Oscar & Grammy Winner Common Hosts The African Get Down

By David Jordan Jr

On March 8, 2018 a celebration of African Musicians was hosted by Grammy and Oscar-winning artists/actor Common in the Hollywood Hills. The “African Get Down” held at the Elyx House, was not only a celebration of great musical artists and DJs from Africa, but it was also a celebration of African culture and tradition. The event was produced by CSA principals Marc Le Chat, Brannan Phillips and Davin Phillips. Among the guests were Janeshia Adamsp-Ginyard, music producer Karl Rubin, film producer Shopan Entesari, Emmy Award winning stylist, Theresa Broadnax, jewelry designer, Monalisa Okojie, number one hip hop musical artist, South African DJ,King Kanja, DJ Heavy K, The Clemmons Twins, and Jo-Lo music producer Harmony Samuels.

The guests attending the event wore beautiful garments of traditional African culture, accentuating the beauty that has always derived from the Mother Land.
Women were clothed in Djellabas, habesha kemis, kangas, and gomesis. Adorned atop the heads of these beautiful women were various head scarfs. The men wore dashikis and kofias, symbolizing and continuing the greatness of African kings.
Host Common spoke to the united group about the importance of unity and standing for what one believes in. Speaking about his travels to the continent of Africa, Common shared his deep experiences with the people of Africa and how they also aimed to rectify the ills not only going on in their respective countries but in the United States as well. The event provided the opportunity for the attendees to experience African culture in a truly intimate setting while sharing life experiences within an atmosphere of love and brotherhood.

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(Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo)

Meet The Producer: Mary Moutry | Ca$h Out Production

By David Jordan Jr

Today’s society is full of imagery that reinforces negative stereotypes and perpetuates false realities. One avenue which has been consistently used is the realm of television and film. Film director/producer Mary Moutry of Ca$h Out Production has flipped the script with her new film “Cash Out: Cost Of Beauty.” The film shows how important it is to love one’s self while also showing the negative consequences which can come about when there is a lack of self-worth. Moutry recently spoke with ESHE about the film, it’s message and her objective as a film producer.

ESHE Magazine: What inspired you to create this film?

Mary Moutry: Since this was my first time ever screenwriting I needed to tell a story I knew without having to use my imagination. I wanted to tell a cautionary tale as well as inspire others to love their natural self as I too was embarking on a new journey of self-love and realizing self-hatred that I was totally unaware of. I guess you can say I was going through an awakening.

ESHE Magazine: As a producer, what do you feel is your most important obligation to people that view your films?

Mary Moutry: I think more importantly than a producer as a filmmaker it is most important to make your viewer feel, doesn’t matter the feeling but that they feel and they feel deeply. I make the type of films that leave with you and linger in your mind.

ESHE Magazine: Self-love. “CashOut” depicts and reinforces the importance of self-love and how a lack of self-love can destroy a person both literally and figuratively. Today’s society creates so much imagery for people to hopelessly and pointlessly aim for; in what ways does your film reinforce the importance of self-love?

Mary Moutry: CashOut reinforces self-love with beautiful imagery and poetry to simultaneously stimulate you mentally.

ESHE Magazine: In your eyes, what is the deepest scene in the film?

Mary Moutry: The tap dance scene, in my opinion, is the deepest scene this scene was inspired by two things. One how I feel as a black woman in a metamorphic form. I feel like this is what black men want from us the fair skin, light eyes, European hair with the black woman’s physic.I feel like we are tap dancing to be noticed. I was also inspired by a famous grace jones photo shoot where her face was made up to look white but yet the rest of her was black.

ESHE Magazine: One adjective to describe this film.

Mary Moutry: Powerful.

Click Here To Watch The Film Ca$h Out

 

Isiah Thomas | NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND 2018 | LOS ANGELES | A LEGEND’S TOAST TO EXCELLENCE

