Friday, October 30, 2009
Not only does he enjoy watching all levels of competition (high school, college, professional, men, women, etc.), but he gets the game. He’s played it all his life. Lived and breathed it growing up. He knows the ins and outs, how players add value or enhance a team, the purity of the sport, the atmosphere, the love, the dedication, and the jubilation it brings to people across the globe. Not surprisingly, he’s also an avid WNBA enthusiast and supporter. You probably know Elliott from his amazing run on American Idol a couple years back where he captured the collective hearts of America. Since then, he’s recorded two albums that have done phenomenally well on the charts (they are both amazing and I’m proud to own both of them). WNBA fans, most recently, may have seen him perform live at the 2009 WNBA All-Star game. But Elliott isn’t like other high-profile celebrities who attend sporting events as a social event rather than actually watching and taking-in the essence of the game.
Talking with Elliott, after just a few minutes, you get the same feeling you do when you’re reconnecting with a long-time friend; he’s gracious, welcoming, kind and classy. Interestingly enough, this is the exact same description one could use to describe many WNBA players and the vast majority of its fan base.
It’s evident, even after a mere few seconds of speaking with him, that Yamin has an undeniable passion and love for the game of basketball, which is extraordinarily refreshing. “I love everything about the game,” says Yamin. “The camaraderie among your teammates, being athletic and using your muscles, the physical aspect of it – just competing in general. I’ve been playing sports my whole life and basketball has always been my favorite. I mean, I love absolutely everything about it. I’m not a very patient person so I love the fast-paced nature of the sport. Even to the smell of the gym and ball – that anxiety you feel before a game whether you’re playing or watching. Anything you can think of, I love it about basketball – the purity of the sport is amazing.”
Elliott’s been a basketball aficionado all his life. Born and raised in California until the age of 10, he became indoctrinated with the Lakers culture and fell head over heals in love. “I’m a life-long Lakers fan, bro,” Yamin told me. “I was born here and left when I was 10 so it was all Magic, all Byron Scott, all Michael Cooper, all Thompson twins, all Pat Riley, AC Green – everyone. I was all about that all the time. Anytime a Lakers game was on you knew where to find me. I was in front of a TV set no matter where I was.”
One of Yamin’s most beloved dreams was to attend a Lakers game courtside and meet Magic Johnson. Through his great success in his musical career, he’s been able to check those dreams off the list. “I never had a chance to go to a Lakers game when I was young and we moved out of California when I was 10,” says Elliott. “But now I can go to a Lakers game whenever I want! If that’s the only thing that comes out of my success as a singer, I’ll be just fine.” And meeting Magic Johnson? “Jermaine Dupri did some work on my recent album and actually invited me to an ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) event where they were honoring him and Magic,” Elliott said. “I got to meet Magic and talk with him on the red carpet for a while, got some pictures, it was amazing.”
Yamin’s knowledge of the game goes far beyond the superficial. Going off topic a bit during our interview we discussed the Lakers acquisition of Ron Artest and how the organization has essentially, grown their talent into what it is today. Elliott talked about how glad he was that the Lakers were able to keep reserve Shannon Brown, how difficult it will be to repeat as champions, and being able to watch the Lakers win the NBA Championship last year from overseas. “I was on tour last year in Japan during the NBA Finals but I did get to watch the last game live. That was awesome.”
Performing at the 2009 WNBA All-Star game, Elliott had a chance to truly take in the purity of the women’s game as well. “I loved how everything was very fan-friendly,” says Yamin. “The players really interacted and appreciated the fans who felt like they were a real part of things. I really dug that. The fans were really into it and you could tell how loyal they were. Plus, seeing Taurasi play was pretty special. Swin [Cash] really stood out to me too. I think other leagues should take note of the atmosphere in a WNBA game.”
Elliott’s enthusiasm for the game is easy to sense, and it’s infectious. Quite frankly, he is a perfect example of what the WNBA needs — an intelligent and open-minded sports fan (who, in this case, happens to be a guy) who understands the intricacies of the game and appreciates the sport all levels. The exhilaration he feels when watching a NBA is the same he feels even when playing basketball himself – his fervor and adoration for the game transcends genders. For Elliott, it’s not a gender thing – it’s a basketball thing.
