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The year is now 2018 and it's been 44 years since DJ Kool Herc gave birth to hip hop at a friend's birthday party in the Bronx. The young man's game is not the hip version it claims to be and the lyrics are suspect at best. Is this just an old man's rant about today's music? Is it? The thought was yes until... 

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The question that will surround Michael Sam for the rest of his eternity and most definitely his NFL career is that if he wasn't publicly gay would he even be on an NFL roster? Is it fair? Yes. Why? Because he made it a public topic. When Sam publicly announced before the NFL draft that the current Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC is gay and proud of that, he made it a topic. The NFL was put in a corner. Do they draft him even though he might not be NFL material or do they pass on him and face the brutal public ridicule that would come with the media and numerous LBGT organizations boycotting their product.

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We often come across rare talents that transcend one venue to another. It might be a stretch to say Kevin Hart is 5'4" but his shadow he casts these days is larger than life. From humble beginnings in Philadelphia, born and raised (insert Will Smith joke)... Hart has built his way up the hard way, from small TV roles all the way to selling out Madison Square Garden. He's had highs and lows, and like all great comedians he uses that as fire for his act and his life. For instance, Hart's very public split from ex-wife Torrei Hart and his not only confession of mistakes but the fuel that gave him for really getting focused on his career and the heights that has taken him. He might never grow another inch, but his career is 10 feet tall.

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From impoverished beginnings as the son of a single 15 year old mother, Allen Iverson began his journey through this life as statistic and made himself the exception. His triumph was not just becoming an 11 time NBA All-Star or even winning the prestigious NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2001. No, his triumph was just making it out of his Hampton Roads, Virginia home alive and out of prison. Iverson embodied the American dream for many around him and his heart and loyalty never left anyone behind. His triumph and downfall was his passion, and it was his passion that led an entire generation to not only idolize the undersized underdog personality of his but at the end of the day show Allen Iverson the most cherished gift this world can give... Respect.

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Kevin Rose, originally from California but grew up in Las Vegas. He went to a tech high school and then on to UNLV. Growing up in the bright lights of Sin City would set the tone for Rose through his climb. Never satisfied. Always wanting more. So how does a 29 year old technology geek end up on the cover of Business Week? That is the story of Kevin Rose and how he climbed from an intern for a tech TV show to the now 35 year old multi-millionaire working for Google.