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Cam Newton has been the talk of the NFL this season. As the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers, he led his team to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career with his dynamic, electrifying play.

Newton is widely considered the favorite for league MVP, but his history-making, logic-defying numbers aren’t what’s generating the most headlines. Rather, it’s everything else — thetouchdown celebrations, the sideline victory photos, the child out of wedlock, the eccentric wardrobe — that has made him a lightning rod for hand-wringing letters to the editor and endlesshot-takes.

If all of that sounds inconsequential, that’s because it is. Or rather, it should be. Unfortunately, the rules that apply to other star quarterbacks in the NFL don’t seem to apply to Newton. And he knows exactly why.

Cam Newton at Super Bowl 50's Media Night.

Cam Newton, Super Bowl 50 Media Night.


“I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people,” Newton saidfrankly just days after winning the NFC Championship game. “[B]ecause they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”

The reason Newton still seems like an anomaly to many is because generations upon generations of black athletes were either steered away from the quarterback position in their youth, or forced to abandon it before they were allowed to play football professionally.

There were many excuses given for this: Black athletes weren’t intelligent enough to play the position of quarterback, and their athleticism could be better used in skill positions. Besides, white linemen might not block for a black quarterback, and white fans might not be able to cheer for him. Essentially, it boiled down to racism.

Nobody knows this better than Marlin Briscoe, who in 1968 made history with the Denver Broncos as the first black quarterback to start a game in the NFL, after he was drafted into the league as a cornerback and before he was forced to change positions to wide receiver.

“I am impressed by Cam’s ascension to what, to me, is greatness,” Briscoe said by phone from Long Beach, California. “But if Cam Newton was playing in ‘68, there’s no way he’d be playing quarterback. He’d be a tight end.”


Like most great stories that history has nearly forgotten, Briscoe’s journey to the record books was rocky, inspirational, and, at times, just plain lucky.

Briscoe grew up in what he calls a “melting pot community” in Omaha, Nebraska. He was an incredible all-around athlete, but he loved football the most and idolized everything about Johnny Unitas — right down to the high tops. He learned how to play the position during scrimmages in the projects, and finally went out for the Pop Warner league when he was nine years old.

At tryouts, the coach asked all of the kids to line up by their preferred position. Briscoe went straight to the quarterback line. The coach looked at him like he was crazy.

“Son, do you want to go to the running back line or the wide receiver line or the defensive back line?” Briscoe recalls the coach asking. But Briscoe didn’t budge.

“No sir, I want to play quarterback,” he said.

To his credit, the coach allowed Briscoe to stay with the quarterbacks, and it quickly became apparent that he had made the right decision. Briscoe was a natural, and after the tryout the coach approached him and said, “Okay son, you’re a quarterback.”

“He didn’t have a prejudiced bone in his body,” Briscoe said. “He really didn’t have to give me an opportunity to play, but he gave me a break and I was forever grateful.”


Briscoe developed into a phenomenal scrambling quarterback in high school, and after realizing that his first choice, the University of Nebraska, wasn’t willing to let a black man play quarterback, he ended up at Omaha University for college, where he led an explosive offense by throwing for 5,114 yards and setting 22 school records. He received support from everyone at Omaha University — the students, alumni, and fans from both black and white neighborhoods — and just this January was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Despite his success in college, however, Briscoe’s greatest challenge lie ahead: convincing an NFL team that he could play quarterback. In 1968, only one black quarterback had ever taken a snap in a modern NFL game — Willie Thrower, a backup quarterback on the Chicago Bears who took a few snaps in relief of future Hall of Famer George Blanda during one game in 1953.

“They denied access to that position to the black man, because it was held in such high esteem, because it was a position of power on the football field,” Briscoe said.

So, it came as no surprise when the Denver Broncos drafted Briscoe in the 14th round as a defensive back. But he was determined not to let his dream die without a fight.

“I told the general manager of the Broncos that I would play cornerback, but only if they gave me a three-day trial at quarterback. They thought I was crazy — how is a 14th-round draft pick going to negotiate his own contract?”

But Briscoe knew what he was doing. His college coach had informed him that Denver was the only team in the league that held their practices and training camps right in the city, in front of media and fans. He believed in his quarterbacking ability enough to know that he would be able to impress in a trial, and if this trial happened in public he knew the Broncos would have a hard time ignoring it.

His wild plan worked — well, kind of. Broncos starting quarterback Steve Tensi broke his collarbone before the season even began, and Briscoe was one of eight quarterbacks to try out during training camp. All of the other quarterbacks would get 10 reps, while he would only get five or six, and he would always have to go last, but he made enough of an impression that famed Denver Post columnist Dick Connor wrote a column advocating for the coaching staff to give Briscoe a chance to be quarterback.

But the coaching staff, led by head coach Lou Saban, wasn’t swayed, and Briscoe was named starting cornerback. When he injured his hamstring in preseason, Briscoe feared that not only were his dreams of being a quarterback over, but his entire pro football career might be finished before it began.

However, the hamstring injury ended up being a blessing in disguise. Briscoe sat out the preseason and the first two games of the season, so he didn’t get a chance to shine at cornerback. And during those games, the Broncos offense was putrid — they could hardly score a touchdown. Much to Briscoe’s surprise, when he was finally healthy enough to play again, he went to his locker to find a quarterback jersey hanging there. He had not been in at quarterback at all during the preseason or regular season, and he had never even played in the NFL before, but he was named the back-up quarterback for the upcoming game against the Boston Patriots.

That Sunday he found himself on the sidelines as the starting quarterback struggled and the offense failed to gain any momentum. So, with just 10 minutes left in the game, Briscoe stepped out onto the field with only one thought on his mind: complete the first pass. He did, for 22 yards. Then he scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown. Just like that, the Broncos were back in the game and the crowd was electrified.

His offensive linemen — all white players from the south who had never even had a black teammate before coming to the NFL — were thrilled with the production. They immediately developed a new team motto: “Don’t let them touch the Magician.”

The Broncos ended up falling one score short of making a miracle comeback against the Patriots, but Briscoe’s performance was so impressive that he made history the following week when he was named the starter against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 6, 1968. There was so much excitement over the Magician’s performance against the Patriots that 1,000 more fans showed up for that game.

“All of the things that management thought would happen if they let a black quarterback play didn’t happen,” Briscoe said. “In fact, the opposite happened.”


Since that momentous day in Denver 48 years ago, black quarterbacks have continued to push for the right to play their chosen position in the NFL. In 1969, James Harris became the first black quarterback to be named a starter for an entire season. In 1978, Doug Williams became the first black quarterback drafted in the first round, and 10 years later he became the first black quarterback to start in and win a Super Bowl. In 1998, Randall Cunningham was the first black quarterback to lead the league in points scored. In 2001, Michael Vick became the first black quarterback drafted No. 1 overall. In 2003, Steve McNair was the first black quarterback to be named the MVP of the league — an honor he shared that year with Peyton Manning. And in 2006, Vince Young was the first black quarterback to be named Rookie of the Year and Warren Moon was the first black quarterback elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Lately, black quarterbacks have been more prominent than ever, playing in the last four Super Bowls, including this Sunday’s. Yet, here we are, the week of the 50th Super Bowl, focusing more on Newton’s race than his red-zone efficiency.

