Giannis Antetokounmpo Believes Younger Brother Alex Can Surpass Him

Giannis Antetokounmpo just came f an incredible season with the Milwaukee Bucks where he won NBA MVP and also led his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Greek Freak is a generational talent who is set up to dominate the league for years to come. His Bucks are considered favorites in the Eastern Conference and it doesn’t look like they are showing any signs slowing down. The team recently signed his brother Thanasis to a contract and today, Bleacher Report released a prile on his 17-year-old brother, Alex.

In the prile, Giannis claims that Alex is poised to make the NBA and even has the potential to surpass him as a superstar player.

“I definitely think Alex can be better than me,” Antetokounmpo said. “He stays motivated. He wants this. That’s what makes him special. He’s not satisfied.”

Giannis explained in a recent interview that he’s only reached 60 percent his potential which means the league should be on high alert. As for Alex Antetokounmpo, he’s not interested in trying to be better than his big brother. 

“My end goal is not to be better than Giannis,” Alex said. “My end goal is to be the best version my own self. I just happen to think that the best version my own self could possibly surpass what my brother’s doing right now, which — I don’t even think that’s the best version him.”

Netflix Quietly Settles Its Fyre Festival Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Court documents filed yesterday reveal that Netflix has reached a settlement to end a lingering copyright dispute.

The lawsuit alleged that the Fyre Festival documentary used video footage without permission.

Clarissa Cardenas — who filmed the footage — sued Netflix and producer Jerry Media in February.  Cardenas alleged the documentary .

A settlement appears to have been reached last month and yesterday, Cardenas voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit.

Court papers on the withdrawal did not offer any details of the agreement.  Neither attorneys for Netflix nor Cardenas returned requests for comment.

The lawsuit was also settled quietly out of court, despite being filed by a noted copyright troll.

Apparently, Cardenas’ lawsuit did not specify which pieces in the Netflix documentary were hers.  The complaint alleges that “Cardenas took a video of the Fyre Festival” and that the “defendants ran the video in the film.”  The filing included a blurry still of the video, which appeared to have been shot on a smartphone.

When the case was filed in February, many people took note of the lawyer.  Richard Liebowitz is a New York attorney who has been called a “copyright troll” by at least one federal judge. He was hit with a new round of sanctions last week.

The failed Fyre Festival was a planned “” in the Bahamas by Billy McFarland.

McFarland was convicted of fraud over his promotion of the Fyre Festival, which bordered on the pathological and resulted in stranded attendees, zero performers, and a lack of necessities on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma.

McFarland received a sentence of six years in prison, though he’s now writing a book about his Fyre Festival experience while behind bars.

Both Netflix and Hulu released documentaries detailing the failed festival in January.

Netflix’s documentary, called Fyre, immediately drew criticism for being produced by Jerry Media.  Jerry Media was a partner agency who helped promote the failed festival through , which might explain the gentle treatment afforded the agency through the doc.

 

Nicki Minaj Stepped Down In Saudi Arabia For Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Future & Tyga To Step Up?

New York, NY – Nicki Minaj was scheduled to headline Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest but the “Megatron” artist pulled out of her performance due to human rights concerns over the country’s strict gender policies, chiefly affecting women and the LGBTQ community.

“After careful reflection, I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” Minaj exclusively told The Associated Press Tuesday (July 9).

As Nicki stepped down from her position as the controversial fest’s headliner, American superstars Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Future and Tyga, reportedly stepped up, the AP reports.

The festival is slated to take place Thursday (July 18) at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium.

The Human Rights Foundation have asked performers to protest the Middle Eastern country and to instead, stand in solidarity with women and the LGBTQ community.

In a statement to AP, Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen, criticized and expressed disappoint that the latest fest additions “have chosen money over morals.”

“These individuals constantly make public statements of support for LGBT rights and women’s rights, except, apparently, when a seven-figure check is attached,” Halvorssen added. “The hypocrisy is breathtaking. Principal apparently matters to them far more than principles.”

It’s only been recently that women have been allowed to drive and attend sports games as a result of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s top-down reform efforts. However, gender segregation between single women and men is still heavily enforced at restaurants, public schools and universities.

Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, The Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, David Guetta and Tiësto are just a few entertainers the Saudia Arabia kingdom have commissioned to perform over the past six months.

