Vin Baker was an NBA All-Star four times and an Olympic gold winner before ending his basketball career after the 2005/6 season. Now he’s working at a Starbucks in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, in the hopes of becoming a full-time manager.
What’s so great about working at Starbucks when Baker once earned a reported $100 million playing basketball? Well, for starters he used to be an alcoholic, but now he’s sober and holding down a job. He also has the humility and determination to keep moving on and take a regular job similar to the type of jobs the majority of Americans hold. The greatest thing of all is that Baker is taking responsibility for his financial and personal missteps by not lamenting about the lost fortune and the change in direction of his life, but learning from the lessons he has learned in life and planning realistically for his family’s future.
Baker had this to say:
“When you learn lessons in life, no matter what level you’re at financially, the important part to realize is it could happen. I was an alcoholic, I lost a fortune. I had great talent and lost it. For the people on the outside looking in, they’re like ‘Wow.’ For me, I’m 43 and I have four kids. I have to pick up the pieces. I’m a father. I’m a minister in my father’s church. I have to take the story and show that you can bounce back. If I use my notoriety in the right way, most people will appreciate this guy is just trying to bounce back in his life.”
Because no one likes to hear complaints from ball players that have to take a pay cut, no matter what the reason, ahem Josh Smith.
In the wake of Sandra Bland’s death while in police custody, and all of the conspiracy theories surrounding it -the edited dashcam video without a timecode, the mugshot believed to be taken after her death, the reality of how a nearly 6 foot women can hang herself from a 5ft. partition, the public awaits an indictment for the murder of 43 year-old Sam Dubose, who was stopped by University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop last week and subsequently shot in the head.
Tensing’s body camera video has yet to be released, and the city of Cincinnati is reportedly preparing for civil unrest if it is to be released.
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said he’s seen the unreleased footage from the body cam video and says, “it’s not good.”
“The video is not good,” Blackwell said. “I think the city manager has said that also publicly. I’ll leave it there.”
There’s a new Cosby show and it’s not being televised, it’s playing out on social media, the press, and in real-time. The plot is a cliff-hanger: what will become of a celebrity that was once highly revered and perceived to be just as wholesome as the character he fabricated for television?
Well, it’s not really a cliff-hanger anymore since the main character’s reputation, career and legacy is taking a nosedive down a cliff.
On Sunday, New York Magazine posted to the internet their cover story featuring 35 women who have come forward to accuse actor and comedian Bill Cosby of rape and sexual misconduct.
The portraits of these 35 women appear on the cover of the magazine. Their stories chronicle decades-long abuse by the once-beloved TV dad. The impact of publishing their stories in one article and featuring their portraits is powerful and overwhelming in their case.
So what will Cosby’s other women say now – his wife, his daughters, his supporters? Will Camille try to attack the integrity of all of these women? Will his youngest daughter Evin Cosby release another delusional statement in defense of her father, saying “He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today’s tv reality show. Thank you. That’s all I would like to say :).” And what of the other three daughters -Erinn, the one that was on drugs, Erika, the artist, and Ensa, the one that recently wed Martin Lord McLean.
Does anyone else find it strange that Lisa Bonet has been conspicuously silent throughout all of this? Bonet was a hot, young actress while starring on The Cosby Show in the mid-1980s, did Cosby attempt to be her mentor also? Is that how she got her own spin-off show, A Different World? Just asking and wondering.
Christoph Waltz stars in the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Spectre, as the villain Franz Oberhauser. When asked whether he thought there would ever be an African American James Bond, Waltz said he was open to the possibility but then basically tried to make that possibility seem absurd by asking, “it wouldn’t make sense to cast Martin Luther King with a white man, would it?”
Uh, yes, it would make sense Mr. Waltz, because Lin-Manuel Miranda cast black men as America’s founding fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the musical Hamilton, and it was a smash hit off-Broadway and is winning rave reviews on-Broadway.
Don’t worry, Blindie is still open to the possibility of going to see Spectre at the cinema. We admit we’re suckers for a Bond film.
Jimmie Walker, that DY-NO-MITE actor from Good Times says Caitlyn Jenner was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for “ratings,” and agrees she was basically pimped out by ESPN to get those ratings for the network’s ESPY Award show.
When asked why Jenner would be awarded the Arthur Ashe Award of Courage for transitioning to a woman but not for his previous Olympic accomplishments, Walker replied:
“Ratings. Ratings, ratings, ratings…If you notice, it moved from ESPN to ABC, that’s why”
Video footage of the arrest of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman who was pulled over by a state trooper in Waller County, TX on July 10, and later died in a jail cell, has finally been released -and it’s a doozy!
Not only does the state trooper’s dashcam video capture the trooper threatening Bland by saying “I will light you up!” as he points a stun gun at her. But the video also shows that the state trooper did not seem to be in harm’s way when he tried to physically remove Bland from the car, slam her to the ground and ultimately arrest her. The kicker is that the originally released video showed signs of editing – discontinuities in time and the absence of a timecode.
The blog bennorton.com, dissects and explains the video’s discrepancies. A newer version of the arrest has been released by the Texas Department of Public Safety and while there appear to be no blips in continuity, there is still an obvious lack of a timecode,
Selma director Ava DuVernay agrees that the original video appears to be edited, tweeting out this statement:
British Comedian Simon Brodkin crashed a press conference today in Zurich and “made it rain” on FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Brodkin, as the character Jason Bent, which he popularized on his BBC comedy show Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show, interrupted Blatter as he was about to speak on reform within the scandal-plagued soccer organization.
You may remember Brodkin for crashing Kanye West’s performance during the Glastonbury Festival.
Well good, indeed! Brodkin not only made a mockery of Blatter, whose top agency executives have been arrested on charges of bribery and corruption, but the comedian properly used American dollars (fake though) to make it rain. A true rain maker knows that only the American dollar can make it rain, not those colorful Euros.
Brodkin as Jason Bent later Tweeted out his prank:
And of course social media went crazy with clips and comments: