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Oprah‘s connecting the dots between the recent police-involved shootings, and the civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s … telling us it sometimes feels like not that much has changed.
We got O in D.C., shortly after she made her first trip to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture — and she said the Emmett Till exhibit hit her hard … in light of recent events.
Till was lynched in 1955, his death helped spark the civil rights movement.
She also gave us her 2 cents on people anointing Prez Obama as the greatest black man of all-time. You gotta see if she’s on board with that sentiment.
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Kevin Garnett has decided to retire after 21 seasons in the NBA, leaving a legacy as one of the best defensive players in league history and one of the game’s most influential and intense competitors.
Garnett posted a video on his Instagram account on Friday, saying ”farewell” and ”thank you for the journey.” He narrates the short, black-and-white video that shows him walking alone through Target Center with sunglasses on.
”I’m just thankful. I can’t even put that into words,” Garnett says. ”I’m just thankful. I’m just thankful for everybody and the love. I never would have thought that people love me like this. But, for it to be reality is just something else, man. Man.”
Garnett informed the Timberwolves of his decision to retire on Friday. The team will waive the franchise icon, which will allow him to collect his entire $8 million salary for next season. That is the same approach the San Antonio Spurs took with Tim Duncan.
”I’m proud of our association with Kevin, just seeing him grow over the years,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor told The Associated Press. ”I wish him the very best in the future and want to thank him, along with our fans, for the great memories that he has given us.”
The 40-year-old Garnett put the Timberwolves on the map by turning one of the most hapless franchises in professional sports into a perennial playoff team. He later helped return the Boston Celtics to glory.
He came into the league straight from high school in 1995, the first player to do so in two decades. The decision was considered a risk at the time, but Garnett’s success paved the way for Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tracy McGrady to follow him. Garnett also made more than $330 million in his career, the most by any player in league history.
Garnett departs as one of the league’s elder statesman. He won the MVP in 2004 after leading the Timberwolves to the Western Conference finals and later teamed with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to revive the Boston Celtics as an Eastern Conference power. He spent a forgettable season and a half with the Brooklyn Nets before the late Flip Saunders convinced Garnett to agree to a trade to return to Minnesota at the deadline in 2015.
When Garnett first arrived in Boston, then-coach Doc Rivers remembered thinking ”No one can be this intense. No one can be this professional. No one can be this bought in to their team.
”I thought in Boston he just changed our culture. He literally changed our culture. You look at all the things he stands for. He follows through on all of them.”
During his second stint with the Wolves, he served as a mentor to youngsters like Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Zach LaVine, instilling in them a sense of intensity and professionalism that helped lay the foundation for what the team hopes is a breakout year for the upcoming season.
Garnett had contemplated returning for a 22nd season, which no player has ever done. But knee issues limited him to just 85 games over the last two seasons, and after Saunders died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma before last season, Garnett lost the man he trusted most in the organization.
Garnett spoke often of his desire to one day get into ownership with the Wolves, but it remains unclear if that door is still open after Saunders’ passing.
He was a skinny 7-footer with a bright smile and a versatile game when the Timberwolves took a chance and plucked him out of Chicago’s Farragut Academy with the fifth overall pick. His success opened the door for a new generation of teenagers to pour into the NBA.
Some of them, like James, Bryant and Jermaine O’Neal were wildly successful. Others like Korleone Young, Kwame Brown and Eddy Curry flamed out. The influx of youth into the league prompted the NBA to adopt a rule that required players to play at least one year of college, and that wasn’t the only major change brought about in part by Garnett.
Through his basketball career, Garnett insisted on being listed at 6-foot-11 even though he was at least two inches taller. He didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as a big man that needed to stay around the basket when he was so much more. Known as the ”Big Ticket,” Garnett could handle the ball, shoot it from outside, take an opponent off the dribble and post up as well while being able to guard all five positions.
He was one of five players to play at least 50,000 minutes and his practice habits are the stuff of legend.
”We going to be all right, man,” Garnett says in the video. ”I don’t expect this to be easy. But so far so good. Stay tuned.”
LOS ANGELES – Sept. 7, 2016 – PRLog — SPMG Media, in partnership with Toni Breedlove of The Hot Topics Talk Radio Network, is excited to announce the launch of “SPMG Media Presents..” This groundbreaking show concentrates on highlighting and promoting entertainers, community leaders and newsmakers from around the world.
SPMG Media Presents is live-streamed every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. PDT/ 8:00 pm CDT/ 9:00 EDT, beginning Thursday September 8, 2016, on the Blog Talk Radio.The radio show includes lively discussions with relevant guests and current topics. Callers are encouraged to tune in, call in and weigh in.
Tune in Thursday, September 8, 2016 for the premier show – A Sit Down with Your Hosts! On this very first show hosts Richard Hall Jr., Chris Smith and Etienne A. Gibbs will introduce themselves and allowing the listeners a glimpse of them personally and professionally – taking you on a journey of life, love, family and what you can look forward to as hosts of SPMG Media Presents.
To listen, comment and wish them well by phone, dial (646)200-3148. Or listen online and join the chatroom conversation on Blog Talk Radio at .http://www.blogtalkradio.com/httrnetwork/2016/09/09/spmg-…
*An HTTR Network and SPMG Media Production
About The Hosts:
Richard Hall Jr., previously one of the lead singers for the 1998 R&B group Sec-N-Sol, entertainment President with Footage Films and Silent Partner Entertainment Group, and is currently entrepreneur-owner of Hot Shots Mobile Detail. This husband and father of four is a veteran of the entertainment industry, sharing the stage with Marques Houston, Omarion Grandberry, Jerome “Romeo” Jones and more.
Chris Smith is a Social Media Personality who is shooting to fame through Instagram and live gatherings by sharing his witty observations, positive encouragement and hard-core love of family, friends, faith and fatherhood. He welcomes his followers to his world and helping them navigate life and family challenges through humor and encouragement.
Etienne A. Gibbs is a life-observing author, consultant and host of “In The Author’s Corner with Etienne”.
Toni Breedlove, CEO of The Hot Topics Talk Radio Network serves as show Producer.
“We’re excited to add SPMG Media Presents to our family of shows”, says Toni. “With the inclusion of SPMG Media Presents, our audience will enjoy an additional platform that serves to highlight some of today’s most exciting entertainers.”
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ABOUT HOT TOPICS TALK RADIO NETWORK
Hot Topics Talk Radio, founded by Toni Breedlove, first aired in October 2011. The core focus and format of the show is to bring issues and topics to the listeners that are otherwise not addressed in mainstream media. They also aim to allow listeners the opportunity to take part in each show by commenting and addressing questions to the radio team or special guests by calling in, the chatroom and through social media. Learn more athttp://www.hottopicstalkradio.com/
ABOUT SPMG MEDIA PRESENTS
SPMG Media Presents, the internet radio show, highlights entertainers, community leaders and newsmakers from around the world. Learn more athttp://www.hottopicstalkradio.com/spmgmediapresents.html
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As one of the fastest growing boutique public relations and marketing firms in the United States, SPMG Media has experience in a variety of industries. They utilize a unique blend of traditional PR and New Media marketing to increase their clients brand and business awareness. Clients include the entertainment industry, charities and nonprofits, politicians, community organizations and entrepreneurs. Learn more athttp://spmgmedia.wixsite.com/spmg-media