Cardi B Stands By A$AP Rocky But Doesn’t Endorse Sweden Ban

With Sweden catching a bum rap in the hip-hop community over their treatment A$AP Rocky, many artists have responded in kind with threats a musical boycott. Yet Cardi B appears willing to forgive and forget, as her Swedish fans have done nothing to deserve a cold-turkey withdrawal from her presence. TMZ gleaned as much during a recent encounter outside the Prada store.

Cardi B Stands By A$AP Rocky But Doesn't Endorse Sweden Ban

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“Are we going to ban Sweden right now?” asks the cameraman, as Cardi navigates her way through a throng adoring fans. “I’m not going to ban a country that showed me so much love, but they do need to free A$AP Rocky.” The cameraman proceeds to allude to Quavo’s recent story his own unfortunate experience with Swedish police, asking whether Offset was indeed present for that. Cardi’s perplexed expression says it all: “I don’t even know what you’re talking about.”

Clearly, Cardi has no intention turning her back on Swedish fans, especially given that they’ve been showing her nothing but love. That hasn’t stopped several artists from canceling their own concerts in protest, including Tyler, The Creator, ScHoolboy Q, EarthGang, and Tyga. Of course, her decision will likely cause certain negative-types to feel some type way, as Cardi has always been a lightning rod for disdain. Yet as the video clearly reveals, so too is she loved, almost alarmingly so. Boycott or not, it’s still Free Rocky!

Big K.R.I.T Fends Off Hyenas With Crazy "Leave Me Alone" Freestyle

Big K.R.I.T is never one to shy away from a challenge. After all, he’s arguably one the game’s best working lyricists, consistent to a fault. Most recently, his skillset came through on K.R.I.T. Iz Here, the most recent album in his already impressive discography. Now, with a press run fully underway, Krizzle has hit up Sway’s valley the hyenas for an interview and freestyle combo. The latter finds him tackling Flipp Dinero’s “Leave Me Alone” instrumental, as Sway hits him with some words encouragement. “I love this right here,” says the smiling host. “His braids are clean.” 

KRIT kicks it f with an unexpected flex, reminding you that having bars and having wealth are not mutually exclusive. His flow is particularly polished, reminiscent Thugger’s turn on “Sacrifices” in its staccato delivery and sudden bouts emphasis. It’s clear he’s having a good time, delivering some morning rhymes as one might sip morning cfee. “Went from sleeping on the block, now I’m checking for the stock,” he raps. “Now I’m whippin’ candy-coated color-changing rainbow panty-drop.” 

Around the 1:50 mark, K.R.I.T absolutely goes in, effortlessly weaving words in a longstanding scheme; it’s one those magnetic moments in which all elements coalesce, culminating in an awestruck gaze from Mr. Calloway. Check this one out now, and be sure to go support Big Krizzle’s K.R.I.T. Iz Here

Ciara Channels Momma Shark While Milly Rocking To "Baby Shark" Remix

If you have kids your own or have young nieces and nephews, you’re probably more than likely aware the “Baby Shark.” You’ve probably heard it a few times which is enough to have the song drilled into your memory. It became a global phenomenon that took over pop culture this year. Travis Scott was even seen turning up in the club to “Baby Shark” which we can only assume Stormi put him onto. 

Ciara‘s the latest celebrity to hop on the “Baby Shark” wave but she did it with her own twist. Here’s the thing, Ciara can essentially make anything look good at this point but the fact that she busted a whole move over “Baby Shark” is pretty impressive. Mind you, she hit the Milly Rock with a remix to “Baby Shark” which, even in a minute-long clip, is more tolerable than the original. Her kids are definitely to thank for putting her onto the song. Maybe the remix she was dancing to will be included in the new Nickelodeon TV series based on the song.

Aside from Ciara’s “Baby Shark” tribute, she recently celebrated her three-year anniversary with Russell Wilson earlier this month. Days later, Ciara revealed that she and Russell were hoping to expand their family in the near future. That probably means that “Baby Shark” will remain the backbone their child-friendly playlists. 

The First "Rick & Morty" Season 4 Images Have Arrived

The beloved and thought-provoking brainchild madcap brothers Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, Rick & Morty has become an instant classic since its debut in 2013. With three seasons already in the books, Roiland and Harmon have been hard at work on the next installment, which is set to feature some the zaniest episodes thus far; case in point, behold this table full post-its, in which a glimpse at the creative process can be gleaned. Beware, some them include: Rick’s Day Care, Library Zoo, Jerry Gets Into Twitter Feud + Wins Now Someone Is Trying To Kill Him, Jerry Gets A Pinecone In His Butt, Bark-Nado, The People’s (Basketball) Court, and Morty Buys A Boat. 

