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LITTLE MISS AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT

Posted by TSUE on August 11, 2008

LAILA ALI, CHANDRA WILSON,
JAMES PICKENS JR. AND LISARAYE MISICK HELP
LITTLE MISS AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT
RING IN FIFTEEN YEARS
 
Producer Lisa Ruffin Celebrates 15 Years of Inspiring Little Misses

 
Laila Ali  Chandra Wilson  James Pickens, Jr.   LisaRaye Misack

Los Angeles, CA – For 15 years, actress/ choreographer Lisa Ruffin, has emphasized brains over beauty, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of impressionable young girls over the years with her Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant.  When the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) celebrates its landmark 15th year on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm in Los Angeles, California at the Universal Sheraton in Universal City, it will be an occasion not to be missed.
 
Lisa RuffinIn addition to a pageantry of intelligent young women, aged 6-12, a host of celebrity talent will serve as judges, making the event a most memorable one for everyone involved.  Emmy nominated actress, Chandra Wilson (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), World Boxing Champion Laila Ali, actress LisaRaye Misick ( All of Us)  and James Pickens Jr. (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy) are confirmed to join an already celebrity packed panel of judges and presenters, which includes: Curtis Conway, former NFL Player and Antwone Fisher (Director, Training Day),Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris), Jimmy Jean Louis (Heroes), actress Roz Ryan, soulful balladeer, Howard Hewett and news anchor Tony McEwing, just to name a few.

 
            “This annual event is so special to my heart,” reveals Ruffin, “it is truly a labor of love.  These little women are the leaders of tomorrow.  I have an alumni of young adults today that just makes my heart so proud.  It is a special pleasure to have my celebrity friends join in this effort.  The experience is one the young ladies and their families will treasure forever!”  
 
            LMAA is a non-profit educational program designed to showcase the creative and academic talents of young girls living in urban centers throughout the country. Each year, girls between the ages of 6-12 years old participate in this program. The pageant provides an early introduction to the arts and training in public speaking, while promoting individual creativity and stimulating a heightened cultural understanding.  It is the largest scholarship pageant for African American girls of this age group.
 
            Created by Lisa Ruffin in 1993, LMAA has raised thousands of dollars towards the educational aspirations of its participants as well as their families.  Thousands of lives have been touched and changed through this program.
 
            This year, LMAA will provide prizes and scholarships to schools including Phillips Performing Arts Musical Theater for Kids, Alexia Robinson’s Acting School and City of Angeles Ballet. The reigning Queen will receive a trip to Disney World in Florida.  Contestants will also have the opportunity to meet with people who have become successful in a variety of professions. 
             
            To learn more about LMAA, visit: www.littlemissafricanamerican.com .  Tickets are still available at Ticket Master and www.TicketMaster.com.

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Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout

Posted by TSUE on August 11, 2008

5th ANNUAL ZO’S MILLION DOLLAR SHOOTOUT OFFERS
ONE DAY TO MAKE ONE SHOT TO WIN ONE MILLION DOLLARS
Alonzo Mourning’s Popular Golfing Experience to Benefit Children at Risk
 
WESTCHESTER, NY (August 5th, 2008) — Get your golf clubs ready and practice your best swing!  NBA champion Alonzo Mourning alongside his closest friends from the sports, entertainment, political and business world will host the 5th Annual Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York on Monday, August 18th, 2008.  To date, not one golfer in town has been able to claim the one million dollars – is this your lucky year?
 
Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout has been a staple golf outing along the northeast corridor for the past four years, where tons of golfers not only come out to test their swing for the chance at one million dollars but also to support Alonzo Mourning Charities’ community initiatives.  The foundation empowers and educates today’s youth through various educational programs and works to stimulate the development of youth enrichment centers that assists at-risk children in low socioeconomic communities. 
 
“We know there’s a million dollar shooter out there waiting to show off his or her skills so we encourage you to leave your business suits behind for the day and join us on the greens,” said Alonzo Mourning, Founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities.  “Your support helps positively impact the youth we serve who might not have a chance to advance without our assistance.  With increased financial resources, we’re able to change the lives of so many deserving children through education and mentoring.”
 
