AUGUST ISSUE OF CASSIUS SALUTES 'SEX x SPORTS'

iONE Digital's provocative platform, CASSIUS, closes the summer with the exciting SEX X SPORTS issue featuring conversations about body image, the politics of sports, the power of sex and the intangibles of winning.



CASSIUS is proud to announce former reality TV favorite turned entrepreneur and actress, Draya Michele, as the digital magazine's first cover girl. Draya's introspective interview will advise readers on how to block, tackle and play the game of life on your own terms. Shot on an actual playing field, the cover feature wardrobe combines Draya's MINT swim line with authentic football gear to create a sexy, summer fashion spread. 

As football season is fast approaching, the CASSIUS August issue also includes fascinating NFL player profiles, the viewpoint of social responsibility and the League, women game changers and a spotlight on football's most infamous player: O.J. Simpson on the eve of his prison release. A video of thought leaders discussing the realities of plus-sized men as well as the wives and significant others of the NFL's most buzzworthy players rounds out the issue's football and sex conversation.

"We've been saying from the beginning that CASSIUS does storytelling differently and the team continues to back that up with their August issue.  While others tend to focus on Draya Michele's beauty, which is undeniable, CASSIUS is proud to cover her as a whole woman, which also includes her being a mother, fiance, business mogul and inspiration to many.  Similarly, our take on football will be distinct from what everyone else is doing in the market.  CASSIUS continues to prove that whether it's sports or fashion, music or our monthly covers, CASSIUS will develop the highest quality content coupled with a unique point of view -- both of which are rarely found in the digital space." says Detavio Samuels, President of iONE Digital and One Solution. 


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FIGHT NIGHT: SHOWTIME PPV® Boxing Match Mayweather Vs. McGregor Stands To Be The Most Widely Distributed Pay-Per-View Event Of All Time

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Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor Airs Live On Saturday, August 26 From T-MOBILE ARENA In Las Vegas

The unprecedented SHOWTIME PPV boxing match in which pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather returns to the ring to battle UFC champion "The Notorious" Conor McGregor is expected to be the most widely distributed pay-per-view event of all time. The once-in-a-lifetime Mayweather vs. McGregor showdown will be available for purchase through cable, DBS, telco and streaming providers nationwide, as well as UFC.tv. The fight will also be available through Fathom Events in movie theaters and at select bars and restaurants nationwide. For the first time, SHOWTIME will also make the boxing event available directly to consumers on ShowtimePPV.com and through the SHOWTIME PPV application available on Apple mobile and Apple TV (4th Generation) devices. The fight will be available for purchase on the SHOWTIME PPV website and through the SHOWTIME PPV app in the Apple App store in the coming days. Produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV, Mayweather Vs. McGregor will take place on Saturday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In addition, consumers on the SHOWTIME PPV website and application will have access to a special free trial for the SHOWTIME standalone streaming service and CBS All Access. SHOWTIME will offer additional content on the app and website for free, including exciting fight content leading up to the main event. A 12-time world champion in five weight classes, the 40-year-old Mayweather retired undefeated in September 2015 as one of the greatest to ever set foot in the ring, buoyed by the box-office success that saw him shatter nearly all of the revenue records in the sport's history. Now, he returns to challenge the bold, powerful and popular McGregor, whose elite striking skills put him in the record books as the first athlete to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, all while soaring to the mantle of the sport's No. 1 PPV attraction at age 28.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in the main event of an unprecedented four-fight pay-per-view boxing event. Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place on Saturday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event is produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions. The telecast also will be available in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).

PERCY "MASTER P" MILLER NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE GLOBAL MIXED GENDER BASKETBALL PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE




Businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and ex-professional basketball player (Yes, that's right!) Percy Miller (Master P), has been named President of the Global Mixed Gender Basketball (GMGB) Professional League announces the league CEO, James Scott.

Percy Miller has played professional basketball for the NBA; Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, CBA Fort Wayne, ABA Las Vegas Rattlers and IBL San Diego StingraysMaster P, the CEO of P. Miller Enterprises has sold millions of records not only as a solo artist but also through his iconic No Limit Records. The New Orleans born and bred self-made multi-millionairehas appeared in numerous financial publications, including Forbes, where hehas appeared on its top list of highest paid entertainers.

James Scott and the staff of the Global Mixed Gender Basketball League welcome the professionalism and expertise Percy Miller brings to the table. "We are delighted that Mr. Miller has accepted this position under his guidance. Our league, which has been in existence since 2013, will be able to expand, both domestically and abroad, as this iconic individual has the star power to propel the league to unimaginable heights," Scott comments.

Percy Miller shares Scott's enthusiasm about GMGB as this represents ground-breaking territory in the sports world. "I am happy to have accepted this position. People who have followed my career are aware of my love for the game and my competitive spirit in my various business endeavors. I share the same passion with this opportunity," states Miller.


Music celebration Black Music Honors is set to air its celebration on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. (ET). 

Central City Productions will paytribute to The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley during the Black Music Honors, a live taping television special that will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center  in Nashville, TN.

The two-hour event will acknowledge artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Rickey Smiley and songstress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017 and on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. (ET).

The legendary group, The Jacksons,  who are still considered one of the hottest and most popular groups worldwide are set to perform and receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award. 

Stellar Awards and Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin, will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy, creators of the New Jack Swing sound, will be given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Grammy® nominated rapper Slick Rick will be presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award, Grammy® nominated-singer Oleta Adams is receiving the Legends Award and Grammy® Award-winnerJody Watley will be recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award.

"I am pleased and thrilled to honor some of today's most influential and iconic music artists", said Don Jackson, founder of Central City Productions and executive producer of Black Music Honors. "The caliber of this year's honorees speaks to the incredible impact, breadth and depth of the music these artists have given to the world. I am truly excited about this year's show. From a legendary group like The Jacksons, to Jody WatleyDonnie McClurkinSlick RickOleta Adams and Guy, we are paying tribute to extraordinary artists from various genres of the music industry". 

The Black Music Honors will also include special performances by Avery Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Karen Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more. 

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the National Museum of African American Music, scheduled to open in Nashville, TN, in 2019. 

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center(TPAC) is located at 505 Deaderick St., in Nashville.  Doors open at 6p.m. with the show taping at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/black-music-honors-2017-tpac

'BLACKBERRY HAZE' SPECIAL SHOWING IN ATLANTA COMING SOON



It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. 

Award-winning writer/director Thomas W. Jones II is back with his musical adaptation of the novel Blackberry Days of Summer. Don't miss this musical mystery-romance in the key of blues.

Join hosts Ruth P. Watson and Thomas W. Jones II along with members of the Black Women Film Network at 4:00pm for a special pre-show meet & greet. Show begins at 5:00pm. Horizon Theatre is located at 1083 Austin Ave, Atlanta GA 30307 and tickets can be purchased at horizontheatre.comUse promo code "FILM" for a special BWFN discount.

ENCHANTED CLOSET PRESENTS: Cute, but Counting My Coins GIRL$ Program



What?

Cute, but Counting My Coins GIRL$ Program was developed with girls 12-19 years old in mind. It is an economic empowerment program designed to teach girls how to manage money and be smart and stylish shoppers. As part of the program's Balling on a Budget Shopping Challenge, girls will be given money to purchase items at Goodwill and will participate in a fashion show.

Why?

According to research by the Adolescent Girls Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (AGALI), adolescent girls tend to be the most economically vulnerable population. More than 500 million girls around the world deal with limited access to education and health services and are more susceptible to discrimination and violence due to their economic situation.  

The Enchanted Closet strives to enhance the self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency of girls. Economic empowerment is viewed as a means of change through which people can increase the likelihood that they will make good decisions and live healthy lives. Therefore, it is imperative that we provide economically empowering experiences. The benefits of the experiences positively impact the lives of girls. By increasing girls' access to education, financial literacy, and budgeting skills, they are poised to make better decisions, gain more confidence, are less vulnerable to peer pressure and unhealthy choices, and are better equipped to improve their livelihood and that of their families. 

...and they can be cute in the process!

Where?

Goodwill - 2201 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur, GA 30033
Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

How to register?




