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Fly Executive: Media Veteran Kimberly K. Wilson pays it forward with launch of the D.A.D. Foundation in memory of her father

In recognition and honor of the March long Women’s Month 2017 celebration, meet Fly Media Executive Kimberly K. Wilson. She is Vice President, Affiliate Marketing for Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Her depth, purpose, and love of community in paying it forward truly makes her a Fly Executive. The 17-year media veteran and Southside, Chicago native epitomizes the strengths, talents and effortless giving we celebrate in all women this month, year long, past, present, future and universally. Steadfast to her dedication and passion for equipping and inspiring youth to dream impossible dreams, this sister is lifting as she continues to climb.

On March 23 rd 2017, the former BET and Clear Channel Marketing Executive launched The Don D. Wilson Dream A Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation with mother, Ann and younger sister Valerie Wilson in honor of their late father Don D. Wilson. The Dream A Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation is a Chicago-based, non-profit organization that was created to support, uplift and actualize the dreams of youth who may not have the resources to achieve their goals.

Kimberly says:

“Mentorship and Sponsorship have been essential in the role of my success. Without the amazing people who believed in or took an interest in me throughout my career, I’m not sure I would have the opportunity to do what I love at this level. You can’t get to that successful place all on your own.”

D.A.D. is committed to giving back to underserved communities and serves 8 to 17-year- old youth in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The organization’s three pillars of Music, Sports, and Entrepreneurship are at the core of its foundation and programs. D.A.D. will offer opportunities to youth pursuing music as an art form and/or business endeavor; provide access and resources to activities including clinics, sporting events, and camps; implement programs that teach the fundamentals of business ownership and provide support resources.

Kimberly’s father was a Chicago businessman for over 30 years. He devoted himself unselfishly to mentorship and humanitarian work in his community and worldwide travels. A lifelong learner whose interest spanned the spectrum from microbiology to world history to travel, her father’s passion and commitment are naturally rooted in Kimberly’s DNA.

Wilson talks about her family:

“It all began with my family – my mother, Ann; father, and sister, Valerie – who supported me to pursue a life beyond what I thought was possible. Their moral, financial and mental support early on is the only reason I stand here today.

Through her family’s personal mission to provide young people the resources, mentoring and encouragement to dream big, Don D. Wilson’s memory will forever live on now that #dadishere. We salute Kimberly K. Wilson for underscoring the definition of paying it forward. You are truly a Fly Executive!

For more information on The Dream a Dream (D.A.D.) Foundation, please visit www.TheDreamaDreamFoundation.org or follow them on IG/FB @thedreamadreamfoundation and Twitter @thedreamadream.

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Wale Teams Up with Lil Wayne For New Song “Running Back”

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Wale releases the final version of the much-anticipated song entitled “Running Back.” Since being revealed on ESPN‘s First Take the track has caused quite the buzz. The sports related penned track is set to appear on Wale’s forthcoming album S.H.I.N.E..

Press play to get a snippet of the hit single above co-produced by our Fly Friend, Karen Civil.

Check out the BTS clip below of the upcoming official video:

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Dwyane Wade Shows Off Physique In ESPN’s Annual The Body Issue

 

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wyane Wade is putting all his insecurities to the side and shedding his basketball jersey and shorts for ESPN’s annual ‘Body Issue’. It took 7 years but ESPN finally got their man and the ladies will rejoice and the fellas will put down the doughnut after seeing how in shape Wade is.

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Don’t stare too long ladies!

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Wade is known for being fashionably loud spoke to ESPN about hopping out of his comfort zone for the feature:

It was uncharted water for me. It was one of those moments where it’s good to overcome a fear of something.

It’s bigger than me showing my body off. That’s not as important to me as telling a story of overcoming a fear. It hopefully gives someone confidence to really be their authentic self.

Wade also revealed in an interview with ESPN’s Morty Ain that growing up he didn’t even like taking off his shirt to participate in neighborhood water fights with other kids. Wade wasn’t too fond off his belly button as a child and it was one of biggest insecurities growing up. That was then, this is now, Wade has come to terms with his great physique and is willing to share his “naked truth”. Wade joins 18 other athletes that span across various sports showing off their athletic physiques.

