magic-johnson-and-cookie.jpgCookie and Magic Johnson and Spike Lee help fight HIV among blacks
Ladies,” said Cookie Johnson, looking straight into the camera, her husband’s arm draped across her shoulders. “Have you been tested . . . ” ” . . . for HIV?” finished Lakers basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. As the most prominent African American face of HIV, Johnson, who is now a businessman and philanthropist, has long used his fame to raise public awareness of the virus that causes AIDS. But the appearance of his usually camera-shy wife in the public service announcements that began airing last month on cable TV and YouTube is a sign of a growing outspokenness among African Americans about the community’s disproportionately high HIV rates. “We’ve got to get the word out about HIV and AIDS to minority communities,” Johnson said during taping at the Beverly Hilton earlier this year. “Cookie’s taken on the battle.” (Continue Reading…)

NFL’s Randy Moss Buys 50 Percent of NASCAR Team
Troy Aikman. Terry Bradshaw. Tim Brown. Julius Erving. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Jim Kelly. Mark Rypien. Roger Staubach. The list of top athletes who have come and gone through NASCAR is a collection of big aspirations with bank accounts that couldn’t keep up. Some never reached the track, others spent millions searching for success before finally calling it quits. Randy Moss insists he’s different. New England’s All-Pro receiver became the latest athlete to cross into NASCAR when he announced Thursday he has purchased 50 percent of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, a fledgling Truck Series team racing this season without sponsorship. (Continue Reading…)

Bobby: New Edition Brown Out ‘Best Thing for Me’
It remains to be seen whether New Edition and New Kids on the Block teaming up will be a super group or more of a stupor group. But whatever happens, it’s all gravy to a suddenly philosophical Bobby Brown, who now sees getting kicked out of New Edition years ago as a good thing when viewed in the rearview mirror: “It was only them kicking me out the group that made me like, ‘Yo, if I don’t succeed, I ain’t going to be [nothing] back home. (Continue Reading…)

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