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Vixen Roster: NBA Players You Should Know

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If you've noticed that your boo has been ignoring you a little bit more now, it isn't another woman, it's because basketball season is back. But don't worry vixens we've got a way for you to stay in the know and actually have your man conversing with you while the Rockets play the Heat. We've compiled a quick and dirty list of players you should know that'll have you graduate from rookie to seasoned veteran in no time. Check out our Vixen NBA Roster:

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Kobe Bryant holding out Lakers jersey

Player: Kobe Bryant

Team: Los Angeles Lakers

Position: Shooting guard

Alma Mater: Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania

This shooting guard is a five time champion, future hall of famer, and dubbed the greatest Laker ever by Magic Johnson. After being sidelined right before the 2013 postseason due to a ruptured achilles you'll want to see how the Black Mamba strikes back.

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Player: Lebron James

Team: Miami Heat

Position: Forward

Alma Mater: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio

Affectionately called King James by his many fans, this forward has won two consecutive championships as well as nabbing MVP for both championships, bringing him to four MVP titles. James will be looking to gain his third championship this season as he and the Heat defend their title.

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Carmelo Anthony yelling on basketball court

Player: Carmelo Anthony

Team: New York Knicks

Position: Small forward

Alma Mater: Syracuse University

Known as Melo, this small forward is trying to get over the hump to win his first championship. As one of the NBA's elite players and one of the best pure shooters in the league, Anthony will either lead the Knicks to a long awaited championship or say his goodbyes to the Empire State.

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Kevin Durant with his arm up

Player: Kevin Durant

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Small forward

Alma Mater: University of Texas

Durant is arguably the best player in the league. He's still trying to amend his loss from the 2012 NBA Finals and lead OKC to a championship.

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Player: Derrick Rose

Team: Chicago Bulls

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: University of Memphis

After tearing his ACL in the 2012 postseason, Rose had to bow out of the 2012-2013 NBA season, leaving the Bulls to fend for themselves. This season will bring Rose and the Bulls back together and if the preseason is any indication of what's to come then the Bulls will be ready to charge.

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Stephen Curry flexing his muscles

Player: Stephen Curry

Team: Golden State Warriors

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: Davidson College

Known as the Baby Face Assassin, Curry is a definite threat from the three point line. He holds the Warriors' franchise record for most three pointers in a game, at 11.

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Player: Blake Griffin

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Power forward

Alma Mater: University of Oklahoma

Although the Clippers have undergone a lot of changes this offseason, Blake Griffin is constant. Griffin is a prolific dunker and though his focus is on winning, he always adds excitement to the game.

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Player: Anthony Bennett

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

Position: Power forward

Alma Mater: University of Nevada Las Vegas aka UNLV

Bennett was this years number one draft pick. For a guy his size—6'8", 240ish pounds—he can get to the rim really quickly and has a great outside shot. He will be a key asset for Kyrie Irving to pass to.

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Player: Michael Carter-Williams

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: Syracuse University

At 6'6" his length poses a problem for those who try to score over him. MCW can easily garner at least 10 points and 10 assists in a game because of his ability to find the open man on the floor. Willams teaming up with fellow rookie, Nerlens Noel, give Philly something to look forward to.

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Deron Williams from the Brooklyn Nets

Player: Deron Williams

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: University of Illinois

After three years with the Nets, Williams has proven to have a great basketball IQ. He sees the floor well, a great mid-range and free throw shooter, and  owns a smooth crossover. With the acquisition of Jason Terry, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, Williams will have people to pass the ball to when drives the lane.

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James Harden from the Houston Rockets

Player: James Harden

Team: Houston Rockets

Position: Shooting guard

Alma Mater: Arizona State University

Formerly the sixth man off the bench for OKC, he's becoming a star in Houston. Leading the team in scoring and becoming more and more deadly behind the three point line, Harden is definitely one to watch.

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Victor Oladipo from the Orlando Magic

Player: Victor Oladipo

Team: Orlando Magic

Position: Shooting guard

Alma Mater: Indiana University

This years number two draft pick, Oladipo has a really high field goal percentage so he knows which shots to take. He knows how to create contact (drawing a foul) when driving the lane. The Magic are going to be looking at him to help them rebuild.

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Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers

Player: Roy Hibbert

Team: Indiana Pacers

Position: Center

Alma Mater: Georgetown University

Hibbert is a true center who's difficult to defend in the paint. He forces his opponents to take tough shots and is an impeccable shot blocker.

