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Dawn Staley: A Basketball Powerhouse Whose Net Worth Reflects Her Legacy

Dawn Staley isn’t just a name in women’s basketball ; it’s a thunderclap. A three-time Olympic gold medalist as a player and current coach of the dominant South Carolina Gamecocks dynasty, Staley’s impact transcends wins and losses. But for the curious minds out there, a question arises: what is Dawn Staley’s net worth? Who Is Dawn Staley? (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The story of Dawn Staley’s basketball career started as a University of Virginia college phenomenon. She broke records, setting a record for most steals in the NCAA and winning two National Player of the Year titles. Her greatest accomplishment was in the year 1991 when she won the NCAA Final Four as the Most Outstanding Player and guided her team to victory. Staley’s skills transferred to the professional arena with ease. Before moving on to play in the WNBA, she was a trailblazer in the early years of the American Basketball League (ABL). Although her abilities were evident, her influence was not limited....

Camilla Amadi

Apr 17, 2024

Tyler Perry Didn't Successfully Secure Ownership Of BET — But He's Inked An Extensive New Deal With The Media Group

In April 2023, Tyler Perry shared his interest in bidding to purchase a majority stake in BET Media Group from Paramount. As BET is the home of his shows such as “Sistas” and “House of Payne,” there was potential alignment. In addition, the media mogul hoped for the network to become Black-owned once again. However, the aspiration came to an end shortly after. By August 2023, Paramount announced that it had ended its initial plan to sell its majority stake in BET Media Group stating that “a sale wouldn’t result in any meaningful deleveraging of its balance sheet,” as previously shared by AFROTECH™. With the change in plans, Perry, along with other reported bidders including Byron Allen, did not gain ownership of BET. As AFROTECH™ previously told you, Perry was reportedly among the offers that ranged from $2 billion to $3 billion, but the bidding process didn’t pan out as he had hoped. “I was disappointed about it for a number of reasons,” Perry shared at Bloomberg’s Equality Summit,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 16, 2024

Terrence Howard Claims His Photo Was Used For The 'Empire' Logo Without His Permission, Says It's 'Worth $100M At Least'

Following the premiere of “Empire” on Fox, the show took off instantly. Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” broke TV records off the bat in its first season, which was released in 2015. At the time, the ratings for the musical drama series’ first five episodes increased consecutively — making it the first series to do so since 1991 — per The Washington Post. Running from 2015 to 2020, “Empire” was everywhere and its logo, which includes Howard, was too. However, the veteran actor says he didn’t officially sign off on it. During a sit-down interview on “Straight Talk with Daphne Phaneē,” Howard claimed that the logo Fox used is a still shot of him from his Oscar-nominated role in “Hustle and Flow.” “They took that [photo], flipped it, and put it on everything. Made a trademark of it, sold it around the world — didn’t ask my permission.” He continued, “That image is worth $100 million at least for how much money that they made from it.” In addition, Howard shared...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 15, 2024

Rapper Behind For Viral TikTok Song '90mh' Ordered To Pay Sony Music Over $800K

A TikTok rapper will be going against Sony Music Entertainment in court. According to Billboard, 20-year-old rapper Dantreal Clark-Rainbolt, more commonly known as Trefuego, had a viral hit on TikTok thanks to his release of “90mh.” The songs was featured in at least 155,000 videos on the platform. Additionally, it has been streamed a minimum of 100 million times on Spotify. The outlet also reported he has garnered significant earnings from the song’s popularity, with estimates reaching almost $700,000. However, it appears the rapper won’t be able to roll in the dough for much longer. He is now in troubled water for utilizing a copyright sample from Toshifumi Hinata’s 1986 song “Reflections,” according to Rolling Stone. “Trefuego brazenly sought to ride the coattails of Hinata’s creativity and popularity without regard to the United States copyright laws or the rights of plaintiffs,” Sony’s attorneys wrote per Billboard. “He used and copied plaintiffs’ work without so much as...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 15, 2024

Actress A.J. Johnson Says She Earned More By Selling Her Rights To A 'House Party' Scene Than She Did For The Movie

When debating legendary movie dance scenes, the comedy/romance “House Party,” directed and written by Reginald Hudlin, is most likely a part of the discussion. The dance scene from the ’90s classic features the Hip-Hop group Kid’ n Play, comprised of Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin , actress Tisha Campbell, and actress and choreographer A.J. Johnson. This scene focuses on an iconic dance-off that fans replicate to this day. While “House Party” has created a long-lasting impact for over three decades, it’s been revealed that the pay at the time for the cast’s contribution may not have been what one would expect. In an interview with sports journalist Jemele Hill on her YouTube channel “Jemelle Hill Is Unbothered,” Johnson, who choreographed for the “House Party” dance scene, claimed that she was paid $4,000 for her role as Sharane after filming for up to two months. “We all made four grand,” Johnson told Hill. Johnson also shared how she and Play, Christopher Martin, made...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 11, 2024