Mourning, who has personal ties to the New Jersey area where he lived for several years, is partnering with City of Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker, who will be at the event, to designate a portion of proceeds from Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout to support and fund a local charity project that will be announced soon.  Mourning and Mayor Booker share the same vision for the young people of their communities and recognize the importance of collaborating efforts in order to truly make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.   
 
Donald Trump and the Trump National Golf Club hosts Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout each year.  The golf course is among the most highly regarded in the area boasting world-class facilities and a 7,291-yard par 72 golf course designed by golf course architect Jim Fazio.  Located in the heart of Westchester County, Trump National Golf Club is just 30 minutes from Manhattan and under an hour from Newark.
 
Participants in the tournament will not only shoot it out for the chance to win one million dollars, but will also enjoy a complimentary gift bag with top-of-the-line golf gear, welcome breakfast reception, putting contest, round of golf, post-reception feast featuring culinary delights, awards ceremony, and a live auction with exclusive items and experiences up for bid.  Register for a foursome and/or receive additional information by20visiting www.ZoShootOut.com or calling 305/476-0095.
 
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ABOUT ALONZO MOURNING CHARITIES:
Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation.  Its mission is to encourage the educational development of youth by creating programs and youth enrichment centers that promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities.  Since 1997, AM Charities has raised more than $6.5 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families.  In addition to supporting numerous educational initiatives, Mourning focuses his att ention to stimulating the development of youth enrichment centers.  With the help of donors, Mourning opened the first center in 2003 in the historic area of Overtown, in South Florida, known as the Overtown Youth Center.  For more information, visit www.AMCharities.org.

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Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes-Legacy.com Condolences

Posted by TSUE on August 11, 2008

As you most certainly know, two well-known African-American artists and entertainers, have passed away.

 Legacy.com has featured Guest Books for Mr. Isaac Hayes and Mr. Bernie Mac on its site. In your coverage of either celebrity, please consider offering a way to allow the general public to express their condolences. You may find the Guest Books at http://www.legacy.com/gb/guestbookview.aspx?personId=115344639 and http://www.legacy.com/gb/guestbookview.aspx?personId=115220922, respectively

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Beyonce in Armani…A fashion knockout

Posted by TSUE on August 5, 2008

Beyonce is awesome in this armani suit. she will be featured in the new Fashion Rocks magazine and performing on September 5th, 2008. Miss B can make any outfit rock.

Don’t you agree? You go Beyonce

 

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Shaq’s Island Estate on the market for $29 Million…any takers

Posted by TSUE on August 5, 2008

Shaq’s Island estate is on the market for $29 million.

All I have to say is are there any takers?

 

 

THIS 2-STORY ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE OFFERS 19,440+/- SQAURE FEET, 8BR/9+BA ALONG WITH A PRIVATE 3BR/2BA GUEST HOUSE WITH KITCHEN. SULTRY EVENING BREEZES PROVIDE REFRESHMENT AFTER A ROUND OF TENNIS ON THE ESTATE’S FULL SIZE TENNIS COURT OR AS YOU RELAXBESIDE THE EXQUISITE INFINITY-EDGE POOL. A 6-CAR GARAGE AND A PAVED CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY ENTRANCE THAT IS DRAMATICALLY LIT IN THE EVENING AND BEJEWELED WITH A FLOWING FOUNTAIN ARE JUST HINTS OF THE GRANDEUR OF THIS 2.5 ACRE PROPERTY.
Click on the link below if you are interested in purchasing this beautiful estate.

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MVP Boston Celtic Paul Pierce Handcuffed/Detained by Las Vegas Police

Posted by TSUE on August 5, 2008

During a traffic stop in Las Vegas MVP (Boston Celtic) Paul Pierce was handcuffed and detained by the police. A spokesman for the police said that he was initially hostile toward them while driving on the strip near the MGM Grand hotel.
Well, if you were stopped for no reason at all in the wee hours of the morning how would you feel? And to make matters worst they gave him a drunk driving test which for the record he passed with flying colors. So why was he pulled over????? We will never really know the answer to that but fame and fortune has it rewards and punishments. You are a target not only to the Paparazzi but others as well.

The best advice is to just be careful and watch your back.

