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A LEAGUE SHOW
An interview with: Simone Manuel
MIKE TOLBERT AND NFL FANS ON MISCONCEPTIONS OF ANTHEM PROTESTS
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: A story of excitement and Displacement
EIGHT INTERESTING THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT JORDAN PEELE AND HIS NEW FILM, GET OUT
Get Out brings Jordan Peele’s career to a new dimension. Making headlines earlier this week for receiving a rare 100 percent rating on the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes, the 38-year-old writer and director’s transition from television comedy skits on “MAD TV” and “Key & Peele” to this horror film was a 14-year journey that has come full circle.
“It reached my inner blackness,” Morehouse College freshman Anthony Felder said of the film after watching the student screening last night. “From the beginning of movie, I connected with it the entire way.”
The plot follows a young Black man who’s going to visit his White girlfriend’s family for the first time. The film will be released nationwide on Feb. 24.
To read this full story, you can visit Rolling Out Magazine's website by clicking on this link.
Kennedy embraces Panthers after "being overlooked" at Clemson
Georgia State men’s tennis senior Zack Kennedy had an eventful last 365 days. Kennedy led the Panthers to a No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in the spring 2016 season. In June 2016, he made his professional debut at the ATP Tournament at Atlantic Station, pairing with Georgia Tech junior Chris Eubanks and the duo won their first match, making headlines around the city after the upset victory. Kennedy returned for his last season with the Panthers and the team opened its spring season with an upset victory at Florida State. As the team’s new No. 1 singles player, Kennedy spoke to The Signal about finishing his college career as a Panther after transferring from Clemson his sophomore season.
The Signal: Last summer, at the ATP Tournament, how was that experience with (Georgia Tech men’s tennis junior) Chris Eubanks?
Kennedy: The experience was great. I got my first ATP debut with Chris and it was a wonderful experience. We got our first win and it was a great feeling. Putting in the work in college and as a kid, finally getting that opportunity to compete professionally. One day, hopefully I can make a living in it. It was just a great start to everything.
The Signal: You guys were the talk of the city for day or two, after that upset win (over accomplished Brazilian Thiago Monteiro and Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka), right?
Kennedy: Yeah, it was crazy. I mean to have little kids wanting to sign autographs and stuff, it was really surreal, it was almost like a dream come true for me, you know what I mean? Ever since I was young, it was always, that’s what I was always destined to do, that’s what my parents wanted me to do, that’s kind of what I had a passion for and what I fell in love with. So it was great to have that accomplishment.
The Signal: How long have you known Chris?
Kennedy: I’ve known Chris since we were eight and nine years old. I remember playing Chris in tournament in 10 and under’s at South Fulton Tennis Center, just outside of Atlanta, on the southwest side of town. We grew up in College Park, East Point together and we went to high school together at Westlake. So, I’ve pretty much been through every level with Chris and he’s been through it with me, so it’s been great.
The Signal: What do you want people to remember about Zack Kennedy?
Kennedy: I guess the hustle mentality. Being gritty, just not giving anybody anything. I think that’s really what our team brings to the table. If you’re gonna beat us, you’re gonna have to beat us. It’s not going to be given to you. It’s going to be the toughest match you’ve played. That’s what I like about the team and that’s what all of us have kind of created in the locker room and around everybody is that no matter what, we’re going to work as hard as we possibly can for every point.
The Signal: What’s your favorite song right now?
Kennedy: I’ve been listening to “Blood on the Money” by Future. I listen to a lot of Future. I’ve been listening to the new Cole album. That’s just good music. I’m not into 21 Savage and all of those guys. I like more content, but there’s a time and place for that kind of music.
The Signal: Growing up, was it difficult playing an individual sport, where you usually have to put a little more time in versus a basketball or something, to be great?
Kennedy: Really the thing that I struggled most with was the recognition. Growing up, nobody really looked at high school tennis or USTA matches that I played growing up and I always struggled with the recognition part, because you work so hard and you don’t get any glory. Now, to finally see it pay off to where me and Chris are the storyline of the city, that’s where the happiness comes from. That’s where it’s like, “Okay, we’re getting recognized now. All that work I put in wasn’t for nothing.”
The Signal: Who does Zack Kennedy play for?
Kennedy: I play for Zack Kennedy. Tennis makes me happy, when I’m out there on the court, it’s pure happiness. I don’t worry about anybody else. I play for me.
The Signal: And what does Zack Kennedy represent?
Kennedy: I’d say I represent Atlanta. The kids that look up to me at the tennis center that my dad works at, because there’s a lot of kids that look up to me and idolize me. I think it’s important for me to always be on my game and show those kids that, hey. You don’t have to play basketball or you don’t...you know as a black kid you’re taught to play basketball or football, but there’s another way out. There are other ways to get scholarships. Not even like tennis, not even sports, you know what I’m saying...education wise. I think that that’s important to stress to kids, that there are many ways out. You don’t have to be a football player or a basketball player, or a rapper. Those chances are really slim and it’s really important for them to understand to get your education first. That’s I’m doing. I’ve had many opportunities to turn pro, but my parents have stressed that since I was young, that I would get my education, because if I would twist my ankle tomorrow, this is all over.
