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Its October and every year at this time, you can count on certain things: beautiful weather, cooler temperatures, and the color pink everywhere signifying that its Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
R&B soul man Musiq Soulchild recently brought fans his sixth album called MusiqintheMagiq and while coming up with the concept for his latest video called “Yes” he teamed up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Circle of Promise as their new ambassador.
The video features a man who loves and supports his girlfriend through her battle with breast cancer. In the video filmed, which in Atlanta, there is a special scene that features a group of Atlanta women who are breast cancer survivors. Rolling out caught up with the busy singer and champion of breast cancer awareness to speak with him about his new role. –christa e. jackson
How did you get involved with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and become their new Circle of Promise Ambassador?
In the process of coming up with a new concept for my video for my song called Yes. Myself and my manager and my label were bouncing around a lot of ideas of how we could do the best to convey this gesture of unconditional love through this video and long story short we came around to the breast cancer concept. I am the type of person that I like to push things to be a little more realistic and a little more authentic, so I jumped at the opportunity when I heard that the Susan G. Komen organization was interested in being involved with this. I was like I would love to partner with you guys not just simply so I can say that what I am doing is authentic [or] so I can bring some reality to my video, but more so because I want my music to be relative to real life and this is talking about a particular issue that real people deal with. So what better way to contribute than to assist an organization that helps in the fight against breast cancer, so they called me and we talked about it and they said, “Whatever you can do to bring attention and awareness that would really help us a lot.”
Why did you cast survivors in this video?
Well, the song is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and who better than the people that survived it because that is the ultimate goal. I also just wanted to generate a platform for the survivors to say, “Hey, it is possible for you to beat this and at least get to a better place with this because there is life after breast cancer.”
What do you want African American women to know about the prevention of breast cancer?
The main thing that I would like for African American women to know about prevention is to go get tested and have them understand how important that is. No matter how you feel, just go get checked.
What are some of your responsibilities in your role as an ambassador for breast cancer awareness?
My main responsibility is to raise awareness about how important it is to get tested, checked and screened.
Whats next with for you as an ambassador for Susan G Komen for the Cure?
Whatever I can do with them to help raise awareness.
For more information about breast cancer awareness and to view the PSA with Musiq Soulchild, visit www.circleofpromise.org.
Take a look at Musiqs video love letter to all breast cancer patients and survivors and their loved ones called – “Yes”
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are under new management.
The deal to sell the Sixers to a group led by New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris has been completed. The Sixers will hold a press conference Tuesday to introduce the owners. The sale ends Comcast-Spectacor’s 15-year run of ownership.
The group also includes David Blitzer, Art Wrubel, and Jason Levien. Levien is a former NBA player agent and Sacramento Kings executive.
NBA commissioner David Stern says Harris and Blitzer bring vast business experience that will greatly benefit the team as it continues to grow both on and off the court.
Harris is one of three founders of Apollo Global Management, a publicly listed alternative investment manager.
Comcast-Spectacor, led by chairman Ed Snider, purchased the Sixers from Harold Katz on April 24, 1996. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.
“Over the last 15 years, a number of different individuals or entities have inquired about purchasing the Sixers, and to be honest, I was not looking to sell the team,” Snider said. “But in discussions with Josh and his partners, it became clear that this was an offer that made sense for the franchise and for the future of Comcast-Spectacor.
Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers will become a tenant in the building once the NBA lockout is over.
Harris and his group acted fast. General manager Ed Stefanski is out as general manager and team president Rod Thorn will assume a larger role. The Sixers are not looking for a new general manager.
Harris called Thorn “the captain of this ship.”
The new group also slashed tickets prices on nearly 9,000 seats and established the website NewSixersOwner.com to solicit fan feedback.
Harris, Blitzer and his group are buying the team with the NBA in the midst of a lockout. The first two weeks of the regular season have already been canceled.
The 76ers were valued this year by Forbes at $330 million, 17th in the NBA, and have a television deal with cable station Comcast SportsNet through 2029.
Harris co-founded Apollo Global Management in 1990. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a master’s degree from the Harvard Business School. Harris’ investment is a personal one and Apollo Management LP is not involved in the transaction.
“On behalf of my partners, I genuinely want to thank Ed Snider and Comcast-Spectacor for choosing us to steward the Philadelphia 76ers, a storied NBA franchise. We are excited to be writing a new chapter in Sixers lore,” Harris said. “I also want to thank Comcast-Spectacor for their gracious assistance during the transition.”
The Sixers hired Adam Aron, the former chairman and CEO of Vail Resort, as chief executive officer. Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith also made personal investments in the team.
“I’m excited about celebrating and building on the extraordinary heritage of the 76ers, the third winningest team in NBA history,” Aron said. “We will work tirelessly to make Philadelphia sports fans proud.”
The group is purchasing a team that hasn’t won a championship since 1983. Under Snider’s ownership, the 76ers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001 NBA finals.
The Sixers have won only one playoff series since 2001 and have been stuck in mediocrity for most of the last decade. They haven’t had a winning record since 2004-05, but have made the playoffs three times since.
This past season, the Sixers won 41 games and stretched the Miami Heat to a five-game playoff series in Doug Collins’ first season as coach.
Before the lockout, the Sixers would have had about $55 million in payroll committed to next season, led by Elton Brand’s $17 million and Andre Iguodala’s $13.5 million. The Sixers spent the summer in trade talks involving Iguodala — plans that have been put on hold because of the lockout.
Snider told The Associated Press last month that sagging crowds and massive financial losses led Comcast-Spectacor to strike a tentative deal to sell in July.
“This is one of the hardest business decisions I’ve ever had to make,” Snider said on Tuesday. “The Sixers are family, and it is very difficult to say goodbye to an organization of great people with whom we have worked so closely over the last 15 years.”