The conversation around Newton has become so heated that there is now backlash to the backlash to the backlash. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark said on ESPN that the criticism of Newton is “not about race, it’s about culture,” and a modern vs. old-school way of looking at things. But intersectionality cannot be severed in that way — those are all code for the same thing. Newton freestyle raps, wears puzzling pants, talks about collard greens during press conferences, and is unapologetically confident about his abilities and aspirations. He is a loud and proud black quarterback. That makes people uncomfortable.

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This isn’t surprising to Dr. Harry Edwards, a renowned sociologist who focuses on the experiences of the black athlete.

“The reception that Cam Newton has received is consistent with the reception of black athletes over the decades who have had the audacity not just to play the position of quarterback, but to be fairly competent — or even successful — at the position,” he said.

The way Edwards sees it, black quarterbacks became more prevalent in the league because of a shift in the way the game was played, not because of a shift in cultural ideals. As the modern NFL game evolved into it’s current pass-heavy form, and linebackers became more athletic and began going after the quarterback, owners were forced to start considering better, more mobile athletes for the quarterback position; they couldn’t keep paying upwards of $60 million just for their quarterbacks to be injured for most of the season.

“It wasn’t a change of viewpoint that brought Russell Wilson or Cam Newton to the quarterback position, it was a change in the needs and demands of football,” Edwards said.

While he doesn’t want to discount the significance of having four straight black quarterbacks in the Super Bowl, Edwards is cautious not to overstate the meaning of that statistic.

“It’s important that all of these great black athletes are playing quarterback, because that says something in the context of the ongoing struggle for justice, equality of opportunity, dignity and respect in the American sports institution, which inevitably reflects American society,” he said.

“But beneath that, the same values and sentiments prevail. A black quarterback that comes into the league does not play his way out of that perspective from the broader society and the fans and so forth by being exceptional at his position. He’s going to have to deal with that, and in some instances it breaks quarterbacks. Look at what happened to Vince Young [a 2006 first-round draft pick who had early success in the NFL but crashed out of the league in just six seasons amidst financial and emotional turmoil]. He couldn’t do anything right… everything that he did was questioned. I think that Vince’s issue wasn’t that he couldn’t play, it wasn’t that he wasn’t prepared to compete, but he wasn’t prepared to deal with the racist bullshit.”

Edwards is quick to point out that he doesn’t just hurl around the term “racist” in a knee-jerk fashion — after all, he has staunchly defended Chip Kelly from the accusations of racism he faced as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. “I’ve known Chip Kelly since Oregon. If Chip Kelly is racist, I’m the tooth fairy.”

But it’s hard for Edwards to see talented players like Young falter and not associate their troubles with the long-standing, systemic mistreatment of black quarterbacks in the NFL.

Joe Gilliam

Joe Gilliam


In 1974, Joe Gilliam Jr. won the starting job as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers over Terry Bradshaw and was put on the front page of Sports Illustrated with a caption that read, “Pittsburgh’s Black Quarterback.” But outspoken racists in the Pittsburgh community began to bother Gilliam, who began carrying a gun everywhere he went to protect himself and his family. Gilliam quickly turned to drugs, was benched after six games and out of the NFL the following year. He eventually died of a drug overdose in 2000.

While no story is as tragic as Gilliam’s, there have been other cautionary tales. Besides Young, there was JaMarcus Russell — a black quarterback chosen first overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2007, who crashed out of the league in two seasons after problems with fitness, drugs, and attitude. Now there’s Robert Griffin III, the quarterback formerly known as “Black Jesus,” who is in career purgatory after a whirlwind of mismanagement, media scrutiny, and injuries stunted his potential in the league.

Each case is unique, but as Edwards puts it, “there’s black quarterback wreckage all over the place.”

However, Edwards thinks that unlike some of the black quarterbacks before him, Newton has the mental strength to brush off the inane criticisms and the talent to take the entire quarterback position to the next level.

“Whether you win, lose or draw, people are going to talk,” Newton said last week. “Now the true fans—they know what’s up. They’re going to be supportive whatever happens… But people are going to judge and have their own opinion on certain things that I don’t have control over nor does anybody else.”


Briscoe set a rookie passing record of 14 touchdowns during that first season with the Broncos, despite splitting playing time with Tensi once his collarbone healed. The Omahan thought 1969 would be his breakout season — he felt that he had earned the right to challenge Tensi for the starting quarterback position, and was excited to see what he could do with a year of experience and a full training camp under his belt.

Unfortunately, coach Saban had other ideas. During the offseason, Briscoe found out that Saban had signed a quarterback from Canada and that quarterback meetings were being held without him. Saban had been forced to start a black quarterback the previous year; he was making sure that didn’t happen again.

Briscoe demanded to be let out of his contract, and Saban obliged — but not before calling other NFL teams and encouraging them not to sign Briscoe. After an exhaustive search, Briscoe finally signed on with the Buffalo Bills as wide receiver — a position he’d never played.

In Buffalo, Briscoe got an up-close and personal view of the progression of black quarterbacks when he roomed with Harris, the first black quarterback to be named starter for a season. He watched as Harris, who came from an all-black college, subdued his exuberance and sense of humor on the field, fearing that his white teammates wouldn’t accept his personality. Briscoe watched as Harris would attempt to hide his athleticism, knowing that his coaches would try to switch him to another position if they knew how fast he could run. Harris would come in last place in sprints during practice; after practice, when he was hanging out with just his black teammates, he would come in second — right behind O.J. Simpson.

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He also watched that season as Harris opened his hate mail, filled with death threats. Briscoe was confused, because he had quarterbacked the prior season and hadn’t received anything like that. But only recently did he find out that one of his teammates on the Broncos would go through his mail and remove the death threats before Briscoe could see them.

While appreciative, Briscoe thinks that he would have been able to handle the hate mail had he seen it.

“You have to understand, back then, the era in which I grew up, we had to have thick skin about this stuff,” he said. “I could handle that because all my life, up to that point, I was bombarded by racism and bigotry and hate.”

Briscoe and Harris weren’t roommates at Buffalo for long; Saban became the coach of the Bills a couple of years later and cut Harris and traded Briscoe. By then, Briscoe was so established as a wide receiver that he was worth a first-round pick from the Miami Dolphins. Harris’ first season in Miami the team went undefeated and won the Super Bowl. His teammate and friend, white quarterback Bob Griese, was universally praised for his scrambling abilities, the same scrambling abilities that black quarterbacks were criticized for.

After football, Briscoe had a really tough time. He found himself in Los Angeles with a great job as a broker and no reason to stay in football shape, and quickly became a part of the cocaine era. Drugs led him to homelessness, jail, and nearly death. For a while he seemed to be going in the same direction as Gilliam.

“I often thought about my addictions — were they related to the disappointment and the shunning of not being able to play the position that I had always coveted and succeeded at?” Briscoe asked. “Could that have, consciously or subconsciously, been a part of my change in attitude through life?”

Ultimately, Briscoe was able to find sobriety and reconnect with his football family. He published an autobiography, The First Black Quarterback, in 2000, and his life story is currently being developed into a motion picture, The Magician. The late Steve Sabol of NFL Films has called Briscoe’s journey “one of the most inspirational in NFL history.”

