What You Didn’t Know about Carmelo Anthony


Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York to an African American mother, Mary and Puerto Rican father who he is named after. He is the youngest of four and before his third birthday his father passed away , leaving Mary a struggling single mother.

While his mother worked as a housekeeper, his much older siblings helped to raise him as they lived in the projects of Red Hook. To pass the time, Anthony would watch hours of March Madness and NBA Playoff games.

After the passing of his father, his life would go on to change more once his siblings went on their own paths and left home. This time around, Mary had to take care of Anthony on her own and she moved her son to Baltimore when he was eight. What she didn’t know was that the area called the “The Pharmacy,” was plagued by drugs, prostitution and crime.

To keep her son away from trouble she threatened to keep him off the basketball court if he didn’t behave. This incentive would later help him in his high school, college and NBA career as a basketball player. By 1999, the high school sophomore from Towson Catholic High School was becoming one of the best ball players in the Baltimore area.

Although he was 6’5″, Anthony and his mother knew he wasn’t ready for the big leagues of basketball yet.  To keep from slipping with grades in school, Anthony later attended the strict Oak Hill Academy, and worked out more so that he would go from a skinny high school basketball player to become a possible division one college prospect. By the time he graduated he went to Syracuse University where he shined by helping the team out of a slump to become a winning streak that led to the Big East Tournament semifinals.



From this point, the freshman and his teammates knew he had what it would take to join the NBA. He left college, with his coach’s support, and he became part of the top three picks in the NBA for 2003. He was selected by the much beleaguered Denver Nuggets. Once again, this time he went even further than his college team and brought the Nuggets to the playoffs, and later that year helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the Olympics.

More change would come in Anthony’s life. His behavior on and off the court started leading to his reputation as being “thug like,” and he knew that he quickly had to change his ways.

In 2008, the U.S. Olympic team would win a gold medal at the Beijing games redeeming themselves from the previous Olympics. When it came to playing in the U.S., the Nuggets went through turnover after turnover with coaches. After eight years with the Nuggets, Anthony was traded for the Knicks.

If there was anyone to help mellow Anthony out during that transition to the Knicks, it was Alani “La La” Vasquez, his girlfriend since 2004. In 2007, the couple welcomed their only child, son Kiyan and by 2010 the couple had married shortly before the trade announcement. In 2011, the Knicks made it to the playoffs and Anthony tied his postseason personal high of 42 points. Now, Anthony is playing for the team that he grew up watching during his childhood.


More Carmelo Fun Facts…

He owns a Soccer Team in Puerto Rico
♠He holds the record for the most points ever scored in the Madison Square Garden by any player in history. This game was in 2014 and he managed to get a whopping 62 points!

♣Carmelo and his Puerto Rican dad share the same first name. His dad also sadly passed away when Melo was only 2 years old, and the passing was due to cancer

♥He was cut from his high school team as a freshman.

♦He bought a pet camel.

♣He’s afraid of cats.

♠He listens to Willie Colon every day.

♥His father, Carmelo Iriarte, was a member of the Young Lords.

♦He won the Big East Rookie of the Year Award 10 times surpassing Allen Iverson even though he was in college for one

♠He became the sixth youngest and the 40th player to score 20,000 points in his career this year

♦He was on the cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine




Credit to Golden Boy Promotions

Credit to Golden Boy Promotions

What Marlen Esparza tried to accomplish in two Olympics was acquired with the stroke of a pen. Esparza struck gold yesterday with the announcement that Golden Boy Promotions signed their first woman boxer.

Esparza has been the first in a lot of ways since she started donning the gloves of the sweet science. She was the first American woman to appear and win a boxing medal in the Olympics. She was the first woman boxer to gain an endorsement deal with CoverGirl cosmetics among many others. Now she is the first to ply her trade in the professional ranks for Oscar de la Hoya’s promotion.

“I recently told my fans that I was going pro, and I am happy to announce that it will be the world’s best promotional company-Golden Boy Promotions,” Esparza excitedly proclaimed.

Marlen understands why she stands at the front of the line ahead of other female boxers who are equal in talent but lack the personality to tickle the fancy of mainstream America. But she knows this is both an opportunity and a commitment. Oscar de la Hoya knows personally how talent draws money when you can present it in an attractive package.

“Before she ever steps into the ring as a professional, Marlen Esparza has already established herself as a rising star,” Oscar de la Hoya pointed out.

Esparza, 27, will be looking to reach the pinnacle once more and knows that her signing is a promise to perform. She is the face of the women’s division for Golden Boy Boxing and she will either take the promotion to new and more diverse heights or fall mightily in the attempt.There is no middle ground in the professional game.

“I am excited to get back into the ring as soon as possible and start climbing the ladder towards winning a professional world title,” Esparza explained.

