What Muhammad Ali’s Funeral, Janaaza, Will Teach Us About Islam

What Muhammad Ali’s Funeral, Janaaza, Will Teach Us About Islam
When “The GREATEST of All Time, The Peoples Champ”, Allah Ali Hajjirahmemek me Muhammad Ali, is buried, millions of Americans will have their first glimpse of the Islamic funeral service, Janaaza—one that looks a lot like Jewish and Christian services. Thursday, the world saw the most widely covered Muslim funeral in our nation’s history.
No one would’ve been happier about this than Muhammad Ali. May Allah (SWT) grant him Jannat-ul-Firdous.
Ali wanted to be an ambassador for Islam in America, as he told us in his 2005 book The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey, co-authored with his daughter Hana. In it, he shared an unfulfilled dream he had harbored, “I sometimes thought I would like to be a Muslim Billy Graham.” He continued: “But God had a different plan for me.”
SportsImage Ali CoverOn November 5, 1995, we brought Ali here to California to honor him with “The Sports Image Award”, as one in sports that had given the most dedicated effort, time and money to better their community, the nation and the world. Those who out matched their dignity with dollars and who use sports for it’s highest and most noble purpose, the uplifting of the human family!
That “plan,” of course, was Parkinson’s disease. It was only through his Muslim faith, Ali continued, that he “could deal with this challenge… it was my faith that restored my sense of purpose and self-confidence. My faith gave me back my joy and enthusiasm for life.”
It’s hard to reading that for a man whom was called simply “The Greatest” and had achieved so much knew that Parkinson’s made the beautiful dream he had for the next phase of his life impossible, or an unplanned reality.
And to cry tears of regret that if Ali could have fulfilled his dream of being a bridge between Muslims and our fellow Americans, perhaps our community wouldn’t be in the place we find ourselves in today.
That’s a dark, challenging and often lonely place. One where politicians like Donald Trump demonize us to score political points. A place where hate crimes against us have spiked over the past year. Where Muslim American students being bullied for their faith is no longer the exception, but the disturbing new norm.
On a personal note, I can’t help but think of the traditional white cloth the body was wrapped in after the ceremonial washing of his body—just as Ali was before his funeral Thursday, when many Americans will have a new experience and even learn a new word: Janaaza. That’s the Arabic word for funeral, and one Christian Arabs also use.
For Muslims, however, Janaaza signifies the Islamic funeral ritual. At Thursday’s Janaaza for Ali, Zaid Shakir will offer a traditional prayer that asks God for “mercy, forgiveness of Ali’s sins and acceptance of Ali into heaven.”
Islamic funeral prayer is very much like the ones offered at Christian and Jewish funerals of seeking mercy, forgiveness and acceptance into heaven. We may use different words or even languages but all three of these Abrahamic faiths share the same common humanity and God.
As for the burying of Ali, typically in Islam, like Judaism, the deceased should be buried as soon as possible. But it’s not an absolute mandate, rather “it’s more about appropriateness.” In Ali’s case, it was appropriate to wait so that the family could organize the funeral and memorial service so that the world could pay their respects to one of its icons—a man who was proudly Muslim, proudly Black and proudly American.
Ali’s prayer service, at the Freedom Hall in Louisville Kentucky, was open to people of all faiths. It will be followed Friday by an interfaith memorial service for the greatest. As the spokesperson for the Ali family explained earlier this week, “Ali spoke of inclusiveness his entire life and we want this to be inclusive of everyone.”
Honoring AliThis significance of Ali’s public funeral has certainly not been lost on Muslim Americans. As Ali’s “detailed wishes for his funeral prayer and memorial were that they be open to all people and all faiths, a powerful testimony to the inclusive principles he lived by” as a Muslim and an American.
In a political climate in which Islamophobia is front and center, his funeral will counterpunch the ridiculous notion that being a good Muslim and a good American are at odds.”
When a person dies, Muslims traditionally say, “To God we belong and to God we shall return.” Ali may have returned to God, but on Thursday and Friday Ali will bring together Muslims from across the nation to stand shoulder to shoulder with their fellow Americans of different religions and races. Even after his death, Ali is still fighting for the things he so dearly believed in.
R.I.P. dear Friend, role model, and client!,
Jalil

AMWF & Oakland Public Library Host FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY

AMWF & Oakland Public Library Host FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY
Swap Not Shop
Why shop when you can swap?
The AARON & MARGARET WALLACE FOUNDATION (AMWF), will be partnering with the Oakland Public Library to host a FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY on Friday, April 8, 2016, ALL DAY at the Eastmont Branch Library, Eastmont Mall- 7200 Bancroft St., Ste. 211, Oakland California. Everything is FREE OF CHARGE!! Just select a few items you need of the items donated.
Hand of Dignity” Program
AMWF provides a wide range of educational opportunities and employment preparation services for our clients including scholarship and admissions programs, referrals for job training, career development support, resume workshops, job search assistance, interview skills training and preparation.
AMWF, a volunteer-based organization, extends the “Hand of Dignity” to those less fortunate- men, women, and children, and provides them with the basic human necessity of quality, proper clothing, shoes, and accessories with an emphasis on low-income residents successfully obtaining an education or seeking employment to successfully transitioning into the workforce.
Our goal in the “Hand of Dignity” Program is to help low-income residents in Bay Area Counties improve their self-image and self-esteem by providing them with quality school or business apparel appropriate for attending school, job interviews and the professional workplace so they can obtain and education, secure employment and become economically self-sufficient. Many of the women in need of these services have nothing but the clothes on their back because they are escaping from abusive situations.
“Hand of Dignity” accepts new and gently used baby, children, teen youth, men’s and women’s clothing in excellent condition. We do not accept items in bad condition and they must not be noticeably worn, stained, torn, or imperfect. We are very selective as to what we will accept and ask/require that all donations to be in excellent condition, cleaned, pressed and on hangers.
We refresh the baby, children, teen youth clothing and give them new life with someone in need.
“Hand of Dignity” rescue, restore, and re-purpose the men’s and women’s business attire and accessories (suits, shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, ties, scarfs, shoes, accessories, etc.) and provide them to individuals and programs which support people in transition or on welfare get jobs in the business world. Those “Qualified” clients in need can call to arrange a fitting of business attire and visit our ”showroom”, meet with a volunteer wardrobe adviser who helps select appropriate outfits for interviews and work for their new job.
Are there any clothes in your closet that you no longer wear? Put them to use by donating them to AMWF. The less fortunate are always in need of stylish, fresh, clean clothes. We would like to encourage you all to take the opportunity to do a little “closet purging” — and gather all those things that, quite honestly, will NEVER fit your body again.
Among the things that will find a new home with someone in need are some of your very nice, “classic” style, men’s and women’s suits, shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, ties, scarfs, shoes, accessories, children and babies clothing, etc.
AMWF specializes in some new, but mostly gently used clothing and accessories in designer apparel sold in the nation’s leading upscale department stores and retailers and provide First Quality designer apparel, footwear, and accessories. We operate and maintain an inventory so we can offer our patrons diverse selection at all times. This is what separates us from the majority of non-profit distributors. We also handle electronics, sporting goods, toiletries, general merchandise, and more. We offer great styles in urban wear clothing, hip hop and designer apparel names like Armani, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Burberry, Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, J. Crew, American Eagle, Abercrombie & Fitch, Puma, Lee,Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Versace, Banana Republic, Timberland, Vans, Gap, Reebok, New Balance, Zara, Levi Strauss, DKNY, Quicksilver, Kenneth Cole, Hollister, H&M, Izod, Clarks, Perry Ellis, Superdry, Champion, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Givenchy, Aeropostale, Under Armour, Lululemon, Chanel, Forever 21, Ralph Lauren,Van’s, Converse, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Jordan, Target, Lilly Pulitzer, Eileen Fisher, Tory Burch, Justice, Diesel, True Religion, Ed Hardy, Haggar, Apple, Urban Outfitters, Ray Ban, Old Navy, Wet Seal, Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong, Penguin, BCBG, Ann Taylor, Arizona, Baby Phat, Bebe, Billabong, Buffalo, Express, Expressions, Girbaud, Guess, Gymboree, Healthtex, Heritage, Hurley, John Deere, Lands End, Le Tigre, League, Lucky Brand, Mossimo, Next Concept, NY & Co., Choppers, Penguin, Munsingwear, Private Label, Rampage, Redsand, Roxy, Sean John, Timberland, Tommy Bahama, True People, Turbulance, U.S. Expedition, US Polo Association, Victoria Secret, Von Dutch, William Rast, Ecko, Eddie Bauer, Akademiks, Energie, Fila, Fubu, Gap, North Face, Phat Farm, Rocawear, Avirex, Ocean Pacific, Hanes, Jerzees, Gildan, Sport-Tek, Dockers, Ecko, Eddie Bauer, Enyce, Esprit, Faded Glory, Harley Davidson, Nautica, Umbro, Varcity VeeTee, Vokal, Zoo York, Clarks, Alfani, Disney, Hello Kitty, Sesame Street, Gymboree, Jockey, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Bike, Bali, Chantelle, Glamorise, Olga, Playtex, Spanx, Wacoal, K-Swiss, Asics, Saucony, Brooks, Mizuno, New Socks, Altamont, American Needle, Beats by Dre, Been Trill, Black Scale, Brixton, Crooks & Castles, DGK, Dickies, Funderwear, Hall of Fame, ICNY, LRG, Maui & Sons, Mishka, Neff, New Balance, O’Neill, Oakley, Pacsun, Rainbow, Ray-Ban, Reef, Riot Society, Vanguard, Volcom, Young & Reckless, Beauty & the Beach, Body Glove, Brixton, Bullhead Denim Co., Diamond Supply Co., Dolce Vita, Erin Wasson, Glamorous, Insight, JanSport, Kirra, Pink, Body-Solid, Fitness Gear, Valor Fitness, Rage, Easton, Everlast, FootJoy, Franklin, JanSport, Jockey, Ecco, E-Force, Ektelon, Marmot, Maui Jim, Maxfli, McDavid, Oakley, O’Brien, Ocean Minded, O’Neill, Rawlings, Riddell, Spalding, Speedo, Wilson, Wolverine, Worth, and others!
Apparel donations can be dropped off in the Bay Area or a convenient and easy pick-up can be arranged. For complete information, call or text us at 510 394-4101.
Please click the link and complete the “Hand of Dignity” request form to instruct us how best to help you.
We are looking for a shop in the East Bay Area, California, to offer FREE clothing and accessories on a monthly basis. We already have clothing items, racks and displays. The clothing will be given based on need while they last and are listed below! We have new and gently used fashionable clothing available for mainly Middle School to College students and some Big & Tall! We have the latest style clothing and accessories of ALL types: footwear; eye wear; sports gear; weight training equipment and accessories; swimwear and swim equipment and accessories; electronics; toiletries; health and beauty products, equipment and accessories; hair care products, equipment and accessories; and much more! Just complete the request form below for consideration!
If you have a venue or know of one, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately!
Jalil
Call or text (510) 394-4101

