Thibodeau says Derrick Rose running, cutting, on schedule

In an almost reflexive manner, every time someone from the Bulls talks about Derrick Rose’s recovery they add “we’re not rushing him.” And they are not. But Tom Thibodeau said he expects to see the Bull’s MVP back this season, as he told Aggrey Sam of

“I do,” Thibodeau said prior to his team’s loss to visiting Boston. “He’s doing great. We have to be patient with it. He’s been very diligent. He’s in every day. He’s moving along. He started cutting. He’s been shooting for a while now. He’s feeling pretty good, so we just have to be patient. “It’s the next step for him, so everything is going according to plan. He’s not ahead of schedule, he’s not behind schedule. He’s exactly where he should be.”

The original timeline for Rose’s return had him back around the All-Star break in mid-February or maybe as late as March. Of course, once he returns it will still be a while — likely next season — before he gets back to being the same Rose we remember. It takes a while for guys to get all their strength back and, more importantly, really trust that knee again and not hesitate. But if you watched the Bulls loss to the Celtics Monday night, or really any of their games this season, the need for his offensive creation on that roster is painfully obvious. READ MORE…

The Multiracial Face of the Democratic Party

(The Root) — For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And so today it seems almost serendipitous that the xenophobic campaign employed to undermine and delegitimize President Obama laid the very seeds of the GOP’s electoral demise on Nov. 6, 2012. Obama’s Electoral College victory of 332 to 206 was achieved because of the disproportionate support he received from Asian Americans, African Americans and Latinos. Much of the postelection analysis has claimed that these results could have been read in the tea leaves of the 2010 census. But Obama’s rainbow coalition wasn’t just about numbers and demographic shifts — his success reflects changing attitudes about racial identity, social cohesion and a growing cooperation among minority communities. Obama’s strong showing of 93 percent among African Americans was all but guaranteed, but the true game changer came with winning 73 percent of the Asian-American vote and 71 percent of the Latino vote. Asians in particular, who tend to be a wealthier, more educated minority population, have remained an elusive swing-voter bloc for decades. Bill Clinton received only 31 percent of their vote in 1992, and Al Gore won 54 percent in 2000. Their decisive support of President Obama might have a lot to do with immigration policy and Republican rhetoric. Despite the immigration debates being so heavily focused on Latinos, Asians actually outpace Hispanics in population growth, jumping from 11.9 million in the U.S. in 2000 to 17.3 million in 2010 — a 46 percent increase — and two-thirds of Asian Americans are foreign-born. They have settled in key swing states like Arizona, Virginia and Nevada (where they outnumber the much-touted Mormon population). CONTINUE READING…

Rihanna: Obsession of the Year

At nine fifteen, Rihanna’s black Escalade pulls up in front of Emilio’s Ballato, Andy Warhol’s Nolita Italian restaurant of choice, a circus in tow. Her army of bodyguards surveys the scene. Then one of Rihanna’s long legs hits the pavement and it’s madness. There are paparazzi everywhere, all at once, perching on bicycles and European motorbikes, firing out of Mercedes-Benz windows and SUV sunroofs, pushing in on every square foot of sidewalk. The cameras strobe around her like a Ferris wheel. Rihanna glides through the melee and into the foyer, where her signed photograph hangs. She’s sporting skintight black jeans, black shades, a black cutoff designer sweatshirt with oversize gold letters. (ORIGINAL, it says.) With her dahlia-shade lips, big anime eyes, and slow-motion strut, she looks like some neo-noir femme fatale en route to her next hit. “That was intense,” I stammer, emerging from the whiteout of flashes and the theatrics of Rihanna arrives at dinner. “I guess you’re used to it by now. But my heart kind of…”

“You’re never used to it,” she says. “It’s chaos.”

