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The 40th Anniversary of the capture of ‘Son of Sam”

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Four decades ago today, on August 10, 1977, police arrested the gun-toting killer David Berkowitz famously known as the Son of Sam,  who shot six people dead and wounded seven others across New York City in the hot summer of 1977. The days of David Berkowitz playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with New Yorkers while taunting law enforcement and toying with news reporters were finally over.

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Happy 20th Anniversary, “No Way Out”

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Twenty years ago today, on July 22, 1997, hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs released his first studio album, No Way Out, which was an instant commercial success, particularly in the United States where it reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its first week, selling 561,000 copies. It also produced five commercially successful singles, the most successful of these being the worldwide hit “I’ll Be Missing You“, a tribute song aimed at the late great Notorious B.I.G., which became the first rap song ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained at the top of the chart for 11 consecutive weeks, whilst topping several other charts worldwide. The other four singles, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down“, “It’s All About the Benjamins“, “Been Around the World” and “Victory“, were also commercially successful. No Way Out not only made Puff Daddy the undisputed face of hip-hop, but also led him to be named as one of Forbes 40th highest-paid entertainers, along with fellow rapper Master P and Oprah Winfrey.

No Way Out earned Diddy five nominations at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998, winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The album would eventually be certified septuple platinum, selling over 7 million units in America. To date, it remains Sean “Diddy” Combs’ most commercially successful album.

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Happy 30th Anniversary, “Paid In Full”

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Three decades ago today, on July 7, 1987, Eric B. & Rakim released their epic debut album, Paid in Full. The album peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 chart and produced five singles, “Eric B. Is President”, “I Ain’t No Joke”, “I Know You Got Soul”, “Move the Crowd” and “Paid in Full”. At the time, Paid in Full was the soundtrack to the streets during the War on Drugs of the late 1980s and it inspired many street hustlers to get money.

Paid in Full is credited as a benchmark album of golden age hip hop. Rakim’s rapping, which pioneered the use of internal rhymes in hip hop, set a higher standard of lyricism in the genre and served as a template for future rappers. The album’s heavy sampling by Eric B. became influential in hip hop production. The record has sold over a million copies and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it platinum in 1995. The album also paved the way for the East Coast sound of the 1990s rap music, especially in New York City.

Eric B. & Rakim reunite at the Apollo

“The time has come, New York, are you ready? Fans worldwide, prepare to book your flights. We are back, as promised, and you know that!”

Tonight, for the first time in more than two decades, hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim are going to perform together at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut rap album. The legendary duo have no plans to record new music, but they do hope to remaster all four of their studio albums and tour.

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Cavs/Warriors Triology

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Today, on June 1, 2017, for the first time in the NBA’s 71 years history, two of the league’s best teams (Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors) will clash at the NBA Finals for a third consecutive season. NBA fans finally get the opportunity to see three of the best basketball players not only in the league, but the world: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry compete for the NBA championship in the best of seven series. This 2017 NBA Finals promises to have star power, competitiveness, run and gun shooting, and revenge factor.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers win, they will repeat as champions and LeBron James will take another colossal step of becoming the greatest player in NBA history. If the Golden State Warriors win, they will get revenge of their last year lost, Kevin Durant will get his first NBA championship, and it will possibly be the start of a new NBA dynasty. There is so much to look forward to in this year’s NBA Finals.

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New York Yankees Immortalize Derek Jeter

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“I played here in New York for twenty years, I learned that time flies and memories fade, but family is forever, and I’ll be eternally grateful to be part of the Yankee family.” – Derek Jeter

Yesterday, May 14, 2017, was “Jeter Night” at Yankee Stadium when “The Captain” Derek Jeter clad in a blue suit, got his baseball jersey number 2 retired. It was the final single-digit number to be retired by the New York Yankees, one through nine now all represented in Monument Park. Derek Jeter received a commemorative “#2” plaque and another plaque engraved with the name “Derek Sanderson Jeter.” Also, the five-time World Series champion was given another a ring: a “milestone” World Series ring with his number No. 2 in diamonds. Fans celebrated Derek Jeter and expressed how much they appreciate all the greatness he displayed during his 20-year tenure with the Yankees.

Derek Jeter will also be known as “The Captain” and it was such a great joy watching him play for the New York Yankees. Thank you, Jeter, for 20 years of greatness!

 

 

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Derek Jeter takes his rightful place among New York Yankees greats

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“Everyone comes to this city with dreams of being No. 1. You showed me that being No. 2 was more than enough… In those difficult moments – those moments that feel unique to New York – you always showed me a sign.” – Derek Jeter

Today, on Mother’s Day, New York Yankees great Derek Jeter ’s uniform number 2 will be officially retired by the organization. It was meant 2 be for this amazing baseball player. Not only was Derek Jeter the greatest Yankee of my generation, but the most recognizable star on the greatest sports dynasty of the last four decades. “The Captain” did an exceptional job representing that role for baseball’s most celebrated franchise by playing the game of baseball the right way and winning when it really counted. Derek Jeter will never be forgotten. He is an icon in New York City!

A plaque honoring “The Captain” Jerek Jeter, who owns five World Series rings, multiple team records and an indelible place in Yankees history, will join the upper echelon of Yankees greats such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Mario Rivera and Yogi Berra in Monument Park.

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Much Respect 2 Derek Jeter

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Iconic Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter’s storied baseball career officially ended Sunday afternoon at 2:25 p.m. at Fenway Park with a 3rd inning single. After that, the Yankee legend signaled manager Joe Girardi to send in a pinch runner. Derek Jeter was done, and so was the Jeter Era of baseball.

The roaring sellout crowd of 36, 875 gave the Yankee great a standing ovation, and the rival Red Soxs applauded too. It was nice to see fans and rivals give Derek Jeter the respect he earned over the years.

Derek Jeter’s contribution to baseball was special. He is not only a 5-time World Champion, but also a vintage baseball star that captivated fans with his hard work and dedication. Derek Jeter is one of the most beloved New York sports heroes ever. I will always remember him as a great champion, leader, and ambassador of Major League Baseball. He was my favorite baseball player since the infamous Steroid Era. He was a proven clutch player and earned the respect from his peers. It has been an honor and privileged watching him after 20 seasons. He is one of the few athletes that I do not have anything negative to say. He is class personified. He gave it 100 percent on the field, and I appreciate the fact he never cheated the fans. He is my all-time favorite Yankee!

My Top 5 Derek Jeter Moments

1. Derek Jeter’s historic 3,000th hit on a home run.
2. Derek Jeter’s sprint and flip play to Jorge Posada against the Oakland Athletics.
3. Became “Mr. November” after game winning World Series home run in 2001.
4. “The Dive” into the stands in a game against the rival Red Sox.
5. 2000 World Series MVP and Lead off home run in Game 4 against The Mets.

By Shamarie Knight, 29th Sep 2014

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