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They represent the official black student union group at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They are angry and members of the Black Bruins have come forward to expose something that is lacking at the university: racial diversity. Led by Sy Stokes, these young black men want to see change and for them, it starts with a recently posted video on Youtube.
In an explosive video narrated by Stokes (who is of Black, Cherokee Indian and Chinese descent) and backed by 10 black male students, current statistics were unleashed regarding the enrollment and graduation rates of African-Americans, and specifically black men, at UCLA.
Posted by The Huffington Post:
“According to the school’s enrollment statistics, African-Americans make up 3.8 percent of the student population. In the video, Stokes points out that black males make up 3.3 percent of the male student population, and that 65 percent of those black males are undergraduate athletes. Of the incoming men in the freshmen class, only 1.9 percent of them were black.”
Stokes admitted that he wanted to leave the university during his freshman year because he wasn’t comfortable there. While he eventually found a community to call “his own,” Sy Stokes knew that it was time to bring awareness to the lack of enrollment of minorities. That’s how the ideo of the video was introduced to other members of the Black Bruins.
The vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Janina Montero sent a statement to The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s newspaper, in response to an interview Stokes did with them. in It, she says:
“We certainly recognize that the low numbers of African Americans and other underrepresented students on campus does lead to a sense of isolation and invisibility. It is difficult to eliminate this painful imbalance without considering race in the admissions process.”
Affirmative Action was deemed unlawful in California back in 1996.
Stokes says he has received negative comments and hate mail since posting the video but he’s fine with it.
“It doesn’t matter how much hate I get, just as long as someone is talking about it.”
Make sure you check out the video. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Move over Denzel, John David Washington is hoping he’s the next celebrity in the Washington family.
John David, the oldest of the Washington children, is the newest addition to the HBO pilot, Ballers, according to Indiewire.com. The show which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson” is a show about the lives of retired athletes living it up in Miami. While they’ve yet to release Johnon’s role, he’ll surely be the main character.
Washington will play Ricky, a very spiritual yet extremely competitive athlete. At least one part of the role should come easy to him: Washington is a football player. He played for Morehouse College and went on to briefly play in the NFL and the UFL. Acting is his latest venture.
The show will also co-star Donovan Carter, a former college football player, as one of the football players.
Ballers is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg (whose made an incredible name for himself in Hollywood) and the script will be written by Entourage’s Stephen Levinson.
The show sounds like it could be interesting. Not many people get their start in acting doing an HBO show so John David better be ready…and he better be good. Surely Daddy Denzel has been helping him out because as a living legend in the industry, he knows his son will be closely compared to him.
HBO is hoping to start filming later this fall. Would you watch?
Just yesterday we told you that Deion Sanders was back in hot water after he allegedly choked out an employee at the Prime Prep School. Now, it appears that yet another athlete is being accused of violently attacking someone.
According to TMZ, Oklahoma City Thunder player Kendrick Perkins has been arrested for allegedly punching a woman in the face. Reports imply that the alleged incident occurred back in July outside of Nox Nightclub in Harris County, Texas. The alleged victim, who has been identified as Mikeeta Cotton, says that she found herself in the midst of an altercation with the 28-year-old athlete and his brother-in-law, Quincy Alpough, after she got into a slight fender bender with Quincy’s female cousin.
Following the accident, Mikeeta says that the woman attacked her and Quincy quickly joined in by shoving and yelling at her. Mikeeta says that Kendrick also jumped into the brawl by punching her brother in the head and hitting her in the face with a closed fist. A third person says that Quincy elbowed her in the throat, knocking her unconscious.
After launching a full investigation, cops found that there was enough evidence to charge Kendrick. He has since been arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault. He is currently being held on $1,000 bond. So far there has been no word on whether or not criminal charges will be brought against the other parties involved in the fight.
With football season on the brink and the baseball season being nearly over, it’s no surprise to see and hear women talking about and watching sports. Surely we all have our favorite teams that we like to root for each year and we proudly rock our jerseys and other fan gear. However, sometimes women aren’t taken seriously when it comes to enjoying sports. Here are 14 reasons it sucks to be a woman who likes sports, but who really cares what men think, right?
So Long, Superman: Dwight Howard Flies Away From The Los Angeles Lakers & Lands With The Houston Rockets
This guy is really starting to rub people the wrong way.
After a very disappointing season in Los Angeles, NBA star Dwight Howard has decided to take his talents to Houston and see if he can make it happen there.
The 2013-2013 NBA season was not kind to the Lakers and although they made it to the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs made light work of them and they were, as expected, eliminated in the first round.
There had already been whispers of Howard possibly not resigning with the team but because of the free agency moratorium, the talk had quieted down a bit.