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Golden Globe Awards Parties

Experience the Lap of Luxury at the 2016 Golden Globe® After-Parties.

The Golden Globes® are the definitive Hollywood award show, and the after-parties are Tinseltown’s definitive post-event celebration. Get your 2016 tickets to Golden Globe® Awards after-party, and join the brightest stars from film and television for an unforgettable night of revelry. There’s a reason why celebs say that the Golden Globes® are their favorite award show. The intimate awards presentation is highly anticipated, but we suspect that the evening’s fabulous after-parties are the main draw.
Venue : Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :10 January 2016
   
Oscar Parties!

Just because you weren’t invited to the 88th annual Academy Awards® show doesn’t mean you can’t go to the prestigious after-parties or glamorous viewing blowouts. All it takes is a ticket, and VIP Concierge has them in spades. After all, it is the most highly anticipated awards show in the universe, and the parties are world class. You can see and be seen with the most exalted and prominent actors of our time, but only if you buy Elton John Oscar Party Tickets for yourself. Oscar® Sunday is approaching in 2016, so if those doomsday Mayan calendar rumors don’t come true, it’ll be a night to remember.
Venue : Los Angeles, CA
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :28 February 2016,26 February 2017,4 March 2018
    
2016 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Let’s Get Critical at the 2016 Critics Choice Movie Awards
Who cares what the critics think? Fans hate being told what they like, why they like it and anything about the standards of taste. Celebrities, on the other hand, need this type of feedback, especially when it’s positive. When critics have something good to say, the celebrities can’t stop talking. When their latest performance is ridiculed, it’s enough to put any A-lister in hiding. The influence critics have on celebrities and their success or failure is amazing, and this power is always evident at the annual Critics Choice Movie Awards, which have been a Hollywood tradition for the past 20 years.
Venue : Hollywood
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :17 January 2016
    
“Zoolander 2” Premiere and After Party

 “Zoolander 2” Premiere and After Party
Date/Location: February 8th, 2016, NYC (exact date/location TBD)
Synopsis: Models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) must stop a conspiracy to kill the world’s most beautiful people.
 
Starring: Ben Stiller, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson
Trailer:

 http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/zoolander2/ 
Venue : NYC
Location : New York
Event Date :8 February 2016
    
Coachella Ultimate Access!

If it’s rocking, wild and out of control, it must be the indie-pop-rock extravaganza known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In April, crazed music fans take over Indio, California, for the most exciting party and music festival in the Inland Empire or anywhere else. Now, music fans can experience the VIP side of the Empire Polo Club with all-access 2016 Coachella tickets. VIP Concierge is your connection to the coveted passes that will get you backstage at Southern California’s Coachella Music Festival Concert Tickets.
Venue : Indio, California
Location : Other
Event Date :15 April 2016,16 April 2016,17 April 2016,22 April 2016,23 April 2016,24 April 2016
    
“Allegiant” Premiere and After Party

Date/Location: March 14th, 2016, Los Angeles (exact date/location TBD)
Synopsis: The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before. After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
 
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q
Trailer:

 http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/summit/thedivergentseriesallegiant/ 
Venue : Los Angeles
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :14 March 2016
    
“Gods of Egypt” Premiere and After Party

Date/Location: February 23rd, 2016, Los Angeles (exact date/location TBD)
Synopsis: In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Young, Courtney Eaton, Brenton Thwaites
Trailer:

 http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/summit/godsofegypt/ 
Venue : Los Angeles
Location : Los Angeles
Event Date :23 February 2016
    
Rio Carnival

February 5 – February 10
Unnamed Venue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: February 5th – 10th, 2016 Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Travel to Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate party filled with music, dancing, and fun! Experience the luxury of Carnival as you attend the Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace, and even dance in the Samba Parade with this exclusive travel package. Rio Carnival is the world’s biggest celebration! The festival is held before Lent every year, and it is considered the biggest carnival in the world!

NFL Super Bowl
February 7
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA United States
Date: February 7th, 2016 Location: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA This February, thousands of football fans from all over the country will be watching the AFC and NFC Champions duke it out in football’s most coveted game. We have access to the Big Game and all the VIP Super Bowl Parties, along with accommodations, transportation, celebrity meet & greets and more! The 2016 Ultimate Super Bowl Experience includes: 2, 3, or 4 night hotel accommodations.

New York Fashion Week
February 11 – February 18
Unnamed Venue, New York City, NY United States
Date: February 11th – 18th, 2016 Location: New York City, NY New York Fashion Week is a major fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, which allows fashion designers or houses to display their latest collections in runway shows and buyers to take a look at the latest trends. Most importantly, it informs the industry as to what’s in and what’s out for the season. The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals of Milan, London, New York.

NBA All Star Game
February 14
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ONTARIO Canada
Date: February 14, 2016 Location: Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Ontario, Canada The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition game hosted annually by the National Basketball Association (NBA), matching the league’s star players from the Eastern Conference against their counterparts from the Western Conference. Each conference consists of 15 teams each, making it 30 in total. It is the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend. NBA All-Star Weekend is a three-day event which goes from Friday to Sunday.

Daytona 500

February 20
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL United States + Google Map
Date: February 20th, 2016 Location: Daytona International Speedway Daytona, FL The NASCAR Daytona 500 is the biggest and most prestigious race known around the world. This heart pounding, edge of your seat, gut wrenching event is like no other; surpassing the Indianapolis 500. Experience the “Super Bowl of NASCAR”, as the nations top race car drivers compete for a chance of hoisting the Harley J. Earl Cup in the Daytona Victory Lane.

Brit Awards
February 24
The O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND United Kingdom
Date: February 24th, 2016 Location: The O2 – London, England The Brit Awards (sometimes stylized as the BRIT Awards; often simply called the Brits) are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards, and the British equivalent of the American Grammy Awards. Beginning in 1977 and The Brit Awards have grown to become one the biggest and most glamorous annual pop music awards events.

Oscar Viewing Parties

February 28
Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA United States
Date: February, 28th, 2016 Location: Dolby Theatre – Los Angeles, CA The Academy Awards or The Oscars is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit, which is better known by its nickname Oscar. The Oscar depicts a knight, holding a crusader’s sword, standing on a reel of film.

MARCH 2016

Kid’s Choice Awards
March 12
Venue TBD, Los Angeles, CA United States
Date: March 12, 2016 Location: Los Angeles, CA The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs or Kids Choice Awards, is an annual awards show that airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel that honors the year’s biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by Nickelodeon viewers. Winners receive a hollow orange blimp figurine. The show features numerous celebrity guests and musical acts. It has also been known to overwhelmingly cover people with the network’s trademark green slime.

NCAA Mens Final Four

March 15 – April 4
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX United States
Date: March 15th – April 4th, 2016 Location: NRG Stadium – Houston, TX The NCAA Final Four is an American tradition that started in 1939. From Selection Sunday to the Sweet Sixteen, to March Madness and the Elite Eight each process leads to the road of the final four. The final four focuses on the last four teams remaining in the playoffs commonly known as the knock-out tournaments (also known as the semi-finals). The men’s tournament begins with 65 teams.

Las Fallas de Valencia

March 15 – March 19
Unnamed Venue, Valencia, Spain
Date: March 15th – 19th, 2016 Location: Valencia, Spain What started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, has evolved into a 5-day, multifaceted celebration involving fire. Valencia, a quiet city with a population of just over 1 million, swells to an estimated three million flame-loving revelers during Las Fallas celebrations. Las Fallas literally means “the fires” in Valencian. The focus of the fiesta is the creation of 380 Fallas.

APRIL 2016

Academy of Country Music Awards

April 3
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV 90015 United States
Academy of Country Music Awards Travel Package –
Date: April 3rd, 2016 Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NV The Academy of Country Music Awards, also known as the ACM Awards was the first official country music awards show in 1966 (after three informal awards banquets held at the Christensens Red Barrel Niteclub) honoring the industry’s accomplishments during the previous year. It was the first country music awards program held by a major organization, propelling country music into the public spotlight for the first time.

Masters
April 4 – April 10

Augusta National, Augusta, GA United States
Date: April 4th – 10th, 2016 Location: Augusta, GA Known for being rich in tradition, The Masters at Augusta National is known as one of the top Bucket List golf events to attend. Rich in Southern Hospitality, Augusta Georgia opens their arms to the only major golf championship that is held each year in the same location. Each year the top golf players pine for the privilege of being awarded the coveted Green Jacket.

MTV Movie Awards
April 10
Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA United States
Date: April 10, 2016 Location: Microsoft Theatre (Nokia Theater) – Los Angeles, CA The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on MTV. The nominees are decided by producers and executives at MTV. Winners are decided online by the general public, and presented with a golden popcorn statue.

Tribeca Film Festival
April 13 – April 24

Unnamed Venue, New York City, NY United States + Google Map
Date: April 13th – 24th, 2016 Location: New York City, NY The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The mission of the festival is “to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

Daytime Emmy Awards

April 24
Daytime Emmy Awards Travel Package – Susan Lucci
Date: April, 2016 The Daytime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the New York based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. Due to the relatively small talent pool in daytime television, it has become common for the same people to be nominated repeatedly. The most infamous of these is All My Children star Susan Lucci.

MAY 2016

The Old Course Experience
May 2 – May 7
Old Course, St. Andrews, SCOTTLAND United Kingdom
Date: May 2nd – 7th, 2016 [Alternative Dates Available] Location: Old Course – St. Andrews, Scottland The Old Course at St Andrews is considered by many to be the “home of golf” because the sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 1400s. The Old Course was pivotal to the development of how the game is still played today. One of the unique features of the Old Course are the large double greens.

Kentucky Derby

May 7
Date: May 7th, 2016 Location: Louisville, KY Louisville’s adopted slogan, “We’ve Got It”, says it all. Because of Louisville’s rich history and exciting future, it is easily one of America’s best cities. The Kentucky Derby is famously known as the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, complete with fashionably large hats, southern hospitality, derby pie, and the mint julip. The first leg of the Triple-Crown, this stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses commences every year on the first Saturday in May.

Cannes Film Festival
May 11 – May 22

Date: May 11th – 22nd, 2016 Location: Cannes, South of France The Cannes Film Festival has become an international creativity landscape in today’s world of cinematography. The festival provides a sort of rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. The Cannes Film Festival has become an international creativity landscape in today’s world of cinematography. The festival provides a sort of rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies.

Billboard Music Awards

May 15
Venue TBD, Las Vegas,
Date: May 15, 2016 Location: Las Vegas, NV The Billboard Music Awards honors some of the hottest names in music today. Awards were given for the top album/artist/single in different genres. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.

Movie Premieres
May 15

Movie Premiere Tickets
If seeing a much anticipated movie on opening day isn’t enough, see the movie premiere with the entire cast and crew will be exactly what you need! Walk the red carpet and attend star studded after parties. We can customize an experiences to fit your needs. Contact us and speak to an Experience specialist for availability of upcoming movies!

Preakness Stakes

May 21
Pimlico Track, Baltimore, MD United States
Date: May 21st, 2016 Location: Pimlico Track – Baltimore, MD The Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a Grade I race run over a distance of 1 9/16 miles on dirt. It is the second leg of the Triple Crown, held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.

French Open
May 22 – June 12

Date: May 22nd, 2016 – June 12th, 2016 Location: Paris, France The French Open Tennis Tournament, officially known as Tournoi de Roland-Garros (English translation: Roland Garros Tournament) is held over two weeks, between mid-May and early June. The French Open Tennis Tournament is also the second tennis tournament of the four Grand Slams (US Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon), and is the leading clay court tennis tournament in the world. 

Super Bowl 50 Information

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Super Bowl 50: Parties, concerts and top events for Super Bowl Week

The following events are scheduled during Super Bowl Week throughout the Bay Area:

MONDAY

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actor Aloe Blacc.  http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c .

The Macy’s Fireworks show produced in partnership with the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, kicked off fan-geared activities at Super Bowl City on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or  http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4 .

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger.  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

NFL Flag Championships: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Moscone Center, San Francisco. Youth ages 9-14 compete representing a different NFL club, culminating in these division national championship games. Part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger).  http://bit.ly/1UAwMSZ .

Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled By Gatorade: 5-8 p.m., SAP Center, San Jose. Performers: All players and coaches from the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be interviewed by media members on a live television special broadcast by NFL Network. Tickets sold-out and only available from resale sites.

Tony Bruno Show Live Broadcast: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., ComedySportz, San Jose. The radio host will conduct a live talk show with a studio audience. Free admission.

Super Bowl Opening Night After-party with The Sports Saloon: 7:30 p.m., The Glass House, San Jose. Radio personalities Patrick Connor and Tony Fidoni will host a party following the Super Bowl Opening Night. $20.  http://bit.ly/1nxggIB .

TUESDAY

Kaboom! Playground Build: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Blossom River Apartments, San Jose. More than 200 volunteers from the NFL, ESPN, Disney and local charities will join Kaboom! employees and San Jose residents to construct a new playground outside an apartment complex.

NFL Play 60 Challenge School Visit: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Maya Lin School, Alameda. NFL players will visit school to reward students for completing the Super Bowl 50 edition of the NFL Play 60 challenge that promotes physical activity.

NFL Play 60 Character Camp: 10 a.m., NFL Experience football field, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Non-contact football camp with predominantly Hispanic youth from the Bay Area, led by Hall of Fame lineman Anthony Munoz. Camp is free but part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger).  www.facebook.com/NFLPLAY60/ .

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Vocal Rush and Amor Do Samba.  http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c .

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or  http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4 .

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 07: Attendees cuddle with puppies from a local rescue, Paw Works, who are on hand to promote Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XII” during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger.  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

Special Olympics Skills And Drills: 5 p.m-8 p.m., Valley Christian High School, San Jose. Special Olympics of Northern California and the 49ers team up to host a flag football scrimmage and skills demonstration.  http://bit.ly/1UAwMSZ .

Ladies Night Out At The NFL Shop: 7 p.m.-9p.m., Moscone Center West, San Francisco. Erin Andrews of “Dancing With the Stars” hosts a special “Ladies Night” at the NFL merchandise shop that will feature team manicures, metallic fashion tattoos and shopping. Part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger).

WEDNESDAY

Super Fan Chase: 8 a.m., Memorial Stadium, Berkeley. This is the launch of a four-day Super Bowl scavenger hunt where registered contestants search 50 destinations. $75, pre-event registration required.  www.superfanchase.com .

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Loco Bloco, Taiko Drummers and platinum-selling folk-rock musician Matt Nathanson (7:30 p.m.).  http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c .

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or  http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4 .

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger.  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

Super Bowl 50 Business Connect Celebration: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Bently Reserve Event Center, San Francisco. A celebration that recognizes local businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans or LBGT individuals.

“Rock N Roll Bowl”: 6 p.m., Rockbar, San Jose. ABC 7’s Dan Ashley hosts a pre-Super Bowl party that features local rock bands, Solomon Wilcots, Raymond Anthony, Puro Bandido, Rick Stevens, Richard Bean, David Labrava from Sons of Anarchy and more and benefits Huddle Up for New Alzheimer’s Treatments. $49 in advance, $69 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. Ages 21 and older.  http://bit.ly/201rQbg .

A Concert of Champions: 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. Hosted by former NFL running back Marcus Allen, the San Francisco Symphony and NFL Films team up to present music with images of past Super Bowls projected onto the stage. $35-$95.  http://bit.ly/1KPZMRh .

Glazer Palooza Suits & Sneakers Super Bowl Kick Off: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Pier 27-Cruise Ship Terminal, The Embarcadero, San Francisco. Hosted by Marshall Faulk, the kick-off party includes entertainment by Tommy Lee and DJ Aero and will feature celebrities, NFL all-stars and other notable professional athletes, as well as the Elevee fashion show. A portion of the proceeds go to Merging Vets + Players. VIP ticketed event.  http://bit.ly/1KjMDVy .

THURSDAY

Purpose of Sport Symposium: 8 a.m.-10 a.m., 50 Club, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. Jim Stengel, President of the Jim Stengel Company and adjunct UCLA professor, discusses how brands are engaging fans activating through sport.  http://bit.ly/1OZCUmh .
NFL Family Football Clinic: 10 a.m., Moscone Center, San Francisco. NFL players will lead children and parents in relationship-building exercises. Part of NFL Experience ($35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger).  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

Super Bowl 50 Legacy Grant: 11 a.m., Malcom X Academy Elementary School, San Francisco. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and SB50 Host Committee CEO Keith Bruce will announce dispensation of a combined $2 million in grants and will help transform a picnic area at Community Youth Park, adjacent to the school, into a family friendly zone.  http://bit.ly/1OZCUmh .

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Culture Shock, Le Vice and hit country The Band Perry (7:30 p.m.).  http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c .

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees.  www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/ .

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or  http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4 .

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger.  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

Beer Blitz at Santana Row: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Santana Row, San Jose. Unlimited beer tasting in eight locations throughout the row, featuring 10 breweries, with each stop representing a division of the NFL. $100. Limited tickets. www.santanarow.com/events/santana-row-beer-blitz/ .

Legends for Charity Dinner: 5-8:30 p.m., Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the charity dinner will honor former NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden. $250.  http://bit.ly/1nGCp88 .

Madden Bowl XXII Party: 7 p.m., Masonic Center, San Francisco. Madden Bowl championship will pit the two best Madden NFL players. The invite-only event also will feature NFL stars Eddie Lacy, Eric Berry, Devonta Freeman, and DeAndre Hopkins.

Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars: 7-10 p.m., Jones, 620 Jones St., San Francisco. Hosted by Hall of Fame Coach Mike Ditka and ESPN analyst Ron “Jaws” Jaworski, the cigar-filled party reportedly will include celebrities Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Suzy Kolber, Mike Golic, and Merril Hoge; an open premium bar, appetizers and outdoor smoking. $500.  http://www.ditkajawscigars.com/ .

