Seriously there are only a few artists that I love supporting no matter what. Dawn Richard is one of those artists. Since the first day I saw her on MTV’s Making The Band, I knew there was something “different” about her. No not how she looked, her shyness, or even her sound, to me it was her spirit. One that was guarded, yet desired honesty and truth. One that one to have an opportunity to express her gift in a way that can touch lives on another level. Well we got to witness a small inkling of that while she was with Danity Kane (sucka for love, ride 4 u, etc) but now she’s about to bring us the complete package that is Dawn Richard, in her upcoming album: GoldenHearts. The first single, SMFU (Saving Myself From U), is now available on Itunes, and she recently released the video for the song. One word to describe the visual to the words written: POWERFUL. Hearts (what she calls her fans) enjoy this stage of Dawn as she shares a part of herself with you. It’s something to be said about a woman who understands who God is, what Faith means, and how to incorporate them both into her life knowing that without either she would have given up a long time ago. Enjoy! VOTE FOR #SMFU on 106 & PARK! TEXT “DAW” to 79922 or click here: http://tinyurl.com/4hg5ofr
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Lady Gamecock fans…tonight I went to see Kelsey Bone play at Clemson University, and I was not disappointed. The freshman phenom is worth all the hype…oh wait…Kelsey has no hype…it’s all about Griner, and Diggins…wow people just don’t get it. Kelsey finished the game with 32pts/14rbs and it was only on maybe 4 of those shots that she had to really work hard. I saw up close and personal the jump hook, and the drop step, yea both were sweet. Yet let me tell you guys what impressed me the most about the Freshman, when they tied the game up to send it to the first overtime (oh yea the game went into double overtime), the team was up by two, and allowed Clemson to score. The players on the court came to the bench with their heads down, looking like they had just lost…and Kelsey screamed out umm I will paraphrase…lol “F that…we never been here before..c’mon let’s go!” That right there lady gamecock fans is the HOPE I spoke about in my last blog.
So where is the love for Kelsey Bone? During Espn2 telecast of the Uconn vs Texas game, the announcers were talking about the “freshman to look out for” and can you believe that they did not even mention Kelsey? My goodness the #2 player in the country…(wrong rating…they will see) and you don’t even mention her name? I’m just beside myself. Is it because she is at the University of South Carolina? No I know what it is…the commentators did not do their research. However you want to put it, they failed to acknowledge her…and now she is ready to give them no choice but to say “IT’S KELSEY BONE…YOU KNOW HER NAME, AND YOU KNOW HER WORTH” yeah you DOUBTED HER…NOW WATCH HER WORK!
South Carolina come on and Raise Up, take your shirt off and twist it round hand spin it like a helicopter!!!( all in that Petey Pablo voice)…lol! I must say this first, Dawn Staley has come and revitalized women basketball in this state. No let me take that back, she has awaken a state to the fact that they have a women basketball team! Except for the few die hard fans, there has been no expectations for this team…and now, Dawn has me wanting to come and support my home team in any way I can, (without ever mixing my loyalty to my LadyVols though)…lol!
Keeping it real, when I first began to watch women basketball in 1994, I watched a few games by the Tarheels, and the Lady Vols, and because of Pat Summit’s style I decided I would become a Lady Vol-never taking a look at my hometown team. Now things are changing down in Columbia, SC. The athletic department decided to invest in the program and now, enter in stage left (she from Texas) 6’5 Kelsey Bone!
While I sat and watched the McDonald’s All American game, the announcer said, the #2 player in the nation Kelsey Bone will announce where she intends to spend the next four years. I knew that South Carolina was in the running, but I really wasn’t “expecting” much! (See what I mean about expectations..smh)…Kelsey is standing there with the mom and brother, and out of her mouth comes: paraphasing- I will be spending the next four years at….THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA…it might as well had been Candace Parker recruiting day all over again, the way I was shouting all over my house. Until I realized: uuh ohhh she in the SEC..where my LadyVols are…oh boy.
So know that I will be in Columbia as often as I can for home games. I been joking with the freshman phenom about trying to get seats right behind the bench…cause if I see her slacking in any way…I’m going to let her have it!lol. All in good fun of course, and only when the Lady Vols are not in town, because she want need anymore motivation…cause seeing that orange is enough for any opponent. I was unable to find any video footage that truly will allow people to see her game, but remember she only considered the #2 player in the country, because Britney Griner is a freak of nature on the court. Standing at 6’8, dunking like the guys with ease, and literally looking down at the competition. Not to take anything away from Griner, but overall we will see the full measure of what a #1 player in the nation will do for a team that at one time had no hope! My #1 player is Kelsey Bone…especially once I found out she love the Lakers…oh yea we friends…lol.
Now let’s get into what this young lady is going to bring to SC…definitely the “sugar”…cause that jump hook is sweet! It’s virtually unblockable when she pins you in the post! Then the girl got a drop step that make you look like your knees just locked up on ya, cause yep, that fast she at the rim…! On top of that she built to “bully” players in the lane, carve out space for her guards to penetrate (thank goodness Dickerson is gone)…lol. Yet she is surrounded by Marah Strickland, Ieasa Walker, and Lakisha Sutton…SEC please do not sleep on the Lady Gamecocks this year. This is the start of something big…HOPE, and it’s name is Kelsey Bone!
So South Carolina stand up…and take a bow…because you are officially on the NCAAW radar…oh yea Kelsey they looking…she ready!