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LeBron James' eighth straight NBA Finals berth deserves to be appreciated

    BOSTON -- There are those who place legacy in columns, draw the bottom-line report in simple accounting fashion. And there are those who are willing to work in areas of gray, in terms of nuance and circumstance. Some will say that Michael Jordan won six titles and Kobe Bryant won five (Bill Russell won 11 but is somehow usually not included in the counting discussion), and LeBron James has three, and that's that. Perhaps so, in the column, that is that. But for those who entertain perspective, James did something in this postseason that deserves to be recognized and revered. The Cleveland Cavaliers' 87-79 Game 7 victory in Boston on Sunday night earned James a silver trophy and not a gold one. It doesn't...

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DIDDY PAYS $21 MILLION FOR PAINTING BY BLACK ARTIST: HERE ARE 9 TIPS ON COLLECTING ART FOR AVERAGE FOLKS by T. BernieMay 21, 2018 The news just broke that Sean “Diddy” Combs paid $21 million for a painting by 62-year-old African American artist  Kerry James Marshall. The purchase is said to be the highest ever for artwork by a living artist and the most expensive work created by a black artist. More and more black celebrities are purchasing artwork not just as an investment, but as a way to create multi-generational wealth. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are known art aficionados; Hov even name drops famous artists in several of his songs. Who can forget the power couple bringing along little Blue Ivy to what may have been the...

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