What Had Happened Was Trending stories on the intersections of race, sports & culture

‘NBA LIVE 19’s’ best point guards: Agree or disagree?

EA reveals the top-five rated floor generals

3:19 PMWhen it came to letting the players and the gaming community know what the overall ratings would be for their new game, NBA 2K19 beat NBA LIVE 19 to the punch. But perhaps EA needed that extra time to implement a much harsher grading scale and cause a greater debate. Now that the ratings are in, we’ll start by taking a look at some of the overall top ratings for the NBA’s best point guards.

 

POINT GUARDS

  1. Steph Curry (94 OVR)
  2. Russell Westbrook (93 OVR)
  3. Kyrie Irving (93 OVR)
  4. Chris Paul (92 OVR)
  5. John Wall (90 OVR)

Drake is sticking with Jordan and Nike — 3 moments that pretty much prove it

This week, the rapper basically dispelled every previous report that he’d join Adidas

11:16 AMRemember the speculation? That Drake might end his endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand to join Adidas? A few months ago, the Toronto rapper was rocking three stripes in Instagram pics, and courtside at Raptors games, every chance he got. Bow Wow thanked Drizzy for sending him Adidas gear. And even ESPN’s Nick DePaula confirmed that Drake and his team were “far along in negotiations with Adidas on a comprehensive endorsement deal.”

Well, Drake and Adidas are seemingly over before they started. Somewhere along the line, a deal fell apart. Maybe it was because Michael Jordan’s son trolled the musical artist on Twitter for wearing a brand outside of Air Jordan. Or maybe Pusha T’s diss track of Drake, “The Story of Adidon,” went too far, and ruined the plan for a future partnership. Regardless, it appears that Drizzy is remaining with Air Jordan — and the brand’s parent company, Nike. Here are three reasons we think this is so, all coming from the man himself.


An OVO x Drake jersey?

View this post on Instagram

On Road 18/19 🦂

A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on

Drake took to IG to tease a potential collaboration between Nike and his record label, October’s Very Own (OVO), for a basketball jersey as a nod to his June-released No. 1 album, Scorpion. He posted the caption “On Road 18/19 🦂,” perhaps hinting that the jersey will go on sale during the upcoming “Aubrey & the Three Migos” North American tour. Peep the scorpion pincer details on the chest’s OVO logo. This jersey is swaggier than some worn by NBA teams.

Air Jordan 5s in the “In My Feelings” video

Drake wore a pair of “Fire Red” Air Jordan 5s in the new visuals for his culture-shaking No. 1 track “In My Feelings.” The music video for the song dropped Thursday night, and in it, the mother of Drake’s love interest, portrayed by the legendary Phylicia Rashad, tells him, “I want you to get your Jordans off my walkway!” Coincidence? We think not.

Drake’s Line on “SIcKO MODE”

A few hours after the release of the “In My Feelings” video, Travis Scott dropped his long-awaited ASTROWORLD. Drake is featured on the album’s third track, titled “SICKO MODE,” and one line sticks out. Jesus Christ, checks over stripes / That’s what I like, that’s what we like. Yup, Drake ain’t going anywhere. He’s sticking with the swoosh and Jumpman logo over the three stripes.

Cori Bostic is Florida A&M’s first female drum major of the Marching 100

She’s following in mom and dad’s footsteps as marching band alums

7:28 AMThe Florida A&M University Marching 100 has diversified its band leadership and made history by adding its first female drum major in the program’s 72-year existence.

Cori Renee Bostic, a 20-year-old junior broadcast journalism major from Decatur, Georgia, was appointed during FAMU’s annual band camp and will be heading the Marching 100 alongside two new drum majors, Joshua Honore and Marquel Bowen, during the upcoming band season.

News of Bostic’s historic appointment broke Tuesday and was confirmed by FAMU president Larry Robinson after he retweeted the news and added a congratulatory message.

“Our band leaders represent the diversity, dedication and academic prowess of our band scholars,” FAMU band director Shelby Chipman said in a statement. “We are excited about the opportunity to electrify Rattler fans/supporters near and far, as we also prepare to march in the Jan. 1, 2019, Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.”

Before the announcement went viral across social media platforms, Bostic shared the historic moment in a family group chat with a simple text: “I made drum major.”

“Cori is the oldest of 8 children,” said Lenise Bostic, Cori’s mother. “All her siblings in the family group went wild! She was very calm, but when I talked to her she and I both just screamed on the phone.”

Cori Bostic’s quest to become a drum major began long before she even stepped foot on FAMU’s campus. According to her parents, Cory and Lenise, Cori became enthralled with FAMU’s band after watching them perform at a game. Her love for music began early in life, and she began playing the oboe in fifth grade before switching to the piccolo during her seventh-grade year at Southwest Dekalb High School in Georgia.

Cory and Lenise are both FAMU alums who were members of the Marching 100, so it was no surprise that their musically inclined daughter would follow in her parents’ footsteps.

“She asked her [father] if she could be a drum major and he said, ‘If you work hard, yes,” Lenise Bostic said via email. “Both her [father] and I were in the 100 and we knew there had never been a female named to the position, but we have always supported her dreams. When she found out during her senior year that no women had ever been named a drum major, she told us that she would be the first!”

And Cori Bostic would do just that. According to Tiffany Ardley, Cori’s Delta Sigma Theta sorority adviser, drum major tryouts had taken place back in April. Friends and family had awaited this news for months. As the announcement began to spread across social media, Lenise and Cory Bostic couldn’t contain their excitement.

“We are elated,” Lenise Bostic said. “We are always proud when our children set a goal and work hard to achieve it. Cori is setting an excellent example for her younger siblings. We both marched in the 100. We have gone to homecoming each year and march in the alumni band. It was extra special her freshman year when we marched with her on the field. This year will be even more special as she will be leading us on the field. We are very proud of her.”

Get to know Tyler Mitchell, the photographer Beyoncé hired for Vogue

The 23-year-old Atlanta native will be the first black photographer to shoot the magazine’s cover in 126 years

12:57 PMWho knew Beyoncé was as good a photo editor as she is an entertainer? When she was given creative control over Vogue magazine’s all-important September issue this fall, she did something that several magazines still do not: She hired a black photographer to shoot the cover image. This marks the first time in the magazine’s 126-year history that an image created by a black person will grace its cover. Take a minute to marinate on that.

And Beyoncé chose well. Tyler Mitchell is a highly creative and ambitious photographer from Atlanta who now resides in Brooklyn. Despite his young age, he has already photographed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors for Teen Vogue, Lil Uzi Vert for The FADER, curator Kimberly Drew for i-D, Ashton Sanders for Office magazine and Vince Staples for Dazed.

The historical significance of this moment cannot be overstated. While print and digital publications have made it more of a priority to hire black writers (although progress in this arena has also been slow going), too often, the people shaping visual narratives are white, cisgender men, while the unique perspectives and talent of people of color are often pushed to the side and ignored.

Here is hoping that more celebrities will use their clout and platforms to encourage magazines to hire photographers of color to shoot their covers. And, more importantly, here is hoping that more photo editors follow Beyoncé’s lead in their hiring practices.