Marlen signed a multi-year deal which does offer her the necessary time to prepare properly and not rush her moves. “We pride ourselves on developing fighters and transforming them into the best of the best,” De la Hoya said. That’s what Marlen has been aiming for the start. She has been number one in every area until the Olympics. Now she embarks on a new journey.

“This is something I feel I deserve. I am so ready for this. I’m not scared, I’m ready,” Esparza revealed.

Now she looks to erase that memory and replace it on her mantle with a professional championship belt. That would finally complete the attire that is worn by Marlen Esparza.

Laurie Hernandez, Young NJ Latina, Aims for Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Image: zimbio.com

Image: zimbio.com

The first US-born Latina heading to the Summer Olympics since 1984 is Laurie Hernandez, from Old Bridge, NJ — not to mentioned one of the youngest has she recently turned 16, as reported by NBC.

So proud of everyone who competed I can finally say I’m representing USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. –Laurie Hernandez via Twitter (@lzhernandez02)

She tweeted her excitement as well as a big congratulations to her teammates. Hernandez is known for her vibrant routines and has been nicknamed the “human emoji” by International Gymnast Magazine and “baby Shakira” by the gymnastics podcast Gymastic. She went undefeated in four competitions she participated in, two international and two domestic, in 2015. She also won all-around gold as well as a silver and a bronze in the national champions. Will her skills bring home the gold in Women’s Gymnastics for the US? Watch her routines here at the Olympic Gymnastics Trials and you be the judge!



The 2016 Olympic Trials for Women’s Boxing will be taking place in Memphis, Tennessee from October 26-31. It is the smallest weight class (Flyweight) with the biggest star, Marlen Esparza.

As she competes to qualify for one of the three berths to earn the right to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, there are six facts you should be familiar with as she begins her journey to Gold.

1-Marlen is currently ranked number one in her weight class in the nation.

2- Esparza is one of four boxers to be returning for their second Olympic Trials.

3-Marlen is one of three women to claim a USA Boxing championship with nine Flyweight titles.

4-Esparza is one of three members to call Colorado Springs, CO, home as she lives at the U.S Olympic Training Center.

5-Marlen Esparza, with her Bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics has the honor of being the first woman to claim a medal in Boxing History.

6-Marlen has enjoyed numerous endorsement deals with Cover Girl, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Deloitte while also being featured in publications like Vogue.


U.S Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Welcomed McDonald’s New Egg White Delight McMuffin®

(Photo credit: Peter Ou)

(Photo credit: Peter Ou)

Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas hosted a preview event introducing McDonald’s new Egg White Delight McMuffin to the NY Tri-State area. The event took place at the Times Square McDonald’s® restaurant located at 220 W 42nd Street. Gabby Douglas was joined by Chef and Registered Dietitian Jessica Foust who demonstrated how this new wholesome breakfast menu item is prepared. Stay tuned, more surprises and exciting events to come as McDonald’s celebrates the launch of its new Egg White Delight McMuffin®

(Photo credit: Peter Ou)

(Photo credit: Peter Ou)

La medallista de oro olímpico Estadounidense, Gabby Douglas, nos presenta el nuevo Egg White Delight McMuffin® de McDonalds®

La medallista de oro olímpico Gabby Douglas fue la anfitriona de un evento de presentación para el nuevo Egg White Delight McMuffin de McDonald’s al área Tri-estatal de Nueva York. El evento tomo lugar en el restaurante McDonald’s de Times Sqaure localizado en el 220 W 42nd Street. Gabby Douglas estuvo acompañada de la Chef y Dietista Registrada, Jessica Foust, quien demostró como este nueva y balanceada opción de desayuno es preparada. ¡Muchas más sorpresas y eventos divertidos por venir mientras McDonald’s celebra el lanzamiento de su nuevo Egg White Delight McMuffin®!

Olympic Trends: Gold Medals in Hispanic Countries

by: Bernadette Giacomazzo

The 2012 London Olympics are still going on, and as of today, Brazil is in the lead of all the Latin American countries.

As of this writing, Brazil has two (2) gold medals, one (1) silver medal, and seven (7) bronze medals, for a grand total of ten (10) medals.

Today, Luiz Alberto de Araujo will be competing in the men’s decathalon. On the women’s side, Poliana Okimono will be competing with in the swimming category — specifically, in the women’s 10K marathon.

Meanwhile, Colombia has brought home five (5) medals. Though they haven’t brought home any gold, they do have three (3) silver & two (2) bronze medals — tying them with Mexico, who also have three (3) silver and two (2) bronze medals to their credit.

Rounding out the Latin American countries is the Dominican Republic, who has two (2) medals in total — one (1) gold and one (1) silver.