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September 12, 2023

MTV VMAs Planning Star-studded Finale for 50th Anniversary of Hip-hop

Continuing the celebrations of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, the MTV Video Music Awards announced Monday that the program will end with a tribute to the genre. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and LL Cool J will take the stage at the VMAs with Lil Wayne and show emcee Nicki Minaj for the finale. McDaniels — a member of the trailblazing rap group Run-DMC —is performing at the VMAs for the first time since the group teamed up with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler in 1987.

Ahead of MTV’s big night, Boardroom’s D’Shonda Brown breaks down everything you need to know about the Video Vanguard Award.


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Disney, Charter Reach Agreement Hours Before MNF Opener on ESPN & ABC

Good news for the nearly 15 million subscribers who have accounts with Charter Communications. On Monday, Disney and Charter, which operates the Spectrum cable service, announced the two companies struck a “transformative agreement” to end a closely watched carriage dispute. This decision will restore access to channels like ESPN and ABC to the nation’s second-largest cable television provider, just hours before the Bills and Jets kick off on Monday Night Football. As part of the deal, Disney will provide the advertiser-supported offering of Disney+ to select Charter television packages. Disney-affiliated channels had been blacked out since the evening of Aug. 31, when the channels were pulled during a US Open tennis match and college football game.

Documentary for Bills' Damar Hamlin in the Works

The remarkable story of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin‘s road to recovery following his on-field cardiac arrest in January is the subject of a new documentary. Did We Win began production when Hamlin underwent immediate treatment in the hospital, per Deadline, and continued as the 25-year-old adjusted to life after the scary incident. The feature is expected to highlight both his return to professional football and Hamlin‘s expanding charity efforts, which included a White House visit to speak with President Joe Biden and his non-profit Chasing M’s Foundation teaming up with the American Heart Association, American Red Cross and several other groups for The Smart Heart Sports Coalition. Skydance Sports and NFL Films are expected to help produce.

NBA Competition Committee Considering Fines for Resting Players in Nationally Televised Games

If the NBA Competition Committee has its way, your favorite team could soon be penalized for resting star players during nationally televised contests. The league’s Board of Governors is expected to vote on that ruling Wednesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. If the policy is approved, franchises would reportedly face a $100,000 fine for a first violation. That figure would jump to $250,000 for the second violation and would then increase by $1 million for each subsequent violation, Wojnarowski explained on X. Shams Charania of The Athletic added that teams will only be disciplined for resting “star players,” which will reportedly be defined as any player who made the All-Star team or was named to the All-Pro team in the past three seasons.

Uber Adding Task-based Software to List of Services

You can already get a ride, food delivered, and rent a car via the Uber app. Now, the platform may soon add another program: the ability to complete tasks. According to Bloomberg, the engineers at Uber are developing a new software called “Chore.” First discovered by Steve Moser within the Uber app for iOS, the latest version explains that Chore will allow users to employ “taskers” for certain jobs, similar to how TaskRabbit functions. After requesting help, customers then clarify the task they need to complete, including when taskers should arrive and how long it’s expected to take. The app will then calculate a fee for the task before allowing the user to complete the booking.

'Welcome to Wrexham' Highlights Women’s Squad in Second Season

Wrexham is returning to Hulu. The docuseries, which spotlights the world’s third oldest professional soccer club recently acquired by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, kicks off its second season on Tuesday. This year, the show will expand the aperture to include the women’s club, and early reviews signal that forward Rosie Hughes is positioned to shine bright as a superstar, both on and off the pitch. The premiere comes just days before the 2023-24 season starts on Sept. 17, following the club’s promotion last season.