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African American Women Make History at Democratic National Convention
August 3, 2016
For the first time in the history of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), three African American women were named to top leadership positions. Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, Donna Brazile, and the Honorable Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio served as leaders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention held last week at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. ... read more »
Purple Reign Prince Rogers Nelson, Dead at 57
April 28, 2016
There are moments that mark us. Those are the moments where you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news. On Thursday, April 21, 2016, we heard the news that Prince Rogers Nelson had died at his Paisley Park home and studio in Chanhassan, Minnesota (about 20 miles outside Minneapolis). He was 57 years young. ... read more »
The Legendary Natalie Cole Laid to Rest in Los Angeles
January 13, 2016
Natalie Maria Cole was laid to rest on Monday, January 11, 2016. Cole was celebrated by some of the biggest names in the music industry and hundreds of family, friends, and fans paid tribute to the singer during a three-hour service at the West Angeles Church of God. ... read more »
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USC Fires Head Coach Steve Sarkisian
October 12, 2015
USC announced on Monday, October 12, that it has fired head coach Steve Sarkisian. This move comes one day after athletic director Pat Haden placed Sarkisian on an indefinite leave of absence. ... read more »
USC Head Coach Steve Sarkisian Will Take Indefinite Leave of Absence
October 11, 2015
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden announced today that head coach Steve Sarkisian will take an indefinite leave of absence after failing to show up for practice today.   ... read more »
The Spiritual and Lyrical Instrument that is Rachelle Ferrell
September 30, 2015
If you ever have the opportunity to experience the live artistry of Rachelle Ferrell, run towards the light and goodness that is hallmark of a Ferrell performance. Making her first appearance at the Hyatt Regency Summer Concert series in Newport Beach (a fact which boggles the mind), Ferrell dazzled the crowd with her extraordinary vocal abilities and musicianship. But it was her soulful, self-penned, and eloquent lyrics that took center stage. ... read more »
USC Receivers Coach Tee Martin Is A Player’s Coach
September 26, 2015
  Ask any college football fan about USC wide receivers coach Tamaurice Martin, better known as “Tee” Martin and they will tell you – he was the quarterback who led the Tennessee Volunteers in 1998 to its first college football national championship in 47 years. ... read more »
Los Angeles Clippers Host Media Day 2015
September 26, 2015
Soon and very soon, DeAndre Jordan will hoop it up for the Los Angeles Clippers, a sight that almost wasn’t. But on Friday, September 25 at the Los Angeles Clippers Playa Vista training facility, ... read more »
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Iyanla Vanzant Returns for New Season of “Iyanla: Fix My Life”
September 16, 2015
Iyanla Vanzant is back! The award-winning self-help series, Iyanla: Fix My Life returns to the OWN network on Saturday, September 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. In the three-part season premiere, Vanzant travels to Louisville, Kentucky to help two African American pastors, whose lives have been based on lies and deception, face their true identities and come out to their families and congregations. With her help, both Pastors take bold steps towards confessing their truth, after years of keeping their sexuality a secret from those they love. ... read more »
Jill Scott Is All Grown Up
August 27, 2015
It’s been 15 years since “Who is Jill Scott – Words and Sounds, Vol. 1.,” and Jill Scott can hardly believe it’s been that long. But it has and in her own words, she has grown up and she has “something on her back that she needs to get off.” ... read more »
Jazz Recording Artist NAJEE Releases ‘You, Me, & Forever’
August 12, 2015
Prolific saxophonist and flutist Jerome Najee Rasheed is back atop the jazz charts with his latest musical offering, his 17th studio project, the luxuriant “You Me, & Forever.” Congruent with his music, Najee is a gracious artist who finds time amid recording, touring, and family to share his gift with other musicians. ... read more »
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly: Back in Stride Again!
July 29, 2015
At 68 years young, Beverly grooves like no other. Yep, he’s still silky smooth and his band of brothers, Maze, is one of the tightest bands around. Simply put - they can flat out play ... read more »
ESPN’S Stuart Scott: A Dad For the Ages
January 9, 2015
Stuart Scott felt like family.  For years, I have watched him on SportsCenter delivering the sporting news as only he could.  His trademark expressions elevated the SportsCenter broadcast in ways that made us watch and listen with anticipation for one of his funky catchphrases.  ... read more »
A Call to Rescue My Sisters: The Case Against the Show “Sorority Sisters”
December 19, 2014
This opinion piece is not written against any individual sorority member featured on the reality show “Sorority Sisters.”  It is important that I say this upfront. ... read more »
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