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Tennis star Venus Williams has been vindicated in a case where she was initially thought to be at fault in a car accident on June 9 that ended in one death. At a recent press conference two days before the Wimbleton opener, she broke down when asked about the incident and left the room. According to USA Today, police said new video footage showed Williams entered the intersection legally before the collision with a car…

How the West Won

Written by Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Golden State Warriors brought the NBA Championship (and bragging rights) back to the West Coast Monday, closing out the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who beat them last year. The Oakland-based team beat their East Coast rivals 129-120, in decisive Game 5. Kevin Durant was named MVP, scoring 39 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. This NBA Finals game was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series…

June is Black Music Month

Written by Friday, June 09, 2017
With black music being such an intricate part of African American life, many of us might not feel the need to celebrate it as a national observance. Still, Black Music Month has its rightful place in history. The observance, honoring the vast musical contributions of black artists, was first declared in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the African-American Music Bill, which formally established June as Black Music Month nationally.…
Alicia Keys and Selena Gomez came to rock the house at the Forum on April 27 with thousands of charitable students and educators. The annual "WE Day" event returned to celebrate kids who are making a difference in their world through social activism, and to inspire others. About 16,000 students from all over California converged at the Forum to celebrate everyday heroes. Gomez hosted the day-long, star-studded celebration which included a guest appearance by the…
By Veronica Mackey For 13 seasons, he played for the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum until he retired in 1991. His presence has been seen and heard as the voice of early detection for HIV, and a business mogul with a string of restaurants and movie theatres. In 2012, Earvin “Magic” Johnson became co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a group of investors, and bought the Los Angeles Sparks in 2014. But…

Al Jarreau Was a Jazz ‘Healer’

Written by Thursday, February 16, 2017
“Last night I was in an Al Jarreau mood. Went on YouTube, played a few of his hits and got my groove on. I looked at his photo and thought, "I wonder how he's doing?" I don't know him personally, but I have always been a fan. Then I learned that he died today. Wow! It's amazing how the Spirit World gives us a head's up, often without our knowing. RIP Al, I love you.”…

2016: The Year That Was. . .

Written by Thursday, December 29, 2016
By Veronica Mackey Shocking and unbelievably long. From exploding cell phones to the reality that there will be a President Trump, 2016 has been everything except boring. We thought the presidential election would never end. Billed as one of the nastiest campaigns in recent history, the Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton contest concluded on Nov. 8. And despite proof that the Russians hacked into the Democrat’s data base to help Trump win, Trump’s own emotional…

Lee Daniels Gets His Star

Written by Thursday, December 22, 2016
Acclaimed filmmaker and television producer Lee Daniels has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As co-creator of Fox’s hit drama, “Empire,” Daniels’ work has won Oscar nominations and awards. He received a best director Oscar nomination in 2010 for “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.” Mo’Nique Hicks won an Oscar for best supporting actress in “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” and Gabourey Sidibe, who starred in the…

Simone Manuel Wins Gold

Written by Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Angel Johnson Simone Biles isn’t the only African American from Texas making history in the Olympics. In fact, there is a new Simone in town. Simone Manuel won a gold medal for the 100-meter freestyle in swimming last Thursday. She is the first African American female to take first place in an individual swimming event. The last black woman to win a medal for swimming was in 1976, and the last American woman to…

Teen Choice Awards Comes to Inglewood

Written by Thursday, August 04, 2016
Not everyone who attended the Teen Choice Awards at the Forum in Inglewood on Sunday is old enough to vote. But that did not stop presenters at the entertainment awards show from voicing their opinions about politics and social justice. One of the most prominent celebrities was 23-time Teen Choice Award winner Justin Timberlake. After getting into a bit of trouble for tweets he made about the struggles of African Americans, he used the moment…

New Iron Man

Written by Thursday, July 14, 2016
The next Iron Man will actually be a black woman. Robert Downey Jr. tweeted his support for the new Iron Man. He said, get ready for a new generation of Marvel. Over the past few years, Marvel comics have become more diverse. There has been a Muslim Ms. Marvel, an Asian Hulk and a biracial Spider-Man. Writers still need to figure out what the new Iron Man’s superhero name will be. But her real name…

Frank Ocean’s Anticipated Project

Written by Thursday, July 07, 2016
There is a chance Frank Ocean will be entering the spotlight with his new album Boys Don’t Cry, sometime this month. The singer and songwriter hasn’t been in the spotlight much since 2012. His last album, Channel Orange sold more than 130 thousand copies and took the number two spot on the Billboard 200. Ocean has kept a low profile over the past few years. Behind the scenes, he helped to write James Blake’s album.…

BET Awards Turn Political

Written by Friday, July 01, 2016
The BET Awards aired Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater. It was a night to celebrate the success of black entertainers. But this year’s show also focused on politics and civil rights for the black community. Beyonce opened the show with a political performance to her song “Freedom.” The song is from her visual album Lemonade. “Freedom” takes a stand against the systematic racism in this country, which dates back to slavery. Her performance started…
Kanye West’s 7th studio album, “The Life of Pablo,” has been making waves since he dropped it on Valentine’s Day this year. There had been much buzz around the album, as expected with an artist of Kanye’s relevance in the culture. One of the songs that made for much fanfare and Black Twitter arguments was the song “Famous,” in which Yeezy refers to Taylor Swift as a “b---- he made famous.” Four months later, now…

June is Black Music Month

Written by Thursday, June 16, 2016
Black Music Month was started by Kenny Gamble—half of the famous Gamble and Huff song writing and producing team—and former wife Dyana Williams, a radio and music industry professional, journalist, and co-founder of the International Association of African American Music Foundation (IAAAM Foundation). She also serves as a frequent commentator in TV One's docu-series, “Unsung.” Known for the soulful “Sound of Philadelphia,” Gamble and Huff wrote a plethora of hits for Teddy Pendergrass, Jerry Butler,…
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