*Los Angeles – After the WNBA’s LA Sparks take on the Tulsa Shock Friday, September 9, fans will be treated to a night of old school music and cultural connection.

Immediately following the game, R&B legend Howard Hewett (pictured) performs a few of his biggest songs – including hits from the group Shalamar. Next, the Dazz Band takes center court to perform their funkiest favorites, like “Let It Whip” and more. Supermodel and actor Sam Sarpong hosts the night of music and culture.

As part of The Africa Channel’s Know Your Heritage campaign, four LA Sparks team members: Candace Parker, Ebony Hoffman, Noelle Quinn and DeLisha Milton-Jones, will learn the results of their connection to Africa by having results of their genetic ancestry revealed. Pioneering genetic researcher, Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founder of African Ancestry, Inc. will be on hand to share the DNA test results. These reveals will be included in a special on the LA Sparks to air on The Africa Channel later this fall.

The postgame activities are sponsored by The Africa Channel in association with the Los Angeles Sparks. During this special “Pirate’s Booty Family Weekend,” special discount tickets as low as $7.00 are available through Ticketmaster and the LA Sparks box office. Your family will enjoy fun activities like the “Shake Your Booty” WNBA FIT Break, and fun photo opportunities with the Pirate’s Booty mascot!

Aboutthe LA Sparks
The Los Angeles Sparks, an original Women’s National Basketball team, enter their 15th season in 2011. The Sparks are one of six WNBA franchises that fall under the league’s independent ownership model. Winner of back-to-back WNBA championships in 2001 and 2002, Los Angeles’ roster of star athletes include 2008 WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year Candace Parker, four-time WNBA champion and all-time leading scorer Tina Thompson, and two-time WNBA champion DeLisha Milton-Jones. The Sparks play their home games at STAPLES Center in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. For ticket information,
call 877-44-SPARKS (772757) or visit www.LASparks.com.

About The Africa Channel
The Network’s premiere on September 1, 2005 marked a milestone in U.S. television history. For the first time, American audiences were able to experience the daily successes, celebrations and challenges of people living throughout Africa, all via a general entertainment network. The Africa Channel is broadcast in the United States through national distribution deals with the four largest cable MSOs in the country: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Charter, as well as other cable systems. The Africa Channel’s rapid growth and expansion now includes programming about not only the continent but the influence of African culture throughout the Diaspora. The network is now available in the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada and Curacao. Partners include former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and his company, Goodworks International; NBA stars Dikembe Mutombo and Theo Ratliff; Williams Group Holdings LLC; and former U.S. Senator Donald Stewart. For more information, visit www.theafricachannel.com.




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