The origin of the high-five

Watch the 30 For 30 Short: “The High-Five” here

A new ESPN 30 For 30 Short debuted today and it was too good not to shed some light on it here. As the headline suggests, “The High Five” uncovers the uncommonly known story of how the simplest, most awesome celebration came about. The 1977 Dodgers invented the high-five as rookie Glenn Burke excitedly put his hand up to Dusty Baker after he hit his 30th home run of the season and… well, I’ll let Dusty describe it.

Interestingly enough, the documentary took an unexpected turn to this young baseball fan who was unaware of this story. Via Grantland:

From there, our short follows Burke’s story as he became a victim of bigotry and then a local hero for social change.

The short takes a serious turn and examines how different society was in the 70s. I’m glad to see the positives come out of it and I couldn’t help but feel for Burke, especially with how homosexual athletes don’t deal with the same bigotry as back then. Importantly as well, the doc does a great job highlighting the universal language a “high-five” has become and it’s amazing to see Burke’s invention unifying people today and for generations to come.

Watch the 30 For 30 Short: “The High-Five” here

So many great GIFs… and the best way to sum up LeBron’s return to Cleveland.

 

30 For 30 Short: Mecca

The ESPN acclaimed 30 For 30 series released yet another superb documentary this week – this one a 30 For 30 Short: “Mecca: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous”.

One of the world’s most renowned pop artists, Robert Indiana, was commissioned for an outside-the-box project for both him and the NBA: the floor at Milwaukee’s old Mecca Arena, home to the flourishing Milwaukee Bucks and the collegiate Marquette Warriors. The doc discovers the idea behind reaching out to Indiana (you know his famous ‘LOVE’ sculpture), the unveiling of the masterful floor (the giant M’s and Milwaukee font/spacing are my highlights), and what happened to the floor after the move to the current day Bradley Center. It was an interesting story to follow in the 30 For 30 and I marvel at the marketing and local impact the floor had for Milwaukee. It definitely raises the thought of why court design hasn’t been put in the hands of more renowned artists around the world today (though recent NBA court designs like the Timberwolves or Suns have been well-done).

Watch and learn the legend of the Mecca here.

Kanye talks Dilla, production

Producers, this video will motivate you to get in the studio.

Kanye West reflects on J Dilla and talks some detail on production as part of this newly released, unreleased B-side footage of the new Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. ‘Ye’s part of the interview starts at the 21:40 mark and goes to 24 even, where he also throws in the nice tidbit of wanting Madlib beats for the next projects.

It’s amazing: How could we lose Biggie, Pac, Dilla, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson? It almost feels like the devil’s winning. We gotta make music and we think, ‘If Dilla was alive, would he like this?’ I have to work on behalf of Dilla. When I put a weird-ass Jamaican sample, it works at first but it’s not until I put the [makes discordant musical noise] that it sounds like art or sounds slightly wrong. And now it’ll go to the radio now that it’s wrong, motherfucker. Now play this. Play this five-minute song that completely fucks up your programming. Play this. It’s best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never fuckin’…never sell out.

Saint Millie “Road to Glory: The Documentary” [Complete Series]

A few days ago RedEye Chicago and Chicago emcee Saint Millie released  Road To Glory: The Documentary that follows the Chicago rapper in a journey which highlights many of the struggles that upcoming artists face such as booking shows, making a name for themselves and the struggle of being one of thousands of artists all fighting for an opportunity to land a deal. This five part series could’ve not happened to to any other artists as Saint Millie has always carried himself as a caring, dedicated, and humble person. Saint Millie’s “Road To Glory” is a road less traveled, a journey with many difficulties that he acknowledges, but a road and journey which he believes is worth traveling for the rewards it has given him.

Few words from RedEye Chicago:

The Chicago music scene is crowded. It’s gritty. It’s completely unforgiving. But one rap artist from the westside of the city refuses to give up. When he’s gutpunched, he pops back up. Time and time again. Introducing Saint Millie, a 22-year-old Oak Park musician who believes he is living his “road to glory.” Watch the young artist on his journey to get paid for what he loves to do, jumping hurdles to get close to that reality. Overcoming small, quiet crowds is just the beginning. But Saint Millie is ready for whatever is thrown at him. He continues to be “the good in the situation.

Monday April 28th Saint Millie and RedEye Chicago will be screening the documentary series as well as provide performances at Schubas for FREE. Make sure you attend this event that will only happen ONCE IN A LIFETIME! [Info Below]

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‪”Meet Saint Millie” (Episode 1)‬

‪”An Austin Opportunity” (Episode 2 ‬)

‪”Overwhelmed” (Episode 3)‬

The Stage”  (Episode 4)‬

‪”The Street” (Episode 5)‬

 

Quick S/O to the homie, Saint Millie for the autograph!

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‘Iverson’ [Documentary Trailer]

You know I’m a fan of NBA documentaries, most recently the Bad Boys 30 For 30, and now I have another one I want to see: Iverson. This film documents the life of the recently retired future hall-of-famer and the gripping one-minute trailer can now be seen above. NYC readers, the film premieres this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

And because… why not? One more reason why A.I. is amazing…

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