ODELL BECKHAM AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT'S FATHERS PARTNER WITH NON-PROFIT FOR FATHER'S DAY

I'M A FATHER F1RST BRINGS THE FATHERS OF NFL's ODELL BECKHAM JR (NY GIANTS) AND EZEKIEL "ZEKE" ELLIOTT (DALLAS COWBOYS) TO ATLANTA FOR A POWERFUL FATHER'S DAY MESSAGE

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Odell Beckham Jr.
The fathers of arguably the two most influential players currently in the NFL have partnered with "I'M A FATHER F1RST" to appear in Atlanta, GA for Father's Day for the 1st annual, "A Day in the Park" during Father's Day weekend. Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott managed to raise two of football's biggest names. The NFL Dads will be speaking to a group of father's at the 1st annual Day in the Park during Father's Day weekend Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Raising sons that have achieved a level of excellence in their career that millions aspire to reach and never do is an accomplishment in itself but both Beckham and Elliott agree their biggest accomplishment was in being a father to their sons and offering the leadership needed as their sons grew and developed. Football fans know Ezekiel Elliot was a first round draft pick, signing with the Dallas Cowboys and has continued to be a fan favorite for his numbers on the field along with his fashion and lifestyle choices. Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most talked about figures in both sports and pop culture and is rumored to have recently signed the biggest shoe deal in NFL history. 
Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott both doubled as father and coach while the players were young navigating their high school and college careers and making sure they exploited every opportunity to keep their sons on the path to achieving super stardom.
Beckham Sr. and Elliott both had different parenting styles but their sons ended up achieving the American dream through hard work and consistency. I'm a Father F1rst is proud to welcome both fathers to their first annual "I'm a Father 1st Field Day and celebration". "We're excited to have the father's of these two powerhouses coming together to empower other young fathers. Growing up most young boys have aspirations of playing ball on that professional level but we all know it takes a lot to get a young man to that place of excellence. Both of these players were blessed to have their father's actively in their lives and they both believe strongly in the power of fatherhood," says Keith A. Lewis, Jr. founder of I'm a Father F1rst.
Lewis started the movement to emphasize the importance of fatherhood, especially in the black community. "It's always powerful when men come together to uplift and encourage each other. We want to be a resource for young fathers and fathers who may not feel they have support. Our communities will see a change when our men step up in leadership and the most leadership role most men will experience is fatherhood," Lewis says.

Ariana Grande Returning to Stage Sunday for Manchester Benefit Show

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Images by the Manchester Evening News, victim of the Manchester concert blast Lily Harrison hugs singer Ariana Grande during her visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, in Manchester, England. Grande surprised young fans injured in the Manchester Arena attack, hugging the thrilled little girls in their hospital beds as they recovered from injuries sustained in the May 22 suicide bombing.
Ariana Grande will return to the stage today in Manchester, England, for a concert to raise money for victims of a suicide bombing that struck at the end of her last show nearly two weeks ago.

Grande’s “One Love Manchester” concert, to be held at the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground, comes the day after attackers targeted the heart of London, killing seven people. Authorities have said the attack started with a van plowing into pedestrians and then involved three men using large knives to attack people in bars and restaurants at a nearby market.


Grande’s manager Scooter Braun said that the concert will go on as planned. He called the event a “statement that hatred and fear will never win.”

“Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose,” Braun said in a statement. “We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.”
A star-studded lineup including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford and Take That is scheduled to perform. The show will be broadcast across the globe and proceeds will go to an emergency fund set up by the city of Manchester and the British Red Cross.

The May 22 attack at Grande’s Manchester concert killed 22 and wounded dozens more. The pop singer visited young fans injured in the attack at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday.

“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win,” Grande wrote in a statement when she announced the benefit concert last week. “Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

Other performers will include Pharrell Williams, Usher, the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Niall Horan.

The concert will be broadcast on a variety of outlets. Disney’s young adult cable network Freeform will air the full concert live at 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday. ABC plans a one-hour highlight special following its NBA Finals telecast.

The concert also will be broadcast on more than 130 iHeartRadio stations, and MTV will livestream the event on the website www.onelovemanchester.mtv.com.

NEW FX DRAMA "SNOWFALL," CO-CREATED BY JOHN SINGLETON, ERIC AMADIO & DAVE ANDRON, TO PREMIERE WED, JULY 5 @ 10PM ET/PT

Series illustrates the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic 

 
Los Angeles 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack.  Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. 

The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo "El Oso" Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

Created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, Snowfall is executive produced by Singleton, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Amadio, Michael London and Trevor Engelson.

Click image below for the trailer