By Oretha Winston, Lead Editor
Urban Roundup Entertainment presents the first ever Faith Against Cancer Gospel Concert. This inspirational event is more than just an ordinary concert, as it will be an uplifting night of encouragement, entertainment and Faith for those affected directly and indirectly by this devastating disease. Faith Against Cancer’s purpose is to raise cancer awareness within the Faith-Based Community and to help find a way to control this fatal disease. All are welcome to come enjoy the show and be informed of what increases cancer risks and its effects. Bring your family, friends and loved ones who may be battling cancer to receive God’s support and love as they go through this difficult time in their life.
“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, their Faith is usually what helps them continue to move forward. That’s why I want us all to come together so that we can put our Faith Against Cancer. I’ve lost six people that were close to me as a result of cancer within the past five years, therefore, I want to raise awareness of the disease. My goal is to help raise funds for cancer research and provide a monetary contribution to assist patients,” says Khalif M. Townes, CEO/President of Urban Roundup Entertainment.
Written by: Martin Williams
BET Sunday Best Finalist Danetra Moore has signed with Tyscot Records to release her debut album. Moore appeared on Season 5 of BET Sunday Best where she wowed the judges and audiences each week with her powerhouse voice. Moore is no stranger to the music industry. For many years she’s lent background vocals to artist such as Ledisi , Angie Stone, Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, DeWayne Woods and countless others. Danetra was a fixture on BET’s, “The Monique Show” as an in house vocalist with The Penthouse Players, and has appeared on The Jay Leno Show, R&B Divas, and even accompanied Ledisi at the 2012 Democratic National Convention where they sang for President Barack Obama.
On her recent label signing Danetra tells Bonnerfide Radio that, “she’s excited, appreciative, and grateful beyond words”. She goes on to explain that she’s “happy that the label believes in the ministry and message that GOD has given her and she wants to be her best and give her best”. Bryan Scott, President of Tyscot calls Daneta a “rare find”, and that her vocal talent and work ethic is impeccable.
Danetra released an an independent single entitled, ” All I Can Do Is Pray” last year and continues to travel and work on her new music. Danetra new music is slated for release later this year or early 2014.
In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin.
In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that "separate but equal" accommodations in railroad cars conformed to the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. That ruling was used to justify segregating all public facilities, including elementary schools. However, in the case of Linda Brown, the white school she attempted to attend was far superior to her black alternative and miles closer to her home. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) took up Linda's cause, and in 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka reached the Supreme Court. African American lawyer (and future Supreme Court justice) Thurgood Marshall led Brown's legal team, and on May 17, 1954, the high court handed down its decision.
In an opinion written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, the nation's highest court ruled that not only was the "separate but equal" doctrine unconstitutional in Linda's case, it was unconstitutional in all cases because educational segregation stamped an inherent badge of inferiority on African American students. A year later, after hearing arguments on the implementation of their ruling, the Supreme Court published guidelines requiring public school systems to integrate "with all deliberate speed."
The Brown v. Board of Education decision served to greatly motivate the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and ultimately led to the abolishment of racial segregation in all public facilities and accommodations.
Sheree Whitfield is a handful.
The woman resisted Iyanla Vanzant’s life advice and questioned her motives, offered a few tips to former fellow reality star NeNe Leakes, and updated viewers on Chateau Sheree during a recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen.
It was an interesting conversation.
She totally dismissed Iyanla as a life coach, saying the whole thing was a set up. Does this sound familiar?
“I really didn’t learn anything from Iyanla; it actually went in a whole different direction than what I was told,” she said. “I was really misled.”
Sheree and her ex-husband Bob Whitfield, were set to get some advice and reconciliation tools during their session with the OWN life coach. But not much really came of the meeting.
“What I did take out of it… just me growing and that I can’t control other people’s actions. I can only react, and I choose to do my thing,” said Sheree.
And as far as her dream home, it’s a work in progress not to rush.
“Chateau Sheree needs its own show,” joked Sheree. “I’m still working on it. It takes time. It takes time. I’m not rushing. It’s going to be right.”
It’s been two years since Sheree first started the project and it’s still not complete. “Married to Medicine” star, Toya Bush-Harris offered to purchase the spot, but Sheree is relentless and wants that house built.
As far as her relationship with NeNe, don’t expect that to be better any time soon.
It seems these TV divas won’t be friends… ever! However Sheree doesn’t plan to get involved with NeNe’s negativity.
“I don’t understand why you feel the need to continue to talk about me because I’m not talking about you,” she said. “I don’t think about you.”