Recently, the first images from the upcoming season arrived, indicating what we might come to expect on this go-around. Which is to say, not much. A planet full hostile crocodiles, perhaps cousins “Crocubot” The Vindicators fame, and even more shockingly, a peaceful moment for Rick. Of course, said moment occurs on a serene yet oddly phallic planet, so expect the unexpected. 

Look for more news on Rick And Morty’s fourth season during Comic-Con this weekend, where the series is scheduled for a panel. Are you excited for another dose the time-traveling duo? Season 4 kicks f this November.

Nail in the Coffin — Woodstock 50 Denied Desperately-Needed Permit for a Third Time

Last week, with barely over a month to go before the much-hyped event, the city of Vernon refused to approve a mass gathering permit to hold Woodstock 50.

According to , organizers have outright failed to meet safety requirements.  Vernon’s sheriff suggested delaying the event until 2020, thus defeating the purpose of holding Woodstock 50th.

Elaborating on the town’s decision, a code enforcement officer said festival organizers had filed an incomplete application.  They had also filed it very late.

With the event’s financial backer pulling the plug three months ago, Woodstock 50 has been desperate. The music festival then lost its original venue at Watkins Glen in New York.  Producers also backed out of the event.  Now, artists scheduled to perform may pull out from the gig.

In full panic mode, Woodstock 50 sent out the following Instagram post hoping to rally support for the failed event.

Will the Town of Vernon allow peace, love, and music to prevail so we can celebrate Woodstock 50 with you?  Upon permit approval, we’ll announce our ticket on sale.  Please share to show your support.

Of course, organizers have yet to answer key questions.  For example, how will the event ensure residents’ and festivalgoers’ security?  In addition, where will people park their vehicles in a small town of 5,408 people?  Finally, what will happen if concertgoers outnumber Vernon Downs’ maximum capacity of 35,000?

Now, with under a month to go, Woodstock 50 has just received the third – and possibly final – decision.

Time to start planning Woodstock 100.

Vernon officials have once again denied festival organizers a mass-gathering permit to hold the August 16th-18th event.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Vernon Planning Board rejected the festival’s appeal.

That’s not the only bad news for Woodstock 50.

Richard Branson’s company Virgin Produced, who has served as an advisor for the event, has also pulled its support for the event.

In a straightforward statement, the company explained,

Given that the attempt to secure permits with the Town of Vernon, NY and related state agencies has been finally denied, Virgin Produced has concluded its advisory mandate and terminated its services agreement.  Virgin Produced and its CEO Jason Felts wish Woodstock all the best in its future endeavors.

Signaling the end of the event, Felts added,

Despite our formidable effort to assist Michael Lang and the Woodstock 50 ownership in resurrecting their NY festival, it has become apparent that time has expired.

Spinning the fresh rejection – now the final nail in the coffin for the event – the festival’s embattled co-founder Lang and his team wrote they plan to appeal once again.

Woodstock 50 is disappointed that the Town of Vernon has passed up the opportunity to hold the historic 50th Anniversary Festival by denying our robust and thoughtful proposal.  We regret that those in Vernon who supported Woodstock have been deprived of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the rebirth of a cultural peace movement that changed the world in 1969 and is what the world needs now.  We want to thank the artists who stood by us [and] are grateful for the support of Vernon Downs and its generous owner Jeffrey Gural.

In short, Lang and his team still don’t understand what everyone else learned months ago.

Woodstock 50 is done.  Over.  Dead.  Farewell.  Goodbye.

Oh well.

 


 

Baker Mayfield Courted His Wife By Following & Unfollowing Her On IG

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has had quite an eventful f-season, filled with major changes both on and f the field.

For one, the Browns went out and traded for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., providing the 24-year old QB with yet another fensive weapon to go along with Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, David Njoku and, eventually, Kareem Hunt. Off the field, Mayfield tied the knot with fiancée Emily Wilkinson on July 6.

ESPN’s Mina Kimes published an in-depth story about Mayfield today, in which she touched on Wilkinson’s initial thoughts about the Heisman Trophy winner and how he eventually got her attention by repeatedly following and unfollowing her on instagram.

