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“I have now come full-circle.” These are a few words from the bio on Donovan W. Carter’s personal website — and they couldn’t be a more perfect summation of his journey. After moving to Los Angeles when he was 8, Carter began playing organized football at age 9. Eventually, he grew into a star player […]

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  John David Washington is the star of Black Kkklansman and if you haven’t already purchased your tickets…get on it. The Spike Lee joint is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, a Black detective who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s and it’s not to be missed. We caught […]

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John David Washington’s master plan was not football. Football was the escape. He fell in love with acting when he was 5 years old. He was watching his father pace as he was running through lines from Richard III for a Shakespeare in the Park performance. “When we were walking the streets,” said Washington, 34, […]

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When John David Washington burst onto the scene in his role on Ballers, few people realized he’s the son of Denzel Washington. Now, the actor who stars in Spike Lee‘s Black Kkklansman is revealing his reason for trying to keep his famous father’s rep separate form his own. The actor who spent six years playing […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE 10 | “YAY AREA” | SEPT. 24 There’s no question that Marshawn Lynch would pour up some Hennessy with Spencer Strasmore. Because, in the end, Spencer did everything he could to prevent the NFL from turning its back on The Town. In the first nine episodes of season three of Ballers, Spencer […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE NINE | “CRACKBACK” | SEPT. 17 Crackback noun / crack·back / ˈkrak-ˌbak / a blindside block on a defensive back in football by a pass receiver who starts downfield and then cuts back to the middle of the line. This is the definition, according to Merriam-Webster, of the word given to this […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE EIGHT | “ALLEY-OOPS” | SEPT. 10 Spencer Strasmore takes a deep breath, gazes into the distance and summons the courage to mutter into the phone the question that’s on his mind: “It’s not cancer, is it?” The voice on the other end of the line responds without hesitation. “The test was for […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE SEVEN | “RICKY-LEAKS” | SEPT. 3 Everything appears to be perfect as Vernon Littlefield, Ricky Jerrett and Charles Greane jog down a California street. Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” bumps, and Spencer Strasmore is attempting to describe to the guys what an annuity is. Retired NFL running back Eddie George […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE SIX | “I HATE NEW YORK” | AUG. 27 First, he blew millions of dollars at the craps table in Las Vegas. He also forgot the day he and his now-pregnant girlfriend first met. The ultimate turning point came when he wandered into a stranger’s house, thinking it was his, and punched […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE FIVE | “MAKE BELIEVE” | AUG. 20 Larry Siefert’s face gets smushed into a plate of mashed potatoes. No, wait. Siefert, the general manager of the Miami Dolphins, gets slapped in the face, then his face gets pushed deep into a plate of brisket, between the potatoes and cornbread. God bless the […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE FOUR | “RIDE OR DIE” | AUG. 13 In the world of hip-hop, no vehicle is more coveted nowadays than a Bentley truck. It seems every rapper imaginable has rhymed about copping one (or has actually copped one) — from Future, to Migos, to Rae Sremmurd to Young Thug and Travi$ Scott. […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE THREE |“IN THE TEETH”| AUG. 6 One thing is standing in the way of Spencer Strasmore’s master plan of bringing an NFL team to Las Vegas — a brilliant woman. Sunday night on Ballers, we meet the beautiful, and trill as ever, Candace Brewer (Emayatzy Corinealdi; Hand of God, Middle of Nowhere) […]

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 2 | ‘BULL RUSH’ | JULY 29 “Hey ladies, y’all want to come in for some milk and cookies after this?” This is the funniest pickup line in television history, as delivered on Ballers by the one and only Vernon Littlefield (Donovan W. Carter) when he shoots his shot like an elementary […]

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SEASON THREE, EPISODE ONE | ‘SEEDS OF EXPANSION’ | JULY 23 Was HBO’s Ballers working to deliver a pro football team to Las Vegas on a similar schedule as the real-life NFL? It sure seems like it, based on Sunday’s season three premiere, which ends with the former NFL player turned financial adviser Spencer Strasmore […]