Zendaya, Who Now Has An Estimated Net Worth Of $22M, Opens Up About Becoming The 'Breadwinner Of My Family Very Early'

Zendaya has been building her net worth since she was a child. However, being a child star comes with its fair share of challenges, like taking care of your family financially. In 2010, Zendaya starred in Disney Channel’s TV series “Shake It Up” as Rocky Blue. After three seasons, the breakout role led Zendaya to stay within the Disney Channel franchise in TV shows and films such as “K.C. Undercover,” “Frenemies,” and “Zapped.” Building her work resume early on resulted in Zendaya co-starring in the film “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” based on Marvel Comics, and landing the leading role in HBO nextwork’s teen drama series “Euphoria,” for which she won two Emmys and one Golden Globe for her portrayal of Rue Bennett. While Zendaya has risen in stardom since her Disney Channel days, she is now beginning to further reflect on how her time as a child star impacted her. During her May 2024 cover story interview with Vogue, the 27-year-old shared how having the most income in her household at a...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 10, 2024

Terrence Howard Claims He's Owed $120M From The CAA 'Based On What Would've Been Paid To White Counterparts'

Terrence Howard is set on pushing forward with a legal battle regarding his Hollywood earnings. As previously shared by AFROTECH™, the Oscar-nominated actor filed a lawsuit against the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in December 2023. Howard claims that the agency prompted him to accept talent fees that were less than what he should’ve received. For starring in the hit TV series, “Empire,” he allegedly earned 30% to 50% less than what he should have earned per episode. “We expect our agents and our lawyers to look after us, and therefore we’re free to do all of the work that you guys enjoy so much,” Howard expressed during a press conference that year. “I trusted CAA to look after me, and they looked after themselves.” During the press conference, Howard noted that he wasn’t entirely certain that the lowball pay was due to a “racial issue.” However, now, he has come forward to not only further address the elephant in the room but also detail what he believes he’s owed. In an interview...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 9, 2024

Fat Joe Says He Still Owes Money To His Former Record Label For His 2001 Album — 'I Sold 2 Million Records, Still Ain't Recoup'

Fat Joe has gotten very candid about his view on record labels. During an Instagram Live, the New York rapper elaborated on why he previously told Forbes that he believes record labels are Ponzi schemes. He claimed he noticed a trend where music companies will find talented artists who come from less fortunate backgrounds and fund their music careers. However, Fat Joe emphasized that to him it’s a tactic for record labels to swindle musicians. In addition, he shared how he thought the majority of the time ownership is in the labels’ hands. “Though they make the profit of the records, they charge you whatever they spend on the video,” Fat Joe shared on Instagram Live. “It ain’t like we 50/50 partners.” He added, “You could bring a scientist who wins the Nobel Peace Prize to do the accounting on major labels’ math, and they always can’t figure it out. So it’s robbery, all the way through.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by THE HIP-HOP WOLF® (@thehiphopwolf) In short,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 5, 2024

Chris Tucker Was Reportedly Paid $10K For ‘Friday’ But Says It Wasn’t About Money — ‘I Just Wanted The Opportunity’

Chris Tucker has revealed his compensation for one of his most notable roles. In 1995, the comedian-turned- actor starred in “Friday,” which was directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh, according to IMBd. Tucker played the character Smokey and landed the role due to his humorous performances while touring with “Def Comedy Jam” in the ’90s. “One day we were sitting around watching Def Comedy Jam, and we saw Chris [Tucker] perform, and me and Cube couldn’t stop laughing,” DJ Pooh told Complex. “We thought, ‘This dude would be able to play the hell out of Smokey. Let’s see if we can get him to come in and read for him.’ And that’s what happened, and it was over like that.” Friday would go on to gross $28.2 million worldwide, according to IMBd. The budget to create “Friday” was $2.3 million, Ice Cube revealed on X, formerly known as Twitter. He also added that actors on the film were paid according to the scale of the budget. For Tucker this equated to a $10,000...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 4, 2024

Beyoncé Challenges AI By Using Real Instruments In New Album 'Cowboy Carter'

Beyoncé is embracing her roots once more in her most recent musical undertaking, “Cowboy Carter.” While her eighth studio album has clear Country influences, the Houston, TX, native is sending a message to the world that this is not a Country album — it’s a Beyoncé album. When you consider Country’s root, Black Texans should not be removed from the conversation, and her latest musical reminder, to some, is a “revival” of Country’s history. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) “It was at the Rodeo where she first saw diversity and camaraderie among people who love Country music and an Americana lifestyle, steeped in community, culinary offerings, grills, and Western gear,” a news release stated about the album launch . “And it was for everyone. Among the crowds were Black, Hispanic and Native American Cowboys, who made their valuable, authentic allowances to the culture. Their stories are synonymous with American history.” Released to the world on March 29,...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 1, 2024

