#PSBSportsChop: Keep an eye on (and ear open) for Andraya Carter — March 17, 2018

I was fortunate to train Andraya Carter twice a week in a small gym with no air conditioning starting 13 years ago. Right away, there was a unique ability from a talented sixth-grader to lock in despite the warm conditions. Since then, Carter has always shown the skill to be three things at whatever she sets her mind to at the time: articulate, focused and passionate. After finishing her playing career at the University of Tennessee in 2016, Carter is now using all three of those traits to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. In just her second season, she has been selected to call the NCAA Regional Rounds this weekend in College Station, Texas for ESPN.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

Women’s basketball is receiving more television time than ever. In addition, the premier analysts are also getting game assignments on the men’s side as well. Debbie Antonelli, Doris Burke and Kara Lawson are all calling NCAA Division One Men’s or NBA games on a consistent basis during the 2017-18 season. Burke (ESPN) and Lawson (Washington Wizards) are almost exclusively working with the NBA making a full-time living off of broadcasting the game they played at a high level themselves. With her wealth of knowledge and ability to talk about the nuances of the game on the fly, don’t be surprised to see Carter’s name amongst the best in the game sooner than later. Away from the microphone, she is locked in as an elite skill development trainer as well working with both the CoachHemi.com and Elite Basketball Academy showcase series.

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PhotoshootFresh: Jon Ruiz Customs – March 17, 2018

Custom sneakers are as popular as they’ve ever been. The artist takes a base sneaker and adds a unique design to make the shoe specific to the buyer’s requests. Hailing from New York, Jon Ruiz is one of the game’s emerging faces. He’s got almost 6,000 followers on Instagram and his work has been featured on various IG feeds including Hypebeast.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

Ruiz represents the new school of business owners. He’s found a unique nichè market and is running full steam to the top of the game. Ruiz’s dedication to his craft and willingness to provide first-class customer service make doing business with him an easy decision. I’ve purchased 10 custom designs to date from his collection.

HERE’S SOME OF HIS WORK:

Nmd xr1 "Gucci slip-ons" #angelusdirect #adidas #gucci

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Adidas NMD x Burberry plaid for @__consiglio

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBPopCulture: Intro to Parallels Media Group – March 17, 2018

Parallels Media Group was founded by Jordan Davis and Larry Rhinehart in the summer of 2017. Both have been instrumental to the growth of PSBPopCulture and the parent company of Peach State Basketball, Inc. long before they teamed up to put an official title to their work. Based in the Atlanta area, they produce media content of all types having traveled nationwide for jobs over the past two years.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

Parallels Media Group is quickly emerging as a one-stop shop for clients looking to capture a moment in time to last forever. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter for more information and pricing. They also have a website: ParallelsMedia.com Take a look at some of their work:

Welcome to Parallels

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Secured.

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Yo we not about to act like you don't see that…

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Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: Youngboy Never Broke Again – Until Death Calls My Name – March 17, 2018

Youngboy Never Broke Again appears to have next up on the rap scene. His song “No Smoke” has seen airplay nationally and he’s looking to follow that one with previously released tracks “Outside Today” and “Solar Eclipse.”

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

The gem of the album slated to release next month might be the brand new track “Right or Wrong” featuring Future. Youngboy talks about dealing with the gambles that have had him in trouble with the law over the past couple of years and his sons amongst other topics. Meanwhile, Future gets back to his early 2017 flow that produced two No. 1 albums.

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBSportsChop: Everyone Is Going Through Something – March 7, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is the latest NBA superstar to step up to the plate and address the weight of mental health…

READ THE EXCERPT BELOW:

On November 5th, right after halftime against the Hawks, I had a panic attack.

It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if they were real. But it was real — as real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle. Since that day, almost everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed.

I’ve never been comfortable sharing much about myself. I turned 29 in September and for pretty much 29 years of my life I have been protective about anything and everything in my inner life. I was comfortable talking about basketball — but that came natural. It was much harder to share personal stuff, and looking back now I know I could have really benefited from having someone to talk to over the years. But I didn’t share — not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public. Today, I’ve realized I need to change that. I want to share some of my thoughts about my panic attack and what’s happened since. If you’re suffering silently like I was, then you know how it can feel like nobody really gets it. Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don’t talk about mental health enough. And men and boys are probably the farthest behind.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/kevin-love-everyone-is-going-through-something/

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBSportsChop: What Happened to Isaiah Thomas? – February 8, 2018

Last year, Isaiah Thomas averaged 29.8 points per game en route to leading Boston to the best record in the Eastern Conference. Fast forward nine months and Thomas has struggled to make his new home in Cleveland a good fit. A lingering hip injury, dip in field goal percentage after his return and recent comments about the Cavs coaching staff all resulted in the seven-year veteran being sent to Los Angeles in a trade with the primary guard swapped is Jordan Clarkson.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

How bad has Thomas value plummeted in the past six months? Clarkson is actually averaging less points per game this year than Thomas is even after missing all but 15 games so far. Longtime Laker fans Norris Grant and Sean “Sticks” Smith were upset in a group message I’m in about the Thomas addition to the roster after the trade broke earlier this afternoon. For an impending free agent, Thomas is in arguably the most unique situation in league history for a guy coming off of the season he had in 2016-17. Once again, Boston GM Danny Ainge is sitting behind his desk as a winner with Kyrie Irving wearing Celtic green and Thomas being traded yet again.

