This Week In Good Black News: Martin Lawrence Announces New Stand-Up Tour, Issa Rae Partners With Tubi To Develop Aspiring Filmmakers, and Bronny James Will Participate In NBA Draft Combine

Plus, Candace Parker appointed President of adidas Women’s Basketball and Davido To Headline Tribeville Festival.

1. Martin Lawrence Announces New Comedy Tour

Legendary comedian Martin Lawrence is returning to the stand-up stage after 8 years. Taking to Instagram, Lawrence shared his excitement about heading back on the road.

“Guess who's back! Ya boy Marty Mar is hittin' the stage again to headline my first comedy tour in 8 years! I've missed y'all and can’t wait to bring the laughs straight to your city! Tickets are on sale May 17 but for my day ones, y'all get them May 15 using the password MARTYMAR. So make sure to check out to get locked in. Y'all know what it is,” his post read.

Lawrence will be accompanied by Adele Givens, Ms. Pat, Desi Banks, B. Simone, DC Young Fly, and many more! This is not the comedy show to miss. 

Tickets for the tour go on sale on May 17.

2. Issa Rae Partners With Tubi To Launch Initiative For Filmmakers 

Entertainment mogul Issa Rae and her management company ColorCreative have announced a partnership with Tubi to give burgeoning creatives a streaming platform and funding as they launch their careers in the industry. Stubios, is a fan-fueled studio for up-and-coming filmmakers and their fans and places “the power to greenlight content in the hands of the viewer.”

“I am deeply passionate about creating pathways to sustainable careers into Hollywood for creatives of diverse backgrounds,” Rae said in a statement. “We at ColorCreative are thrilled to see Tubi taking this important and bold step, and we’re excited to support and guide Stubios creatives on their first long-form projects”

3. Bronny James Invited To Attend NBA Draft Combine

After declaring for the NBA Draft Bronny James will be one of 78 prospects invited to attend the NBA Draft Combine on May 12-19 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. This is the first step to see if Bronny can make the jump to the NBA after playing only one year of college basketball at USC.

For the first time, all invited players will be required to attend and participate in the event or will be ineligible to be drafted, as part of an arrangement with the National Basketball Players Association.

The NBA draft will be held June 26-27 in New York City. The first round will be conducted at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, followed by the second round the next day at ESPN's studio in lower Manhattan.

4. Candace Parker Named President of adidas Women's Basketball

Following her retirement from the WNBA after 16 stellar seasons, basketball legend Candace Parker was appointed the President of adidas Women’s Basketball. In her new role, Parker will  continue to partner with the renowned apparel brand to “push the women's game further and leave it in a better place for the next generation of basketball athletes.” She will also collaborate with the brand to elevate women’s sports and “leverage her deep understanding of the game and the needs of female athletes to define a clear and impactful direction, with a focus on access, increased representation, and breaking down barriers on a global scale.” 

In a statement, the three-time champion expressed her gratitude for the latest chapter in her life.

“Stepping into this new leadership role is a deeply personal next step in my journey with adidas,” Parker said. “From high school to college to playing pro to now, this appointment by adidas symbolizes a shared commitment to making impactful change and setting new benchmarks for the future of women's sports. It's not just about products; it's about fostering a movement focused on innovation, representation, and access.”

5. Davido To Headline Tribeville Festival In Houston

Tribeville returns to The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas on Friday, July 5 for the second time and Afrobeats megastar Davido will be the headliner.

In addition to Davido, Nigerian artist  Wande Coal and Young John, Grenadian singer V’ghn, Trinidadian artist Preedy, Nigerian singer-songwriter Chike, Afrorap act Bils, Alté group The Compozers, and South African rapper Focalistic, along with DJ sets by Skyla Tylaa, Babygirl The DJ, DJ Mobu, DJ Obi & DJ Big N, and many more.

Pre-sale began on Wednesday, May 8 at 10 AM local time with general on-sale to follow on Friday, May 10 at 10 AM local time.

6. Karl-Anthony Towns Named The 2023-24 Social Justice Champion


Minnesota Timberwolves center-forward Karl-Anthony Towns has been named the 2023-24 NBA Social Justice Champion. The four-time all-star will receive the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trophy and the NBA will donate $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities on Towns’ behalf. Towns was selected from a group of five finalists for his dedication “to pursuing social justice and upholding Abdul-Jabbar and the league’s decades-long values of equality, respect, and inclusion.”

An active supporter of social justice in Minnesota, Towns was instrumental in the passage of House File 28 (Bill H.F. 28) – Minnesota’s Restore the Vote bill, “a bipartisan legislation that restores the right to vote to thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals.”  As a leader for the Timberwolves and in the community, Towns was involved in meetings with community stakeholders in conversation hosted by All Square, a nonprofit in Minnesota that invests in people impacted by mass incarceration. Also,  he serves as a producer on the documentary “Forgiving Johnny,” a short film “that explores how digital transformation enables change within the justice system.” Towns is also currently a board member of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition (NBSJC).

Congratulations to Karl-Anthony Towns for this well-deserved recognition.

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