Vice For President EP provides variety, thoughtful lyrics

Vice for President

Vice for President

By Diamond Media

As President Barack Obama’s tenure nears its last leg, many of us are beginning to ponder: who will be the next Leader of the Free World? The usual suspects are bound to throw their hats in the ring, but this time around, a dark horse will emerge to represent the people. Armed with his animated production skills and sharp pen game, Vice Soulectric is amidst his campaign trail for POTUS, with his inaugural effort, Vice For President.

Vice for President

Vice for President

The six- track extended play release allows Vice to take center stage, where he’s the sole artist featured on the majority of the track list. Whereas “Treadmill Lifestyle” plays out like a tale of three different perspectives in which fellow buckeye, G. Huff connects with Vice and Beantown’s, REKS, to tell a well observed story, it’s the Guilty Simpson assisted, “Troublesome” that tells the ugly truth that’s plagued America, over a futuristic bass heavy banger. Vice continues to address the nation on “Hate Myself,” which points out the idiocy of tearing down one another for a vain personal gain.

 
“I really think it’s a shame that in these days in times more artists don’t dedicate more of their content to uplifting or enlightening the huge following of fans they have at their disposal,” states Vice, when asked about his decision to make a political statement for his debut.

Whether it’s “Brag Rap,” with Vice’s bold statement of “rapping only if you’ve got something to say,” or the EP’s closer, “Nine to Grind,” you’re bound to catch a bevy of beats and bars from the Ohio based phenom, who crafted this project to not only channel his message, but to showcase his skills on the mic, in addition to the MPC, all while helping to contribute towards Ohio’s undermined legacy as a bastion for Hip-Hop culture. Based on a platform of the need for both political reform and personal growth, Vice keeps his markets targeted on the very establishments that have proven to be our greatest obstacles. Vote, Vice for President.  Vice for President (EP) can be streamed at AudioMack ,SoundCloud and  iTunes–OnPointPress.Net.

Disparity in female pro-basketball earnings limits sports career options

WNBA President Laurel J Richie (left in both photos) welcomes the top 2 picks in  this year's draft, Jewell Loyd (top) and Amanda Zahui B. (bottom).

WNBA President Laurel J Richie (left in both photos) welcomes the top 2 picks in this year’s draft, Jewell Loyd (top) and Amanda Zahui B. (bottom).

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The WNBA draft took place Thursday night and WNBA President Laurel J. Richie proudly announced that the Seattle Storm selected Jewell Loyd first overall. The Tulsa Shock selected Amanda Zahui B. with the 2nd overall draft pick. This is the first time in WNBA history that underclassmen were selected with the first two  picks of the draft.

Kara Lawson (l) currently plays for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA and works as an analyst for ESPN. Rebecca Lobo (r) retired from the WNBA in 2003 due to injuries and currently works for ESPN as an analyst.

Kara Lawson (l) currently plays for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA and works as an analyst for ESPN. Rebecca Lobo (r) retired from the WNBA in 2003 due to injuries and currently works for ESPN as an analyst.

Loyd and Zahui B. were recognized for their decision to leave school early and enter the WNBA draft. Their choice was calculated as both young ladies were rumored to be top picks, and ultimately things played themselves out that way. However, another factor that bodes well for women looking to work in basketball is the growing number of positions including women in basketball related fields.

Cynthia Cooper (l) turned her Hall of Fame playing career into a head coaching career, currently leading the USC Trojans. Dawn Staley (r) turned her Hall of Fame career into a head coaching career with the South Carolina Gamecocks, who made the FInal Four this past season.

Cynthia Cooper (l) turned her Hall of Fame playing career into a head coaching career, currently leading the USC Trojans. Dawn Staley (r) turned her Hall of Fame career into a head coaching career with the South Carolina Gamecocks, who made the FInal Four this past season.

There are several women who have parlayed their WNBA career into successful broadcasting careers such as Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo, and Swin Cash. There has also been a transition of WNBA players into the coaching ranks as star players like Cynthia Cooper and Dawn Staley on the collegiate level. Becky Hammon also broke ground by becoming a member of the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff this season.

While there has been growth in earning potential for women in basketball, Candace Parker (l) and Diana Taurasi (r) recently made decisions to prioritize their foreign teams over their WNBA teams in large part because of the large money discrepancy.

While there has been growth in earning potential for women in basketball, Candace Parker (l) and Diana Taurasi (r) recently made decisions to prioritize their foreign teams over their WNBA teams in large part because of the large money discrepancy.

