Let's step back and applaud these two stars for their efforts here. Magic Johnson, someone who doesn't have natural ties to Chicago mind you, has linked up with Common and CPS to launch an education program identifying at-risk students in need of education for a high school diploma. Students who are unable to attend a traditional high school can enroll in this program at the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, which is another nice step in the right direction to help combat the city's high dropout rate.
There are 150 students at MJBA in the Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. And there’s a waiting list.
Tasha young was out of school for three years before enrolling in the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy. She couldn’t focus in a traditional high school. There were too many distractions. She’s also the mother of a 1-year-old and needs a flexible schedule. The program at this alternative school was a fit for her.
The first class from the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy graduates in the spring.
Magic was teary eyed yesterday in the press conference and spoke with WGN about just wanting to be a mentor to these students like he's had his share of mentors growing up. It's great to see the basketball legend and our hometown legend Common come together to help the youth and spread awareness. And just as important, it's a delight to get a glimpse at some of these students hard at work trying to get a good education! *tips hat* to everyone involved!
For part one of a late night Old School Sundays special, we have something that NBA and hip hop fans will both thoroughly enjoy... and it's only 30 seconds long. That's because it's a 30 second spot from 1987 when Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Kevin McHale, Mark Aguirre, Bernard King, and MVP Larry Bird took turns for a stream of consciousness rap session. Yes, this actually happened. And the 340K views it has is nowhere near the total this video warrants.
I was inspired to watch this again, and go a step further and post it for you all, because of a Twitter question posed tonight by our friend, RedEye writer Jack Silverstein:
So... to rank the flow: King, Aguirre, McHale, Isiah, Magic, and Larry (ironically the same as Jack's, which I didn't even read til after, hah!). Bird gets bonus points though for his hilarioius smile/smirk gloating about the MVP. How do you rank the flow?