Written by: Gregory Gay
America’s Choir, the Mississippi Mass Choir takes their 25th Anniversary Praise Celebration on the road this weekend. On Friday, MMC will join the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP along with Dr. Myrlie Evers Williams and Julian Bond in celebration of the life and work of the late Medgar Evers in Jackson before heading to Houston for the official kick off of the year long celebration. Soulfruit, Willie Taylor and Friends and J Shep and Standard will take part in the Houston celebration and hosting duties will be handled by Marcus D. Wiley
On May 16, 1980, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson steps in for injured center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scores 42 points, leading the Lakers to a four games-to-two series win over the Philadelphia 76ers for their first championship since 1972.
In 1979, Magic had led Michigan State to the NCAA title over Larry Bird’s Indiana State in the most-watched college final ever. That fall, he was drafted by the Lakers as the first overall pick. In 1980, his rookie season, the Lakers went 60-22, a 13-game improvement from their 47-35 mark the year before. That year, Abdul-Jabbar averaged 24.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and was named Most Valuable Player of the regular season.
In the playoffs, the Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns four games to one to advance to the Western Conference finals against the defending champion Seattle Supersonics. After losing a close first game, the Lakers went up 3-1 in the series. At halftime of the deciding fifth game, the normally silent Abdul-Jabbar gave an angry pep talk, urging his team to pick up their play and finish off the Sonics. Abdul-Jabbar finished that game with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocked shots while Magic Johnson, playing with a 101-degree fever, racked up a triple-double. The 111-105 victory catapulted the Lakers into the NBA finals.
In the finals, the Lakers met the Philadelphia 76ers, led by forwards Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Darryl Dawkins, defensive specialist Bobby Jones and guards Maurice Cheeks and Doug Collins. Abdul-Jabbar dominated the first five games of the finals, averaging 31 points and 12 rebounds per game, as the Lakers went up 3-2 in the series. When he twisted an ankle in Game 5, even the Lakers front office assumed that the team would travel without their star center to Philadelphia and lose Game 6, a fact made evident by the team’s decision not to take their celebratory champagne with them to Philly.
No one expected that Magic, at 6 feet 9 inches the tallest point guard in league history, would so easily make the transition to center. Magic rang up 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Lakers to victory and was named Most Valuable Player of the finals, the first of three such awards in his career. The Lakers went on to dominate the NBA, winning a total of five championships in the 1980s.
Written by: Gregory Gay
The nominations were announced for the 2013 BET Awards taking place on June 30th. In the Gospel category, Mary Mary, Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Lecrae and Deitrick Haddon received nominations. Mary Mary also received an additional nomination in the Best Group Category. The 2013 BET Awards will be hosted this year by comedian Chris Tucker and the winners will be announced during the live show held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30th.
On May 15, 1973, California Angel Nolan Ryan strikes out 12 Kansas City Royals and walks three to pitch the first no-hitter of his career. The game was played under protest, as Royals Manager Jack McKeon complained that Ryan wasn’t maintaining contact with the pitching rubber while throwing.
Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. was born January 31, 1947, in Refugio, Texas and raised in Alvin, 12 miles southeast of Houston. As a high school sophomore, he was scouted by Red Murff of the New York Mets. Ryan’s coach told Murff of the young pitcher’s intimidating fastballs, so powerful they had broken catchers’ bones. Murff was impressed--his report said Ryan had the "best arm I’ve ever seen in my life."
Nolan joined the Mets in 1968, and was soon a highly regarded fireballer. In what is often pointed to as one of the most short-sighted moves in baseball history, the Mets traded Ryan to the Angels for third baseman Jim Fregosi after the 1971 season. Ryan went 19-16 in 1972, striking out 328 batters. Fregosi hit a disappointing .232 in 1972 then was sold to the Texas Rangers in early July 1973. Meanwhile, Ryan pitched his first no-no on this day in 1973, and then followed it up with a second on July 15 versus the Detroit Tigers in Tiger Stadium. Ryan struck out a total of 383 batters in 1973, setting a new major league record. He went on to throw five more no-hitters in his career, with the last coming on May 1, 1991, when he was 44 years old.
Ryan’s work ethic was the secret to his success. A believer in the theory that pitching power comes from the legs and not the arms, Ryan ran every day and chalked up his consistency and endurance to his strong legs. In 1983, Ryan broke the legendary Walter Johnson’s career strikeout record. He pitched for 27 years in the big leagues, with the Mets, Angels, Astros and Rangers. He struck out 5,714 batters in his career, breaking his own record 2,206 times. He was 324-292 for his career, with a 3.19 career ERA.
Nolan Ryan was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor’s recommendation.
A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn’t specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.
Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she’ll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.