Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

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The rest of the Los Angeles Clippers team was not here for whatever Paul George had to say following their loss to the Denver Nuggets.

According to a reports from The Athletic, PG-13 made an attempt at rallying his team following their Game 7 loss to the Nuggets, urging them all to stay prepared for another run at a championship next season. His words were reportedly met with “eye rolls and bewilderment” from his teammates, mainly because George had a such disappointing performance throughout the series.

“In the postgame locker room Tuesday night, George was preaching to teammates to remain committed, for all the players to return to the team this offseason and stay ready to make another run,” the report reads. “It was met by some eye rolls and bewilderment, sources said, because George did not back up his words with action in the series and the team has multiple free agents with decisions to make.:

The article goes on to add that it seemed like George wasn’t holding himself accountable for his poor performance.

“Paul George had a disappointing series against Denver, and had several moments that left him in compromising positions with his teammates — beyond just his production. Multiple teammates had verbal spats with George throughout the postseason, citing in their exchanges a lack of accountability from him,” the report reads.

That same lack of accountability is what led to a heated exchange between George and Montrezl Harrell during game 2 of the Clippers’ series against Denver.

According to sources, Harrell was upset that George had two unnecessary turnovers. He tried to express this frustration to George, but George insisted that it wasn’t his fault. Harrell is just one of the Clippers’ unrestricted free agents this offseason, and following such an embarrassing loss this post-season, he may be looking to explore other options.

106 & Park

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Unfortunately for fans of Bobby Shmurda, it doesn’t look like the rapper will be released this year, contrary to prior reports about the possibility.

According to reports from TMZ, law enforcement sources claim that Shmurda has been denied parole and will remain in jail until 2021. It seems as if the judicial system isn’t convinced the rapper has been fully rehabilitated, revealing that Bobby will have to serve his maximum seven-year sentence.

“Following his Sept. 15, 2020, interview with the Board of Parole, Ackquille Pollard was denied release and given a hold until the maximum expiration of his sentence on December 11, 2021,” a spokesperson from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision tells Complex.

While fans were hoping for an early release, it’s not exactly surprising that the jail isn’t letting Shmurda out early for good behavior. Throughout his time there, the rapper has reportedly racked up more than ten violations for drug possession, fighting, having a weapon, and other offenses. These all could have been factors that halted Bobby’s possibility of an early release.

Bobby’s latest parole hearing was initially set for mid-August before it was delayed a month. Leading up to this hearing, there were high hopes that Shmurda would be released, with the rapper’s mother celebrating his birthday by proclaiming this would be the last birthday he had to celebrate behind bars.

Shmurda and his GS9 affiliates were arrested in 2014. Two years later, in September 2016, Bobby plead guilty to conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon charges, being sentenced to seven  years in prison.

BET Awards 2020

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Today is a very important day in the 2020 election cycle, it’s National Voter Registration Day!

To honor the sacrifices of those who fought, bled, and died for our right to vote (R.I.P. John Lewis) Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign is holding a very special social media event to the likes of which we’ve never seen with the Forever First Lady.

Today, at 11am EST, Mrs. Obama will going on Instagram live for the very first time to get people excited to do their civic duty and she’s bringing some very special friends along with her! Jennifer Lopez, Chris Paul, Zendaya, DJ Khaled, Ayesha Curry, H.E.R., Earthgang, Tracee Ellis Ross, DJ Envy, and many, many others will be joining Chelly-O for her inaugural Instagram extravaganza.

Some of Mrs. Obama’s time will be spent talking to her When We All Vote co-chairs about the importance of using our voices at the polls. The rest of Mrs. Obama’s time will be spent bringing her famous “this my jam” GIF to life as DJ’s and artists perform some of their biggest hits for all of our enjoyment. It’s politics but make it a party!

Michelle’s When We All Vote initiative is on a mission to increase participation in every election season. It also aims to close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting. We’ve seen the campaign do incredible work thus to harness grassroots energy through partnerships and cultural outreach programs.

Michelle and her team have been active with the campaign since 2018 and have since then organized 2,500 local voter registration events across the country in addition to sparking the passion and interest of over 200 million people online about the significance of voting. History will continue to be pushed forward today so make sure you tune in to learn how you can make an impact.

We’ll be there and you should be too!

Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America

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With the coronavirus taking over the world for the foreseeable future and stay-at-home orders only allowing people out to do essential shopping, it’s more important now than ever before to keep yourself strapped.. with a mask of course.

Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control officially recommended the widespread use of face masks to help slow the spread of the COVID-19. Now, these aren’t the medical-grade N95 facial respirator masks—which continue to be in short supply and should be reserved solely for health-care professionals on the frontlines, they’re just cotton masks to prevent others from getting infected by droplets in the air. Since social distancing may present a new norm for the future, masks are becoming a part of everyday life, so it’s time to invest in one to keep you safe and looking good out here in these empty streets.

1. Birdwell

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We’ve been making purpose-built gear in our Southern California factory for over 59 years, but it’s never felt more important than right now. In the last month, we have gone from making board shorts to shutting down the factory (in compliance with a statewide Stay At Home order) to making masks for people on the front lines supporting those affected by COVID-19. To do even more to help decrease the spread of coronavirus, we are proud to introduce the Birdie Reversible Mask Buy One, Give One program. The Birdie Reversible Mask is a general-use, reusable mask constructed with two layers of breathable SurfStretch™ to protect yourself and others, in comfort and style. For each mask you purchase, a mask will be donated to CORE, a non-profit working in partnership with the LA Mayor’s Office and the LA Fire Department to provide free drive-through testing for high-risk individuals. By supporting free and easy access to testing, we believe the surge on healthcare providers can be mitigated and lives will be saved. Your mask purchase also makes it possible for us to continue providing a living wage to our team of expert craftsmen and women, who in turn, can support their families and businesses in our local community. It’s times like these we are reminded just how interconnected we all are. What we do (or don’t do) affects so many people we may never know. Be kind. Stay healthy. Stay home, and please, wear a mask if you must go out. #birdwell

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Birdwell masks don’t just offer dope ass patterns that’ll match a couple of your outfits, but for every mask the company sells, one is donated to CORE, a non-profit founded by Sean Penn working in partnership with the LA Mayor’s Office and the LA Fire Department to “provide free drive-through testing for high-risk individuals.”

Price: $19.95

2. Los Angeles Apparel

Looking to support stateside made product (hint: you should) while also trying to social distance in peace?  Los Angeles Apparel has you covered. Made of french terry, two cotton straps, and over 20 colors, they’ve got you covered.

Price: 3 for $30

3. House Of Nambili

If you’re a fan of African patterns, ethnographic textiles, and supporting your people, House of Nambili is the brand for you. Not only will the masks stand out from others on the street, but the same dope patterns are used on the brand’s other merch like phone cases and mugs.

Price: $15

4. Mask Club

As some businesses continue to flatline because of the coronavirus, some, like Mask Club, were born out of necessity. Fans of comic books, video games, and cartoons like Adventure Time, this is the brand for you. There’s even an assortment of patterns for the young ones to make the new normal a bit more comfortable.

Price: $13.99

5. Aloha Glamour

Alexis Williams, the founder of Aloha Glamour, is keeping fashion in mind while offering protective masks. With practicality in mind, Williams designed the masks to wear alone or over N95 medicals masks.

“My masks are 100% cotton, reversible, reusable and machine washable,” Williams told Travel Noire.

Price: $15

6. AKINGS

AKINGS’ slogan is that the brand is a cut above the rest, and with a vegan leather mask, they’re holding true to their ethos. The simple black mask with python detailing is currently sold out, but the brand recommends that you still cop now if you’d like to get one within the next two weeks.

Price: $100

7. XMask

XMask‘s got an elite face covering for those looking to use the mask for awhile. To ensure you’re breathing in the freshest of air, the brand also offers filters to swap out periodically. With free shipping on orders over $100, you might want to look at some of the brand’s dapper offerings. Plus, it looks pretty badass. 

Price: $39.99

8. Kyrve Apparel

Kyrve Apparel has you covered if you’re trying to make a statement. Since US alcohol sales have increased more than 200% since coronavirus, Crown Royal may have become your new best friend. If so, you can rep your favorite whisky on your face mask. Drink responsibly and be a responsible citizen by covering up in public.

Price: DM for price

10. Batani-Khalfani

When the coronavirus fears got super serious in March, LA designer Batani-Khalfani knew she had to step up.

“I have tons of fabric and fabric scraps that I keep and have collected over the years, bags and bags full, and I had been trying to figure out what to do with them. So I decided that I would make some masks…,” she recently told Blavity

And she wasn’t kidding when she mentioned the amounts of patterns she has. From simple black masks to python print or Black Panther-themed coverings, there’s something for everyone.

Price: $24.99

11. Profound

If paisley and patterns are your vibe, Profound has you covered with some dope mask options. Profound is also doing what any brand should, taking care of its community.

