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The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday (Aug. 11) to declare Aug. 24 as “Kobe Bryant Day.” The late NBA legend and longtime Orange County resident was a “treasured member” of the community who “inspired so many men and one to pursue their dreams and never give up,” O.C. County Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel said of Bryant.
The resolution reads, “The Orange County Board of supervisors recognizes August 24th as Kobe Bryant Day an encourages members of our community to continue Kobe Bryant’s legacy by engaging in community building helping young people in need, encouraging aspiring youth to follow their dreams, and living by Bryant’s words: ‘The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
The date of Aug. 24 was chosen in honor of Bryant’s basketball jersey numbers 8 and 24. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, would have celebrated his 42nd birthday later this month.
Bryant was drafted into the NBA directly out of high school in 1996. His list of accolades includes winning five NBA championships, being an 18-time NBA All-Star, a 2008 NBA MVP, and a two-time NBA Finals MVP winner.
The Lakers star, who was the only player in the NBA to have two jersey numbers retired, became one of the biggest names in basketball and used the sport as a launching pad to help others. Bryant, and his wife Vanessa, founded the Bryant Family Foundation aimed at helping young people in need and “encouraging the development of physical and social skills” through sports. Bryant also opened the Black Mamba Sports Academy, which is where he was headed on the morning of the tragic fatal crash.
Kanye West took a trip down memory lane that made him miss his friend, Jay-Z. On Monday (Aug. 10), West marked the ninth anniversary of Watch the Throne Yeezy by tweeting a screenshot of a performance of him and Jay from the 2011 MTV VMAs with the caption, “Miss my bro...real talk.”
Hov and ‘Ye haven’t been as close in recent years, namely after West’s onstage rant against the Brooklyn native during his St. Pablo Tour in 2016. West ended up cutting the tour short, and was hospitalized for a reported mental breakdown. In the years since, Jay and West have basically been estranged. They posed for a photo at Diddy’s 50th birthday party last December, but it doesn’t seem like they’ll be fully rekindling the brotherhood any time soon.
Miss my bro ... real talk pic.twitter.com/qFS5HwYZxU
— ye (@kanyewest) August 11, 2020
Watch the Throne, which dropped on Aug. 11, 2011, was the first and last collaborative album from Jay and West. The Roc Nation mogul spoke on the tension in a 2017 Rap Radar interview clarifying that his “Kill Jay Z” lyrics weren’t about West, even though he was named on the song. The father of three explained that the friendship fell apart because West crossed the line when he brought up Hov’s family in a public forum.
“What really hurt me was, you cant bring my kids and my wife into it,” Jay shared. “Kanye’s my little brother. He’s talked about me 100 times. He made a song called ‘Big Brother.’ We’ve gotten past bigger issues. But you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. And he knows it’s a problem.
“He knows that he crossed the line,” continued Jay. “I know him. He knows. I know he knows, because we’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements, and we’ve had many, because that’s who we are. That’s what I like about him. He’s an honest person, he’s open and he’ll say things and he’s wrong a lot of times and he’ll confront it.”
Viola Davis came full circle in celebration of her 55th birthday on Tuesday (Aug. 11). The How to Get Away with Murder star purchased her childhood home and the surrounding land, she excitedly announced on social media.
“The above is the house where I was born on August 11, 1965. It the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life..I own it…all of it,” Davis revealed.
The above is the house where I was born August 11, 1965. It is the birthplace of my story. Today on my 55th year of life....I own it....all of it.
"May you live long enough to know why you were born.” -Cherokee Birth Blessing- pic.twitter.com/CatJK405BL
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 11, 2020
The dilapidated home, located in South Carolina, was built on a former slave planation which later became her grandmother’s farm. Although Davis was born in the home, her family moved to +Rhode Island when she was two months old.
The youngest of six children, Davis has never been shy to speak about growing up in poverty and going hungry most nights. As a child, Davis came up with different ways to get food, which included joining summer programs for free lunch, and rummaging through trash cans. “I was always so hungry and ashamed,” she told Glamour magazine in 2018. “I couldn’t tap into my potential. I couldn’t get at the business of being me.”
The Oscar-winning actress found her footing in the theater and earned a scholarship to Rhode Island College, before attending the Juilliard School in New York City. She made her silver screen debut in the 1996 film, The Substance of Fire. Davis earned a Tony Award in 2001 for her performance in Broadway's King Hedley II, and booked small roles in films like Out of Sight, Ocean's Eleven, and Traffic. Davis landed her first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her riveting performance in 2008's Doubt.