It remains to be seen whether more opportunities for women to using their basketball prowess to earn in the United States will grow. Current WNBA stars like Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker have prioritized their international team’s schedule over the WNBA, primarily because of the drastic difference in pay. The current top salary to be earned in the WNBA is nearly $105,000 per year while star players like Taurasi and Parker command salaries in the realm of $500,000 overseas. These salaries pale in comparison to the millions of dollars NBA stars earn even at the very lowest spectrum on the salary scale Young female pro-basketball stars are beginning to see greater financial rewards for their love of basketball but there’s still a long way to go.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.

Will the NBA’s post-season live up to its exciting regular season?

The Golden State Warriors (top) and Atlanta Hawks (bottom) enter the playoffs as #1 seeds in their conference this year.

The Golden State Warriors (top) and Atlanta Hawks (bottom) enter the playoffs as #1 seeds in their conference this year.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The NBA regular season came to a scintillating conclusion Wednesday night as playoff positions were finally set. The eighth seed was decided on game 82 for both conferences and the scoring title was settled as well. The end of the regular season means that struggling teams can move on to making preparations for betters seasons next year, while playoff teams prepare for the post-season marathon.

After a close MVP race this NBA season, James Harden (l) and Stephen Curry (r) are the clear frontrunners to win the award.

After a close, nail-biting MVP race this NBA season, James Harden (l) and Stephen Curry (r) are the clear front-runners to win the award.

The NBA post-season will have to be spectacular to equal the exciting regular season which featured an MVP race for the ages, a scoring title race decided on the final day, and several meaningful games Wednesday night.  The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks set season records for franchise victories, while teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics rebounded from the cellar of the NBA last year to make the playoffs this year.

Anthony Davis (l) and Kyrie Irving (r) are 2 of several notable players making their playoff debuts this postseason.

Anthony Davis (l) and Kyrie Irving (r) are two of the many notable players making their playoff debuts this postseason.

The pairings for the playoffs are:

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. 5. Washington Wizards

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. 7. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trail Blazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies*
*Grizzlies will have home-court advantage

The playoffs will be different this season as playoff regulars like Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook will be absent this year with their teams’ failure to secure playoff berths. The NBA post-season is in good hands though, as emerging superstars like Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, and James Harden will have the opportunity to add important playoff experience to their impressive regular season resumes.

In the end, it is highly possible that either LeBron James (c) and his Cavaliers or Tim Duncan (l) and Greg Popovich (r) and the Spurs will be playing for the championship again this year.

In the end, it is highly possible that either LeBron James (c) and his Cavaliers or Tim Duncan (l) and Greg Popovich (r) and the Spurs will be playing for the championship again this year.

Other stars like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving will be able to take the next step in their careers and advance deep into the playoffs for the first time. As interesting as it will be to see some of the new faces in the post-season, in the end, LeBron James and the San Antonio Spurs will likely play a major role in determining the championship. Again.–OnPointPress.net

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.

Is early entrance into the WNBA draft the new trend?

Jewell Loyd (l) and Amanda Zahui B. (r) both left school early to declare for the WNBA draft.

Jewell Loyd (l) and Amanda Zahui B. (r) both left school early to declare for the WNBA draft.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Last week Amanda Zahui B from the University of Minnesota and Jewell Loyd from Notre Dame University left school early to declare for the WNBA draft. Both have a good chance of being the first draft pick and have bright basketball futures ahead of them.

In order to declare for draft the WNBA “requires players to be at least 22, to have completed their college eligibility, to have graduated from a four-year college or to be four years removed from high school.” Zahui B. will be 22 in September and Loyd will be 22 in October.

Candace Parker was drafted first overall in 2008 after leaving the University of Tennessee after her junior year.

Candace Parker was drafted first overall in 2008 after leaving the University of Tennessee after her junior year.

Leaving school early for the WNBA may not be unprecedented but it is uncommon. The last early entrant to the WNBA draft was Candace Parker in 2008. Parker would go on to be Rookie of the Year and WNBA MVP that season. However, Parker’s success was not an example often duplicated despite the many stars to enter the WNBA the last several years. Neither Zahui B.nor Loyd gave detailed information about the thought process for entering the draft though they gave comments about their future.

Standing at 6'5", Zahui B. is known for her defense and rebounding at the center position.

Standing at 6’5″, Zahui B is known for her defense and rebounding at the center position.

Zahui B., who is from Stockholm, is conscious of the challenges ahead.

“Over the past few years I’ve learned a lot about making difficult decisions involving my life, education, and future starting with a major move from my home country to the United States. Though challenging, that initial decision has proved to be a step in the right direction,” she said of the process.

Jewel Loyd has been successful in her college career, playing in consecutive national title  games. She hopes to bring her college success to the professional level.

