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BREAKING NEWS: Taylor Swift Performs With T.I. and Usher In Atlanta

Since T.I.’s release from a half way house last week, everyone has been wondering where the Hip-Hip star would pop up next. One place we weren’t expecting T.I to be spotted was at a Taylor Swift concert. T.I. recently joined Taylor Swift on stage at her concert for a surprise performance. Toward the end of Swift’s set on Sunday night, she introduced T.I by singing the chorus to his hit single, “Live Your Life” which originally featured Rihanna. The crowd at Phillips Arena roared in excitement as the “King of the South” took the stage.  Taylor Swift has had surprise appearances before with notables such as Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj during her tour. The Sunday show was a makeup performance for a postponed July show.  This is one of many appearances that T.I has made already since his release from the halfway house a week ago. Although any appearance by T.I now a days is cause for major excitement, Taylor Swift also brought out R&B super star Usher Raymond on stage last night in Phillips Arena while singing his chart topping hit, “Yeah”. Sounds like Taylor Swift provided an epic night for Atlanta along with the perfect compensation for her postponed show. I guess the wait was definitely worth it.  Stay tuned for more information and news on T.I., Taylor Swift, and Usher Raymond. Also visit their sites, , , and . Watch the electrifying performance by the superstars below.

-Amadi Jae for AOM & The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter!

WNBA Game Recap: Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics

Last Thursday, Aspire Online Magazine was invited to a WNBA game at Phillips Arena to watch the Atlanta Dream play the Washington Mystics. As many of you may know, I am not well versed on basketball, or any sport of any kind, so immediately I started doing tons of research to familiarize myself with everything basketball! As I began to get deep into my findings while browsing through  video clips and player stats, I had an immediate love for the game! These girls can hoop!

Well, when I walked into the arena, it was so exciting! The energy was awesome as the girls practiced on the court and as the fans screamed the names of their favorite player; I knew the game was going to be awesome.  This was also going to be a great game because this was the first meet-up between the Mystics and the Dream since the Mystics lost to the Dream in the play-offs. The Dream went on last year to the finals and won the Eastern Conference Championship for 2010.

The atmosphere was super charged and Dream lead the game until the last quarter at 46 seconds when the two teams tied up at 85-85. It was a nail biter and the crowd was going crazy. At the end of the 4th quarter the game was still tied, so overtime went into effect to break the tie. At this point, it was anybody’s game. The Mystics played hard on defense, and beat out the Dream by 8 points. The final score was 90-98. One of the Dream’s star players, Angel McCoughtry, was out most of the game due to knee injury. Many feel if she had been in, the outcome would have been different.

There you have it folks!! I am your official stop for select WNBA games and, not to mention, a new and huge fan of the WNBA. 🙂 These games are so much fun for the entire family! I was quite impressed because the arena had so many fun activities and prizes during the game to get the crowd involved. Some of the activities were the “father daughter dance-off”, I-pad Karaoke, the Jam Cam, the Suitcase Race, and a lot more. But my favorite was definitely the suitcase race. Two fans were picked from the audience and given a suitcase full of clothes. The fans then had to put on everything in the suitcase and run down the court and shoot a basketball in the basket. The first person to do it won a round trip ticket from Airtran! How cool.

If you’re looking for inexpensive family fun this summer, the WNBA has you covered. I laughed, cheered and could not keep my eyes off the court. These ladies put their hearts and souls into this game. If you don’t follow the WNBA already, I suggest you do. I encourage you to come out, show your support and pack the house! See you in stands!

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-T. Monet is Special Correspondent for AOM and The “HIGH UP”. Photos by Jay Young.