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Carmelo Anthony Is More Than Just A Basketball Star And Here’s Proof

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Carmelo Anthony is a record-breaking basketball star. He’s also a husband, a father, an activist and volunteers his time and money to help kids develop their passion into a career in basketball. Whether you’re a basketball junkie or “Basketball Wives” junkie, we think we know Anthony and his stats pretty well.

This Afro-Boricua has accomplished so much in his long career that it’s time for a refresher course. Dribble, dribble.

Carmelo Anthony, lovingly nicknamed ‘Melo’ towers at 6’8″.

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He weighs in about 240 lbs and is just 34 years old. While his last season has been rocky, and he’s not signed to a team as of February 1, 2019, Lakers fans are hoping Anthony will bring his solid three-point range to help the team out.

His father, Carmelo Iriate, was a member of the Puerto Rican activist group “Young Lords.”

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Iriarte died of cancer when Melo was just 2 years old. His father spent the 60s and 70s pushing for social justice to free Puerto Rico from colonial bonds. His mother, Mary Anthony, is African-American.

When Melo was 8 years old, the family moved to Baltimore.

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Growing up in Baltimore, he felt like he had to focus on athletics to avoid the world of drugs and violence. He did a great job.

He was often suspended at his Catholic high school.

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He commuted to Towson Catholic High School the first three years of high school. He was suspended several times for skipping classes, though.

The summer he turned 16 years old, he shot up to 6’5″.

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He was already 6 feet tall and turns out he would still grow another 3 inches. At that point, he became locally famous. “The Baltimore Sun” named him the Metro Player of the Year in 2001 and the Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year.

Once Syracuse University recruited him, they finally earned their first ever NCAA tournament title in 2003.

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During his senior year of high school, he had to switch schools to help him focus on getting his grades back up to be qualified for a Syracuse admittance. After a lot of work, he did it, and it paid off for everyone.

That same year, he dropped out of college and went pro.

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He was chosen 3rd overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He was third only to LeBron James, whom he had struck up a friendship with at previous tournaments.

By his sixth NBA game, he became the second youngest player to ever score 30 or more points in NBA history.

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The youngest player in history to do so was Kobe Bryant. All his hard work earned him an $80 million five year contract extension with the Denver Nuggets. Work hard, play hard, Melo.

Oh, and he’s won three gold Olympic medals for the U.S.

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And a bronze. Can’t forget that bronze. Thanks for your service, Melo.

He is the most decorated USA basketball player, with four Olympic medals under his belt.

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He was named co-USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 2016. While he says his retirement is pending, we may see him out here in 2020.

In 2011, Anthony was traded to the Knicks.

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He chose the number 7 because his son’s birthday is March 7th. It’s also the difference between his high school number 22 and Nuggets 15 (12-15=7).

Melo is a mega-charitable guy. He donated $50,000 to Puerto Rico Relief efforts and then some.

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Caption: “Caption: “Thank you #UNICEFUSA for teaming up with My Foundation to support MI ISLA(My Island). We will be donating over 12,000 emergency hygiene kits that will help over 60,000 children and families. Children and families will now have water purification tablets, water containers, buckets, soap, etc so they can maintain their well-being and prevent the spread of deadly disease.”

In 2015, Anthony founded the North American Soccer League expansion club, Puerto Rico FC.

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At the time, nobody was investing in Puerto Rico after the disaster. Melo saw this as an opportunity to invest in the community.

He also paid for 4,500 Baltimore students’ transportation to March for Our Lives.

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Caption: “Partnering with @mtv @naacp and my city of Bmore to support #MarchForOurLives
Sending over 4,500 kids from Baltimore to the March tomorrow… We’ve all had #ENOUGH! Proud of our youth for standing up gun violence.”

He’s also founded the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center at his alma mater, Syracuse University.

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He donated $3 million to the construction of what will be a home base for young aspiring athletes to be trained as professionals. The donation is believed to be the largest individual donation from a professional athlete to their alma mater.

Anthony reportedly donated $4.3 million dollars to charity thus far.

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In 2006, he was listed as No. 8 in “The Giving Back 30 List of Largest Charitable Donations by Celebrities”, published by “The Giving Back Fund.” You going to heaven.

Chisme be damned, he’s in love with his wife, La La Anthony.

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The two were often seen on reality TV program “Basketball Wives,” and spin-off “La La’s Full Court Life.” They married in 2010 and rumors abound, but mira esto:

Caption: “Sometimes it may not be possible to remind someone everyday about how special they are. Today, I am taking a chance to tell you that you are special, whether I tell you everyday or not. Happy Birthday @lala

The Anthony family helped campaign for Hilary Clinton to beat Trump.

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No word yet on who they’re rooting for in 2020. We’re not ready.

Melo also has a few clothing deals up his sleeve.

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He has a line of Jordans, called the “Melo” line. Recently, he launched a collab with Rag & Bone.

Caption: “My limited edition @ragandbone X @jumpman23 apparel and sneaker collection are now available to purchase online at rag-bone.com. #MeloMade #STAYME7O

Where’s he going next? Nobody knows.

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Rumor has it that Puerto Rico’s national team is trying to recruit him to sign. I’m here to see La La live life upon Puerto Rico’s beaches. Bring it.