By David Jordan Jr

A Celebration of Basketball. That’s what NBA All-Star Weekend has always been called. A celebration of the games greatest players, both past, and present coming together to celebrate everything great about the NBA. The 67th annual NBA All-Star game took place in Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. As much as the weekend is about the events taking place on the court throughout, the essence of All-Star weekend lies in the history of the game. The great players which have graced the NBA courts that have elevated the game, the contributions of these players off the court and the natural ability of these individuals to be ambassadors of the league worldwide were on display for the entire weekend. Of the numerous legends present for NBA All-Star Weekend 2018, one great stood out head and shoulders amongst his Hall of Fame Peers; Isiah Lord Thomas III. Businessman, Top 50 NBA Player of All Time, Hall Of Famer, NCAA Champion, and two-time NBA Champion, Thomas left an indelible mark on All-Star Weekend 2018 with his success and knowledge as a businessman. The CEO and Chairman of Isiah Thomas International LLC, Thomas had the perfect platform to introduce his imported champagne, Cheurlin Champagne to the entire NBA family and its sponsors. Partnering with the National Basketball Retired Players Association, Cheurlin Champagne was the drink of choice for everybody that attended any of the Legends events during NBA All-Star Weekend. The NBRPA Legends Welcome Reception on Friday signified the official beginning of NBA All-Star Weekend with the presence of numerous NBA Legends and Hall of Famers. Held at the LA Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, one could look in any direction in the ballroom and their vision would instantly be filled with excellence. From Elgin Baylor to Spencer Haywood, Bo Kimble, Dave Cowens, Jamaal Wilkes just to name a few, legends from all eras of NBA basketball were present in the room. Speaking during the reception, Thomas spoke of his life, his inspirations and how many of the legends present in the room, as well as those not present influenced and inspired him to achieve in all areas of his life. “Players Only” was the theme for the day and it was only fitting that the reception ended with a toast of his bottled perfection, Cheurlin. One of the priceless moments for a person being at the reception, whether an NBA Alum or not, was being able to witness the NBA brotherhood in its purest form. NBA Legends which were formidable adversaries at certain points in their careers showered love and praise upon each other throughout the entire evening. Speaking to each other with love, these legends also spoke with the same love and respect for their NBA brothers which are no longer here, (specifically JoJo White, who passed on January 16, 2018). A room full of NBA Legends and their families enjoying Cheurlin Champagne was the perfect start to an amazing weekend of love, and inspiration.
The ever-evolving relationship between the NBA and technology was the platform for Saturday’s event which took place at The London Hotel in West Hollywood. The NBPA, Base Ventures & Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown held court on the rooftop of The London Hotel with “Tech Hustle.” This event featured some of the brightest minds and innovators in the world of tech, music, media, and entertainment. Scheduled speakers included Troy Carter, Jaylen Brown, Erik Moore, Ethan Brown, Too Short, Isiah Thomas, Bozoma Saint John, Ghazi Shami, Dominique Wilkins, Ameer Hasan Loggins, Morgan Debaun and David Krane, each of whom had unique experiences that not only educated and enlightened everybody on how technology had influenced their lives, but also how technology will continue to be a major player in the world in all avenues. Musician, entrepreneur, and innovator Chamillionaire also spoke about how tech has played an instrumental part in his entrepreneurial endeavors and ventures. Chamillionaire (whose real name is Hakeen Seriki) has founded and invested in multiple startups over the years and in constantly seeking and creating new pathways for growth in the world of tech. Many notables were present for the duration of the event. 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Champion and Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, Golden State Warriors forward JaVale McGee (2017 NBA Champion) were present. Angela Benton, Founder & CEO of NewME Accelerator was on hand as well as many entrepreneurs and innovators engaged and connected with each other. Speaking at this event, Thomas spoke about his different business endeavors over the years and how each entity played a role in where he is at today in with his portfolio in the world of business. As with his own court career, Isiah was the first to do many things off the court, most notably the streaming of professional sports via the world wide web. A visionary, his grasp of how the internet and sports could work together for the advancement of both is evident in all sports with many games, leagues, and events being streamed online in 2018. Speaking from his experiences as not only a businessman but as a black man, Isiah showed how the combination of hard work, vision and faith can spearhead one to success, no matter where one may start. Similar to a stutter step, through the legs crossover whooing the crowd, Isiah wowed the audience when he brought eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lauryn Hill on the stage to speak. Hill spoke about not only technology and it’s place in the world, but she also passionately spoke about how everybody of this worlds holds a key to changing this world for the better. Having traveled the world numerous times, Hill was able to speak from a place of great insight as to how people can ultimately be the change needed to not only make the world a better place but to end many of the problems which plague many places, most specifically poverty and homelessness. The words of Hill touched the audience similar to the way her lyrics in any of her songs did but on a different level of intimacy. The sparkling energy from all of those gathered at The London Hotel was matched by the sparkling Cheurlin which was freely flowing throughout “Tech Hustle.”
Thomas’s engagement with all guests and participants throughout the entire weekend signified the one thing that comes to define his life; being a leader and getting all to see the ultimate goal. As a basketball player, Thomas won numerous awards and championships on each level through the remnants of hard work, determination and unmatched leadership. Always a businessman, Thomas has used the same attributes that enabled him to excel and become an NBA Legend to propel him to the top in the world of business. Possessing an extremely vast and diverse portfolio, this weekend allowed Isiah to not only be an inspiration to those that have known him but also to those that may not have known about the successful business ventures which he has created, founded or been a part of through his life. ESHE Magazine raises its glass of Cheurlin and toasts to an NBA All-Star weekend of excellence, education, and inspiration. #YouEarnedIt