Along with other trailblazing black quarterbacks Harris, Warren Moon, and Doug Williams, Briscoe founded the Field Generals, a foundation for black quarterbacks, and began holding skills camps for black quarterbacks in Super Bowl cities every year. The four men know better than anyone what it takes to make it in pro football.

“Things are better for black Americans, but not totally the way they should be,” Briscoe said. “We’ve come a long way but we have along way to go still, and it’s the same in the NFL.”

Marlin Briscoe, 2007

Marlin Briscoe, 2007


It was at one of these skills camps 11 years ago in Jacksonville when Briscoe first laid eyes on a tall and muscular 15-year-old black quarterback, hitting all of the targets with ease and grace. Nobody knew who the kid was, so Briscoe walked over and asked the boy for his name.

“Cam Newton, sir,” he replied.

“That was my first encounter with Cam,” Briscoe said. “He was very polite to the point of being quiet. He was a man among boys. I was impressed then, and I am impressed now. He’s very mature for his age.”

That day, The Magician told Newton, “‘You have a great future, don’t mess it up, you can go places.”

Briscoe was right, of course. Newton won the Heisman trophy and the national championship in college, was drafted first overall, was voted the Rookie of the Year his first season with the Panthers, and now, as the country debates his divisiveness, Newton has a chance to become the third black quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl.

Even though Newton is taking on the team that drafted Briscoe, the team where he made history of his own, there’s no question where his allegiance lies during this game.

“I’m rooting for Cam. I’m rooting for Cam all the way.”


Andrade, Lundy score impressive knockout wins to capture titles in co-main event at Mohegan Sun

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 17th, 2015) – With two more impressive highlight-reel knockouts on their resumes, Demetrius Andrade and Hank Lundy are ready for whoever’s willing to accept the challenge in their respective weight classes.

Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) stopped Argentinian Dario Fabian Pucheta (20-3) at the 50-second mark of the second round Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Junior Middleweight Title in the main event while Lundy disposed of Carlos Winston Velasquez (23-22-1) 23 seconds into the fifth round of the co-main event to bring home the World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas Lightweight Crown.

The dual main event headlined CES Boxing’s “Gold Standard” card, promoted in association with Banner Promotions and Star Boxing.

Fighting for the first time in 16 months, Andrade – the former world title-holder in the WBO – made quick work of Pucheta, sending him to the canvas twice in the opening round, the first time courtesy of a straight left hand and again just seconds later with a right uppercut. Already on wobbly legs, Pucheta gave it a go in the second round, but Andrade laid him out flat with another right, sending the pro-Andrade crowd into an uproar.

Andrade will now vault back into the WBO rankings, where he says he’s ready for the “big boys” at 154 pounds, whether that’s World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara, WBC middleweight champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, or anybody else in that weight class.

“Everybody else can get the big fights. Why can’t I get the big fights?” Andrade said. “Lara calls out Delvin Rodriguez and he gets that fight, but I can’t get Lara. He can go in and barge in on Canelo’s press conference and get that fight. Why can’t I get the same thing? I called him a bitch, nationally!

“No disrespect to any fighter because anyone who gets in that ring, I have high respect for, but it’s time for me to showcase what I really have against the guys everyone thinks is No. 1.”

Showing no signs of ring rust, Andrade came out firing Saturday and could get his shot real soon.

“This layoff, I just took the time to get better physically, spiritually, mentally, just all around, to be better myself,” he said. “Once I found out I was fighting September 17th, I always keep the synthetic oil in, but I had to get the motors running again. Here we go, man.”

For Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), this is familiar territory. The former North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight champion and former No. 1 contender in the WBC, Lundy has settled back into the 135-pound weight class following a brief stint at 140 and also hopes to contend for a world title by the end of 2015.

He, too, came out fast Saturday, dropping the scrappy, tough Velasquez in the second round and again at the bell in the fourth, but Velasquez refused to quit. He continued to eat lefts and rights and even jawed with Lundy during exchanges, practically charging at his opponent after picking himself up off the canvas at the end of the fourth.

Seeking his first win in three fights, Lundy finally ended it in the fifth with another trademark flurry, backing Velasquez into the corner before the referee stopped the fight.

What’s next for “Hammerin’” Hank?

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring in December,” Lundy said. “Our mission this year is to stay busy, stay active, get that world title, and that’s what I’m going to do.

“Now I’m back at 135 and you see the punching power, you see the hand speed. No one is going to stop us.”

Lundy suffered back-to-back losses to Thomas Dulorme and Mauricio Herrera at 140 and also had a bout with Petr Petrov scrapped when he failed to make this 135-pound weight limit taking the fight on eight days’ notice. On Friday, he clocked in at a lean 134, removing any doubt as to whether or not he can still fight at lightweight.

“I’m still a lightweight,” he said. “They threw me under the bus. They didn’t give me credit for taking a fight on short notice, but I showed you today. I came in at 134. I think I was a little lower than that, but the commission didn’t want to show that off!

“What it is, before I was going up and down in weight, but now, as a veteran, we’re eating and living right. I have a mentor, Bernard Hopkins. When you have an icon around like that who lectures to you, you have no choice but to take it and feed off it. I’m living proof.”

Unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (10-0, 7 KOs) kept his perfect record and his knockout streak intact, stopping South Carolina’s Kevin Cooper at the 1:33 mark of the second round.

Cooper succeeded where Gray’s last six opponents failed by making it past the opening round, but not without hitting the canvas courtesy of a left hook in the closing seconds. Cooper made it through the first, but didn’t last much longer in the second. Gray finished the bout with a left uppercut, sending Cooper to his knees. He made it to his feet before the 10 count, but referee Danny Schiavone wisely waved it off. Gray has now won his last seven bouts by knockout, six in the first round.

New Haven, Conn., featherweight Josh Crespo (5-2-3) won for the second time in as many fights, out-working the game Greg Coverson of Detroit to earn a 58-55, 60-53, 60-53 unanimous decision.

Crespo benefitted from a first round knockdown, catching Coverson lunging and countering with a clean left hook. Coverson survived and gained some momentum in the later rounds, but Crespo proved too quick and too elusive.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Nate Millier (7-0-1, 5 KOs) impressed in his United States debut, stopping Queens veteran Borngod Washington 40 seconds into the second round. Millier opened the round with a flurry, backing Washington into a corner and unloaded with wide left and right hooks, forcing Schiavone to give Washington a standing eight count. Washington began complaining of a shoulder during the break in the action and could no longer continue.

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After disappearing from the junior middleweight landscape and being stripped of his title belt in the process, Demetrius Andrade has decided to finally return to the ring.

Andrade returns to action on Oct. 17, when he fights Dario Fabian Fucheta at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.; it was announced today.

The 10-round bout will be the first for Andrade (21-0, 14 knockouts) since June 14 of last year, when he stopped Brian Rose in the seventh round.

Andrade, who will be fighting near his hometown of Providence, R.I., is satisfied he has finally secured a fight date.

“It’s about time I get back in the ring,” Andrade said on Tuesday at the Rhode Island State House. “I am happy to be fighting at home in front of my fans. It is the most comfortable place in the world to be and I look forward to regaining my title and defending in front of all my loyal fans. I just want to thank them for their support during the last year. I look forward to seeing all of my fans at the fight.”