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 Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs

Player: Kawhi Leonard

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Position: Forward or Shooting guard

Alma Mater: San Diego State University

He's a lock-down defender. He has no problem guarding a bigger player, i.e. Lebron James in the 2013 finals. He had a breakout season proving himself as a great perimeter shooter and quick off the dribble.

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John Wall from the Washington Wizards

Player: John Wall

Team: Washington Wizards

Position: Point guard

Alma Mater: University of Kentucky

Wall is one of the fastest players in the league right now. He recently signed a five year $80 million contract with the Wizards and we're sure to see what this million dollar kid is worth.

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Fans Rally For Aaliyah's Discography To Be Released On Streaming Platforms

As another day passes without Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms, fans are looking for answers.

Over the weekend, the hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic appeared on Twitter in light of song battles between Swizz Beats vs. Timbaland and Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin. The latter opponents played their collaborations with the late singer, proving Baby Girl's dynamic relevancy in the age of modern R&B. As songs like "I Don't Wanna" and "Come Over" picked up plays on YouTube, the hashtag pointed out the tragedy of her songs not existing on platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Aaliyah's only album on multiple platforms is her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. Other albums like the platinum-selling One in A Million and Aaliyah are being held in a vault of sorts along with other unmixed vocals by her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Hankerson has built up a mysterious yet haunting aura over the years due to his refusal to release Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms. Reasons are unknown but Stephen Witt's 2016 investigation revealed business deals like the shift in distribution from  Jive Records to Atlantic helped Hankerson take ownership of the singer's masters. The deal was made in 1996 when Blackground featured artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, then-production duo Timbaland and Magoo as well as Missy Elliott.

Sadly, Aaliyah's music isn't the only recordings lost in the shuffle. Recordings from Timbaland and Toni Braxton have been hidden from the world with both taking legal action against the label over the years. There's also JoJo, who had to break from the label after they refused to release her third album. The singer recently re-recorded her first two albums.

With Aaliyah's music getting the attention it deserves, Johnta Austin discussed the singer's impact on R&B today. "It was amazing, she was incredible from top to bottom," he told OkayPlayer of working with the singer on "Come Over" and "I Don't Wanna." "I don't think Aaliyah gets the vocal credit that she deserves. When she was on it, she had the riffs, she had everything."

Earlier this year, an account impersonating Hankerson claimed her music would arrive on streaming platforms January 16, on what would've been her 41st birthday. A docuseries called the Aaliyah Diaries was also promoted for a release on Netflix.

Of course, it was far from the truth. Fans can enjoy selected videos and songs on YouTube, but it's clear they want more.

 

Aaliyah’s music is the landmark for a lot of your favs not only was she ahead of her time with her futuristic sounds she also was a fashion Icon dancer and phenomenal actress . The future generations need be exposed to her artistry and pay homage .#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/LxZfxcqRgF

— Black Clover (@la_alchemist) March 29, 2020

Her first #1 solely based on AirPlay! She was the first ! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/BHlANZjCGZ

— (@hodeciii) March 29, 2020

Makes no sense for someone still so influential to be hidden. Many try to emulate her. On Spotifys This is Aaliyah playlist, theres some great tracks not on her main Spotify #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/vLqLTVxqO9

— Blackity Black⁷ (@ClaudBuzzzz) March 29, 2020

Aaliyah is trending once again. She deserves endless flowers. This is true impact y’all. Her voice, her sound, her music...She’s been gone for 2 decades and y’all see the love for her is even stronger! We miss you baby girl! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/ALDcT0ZQxR

— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) March 30, 2020

Aaliyah said she wanted to be remembered for her music and yet most of it is not on streaming services #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/zwk0AWMCoE

— RJR (@MyNewEssence96) March 29, 2020

aaliyah’s gems like more than a woman deserve to be in streaming sites #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/mM2GWEg1pe

— k (@grandexrocky) March 30, 2020

I saw #FreeAaliyahMusic and IMMEDIATELY jumped into action! I can’t express how betrayed I felt when we were supposed to have all her music on Spotify by her birthday. Her discography is deeply underestimated and we need to make it right for our babygirl!pic.twitter.com/GfxBeJxUY1

— jerrica✨ (@jerricaofficial) March 29, 2020

Before Megan The Stallion drove the boat...

Aaliyah rocked the boat...

