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R.I.P. Anthony Mason

R.I.P. Anthony Mason

Story courtesy of espn.com

Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48.

A Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that Mason died early Saturday morning. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.

“First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciates it,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday. “Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.”

The Knicks held a moment of silence for Mason before Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors and aired a video tribute during the game.

Mason’s other son Antoine, a senior basketball player at Auburn, had said earlier this week that his father was “getting better” following multiple heart surgeries.

Mason’s family released a statement Saturday morning, saying that he “fought like a warrior to the very end.”

“We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers,” the statement said. “Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end. Please keep your prayers and thoughts with us through this very hard time — it is a great loss for us. We ask for our privacy during this time.”

Mason played for six teams but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks. Mason’s bruising, physical play epitomized then-coach Pat Riley’s Knicks teams. The 6-foot-7 forward became a fan favorite for his physical play and also drew attention for the creative artwork and messages that he had carved in his hair cuts.

“Anthony Mason exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “NBA fans and players around the league admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense.”

“My heart is heavy after learning that we lost Anthony Mason last night,” Ewing said in a statement. “We were teammates on the Knicks for five great seasons. Mase came to play every night and was always ready to go to battle with me every time we stepped on the court together.

“I will remember him for his strength, determination and perseverance. My thoughts are with his family. May he rest in peace.”

Oakley took to Twitter to send his condolences.

Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached against Mason during his time with the Chicago Bulls, also released a statement Saturday.

“As a competitor, there was none fiercer than Anthony Mason,” Jackson said. “Standing on the opposite end of the playing field, coaching in those great Chicago/New York battles, No. 14 in Orange and Blue always stood out. On behalf of the entire Knickerbocker community, our condolences go out to his family.”

Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95 as a member of the Knicks. He also played with the Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat following his stint with the Knicks.

The Knicks have been unable to duplicate their success of the 1990s, and coach Derek Fisher said Mason’s determination could serve as a guide.

“He embodied a lot of what we’re continuing to try to do here,” Fisher said.

“Anthony was a multifaceted individual,” his longtime agent Don Cronson told ESPN.com’s Ian O’Connor. “There were many aspects to his personality, and some that people weren’t aware of. In the best sense of the term he was a momma’s boy. From the day I met him he was always thinking of his mom and taking care of her. As rough and tough as he was, Anthony was also a doting father, and I saw that many times.

“Anthony willed himself into the NBA, and very few players can do that. Any NBA team could’ve had him for a nickel, and he turned out to be the perfect Pat Riley player. I think Pat saw a lot of himself in Anthony, and really they were the same guy. That’s why they butted heads as often as they did. They were both blue-collar guys and fighters. Anthony told me, ‘Pat Riley was the one who gave me my chance. He’s the one who saw something in me when nobody else did.'”

Mason was reunited with Riley later in his career while playing for Miami, where he was named to his one and only All-Star team in 2001.

The Heat also held a moment of silence for Mason before Saturday’s game against the Hawks.

Mason’s career is a story of perseverance.

After playing high school basketball at Springfield Gardens in Queens and college basketball at Tennessee State University, Mason was selected in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, who waived him shortly thereafter.

Mason then played in Turkey and Venezuela before joining the then-New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets for short stints. He also played in the USBL and CBA.

Mason found a permanent home with the Knicks in 1991 after receiving an invite to play on the organization’s summer league team.

Riley appreciated Mason’s intense, physical approach and kept him on the roster, beginning a run that would end with Mason leaving an indelible mark on the Knicks organization and its fan base.

“News like this is not only sad, but it’s tragic,” Riley said. “Anthony Mason was a very young man with a great family and friends. To lose him so quickly during his journey, especially to those of us that knew him, hurts.”

ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley and Ian O’Connor and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit

With March being National Nutrition Month, the month I begin training for my 5k, and my birthday month (woot woot), I will have to remember this very thing! Like Puffy said, “Can’t stop, won’t stop…”

Dave Chappell is too funny!

💪 KT

 
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Jilly from Philly is AMAZING!

