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DuSable Museum fundraiser will support continued African-American archaeological excavation in Egypt

The ASA Restoration Project, which is dedicated to restoration of Kushite presence in Kemet, Egypt, will hold a 10th anniversary celebration and fundraiser Saturday (September 22) beginning at 6pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.  Kemet is the ancient name for Egypt.

The ASA Restoration Project, named in honor of Asa G. Hilliard, III, is the first African-American funded archeological excavation in Egypt. Hilliard was an African American professor of educational psychology who worked on indigenous ancient African history (ancient Egyptian), culture, education and society.

Anthony Browder established the ASA Restoration in 2008 to fund the excavation and restoration of the 2700-year-old tombs of Kushite noblemen Karabasken and Karakhamun.  Browder is the founder and director of IKG Cultural Resources, which is devoted to the study and application of ancient African history.

Browder has devoted 30 years researching ancient Egyptian history, science, philosophy and culture. Browder is the first African American to fund and coordinate an archeological dig in Egypt and has conducted 23 archeological missions to Egypt since 2009.


Harvard will honor Colin Kaepernick and seven others with the DuBois Medal

Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who has sparked a dramatic split between National Football League fans by kneeling on one knee during the National Anthem before NFL games to protest police brutality, will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from the Hutchins Center at Harvard University.

DuBois Medal

Comedian Dave Chappelle, Kenneth I. Chenault, former American Express Co. chairman and CEO, Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Pamela Joyner, art collector and philanthropist, Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Kehinde Wiley, an artist, and Florence Ladd, Director Emerita of the Bunting Institute and a professor,  also will receive the Du Bois Medal, which is awarded to individuals for contributions they have made to the African American community.

DuBois was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard. He received his degree in 1895. He also was a cofounder of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The medal ceremony will take place at  4 p.m. October 11 in Sanders Theatre at Memorial Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


NFL gets a new spokesperson

The National Football League has named Traci Otey Blunt as the new senior vice president of corporate communications. “I am thrilled to join the NFL during this exciting  and transformative time, and I look forward  to working with my colleagues to further

Traci Otey Blunt

develop, promote and execute the league’s strategic direction.” Blunt will lead communications strategies in current affairs, business operations, NFL media, government affairs, health and safety, and social responsibility. She will be based in New York, and she starts October 1.

She recently was president of the Urban Movie Channel. She also worked for 10 years in communications and corporate affairs advisor to Robert L. Johnson, founder of RLJ companies and Black Enterprise Television.



Suge Knight will go to prison but not death row

Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row Records, will spend the next 28 years in prison but not on death row.

Knight pled guilty Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter for driving his truck over a man, injuring him, and killing another during a January 2015 altercation.

Shug Knight

Attorneys for Knight argued that he was defending himself from the two men during what began as a fist fight outside a Compton, California, hamburger stand.

The plea deal calls for the 53-year-old Knight to serve 22 years for voluntary manslaughter and another six years because it’s his third strike violation.

During the 1990s, Knight was a key player in the gangster rap scene that included Dr. Dre, who has a $3 billion deal with Apple for his Beatsheadphones  and Snoop Dogg, who is now a television game show host. Their compatriot Tupac Shakur is dead.

Knight founded Death Row Records in 1991.  The company filed for bankruptcy 2006 before it was sold at an auction.



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