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Stuart Scott: He Did It For The Culture

"I do this for my culture" —Jay Z, Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

Long before hashtags and random song lyric tweets, I adopted the line above as my credo. It was a reminder that if I did my thing, another young black boy who came from where I came from might also get a chance. Hov's words inspired that, but watching Stuart Scott break the mold and set the bar at ESPN made it a reality. Seeing Stuart Scott on the World Wide Leader every night, keeping it hip-hop, yet staying articulate made the dream of one day working in sports journalism a tangible goal.

Scott, who passed on Sunday at the age of 49 (January 5th), fathered as many styles as Blue's dad, too. Hearing anchors drop bars during segments is common in 2015, but it was Scot's calling card in the early 1990s. If the tanning of hip-hop is a thing, Scott was the catalyst for the browning of sports broadcasting. He infused the lyrics and sayings from the culture he came from and brought them into Middle America's living rooms. By doing so, he was spoon-feeding people pieces of the genre day after day.

Scott, already on the inside, helped make rap more mainstream and artists respected him for it. His cameos in LL Cool J's "Shut 'em Down" and Uncle Luke's "Raise the Roof" (a celebratory move he helped popularize at sporting events everywhere from Brooklyn to Beverly Hills) were testaments to how he'd brought rap through a new door and become an important cultural icon himself.

As bright as Scott shined in front of the camera for over two decades at ESPN, his light was needed in a more somber sense, too. He'd been battling cancer since 2007 and at the 2014 ESPY's, his spirit was acknowledged when he was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. In his acceptance speech, Scott said "When you die, it does not mean that you lost to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live, "

We'll mourn his loss, as many other athletes like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tiger Woods, and even President Obama have publicly done. But Scott's legacy will carry on. Every time we see Snoop Dogg hit the ESPN studios for the Top 10 plays; when Lil Wayne drops by to debate Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on ESPN First Take; or when Stalley and Wale introduce us to the duo with their bars for the show's theme music, we'll know it all started at "Boo-Yah!"

Thanks to Stuart Scott.

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Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

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Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”

 

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