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Professional athlete Cristal Malalu turns into content creator and blogger.




“Life has a great way to change your course over time” – MANOU CRISTAL

From displaying his creativity on the basketball court to taking his creativity into the digital world.

Cristal Malalu, a 29-year-old former basketball player looking to show his creativity in the digital world. Cristal, who is of Congolese background, tells his story of how he had to let go of the love of his life, and reshape his ways to express his creative and competitive passion in different ways.

Cristal, who is also known as Manou. Started his basketball career at the age of 6 in the Netherlands. And from a young age he was already a talented athlete who over the years ended up in Youth Eredivision teams such as former team Eiffel Towers ‘s-Hertogenbosch (now called Heroes Den-Bosch), and Basketball Academy Limburg. Has also played in the Canary Islands at the Canarias Basketball academy, before continuing his career in America at the college level.

After completing his Bachelors, Manou decided to take his chances and continue his basketball career at a professional level. He has played in different countries such as Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. In every place he came to play he had his successes as a player until the pandemic forced him to come back to the Netherlands.

“Basketball is still the love of my life but it’s not my mission.”


After all the successes during your career as a basketball player why the drastic change now? 

“I still love basketball, I miss it too. I miss the excitement of the fans, the handshakes everything around it. But after much thought it felt like it wasn’t my mission, or rather my final goal. I wanted to put my creativity somewhere else.I felt like my creations behind photography, video, and digital content were more natural than on the basketball court.” – Manou

Manou explained, the freedom he has to create creations from photo and video and storytelling appeals to him more, which makes him want to pursue that. He is now currently in a transition and build-up of ‘No Label, Films’ where the aim is to bring out and illustrate stories of successful lesser known individuals in short films. In addition, he is preparing to migrate to the UK where he wants to conquer the market with No Label, Films.





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    As tension have been erupted between Russia and Ukraine. And supposedly a war has started between those two this has major impact on the people from both countries and also athletes have been impacted by this event happening right now as we are speaking.

    Many players have had an hard time escaping the highly dangerous cities of
    Ukraine. Others have been outspoken about the events, and others even have. Others have even canceled their contracts with teams such as the world famous CSKA Moscow.

    In reaction to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Tornike Shengelia is the first CSKA player to break ties with his employer. In a historically tense context between Georgia and Russia, the captain of the Georgian
    selection no longer wants to defend the colours of the Russian army club. The first Moscow player to publicly support Ukraine on Saturday morning, Tornike Shengelie went further. The Georgian star has decided to leave CSKA. “I made this decision in protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” he
    reportedly told Commersant. Toko Shengelia was under contract until 2023 with Moscow.
    Former leader of Baskonia, he is preparing to leave the Russian capital for Spain with his family.

    “I consider it no longer
    possible to continue
    playing for the Russian
    army club.

    Other players like Donatas Motiejunas didn’t want to comment anything about basketball, just call for peace in Ukraine. After winning a Euroleague game against Fenerbahçe Beko his exact words were First of all we should take a moment of silence for all the things that are going on right now in Europe,” Motiejunas said. “A lot of innocent people are dying… please stop the war in Ukraine. Our thoughts and prayers are with that country right now.” He added a simple “Thank you” and left for the locker room. 

    “A lot of innocent people are
    dying. Please stop the war in
    Ukraine. Our thoughts and
    prayers are with that country
    right now”


    Ettore Messina: Losing a game is nothing compared to what’s happening in Ukraine



    “Ukrainian referee
    Boris Rhyzyk sent an
    anti-war message in
    light of the invasion
    by Russia into his



    Just before the tipoff of the EuroLeague match between Olympiacos Piraeus and Olimpia Milano, the camera captured Ukrainian referee Boris Ryzhyk holding a “Stop War” sign during the pregame ceremony. It was a message for what is taking place right now back at his home country which is facing a full-scale invasion by Russia since the early morning hours of Thursday, February 24

    “I would like to express our sympathy to Boris
    Ryzhyk,” Messina said. “I cannot even imagine what
    he’s going through, this referee, who traveled here
    today in such a horrible day for Europe with the war
    beginning in Ukraine.”

    Earlier on Thursday, Zalgiris Kaunas announced that the team won’t be playing its upcoming games in Russia against CSKA Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg. Zalgiris general manager Paulius Motiejunas stated that they will be calling “Western” EuroLeague clubs to make a general boycott of their games against Russian teams.

    Barcelona postponed the travel to St. Petersburg to face Zenit Friday February 25th, while Bayern Munich asked for its game against CSKA to be suspended. Ultimately, EuroLeague shut down all three games of Russian teams this week. A crucial remote meeting is planned to be held Friday when the 18 EuroLeague clubs will discuss how to proceed in light of these circumstances.

    “It’s really difficult to make a comment when you see the games being canceled because of the situation because we don’t know what it’s going to happen in the future,” Messina said. “Losing a basketball game is nothing compared to what’s happening [in Ukraine]

    As we can see not on only the population suffers. We are seeing a complete movement happening in the
    basketball world as games in Russia are being postponed or even cancelled by opposing team in the Euroleague.


