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  • Pacquiao vs Thurman Next? Unification Bout Reportedly In the Works

    The top-heavy welterweight division is reportedly in the works to deliver another unification bout, and it doesn’t involve Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr. On Wednesday, Mike Coppinger of Fox Sports tweeted that WBA world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA super world champion Keith Thurman are closing in on a July 2oth pay-per-view showdown to unify their versions of the welterweight title strap. In their respective previous outings, Manny Pacquiao dominated Adrien Broner to win by unanimous decision to retain the strap while Thurman defeated Josesito Lopez in his first fight in nearly two years due to injury. Both bouts took place in January of this year. What does this fight mean for the welterweight…

  • Joshua vs Miller is OFF! Miller Breaks Silence; Who’s Stepping In With Joshua?

    The heavyweight showdown between unified champion Anthony Joshua and Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is officially off. Tuesday night, ESPN first reported that Miller tested positive for the banned substance GW1516 during a random VADA drug test. Since that time, the New York State Athletic Commission made the decision to deny Miller a license making the fight officially off. Via LA Times: The New York State Athletic Commission has declined heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller’s application for a license to fight Anthony Joshua on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, the Los Angeles Times learned Wednesday. Miller took to Instagram to share his feelings on the positive test reading and reiterated he would “never knowingly” take a banned substance….

  • Joshua vs Miller Off? Miller Tests Positive For Banned Substance

    A heavyweight showdown featuring unified champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller is in danger. Dan Rafael of ESPN reports that Miller tested positive for the banned substance GW1516 ahead of the June 1 bout in New York. BREAKING: Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller has tested positive for the banned substance GW1516 ahead his scheduled challenge of unified world titleholder Anthony Joshua, three sources with knowledge of the results told ESPN on Tuesday night. The fight is due to take place on June 1 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and serve as Joshua’s American debut. The results, which came to light on Tuesday, were from a random Voluntary Anti-Doping Association-conducted urine…

  • Watch Paulie Malignaggi & Artem Lobov Get Into Heated Scrap at Pre-Fight Media Day

    It’s safe to say there’s still no love lost between former boxing welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi and ex-UFC competitor Artem Lobov. In case your memory needs refreshing, Malignaggi spent time in training camp with Conor McGregor ahead of the monster pay-per-view fight against Floyd Mayweather. Lobov is a long-time camp member and friend of Conor McGregor. Currently, both Lobov and Malignaggi are signed to the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship platform. Lobov has his debut fight on April 6 against Jason Knight but is expected to face Malignaggi later this year, hence why Malignaggi was at the media day in the first place. During the heated exchange of words, Malignaggi reached out and slapped Lobov in…

  • Watch Anthony Pettis’ Superman Punch Stephen Thomas Night Night (Video)

    Stephen Thompson appeared to be headed to victory against Anthony Pettis at Saturday night’s UFC Nashville headline event. And just like that, things changed.  As the seconds, ticked down, Pettis connected with a superman punch so perfectly timed, it sent Thompson to La La land. Somewhere Roman Reigns couldn’t be more proud. To see the super duper lethal landing, scroll down.   SUPERMAN PUNCH TO THE SKULL #UFCNashville pic.twitter.com/90M2uUpc4Z — Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 24, 2019

SOCIALLY SPEAKING: A Mix Bag of Opinions on Life and Culture

LA Leaders Want R Kelly Removed From iHeart Radio Stations

On the heels of the polarizing Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, Los Angeles activists are renewing their efforts to have R Kelly removed from local airwaves. Holding a press conference in front of 102.3 KJLH on Monday, Project Islamic Hope President Najee Ali and Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson implored iHeart Radio-owned stations to follow the lead of Stevie Wonder, who owns KJLH, to not play his music in any capacity. “We are here at KJLH radio to commend Stevie Wonder and the owner of the station and station management for banning R. Kelly’s music on the airwaves. Now we want iHeartRadio and Radio One to follow suit,” said Ali. “It…

Let’s Keep The Guns and Get Rid of the People

A couple of centuries ago, a bunch of guys huddled up and decided to contrive a set of rules that would make life seemingly fairer and happier for all parties involved. This became what we know today as the United States Constitution. More than 200 years later, after drastic, almost otherworldly social changes have taken place in society, modern man is expected to abide by this archaic rulebook, and it’s causing disorientation. Confusion. Specifically speaking, we’ve become our own pistol-packin, gat-toting, worst enemy, and this will likely never change. For further illustration; according to a report by the AJM, “Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns” than people in similar countries….

