Donald Sterling Finally Sells La Clippers for 2 Billion

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Donald Sterling Miami

Former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, has sold the NBA team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a whopping $2 billion.

Balimer outbid former NBA star Grant Hill, who offered $1 billion, and a group of wealthy business people that included Oprah Winfrey.

The sale was completed almost a month to the day after Donald Sterling was heard on an audio tape telling his ex-mistress not to bring black people to his games — especially NBA legend Magic Johnson.

As a result of the backlash, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hit Sterling with a lifetime ban, imposed a $2.5 million fine and ordered Sterling to sell the team.

Sterling’s estranged wife, Rochelle, negotiated the sale of the team.

Glass Ledge Cracks Under Tourist Feet

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CHICAGO (AP) — fficials at Chicago’s Willis Tower say the popular tourist attraction is safe, even though a glass ledge jutting from the building’s 103rd floor appeared to crack beneath the feet of a visiting family.O

The see-through glass bays are known as The Ledge and extend about four feet from the building, which was once called the Sears Tower.

 A tourist checking out the Willis Tower’s glass “Ledge,” which allows folks to walk into glass boxes to see the city from 1,340 feet above the ground, got a scare this week when the Ledge cracked beneath him. Officials say the family wasn’t in danger when the cracks appeared Wednesday on a glass enclosure.

In a statement Thursday, Willis Tower says a protective coating covering the glass surface cracked, not the glass itself. They say the cracks don’t affect the “structural integrity” of the ledge, which is designed to occasionally crack.

The ledges have proven to be a popular — if a frightening — experience since they opened in 2009.

Apollo Nida pleads GUILTY of all Charges

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It seems that Apollo Nida is going back to jail, for a possible 30 years. Apollo Nida pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud.

This is a shocker, Phadera Parks admitted that her husband was incident until proven guilty. It seems that it may have been the opposite.

An official statement Justice.gov: Apollo E. Nida has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail, wire and bank fraud in a complex scheme spanning over four years, harming over 50 victims, and causing over $2.3 million in losses.

 

“This defendant participated in a sweeping fraud scheme that exploited many segments of the financial system, including phony claims submitted to federal and state agencies, loans secured by vehicles, and even basic identity theft associated with stolen checks,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The extensive nature of the fraud is unfortunate and breathtaking. Prosecutions like this case help to highlight the vulnerabilities in the financial system, so that we can prevent future schemes and protect our citizens and government agencies from theft like this.”

 

“Nida and his conspirators were conniving and creative in their scheme to steal victims’ identities and defraud them. The United States Secret Service will continue to adapt its investigative methodologies to arrest criminals who use their technological savvy to violate unsuspecting victims such as those in this case,” said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office.

 

“Many everyday citizens, legitimate businesses and taxpayers have been victimized by this complicated and long running fraudulent scheme. After an intensive investigation with the cooperation of federal, state and local law enforcement, we are very pleased to at long last see this criminal brought to justice,” said John D. Sours, Administrator, Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection.

 

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Beginning in August 2009, Nida, 35, of Atlanta, Ga., and others conspired to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. The conspirators obtained stolen checks by stealing them or buying them from other criminal associates. The stolen checks involved in the scheme included United States Treasury Checks, as well as checks stolen from the pension fund of Delta Airlines. Additionally, the conspirators obtained funds by filing fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and making fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and at least eleven states, all in the names of victims whose identities had been stolen.

 

Many of these checks were mailed to a large network of mailboxes rented by the conspirators at UPS Stores in the Northern District of Georgia and throughout the nation, for eventual forwarding to the conspirators. The conspirators also obtained fraudulent auto loans secured by vehicles that they had no ownership interest in whatsoever. To convince banks to issue these loans, Nida and his conspirators created fake documents and websites appearing to belong to legitimate auto dealerships.

 

Once the conspirators obtained the stolen checks, they laundered them through numerous victim financial institutions. Often, the conspirators laundered the checks by opening bank accounts in the names of the payees listed on the face of the checks. This involved impersonating each payee and stealing his or her identity. The conspirators prepared for these impersonations by researching their victims using databases like LexisNexis and Equifax, to which they obtained access through fake collection agencies they had opened as part of the scheme. Sometimes, the conspirators negotiated checks by laundering them in bulk through accounts which appeared to belong to legitimate businesses, such as one in the name “Signature Tax Collections.”

 

The illegal conduct ended only when agents of the U.S. Secret Service confronted Nida and seized his laptop computer, pursuant to a search warrant, on September 13, 2013.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Alana R. Black is prosecuting the case.

