Blake Griffin speaks on living in L.A, Donald Sterling and The HATRED on him from Charles Barkely in GQ
In the October issue of GQ, LA Clippers star Blake Griffin shows a side of himself we knew never existed. First, he revealed that he believes in creationism (not evolution). Then, we learn he's had some really STRANGE encounters with Donald Sterling (who once held his hand at a party).
"It was unfortunate. I mean, for me, like I said, the first thing I ever Googled about the man, the first thing that popped up was ‘racist.’ So I was aware. I hate to say this, and it might sound ignorant, but I wasn't surprised that all this came up”
Also, he has a hard time meeting women in LA. “People just think about L.A. and they think, ‘Oh, there’s so many beautiful women out here,’ and things of that nature. But it is so hard to find just like a decent, like straight, you know, across-the-line, just like good girl out here.”
And he believes in religious tolerance. “I hate when I see Christians, or whatever religion it is, protesting gays and having signs that say, like, ‘God hates gays,’ ” he says. “How could He be mad at somebody for liking the same sex? I don’t get it. And it also makes me mad, because as a religious person, it makes you look bad.”
Here are the highlights:
On his failures as a single man:
That's probably been the biggest trial-and-error area of my life. And I can't say today I have it down completely. But I was fortunate. I dated a girl my first couple of years out here, and it was great. We got along great. And eventually that ended, but still today we're very cool. But it's really been trial-and-error. And there were a couple of times where I didn't get burned in the sense of, like, you know, getting money taken or anything like that, but just like, whenever it ended, it ended poorly, and then kind of got put out there a little bit. And it's just kind of an eye-opening experience. But it's hard, man. Like, there's so many... People just think about L.A. and they think, "Oh, there's so many beautiful women out here," and things of that nature. But it is so hard to find just like a decent, like straight, you know, across-the-line, just like good girl out here. And I think part of it might be because I'm used to, you know, the midwestern kind of girls, and things like that. But I honestly haven't really truly dated anybody for a while. Not in a real close sense.
On fatherhood and how it's changed him:
He's 11 months old. He'll be 1 on August first. This is what everybody says, and I didn't really get it. People were like, "Oh, it's so life-changing, it makes you think about things in a different way," and you're always like, "Oh yeah, totally." But then, when it happens, you're like, "Whoa. All those people were right!" I just feel changed, in a way. I really look forward to spending time with this little person who can't talk, can't do anything for himself besides chew and eat. [laughs]
On being the father he wants to be:
I wish I was able to be around more. The thing I hate the most is being gone for like two weeks and only seeing him on FaceTime. I missed the first time he rolled over, which isn't a huge thing, but at the time I was like, "Man." I had—not a breakdown, but I just had a moment where I was like, "This sucks!" You know, just missing stuff like that. But at the same time, it makes the stuff that I don't miss that much more special.
On Donald Sterling:
When the draft lottery came out and the Clippers said they were gonna draft me, I went to Google to find out more about the Clippers, because I didn't know a lot. And I was like, "Okay, team owned by Donald Sterling." So then I typed in "Donald Sterling" in Google, and the first thing that pops up is "Donald Sterling racist." And I was like, "Whoa!" So obviously I explored that, read a whole bunch of articles, read the deposition at one of his court cases. Which was awesome, if you ever have time to read some of the depositions
On locker room encounters with Donald Sterling:
He would bring them in the locker room. Guys would be in there. The showers are kind of elsewhere. I don't think they would really go back there. But he would bring people in the locker room while we were just in towels. One year he came in and led a "hip hip hooray" chant and held my arm up in the air. Then he went to another teammate and did the same thing. Guys just started scattering as fast as possible
On that time Donald Sterling held his hand at a party:
The second time I met him... He throws a white party in Malibu every single year, so everyone has to wear white or you can't come. I get there, and this dude is wearing all black. The only person at this party. He throws a white party, he wears all black. And as soon as I get there, he comes to the front, we talk for a second, and he's like, "Come on, I want to introduce you to everyone." Grabs my hand and starts walking me through the party while we're holding hands, and just introduces me to everybody.