Former NBA And International Basketball Star Darwin Cook Named California Pacific Coach Of The Year

By David Jordan Jr

Former NBA and international basketball star Darwin Cook was named the California Pacific Conference Coach Of The Year. This was Darwin’s first year as a head coach on the collegiate level, as he took the reigns of the men’s basketball program at the University of Antelope Valley in spring 2017.  Bringing a wealth of  knowledge and experience from a successful nine year NBA career, Cook looked forward to not only teaching the game, but also winning. Cook’s first season as head coach would see him win not only Coach of the Year, but he would also lead the university to it’s first men’s regular season conference basketball title. Cook was very proud of his team and honored to be voted as coach of the year. “I am very honored to be selected as Coach of the Year and very proud of my team for believing in what my Associate Head Coach Jordan Mast and I preached; to always believe and work hard.” The continuance of success was also seen in his players as he had five players named to different all conference teams and the California Pacific Conference Most Valuable Player, played under Coach Cook as well. The continued success of Coach Cook on the hardwood is a true testament to his commitment to the game of basketball. Congrats Coach Cook.

Dick Gregory | Thank You

By David Jordan Jr

As the year 2017 comes to a close, we at ESHE Magazine would like to pay homage to the late Dick Gregory. Dick Gregory passed away on August 17, 2017 but the words and ideals which he left the world remain forever. A legacy created by being a pioneer laid the blueprint for those seeking righteousness in all aspects of the world. Dick Gregory broke ground in the world of comedy essentially demanding equality for himself on the stages which he performed and the television shows which he appeared on.  The time period of the 1960s was a time where racial inequality, social injustices and poverty deeply affected the landscape of Black America. Gregory literally put his life on the line in many marches and protests across the south; marching on the front lines with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte to combat racism, Gregory was jailed counteless times.  In addition to fighting for racial equality, Gregory was an activist for peace during wars (Vietnam being the first) that took place during his life by not only speaking against these wars but also by going on hunger strikes in efforts to not only bring attention to these problems but to bring forth a resolution. Gregory has been side by side with many of the great black men of the last century; Muhammad Ali, Dr. King, Malcolm X and Bob Marley to name a select few.

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The one thing these men all had in common was the heart for fairness, the heart for justice. The words of wisdom given by Gregory and his infinite knowledge that he shared with the world is what will allow his legacy to live on forever. In the words of Mr. Gregory, “information is power” and the information is available for all who seek it. Thank you for your life, thank you for your contributions and most importantly thank you for your warrior spirit Mr. Gregory.

ESHE Magazine Editor In Chief David Jordan Jr & The Late Dick Gregory

Former UTM Skyhawk Tim Beattie To Be Inducted Into The Memphis Semipro Football Hall of Fame

By David Jordan Jr

Congratulations to Tim Beattie on his upcoming induction to the Memphis Semipro Football Hall of Fame. Beattie will be immortalized on December 23, 2017 in the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Beattie achieved a tremendous amount of success on the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football in the state of Tennessee: 
HIGH SCHOOL:
 Kingsbury High School (Memphis,TN) – 3-year  varsity lettermen
 1996 Best of the Preps
1996 All-District All-Region  All-State
Top 100 Players in Tennessee
District Champs 1994,1995
College:
University Of Tennessee at Martin (Martin, TN)
1998 Finished 4th in the Ohio Valley Conference in Scoring, 10 Touchdowns
1998 Set a team high for Touchdowns in a season(10)
1998 3rd All time to score multiple rushing Touchdowns in School History
1998 Selected to the UTM ALL-TIME ROSTER
Professional
2003 Memphis Panthers – 1252 yds 16 TDS
2004 Memphis Samurais – 1350 yds 11 TDS
2005 Murfreesboro Stingrays – 1790 yds 22 TDS lost in semi finals
2006 Memphis Blast – 1505 yds 12 TDS lost in semi finals 300 yds vs the Arkansas Rinos 5 TDS
2009- Memphis Semipro Football Hall Of Fame Honored me with the Showtime on the Gridiron Award
One quote from his Grandmother has deeply resonated with Beattie. “My grandmother always told me this quote growing up and it’s always stuck with me in every phase of life. “The race isn’t given to the swift nor to the strongest, but to the one who endures to the end. Ecclesiastes 9:11” In addition to playing football, Beattie has made a conscious effort to give back to the city of Memphis as an educator, mentor, coach and in his ministry of the word of GOD.