 

This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection.

 

Kerry Washington Gives Birth to Baby Girl

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Karry Washington, Naacp awards

Another gladiator has arrived! Kerry Washington secretly welcomed a baby girl on April 21 in L.A., TMZ reports. A source also tells Us Weekly, “Kerry recently had her baby.” It’s the first child for the Scandal actress and husband Nnamdi Asomugha. Washington’s rep does not comment on her client’s personal life, but the Emmy nominee’s due date was a few weeks ago.

The Scandal star welcomed daughter Isabelle Amarachi on Monday, April 21 in Los AngelesTMZ reports: “Kerry is at home busy with the baby,” a source tells PEOPLE.

 

It’s the first child for Washington and her husband, former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who tied the knot in a secret wedding last July.

Washington, 37, revealed her pregnancy last October anddebuted her baby bump on the red carpet in a cream Balenciaga gown at the Golden Globes in January.

 

Miami Broward Carnival Open Letter

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Dear Board of Directors of the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee

I can only begin by saying the following by the late Nelson Mandela;

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2014 will mark the 30th consecutive year, Miami and Broward counties have played host to one of the largest Caribbean American Festivals in the nation.  The rash decision to change the date of the festival, not to Monday October 13, 2014, but an entire week later, clearly was not given much consideration.

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I was once told by the Official Atlanta Peach Carnival Executive team, “You must respect the bands, you can not do Carnival without them”.  This word of advice has stayed etched in my mind, since 2005, and to this day, I believe it to be true.  The collaboration of the bands, troupes, artist, and carnival committee, is important to the survival of this cultural event. This historical change should’ve been address to the community, with feed back and input from the bands, troupes, and participants, prior to releasing or imposing a massive change of date.

It only angers the community, who has booked hotels, flights, and made other advance arrangements to attend the festival on Columbus Day weekend. An emergency meeting after the fact, also was not a good decision. It is evident, that based upon the NFL schedule for 2014, that Miami Carnival will not happen on October 12, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium.

Upon receiving this shocking news from the Sun Life Stadium, your organization, should have contacted an attorney, to simply draft a letter stating the reasons of this year’s change of venue. As a  minority, cultural, and historical organization, Sun Life Stadium can’t impose or impede on Miami Broward Carnival Committee civil rights, by federal law. Many are aware of Florida’s recent race and civil rights cases in the past two years; however the economic impact of the festival should have been motivation for your organization to move to a new venue.

“If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything”

Culture Come First, Politics Comes After

The Columbus Day Weekend is not only a major holiday for Italians, however serves as a major significant Jewish Holiday, especially in South Florida. It is my belief that the Jewish community will never change, compromise, or waiver from this date, which serves as a start to the Jewish holiday calendar. Although Miami Carnival is not a religious holiday, the significance of the date, is important.

It seems that your organization was clearly ill advised, in this hasty decision.  The committee role in this festival is not about money, fame, and politics. Miami Broward Carnival Committee, like every other Carnival Committee duty, is to serve the community first, to ensure the cultural integrity of this historical tradition.

I personally don’t celebrate Mas; however I enjoy attending the festival, much like the tens of thousands of attendees that enjoy the colorful costumes, people, food, and cultural experience.

I encourage your team to come together and simply work with the community, to make the 30th celebration and enjoyable one on October 12, 2014. Please stay committed to your own slogan, “North America’s Ultimate Carnival Experience “…  Unless it’s too late…..

NOTICE:

Broward Caribbean Carnival Inc. (BCCI) a Broward County Organization will host Carnival 2014 in Broward County.

The community outcry of the Carnival date change has forced BCCI to take immediate action in ensuring that Carnival continues to be celebrated in South Florida on Columbus Day weekend. as it has been celebrated over the last 29 years. At the request of many patrons, stakeholders, and masqueraders BCCI is securing a venue to host Carnival on October 12th, 2014 and continue a South Florida Tradition of Excellence in Mas.

Yours,

Broward Caribbean Carnival Inc.

UPDATE:

“Please note that the official Miami Broward Carnival will be held on Sunday, October 12. Please keep checking our website: www.miamibrowardcarnival.com for updated information about venue and other pertinent information about the 30th year celebration of Carnival in South Florida. Venue will be confirmed after a meeting on May 8, with bandleaders, promoters and other stakeholders in MBOC. Miami Broward Carnival Board of Directors and Bandleaders”

Respectfully,

Michael Thomas

Caribbean Media Network

Chad Johnson Calls MLK a Whore (Video)

Chad Johnson sat down with Peter Bailey for another NiteCap interview. This interview is a shocker.  Chad Johnson actually calls Martin Luther King Jr. a hoe, to justify his cheating ways. He then calls his grandmother for a woman’s prospective on relationships. This full interview is going to be very juicy.

