Former NFL DB Wade Davis comes out publicly with help for others


During his time as a defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, Wade Davis was a smart player who spent a lot of time studying and drawing up the defensive schemes he would need to get ahead. He developed friendships with teammates like Jevon Kearse, Samari Rolle and Eddie George, did his best to stay alive in the ruthlessly competitive nature of the NFL, and dealt with one difficult fact — he was a gay man in a profession where homosexuality was never discussed openly.

It took years after he left the NFL before he felt comfortable enough with himself to publicly admit that he was gay, but as Amy K. Nelson of SB Nation told me, that was a larger theme in Davis’ life through the last decade as he looked to find his place in the world. READ MORE + VIDEO

The Sorkin Way: The Newsroom


Aaron Sorkin
has done network television—quite a bit of it. There was his beloved, multiple-award-winning The West Wing, which ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006; he also created Sports Night, a critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged satire of an ESPN-like all-sports network that ran on ABC from 1998 to 2000; and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which explored the backstage dynamics at an L.A.-based Saturday Night Live-type show and sputtered to a close on NBC in 2007, after one season.

But that was network, and, as Sorkin can now testify personally, cable is a different animal. READ MORE

Najee Album Review: The Smooth Side of Soul


Urban jazz icon Najee is back and is bringing fans his fifteenth album, The Smooth Side Of Soul. The jazz legends most recent effort comes complete with everything you’d expect including a number of stellar guest appearances and fresh tunes that will keep long time fans intrigued and coming back for another helping of jazz as long as Najee is willing to keep providing it.

On The Smooth Side Of Soul, the incomparable Najee shows no sign of slowing down on and still went to great lengths as he always has to achieve the sound he desired for his new record. This time though, the jazz superstar recruited keyboardist/producer Jeff Lorber (Dave Koz, Michael Franks) as well as saxophonist/producer Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Eric Darius) to help in getting the record to the point of perfection that has been the standard for all of Najee‘s past work. READ MORE + VIDEO