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBAllAccess: Discovery HS – Business Marketing Speech – February 7, 2018

Travis McDaniel invited me out to Discovery HS to speak to the Business Academy students. My message was simple: Find your passion and make it your livelihood. I told them I’m a kid from Gwinnett County Public Schools just like them…if I can make it from here, then they can be better than me.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

We touched on multiple topics ranging from the worldwide success of local artists Migos to how to turn your passion into a nichè business. The students involved were fantastic with plenty of responses and feedback.

WATCH THE SPEECH:
***All media for this project courtesy of Larry Rhinehart of Parallels Media.

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBSportsChop: Is Tom Brady the GOAT? – February 7, 2018

It’s safe to say that NFL megastar Tom Brady has established himself as arguably the game’s greatest quarterback. There’s room to argue about his career against a legend like Joe Montana.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

As far as current NFL quarterbacks go, Brady is in a company all by himself. He’s 40 years old and still performing at a level good enough to be named the league’s Most Valuable Player on an annual basis. Despite a loss in this year’s Super Bowl, Brady finished with 505 yards passing in the game breaking the all-time Super Bowl record. He’s best known for his day-to-day training routine and meticulous nature preparing for opponents.

Take a look at the trailer for his upcoming documentary, Tom Vs. Time:

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#iTunesSounds: “Family Feud” – Drake & Lil’ Wayne – Jan. 1, 2018

As if it were 2008 all over again, Drake jumped on an unreleased track from Wayne’s latest installment in the Dedication series. The “Family Feud” beat came from Jay-Z’s 4:44 album in 2017 and the release from Drake was timed perfectly after HOV dropped the video release on Friday.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

You can tell from some of the content that this verse is fresh out of the packaging and starts the year off right after a relatively slow musical year for arguably the best rapper in the game not named Jay himself.

Favorite Quotes from Drake in this one:

“Super Bowl goals. I’m at the crib with Puff (Sean Combs) and he got Kaepernick on the phone. He’s in a whole different mode.” — direct wordplay on how Jay starts his version mixed with Combs recent declaration that he wants to buy the NFL’s Carolina Panthers

“Tell me if TD Bank is approving loans. I’m thinking of paying Wayne what Universal owes. He spent a whole career going Platinum and Gold. He should own half the label. This is outta control.” — reference to the longstanding battle between Wayne and Cash Money founder Birdman on money owed to Wayne over the course of his career

“Somebody get Larry Jackson on the phone. I need some ownership if we pressing go. Business is boomin’ on behalf of me. I need a bite out of the Apple like Adam and Eve.” — Jackson is the streaming head of content for Apple Music. Drake has a deal with the service to the tune of 20 million but sounds like a renegotiation is in the works.

“…or too long like a sentence from a Philly judge. What’s the point in all the beefing when we really blood?!?” — sounds like a Meek Mill / Drake reunion could be on deck if Meek can ever get out of jail. #FreeMeek

“This pudding taste like the proof. If I ever see Trump, he better salute.”

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.

#PSBSportsChop: “Corner Office” – Rich Paul – Dec. 29, 2017

I’ve been following Rich Paul‘s story since reading an article on ESPN in 2012. Paul is best known these days as LeBron James agent. Back then he was still creating waves with that announcement as very few players in league history have been in a position to empower those around them business wise the way that James has.

By: Brandon Clay @PSBPopCultureBC

THE BREAKDOWN:

To Paul’s credit, he’s taken full advantage most notably inking a deal with Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons two years ago. With the James assist, Paul is one of the NBA’s most powerful off-court players and appears to be positioned that way for years to come. One of James investment partners, Beats, did a feature on Paul this week that I enjoyed reading.

FULL ARTICLE: Corner Office – Rich Paul

THE 2012 ESPN ARTICLE: 2012 – The Story of Rich Paul’s Come Up

Brandon Clay serves as the publisher of PSBPopCulture.com. A self-professed entertainment, music and sports junkie, Clay has been on his game since picking up his first Nintendo and Sony Walkman in the early 90’s. Adding in a SLAM (Basketball) Magazine subscription in the late-90’s had him setup up for lifelong success. Clay is also a founding member of the “Luxury Boys Club” designed to stay on top of whatever is next in the world of PopCulture. You can follow him on Twitter @psbpopculture.