Kimes writes:

The quarterback and his fiancée, who is from Nebraska, were introduced in 2017 by a mutual friend. At the time, Wilkinson was living in Los Angeles. She says she was wary dating a “punk football player” and ignored Mayfield’s advances for months: He repeatedly followed and unfollowed her on Instagram, trying to attract her attention. Finally, in late December, they exchanged messages. He begged her to meet him before the Rose Bowl, his final college football game. She reluctantly agreed to grab lunch.

“I was assuming he’d be the typical playboy athlete,” says Wilkinson, who is four years older than Mayfield. Because the Rose Bowl was the next day, she thought they’d spend most their date talking about the game. But it barely came up. Instead, she says, Mayfield spent their entire first date peppering her with questions about herself, her family, her plans for the future. The next day, after Oklahoma lost, ending its season, the quarterback texted Wilkinson and told her he was staying in LA. Three days later, he moved in with her and her brothers. Six months later, Emily and Baker were engaged.

Mayfield and the Browns will kickf the 2019 season at home on Sunday, September 8 against the Tennessee Titans, followed by a Monday night showdown against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Baker Mayfield Admits To Craving Revenge On Hue Jackson

Baker Mayfield is one the most exciting young players in the NFL and in just his rookie year, he was able to make the Cleveland Browns a playf contender, against all odds. The team finished the season with a record 7-8-1 and excelled once they parted ways with head coach Hue Jackson, who was seen as a bit a go when it came to coaching. Immediately after his dismissal, Jackson ended up joining the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant coach. This didn’t sit well with Mayfield considering the Bengals are one their biggest rivals in the AFC North division.

In a new ESPN prile written by Mina Kimes, Baker admits to wanting revenge against his former coach. This manifested itself in a 35-20 victory against the Bengals late in the season, which also included a scathing stare down.

“I’m not gonna lie to you and say that the first time I played Hue did not feel good,” Mayfield explained. “It’s human nature to want to get revenge.”

After Jackson’s decision to go to Cincinnati, Mayfield called him “fake” which led to some criticism the QB. Regardless, Mayfield stands behind what he said and would do it all over again.

“I said what I meant,” Mayfield said. “Don’t stand up in front us the week before and try to tell us you’re doing everything for us, then go take a job with a team we play twice a year. It was one those honesty and respect things.”

 

Air Jordan 3 Tinker "Black Cement" Official Images & Release Date

Jordan Brand’s July 2019 lineup will include an all-new colorway the Air Jordan 3 “Tinker,” drawing on inspiration from one the brand’s classic colorways.

The kicks in question will feature a predominately black leather build, including the elephant print, along with a reflective grey tongue and Nike swoosh.

As seen in the ficial images that surfaced on Wednesday, the Air Jordan 3 Tinker “Black Cement” comes equipped with a white midsole, gold detailing on the upper eyelets and black “Nike Air” on the heel.

According to sneaker source J23 App, the Air Jordan 3 Tinker “Black Cement” is slated to launch on July 27, for the retail price $200. Check out the latest photos, including some on-foot images, below and stay tuned for more release info.

Air Jordan 3 Tinker "Black Cement" Official s & Release Date

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Air Jordan 3 Tinker "Black Cement" Official s & Release Date

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Air Jordan 3 Tinker "Black Cement" Official s & Release Date

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Air Jordan 3 Tinker "Black Cement" Official s & Release Date

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Russell Westbrook "Most Important Player" In Thunder History, Says GM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets ficially announced their blockbuster trade on Tuesday, which sent triple-double machine Russell Westbrook to H-Town in exchange for nine-time All Star Chris Paul, and multiple future first round picks.

In speaking about the deal, OKC’s General Manager Sam Presti had nothing but praise Westbrook, dubbing the eight-time All Star as “the most important player” in the team’s history.

“Russell Westbrook is the most important player in the brief history the OKC Thunder. He has left an indelible mark on this team, city and state.”

“None us could have anticipated the player he has become, and we are all deeply proud what he has contributed to the success the franchise and to our community. “

Thunder Chairman Clay Bennett added:

“I have a great deal respect for Russell and there is no way to adequately describe our appreciation for what he has meant to Oklahomans. His legacy here is immense, and he will be honored by the team for all he has done.“

The Thunder selected Westbrook fourth overall out UCLA in the 2008 NBA Draft and he has spent his entire 11-year NBA career with the franchise. The 30-year old veteran averaged a triple-double for the third consecutive season last year, with 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game.