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Rev Run & Justin Simmons new book :Take Back Your Family

Posted by TSUE on August 4, 2008

Take Back Your Family By Rev Run & Justine Simmons
 
An icon of hip-hop, a father of six and an ordained minister, Rev Run has developed a parenting stile that is in a class by itself. With his wife Justine, he launched the blockbuster reality series Run’s House on MTV, now filming its fifth season. The show has proven wildly popular in large part due to the way the Simmons family response to very twenty-first century issues. Emphasizing firm boundaries, noble values, discipline, and faith in age marked by shallow materialism and fragmented families, Rev Run now shares the proven principles that have given his children a firm foundation, including:
  • Run your family as the COE’s Chief Officers of Everything
  • Understand that you can never correct wheat you did not confront
  • Lead by example, not by preaching: Hypocrisy and parenting are a destructive combination.
  • Today’s fast-paced world can often make children feel small; your job is to help them feel large.
  • Older children need more rules and parental involvement, not less.

Reaching and average weekly audience of 4.1 million viewers, Run’s House speaks to America’s fascination with high-profile parents. Take Back Your Family brings home the behind-the-scenes wisdom of hip-hop’s first family to everyone seeking solid guidance for raising a new generation.

  http://revrun.uber.com/takebackyourfamily

 http://revrun.uber.com/

Take Back Your Family

 
A Challenge to America’s Parents
Rev. Run – Author
Justine Simmons – Author

 

 

This is a wonderful family. I love them….

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Jim Wetzel and Lance Lawson from Jake, www.shopjake.com.

Posted by TSUE on August 4, 2008

 

  For any trend reports or style guides you might be working on, I wanted to offer you two amazing sources:  style experts and Jake co-owners Jim Wetzel (39; left in attached photo) and Lance Lawson (37; right), who have built a fashion empire in Chicago and on www.shopjake.com, and have risen to the forefront in the fashion world by showcasing emerging and establishing designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Behnaz Sarafpour, Doo.Ri, Giuseppe Zanotti, Lutz & Patmos, Rupert Sanderson, M Missoni, Thread Social and Vanessa Bruno.

 

Since opening their first location on Southport Avenue in Spring of 2004, Wetzel and Lawson have risen to be a major fashion player, with two additional locations (in the Gold Coast and Winnetka) and plans to open the first East Coast Jake location in New York City in the near future. The duo also runs a significant on-line business with their web site shopjake.com.  They have become the go-to style experts in Chicago and have been featured as trend-forecasters in numerous national publications, style.com and FOX news.  Jake is the largest Chicago-based independent designer retailer with nearly 25 full time employees.

 

Hailed “The Kings of Cool” by the Chicago Tribune, Wetzel and Lawson travel the globe to find the “next big thing” to bring back to Chicago.  The duo goes on as many as 14 buying trips annually where they hand-select Jake’s product assortment.  In addition to partnering with new talent, Jake was also recently selected as the Chicago-area distribution partner for the re-launch of the Calvin Klein Collection.  Additionally, many of the designers Wetzel and Lawson championed when they first opened are now major fixtures in the national department stores.

 

Jake creates a modern sales environment with a heavy focus on exceptional customer service.  Committed to showcasing unique and wearable items for men and women, Wetzel and Lawson pay close attention to fashion, fit and timeless style. Jake also features a carefully edited selection of the world’s best premium denim lines. 

 

As domestic partners as well as business partners, Wetzel and Lawson started their company because they believed the Chicago consumer wanted more.  Four years later, their avid train of repeat clients has proven this to be true. Also, Jake’s dollar per square foot sales numbers more than double the industry average.  In addition to a devoted client base, Jake also attracts celebrities including Jessica Simpson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kanye West, Jeremy Piven, Rod Stewart and John Stamos.

 

Below is a list of some of the awards that Wetzel and Lawson have received since opening their first location.

 

·        FGI Super Star Award 2008

·        FGI Rising Star 2005

·        Selected as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Best and Brightest” young businessmen for 2007

·        Voted one of the “Top 100 stores in America” by GQ in 2006.

·        Ranked 23 out of “50 Most Influential Retailers” by DNR Magazine in 2006.

