'Girlfriends' star Reggie Hayes was on top of the world. Now the actor is struggling to find work and battling congestive heart failure
Twenty years ago “Girlfriends” premiered on UPN (which later became The CW) and earlier this month the sitcom became available to stream on Netflix, inspiring an enthusiastic rewatch of the classic show. What most people didn’t know is that one of its stars, Reggie Hayes, had just experienced a serious health scare.The show that put Tracee Ellis Ross on the map, “Girlfriends” ran from 2000-2008 and it centers around the lives and loves of four Black women, played by Ross, Golden Brooks, Jill Marie Jones and Persia White. Playing their steadfast pal (who would occasionally become a bit more) is...
7 things to know about Bulls coach Billy Donovan, including his brief stint on Wall Street and close ties to Rick Pitino
CHICAGO — In his statement announcing Billy Donovan as the 21st head coach in Chicago Bulls history, vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas emphasized the success Donovan enjoyed throughout his basketball career.From his Final Four appearance as a player at Providence, brief but successful coaching stop at Marshall, pair of national championships and decades of dominance at Florida and five consecutive playoff appearances with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the new Bulls coach has a long track record of winning.“Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his caree...
Parkland families will have to share no more than $300,000 in mass shooting lawsuit against school district, court rules
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the school district where the Parkland mass shooting took place more than two years ago does not have to pay more than $300,000 in combined damages to the victims’ families.Attorneys for survivors and families of the 17 students and staff killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 had asked the court to consider each gunshot as a separate incident, arguing that each plaintiff was entitled to receive $200,000, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.But the limit under Florida state law is $300,000, which the court said shou...
New York Daily News
The Kennedys will soon be gone in Congress, unless this first-time candidate wins in South Jersey
VINELAND, N.J. — Amy Kennedy spotted a familiar face.Shane Harris was near a line of volunteers waving campaign signs at passing cars. Harris met Kennedy a few months ago, and had showed up again at a campaign stop here Saturday, this time with his adult daughter. He told Kennedy, who’s running for Congress in South Jersey’s 2nd District, that she had both their votes.Harris, a Vineland police officer, voted to send Jeff Van Drew to Washington two years ago. He even phone-banked for him as a volunteer. So when Van Drew, a longtime Democrat, switched parties last year and pledged his “undying s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Protesters fail to save mural by famed Chicano artist from demolition at San Diego school
SAN DIEGO — Community members tried unsuccessfully to stop the demolition of a 32-year-old mural painted by a renowned San Diego Chicano artist at Memorial Prep Middle School in the Logan Heights neighborhood.The school building bearing the mural was torn down Wednesday afternoon despite a community member, Encanto resident Monica Bernal, holding a spontaneous sit-in protest at the demolition site for about an hour, before being taken away by police.The muralist, Salvador Roberto Torres, an influential artist who helped create Chicano Park in 1970, wrote to school district officials this week ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Biden vows to change 'systemic racism' during first NC appearance in months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought his campaign to Charlotte on Wednesday, telling a dozen African American business owners and educators that the “tough times” for Americans in this pandemic are even worse for African American communities.“It’s sort of emblematic of the inequality that exists,” he said at what was billed as a Black Economic Summit at Camp North End. “We have a gigantic opportunity to change the systemic racism.”Biden also ripped President Donald Trump for what he called “the most corrupt administration in modern American history.”Biden’s first...
The Charlotte Observer
Chicago jazz great Ira Sullivan dies at 89
CHICAGO — Sometimes it seemed as if Ira Sullivan could play anything that had a mouthpiece.Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, fluegelhorn, flute, alto flute — the man applied his comprehensive virtuosity and pervasive musicianship to all of them, switching from one to the next with seeming effortlessness, often during a single set.That he also was a bebop master who came of age in the era of Charlie Parker and shared a stage with him in 1955 added to Sullivan’s mystique. And though Sullivan, who grew up in Chicago, moved to Florida at the end of 1962 and lived there ever since, he alway...
Artists from Gabon to Mozambique interrogate the meaning of ‘Global South’ in new online exhibition
“Where is South” features 90 artists from various cities who interrogate the notion of the “Global South.” Photo courtesy of the Moleskin Foundation.The “Global South.” It's a loaded, highly political term often used to define regions of the world in opposition to each other.More than 90 young artists from Gabon, Mozambique, the UK, the USA, along with refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants from Nigeria, Gambia, and Cameroon living in Italy, interrogate the concept of the “Global South” in a new, virtual exhibition called “Where is South?” that launches next month.In a press release, exhibitio...
Sales of Sharp's air purifiers grow fivefold in Indonesia on COVID-19
JAKARTA, NNA - Sales of air purifiers using a unique technology have grown about fivefold in Indonesia as consumers fear COVID-19 infection, Sharp Corp.'s local subsidiary said.Nearly 10,000 air purifiers equipped with Sharp's "plasmacluster" technology are currently being sold every month, compared with some 2,000 to 3,000 units prior to the pandemic, Andri Adi Utomo, senior general manager for national sales at PT. Sharp Electronics Indonesia, told the company's online seminar Tuesday.It had previously been a little difficult to sell products using such invisible technology as plasmacluster,...
NNA Business News
Kansas, UNC, others pursuing California sophomore power forward
Jalen Lewis, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound sophomore power forward from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., who received a scholarship offer from Kansas in April, tells Stockrisers.com he continues to hear from numerous college basketball programs.“My recruitment has been really good so far. I feel like I’ve definitely gotten my name out there from last season. I currently earned offers from Cal, UC-Davis, Kansas, Arkansas, Michigan, Georgetown, USC and Stanford,” Lewis informed the recruiting website.Lewis — he is the No. 2-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2023 by ESPN.com — also ha...
The Kansas City Star