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Dave Chappelle Awarded The Mark Twain Prize For American Humor (Trailer)

Congrats to Dave Chappelle! A well deserved honor. Set your DVRs and TV reminders to catch this when it airs on PBS.

An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathered in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 27, 2019. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, was given at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy. The program will be broadcast on PBS stations on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
– The Kennedy Center

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RIP John Witherspoon (Video)

Sad news. The world of comedy, and the world at-large, lost another great one this week.

Announced yesterday by surviving family members, stand-up comedian and comedic/voice actor John Witherspoon has died. We will certainly miss the man most knew as ‘Pops’ (from ‘Boomerang,’ the ‘Friday’ movie franchise, and ‘The Wayans Bros.’ TV series).

John ‘Pops’ Witherspoon aka Comedy’s Favorite Dad has passed at the age of 77.
– Comedy Hype

With the slick ‘hood wit, silliness, and boisterousness of that made him perfect to play that dad (or Granddad, a la ‘Boondocks’), it was like Witherspoon was born to bring belly-laughs to us; whether lounging in our theater seats or living room love seats.

Rest In Peace, ‘Pops.’

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Fab Boy Boochie With R.I.P. Bars For ‘Cupcake’ (Video)

Shout to Birmingham’s (Alabama) Fabboy Boochie (aka Charles Smith) for this timely rhyme I caught on the Facebook feed. I think we will all feel this one for a while. We should. We must do better by our children.

I can hear yours tears of joy from heaven outside my window you getting love ❤️ from all over the 🌍 I wish I could’ve been there to help you I hope you accept my apology 🧁💜 #imsorry 😢 #KeepSharing 🙏🏾
Charles Smith

We keep losing our babies in the most heinous ways. Recently, Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was kidnapped from a party, and her remains were found a week later (more after the jump). Damn.

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Sports: NBA To Crack Down On Verbally Abusive Fans (Video)

Okay. I’m for this. I mean, I would hear the old argument, “That’s what they get paid millions for… to put up with fans’ outbursts.” But I was ALSO a proponent of once your mouth ‘writes that check’ that 6’7″ brother you slurred should get to ‘cash you out court side’ (fines issued on a case-by-case basis, of course). I mean, hey, ALL speech is free… but no one is free from the consequences (just saying).

Nowadays, though, why don’t we just mandate some decorum on both sides. If you don’t think your seat was worth what you paid for it, don’t feel like you can “get your money’s worth” with hateful heckling. Nah, son. That day is done.

I especially like that even a ‘borrowed’ season ticket seat can be lost if the borrower acts out of pocket.

Only potentials issue I see: No ‘instant replay’ in the stands. A lifelong fan losing that season ticket seat for a ‘misheard statement’… well, taking that L would hurt a fan working for $50K a year way more than that athlete who earned $5MIL last year.

Let’s see how this plays out. Let those players play in [relative] peace from now on.

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Intentional Act Of Kindness Earns Kids A New Friend, Clothes, Cash & A Special Visit (Video)

That is exactly how human beings are supposed to interact with one another… It’s not more complicated than that… Somebody’s having a hard time, and you help them.

Tearjerker alert. Mondays are Mondays. Watch this though. You WILL get hit in the feels. And you can blame Ellen and Will for ‘chopping them onions’ and ‘making your eyes rain’ as they celebrate these kids and their awesomeness!

#BeKindToOneAnother

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Politics: Jeff Johnson Leads A Power-Packed Panel Of Pundits In Discussing Today’s Black Agenda And Campaign 2020 (Video)

This feels like what a TV station calling itself REVOLT should be doing with its platform, at least in significant part. Very varied viewpoints from and in the Black community are presented and explored here, which is a good thing. Folks (e.g. we and the people who want our votes) need to understand that we are not a monolith, a block, a sector, a checklist item, etc. for the campaign… nor do we necessarily ‘win’ when ‘our candidate’ (whatever that means) wins.

Go get a snack and a beverage, and come back focused. ‘Bout to be some real talk. Necessary talk!