Concussion: Braid Injury and the NFL: 7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, City Arts & Lectures, San Francisco. Hear a discussion by
Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first doctor to discover and identify chronic brain damage in professional athletes and was portrayed by actor Will Smith in the recent film “Concussion.” He will be in conversation with NBC’s Stone Phillips. $29.  http://bit.ly/20AFX9A .

Super Bowl Weekend With Norm MacDonald: 8 p.m., San Jose Improv, San Jose. The former Saturday Night Live star riffs on the big game. Dress code. 18 years and older. $27.  http://bit.ly/1UAZkf3 .

Super Bowl City Nights: 8 p.m.-2 a.m., City Nights, 715 Harrison Street, San Francisco. The Old School Show featuring tone Loc, Coolio, Rob Base and Young MC; open bar; VIP food spread and VIP bottle service available. Proceeds will go to The Wounded Warriors Project, Valentines for Veterans, The San Francisco — Marin County Food Bank and their outreach programs. Pre-sale tickets from $600.  http://superbowlcitynights.com/ .

A Concert of Champions: 8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. Hosted by former NFL running back Marcus Allen, the San Francisco Symphony and NFL Films team up to present music with images of past Super Bowls projected onto the stage. $35-$95.  http://bit.ly/1KPZMRh .

DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night: 9 p.m., Pier 70, San Francisco. Dave Matthews Band performs. Tickets start at $75.  http://livemu.sc/20AF80x .

FRIDAY

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees.  www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/ .

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include Jarrod Spector and One Republic (7:30 p.m.), followed by the Macy’s Fireworks Show.  http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c .

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or  http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4 .

NFL Experience: 3-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger.  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

NFL Foundation Bowling Tournament: 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Lucky Strike, San Francisco. Teams of amateur bowlers captained by NFL legends such as Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Elvin Bethea, Mark Clayton, Warrick Dunn, Carl Eller, Floyd LIttle and John Randle will compete to raise money to support the Player Care Foundation and NFL Foundation. Entry fees are a $3,500 contribution to the NFL Foundation for a bowling team of four and $250 for a non-bowling spectator. To register, contact Toby Brown at 817-385-8444 or  toby@stemarketing.com .

Legends of the Game party: 6-9 p.m., Pac-12 Studios, 370 3rd St, San Francisco. The invite-only party will feature Brett Favre, Tiki Barber and Charles Woodson with red carpet entry, artisan cocktails, virtual reality experiences, and a live Q&A hosted by TV personalities.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration: 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, Oakland. The performance will include Billboard Music Award winner Kem, Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton, the NFL Players Choir, Season 9 “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith, Kierra Sheard and Canton Jones, Tye Tribette, Charles Jenkins, Jonathan McReynolds and MD-Mike Phillips. $25.  www.superbowlgospel.com .

Super Bowl Weekend With Norm MacDonald: 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., San Jose Improv, San Jose. The former Saturday Night Live star riffs on the big game. Dress code. 18 years and older. $27.  http://bit.ly/1UAZkf3 .

Chairman’s Party: 8 p.m., The Masonic, San Francisco. The charity party benefiting the 50 Fund iniative to help Bay Area child, youth and young adults living in low-income communities will feature Ronnie Lott, Marshawn Lynch, Anthony Anderson and more. Rye will mix up a hosted bar, chef Michael Tusk of Quince and Cotogna is curating a “Best of the Bay” small bites and Grammy winner Tiësto will perform. $265.  http://bit.ly/1Sl7meG .

Super Bowl City Nights: 8 p.m.-2 a.m., City Nights, 715 Harrison Street, San Francisco. Featuring Pauly D from the MTV series “The Jersey Shore;” open bar; VIP food spread and VIP bottle service available. Proceeds will go to The Wounded Warriors Project, Valentines for Veterans, The San Francisco — Marin County Food Bank and their outreach programs. Pre-sale tickets from $600.  http://superbowlcitynights.com/ .

ESPN Party: 8 p.m., Fort Mason, San Francisco. Invite-only party will features a live performance by Grammy nominated singer Nick Jonas and music by D-Nice.

Bleacher Report “Bleacher Ball” — 9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., San Francisco. Featuring music from the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, celebrities expected to attend the invite-only party include Daina Falk (“The Hungry Fan”), J.J. Watt (Houston Texans), Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys), Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers), Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs), Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams), and Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals).

The Bay Exp Super Bowl 50 Weekend Party: 9 p.m.- 2 a.m., Sudio 8, 9 South 1st St., San Jose. Party will feature 50 confirmed NFL players, 32 celebrities and 6 DJs, including host Kenny Burns, Nicole Zavala, August Alsina, Jasmine Cadavid and DJ Envy. Must be 21 or older. General admission from $77.87.  www.thebayexp.com/event-info.html .

Leather and Laces party — 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., City View at Metreon. Hosted by Jeremy Piven and Emmauelle Chriqui, the party will include entertainment by Cirque USA, mentalist, Jim Karol, DJ Automatic and DJ Zhaldee. Starting at $495.  www.leatherandlaces.com/ .

Pepsi Friday Night Live: 10 p.m., Pier 70, San Francisco. Performance by Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled. 21 years or older. Tickets start at $75.  http://livemu.sc/1PJSsaU .

Playboy Party: 10 p.m., AT&T Park, Lot A, San Francisco. Grammy-nominated EDM producer and DJ Alesso is headlining. EFFEN Vodka will be serving molecular cocktails curated by Benjamin Cooper. Hugh Hefner is not expected to attend. $1,250. To purchase tickets, contact  playboysb@intheknowexperiences.com .

French Montana Super Bowl Kickoff Party: 10 p.m.-4 a.m., Roccapulco, 3140 Mission St., San Francisco. Miss Nicky Baby hosts French Montana with this extended Super Bowl party. Strict dress code enforced. Starting at $44.  http://bit.ly/1RUolEe .

SATURDAY

Super Bowl Breakfast: 8 a.m., Hilton Union Square, San Francisco. Presentation of the Bart Starr Award for Outstanding Character and Leadersip to Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers. Guests will include Tony Dungy, Brent Jones, Benjamin Watson, Roger Staubach, Jerry Kramer, Mike Ditka, Jack Del Rio and Clark Hunt. $200.  www.superbowlbreakfast.com .

NFL Foundation Golf Tournament: 8 a.m., Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Teams of amateur golfers captained by NFL legends such as Elvin Bethea, Mark Clayton, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Jim Taylor and Paul Warfield. Tournament entry donation of $10,000 per team (teams of three paired with a NFL Legend), benefits NFL Foundatoin and Player Care Foundation.  http://bit.ly/201AQgD .

NFL Experience: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger.  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

Santa Clara Super Community Celebration: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Santa Clara University. Events include a celebrity flag football game; pep rally with the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders, Raiderettes and the Santa Clara Vanguard; Flavors of Santa Clara with gourmet food trucks, a beer and wine garden and live performances by local bands; NFL player signings; a youth activity zone; and concert featuring Huey Lewis and the News (requires separate ticket). Reserved advanced tickets are all booked, but a limited number of day-of tickets are available for those who arrive for the stand-by line. Reserved tickets not presented by 1 p.m. are forfeited; reserved concert tickets not presented by 7 p.m. will be forfeited. Free but requires reserved ticket.  http://1.usa.gov/20A1nDR .

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits; CBS’ mini field and light projections at dusk. Performers this day include opening act Oakland soul and R&B singer Goapele and 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys (7 p.m.).  http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c .

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees.  www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/ .

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or  http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4 .

Wounded Warrior Amputee Flag Football Game vs. NFL Alumni: Noon-3 p.m., College of San Mateo. Flag football game featuring the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, Snoop Dogg and 40 NFL Alumni, including former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier and former 49ers Bill Ring, Dan Bunz, Derrick Deese, William Floyd, Bill Romanowski, Dana Stubblefield and Spencer Tillman. $10; free for childen and students.  http://woundedwarrioramputeefootballteam.org .

Leigh Steinberg’s 29th annual Super Bowl Party: Noon to 4 p.m., City View at Metreon, San Francisco. Invitation-only charity party brings together business, sports and Hollywood celebrities to raise money and present the Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Awards.

Super City 50 Urban EDM Fest: 1 p.m., O.co Coliseum, Oakland. Concert featuring Electronic Dance Music DJs Alesso, Diplo, The Chainsmokers, Chuckie and Showtek. General admission tickets from $99.  http://bit.ly/1RUp7B1 .

NFL Honors: Red Carpet 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Telecast 5 p.m-7 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Conan O’Brien hosts an event with Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees, other NFL award winners and nominees and past greats including Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Joe Namath, Deion Sanders, Jerry Rice, Roger Staubach and Steve Young.

CBS Radio The Night Before concert: 5 pm, AT&T Park, San Francisco. Performance by opening act Cage the Elephant and Metallica. Concert is sold out.

Big Game Big Give: 6:30-10 p.m., private Atherton estate of capitalist and philanthropist Jillian Manus. Invite-only celebrity gala will include Joe Montana, Matt Williams, Gavin Newsom, 500 guests, and a special musical performer.
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Super Bowl Weekend With Norm MacDonald: 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., San Jose Improv, San Jose. The former Saturday Night Live star riffs on the big game. Dress code. 18 years and older. $27.  http://bit.ly/1UAZkf3 .

Taste of the NFL: 7 p.m., Cow Palace, Daly City. Celebrity chefs and players representing every NFL city will be featured, along with music by Third Eye Blind. $700.  www.tasteofthenfl.com .

The Maxim Party 2016: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Treasure Island. Featuring performances by Lil Wane, A$AP Rocky, and DJ sets by William Lifestyle, Devin Lucien & Balthazar Getty; open premium bars and food. Invitation only.  www.maximparty2016.com .