Andrade was stripped of his title by the WBO on July 31 due to inactivity. He appealed the decision the following week but it was upheld.

“I am very excited about Demetrius getting back in the ring,” said Artie Pelullo, who runs Banner Promotions. “He is one of the top junior middleweights in the world. I predict within a year that he will be fighting for and winning the junior middleweight championship of the world for a second time.”

“I am thrilled that Demetrius is back,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. “I have always felt he has the ability to be the best in the world.”

Banner Promotions and Star Boxing co-promote Andrade.

Pucheta (20-2, 11 KOs) hails from Argentina and has won his last three fights in a row. In his last bout on Oct. 4, Pucheta stopped fringe contender Bethuel Ushona in the eighth round in Windhoek, Namibia.


 When Simon Martinez retire his boxing gloves; in his wildest dream he would have thought his baby girl would dust them off and step into the square circle. Sierra Martinez is one of the leading lil ladies of Rhode Island whose forging her future now at a tender age. Its never too early to pursue your dreams and she is proving it, Sierra took a few minutes from her training to speak to us and this is what this future champion had to say.

For those who doesn't know you yet, please introduce yourself and how old are you?

My name is Sierra Martinez and I'm 11 years old! 


How long have you been a boxer? And how long did it take to get adjusted to boxing life?

I'm only been boxing 10 months and I'm used to boxing cause my whole family boxes                                                                        


What about boxing do you enjoy the most?

What I love the most about boxing is the fun of competing with girls my age


You have a big trip coming up in Canada…are you excited for this opportunity? Yes I'm leaving for Calgary with my dad and I'm excited


 Who are you going against and what are you fighting for?

I'm fighting Alexa Kubicki and we are fighting for the Canadian Provincial title


Saw you train the other day even against boys; does sparring against boys help you when you fight against strong girls?

Yes sparring against male boxers like Bubba Shelton and Richie Hogan helps me a lot cause they have over 30 fights and it helps me with experience and timing


How would you describe your fighting style, swarmer, out-boxer, slugger, or a boxer-puncher?

I’m a boxer puncher

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not boxing? I enjoy going to school I attend Times Squared Academy and I play with my sister and roller skate


Who is your favorite boxer and why them? my favorite boxer is Roberto Duran ...He’s tough!


Thank you for taking the time to speak us, before I let you go I have to ask who do you have winning between Mayweather  vs  Pacquiao?

 Thank you Mr. Stanley! I have Manny via 8th TKO!





Welcome to the world of women boxing. Mastering the same respect that men had conquer for generation. We now have a new breed of females, the ones that can no longer be told that they can't. stepping into the square circle is a way life. In today's world you have to fight for your dreams literally. Allow me to introduce to you a female that is fighting her way to the top. Distraction is not an option, Focus is the key, Success is her ride. 

K.O. Mequinonoag Reis

1. For those who doesn't know please introduce yourself to our readers?

 -My name is Kali Mequinonoag Reis, I am 28yrs old from Providence Rhode Island and I am the first Native American female world champion boxer out of new England. I am mixed with Cape Verdian as well. I represent the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe and am also of Nipmuc Cherokee heritage. I fight for all nations. I have a purpose and a reason to fight that is greater than myself. I fight my ancestors before me and for the future of my people.

2. You started boxing at the age of 15, most girls at that age was discovering makeup to beautify their face, you was training to crush faces, why boxing over make up?

- I had plenty of eye shadow make up thru boxing with the occasional black eyes I received lol! I was never a "girly girl". My mother, being a beautiful woman of poise grace and a student of professional dance for 18 years, of course tried with the dresses and ballet lessons with me. However, I would just end up climbing up in a tree somewhere, playing football with the boys or making a fort out in the woods out of ANYTHING. I always liked the challenge of sports. The glittery Barbie doll crap never caught my attention plus I didn't like the type of attention that came with "dressing up". Looking or being pretty meant that the boys wouldn't respect me as being an equal competitor or they just wanted one thing and I wasn't having that! I started boxing because I was intrigued about the type of responsibility and discipline that came with it. It's not a team sport. It's just you and your opponent in there. You solely depend on yourself which is a feeling I'm very familiar with. It was a healthy addiction for me and I wasn't a "girl" I was a fighter just like everyone else in the gym.

3. Tell us about that July when you finally walked into Manfredo Jr gym. Was that like how they say in business "when the needle hit the vain" moment for you?

-Walking into the gym I already knew boxing was what I wanted to do. When I saw the fighters working out in a hot sweaty gym on a sweltering summer day, no fans no ac just hard work I saw a challenge and I wanted it. This is where dreams like mine were started. Any other teenage girl would have either been looking for a date in there or the door, I was looking for some gloves!

4. In your first fight you got a bloody nose, why not stop, :I tried it", "Im good". Why pursue?

-I'm not a quitter. I wanted to know what I had to do to NOT get another bloody nose and give bloody noses. Trust me getting punched in the face multiple times in front of hundreds of people isn't fun lol. I have tons of pride but this seemed to humble the crap out of me. There was a way not to get punched and be a accurate puncher. I wanted to learn. It just made my love for this art even stronger. It is most definitely a sweet science and I want to master it.



5. Whose your favorite boxer and why them, is it their heart, style, fame, or determination?

-I like a lot of different fighters for they're different styles. I like to pick stuff from a lot of fighters not one fighter does everything right lol. I love Lucia Rijker! She is an awesome fighter In all styles she fights. She came into boxing when female boxing was hot. She is just a true warrior and she knows her craft very well. She's not cocky about it but she is very confident in her skills and ability to get the job done. She's humble. She respects the art of combat. And she hits with the force of a freight train!

6. You was recently trained by Floyd  Mayweather Sr. How was that? did you have to be an open book to implement the knowledge he was teaching you?

- That was an experience only few get to have and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity. It was surreal and yet so natural. We share the passion of a sport. He loves to teach I love to learn and he is full of that good ol' school knowledge. I definitely had to be extra sharp and open to catch on to all he was dishing out. It was great! I believe in getting the teachings and perspectives of different trainers. Having one view isn't the best way to be a well rounded fighter.

?7. Your next fight is in Germany against a German, the hammer, shes undefeated. 17-0...When people talk about your opponent like that. Do you go in your mind saying I have to be on my A game, or do you be like Mr.T in Rocky 3.. My prediction for Christina is "Pain" or a little bit of both?

- There's a certain type of mental balance in general you have. I respect every fighter who steps into that ring and don't put anything past anyone. Anything can happen in that ring so I make sure I train accordingly. I prepare myself physically and mentally. I do everything needed to get the best out of myself. My mind set is and will always remain "she bleeds blood and breathes air just like I do... She's not immortal...she doesn't want it more than I do". I know what I'm up against so I hope she does. >:)

8. What will defeating Christina Hammer mean to you?

- Being the #2 female middleweight boxer in the world and defending the #1 female middleweight will mean everything. I've worked very hard for a long time for this moment. Every fighter male and female dreams of the "GREEN N GOLD" belt!! :) I'm just thankful for the opportunity not only to fight for one but two of the three top belts. The WBC and the WBO! It will be another check off my boxing career list and on to the next challenge.


