Weekend Recap Volume 24: The First African American Scripps Spelling Bee Champion, The First Billion
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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.
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14-year-old spelling bee champ
The first billionaire goes to space
The NBA Finals
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 rum.gold. 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.
The NBA playoffs are different this year.
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 pic.twitter.com/b2FYpI12kP — UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) May 29, 2021
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 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.
This year the 2021 ESPYs were hosted by Marvel actor Anthony Mackie at Pier 17 in New York City. From MLB to tennis to soccer to the NFL and NBA, athletes from nearly every professional sport stepped out Saturday night for the ESPYS.
This was the first public appearance for LSU track star Sha’Carri Richardson, who first captivated the hearts of millions with her tenacity and confidence, before quickly coming under harsh scrutiny for failing a drug test that ultimately disqualified her from the Olympics.
Despite the backlash, Richardson still has the support of many public figures, athletes and fans, especially after her passionately honest interview on the Today show. During the TODAY show exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie, Richardson took full responsibility for her actions explaining that she used cannabis to cope with the death of her biological mother. Many have applauded not only her honesty but also the bravery and courage it must’ve taken to speak her truth in front of the world.
Athlete’s mental health
Sha’Carri Richardson reignited a conversation about athletes’ mental health, one that was started by tennis player Naomi Osaka when she withdrew from Wimbledon to focus on her mental health.
I am human — Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 1, 2021
Fans sometimes dismiss the pressure and challenges athletes endure which ultimately affects their mental health, because of the millions they make in salary. When in actuality, athletes are still human. Just like you, they have feelings and emotions, but most importantly a necessity to take care of their mental health.
Naomi Osaska reminded us “it’s okay to not be okay” while accepting the ‘Best Athlete for Women’s sports’ award at the ESPY’s.
Maya Moore, Stephen Curry, and LaMelo Ball among others took home awards for their achievements.
Stephen Curry – Best NBA Player
Naomi Osaka – Best Athlete Women’s sports
LaMelo ball – best breakthrough athlete
The highlight of the night was Maya Moore’s powerful speech after accepting Arthur Ashe’s Courage Award.
Who is Arthur Ashe?
Arthur Ashe made history as the only Black man to win at Wimbledon, the U.S Open, and the Australian Open.
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14-year-old spelling bee champ
You’ve heard the name by now. 14-year-old Zaila Avant made history as the first African American to win the Scripps spelling bee, earning her a cash prize of $50,000.
The winning word was “murraya.”
Definition: a group or collection of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees.
Zaila’s accomplishments don’t end with being Scripps spelling bee champion, she also holds three Guinness World Records for her basketball skills.
The first billionaire goes to space
Have you heard?
The billionaires and CEO’s of the world like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have been racing to be the first to get to space.
Virgin Galactic’s founder Sir Richard Branson made history Sunday as the first billionaire to reach space using his own spaceship. Virgin’s SpaceshipTwo successfully launched into space with six crew members on board. Branson’s successful mission comes less than a month after Amazon’s former CEO Jeff Bezos announced his intentions to reach space.
It won’t be long before “regular” people are able to take trips into space.
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