Just a couple weeks ago, Envision Festival brought a powerful blend of music and environmentalism to the shores of Costa Rica. Our own B. Getz was on the scene, where he was able to catch up with beloved musician Lafa Taylor. Taylor talks about his influences, merging the many styles of music much like the festival itself. With some extensive coverage of Envision on the way, we wanted to share this exciting interview to get fans pumped about the beautiful nature of Lafa Taylor and all things Envision Festival. By blending an incredible array of music, including the smooth merge of electronic and live instrumentation, Lafa Taylor continues to impress.Check out the interview below, conducted by B. Getz and filmed by ATS Photography:
Mourinho placed little importance on his side topping the embryonic table after Oscar’s second-half strike and John Obi Mikel’s first goal in almost seven years ended a four-match winless streak. The Portuguese merely took pleasure from the fact his side were in close proximity to the five sides he regards as title rivals. “The important thing is not to be top, the important thing is to be there,” Mourinho said. “Where is Man U? Where is Man City? Where is Tottenham? Where is Arsenal? Where is Liverpool? “If they are a long way (ahead) it’s a problem, if we are there, it’s important. “And some of them, they start the Premier League in a brilliant way, we start in a very bad way. “If we start in a very bad way and they start in a brilliant way, it’s good for us.” Asked to clarify his thoughts on Chelsea’s “very bad” start, Mourinho added: “That’s what I read. It was a disaster. I think it was not good, but every one of the two defeats (to Everton and Basle) are not defeats with a conclusion. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho taunted his critics after his side’s 2-0 defeat of Fulham saw them rise to the top of the Barclays Premier League. Since the defeat at Everton last Saturday Mourinho has been reminded of Chelsea’s worst start to a Premier League season since 2003/04, in the early months of Roman Abramovich’s ownership. Coupled with the midweek mishap in the Champions League, a 2-1 defeat by Swiss side Basle, it prompted talk of a crisis at Chelsea, something Mourinho mocked following the west London derby triumph. “You lose a match in the Premier League, you don’t lose the Premier League. “You lose a match in the Champions League (and) you are in a more difficult situation, but you have 15 points to play for.” Mourinho, who insisted he accepts criticism, believes Chelsea are judged differently to their rivals. He added: “All the six teams, we all lost. Every one of us lost a game and it looks like for the others, to lose is a normal thing and it looks like for us it’s the end of the world.” Pundits and fans have been bemused by Mourinho’s continued marginalisation of Juan Mata, the player of the year in each of the last two seasons. The World Cup winner was not in the squad to play Fulham, instead watching from behind the substitutes’ bench alongside David Luiz, who was also omitted. The pair trained on Saturday morning and will feature at Swindon in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. Mourinho said: “I hope he tells me on the pitch ‘you are wrong, I’m the best and I have to play every game’. “I would love that. I’m waiting for a professional reaction. I want him to be fantastic. I hope he can. “I gave Juan the chance to play from the beginning against Aston Villa, from the beginning against Everton, 30, 35 minutes against Basle. “The past is the past, what matters is now. You have to be judged for what you do now. “I have my options, but the thing that I most love in football is when the players prove that I’m wrong.” Nigeria midfielder Mikel found the net for the first time since January 2007 to make certain of victory. Mourinho, who praised Mikel’s all-round display, said: “It’s good for him, good for us, good for his confidence. “I think people enjoyed seeing John score a goal. The finish was good.” Fulham troubled Chelsea and Darren Bent should have given the visitors a first-half lead, only to fluff his shot. Fulham boss Martin Jol said: “The first 50 minutes they were really worried. They couldn’t find the space, they couldn’t find a solution and that is probably the moment you have to punish them and we couldn’t do that. “The second half they stepped up a gear, they were more aggressive than us and that is what showed.” Jol was not satisfied with the number of chances his side created. “For me it’s not enough,” he said. “If you play the way we played, you have to create more. We will in the future. We needed a little bit more.” The Dutchman also recognised the Cottagers must win again soon. He added: “We need a win to get back to the top 10. I think all the teams in the bottom half, especially now. We’re 17th or 18th, we have to get out of there.” Press Association
A slow start, combined with penalties and mistakes, sealed Number 15 UCF’s fate for the game. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett caught a 3-yard touchdown pass during a trick play called the “Pitt Special,” with just 56 seconds left in the game, causing UCF to drop the game to the Panthers (2-2), 35-34. UCF is now 3-1 on the season. The University of Central Florida is planning to take tailgating to a new level in time for next year’s football season, with the introduction of a lazy river to be located outside the school’s stadium.Officials say they will be offering 250 memberships to what will be called McNamara Cove for $2,500 each. The all-inclusive package will cover “covegating” leading up to all regular-season home games.Guests will be able to enjoy the lazy river, in addition to a pool, sand volleyball courts, lounge chairs, a bocce ball green, and a service cabana.Outside of game days, McNamara Cove will be open to student-athletes, as part of the university’s $30 million Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village.The lazy river is named for Tom and Stacey McNamara, who made a naming gift commitment of $1 million last year.Meanwhile, the national champion UCF Knights’ winning streak came to an end on Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Nov. 27 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.NEW ORLEANS — The tiniest changes can feel disorienting, but at least they’re easy to make.Anthony Davis felt a little turned around Wednesday morning as he entered the Smoothie King Center, the venue where he played the previous seven years of his NBA career. He mentioned to Danny Green that he had never come from the visiting side of the ramp before.Coming from a hotel in a city that used to be his home, Davis then took some shots on the court where he earned his way to six All-Star games. It felt familiar and just a little alien all at once. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This is something that Davis has learned to grow into during the last few months: As a trade candidate who then became a Laker, the stage is larger than ever and far more intense for the 26-year-old. More introverted than teammate LeBron James, it’s been a challenge at times for Davis to be saturated with media coverage and scrutiny.Still, the production’s been there: 25.1 points, 9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a league-leading 2.9 blocked shots per game. He’s averaging 34 percent from 3-point range while shooting the most 3-pointers of his career. The line Davis is most proud of is the wins: 15-2 with the Lakers, and starring roles in many of those victories.In New Orleans, questions swirled as to whether Davis was capable of carrying a winning team.“I think the world didn’t believe that I was able to do the same things in ‘the spotlight,’ I guess, quote-unquote,” he said. “My teammates are doing a great job of helping me through that and then having a guy like LeBron, obviously, who’s been in that light his whole career has also helped me with that as well. My job is easy. Go out there and play basketball and the rest will take care of itself.”Of course, a good start isn’t quite the body of evidence that erases all doubt that you’re a winner. Until the moment Davis wins a championship in Los Angeles – the standard by which all great Lakers are judged – talking heads, and the public at large, will probably wonder if Davis is built for the heady media markets of the world.Up close, that speculation evaporates. Frank Vogel said Davis has been a likable, even fun and light-hearted personality in the locker room in addition to being an All-Star on the court. The Lakers coach said Davis has handled the pressure as well as could be expected thus far.James also knows a thing or two about how to deal with the kind of scrutiny (and scorn) that Davis will face in the coming season. While he’s got obvious bias, he thinks Davis is chugging along well: some good days, some bad days, but with a general upward slope.“He got some of it last year when the trade rumors started last year, and all those rumors started,” James said. “Then the rumors were coming to fruition and everybody was bringing his name up, every talk show, every radio show if you watch that type of stuff, his name was being mentioned. So a lot of the attention there, and rightfully so. That’s the caliber of basketball player he is. So I think he’s handled it with a lot of gracefulness, and it’s pretty cool to be around.”SEEING OLD FRIENDSDavis’ return is not the only reunion tonight. Obviously, there’s Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball to consider.While Hart has been laid up recently with an ankle injury and Ball missed practice on Tuesday with an illness, all three could play against the Lakers for the first time in their careers. It’s reasonable to assume an uncomfortable dynamic between the former “young core” and LeBron James, who seemed to speak Davis’ trade to the Lakers into existence.James didn’t acknowledge any awkwardness between him and his former teammates, saying it would be “great” to play against them.“All three of them have been put into a much better situation and they’ve taken advantage of it,” he said. “So it sucks to see some of your teammates go, then when you see them flourish and be able to get a new beginning, you’re super excited for them and proud of what they’re doing.”The Lakers, of course, have been put in a much better situation by acquiring Davis and building a more cohesive roster. Even Ingram acknowledged Tuesday that the league-leading Lakers have sported “better players” in their hot start. But Ingram himself has been tearing it up, too, which has given some air to a hypothetical question that lingers over his career: Would things have been different if he hadn’t gotten hurt last spring?There was a genuine ring to James’ comments as he spoke about how happy he’s been for Ingram’s return to the court following thoracic outlet surgery.“When the injury happened, the most important thing we were all sad about and thinking about is if he could play again,” he said. “Because for me, my good friend Chris Bosh was kinda going through the same thing and he never played again. So that was the first thing that crept into my mind, and was just praying and hopeful that B.I. would be able just to play the game again. And obviously he is playing again through the grace of God, and through the grace of the medical team, whoever he was dealing with throughout that whole process, and he’s having a career year.”— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. Receive it in your inbox, sign up here.FACING THE PE-LINK-ANSBack in the Big Easy – Anthony Davis spent the last few days bracing for an uncomfortable reunion.Ingram thrives after trade – The former Lakers now in New Orleans are finding their own sense of zen.Another what-if (about Boogie) – Even Davis wonders how his career might’ve changed if DeMarcus Cousins hadn’t ruptured his Achilles.Don’t call it a comeback – The latest version of LeBron James is still just as good as he’s always been in a win over the Spurs.Answering your questions – If you don’t follow our Monday mailbag, it’s a good time to start. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I’m glad we had a shootaround,” said Davis, pleased to be a little reoriented.Every little adjustment could matter tonight as the Lakers take on the Pelicans in a charged atmosphere that everyone expects to be hostile toward Davis, the former No.1 overall pick who once carried the weight of the franchise on his shoulders. Being booed is no new thing for Davis, who faced angst at home after he requested a trade back in January. But the intensity of an ESPN-televised game in a prime NBA viewing slot combined with the simmering frustration of Pelicans fans could make for a high-pressure environment.The animosity isn’t necessarily happening between the lines (although the former Lakers who were traded away will surely try to bring their A-game). Jrue Holiday remains a close friend of Davis, and he publicly hoped that the Pelicans fans would be easy on him.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was less prescriptive.“That’s for the fans to determine,” he said. “They pay their money, they buy their tickets, and it’s their prerogative to do whatever they feel they need to do. I mean, if you’re talking about my personal relationship, I think A.D.’s a great kid and a great player. It’s just, it is what it is.”