9. You waited for a fight like this for years..are you ready?

-F*%$ YEA IM READY!!! LoL I'm not going over there to loose. I earned my "stripes" and fought my way to be a world champ so I want to continue by being a multi world champ! You should be asking her if she's ready. ;)

10. On a lighter note you and Laila Ali got in the ring who would win?

Well first off HAAYYY MISS ALI :-* :) ;) lol I would be honored to fight Laila . She's a few weight class's heavier but hey I'm game! Laila got what she wanted out the game, I haven't gotten everything yet, I'm hungry! so the only way to answer that is to start signing some contracts right?!

Facebook/Kali Reis


Earlier this month, a bill to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol was introduced in the Rhode Island legislature.

The Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act, introduced by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence),  would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow one mature marijuana plant in an enclosed, locked space. It would create a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, and testing facilities and direct the Department of Business Regulation to create rules regulating security, labeling, and health and safety requirements. It would also establish wholesale excise taxes at the point of transfer from the cultivation facility to a retail store, as well as a special sales tax on retail sales to consumers.




 A 2014 poll found 52 percent in favor of changing marijuana laws, mirroring national trends. This is the fourth year that legislation to regulate and tax recreational marijuana has been introduced. It’s unclear whether state lawmakers will support the new measure.

Legalized marijuana would boost the state treasury by $58 million a year in taxes, the Marijuana Policy Project projected.

“We want Rhode Island to be a leader on the East CoastRegulate_RI_Release_Logo.png and become an early adopter in order to get a competitive edge in the regional market to maximize job creation, tax revenue, and business growth in our state,” Jared Moffat, director of the marijuana policy reform group Regulate Rhode Island, told The Huffington Post.

GENEVA -- The December announcement of Lamborghini's replacement for the Gallardo was a nice early Christmas present for this fan of bullish supercars. Today at the 2014 Geneva auto show, we finally met the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 in the flesh.

Supercar, super specs
Lamborghini gave us the full scoop on the Huracán's specs when it was announced earlier, but here's a quick refresher. It'll hit 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, goes on to 124 mph (200 kph) in 9.9 seconds, and keeps going to a 201 mph top speed.

Just aft of the cabin is a mid-mounted 5.2-liter engine that produces 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Air enters the 10 cylinders via natural aspiration, and fuel is added with Lamborghini's new Iniezione Diretta Stratificata (IDS) system, a combination of direct- and port-injection systems.

That power makes its way to all four 20-inch wheels via a fully electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system, but not before being multiplied by a seven-speed, dual-clutch Lamborghini Doppia Frizione(LDF) gearbox. Paddle shifters flanking the flat-bottomed steering wheel allow the driver to quickly smack upshifts and downshifts. The driver will also be able to select from three driving dynamics modes (Strada, Sport, and Corsa) which will progressively sharpen the behavior of the gearbox, engine, exhaust, all-wheel-drive system, and electronic stability control.

Bringing the Lambo to a stop are standard carbon-ceramic brakes with monobloc aluminum calipers: 6-piston units up front and 4-pots out back.

The amidship placement of the Huracán's engine helps the vehicle's weight distribution, and the "hybrid chassis," which integrates carbon and aluminum elements into its construction, helps create race-carstiffness while keeping the curb weight to a fairly light 3,134-pounds. The combination of lightweight and the new engine help the Huracán reach an EU cycle fuel economy of 12.5 liters per 100km, which translates very roughly to about 18.8 US mpg.

5.2-liter V10 engine bay
The 5.2-liter V-10 engine is good for 610 horsepower.Josh Miller/CNET

Digital dashboard
The Huracán boasts more interior space for the "driver and co-driver" and better visibility than in the outgoing Gallardo.

The Huracán's instrument cluster is a completely digital affair, displaying virtual gauges and more on an integrated and customizable 12.3-inch TFT display. With a high resolution of 1,440x540 pixels, this virtual cockpit's 3D graphics are powered by a Tegra 30 chip from Nvidia's Tegra 3 Series. Fast graphics processing allow the tachometer's digital needle to swing at 60 frames per second to keep up with the engine.

Lamborghini Huracan instrument cluster
The Huracan's fully digital instrument cluster can display high-resolution driving info, infotainment, and maps, or both at 60 fps.Antuan Goodwin/CNET

There are three display modes for the digital instrument cluster. In Full Drive mode, you get a massive analog-style rev counter with smaller displays for fuel level and temperature and a digital speedometer. Mixed mode shrinks the tachometer, freeing up half of the display for an infotainment window that shows the navigation map and audio source. Finally, Full Navi mode fills most of the monitor with the 3D map graphics and infotainment data.

Most of the infotainment functions can be controlled via the steering wheel and viewed on the digital instrument cluster, but there's also a narrow TFT display on the narrow center console that toggles between the automatic climate controls, oil pressure, oil temperature, and voltage displays. The center console also features buttons and switches with shortcuts for the climate control, navigation, phone, info, radio, media, and sound functions, as well as a volume knob.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 (rear)
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Audio sources include a CD/DVD player, an audio interface for USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth for audio and hands-free calling, and a digital radio tuner. Missing from Lamborghini's release, but not necessarily missing from the list of options, are HD Radio tuning or satellite radio. Whatever the source, the audio is played through a standard six-speaker stereo.

Perhaps the highlight of the center console is the large start/stop button beneath a red flap.

The Huracán's cabin is upholstered in fine Nappa leather and Alcantara with a variety of color combinations to choose from. Lamborghini also notes that this model uses full-LED illumination -- from the headlamps to the interior accents, there's not an incandescent to be found.

Would you pay $6 to commute in a bus that looks like a cafe crossed with a Virgin America plane?

A luxury-bus startup called Leap Transit relaunched in San Francisco last week, carting passengers from the wealthy Marina district to downtown. It's the latest company to offer a high-end alternative to public transit.

In just a week, Leap has drawn attention for its almost clichéd list of San Francisco amenities.

The five buses are decked out in creamy leather, blue LED lights and reclaimed wood. There's wifi on board (obviously) and outlets for your mobile devices. You can order food and drinks through the Leap app, which also lets you track and board the buses and see who the other riders are. There's iced coffee (Blue Bottle of course), small-batch yogurt, a box of purified water and some $7 raw organic juices.


Each bus has a cheery attendant who mans the QR code scanner when people board, makes sure the temperature is just right, hands out refreshments, and chooses music to play over the Beats Bluetooth speaker.

The 25-seat buses only run during peak hours, heading downtown from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and back to the Marina from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a 30-minute route that makes four stops at each end.

Elizabeth Rice, who rode the bus Friday morning, was cautious about getting too attached to yet another transit startup. She used to take Loup, which used black cars to pick up multiple passengers along a set route, before it shut down. Similar startups still in business include Chariot and RidePal.

The posh shuttles could be an easy target for outrage in San Francisco, where public buses cost $2.25. Protesters have targeted private shuttles for Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FBTech30)employees as symbols of the influx of wealthy tech workers and the Bay Area's skyrocketing cost of living.

But the new shuttle isn't necessarily bad, according to Susan Shaheen, co-director of UC Berkeley'sTransportation Sustainability Research Center. Private options have the potential to reduce traffic and lesson strain on overcrowded public bus lines.