Ludacris’s Super Bash: 8:30 p.m., The Warfield, San Francisco. Ludacris will perform with Busta Rhymes and DJ Supreme. 21 years and older. Starting at $403.50.  http://bit.ly/201vZvN .

Big Game Bash, Rolling Stone Live: 9 p.m., The Galleria, San Francisco. Billing itself as the “Indoor Coachella,” this annual party is one of the biggest at the Super Bowl, having in past years features Drake, Diddy and Jennifer Lopez. This year’s lineup already includes Travis Scott, Elle King and Avicii. The open bar includes Moet champagne. Starting at $1,087.  http://bit.ly/20AZery .

Super Soul Bowl Revue: 9 p.m., Poor House Bistro, San Jose. Featuring Wee Willie Walker, Terrie Odabi, Cubby “The Funky Godfather” Ingram, Loralee Christensen and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra. Tickets $25 advance, $30 at door.  www.poorhousebistro.com .

Leather and Laces party — 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m., City View at Metreon. Hosted by Alessandra Ambrosio and Emily Ratajkowski, the party will include entertainment by Cirque USA, mentalist, Jim Karol, DJ Automatic and DJ Zhaldee. Starting at $495.  www.leatherandlaces.com/ .

San Francisco Mardi Gras 2016: 10 p.m., Fish & Farm, 424 Clay St., San Francisco. Get a feel for the New Orleans festivities with music, costumes and beads. Early bird tickets from $11.24.  http://bit.ly/20ALtcr .

DIRECTV Super Saturday Night: 10 p.m., Pier 70, San Francisco. Performance by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tickets only available on the secondary market.

Chris Brown & 50 Cent Super Bowl Party: 10 p.m. Origin Nightclub, 1538 Fillmore St., San Francisco. Performances by Chris Brown and 50 Cent. Starting at $126.54.  http://bit.ly/1RUXDeE .

SUNDAY

NFL Experience: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco. Fan Interactive Expo combines interactive games, an NFL Play 60 Zone for youngest fans, autograph sessions with past and present NFL players, photo opportunity with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Super Bowl championship rings on display and the NFL Shop. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 children ages 12 and younger.  http://bit.ly/1VzowTD .

NFL Alumni GameDay Brunch: 10 a.m., Flemings, Palo Alto. Includes Chalk Talk Sessions, game analysis from NFL legends and personalities, stories from past Super Bowls, autograph sessions and more.  http://bit.ly/1Psigg5 .

Players Super Bowl Tailgate: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Santa Clara parking lot. Featuring Erin Andrews, Guy Fieri, chefs Beau MacMillan, Aaron May and G Garvin, plus active and retired NFL players. $700.  http://bit.ly/1VAV2o8 .

Super Bowl City: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Embarcadero and Market Street, San Francisco. Features a fan village centered in Justin Herman Plaza with free concerts; the 50th Mile with food, beverages and shops; the Fan Energy Zone with dance, bike riding, video football and other interactive exhibits. Performers this day include Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, John Brothers and Glide Ensemble (2 p.m.).  http://bit.ly/1Kiiu9c .

Puppy Bowl Cafe: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. Watch adoptable puppies from the local shelters scrimmage for toys on a 24-foot mock football field, while an Animal Planet referee oversees the action. Free. The pups featured also will be available for adoption at East Bay SPCA in Oakland or Dublin on Super Bowl Sunday and 1200 15th Street in San Francisco starting at noon Feb. 9 for discounted fees.  www.facebook.com/events/1974577382767354/ .

On the Fifty-A Charitable Dining Experience: Lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) service, RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina will donate percentage of of restaurant proceeds to support NFL Foundation charities; memorabilia auction included. Reservations at 415-543-7474 or  http://bit.ly/1m7eNI4 .

Tony Bruno’s Super Bowl Tailgate Party: Noon-10:30 p.m., The Glass House, San Jose. The radio host will conduct a live pregame broadcast and then a Super Bowl 50 viewing party. $50.  http://bit.ly/1PKVT1i .

San Leandro Super Bowl 50 Experience: 1 p.m., BAL Theatre, San Leandro. Watch the game on a 40-foot screen in the historic theatre and enjoy free food, water and soft drinks. Must pre-register for admittance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free for first 500 registered guests.  http://bit.ly/1JTvMJi , 510-557-3462.

Super Bowl Parties
Events for Friday, February 5th, 2016

Leather and Laces Party (Friday Edition)
Description: With a bevy of Hollywood celebrities and athletes as guests, year after year the “Leather & Laces” party proves to be the hottest, chicest and sexiest place to be during Super Bowl Weekend.Previous hosts include Victoria’s Secret Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Brooklyn Decker, Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton as well as Hollywood Celebrities Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Kevin Dillon, Nicole Scherzinger, Roselyn Sanchez and others.
Time: 9:30pm – 3:00am

ESPN “The Party”
Description: Continuously named the biggest and best party of the weekend, ESPN “The Party” is not just a party… it’s a platform, a culture, an EXPERIENCE! Past performances include Platinum Selling Artist J.Cole & Grammy nominee Charli XCX with celebrity DJs Questlove and SOSUPERSAM spinning throughout the night.
Time: 10:00pm – Late
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Playboy Super Bowl Party
Description: Just as you’d probably expect, there’s perhaps no event more lavish and luxurious than the Playboy Super Bowl Party. An essential who’s-who of the entertainment industry, past guests that have made appearances include Kanye West, Bradley Cooper, Usher, Gabrielle Union, Jon Hamm, and Shaquille O’Neal, while the event itself is typically hosted by current Playmates.
Time: 9:00pm – 2:00am
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Events for Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Leather & Laces Leather and Laces Party (Saturday Edition)
Description: With a bevy of Hollywood celebrities and athletes as guests, year after year the “Leather & Laces” party proves to be the hottest, chicest and sexiest place to be during Super Bowl Weekend.Previous hosts include Victoria’s Secret Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Brooklyn Decker, Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton as well as Hollywood Celebrities Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Kevin Dillon, Nicole Scherzinger, Roselyn Sanchez and others.
Time: 9:30pm – 3:00am
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DirecTV Super Bowl Party
Description: Saturday night will bring out all the stars from sports and entertainment. Past performances were given by Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and celebrity DJs. This event is guest list only and features the who’s who of sports and entertainment.
Time: 9:00pm – Late
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Maxim Magazine Super Bowl Party
Description: The dress code is “Fabulously Chic” as you prepare to rub shoulders with the Stars from the world of Sports and Entertainment at this extravagant and exclusive “by invitation only” Super Bowl party!
Time: 9:00pm – Late
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Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party
Description: Expect to enjoy performances from the some of the biggest musical acts in history while you’re in the same venue as some of your favorite stars from TV and the big screen. With past performers such as Steven Tyler, Charli XCX, Pitbull, Flo Rida & more, you can bet Rolling Stone will pull out all the stops to make this soiree the biggest and best Super Bowl bash in history.
Time: 9:00pm – Late
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NFL Honors Award Show
Description: Active NFL Players walk the Red Carpet in anticipation of being honored as “best in class” at their position. Over 100 active and former NFL players in attendance with gourmet food stations and open bar and Live headline musical performances.
Time: Red carpet starts at 5:00 pm, Award show 6:00pm – Late
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Taste of the NFL
Description: The premier food and wine tasting extravaganza featuring a top chef from each of the 32 NFL cities, paired with an alumni or current player from each team. Attendees are able to sample specialty foods, meet the chefs and get photos and autographs from host players and special celebrity guests.
Time: 7:00pm – Late
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Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Official NFL Tailgate Party
Description: The official “by invitation only” Pre Super Bowl tailgate party of the year promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Warm hospitality, open bar, exquisite food and exceptional entertainment – this tailgate party is the place to be and be seen. Super Bowl Ticket required for entry!
Time: 12:00pm – Kickoff
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NFL Players Tailgate Party
Description:The Super Bowl Players Tailgate has earned a reputation as the “Premier Super Bowl Game Day experience” Guests have included Super Bowl Champion and Hall of Famer Michael Strahan who in 2013 was host and gave a Super Bowl pregame chat and an inside look at the Super Bowl. In 2015, The Players Super Bowl Tailgate had over 25 active NFL Players in attendance mingling with fans. The Party is complete with an open premium bar and all you can eat 5 star food menu.
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

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OVERVIEW

 Super Bowl  50 will be played at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on February 7, 2016. For more information on gameday, please click the “GAMEDAY” tab above.

Leading up to the game, several fan events will be taking place in downtown San Francisco and San Jose.

NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai will be held at the Moscone Center (North and South buildings) from Saturday, January 30 — Sunday, February 7, 2016. NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from NFL players.

 Super Bowl  City is the  Super Bowl  50 Host Committee’s free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone  Super Bowl  50 and to highlight its unique place in the Bay Area. This hub of fan energy will be open from Saturday, January 30 — Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco’s famed Market Street.

 Super Bowl  Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on Monday, February 1, 2016 and will mark the first time the players and coaches address the media while in the Bay Area.

For more information on NFL Experience,  Super Bowl  City,  Super Bowl  Opening Night and other events taking place around  Super Bowl  50, please click the respective tabs above.

 Super Bowl  50 Host Committee

Visit the  Super Bowl  50 Host Committee’s website ( sfbaysuperbowl.com ) for more information on the 50 Tour presented by Chevron, a mobile exhibit designed to celebrate the history of the Bay Area’s championship teams, and to learn what to do and see around the Bay Area.

