Dwyane Wade Surprises Jr NBA Player After Scoring Triple-Double: Watch

This past weekend, the Jr NBA World Championships were hosted in Orlando, Florida and some NBA stars were in attendance to check out the young talent that was participating in the tournament. Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade was among one the biggest stars at the event and he was completely awestruck by the performance a young player for Africa/Middle East named, Marouf Moumine. In the game Wade got to watch, Moumine went f as he picked up a triple-double and was able to score 28 points, 21 rebounds, and 12 assists.

After the game, Wade went up to Moumine and spoke to him through an interpreter about his performance. Moumine was extremely gracious towards and Wade and seemed a little starstruck over being approached by such a legend. The two even took a selfie together before Wade had to leave.

“It was a joy to watch him play. …] He’s definitely one the most talented kids I watched play,” Wade went on to say. This is high praise when you consider how Wade has seen a lot kids play over the years.

The Jr NBA initiative is great as it allows kids from around the world to show f their talents and get looked at by scouts they otherwise wouldn’t even get exposure to. It will be interesting to see if we Moumine at the next level in the future as its clear he’s already starting to impress people.

Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize Winning Author, Dead At 88

It is being reported that Toni Morrison, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, has passed away at the age 88. According to TMZ, her publisher confirmed the news. 

Perhaps best known for her best-seller Beloved, which was released in 1987, Morrison was a celebrated writer and she was viewed as one the great minds in literature. A cause death has not been revealed but she is said to have been surrounded by loved ones when she passed last night. Jazz and Paradise followed Beloved in what can be considered a loose trilogy, with Beloved being made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.

Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize Winning Author, Dead At 88
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Morrison was awarded a Presidential Medal Freedom while Barack Obama was in fice, further solidifying her great impact on the African-American experience.

In her life, Toni Morrison published eleven novels, nine non-fiction pieces, five children’s books, two plays, two short stories, and one libretto. She additionally worked extensively on essays and university papers. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 and she made history by becoming the first black woman to ever win the award. 

She is survived by two children. Rest in peace to Toni Morrison, one the greatest authors all time.

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Ronald Reagan Racism Exposed In Newly Unearthed Richard Nixon Conversation

New audio surfaced earlier this week two American presidents sharing a laugh over a racist remark. In audio obtained by The Atlantic, Ronald Reagan is heard using racist language in reference to African delegates at the U.N. during a conversation with Richard Nixon. The conversation occurred in 1971 before Reagan became president and while Nixon was still in fice. In the conversation, Reagan’s heard referring to the African delegates as monkeys, a term that carries heavy racial connotation.

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“Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan told Nixon who replied, “Yeah.” “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon got a good chuckle out that statement. 

The whole conversation stemmed from Reagan’s feelings towards the Tanzanian delegation dancing at the General Assembly. It came after the U.N. voted to withdraw Taiwan, a country that Reagan strongly supported. Nixon later recounted the conversation to Secretary State William Rogers without omitting Reagan’s nasty comments.

“As he said, he saw these, uh, these cannibals on television last night, and he says, ‘Christ, they weren’t even wearing shoes, and here the United States is going to submit its fate to that,’ and so forth and so on,” he’s heard saying in the newly surfaced audio recording.

Jidenna Drops New Singles ‘Tribe’ and ‘Sufi Woman’

All hail the Chief. Over two years since his debut album, Jidenna returns with a pair of new singles, “Tribe” and “Sufi Woman.”

Over trap drums, the Chief reps his “Tribe.” “Put your pride in the trash bin / Too much ego in the captions / Don’t get swept up like a Tesla / You ain’t really need the gassin’,” he raps.

On the Afrobeats-inspired “Sufi Woman,” Jidenna sings about a woman who seduces him with her mystical charm. “You’re a lion, but you walk around so unassuming,” he sings.

The songs serve as the first offerings from Jidenna’s sophomore album, 85 to Africa, which arrives on Aug. 23. The album was inspired by his journey across the Atlantic Ocean after unexpectedly being evicted from his rental home. Watch the trailer below.

UK Watchdog Expresses Serious Concerns Over Live Nation's MCD Acquisition

Live Nation recently received approval from Irish regulators to purchase MCD Productions, a Dublin-based concert-promotion company.

Accordingly, the deal seemed set to go off without a hitch—until recently, that is, when U.K. watchdogs indicated that the acquisition might fail to receive government approval.

Stated in short, the acquisition was to derive from funds raised by Live Nation and MCD’s two owners, Denis Desmond and Caroline Downey, who own Gaiety Investments (LN’s partner in the acquisition); the former individual has served as Live Nation’s U.K. and Ireland chairman since 2015.