They also need to work with existing public transit. One major criticism has been that many of these shuttles use public bus stops, literally disrupting people's rush-hour commutes.

Leap made that mistake when it first launched in 2013 with $2 million from Andreessen Horowitz. The startup quietly discontinued service after four months.

Kyle Kirchhoff, Leap's 30-year-old CEO and cofounder, says the early run was a beta test to "see what would happen," and that the company has worked with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) for the past year to design its current route, which only stops at white loading zones.

Instead of focusing on the luxury shuttles, private cars and tech buses, advocates should push to improve public transit, says Gabriel Metcalf, the CEO of SPUR, a nonprofit urban policy organization. To retain the wealthier customers who can afford their own car or a service like Leap, Muni has to improve and speed up its service.

"Otherwise the fear is it becomes like public housing, meaning a mobility provider for people with no other option," said Metcalf. "And that just cannot work. We cannot let that happen." 

With little fanfare, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has thrown her support behind a historic Senate bill to comprehensively reform medical marijuana at the federal level.

The bill, unveiled last week by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana and offer clarity to states that have approved the drug for medical use. Among its many features, the bill would reclassify marijuana in the federal government’s eyes, moving it from the Schedule 1 category of drugs deemed to have no accepted medical use to Schedule 2.

“Senator Boxer is a strong supporter of California’s medical marijuana law and she believes that patients, doctors and caregivers in states like California should be able to follow state law without fear of federal prosecution,” Zachary Coile, Boxer’s communications director, said in a statement.

According to federal records, Boxer, who is not seeking reelection next year, cosponsored the bill on Tuesday, although her office issued no announcement of her support. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) also sponsored the bill last week, saying in a news release that “the time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies.”

Boxer’s support is in line with her past comments on marijuana. In 2010, her campaign manager told Talking Points Memo that Boxer opposed a state legalization measure “because she shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this measure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies.” But, the spokeswoman added, Boxer does support California’s medical marijuana law.

“Sen. Boxer represents the state that led the way on medical marijuana, and it’s about time she took some action to defend the will of California’s voters from federal interference,” Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, an advocacy group, said in a statement. California in 1996 became the first state to pass a medical marijuana law. Nevada’s medical marijuana laws went into effect last year.

In addition to rescheduling the drug, the federal bill would exclude some strains of cannabis-derived oil from the federal definition of marijuana. Such oils used to treat epilepsy and seizure disorders have very low or no levels of THC, the ingredient associated with the drug’s pscyhoactive effects. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act would also let Department of Veterans Affairs doctors recommend marijuana for patients, expand opportunities to research the drug, and let banks and financial services companies offer their services to the industry.

Eleven James lets customers rent luxury watches for several months at a time.

When a watch costs $40,000, you don't want to end up with buyer's remorse.

Enter Eleven James, a company that offers men the chance to try out a new watch for a few months at a time, by allowing its members to rent different luxury watches several times a year.

Like NetJets, which lets customers buy à la carte flights on private planes, Rent the Runway for pricey party dresses and Bag Borrow or Steal for high-end handbags, Eleven James gives customers access to luxury watches they may not be able to afford or may just want to test out without the five-figure price tag and lifetime commitment.

Users make two primary choices: what type of watches they want to wear and how frequently they want to change. There are currently three tiers, based on watches that retail for $10,000, $20,000 and $40,000. They then choose how many times they want to switch it up -- between three and six times per year. They fill out a preference sheet based on brands and styles they're interested in, and work with a concierge to figure out which watches they'll try next.

Membership for the least expensive watches, brands like Breitling, Panerai and Rolex, start at $199 per month, or $2,150 per year. On the high end, for watches like Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Sohne, it can reach $1,379 per month, or $14,900 per year.

Related: 13 things to know about the Apple Watch

In an age when a clock is displayed on any of the expensive electronic devices people already carry, why would anyone pay to borrow a device that only tells time?

According to Randy Brandoff, Eleven James' founder and CEO, the watch is still what makes an outfit, and there's a tremendous amount of heritage and craftsmanship that many people, especially in the professional sphere, still appreciate.

But because it's such a huge purchase, and a person can only wear one at a time, the idea of getting to try out a number of different watches without first having to buy one is appealing, he said.

Santo Rosabianca is one customer who'd grown tired of his old Omega. But after signing up with Eleven James, he suddenly had new options that suited his tastes -- a Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco to fit his Formula 1 fandom, and an Italian-made Panerai to appeal to his Italian heritage.

"Everyone I meet compliments me and it's brought me new business. It's a real conversation starter," he said. "I've been really blessed by it."

Of course, it appeals to collectors who are intrigued by the idea of trying out all kinds of watches and models several times a year. But it's also bringing in a new customer.

That's good news for the watch industry, since Brandoff said the company is attracting clients who weren't yet collecting or had become apathetic because they didn't have any variety. It makes sense, then, that 85% of its members said they were more likely to purchase a watch within the next year because of the service.

Brent Handler was one of them. He ended up purchasing the first watch he was sent to try from Eleven James. He owned a Cartier watch his wife bought him before, and didn't think he needed to spend $10,000 on another one, until he became "enamored with" the Zenith watch he was borrowing.

"I'm 46 years old. I have three kids. There aren't that many new things that I get to experience," he said. "But when I get a call six times a year from a concierge saying, 'what kind of watch do you want?' that's something to look forward to."

Eleven James also avoids the regret that often comes with make a big watch purchase. Eric Wind, a contributor to the online watch magazine Hodinkee, said that many people lament that they didn't know that much about watches or didn't know what they would like when they bought an expensive watch, and then they're stuck with it.

"Watch tastes typically evolve over time and the luxury watch rental services provide users with that commodity of time -- literally," he said. 


The Rolls-Royce Wraith has a V12, 624-horsepower twin-turbo engine and a top speed of 155mph. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and 15 mpg city/highway combined fuel efficiency. Source: Rolls-Royce

My little brother plays on a professional basketball team in Belgium.

Well, "little" is a relative term.

Abe is 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds: The perfect size for a power forward, but not, as it happens, for most of the finer automobiles available today.


Imagine the particular bend in his hips, the twist in his neck, as he steps into the McLaren 650S (only 6 inches off the ground) or the Lamborghini Huracan (5 inches). There’s not a lot of leeway. And in something ostensibly built for four -- a Ferrari California T, say -- don’t even think about offering him the back seat.

So it was especially appropriate that he was the one sprawled in back of the Rolls-Royce Wraith I drove to Philadelphia earlier this year. Stretched out like a Great Dane in front of a fireplace, he was the happiest I’d seen him on a road trip -- and I say this as someone who had many a family-mandated summer pilgrimage to Yellowstone.

A-Typical A-Lister

I’ll be direct: Buy the Wraith if you want a mind-blowing sports car that happens to be a Rolls-Royce.

Just know that at Rolls-Royce, “sporty” means a V12, 624-horsepower twin-turbo engine pushing a 5,500-pound, 17-foot-long car. Power-operated doors and a massive trunk come standard. In other words, this is not your typical sports car.

