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Black Athletes Make Up 50% Of Forbes' 2024 List Of Highest-Paid Sports Professionals

Each year, between the end of spring and the beginning of summer, several professional sports leagues host drafts, giving space to the next batch of athletic superstars who will impact their respective games for years to come. With so much excitement about a new generation of professional athletes, the focus sometimes shifts from player stats and team projections to contracts and partnership deals. But the excitement of new money is largely made possible by the athletes who have some tenure in the game. From rookie expansion contracts to lucrative business deals, athletes are continuing to level up, paving the way for what’s possible in the future. Against this backdrop, Forbes has released its highest-paid athletes list of 2024, and of the 10 players, 50% of those spots are held by Black athletes. Lebron James View this post on Instagram A post shared by 👑 (@kingjames) Lebron James is No. 4 on the list but ranks No. 1 among Black professional athletes. The 39-year-old is currently...

Josh Rodgers

May 24, 2024

Tracy Chapman’s Multi-Million Dollar Net Worth Is a Testament to Her Artistry

Tracy Chapman is best known for her breakout single, “Fast Car,” which saw a huge rise in popularity in 2023 thanks to a cover by country artist Luke Combs. It was 1988 when the original song came out, one of 11 tracks on her self-titled debut LP that year. Chapman, a talented musician from childhood, released albums steadily through the late 80s and early 90s. She’s taken a few hiatuses over the years and keeps her personal life notoriously private, but after such a successful career, people want to know about Tracy Chapman’s net worth . What Is Tracy Chapman’s Net Worth? (Photo by KMazur/WireImage) The multi-talent was born in Cleveland on March 30th, 1964, where she grew up with her mother after her parents divorced. While the Chapman family didn’t have much money, Tracy’s mom fostered her love for music, starting her off with a ukelele at age three. From there, the 60-year-old has gone on to become a Grammy Award winner and proud activist, as well as an influence on creatives...

Hayley Hynes

May 17, 2024

Taye Diggs' Career Has Earned Him A $7M Net Worth, But It's Not Enough To Influence His Son To Be A Part Of Hollywood

In the vibrant tapestry of Black American culture, a concept emerges that celebrates certain movies as “Blassics.” This term, a fusion of ‘Black’ and ‘Classics,’ is a testament to the unique stories of Black Americans and their experiences brought to life through films starring Black actors. These films, often featuring familiar faces like Angela Bassett, Nia Long, and Taye Diggs, are not just movies but cultural milestones. They have left an indelible mark on the industry and include films like “Waiting to Exhale, “Friday,” “School Daze,” and “The Best Man,” resonating deeply with the culture’s shared experiences and heritage. Of those listed, Diggs may be most recently known for his appearance on the CW’s “All American,” portraying former NFL player and high school football coach Billy Baker. However, his career has roots much deeper than the teenage-themed drama series. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taye Diggs (@tayediggsinsta) Diggs, a native of Rochester, NY,...

Josh Rodgers

May 16, 2024

Who Is Richelieu Dennis? Meet The Serial Entrepreneur Behind Shea Moisture Who Went On To Own ESSENCE, Refinery29, And More

If one were to walk down the hair care aisle of any major big box store, there is a high chance Shea Moisture would be on the shelves. With products like shampoos, conditioners, and oils, the natural hair care line has been serving Black and Brown communities for years. But did you know the brain behind the massive beauty and hairline is Liberian-born mogul Richelieu Dennis? From Humble Beginnings To A Purpose-Driven Mission Dennis attended Babson College and began selling shea butter from his dorm room. By the early 90s, he had leveraged his dorm room sales to start the Shea Moisture line, which would eventually become a part of the parent company Sundial Brands. However, Dennis’ journey was one of hard work, selling his product from a card table in Harlem. Beyond the entrepreneurial spirit, Dennis recognized his product was not just a hustle but a connection to something greater. “But for me, there was this overwhelming sense of responsibility: there were no real products or...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 30, 2024

Terry Crews Built A Successful Career In Hollywood, But His Wife And 5 Children Are His Personal Leading Cast

In his 2017 song, “Legacy,” Jay-Z said, “Generational wealth, that’s the key. My parents don’t have sh-t, so that shift started with me.” This concept, adopted by many people, has been the foundation for helping secure the economic stability of their families. Among those who created that shift, as Jay-Z described, is Terry Crews. Terry Crews, a former NFL player, current television host, and actor, has achieved remarkable success across various industries. However, career has always been intertwined with Terry’s family, a testament to his strong values. The 55-year-old has been transparent about his financial troubles, and his wife’s admonishment helped him realize he needed to shift his pride aside and focus on making an income that would benefit the Crews household. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Terry Crews (@terrycrews) “After retiring from the NFL, I struggled to get to the next level where I wanted to be,” the actor told Variety. “ I tried and failed many times...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 29, 2024

Multi-hyphenate Tyler The Creator Has Built An Estimated $30M Fortune, But His Inner Circle Is A Key Piece To His Success — ‘I Only Surround Myself With People Who Dream’

Disruptors, in the evolutionary sense of the word, are people who have abandoned the status quo. They thrive in their differences and are typically unbothered by the societal boundaries designed to box them in. There are countless examples of these people in the world, but one clear example is Tyler, the Creator. Evidenced by his stage name, Tyler Gregory Okonma is a California native and award-winning producer and musical artist. He burst onto the scene co-founding the Hip-Hop collective Odd Future and releasing his debut mixtape 2009, titled “Bastard.” However, it was in 2011 when he released his first studio album, “Goblin,” that he started getting noticed. Reflecting, he acknowledged his musical growth and was honest about his work then. In a conversation on the “Rap Radar Podcast,” Tyler was pretty candid that while his lead single, “Yonkers,” is still one of his favorites, the album itself was not his favorite body of work. “Bro, ‘Goblin’ is f-cking terrible, but I still love...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 22, 2024

Nas Dropped ‘Illmatic’ In 1994 — 30 Years, 17 Grammy Nods, And 44 Personal Investments Later, His $70M Fortune Proves He’s At The Top Of His Game

2024 marks a significant time in Hip-Hop history as the 30th anniversary of “Illmatic” — Nas’ debut album. The 1994 release brought the world classic songs like “The World Is Yours” and “One Love.” Since then, the native New York rapper has cemented himself in history as one of Hip-Hop’s elite voices. Born Nasir Jones, Nas started his journey as a prominent figure in Hip-Hop after the release of his 1992 single “Halftime,” appearing on the soundtrack for “Zebrahead,” a film centered around interracial dating. “Illmatic” would follow, and Nas would go on to produce several other top-charting albums. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) An Iconic Rap Career Nas’ musical prowess has earned him a staggering 17 Grammy nominations. His recent win in 2021 for Best Rap Album with “King’s Disease” is a testament to his enduring talent and relevance in the industry. It is safe to assume that his multi-decade music career made most of Nas’ foundational wealth...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 19, 2024

Terry Crews Went From Sweeping Floors And Taking Loans From NFL Teammates To An Estimated $25M Fortune

With current food and gas prices at an all-time high, people are looking for ways to earn extra money and save where it counts. If there were ever a cultural figure that could show people extreme ways of saving a little coin, look no further than Julius from “Everybody Hates Chris,” played by veteran actor Terry Crews. Crews portrayed a blue-collar worker, father, and husband constantly burdened by financial stress on-screen. While many of the character’s strategies were extreme, Crews’ real-life approach to budgeting and finance is a testament to his diverse financial talents, not too far removed from his 2000s-era character. Terry Crews And His Uncanny NFL Journey Terry Crews entered the entertainment industry on a nontraditional path. After some time in college, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991. His professional football career was unstable, as he played for six different teams across five years, including the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins, as well as...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 17, 2024

Just Like His Crossover Musical Taste, Nelly's Diverse Business Portfolio Helps Him Maintain His $70M Net Worth

The early-to-mid-2000s was a particularly unique era in rap music. From the tall white T-shirts to the emergence of popular dance trends, rappers during this era kept listeners hungry to keep up with every trend they introduced. Nelly was among those influential rappers. Born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., Nelly burst onto the music scene in 2000 with his debut album, “Country Grammar.” The album and its title track earned Grammy nominations during the 2001 awards, prompting insight into the rapper’s trajectory. The current father of four would experience more success following his debut release with other songs such as “Hot in Herre,” “Air Force Ones,” and “Pimp Juice.” Nelly’s success would land him additional Grammy nominations, with him eventually earning three awards, according to the Grammys website. While the St. Louis, MO-raised rapper experienced significant success in the music industry, he did not subject himself to staying behind the mic. Nelly launched the record label Derrty...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 25, 2024

How Toni Braxton Rose To Fame, Lost It All Twice And Bounced Back With An Estimated $10M Net Worth Today

When one thinks of ’90s R&B, some key icons typically come to mind, including Toni Braxton’s unique and sultry voice. Braxton’s journey began way before her 1992 commercial debut when she was featured on the soundtrack to the comedy/romance film “Boomerang,” starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry. Several interviews and appearances have documented that Braxton and her family got their musical start in the church. Braxton’s religious upbringing would prove to be a foundation for her musical success. She went on to give the world chart-topping hits like “Un-Break My Heart,” “Breathe Again,” and “Just Be A Man About It.” Her musical contributions earned her critical success and seven Grammy Awards, a testament to her talent and hard work. The Maryland-born singer diversified her entertainment portfolio by appearing on television and in films. According to Playbill, the mother of two became the first and only Black woman to be cast as Belle in the Broadway production of...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 22, 2024

Terrell Owens Earned An Estimated $80M In The NFL But Admits He Lost It After Letting People Control His Finances — 'They Just Basically Stole From Me'