“A portion of proceeds directly to Covid-19 relief to assist refugee families in overpopulated, often neglected areas. Another portion contributing to medical masks for healthcare workers in the areas closest to our home base, NY/NJ and factory workers who have produced these,” reads an IG caption.

Price: $25

12. UNIQLO AIRism Face Mask

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The king of basics has arrived. If you were looking for one of your favorite brands, whose cotton you love, to finally drop a facemask you’re in luck. UNIQLO’s masks are constructed of AIRism –the brand’s breathable underwear material– and is said to be “cool and dries quickly.” 

Uniqlo plans on producing 50,000 masks a week so feel free to stock up when they drop on June 19.

Price: 3 for $9

13. Rowing Blazers

If the preppy gawds have been calling your name and you need some grown man masks to go with your summertime threads, Rowing Blazers has you covered. The brand is known for its fresh take on uptight preppy classics and bold patterns. Now you can find most of those patterns on its masks– whether it be a simple tartan plaid or seersucker.

Price: $25

14. Henry Mask

If you’ve spotted celebrities like Lance Gross and Terrence J rocking masks you wouldn’t mind wearing, then Henry masks have you covered. There’s simple colored ones or others with more style like all over lip red lip prints. 

“As a country, we felt the blow of how ill-equipped and unprepared we were for such a disaster. As global medical supplies and face masks ran low, there was no way of obtaining more of what was desperately needed. There were not enough manufacturers in the US to meet the demand,” says the website.

What makes this brand different than others is that its subscription-based with four new masks arriving at your home once a month.

Price: $39.99

15.

If the U-Mask is good enough for Formula 1 drivers to rock at the Austrian Grand Prix, it’s likely a solid choice for your runs to the grocery store. 

It was the official choice of protection for  Ferrari and McLaren‘s drivers as it “features four layers of filtration, it is self-sanitizing and anti-proliferative, meaning that it prevents the growth and spread of viruses and bacteria on the mask surface.”

There’s even one that includes a rainbow flag version with the proceeds going towards LGBTQIA+ initiatives.

Price: $43.72

Re-opening Continues Across Densely Populated New York And New Jersey Areas

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Artists are asking the Whitney Museum of American Art to rethink its ethical practices.

The Whitney, located in Manhattan, canceled last month’s “Collective Actions” exhibit following backlash from Black artists whose works were to be displayed without their permission. “The exhibition, which was originally slated to launch this coming Thursday, revolved around the responses to the global health crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement. Artists felt the museum was not communicative or transparent about their acquisition of their works —some of which had sold for around $100 USD as part of the charity initiative See In Black print sale led by a coalition of Black photographers. The artists were only aware of the presentation when the museum staff sent out e-mails requesting their biographical information and offered them a lifetime pass to the museum as the only compensation,” HypeBeast notes.

“I understand how projects in the past several months have a special resonance and I sincerely want to extend my apologies for any pain that the exhibition has caused,” Farris Wahbeh (curator of the exhibition) said in a statement to the site. In an update, three of the aforementioned artists have published a letter requesting the Whitney review its ethical guidelines and practices.

The letter, written by Chiara No, Kara Springer and Fields Harrington, reads in part:

“The Whitney’s formal statement in support of Black communities states that you have increased the racial diversity of your collection, exhibitions, and performances. The ways in which you acquired our work and planned to show it, without conversation with or consent from many of the included artists, demonstrates an undervaluing of our labor and denial of our agency. This calls into question how you have increased the diversity of your collection. The purpose of acquiring work is not only to preserve a moment in time but also to support living artists. All too often, Black, Indigineous, and POC artists are invited in because our radicality serves to signify institutional inclusivity and progressiveness. This performance of racial inclusion seldom comes alongside a real commitment to supporting historically excluded communities. That we were brought into the museum through an administrative loophole in which the special collection acquisition made it possible to collect and exhibit our work without adhering to the museum’s own standards of compensation offers an important insight into how Black, Indigineous, and POC artists continue to be inadvertently marginalized and exploited.”

Read it in full here.

Feed Your City Challenge

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2 Chainz is no stranger to giving back, and the pandemic only made the need for his philanthropic efforts more obvious.

On Saturday, the rapper participated in the “Feed Your City Challenge,” which chose Atlanta as the eighth stop for their nationwide tour. The philanthropic effort was started by former NBA player Ricky Davis and music executive Tony Draper to try and gift groceries and personal protective equipment to underserved communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to local media outlet WSB-TV, Saturday’s event gave out supplies for up to 4,500 people who showed up.

2 Chainz grew up in College Park, Georgia. During the event, he talked to the media about why he was there.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, but it’s important for people like myself who have a platform to be on ground zero giving back,” he explained. “It’s a hard time for the whole world, not just the city of Atlanta. But I’m just using my platform to lead by example.”