All of a sudden, the whispers turned to shouts and Howard, over the last couple of days, decided he was on the level of a Lebron James (remember The Announcement) decided he was “half way” feeling like he’d be going to the Rockets and “half way” feeling like he’d re-sign with the Lakers. By Friday evening, he’d made a decision and tweeted:
“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”
None of his words were directed at the Lakers organization. Cold-blooded.
For their part, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the team will now move in a new direction. In a statement posted by Sports Illustrated, he said:
We’ve been informed of Dwight’s decision not to return to the Lakers. Naturally, we’re disappointed. We will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great Lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.”
The Lakers fought hard to keep him and even put up billboards around the city encouraging him to stay. It seems like they were hoping he’d be their new franchise player since Kobe Bryant is likely coming up on his final year or two of playing (especially with his injury).
We’ll see if Dwight Howard can bring some energy to H-town.
Baltimore, Maryland native Khalilah Williams-Webb is known for bringing style to the sidelines. She styles some of sports’ biggest names in the game (and fashion), most notably Carmelo Anthony. But Khalilah is more than that, much more. When she’s not hunting for size 14 shoes and extra-long trousers she works as a stylist for power players like Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price, and an image consultant for brands like Samsung and Foot Locker. Most recently she took on the role of shopkeeper at her new boutique, Shirley + Alice, (named for her fashionable grandmothers) in the legendary neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. She’s come a long way from cocktail waitressing and working the floor at Express and Tommy Hilfiger.
We caught up with Khalilah to learn more about what propels her success and the motivation behind her new retail venture.
Madame Noire: Where does your love for fashion come from?
Khalilah Williams-Webb: My mother and my grandmothers. As a young child, they use to bring me along with them as they shopped; shopping and dressing me up as a child! It honestly came so naturally because I grew up around it!
MN: You’re widely known for styling Carmelo Anthony, but you have a lot going on! Describe what your brand entails and what guides you when pursuing new ventures.
KW: My brand entails styling, imaging consulting, and running a my new boutique. But most importantly, maintaining my image as a great mom, wife, and family figure. When pursuing new ventures I love to be challenged.
MN: With so many ventures pulling from your creativity, how do you stay inspired to come up with fresh ideas?
KW: I strongly believe in taking time out to refresh and rebuild! But I also do a lot of research and draw inspiration from old movies, magazines, etc. I also have to give credit to my great team. We collectively come up with creative ideas to be ahead of the game.
MN: What prompted you to make the move into retail?
KW: It has been a dream of mine to open a vintage store since I moved to NYC two years ago.When my husband Richard and I found out we were expecting a baby, I made the decision to slow down with styling, and to put my energy into my love for vintage. I began hosting trunk shows, first in my husband’s gallery, “House of Art”, then in a mansion converted to a school (the ambiance was perfect). I started to realize with the amount of inventory I amassed and the demand, I needed a storefront.
MN: Do you approach styling men differently than dressing women?
KW: My approach to styling is no different. I make to adhere to what the client is looking for, and put my own twist to it.
MN: How is Shirley + Alice different from the other vintage boutiques that populate Brooklyn?
KW: I wanted a boutique that had a cozy and homely feel; as if you are playing dress up at your girlfriends house or your mother’s closet as we all did as a kid. A place where you could feel welcome, have a glass of wine, conversation and do what women want to do most — shop! I want it to be an experience, not just a place to buy a piece of clothing.
Uneku Atawodi is a businesswoman. A philanthropist. A government worker. A world traveler. And an international professional polo player. She’s 25 years old. How has this young woman accomplished so much with such little time on earth? She started with not taking no for an answer.
Actually, Uneku was born with a health problem — bronchial pneumonia — that can still cause some breathing issues. But that hasn’t stopped her. Twelve years ago, Uneku fell in love with horses. She was introduced to the sport of polo when business opportunities led her father to move the family from Pakistan back to the Arab-influenced Nigerian city of Kaduna, where polo was a weekly ritual. It’s an activity more common for families than sitting at home. “The first time I watched it, and saw the aggression and speed and love for the game the players had, I fell in love,” says Uneku.
Unswayed by discouragement from her family, Uneku made up her mind to become the best player she could be. And she did. But not without finding time to get a bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Science and a master’s degree in International Business with Spanish. She even found ways to pursue business ventures and use her platform to effect change through government and nonprofit work. Now Uneku has come to the States; Atlanta to be specific.
We caught up with the business-minded equestrian to find out what brought her to America and what drives her success.
Madame Noire: What resistance did you receive to your involvement in polo?
Uneku: Oh a lot! It was so awkward, because the adults were pretty straightforward about it! “Neku, you cannot play because you are a girl, go cook!” “Neku, a woman’s place is not on the horse, you won’t get married.” I think my fascination with polo grew from the resistance though. I was a curious child, and constantly hearing [I was a miracle baby led me to] believe that I was invincible! I used to say, “Mummy, He cannot try to take me twice! Calm down!”