On Charles Barkley being a hater (and if there is an issue between them)
Yeah. I mean, I thought we were cool, and then all of a sudden... I think the whole former-player thing, where they come and they're now analysts, it's hard, because they don't want to give it up to anybody. Unless they really, really have to. Or you have a relationship with them. And I never really had a relationship with him. To this day, I don't think I've even met him.
I'm not a big fan. [laughs] It's hard. As a kid, I was a huge fan. And then, after so many times of hearing somebody say something negative about you, then it's like, okay, this is like a thing—it's a personal thing. You know what I mean? It's like the saying "Don't meet your heroes." I haven't met him, but I don't really need to anymore. Which is unfortunate.
On religion and going to church:
I haven't (gone) in a while. But I still—I go with my brother and his wife. They have a little Bible-study thing out here. What's great about now is, growing up and being in Oklahoma, I think the idea of people who are religious is they try to shove their religion on you, and they think that that's the only way. They're very judgmental. And I try to kind of take the approach of "Whatever it is you do, cool." Like, "Don't judge me for doing what I want to do. I'm not gonna judge you for doing what you want to do." And I think that's what's cool about out here.
On growing out of certain religious teachings:
I hate when I see Christians, or whatever religion it is, protesting gays and having signs that say, like, "God hates gays." Because I've studied a lot of different religions; going to Christian school, we had a class where we would look at different religions, and we would kind of break them down and compare and contrast. And the Bible, take the Bible. So you believe in the Bible? God used women who were prostitutes, He used people that were stealers, people that were considered sinners, whatever the term may be, and He used them as His...to be examples of His teachings and things. Not make an example out of them, but actually use them. So, like, how can you say that God hates anybody?
The October issue of GQ will be available on newsstands in New York and L.A. on September 23rd and nationally September 30th.
Cam Newton, What the Tea looking Suspect wearing this Suit And Capri Pants
Cam Newton likes to dress in very interesting outfits for his post-game interviews. But this one might take the cake. His lilac jacket and outfit were insane and people had questions.
Well Black Twitter had a field day……take a look
Alicia Keys Bares Baby Belly For Peace
Alicia Keys chose to strip down in honor of a special cause.
The pregnant singer posted a nude Instagram photo on Saturday (September 20) showing off a white peace sign on her baby belly in honor of the We Are Here movement.
"It's you and me on a mission to create a kinder and more peaceful world," Alicia wrote along with the photo. "The #WeAreHere Movement begins today."
In addition, the “Girl on Fire” beauty spoke in NYC during the Social Good Summit and announced plans for the new cause, which is dedicated to supporting social justice issues including gun control and equal rights.
"As I prepare to give birth to my new child, I can't help but think what world I'm bringing the baby into. We see the state of the world today and we can all feel the frustration and the desire to do something to make it better,” Keys explained.
"We all want to do something but oftentimes we don't feel empowered. That is why I created 'We Are Here.' Because it's not about me. It's about we."
After her speech, Alicia donated $1 million to the cause and asked her fans to donate too. "I want all of us to take the 'We Are Here' peace pledge to support this great work."
T.I., Jeezy, Usher, Nelly & More Close Out BET Hip Hop Awards Weekend With Private Cook Out
T.I. and Jeezy closed out the BET Hip Hop Awards weekend with a private cook out in celebration of their upcoming birthdays. Held at Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano, the event brought out the rappers’ family and friends to enjoy food and drinks – including T.I.’s wife Tiny, Usher, Nelly, Monyetta Shaw, Ray J and more. See more pics from the cook out inside.
Apple Wins: iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million In 1st Weekend
So yeah, Apple just won. The company sold over 10 million of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus models since Friday (Sept. 19).
If the world were to find out that Samsung execs are collectively weeping in a corner somewhere, no one would blame them. The sales are even better considering that the phone hasn’t even reached it’s full level of expansion yet. For now you can only get it in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. It expands to 20 other countries this week, and a total of 115 by year’s end.
“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Monday (Sept. 22). “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”
Anyone who preordered the iPhone 6 of iPhone 6 plus, don’t panic if it hasn’t come in the mail yet. It should be there by October.
The Real Reason Khloe Kardashian Kicked French Montana to The Curb, Finds out He’s Been Talking With Her BFF Malika Haqq’?