Everyone in attendance also had the opportunity to complete voter registration and informed on the importance of the U.S. Census.

“It’s very important that each person be counted so we can get the right funds in the community,” 2 Chainz added. It’s another thing I’m trying to get people out here to understand as well.”

2020 Vanity Fair Oscar After Party

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SZA wants the world to know she’s the biggest fans of Insecure, and she’ll do whatever it takes to prove it.

In a new series with Billboard, QUIZZED, SZA gets quizzed by none other than Issa Rae on her knowledge of her hit series. Surprisingly enough, when the video first begins, Issa expresses that the two of them have only ever talked on the phone before, making this whole exchange even more special.

As for the actual quiz, SZA has to answer some true or false questions alone with some questions about what character from the show said what quote. She also tells Issa a story about one of her exes that parallels Issa’s experience with Lawrence on the show, revealing why the show really hits home. The whole thing is absolutely hilarious and honestly looks like a really good game to play with your friends and family–as long as everyone is a big fan of the same TV show.

If you want to see SZA and Issa Rae’s first time “meeting” along with SZA’s attempt at proving she’s the biggest fan of Insecure in the entire world, check out the video down below:

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RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Art For Life Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire Gin

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Dave Chappelle is one of few comedians who were able to snag a hefty payday for their Netflix comedy stand-ups.

Regardless of what Monique says, Netflix getting Dave to deliver new stand-ups is a win for everyone. Dave is one of the most beloved comedians to walk the earth and any new material from him is always given praise by fans. When it comes to critics, they were interestingly harsh on one of his latest Netflix specials, Sticks & Stones.

In the stand-up, Dave went in on the LGBT community, celebrity scandals, cancel culture, and more hot topics. Critics were quick to call Dave out for allegedly ‘losing his touch’ and claiming he missed the mark with the special–Which we all know is a lie just based of off his latest special, about George Floyd, 8:46, which hit the mark and helped people cope when they needed it most.

Regardless of how his haters feel, this weekend, Dave took home three awards at the Creative Arts Emmy’s. Although the special was called, Sticks & Stones it seems the words from critics did bother Dave to some degree. After the multiple wins, the comedian posted his acceptance speech on Instagram for the world to see. In his speech, he fired back his own version of “I told you so” to the critics by telling them maybe they should “Shut The F**k Up, Forever”.

Of course, reading this only does so much because when it comes to Dave, you have to hear it for yourself.

Walt Disney Television's Coverage of The 72nd Annual Emmy Awards

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The 72nd Annual Emmy Awards happened on Sunday — mostly without a studio audience. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, with D-Nice serving as official DJ and music consultant (and pretty much co-host), this year’s show was chock full of commercials and almost entirely virtual. But for those of us who care about representation — it happened bigtime. While Anthony Anderson joked that in the year that was supposed to be the Blackest Emmy’s ever, most nominees couldn’t even get in the building BUT between Sunday’s Emmy’s and the Creative Arts Emmys that happened all week — Black Hollywood racked up a GANG of awards… AND some of our favorites still managed to fashionably flex despite the lack of a traditional red carpet.

Check out some of our favorite looks from the night below and keep reading for a list of the winners hailing from Black Hollywood…

Tracee Ellis Ross went with a gilded ruffled halter gown

With a slit wayyyyy up there

Tracee looked gorgeous presenting at the show.

Zendaya served in black and purple — looking like the Hollywood royalty she proved she is.

She wore the Black designer Christopher John Rogers to present at the show then had a wardrobe change into custom Giorgio Armani before accepting her Leading Actress win.

Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach also dressed Kerry Washington for the big night

This is Dolce & Gabbana, if you didn’t know, now you know

Robin Thede was styled by Wayman and Micah and wore Christian Siriano

The dynamic duo also dressed Regina King in this amazing Schiaparelli gown.

Cynthia Erivo looked fashion forward in a lime and purple Versace mini, styled by Jason Bolden

Jason also worked his magic on Yara Shahidi

H.E.R. wore Vera Wang for her In Memoriam performance

Issa Rae and her team rented out the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood just so she could C-Walk in her Sergio Hudson.

One of the highlights of the show for us was when Issa talked about her first TV pitch meeting in one of the evening’s segments about represenation. Check it out below, then hit the flip for the winner’s list:

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Brandy’s got some words for a comedienne who sent some shade her way.