Transportation & Hotel Accommodations

Airports

— San Francisco International Airport (SFO)  http://www.flysfo.com/ 
— 31.5 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 14 miles to downtown San Francisco
— San Jose International Airport (SJC)  http://www.flysanjose.com/fl/ 
— 6.2 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 46 miles to downtown San Francisco
— Oakland International Airport (OAK)  http://www.oaklandairport.com/ 
— 34 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 21 miles to downtown San Francisco

Parking

 Super Bowl  parking will be available for purchase in December by visiting  superbowl.clickandpark.com ( https://superbowl.clickandpark.com/ ). Maps, directions and road closure information will also be made available on the Click and Park website.

Hotels

Please click  here  to book a hotel for  Super Bowl  50.
Hospitality Packages for  Super Bowl  50

Please visit  http://nflonlocation.com/super-bowl/super-bowl-50  for information on NFL On Location hospitality packages.

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OVERVIEW
Super Bowl 50 will be played at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on February 7, 2016. For more information on gameday, please click the “GAMEDAY” tab above.
Leading up to the game, several fan events will be taking place in downtown San Francisco and San Jose.
NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai will be held at the Moscone Center (North and South buildings) from Saturday, January 30 — Sunday, February 7, 2016. NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from NFL players.
Super Bowl City is the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone Super Bowl 50 and to highlight its unique place in the Bay Area. This hub of fan energy will be open from Saturday, January 30 — Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco’s famed Market Street.
Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on Monday, February 1, 2016 and will mark the first time the players and coaches address the media while in the Bay Area.
For more information on NFL Experience, Super Bowl City, Super Bowl Opening Night and other events taking place around Super Bowl 50, please click the respective tabs above.
Super Bowl 50 Host Committee
Visit the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s website (sfbaysuperbowl.com) for more information on the 50 Tour presented by Chevron, a mobile exhibit designed to celebrate the history of the Bay Area’s championship teams, and to learn what to do and see around the Bay Area.
Transportation & Hotel Accommodations
Airports
— San Francisco International Airport (SFO) https://www.flysfo.com/
— 31.5 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 14 miles to downtown San Francisco
— San Jose International Airport (SJC) https://www.flysanjose.com/fl/
— 6.2 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 46 miles to downtown San Francisco
— Oakland International Airport (OAK) https://www.oaklandairport.com/
— 34 miles to Levi’s® Stadium
— 21 miles to downtown San Francisco
Parking
Super Bowl parking will be available for purchase in December by visiting superbowl.clickandpark.com(https://superbowl.clickandpark.com/). Maps, directions and road closure information will also be made available on the Click and Park website.
Hotels
Please click here to book a hotel for Super Bowl 50.
Hospitality Packages for Super Bowl 50
Please visit https://nflonlocation.com/super-bowl/super-bowl-50 for information on NFL On Location hospitality packages.
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A & MWF provides a wide range of educational opportunities and employment preparation services for our clients including scholarship and admissions programs, referrals for job training, career development support, resume workshops, job search assistance, interview skills training and preparation.
A & MWF, a volunteer-based organization, extends the “Hand of Dignity” to those less fortunate- men, women, and children, and provides them with the basic human necessity of quality, proper clothing, shoes, and accessories with an emphasis on low-income residents successfully obtaining an education or seeking employment to successfully transitioning into the workforce.
Our goal in the “Hand of Dignity” Program is to help low-income residents in Bay Area Counties improve their self-image and self-esteem by providing them with quality school or business apparel appropriate for attending school, job interviews and the professional workplace so they can obtain and education, secure employment and become economically self-sufficient. Many of the women in need of these services have nothing but the clothes on their back because they are escaping from abusive situations.
“Hand of Dignity” accepts new and gently used baby, children, teen youth, men’s and women’s clothing in excellent condition. We do not accept items in bad condition and they must not be noticeably worn, stained, torn, or imperfect. We are very selective as to what we will accept and ask/require that all donations to be in excellent condition, cleaned, pressed and on hangers.
We refresh the baby, children, teen youth clothing and give them new life with someone in need.
“Hand of Dignity” rescue, restore, and re-purpose the men’s and women’s business attire and accessories (suits, shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, ties, scarfs, shoes, accessories, etc.) and provide them to individuals and programs which support people in transition or on welfare get jobs in the business world. Those “Qualified” clients in need can call to arrange a fitting of business attire and visit our ”showroom”, meet with a volunteer wardrobe advisor who helps select appropriate outfits for interviews and work for their new job.
Are there any clothes in your closet that you no longer wear? Put them to use by donating them to A & MWF. The less fortunate are always in need of stylish, fresh, clean clothes. We would like to encourage you all to take the opportunity to do a little “closet purging” — and gather all those things that, quite honestly, will NEVER fit your body again.
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Marshawn Lynch's Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp July 9-11, 2015

