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Volleyball Duo Davis & Johnson Jordan Dig Deep

Photo: Richard Brill/ TCF.NET Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan were unsuccessful in breaking the winning streak of powerhouses Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor at Sunday’s AVP Crocs Slam Boulder Open. The second-seeded team of Davis and Johnson Jordan, who teamed up in 1999 and quickly became a dynamic duo on the pro beach set, were last successful in beating Walsh and May-Treanor in 2004—right before they won the gold at the Olympics. Davis is the daughter of former NBA player Cleveland Buckner and is married to Allen Davis, a 12-time All-American swimmer, while Johnson Jordan is the daughter of Rafer Johnson, an Olympic decathlon record holder with a gold and silver medal.
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Hamilton Races To Victory

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix, putting himself back on track to win the championship after failing to nab points in two previous races. The 23 year-old’s skillful driving and his team’s quick decision-making were put to the test during a wet and windy race that spun other drivers off the track. "It is by far the best victory I've ever had,” the Formula One race car driver told reporters after his victory. This is the seventh win of Hamilton's career and his first British Grand Prix win.
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Lewis Hamilton’s Formula For Wealth

Despite the fact that he suffered a setback in his run to win a home victory at the British Grand Prix, Britain's Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton is proving to be a shrewd businessman. In October 2007, he announced plans to relocate from England to Switzerland for more privacy, but the almost 95% tax break he would receive in the neutral country sounds like a bigger incentive. The U.K.'s Telegraph reports Hamilton is in the midst of brokering a luxury hotel deal in his family's hometown of Grenada, investing millions in an existing hotel with plans to buy up surrounding government-owned land. Did we mention he also has lucrative endorsement deals with Reebok and Tag Heuer?
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Williams Vs. Williams: Wimbledon Part III

Who should you place your bets on when Serena and Venus Williams go head to head at the Wimbledon final on Saturday? Let's take a look at the necessary (and unnecessary) stats of these dueling sisters: Serena has beat her older sister in the 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon finals, yet Venus has won the title four other times and will be defending it this weekend. Non-Wimbledon wise, Serena has won eight Grand Slam titles, while Venus has won a whopping fourteen. Now, let's get off the court... They both have their own clothing lines: Venus (who holds an associate degree in fashion) partnered with clothing chain Steve and Barry's to design EleVen, while Serena (who holds a lucrative contract with Nike) designs and models for her line Aneres Venus also has the company, V Starr Interiors, which designed the set of the Tavis Smiley Show, and Serena has appeared in the TV shows My Wife and Kids, ER, Law and Order: SVU, and a music video for rapper Common—with whom she has been romantically linked. Serena's celebrity life may give her an advantage over her sister, but it is Venus who has played an active role in the campaign for women and men to receive equal prize money at the French Open and Wimbledon. Whichever Williams you place your money on, neither of them will go home empty-handed as the winner will collect almost $1.5 million and the runner-up will receive $750,000.
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Ga Ga: Jero’s Big In Japan!

Jerome Charles White Jr. is Japan’s first black Enka singer. The Pennsylvania native traveled to his grandmother’s homeland after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in computer engineering in 2003 and has been successfully co-opting Japanese culture ever since. He first entered an amateur singing competition on the long running TV show NHK Nodo Jiman and is now a rising Enka singer. Using the moniker Jero and clad in American Urban clothing, he climbed the charts to the Top 5 in Japan with the single “UmiYuki”. Enka music is the melodramatic fusion of the Japanese five pitch per octave scale with Western harmonies and it’s singers usually appear in some type of formal or traditional dress.
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Outarra And Samuelsson Bring the Spice

Ivory Coast native Morou Outtara and Ethiopian-born Marcuss Samuelsson are the latest culinary artists infusing the American palate with bold flavors from Africa. Outtara peppers the food at his Virginia restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with flavors from his West African homeland and thinks America is ready for the new tastes. "For six, seven years now people are playing with the idea of African food, and people are now starting to accept it," Outtara said in an interview with Philly.com. "It's been gradually happening," said Samuelsson, who opened the New York pan-African restaurant Merkato 55. “You are now seeing those [North African and Arab spices] like harissa, za'atar and dukka showing up on menus." And to help the spices make their way into the American kitchen, Samuelsson launched Afrikya, a line of African spices. The North African and Middle Eastern spice combination of poppy seeds and rose was even named one of the Top 10 flavor pairings for 2008 by McCormick & Co.
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Spike Lee, Time Taveler

Is Spike Lee planning on traveling back in time to input some "Negro" actors in Clint Eastwood’s war films? Actually, the acclaimed director is making a movie based on the book Time Traveler penned by one of the first African-American theoretical physicists, Dr. Ronald Mallett. The book focuses on Mallet’s determination as a child to build a time machine and save his father from dying, which led to his pursuit of a career in physics. Lee says, “[I’m] elated to have acquired the rights to a fantastic story on many levels, but also a father-and-son saga of loss and love.”
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Volleyball Duo Davis & Johnson Jordan Dig Deep

Photo: Richard Brill/ TCF.NET Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan were unsuccessful in breaking the winning streak of powerhouses Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor at Sunday’s AVP Crocs Slam Boulder Open. The second-seeded team of Davis and Johnson Jordan, who teamed up in 1999 and quickly became a dynamic duo on the pro beach set, were last successful in beating Walsh and May-Treanor in 2004—right before they won the gold at the Olympics. Davis is the daughter of former NBA player Cleveland Buckner and is married to Allen Davis, a 12-time All-American swimmer, while Johnson Jordan is the daughter of Rafer Johnson, an Olympic decathlon record holder with a gold and silver medal.
Read More

Hamilton Races To Victory

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix, putting himself back on track to win the championship after failing to nab points in two previous races. The 23 year-old’s skillful driving and his team’s quick decision-making were put to the test during a wet and windy race that spun other drivers off the track. "It is by far the best victory I've ever had,” the Formula One race car driver told reporters after his victory. This is the seventh win of Hamilton's career and his first British Grand Prix win.
Read More

Lewis Hamilton’s Formula For Wealth

Despite the fact that he suffered a setback in his run to win a home victory at the British Grand Prix, Britain's Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton is proving to be a shrewd businessman. In October 2007, he announced plans to relocate from England to Switzerland for more privacy, but the almost 95% tax break he would receive in the neutral country sounds like a bigger incentive. The U.K.'s Telegraph reports Hamilton is in the midst of brokering a luxury hotel deal in his family's hometown of Grenada, investing millions in an existing hotel with plans to buy up surrounding government-owned land. Did we mention he also has lucrative endorsement deals with Reebok and Tag Heuer?
Read More

Williams Vs. Williams: Wimbledon Part III

Who should you place your bets on when Serena and Venus Williams go head to head at the Wimbledon final on Saturday? Let's take a look at the necessary (and unnecessary) stats of these dueling sisters: Serena has beat her older sister in the 2002 and 2003 Wimbledon finals, yet Venus has won the title four other times and will be defending it this weekend. Non-Wimbledon wise, Serena has won eight Grand Slam titles, while Venus has won a whopping fourteen. Now, let's get off the court... They both have their own clothing lines: Venus (who holds an associate degree in fashion) partnered with clothing chain Steve and Barry's to design EleVen, while Serena (who holds a lucrative contract with Nike) designs and models for her line Aneres Venus also has the company, V Starr Interiors, which designed the set of the Tavis Smiley Show, and Serena has appeared in the TV shows My Wife and Kids, ER, Law and Order: SVU, and a music video for rapper Common—with whom she has been romantically linked. Serena's celebrity life may give her an advantage over her sister, but it is Venus who has played an active role in the campaign for women and men to receive equal prize money at the French Open and Wimbledon. Whichever Williams you place your money on, neither of them will go home empty-handed as the winner will collect almost $1.5 million and the runner-up will receive $750,000.
Read More

Ga Ga: Jero’s Big In Japan!

Jerome Charles White Jr. is Japan’s first black Enka singer. The Pennsylvania native traveled to his grandmother’s homeland after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in computer engineering in 2003 and has been successfully co-opting Japanese culture ever since. He first entered an amateur singing competition on the long running TV show NHK Nodo Jiman and is now a rising Enka singer. Using the moniker Jero and clad in American Urban clothing, he climbed the charts to the Top 5 in Japan with the single “UmiYuki”. Enka music is the melodramatic fusion of the Japanese five pitch per octave scale with Western harmonies and it’s singers usually appear in some type of formal or traditional dress.
Read More

Outarra And Samuelsson Bring the Spice

Ivory Coast native Morou Outtara and Ethiopian-born Marcuss Samuelsson are the latest culinary artists infusing the American palate with bold flavors from Africa. Outtara peppers the food at his Virginia restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with flavors from his West African homeland and thinks America is ready for the new tastes. "For six, seven years now people are playing with the idea of African food, and people are now starting to accept it," Outtara said in an interview with Philly.com. "It's been gradually happening," said Samuelsson, who opened the New York pan-African restaurant Merkato 55. “You are now seeing those [North African and Arab spices] like harissa, za'atar and dukka showing up on menus." And to help the spices make their way into the American kitchen, Samuelsson launched Afrikya, a line of African spices. The North African and Middle Eastern spice combination of poppy seeds and rose was even named one of the Top 10 flavor pairings for 2008 by McCormick & Co.
Read More

Spike Lee, Time Taveler

Is Spike Lee planning on traveling back in time to input some "Negro" actors in Clint Eastwood’s war films? Actually, the acclaimed director is making a movie based on the book Time Traveler penned by one of the first African-American theoretical physicists, Dr. Ronald Mallett. The book focuses on Mallet’s determination as a child to build a time machine and save his father from dying, which led to his pursuit of a career in physics. Lee says, “[I’m] elated to have acquired the rights to a fantastic story on many levels, but also a father-and-son saga of loss and love.”
Read More