As previously reported Thea Vidale shaded Brandy ahead of the singer’s #VERZUZ battle with Monica. Thea shadily said she was #TeamMonica before alleging that Brandy and her mom Sonja Norwood were “disrespectful” on the set of her short-lived show “Thea.”

“I’m tired of people coming at me sideways about Brandy, I never said she wasn’t talented. I do and will always fundamentally disagree with her and her mama’s disrespect while we worked together on my sitcom. And I stand by that sh-t !!”

Thea went on to name other women who allegedly had issues with the “Wanna Be Down” singer including Sheryl Lee Ralph, Adina Howard, and Countess Vaughn before deleting her social media.

Brandy recently responded during a discussion with “The Morning Hustle.” The cohosts asked Brandy about the comedienne’s not so subtle shade and Brandy noted that Thea mistreated her on set while noting that she seems “bitter.”

I would just have to say that Thea didn’t really treat me the way I deserved to be treated. I was a child. I respected her and I loved being on her show. I felt like that was the stepping stone to get to my music career. And I felt maybe, you know, she’s just a little bit bitter because I haven’t seen her do a lot since then. So maybe it was a way to get attention. And I just honestly believe that. She needs a little love right now.”

Brandy also reacted to criticism of her Moesha TV dad Frank Mitchell who viewers have taken issue with. According to Moesha re-watchers, Frank Mitchell was a “s***y dad” who was a poor parent to Mo.
Brandy said she hasn’t noticed and said she’s “focused” on a reboot.

“You know what, I haven’t even paying attention. I’ve just been so thankful that it’s on such a platform like Netflix and it’s been trending forever. I’m focusing on the possibility of us doing a reboot. My dad can make up for all of that in the reboot.”

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What do YOU think about Brandy’s response to Thea Vidale??? We have to agree, someone def sounds bitter.

Nike Unveils LeBron 18

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As the NBA‘s much delayed and bizarre season continues, one of the sport’s biggest stars is debuting his latest signature sneaker.

The Lakers look to take on the Denver Nuggets when the Conference Finals begin on Sunday, and LeBron James will probably be rocking the LeBron 18 that Nike just debuted.

Nike Unveils LeBron 18

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Designer Jason Petrie was at the helm of the design as he combined Max Air and Zoom Air technologies in a new way for Nike Basketball. The decision to combine the technology comes from what James needs in a shoe as he ages, the league progresses, and his role changes. As a fresh-faced rookie for the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, James needed comfort, but his needs have evolved with cushioning for protection also becoming essential elements in his kicks. The responsiveness comes from a piece in between the max bag that includes one soft piece and another that mimics the action of a trampoline.

Nike Unveils LeBron 18

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As part of the first drop, four different colorways will be released– all with backstories. First is the Empire Jade colorway, which was inspired by the Emperor’s stamp and will only be available in China when they drop on September 21. Next up is the multicolor edition, which will also be a China-exclusive when it launches on September 24 and eventually drops in the states come October 9. The third colorway, which drops November 6,  pays homage to Bron’s host city of Los Angeles with some palm tree detailing, dubbed the “Los Angeles By Day.” Lastly is the “Reflections” Colorway, which pays homage to the King’s defining moments in his career thus far.

Nike Unveils LeBron 18

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For a closer look at the latest sneakers in LeBron’s lineage and a full breakdown of the design, check out the gallery below.

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Ty Lawson's IG Account Flooded With Racists Comments Following Ban By CBA

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Former NBA baller Ty Lawson is now out of a job in China after a series of inappropriate Instagram Posts.

Ty Lawson got the booted for life from the Chinese Basketball Association this weekend. During a night out on the town, Lawson decided to share his amazement about some revelations about Chinese women. In the first post, Lawson pointed out that he needed to “switch up his stance” when it comes to Chinese women because he learned they “got cakes on the low.” In a second post he shared in his Instagram Stories, Lawson can be seen appearing to be getting a lap dance from a Chinese woman, and he captions the photo “Yolo I guess lol.”

Now, usually, a post like that would be received as a compliment in other places, clearly not in China. As a result of his posts, the CBA banned the baller for life, and his team, the Fujian Sturgeons, dropped him like a bad habit.

Yikes.

Fans didn’t take to kindly and proceeded to flood his Instagram account with racist comments in response to his posts.

The former North Carolina Tarheel and Denver Nuggets point guard was also the subject of jokes as well, of course. You already know Twitter is not going to miss an opportunity to clown the banned baller for his poor decision.

One Twitter user even hilariously pointed out that Lawson’s being banned was in response to Donald Trump banning TikTok.

We are will to bet Lawson wished he could do that night all over again and don’t hit send on the posts.

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