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Fabolous Shoots Two Straight Air-Balls With $20k For Charity On The line

Fabolous was roasted on Twitter, Saturday night, after air-balling two straight three-point shots to win $20,000 for charity during NBA All-Star Weekend. Fab was joined by Bobby Shmurda to represent Brooklyn during the event.

Speaking with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Brooks, Fab boasted about his ball-playing abilities saying, “I could play. I grew up in Brooklyn, so you had to play hard out there either way.”

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Fab was immediately put to the test and asked to shoot a 3-pointer with $20,000 going to the United Negro College Fund on the line. After air-balling two straight attempts, the money was still gifted to the charity.

Bobby Shmurda chipped in by adding an extra $20,000.

Shmurda’s All-Star Weekend appearance comes just weeks after his long-awaited release from prison.

“Thank you for riding this six-year sentence out with me,” he wrote on Instagram after getting out. “I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Bod boy Bobby.”

Ahead of the All-Star Game, Shmurda was seen partying in Atlanta with Gucci Mane, something the NBA reportedly tried to crack down on in an effort to follow health and safety guidelines for the coronavirus pandemic.

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Derek Chauvin’s Murder Trial For George Floyd’s Death Will Be Televised

The upcoming murder trial for Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of killing George Floyd last year, will be televised on Court TV, and streamable on Peacock’s Law & Crime. Chauvin was seen in the infamous video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes before his death. The horrific killing sparked massive nationwide protests against police brutality and the over funding of police departments.

“This trial is more than just about Derek Chauvin. It is about policing and public safety and how fundamentally flawed it is in the United States,” Minneapolis City Councilman Phillipe Cunningham said.

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The trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 8th.

John Elder, a public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, says the department is preparing for both outcomes in the trial, as protests could erupt as a result.

“We had a great deal of civil unrest last year, and it was a level of violence and unrest that this city has never seen,” Elder said. “In law enforcement, you plan for the worst and hope for the best. We owe it to the residents, businesses, and visitors to have a plan in place.”

Chauvin is being charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Pooh Shiesty Comments On Brother’s Death With Statement On IG

 Pooh Shiesty has released a statement reflecting on the loss of his brother, Tee Da P, who died last week after a battle with brain cancer. The comments come after an outpouring of support from the rap community on social media.

“Still wondering where tf that shit come from,” he wrote. “Ig we gotta go out that way we both survived bullets. That shit ain’t strong as us these pussies will never be able [to] take us out. You ain’t get killed or shot I’m going out [the] same way save my spot go find Treday first.”

Earlier in the week, Drake, who just released a three-song EP, sent a message to Shiesty expressing his condolences for the loss. Shiesty shared the voice message on Instagram.

“I just want to send you my condolences, man. You know, and just let you know that, like, the cycle of life is unfair, you know? It just hits us so hard,” Drake said in the message. “Money can’t change that, you know? Something I just went through, too, with one of my friends.”

“Just know that’s something everybody got to witness and I’m sure they’re all just proud of you, the most love for you in their hearts and that’s something I want you to know,” he continued. “In a tough time like this, realize what you’ve been able to accomplish in this short time and what you have in front of you. I’m wishing you strength in these times, man.”

Shiesty was originally scheduled to perform on Saturday, February 27, but canceled the show to spend time with his family.

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Donovan Mitchell Reacts To LeBron James’ Comments on Jazz: “I Really Don’t Care”

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has responded to LeBron James’ explanation as to why Mitchell and his teammate Rudy Gobert fell to the bottom of the All-Star team draft. Mitchell says that criticism is nothing new.

“I don’t want to be rude but I really don’t care,” Mitchell said, according to Sarah Todd of the Deseret News. “People have been talking shit about me for a while…we’re not doing this to seek the approval of him.”

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The Jazz are first in the Western Conference standings this season, causing many to wonder whether leaving the team’s top two players on the board until the final two picks was a slight.

