Tennis star Serena Williams has hit another major milestone in her career, becoming the world’s highest paid woman athlete. According to Forbes, Williams, 34, garnered $28.9 million from endorsements and money she’s earned from winning tournaments throughout the past year. Williams exceeded her rival Maria Sharapova, who consecutively topped the list for 11 years. Sharapova’s income took a plunge after she was tied to a drug scandal. Other female athletes who rounded out the list include UFC boxer Ronda Rousey and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick. Despite losing the first two Grand Slam singles finals of 2016, Williams is inking endorsement deals. She recently landed a deal with Chase. “There are a number of factors we take into consideration as we’re evaluating potential partnerships. Serena’s excellence on court, her work in the community and her following in pop culture are a few things that set her apart and are complementary to our brand,” said Frank Nakano, head of Sports and Entertainment at JPMorgan Chase. Read more.
Former NBA Player Sean Rooks Dead at 46
Former NBA player Sean Rooks has died. Rooks, who played 12 seasons in the league and went on to serve as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, passed away on Tuesday after collapsing inside a restaurant in Philly. According to reports, Rooks interviewed for an assistant coaching position with the New York Knicks hours before he died. He met with Jeff Hornacek, Steve Mills, and Phil Jackson. After news spread about his death, many people took to Twitter to express their sorrow. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Sean Rooks. Our thoughts are with the entire Rooks family,” posted the Philadelphia 76ers. “Very saddened to hear of the passing of former Wildcat Sean Rooks. He and his family are in our thoughts. #RIP,” posted the University of Arizona’s basketball program, where Rooks once played. Rooks was 46. Read more.
President Obama to Meet with Bernie Sanders
President Obama is slated to meet with Bernie Sanders on Thursday. The meeting comes after Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination. According to the White House, Obama “congratulated both candidates for running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats, brought a new generation of Americans into the political process, and shined a spotlight on important policy ideas aimed at making sure our economy and our politics work for everybody, not just those with wealth and power.” He also “thanked Senator Sanders for energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests’ influence on our politics.” The two will reportedly meet to discuss issues surrounding the election and pressing problems for America’s working class. “The President looks forward to continuing the conversation with Senator Sanders about how to build on the extraordinary work he has done to engage millions of Democratic voters, and to build on that enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead,” read the statement. Read more.
Sheila E., The Roots, D’Angelo and Others to Deliver Prince Tribute at BET Awards
After throwing shade at the Billboard Music Awards’ Prince tribute, BET is doing everything it can to make sure that its celebration of Prince’s legacy is in order. The network announced that D’Angelo, Janelle Monae, Sheila E., and The Roots will all participate in a musical tribute dedicated to Prince during the 2016 BET Awards. The awards show will capture the essence of Prince’s contributions to the realm of music. Other confirmed performers for the show include Alicia Keys and Maxwell. The 2016 BET Awards will air on June 26 at 8:00 pm ET. The show will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Read more.
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