Over The Weekend (Vol. 1): Kobe Retires, Coco and Ice-T Welcome Baby Girl, and Erykah Shades Iggy

By: William Lawson

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This is your weekend entertainment roundup! You’ve gorged yourself on Thanksgiving food, and if you’re a college student you endured the “what are your future plans” and “how’s school” questions. Well, while you were dealing with that, Hollywood had some interesting things happening too.

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Kobe Bryant announced over the weekend that he plans on retiring after the next NBA season. He wrote a poem (see below) via The Players’ Tribune as his farewell to the game he loved and excelled in. Kobe’s career has spanned 20 years, which include him only playing in LA, winning 5 championships, and scoring 32,683 points despite his most recent form injury. Kobe’s talent will be missed.

Dear Basketball,

 

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,
Kobe

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Image via E! Online

Coco (famous for her … personality? Maybe modeling?)  and Ice-T (famous for being the random character on Law & Order: SVU, oh and his rap career in the 80s) had a baby girl by the name of Chanel Nicole.

According to E! Online, Coco shared the above photo on Instagram and captioned it with, “I’m doing great! I had the best delivery! I pushed Chanel out in 3 tries! This was taken not 5 minutes after delivery, called skin to skin contact..better for a more bonding experience”

This is Coco’s first child, but Ice-T has two other children. Oh, and Chanel Nicole already has an Instagram profile (username: babychanelnicole) containing 7 posts and 90k+ followers. Congrats T family!

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Image via E! Online

Erykah Badu recently released her mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone, and rode that wave all the way to hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday. It is reported by E! Online that while hosting, miss Badu held no punches; she made fun of the show for not honoring rap (the show only honors R&B).

Miss Badu continued her jabs during a skit consisting of her making fake calls pretending to invite certain artists, Iggy Azalea being one. Iggy did not attend the show, she really hasn’t attending anything after canceling her tour dates, but that didn’t stop her from being “invited” by Badu.

The Queen of Neo Soul fake called Iggy and said, “Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea? … Yeah, hey. Oh, no, no, no, no, you can come, ’cause what you doin’ is definitely not rap.” SHAAAAAAADE avalanche. We all know the year Iggy has had so this isn’t new for her. As of now, Iggy hasn’t responded to the joke.

Dating Naked| EP.2|Season 2

We’re turning up this week on The Social B. Show and understanding the naked side of dating. Sydney B. sat down with Joe Green, Micah Witt, Giancarlo Williams, and Tia Briggs to discuss just about everything you need to know about dating! We also invited two of our lucky viewers to be featured as guest on the show to play the infamous game “How Well Do You Know Your Boo?” Be sure to tune in to the full episode and comment below and let us know what you think.

Always remember…B. Honest. B. Humble. B.YOU!

CelebriTEA: Lamar Odom was found where?

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[Sam Forencich NBAE via Getty Images]
By Grace Latimore

Lamar Odom, 6 time Man of the Year winner and 2 time NBA championship winner, was found unconscious at a brothel early Wednesday morning.

As the divorce of Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian has not been finalized, so she’s legally allowed to make decisions about his care in the interim. Brothel owner, Dennis Hof says “when they took him to the Pahrump hospital, the people there told us, ‘He doesn’t look good. He doesn’t look like he’ll make it, and if he does, he won’t be the same.’ ”

Team mates have begun to show their support of Odom and his family during this time. Kobe Bryant was spotted leaving the hospital and Dwayne Wade tweeted his concerns early Wednesday morning.

Here’s hoping Odom pulls through and experiences a speedy recovery.

Hey, Matt Barnes, Rihanna Isn’t Having It

By: William Lawson

Image via E! Online
Image via E! Online

Social media is where all of the shade is thrown. The latest shade can be found on Instagram and the shade thrower is Rihanna herself. Rihanna has 24.5 million followers on the social media platform, and earlier today she put NBA player Matt Barnes on front street for making it seem as if they had a romantic relationship–or a relationship of any kind.

Rumors that Riri and Barnes were dating sparked some time ago when the Memphis Grizzlies player made it very clear that he was a fan and member of the Rihanna Navy. Barnes made Riri his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on Instagram a few months back. He also flirted with her via Twitter in 2012 while she sat courtside at at Lakers game.

TMZ Sports caught up with Barnes’ ex wife Gloria Govan and she gave the two her stamp of approval … but only if she gets concert tickets! When TMZ asked Barnes what was really going on with him and Riri, and he said “[Rihanna and I are] just past the crush stage.” Rihanna must subscribe to TMZ, because she caught wind of that answer and took to Twitter to squash any link-romantically or otherwise-to Barnes:

Image via Instagram | @badgalriri
Image via Instagram | @badgalriri

Rihanna posted the picture of Barnes, which happens to be a screenshot from the TMZ Sports video, and captioned it with hashtags not only denying any romantic involvement but also throwing major shade his way: “#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter.” Awkward. Sorry, Matt. Maybe next time?

Barnes allegedly commented on the post and said, “Hahaaa wow.”

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Image via E! Online

BUT, there are some men that RIhanna does claim (sorry Matt) and they are Karim Benzema and Lewis Hamilton.

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Image of Karim Benzema & Rihanna via Yahoo!

As recent as a few weeks ago, Riri was romantically linked with Karim but a source told E! News that “Karim is fading out and it looks like Rihanna has only one guy on her mind, and that’s Lewis.” As far as Lewis is concerned, the source added that she is taking it slow and has not put a “label” on them yet.

Image of Rihanna & Lewis Hamilton via TMZ
Image of Rihanna & Lewis Hamilton via TMZ

The two have been caught on various trips together and seem to be getting pretty close. Maybe it’ll make Matt happy that she’s at least with another athlete? #Brotherhood?

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Image of Rihanna & Lewis Hamilton via E! Online

Steph Curry: The Family Man

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[Credit: Necole Bitchie]
By DeVinnia M.

SWISH! He scores and the crowd goes wild!

Ladies how would you feel if your husband couldn’t wear his wedding ring at work? What gestures would you expect him to take, if any?

Stephen Curry followed in the footsteps of his father, Dell Curry of the Charlotte Hornets, and is working to become one of the NBA’s best players of all time. Steph plays important roles on and off the court, not only is he an amazing point guard for the Golden State Warriors, but he is a loving husband and father.

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[Credit: IG @wardell30]
For safety purposes, the NBA Rule Book states that players are not allowed to play with any type of jewelry.  Luckily for wife Ayesha Curry, Steph tattooed the letter “A” on his wedding finger to honor their marriage while still on the court.

The couple already has matching wrist tattoos, which they got back in 2013.  Their tattoo were inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:8. “Love never fails”

So not only is Steph a family man but he is a religious man as well.

Fellas take notes please!

Steph defiantly has his hands full with his career, daughter Riley– who will be three next month– and baby Curry #2 is on the way!

We wish the Curry family well!

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