Intro for July 14, 2016
Back in May, I read a joint interview in Complex featuring Chance the Rapper and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Muhammad Ali came up in conversation, and it had to have happened before Ali’s passing. And then last night, at the ESPY Awards, it was Chance who performed a new original song to honour Ali’s memory. The video is below.
But now I’m just a rock
There were a lot of athletes there last night who have been a rock for their teammates and in their sport. But the athlete who received the Arthur Ashe Award for his rock-solid courage was just 15 years old when he died on the last day of school last December before the Christmas break. He died because he used his rock-solid body to protect two friends during a drive-by shooting while they were hanging out on the porch. Zaevion Dobson played high school football. Zaevion shared his story at the ESPY Awards through the voice of Michael B Jordan who played a high school football player in Friday Night Lights. It’s an outstanding piece of filmmaking, yet another terrific ESPN sports documentary.
Zaevion’s mother, Zenobia, and two brothers accepted the award last night on his behalf. Zenobia told her son she’d always have his back.
Yours in gossip,
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