The Wraith is Rolls’s first modern coupe. It’s named after a previous 1938 model, a name meant to evoke “an almost imperceptible force” of agility and potency, CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told me at its launch party in Detroit last year. He said it is meant to “younger drivers” who would otherwise consider a Ferrari or Maserati.

Its distinguished profile is dominated by the arch of an aristocratic grill, long front hood, and erect windshield. The effect simulates those handsome blue-blood profiles carved into Victorian-era ivory cameos. But it’s faster and more powerful, not to mention 7 inches shorter and easier to maneuver, than its $263,000 Ghost counterpart. Which is some feat considering its size -- thank the steel monocoque body that reduces exterior dimensions but maximizes interior space.

"Gentleman's Grand Turismo"

Müller-Ötvös went further to describe Wraith as “the ultimate gentleman’s grand turismo,” and for good reason: Its eight-speed automatic transmission will hit 60mph in 4.4 seconds -- faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera. It has a top speed of 155mph.

The handling, though, is where you’ll start using words like “ethereal” when you try to describe how it makes you feel. Engineers have tuned the suspension so finely that it adjusts the steering weight to feel heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds. (The car noticeably rises and falls in accordance with your speed.) The effect is that you are in total driving control at all times. At back-alley speeds -- quick but not sprinting -- you’re a British special agent outmaneuvering everyone. At anything over 70 you dominate the road like a conquering king.

The reason for this excellence, and the reason why other cars aren’t as excellent, is largely two-fold.

One: Wraith has a double-wishbone front suspension and rear suspension that work in tandem with an exceptional electronic variable damping system. Have you ever seen quick time-lapse footage of fog steeping through ancient forests or down around mountain crags? Smooth, silent, and unrelenting. That’s how it feels to drive this car.

Two: Wraith has a proprietary satellite-aided transmission system that uses GPS mapping to chart the road ahead and then shift accordingly. The system pre-empts the car’s every move, eliminating inefficient shifting (apparently even automatic transmission vehicles make mistakes). I’m pretty sure the system works way better than those “regular” transmissions in the Phantom and Ghost -- this was the smoothest-shifting car I’ve ever driven -- but don’t quote me on that, since you can’t actually turn it off to gauge the difference. No matter. Whatever Rolls is doing down there is working. I’m more than satisfied. You will be, too.



OCD Detailing

I’m telling you so much about suspension because I want to impress just how extraordinary the car is as a driving machine, not just as a plaything with a champagne refrigerator. (Naturally, it has one.) Anyone can give you burl walnut and some extra room for your picnic basket.

Eighteen-speaker Naim surround sound and night-vision driving with infrared cameras and thermal imaging are de rigueur. Rolls is so picky about appearances that it included a rotary touchpad rather than a touchscreen in order to avoid “unsightly smudges” on the 10-inch TV screen. Perhaps only the Bugatti Veyron does the combination of performance and posh better, but you’ll have to shell out $2 million to get one. And the Wraith is much more handsome.

I should also mention that this car is low-key. (Let’s remember, please, that I’m speaking in relative terms. Just go with me on this.) I’ve gotten many more woops and cell phone photos in the Jaguar F Type and Audi RS7. It’s how the lines flow: The high waist of the car set just under that low roof and raked cabin force the eye to skim over the front of the car quickly toward the back. It just slips out of your gaze. The frameless coach doors and the sloping fast-back top line further augment its inherent grace.

The thing is that people don’t notice it like an Aston Martin; they don’t hear it from the distance like they do the Ferrari California T. But when you roll up, they’re curious. Someone once put it to me like this: “With other cool cars everyone wants to see the car. With a Rolls, everyone wants to see who’s inside.”



Aristocratic Interiors

Wood, leather, steel, light: these are the elements that make up the car’s universe. An illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament (at $7,100 it costs less than the $9,100 gold-plated one) and glass rooftop ($7,950) cost extra. So do ambient lighting, reading lights and Deco-inspired roof lights.

Get inside and notice three things right away: How solidly built the wood-paneled reverse-opening doors are and how lightly they swing closed; the blonde lambswool floor mats ($1,225) so thick you could lose your phone in them; and the starlight headliner offered for the first time in a Rolls other than the $403,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

The interior feels like those six-figure powerboats George Clooney must drive around Lake Como. Blood-orange needles on the dashboard gauges are elegantly striking; wood smooth as marble is polished by hand in England.

I have been to the Goodwood factory and seen first-hand the humidity controlled rooms where exotic woods in warm amber, chestnut, ebony are carefully stacked on tall shelves until the woodworkers there find the exact right match for them. The installation process for the wood inside is so detailed that the grain is angled at 55 degrees throughout: A “Canadel Panelling” effect, which matches the grain in each wood panel like the pages of an open book, forms a perfectly symmetrical Chevron pattern through the center.

The term “starlight headliner” sounds a little cheesy, but the effect is as beautifully stunning as its price ($12,925). It uses 1,400 tiny individual fiber optic lamps hand-woven into the roof lining to achieve the effect of the night sky. The car I drove had the lights arranged in the exact placement of the stars above Goodwood, but you can request any constellation you want. I’d choose the Northern sky above the mountains where I grew up.



Bespoke (And Then Some)

More than 90% of Phantoms include customized elements -- this gives you some idea of the type of people who buy Rolls these days -- and the Wraith of no different. You can get words and names and dates inscribed in contrasting wood or stitched in kid; you can match exterior paint colors with your horse or plane or motorcycle; you can commission elements like bulletproofing, double-pane windows, and soundproofing. You can sync the car with your home in Geneva or Tokyo or Buenos Aires. Or you can stay simple and choose the suggested options on the Wraith like seven-spoke polished wheels ($7,750), adaptive headlamps ($1,200); side/top/rear camera system ($3,750); and massage seats ($1,300) -- though upgrades like that can up the total price of the car by another 30%.

Problem is, when you can very literally commission this car to be whatever you want -- and I do mean whatever; there is no “within reason” qualification here -- it’s nearly impossible to come up with complaints.

I’ll try a few.

It’s expensive. $289,000 base (including taxes) expensive. But if you visited the lady at Goodwood who spends 16 hours a day sewing a steering wheel, or if you went for a smoke, like I did, with the third-generation fellow who cuts the dark oak inside with the care of a master carpenter, you’d understand why.

It’s inefficient. It gets 13 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. But the fun I had hitting multiple 7-Elevens on the way to Philly (the perfect excuse to ruin my dinner on Slurpees and corn nuts) outweighed my conscience in this regard, at least for the moment.

It can be a lot to manage. You know, emotionally. It is not something to beat around town. It is not a car to park and forget. It deserves more than that -- it deserves real care and devotion. When you drive this car, you have a certain responsibly. You can feel the weight of the hands of those who made it, and of their forebears, many of whom also built these cars.

This is a car to love.

And to throw your kid brother inside with no qualms about his back.

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It’s amazing how in the world of hair that black hair care can be omitted out of public consciousness. Antonia Opiah reported in the huffington post that black hair care and products is actually a half a trillion dollar industry. Yes that is a massive amount of zeros. With numbers like that sky rocketing even major companies like L’Oreal which mostly catered to just white women, changed their marketing strategies by purchasing and distributing products that now cater to black consumers. 