The acquisition, which was publicly announced in 2018, encountered a snag when the aforementioned watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), took issue with the deal’s potential impact on ticket sales. Specifically, CMA officials indicated that an acquisition/merger between Live Nation and MCD could limit music-promotion competition in Northern Ireland.  Now, Live Nation and MCD officials will need to convince the CMA that this isn’t the case.

Hovering in the background is a damaging leak demonstrating that Live Nation division Ticketmaster is actively feeding scalpers — then double-dipping on the profits.  All of which has been denied, of course.

Denis Desmond released a statement that indicated, in more words, his desire to cooperate with the review and allete the concerns of regulators.

The CMA also investigated Live Nation over its 2017 acquisition of the Isle of Wight Festival.  That deal was eventually approved.

Live Nation, which earned more than $10 billion last year, has a long—and internationally focused—history of acquisitions and strategizing. In 2015, Live Nation opened a branch in Germany, and in 2016, Live Nation bought Big Concerts International, which was, at the time, South Africa’s largest concert promoter. In 2017, LN bought Blue Stone Entertainment, a prominent Israeli concert-promotion company, in addition to acquiring numerous music festivals and other organizations.

This could be quite the kibosh if regulators refused to play ball.  That stated, if any company has the resources and experience to quell the concerns of U.K. regulators, it’s Live Nation.

Chadwick Boseman Responds To Wakandan Letter By "Black Panther" Superfan

There are fans, then there are superfans and then there are super super fans. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman came across possibly one his biggest fans when he got word a letter written in Wakanda code by a boy named Ben. Chadwick shared the image to his Instagram feed that sees Ben holding his handwritten note up for the camera. “Dear Black Panther my name is Ben,” it read. “I am your biggest fan. Could you please write back,” it reads. 

“How cool is it that Hannah Beachler created an incredible alphabet for #BlackPanther and now I’m getting fanmail like this? Thanks for letting me know you’re my biggest fan, Ben. You’re awesome and your letter means a lot to me,” Chadwick wrote in response to the letter. 

The Wakanda language is inspired by African languages as well as Arabic and Chinese, thanks to Hannah Beachler the film’s production designer. 

In other Black Panther news, we previously posted on the exciting update that the film’s director Ryan Coolger has begun writing the script for the second film. “Mr. Coogler is just only in recent weeks sitting down at his keyboard and beginning to outline the movie,” MCU’s Kevin Feig stated.

Kimora Lee Simmons & Djimon Hounsou Privately Arrange Custody Agreement

Last week Djimon Hounsou complained that he wasn’t able to see his son as frequently as he wanted, clearly blaming his ex Kimora Lee Simmons. “It would have been nice to see my son for father’s day,” he previously stated, detailing how he doesn’t remember the last time he saw Kenzo. “To at least talk to him, right? Like all fathers, right?”  

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Sources close to Kimora clapped back, calling Djimon’s statement far from the truth since Kimora allegedly holds an open door policy but Djimon doesn’t find time to see his son regularly. Since the personal family matters have been aired out, The Blast now reports that Kimora and Djimon are privately working out a custody agreement and attorneys for both the stars have been on the phone since Wednesday working on a visitation agreement that will detail when and where each parent will have time with 10-year-old Kenzo. 

The only small issue in the matter is that Djimon travels outside the U.S. to his home grounds  Benin, West Africa. Being as Kenzo is primarily with his mother in the states, Djimon may conflict with his son’s routine. Both parents want to find a common ground for Kenzo to enjoy time with his mother and father, drama free.

PATTA x Air Jordan 7 Collab Releasing Again This Weekend

The PATTA Air Jordan 7 collab is slated to launch globally this Saturday, June 15, following the initial release that took place last month in Amsterdam. 

The limited edition kicks, priced at $200, will be available at select Jordan Brand retailers and Nike SNKRS.

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According to Patta’s Guillaume Schmidt and Vincent van de Waal, the Air Jordan 7 was the ideal silhouette for this partnership for several reasons. 

“It was a golden era for hip-hop and a big year for me, a lot very important albums that I still carry with me came out between ’92 and ’96. And aesthetically, those years had such colourful imagery and strong connections to black empowerment. The VII and its geometric patterns also have a reference to Africa,” says Schmidt, a native Suriname who grew up an hour from Amsterdam in basketball-crazed ‘s Hertogenbosch.

“The VII apparel was out this world. The products that we worked on come straight from a short Jordan clip from Barcelona that became super famous. It features a segment where Michael walks past a huge billboard himself where he’s got the shoes on, and that image has been forever etched in my memory,” says Gee.

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PATTA x Air Jordan 7 Collab Releasing Again This Weekend

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PATTA x Air Jordan 7 Collab Releasing Again This Weekend

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PATTA x Air Jordan 7 Collab Releasing Again This Weekend
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Elementary Teacher Allegedly Held Mock Slave Auction With Black Students

There are some things that should just never happen and this is one them. According to a report by WWNY 7 News, an elementary school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after instructing students to conduct a mock slave auction. A mother one the children involved in the class exercise has spoken out about just how problematic the situation was.