Well, well, well, the plot thickens in this French Montana and Khloe Kardashian love triangle, Khloe who broke things off with French Montana last week claiming that he was too needy and dependent on her but a new report claims to know the real reason Khloe Kardashian kicked the rapper to the curb.
According to DailyMail.com Khloe discovered that her boyfriend of eight months had been secretly texting her best friend, Malika Haqq.
An insider says: ‘Khloe broke into (French’s) phone and saw him sending all kinds of inappropriate texts to her girl (Malika). She blacked out on dude, and that’s why they broke up.’
The source continued that the women’s relationship is now understandably strained. ‘Khloe has been down with Malika since forever,’ they said. Adding however: ‘They have the kind of friendship that even if Malika was f***ing Khloe’s man, they’d still be friends.’ ‘Besides, I don’t think Khloe was into (French Montana) like that.’
Hours after the story broke, Malika took to Instagram to post a cryptic message. ‘We cannot change our past,’ she wrote. ‘We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. ‘The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude.’
Are you surprised ?
The Celebs HOOP It Up For Power 106 All-Star Celebrity Charity Basketball Game
It was a star-studded affair at the USC Galen Center in L.A. for the Power 106 All-Star celebrity basketball game benefitting Homeboy Industries. The charity provides free services to former gang members and former convicts (both men and women) to get back into the work force. 100% of the proceeds were donated to Homebody Industries.
Chris Brown, who is known for his hooping skills, put in work on the court. And he had some stiff competition… Lil Romeo. Romeo is no stranger to the bball court either. He was offered a full scholarship at University of Southern California (USC) back in 2007.
Breezy dished on the competition on Instagram saying, "Me and my bro! One person I say can hoop that's in the industry. We was going at it!"
Rapper The Game is another regular at celebrity charity games. He came out to support.
Trey Songz, who is rumored to be dating singer Mila J, came out to hoop it up with his fellow VA native and others.
And of course, Breezy's on-again girlfriend Karrueche was there, cheering from the stands.She posed it up in her black bikini top and matching leggings with a friend.
Amber Rose, who just inked a deal with Nick Cannon to manage her acting career, brought out Baby Bash for the festivities. He is so adorable!
And look who else came out! Tyga and Blac Chyna's baby goy King Cairo came out to play with Baby Bash.
Tyga and Nick Cannon went head-to-head during the game but stopped for a photo-op.
And The Game through up "L.A." alongside radio personality Big Boy.
And the boxing champ Floyd Mayweather came out for some fun.
Ashanti Readies Video For “Early In The Morning” Ft. French Montana
Ashanti is prepping the visuals for her French Montana-assisted “Early In the Morning,” off her Braveheart album.
She took to Instagram to share a few shots from the set of the video. She’s rockin’ big, ombre curls in a couple of pics, while others find her with a long ponytail, and a sexy one piece number. “#EITM whip it 3times, she wrote.”
According to SingersRoom, the video is expected to drop in October.
Catch a few more pics below..
See Detailed Pics Of The Air Jordan 13 “Black/Red”
The Air Jordan 13 is expected to make a major resurgence in the coming months. Though some classic colorways will certainly re-release, there’s also a fresh take on the silhouette that’s promised to fly off the shelves.
The Air Jordan 13 is worth noting for its detailed design, if nothing else. That can be seen on the midnight black upper, which dons embossed leather. Spots of red serve as accents on the midsole. One could easily mistake the black and red shoe for an original colorway, due its resemblance to a Chicago Bulls jersey. Peep detailed images of the Air Jordan 13 “Black/Red” below
The kicks are rumored to be releasing in December. Stay tuned for details.
Kimora Lee Simmons Post Cryptic Message About The Drama Regarding Birdman and his Harem on Instagram “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”
It has been rumored that Kimora Lee Simmons and Birdman were messing around with each other on the low since the early 2000’s and it didn’t help when Birdman posted a message paying homage to Kimora calling her the “love of his life.” Well, when news broke of Keyshia cole being arrested for assault on a mystery woman… Everyone thought Kimora may have had something to do with it.
Kimora Lee posted a cryptic meme on social media bearing the Polish proverb Not my circus, not my monkeys.’ ‘with the hashtag ‘Buffoons!’
Do you think this was shade or NAH?
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
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HAVE A GREAT DAY ALL!