·        Ranked in the “Top 55 Shopping Websites” by Lucky Magazine in 2007

·        Hailed as a “website to watch” by The Wall Street Journal

·        Women’s Wear Daily looks to Jake as one of several retailers (including Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, et al) for their views on Fashion Week Collections (see 2006 & 2007 coverage).

·        Selected as “Chicago’s Style Leader” in a June 2008 style.com feature on America’s Cities.

   

 

 

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Actor Morgan Freeman injured in car accident

Posted by TSUE on August 4, 2008

The talented actor Morgan Freeman was injured in a car accident in MIssissippi. Freeman is in critical condition. The incident took place shortly before midnight on Sunday.  My prayers go out to him and his family and I pray for a speedy recovery.

 

Actor Morgan Freeman injured in car accident in Mississippi

Actor Morgan Freeman injured in car accident in Mississippi

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Looks like Sean Avery and Kelly Klein are in like with each other

Posted by TSUE on August 4, 2008

Word on the street is that  Sean Avery former New York Ranger, and now a Dallas Star has been seen around town with none other than Clavin Klein’s ex Kelly Klein. I can’t see what the fuss is over. Both are consenting adults. Kelly is 51 and Sean is 28. Age is just a number. When you pass go…it doesn’t make much difference. I say roll with it Sean. Kelly is a beautiful women and you are not bad on the eyes at all.

 

Sean Avery (Hockey Player with the Dallas Star)

Sean Avery Hockey Dallas StarKelly Klein

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BRETT FAVRE’S FINAL PLAY … BY OVIE MUGHELLI (WITH VIDEO!)

Posted by TSUE on August 4, 2008

Ovie Mughelli on Brett Farve

Ovie Mughelli

When Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli stopped by this spring, we were somewhat intrigued by his acting skills. At the time, Brett Favre was calling it a career, and we thought we’d let Ovie take a shot at re-enacting Brett’s final play. Since then, Favre has managed to stay in the news-he does this extremely well-and now we’re unsure if Ovie’s depiction is a part of our future, or past. As in, was this Brett’s final play, or is it still yet to come? Either way, we thought we’d let you decide. With a little prodding, any NFL star with some acting chops can become Brett Favre. Then again, maybe it’s just Ovie.
Want the sweet-and humorous!-video? Click on through.

 

 

 

 

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The Philadelphia Eagel Cheerleaders Go Eco- Green and Sexy

Posted by TSUE on August 1, 2008

The Philadelphia Eagel Cheerleader Go Green & Sexy

If you are interested in purchasing the calendar or to find out where to buy these Go Green & SExy Swimsuits check out
http://store.philadelphiaeagles.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=5281&DepartmentId=56.

For more information in Eco-Sexy and Green Swimsuits check out this site:http://sannatura.myshopify.com/

The self-styled “eco-sexy” calendar features the cheerleaders wearing bikinis made from organic cotton and recycled plastic soda bottles, while all of the jewelry and accessories, we’re told, are made from natural materials and recycled products: CDs, clothes hangers, computer chips, glass … even cable wire and aluminum. There has been much talk about saving the enviroment since our whether has been a little off the charts lately. 

But what I want to know is does going green make a difference.? Some people believe we are wasting our time. The few individuals who are trying to conserve on energy are up against a losing battle. But even though this change is a small one it does make a few people feel good about saving the earth for future generations to come. You can be the judge on that.

Maybe after you take a look at some of the Eco-Friendly bathing suits you might be tempted to join in the Go Green Campaign.

 Let me know who you feel on the subject of going green and how in sports you can go green.

 

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Shereese L. Slate, celebrity stylist and makeup artist -Flawless Hair

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

Shereese L. Slate, celebrity stylist and makeup artist recently launched Flawless Hair®, an exclusive line of quality hair for creating flawless hair weaves and extensions, In the industry for over 20 years, Slate’s work has been showcased on top of the shoulders of countless award-winning music artists that include legendary soulstress, Patti Labelle. Ciara, Ashanti, Monica, Rosalyn McMillan, Teedra Moses, 702, Witness, The Clark Sisters and Foxy Brown. Slate’s immaculate hair and makeup artistry has also graced the music videos of Grammy-winning artists, Christina Aguilera and Mya and has been featured in an array of film, television and magazine publications. 