“He and another African American child were put up in the middle the class and told they were now slaves,” said Nicole Dayes about her 10-year-old son. “The teacher then started the ‘bidding’ by assigning prices to the Caucasian students. After the winning bid was placed, my son was then told how slaves would take the slave owners’ last name and what he was to call the slave owner by. Then my son and the other ‘slave’ were instructed to call the Caucasian child by ‘master’ and the child’s last name.”

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It’s important for children to learn about the history slavery but this… this is not the way to do it. As noted by Complex, the teacher in question has been placed on leave after exhibiting “poor judgment.” “The Watertown City School District has received complaints from parents that a fourth grade teacher exercised poor judgment in teaching a recent lesson,” wrote the district in a statement. “The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation into the matter. The school district will not be providing additional comments until the investigation has been completed.”

You may recall that in April, a similar incident happened in Jacksonville when a teacher used racist language and played “slave games” in class.

Frank Lucas, "American Gangster" Drug Kingpin, Dead At 88

Frank Lucas, who was famously portrayed by Denzel Washington in American Gangster, died on Thursday night at the age 88. Lucas’ nephew, Aldwan Lassiter, confirmed the death to Rolling Stone earlier today. Lassiter said that the infamous kingpin died natural causes, although there hasn’t been any other details that have emerged recently.

Lucas was one the biggest drug dealers in America int he 70s. He’s ten credit for the “Golden Triangle” operation in the early ’70s where he smuggled kilos upon kilos heroin from Southeast Asia to America in the cfins U.S. soldiers who died in Vietnam. His ploy managed to cut out the Mafia who were the middlemen at the time and bought the heroin directly from Southeast Asia. At the peak its operation, Lucas claimed that he was bringing in $1M a day. 

The film American Gangster ended up inspiring Jay-Z to create an album the same name. In an interview in 2007, Jay explained Lucas’ impact on the game.

“Frank Lucas, it’s something about when African-Americans reach somewhere, no matter what they’re doing, if they reach somewhere that no one has ever been before, you champion ’em like ‘Go! Go!” He said. 

The DEA raided Frank’s home in the 1970s where they discovered $584K cash. He was later sentenced to 70 years but ended up ratting and getting his sentence cut. He entered a witness protection program with his family.

Lucas is survived by his eight children. 

Caster Semenya Forced To Take Testosterone-Lowering Medication: Report

Caster Semenya is an accomplished Olympic athlete who has competes as a runner for South Africa. Over the past few years, Semenya’s status as an Olympic athlete has been shrouded in controversy thanks to a new rule that forces female athletes with high testosterone levels to take hormonal contraception. Semenya is hyperandrogenous and her testosterone levels are much higher than most women, including her competitors. The International Association Athletics Federations has ruled that if she wants to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she’ll have to take testosterone-lowering medication as the IAAF believes she would have a competitive advantage otherwise.

Semenya appealed the decision with the Switzerland-based Court Arbitration for Sport, although today, they decided to uphold the ruling, according to Complex. The Olympian reacted to the decision on Twitter with a shrug emoji and the caption “Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction.”

In response to Semenya’s request for an appeal, the CAS said: “on the basis the evidence submitted by the parties, such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable, and proportionate means achieving the IAAF’s aim preserving the integrity female athletes in the restricted events.”

So far, the CAS and the IAAF have received criticism for their ruling, stating that it unfairly targets athletes like Semenya who were simply born a certain way.

Obama Praises John Singleton For Breaking Barriers For Filmmakers Of Color

John Singleton’s efforts have left a long-lasting impact in the film industry. The trailblazing director died at the age 51 yesterday after suffering from a stroke earlier this month. Singleton’s directorial debut was Boyz N The Hooda unique coming–age tale a boy in South Central Los Angeles navigate his way through challenges in the inner-city. It was met with immediate praise from critics and consumers alike, leading Singleton to become the youngest and first African-American to get nominated for Best Director. Earlier today, the director was remembered by the former POTUS who penned a short, but meaningful, tribute on Twitter.

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Singleton’s contributions to film undoubtedly opened the doors for more people color who strived be make it in Hollywood. Obama thanked the late-director for his efforts which ultimately helped a new generation filmmakers to tell their own stories.

“Condolences to the family John Singleton. His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one the most searing, loving portrayals the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers color to tell powerful stories that have been too ten ignored,” Obama wrote.

Singleton’s efforts to bring the Black experience to the mainstream wasn’t solely done in Boyz N The Hood but also, in many his subsequent efforts from Rosewood to Higher Learning and Poetic Justice.

