By: Joe Cardoso

WE RISE is a 10 day festival of art and community building with a mission to spark change in the mental health system. A great lineup of speakers headline the event and one of the biggest guests was none other than Kobe Bryant. He popped up and surprised 300 high school students and shared his feelings on times he has faced insecurities and negativity. Kobe has been everywhere lately and lending his voice to a lot of great causes and this is another one.The WE RISE event will have over 150 artist showcasing everything from art, workshops, performances, panels and more. For more information on this dope event go to WhyWeRise.LA 

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  • Kobe on Fear & Mental Health: “It’s easy for us as people to kind of ignore the emotional side of it,  especially when it comes to things that deal with negativity, things that deal with insecurity, things that deal with fear. It’s very easy to take the fear and just push it down, try to act like it doesn’t exist. The reason why it starts with imagination is because you first must imagine the life that you want to have. You must first imagine what it is you dream of becoming.”
  • Kobe on Kanye West’s Controversial Comments: “I’m sure the same way everybody else here in this room feels . What the hell are you talking about? I think that was my reaction as is everybody else’s reaction….The thing about our country is that you have the right to say whatever it is that you want to say…that’s the beautiful thing about living in a democracy. I think, for him, he’s one of these entertainers that’s always in a constant state of growth, he’s always challenging … himself, doing a lot of questioning internally himself…so I just take it for what it is and completely disagree.”

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Joe Cardoso
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Joe (Cartright) Cardoso here! I’m the epitome of a sports junkie. An alum of the College of Southern Maryland, I received a diploma from the Maryland Institute of Broadcasting (MIB). During my tenure at MIB, I was a news/sports major and had the opportunity to intern at Fox 45 sports and Ravens Radio. I also worked as an overnight board operator for Sports Talk 980 ESPN Radio. I’ve been a total sports fanatic pretty much from the womb. My first love is soccer followed by basketball and then football. My favorite athletes are Kevin Garnett and Marino Rivera and my sports teams are the Yankees, Redskins, Michigan, Wizards, and Chelsea. My passion for sports is never ending. My sister once commented that I would probably follow pig racing if it was a sport! I had to agree. Nuts and Bolts Sports is a HUGE deal to me. It brings together others who share my obsession and love for everything sports and fulfills a life-long dream to bring sports news to fans my way.
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