Jilly from Philly is AMAZING!

Jill Scott has been on a health journey for the last several years and her results are incredible. She has always been stunning and this transformation only enhances that beauty. One great thing about her mindset on this health journey that inspires me is that she knows that she will never be a stick figure. She is going for a healthy lifestyle. Jill has a lot of curves and a lot of boobs. I do wonder if she will get a reduction like Queen Latifah because her smaller frame may not be able to handle those DDD’s.

Jill describes her workout regimine in an article at http://theyolandaadamsmorningshow.com/848533/how-jill-scott-lost-over-60-pounds/Jill says that she does 60 minutes of cardio and strength-training exercises three times a week with her trainer, Scott Parker. It comes in the form of kickboxing, boxing and biking outdoors. Her favorite is biking outdoors because she can bring her son along. “We have fun!” She adds that while she’s happy about the weight loss, she’s not trying to change her womanly curves.

See, it’s all light and fluffy like I imagine her personality being. When she smiles, all I hear is “Come to the light. Come to the light. ” Lol. I like that song for one thing and secondly I think she is a beacon of positivity. She’s taking her time with this journey and I’m not mad at her. She may even wear body shapers to enhance her curves, but so what. Do you, diva! I’ll just end with more pictures of her transformation.
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This story and images are found at http://theyolandaadamsmorningshow.com/848533/how-jill-scott-lost-over-60-pounds/

🎶 KT

 
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Senior Swagg

Senior Swagg

This story and video will put a smile on your face.  These agile and suave older gentleman have a good time covering Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.

Check them out:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/25/uptown-funk-bruno-mars-seniors-_n_6754548.html

👍👍 KT

 
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The Most Powerful

I absolutely love this!! Be inspired….

💖 KT

Send Sunshine

The most powerful weapon we possess is that of our mind and its expression; the voice in which we speak, the extreme variable degrees our inflection may change a given tone, thus completely, changing its meaning. These words at our disposal may be useful or destructive against our own self or another person in our presence.

The “Sticks and Stones” expression is the biggest playground farce; names CAN ‘forever’ hurt us. We must hold ourselves and those within our influence to a higher standard. There is never justification for a person of integrity, class and cognition, at any time, to belittle another.  

Be more.

Breathe love and light. Share joys and recognition. Encourage strength and forgiveness. Send Sunshine and purely shine, the way our heart and minds were meant to.

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Hair Crush

Hair Crush

As a naturalista, you often times look in the mirror at your hair and chant what to do, what to do, what to do? The fun thing is you can DO whatever you want. Previously, I posted about considering a big chop. I didn’t do it. I like to switch up my hair a lot. Just in the past two weeks, I’ve worn a twist out, faux kanekalon buns, an afro puff, crochet braids, a goddess puff, and now a sew-in.

For my sew-in, I went back to my favorite weave salon here in Atlanta; Threadz Weave Salon. They currently have 4 locations: Greenville, SC, Locust Grove, GA, Atlanta, GA, and Austin, TX. I’ve visited all of them except Austin, TX. But, I just may make that trip with a friend and experience the TX Threadz. Anyway, they offer a $50 simple solution weave. Basically, you will have some leave out and you should bring 2 to 3 bundles of hair. The price list for other services is listed on their website. I love this place because they are professional, fast, friendly and provide quality work. Check them out at http://www.threadzweavesalon.com and book your appointment online today!

Another great thing about this business is that it is owned by a young, black woman with a vision. She cares about her staff, her franchise owners and believes in educating them on the latest trends in hair and business. With that being said, she does offer her own line of virgin hair. The brand is named Ice Cream Hair. To view the scoops, go to http://www.icecreamhair.com. Ok, enough of the promos….here is a picture of my hair today. By the way, there are several pictures on their website of many more styles.

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Now, I love my “swoop there it is” style and my 14″ & 16″ body wave hair, but soon I will have them install this bob for me again. I absolutely love this bob and the color!

