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Rap legend Chuck D reacted to the Atlanta Hawks replacing longtime game announcer Ryan Cameron with radio jock Big Tigger.

The Hawks announced it was replacing Cameron after 20 years with the team and 17 years as game announcer at State Farm Arena.

Ryan Cameron was the highest paid game announcer in the league. NBA insiders whisper that the new announcer signed on the dotted line for mere pennies.

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Tigger, whose real name is Darian Morgan (pictured left with Ryan), worked as DJ for several years for the Hawks.
 
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Fans were surprised and disappointed with the decision. Cameron was responsible for helping the Hawks rank No. 1 among all NBA teams in an NBA Game Experience Survey.

Outraged Cameron fans swarmed the Hawks' social media pages demanding answers.

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Rap legend Chuck D, of Public Enemy, called out the Hawks for the terrible PR move.

"See ATL FANS? This is what keeps the @ATLHawks raggedy. After the BEST season EVER in the City of Mass Distraction -Hawks drop @ryancameron as on-court announcer. The @nyknicks brass fumbled with Marv & Ewing. Yo fix that bulsht [sic]."

Cameron, who is host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored at Majic 107.5/97.5 radio, joined the Hawks in 2001. Much of his early 30 radio career was spent with the Hawks.

In 2004, he took over the mic as announcer. He missed only 2 games in more than 700 home games, including playoff runs.

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NBA insiders say the decision was made by Steve Koonin, CEO of the Hawks, to replace Cameron with Tigger who has zero experience as an in-game announcer.

Koonin said in an interview Tuesday that the decision was spurred by a staffing clash with Audacy, the company that airs the Hawks games on 92.9/The Game and also owns V-103 where Tigger is morning host.

Cameron no longer works for Audacy since Majic 107.5/97.5 is owned by Radio One.

"Ryan is fantastic," Koonin said. "We love him. But this is 21st century media, and we need to be vertically integrated. That means using on-air talent with the Game and V-103."
 

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The Atlanta Hawks have replaced announcer Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger. The Hawks also hired Tenitra Batiste as in-game sports analyst.

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As the news spread on social media on Wednesday, Cameron's fans voiced their outrage.

One Twitter user wrote: "I love Big Tigg but what's up with Ryan Cameron? No one announces the for 3s like he does."

Cameron, father to daughters Ryan Megan and Kai and son Cayden, has not responded to the report.

Cameron is the host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored from 2p-6p on Majic 107.5 FM in Atlanta.

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NBA Hall Of Famer and Atlanta Hawks legend, Dominique Wilkins, called into Ryan Cameron Uncensored on Majic 1075/975 (WAMJ/Atlanta) with his girlfriend, Sharon Chambers, to describe the incident at Le Bilboquet restaurant in Buckhead.

Wilkins told Ryan Cameron that he and Chambers were denied entry to the upscale Buckhead eatery because of racism. In the photo above, Chamber is seen talking to the manager at the door of the restaurant.

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"I was dressed very appropriate... very elegantly," Wilkins said. "I was dressed better than half the guys who was in there." He described "white guys" coming in wearing shorts, sneakers and t-shirts."

Despite the restaurant's sincere apology on Sunday and Monday, Wilkins said he will never go back to their establishment ever again.

During the interview, LeBiloquet issued an updated statement, saying they would be "re-evaluating the dress code" and mandate employees to take diversity training.

"We sincerely apologize to Dominique Wilkins for the events that occurred on May 22. No patron of our restaurants should be made to feel unwelcome or less than, and for that we are deeply sorry. It was never our intention to make Mr. Wilkins – or anyone else for that matter – feel that way at our restaurant."

The statement goes on to say employees will be required to take diversity, equity and inclusion training and "require it as part of our employee onboarding process moving forward."

Ryan Cameron Uncensored airs weekdays 2-6 PM on Majic 1075/975.

Listen to Wilkins' interview with Ryan Cameron below.

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Legendary singer/songwriter, Maxwell, celebrated his 25th anniversary album, Urban Hang Suite, with his very good friend Ryan Cameron on Majic 107.5/97.5 radio in Atlanta on Monday.

They discussed what the album meant at that time, and how it inspired the next generation of R&B.

Maxwell explained why he turned down a Verzuz battle against D'Angelo in March.

Maxwell said it "was a question of timing". He was also dealing with the loss of family members to Covid-19.

"I got love for my brothers and I know that the people needed something. I did my best and my best wasn't able to come through in that way," he said.

"So, I couldn't commit to it at the time, but I'm always open to doing anything I can to bring entertainment to the people that I love and respect who have made my life what it is for sure."