Marsai Martin’s "Little" Hits No. 2 At Box Office With $15M Opening Weekend

This weekend, Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Shazam! continued its reign at No. 1 at the box fice with $25.2 million across 4, 306 theaters in its second week. It marks a drop 53 percent and brings Shazam!’s domestic mark to $94.9 million for a global pull $258.8 million, with China accounting for $40.4 million, followed by a figure $11.7 million in the United Kingdom and $10.1 million in Mexico.

Among films that debuted, however, the Will Packer and Marsai Martin-produced comedy Little made a moderate entrance at No. 2 with a pull $15.4 million across 2,667 locations nationwide. 

Marsai Martin's "Little" Hits No. 2 At Box Office With $15M Opening Weekend

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The film is led by the trio Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall with Hall portraying a bossy tech guru who is transformed into her 13-year-old self (Martin) while being corralled by her assistant (Rae). The film, itself, earned mixed reviews with the general consensus agreeing on a stellar performance from Martin while the rest the flick fell flat. Nevertheless, the film does mark a milestone as a major comedy produced, written and directed by African-American women.

Elsewhere at the box fice, the Hellboy reboot is surpassed, earning only $12.5 million at the box fice across 3,303 theaters and up against a $50 million budget. The film falls below the expected $16 to $21 million it was expected the pull. Overseas, it was a bust, earning only $10.1 million in 41 different markets.

 

 

Mike Tomlin Disappointed By NFL’s Lack Of Black Head Coaches

Mike Tomlin is unique as he is only one three African-American coaches in the NFL. Tomlin has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers since the last decade and is one the longest-serving head coaches in the league and for good reason. Despite rules in place to encourage racial diversity amongst coaching staffs, the league has still lagged behind when it comes to hiring black coaches. For instance, five African-American coaches were fired this fseason, while only one was hired.

“It was a disappointing hiring cycle for someone who watches it like I do,” Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Knowing some the deserving men I do who I thought should have gotten an opportunity and didn’t.”

Brian Flores was the only black head coach hired this fseason as he went to the Miami Dolphins. Tomlin says there is still a lot work to be done when it comes to racial diversity and that he hopes to help change things when it comes to the culture in the NFL.

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“We’ll continue to fight for equality within opportunity], not only in terms head coaching searches, but maybe other areas the pression as well,” Tomlin said. “I know there’s some discussions in the f-season regarding some that.”

The Steelers finished 9-6-1 last season and some believe Tomlin could lose his job if the Steelers miss the postseason again.

Warner Music Group Partners with Nigerian Afrobeats Label Chocolate City

WMG continues to make inroads into the rising African music market.

Several weeks in the past, Warner Music Group (WMG) made a key deal within the African music market.

The main label group struck a cope with Boomplay, a serious African streaming music and obtain service.  Under the licensing settlement, the African digital music service would distribute WMG’s catalog of over a million songs to customers in ten international locations – Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Now, the most important label group has made one other important transfer into the native music market.

Partnering with Chocolate City.

Warner Music Group has inked a cope with Nigerian indie label Chocolate City.

The transfer will dramatically develop the attain of African artists all over the world.  In addition, WMG’s deal will create new alternatives for its international music stars within the area.

Chocolate City, which primarily makes a speciality of Afrobeats, will proceed to be led by Co-Founders Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo in addition to Executive Vice President of Imprints Jude Abaga and Executive Vice President of Recorded Music Aibee Abidoye.

The indie label’s roster consists of Femi Kuti, four-time Grammy-nominated son of the Afrobeat pioneer Fela, hip-hop artist and report producer M.I. Abaga, Dice Ailes, Nosa, ClassiQ, Ruby Gyang.  Emerging new acts embrace Blaqbonez, C Kay, and Street Billionaires.  The Lagos-based indie label’s roster additionally consists of Brymo, Ice Prince, and Jesse Jagz.

Under phrases of the deal, music from Chocolate City’s roster will be a part of WMG’s repertoire.  Label artists will obtain help from the corporate’s distribution and artist providers ADA, its indie label providers division.

Speaking in regards to the deal, Alfonso Soto, WMG’s Executive Vice President of Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa, mentioned,

The music scene in Nigeria is so wealthy and various that it’s vital that we develop bespoke entrepreneurial methods.

At the identical time, we’ll remember the teachings discovered from different rising markets, as an example Latin America, the place we efficiently broke native artists globally.

We have nice affinity with Chocolate City’s artistic and impressive strategy, and we’re enthusiastic about Warner’s function in bringing to life their imaginative and prescient of taking their music worldwide.

Chocolate City Group CEO Audu Maikori added,

We’ve at all times been keen about discovering and growing the perfect expertise throughout Africa and giving them a platform for international development.

“The partnership with Warner Music Group is exclusive within the sense that our shoppers get the perfect of each worlds – curated and bespoke providers by a extremely skilled staff throughout Africa and a devoted international staff to additional push their music and their manufacturers.”