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Chris Paul’s and Stephen Curry’s families face off on ‘Family Feud’

Paul: ‘I’m blessed. We’re all blessed to have each other.’

3:45 PMWhen it comes to motivation, whether on the basketball court or off, Chris Paul finds strength in family.

“Basketball is not who I am; it’s not who this family is,” said Paul to The Undefeated. “We’ve figured that out a long time ago.”

So it was a no-brainer for the Houston Rockets point guard to show off his family’s smarts in a jovial yet competitive game of Celebrity Family Feud.

Last month, Paul and the Rockets fell to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference finals. But now on a clean slate of friendly competition, the Paul and Curry families will compete on the show hosted by Steve Harvey on June 24 at 7 p.m. EDT on ABC. Joining Chris are his wife, Jada, his older brother C.J., his mother, Robin, and his father, Charles. And with Stephen Curry are his wife, Ayesha, his younger sister, Sydel, his mother, Sonya, and his father, Dell.

This is the Pauls’ third time on Celebrity Family Feud, and this time they rocked the money color green.

When asked what prompted the team’s color, Paul gave the credit to his wife and his mother: “The women speak, I follow.”

(From left to right) Charles Paul, Robin Paul, Chris Paul, Jada Paul and C.J. Paul will compete against Stephen Curry and family on Celebrity Family Feud.

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Paul’s father, Charles, shared the lesson that has been passed down from generation to generation in the Paul family. “Never forget family.”

And Paul has put those words into action by creating a family hustle.

“We’ve got a real team,” he said. “C.J. handles the business side of things, and my mom handles a lot with the foundation. Then my dad manages just about everything and my wife manages at home [and our personal lives]. So for me, I got the easy part. I’m blessed. We’re all blessed to have each other.”

The Pauls are strongest when united, unless they are playing golf, spades or taboo, the game where Jada Paul is the champ in the family.

But even with fun, there’s structure. Growing up, both Paul and C.J. Paul weren’t allowed to play sports if they didn’t have a 3.0 GPA.

“Even though we only needed a 2.0 to play in school, our parents set a higher standard for us,” said Paul. “And we keep that going with our kids too.”

Since making his NBA debut in 2005, Paul has many basketball accolades: nine-time All-Star, All-Star MVP, a double Olympic gold medalist, National Basketball Players Association president. But even as a world-class athlete, he’s most proud to wear the titles of father, husband, brother and son.

Movies

Trailer drops for ‘Creed II’ — and we’re in

Coogler, Jordan, Thompson and Stallone all make a comeback

5:01 PMWe’ll still have to wait another five months before we can see the highly anticipated sequel to 2015’s gripping Creed, but today, fans got their first glimpse at where this next chapter is taking us — and, not for nothing, Creed II looks amazing.

As a refresher: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler reinvigorated one of the best sports franchises of all time when he successfully — and impressively, we might add — persuaded Sylvester Stallone to allow him to move forward with a script he and Aaron Covington, a film school friend, wrote about the unknown son of fictional boxer Apollo Creed. Turned out to be one of the best green lights ever, considering Stallone earned an Oscar nomination, his second acting nod, for the role of Rocky Balboa.

And we got to see Michael B. Jordan bring to life Adonis, and with his love interest played by Tessa Thompson he gave us depth and compassion and made fans fall in love all over again with the boxing movie genre.

In this new film, which opens Thanksgiving, we see Adonis take on his biggest opponent yet: the son of Ivan Drago, who was the villain of Rocky IV. Coogler produces this new film, and Steven Caple Jr., who also hails from Coogler’s beloved Oakland, California, directs.

If you follow Jordan on Instagram — and you should — then surely you’ve seen his intense fitness routine that quite literally has gotten him back into fighting shape. At one point in the trailer, we see Adonis fight-training underwater inside of a pool! This new trailer only gives us a quick snippet, but it also appears that Adonis and Bianca (Thompson) have started a family, so there’s a lot on the line this go-round.

Can Adonis be the masterful fighter that his legendary father was? And can he stay alive while working on that goal? Guess we’ll have to wait a few more months before finding out!

Jay-Z and Beyoncé call out NFL and Grammys in surprise album

Long-awaited ‘Everything Is Love’ features the Louvre and arrives amid G.O.O.D. Music rollout

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I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I don’t need you/ Every night we in the end zone/ Tell the NFL we in stadiums, too/ Last night was a f—ing zoo

— ”Apes—”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z just released a joint album. It’s called Everything Is Love. The album arrived without notice, and it is many things that will soon be sorted at length. Love — which has been hinted at, discussed and predicted for well over a decade — enters the world roughly two weeks after the start of the international leg of the duo’s On The Run II tour. And the couple is keeping their project relevant with regard to pointed cultural topics. The NFL and the Grammys — Jay-Z was shut out earlier this year, even with eight nominations — get called out.

Stage diving in a pool of people/ Ran through Liverpool like a f—ing Beatle/ Smoke gorilla glue like it’s f—ing legal / Tell the Grammys f— that 0-for-8 s—/ Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apes—?

As for the timing, The Carters are doing what they’ve famously done ever since they became a couple (they’ve been married since 2008): stating their piece with their music and leaving speculation to the world around them. So, speculation: Could it be that Jay-Z wanted to throw a wrench in the engine of recent G.O.O.D. Music releases from Kanye West, KiD CuDi and Pusha T? And Everything is Love does arrive less than 24 hours after the release of Nas’ new album, Nasir. Are there are still issues within Jay-Z and Kanye’s relationship that we’re likely never going to understand? Or is it just that Jay-Z and Beyoncé really just want to throw their names into the hat of 2018 releases that already houses several stellar projects — Cardi B, Janelle Monae among them — and Drake’s Scorpion is less than two weeks away. How else would one explain that having a date night at the Louvre results in a music video?

Whatever the case, as we all listen to the new songs and watch the new videos and get ready for the U.S. leg of the tour, one thing remains certain. What we’re witnessing is the full-circle moment of quite possibly the most productive elevator argument of all time. More to come.