Marshawn Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp July 9-11, 2015
The man, the myth, the BEAST. Fanlime spent the weekend with Superbowl Champion and Seattle Seahawk’s all star running back Marshawn Lynch (aka BEASTMODE) to talk about his Oakland roots, the Fam 1st Family Foundation he founded with cousin Josh Johnson and his exclusive BeastMode collaborations with sports street wear brand Hall of Fame, the cutting edge performance brand ICNY, and the legendary Bay Area Hip-Hop crew, Hieroglyphics.
Fam 1st Family Foundation Football Camp
Talent show
July 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, July 9, 2015. Talent show
Held at Oakland Tech High School Auditorium
4351 Broadway Oakland, CA
5pm-9pm Admission $5 (4 under free)
Family Bowl Night (Albany Bowl)
July 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, July 10, 2015
Family Bowl Night (Albany Bowl)
540 San Pablo Ave Albany, Ca
5pm -9pm
Presale Admission $20
Door Admission $30
Purchase tickets
https://event.sparxo.com/ticket/FamilyBowlNight2015
Annual Football Camp
July 11
Saturday July 11,2015
Annual Football Camp
Oakland Tech
4351 Broadway Oakland, Ca
Admission Free
Pre-Registration Online
Check in at 8am-9am (ages 6-12)
Check in at 12-1pm (ages13-18)
After Party
July 11 @ 10:00 pm – July 12 @ 2:00 am
After Party
July 11th
10pm -2pm
Location: TBA
$20 Admission
Fam 1st Family Foundation Talent Show
MARSHAWN LYNCH
Aside from his profession as a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch is, in most ways, a typical American. Like anyone else, the lineaments of his success are consistent with the status symbols of his childhood and hometown. Like many good kids, he was a dreamer who wanted to grow up to help his family. Like many good men, his true heart is not for public view, and like many famous people, he’s wary of your motives.
A combination of these attributes earned Marshawn a $100,000 fine from the NFL last November for not interacting with the media. While not required by the Seattle Seahawks—Pete Carroll certainly doesn’t care if Marshawn talks to the press or not—the NFL, as part of its assiduous image maintenance, demands that its marquee players routinely supply the media with content. You don’t have to watch football to guess that most of this patter is the verbal equivalent of a store-bought Halloween costume, and because variations from this banal pattern often receive undeserved, rabid scrutiny, an enforced vapidity has long been the norm among athletes and their image managers. One should not critique Marshawn for wanting no part of this.
“He cares a lot more about his teammates than people think. He cares a lot more about this game than people think,” former Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson tells the Seattle Times. “He’s just not a guy that’s going to do it for the camera. That’s how he is.”
While he’s willing to perform when he calls the shots (as with his recent endorsement dealwith Skittles, his favorite candy going back to childhood) his scant press interviews usually range from curt to succinct. NFL Network reporter Deion Sanders happened into what qualifies asMarshawn Lynch (Kurt Rogers, San Francisco Chronicle)Marshawn’s mission statement when Marshawn told him, “I’m all about that action, boss … I ain’t never seen no talking that ever mean nothing. Been like that since I was little. I was raised like that.”
Marshawn’s “action” also happens to speak volumes. Nicknamed “Beast Mode” since his teenage years, Marshawn has an unusual talent for breaking tackles and finding an extra gear, perhaps best exemplified by this astonishing runagainst the New Orleans Saints a few years back. Seahawks fans love the guy; they’ve made his jersey one of the top-selling in football and caused Seattle-wide Skittles shortages in the lead-up to last year’s Super Bowl. These exploits make him worthy of the attention—if he wanted it.
Perhaps in retaliation, the media hasn’t downplayed Marshawn’s indiscretions and scrapes with the law, which mostly happened while he was a young player on his first team, the Buffalo Bills. He’s endured a hit-and-run charge he incurred while rolling through Buffalo’s bar district, a misdemeanor weapons charge, a DUI, and a citation for playing loud music—while in the Bills’ stadium parking lot.
“I would like to see them (critics) grow up in project housing authorities, being racially profiled growing up, sometimes not even having nothing to eat, sometimes having to wear the same damn clothes to school for a whole week,” Marshawn told Jeffri Chadiha, in a rare interview for ESPN E:60. “Then all of a sudden a big-ass change in their life, like their dream come true, to the point they’re starting their career, at 20 years old, when they still don’t know shit. I would like to see some of the mistakes they would make.”
Characteristically, Marshawn will not often talk about his difficult upbringing in a dangerous Oakland neighborhood. Marshawn’s mom, Delisa Lynch, a single parent working two jobs, struggled to support Marshawn and his siblings, and couldn’t often be around to keep them out of trouble or be there when someone let them down. Also, she permitted, but did not encourage, Marshawn’s relationship with his biological father, Maurice Sapp. “He chose a different lifestyle than what I wanted,” she says. “And let’s leave it at that.”
Marshawn badly wanted to spend time with his dad, however, and Maurice was around until Marshawn was eleven, doing things like taking him to church, but then got in trouble with the law and became increasingly remote.
In his E:60 interview, Marshawn told Chadiha about a time he went to his dad’s place only to have his father abandon him. “Moms would be like, I’m going to take you over here, to your dad’s house,” Marshawn says. “And when I get there, my dad’s like, OK, I’ll be right back, and then you don’t see this guy for like two days or something. And then after a while you build up numb feelings to that. You start to expect the worst from people.”
“The biggest letdown was his father,” his high school coach, Delton Edwards, told the New York Daily News. “That was the biggest letdown of all time. He wanted to build a relationship with his father, and it was there at times. But it never materialized.”
Marshawn also attributes some of his reticence to the tough neighborhood where he was raised. “Being from Oakland, you see a lot of things,” Lynch told ESPN this week. “You see friends turn on friends all the time. You see family turn on family.”
The family that was there for Marshawn—including his mom, uncles, and cousins, many of whom were talented athletes, saw a lot of potential in the shy, hurt little kid who ate Skittles before games and showed unusual endurance from a young age. “I’ll tell you why, and nobody knows this either,” Delisa tells Seahawks.com. “When I was pregnant with Marshawn, he was supposed to have a twin. When I had Marshawn, another placenta came out. That’s when the midwife said, ‘Don’t be surprised if he’s an amazingly strong child.’ So Marshawn is a twin to himself.”
Whether the cause of his football ability is talent, work ethic, or an extra placenta, Marshawn’s athleticism and academic performance got him into the University of California—Berkeley, where he was a star for the Golden Bears football team and earned a 3.2 GPA as a Social Welfare major. Before he even began his NFL career, he understood that he could leverage his status as a prominent athlete to make a difference in his community, the way people like Delton Edwards and his uncles had made a difference for him.
When Marshawn went pro and picked an agent—naturally, a local Bay Area guy named Doug Hendrickson—Doug was amazed at his new client’s focus. “In the first meeting, he wasn’t asking about his contract,” he told Peter King. “Honest to God, his dream was to build a youth center for kids in Oakland.”
In 2011, Marshawn teamed up with a cousin, NFL quarterback Josh Johnson, to launch a Bay Area non-profit called the Fam 1st Family Foundation. He hosts hundreds of kids each year at a free football camp, and plans to do much more; his fully-realized youth complex will have a computer lab, a gymnasium, a music studio, and will increasingly segue from its current focus on sports. “The main component we want to teach is basic life skills I feel a lot of kids are missing,” Marshawn said to Sports Illustrated. “How to balance a checkbook, create a résumé, how to fill out a job application, how to speak with confidence one-on-one.”
“This is not a vanity project,” says supporter and current California Lieutenant GovernorGavin Newsom, who met Marshawn when Gavin was mayor of San Francisco. “I’ve been in this racket long enough to have seen a lot of athletes who are just going through the motions, just checking a box. Marshawn has a deep commitment. He genuinely cares about his community, which is inspiring to see. Not only is he going to get this place built, but I’m going to predict the doors will never close.”
In addition to the non-profit and the youth center, Marshawn also does a lot of day-to-day assistance with disadvantaged children, from turkeys on Thanksgiving and presents on Christmas to free tickets to games and tours of the locker room. Pointedly, he’s disallowed the team’s media relations staff from inviting the press to witness any of these interactions with kids and their families.
“I think he’s a great philanthropist. He does anything for kids,” says Richard Sherman, one of the handful of other Seahawks who have started a non-profit. “And I think that if more people saw that side of him, they would look at him differently.”
“I feel that’s most important,” Marshawn told 710 ESPN Seattle. “To put a different light into their lives and let them know that they actually do have a chance.”
In saying so, Marshawn seems redolent of James Baldwin, who wrote in Nothing Personal: “It is necessary, while in darkness, to know that there is a light somewhere, to know that in oneself, waiting to be found, there is a light.”
“Generations do not cease to be born,” Baldwin continues in the same essay. “And we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.”
Marshawn says, “Most people told me growing up that I would either be dead or in jail by the age of 18. I have friends that didn’t make it to 18. I’ve got homeboys now that have been in jail since they was 16. This is something that I wanted to change in my neighborhood. I felt if I could influence one kid to try to help them through life, that’s a win for me.”
Marshawn Lynch wasn’t sure if he would attend Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. On Tuesday, Lynch did indeed appear at the event to briefly speak with the assembled media before spending some additional time with NFL Network’s Deion Sanders.
Marshawn Lynch Scores in SUPER BOWL!!!
If Marshawn had any love for the spotlight, or even the slightest desire to soak up the fame associated with America’s most hyped sporting event, Tuesday could serve as a coming-out party for the ages.
With thousands of reporters set to descend upon the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, Lynch has a compelling story to tell — which, in all likelihood, the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back will go to great lengths to avoid telling.
As of Monday, Lynch, the NFL’s answer to Greta Garbo, was still deciding whether to show up for the mandatory team-interview session, even at the risk of incurring fines that could exceed $100,000.
Even if he does appear at the podium, look for Lynch to give a figurative stiff-arm to reporters’ questions with the same ferocity he displays when pushing away would-be tacklers on his trademark Beast Mode rushes.
“If you’re forced to do something, it’s not as good as if you choose to do it,” Lynch told NFL Media last week during an expansive interview, making an exception to his three (words) and out approach to answering questions from reporters. “So no, I won’t have a lot of interesting things to say. When you’re forced to do something and you know it, it kind of just takes away from the whole experience of what it could be if (it were) natural. So, I’ll probably give forced answers.”
This is where I feel obligated to throw the columnist’s equivalent of a red challenge flag, if only to remind readers that Lynch’s ascent to the pinnacle of his profession has been nothing short of super. He has overcome a lot, from the rough streets of Oakland to the trouble-filled opening act of his NFL career, and the fact that he’s still standing is a testament to his resilience.
“He’s certainly authentic, and that’s so refreshing in this ‘look-at-me,’ celebrity-obsessed culture of ours,” California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said of his friend Lynch, for whom he is flying east to attend the Super Bowl. “We need a little of that, and I love his story. It’s good to see someone get better after he signs a big contract. And it’s good to see someone who, let’s be candid, has rebounded after some rough patches earlier in his career.”
As the rare media member to whom Lynch has opened up over the years, from his carefree days at Cal to his choppy stint in Buffalo to his satiating revival in Seattle, I can attest that the man known as Money is fully capable of living up to his nickname in interviews.
Last week’s was no exception: When I asked him to describe the low point of his stint with the Buffalo Bills, who took him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and dealt him to the Seahawks four games into his fourth season, his response was pure columnist’s gold.
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“My lowest point?” Lynch replied. “I had a bunch of them, and I overcame them. I don’t think I ever had a lowest point while on an active NFL roster. My lowest point came (growing up), when we were trying to figure out what we were gonna eat at night. My lowest point came when I’d wash my jeans at night — and hopefully they were dry by the morning, so I wouldn’t have to go to school in wet jeans. Or, if they were still damp, I’d iron ’em so at least they’d be hot for a moment.”
Lynch has never been hotter than he is at this current moment, having come up big in each of the Seahawks’ playoff victories — as he did three postseasons ago, when his iconic, 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints caused a literal earthquake and propelled him into a new realm of recognition.
Following Lynch’s 22-carry, 109-yard performance in the Seahawks’ 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in last Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, which included a 40-yard touchdown run that woke up Seattle’s offense early in the third quarter, fullback
Michael Robinson said of his backfield mate, “He is the face of the franchise, and his running style epitomizes what our team is all about.”
Really, though, Lynch has spent the past several years remaking himself as significantly off the field as he has in a football uniform. From his dogged devotion to charitable causes close to his heart to his growing collection of incongruous celebrity friends such as Newsom, Lynch is not the Beast you probably think he is, even though he most definitely plays one on TV.
“The man’s empathetic,” said Newsom, a native San Franciscan and diehard Niners fan who plans to spend time with Lynch after arriving in New York later this week, and who will be at MetLife Stadium on Super Sunday to cheer him on against the Denver Broncos. “Not long after Sunday’s (NFC title) game, he called me from his house and said, ‘Sorry, man. I hate to do that to your team.’ I’m thinking, ‘Hey, Marshawn’s a politician!’ But really, that sums him up — even in that moment, he wasn’t celebrating or boasting or rubbing it in. He showed compassion, which is the norm for him.”
This is not to say that Lynch should in any way be considered normal.
“No, he’s definitely not,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said last Thursday. “But we love him — and he’s a lot smarter than people give him credit for.”
As Sherman spoke, Lynch was engaged in his typical mid-day behavior in the Seahawks’ locker room: strutting around in a zone of his own, blasting hip-hop on his portable sound system and intermittently injecting himself into teammates’ conversations, invariably provoking laughter. He had his sweatpants pulled down to his hamstrings, revealing gray boxer shorts, and had a ski cap yanked low over his forehead.
“You’re gonna get the same guy every day,” Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback, said of Lynch. “He’s not gonna be fake with you, that’s for sure.”
Clearly, Lynch is at home in Seattle. Though he has not completely avoided trouble since arriving — he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in July 2012 in Oakland and subsequently charged, and the case is still unresolved — he has found fulfillment in the Pacific Northwest.
“If you look around our locker room, you see a lot of guys that’ve been in similar situations, where it hasn’t just been all glitter and gold,” Lynch said. “A lot of us have been through a lot of struggles, or played on another team, or we didn’t get drafted where we thought we should, or had a rough childhood and troubled careers. It’s cool to look around the locker room and see guys that done have some real-life stuff, and see them come together on a daily basis.”
Life was far less idyllic for Lynch in Buffalo, where, despite posting a breakout rookie season (280 carries for 1,115 yards in 13 games) and a follow-up campaign that resulted in the first of four Pro Bowl selections, he ultimately became persona non grata, especially after the franchise selected C.J. Spiller with the ninth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.
In fairness, Lynch brought a lot of that on himself, thanks to off-the-field drama that included a hit-and-run incident and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor gun charge. He was essentially dumped by the Bills, who sent him to Seattle in October 2010 for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a fifth-rounder in 2012.
“I had a couple of run-ins in Buffalo, and there was probably some bad blood between me and the organization,” Lynch conceded. “So I can understand why they’d have wanted to make the move. It never was my intention to put a black eye on the organization. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that I had to get out, and I respect their decision in coming and getting me. It’s a great place to be.”
Lynch, Seahawks SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!!!
Completing the trade became a personal obsession for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who, during his time at USC, had coached against Lynch’s Cal Golden Bears — and who aggressively lobbied Seattle general manager John Schneider to swing a deal.
“Marshawn was a guy that we went after directly,” Carroll said in an interview that will air on NFL Network’s “GameDay Morning” on Sunday. “I was really excited about getting him on our football team, because I knew he was unique and he was special and he was tough and he was a fierce competitor. We spent months trying to get that trade done.
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“I wore John out on that thing, and we finally got it done, and it’s been really an extraordinary part of our program. He’s done everything we asked of him. And he’s had a great run, and he’s been compensated well, for what he stands for and for what he brings to this program.”
Lynch, who signed a four-year, $31 million deal in March 2012, mostly stands for indefatigable toughness.
“Everything about him is tough, from the way he runs to the way he is, but he’s a positive force, and he’s very team-oriented,” said Earl Thomas, the Seahawks’ All-Pro free safety. “The way he fights for extra yards inspires all of us. He’s the concrete of our offense. When I see him do those things, I think, ‘Man, turn it up.’ I like that. I like players who can really change the tenor of the game.”
Added Robinson: “Guys feed off what he does. I don’t know if there’s another back that can cut laterally with more power on one leg like he can. I mean, Adrian (Peterson) might be faster straight ahead, but off one leg … I don’t know. And nobody wants to tackle that guy in January or February.”
Lynch is proud of his physical running style, saying, “It’s something that every running back takes pride in, no matter how you do it. It just so happens I have the ability to do it more than one way, whether it’s making a guy miss, stiff-arming a guy or even running over a guy. Everybody loves ‘extras.’ I try to bring that to every game.”
Yet surround him with a group of men and women bearing cameras, microphones and notepads, and his speech is suddenly devoid of any extras. Certainly, he can walk the walk, but he has very little desire to talk the talk.
In a world in which false humility has become so pervasive that humblebrag is now part of the modern lexicon, Lynch truly wants to deflect the attention coming his way.
“He’s the complete opposite of what people think,” Seahawks outside linebacker Cliff Avril insisted. “He’s a team person. He’s not one of those guys who makes it about himself.”
To this, Lynch reluctantly pleads guilty.
“Yeah, that’s all it is,” he said. “I’ve never seen anybody win the game in the media. But at the same time, I understand what it could do for you, if you wanted to be someone who talks a lot. But that’s not me.
“And I’m not as comfortable, especially at the position I play, making it about me. As a running back, it takes five offensive linemen, a tight end, a fullback and possibly two wide receivers, in order to make my job successful. But when I do interviews, most of the time it’ll come back to me. There are only so many times I can say, ‘I owe it to my offensive linemen,’ or, ‘The credit should go to my teammates,’ before it becomes run down.
“This goes back even to Pop Warner. You’d have a good game and they’d want you to give a couple of quotes for the newspaper, and I would let my other teammates be the ones to talk. That’s how it was in high school, too. At Cal, I’d have my cousin, Robert Jordan, and Justin Forsett do it.
“Football’s just always been hella fun to me, not expressing myself in the media. I don’t do it to get attention; I just do it ’cause I love that (expletive).”
So if Media Day, to Lynch, looms as the equivalent of getting his dreadlocks pulled out of his head, one by one, know this: Super Sunday will absolutely live up to its name. For someone so attuned to his roots and cognizant of his journey, it’s an opportunity that will not be taken for granted.
Lynch in SUPER BOWL Championship Parade
“I mean, it feels good, ’cause this is something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” Lynch said. “Growing up in Oakland, a lot of us never knew the world was bigger than outside of the ‘580’ and the ‘880,’ the two freeways that bordered where we lived. We didn’t see anything past that.
“Coming from the ‘hood, being raised the way I was, and having the support system around me, it allowed me to be in position to expand my world. People on the streets who’d see something I was doing that was positive … my mom putting a foot in my ass consistently … family members and friends and teachers and coaches helping me make good choices … all of that.
“There were probably some situations that didn’t look promising. It didn’t look like I’d make it out. And looking back, there are some situations where I was blessed.”
For that, he’s very thankful — in his own, quiet way.

