Archive for May, 2014

Jazmine Sullivan: “I’m back!”

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

She talks hiatus, return, and new music

by Donal Ware

Seven-time Grammy nominated R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan is not a sports fan.

“I just learned about the [NBA] playoffs, what they were,” said the 27-year-old who has been compared to Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys.  “It’s seven games right?”

On the heels of the very subjective Billboard Music Awards, Sullivan’s presence was missing, especially from the R&B category.  In 2010 she won Billboard’s Rising Young Star Award.  As a matter of fact her presence, not just from Billboard, but in general, has been missing for three years.

The Philly native has not been preoccupying her time cheering for the Eagles or any other sports team for that matter, even though in January 2011, she announced she was taking a hiatus from music.

“It was a lot of different reasons, some personal, some work, some that had to deal with the industry,” she said when speaking about why she took a break from music.  “I needed that break and I’m glad that I had that time to grow.

“The biggest thing I learned was to accept myself flaws and all… however I am, whatever way that I come, it’s who I am and I want people to see me.”

Sullivan made the announcement of her return to music at a performance at Koko in London in March.  She said she was “nervous as all heck” to perform because she was unsure of how people would receiver her, but she had a great time and was received well.

That break from music didn’t mean Sullivan wasn’t working.  Two years ago she began working on her forthcoming album Reality Show.  She also has a newly released single which is super hot called Dumb featuring fellow Philly artist Meek Mills.

“It wasn’t personally inspired but I feel like there are so many dumb people out there,” she chuckles.  “I felt like I needed to write this for you guys so you can get it together.  I thought this was the best way to come and reintroduce myself to everybody.”

What a reintroduction.

As for her sports interests, she does remember those days liking Allen Iverson when he was with the 76ers.

“You know, that was the only time I was kind of interested in watching basketball,” she said.  “He was bigger than basketball; he was a sex symbol; he was everybody’s boyfriend.  I did remember being interested at that point.”

Click here for the rest of my interview with songstress Jazmine Sullivan.

HBCU Football Free Agent Signings

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Two former HBCU Football players – both from Tennessee State – were drafted this year.  Boxtorow All-American guard Kadeem Edwards was selected in the fifth round, 143rd overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Center Demetrius Rhaney was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round, 250 overall.

That brings the total of HBCU players drafted to five in the last three years.

The following is a list of HBCU players that have signed free agent contracts:

Tennessee State TE A.C. Leonard, Minnesota *
Tennessee State FS David VanDyke, Kansas City
Jackson State CB Qua Cox, Indianapolis $
Alabama State P Bobby Wenzig, Kansas City $
Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland*
South Carolina State LB Joe Thomas, Green Bay*
Winston-Salem State LB Carlos Fields, III, Oakland$
Jackson State DL Rob Smith, Oakland
VUL CB Keith Lewis, Tampa Bay
Hampton DB Justin Blake, Washington
South Carolina State DB, Kimario McFadden, Atlanta
Southern WR Lee Doss, Washington*
Morgan State OG Karim Barton, Philadelphia
Southern TE Rashaun Allen, Seattle
Lane WR Greg Moore, II, Indianapolis
Albany State DB Dexter Moody, Baltimore!

The list will be updated as we find out about free agent signings.

* 2013 BOXTOROW All-American
! 2012 BOXTOROW All-American
$ 2012 and 2013 BOXTOROW All-American

Last update: Sunday May 10, 11:19p ET

Jackson State CB Qua Cox Interview

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Jackson State cornerback Qua Cox had an outstanding junior year for the Tigers. His senior season, not so much.

According to him.

Cox was very hard on himself saying it wasn’t a good season.  He didn’t have any interceptions and just six pass breakups.  The fact of the matter is, teams didn’t throw his way much.  In 2012 he led the SWAC with five interceptions and eight pass breakups.

He’s a lockdown corner, one of the best in the country and the best in HBCU Football.  Teams weren’t going to make the same mistake this past year that they did in 2012.

Not comparing the two, but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions his senior season at Tennessee State after recording six the previous year.

A two-time BOXTOROW All-American, Cox appeared on FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW w/ Donal Ware last week and talked about being the underdog, the possibility of being drafted, and his time at Jackson State

Also congratulations to Mr. Cox, who graduated Jackson State University last week.

Qua Cox Interview 5/3/14

Kevin Durant named MVP

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

We knew it would be a matter of time before Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant would be named the NBA’s MVP.  Durant received his award on Tuesday and made a very touching speech, thanking his teammates and a heartfelt thank you to his mother, in which he stated “You’re the real MVP.”

It was very touching and emotional.

Durant has always been a humble guy.  He doesn’t show an inordinate amount of emotion.  Even during this interview a couple of years ago on FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW w/ Donal Ware, when Donal asked him about being one of the starts of the NBA, Durant, in his general nature, was humble.


Kevin Durant on BOXTOROW 8/24/12

Isaiah Crowell goes one on one with BOXTOROW

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Former University of Georgia and now former Alabama State running back Isaiah Crowell gave an exclusive national radio interview to FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW host Donal Ware.

Crowell was candid in the interview, talking about his time at Georgia and Alabama State, his arrest in June 2012 where the charges were ultimately dropped, and the prospects for the future leading up to the Draft.




Isaiah Crowell Interview on BOXTOROW 4/25/14