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MO’NE DAVIS:FIRST PITCH

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MO’NE DAVIS THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH @ DODGER STADIUM!!!
Mo’ne Davis has gone from Little League World Series star to Sports Illustrated cover girl to hanging with the Phillie Phanatic at a Phillies game to throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium … to being misrepresented by legendary broadcaster Vin Scully.

We forgive the great Scully, 86 and in his 65th season, for saying on the Dodgers telecast Tuesday night that Mo’ne was a “13-year-old from Chicago” instead of South Philly.

And we forgive Mo’ne for dumping her hometown Phillies for a night to take the Dodger Stadium mound wearing a Dodgers’ No. 11 home jersey and LA cap.

Beforehand, Mo’ne hung out on the field with entertainer/actress Queen Latifah and posed for pictures with Dodgers players. She even autographed a ball for Dodgers star Yasiel Puig.

Naturally, the Taney Dragons star pitcher who last month became the first girl to win a Little League World Series game (and hurl a shutout) lived up to her reputation.

Throwing from the pitching rubber, as opposed to the front of the mound like most others throwing ceremonial first pitches, her toss was a fastball on the outside corner for a strike.

Scully, who recently announced he’ll return for a 66th season with the Dodgers in 2015, was impressed.

Before the top of the third inning of the Dodgers-Washington Nationals game, Scully talked up Mo’ne who was shown watching the game from behind home plate before a replay of her Dodger Stadium pre-game pitch was aired to viewers.

“A few minutes ago she went to the mound and got an ovation from the crowd here at Dodger Stadium,” Scully said on air. “You may remember her. She knocked ‘em dead in the Little League World Series. Mo’ne Davis, and she threw a strike to Drew Butera to get the ballgame started. And she really got a wonderful reception here.

“The 13 year-old from Chicago. Great to have her here and it was a pleasure to watch her make that pitch.”

Mo’Ne: Queen Of The Sandlot!

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Sherena Williams: 17TH Grand Slam!

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Patrick Ewing:Happy Birthday!

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A Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player.

He played most of his career with the NBA’s New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic.
Ewing was named as the 16th greatest college player of all time by ESPN.

He won Olympic Gold Medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 US Men’s National Basketball teams. In a 1996 poll celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NBA, Ewing was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time.

On April 7, 2008 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 5, 2008 along with former NBA coach Pat Riley and former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon. His number 33 was retired by the Knicks in 2003.

Gloria Govan: Backstage Pass!

gloria-govan-basketball-wivesFollowing the season two premiere of ‘Culturelist,’ Kevin Hart will bring the laughs and the real on the series debut of ‘Backstage Confidential.’

Each week, we’ll go behind the scenes with some of the hottest (and most hilarious) comedic superstars in the biz as they chop it up with host Gloria Govan (‘Basketball Wives’) through exclusive interviews and insights. This season will feature funnymen such as Chris Tucker, Michael Blackson, D.L. Hughley and more.

Guests will also engage in a little game we like to call “Rapid Fire” where they will be given a word or question and must answer the first thing that comes to mind. There’s no telling what will come out of their mouths!

Check out all the action when ‘Backstage Confidential’ premieres this Sunday (July 21) at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT only on Centric.

Arthur Ashe: Happy Birthday!

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SATCHEL PAIGE: Happy Birthday!

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Amar’e & Alexis Stoudemire: 10yrs Of Bliss!

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Mayweather vs. Alvarez: The Face Off!

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Michael Vick: Happy Birthday!

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Wilma Rudolph: Happy Birthday!

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The Miami Heat: 2013 NBA CHAMPIONS!

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Oj Simpson: 19yr Anniversary

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Amar’e Stoudemire& Co: Baby Alijah

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Brian Banks: The Big PayBack

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The woman who falsely accused football star Brian Banks of r@ping her is being forced to pay big time.  A judge has ordered that the woman pay $2.6 million to Banks for ruining his life with false allegations.  The lies caused him to lose numerous scholarship offers to college and also led to a prison sentence of over five years.

Wanetta Gibson told lies to authorities when she accused Banks of assaulting her when the two attended Long Beach Poly High, where Banks was both a student and football star.   After the conviction, the girl sued the school district and received $1.5 million.  The conviction was overturned when Gibson was secretly recorded admitting that she made the whole thing up.

Years later, Gibson confessed and Banks was released.  The woman is being forced to repay a $750,000 settlement to the school, plus attorneys fees, interest and another $1 million in punitive damages.

As a 16-year old junior, Banks had verbally committed to USC before his career was thrown off track.   During his time in prison, Banks said that he read every book he could get his hands on.

”It’s almost impossible to explain, the feeling of not having freedom, to be stripped away of your freedom, of your dignity, the respect you once had,” he said. ”To lose it all and watch the world pass you by as you sit inside a prison cell, knowing you shouldn’t be there, knowing you’re there because of another person’s lies, to lose it all and then get it all back, it’s a very humbling, spiritual feeling that you just don’t want to take anything for granted

Stories like this one, along with the story about two dozen men being released due to faulty bite mark evidence, reiterates the urgency of attacking the mass incarceration problem that exists in America.  For every case that is found to have been due to a false conviction, there are literally hundreds of others that will never see the light of day.

families and communities are destroyed when otherwise productive men and women are turned into hardened criminals by being forced to survive in conditions that amount to modern day slavery.   Prisons are places where mental illness is created where it did not previously exist, disease is spread that ends up infecting the rest of us, and families are obliterated by a system that is all-too determined to create a generation of lost children.  In most cases, money is the dividing line between receiving justice and being sent away for life.  It is too much to bear.

So, for those who are unable to see the relevance of Jesse Jackson, Ron Daniels and others heading to the White House to protest the mass incarceration epidemic, I hope you will take a second to realize how this problem affects all of us.  As long as innocent and non-violent mothers and fathers are being sent away to prison camps in droves, our streets will not be safer, our families will continue to fall apart, and our collective future remains in jeopardy.

This holocaust must be stopped.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the author of the lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment.”  He and Russell Simmons are also the co-authors of the open letter to President Obama on mass incarceration, signed by 175 celebrities, scholars, activists and public figures.  

Venus Williams: Happy Birthday!

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Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Jimmy Doyle: Death Match

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Ginger Howard: Youngest in charge!

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Ginger Howard, 18, has made history as the youngest member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), according to BlackNews.com.  She is the fifth African American to join the LGPA Tour.

In her short career, she’s won 78 trophies, including 1st place at 41 out of 66 events. Her rise to success has encountered some personal challenges. Howard’s mother, Gianna Howard was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011. Fortunately, her mother’s thyroids were detected early and removed successfully.

 

“I definitely think about being an African-American on the tour, but I don’t want to just be on tour — I want to be in contention,” Howard said in an interview Fox Sports. “I want people to notice me and to be in the spotlight.”

Serana Williams: Another Day At The Office!

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Bruce & Kris: Reality Divorce?

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