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Black Women, CulturePlay, Movies, Nappily Ever After, Netflix, Sanaa Lathan, Television -

Over the years, Sanaa Lathan has gifted us with characters who have staying power. More than 18 years after her first film, Love & Basketball, in which she played a character who highlighted gender barriers in basketball, she delivers Violet, a marketing maven who took a razor to her head and found the type of […]

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BeBe Winans, CulturePlay, Gospel Music, Michael Jordan, Music, R&B -

On any given Sunday, before someone takes the gridiron — or before someone suits up on an NBA court — somebody, somewhere, is listening to some BeBe Winans music. After all, his résumé — six Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards — speaks for itself. For […]

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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, Crystal Dunn, CulturePlay, Drake, Mia Hamm, North Carolina Tar Heels, Soccer, USWNT -

For Crystal Dunn, the idea from Mia Hamm was downright frightening. It was 2010, and Dunn, the diminutive soccer prodigy, had been chosen by America’s most celebrated women’s soccer player to wear her legendary No. 19 University of North Carolina Tar Heels jersey. “I was like, ‘No!’ ” says Dunn with a laugh as she […]

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CulturePlay, Hip-Hop, Music, Papoose, Remy and Papoose: Meet The Mackies, Remy Ma -

“I know what you want me to say,” says Remy Ma, who chuckles when asked who’s the “good cop” and who’s bad on the VH1 reality show Remy and Papoose: Meet The Mackies. She co-stars with her husband and fellow rap veteran. “First of all, neither one of us are cops. Ha! Let’s get that […]

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CulturePlay, Hollywood, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Television, The Cosby Show -

It’s not that the Emmy-nominated Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who can currently be seen as AJ Austin on Fox’s The Resident, doesn’t want to be associated with The Cosby Show. Warner, who portrayed Cliff Huxtable’s son Theo for eight years, has walked a slender line about the man he calls his mentor, Bill Cosby, who was sentenced […]

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Atlanta, CulturePlay, Fred Blankenship, Hip-Hop, Music -

Whatever you do, don’t debate Fred Blankenship about the greatest-of-all-time credentials of Will Smith. “I will fight someone if they tell me he’s not a top 5 rapper,” says the gregarious morning co-anchor of Atlanta WSB-TV’s Channel 2 Action News. “Show me somebody with more longevity! Who could turn ‘Summertime’ into an anthem. Tell me […]

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Ballers, CulturePlay, Donovan Carter, HBO, UCLA Bruins, Yeezy Boost -

“I have now come full-circle.” These are a few words from the bio on Donovan W. Carter’s personal website — and they couldn’t be a more perfect summation of his journey. After moving to Los Angeles when he was 8, Carter began playing organized football at age 9. Eventually, he grew into a star player […]

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CulturePlay, Greenleaf, Oprah Winfrey, OWN, Television, Tye White -

When Tye White’s dad found out that he had enrolled in drama classes as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he was given no choice: Find new courses. After graduating from college, White took a job at Chase Bank, but he didn’t find it fulfilling. He was in his early 20s when a friend […]

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CulturePlay, HBO, Insecure, Television, Yvonne Orji -

Actress and comedian Yvonne Orji is best known for her role as Molly on the hit HBO series Insecure. Since its 2016 premiere, fans have grown to love the beautifully complicated life of Orji’s on-screen character. From lovers’ quarrels to dating disasters, career success and financial freedom, viewers identify with this flawed yet strong-willed character. […]

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Adoree Jackson, CulturePlay, Fortnite, NFL, Tennessee Titans -

@AdoreeKnows. On his Twitter feed, as well as at his Instagram, that’s how you can find Adoree’ Jackson, the cornerback and return specialist who dazzled at the University of Southern California before the Tennessee Titans selected him with the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. It’s a fitting social media handle for the […]

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Boxing, CulturePlay, Sugar Shane Mosley -

For 24 years, “Sugar” Shane Mosley poured every fiber of his being into his boxing career — and walked away from the game having won 41 of his 61 contests by knockout. For his dedication and hard achievement, this weekend the 46-year-old will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Besides training with […]

