Eyes on the Prize

After bouncing back from the loss in week 3, the Jackrabbits find themselves in the midst of a dominant win streak. But as the old saying goes, smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. Superstars Matt Corral, Jalen Hall and Camren McDonald, already with guaranteed offers from a bevy of top schools, will need a wake-up call if they are to regain their championship focus.

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The Poly Tradition

Welcome to Long Beach Poly, named “Sports School of the Century” by Sports Illustrated in 2005. Poly has produced more NFL athletes than any other school in the world. But for all their storied history, current head coach Antonio Pierce is facing the possibility of a fourth straight season without a championship. Armed with a duo of All-American transfers and a coaching staff of NFL legends, will Coach Pierce make 2017 the year of the Jackrabbit?

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Matt Corral: #2

Ranked No. 2 in the nation, recent transfer Matt Corral takes the helm as Poly’s new quarterback with a lot to prove. No longer afforded the benefits of his former private school, Matt will be challenged to find a new way to lead. Over the first three games of the 2017 season, the All-American sets out on the journey that will define his legacy in Long Beach.

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To Give and to Receive

Jalen Hall has been nationally ranked as the best receiver in his age group every year since the eighth grade. Described as a freakish talent who makes the game look very easy, Hall is a private kid whose path to success has not been as easy as his stellar play makes it seem. After three years starring at Hawkins High School in Los Angeles, Jalen and his best friend, Aashari Crosswell, arrive at Poly for their senior year in search of the championship and supportive community that has eluded them.

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Dream Intercepted?

After four years at Poly, senior cornerback Desmond Talley is excited to kick off his final year in style. But the talented athlete is dogged by attitude issues that lead to conflicts with his position coach. Will Desmond tighten things up and find a way to be the star that his family and teammates believe he can be?

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Big Cam on Campus

Team captain Camren McDonald has played for Coach Antonio Pierce all four years that the two of them have been at Long Beach Poly. Coming off of a week 3 loss in what will be the final year for both coach and captain, Camren will need to rise to the challenge and accept that Poly will fail or succeed based on his play and his leadership.

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Sacrifice

As the end of the season approaches, Tate, Jake and Tayvon pivot towards their futures.

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Nicki Minaj’s Deleted ‘Great Time to be a White Rapper’ Instagram Post Sparks Controversy

Nicki Minaj posted a pretty nondescript screen capture of the iTunes top 10 charting Hip Hop/Rap songs Saturday night. But it wasn’t the chart itself that got people talking so much as Nicki’s commentary on the melanin deficiency of the artists on the chart. 

“It’s a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?” Nicki wrote in the caption of her now-deleted post. “These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes. S/O to Em & Post. Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album. #Motorsport put dat thing in sport.”

The chart has since been updated, but you can pretty easily read between the lines and see what Nicki was referencing. Of the 10 songs listed, Migos’ “Motorsport” and N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” are the only two performed by artists that self-identify as black. 

Nicki wasn’t saying anything that hasn’t already been said about race in rap (or other genres perceived as predominately black) by the likes of Solange, Azealia Banks or even Eminem himself. Defending Post Malone in such a discussion seemed like a curious choice.

It’s possible Nicki considered an Instagram caption wasn’t the best place to try and have a nuanced discussion about race, privilege and music because she ended up updating her caption.

“Update blocking all u sensitive dick riders,” Nicki further wrote. “It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my mthafkn mind n if u don’t like it gtfo my page dick rida! Y’all can never wait to ride the Queen dick! Sensitive ass ig thugs. Gtfoh.”

That post was followed by a clip of J. Cole’s 2014 interview with Angie Martinez, where Cole also discussed the perception versus reality of genres of music traditionally performed by black artists.

“Whenever a black woman speaks on ANYTHING she’s labeled as “mad” “angry” “bitter,” Nicki wrote in a similarly lengthy caption. “I’m on 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. I’m blessed & highly favored thx to my amazing fans.”

Before the posts were deleted, Nicki captioned that she was posting “on new developments within the music industry.” There’s plenty of historical context and data to disprove the theory of white artists gaining increased popularity in predominately black spaces isn’t a new development, but that’s somewhat of a moot point now because Nicki’s posts have been deleted.

Much like Nicki’s infamous “What’s good, Miley?” moment and the multiple subs thrown at Iggy Azalea, this might lead to some substantive dialogue beyond an Instagram caption. 

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Nick Young Throws Petty Subliminal at Iggy Azalea

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Nick Young and one-time platinum pop artist Iggy Azalea split over a year ago. The pair infamously called off their engagement roughly six months after a teammate filmed Young admitting he’d cheated on Iggy multiple times. Young reportedly corroborated his own admissions by impregnating his ex while still with Iggy. None of the above stopped Young from throwing some shade at his former fiancé via Instagram Friday night.

 

My I.G.G.Y 😂

A post shared by Nick Young (@swaggyp1) on Dec 8, 2017 at 8:41pm PST

Young posted a picture of himself next to his new teammate Andre Iguodala with the caption “My I.G.G.Y.”

The rather obvious joke here is that Young now rolls with the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and two-time champion who is sometimes referred to as “Iggy” and not the Iggy who is an Australian rapper that has repeatedly been accused of being a culture vulture.

Young’s shade didn’t go unnoticed.

D’Angelo Russell—who filmed Young’s cheating admissions without his knowledge while he and Young were playing for the Lakers—has since been traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, Young became a free agent this summer and signed with the Warriors, who are prohibitive favorites to win the NBA title this season. And Azalea’s sophomore album Digital Distortion has yet to see a release date after Iggy took to Twitter in July to announce Def Jam wouldn’t be releasing any more singles from the project.

Given that Azalea said she had a psychotic breakdown and allegedly caught Young cheating with his ex-girlfriend (who he reportedly went on to have a child with), this might be a good time for Young to fall back on the IG slander.

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Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks Have Publicly Put an End to Their Beef

It appears that Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have put an end to their nearly six-year-long feud with one another.

The truce may have come to fruition after Iggy extended an olive branch to Banks via a lengthy message posted on Snapchat. “I just want to say FYI, re: A. Banks. Call me crazy but girl, I don’t hate you. I don’t know you to hate you,” she wrote. “I believe you may want to meet me in person so you can steal a lock of my hair and cast a spell hoping I die (lol) I don’t agree with many of your opinions but honestly, at times I empathize with you as a creative Gemini woman. I wish you had spoken to me before deciding I was out to get you when we first came on the scene, but that’s also typical Gemini reaction shit (I get it). As a 27 year old adult woman just know: I wish you well from one human to another and joke collaboration or not as adults we should move past trivial beef with strangers.” Azalea also posted a video, expressing a desire to speak with Azealia and “at least come to an understanding.” 

In an interview with XXL, Azealia seemed open to the idea of talking with Iggy, leaving the door open for both sides to squash their beef. “I think a true reconciliation can happen once there is some acknowledgment of what hip-hop has been trying to tell her. I still don’t think she quite understands the effect her racial privilege and the socio-economic leverage that comes with it has on a marginalized group of women’s culture. Race aside, this is also a women’s issue. I hope that there will be a chance for us to have an open discussion about this, as I feel America and the world could really benefit from some candid discourse between two public figures about the world’s biggest sickness: racism. I wish for women of the future to be able to refer to this moment in women’s culture as an example of what can happen when people take time to understand.”

On Friday, Banks posted a note on Instagram where she listed off a number of requests, which includes releasing “this Iggy collab.” 

 

I'm going to need 121 strong red roosters to make this happen. (A girl can dream though 🤣)

A post shared by Azealia Banks (@azealiabanks) on Jun 22, 2017 at 9:56am PDT

Does this mean their feud is done for good? This potential collab seems to hint at that. 

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