In a nine-month NBA season, players spend half their time in the air getting to the next city. For Iowa State forward Royce White, a projected to be a first-round pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, that is a scary proposition — for him and prospective teams.A sure-fire first round talent, White could drop but there have been concerns he could fall all the way into the second round in part over — of all things — a fear of flying.The fear of flying is part of a larger anxiety disorder for White, who has also admitted to struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and uses medication to control both. That concerns NBA evaluators in light of former NBA draft picks like Eddie Griffin, the No. 7 overall pick in 2001 who battled depression before tragically dying at the age of 25 after his car crashed into a train in 2007 while he was under the influence of alcohol.“It’s going to be something that a team taking him on is going to have to have something in place, whether it’s a staff member or a plan in place to help him accommodate some of his fears with the travel aspect because that’s such a huge part of an NBA season.”A second GM told NBA.com that White’s situation is similar to a player who has off-the-court problems — presumably meaning run-ins with the law or substance abuse — in regards to how it may affect his stock. White has rightfully taken offense to comparisons like that for something that he can’t control and afflicts millions of Americans.“It’s like cancer or heart disease. Are those character issues, too?” said to the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t like when that association is made. There’s a lot of people out there who have an anxiety disorder and don’t talk about it for that reason. People think it’s a character issue and it’s not.“I’m going to continue to be me, I’m going to continue to be an advocate for the mental illness community. I’ll continue to talk about it and be forthcoming about it. When a person or public figure talks about it, it lets people know that haven’t been diagnosed to go and get checked. You’re not alone.”The difference between being selected in the first round and second round is significant. Though White is rumored to have a guarantee that he won’t fall below the Boston Celtics, who have picks 21 and 22, a dip into the second round could mean dropping from a four-year deal guaranteed at around $6 million in total, or a non-guaranteed two-year deal with a starting salary of about a third of the probable $1.2 million White would make in his first year if he were selected by Boston.He burst onto the scene this past March when he put forth big performances against Connecticut and eventual champion Kentucky in the NCAA tournament. As a result, the 6-foot-8 forward vaulted into the consciousness of NBA talent evaluators and was thought by some to be a lottery pick after declaring early for the draft as a sophomore.To be fair, scouts are also worried about erratic behavior in White’s past. He pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was also accused of stealing a laptop computer when he was a freshman at Minnesota during the 2009-10 season before quitting the team over YouTube.But from all indications, those issues are now in the past as White led the Cyclones in five statistical categories last season and was a First Team All-Big 12 performer while displaying a charming personality.
2 Oh boy! Oh boy!! #Mandalorian https://t.co/Du2yV4Jv9g— Collingwood Jays 🇨🇦 (@CollingwoodJays) August 24, 2019 On Saturday, Favreau came on stage to give fans a first look: Whether you like the original or the prequels, “we’ve got something for everyone,” he said. Favreau previously revealed that the series would be set seven years after Return of the Jedi (so 23 years before The Force Awakens). At D23, the writer-director said the time period appealed to him because there’s no government, no law, and the world just degrades. What would it be like to be a bounty hunter during that period of lawlessness? WOWThe Mandalorian looks as good as a Feature length Filmhttps://t.co/SGZB4cPs9e— Jamie Moran (@JamieMoranUK) August 24, 2019 Tags Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga, a man who’s hired the Mandalorian for a job.”He’s kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters,” Weathers said of his character during Star Wars Celebration, according to CNET’s Sean Keane. “The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done.”The Mandalorian also stars Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, plus Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow and Werner Herzog in unnamed roles, and the voice acting talents of Taika Waititi.The reaction to the new trailer was almost unanimously positive. Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set to be the first Disney Plus original series to debut, and it has been a prime feature of the D23 Expo this weekend. The series stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, and was written by Jon Favreau, who is also executive producer along with Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. All three shed light on how the production came to be, in addition to premiering the first official trailer for the upcoming Disney Plus show. New details and footage were revealed Friday ahead of the Nov. 12 launch, and Disney teased us with a poster earlier in the day. Droid voice @TaikaWaititi says it’s VERY important to him to have droid representation on film in @themandalorian 😬 #StarWars pic.twitter.com/SEYIzluwoV— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney Plus Disney Star Wars That MANDALORIAN TRAILER HAS ME SHOOK 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3yqO4yeOtS— Admiral Jackbar (Geeky Gator) (@The_GeekyGator) August 24, 2019 And that reaction is understandable. The spaghetti western tone is evident even in the trailer, and when you close with Werner Herzog in full Grizzly Man voiceover mode, it’s hard to hold back the shivers. If this trailer is anything to go by, we could be in for something pretty cool with The Mandalorian.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. TV and Movies #TheMandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, only on #DisneyPlus. Start streaming November 12. @TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/Dxum2bZDCa— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019 Speaking at Star Wars Celebration back in April, Pascal gave the lowdown on his gray-area bounty hunter. “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” the actor said, adding that he watched Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa movies to prepare. 50 Photos Comments Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Yo I am beyond pumped for this. Mandalorian lore is (imo) some of the best Star Wars lore, I cannot wait to see this https://t.co/dv5S1zFDTw— Connor “The Wizard” MacDonald (@SamuraiCorndog) August 24, 2019
