Man Candy Monday | Players Serving Up Holiday Cheer


What better occasion than the holiday season to pull the sheet off of ‘Man Candy Monday’s’ section? None. After all it is the season of giving and it’s high time I give the guys some love.

While everyone is talking about one particular man that made a major fumble–not of the NFL variety, although–on national TV, I’d rather focus on the fellas that scored off the field for charity. Besides, If I see another Steve Harvey meme I won’t have anymore clean underwear. TMI…I know. Sorry.


Chris Bosh took a break from the hardwood to host his 5th annual Santa Bosh Workshop in Miami over the weekend. Local kids gorged on holiday treats, games and took photos with their favorite dinosaur Miami Heat ballplayer for his Team Tomorrow Foundation.

Not to be outdone, OKC Thunder’s Russell Westbrook also played chocolate Santa when he stopped by the City Rescue Mission. The NBA player gave 65 homeless kids new Jordan’s and backpacks. It was one of several good deed missions Westbrook completed through his Why Not? Foundation that aims to motivate kids to ask, “why not?”

Earlier this month, Westbrook took some lucky kids on a Christmas shopping spree on his dime. Annnnd prior to that he swapped nasty school lunches with Subway boxes for the students at Fillmore Elementary School.

Good deeds by good dudes!!


Feel Good Friday Roundup


As if the black girl magic of Shanice Williams as Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz wasn’t enough to put us in a good mood. I woke up humming “Home.” Don’t act like I was the only one. Yeah, I didn’t think so. There are other reasons to slap on the Colgate smile. Yes, really.

Putting the San Bernardino shooting aside (don’t worry, coverage is still streaming on MSNBC, CNN, BBC…) and any other news related to terrorism, racism and other isms meant to harm others. Good things actually happened this week. Seriously.

For one, Ciara and Russell Westbrook gave us new relationship goal material. The adorable couple visited Seattle Childrens Hospital on Wednesday (Russell’s usual weekday haunt) and serenaded sweet little Louis with Feliz Navidad.

How can you not get in the holiday spirit after that.

A college student in Portland created her own unique coat drive. She bought winter coats from Goodwill (for $5) and draped them around light poles in downtown Portland with a note attached: “I am not lost. Please take me if you need me.”

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Gabriella Kaper told ABC News she shared her idea about helping the homeless on social media and others have adopted it. Great timing since ABC News reports Portland is already experiencing the winter chill with below freezing temperatures. And the number of homeless average 200 a night in shelters.

Speaking of the homeless, Carmen Mendez was in a local restaurant last month when a homeless woman dropped in asking for patrons’ scraps of food. While other diners refused, Carmen not only offered her doggy bag, she also paid for the woman’s own meal.


So overcome with gratitude the woman hugged her. Carmen recalled the emotional moment on her Facebook post.

The look on her face said it all. I have never felt something like this–pure, real gratitude. That hug she gave me was like a hug I had never felt. Those tears she shed were felt deep in my heart.

Cue this heartwarming ballad and my ugly cry.


Rapper Tyga Plays Santa for L.A. Children’s Hospital & OKC’s Russell Westbrook Hosts Christmas Party for Foster Kids

Tyga  with Isael at L.A. Hospital Photo Credit:

Tyga with Isael at L.A. Hospital
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Okay, so Tyga may not be donning the candy cane suit and white beard. And he’s about 50 pounds lighter than ol’ Saint Nick, (and who knows if he’s the right complexion for the part) but the spirit, the giving spirit he exhibited at the Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases of L.A. Children’s Hospital this past weekend was shown throughout.

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Tyga Playing Santa
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The Young Money rapper TYGA (acronym for Thank God Always) took a break from fiancee and Kim Kardashian’s┬ábestie Blac Chyna to visit his No. 1 fan Isael Gomez, a 16 year old in need of a kidney transplant. Not only did the “Still Got it” lyricist surprise Isael with his presence and rallying support to find a donor. But PRESENTS, yes kiddies, Christmas presents.

And what did Santa Tyga bring Isael and the other fifty-nine kiddos?

Why, the joy of music of course. He gifted them with Flips Audio headphone X speakers, Music Bullet Speakers along with clothing from his company Last Kings.

It’s important to support nonprofit organizations like Children’s Hospital Los Angeles–they take care incredible care of our community, so I am honored to help make a difference for these children who are from the city I grew up in and to help encourage them and to bring a smile to their faces. – Tyga

By far the best gift.

….Meanwhile in Oklahoma City, OKC baller Russell Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation hosted a Christmas party for foster children in his native city.

Russell Westbrook granting a Christmas wish. Photo Credit: Westbrook

Russell Westbrook granting a Christmas wish.
Photo Credit: Westbrook

He teamed up with Citizens Caring for Children, a non-profit that provides clothes, shoes, books and other essentials for kids in state custody, to hand out gifts and brand new shoes.

More and more children are placed into foster care each year and to be in a position to bring the joy of Christmas to some of these kids is truly a blessing. I am in a unique position to be able to give back to a community that has been so supportive of me and help children in need -Russell Westbrook

I guess Tyga isn’t the only one playing Santa, at least Westbrook rocked the hat.