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Call her ‘President’ Star Jones

NEW YORK – Star Jones – best known as an Emmy Award-nominated TV host, attorney, best-selling author StarJones 600and former New York City homicide prosecutor – can now add the title president of the largest professional women’s networking organization in the country
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) announced Jones’ appointment earlier this week. She has served as chief development officer and national spokesperson for NAPW, representing the organizations over 600,000 memberships.
“NAPW defines success as ‘owning your own power,’” said Jones, declaring 2014 NAPW’s “Year of Action.”

Iconversations on ‘A Little R&R on Sports’

130122 ken_griffey_lg_600Iconversation is the name of the interview segment on “A Little R&R on Sports,” our weekend nationally syndicated sports entertainment show. Of course, we thought it was a clever and unique word blend name that would get listeners’ attention and set us apart. We suppose it has done that, but the best thing it did was to inspire much more substance in the segment than we ever imagined. 
Initially and probably like most of you, within our own perceptions, we fell right into the Sports Center definition of icons, which essentially is exclusive to sports legends and tremendously high profile sports personalities. So, in our first few months we’ve had Iconversations with: NY Knicks great Alan Houston, Sports super agent David Falk, WNBA star Tamika Catchings, Detroit Tigers Pres./GM Dave Dombrowski, NBA Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond, former NBA player and coach Lionel Hollins and perhaps you’ve heard of Julius “Dr. J.” Erving.

LEGACY: E. Laura Owens

LegacyOwens 600 Mrs. E. Laura Owens, owner of N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home and widow of the late Noble H. Owens Jr., died Sunday at Methodist University Hospital.
A retired 30-year schoolteacher from Memphis City Schools, Mrs. Owens passed away with daughters Cheryl and DeNobra “Dena” Owens by her side.
Mrs. Owens was born in Georgia. For 60 years, she was an active member of St. John Baptist Church on Vance Avenue and Memphis’ Phi Delta Kappa Sorority for teachers for which she was a founding member.

Don Davis – an intersection for entertainment and the banking industry – passes away

DonDavis 600DETROIT (PRNewswire) – Roll through the credits for the 1968 hit “Whose Making Love” and the mega-hit “Disco Lady” and the name Don Davis pops up as producer. Davis, a Grammy Award-winning producer who made historical contributions to the music industry, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 75.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Davis was CEO and chairman of First Independence Bank, Michigan’s only African-American owned and operated commercial bank, with multiple branches around the City of Detroit. With $204 million in assets (as of Dec. 31, 2013), First Independence Bank ranks as one of the top ranked African-American owned banks in the United States, according to Black Enterprise Magazine. 

Why Democrats are losing the voter-ID message war

voterID 600Voter-ID laws must not be all that bad if black folks like them, right?
That’s the new political wolf ticket that the Republican rank and file want you to buy. Conservative activists, as jumpy as “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants, have hit the media trail with their latest talking point: Black folks heart voter ID, courtesy of freshly baked polling numbers, courtesy of Fox News—the king of unapologetically biased networks. 
Per Fox, 51 percent of African Americans are down with voter ID when they’re asked: “Supporters of these laws say they are necessary to stop ineligible people from voting illegally. Opponents say these laws are unnecessary and mostly discourage legal voters from voting. What do you think?”