Having people like Elliott support and encourage others to follow the WNBA will undoubtedly go a long way toward its future success. In fact, it’s absolutely vital. There is a palpable genuineness to Elliott that is unmistakable when he talks about the game of basketball and his appreciation for the WNBA. Yes, it certainly helps that he’s a guy, but it’s deeper than that. He’s a well-respected artist who loves the game and wants the WNBA to thrive and flourish as much as anyone. “First and foremost people have to realize that women are just as worth and just as capable as men,” Elliott said. “More people need to take notice. I want to see the ratings up and I want to see more people in the stands. Blogs like ‘The W’ will certainly help with that.”
Thank you Ben York for article about Elliott Yamin, Check it out at: http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/womens/2009/10/ballin-like-yamin-it/
Monday, October 26, 2009
fans, thanks to his soulful voice and zeal for performing. This book was written by Hal Marcovitz and published by Mason Crest Publishing. The preview was supplied by Mason Crest Publishing.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
"What do you want to know about Elliott Yamin? The Season 5 finalist is sitting down with AmericanIdol.com on Monday, October 26 for an exclusive interview. To submit your questions for Elliott, post them to this MyIdol forum thread."
Thank you so much Momster at Etrain Forum for the posting.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Season 5’s Elliott Yamin will be a special guest at the 20th World Diabetes Congress on Wednesday, October 21. Sharing his first hand experiences as a diabetic, Elliott will discuss living with diabetes and how to educate people through music. His speaking engagement is from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Canada.
The World Diabetes Congress is the premier gathering of the global diabetes community, and the event is held every other year. Elliott participated in World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2007, where he was joined by children with diabetes for a performance of the song “Promise to Remember Me” in the United Nation’s Rose Garden. Elliott is involved with a number of diabetes charities including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Promise to Remember Me Campaign, and Diabetes Creative Expression Competition.
In a past interview with Diabetes Health, Elliot told kids “to stay positive. Make time for your diabetes and be aware of your body…Anyone with diabetes can have a normal life. It makes me so happy that I’m showing kids and teenagers that they should absolutely go for their dreams.”
Elliott just returned from his tour overseas singing to the US troops. Read more about his USO performances.
Thank you so much Lauren at American Idol.com for posting this!!!
Elliott Yamin twitter about the World Diabetes Congress and he said it was a awesome time. It is good to hear because I am from Toronto, Ontario Canada which is not too far from Montreal. We love Elliott here!!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thank you My Idol Elliott from Etrain Forum for the posting!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin have teamed up to support new malaria prevention projects at the Saint Isabel Orphanage and School in Luanda, Angola.
Yamin, a champion in the fight against malaria, delivered a special performance Friday at the 1st Annual Washington Ideas Forum, two days of discussion by major newsmakers and top journalists on the most pressing issues of the day. In support of his performance, ExxonMobil made a grant of $100,000 to the orphanage and
"When I visited Angola as part of Idol Gives Back, I saw how devastating malaria is in Africa and that there are some basic actions we can take to save lives," said Yamin. "Saint Isabel provides hope and new lives for the
Dr. Steven Phillips, Medical Projects Director of ExxonMobil, said the company knows first-hand the health and economic impacts of malaria on its workforce, their families and the communities where it operates.
"We know that prevention is the key to saving lives when combating malaria," said Phillips. "We are proud to help Saint Isabel build on its long history of providing care and education to Luanda's marginalized children."
The grant will enable Saint Isabel to improve and expand its facility to better protect more children from malaria by reducing exposure to mosquitoes through increased ventilation and new windows and screens. In addition, Saint Isabel will launch an art-based malaria prevention education program that will teach children how to fight malaria.
"These underprivileged youth are the most susceptible to diseases such as malaria," said Sister Domingas, director of Saint Isabel, which provides room and board to children between the ages of five and 17, and schooling to an additional 800 students. "These improvements will result in healthier, happier children. We consider ExxonMobil to be an important partner in safeguarding the children of Luanda."
ExxonMobil is the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria research and development efforts and since 2000 has committed more than $150 million to African community outreach programs, including $55 million to programs to fight malaria.
Thank you so much StreetInsider.com for this report!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
(w/ Clarias opening)
20th World Diabetes Congress
107.5 The River Christmas Show - War Memorial Auditorium
Record of the Year - Fight for Love (720 submissions)
Album of the Year - Fight for Love (565 submissions)
Bet Male Pop Vocalist - Fight for Love (123 submissions)
It is currently in the first ballot stage.
Good Luck Elliottt!! We love you.
Elliott sings Know Better. The video is posted at Youtube by Tonsteron. Thank you so much Tonsteron!!! This is truly awesome.