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Once Upon A Time With NFL Vernon Davis

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

Once upon a time, Vernon Davis was a young man who went by the nickname “Little Duke” growing up in the inner city of Washington, D.C. He could have ended up committing crimes or hanging out on the streets, but he credits his grandmother, Adaline, with teaching him the importance of respecting his elders, setting goals, and staying humble. While most of his friends were getting into trouble, Davis was bulking up in the small gym at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. By the time he started playing football for the University of Maryland Terrapins, he was a mountain of muscle, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing more than 250 pounds. “Little” was dropped from the tight end’s nickname, and Davis was simply called “The Duke.” In 2006, his hours in the gym paid off when his name was called sixth in the NFL draft, and he signed a five-year, $23-million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. But Davis’ proudest moment came last fall when his son, Jianni Lenon, was born. Not much else could come close to topping that emotional high, except perhaps for leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLII next year.

1. Other than family, who were the most influential people in your life when you were growing up? Why? My teammates. They taught me how to adapt to adverse situations.

2. Who in your family were you closest to? Why? My grandma. I was close to my grandma not only because she basically raised my siblings and me, but also because she has been a friend and confidant while I was in high school and college.

3. When you were a child, what did you imagine your adult life would be like? I imagined myself playing in the NBA. But then when I got in the 10th grade, I started getting scholarship offers. I decided to play football and focus on that.

4. What was your first pet? Do you remember any funny stories about that pet? My first pet was an iguana. His name was Marlo. I named him Marlo because a cartoon I watched as a child had a character with that name. When I got him, it was the first name that came to mind. I remember once Marlo managed to escape from his tank in the basement. My aunt happened to be downstairs and noticed Marlo was not in his tank. She yelled and asked where he was. Then I heard her scream at the top of her lungs. Marlo was somehow hanging from the ceiling, and the sight scared her.

5. What was your favorite thing to do as a child? Ride my bike in the rain.

6. What was your most embarrassing moment in high school? I spilled mustard all over my clothes.

7. Were you voted “Most likely to…” do anything in high school? “Most likely to succeed.”

8. How did you stay out of trouble while other kids in your neighborhood were hanging out on the streets? I stayed away from the kids that were getting into trouble in my community. I did that by playing football, playing basketball, and running track—just doing things to keep myself active.

Vernon Davis 9 months old Vernon Davis 2 years old Vernon Davis 5 years old

9. What was your first job, and how did you obtain it? I was a security aide for an elementary school in my neighborhood called Clark Elementary. The one thing I thought was funny about the job was that I was a security aide just to help out, but they gave me a flashlight for some reason—perhaps as my only protection or weapon.

10. What did you do with your first paycheck? I bought the hottest tennis shoes out at the time: a pair of red, black, and white Air Jordans.

11. Did you have a favorite outfit while growing up that, looking back on it now, you really regret? My favorite jersey—a Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant No. 8 jersey. I thought it was cool and unique because my number was at the bottom of the jersey, but I guess the manufacturer made it incorrectly.

12. Who was your first celebrity crush? Janet Jackson. I had a poster from her Control album. The title track still happens to be my favorite Janet Jackson song.

13. Who was your favorite superhero? Which of his or her characteristics did you most admire? Superman, because he could fly.

14. If you had a super power, what would it be? To run as fast as a horse.

15. Who knows you the best? My grandma.

16. Who makes you laugh the hardest? My son. This may sound crazy, but my son is always trying to look mean and make hard faces at people including me for no reason. Then just as he is trying to give you the hardest look, he will all of a sudden give this great big smile and have a happy face. It just cracks me up.

17. What is the most amazing place you’ve ever been? The Dominican Republic. It has all-inclusive resorts, gorgeous beaches, and interesting culture and people. I especially liked the people on the small motorbikes driving around on the streets going nowhere but always riding around looking cool. The most memorable thing there was going snorkeling in the beautiful ocean. That was amazing.

18. Where would you like to visit, if you could go anywhere in the world? Italy. As an art studio major during college, I studied a lot about the Renaissance period, which took place in Italy, and I just fell in love with the artwork. Michelangelo is my favorite artist.

