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Howard vs FAMU Game and DAY PARTY Sat. Sept 18

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‘One Night In Vegas’ explores Tupac and Mike Tyson’s friendship



Reggie Rock Bythewood’s new documentary One Night In Vegas premiers tonight as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series. The film takes a look at the friendship between Tupac and Mike Tyson, as well as the events of that night that saw the boxer’s final championship win and the iconic rapper’s slaying:

On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson attempted to take Bruce Seldon’s WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson’s fights had become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, where the ever present hype of the professional boxing scene would come face to face with the worlds of big business, Hollywood, and hip hop. Sitting ringside was controversial rapper Tupac Shakur.

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OchoCinco Goes 100 #FAMU

“I got my marching 100 band warm up on, even Carson Palmer wants to be a Rattler” -Ocho Cinco

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Analyzing Reactions to “The Decision.”

I have been absolutely fascinated by the reaction to Lebron’s “Decision” … and how a month later people are still up in arms about it.  Every time I think the issue has been put to bed it comes back like a bill collector.  Last week, Charles Barkley noted that he wanted to make sure Lebron put him on the list of people taking shots at Lebron since “The Decision”, or the LeBacle or one of the other names the now infamous show goes by.

I’ve included the beginning of an article written by Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus the day after “The Decision”.  I think he makes some good points and shares a point of view similar to mine.

“LeBron James is currently the least popular-or at least most loathed-player in the NBA, and I suspect it would be difficult to explain this to someone like my grandmother who knows little about basketball.

A superstar player decided to take less money and sacrifice individual glory to try to win championships, but it’s not OK because he’s not having to work hard enough to win them, so they don’t count as much.

To announce his decision, he created a special TV program that wound up generating millions of dollars he donated to the Boys & Girls Club, but he’s a bad person because it was egotistical.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson calls Cav’s owner a “Slave Master”

The Rev. Jesse Jackson blasted the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday for treating Miami-bound LeBron James like a “runaway slave.”

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LeBron being sued for $4 million by his alleged “Father”

A Washington lawyer has filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming he is the father of basketball star LeBron James.

Leicester Stovell alleges that the athlete and his family have been involved in a cover-up to deny paternity by committing fraud and misrepresentation.

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July 4th marked the 100th Anniversary of the Fight of the Century

There is no single sporting event in the U.S. to compare it to today. The heavyweight boxing match in 1910 between Jack Johnson and Jim Jefferies, dubbed “The Fight of the Century” was the kind of event that transfixed a nation before the modern age of telecommunications.

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Can the 2010 World Cup change U.S. views on Africa and Soccer?

When the U.S. World Cup team arrived in Johannesburg on Monday, the historic moment had special significance for several of the team’s African-American players.

“To represent America means a lot to me, especially since it’s my second time around,” defender Oguchi Onyewu said. “On top of that, me being Nigerian, it’s also a special moment to take part in history since this is the first time the World Cup is being played on African soil.”

Onyewu grew up in Maryland, but his parents emigrated from Nigeria in the 1970s. His given name is “Oguchialu,” which means “God fights for me.”

Midfielder Maurice Edu, whose parents also emigrated from Nigeria, thinks the World Cup, the world’s most watched sporting event, can have an impact far beyond the field of play.

“Given the social status and the economy there, it could really do a lot in terms of boosting the country and portraying the country in a positive light. It would be great for all 23 players because we can look back at that and say we were part of something special,” said Edu, who was raised in Fontana, Calif.

Danny Jordaan, the chief executive officer of the 2010 World Cup organizing committee, was a member of parliament under Nelson Mandela when the country’s system of racial segregation ended 16 years ago. He would like the world to see that the continent is about more than what is usually portrayed.

“To move from the idea that the continent is about disease, about desperation, about war, about famine. The other side of the story never gets told,” Jordaan said during a recent interview in New York. “Up to 1990, if you say you’re from South Africa, people say, ‘Oh, apartheid.’ Apartheid was a strong brand. Now that apartheid is gone, what is it that people will say about the country?”

Now, when people say South Africa, Jordaan hopes they will think of a new brand, the World Cup.

Jordaan also hopes the World Cup will encourage more African-American kids to play the game. In April, Jordaan visited a largely African-American school in Harlem and said he told the students, “The only Africans in this world who are not playing soccer are the African Americans, so if you want to be true Africans, you must play the sport of Africa.”