Jewel Loyd has been successful in her college career, playing in consecutive national title games. She hopes to bring her college success to the professional level.

Loyd is hoping that the success she had in college will translate to the next level.

“I am incredibly grateful for my experience at Notre Dame and the support I have received from Coach (Muffet) McGraw, our staff, my teammates and the entire ND community,” Loyd said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I have grown as a woman and as a basketball player and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an inspiring community.”

The WNBA draft is April 16, and as New York Times writer Pat Borzi summarized “the pool of players lacks a consensus top pick.” Both Zahui B. and Loyd have a great chance to be the first player taken on draft day.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.

Bucks clinch playoff spot, Jason Kidd deserves ‘NBA Coach of the Year’ title

The Bucks have turned around quickly under head coach Jason Kidd.

The Bucks have turned around quickly under Head Coach Jason Kidd.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

On Sunday, April 12, Jason Kidd coached the Milwaukee Bucks to a playoff berth with a victory over Kidd’s former team, the Brooklyn Nets. This is the first 40-win season and playoff appearance for the Bucks since the 2009-10 season.

When Jason Kidd was hired by the Bucks in July 2014, there was less focus on how good a coach he would be for the Bucks and more emphasis on the manner in which he landed the position. At the time, Marc Lasry, Bucks owner and Kidd’s former business partner, acknowledged that Kidd’s agent reached out to the Bucks’ owners about joining the club.

Many were more bothered by Kidd's (l) pursuit of an occupied head coaching position than his close relationship with Bucks owner Marc Lasry (r).

Many were more bothered by Kidd’s (l) pursuit of an occupied head coaching position than his close relationship with Bucks owner Marc Lasry (r).

“We were asked to keep it confidential and we did and I think in retrospect that was a mistake,” Lasry said. “That was our fault. We shouldn’t have done that. In this process, we made some mistakes.” The manner in which Kidd’s hiring occurred stood out and caused public feedback. Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn stated, “[Kidd] didn’t exactly pick an organization primed for a resurgence.”

Jabari Parker (l) and  Larry Sanders (r) were supposed to play a major role in the team's turnaround.

Jabari Parker (l) and Larry Sanders (r) were supposed to play a major role in the team’s turnaround.

Fast forward to the current situation for the Bucks who have remained off the NBA radar for the majority of the NBA season, despite their remarkable turnaround. The Bucks will be the only team in the playoffs with none of its active players appearing in an NBA All-Star game. The team has overcome a number of challenges this season. The number two overall draft pick, Jabari Parker, suffered a season-ending knee injury and there was also the unexpected departure of center Larry Sanders due to mental health problems.

Khris Middleton (l) and Giannis Antetokounpo (r) are emerging as stars for a surprisingly tough Bucks team.

Khris Middleton (l) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (r) are emerging as stars for a surprisingly tough Bucks team.

The Bucks won 15 games last season and most observers expected the team to be in line for a lengthy rebuilding period. However, coach Kidd has helped his emerging stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton become reliable contributors. Kidd has also been able get good production from veterans such as Jerryd Bayless, O.J. Mayo, Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova. Taking a team from second in the draft to sixth in their conference is a compelling, NBA Coach of the Year, type of feat.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com,

US President Obama announced $70 million youth program for Jamaica, region

 

US President Barack Obama waves as he stands with Jamaican Prime Minister The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller after President Obama signs the Guest Book at Jamaica House on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

US President Barack Obama waves as he stands with Jamaican Prime Minister The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller after President Obama signs the Guest Book at Jamaica House on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

By Carmen Glover

US President Barack Obama displayed that he perfected Jamaican patois, uttering “Greetings Massive, Wah Gwan Jamaica,” as he greeted a group of youth and youth leaders on Thursday, April 9 in Kingston, Jamaica. President Obama addressed a town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies during his one-day visit of the island paradise. The audience applauded in appreciation of President Obama’s spot-on take on the local dialect. “Big up,” the emboldened president added.

US President Barack Obama greets Jamaican youth in patois saying: "Wha Gwan," delighting the audience.

US President Barack Obama greets Jamaican youth in patois saying: “Wha Gwan,” delighting the audience.

During the town hall meeting, President Obama announced a $70 million investment in programs to benefit Jamaican youth and the Caribbean region. And, of course, he fielded questions about the merits of legalizing marijuana.

President Obama engages in discussion with youth in Jamaica.

President Obama engages in discussion with youth and youth leaders in Jamaica.

The town hall meeting followed a packed schedule which began on Wednesday April 8, when President Obama descended the steps of Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, where he was greeted by dignitaries including Jamaican Prime Minister The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, Governor General Patrick Allen and US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno. President Obama visited the Bob Marley Museum which he later described as his “most fun meeting as President.” He also said that he still has “all of his albums,” as he toured the iconic museum.

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) is greeted by Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (C) as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) is greeted by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (C) as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller hugs President Barack Obama following the conclusion of their bilateral meeting at the Jamaica House, Thursday, April 9, 2015,  in Kingston, Jamaica. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller hugs President Barack Obama following the conclusion of their bilateral meeting at the Jamaica House, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Kingston, Jamaica. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On Thursday, April, 9, President Obama visited Jamaica House where he met with Hon. Simpson-Miller and participated in a meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). During that meeting, Prime Minister Simpson-Miller told President Obama that he is “very loved in Jamaica,” and that he is on “the right side of history” in his decision to normalize relations with Cuba, which has long been a strong ally of Jamaica.

US President Barack Obama tours the Bob Marley Museum led by tour guide Natasha Clark (2nd-L) in Kingston, Jamaica on April 8, 2015. Obama, the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982, is in the country to meet with a regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas.  He heads late April 9th to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba's communist President Raul Castro.  AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

US President Barack Obama tours the Bob Marley Museum led by tour guide Natasha Clark (2nd-L) in Kingston, Jamaica on April 8, 2015, while US National Adviser Susan Rice, who has Jamaican roots,  walks in the background. Obama, the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982, is in the country to meet with a regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He heads late April 9th to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba’s communist President Raul Castro. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

The meeting of the CARICOM nations as well as the summit of the Americas which is scheduled for Panama on Friday, April 10, are both aimed at strengthening the ties between US and the Caribbean region and formalize discussions regarding energy, drug trafficking, and economic issues plaguing the region.

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President Obama talks with Prime Minister of Bahamas Perry G. Christie at the summit with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Kingston, Jamaica.

During the CARICOM meeting President Obama announced plans to fund clean energy projects in Jamaica. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller was effusive in her praise of President Obama and just as expressive as she hugged him while telling him “The people of Jamaica love you and I love you.”

Air Force One on the tarmac in Kingston, Jamaica.

Air Force One on the tarmac in Kingston, Jamaica.

President Obama is the first US President to visit Jamaica since Ronald Reagan did so in 1982. As the first African-American President, he was greeted with excitement in Jamaica, a beautiful island that is more than 95 percent proudly black–OnPointPress.net–

President Obama visits beautiful Jamaica en route to Panama summit

US President Barack Obama tours the Bob Marley Museum led by tour guide Natasha Clark (2nd-L) in Kingston, Jamaica on April 8, 2015. Obama, the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982, is in the country to meet with a regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas.  He heads late April 9th to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba's communist President Raul Castro.  AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

US President Barack Obama tours the Bob Marley Museum led by tour guide Natasha Clark (2nd-L) in Kingston, Jamaica on April 8, 2015 while US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who has Jamaican roots, walks in the background. Obama, the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982, is in the country to meet with a regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He heads late April 9th to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba’s communist President Raul Castro. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

By Carmen Glover

US President Barack Obama landed in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 8, en route to a Caribbean summit that will be held in Panama on April 9. The summit will include Caribbean nations as they discuss economic issues and alternatives to strengthen Caribbean and US ties.

President Obama was welcomed by Jamaica’s Prime Minister The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno and a contingent of dignitaries.

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Jamaica’s Prime Minister The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller welcomed US President Barack Obama to the picturesque island nation.

President Obama is the first US President to visit Jamaica since 1982 and his visit was greeted with excitement by Jamaicans, who are world-renowned for their friendly manner, great food and reggae music.

The President visited the Bob Marley Museum and stated that “I still have all his albums” as he referred to the late reggae icon.

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley.

Jamaica is located 90 miles from Cuba, a nation with which President Obama recently re-opened a diplomatic relationship. Tourists flock to Jamaica’s beautiful shores each year to climb the picturesque Dunn’s River Falls, explore Green Grotto Caves in Ocho Rios, walk alone the seven-miles of white sand in Negril, enjoy the Blue Lagoon in Portland (where the movie of the same name starring actress Brooke Shields, was filmed) and sample the island’s famous cuisine.

Tourists and residents climb Jamaica's most famous site, Dunn's River Falls.

Tourists and residents climb Jamaica’s most famous site, Dunn’s River Falls.

Jamaica’s relationship with the USA has been mixed due to massive deportations to the island, the burdens of trying to emerge from the economic strictures of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). President Obama’s visit to the island is expected to go a long way in fostering a more cooperative relationship with the island paradise–OnPointPress.net.