Weekend Recap Volume 24: The First African American Scripps Spelling Bee Champion, The First Billion

Weekend Recaps are back. Every Monday HeavieTalk Blog will publish a new Weekend Recap Volume to discuss the big headlines and catch you up on the news that you may have missed.

As a journalist and avid news reader, I sometimes have a difficult times keeping up with news, especially during an action packed weekend. I created Weekend Recaps to not only inform my audience, but also to stay informed myself.

A simple and easy way to be apart of the “solution” is educating yourself on what’s going on around you. Heaven “Heavie Charniece, the creator of HeavieTalk

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Weekend news

  1. ESPY’s

  2. 14-year-old spelling bee champ

  3. The first billionaire goes to space

  4. The NBA Finals

  5. New music Friday

With the exception of a billionaire going to space and the history-making crowning of the new 2021 Scripps spelling bee champion, news this weekend was mostly sports related. Between MLB, the NBA Finals, and the Tokyo Olympics which included a basketball scrimmage between Team USA and Team Nigeria, sports lovers had an action packed weekend.


New Music Friday

Music lovers like me look forward to “new music Fridays” every week. Friday is traditionally the day that new music drops. This Friday was nothing different with new music dropping from Snoh Aalegra, Vince Staples and others. Tyler the Creator, Polo G, Justine Skye, and Willow also dropped new music recently.

The timeline has been buzzing about the new Tyler the Creator album, “Call Me If You Get Lost.”

Chicago native Polo G dropped his third album “Hall of Fame” on June 11th. With features from Lil Durk, Lil Wayne, Rod Wave and Gherbo among others, Hall of Fame sold 143,000 units in the first week according to Billboard.

Gherbo, another Chicago native, also dropped a new album on July 2nd called ” 25.”


Black R&B artists have had the music industry on lock the past few months with hit albums from legends like Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Snoh Aalegra, and H.E.R.

Snoh Aalegra fianlly dropped her long awaited album “Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies” on Friday.

H.E.R recently released her ‘debut’ album “Back of My Mind” with her hit single ‘Come Through’ feat. Chris Brown. Damage is my favorite song from that album.

Rising R&B singer Justine Skye released a new project “Space and Time.” .

My artist discovery of the week is The Brooklyn singer and songwriter’s newly released project is titled “Thicker Than Water”, a rough jazzy melody. Niagara Falls, Human and Fix Me are many favorite songs on the project.

The NBA Finals

The NBA finals are upon us.

Eastern Conference: Milwaukee Bucks


Western Conference: the Phoenix Suns.

The Milwaukee Bucks were looking like they were headed towards “sweep city” but last night they finally got a win, making the series 2-1.

The young Phoenix Suns lead by veteran Chris Paul have shocked everyone. All series the Bucks have been struggling to contain Phoenix’s young stars Devin Booker, Cam Johnson, and Deandre Ayton, especially with an injury ridden Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals

After losing the first two games by considerable leads, the Bucks finally bounced back in Game 3 dominating the Suns 120 -100. Despite their Game 3 win, the Suns are still projected to win the series. Chris Paul may finally be on the verge of his first NBA championship.

NBA playoffs

The NBA playoffs are different this year.

No bubble.

Unlike last year, the playoffs are back with athletes and fans at the arena, completely changing the game. Many athletes have since expressed the mental and physical affects of the bubble season.

Sorry, Orlando… it’s nothing personal 👑🤣 #TheShopHBO — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) May 29, 2021

No Lebron?

The 2020-2021 NBA bubble champions Los Angeles Lakers took an early first round exit against the Phoenix Subs. This was Lebron’s earliest career playoff exit. With no Lebron James, many fans wondered how the playoffs would be.

Looks like the young Suns are giving fans all the entertainment needed.

The ESPY’s

The athletes award show, also known as the The ESPYs, took place on Saturday. Standing for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, the ESPYs first broadcasted on ESPN in 1973 to recognize and highlight the achievements and accolades of athletes across the sports world.