“He has to add some pluses not minuses to your life”- Chad Grandmother

 Stay Tuned for more Nitecap clips.. (View the first interview )—>

Oprah Wants to Buy The Clippers

 

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Oprah Winfrey is considering a bid to buy the Clippers if current owner Donald Sterling is forced to sell the team, sources tell ESPN. Winfrey would team with fellow billionaires David Geffen and Larry Ellison in the bid for the franchise.

 

On Tuesday, the NBA banned Sterling from the league for life and fined him $2.5 million for racist comments made to his girlfriend and recorded in an audio tape released to the media. The NBA’s 29 other owners will now vote on forcing Sterling to sell the franchise.

 

234 Girls Kidnapped from School in Nigeria for More Than 2 weeks

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It is a parent’s worst nightmare: Your child goes to school, never to return.

This is a heart breaking and terrifying story about the young school girls in Nigeria. It has been two weeks and counting since their kidnapping.  Nigerians are living that horrific reality after 230 schoolgirls were abducted, allegedly by Boko Haram, under the cover of darkness on April 16. Of the hundreds of girls herded into vehicles, only 43 have escaped.

The frightened schoolgirls were herded onto waiting buses and motor scooters by the gunmen who assured them,

“Don’t worry. Nothing will happen to you.

The militants of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram arrived at the boarding school in the dead of night. They exchanged gunfire with armed security guards outside the school before storming the school and rounding up the girls.

18-year-old Deborah Sanya was one of the 43 lucky ones who managed to escape from the militants’ base camp.

She said she and the other girls believed they were in safe hands, until the men started shooting guns and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Islam). That was when she knew the men had lied.

According to an article in the New Yorker magazine, the families of the 234 missing girls are wallowing in the midst of uncertainty. They complain that the government is refusing to update them on the efforts to find the girls.

Unidentified mothers call for the president to help, during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria.  Two weeks after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a ?hot pursuit? by security forces and desperate parents heading into a dangerous forest in search of their daughters. Some dozens have managed to escape their captors, jumping from the back of an open truck or escaping into the bush from a forest hideout, although the exact number of escapees is unclear. (AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan) ORG XMIT: NIN103

And as their parents wait and hope, the government is grappling with an Islamist terror group that has gotten more brazen.

CNN Reports:

In November, the militant group abducted dozens of Christian women, most of whom were later rescued by the military deep in a forest in Maiduguri. At the time of their rescue, some were pregnant or had children, and others had been forcibly converted to Islam and married off to their kidnappers.

Rights groups have said Boko Haram has kidnapped girls as young as 12.

The group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write.

It has repeatedly targeted places of learning in deadly attacks that have highlighted its fundamental philosophy against education.

The spate of kidnappings began in May 2013 when Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau announced in a video that this was part of its latest bloody campaign. The kidnappings, he said, were retaliation for Nigerian security forces nabbing the wives and children of group members.

Those kidnapped, he said, would begin a new life as a “servant”.

Madd Factor: This clearly an international crisis, however it barely makes the front pages of national newspapers Please share this story and tell a friend, to help bring justice for this situation.

Carol’s Daughter Files For Bankruptcy

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Carol’s Daughter Stores LLC, a national black hair,body and skincare brand, has filed for bankruptcy.The company has not gone out of business, and plans to restructure in the next few years. Once endorsed by the likes of Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett and Mary J. Blige, Carol’s Daughter has already closed down most of its stores and laid off more than 50% of their staff. 

Black news reports: Two stores – one in Brooklyn and another in Harlem – will remain open, and the products will be continue to be sold in over 2,000 nationwide retail locations including Target and the Home Shopping Network. The web site at CarolsDaughter.com will also continue to sell products.

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But according to court papers filed by their CFO, most of Carol’s Daughter stores have been unprofitable since the year 2010. But despite it’s debts of up to $10 million, the company is determined to pursue a new strategy of solely focusing on growing the brand through retail outlets and online.

Carol’s Daughter started as a home business in 1993 by Lisa Price, an African American entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. She reportedly starting out by making her products by hand in her kitchen, and selling them at local flea markets. In later years, she was able to convince major investors to get involved. One feature on Oprah, and the company took off almost overnight.