Maxwell told Ryan he got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine the day before the interview and he's still feeling the effects from the shot.

Listen to a snippet of the interview below.
 

Click here to hear the full interview. Maxwell and Ryan discuss:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic
  • If he's heard Tank's latest single, "Can't Let It Show"
  • Watching the Derek Chauvin trial
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    Actor Louis Gossett Jr. is recovering from Covid-19 at home after he checked himself out of a Georgia hospital because people around him were dying.

    Gossett, 84, spoke by phone to Ryan Cameron, host of WAMJ-Majic 1075/975 in Atlanta, about the reason he left the hospital against medical advice (AMA).

    Gossett told Cameron on Monday that he contracted the virus from a nurse who visited his home. He arrived at an emergency room on Dec. 27, but left shortly after seeing the chaos inside the hospital.

    The Grammy-winning actor said he left the hospital because the staff was "extremely tired" and they were "losing the battle," he said he called his son and other family members, and they got him out of there.

    Gossett said he wanted to thank his fans in Atlanta and around the world for the love, prayers and well wishes over the last few days.

    "When there was a threat of me leaving the planet -- I didn't know I had that done that positive for so many people and I am grateful to the bottom of my heart. I want to say thank you so much for y'all. The love bounces back to you in a million fold. God is good all the time and I am so grateful that you've been there. It's just what the doctor ordered."

    He said four or 5 doctors around the country sent him some medications, including eucalyptus tea and vitamins, to help his recovery.

    When asked if he was for or against the vaccine, Gossett said, "I don't know what the vaccines is but I want it. It gives us a head start to go in the direction of taking better care of ourselves and one another. That's all it is. There's no Democrats, there's nothing but making saving mankind."

    Gossett also discussed the lack of "purity" in young "girls of 6, 7, 8-years-old with that innocence that I've forgotten to see, I don't see it anymore. I see the young men, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10-years old with deep voices and getting ready to shoot one another. We need to take a chill pill. We all need to be saved."

    Gossett had a message for so-called anti-maskers:

    "Covid is real. Even it's not real -- just for the hell of it, wear a mask anyway. Cooperate with us. There's no such thing as impossible. Take the word 'impossible' out of your dictionary. We need to be together to take better care of ourselves, our children and one another."

    Gossett is best known for his Academy Award-winning role in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman and for portraying the character of Fiddler in the ABC miniseries Roots in 1977, among hundreds of film and TV roles.

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    Ryan Cameron returned to middays on Majic 107.5/97.5 on Monday, Aug. 3, months after heart valve surgery.

    Cameron returned to host "Ryan Cameron Uncensored" middays from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Cameron, 54, suffered complications from sepsis, a potentially life-threatening blood infection that damaged a valve in his heart and his kidneys, requiring dialysis to clear toxins from his blood.

    "I learned how sepsis attacks your body," he said on air in early June. "You realize that there's only a 50% survival rate, and you are on the right side of the survival rate. It puts you in the right perspective."

    Rashan Ali, former co-host of "Sister Circle," subbed for Cameron while he recovered from surgery and dialysis. Cameron gave Ali her first radio job on his morning show on Hot 107.9 in the '90s.

    Fans reacted to Cameron's return on Twitter.com Monday.

    "That feeling you get when you hear @ryancameron on the radio again...best feeling EVER! We've missed you Ryan!" tweeted @creativelyash.

    @Memme4life tweeted, "Thank God for the power in prayer and healing!"

    And @TeamFIT365 wrote: "So happy to hear my brother @ryancameron voice back on the radio!"

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    Atlanta-based TV talk show Sister Circle has been cancelled after three seasons. The production company, Tegna, announced the cancellation in a press release, according to the AJC.com's Radio & TV Talk.

    The talk show will air its final episode on April 24. The company explained that "while there are many loyal fans of the show, the show has not grown its audience enough to continue."

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    Sister Circle was helmed by TV and radio personality Rashan Ali. Ali got her start working alongside Atlanta radio legend Ryan Cameron (who recently underwent emergency open heart surgery and is recovering in an ICU).

    In a text message to Radio & TV Talk's Rodney Ho, Ali said: "it was a privilege to have this opportunity. I am so proud of the show and want to thank my co-hosts, our production team and our 'Sister Circle' family for making an indelible impact in media."

    She added: "Right now, however, my thoughts and prayers are with Ryan Cameron who played an integral role in my career."

    Other hosts included Syleena Johnson, 'Married to Medicine' cast member Quad Webb and comedienne Kiana Dancie who was replaced by reality star Trina Braxton ('Braxton Family Values') in the 2nd season.

    Sister Circle got off to a rocky start in 2017 when the panel included woman-hating blogger Funky Dineva. The TV ratings picked up slightly after Dineva was let go in 2018.

    CNN contributor April Ryan expressed her disappointment in a tweet early Monday.

    "I'm disappointed to learn that @TEGNA has canceled @SisterCircleTV! This show offered a unique point of view from four Black hosts @RashanAli @Syleena_Johnson @AbsolutelyQuad & @TrinaBraxton! Someone else pick up this show! https://t.co/md3aFAh369 #SisterCircle #SaveSisterCircle."

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    According to published reports, Atlanta radio legend Ryan Cameron is in an intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack last week.

    The "Ryan King" previously worked the midday rotation for Atlanta radio station V103.3 before accepting the 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. spot at Majic 107.5/97.5.

    Many Atlantans know Cameron as the announcer for the Atlanta Hawks NBA and Atlanta Falcons sports teams. He is also a partner at a branding agency in Atlanta.

    V103.3 on-air personality Frank Ski, former colleague Elle Duncan, WAOK radio host Rashad Richey, and former V103 traffic reporter Crash Clark are among those asking for prayers for Cameron as he recovers from surgery last week.

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    Ryan is the father of three children - daughters Ryan Megan and Kai and son Cayden.

    The Sandrarose.com family prays for a speedy recovery for Ryan. He has done so much for so many behind the scenes without asking for anything in return.

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    One of the most anticipated movies for the new year is Just Mercy, starring award-winning actor Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson. Just Mercy is about a lawyer who works tirelessly to win freedom for Black prisoners on death row.

    Jamie is pictured far right partying with Majic 107.5/97.5 FM radio host Ryan Cameron (far left), singer Tank, 2nd from left, Kenny Burns, 2nd from right, at Compound nightclub in Atlanta in 2010.

    Ryan spoke with Jamie Foxx about his new film, Just Mercy, his children now becoming stars in their own right, his new projects, and returning to the stage as a standup comedian.

    Listen to the full interview below.
     

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    Atlanta's glitterati are abuzz over the star-studded Tyler Perry Studio launch in Atlanta this weekend. Many of the VIPs who got dressed up thinking they would get all access were disappointed to learn they weren't that important.

    Ryan Cameron, host of Majic 107.5/97.5 radio in Atlanta, posed above with singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter at the event.

    The star-studded party was also attended by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Will Smith and Maxine Waters.

    Several people who I spoke to said they declined to attend the event once they learned of the different levels of VIP access, separate VIP rooms, secret side door access, red carpet-only access, etc.

    In other words, everyone is not equal in Tyler Perry's world.

    One star who got elite VIP status and didn't bother walking the red carpet with the commoners was Beyonce, who snuck in through a side door with her aging rapper husband, JAY-Z.

    The inside joke was Beyonce ate like a bird at the gala dinner because she's embarrassed by her FUPA (acronym for fat upper crotch Area).

    Sharp-eyed members of Beyonce's BeyHive noted her FUPA was Photoshopped out of her Instagram photos taken at the gala.

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    Another middle aged celebrity who isn't self-conscious about her FUPA is actress Halle Berry, who dressed in all black.

    Beyonce admitted she cried at the launch of Perry's new movie studio, as she was overwhelmed by its significance for black entertainers.

    The day after the bash, Beyonce revealed she cried at the event.

    "Happy Sunday. Congratulations to Tyler Perry on the opening of his studios," The 39-year-old Lion King star wrote on Instagram. "I could feel our ancestors' presence. Surrounded by my heroes, I watched Denzel (Washington), Queen Oprah, Spike (Lee), Whoopi (Goldberg), Sir (Sidney) Poitier, Will, Halle , Dame Cicely (Tyson) and our angels John Singleton and Diahann Carroll honored.

    "The Armand de Brignac (champagne) crashed against each soundstage as fireworks lit up the sky. Generations of blood, sweat and tears, success, excellence and brilliance.

    "It makes me so proud, so full, I could not stop crying. Thank you my Virgo brother for so much love and passion put into every detail. My prayer today is that you will take it all in. You inspire me to dream even bigger."

    Perry's studio has twelve soundstages, each named after an iconic Black actor, and is one of the biggest studios in the U.S.

    Perry named one of the soundstages after pioneering actress Diahann Carroll, who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.

    None of the soundstages was named after Beyonce.

    Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Ealy, Jill Scott, Ludacris, T.I., Usher, Sean Combs, and Ava DuVernay also attended the gala event.