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Basketball Court In Bed-Stuy Playground To Be Renamed After Biggie Smalls

Biggie Smalls' name continues to find a permanent home on every corner of Brooklyn.

Biggie Smalls' name continues to find a permanent home on every corner of Brooklyn, New York. According to the New York Daily News, a playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant will be renamed after the legendary rapper.

"This honor is very personal to me," City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. said. "Twenty years later, this comes full circle, this renaming of the basketball courts in his honor." Cornegy said this moment also honors the "One More Chance" artist's mother, Voletta Wallace.

"We lived in the same building at 226 St. James Place in Brooklyn. We lived in 1R and Biggie and his mother lived in 3R," he said. "So when he passed his mother made me her director. I promised to keep his name honored."

While some supporters seek to preserve Biggie's image, others attempted to erase his presence within his home borough. Earlier this year, a landlord planned to disfigure a mural of Biggie that lived on the side of his apartment building.

"Why should I keep it?" Solomon Berkowitz said to DNA Info. "I don't even see the point of the discussion. I could demolish the building if I wanted to, I don't need no permission from anyone except the DOB [New York City Department of Buildings]."

Located within Crispus Attucks Playground, the courts can be found on Fulton Street and Classon Avenue. According to HipHopDX, the event will occur at the top of August.

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Missy Elliott, H.E.R. Team Up For Pepsi Super Bowl Commercial

Missy Elliott and H.E.R. are teaming up to star in a Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi.  The 30-second commercial will plug Pepsi Zero Sugar’s new matte black can, Ad Age reports.

“We are about to drop some [fire],” Elliott captioned a photo from the commercial on social media on Tuesday (Jan. 21), to which the “Hard Place” singer who replied, “You’re legendary!!! Can’t wait!”

You’re legendary!!!! Can’t wait! 🔥 https://t.co/d3z6fsR2u8

— H.E.R. (@HERMusicx) January 21, 2020

Elliott previously appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for the PepsiCo brand, Mountain Dew, in 2018. Three years earlier, the Grammy winner performed during the Super Bowl halftime show as a surprise guest of Katy Perry. This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will take over the stage for half-time show sponsored by PepsiCo.

The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. The big game kicks off on Feb. 2, 2020.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Pays Tribute To His Late Father Rocky “Soulman” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's father was his hero.

The Jumanji star paid emotional tribute to his late father, WWE hall of famer, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson, in wake of the 75-year-old former wrestler's sudden death last week.

“I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way through this world,” Dwayne wrote last Friday (Jan. 17). “I was the boy sitting in the seat, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.

“Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I’m in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally,I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease.”

“I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son,” he wrote in closing.

In an additional post thanking fans for their support, Dwayne revealed that his father died from a “massive heart attack,” brought on by a blood clot.

Rocky was born in Canada on Aug. 24, 1944. He began wrestling at 16 years old, and launched his professional wrestling career a few years later. Following his pro debut, the then budding wrestler legally changed his name from Wayde Douglas Bowles to his wrestling moniker, “Rocky Johnson.”

Over his career Rocky earned numerous championships, including the National Wrestling Alliance Georgia Champion, and a NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champions.

He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1969 and formed “The Soul Patrol” with wrestling partner, Tony Atlas. The duo made history as the WWF’s first ever black World Tag Team champions.

Following his retirement in the ‘80s, Rocky began training his son, Dwayne, who went on to joint the WWF as “The Rock,” a nod to his father’s name. Besides Dwayne, the wrestling legend also had two older children, a daughter, Wanda, and son, Curtis.

Read Dwayne's full post below.

 

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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐

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Delonte West's Recent Video Draws Swift Reaction From Former Coach Phil Martelli

Recently, a video of former NBA player Delonte West appeared on various social media accounts, showing a detained West who appeared to be distressed. The visual prompted reactions from West's college basketball coach Phil Martelli and his teammate at that time, Jameer Nelson, ESPN reports.

"Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help—please read and embrace Jameer's wisdom—we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the progressional help Delonte needs," Martelli said. "This is so very painful." In the video, West says someone with a gun approached him and physically assaulted him.

Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help - please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom - we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful. https://t.co/8IAuTdzCc9

— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) January 21, 2020

In an interview with TMZ, West's agent Aaron Goodwin said the former Dallas Maverick's family is supporting him as well as the NBA. In 2016, West was checked in to a medical facility to treat his mental health. Since being drafted to the NBA in 2004 by the Boston Celtics, West has played for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Dallas Mavericks.

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