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Ice Cube And LL Cool J Might Bid On Sports Channels Previously Owned By Disney

New investment alert.

Ice Cube and LL Cool J are no strangers to the television and film world. Now, instead of working in the writers' room or acting in front of the cameras, the pair plan to become majority stakeholders of a handful of sports channels.

According to TMZ, the entertainers might begin the process of bidding on 22 sports stations that were once owned by Disney. The Justice Department ordered the billion-dollar company to relinquish its ownership of these stations, which was first made possible since it acquired 21st Century Fox. Disney already owns ESPN, which is herald as one of the top stations for full sports coverage.

The channels up for bidding include Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Arizona, and the YES Network. The gain is valued between $15-$25 billion. As Ice Cube and LL Cool J throw their hats in the ring alongside Alex and Ani's founder Carolyn Rafaelian, other bidders include the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Blackstone Group, and more.

In 2017, Ice Cube dipped his pockets into the basketball world when he established the BIG3 league. The space allows retired pro-basketball players a chance to get back on the hardwood in three-on-three match-ups. If Cube were to score these channels, the assumption that the BIG3 will broadcast on multiple stations is something to ponder.

"We don't want to look like we're looking at a product. We want to look like we're looking at a game and we're having fun, and that's what the BIG3 promotes," Cube told Sports Illustrated. "And the guys have been playing great basketball. That's what's amazing, is at the end of the day the basketball is top-notch, fun to watch, and you can't beat it."

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Ebro Darden Denies Report That Says 'Hot 97' Will Not Play Tekashi 6ix9ine's Music

'Hot 97' radio personality Ebro Darden denies a TMZ report which said that the station will not play Tekashi 6ix9ine's music once, and if, he's released from prison.

Earlier today, TMZ published a report that stated that a Hot 97 executive said the station has never really been fans of Tekashi 6ix9ine, and that they will not play his music upon his release. Shortly after the report was published, Ebro responded.

"All execs @HOT97 deny speaking to anyone @TMZ," Ebro wrote in a tweet, "So this means that Tekashi marketing machine is revving up to rally his on-line #Bots and drive stories."

All execs @HOT97 deny speaking to anyone @TMZ ..... so this means that Tekashi marketing machine is revving up to rally his on-line #Bots and drive stories.

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) October 14, 2019

A follower replied how Ebro shuts down new artists. And Ebro responded by saying that he will play Tekashi's music.

And then this... hahahahaha! I just said I was gonna play it. Ya’ll dumb https://t.co/JQAjkE2L9W

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) October 14, 2019

6ix9ine reportedly signed a $10 million deal with his former label, 10k Projects, to record two albums upon his release from prison. It's been reported that one will be recorded in English and the other will be recorded in Spanish. As for his looming release, the rapper's sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. EST.

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New York City's 'Hot 97' Will Not Play Tekashi 6ix9ine's Music After His Prison Release

With 6ix9ine expected to come home soon, reportedly to a record deal worth $10 million, New York City's Hot 97 radio station is making it known that they will not play his music.

According to a report by TMZ, an executive from the radio station confirmed that they are not planning on playing 6ix9ine's music upon his release from prison. Hot 97's exec admits that the station has never been a big supporter of the rapper. They also dislike the Brooklyn rapper's decision to testify against his former Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods associates.

This also includes possibly banning the rapper from Summer Jam concert. TMZ  reported that the "Gummo" rapper is too much of a liability to preform at the celebrated concert.

Last year, Hot 97 personality Ebro, host of Ebro in the Morning, traded shots with 6ix9ine after the rapper berated Ebro on "Stoopid."

The executive states  that unless there's a public uproar that demands the station to play an overly successful song, then the company would consider it.

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Queen Latifah To Receive Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

Praise for Queen Latifah's contributions to black culture continues to pour in for the Newark, New Jersey native. According to the Associated Press, the "U.N.I.T.Y" rapper will receive Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.

Alongside the award-winning entertainer, other game-changers in black culture will be honored on Oct. 22 including BET's co-founder Sheila Johnson, CEO of Vista Equity Partners Robert Smith, poet Rita Dove and more.

The occasion arrives over a year since Latifah received an honorary doctorate degree from Rutgers University in her New Jersey home state.

“This place has shaped me," she said during her acceptance speech. "Whether it’s been your home for four years or 40 years or something in between, you carry it with you. Just as I have. Long before Living Single and Set It Off and Chicago, it’s lessons I learned right here at home that made me the person I am."

The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal isn't only named after the activist but commemorates Du Bois' feat as the first black student to obtain a doctorate degree from the Ivy League.

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