Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs Dominate ESPY Nominations

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Kris Bryant followed up his National League Rookie of the Year Award winning 2015 with a NL Most Valuable Player clinching 2016. He was an All-Star both years and won (along with the rest of his Chicago Cubs teammates) the World Series in his second season. You may have heard a thing or to two about the Cubs winning the World Series, it was on all the home pages.

All this success had led to Kris Bryant and company dominating the ESPY nominees list, which just came out today.

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All Eyez On Me Gives Younger Gen-Xers, Older Millenials Chance to Relive Youth

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All Eyez on Me, the much hyped Tupac Amaru Shakur biopic that opened on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday, had a mixed bag opening weekend. It did well at the box office, finishing as the third highest grossing film ($27m) behind only Cars 3 ($53m) and Wonder Woman ($40m).

However, it’s been ABSOLUTELY EVISCERATED by critics. The only real explanation for this is the generation gap between hip-hop fans and most movie critics. All Eyez on Me, named for the first and best ever hip-hop double album ever (and arguably the best rap album of all time), is yet another example of the ’90s nostalgia craze taking over pop culture.

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Steve Lavin Has a Very Active, Extremely Interesting Instagram Account

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“Social Media Expert” is a meaningless title, said “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver during an episode last season. “All it takes is wanting it bad enough and not caring if people hate you,” he followed up on another episode later that season.

He’s right, and I often reiterate these quotes before judging someone on the content of their social media accounts. When it comes to Steve Lavin, though I have nothing but good things to say.

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Ana Navarro Attacks Donald Trump and the Racism His Politics Have Legitimized

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Ana Navarro, conservative strategist and political commentator, absolutely stole the show at the 2017 AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing conference. Her Tuesday morning session, “Multiculturalism and Today’s Media: The 2016 Election and What It All Means,” was the highlight of the entire event. The jokes she made about “The Wall” and her story of what she said to Paul Ryan at the Romney retreat was worth the price of admission all by itself.

She was part of a panel that included the woman in that AWFUL  Tronc video Anne Vasquez, and Juan Carlos Lopez, anchor of CNN en Español.

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Ana Navarro Calls Out Paul Ryan and GOP Cohorts; Hilariously Mocks “The Wall”

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Ana Navarro, conservative strategist and political commentator, slayed the room with this joke about Donald Trump’s supposed wall on the United States-Mexican border- “I think he will get a half mile wall of Legos, and his supporters will enjoy that.”

It was just one of the many lines that stole the show at her Tuesday morning session, “Multiculturalism and Today’s Media: The 2016 Election and What It All Means.”

This session was hands down the biggest highlight of the 2017 AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing conference.

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Hamilton Chicago Star Miguel Cervantes Raps 26,000 Words a Night With a Message

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Ask most people who have attended a Hamilton Chicago performance what the biggest applause line of the musical was, and they’ll likely tell you it was “immigrants, we get the job done!”

The same often holds true in New York, as sanctuary cities have been a dominant and relevant news topic for much of 2017.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says Bill Maher Shouldn’t Be Fired for Using N-Word

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pens a column for The Hollywood Reporter these days, and in his latest offering, he weighed in on the firestorm surrounding HBO talk show host Bill Maher. The polarizing comedian was the #1 trending term on Twitter for much of Friday night due to his using the N-word while interviewing Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse.

Abdul-Jabbar, yes the very same Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who is the all-time leading scorer and player with the most career wins in NBA history, says he doesn’t think that Maher should be fired for what he did.

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Ogden Raptors Sexist, Objectifying Promotion Only Symptom of Industry’s Bigger Problem

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“As long as it’s legal, and in good taste, we’re going to do it,” proclaimed Shawn Hunter, co-owner of the not yet named minor league Rosemont baseball team.

Another minor league baseball team, the Ogden Raptors went the opposite route. They came up with something called “Hourglass Appreciation Night,” which was as sexist, objectifying and socially regressive as a sports promotion can get.

Yet, it’s actually not all that much worse than what the supposed leaders of the sports industry have been doing for many years.

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Dodgers Affiliate, Ogden Raptors Deservedly Criticized For Sexist, Objectifying Promotion

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The Ogden Raptors, a Rookie League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, realize that when you’re a minor league baseball franchise, you have to get creative with your promotions.

With over 200 minor league baseball franchises in the United States, you’ve got to be original in order to get attention from the media and publicity industries.

For some bizarre reason, the Ogden Raptors went the sexist objectification route. They came up with something called “Hourglass Appreciation Night,” a promotion that has less-than-optimal optics. It actually looks like the product of a stuck-in-the-1950s marketing focus group which was led by Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic #30, Wayne Rooney #70 on Forbes Athletes Earnings List

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The 100 long Forbes top earning athletes list was released today and it contains a few individuals with Manchester United connections. Last year, for the first time in 16 years, someone other than Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather topped the list and that was former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo.

CR7 retains the top spot this year. Lionel Messi was #2 last year, but falls one spot to #3 this year. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Lebron James is #2.

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Charles Tillman Describes His Early Broadcasting and Acting Misadventures (Exclusive)

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Former NFL Cornerback Charles Tillman is wearing many different hats during his retirement. He’s certainly keeping busy, whether it’s being a self-described “Mr. Mom,” making a foray into acting or his broadcasting gig with FOX Sports.

He’s encountered a bit of misadventure within the show-business/media realm.

We caught up with the Chicago Bears legend Thursday night as he hosted the fifth annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament at Kings Bowl in Rosemont. Proceeds from the evening’s festivities support the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.

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Indy 500, Little 500, Broadripple: Bawdy Tales of Indianapolis Racing Weekend Hijinks

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A decade ago, I attended my first Indy 500, and it was in the infield.

My people watching that day became an essay which is among the site’s most popular posts of all time. A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of auto racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

This time we added two more settings- the Little 500 in Anderson (about an hour from the speedway) and Broadripple, the neighborhood boasting the hippest nightlife in all of nap town.

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