19. Is there anything you have always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet? I want to go skydiving.

20. Which celebrity do you most identify with? Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams. Everyone thinks we look alike, and people get us confused when they see us out. When we call each other, we laugh about the people who always say they saw us in some city when it was the other person they saw.

Vernon Davis, at his graduation from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., 19 years old Vernon Davis with his dad on draft day, 22 years old Vernon Davis

21. What music is on your iPod now? Tha Carter III and T.I. vs. T.I.P. I get energized by listening to music; just sitting by myself and envisioning myself making plays. That gives me a drive so when I go out on the field I’m already energized and ready to go.

22. What was your favorite TV show while growing up? Martin. I’ve watched Martin Lawrence for so long. I just went to Best Buy and bought all of his DVDs. I enjoy watching comedy.

23. Describe the perfect day. What would you be doing? Where would you go? I would wake up in the morning and work out for two hours—not three hours. I would get some lunch. On my way home, I would stop by the spa and get a pedicure, manicure, and massage. I would get home, walk my dogs, and grab another snack—because I eat a lot. I would call up some of my teammates and go to the mall and grab some things wherever we may end up. After that, I would come back to the house, take a shower, grab some more food, and go to bed.

24. Describe your idea of heaven on earth? Living in a mansion directly on the beach with 10 cars and being married with kids.

25. When do you think you will get married? Ten years from now. That’s a big step.

26. What is your favorite restaurant? Morton’s, The Steakhouse. I am a big guy, so I love the porterhouse steak, especially with garlic mashed potatoes or a baked potato with some veggies.

27. If you could give your 15-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? I would tell myself to keep working hard; stay out of trouble because it can hurt you in the long run; don’t be a follower, be a leader; and just work harder than anyone else year-round, year in and year out.

28. Who has been your greatest mentor? [Teammate] Brian Jennings. He taught me a lot ever since I got there. He taught me how to be a professional athlete in the NFL, especially in my position.

29. What other players in the NFL do you look up to? Shawn Mervin of the San Diego Chargers. He is a linebacker I played with in college. I look up to him because I know him, and I know the things that he did to get to where he is today. He is a hard worker just like myself. He always wants to be on top. It’s a good thing to try to be above everyone else.

30. What sacrifices have you made for your sport? Every season, I just try to work harder than other guys around me. I want to make myself better and keep that edge.

31. Over the course of your career what is the most difficult situation that you’ve experienced? Getting injured. I got injured my first year [a broken leg] and had a little injury my second year [a sprained ligament in his right knee]. It was the most difficult part of my career because I’d never been injured. It was a learning experience.

32. What has been the biggest personal obstacle you’ve faced? Not having my mother and father around. I was pretty much just raised by my grandparents.

33. What do you aspire to accomplish in your job in the next 10 years? I would expect to go into the Hall of Fame for my play on the field.

34. What is your greatest wish for your son? To be better than me at everything and to achieve more.

35. What is your greatest fear? Losing someone I am very close to.

36. What do you hope to be remembered for? My hard work and dedication.

37. Have you had any crazy experiences with fans? I have a lot of fans. Wherever I might be, I’ll run across someone who knows who I am. They run up to me saying, “Vernon, Vernon, Vernon, I’m a big 49ers fan.” I like that. I enjoy that. One of the things that shocked me happened last year when I was coming out of the mall, and this guy ran around the corner. He was running really fast, and he came right up to me and said, “You’re Vernon Davis. Can I have a hug?” I didn’t know what to say because I’d never run into anything like that where another guy wanted a hug from me. I gave the guy a one-handed hug around the back, and he said, “You just made my day.” That was probably one of the proudest moments of my life. To hear someone say that I made their day was just great.

38. What would people be most surprised to discover about you? That I am an artist and that I paint. When I tell people that I paint, they get all amazed.

39. When did you become interested in art? During my sophomore year of college. I had never done anything dealing with art in high school or junior high school. It kind of came out of nowhere. I had an academic counselor, and she saw me taking some lessons in college and told me, “Vernon, you’re pretty good at this. Maybe you should change your major or take more classes.” So I said, “I’ll think about it.” Before you know it, I changed my major, and art has been one of the things I’ve been doing regularly.”