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Dwayne Johnson, Hollywood’s favorite tough guy, has a soft spot for veterans. The 44-year-old former WWE wrestler-turned-action hero recently unveiled a 10-piece custom product collection that features men’s, women’s and youth graphic tees, hat, backpack and duffel; all of the items sport Johnson’s signature Brahma Bull logo. Prices range from $25 to $160. “I come […]

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John David Washington hid from the world. Instead of embracing the fame and attention that accompanied his role on HBO’s original series Ballers, Washington receded. He kind of stayed to himself as co-stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Rob Corddry, Troy Garity and London Brown basked in the spotlight. Though Washington had made a name for […]

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Season 2, Episode 7 | “Everybody Knows” | Aug. 28   This week, Ballers drops the biggest bombshell of the season. The NFL Players Association determined that Spencer (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) was not a qualified custodian of NFL players’ money — and rejected his application for registration. Unfortunately, being unregistered does not preclude him […]

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Season 2, Episode 6 | “Saturdaze” | Aug. 21   Heading into the NFL draft, Florida State linebacker Travis Mach’s (Adam Aalderks) stock is dropping. This is due to his unexplained absence from the combine. Most agents and advisers would set up team visits or invite NFL general managers to a watch a private workout, […]

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Season 2, Episode 5 | Most Guys | Aug. 14   Spencer’s (Dwayne Johnson) life is on the verge of unraveling. He’s beginning to crack. Last episode we found out that his girlfriend is probably moving away, and his dependence on prescription painkillers is so bad that he stole pills from Vernon (Donovan W. Carter), […]

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Season 2, Episode 4 | “World of Hurt” | August 7 Unlike the last two episodes, this episode doesn’t start in Spencer’s (Dwayne Johnson) bedroom. Instead, it starts with Spencer walking through the Raleigh Hotel to meet his girlfriend, Tracy (Arielle Kebbel) at the pool bar. In episode two, Tracy, a local sports reporter, dealt […]

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Football was only a game. In high school, it was two halves. In college, it was four quarters. By the time he got to the pros it was a game that offered life-changing financial contracts. For Rashard Mendenhall, the game of football was a chance to build a platform, to become someone — so that […]

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Former NFL player Domonique Foxworth and The Undefeated’s superintern Kofie Yeboah break down the latest episode of HBO’s hit show Ballers and check out the fact versus reality between the show and life in the NFL.

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Season 2, Episode 3 | “Elidee” |July 31   I guess I have to stop talking about the random dogs on a treadmill in the show open, since that mystery was solved in last week’s recap. But, I’m still baffled by the mystery at the core of this show: Why would anyone trust Spencer Strasmore […]

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If you’re reading this article, you’re either a fan of Ballers, a fan of Power or have slow internet and what you meant to click on moved at the last second. No matter what category you fall under, be glad to know that both shows are going to be here for some time. And they’re […]

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Season 2, Episode 2 | “Enter the Temple” | July 24 After some digging (on Google search), I’ve gotten to the bottom of my No. 1 Ballers mystery. Why the hell does the show’s opening have a clip of tiny dogs running on a treadmill? Last week, I hypothesized that the show’s creators used it […]

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By now, you’ve seen that this season of HBO’s Ballers is going to focus on a rift between lead character Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Baltimore Raven outside linebacker Terrell Suggs — at least in part. The reality TV-esque storyline is fiction reflecting real life. Early last season, Suggs suffered a torn Achilles […]

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Season 2, Episode 1 | “Face of the Franchise” | July 17   Ballers is back. The first episode did what a first episode is supposed to do: leave the viewer wanting to know answers to several questions. But — I’m not sure if they’re the right questions. Before the episode started, I was reminded […]

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London Brown should have been laughing. The comedian made it out of his ‘hood — the same ‘hood, he said, “where they shoot black films about gangs” — with the kind of success it was hard to even dream about while hanging out in Los Angeles’ infamous South Central. But Brown joked his way out […]

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Ballers season 1, episode 10 airs Sunday on HBO. In the Season 1 finale, Spencer […]

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Ballers season 1, episode 9 airs Sunday on HBO. Joe feels slighted when his efforts […]

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