As part the Westbrook-CP3 deal, OKC acquired two first-round picks in 2024 and 2026 ( both protected Nos. 1-4) and two pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, according to ESPN.

 

Pras’s Lawyer Shares In Court That The Rapper "Has No Income"

Former Fugees rapper Pras has gotten himself into a few financial binds, and he’s hoping that his forthcoming Elon Musk album will allete some his stressors. During a hearing in family court, Pras’s lawyer, Judith White, pleaded with the judge to lower the rapper’s child support payments for his son, according to Page Six. Pras currently pays $4,800 a month to his ex, Angela Severiano, but White claims Pras no longer can afford the hit to his bank account.

”My client is aware that he has to reinvent himself… so that he is able to pay money for this child and he is doing everything in his ability to do that] such as attempting to release a new album called Elon Musk,” White said before adding, “He hit a very hard low and is attempting to bring himself up in the best way he knows, through his art. Right now he simply has no income.” According to Pras, he’s sustaining himself with help from family and friends, and he allegedly lives with his mother.

Meanwhile, Severiano’s lawyer is calling foul on White’s claims and wants the child support payments to stay as they are because Pras hasn’t given the court documentation that proves he has no revenue coming in or money saved in bank accounts. “We have no idea what his income is,” attorney Robert Wallack stated. “We have no idea what the sources his money are because he has not provided a sworn affidavit…How is he traveling? How did he fly to town for this appearance? How did he fly to Washington DC three times in the last two months? How is he supporting his lifestyle? He is releasing a new album.”

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Pras insists that he’s no shirking his responsibilities. “I’m doing everything I can,” Pras reportedly said. “I’m not trying to not pay child support. The best thing I can do is work on my creative. Hopefully, it will be successful and then once it’s successful then everything will be back to normal.”

We’ve previously reported on Pras being investigated and charged with financial fraud by the United States Justice Department. According to them, the rapper allegedly transferred over tens millions illegal funds into the U.S. from a Malaysian businessman named Jho Low in order to pay f high-ranking ficials who were investigating Low.

Quality Control Announces "Control The Streets Volume 2" Compilation

Quality Control Music is scheduled to release a new compilation this summer. The label has announced its Control The Streets Volume 2 album will drop August 16.

“AUGUST 16th CONTROL THE STREETS VOLUME 2,” QC revealed Tuesday (July 16) Instagram.

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Control The Streets Volume 1 was released through Quality Control, Motown Records and Capitol Records in 2017. The project featured 30 songs, including the Migos single “Too Hotty.”

The first Control The Streets project featured contributions by members of the label’s roster such as Quavo, Offset, Takeoff, City Girls, Lil Baby and Lil Yachty. The album also included guest appearances by Cardi B, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane and Kodak Black, among others.

Fans will get their first preview of Control The Streets Volume 2 at midnight when QC drops the City Girls and Saweetie collaboration “Come On” featuring DJ Durel. The label is also releasing another single, but details about it haven’t been revealed yet.

Alabama Rapper K Digga Arrested After Allegedly Throwing $250K Of Meth From His Balcony

Atlanta, GA – Alabama-bred rapper K Digga was arrested in a drug raid at his Atlanta high-rise apartment on July 10 after he allegedly threw out $250,000 worth of drugs from its balcony.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, federal agents from the GBI Gang Task Force, the West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and Atlanta Police Department APEX Unit carried out a search warrant of the apartment for the 37-year-old lyricist (aka “Mr. Alabama,” born Kelvin James Dark).

The Associated Press reports authorities pursued him as part of an investigation for his alleged involvement in a drug-smuggling ring between domestic and international flights.

Before the agents entered K Digga’s residence, he fearfully reacted by allegedly heaving about over five kilograms of methamphetamine from the balcony onto a nearby street. The drugs were later recovered by police.

However, K Digga either forgot or didn’t have time to trash the rest of the illegal product and artillery stashed in his apartment as the search began.

The agents also found two semi-automatic rifles, a stolen handgun, over 13 pounds of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash in the apartment. Dark faces charges of trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking marijuana, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Also, 33-year-old female Tiffany Peterson was named in the police report. She was apprehended on similar charges including trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking marijuana, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.