One common argument among sports fans is the GOAT (greatest of all time) conversation. When it comes to the NFL, one of the consistent names that comes to mind is former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. However, top-performing players do not start and stop with the leading position. They need wide receivers to throw to, and you can’t ignore Terrell Owens when looking down the history of top-performing athletes at that position. The NFL lists Owens as the No. 6 greatest wide receiver of all time. He had 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards, and 153 touchdowns during his professional football career. While his high-performing career did not yield him a Super Bowl championship, he was inducted as a 2018 Football Hall of Fame class member. View this post on Instagram A post shared by NFL (@nfl) Terrell Owens, a father of five, had an estimated net worth of $80 million from the height of his career, with most of his earnings coming from on-field play totaling nearly $80 million,...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 21, 2024

A 'Martin' Reunion: How These Former Cast Members, Who Have A Combined Estimated Net Worth Of Nearly $114M, Are Still Making Moves Today

Whether you were born in the 1990s or simply a fan of that era, the sitcom “Martin” was more than just a show. It was a part of your reality, a nostalgic journey that still resonates today. This unique blend of humor and relatability left an indelible mark on ’90s pop culture that people can still feel and cherish. For the years 1992-1997, the 30-minute comedy series “Martin” aired over 130 episodes, bringing viewers countless laughs and unforgettable moments. The show’s magic was not just about the individual performances but about the camaraderie and chemistry of the cast. Martin Lawrence played the character Martin Payne with Tisha Campbell (Gina Waters-Payne), Thomas Mikal Ford (Tommy Strawn), Tichina Arnold (Pamela James), and Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole Brown) playing their iconic roles — each one of them was instrumental in the show’s success, creating a bond that was as solid off-screen as it was on-screen. Week after week, the cast of “Martin” delivered unforgettable...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 14, 2024

Andre 3000 May Have Traded In Rapping For The Flute, But His Estimated $35M Net Worth Proves He's Still On Top Of His Game

Rap enthusiasts have argued that the opening verse to UGK’s “International Players Anthem” by Andre 3000 is one of his most iconic lyrical performances. Everything about it, from powerful world play to the melodic flow, creates the perfect formula for a rap verse. Although this is one example, Andre 3000 is held in regard for his lyrical prowess. Whether it is eclectic combinations with Outkast group mate Antwan “Big Boi” Patton or a smooth feature, fans get excited when Andre 3000’s name is mentioned because they know something great is about to come. Born Andre Lauren Benjamin, the Atlanta, GA, native became famous as a member of Outkast — the iconic rap duo. Andre 3000 and Big Boi would make waves in rap, highlighting the talent, depth, and presence of rappers from the South. During the 1995 Source Awards, Outkast won the award for Best New Artist. In a room filled with tension and clamor from rappers representing the East and West Coasts, Andre 3000 took the mic and, without any...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 13, 2024

Chad Johnson May Have Been Jokingly Named The Cheapest Athlete, But It's Allowed Him To Maintain A $15M Net Worth

Most people have a favorite number, which can lead them to fully embrace it by wearing it as a pendant on a necklace or even as a tattoo. Former NFL wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson took it to another level by adding his own spin to his jersey number, 85 — making it his nickname in Spanish. Although he’s built a reputation based on his association with the number, Johnson’s life and legacy go beyond it. Born in Miami, FL, Johnson entered the NFL as the Cincinnati Bengals’ second-round draft pick in 2001. Throughout his career, Johnson completed 766 receptions; 11,059 yards; and 67 touchdowns. While he completed most of these athletic accomplishments with the Bengals for 10 seasons, he also played one year with the New England Patriots, earning a chance to compete in the 2012 “Super Bowl XLVI.” Johnson’s career did not land him the chance to earn the top NFL award as a Super Bowl champion, but his on-field career garnered significant earnings. According to Spotrac, Johnson...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 11, 2024

Terrence Howard, Who Has An Estimated $4M Net Worth, Shared How He Received ‘Lowball Pay’ Despite His Accolades

If the lyrics to “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” sound familiar, then it’s likely because of its connection to the 2005 film “Hustle and Flow,” starring veteran actor Terrence Howard. Critics and fans could argue that his portrayal in the Memphis, TN-based movie is one of Howard’s most recognizable roles. In it, he makes a solid effort to adapt to the culture and lingo of the mid-Southern city. “My ability to connect with an audience, I feel, was born in Memphis with ‘Hustle & Flow’ and what we shot,” Howard said ahead of the 2023 premiere of “Showdown at the Grand,” per The Daily Memphian. He continued, “Something about that city brings out the very best in me, and maybe it’s just because the city is no frills. It is what it is.” While “Hustle and Flow” may be a high point in his career, it is not the peak. Howard has starred in several films and television shows, including the drama series “Empire” (2015) and movies such as “The Best Man” (1999) and “Iron Man” (2008). The...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 5, 2024