The Signal: Did you ever struggle with that, growing up, being from Southwest Atlanta and being one of the few black kids really known for playing tennis?
Kennedy: I didn’t really struggle because I had good parents. My mom and my dad were always there to talk to me. The main thing I struggled in was high school. Like not being accepted, being kind of the loser and it was tough at times, but my dad never really gave me the option of quitting. I wanted to play high school basketball and my dad told me, “No, you’re not playing.” Now that I look back on that, it’s like that’s the best decision that he could’ve made and I thank him everyday for it.
You can read the full interview here: http://georgiastatesignal.com/15706-2/
Letting go of paul
By: Rashad Milligan
It's not you, it's us.
Whether it was your game-winning free throw in Denver before the new calendar year or when you carried the city on your back to finally defeat San Antonio to begin the new calendar year- we've hit a wall.
Jeff told us, the media told us and eventually the entire league told us: It's time to move on.
Don't even sweat it, you'll bounce back on your feet sooner than later. You're one of the best at your position in the league. Three-time All-Star, 18 points, 8 rebounds and a block a game. Never getting in trouble away from the workplace, showing love to the fans with respect and grace. We go great together, but now we think we can do better.
Just like Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and those that came before, we still got love for you for getting us to this point, but don't hit yourself on your way out the door.
Now that we've explained ourselves politely, let's be honest. The Atlanta Hawks aren't going to turn it around this season. What we've seen from them is what we'll get. An impressive string of wins, followed by consecutive upsetting losses. The team has talent and they're good, no doubt, but they're not THAT good and we've been playing ourselves since the franchise has moved to Atlanta in 1968.
Atlanta Hawks management remains terrified of change. The Steve Koonin-era of the team wants to really make the franchise a popular and cool one. Making a move that will bring the team back down to lottery status certainly hinders this marketing vision.
Gucci Mane night just wasn't as fun as it could've been during a 30-plus point loss to the Pelicans. When blowouts become the norm in a rebuilding situation, T.I. Hawks Night doesn't sound as profitable as it once did, we understand that Mr. Koonin.
However, as the roster's most valuable piece, Paul Millsap needs to be traded as soon as possible. He needs to be traded as soon as possible because the Hawks are two years over the average age of all NBA teams. Millsap needs to be traded as soon as possible because over the last 10 games he's been averaging close to 20 points a night and that's probably as good as it gets from him. Millsap needs to be traded as soon as possible because Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zach LaVine, and Joel Embiid are growing into their full potential while Taurean Prince and Deandre Bembry are exchanging trips to the D-League.
Whether you get draft picks, cash or more expiring contracts for the rest of the season, you have to attempt to get SOMETHING out of a player like Paul Millsap, before I have to write this same column about another Hawk next January.
Freshman Okogie leads Jackets to upset win over No. 9 North Carolina
By: Rashad Milligan
Georgia Tech men's basketball head coach Josh Pastner experienced a lot of firsts in 2016- and he ended the calendar year with his first conference game won with the Yellow Jackets.
"If you saw our team in our first practice in April, I don't know if we would've won two or three games the whole year. Forget ACC, I don't if we would've won two or three games the entire season," Coach Pastner said before cracking a smile. "So I feel great, but I also know there's a lot of games left."
Pastner's Yellow Jackets defeated Roy Willams' No. 9 UNC Tar Heels 75-63. It was the Yellow Jackets first conference-opening win since the 2005-06 season against Virginia.
"I think this speaks to the weakness of North Carolina right now," Coach Williams said after the loss. "Today Georgia Tech was much more aggressive, had more enthusiasm and as the game went along, we kept giving them more confidence.
The two squads were evenly matched for most of the afternoon in Midtown Atlanta, trading basket-for-basket in the grinder. Despite the fact that the Tar Hells shot 33.3 percent from the field and both teams shot a combined 10 percent from three-point range in the first half, the game wasn't ugly. The margin of the matchup never exceeded five points, until 7:25 minutes were left in the second half. Senior Josh Heath sunk an enormous three-pointer as the shot clock expired to swing the momentum on the Yellow Jacket's side for the rest of the game.
"The clock was going down and I didn't really have another option," Heath said of the shot. Freshman Josh Okogie had a different perspective on the momentum swinger, however.
"I seen it coming," Okogie said.
Okogie finished with 26 points, 5 rebounds, and three assists on the day. Heath was the second-leading scorer for Georgia Tech with 15 points and junior center Ben Lammers collected a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Kennedy Meeks contributed 7 points and 14 rebounds for the Tar Heels in the effort.
The fans in attendance appeared to heavily favor the Tar Heels, as Carolina Sky Blue filled the majority of seats in the McCamish Pavilion. The closer the Yellow Jackets were from a victory, the louder the home crowd became.
"For me, it was just crazy. I don't even know who the crowd was cheering for, [I don't know] if the cheers were for us or North Carolina," Okogie said after the win. "They had a lot of fans in there, we had a lot of fans too. It definitely did get our spirits up, because after a play everyone's yelling and it made us alert."
Georgia Tech will now face the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils on Jan. 4 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke is coming off of a loss on the road against Virginia Tech.