T.I., Killer Mike, Candace Owens, Steven Pargett Of Trap The Vote, Katrina Pierson, & Tamika D Mallory have an open and honest conversation about politics, and the culture we live in today.
– REVOLT TV

Be forewarned: You will get agitated and frustrated. Hang in there. Especially because there is thoughtful, useful insight shared EVERY TIME we get a chance to hear from Killer Mike. Much respect and respek on the name Michael Render!

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Sports: Ex-Raider Marshawn Lynch To Be Co-Founder Of The Oakland Panthers Indoor Football Franchise (Video)

Ah. So Beast Mode is called it a career and is officially retired (again). Now he can get into football (wait what??!)! However, he will NOT be going to Vegas with the Raiders franchise. Marshawn Lynch is getting into Indoor Football!

Don Ford reports on Indoor Football League franchise founded in part by NFL great and Oakland native Marshawn Lynch.
– KPIX CBS SF Bay Area

And how dope it is that Lynch’s new team is named in honor of the Black Panthers important players in the history of Oakland, the United States and the world as we know it!

Hit the jump to check out the press conference for the Oakland Panthers joining the Indoor Football League.

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Rashon Khan Reveals That Richard Pryor Wanted Paul Money Dead & The Reason Why (Video)

This is HEAVY.

You (should) know there are too many stories… truths… that go unconfessed about that favorite family friend, uncle, aunt, big cousin, etc. that took advantage of youth. Okay, molestation. That is the word. And it is UGLY; the word and the act. And if this is facts… Damn, Paul. Damn.

Rashon Khan, author of upcoming book ‘Everything Wasn’t Funny,’ would find himself brushing shoulders in Hollywood, and would be known for years as Richard Pryor’s bodyguard and trainer. In his talk with CH he shares how Pryor wanted longtime friend Paul Mooney gone after violating his young son.
– Comedy Hype

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Kanye West Makes The August Cover Of Forbes & Discusses His Billion-Dollar Business (Video)

Where’s Kanye? Well, he and Waldo don’t hang out like that… In fact, have you ever ‘found’ Waldo on the cover of “Forbes” magazine?

Let’s catch up with Mr. Yeezy.

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Sports: LSU Freshman Breaks An NCAA Track Record (Video)

GeeeeYOTdam!!!

She blazed that race like a video game voice should yell, “SHE’S ON FIRE!” So… now I’m a Sha’Carri Richardson fan (hella cute, too).

LSU Freshman Sha’Carri Richardson hit the gas 🔥
10.75 in the women’s 100 meters to break the collegiate record
– SportsCenter

Can I say that her ‘gram game is on FIRE, too? Too late!

MORE SHA’CARRI RICHARDSON ON INSTAGRAM

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Jon Stewart & First Responders Testify Before Congress To Fight For Continued Funding (Video)

Dear famous people: THIS is how you use your platform! Stand up for those who stood tall and ran toward the danger we tried to escape… for ours and our families’ & friends’ sake.

Jon Stewart was not the only one to get a standing ovation in a House hearing room today. 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez got a standing ovation too, the day before his 69th chemotherapy treatment.
– MSNBC

Grab a tissue. You’ll cry. And the tears (of pride, sorrow, righteous anger) will be heated.

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RIP Bushwick Bill (Video)

There was a lot of back-and-forth, is he or isn’t he? But later on into Sunday we got news we were not ready to hear…

Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill [born Richard Stephen Shaw] died Sunday evening, his publicist confirmed to Associated Press and on Instagram. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 52.
– Pitchfork.com

Sad to report it when we got final confirmation, but relieved that the brother’s suffering has ended. Our deepest condolences to his family and our thanks, as part of a Hip-Hop Nation that was blessed by his light. Check out the video montage showing some of Bill’s brilliance above. He will be missed.

#RIPBushwickBill

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Chris Long & The Waterboys Bring ‘High Quality H20’ To Tanzania (Video)

After 11 years in the League, son of Raider Nation legend Howie Long, former Eagles D-lineman (Philly son!) Chris Long has retired and moved on… Not out to ‘greener pastures’ or just to sit idle, nah… Long is off to make the world a better place. Not a life of privilege, but apparently seeking to live a life of purpose. Salute!

