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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Derrick Rose, Denzel and retired gangsters: this week in Black Awesomeness

Derrick Rose’s Road to Recovery

Adidas recently released the third installment of their “The Return of D. Rose” YouTube series which documents Derrick Rose’s struggle to get healthy for the 2012-2013 NBA season. There are shots of him in the weight room, working with a trainer, playing what looks like NBA2K11 with a video game version of himself on the screen.

It was devastating to watch Rose tear his ACL during a playoff
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game against the 76ers this April. His injury not only dashed any hopes the Bulls had of making it to the NBA Finals, but also prevented Rose from participating in the London Olympics. Seeing him working hard toward getting healthy is nothing short of inspiring.  Check out the link here.

Four powerful black business women you should know.

Fortune Magazine just released its 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list, and four black women have made the list. Of course, Oprah is on it, but there are a few faces you may not recognize: Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox, Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Stores, and Linda Gooden, executive vice president of Information Systems & Global Solutions at Lockheed Martin.

For pictures and bios of these powerful women, head over to The Grio.

Breaking: Denzel Washington is still handsome.

The Oscar award-winning actor sat down with GQ magazine in New Orleans, where he is shooting his 42nd film. You read that right, and it’s almost certainly an action flick, with a title like 2 Guns and Mark Wahlberg as his co-star.

 In the interview, Washington talks about his film influences – apparently he wanted to be more John Shaft and less Sidney Poitier, as a teenager – the roles he wishes he hadn’t turned down, and how he holds on to the mystery of Denzel Washington. Plus, he’s all salt-and-peppered haired in the photo shoot. Make sure you tell your mom.

(Sidenote: I just love GQ’s profiles. If you didn’t read the one of Rick Ross  from last October, please read it. It was pretty awesome.)

Just what does a retired gangster do, exactly?

T.I. sat down with the women of “The View” once again. This time, they discussed his new book “Trouble & Triumph,” the sequel to “Power & Beauty”, and what he means when he says he is a “retired gangster”. But what do gangsters do when they retire, the ladies wanted to know. “Do they get Social Security?” asked Sherri Shepherd.

Ever the charmer, T.I. replied, “No, they become rappers.”

 They also talked about the new season of “T.I. & Tiny”, his multiple incarcerations and how he explains his past to his children. You can watch the interview in it’s entirety over at Rap Radar.

And for the record, “Power & Beauty” was actually something of a page-turner. I know, right.

By Lauren McEwen  |  09:07 AM ET, 09/21/2012

 
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