Amani Abdul | Chasing Peace: “Freeing Your Spirit and Releasing Your Soul”

By David Jordan Jr

“God is ALL. Energy is ALL.” – Amani Abdul  
Life’s experiences provide us all the opportunity to grow from and with them or to fold and be nonexistent. The purpose(s) for which a person lives and thinks he or she exists for may either be predetermined, self-identified or a mystery. Amani Abdul’s new book “Chasing Peace: Freeing Your Spirit And Releasing Your Soul” (2017) allows the reader a front row seat as to how her life evolution enabled her to not only find peace within herself but to also be a golden beam of inspiration for all people she has encountered and interacted with during her journey. Written in five parts, Abdul details how specific instances in her life guided and cultivated her into the woman which she is today. A Detroit, Michigan native, Abdul’s journey has taken her from the Motor City to various cities on the eastern coast of the United States of America, currently residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of the points of emphasis touched on throughout the book is how your internal structure as a human being has a tremendous effect on the outside structure and outward mechanisms of an individual. A tremendous faith in GOD, a continuous identification of positive and negative energies and a self-developed mindset to seek righteousness in all things are what drove Abdul’s pen in creating this book. Abdul details how the lives of other people which she encountered living in Detroit and Washington D.C. provided a blueprint for how and how not to go about certain things in life.
One of the most resonating parts of the book is “Part II: Recognizing The People In Your Life, Their Roles And Purpose Or Part In your Story.” The more we live, the more people we will encounter in life that will serve some type of purpose. The purpose is usually identified after a period of time or after that person is no longer a part of our lives. Abdul thoroughly details her personal encounters with different people and how each person played a unique role in her life journey. Writing a book based off of personal experiences (both good and bad) is not easy to convey to a reader in an effective, inspirational format, yet Abdul thrives off of engaging the reader’s mind with her factual experiences and gained wisdom. A great read, “Chasing Peace” flows like a greatly directed movie with multiple life gems on each page.

 

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CHUCK D PRESENTS THIS DAY IN RAP AND HIP-HOP HISTORY

Cultural Icon Chronicles Defining Moments In Hip-Hop,

Covering 40+ Years In New, Expansive 300-Page Book

Featuring Over 100 Portraits

 

New York, NY (October 6, 2017) – “Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History,”  one of the most comprehensive, chronological histories of rap and hip-hop ever written, will be available on October 10 at all major retailers, including Amazon.  Assembled by Chuck D, co-founder of Public Enemy and a respected, influential voice in the genre, the book includes pivotal moments from 1973 to the present alongside artistic portraits of people who have shaped the sound and the culture of hip-hop for over 40 years. This definitive history book takes readers from the Bronx to the billion dollar global phenomenon it is today.

 

The massive anthology opens with a house party on August 11, 1973 when DJ Kool Herc unleashed “the break” on his turntables.  By 1979, rap had become embraced by mainstream audiences as “Rapper’s Delight” sold over two million copies and went on to be the first hip-hop record on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart the following year.  “This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History” follows the art form through more than four decades, examining artists and moments that drove the messages and the music with exacting details that can only come from a musicologist who has witnessed it firsthand.

 

“If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop,” says Kendrick Lamar. “The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!.”  “Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again,” adds LL Cool J.

 

The entries in “This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History” are brought to life by over 100 portraits of the most influential figures in hip-hop, created by Shepard Fairey (who also contributed the book’s foreword), ASKEM, Amy Cinnamon, Andre LeRoy Davis, Holtom, Glen E. Friedman, A.J. Katz, Timothy McAuliffe (Gold Van), Scared of Monsters, Rinat Shingareev and Marco Ventura.