15 Most Antonin Scalia Quotes From His New Obamacare Dissent

The Top 15 Most Antonin Scalia Quotes From His New Obamacare Dissent
Never one to mince words, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissents always make for interesting reading. His dissent in the King v. Burwell decision announced today was no exception.
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Scalia was confounded by the majority’s twisted logic, writing that the court “accepts that the ‘most natural sense’ of the phrase ‘Exchange established by the State’ is an Exchange established by a State” but then “continues, with no semblance of shame, that ‘it is also possible that the phrase refers to all Exchanges—both State and Federal.’” This analysis Scalia dubbed, “Impossible possibility, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!”
Here are the top 15 quotes we pulled from his scathing rebuke of the Roberts court’s ruling that saved Obamacare’s federal exchanges. It is Scalia at his Scaliaiest (emphasis added):
No. 1: ‘SCOTUScare’
“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
No. 2: Supreme Court Plays Favorites
“But this Court’s two decisions on the Act will surely be remembered through the years. The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (‘penalty’ means tax, ‘further [Medicaid] payments to the State’ means only incremental Medicaid payments to the State, ‘established by the State’ means not established by the State) will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence. And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”
No. 3: Making a ‘Parody’ of The Federalist Papers
“Just ponder the significance of the Court’s decision to take matters into its own hands. The Court’s revision of the law authorizes the Internal Revenue Service to spend tens of billions of dollars every year in tax credits on federal Exchanges. It affects the price of insurance for millions of Americans. It diminishes the participation of the States in the implementation of the Act. It vastly expands the reach of the Act’s individual mandate, whose scope depends in part on the availability of credits. What a parody today’s decision makes of Hamilton’s assurances to the people of New York: ‘The legislature not only commands the purse but prescribes the rules by which the duties and rights of every citizen are to be regulated. The judiciary, on the contrary, has no influence over . . . the purse; no direction . . . of the wealth of society, and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL but merely judgment.’”
No. 4: ‘Quite Absurd’
“The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.’ That is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so.”
No. 5: ‘So Obvious’
“This case requires us to decide whether someone who buys insurance on an Exchange established by the Secretary gets tax credits. You would think the answer would be obvious—so obvious there would hardly be a need for the Supreme Court to hear a case about it.”
No. 6: ‘Pure Applesauce’
“The Court claims that the Act must equate federal and state establishment of Exchanges when it defines a qualified individual as someone who (among other things) lives in the ‘State that established the Exchange.’ … Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the ‘”interests of qualified individuals”‘ into account when selecting health plans. … Pure applesauce.”
No. 7: Court’s ‘Overriding Principle’
“Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”
No. 8: ‘Not Our Place’
“This Court holds only the judicial power—the power to pronounce the law as Congress has enacted it. We lack the prerogative to repair laws that do not work out in practice, just as the people lack the ability to throw us out of office if they dislike the solutions we concoct. …
“Trying to make its judge-empowering approach seem respectful of congressional authority, the Court asserts that its decision merely ensures that the Affordable Care Act operates the way Congress ‘meant [it] to operate.’ … [T]he Court forgets that ours is a government of laws and not of men. That means we are governed by the terms of our laws, not by the unenacted will of our lawmakers. …
“Even less defensible, if possible, is the Court’s claim that its interpretive approach is justified because this Act ‘does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.’ … It is not our place to judge the quality of the care and deliberation that went into this or any other law. A law enacted by voice vote with no deliberation whatever is fully as binding upon us as one enacted after years of study, months of committee hearings, and weeks of debate. Much less is it our place to make everything come out right when Congress does not do its job properly. It is up to Congress to design its laws with care, and it is up to the people to hold them to account if they fail to carry out that responsibility.”
No. 9: ‘Interpretive Distortions’ Ignore the Constitution
“The Court’s decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortionsit takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery. That philosophy ignores the American people’s decision to give Congress ‘[a]ll legislative Powers’ enumerated in the Constitution.”
No. 10: ‘Jiggery-pokery’
“The Court’s next bit of interpretive jiggery-pokery involves other parts of the Act that purportedly presuppose the availability of tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges.”
No. 11: Increasing SCOTUS’ Power
“The Court’s insistence on making a choice that should be made by Congress both aggrandizes judicial power and encourages congressional lassitude.”
No. 12: ‘Unheard Of’
“Ordinary connotation does not always prevail, but the more unnatural the proposed interpretation of a law, the more compelling the contextual evidence must be to show that it is correct. Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of.”
No. 13: ‘Feeble Arguments’
“Faced with overwhelming confirmation that ‘Exchange established by the State’ means what it looks like it means, the Court comes up with argument after feeble argument to support its contrary interpretation.”
No. 14: ‘Why Context Matters’
“Context always matters. Let us not forget, however, why context matters: It is a tool for understanding the terms of the law, not an excuse for rewriting them.”
No. 15: SCOTUS Cannot ‘Rescue Congress’
“Perhaps sensing the dismal failure of its efforts to show that ‘established by the State’ means “established by the State or the Federal Government,’ the Court tries to palm off the pertinent statutory phrase as ‘inartful drafting.’ … This Court, however, has no free-floating power ‘to rescue Congress from its drafting errors.’”