Aaron Donald Is Retiring From The NFL With $60M In His Pockets

Legendary Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald recently announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 years playing at an elite professional level. The Super Bowl champion shocked football fans across the country when he announced his departure from the league during the 2024 off-season. Per CBS Sports, Donald explained “I’m burnt out, if anything. The best way to say it is that I’m full. I’m complete. I’m satisfied with what I was able to do in 10 years. I think it’s time for me, at 32-years-old, to retire from football and jump into the next step of my career and my life.” While there are no confirmed reports of Donald’s post-NFL plans , many fans will surely follow along with the former defensive player to see where he goes next. During his decade-long tenure with the NFL, Aaron Donald managed to make quite a name for himself, securing generational wealth and amassing an estimated net worth of $60 million. His financial security came from an extremely lucrative...

TeeJay Small

Mar 29, 2024

Lil Rel Howery Says His 'Get Out' Role 'Changed The Pay Scale' For Him In Hollywood And Made Him A Household Name

When the trailer for Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” was released, it became one of the most highly anticipated films of 2017. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, the psychological thriller became a box-office hit and grossed over $256 million worldwide, according to IMDb. What’s more, the film won an Academy Award in 2018 for “Best Original Screenplay,” making Peele the first Black writer to win in the category, and was the catalyst for Kaluuya’s career in Hollywood. Another “Get Out” breakout star was Lil Rel Howery, who played TSA agent Rod Williams. In an interview on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast, the comedian and actor revealed what he earned from the film. “‘Get Out’ was on a Tubi budget,” Howery said jokingly to Sharpe. “I did that for the minimum [per the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists].” According to “Club Shay Shay,” Howery earned less than $3,000 per week during filming. Nonetheless, it was Howery’s first...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 27, 2024

'Ghostbusters' Actor Ernie Hudson Says He Only Pocketed $370 From His First ‘Big’ Hollywood Paycheck

Nearly five decades ago, Ernie Hudson first made his entrance into Hollywood. Out of the veteran actor’s countless film and TV appearances, one of his most widely known roles is Winston Zeddemore in the “Ghostbusters” franchise. According to IMDb, the first installment of the “Ghostbusters” films alone made over $297 million worldwide. What’s more, among the later installments, “Ghostbusters II” grossed over $215 million, and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” grossed over $204 million — all starring Hudson. Before being a part of box office smashes, Hudson experienced his fair share of receiving low pay. During the promo run for 2024’s “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” he revealed to The Root what he earned from his first big payday as a Hollywood actor. “[My] first big check was $10,000 for one day’s work,” Hudson shared in the interview. “I was behind on rent and I told my landlord that I was waiting for the check to come.” However, Hudson was unaware of just how much of his check was going...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 25, 2024

Ma$e Says Jermaine Dupri Paid Him His First $1M — 'You Were The First Guy To Ever Pay Me What I Was Really Worth'

When you reach success in life, it’s important to recognize and appreciate the individuals who have supported and influenced your journey. This was the case for famed rapper Ma$e, who took time to give award-winning producer Jermaine Dupri his flowers. Ma$e had been impacted by Dupri early on. As a member of Hip Hop group Harlem World, he and the group signed a production deal with Dupri’s label So So Def Records in 1998, according to MTV. Through a partnership with Dupri, Ma$e would then launch his own label to release the group’s music, reports Vice. What’s more, the deal proved to be instrumental for Ma$e, who was also a Bad Boy Records artist, as it allowed him to reach financial success. “I want to tell you thank you from my heart. You were the first guy to ever pay me what I was really worth talent wise, and that just goes a long long way,” Ma$e said on the “ Come And Talk 2 Me” podcast. “And I want you to know if there’s ever anything I could do, anything I could be a part...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 20, 2024

Why Victoria Monét Says 'You Have To Take Matters Into Your Own Hands' And Taught Herself How To Engineer In The Studio

For years, Victoria Monét has been behind the scenes penning some of the culture’s biggest hits for artists such as T.I., Chloe x Halle, and a host of others. Now, she is racking up her wins as an independent artist, showing no signs of letting up anytime soon. During the 2024 Grammy Awards, Monét was a force to be reckoned with, attaining seven nominations and walking away with three awards, including making history as the first Black woman to win Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), according to The Hollywood Reporter. This feat hits close to home for the “How Does It Make You Feel” crooner whose entry into engineering emerged following frustrations from studio sessions she was having in the past. “The story of why I even know how to engineer is because I was working in a studio and wanting to record, and the people I was working with were getting sick of recording me,” she told Blavity in an interview earlier this year.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Victoria...

Shanique Yates

Mar 20, 2024