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Puff Daddy: Revolt TV to be next ESPN

diddyrevolt 600When Viacom's VH1 and MTV moved away from music videos, it opened the door for Revolt TV network to fill in the gap, hip-hop mogul Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs told executives recently in Los Angeles, according to CNBC.

"We're following the footsteps of ESPN and CNN," he told the crowd, according to CNBC. Consumers "need the Weather Channel and they need Revolt," he told the crowd at the annual Cable Show, the industry's largest trade show.

He predicted that his Revolt TV network will one day be the size of Walt Disney's ESPN. He acknowledged the risk of starting a traditional TV network in today's environment when consumers are moving more and more toward digital video over the Internet. But he argued that Viacom's shift to reality shows and away from music videos left a lot of fertile ground for his television network to flourish.

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Marvin Sapp speaks out about Teleka Patrick case

sapp 600Marvin Sapp, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor, broke his silence recently to ABC 57 about his so-called connection to the Teleka Patrick case.

"I don't know much about the details of the case, other than the fact that I really feel terrible for her family," Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids told the news station.

The comment comes several months after he was thrust headlong into controversy surrounding the disappearance of the 30-year-old Michigan doctor. Patrick's body was found early last month in a lake in Porter, Indiana, less than a mile away from where her car was found on the side of I-94. Two autopsies confirmed that she had died of asphyxia from drowning.

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Los Angeles NAACP president resigns amid Sterling scandal

jenkins 600The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, Leon Jenkins, resigned Thursday, amid continued fallout from a decision to award embattled LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling and a report posted on The Root chronicling a history of Jenkins' misdeeds since his days of being a judge in Detroit during the 1980s.

In a letter to the national leader of the NAACP, Jenkins wrote, "In order to separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused the NAACP, I respectfully resign my position as president of the Los Angeles NAACP."

Jenkins came under intense scrutiny after it was announced that the LA chapter of the NAACP planned to present Sterling with a second "lifetime achievement award" later this month.

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NBA owners plan to move quickly to boot Clippers owner

nbaowner 600Only two days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brought the hammer down on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks captured during a taped conversation that was leaked to TMZ, NBA owners held their first meeting in a bid to end Sterling's ownership of the team.

The league's 10-member advisory/finance committee held a conference call Thursday to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement, the Associated Press reports.

"The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week," he said.

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The seed experiment

edelman 600A perennial favorite science project from preschool on up is the "seed experiment." That's when a child plants identical seeds in two pots. She places the first pot inside a dark cupboard and leaves it there, and she puts the second one in a sunny spot and waters it every day. She waits to see what will happen. It's very easy for even the youngest children to figure out that their seedlings need the basics – sunlight and water – if they are going to survive and thrive.

The same is true for children, and "the basics" during children's earliest years can have long lasting effects. Arloc Sherman, senior researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and one of the contributors to the new Harvard Education Press book "Improving the Odds for America's Children," put it this way:

"I think sometimes we forget to say how important for children's futures the day-to-day basic assistance of food, clothing, shelter is . . . We've had help from the research community recently, striking studies that help make the case that when you just provide the basics, that's one key cornerstone for children's future success. So it's not just that we're meeting an important need – which would be enough in itself – but we're also providing for opening future doors of opportunity."

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