“We would always talk about how he prepared to make his music, how he prepared for concerts. He would teach me what he did: How to make a ‘Thriller’ album, a 'Bad’ album, all the details that went into it. It was all the validation that I needed - to know that I had to focus on my craft and never waver. Because what he did - and how he did it - was psychotic. He helped me get to a level where I was able to win three titles playing with Shaq because of my preparation, my study. And it’s only all grown. That’s the mentality that I have - it’s not an athletic one. It’s not from [Michael] Jordan. It’s not from other athletes. It’s from Michael Jackson.”
Why do you think we, as a community, push mental illness down?
I feel that this is mostly a stigma within the community because we are taught to think differently about general health. However, there’s also systemic issues about our own health care because it took us a long time to get to this point.
Remember when Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) thanked his therapist during the 2010 NBA Finals?
Some people actually had a problem with him doing this because it’s a sign of weakness… or it’s something that “White people” do.
There’s also other stigmas attached to it, the biggest being that people confuse “mental health” with “spiritual health”… especially poor people.
Education doesn’t include mental health. Self-care sounds like something “minor” when we do self-care all the time, just not full aware that it’s called “self-care”. In recent years, it’s gotten better, thanks to Black people stepping forward, like Metta World Peace. But I think we need to break it down so folks in general can understand it better.
If you’ve ever wanted to be Metta World Peace’s buddy, now’s your chance.
Apparently the former NBA star has taken a liking to his new Chinese name “The Panda’s Friend” and is to set to rock these custom kicks with the animal incorporated in them. He’ll wear the innovative sneakers during practice and then throw the detachable Panda to a fan prior to tipoff. The eccentric player elaborated on the idea and process behind it, stating “…before every game, I will be wearing the white or black shoes. The top part of the shoe has a panda on it…it is removable. I will be throwing it to a friend in the crowd. The person who catches it will be the Panda’s Friend of the day.“
So now all you have to do is get yourself to China and you’re set!
For all the men who act like its a bruise to your ego to love Nicki Minaj…here is Metta World Peace freaking out over being mentioned on a Nicki Minaj song. He actually changed his name on twitter to “Metta Minaj"