Daily Archive: June 21, 2013



NHL has best names in the business. Nicknames, that is

In this June 3, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) prepares for a face off during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Bruins in Pittsburgh. The NHL has the best names in the business. Nicknames, that is. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Tazer. Bicksy. Crosby is known as the “Sid the Kid.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) by Nancy Armour CHICAGO (AP) — The best names in the NHL are the ones that never make the roster. Or get used by Mom. Tazer. Little Ball of Hate. The Great One. Sid the Kid. Looch (who also goes by Gino). The Bulin Wall. Kells. “There’s always someone, or a few guys, that want to call you different things,” said Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, dubbed “The ManChild” by his teammates. “I guess it’s just part of the camaraderie of the sport and the guys being close. I’m not really sure of the exact science.”



Louis vs. Schmeling II: More than a Fight, Pride of Black race hung on every punch 75 years ago

On June 22, 1938, two years after suffering the lone defeat of his prime at the hands of Schmeling — the German puncher who’d been cast as an example of Aryan supremacy — Joe Louis responded with an emphatic first-round knockout before more than 70,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/File) by Avis Thomas-Lester (NNPA)–James “Winky” Camphor , of Baltimore is 86, but he remembers the fight like it happened yesterday. It was June 22, 1938 and more than 70,000 fight fans crowded into Yankee Stadium to witness a contest that was much more than a boxing bout. It was a grudge match—Black against White, African American versus Aryan, the so-called “Land of the Free” battling Nazi Germany.



Cover To Cover… ‘Friends & Foes’

Not in a hundred years. There was just no way. From the minute you saw her, you knew everything you needed to know about that woman. She was a schemer, she was ghetto, she was the worst kind of liar, and a friendship between the two of you was Not. Going. To. Happen. In a hundred years.



‘Sopranos’ was a violent fantasy for middle-aged guys

by John Avlon(CNN) — Why do we love gangsters — at least the ones on TV and in the movies? The sudden death of actor James Gandolfini at age 51 has brought a round of instant nostalgia for the HBO show he led at the turn of the millennium, “The Sopranos.” It helped define the time for people living it, stretching between the excesses of the Clinton years and the grim patriotic grit of the post-9/11 period. There was very little admirable about the character of Tony Soprano — most of us don’t murder on our lunch break — and yet he became a kind of elevated everyman. From the commute home to New Jersey shown in the opening credits — over the techno-blues of Alabama 3’s “Woke Up This Morning (And Got Myself a Gun)” — to Tony’s constant struggles to keep in control at work, this was a violent fantasy for middle-aged managers who want respect.



African American Leadership Summit targets Black wealth

LEADERSHIP—From left: Bernadette Turner, Rev. Rodrecus Johnson, Nicole Narvaez Manns, Erica Upshaw, Terence Young, Ronell Guy, Melvin Pollard and Darcel Madkins. (Photos by J.L. Martello) An April report released by the Urban Institute found that while Black buying-power is increasing, Black wealth remains stagnant. According to the report, the average wealth of Black families is $98,000, compared to $632,000 for White families. The wealth gap between Blacks and Whites was exacerbated by the recent recession as Blacks lost 23 percent of their wealth and Whites lost only one percent. According to the report, wealth is measured as total assets minus total liabilities and debt.



‘The ESSENCE Experience’ to launch live today on SiriusXM

Brandy will be the guest on the June 22 debut installment of “The ESSENCE Experience.” (AP Photo) (Target Market News)–Sirius XM Radio has announced the launch of “The ESSENCE Experience,” a three-week series of live, call-in shows on which the editors of the national women’s magazine, ESSENCE, will discuss women’s issues, health, relationships and current concerns within the African American community. Hosted by the editors of ESSENCE magazine, “The ESSENCE Experience” will launch live on Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Urban View channel 110. It will run through Saturday, July 6 when it will air from the ESSENCE Festival, the nation’s largest annual celebration of African-American entertainment and culture, in New Orleans, Louisiana.



Athletes pursue class action lawsuit against NCAA

In this Sept. 18, 2010 file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) by Paul Elias OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former college basketball standout Ed O’Bannon and his lawyers sought on Thursday to dramatically expand his lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s ban on compensating athletes in a move that could expose the organization and its member schools to billions of dollars in damages. O’Bannon and his lawyers asked a federal court judge to turn their antitrust lawsuit into a class action, representing thousands of former and current college athletes. The lawsuit demands that the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned by college sports from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas.



Autism often goes undetected in Black kids

Areva Martin By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Areva Martin watched her youngest child play with growing concern. Marty was almost 18 months old and he didn’t play like other kids his age. Instead of racing toy cars on a track or across the floor, Marty would organize them in lines. He did the same thing with crayons. Instead of scribbling on paper or trying to color, he would just line them up. Marty played obsessively with random objects that he would find around the house: a house shoe, a cup, or a spoon would consume hours of playtime. But Martin, a lawyer living in Los Angeles, was most concerned about his speech. “The first thing that came to my mind was, ‘This kid isn’t speaking, so let’s get him to a speech therapist,’” she said. After several months with a speech therapist, and no signs of improvement, Martin took her son to a developmental pediatrician. That’s when she learned that Marty was autistic. “I knew very little about autism. I wasn’t even thinking about autism,” said Martin. “It wasn’t even a word in my vocabulary.”



Foster Care: Problem homes don’t stop 4 college grads

KAYLNN AND KALYA KOHLMAN At age 12, Angela Campbell entered the foster care system after the issue of dealing with a family members’ mental illness in her home began to take a toll on her. After a series of shelters, group homes and even living with family, Campbell found some stability, got back into school, graduated from high school and went on to attend Bennett College, in North Carolina, where she, now 21, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work.