READ: Learn How Basketball Superstar Carmelo Anthony Got Where He Is Today In 21 Steps

Miguel Was Once A Preacher And Then He Discovered The Power Of His Own Music

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Miguel Was Once A Preacher And Then He Discovered The Power Of His Own Music

We all know Miguel as the R&B heartthrob shaking up the genre with his indie pop and soul influences. His breakout album, Kaleidoscope dream (2012) put him on the map, right alongside contemporaries. Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd.

Before he made it on the map, he was kind of a shy kid, and deeply religious. If you thought he was born a sex god, you’re wrong. He confesses that he was a “very late bloomer” in life.

Born as Miguel Jontel Pimentel, the singer is just 33 years old.

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He was born and raised in San Pedro, California, a beach town. His mother is African-American and his father is Mexican-American. His parents divorced when he was eight years old, and lived under his mother’s roof.

Miguel has written songs about the struggle of being Afro-Latino.

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In “What’s Normal Anyway?,” he sings Too proper for the black kids / Too black for the Mexicans.”  He told NME that he used to really struggle with that growing up but he’s in acceptance around his identity today.

In 2017, Miguel traveled to Zamora to visit his Mexican side of the family for the first time.

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His own grandmother used to sing at the radio station that they ended up visiting. He sang his cover of “Contigo” by Los Planchos as a tribute to his Nana. “I haven’t felt the kind of nervousness that I did at the radio station. Ever. You want to make your family proud. And I think that’s a different kind of pressure,” he said according to Latino USA.

His mother didn’t let him go to parties.

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“My mother was really into her religion, and I was, too, to be honest with you,” he tells The Guardian. “But at the same time I was torn, because as a kid you want to do things. And my mom was very keen on keeping me away from temptation. “

Miguel didn’t really have any friends in high school.

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“I was not a part of the social scene in high school. I wasn’t going to parties, I wasn’t drinking, I wasn’t smoking, I definitely wasn’t smoking weed, I wasn’t having sex,” he tells all to The Guardian. “Late bloomer. Really late bloomer.”

Feeling out of place both ethnically and socially was the inspiration for “What’s Normal Anyway?”

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When his musician brother Nicholas listened to the song for the first time, he wept. “On top of the normal inadequacies and insecurities that you feel in your adolescence,” he tells The Guardian.

You add the layer of wanting to connect with people and then having to keep a safe distance based on what you’re being taught, your spirituality, and that adds a whole other confusing layer. As much as people knew me, it’s not like I had friends.”

It was his Mexican father who introduced him to music and encouraged him to live a little.

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His father, who is a teacher, would tell him about all the crazy things he did at his age and encouraged him to step out of line. Miguel was too afraid to betray his mother and the religiosity he was so entrenched in.

Miguel would go door to door preaching the bible as a teenager.

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His mother is a preacher as well and always wanted him to grow up to become a preacher. She never expected he would become a famous musician.

When he went to college, he discovered sex, drugs, and music.

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He stopped going to church and bible studies and started forming his own path. “I’m still very much in touch with my spirituality. I never gave up on God,” he told The Guardian. “I just found my own way.”

Today, Miguel is a Grammy award winning artist (and sex symbol, let’s be real.)

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Since his first album release, “All I Want is You,” he’s released three more albums, all of which have reached mass critical acclaim. Critics love to compare his vocals to Prince, and he ships it.

His most swoon-worthy quality? Dedicating his awards to his Nana.

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Caption: “dedicating this award to my Nana, thank you @almaawards

Miguel also uses his platform for good.

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Caption: “This dude put his is whole career, everything he worked his whole life for on the line to shed light on injustice in this country only to be treated unfairly and black balled and he hasn’t stopped. Cant think of anyone better suited to deliver this message.”

Fun fact: He usually wears a calavera on his ring finger.

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He told The Guardian, “I always wear this ring on this finger, the skull with a sombrero. The skull is a reminder that we don’t live forever.” As for the sombrero? “Well, you know, I’m Latino, so it just felt right.”

He has “Amar hasta la muerte” tattooed on his body.

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“Which means ‘Love me to death’ or ‘Love till death’, depending on how you interpret it,” he told The Guardian.

He’s been with model and actor Nazanin Mandi for over a decade.

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Yeah. We’re swooning. The guy is committed. You might recognize her from his music video for “Coffee.”

The two got married in late 2018.

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If you follow @miguel at all, you also know that he’s obsessed with her butt. Like, every post with her is about her butt. 😂

They both have queen of diamonds tattoos.

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They’ve never revealed the meaning, but we know that they do want to have kids at some point. Making every Mexican dad proud at this point.

While Miguel is definitely in the social scene these days, his spirituality looks different.

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He’s a big fan of transcendental meditation. “It’s good to take a breath from everything and just center yourself. That is the best way of describing it,” he told Hot 93.7 station.

The goal of his music is to leave fans feeling encouraged.

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After a tour, he told The Guardian, “I know the fans go away with something greater than just music. Yes, they come and hear the songs they like – I’ve got a great band, all my stuff is great – but the most important thing is, they leave encouraged. They leave believing in themselves.”

“I want to give people as much of myself as possible.”

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Soak it all up on with his latest drop “Wildheart” released under RCA Records.

READ: Miguel Has Chosen His Side In The Major League Soccer Battle For Los Angeles

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