#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/iXNwssD3sY

— Al’Bei (@_albei) March 29, 2020

i think we should have that conversation #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/cGl269tuTr

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) April 1, 2020

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Kiely Williams Explains Fallout With Adrienne Bailon Houghton And Alleged Fight With Raven-Symonè

Our current isolated way of life has given some plenty of time for reflection like Kiely Williams of the former girl group 3LW and The Cheetah Girls (ask your kids). The tales of both successful groups have been told time after time by fans in YouTube documentaries and members of each collective but Williams has decided to share her side of the story.

Williams hopped on Live Monday (March 30) where she discussed her former friendship with The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon Houghton and the infamous chicken throwing fight with actress/singer Naturi Naughton. The mother of one didn't pinpoint exactly why she fell out with Houghton but did point out how she wouldn't be interested in appearing on her talk show.

"I don't think Adrienne wants to have live TV with me," Williams said. "'Cause she's gon' have to say, 'Yes Kiely, I did pretend to be your best friend. Now, I am not.' You were either lying then or you're lying now. You either were my best friend and now you're just not claiming me or you were pretending [to be my best friend."

The two remained friends after Naughton was kicked out of 3LW, the platinum-selling group known for 2000s pop hits like "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" and "Playas Gon' Play." Williams and Houghton were eventually picked to be apart of The Cheetah Girls with then-Disney darling Raven-Symonè and dancer Sabrina Bryan.

Williams went on to discuss her fight with Naughton, which she denies had anything to do with her skin color. With her mother near, Williams claimed Naughton called her a b***h, leading to the fight. While she didn't clear up the chicken throwing, she stated how she was "going for her neck" and was holding food and her baby sister in the process.

Apologies aren't on the horizon either. “I don’t feel like I have anything to make amends for, especially as it relates to Adrienne,” Kiely said. “As far as Naturi goes, if there was ever a reason to apologize, all of that has kind of been overshadowed by the literal lies and really ugly stuff that she said about my mom and my sister. So, no. Not interested in that. I’m sorry.”

Moving onto The Cheetah Girls, Williams also denied claims she got into fights with Raven-Symonè on the set of The Cheetah Girls films and never outed her as a teen. The rumor about Symonè and Williams was reportedly started by Symonè's former co-star Orlando Brown.

Symonè has often shared positive memories about The Cheetah Girls and their reign but did imply during an episode of The View how co-star Lynn Whitfield kept her from losing her cool on set.

On a lighter note, Symonè, Houghton and Naughton have kept in contact with Naughton and Houghton putting their differences aside during an appearance on The Real. 

Symonè and Houghton also reunited at the Women's March in Los Angeles in January. During Bailon's performance at the event, the two briefly performed the Cheetah Girls' classic, "Together We Can."

Willaims also shared some stories about the making of the group's hits. Check out her Live below.

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Kelis Announces ‘Cooked With Cannabis’ Show Will Premiere On Netflix

Kelis is taking her chef talents to Netflix. The musician will host a food competition show titled Cooked With Cannabis that’ll premiere on the very-fitting April 20 (4/20). According to NME, the show will span six episodes and be co-hosted by chef Leather Storrs.

Describing the opportunity as a “dream come true” since she’s a major supporter of the streaming service, Kelis took to Instagram to share how cannabis and cooking is one of her many creative passions. “As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today’s society,” the mother-of-two writes. “In this country, many things have been used systemically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together.”

Each episode will place three chefs against each other as they craft three-course meals with cannabis as the central ingredient. Each episode’s winner takes home $10,000. Guests will play an integral role in who takes home the cash prize. Too $hort, and El-P are just a few of this season's guests.

 

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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In a previous Lenny Letter profile, Kelis shared she comes from a line of culinary influences beginning with her mother who owned a catering service. In 2008, the “Milkshake” singer sought to refine her cooking skills by enrolling in the Le Cordon Bleu school. Receiving a certificate as a trained saucier, the New York native put her expertise to the test during pop-up restaurants in her native city, created a hot sauce line, and co-owns a sustainable farm in Quindio, Colombia.

“Food is revolutionary because it is the one and only international language. It’s the most human thing you can partake in,” she said in an interview with Bon Appetit. “We are the only species that cooks.”

This isn’t Kelis’ first foray into the reality-cooking television world. In 2014, she partnered with the Cooking Channel for Saucy and Sweet and published the "My Life on a Plate" cookbook a year later.

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