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CulturePlay, NFL, Reggie Bush -

It’s been almost a year since Reggie Bush, the University of Southern California legend and Super Bowl champion, retired. But you know what he doesn’t necessarily miss? Training camp. The camaraderie, the banter with his teammates and the bonds that form during the dog days of summer, sure. But the heat? He’s not exactly crying […]

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Black History, CulturePlay, Documentary, Dr. Dre, Hip-Hop, Long Beach, Los Angeles Lakers, Music, New Balance, Warren G -

There aren’t many moments that would provoke a veteran producer to want “to slap the s—” out of anyone. But — oversimplifying the art of music production in front of West Coast legend Warren G makes him think of certain moments of Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Story. An overreaction? Of course. But Long Beach, California’s, […]

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Claws, CulturePlay, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Television, TNT -

From international modeling to starring in TNT’s new hit show Claws, Jimmy Jean-Louis has always been able to hustle out of a challenging situation, both on-screen and in real life. Becoming an actor was something completely and out of sight for Jean-Louis as he grew up underprivileged with no running water or electricity in Haiti. […]

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CulturePlay, Hollywood, Justice Smith, Movies, Pokemon, Viola Davis -

He hasn’t been in the acting game for long, but Justice Smith has made an early mark. You must’ve seen him onscreen already — perhaps as Radar, a high schooler completely embarrassed by his parents’ extensive collection of black Santa memorabilia, in the 2015 film Paper Towns, which was inspired by the John Green novel […]

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CulturePlay, Movies, Superfly, Trevor Jackson -

First, there was a breakout television series, followed by two movies and the release of a new album. For singer and actor Trevor Jackson, there couldn’t be a better year. Jackson, 21, is best known for his roles as Zurich in Burning Sands, Aaron Jackson in Freeform’s Grown-ish and Youngblood Priest in the remake of […]

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#InsecureHBO, Baron Davis, CulturePlay, Insecure, NBA, Paul Pierce -

Baron Davis has a new side hustle. The former NBA player turned documentarian is working with his childhood friend and fellow retired NBA star Paul Pierce. The two multiple All-Star selections are promoting Bengay’s Sore Winners Campaign, which celebrates people who strive to do their best in a game, at the gym, at work and […]

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CulturePlay, Keith Powers, Los Angeles Riots, Rodney King, Ronnie DeVoe, Straight Outta Compton, The New Edition Story -

When actor Keith Powers’ starred in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton as Dr. Dre’s younger brother Tyree Crayton, he used the Rodney King verdict as a prominent backdrop. Channeling the anguish he and many felt of lack of consequences of the four cops filmed beating King, the part was more than a notion for […]

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Baltimore Ravens, Black Quarterbacks, CulturePlay, Lamar Jackson, Quarterbacks -

It has sunk in for Lamar Jackson: He’s a professional quarterback in the NFL. But some of the responsibilities that go along with his position with the Baltimore Ravens, who went 9-7 last season, still feel surreal. It’s May 2018 and the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner is signing cards and participating in a Panini America […]

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CulturePlay, Detroit, Hip-Hop, Rap, Royce da 5'9" -

In 2002, Ryan Montgomery — who you know better as Royce da 5’9” — unapologetically rapped, If you hate me, you hate the D on track two of his debut. He meant that. “Rock City,” which also featured his best friend and frequent collaborator Eminem, was a Detroit battle cry. It was an anthem for […]

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2018 NFL Draft, CulturePlay, Derwin James, Florida State Seminoles, Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Chargers, NFL -

A month before commissioner Roger Goodell called his name on the opening night of 2018 NFL draft, Derwin James already had lofty praise to live up to. When cameras were rolling at Florida State University’s pro day on March 20, Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey delivered the ultimate co-sign of his former college teammate. […]

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CNN, Comedy, CulturePlay, Race, Social Activism, Television, W. Kamau Bell -

Comedian W. Kamau Bell’s Emmy-winning series, United Shades of America, recently returned to CNN. The show, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, follows Bell around the country as he has conversations with all sorts of people, from doomsday preppers to residents on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Usually he’s in the role of […]