 

Chuck D is considered one of the most influential lyricists in contemporary music. Both as a solo artist and as the leader of the groundbreaking group Public Enemy (which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013), he helped pave the way for political, social, and culturally conscious hip-hop. Public Enemy’s albums remain among the most critically acclaimed works in the genre, including “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” and “Fear of a Black Planet.” Chuck is also a prominent figure on the speaking circuit lending his voice to issues and causes ranging from technology to race relations.  He is a founding member of the new supergroup Prophets of Rage, alongside members of Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill.  Prophets of Rage have played to almost 3 million people around the world in the last year, with their first full-length album released in September 2017.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Music / Genres & Styles / Rap & Hip Hop

On Sale: October 10 2017

Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Hardcover

Page Count: 352

ISBN-13: 9780316430982

The Journey Of Fulfillment: A Conversation With Stephon Marbury

By David Jordan Jr

Cover Photo Shot By Beto “Mooncricket” Lopez http://www.mooncricketfilms.com/ @Mooncricket

 

The journey of life is something that a person can either deny, try to change or embrace. Everybody’s journey is different but the final destination is what will ultimately define the person. Stephon Xavier Marbury has had the ultimate journey as not only a basketball player but as a person. Stephon, a Native of Coney Island, New York was born into his destiny. The “Next” in the line of basketball greatness in the Marbury family and the New York lineage of great point guards, Stephon climbed through the ranks of New York City basketball as a phenom at Abraham Lincoln High School (yes the same Lincoln with Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s 1998 film “He Got Game”) where he would win Mr. Basketball for the state of New York after his senior season and was named a McDonald’s All American (1995). Taking his talents to Georgia Tech in the fall of 1995, Stephon electrified the college basketball world as a freshman, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1996 NCAA Tournament and winning multiple individual awards including being named third team All American. For Stephon, the next step in his journey was the league, a.k.a. the NBA. A lottery pick in the illustrious 1996 NBA Draft Class (considered by many to be the greatest draft class of all time) Stephon embarked upon a thirteen year NBA career in which he would win All Rookie honors, All NBA honors, be named an NBA All Star and become an Olympian. As with any journey, ups and downs are present but with the appearance of downs, the only way to catapult is upward. Stephon began his international playing career in China in 2010 and has enjoyed the fruits of faith, patience and hard work as he has changed not only the basketball climate in China, but the entire culture. Spreading love and being love is what Stephon has done and China has reciprocated the love in many actions. A movie, a museum, a musical, a postage stamp, being named an ambassador and even a statue have all been given to China as a show of love for him as a not only a player, but a person. ESHE Magazine recently spoke with Stephon in Los Angeles during his preparation for his final season of professional basketball. Stephon discussed his life journey, his career, his newly released movie “My Other Home” and the relaunch of his Starbury Brand and the new partnership with Citi Trends.

David Jordan Jr: You’re entering your 20th season of professional basketball; talk about this journey from coming up in a basketball family as a little kid with dreams of playing basketball on the biggest stage and accomplishing your goals and achieving tremendous success at each level. In high school at Lincoln, collegiately at Georgia Tech, in the NBA, in the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) and on the Olympic level?

Stephon X. Marbury: It’s been an amazing journey. For me to come from a basketball family, three older brothers and a younger brother, I had an advantage that a lot of others kids didn’t have because of coming from a basketball family. I knew other things that other players didn’t know. This is how longevity and being able to play for so long has lasted. The physical part of the game goes but so far; the knowledge always continues to increase. Leaving going to play basketball in China, playing in the NBA, It’s all the ball, it’s the globe. Me being able to find success in China was a part of the journey; all I had to experience playing basketball in America. The NBA was my learning curve. I got an opportunity to go through so many different challenges before I won one championship that I never stopped going for what I wanted and that was to win a championship and seeking and searching to do that and the NBA was the best teacher, the greatest platform that any player can have the experience to learn and everything has been a learning process. A lot of people witnessed and watched and had their opinions and their views on what they feel, what you should do and what you shouldn’t do, how you should play and how you shouldn’t play but through my beliefs and my trust and beliefs in my ability as a basketball I got an opportunity to go through so many different challenges before I won one championship that I never stopped going for what I wanted and that was to win a championship and seeking and searching to do that and the NBA was the best teacher, the greatest platform that any player can have the experience to learn and everything has been a learning process. I stayed consistent in believing in what I knew I was and that was a CHAMPION. For me to look at all the different steps in high school, high school to college, college to NBA and the NBA to China, it’s all a journey.

