July 31, 208

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LeBron James

I didn’t like LeBron James when he came into the league. I was, admittedly, a huge hater. (Team Tim Duncan forever.) I grew to the stage where I was able to admit his undeniable and unmatched talent, but still, chose not to entrain BronBron fandom. I’ve overcome that. LeBron James is not only one of the greatest athletes to ever live, he is also one of the greatest humans. Off the court, LeBron has always erred on the side of selflessness and empowerment.

Through the LeBron James Family Foundation, James has used his fortune to start the After-School All-Stars program for Akron youth, donate to the Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and to The Children’s Defense Fund as well as other charitable organizations.

And this past week his off the court legacy continued as he opened the I Promise Public School in Akron, Ohio. The I Promise school is a public school, not charter, and will host 240 at-risk third- and fourth-graders, with plans to grow into a 1-8 grade school. Each student gets a Chromebook to help with homework.

There’s additional programming provided by the I Promise School for the whole family like a GED program, a food pantry and services to assist with housing and jobs. Each student will also get a bike and be able to attend a summer school program to keep them out of trouble.

But, you guys, it gets even better: for all students who graduate from the I Promise school, James has promised to cover tuition at the University of Akron.

Check out LeBron’s press conference at the opening of the school to learn more. And a reminder that the Lakers are gonna be hella goofy this season.

LeBron James press conference at the opening of his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.
Produce is expensive. And food waste sucks. To avoid having to throw out all the luscious, local vegetables you didn't quite get to in time, consider pickling them. It's super easy. Here's a basic pickling recipe that will work for all sorts of veggies.

[Tip: to ensure the pickled vegetables are crisp, keep them in ice water or the fridge before adding the pickling liquid.]

Art I Like 
Rolling It Forward (RIF) was recently selected by the NTC Foundation to participate in the Arts District's "Installations at the Station" at Liberty Station. The community donated old and broken skateboards and RIF hosted a handful of gatherings for the public, particularly the youth, to paint the boards, which are used in the installation. It went up this past weekend on the roof above the Watercolor Society of San Diego and The New American Museum. Go check it out. These kids put in work.

A Song I Like

H.E.R. teased new music on her IG, set to drop this Friday, August 3. I can't wait. 'Til then, making sure you didn't miss her feature on Alex Da Kid's song "Go" released in May, which also features Rapsody. It's soulful and sensual and nice to listen in the morning and late night. 
What do you call a dog magician? A labracadabrador.
Rhodiola is my favorite plant. If you know me well, you already know this. But seriously, its medicinal capabilities are incredible. The root of the plant is known as an adaptogen, meaning when it's consumed it helps your body adapt to stress. The root is also known to help reduce fatigue, boost memory and learning, protect cells from damage, and my personal favorite, reduce anxiety. It's something that has worked for me. And I encourage you to read more about the health benefits of rhodiola to see if it might work for you. 
Another Song I Like

 "Le Fox" by Owusu and Hannibal is an easygoing jam, perfect for a sunny afternoon. 
From a Friend
Care/of is a personalized daily vitamin pack. Take the quiz and learn what vitamins and supplements might be beneficial for you. Really, actually, that's all I've used it for - a resource to learn about the vitamin world. 
One Last Thing
Looking for a new book? Snag a copy of Piero Ferrucci's "The Power of Kindness." Ferrucci offers a holistic look at kindness breaking down what it is and what it isn't by examining emotions like humility, empathy and joy. He reminds us the importance of respect, gratitude and patience. It's a lovely book whether you're reading it for the first time for the fifth. 
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