Jason Kidd Retiring From NBA After 19 Seasons

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NEW YORK — Jason Kidd became one of the best by making others better. He turned around a longtime-losing franchise, guided another to a championship, and helped his last one to its first division title since the year he came into the NBA 19 years ago. Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him. […]

Tavis Smiley Marks 10th Year on PBS

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LOS ANGELES – Tavis Smiley has stood out in 20 years in broadcasting, and he has no intention of changing his style or substance. He’s the rare Black host with national TV and radio platforms, one who sees his job as challenging Americans to examine their assumptions on such thorny issues as poverty, education, and […]

Al Zaid and the Platters


SACRAMENTO – No, Al Zaid is not the silky-smooth lead singer as Tony Williams was for the original Platters. But when Zaid perform here in Sacramento on May 18, concert goers will notice that he is close enough to the guy who sang golden classics from the age of Rock and Roll. Zaid and the […]

Shonda Rhimes: When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

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HOLLYWOOD — It happens every now then. A television show so hot that fans wait with bated breath for it to air each week. The next day it is a major topic of discussion in offices, in beauty salons, on the Internet, etc. And, of course, the show’s ratings are in the stratosphere. Such is […]

PepsiCo Pulls Racist Mountain Dew Ad After Criticism [VIDEO]

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NEW YORK — PepsiCo is once again learning the risks of celebrity partnerships after an ad for Mountain Dew was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. The soda and snack food company said it immediately pulled the 60-second spot after learning that people found it was offensive. The ad […]

Anthony Mackie: “PAIN & GAIN”


MIAMI – Anthony Mackie is showing Hollywood that he can do it all, and do it extremely well. The 33-year old, New Orleans native has garnered critical acclaim for his extensive body of work that includes such diverse films like “Million Dollar Baby,” “8 Mile,” “Notorious”–(he played Tupac Shakur)–“We are Marshall,” “Half Nelson” “Gangster Squad,” […]

Finney To Host MSNBC Show; Network’s 2nd Black Woman to Air on Weekends

Karen Finney, the first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, will host an afternoon show on MSNBC. Finney will join Melissa Harris-Perry, also a Black American, on the network's weekend lineup.

NEW YORK — MSNBC network touts itself as the “Place for Politics.” While crossing many boundaries and creating its own to pull in different faces, well, it can also claim the title, the “Place for Diversity,” too. Last week, MSNBC announced that political and women’s education analyst Karen Finney will host a new afternoon program […]

Film Review: 42


NATIONWIDE – Jackie Robinson’s life is lesson in courage. It’s a sobering but inspiring reminder of the barbaric cruelty of racism and those who rallied against it. This revealing film tracks his ascension from the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball. And though you think you may know his story, you couldn’t possibly fathom the […]

Sacramento and Seattle Wrestle for the Kings in New York: Decision Still to Come

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, standing second to left, and Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren, standing far left, take a photo with representatives that made a presentation to the NBA in hopes of keeping the Sacramento Kings in town.

NEW YORK – Sacramento laid out its “compelling case” of its plans to build a brand new sports and entertainment arena and financial efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings in town Wednesday to the NBA’s Finance and Relocation committees in New York. So did an investment group that has already agreed to buy 65 percent […]

Serena and Tiger are Both No. 1 in the World

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NATIONWIDE – Serena Williams and Tiger Woods are back in a place familiar to them. Both Williams and Woods have reclaimed their status in their respective worlds of tennis and golf. Both athletes have reclaimed their No. 1 global rankings in their sports. For Woods, it’s been an uphill battle for the past few years, […]