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CulturePlay, Documentary, Gucci Mane, Hip-Hop, Migos, Music, Nicki Minaj, Rap, Red Bull Music, Zaytoven -

It’s an unlikely one, but the combination of church music and trap music has been a flourishing formula for Xavier Dotson, known in music circles as Atlanta superproducer Zaytoven. Since the mid-2000s, he’s been the visionary behind tracks for artists such as Gucci Mane, Future and the Migos, and he is widely regarded as one […]

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CulturePlay, Entrepreneurship, Sydel Curry -

The Curry family has been building an empire for quite some time — and Sydel Curry, a former Division I athlete who retired from volleyball in 2017, is a huge part of that. The daughter of former NBA sharpshooter Dell, and younger sister of both NBA champion and two-time MVP Stephen and Dallas Mavericks guard […]

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BET, CulturePlay, Erica Ash, Television, Uncle Drew -

From Broadway and backup singing to the big screen and hit television shows, actress Erica Ash is proving that she can and will do it all. That’s why her latest role as Gwen Sullivan on BET’s new original procedural drama, In Contempt, may be one of the best ones yet. The show, which explores crime […]

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Buffalo Bills, CulturePlay, Entrepreneurship, Football, Marshall Newhouse, NFL -

There’s a notation on the Wikipedia page of veteran offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse that jumps off the screen. It’s not that he’s played for five franchises. Nor is it perhaps his greatest accomplishment on the football field: winning a Super Bowl as a rookie with the Green Bay Packers, after the Dallas native was selected […]

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Albinism, Black Lightning, CulturePlay, DC Comics, Marvin "Krondon" Jones III, Music, Television -

A supervillain who has the lyrical chops to keep up with your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper? That’s Marvin “Krondon” Jones III for ya. Hailing from South Central Los Angeles, he’s a longtime member of the California hip-hop collective Strong Arm Steady. Throughout his career he has written for artists including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and […]

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CulturePlay, Hollywood, John Boyega, Movies, Star Wars -

He burst onto the scene in 2015 as Finn, the black storm trooper-turned-hero in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but John Boyega has proved that he won’t be defined by that life-changing role. He’s since demonstrated his versatility in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit and onstage as lead in an adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck […]

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CulturePlay, Music, Mya, Television, Urban Movie Channel -

At just 18, Mya Marie Harrison’s 1998 hit “It’s All About Me” skyrocketed up the Billboard rhythm and blues charts, with several other top-selling tunes soon to follow: “The Best of Me,” “Take Me There” and “My Love is Like … Wo.” Sultry lyrics combined with an infectious sound and dynamic dance moves led to […]

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CulturePlay, HBO, Insecure, Movies, Natasha Rothwell, Television -

You probably know Natasha Rothwell as Kelli, who, along with Amanda Seales, rounds out the foursome of female friends on Insecure anchored by Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji. Kelli had that rather, err, explosive scene in season two. The one in the diner where she’s enjoying herself at the surreptitious hand of her male partner. […]

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Boxing, CulturePlay, Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker, Maurice Hooker, Roc Nation -

If you come at Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker, you best not miss. That’s because he doesn’t just talk trash — he’s got the hands to back up his words. “I can’t stand him. He’s weak. He’s soft. I’m gonna wake him up! He’s going down,” said Hooker, the 28-year-old reigning WBO NABO super lightweight champion. […]

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CulturePlay, JuJu Smith-Schuster, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers -

Walking the line between excelling at your first job and staying up all night because of your active social life is a cross so many of us bear at the age of 21. JuJu Smith-Schuster, the star rookie wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is just balancing it much better than most of us. When […]

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CulturePlay, DeMarcus Cousins, NBA, Sacramento Kings, Willie Cauley-Stein -

If Willie Cauley-Stein had a creed, it’d be simple: Keep it (insert 100 emoji). That’s exactly how the third-year center of the Sacramento Kings strives to operate — on the court, and especially off. When he’s not banging in the post or catching lobs, the 7-footer is flicking a paintbrush across a canvas or brainstorming […]

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