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Peloton star Ally Love tells Jalen Rose about almost dying at age 9

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If you’re a Peloton devotee, you’ll recognize this week’s “Renaissance Man” guest as one of the most well-known, energetic fitness instructors in the game.

Though I personally know her as the very talented in-arena host for the Brooklyn Nets, she’s also a woman’s empowerment guru and model. But Ally Love had to fight very hard for every last bit of it because her potential was almost squashed during a tragic childhood accident.

“At 9 years old, I was hit by a car … almost died,” she told me. Ally was at a family barbecue when she and her cousins went rushing up to the ice cream man. After she scored her sweet treat, she looked both ways to cross the street. But it was simply bad timing. A parked car zoomed out from behind the ice cream truck and struck her.

“I was hit up in the air, landed on the hood of the car, rolled to the grass, broke my hip, cracked my teeth. I was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, it put my family through a very challenging experience, put myself through a traumatic experience,” she said.

She wasn’t able to have surgery right away because they needed to order equipment for someone her size.

“I was rushed to the hospital, but not to surgery. So I’m laying in the bed for seven days with a weight at the end of my leg, separating my femur bone from healing incorrectly. So as we were waiting for this, I was losing a lot of blood and again, it was looking bleak,” she said.

“And so it was this time where my mom was having that conversation with the doctor. She came back in and she said something that would forever change my life. She gave me an opportunity to make a decision about my life at 9 years old,” Ally told me. “I don’t think I would have the fortitude, the grace, nor would be able to give a child, let alone my child, the responsibility of making the decision … She told me, she said, ‘You can decide to let go and go on. Your father and I spoke, if that’s what you want to do, because it’s really hard. We understand. Or you can decide to pray to God and fight for your life. But what we know is that we can’t switch places for you.’ And so obviously that moment was pivotal. I decided to pray and to always fight for my life and never stop doing those two things.”

Even when she pulled herself through the most critical, dangerous moments, the doctors said she probably wouldn’t be able to run, let alone be an athlete.

But she shattered those expectations, pushing through physical pain and depression. Most people probably see Ally and think she was handed intelligence, a fit body, a great head of hair, and a positive outlook. In fact, she kept quiet about her accident until the pandemic forced her to do some self-reflection, and she realized just how much her accident affected her and powered her. She recently started sharing her ordeal hoping to inspire others.

Ally Love is this week's guest on "Renaissance Man."
Ally Love is this week’s guest on “Renaissance Man.”
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“And so any time I’ve heard the word ‘no’ in school, I’ve heard the word ‘no’ in my career or physically, where I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I could do that.’ When I hear the word ‘no,’ I try to find the yes in there somewhere.”

The Miami native was home-schooled for a time, did a lot of physical therapy and she fell in love with dance and movement through a camp she attended. Ally was so good, she went to Fordham, where she majored in dance.

But there was always hoops in her life. She grew up a rabid fan of the Miami Heat, and that led her to pursue opportunities in the NBA. But don’t call her a Heat fan because she will correct you faster than you can say “Dwyane Wade.” She became a Knicks City dancer, which she said gave her “footing” in the league. She found a home with the Nets and now bleeds Brooklyn.

“I’ve never been a host before. And they said, ‘You know what, I’m going to bet on this girl.’ And they gave me the room, an opportunity to show up and have a voice in the arena to show up and to be a recognizable part of that organization.”

So I had to pose the question. Who really runs New York: the Knicks or the Nets? My short answer is the Knicks. Just before the playoffs, I was in a bar downtown where the television was showing an old Knicks game while the Nets were playing. People in the Big Apple would rather watch reruns of the Knicks than the Nets live. Ally is more diplomatic though.

“I don’t think anyone can silence the Knicks fan. I, you know, in all the years of not
having their best seasons, those Knicks [fans] do show up … I’m not taking away anything from them. So I know that I’m not going to sit here and say that we can silence the Knicks fans because they have legacy. We are building our legacy,” said Ally who is also planning her upcoming wedding.

We talked about her trademark afro, which she wears unapologetically (sometimes in an edgy mohawk) and styles with Bumble and Bumble curl cream. When she’s not in her spin shoes, she loves her sky high heels.

And Ally had a lot of praise for Naomi Osaka, who bowed out of the French Open after she was fined for refusing to do any media because it affected her mental health. But she had none for the NBA fans who threw objects at players early on in the playoffs. Though in her sunny, optimistic Ally way, she found a positive spin on it.

“The silver lining is that our community is stepping up saying, ‘Oh, not today,’ giving that [Dikembe] Mutombo finger … ‘This is not going down like this,’” she said. “And I think that that is the silver lining here is that while it is very disappointing, there is an upside for us to continue to shape the culture of the NBA in particular to individual teams and individual organizations to say, ‘That’s not who you are.’”

Ally does something that I always advise: Diversify and multitask in your professional life. Don’t get stuck in only one industry if you can help it. It’s a credo that I live by and she is mastering. Through her company Love Squad, she dishes out advice on fitness, health, career and life in general. She runs networking events to try and open up those avenues for other women.

Though she doesn’t know it, Ally convinced me that I need to hop on the Peloton bandwagon. I love to spin, but at 6-foot-8, it can sometimes be a challenge. It also hurts my backside when I am sitting on the seat. My friend and former ESPN “Countdown” producer Amina Hussein also recently joined the company as well, so I feel like it’s summoning me. Butt pain, and all.

Ally has been known to do an all Beyonce class, so if she promises to puts together a playlist of DMX and Eminem, me and my sore behind are ordering that bike yesterday.

Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the University of Michigan’s iconoclastic Fab Five, who shook up the college hoops world in the early ’90s. He played 13 seasons in the NBA, before transitioning into a media personality. Rose is currently an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up,” and co-host of “Jalen & Jacoby.” He executive produced “The Fab Five” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, is the author of the best-selling book, “Got To Give the People What They Want,” a fashion tastemaker, and co-founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a public charter school in his hometown.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
New York DMV

Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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