David Jordan Jr: Besides having the amazing natural GOD given talent, I think being from New York and going to what my friends and I call Point Guard U, Georgia Tech University has had a tremendous effect on you being such a great point guard. Your older brothers Eric, Donnie, Jou Jou, younger brother Zack, Pearl Washington, Mark Jackson Kenny Anderson, great guards from New York before you and coach Bobby Cremins and the great guards he had at Georgia Tech before you, how did these factors influence your career?

Stephon X. Marbury: Growing up in New York and playing basketball in Coney Island, you always knew who was who. You knew the guards, you knew the nice players, but I never really thought about it. I always thought of me as being one of the guards coming from New York because all of the guards are different. I took a lot of all of their games and put that in my game. I did a lot of that, and being able to know the heritage of all of those guards it pushed you to be better and to really go for it. That was my motivation. I knew a lot of the guards from New York couldn’t jump. It was not really that many that could jump. I jump higher than all of them. It was already go for it. That was my motivation. I knew a lot of the guards from New York couldn’t jump. It was not really that many that could jump. I jump higher than all of them. It was already instilled and taught to me as a little kid to be a little guy that could fly. That separates you on the court from all of the other guards. That’s what separates Westbrook, he can dunk, he’s 6’5 though. I’m 6’1, A.I. is six-foot. It’s no science. I can’t dunk like the way I used to and have no desire to. I have so much respect for Derrick Rose because that guy, he messed his knees up bad playing and came right back. That takes an unbelievable type of will to come back from the injuries that he had. A lot of it is freak, accident, a lot of it is how he’s been training. But for myself when I see these type of guards and I know these guards exist, I look at it and say wow here we have these kids who are super talented, amazing abilities but they don’t play like how we played back then. We came in playing against players like Jordan and Oakley, real bruisers, real different players. The guys that can play, you know those guys right away; like Westbrook. I don’t agree when you say Lebron couldn’t play with the big boys; I’m a Kobe guy but Lebron can play with any generation.

David Jordan Jr: You’re a part of the 1996 Draft Class, which I consider to be the best draft class of all time. Coming into the NBA after your freshmen year of college, what was the most important piece of advice you got your rookie year that has helped you throughout your career and who was it from?

Stephon X. Marbury: I got so much advice from everybody. I was a sponge. I was just trying to be the best that I could be. Flip Saunders was the person that taught me the NBA game. You can make the NBA but not everybody can play the NBA game; they can play basketball but the playing the game is not as easy as people think. It’s not just getting on the court and playing. In order to score 20 points every night for 10 years straight, that takes a lot of work to do that, to play like that, to have that style.

David Jordan Jr: Consistency is so underrated. You have people that will get awestruck when one person has one big game but it’s really about being able to do it every night.

Stephon X. Marbury: If you’re not able to do it every night, you’re not doing anything. You knew when you watched NBA games back in the day, you knew who was going to come off the bench and play the same way every night. The nice players are the nice players. If you watched the game and saw the ball swing, you already knew whoever was taking that corner shot it was going in because they were wide open. Guys miss wide open shots and nobody is there. Why can’t he make that shot and he’s playing in the NBA making that much money? The truth is a lot of these kids don’t have the same attitude that we had. When we played we knew we were going to make money. You got some dudes that get the money and seem to quit working. They don’t even play consistent anymore. You don’t have a great year, sign a contract, comeback as healthy as an ox and you don’t play games? You can have a bad two, three games, but you can’t have a bad month! (Laughs) You ain’t shooting the ball good but by games 4 or 5 you should be making adjustments in the gym, shooting more, a lot of different things should have been happening to get your game on track. It’s a job, it’s a J.O.B. and it pays. You’re supposed to go hard no matter what. If you’re going to get on the court, even if you’re playing pickup you have to play hard. I see dudes not playing hard. I’d rather get beat than reach and everybody get penalized on defense. IF you get beat, you get beat. I see dudes not getting back on D’ but then want the ball when the ball is advanced.

David Jordan Jr: During your NBA career you had the opportunity to play for two of the most legendary teams in the league, the Boston Celtics and your hometown New York Knicks. When playing for the Celtics did you feel the Boston “Mystique” that everybody speaks of?

