Rise of NBA star Lebron James charted in documentary
A rags-to-riches tale that takes five young basketball players on a remarkable journey from a rundown inner-city gym to the glory of a national championship. It’s the sort of improbable storyline beloved of Hollywood screenwriters. In the case of NBA superstar Lebron James and his four high-school basketball team-mates, it just happens to be true. James’s meteoric rise and the remarkable exploits of the Akron, Ohio, St Vincent-St Mary’s school basketball team are being told in the documentary “More Than A Game”, released in North America on Friday. The film recounts how James and his team-mates — Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, Sian Cotton and Romeo Travis — cut a swath through school basketball during the 1990s under the tutelage of coach Dru Joyce II. “It’s a story about these kids who had a dream and were going to do anything that it takes to make that dream become reality,” James told AFP. (Continue Reading…)

White House: Chicago Death of Teen ‘Chilling’
The White House says cell phone video showing the fatal beating of a 16-year-old honors student in Chicago is “chilling.” It came up at President Barack Obama’s morning meeting in the Oval Office. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Wednesday said the video of teens viciously kicking and striking another teen with splintered railroad ties is among the most shocking anyone can see. He told reporters they should expect an announcement on an administration response to the “heinous crime” soon. (Continue Reading…)

Not All Girls Embrace Latest Black Barbie Doll
Barbie from the block got mixed reviews Wednesday from city girls inspecting the newest spin on the old-school toy. “So In Style” dolls, a fresh take on the black Barbie, hit store shelves this week, featuring a group of plastic friends sporting shiny bling, big earrings and fancy sneakers. Many of the city girls liked the dolls – Grace, Kara and Trichelle – but some felt the Mattel toy company went too far with the rap-inspired details. (Continue Reading…)

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