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Let the Games Begin!

The brackets for the 2011 NCAA Tournament are fresh off the airwaves and I couldn’t be more excited about the coming weeks! Special attention goes to the Duke Blue Devils, they were able to secure the #1 seed in the West and the St. John’s Red Storm who are appearing in the tournament for the first time since 2002! STJ snagged the #6 seed in the Southeast region. I’m super proud of both these teams, Duke being my alma mater and St. John’s being one of my employers. Click on the title for a link to view the complete bracket for the tourney. Who’s your pick to win the ‘Big Dance’??

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Woke to news of a devastating earth quake and tsunami that hit Japan and threatens our shores. If you pay attention to the news, I’m sure you’ve already seen the images. Thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims. Click on the image to see more from the BBC website.

Woke to news of a devastating earth quake and tsunami that hit Japan and threatens our shores. If you pay attention to the news, I’m sure you’ve already seen the images. Thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims. Click on the image to see more from the BBC website.

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Have you seen Charlie Sheen’s Funny or Die video posted two days ago?? Considering the way he’s been saturating all forms of media, maybe he really is “winning.”

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Be Honest, You Enjoy Watching the Train Wreck

It’s been three days since Charlie Sheen was fired from his hit show “Two and a Half Men,” and it seems as if his whirlwind downward spiral into oblivion has hit rock bottom. I will be the first to admit that I have chuckled at his many amusing catch phrases and shaken my head at footage I’ve seen of him on entertainment news shows; but it speaks to a bigger phenomenon eminent in American culture. Not only are we obsessed with the privileged lives of celebrities, we are even more obsessed with scandals. And while reckless celebrities have always existed, the ways in which the media cover celebrities has evolved.

The media don’t sleep and there is always a product that needs to be delivered. Unfortunately for celebrities this puts them under surveillance 24 hours a day. And now, more than ever, the common saying rings true: there is no such thing as bad press. Bad behavior does not seem to hinder a troubled celebrity, it aggrandizes him or her. Writer Brittany Hogan from Gather.com wrote: “Shows like “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and “Jersey Shore” have proven that today’s celebrities need nothing more than a series of constant, yet varied crises in order to remain popular.As long as they remain somewhat relevant, somebody, somewhere will pay them a lot of money to do something.” I believe she’s onto something, and even though Charlie Sheen’s antics cost him his job, he won’t be unemployed for long. I predict a reality show is in Charlie Sheen’s near future, and I will most certainly guarantee that many of you will watch it.You can blame the media for sensationalizing celebrity meltdowns, but let’s be real; there would be nothing to report on if news consumers weren’t gobbling it up. How often do you pick up an US Weekly instead of the Times? 

Moreover, I think Sheen’s rawness and openness fuels the average person’s desire to get an inside look at celebrity lives. While many celebrities use social networking to become more accessible to their fans, Sheen has used media such as Twitter and UStream as platforms to really speak his mind. Even though the UStream episode “Torpedos of Truth” was very outrageous to say the least and it ultimately cost him his job, when have you ever had a glimpse of what really goes on behind the scenes? When have you ever really witnessed a celebrity unapologetically bear his innermost feelings?                                                        

That’s why we love celebrity meltdowns. Apart from being comical and entertaining, the whole experience humanizes many individuals whom we believe to be larger than life. It helps us believe that while they may have more money than us or live a lifestyle that many of us will never get to experience, they struggle with the same issues that many “regular” people do. Now that all of the giggles are out of my system, my heart really does go out to Sheen that he may recover from this ordeal and end up back on top. Because if there’s anything we love more than a scandal, it’s a comeback story. 

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Blind Drivers on the Road?

Saw a story on the Today Show about a project down at Virginia Tech that would make it possible for blind people to drive. It’s called the “Blind Driver Challenge”. Very interesting technology. Click on the title of this post to checkout their blog and what the project entails. Thoughts?

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The PS 22 Chorus from Staten Island, NY was by far the BEST part of the Oscars last night. They truly melted my heart and ended the show on a light-hearted, optimistic note. More commentary on the Oscars to come!

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The Buzz is Back in the Big Apple!

Sports reporters have deemed the last few months a bunch of ‘Melo-drama’, but the end result was a monumental acquisition for the New York Knicks. In the midst of superstar Amar’e Stoudemire bringing excitement back to New York this season, with 28 games left, the Knicks were able to bring superstar Carmelo Anthony back to his hometown. Having Anthony and Stoudemire, two young players in their prime, on the same team means a lot for the Knickerbockers franchise and marks a turning point in the team’s history. The Knicks haven’t won a championship since 1978, and haven’t been relevant since the early 2000’s (the last time they made the playoffs). The two superstars bring athleticism to the team and even better, their youth provides possibility for them to stick around long enough to attract additional great players. The prospect of creating another ‘big three’ in New York would make the Knicks worthy competitors against some of the NBA’s tops teams.

In a press conference on February 23rd before his debut game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Anthony wasted no time discussing his plans for the future and getting “down to business.” In the coming months and subsequent seasons it will be interesting to watch Anthony develop alongside his teammates and to (hopefully) restore the Knicks to a caliber of excellence we haven’t seen in years. Stoudemire has already done an excellent job of starting the journey with the help of other young players who have since became collateral in the Melo trade. But now, we are at the beginning of a new dynasty in New York basketball. 

Above all, the Melo trade has engendered a new wave of hunger among Knicks fans. Hunger for victory and superiority as one can only expect from a bunch of success driven New Yorkers. Basketball (as well as other sports) has the ability to unite people from all walks of life - across race, class and gender. This factor is very important in a city as diverse as New York. The great unifying effect of sports franchises lies at the very heart of any city and New York basketball has been waiting for something like this for years! Cheers to Donnie Walsh, James Dolan and Mike D’Antoni for doing big things for one of the most historic franchises in NBA history. Mark my words, order will soon be restored.

                   

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Check out a news package I did while interning at WTVD ABC 11 in Durham, NC during the summer of 2009. Wrote and edited myself! You can check out more of my clips at youtube.com/reelmckoy1 !!!

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NYFW: Looks That’ll Linger

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has come and gone, and while the crippling weather has confined us to oversized coats and wool accessories, we have an abundance of new trends to look forward to once the weather lightens up. What’s best about New York Fashion week is that it’s first, and while I am excited to see what’s coming from other fashion capitals, the tone has been set…and beautifully so. Let’s take a look at what’s in style for the upcoming Spring season:

The Wide-Leg Trouser: Just as I was getting the hang of the skinny leg, the 70’s inspired wide-leg pant seems to be ubiquitous on the runways and in the streets. Although I have some trouble finding a trouser that complements my long legs and a good shoe to go with it, I now have new opportunities to experiment and get it just right. Often times I’ve seen them styled with a flirty cropped top (for high-wasted wide-legs) and a platform heel. Although it isn’t for everyone, it’s definitely back in style. My favorite look from Fashion Week was Tory Burch’s fun, yet sophisticated look.

                     

Orange is the new “it” color: Although bright and vibrant colors are always a staple of warmer weather, orange has emerged as the dominating color to fight off the austerity of a neutral pallet. The shade is fresh, and looks good with just about any color (except black lest you look like Halloween). Go ahead and try an orange lip too while you’re at it. My favorite looks came from Tory Burch’s show. Obviously she was doing it for me this season.  

                             

Futuristic/Militaristic Looks: It’s back to the future in 2011 and the runways reflected the resurgence of plastic fabrics and sculptured silhouettes in unique, modern shapes. Head to toe white with accents of gray and silver keep the look from looking too serious and drab. I am a fan of Alexander Wang’s futuristic chic look.

     

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Hate in America

Check out this CNN article about  the increase in the number of hate groups in America. Extremely poignant for those who believe we live in a post-racial society now that our President has some color. Click on the title link.