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Laura IsenseeWillie Alston, Jr., is director, actor and playwright for the “Sinister Minister,” a play produced by his community theater group, the Positive Project “Playahz.” 00:00 /04:04 In the atrium of an office building in North Houston, Willie Alston, Jr., recently set up rehearsal for his community theater group.He launched into the play’s theme song, the “Sinister Minister,” along with the rest of the cast. Alston is not only an actor, but also stage manager, director and playwright.He credits his work as an artist today in large part to his experience at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, known as HSPVA. What’s more, he said that the school kept him from dropping out.“That’s the kind of experience I wish I could do over and over and over again,” Alston said.But if Alston tried to go back to HSPVA today, it’d be much tougher to get in. When he attended in the 1970s, integration and diversity were top goals at the school.But in 1997, the Houston school board dropped diversity guidelines for magnets. Now the premier fine arts magnet has a very different demographic profile than the district overall. In Houston schools, roughly eight out of every ten students are low-income and brown or black. At HSPVA, almost half the students are white, and just 15 percent low income.Laura IsenseeHouston Public Media analyzed the demographics of HISD and its premier arts high school. Figures are in percentages. Source: Houston Independent School District.In fact, Houston Public Media analyzed data obtained from HISD and found that the top three ZIP codes that send students to HSPVA are mostly white, affluent areas, like Meyerland, Montrose and near West University. Other parts of town, like some poor, black neighborhoods in Northeast Houston, send no students to HSPVA.That’s very different from the original mission, according to former Houston schools superintendent, Billy Reagan. He took over the district when many considered it the largest segregated school system in the country. It faced a federal order to integrate.“You had black schools, black teachers, white schools, white teachers,” recounted Reagan in an interview. “But the black schools did not have the financial support. They were inferior. So it was truly a major system of segregation and equity. And so we went about dealing with it.”HISDFormer HISD Superintendent Billy Reagan led the district for 12 years and oversaw desegregation. In this photo, he attended the first day of school in August 2012 at Billy Reagan K-8, named after him.Reagan decided to stop forced busing, which he said wasn’t working. He wanted to experiment with a different kind of school, where kids could pursue their passion. They called them “magnet schools.”“And we went throughout the whole district working with communities and they chose from a list of magnets that they felt would appeal to their communities and bring students of different races to their schools,” he said.Reagan, who is white and grew up on a sharecropping farm in East Texas, said that kids had to audition to get a spot at the fine arts school“But with a strong emphasis that we must have a highly integrated school,” he added.It drew teenagers like Willie Alston, who was living in Third Ward. He auditioned, got in and later graduated with the first ever senior class in 1974.“I looked forward to it. I used to hate going to school before HSPVA,” Alston said. “I would be getting up at the crack of dawn … and I’d be practicing different things for different classes and getting ready.”Another person who later benefited from HSPVA, the former superintendent Reagan said: “Ever hear of a lady named Beyoncé?”Laura IsenseeAt one of the last concerts of the school year, HSPVA’s two mariachi groups put on a moving concert. Jay Aiyer, at Texas Southern University, said that the strength of the mariachi group reflects the investment in the arts in middle school. Several middle schools in Houston have mariachi programs, including its middle school fine arts magnet in Meyerland.Today the fine arts high school is so competitive it uses auditions and a lottery to assign spots. Even its novice mariachi group sounds professional.Jay Aiyer, who has studied the issue of magnet schools at Texas Southern University, said that economics – and district priorities – drive the disparity.“It really is an opportunity gap,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a bias in favor of one demographic group or against a particular demographic group.”Rather, Aiyer believes, if the district doesn’t fund arts education early on in many schools, then families have to pay for expensive private lessons. That exposure and training helps boost the odds their kids will qualify for HSPVA.“Arts requires investment. And that investment either happens by the district in elementary and middle school. Or it has to be done on the outside,” Aiyer said.The majority of families in the Houston district are economically disadvantaged and would struggle to afford that.In a statement, the district said that it believes “all students deserve and should have equitable access to high-quality schools and academic programs.”To make sure that happens, HISD is currently reviewing all magnets, which is expected to be completed in January. Share