Madame Noire: How has being Black and female influenced your experience as a polo player? Do you think it has impacted your career at all?
Uneku: Well I studied Equestrian Science, so if anything now it has positively impacted my life path. It allows me to give other children the opportunity to have the sport open doors for them, like it did for me! I have played in so many amazing countries around the world and have met so many amazing people, most of whom have helped me in my career decisions, and have led me to some very successful business choices.
Madame Noire: What do you think is keeping more Black women from entering the sport? How can we change that?
Uneku: There is an influx of all cultures entering the sport, and that comes from the sport being popularized in modern times, and getting to more people. I guess in America, it is the wealth bracket. It is seen as an expensive and elitist sport. But I find the polo community to be one of the most welcoming sporting communities, and if you approach a club with your interest, you might end up with a beautiful new life experience.
Is Tim Duncan the ultimate team player? The NBA player recently asked the judge to put his divorce on hold, as we reported, until after the playoffs, requesting a 30-day or so delay before finalizing the split. Which seemed odd since the divorce seems pretty straightforward. Before they married in 2001, his wife signed a prenuptial agreement. But it seems the delay really was for the good of the team.
Now the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has taken a pay cut to help his team, the San Antonio Spurs, reports Business Insider. His cut in salary will now allow San Antonio to sign shooting guard Danny Green, forward Boris Diaw, and point guards Nando De Colo and Patty Mills.
Just last year, Duncan, 36, earned $21 million but this time around he actually cut his salary in half by signing a three-year, $30 million deal. Last season he was the third-highest paid NBA player, now he will be 61st. According to Business Insider, Duncan has made over $200 million in his 15-year career.
After all the money and all the fame, would you be able to take this deep of a cut for the good of the team?
We’ve Got Our Eyes On You: Jay-Z & Roc Nation Agency Under Investigation For Signing NFL Rookie Geno Smith
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Agency is picking up clients every time you turn around. But he recently gained a client in the NFL and that is raising many eyebrows.
Geno Smith, a rookie quarterback picked up by the New York Jets during the NFL draft, recently signed to the Roc Nation Agency. The signing immediately raised eyebrows and there are reports suggesting that this was not on the “up and up.”
According to Yahoo! Sports, Smith almost immediately fired his former agents, Jeff Nalley and Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports Group, after he fell out of the first round of the draft and was selected 39th overall. Players do sometimes part ways with agents when things like this happen, thinking that they aren’t doing their jobs. However, its what happened next that has Jay- at the center of yet another investigation.
Smith then signed with Kimberly Miale, a lawyer who only has two “B list” sports clients. This is a little odd because although Smith may have dropped out of the first round, he is still considered a major force to be reckoned with during the 2013-2014 NFL season; in fact, he’s fighting for the starting quarterback position against Mark Sanchez. So one would think that he might want a stronger agent, right?
Representatives of the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA) have decided to investigate to see if Jay-Z was directly involved in negotiations with Smith. In 2012, the NFLPA banned the use of “runners,” which are people without appropriate credentials used by agencies to recruit potential clients. Jay-Z doesn’t have any of those credentials and many are wondering if Miale was basically used as a smokescreen while Jay is the real negotiator.
Adding fuel to the fire is John Thornton, an advisor to Smith. He said that he was in the meetings and “Jay-Z connected with him on so many levels.” Of course, he says was misquoted.
A rep for the Jigga man says he was not involved in negotiations and was in London while all the meetings were happening.
It’s obvious why many athletes, especially a young rooke like Geno Smith, would want to sign with Roc Nation Agency. Jay-Z has crossed over into so many facets of business and is able to gain marketing and sponsorship for athletes as soon as they want to diversify. He’s still totally connected to the music world and many find that life appealing. Plus, he’s still seemingly a really cool guy that people like to be around.
It’ll be interesting to see what the outcome will be of the investigation. There’s been no word on what the fine or punishment is if it is found that Jay-Z and Roc Nation agency broke the NFLPA rules.
Men can be vocal about what they want from their significant others, sometimes expecting them to anticipate their needs or indulge their desires. Yet, they don’t always express what they would like to do with their partners. So, here’s a list of things that your man might like to do with you, in regards to entertainment, sex, and hobbies, that you might not have thought of.
When love seems eternal, some men like to signify that by having the both of you mark one another with a token of affection, like an image or name written on the other person’s body. The latter idea is kind of a terrible idea, so even if your man doesn’t want you to tattoo his lips on your hips, or put his initials on your body, a lot of men simply enjoy getting tattoos with their significant other and hitting up the tattoo parlor together for a quick thrill.