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Men’s Wallets Slim Down

What’s in your wallet? More than likely, far too much—and we don’t mean cash. A major design flaw of standard-issue men’s wallets is that, while they generously expand to accommodate wads of hard-earned dollars, they’re roomy enough to provide a safe haven to junk you should have thrown out years ago. This explains the Avatar ticket stub hiding behind your driver’s license. Our advice to anyone susceptible to butt-numbing back-pocket hoarding: Look to the cell phone. Androids, iPhones, and their mobile brethren get slimmer with every new model, yet wallet design has been slow to follow suit. At last, however, there is some trending toward the micro. Take, for instance, TGT (a.k.a. Tight), a project blowing up on Kickstarter. The idea for the contraption came to Brooklyn designer Jack Sutter after he saw his friend carrying around credit cards held together by a rubber band that had previously graced supermarket-bought broccoli. Sutter liked his friend’s inventiveness but not its produce-section origin, so he fashioned appealing elastic straps to wrap around his driver’s license and other essential items and then tacked on a leather pouch for storing cash. But Sutter isn’t the only designer trying to trim the fat from our money holders. The Supr Slim Wallet is another minimalist creation meant to eradicate George Costanza wallets from the face of the earth. Amazingly, it’s even thinner than the TGT, consisting of a single three-millimeter-wide band of elastic. Even more amazingly, the material retains its grip even after prolonged use. Regardless of whether you carry a thick stack of credit cards or just a few, you can be sure that they won’t fall out. If you can’t bear the thought of carrying a wallet that skimps on leather or worry that elastic might be too casual, take a look at the Moneywrap. Made out of good, old-fashioned cowhide, the compact doohickey folds your dollar bills around your plastic and then secures the stack of essentials with a sturdy, lightweight strap, not unlike a Moleskine notebook.

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Alicia Keys: Unlocking Alicia (2012 Cover Story)

The first thing you see when the elevator doors open at the Oven recording studios is Alicia Keys’ face, painted floor to ceiling, next to a rendering of the Empire State Building. Her portrait is part of a mural—a kind of musical Mount Rushmore commemorating great New York artists. It’s fitting for a recording studio located on Manhattan’s far west side—not far from the Hell’s Kitchen apartment on 43rd and 10th where Alicia grew up with her mother. To the right are Lennon in his NYC period, Kool Herc, and Jay-Z dressed in his Reasonable Doubt finery. To the left are the O.G.s—Sinatra, Ellington, Gillespie, and Billie Holiday. Alicia will tell you the mural wasn’t her doing, that it was commissioned by her engineer, Ann Mincieli, with whom she rebuilt the studio over the past couple of years. She doesn’t like to seem immodest. These artists are legendary. Then again, so is she. When Alicia made her debut at age 19 she talked about how she would study the greats: Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone. “My dream is to be that good someday,” she said in 2001, and she’s still as focused as ever. “I’m competitive with myself in the sense that I want to get better,” she says now. “It’s not that I’m obsessively dissecting myself, but there’s a critique that happens. I am very driven. I’m not comparing myself to other people. I don’t wanna be like her or him. I want to be my best.” CONTINUE READING…


He survived the crumble of Roc-A-Fella with a successful solo career intact, established his own brand name, and gained the respect of fans from around the world. There isn’t a thing you can tell Freeway about hard work. The Philadelphia native is on the verge of releasing his fourth solo album, Diamond In The Ruff , slated for a Nov. 27 release date. Thought most of his State Property brethren have fallen by the wayside, Free has kept his name hot through independent projects and mixtapes. Earlier this month, the bearded MC released a full length tape, Freedom of Speechin conjunction with clothing company Rocksmith and online retailer Karmaloop. With just a few weeks before the album impacts retailers, VIBE sat down with the lone ranger to discuss his new music, working with Just Blaze again, State Property, meeting Nas after he dissed him, and more.

VIBE: What was your mindset like going into this joint? I know you were working on several mixtape at the same damn time. 
Freeway: Yeah, I did so many. I’m always working, so I would do a record and put it to the side for the album, and that’s how I’ve been working. I got a chance to work with Just Blaze again. We got a record on the album called “Early.” I got three records from Jake One. You know we got crazy chemistry.

What other producers did you snatch up?
I did three records with Bink, who helped me create history during the Roc days. A couple tracks from Needlz, a couple new producers, my man Mike Jerz, one of my in house producers.

You’ve done countless mixtapes and have multiple albums under your belt but did you touch on anything you’ve never rapped about before?
I might have touched on some of the subjects but it’s from a different perspective. I got this record called “The Thirst,” produced by Jake One, and the hook is like ‘We dying of thirst/trying to work.’ I think a lot of people can relate to it because there’s so many that feel stranded right now. They feel stuck. Honestly, you could have a billion dollars and still feel trapped, so that’s where I was at when I did this record. CONTINUE READING…

V Premiere VIDEO: Omarion Feat. Wale ‘M.I.A.’

Chances are you can’t escape this song.  Maybach Music Group’s resident vocalist Omarion is gearing up for the release of his EP Care Package, dropping Nov. 29. The project marks Maybach O’s first solo set under the guidance of Ricky Rozay. Before it hits, take in the crooner’s latest visuals for “M.I.A.,” which features O’s usual fluid choreography and a requisite couples spat.  The track, co-starring fellow MMG affiliate Wale, originally appeared on Ross’ crew compilation, Self-Made Vol.2. Watch the video below: