While the great films from 2020 were front and center at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, several celebrities made sure to remember the late Kobe Bryant. One of them was Blanca Blanco, who showed off a custom made purse that was a tribute to the Lakers legend.
The purse was made to look like a basketball and was bejeweled with “KOBE 24” on the front along with purple and gold jewels along the sides.
“It was an honor to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant during the Academy Awards,” Blanca told Fox News. “I admired his tenacity and strong work ethics. I will always be impressed by how selfless he was to help new athletes reach their full potential using their individual strengths to help shape and achieve their goals. Most of all, I loved how devoted he was to Vanessa and his children.”
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“As a Latina, his dedication to emerge into the Latino community and support us on many levels was inspirational,” she continued. “Plus his Spanish was excellent! Although, Kobe is no longer physically here, his spirit is and he will always be remembered.”
Bryant was also remembered on the red carpet by Spike Lee.
The “BlacKkKlansman” director — who won the Oscar for best-adapted screenplay for the film last year — hit the red carpet on Sunday while rocking a purple and gold suit emblazoned with the number 24, which was Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers jersey number.
Bryant was remembered by the Academy during the annual In Memorandum segment. His face was the first to appear on the screen, which also displayed a quote from him.
“Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going,” it read.
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The event came one day after audio from Bryant’s last interview was made public by the LA Times. In it, he said why he didn’t make it back to many Lakers games after his retirement.
“I have gone through 20 years of the majority of my career with my kids Natalia and Gianna without being able to have that consistently,” Bryant said.
“So for me to make a trip up to the Staples Center, that means I’m missing the opportunity to spend another night with my kids, and I know how fast it goes. Natalia is 16 and Gianna is 13. So that time came and went and so I want to make sure that the days I’m away from them, are days that I absolutely have to,” he continued. “I’d rather just be hanging with them.”