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Nigerian Sprinter Blessing Okagbare Ruled Out Of Tokyo Olympics Due To Failed Drug Test

Nigeria’s track and field Olympics team takes a huge blow following the elimination of sprinter Blessing Okagbare over a positive drug test. Okagbare, 32, produced a failed drug test for human growth hormones. In a press release provided by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), said the 2008 Olympics long jump silver medallist is provisionally suspended for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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Jamaican Breaks Flo-Jo’s Record in Women’s Track Sweep, Durant Makes History: 2020 Tokyo Olympics Roundup

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are closing in on the halfway point and as dramatic as the games have been, athletes aren’t giving up an inch in their respective quests for gold. Right now, the United States is tied with China with 46 total medals, including 16 gold medals, 17 silver, and 13 bronze. China, meanwhile, has posted 21 total gold, which leads the world, and has 13 silver and 12 bronze. Japan currently has 17 gold, five silver, and eight bronze.
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Lamar Odom Ordered To Pay Nearly $400K In Child Support

A Manhattan judge has ruled that former NBA player Lamar Odom must pay over $400,000 in child support. According to Page Six, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper granted his ex Liza Morales’ request for a default judgment after Odom failed to appear at a June court hearing. On July 29, Cooper signed a judgement requiring Odom to pay “$380,549 in child support, rent arrears, college costs and her legal fees in the case,” the news outlet reports.
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Biz Markie’s Life To Be Celebrated Monday In New York City

Biz Markie’s life and legacy will be celebrated August 2 in New York City. Markie’s service will be live streamed right here at BET starting at 2 p.m. on August 2. TMZ reports a private viewing for the family is scheduled for that same day from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. The service will begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3:30 p.m.
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WATCH: Tye Tribett, Jekalyn Carr And Founder Don Jackson Get Their Praise On For The 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Get ready for a stellar evening of praise and worship as the 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards returns to its original roots in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by Grammy-nominated gospel artists Jekalyn Carr and Tye Tribett, this year’s award ceremony will merge old school and new school talent spreading the word of God with electrifying performances and celebrating Black excellence all in one night.
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Portland Statue Of Enslaved Member Of Lewis And Clark Expedition Found Vandalized

A Portland Park statue of an enslaved Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition has been vandalized for the second time. Inside Edition reports that the statue of York in Portland’s Mt. Tabor Park was found toppled, with the bust torn from its pedestal. The statue, which was vandalized at night, was discovered after a visitor notified a park maintenance worker on Wednesday morning (July 28).
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Jurnee Smollett, 'Queen Sugar' And More Win Big At The African American Film Critics Association TV Honors

The winners for the third annual African American Film Critics Association TV Honors were announced and Black excellence was on full display. According to The Wrap, HBO’s Lovecraft Country and Amazon’s The Underground Railroad were big winners. Lovecraft Country stars Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors were honored with the top acting prizes. The Underground Railroad won for Best Limited Series and Best Director category for Barry Jenkins.
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No Charges Filed Following Slumber Party Death In Georgia

Georgia’s top police agency has reportedly ruled that their latest findings surrounding the death of Tamla Horsford “do not support” criminal charges in the case. The Forsyth County woman, 40, died after attending an adult slumber party. According to WXIA, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation completed its probe into her death and sent its findings to the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office for review on Tuesday (July 27).
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Los Angeles Lakers Acquire Russell Westbrook In Reported Trade

NBA star Russell Westbrook is reportedly headed to L.A. Reports came out Thursday (July 29) that the Long Beach native has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Multiple reports say that the Washington Wizards and the Lakers have agreed on a trade that involves Westbrook and several key Lakers players, according to Yahoo! Sports.