  The number that isn't being over looked is 80. That’s right 80% of beauty supply chains are owned by Koreans. They have created a plutocratic strong hold on the industry, with that hold it’s more of  an uphill battle to thrive in a tight market.  But these 3 friends have implemented a New way of combating these odds. They are the first African American beauty supply store in Rhode Island history, that alone is amazing, but that's not it they also created impressive jewelry line. The road to success always start with the first step but they already made three. 

For those who doesn't know you guys please introduce yourselves to the people. 

Rodney Dalzone Co Ceo of Hair Zone,  Daniel Harris other partnering Ceo of Hair Zone, Dominique Metts Ceo of Lady Opulence 

What motivated you guys to start your own beauty supply shop?

Rodney: With the minuscule amount of Black business owners in Rhode Island and with our back ground in Community service. We felt we can empower our culture base plus empower our community by not just being business men and women by actually having our own businesses.

Daniel :  When it comes to hair care 90% of all hair care products that are purchase in America are purchase by African Americans. Not to mention that the Asian community has cornered the market, barely allowing us to merge in it. We felt we can step in provide more for our community because we are our community.

What  set you guys apart from other stores? 

Daniel: What will set us apart, will be our quality of service plus the niche  to supply all natural products. Including free Delivery.


What Type of products do you have for women and do you also carry weave and extension? 


Rodney:  Yes we have all natural products, growth oils, hair repair. 

Daniel: Strengthening Shampoo,  Hair Smoothing Serum

Rodney:  We have facial and hair coloring, Curl Control Jelly, Curls Cleansing Cream. Sulfate Free Cleanser

Daniel: We have the finest in hair products all natural weave and multi-colors 


What  about for men do you also cater to that gender and what Type of  products do you have for them? 

Daniel: We carry bump stoppers, Beard dye, Wave caps including wave brushes. 

Rodney: We also carry dandruff products, Wave greases.



Do you also carry products for that are equip for barbershops and salons? Plus can they open an  account with you where you will be their main supplier?

Rodney: Yes we have clippers, razors etc. Also yes barbershops including salons can open up accounts  purchasing equipment and supplies. 

Since you’re the first African American own beauty supply shop in Rhode Island do you have certain products that cater to that demographic?

 Daniel: Yes we have products like Shea Moisture, Creme of Nature Strength & Shine, Just for me, Quick Curls, The products are endless.                                  


In the world of health consciousness do you carry organic products? 

Rodney: Yes we carry array of products, that is basically our niche the natural hair products. we trying to stay away from chemicals that actual damages the hair and implant organic hair products that is best for our customers. 

Where do you see this company in five years and plans yet of making it a chain? 

Daniel: Definitely we are  planning on to expand this company all over New England and than beyond


Do you guys give out samples to customers and do you have like discount cards?

Rodney: of course  our customers are first priority, that is also why we provide  free delivery, free samples, to give them the best service 


Since eCommerce has become a major thing in our world now, what are your website, social site? Facebook: Earl Rot Instagram: Hair_zone_14 Tumblr: Hairzone14 

Now  lets get into the other entity of the company the jewelry department  Dominique can you please tell us what your department is called? 

Dominique: it is called Lady Opulence 


Why did you decide to start your own business

Dominique: Boss Fatigue, having someone constantly controlling you.  I wanted to be my own boss, I no longer wanted to look for career, I rather start create one. 


I understand that you’re jewelry can be purchase at another location 

Dominique: Yes it can also be found at bliss salon on Douglas Avenue 


What Type of jewelry do you have?

Dominique: I specialize in accessories for women who are going out for a night or a elegant function, those who are going to church plus the women who love natural stones. I also do hand made pieces which I incorporate with my work shops which include seniors and children through After school programs. 

To further your brand you have tell?

Dominique: Yes I host events call sip and shops at restaurants, clubs, and salons. I have a DJ, Masseuse  with a Kiosk of jewelry for all the women that attend. Plus I also deliver. 

Where can you found on line?


Copper Royalty Necklace 
449 Smith Street
Prov. RI 
2 day shipping available 
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(CNN)"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge." -- Dr. Dre in the intro to the song "Straight Outta Compton"


It would be very easy to dismiss "Straight Outta Compton" as an "urban film."


After all, it's about the rise of the rap group N.W.A. (which stands for Niggaz Wit Attitudes), whose profanity-laced rhymes about late 1980s inner-city life in Compton, California, made its members the fathers of gangsta rap, helping shift the focus of hip-hop from the East Coast to the West.

The cast of the film, released in theaters this week, is mostly African-American, and it has a black director, F. Gary Gray -- better known for his work on music videos and films such as "Friday" than the more mainstream "The Italian Job."

So there's a risk that white audiences will shy away. That the movie is a biopic about a controversial rap group from back in the day ups that ante -- even though white, suburban males have always been among the biggest consumers of rap music.


But "Straight Outta Compton" (the film takes its title from the group's 1988 debut album) is about much more than the musical careers of Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson, Lorenzo '"MC Ren" Patterson and Antoine "DJ Yella" Carraby.





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Its themes of police brutality, racism and disenfranchisement of young, black men in America are as fresh today as they were when N.W.A. released the protest anthem "F**k Tha Police" in 1988.

Talking about race -- even in a more high-minded fashion -- has long made people uncomfortable, and if there were ever a group fashioned to make people uncomfortable, it was N.W.A. Using the poetry of the streets, these guys thought nothing of riffing on everything from killing to drugging.

But it's worth noting that the "in your face" style N.W.A. cultivated when the group was new to the game sharply contrasts with the elder statesman status it has assumed in the pop culture nation. Today Dr. Dre is lauded for his business savvy and for introducing the world to such megastars as rapper Eminem and 50 Cent, and Ice Cube is a bankable movie star, screenwriter and producer.

That progression shows why it's important for both whites and people of color to see "Straight Outta Compton." The "Boyz-N-the Hood" are now the men next door who remind us of where we came from and how far we can go, even as we face the other cold truth that as a nation we have not really progressed on issues of race.

N.W.A was rapping about police harassment years before the videotaped beating of driver Rodney King by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Decades before cell phone cameras would capture interactions between police and civilians and social media would rocket it across the Internet, there was Ice Cube rapping "F**k tha police/A young ni**a got it bad cause I'm brown/And not the other color so police think/They have the authority to kill a minority."

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It's not hard to draw comparisons to today's #BlackLivesMatter movement: N.W.A's art was no less politically charged and powerful then, even though it would make members of the group superstars.

"I think that N.W.A picked up where Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King would have gone if they hadn't been assassinated," former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller (played by Paul Giamatti in the film) recently told Grantland. "I think that they did more for race relations in this country than any other entity in history."

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That may be a bit of hyperbole on the part of Heller, who has been accused by members of N.W.A. of unscrupulous business practices, but there is little doubt that the group gave voice to a community still crying out for justice and equality. At the time, "F**k Tha Police" thrust N.W.A. into the headlines and ran the group afoul of the FBI, but resonated with so many in the black community.

Watching those scenes replayed in the film also resonated with me.

I was introduced to N.W.A. as a teen by my friend Rodney Johnson, returned to our hometown of Baltimore from boot camp in California.

"You have to listen to them rap," he told me. "You've never heard anything like it before."


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