“I’ve always thought of business as a contact sport. I’m not going to play just in the Negro Leagues. I’m always going to play in the global leagues,” said Byron Allen.
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Byron Allen Expands Empire with Purchase of Fox Regional Sports Networks

NNPA NEWSWIRE — As a result of the $10.6 billion acquisition deal, Allen’s company, Entertainment Studios, announced that it will buy four local stations from Bayou City Broadcasting for $165 million, according to Variety. […read more]

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Community

Manhood conference focuses on mentors, power of forgiveness

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — The critical need for male mentors, the importance and power of forgiveness and how to heal from violence and sexual abuse were just a few of the topics discussed April 27 during the third annual Manhood Conference held by the nonprofit Positive Results Corporation. “Our goal is to engage men and boys to increase awareness of dating, domestic violence and sexual assault while being proactive in ways to prevent it,” said Kandee Lewis, executive director of the organization that sponsored the conference at the Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center. […read more]

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Environment

Mayor unveils goals for Green New Deal

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a Green New Deal for Los Angeles April 29, setting aggressive new environmental goals in a range of areas, including electric autos, air quality, trees and public transit. Garcetti’s plan comes as a national Green New Deal resolution being promoted by some Democrats in Congress sets a goal for the nation to get 100 percent of its power through renewable energy by 2030. […read more]

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Crime

Appeals court upholds former Compton mayor’s conviction

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — A state appeals court panel has upheld former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley’s conviction for misappropriating and misusing taxpayer funds. In a ruling released late May 6, the three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Bradley’s contention that insufficient evidence and incorrect jury instructions mandated reversal of his July 2017 conviction on the two felony counts. […read more]

Community

Bike hub opens at Culver City Expo Line station

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — Bringing secure bicycle parking to one of the highest demand rail stations on the Westside, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority celebrated the opening of a new Bike Hub at the Expo Line Station March 1. The $1.4-million, 1,600-plus square-foot facility is located near the city of Los Angeles and Culver City Expo Line bikeways for convenient access to and from local destinations. […read more]

Op-Ed

“No’ to 2 Moms and 2 Dads

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Lately, I have been stressing the importance of preserving the sanctity of the traditional family–mother, father, and children.  There is not one example throughout the history of the world of a society prospering without an intact family unit.  Susie Read More

Entertainment

The One: Central Park Five’s Korey Wise

by Mea Ashley Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Korey Wise sits smirking through a one-man play, saying “hmph!” and “ummm” now and then. Youth groups, activists, and college students have packed the auditorium at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Wise will Read More

Entertainment

Game show ‘Family Feud’ resumes shooting in Atlanta [UPI]

ATLANTA, May 15 (UPI) — Comedian Steve Harvey kicked off his fourth season as host of the game show “Family Feud” in Atlanta Wednesday, the show’s producers said. One hundred-80 episodes are being taped to air weekdays during the 2013-14 television season. “We are all looking Read More

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Op-Ed

Black Empowerment ‘At Last’ – or Last?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   When Beyonce Knowles sang the Etta James song “At Last” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, the song could have had several meanings.  At last we have an African American president?  At last, the muscle of the Black vote Read More

Entertainment

‘The Butler’ Trailer: Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker Star in Lee Daniels Flick [HNGN]

[HNGN] Producer Lee Daniels is back with another film sure to rack up Oscar nominations. Daniels, best known for “Precious” and “The Paper Boy” has produced another movie “The Butler.” The movie is adapted from a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood. It’s based on the Read More

Entertainment

Hip Hop Controversy: Rap Music May be Facing New Challenges

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call The latest to feel public pressure is former prison guard-turned rapper Rick Ross, who also uses a former drug trafficker’s name. He recently apologized for controversial rape lyrics belted out as a featured rapper Read More

Entertainment

Muddy Waters’ home, Chicago bridges make endangered list

[Chicago Tribune] Historic sites need money to survive. Some also need a little love. That’s why some preservationists are optimistic that Muddy Waters’ former home can be saved — at least it has people who want to preserve it. Other historic sites might not be Read More

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Op-Ed

“Obama” as a Prefix

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   The right wing seems determined to associate President Obama with any government program that helps people on the bottom. Thus, the term Obamacare was used to attack the health care program that President Obama fashioned and worked with Congress to Read More

Op-Ed

Check in the Mail for Wronged Mortgage Borrowers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The old saying, “The check is in the mail,”  is often a ruse not worth heeding. But beginning April 12, checks will begin going into the mail for 4.2 million mortgage borrowers who were in the foreclosure process in Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Rolling with Roland Martin

By William Reed NNPA Columnist     CNN contributor Roland Martin, who departed the network on April 6, has been named the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) 2013 Journalist of the Year. In today’s American media, there are a number of Black faces on the Read More

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Op-Ed

Can March on Washington’s Unity be Duplicated?

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In five months, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In 1963, the March was jointly called by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Big Six” – A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, Whitney Read More

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Op-Ed

Can We All Just Get Along?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   I never considered the late Rodney King anything of a philosopher, but as one observes Washington shenanigans, especially around fiscal matters, it seems that Brother King had a point.  Can we all just, maybe, get along? In the wee Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: The Empowerment of Women

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist   “So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.” Sheryl Sandberg In a stroke of marketing genius befitting the Chief Operating Officer of the social media phenomenon, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg chose Women’s Read More

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Op-Ed

Are Labor Unions Too Strong?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The other day I found myself engaged in a casual discussion with someone next to me on an airplane.  In the course of the conversation, I mentioned that I had written two books on labor unions. The man Read More

Entertainment

Updates from the Hip-Hop World [LA Sentinel]

Suge Knight recently appeared on the Howard Stern show and he had some really crazy things to say about Dr. Dre, as he accuses the good doctor of being gay, and a snitch. During the interview, Suge said Dre recently went to his P.O. and Read More

Op-Ed

Hopeful Signs for Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Despite all the infighting going on within my Republican Party, I am seeing reason for great hope as we go forward, especially with regards to the minority community. Many minority Republicans have become extremely frustrated with the constant lip Read More

Op-Ed

An Apology to Jesse Jackson

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   It’s time to man up – I was wrong about Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. First, some background. I wrote a column in 2008 under the title, “Winners and Losers from Election ’08” in which I listed Jesse Jackson, Sr. as one Read More