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“Africa”: Ariel is black, 007 is black, Jesus is…NBA Jam and Agent Orange on his BS.

@UpscaleIG is back! Leave for a quick vacay and NBA Jam comes back. Plus, Ariel, 007 and Jesus are black. trump trippin, ICE trippin, people trippin with cucumbers and R. Kelly trippin trippin!

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“Look At Me Now”: Chris Brown x Indigo, NBA Free Agency, Pride Month and Why Black People Don’t Get The Same Love

@UpscaleIG talked the NBA craziness, from Kevin Durant to the Knicks failure and everything in between. Plus, the evolution of Chris Brown and where his legacy stands amongst the greatest entertainers. Last but certainly not least, a good conversation on Pride Month and why the world will ride for gays and celebrate while avoiding the same energy come February. We also ask @JoyHollings what it’s like being both black and gay and if that slighted feeling is ignorance or valid. Peep the latest and share your thoughts…

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“Hoop Dreams”: NBA Free Agency 2019, NBA Draft 2019 and Death of the Warriors Dynasty?

The @UpscaleIG crew talked solely hoop this week with the NBA Draft having passed and Free Agency right around the corner. Catch thoughts on Zion Williamson and the Pelicans future, what teams are better and worse (ahem…Boston) and some steals and sleepers of the draft. Also, we talk Kevin Durant and how the free agency landscape changed, make some free agency predictions and whether the Golden State Warriors dynasty is dead. With none other than the @Hoopsmack Team, @The_Real_Ryland_Brown and @Gus_London, let’s get ready to rumble! Long live the King, Michael Jackson…

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“Respect The Game”: NBA Finals Preview, Meek Mill and What to Watch

@UpscaleIG talk the NBA Finals and give their predictions on who takes it all. Is Kawhi the new goat? Is Giannis a failure? Also the new developments in the Meek Mill case and the disgust for Albert Wilson case and the justice system. Add in “What’s Trending” and the latest in music and Netflix and you’ve got another cool convo. Tap in!
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2018-2019 All-NBA Teams

The NBA released it’s 2018-2019 All-NBA teams today, with many potential contract implications riding on it. Some younger, potential 1st time guys had Supermax contract deals riding on their ability to make an All-NBA team, including Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker and more. Giannis name we don’t attempt to spell also had major funds riding on the decision, as a second consecutive selection makes him eligible for a 5-Year, $247.3 Million contract, which the Bucks likely wouldn’t hesitate to exercise if the Greek Freak were willing. Walker can now sign a 5-Year, $221 Million deal with the Hornets and Lillard eligible for 4-Years, $191 Million. This puts further pressure on the Blazers and Hornets to determine whether Lillard, who is victim to a playoff sweep two consecutive years, and Walker, who did not make the playoffs, are the future cornerstones of their franchise.

The All-NBA teams are as follows:

1st Team

Guard – Stephen Curry

Guard – James Harden

Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo

Forward – Paul George

Center – Nikola Jokic

2nd Team

Guard – Damian Lillard

Guard – Kyrie Irving

Forward – Kevin Durant

Forward – Kawhi Leonard

Center – Joel Embiid

3rd Team

Guard – Russell Westbrook

Guard – Kemba Walker

Forward – Lebron James

Forward – Blake Griffin

Center – Rudy Gobert

The Upscale team got together beforehand and determined their teams. A few points of contention from the finals were Jokic vs. Embiid, Bradley Beal/Klay Thompson vs Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin vs Karl Anthony-Towns. Many of the decisions could’ve gone either way, with Blake leading his team to the playoffs but Towns having an outstanding year (especially Post Jimmy Butler). Another razor thin decision was Jokic leading his Nuggets to a better year in a tougher conference (Lebron didn’t make the playoffs) and playing more games, while Embiid being decisively better defensively, scoring and rebounding more but playing fewer games.

Did the writers and coaches get it right?

“Trading Places”: Does Social Media Effect Relationships?

With obvious ties to the rise of social media and changes in mental health, the squad focuses on whether social media affects their relationships and how. (33:00) An open discussion on jealousy, perception vs reality and constant feelings of comparison and the importance of having a strong mind. Also @JayeSweets, @GreenDiggidy and @TrapMoneyFreshy discuss these things and (4:30) R. Kelly, NFL Free Agency and Biggie. Also this week’s #QuestionsForTheCulture, does or has social media affected your relationships? Let us know @upscaleig…

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“She’s Gotta Have It” featuring @_axsm: The Grind of a Local Artist

Remember when art and music and creativity we @UpscaleIG caught up with Raft and Joy Hollingsworth, owners of the Hollingsworth Cannabis Co. to talk about being black business owners in the cannabis industry. From legislation to the burden and opportunity of giving opportunity back to a community once displaced by a business now glamourized and celebrated. @thccompanywa also talk the future of the industry and opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the benefits of THC for pain, sexual pleasure, relaxation and more. And it wouldn’t be Upscale Ignorance unless we touch on the craziness of the week, from Jussie Smollett in court, Zion Williamson on court, Robert Kraft in a “dome” and R. Kelly out the field. We also ask this week’s #QuestionsForTheCulture, what under the radar artists and songs are on your playlist?
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Episode 24 – “Fruit Salad” ft. @Elartison: Healthy Eating and Living, A Journey to Becoming a Black Vegan

S/O to Vegans, the queen @elartison AKA Elle Artison stopped through to rap with @GreenDiggidy and @TrapMoneyFreshy on eating well, being healthy and her journey to being Vegan and its health benefits. Clean your body and soul with this word on @UpscaleIG. The crew also discusses the NFL playoffs, LeBron as GOAT and Bad Boys 3.

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Guest: https://www.instagram.com/elartison

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Episode 23 – “Level Up” ft. @CallHerHelen: From Chris Brown to Major Lazer, Life Stories From a Professional Dancer

@callherhelen came through to chop it up with @trapmoneyfreshy about her career, drive and life on the road as a professional dancer. From Chris Brown to Ciara and now Major Lazer, Helen Gedlu has traveled the world doing what she loves. Hear pieces of her story inside. And of course, with it being Upscale Ignorance, we touch on Surviving R. Kelly, Travis Scott, Lebron as GOAT, Coachella, Kevin Hart and more.

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Guest: https://www.instagram.com/callherhelen

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Episode 21 – “Independent Women”: A Discussion on Independent Women vs. Providing Men

The crew take on the discussion of “Independent Women” and whether or not that’s a good thing. in the week’s discussion, many have weighed in on whether a man who avoids an independent woman simply wants control vs being a provider and natural giver. @JayeSweets, @GreenDiggidy and @TrapMoneyFreshy also touch on Kevin Hart, the Grammys, Black Girl Magic, Content Creators, NBA Madness, Meek Milly and more.

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