40. Any other hidden talents? I play a little basketball once in a while. But I got strong, so I can’t really shoot like I used to. But I like to play table tennis a lot.

There is much more to learn about this tough tight end in this behind-the-scenes glimpse into Davis’ life on and off the field. Watch the Video »

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San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis on Brightcover.TV

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

Fans might recognize San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis by his signature dreads and from his ads as the official spokesman for Under Armour apparel. But there is much more to learn about this tough tight end in this behind-the-scenes glimpse into Davis’. Click here to learn more: <http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1701226940>

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Vernon Davis is the Featured Spotlight Athlete of The Week on JockLife

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

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Jocklife.com <http://Jocklife.com> catches up with San Francisco 49ers VERNON DAVIS at Big Tigger’s 7th Annual Celebrity Classic in Washington, DC this past June.

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Vernon Davis in the August Issue of San Jose Magazine

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

As Vernon prepares for the 2008 NFL season, he talked with San Jose Magazine and gives a them a inside to his life as a kid growing up to this upcoming NFL season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Once upon a time, Vernon Davis was a young man who went by the nickname “Little Duke” growing up in the inner city of Washington, D.C. He could have ended up committing crimes or hanging out on the streets, but he credits his grandmother, Adaline, with teaching him the importance of respecting his elders, setting goals, and staying humble. While most of his friends were getting into trouble, Davis was bulking up in the small gym at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. By the time he started playing football for the University of Maryland Terrapins, he was a mountain of muscle, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing more than 250 pounds. “Little” was dropped from the tight end’s nickname, and Davis was simply called “The Duke.” In 2006, his hours in the gym paid off when his name was called sixth in the NFL draft, and he signed a five-year, $23-million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. But Davis’ proudest moment came last fall when his son, Jianni Lenon, was born. Not much else could come close to topping that emotional high, except perhaps for leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLII next year.

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Best Men’s Magazine Websites

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

 

1. Esquire.com

“There is nothing that can be marketed that cannot be better marketed using the voice of James Earl Jones,” reads Esquire Rule #154 as the ever-changing rules scroll across the top of the screen. Need we say more? Esquire’s clever tone and full but organized site is a perfect compliment to the print.

  • In addition to the aforesaid ticker of stereotypical male musings, the site also boasts several dynamic micro-sites, including “Best Bars in America,” “The Cube,” and “Best Dressed Contest.”

    2. Complex.com

    The brainchild of urban fashion mogul Marc Ecko, Complex.com is a great site for fashion-savvy young men as well as (semi) regular Joes. With a section exclusively dedicated to sneakers, Ecko is targeting a smaller sect within the male demographic as if it were mainstream, which we find to be deliciously bold.

  • City Guide and Entertainment pages help Complex readers see beyond the clothing racks.

     
    3. ESPN: The Magazine (Through Espn.go.com)

    Representing such a sizeable print publication online can easily lead to a cluttered homepage, the sports giant gives its featured content some much-needed breathing room and stunning graphic appeal.

    • At the very top of the page (even above the featured stories) is a nifty world map with icons that expand into recent news stories and videos—a seamless combination of intuitive design and external linkage. 

    4. Men’s Health.com

    A site that features physical/mental wellness tips, men’s relationship advice and a style guide is a rare breed indeed, but if anyone can pull it off it’s Rodale. The site draws in readers not only with its standalone articles but its wealth of regular feature sections and quick tips. Menshealth.com doesn’t even need to flex to show us that it’s in really great shape.

    • Featuring one free new exercise video daily (with no pre-roll), the site as a whole is both expedient and relevant to today’s health-conscious man.

    5. GQ (Men.style.com/gq)

    GQ’s site is equally as multifaceted the print mag, but with stories organized by category and content previews on the homepage. The best part about the site is fonts/colors that pop and sexy visual appeal.

    • The stories themselves are thorough and diverse —but with a seemingly endless supply of practical advice columns. GQ is all about telling it’s readers how to become more GQ, which  is simple branding perfection.