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So, at the end of the day today’s Hair Crush is Me in all my Threadz Weave Salon glory! Lol. You have to love on yourself sometimes. If you haven’t done it in awhile, do it today. I Am Beautiful and so are YOU!

💋KT

 
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Daily Inspirational Sip

Daily Inspirational Sip

Frederick McKinley Jones was a prolific early 20th century black inventor who helped to revolutionize both the cinema and refrigeration industries.  Over his lifetime, he patented more than sixty inventions in divergent fields with forty of those patents in refrigeration. He is best known for inventing the first automatic refrigeration system for trucks.

Jones was born on May 17, 1893 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  His mother died when he was nine, and he was forced to drop out of school.  A priest in Covington, Kentucky, raised him until he was sixteen. Upon leaving the rectory, Jones began working as a mechanic’s helper at the R.C. Crothers Garage in Cincinnati.  Jones would spend much of his time observing the mechanics as they worked on cars, taking in as much information as possible.  These observations, along with an insatiable appetite for learning through reading helped Jones develop an incredible base of knowledge about automobiles and their inner workings. Within three years his skills and love for cars had netted him a promotion to shop foreman. 

By nineteen, he had built and driven several cars in racing exhibitions and soon became one of the most well know racers in the Great Lakes region. During World War I, Jones was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in France as an electrician. While serving, he rewired his camp for electricity, telephone, and telegraph service.  In 1919, after being discharged by the Army, he moved to Hallock, Minnesota where he began his study of electronics, eventually building a transmitter for a local radio station.  To make ends meet, Jones often aided local doctors by driving them around for house calls during the winter season. When navigation through the snow proved difficult, Jones attached skis to the undercarriage of an old airplane body and attached an airplane propeller to a motor.  He was soon whisking doctors around town at high speeds in his new “snow machine.”

Over the next few years he would invent more and more innovative machines.  When one of the doctors he worked for complained that he had to wait for patients to come into his office for x-ray exams, Jones created a portable x-ray machine that could be taken to the patient. Unfortunately, like many of his early inventions, Jones never thought to apply for a patent.  He watched helplessly as other men made fortunes off of their versions of the same device.
Impervious, Jones began new projects including a radio transmitter, personal radio sets, and eventually motion picture devices. In 1927, Joseph Numero, the head of Ultraphone Sound Systems, hired Jones as an electrical engineer.  Numero’s company made sound equipment that was used in movie houses throughout the Midwest.  Always the innovator, Jones converted silent-movie projectors into talking projectors by using scrap metal for parts.  In addition, he devised ways to stabilize and improve the picture quality.  

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In 1939, Jones invented and received a patent for an automatic ticket-dispensing machine to be used at movie theaters. He later sold the patent rights to RCA. Eventually, Numero and Jones formed a partnership called the U.S. Thermo Control Company, with Jones as vice president.  He was given the task of developing a device that would allow large trucks to transport perishable products without spoiling. Jones set to work and his automatic refrigeration system, the Thermo King, was born.  Eventually, he modified the original design so it could be outfitted for trains, boats, and ships. The Thermo King transformed the shipping and grocery businesses. Grocery chains were now able to import and export products that previously could only have been shipped as canned goods. As a result, the frozen food industry was born and for the first time consumers could enjoy fresh foods from around the globe and U.S. Thermo became a multimillion-dollar company.

During World War II, a need for a unit for storing blood serum for transfusions and medicines led Jones into further refrigeration research.  For this, he created an air-conditioning unit for military field hospitals and a refrigerator for military field kitchens. 
As a result, may lives were saved.  A modified form of his device is still in use today. In 1944, Jones became the first African American to be elected into the American Society of Refrigeration Engineers.  During the 1950s, he was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Bureau of Standards.  

When he died on February 21, 1961, Jones had more than sixty patents.  In honor of his tremendous achievements as an inventor, he was posthumously awarded the National Medal of Technology.  Jones was the first black inventor to ever receive such an honor. – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/jones-frederickmckinley-1893-1961#sthash.lxsZ7zDF.dpuf

 
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