. Lets hope draft day dramatics lead to on the field success.

In Draft Day, Kevin Costner’s character was told by his owner to “make a splash”, all the while trying to get the players he and his coach wanted. That movie had a happy ending. Cleveland Browns real GM Ray Farmer, made a splash and made him and his coach happy with his first round selections. Perhaps they’ll have a happy ending too.

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