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President Barack Obama held the final Medal of Freedom ceremony of his administration. Rolling out was on hand at the White House as individuals such as Cicely Tyson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen and others the Medal of Freedom. “Today, we celebrate extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits,…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar encourages Black America to dig deep in order to discover the “foundation of courage,” and much need “optimism,” following Donald Trump’s heart wrenching 2016 election victory. In a recent oped for The Washington Post, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and former cultural ambassador for the United States shared his thoughts on what it…

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Actor Robin Williams left us suddenly Monday. The cause of death was suicide (for more details on his death click here). Having an acting career that started with his alien role as Mork in “Mork and Mindy” in 1978, Williams has played in more than 80 movie roles, numerous TV roles and has won awards as prestigious…

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LeBron James will be announced as the winner of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for the fourth time in his illustrious career, according to multiple media reports. James was the runaway and overwhelming favorite to take the trophy home for the fourth time in five years, making him only the second player ever to…

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“Real Chance of Love” stars Chance and Real made headlines yesterday when it was revealed that Real has been hospitalized and is suffering from stage four cancer. According to TMZ, a rep for Real, born Ahmad Givens, says the rapper-turned-reality star first became ill in January when he thought he had the flu. Since then,…

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Sports stars and reality TV make for strange, but captivating, bedfellows. They’ve also make for great ratings, so the networks are going to continue to leverage the transcendent appeal of A-list Hall of Famers, gold medalists and intergenerational icons to bolster their “reality” shows’ ratings and longevity. Below is a list of iconic sports stars…

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With the Miami Heat’s near-miraculous comeback from 27 points down in the second half to defeat Lebron James’ former squad, the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-95 in Ohio, the consecutive games winning streak of 33 is really starting to come into vivid focus. Yes, the Cavs are one of the worst teams in the NBA. In fact,…

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We’ve absolutely got game when it comes to basketball. African Americans have been the driving force and dominators of the game for most of recent history.  Black players have garnered the gamut of awards that the NBA has to dole out, and lots of these players have not only been awarded top honors once, but…

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The NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles was a festive celebration of the excellence in black art, entertainment and philanthropy — not to mention a virtual coronation to Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes, whose No. 1 rated show “Scandal” has taken Hollywood by storm. It was also an eye-popping showcase of the best — and…

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Some of these are easy. Some celebs changed their names after their conversion to a different religion (Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. to Muhammad Ali; Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Others changed their names to give it some pop and flavor in entertainment (Can you imagine saying Steveland Judkins instead of Stevie Wonder?). Some…

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Superstar baby Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of Jay-Z and Beyoncé, may be a New York baby through and through, but thanks to her superstar mom, Blue Ivy is now an official citizen of an island after Bey named her daughter after a local tree. Last summer, while Beyoncé was pregnant, she and Jay-Z vacationed…

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