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Cowboys to franchise Dez Bryant & Let DeMarco Murray Test Free Agency


The Dallas Cowboys informed the agent for Dez Bryanton Friday that they will place the franchise tag on the All-Pro wide receiver by Monday’s deadline, executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed.

The Cowboys have to notify the league of the move by 4 p.m. ET Monday, which will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015. The Cowboys will not use the exclusive franchise tag on Bryant, but a team would have to give up two first-round picks if Dallas chooses not to match an offer sheet.

At the NFL scouting combine earlier this month in Indianapolis, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he hoped the tag would be a “placeholder” until the two sides can work out a long-term deal with Bryant. Jerry and Stephen Jones had their first face-to-face meetings with Bryant’s new agents, Tom Condon of CAA and Kim Miale of Roc Nation, last Tuesday.

During the season, Bryant said he would be “highly disappointed” if he was given the tag.

It will be the fifth time in team history the Cowboys have used the franchise tag. The others were Flozell Adams (2002), Ken Hamlin (2008) and Anthony Spencer (2012, ’13).

Bryant changed agents last November after the Cowboys thought they were close to a multiyear agreement with the wideout. They had only a couple of conversations with his new reps during the season and did not meet with them at the combine.

Since joining the Cowboys as a first-round pick in 2010, Bryant has been one of the NFL’s most dynamic receivers.

In five seasons with the Cowboys, Bryant has caught 381 passes for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns. No player in team history has more catches, yards or touchdowns than Bryant in the first five years of his career.

While the Cowboys have mapped out their plan for Bryant, they appear ready to allow the NFL’s rushing champ, DeMarco Murray, to hit the open market. At the scouting combine, Stephen Jones said if Murray did not sign before free agency began it would not preclude his return, citing Darren Woodson and Jay Novacek as past examples.

Teams can start talking to free agents March 7, and they can sign unrestricted free agents March 10.

Murray led the NFL in rushing in 2014 with 1,845 yards rushing, setting a Cowboys single-season record, while playing in every game for the first time in his career, even working through a broken left hand. Murray has expressed his desire to stay with the Cowboys, who have expressed the desire to keep him. However, coming to the right price has proven difficult.

The Cowboys have had talks with Murray’s agent, but don’t anticipate anything to change substantially between now and the start of free agency.

2pac Narrates Derrick Rose from Concrete

Powerade has launched an all-new #JustAKid campaign, which coincides with the basketball player’s limited edition apparel collection. the sounds of Tupac Shakur poems from The Rose That Grew Through Concrete, as Derrick Rose plans to resurrect himself next month in the NBA playoffs.

Racists Attack Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Over Film’s Depiction of An Interracial Relationship

The vile racists of the Internet are up in arms over the new movie Focus, which features stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie (sort of) knocking boots. Ugh.


While the white (and gold) vs. black (and blue) debate over #TheDress continues to divide and alter life as we know it, another far more insidious color war is raging in America: Racists are outraged over the interracial coupling in the movie Focus between Will Smith, an African-American man, and his Australian co-star Margot Robbie, a white woman.

The onetime Men in Black and Independence Day blockbuster king stars in the R-rated romantic caper as a charismatic con artist who welcomes Robbie’s femme fatale-in-training to his operation and falls for her—against his better judgment. It’s a rare sensual role for Smith, who gets steamy with Robbie in a few sex scenes that are actually conservatively shot and disappointingly brief. But boy does their onscreen love affair have racists’ panties in a bunch.

“Anyone getting fed up with all this race mixing being shoved down our throats?” wrote YouTube user Shomanoman on a trailer page for Focus.

“YUCK, Race-mixing Trash propaganda by Hollyjewed again,” declared Kriegen Gegen Das System, managing to squeeze in a shot at Tinseltown’s Jewish population while they were at it.

Comments like these skyrocketed this month ahead of Focus’s theatrical release, sparking a wave of counter-commenters who jumped to defend Smith and interracial representation in movies.

Contrary to Shomanoman’s claim, rampant “race mixing” is still conspicuously non-existent in Hollywood, where skin tones have to match if love or sex is in the cards for two characters. Just look to Smith’s own filmography: In his two decades as a bona fide leading man, he’s never before gotten down with a white woman onscreen.

“How are you not going to consider Cameron Diaz? That becomes massive news in the US. Outside America, it’s no big deal. But in the US, it’s still a racial issue.”

When he almost did in the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch opposite would-be co-star Cameron Diaz, she was recast. Eva Mendes got the gig, and Smith blamed Hollywood.

“How are you not going to consider Cameron Diaz? That becomes massive news in the US. Outside America, it’s no big deal. But in the US, it’s still a racial issue,” Female First UK quoted him saying in 2005. “Ironically, Hollywood is happy to do it if the film is about racism. But they won’t simply do it and ignore it.”

Even before he was a movie star, Smith addressed the flip side of interracial controversy on the second season of his TV sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. In the 1991 episode “Guess Who’s Coming To Marry?”, Will’s aunt Janice introduces the family to her fiancé, a white man, upsetting Will’s mother so much she refuses to attend the wedding. The family is taken aback but, for the sake of the children, have the decency to temper the way they discuss their initial prejudice (“She didn’t mention he was… tall…”):

Despite that nod to Stanley Kramer’s 1967 landmark examination of interracial marriage in America, Smith didn’t have a single white girlfriend over the course of six seasons of Fresh Prince. When Focus was in its early stages it was to star Kristen Stewart before she bailed, citing the 20-year age difference between her and Smith. That didn’t stop media gossipers from speculating that her exit was race-related.

Smith’s grown-man sexy in Focus may not be as stimulating as it could or should be; for that, blame the abbreviated love scenes on writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and a chemistry with Robbie that’s stronger in off-set photo booth selfies than on the actual screen. At least the tastefully luxe, grown-up affair is a step in the right direction. And that’s a start to making all of the Internet racists’ nightmares finally come true.


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Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker Coming to Daytime Talk

Daytime television is about to get a lot better looking.

Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe will debut a brand-new talk show on Fox, called The Boris & Nicole Show. The series will have a summer test run starting July 6th in select markets, like New York and Los Angeles.

According to Daily Variety, the pair aim to focus on lifestyle and topical issues, in addition to featuring celebrity guests. “We met and fell in love on screen so any time we get to work together we know it will be a lot of fun,” says Kodjoe. Adds Parker, “There are so many things that we are passionate about so we are thrilled that we will now have a platform to share these issues with an audience.”

The couple met on the set of Soul Food and often appear together on Real Husbands of Hollywood. We look forward to seeing even more of the gorgeous pair.

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