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on Las Vegas Shooting WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement following the tragic shooting near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas that claimed at least 59 innocent lives and injured more than 500 people: “Like so many across the country, I woke up this morning to the horrific news that our nation had endured yet another act of senseless violence, resulting in the loss of at least 59 innocent lives and leaving more than 500 people injured. This shooting is a painful reminder of just how far we must go to root out acts of mass violence in our…

THE JUNK DRAWER: Music, Entertainment & Other Stuff

Damien Lillard Sinks the Buzzer-Beating Three & the Thunder Cried (Video)

Damien Lillard is turning into a human highlight real with Tuesday night being no exception. Lillard capped off a phenomenal 50 point performance by nonchalantly tossing in a buzzer-beating three-point dagger from 37 yards out to lead the Trail Blazers to a 118-115 win to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder from the first round of the playoffs 4 games to 1. The series looked to be headed towards game 6, as the Thunder lead in the fourth quarter by 15 points, before the Blazers caught up and captured the win. Paul George scored 36 points with Russell Westbrook adding 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for his 10th NBA playoff triple-double for OKC. Tonight’s…

Watch Nipsey Hussle Victory Lap on Century Blvd In South Central (Video)

Following Nipsey Hussle’s moving memorial service, South Los Angeles gathered for a send-off fit for the king he was. Thousands gathered all across the City as the hearse carrying Nip’s boy, followed by family, friends and fans alike drove through the City before ending their journey at Angeles Funeral Home on Crenshaw Blvd. I had the honor of recording the motorcade as it passed through my corner of South Central and the numbers of people sharing love and support to each other as he passed were nothing short of awe-inspiring and beautiful. Enjoy my video, support black businesses, invest and purchase property and assets and let the work the Nipsey began live on. The Marathon Continues,…

Get a First Look at The Lion King Live Action Trailer! (Video)

Disney dropped a trailer from the new live-action remake of The Lion King and early signs point to an epic picture. With Jon Favreau at the helm, the same director who gave us the live-action Jungle Book, there’s no doubt this film will also be great. Here’s the new trailer:

Get a First Look at Captain Marvel; LADIES STAND UP (Video)

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden…

Get a Sneak Peek at Jordan Peele’s New Horror Film ‘Us’ – It Looks Scary!

Jordan Peele, the Academy award-winning genius behind ‘Get Out’, makes his directorial return to the big screen in a horror/thriller, Us. Peele, who wrote and directed the film told BET.com that audiences shouldn’t assume that white people are the antagonists of this film, instead of facing our worst enemy, ourselves. “Very important for me was to have a Black family at the center of a horror film,” he says. “It’s also important to note that this movie, unlike Get Out, is not about race.  It is instead about something I feel has become an undeniable truth. That is the simple fact that we are our own worst enemies.” Peele produces for his Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean…

Take a First Look at The Intruder; And Prepared to Be Shook! (Video)

On Tuesday Hidden Film Group released the trailer for the soon-to-be-released thriller The Intruder. Scheduled for an April release, The Intruder is a psychological thriller about a young married couple who buys a beautiful Napa Valley house on several acres of land only to find that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property. Stars: Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, and Joseph Sikora, The Intruder Without further ado, Scroll down and get scared!

Ma Dukes Yancey to Host J Dilla Apparel Pop-Up Shop in Los Angeles

For Los Angeles-based JDilla fans, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey is keeping the Dilla legacy alive with the launch of new J Dilla inspired apparel. On December 14, Delicious Vinyl will host a JDilla Apparel pop-up shop at Delicious Pizza Cafe on December 14th. Shoppers will be able to pick up exclusive, first in the series designs. For further information, check out the info below.   Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, Vintage Vibe Music Group and Delicious Vinyl proudly announces the launch of the new JDilla Apparel Collection. On December 14, 2018, Delicious Vinyl will host the The JDilla Apparel Collection Pop-Up Shop at Delicious Pizza Cafe on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Four new & exclusive, limited…

First Look at WWE Paige’s Film ‘FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY’ (Video)

Just in time for Sunday’s WWE pay-per-view event Survivor Series, writer and director Stephen Merchant is giving a first look at the feature film that recounts the story of WWE superstar Paige. Based on a true story, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test. FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY…

Adrian Broner Enters Not Guilty Plea at Felony Gross Sexual Imposition Hearing; Is Pacquaio Fight Still On? #boxing (Video)

Adrien Broner is pleading not guilty to a string of felony sex charges. Cleveland.org reports that Broner appeared in court on Tuesday to enter his plea following an alleged incident between the former champion and a 29-year old woman at Ohio nightclub. Broner, 29, of Cincinnati, is charged with gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, misdemeanor sexual imposition and abduction, a third-degree felony, all related to a June incident at Anatomy Nightclub + Ultralounge in the city’s Warehouse District neighborhood, according to court records. A grand jury handed up an Oct. 29 indictment that says the 29-year-old forcibly kissed the mouth and neck of a woman at the West 9th Street club. Broner’s attorney Ian…

Watch the Teaser Trailer For Pixar’s Toy Story 4 (Video)

To infinity and beyond … 3 films. Beloved Pixar franchise Toy Story returns in Summer 2019 with a new tale featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and new friends Ducky and Bunny. Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Woody’s journey in “Toy Story 4” includes a visit to a carnival where he meets Ducky and Bunny, two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their…