Daily Archive: August 27, 2013

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Sports

Pirates waste little time putting Byrd to work

Marlon Byrd waits his turn during batting practice before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t wasting any time putting newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd to work. Byrd will bat cleanup on Wednesday night when the Pirates host the Milwaukee Brewers. Pittsburgh acquired Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday hoping to bolster its offense as the franchise searches for its first playoff berth in 21 years. The 35-year-old Byrd says he was a little stunned about the trade, which came on the same day the Mets were giving fans at Citi Field T-shirts celebrating Byrd’s tremendous season. Byrd joked he didn’t even pick up a T-shirt before joining Buck for the six-hour drive from New York to Pittsburgh. Byrd says he has some unfinished business of his own. The 12-year veteran is still waiting to make his playoff debut.

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Entertainment

Chadwick Boseman to play James Brown in upcoming biopic

Chadwick Boseman (st.lousamerican.com)–Chadwick Boseman, who starred as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42,” has been announced as the star of a new, as yet, untitled film about James Brown from Universal and Imagine. The Hollywood Reporter says Tate Taylor, the director of “The Help” is at the helm and is also producing along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins. (At one point, Spike Lee was in kine to direct.)

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Sports

Mayweather in fine form for a fight

This May 4, 2013 photo shows Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacting after defeating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in a WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) by Tim DahlbergAP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) – A rare series of storms had cooled the summer air to an almost tolerable level, though it was steamy as ever inside Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s gym just a few miles from the Vegas Strip. With a couple of sparring partners in front of him late Monday afternoon, Mayweather turned up the heat even more.

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National

NAACP keeping up pressure in Trayvon Martin case

Ben Jealous and Tene Croom on the side of the Lincon Memorial August 24, 2013. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello) by Suzanne GamboaAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – NAACP President Ben Jealous said Monday his organization collected petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling for charges to be filed against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.

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Opinion

March on Washington 2013: 50 years later … What’s stopping us now?

Front line of the March, August 24, 2013. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello) The scene on the Washington Mall this past Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, was surreal. Tens of thousands came to commemorate a historic moment in American history, 50 years ago, when a nonviolent protest brought together two separate and unequal American societies in a clash of cultures. And, as if time had stood still against the backdrop of another non-violent protest, separate and unequal cultures clashed again this past weekend in Washington D.C.

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Entertainment

Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake own the MTV VMAs

This image released by MTV shows, from left, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, of ‘N Sync, at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/ MTV, John Shearer) by Mesfin FekaduAP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It may not be a good thing for her, but Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards. The provocative pop singer was the hot topic at Sunday night’s show: Cyrus eclipsed Lady Gaga’s opening performance of her new single, Katy Perry’s closing rendition of her latest hit and Kanye West’s artsy set. The 20-year-old even grabbed more attention than Justin Timberlake’s performance with his ‘N Sync band mates. Cyrus twerked and gyrated, stripped and swayed. She sang, too. She had a helper at the VMAs: Robin Thicke. After performing her edgy hit, “We Can’t Stop,” she stripped off her outfit to reveal a nude bikini. She sang the first verse of Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” then grinded on the R&B singer and made suggestive moves with a foam hand. The wild child also slapped a girl’s butt onstage.

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Entertainment

Layon Gray’s ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’ makes one-night only stop in Pittsburgh

LAYON GRAY Layon Gray was touched as he sat in his living room watching then-President George Bush present the Medal of Honor to the Tuskegee Airmen in 2007. “I was really moved by the event,” said Gray. “There had never been a play written about their experience and I said I wanted to write a play about it.” The televised event spurred the Louisiana-born actor, writer and producer to put pen to paper and write “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” a play that tells the heroic story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first aviators in the U.S. Army’s Air Forces. The production movingly illustrates how the men unite in solidarity to achieve the common goal of fighting for their country. “It happened that a Tuskegee Airmen lived right around the corner from me and he told me about his experiences. I was so moved by it that it took me five days to write the first draft,” said Gray who resides in Los Angeles.