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Principal Akbar Cook Is Still Taking Care Of His ‘Babies’ With His ‘Lights On’ Program (Video)

First, a spot on Ellen (see our post here). Now, CNN is covering the Newark (New Jersey, USA) principal. This brother Akbar Cook and his amazing work should keep getting the spotlight on big awesome platforms as an example of what normal people who dare to show extraordinary care can do to make this world a better place!

“When it all gets down to it, we’re saving lives,” says Akbar Cook, the principal of West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. Cook founded and directs, a program that gives students a safe place to go on Friday nights, when crime and gun violence are prevalent. In the past three years, Cook says, West Side hasn’t lost any students to gun violence.
– CNN

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Sports: Magic Johnson Explains Why He Left The Los Angeles Lakers (Video)

Soooo, Lebron and Lonzo had their say on here. Now let’s hear from the man (and about the departure) they were talking about, shall we?

Magic Johnson explains that he wanted to fire Luke Walton, but Los Angeles Lakers executive Tim Harris wanted to retain him and identifies Lakers GM Rob Pelinka as the “backstabber.”
– ESPN

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Sports: Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale Ends With A First Round Knockout! (Video)

Sometimes you gotta just let them hands do the talking. However, in boxing, commentary helps make the moment. I have longtime ties to Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide) Alabama, so I was hollering BOOOOMMMB SQUAAAAD with the hometown hero Wilder. But when Breazeale caught that Thor’s Hammer to the jaw… It was the commentator’s WOWWW that got me.

Makes me keep playing this clip on repeat.

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder delivered the 40th knockout of his career in devastating fashion, sending mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale flat on his back with a trademark right hand in front of a raucous crowd at Barclays Center.
– SHOWTIME Sports

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Michael Franzese Speaks On Everything From Joining The Mafia To Michael Jordan’s Gambling (Video)

Talk it, rap about it… gangsters and mafiosos… Well, here’s Vlad getting one to open up, on camera, in real life! And what he speaks on (and sort of ‘pleads the 5th’ on) is craaaazy! And we have ALL the interview clips released thus far. Start with Part 1 above and keep going after the jump. And keep an eye out for more on the ‘Tube: Vlad keeps dishing out these plates because he knows we’ll keep eating them up!

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When They See “When They See Us” People Will Really Understand The ‘Central Park Five’ Story (Trailer)

“When They See Us” was conceptualized and co-written by Ava DuVernay for Netflix and it is coming to take hearts and minds and twist them… to make us feel everything the falsely accused (and eventually exonerated) Central Park Five.

Just LOOK at who is attached. The exec producers (Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro) all the through to casting (Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood)… they will draw MILLIONS of viewers! We must learn. ALL of us.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, “When They See Us” will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“When They See Us” premieres May 31 only on Netflix.

– Netflix

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Minister Louis Farrakhan Speaks In Honor Of Nipsey Hussle At The Marathon Clothing Store (Video)

He smoked reefer. Me, too.

How dope is this! The Minister came to speak life where it was taken. Real talk. The realest. I (and you, I’m sure) keep finding that we miss Nipsey Hussle more and more each day… at least for now. Beautiful words. Lyrical. In celebration of Hussle the hood inspiration #RIPNIP

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks on Nipsey Hussle at The Marathon Clothing Store in Los Angeles, California on April 10, 2019.
The Nation Of Islam

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Nipsey Hussle’s Memorial Service: Black Sam’s Speech (Video)

Courtesy All Ohio TV.

Get your full issues of tissues because you will cry real tears here. Truly touching and REAL speech from Nipsey’s brother Black Sam. You will feel pain, and joy, and remorse, and pride by the time this clip is done. What a legacy Black Sam speaks life to. And it is not done. The Marathon Continues!

And the whole service is embedded after the jump, courtesy PBS NewsHour. Yes, Nipsey got full coverage on PBS like be was Mr. Rogers. He kind of was. RIP to Neighborhood Nip from Crenshaw and Slauson.

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