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The Man Behind The Gloves: ESPN Films Tells The Story of Evander Holyfield

Director Steve Canter gives us a glimpse into the world of 4-time heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield and what led up to one of most unforgettable moments in sports history after the infamous ear biting incident with Mike Tyson.

On Wednesday night (Oct. 28) in midtown Manhattan, the lights of the Paley Center of Media dims, the screen readies, and the story of the only four-time heavyweight champion of professional boxing is shared amongst sports fans to know the man behind the gloves: Evander Holyfield.

In the latest installment of ESPN’s 30 for 30 film series, the documentary titled Chasing Tyson takes us back to the legendary ups and downs of the career of Iron Mike and how he dominated the world of professional boxing. But part of the discussion was a young man who caught the world of sports off guard and gunned for Tyson's throne. A kid hailing from Atlanta, Ga. who considered himself a "momma’s boy" and never caused any trouble while growing up made his way onto the boxing scene. His name was Evander Holyfield.

The decorated athlete opens up about his poor background in the reel and tells viewers how he grew up in the ghetto, but what fueled him to fight during his early years was being teased for being illiterate in school. The constant vocal provoking led to Holyfield’s need to fight, but the wise words from his mom was what he kept in the back of his mind. “Be at peace once you don’t listen to what people say. They don’t control your destiny. You do.”

Distilling the family values that he learned along the way and keeping them with him in the journey of his career labeled Holyfield as "boring" or "too much of a good guy" and caused his many accomplishments to be overlooked especially in a world ruled by Mike. But Holyfield had his eyes steadily on the prize as he wasn’t chasing titles, but he was chasing Tyson. After Mike experienced multiple legal setbacks and Holyfield’s health issues, a five-year wait was finally put to rest, as a highly anticipated Nov. 9, 1996 matchup was set between the two where Holyfield proved his theory that “good guys can fight too.”

Don’t worry, sports fans. Director Steven Cantor had the infamous ear-biting rematch between Tyson and Holyfield covered as well when he cites the main reason behind him wanting to bring the story into visual format. Canter also credited Holyfield on being a humble, easily approachable sports figure to base the film on. So gear up to watch the ultimate good guy versus bad guy story on two of the most legendary names in professional boxing when ESPN Films: 30 for 30 presents Chasing Tyson airs Nov. 10 on ESPN at 8 p.m.

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Rest In 'Power': Crew Member For 50 Cent's Show Killed On Set

50 Cent offered his condolences to the loved ones of Pedro Jimenez, a crew member who was killed on the set of his hit STARZ show, Power, earlier this morning. (Monday, Dec. 10).

"I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning," wrote the media mogul in an Instagram post, which accompanied a black screen. "My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family."

According to TMZ, "Pedro Jimenez was setting up parking cones for a location shoot in Brooklyn around 4:20 AM when he was struck by a 2006 Ford Explorer. Police responded and Pedro was transported to a Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Jimenez was just 63 years old, and had reportedly worked on the series since its debut in 2014. Reports state that investigators have spoken with the 64-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. Jimenez, who is also a crew member on the show. No arrests have been made.

 

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I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family.

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'Queen Sono' Will Be The First African Original Series To Stream On Netflix

Netflix caught some flack over the weekend after it was reported the streaming behemoth shelled out a smooth $100 million to keep the 90s sitcom Friends. However, staying committed to original content IOL Entertainment reports Netflix will take on it first African series.

Titled Queen Sono, actress Pearl Thusi (pictured above at the 2019 Global Citizens festival) will star in the dramedy which finds Thusi portraying a spy motivated to help the lives of her South Africans, while dealing with highs and lows of a personal relationship.

Netflix's Vice President of International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl who's in charge of content in Europe and Africa expressed excitement over Queen Sono.

"We love the team behind the show, [and] we're passionate about coming in and doing something that feels fresh and different. It's really exciting for us," she said. "Their point of view and creating a strong female character was really something that also really drew us to it.

Erik Barmack, also with Netflix, said Queen Sono is just the first of many to depict life in Africa.

"Over time our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we're moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content," he said.

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Cardi B Talks Stripping, Nicki Minaj, And Fame On 'CBS Sunday Morning'

Nothing was off limits during Cardi B's recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning. During the special, which aired on Sunday, Dec. 9, Cardi got candid with interviewer Maurice DuBois about her humble beginnings in the strip club, her beef with Nicki Minaj, and how she's been handling mega-stardom.

In case you missed it, check out a list we compiled of the Grammy-nominee's statements below, and watch the interview in the video above.

She called her beef with Nicki Minaj "unnecessary"

Cardi and Nicki Minaj have been at war for most of the year. The beef may have started following their collaboration on Migos' "Motorsport." Over the course of the year, it escalated to a physical altercation during a New York Fashion Week event, as well as many public jabs over social media. While both rappers previously agreed to turn their attention elsewhere, Cardi reflected on how the entire situation was "bad for business."

"A lot of people like to say all publicity is good publicity. To me it's not. That takes away [from] people paying attention to your craft," she said of her feud with Minaj.

Working at the strip club gave her power and a passion for performing

As you may know, Cardi B was previously a stripper before she gained mega-stardom. While she has shared mixed reviews about her past in various interviews, she told CBS that she thought stripping had a positive impact on her life.

"A lot of women here, they taught me to be more powerful," she said. "I did gain, like, a passion and love [for] performing. It made me feel pretty... I'm glad for this chapter in my life. A lot of people always want to make fun of me -- 'Oh, you used to be a stripper!' -- I don't ever regret it, because I learned a lot. I feel like it matured me. My biggest ambition was money. That's what these women put in my head: nothing is important but the money."

Her ability to connect with her fans stems from her accessibility 

Cardi undoubtedly understands how to connect with her fans and followers better than many of her counterparts. After all, the rapper built up her network in such a short amount of time. She attributes her likability to being "reachable."

"When I talk, I make a lot of mistakes," she continued. "Like, I might say words, and the words are not even in the dictionary. But people still like it because you can tell that I'm saying it from the heart."

She never imagined that she could make it this far

Before she made it big, Cardi admitted that she didn't expect her music to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. When reflecting on her first hit single "Bodak Yellow," she stated that she had low expectations at first.

"It hit at 85, and I just felt like, alright, I already did enough," she said. "Then when people was telling me, like, there's a possibility of going No. 1, I was like, 'Oh my gosh -- if I go No. 1, this is going to be crazy... and then it did. I just felt like I was on top of the world."

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