Stephon X. Marbury: INSTANTLY. When you walk in there and see all of those championships, the culture and pride is winning championships there and when they don’t win championships they are mad and gear up for another year. The authenticity of the Boston fans, who they are speaks volumes. From baseball, basketball, hockey it’s all of that inside the city. You get an opportunity to see that, feel that, hear it, embrace it. I told somebody the other day that Boston helped me win championships. That was the final piece of what I needed to win a championship. I was in such a bad place when in New York and when I went to Boston it was like, amazing. I got a chance to be on a team that had just won a championship and they believed that I had the ability to help them. That was one thing that helped me revitalize and get jumped started. I got to Boston, New York froze me out all the way until the deadline. I didn’t get my timing back until the playoffs and we lost to the Magic. That’s when I had finally got my legs back but by then we weren’t playing as well and Orlando was playing really good and went to the finals that year. We didn’t have enough but I felt myself coming on and when I was there having that experience and knowing what championship play felt like on the court and being in that arena, it propelled me in China like crazy.

David Jordan Jr: How did it feel to put on a Knicks jersey and play at the Garden? You played at The Garden in high school and also when you were at Georgia Tech but how did it feel to play at The Garden as a Knick?

Stephon X. Marbury: Nothing like it. When I first came to New York IT WAS ON. I TURNED NEW YORK OUT! But you gotta win in New York. You don’t win, it’s coming. I had different things that went on and made things worse, the ups and downs and losing, it was a lot. I learned a lot from New York. The experience of being in a situation where you don’t get the opportunity to play in your hometown. That was a blow. I didn’t want to leave New York, but they wanted to go in another direction which was fine.

David Jordan Jr: You began your international playing career in China in 2010. In seven years of playing and living in China, you’ve not only had success on the court, but you’ve had such a tremendous influence on the culture. GOD allows adversity into our lives, yet he blesses us with double and that is what he has done for you in China. From championships to individual awards, being on a postage stamp, being made an ambassador to Beijing and being immortalized with a statue in from of the Arena in which you won a championship, how has the success you’ve received playing in China coupled with the pure love you’ve received from the fans affected your life? Does it seem like a dream at times?

Stephon X. Marbury: It’s all GOD’s plan. It’s all his doing. I don’t have anything to do with it to be honest. When I look at all what has been done and I see it, it was a part of what was supposed to happen. I was supposed to go through everything I went through. A reporter asked me do I have any regrets and I said “No I Don’t.” What has been going on in my life has been amazing. What’s been going on in my life has been part of my journey, part of what’s going to happen and when I look at China, I look at China as this is what the Lord wanted everybody to see. This wasn’t what I planned. I didn’t plan that; being my China is not what I thought I would be doing. I ain’t have no clue of what was going on when it was going on. I was just riding the wave, I wasn’t getting up off of it. They tried to get me to come back play in the NBA after the first championship but I was like I’m GOOD. I’m going to stay here and keep trying to win some more championships because I like statues outside the arena and I know ain’t no statues going up in America, maybe in Coney Island but no statues going up outside no arena no matter how many championships you win. How it happened was even crazier. It was all a part of his doing. I don’t really take any credit for it. I Look at it how you look at it. I’m living and these things are happening. The type of things that go on, it’s amazing to be able to share that experience.

David Jordan Jr: Your Biopic “My Other Home” debuted this August. Before that, you starred in your own musical “I Am Marbury.” Talk about how it was to have a film created about your life and how was it recreating different moments of your life and seeing them on the big screen.

Stephon X. Marbury: That’s a good question. It was difficult doing the role because I couldn’t play myself; I was playing a character and that part was a little confusing to me because it is me, it’s about me but this is what you have to learn. After we finished shooting that movie we created a genre in China that nobody has ever done before. Doing it was crazy because I had to do a crying scene where I had to basically read my lines and speak and talk about my father dying and that part was the best part. People ask me what was the best part of the movie and I say that was the best part. That was the realest part period. To do it, to act it out, to be able to stay focused and staying in tune with the craft of acting, it was really difficult. I had to go into a dark place for two days to prepare for it and I shot the crying scene in one take.
Nobody knew that I could act. I knew I could do it. I didn’t think it would be hard to learn, but it’s harder than you think. The acting part is not the hard part, it’s remember the lines and those long ass monologues. Those monologues drive you crazy. I HAD A GREAT ACTING COACH, which was the number one ever doing that and being able to do that gave me great confidence. As time went on after I did the crying scene the movie went so smooth after that. People will see the movie in America.