Nathan Adrian, Olympics/swimming
Jake Arrieta, MLB
Antonio Brown, NFL
Emma Coburn, Olympics/steeplechase
Courtney Conlogue, surfing
Elena Delle Donne, WNBA
Ryan Dungey, motocross
Adeline Gray, Olympics/wrestling
Greg Louganis, Olympics/diving
Conor McGregor, MMA
Von Miller, NFL
Chris Mosier, duathlon
Nzingha Prescod, Olympics/fencing
Christen Press, soccer
April Ross, Olympics/beach volleyball
Allysa Seely, paratriathlete
Claressa Shields, Olympics/boxing
Vince Wilfork, NFL

Hey Gabby what do you think about your husband’s first time posing naked for ESPN?

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We agree! These tweets are even more indication that Gabrielle is excited to see her hubby in the buff.

ESPN’s The Body Issue will be available online July 6th and if you need a physical copy you can pick up a copy from newsstands July 8th.

Stay Fly!

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Lil B Visits ESPN’s ‘Cursed or Not Cursed’ on SportsNation In A Sheer Blouse and Glorified Earrings

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The Curse God of them all, Lil B takes his talents over to ESPN‘s Cursed or Not Cursed and plays your local Church Mother and/or Grandma, while being asked about a number of NBA players who may or may not have been damn-near cursed by the trending young rapper. We will just leave this here…

 

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Take a look below:

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Was ESPN Being Messy? Jim Jones on ‘Highly Questionable’ But Not In Distaste, Interview Was Taped 2 Weeks Ago [Video]

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Jim Jones recently went on ESPN‘s Highly Questionable. He was asked about his famous altercations: Rucker Park and Diddy‘s Team, the incident with Louis Farrakhan, and French Montana.

DISCLAIMER: While Jim Jones stands by his words, it was not in distaste as the interview was taped two weeks ago BEFORE the tragic death of Chinx. ESPN clearly wanted to monopolize the moment.

Take a look below:

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Entertainment The Daily Word

#RIPSTUARTSCOTT: President Obama, Colleagues,Celebs and Athletes Mourn The Passing of Stuart Scott

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The sports and entertainment world stood still when news broke of the passing of long time ESPN analyst Stuart Scott at the young age of 49 Sunday morning. Scott was diagnosed with Cancer in 2007 and his recurring bouts with the disease was no secret. The disease never seemed to slow him down though, still working on Sportscenter, taking MMA classes letting the disease know it will never beat him. Stuart Scott first made his ESPN debut helping them launch ESPN 2 in 2003, they immediately knew they had something special in Scott. His ability to flawlessly infuse his catchy phrases into his analysis of sports is what made him so popular among the young crowd. Folks stayed up late just to catch him on Sportscenter so they could hear his famous phrases “Boo-Yah!”, “As cooler than the other side of the pillow” and “He must be the bus driver because he was taken’ him to school”.  Stuart touched lives inside and outside of sports, and served as inspiration for future journalists. He saved his best quote for last in his acceptance speech when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at The ESPYS on July’ 16,2014.

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When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. “So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.

Here’s video of the full speech:

We here at The SFPL send our heartfelt condolences to the Scott family and his closest friends. He was a true inspiration to all, he will definitely be missed. Stuart Scott is survived by his daughters Taelor and Sydni and his girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski.

 

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Checkout the gallery below for all reactions to the passing of Stuart Scott.

Images Via: Stuart Scott/ ESPN

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The Word: Stephen A Smith Suspended By ESPN For Ray Rice Domestic Violence Comments

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In a move that should surprise no one, ESPN has decided to suspend popular on air personality Stephen A. Smith

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The Word: Nelly Takes A Jab At Floyd MayweatherJr.

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It seems now Floyd Mayweather  has more opponents outside of the ring instead of in it. Veteran rapper Nelly took a jab at the undefeated boxer on ESPN’s popular show Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones.