Briefs: Martin Luther King Jr. on Disney+; Mark Zinno back on the Game; Magic Johnson at Alpharetta conference

In 1961, Andrew Young joined the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he quickly became one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s top lieutenants. Young organized leadership workshops and voter registration drives, becoming the SCLC's executive director in 1964. This photo is from a 1967 press conference. (Bob Dendy / AJC Archive at GSU Library AJCN160-097f)

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In 1961, Andrew Young joined the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he quickly became one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s top lieutenants. Young organized leadership workshops and voter registration drives, becoming the SCLC's executive director in 1964. This photo is from a 1967 press conference. (Bob Dendy / AJC Archive at GSU Library AJCN160-097f)

NatGeo’s “Genius” series is moving to Disney+ and the fourth season will focus on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Pre-production has begun in metro Atlanta and active production is set to begin July 31.

“Genius MLK/X” will explore the formative years, pioneering accomplishments, dueling philosophies and key personal relationships of the pair.

While King advanced racial equality through nonviolent protest, Malcolm X argued forcefully for Black empowerment, identity and self-determination. With their formidable wives, Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, by their sides, King and Malcolm X became the best-known civil rights activists of the 1960s before both were assassinated.

Casting has not been officially announced on who will play the two historical figures.

The first installment of “Genius” was about Albert Einstein, the second about Pablo Picasso and the third about Aretha Franklin, which was also shot in Atlanta.

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Lamar Tyler has nabbed Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the NBA legend and entrepreneur, to join his conference TSP Live 2022 at the Avalon this week.

Tyler said Johnson is his biggest get to date. “He definitely ranks No. 1 with a bullet,” he said. “He is huge. He’s a dreamer. he dreams big. He thinks big. He has ownership stakes in several sports franchises. He has deals with Starbucks and TGIF. He thinks bigger than most entrepreneurs. I want him to come to share the way he thinks. We can get a bigger vision on what we can do in our lives.”

About 1,000 people are expected in person with another 1,000 livestreaming, he said.

His company, Traffic Sales and Profit, is a community for African American business owners and entrepreneurs and the marketing and sales boot camp runs from June 23 to June 25 at The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta.

Tyler and his wife Ronnie, who moved to Atlanta in 2010 from Washington, D.C., started a blog in 2007 about marriage and parenting targeting Black men and women. It grew into documentaries and tours across the country. They have since focused on providing courses, coaching and training to help turn smaller businesses into bigger ones.

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Mark Zinno has found a new gig with the Locked on Sports podcast network. PUBLICITY PHOTO

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Mark Zinno has found a new gig with the Locked on Sports podcast network. PUBLICITY PHOTO

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Mark Zinno has found a new gig with the Locked on Sports podcast network. PUBLICITY PHOTO

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Mark Zinno, who was on evenings on sports talk station 92.9/The Game from 2004 to 2007, has returned to the station as a fill-in host. on weekdays and weekends.

Zinno remains a sports betting analyst and a Locked on Sports podcaster. He previously worked at Xtra 106.3 as a sports talk show host and briefly, a politics talker.

“In that fill-in role, it fits his busy schedule,” said Mike Conti, program director, who lauded Zinno for his built-in fan base, his smarts and his knowledge of the Atlanta sports scene. When Mike Bell, for instance, takes vacation soon, Zinno will fill in with Carl Dukes in the afternoons.

The Game’s day-time lineup has stabilized the past three years with no changes at all after many years of consistent turnover. “Our fans have come to love our current lineup,” Conti said.