“There’s no slander to the Utah Jazz,” James explained after the draft. “You guys gotta understand, just like in video games growing up, we never played with Utah. Even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton was, we would never pick those guys in video games. Never.”

Charles Barkley, who was covering the draft for TNT, criticized the lack of support for the Jazz:  “I’m not going for this Utah Jazz slander right now. Come on, man. They got the best record in the NBA, and they two best players are the last two standing. This is slander. This is slander, America.”

The All-Star Game is set to tip-off at 8:00 PM, Sunday.

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LeBron James Dodges Question On Getting Vaccinated: “I’ll Keep That To A Private Thing”

Lakers star LeBron James did not confirm or deny whether he plans to get the vaccine when asked by a reporter ahead of Sunday’s controversial All-Star Game. The comments come just days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he expects most players will choose to get vaccinated.

“That’s a conversation my family and I will have. I’ll keep that to a private thing,” James said, according to Mark Medina of USA Today.

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Earlier Sunday, it was reported that both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had been ruled out of the All-Star Game, after their barber tested positive for COVID-19.

“Ultimately these are personal decisions that players need to make,” Silver said when asked if he plans to require players to get vaccinated. “And yet…. My hunch is that most players ultimately will choose to get vaccinated.”

“The CDC has already announced when you get vaccinated, you don’t need to quarantine as a close contact. As you know, many of our players have had to sit out not because they tested positive but because they were required to quarantine because of a close contact,” Silver said. “In addition, right now as we operate under this so-called work quarantine protocol, where players are largely only going between their homes and the arenas, once they get vaccinated they’ll be able to do more in their communities. That’s something we’ve already begun talking to the Players Association about.”

The All-Star Game is set to tip-off at 8:00 PM, Sunday.

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Blake Griffin To Sign With The Brooklyn Nets: Report

Free-agent forward Blake Griffin, who was released by the Detriot Pistons earlier this week, is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Griffin is reportedly most interested in pursuing a championship and believes Brooklyn to be the best fit.

“Interested teams have expected Griffin to pursue a championship in Brooklyn alongside Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden,” Charania confirmed on Twitter, Sunday afternoon.

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Griffin was bought out of his contract with Detriot on March 5th, and it was reported that he hoped to end up with the Nets. It appears he will be getting his wish.

The 11-year NBA veteran has been selected to six All-Star teams throughout his tenured career. He most notably found success with the Los Angeles Clippers after being drafted by the organization with the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. After being joined by Chris Paul, the Clippers found success, making it to the playoffs in six straight years. They were infamously unable to make it past the Western Conference Semifinals.

Griffin joined the Pistons in 2018. This season, he averaged 12.3 points on 36.5 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game for the Pistons.

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Chris Cuomo Jokes He’s “Black On The Inside” While Speaking With Don Lemon

CNN’s Chris Cuomo joked that he is “Black on the inside,” during a conversation with Don Lemon, earlier this week, a remark that has resulted in public backlash on Twitter. The comment followed Lemon’s inquiry as to how Cuomo could recite the theme song from the popular ’70s sitcom Good Times.

‘How do you know all the words to Good Times?’ Lemon asked.

“You know I’m black on the inside,” Cuomo responded.

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The new controversy comes as the CNN anchor’s brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, faces numerous accusations of sexual harassment from former staffers as well as a massive scandal regarding his mismanagement of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Obviously I am aware of what’s going on with my brother,” Chris said on-air earlier this week. “And obviously I cannot cover it, because he is my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.

“I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so,” he added. “There’s a lot of news going on that matters also, so let’s get after that.”

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Jay-Z’s Billion-Dollar Net Worth Jumps 40% With Tidal & Champagne Brand Sales

Jay-Z doubles as one of the greatest rapper’s to ever hit the scene and one of hip hop’s most recognizable moguls. The Brooklyn native is the ultimate hustler, managing to amass his billion-dollar fortune through various projects and holdings. The 51-year-old executive recently struck two deals, one selling his streaming service Tidal to Sqaure, Inc. and another selling half of his champagne brand Armand de Brignac, both contributing to the whopping 40% jump in his net worth. 