     

     

     

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    Aunt Viv: Fresh Prince of Bel Air/Janet Hubert and Wal-mart Kids Backpacks

    Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

    Double XXposure

    PRESS RELEASE
    July/08/2008

     

    For Immediate Release
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    JANET HUBERT, THE ORIGINAL “AUNT VIV” OF THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR, ALIGNS WITH WAL-MART TO DEBUT CHILDRENS’ MERCHANDISE
    ‘J.G. & The B.C. Kids’ Backpacks In Stores This Fall

    JANET AND BACK PACKS
     

    New York, NY, June 2008 – Veteran actor Janet Hubert, who starred on the hit NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, premieres her line of backpacks for kids in Wal-Mart’s Northeast stores in September. Featuring characters from her to-be-released children’s book and DVD animated series J.G. & The B.C. Kids, the tote bags will be affordably priced for the Fall 2008 back-to-school season. Hubert’s entry into the children’s retail market was inspired by her desire to counterbalance the limiting, and increasingly vulgar, media messages targeted toward today’s youth.
     
    Hubert, an alumna of The Juilliard School, New York City’s prestigious performing arts conservatory, incorporates philanthropic and social activist aims into her life’s mission. She’s served as an ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and has also worked for the National Minority Health Organization, traveling around the country addressing the health care disparity for ethnic minorities in the U.S. Hubert says of her J.G. & The B.C. Kids creation, “I have always wanted to do something to change or make a difference in the lives of children. I am just like every mom out there who struggles with trying to raise a child in a culture that tells our children to constantly fit in with what is popular and not necessarily right for them. I created JG and the BC kids for that child who refuses to become like everyone else. I’m elated that Wal-Mart recognizes the need for an encouraging and affirming image for our children and I look forward to groundbreaking success with such an impactful, global retail organization.” While entry of the J.G. & The B.C. Kids backpacks into the Wal-Mart arena is initially limited to stores in the Northeast region, Hubert maintains that the full line of merchandise (which includes lunch bags, beverage containers, t-shirts, caps etc.) will hopefully be carried nationwide throughout the chain. Competitively priced from $9.99 – $19.99, the backpacks spotlight the series’ various animated ethnic characters, illustrated and co-created by artist Vincent Spencer. Like Hubert, Spencer’s mission with the project is to encourage young people to find their way by believing more deeply in themselves.

    For more information on J.G. & The B.C. Kids, visit www.jgandthebckids.com.

     

    For media inquiries and interview scheduling, contact Double XXposure Media Relations at 212.629.9404 or TheEllerbeeGroup@aol.com.

     

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    EXPLOSIVE URBAN DRAMA : Days Of Wrath

    Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

    EXPLOSIVE URBAN DRAMA

    “DAYS OF WRATH”
    TO SCREEN AT
    HBO/NY INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 
     
    Days of Wrath

    New York, NY –  The movie rapper David Banner is calling, “this generation’s ‘Scarface,'” “Days of Wrath” will screen for one night only at at the HBO/NY International Film Festival, Wednesday, July 23 at 9:30 p.m. at the Director’s Guild of America, 110 W. 57th Street in NY
     
    Director, Celia Fox notes, “Due to the overwhelming support we have recieved from the urban community, we thought the HBO/NY International Film Festival presented a perfect opportunity to give the community a sneak preview of “Days of Wrath” prior its theatrical release.  With over 4 millions hits on our fan site alone, we know we have a huge audience that is waiting for the film!”  

     
     A gripping urban gangsta tale, the movie is an explosive drama that intertwines compelling storylines with an surprising cast of characters.   Produced and directed by emerging filmmaker, Celia Fox, and based on her orginal screenplay, “Days of Wrath” boasts an ensemble cast that includes Wilmer Valderrama, in a groundbreaking performance, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Laurence Fishburne, Jessie Garcia, Ana Claudia Talancon, Taye Diggs, Amber Valletta, Lupe Ontiveros, David Banner, Rick Ross, Faizon Love, Kurupt, Slim Thug, Brandon T. Jackson and Melyssa Ford.  An original Snoop Dogg track opens the film. 
     

    About the New York International Latino Film Festival
     
    Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.
     

    Festival screenings are open to the public.  Go to www.nylatinofilm.com  . To preview the “Days of Wrath” trailer, go to www.DaysofWrath.com .  

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