May 8th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
Kevin Durant's Mom: 'They Could Not See the Pain That I Was Going Through'
May 8th, 2014
11:23 AM ET

Kevin Durant's Mom: 'They Could Not See the Pain That I Was Going Through'

After being crowned the NBA's Most Valuable Player, Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant gave his mom the best Mother's Day gift of all.

In his acceptance speech, Durant thanked his mom Wanda Pratt saying, in part: "We weren't supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table ... You sacrificed for us, you're the real MVP."

On "New Day" Thursday, Pratt said she didn't focus on herself while her two boys were growing up.

"It was their lives I was really pushing for," she said.

"I knew I had to strengthen them, I knew that they had to believe. I knew they could not see the pain that I was going through as a single parent and as a woman.”

Pratt said she would hide her tears and sometimes cry at night, but Durant sacrificed too.

"He’s worked so hard," she said. "He didn’t hang out with friends from age 8 or 9 till age 16 – he was always working on his game of basketball. "

Mom said she's grateful to be able to see Durant be rewarded for all that hard work. 

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May 8th, 2014
08:25 AM ET

Cop Buys Teen Bedroom Furniture

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a police officer helps a teenager furnish his room. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to a call a few weeks ago from Cameron Simmons,13, who said he didn't want to live in his house with his family anymore.

"I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" said Acerra. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."

When the officer brought Simmons home, he  realized the boy didn't have a real bed or anything else he needed for a bedroom.

"My heart went out for him," said Acerra. "I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid."

Someone donated a bed, TV and other furniture to the officer after hearing the story, and Acerra gave the items to Simmons so he could change his environment.

"I didn't do this for publicity or to get people to notice me," Acerra said. "I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this."

See the full story at CNN affiliate WIS and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 8
Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton when she was a White House intern in the 1990s.
May 8th, 2014
05:46 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, May 8

Islamist militants stage a brutal attack on a Nigerian village involved in the hunt for hundreds of kidnapped girls. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a pause in eastern Ukraine referendum votes. And Monica Lewinsky's Vanity Fair essay hits newsstands today.

It's Thursday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day

1. NIGERIA GIRLS

Boko Haram: Just as the world is getting some of its first glimpses of this Islamist militant group, it's also getting a taste of its brutality. A month after kidnapping hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, Boko Haram has killed hundreds in a village that troops were using as a home base for the search. Monday's bloody attack by the militants follows a pattern of revenge-seeking against anybody perceived to have provided aid to the Nigerian government.

2. BENGHAZI COMMITTEE

Not over yet: The House is expected to vote this week to approve a special committee on the September 11,2012, terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Republicans have long said that the White House knows more than it is letting on about what happened in Benghazi. A Senate report earlier this year said the attack was "likely preventable." Hillary Clinton, who could make a White House bid in 2016, was secretary of state at the time of the attack.

3. MONICA LEWINSKY

Regrets and insights: Even before hitting newsstands, Monica Lewinsky's essay in Vanity Fair provoked its share of reactions across social media, from shrugs to bemusement to outright hostility. The reactions are easy to understand when you're talking about a former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton threatened to bring down his presidency. Now that her essay is out, it reveals a woman still haunted by the events of nearly two decades ago. It also offers insights into someone who has moved on.

4. UKRAINE CRISIS

A softening stance?: Will the referendum still go ahead Sunday? That is what pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine will be deciding today after Russian President Vladimir Putin urged them to postpone the May 11 vote in order to give dialogue "the conditions it needs to have a chance." The referendum, scheduled to take place in Donetsk and Luhansk, was to plainly ask whether eastern Ukrainian residents living there want sovereignty from Kiev.

5. NEO-NAZIS SENTENCED

An about-face: In court, the South Carolina neo-Nazi couple seemed remorseful for the 2013 murder of a sex offender. But they changed their tunes when life sentences were handed down. Then Jeremy and Christine Moody told reporters they'd commit murder again. In July, Jeremy Moody told police he killed a man and his wife because the husband was on the South Carolina sex offender registry. The judge dished out the life terms after he caught the Moodys smiling at each other in court after expressing remorse.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- #WhatIsPretty: Beyoncé has compiled fan Instagram videos and photos into the latest version of her song "Pretty Hurts."

- Brave bulldogs: These fearless pups challenged a New Hampshire black bear and won.

- Annapolis antics: It's finals week at the U.S. Naval Academy.

- Granny's got skills: This grandma still knows her way around a soccer ball.

- Duck, duck, jump: Sometimes you just gotta say "what the heck" and make the leap.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
Be sure to tune in to "New Day," from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, join us at NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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