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As reported by Forbes, Jay’s recent $297 million deal with Jack Dorsey’s mobile company Square, Inc. to sell a majority stake in Tidal valued the company at around $450 million. Tidal’s “artist shareholders” will continue to have a stake in the company and Jay-Z will own a small percentage as well. 

This news comes about a week removed from news that he sold off half his luxury champagne brand Armand de Brignac champagne to LVMH in a deal that valued it at about $640 million. 


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Both these deals helped Jay’s net worth jump from an already impressive $1 billion to a whopping $1.4 b billion. Of course, this is just the start for the mogul. His diverse and growing business portfolio includes his new marijuana start-up company MONOGRAM, the remaining 50% stake in the $300 per bottle Armand de Brignac, as well as D’Usse cognac and smaller stakes in different companies.

A brief breakdown of his billion-dollar net worth is as follows: Cash and Investments make up about $425 million of his wealth, while his $320 million stake in Armand de Brignac contributes the next largest chunk of his cash. Money from Roc Nation, D’Usse, his music catalog and his art collection makes up about $140 million, $120 million, $95 million, and $70 million of his wealth respectively.


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Lastly, his real estate portfolio makes up about $50 million of his massive fortune. Congrats to Jay-Z on the great news!

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Kawhi Leonard Reveals His Olympic Plans

Kawhi Leonard is one of the best players in the NBA and as a result, he is currently in Atlanta where the best of the best will be duking it out in the All-Star Game. This season is a big one for Kawhi, who is trying to lead his Los Angeles Clippers to the NBA Finals, for the first time in the franchise’s history. If the team makes it that far, Leonard will have a difficult choice to make, as the Tokyo Olympics are immediately after the Finals in late July.

While speaking to reporters ahead of the All-Star Game, Leonard made it abundantly clear that he wants to play for Team USA, which will be coached by his former boss, Gregg Popovich. Leonard noted that he was down to play in 2020 but COVID-19 put a complete damper on that.

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“My plan is to go,” Leonard said. “If I feel up to it and feel ready to go around that time, then I’m going to play.” Team USA is set to be pretty stacked, although it remains to be seen if the Olympics go as planned as COVID continues to be a real threat.

Let us know who you would like to see on Team USA, in the comments below. Also, stay tuned for more NBA news as we will be sure to keep you informed.

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Kanye West’s Presidential Campaign Violated Fundraising Practices, Says An FEC Report

Kanye West’s brief but eventful 2020 presidential campaign kicked off on Independence Day that same year. Running on a platform of environmental stewardship and controversially anti-abortion, most of the rap veteran’s support came from his most avid listeners. According to a Daily Beast report, Ye may face some legal trouble from his failed run after the Federal Election Commission cited several violations in its report of the rapper’s unhinged campaign. 


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Noted by the publication, the agency reported Kanye’s campaign took multiple donations from minors and possibly accepted contributions from foreign nationals. The report claims that his operation included false names and addresses linked to different shipping facilities on both United States’ coasts. 

Finally, a full investigation could be launched into unlawful fundraising practices the 43-year-old hip-hop mogul participated in that helped him amass almost $100,000 in small donations in 2021. 

It’s notably unlawful to intentionally take donations from people younger than 18, but Ye’s campaign seemed to purposely target people in this demographic by selling merch bundles on the site. 16-year-old Ian Bloom, who donated to West’s presidential bid, claims he spent $3,280 and has yet to receive any of the items. 

“I don’t know what’s happening there,” Ian Bloom told the outlet. “I ordered like 20 hoodies off his campaign website, along with a lot of other people that I know. They said it would be three weeks, and after that I emailed the support team, and the email just wasn’t a thing.”


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Of the reported 3,161 donations reported to the publication, students made up over 1,200 of the donors while committing $349,160 in total, $26,540 coming from this year alone. He also additionally pumped $12 million of his own cash into the campaign. We’ll keep you updated with further developments in the case.  

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