    4 times nba champion and General Manager of the French Top club ASVEL, Tony Parker has al decided to not send his team out to Russia to compete in the 27th round of the Euroleague

    “We will not go to Russia next

     LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne will not play in Russia next week, team owner and formerprofessional player T ony Parker announcedThursday evening.

    “We will not go to Russia next week,” he said after the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 27 contest versus ALBA Berlin at Astroballe, “I have already announced this to my players and my staff.
    This goes beyond sport. We cannot accept the situation which is totally the opposite of our values. Sending our team to Russia is out of the question.”

    ASVEL follows in the footsteps of Zalgiris Kaunas. The dominating champions of Lithuania previously declared their intentions to boycott future games in Russia. Meanwhile, as a result of the ongoing war, all three Round 27 games involving Russian teams were suspended. FC Barcelona had decided to postpone it’s own trip to Russia for a Round 27 meeting with Zenit Friday and a pushed back Round 19 game opposite CSKA. Moscow before Euroleague Basketball formally postponed the matchup in Saint Petersburg.

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    Anthony Joshua defeats Joseph Parker at Cardiff



    “My strategy was to stick behind the jab – it’s one of the most important weapons – a good jab will take you around the world.” – Antony Joshua

    Anthony Joshua now holds the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts

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    His victory in Cardiff was his 21st straight career win

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    Anthony Joshua wins on points 118-110, 118-110, 119-109

    Anthony Joshua keeps Joseph Parker at distance CREDIT: PA

    Joshua taken the distance for first time in his pro career

    Anthony Joshua keeps Joseph Parker at distance CREDIT: PA

    Read the detailed boxing review at the @Telegraph <-

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    Hungo Queyoun Makor about being a 7th grade teacher



    Hungo Queyoun Makor an Liberian who grew up in Arlington, TX. He is currently living in Dallas, TX and has two sisters and  a brother. At first glace you might not have guessed it, but he is a teacher, loves mentoring youth and has a great passion for basketball. His parents experienced difficult times while initially trying to establish themselves in the U.S. Despite facing numerous hardships upon arriving in America they raised four successful children. His oldest sister is an Electrical Engineer/MBA/PHD Candidate (SMU/TTU). The other sister is a Biomedical Engineer/MBA, Doctor of Optometry (SMU/TWU/Western University). The second boy in the family has a degree and Mathematics/MBA (TCU). Hungo’s parents always emphasized the importance of education and sacrificed everything that they could to ensure that my siblings and I received the best education.  

    “I’m blessed to be in the position that I am in and I’m thankful that I can give back to community through teaching.”


    I am a 7th and 8th grade mathematics teacher and have been a teacher for about 2 years now. I didn’t want to be a teacher when I grew up. I always wanted to be a professional basketball player! I played Division I basketball in college and participated in several professional basketball exposure camps. I have even part taken in numerous commercials, ads and some movies. i.e. Nike, Relient,Gatorade I am very passionate about teaching, basketball and mentoring the youth in my community.

    My favorite inspirational message at the moment is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” In 5 years time I see myself as a principal at a high school.

    Do you have hobbies or crazy habits?

    Playing basketball and working out are my main hobbies.

    What does Melanin mean to you?

    When I think of the word melanin I think of power, pride, confidence, strength and that people have different hues.

    What tips do you have for starting creatives or people that want to become a teacher?

    Have a passion for kids and you definitely need to be patient. My advice for anyone that wants to become a teacher would be to understand that the knowledge that you give the students in your classroom can help them excel through life. Be patient with students and realize that everyone learns at their own pace. Have a passion for children; Inspire and empower your students.

    Do you think a Melanin Wonder Platform is necessary?

    Yes, the platform gives everyday people a place to receive notoriety for their accomplishments.

    What would be your one super power?

    I would love to be invisible from time to time.

    What would be a good theme song for your life?

    You don’t know — Jay Z

    What Melanin Wonder do you look up to in media world?

    Barack Obama and Kobe Bryant are melanin wonders for sure.

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    Nike Headquarters Honors Serena Willams with her own building



    Nike Headquarters Honors Serena Willams with her own building

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    Nike announced wednesday that they are going to open 4 new buldings in 2019 as part of their campus expansion. Two buildings would be named after athletes , and Serena Williams is one of the chosen. The bulding is located at Nike’s Beaverton, Oregon, world headquarters!

    Not only has Serena Williams had an extraordinary year with numerous athletic and professional accomplishments , marriage and a beautiful daughter in her live, she can now add another great honor to her name this year.

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    Serena was overjoyed with this news and shared her gratitude with the rest of the world via instagram

    Serena Williams: “What a year it has been. First a grand slam win followed by a awesome baby… than the most magical wedding. What next? How about a building!!… Nike announced yesterday that one of its new world headquarters buildings will be named after me. It will be the biggest on campus and is scheduled to open in 2019. I am honored and grateful! #TeamNike @nike”

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