David Jordan Jr: People are talking and asking when will the movie come to the states.

Stephon X. Marbury: It’s going to come. The best part about it is that is in Chinese and English so that both audiences are satisfied. English subtitles for the Chinese parts and Chinese subtitles for the English parts.

David Jordan Jr: I want to congratulate you on the relaunching of the Starbury Brand. In recent years so many people in sports and entertainment have begun launching their own brands, but you were the first having started Starbury in 2006. You did it with a pure motive of creating style, comfort and affordability for fans, sneakerheads and families. Talk about the beginnings and how you’ve been able to relaunch on an international level, something that many companies aspire to, yet you’re starting as a global product and how the new partnership with Citi Trends has all played a part into where the brand is now.

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Stephon X. Marbury: As you said it’s purely motivated on trying to allow people to have access. Access for all is our motto. That’s what we’re doing and what we’ve been trying to do, which has been very difficult and hard. A lot of people are asking us why are you in here or why this, why that and I’m like Trust me I want to be in Walmart, I want to be in Kohl’s, I want to be in all of the outlets. But trying to get in it was so trying and challenging but Citi Trends gave us a shot and allowed us to get back into the game. Citi Trends has 500 stores, Steve & Barry’s had 150 stores at the time so we tried to put ourselves in a position where we were able to just continue to allow people to buy something at an affordable price and being able to create stuff that looks good, feels good and stuff that people would feel good about buying. That’s numeral uno. That’s what it’s about. It’s simple. We just trying to keep building it. We have other products that are coming out. We’re going to start selling electronics. We’re able to create these items for people to buy at an affordable price and being that I live in China and have access to all of the factories it just makes sense. People will support you if you create an affordable product. We’re just trying to become a part of people’s lives. It’s like my mother says “It’s one thing when you want something Stephon, but it’s another thing when you need it. When you need it, It’s different. We want a lot of stuff but we need water, we need shoes, we need clothes to be on our backside to walk on the earth and we’re able to create something that they can buy an affordable price and they like it and it’s cool. It should be in these stores.

David Jordan Jr: How has social media and being able to interact with your fans all over the world played a major part in everything. You’re one of the few celebrities that always engages with people and I think that creates and fosters relationships with people because you make yourself accessible. How has social media influenced everything that you are continuing to do?

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Stephon X. Marbury: Social media has been my marketing. It’s so easy now. Not only is it easy but it’s so many platforms. The platforms give you that opportunity. You don’t have to 80 million people following. I mean it’s nice, but if you have the right people following you, 80 million people will get the message. Social media is a business. You can buy a million followers but the real organic fans are the people that push your message. I use social media for what it is; as a platform to engage, think, talk, share. It’s not about making a lot of people follow us. If somebody wants something that you’re selling, they’re going to go buy it. If it’s hot, they’re going to talk about it, they’re going to share it, it’s organic. You can’t beat it. Real is going to always pop out.

David Jordan Jr: With this being your last season of playing professional basketball what will be two things you miss the most about playing?

Stephon X. Marbury: The fans and winning. Being on the court playing and winning. For me they’re like “you got three championships why are you still playing?” I’m still able to do something that a lot of people can’t do at my age; I’M WINNING. I’m 40 years old and I’m still busting young dudes ass. Like killing them, like cannot check me nowhere on the court and I know it, and he know it. Why would I stop doing that if I can still do that. People ask me about the Big 3; I’m not opposed to playing in it. It’s going to the Olympics. For me I’m looking at it like I’m retiring from playing professionally but I did my thing 21 years last one of the draft class, ’96 THE BEST CLASS EVER. It’s an honor to play with some of the greatest player to play basketball. Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Steve Nash. Its’ like three dudes that got four MVPs in that group. It’s sick. Everybody had it all the way through. Everybody hooped. Peja Stojaković, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, Samaki Walker, John Wallace, Vitaly Potapenko, Lorenzen Wright, Derek Fisher.

David Jordan Jr: Word Association. Tell me the 1st thing that comes to your mind.

David Jordan Jr: Basketball

Stephon X. Marbury: LOVE

David Jordan Jr: GOD

Stephon X. Marbury: LOVE

David Jordan Jr: STARBURY

Stephon X. Marbury: LOVE

David Jordan Jr: Allen Iverson

Stephon X. Marbury: The best player under 6’0 EVER.

David Jordan Jr: China

Stephon X. Marbury: HOME

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