Sergey Kovalev KOs Anthony Yarde To Sep Up Potential Megafight With Canelo

Sergey Kovalev’s fall from grace was short-lived. After seemingly losing his bloodlust in a losing effort to Eleider Alvarez in 2018, Kovalev rebounded in the very night fight, a rematch with his Colombian opponent. Since reclaiming the WBO belt at Light Heavyweight, Kovalev has made no other defenses, that is until today when he faced the hard-hitting Anthony Yarde on an ESPN+ matinee staged in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Even though Kovalev resides in Los Angeles to be closer to the action, fighting in Russia looks to have energized the longstanding champion, now in his 3rd reign with the WBO belt. He certainly did disappoint the home crowd, as he managed to knock his opponent quite emphatically, in the decisive 11th round.

As ESPN’s senior boxing writer/editor Dan Rafael went on to say in his incident report the fight – the intention is to match Kovalev up with Canelo Alvarez for megafight on November 2nd. No word on whether the fight would be staged at Light Heavyweight, Middleweight (where Canelo currently reigns) or at a catchweight their choosing.

Before moving forward, it’s worth crediting Anthony Yarde for his performance against Kovalev. Although Sergey seemed to have a clear advantage in many facets the fight, Yarde was the quicker the boxers, an attribute he put to good use until the later rounds, when his gas tank was all but spent. Does a Kovalev-Canelo fight interest you? Comment below, and do tell, your pick the two fighters, should both sides enter negotiations for a megafight in November.

Tee Grizzley Speaks Out Following Aunt/Manager’s Shooting Death

Detroit, MI – Only a few days after Tee Grizzley’s manager was killed in a Detroit shooting, the Motor City rapper has spoken out about her untimely death. On Friday (August 23), Tee shared a video of 41-year-old Jobina Brown to his Instagram account.

“Since I was 12,” he wrote in the caption. “We been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me???? Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

In the clip, Brown doesn’t realize Tee is filming her but once she does, she smiles and quickly covers her face.

Several of Tee’s peers sent words of encouragement in the comment section.

Fetty Wap wrote, “She watching over you now bro keep showin out for her,” while PnB Rock said, “YOU GOT A HELLUVA ANGEL NOW BRO.”

Casanova, Moneybagg Yo, Young Ma, Fabolous, Asian Da Brat and Jay Rock showed their support as well.

Brown was shot and killed on Tuesday night (August 20) after a gunman opened fire on their Cadillac Escalade. Tee and the driver weren’t hit, but Brown was struck multiple times and ultimately succumbed to her wounds.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & The Joker Added To "Mortal Kombat 11"

As if there wasn’t enough anxiety choice in choosing a Mortal Kombat main. It’s bad enough having to pick between such classics as Raiden, Sub Zero, Scorpion, and course Sheeva. But now, now they’ve gone and added some genuine pop culture icons. Of course, it’s not the first time they’ve done this, but this time might just be the biggest expansion yet. From now to next March, look for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, The Joker, and Spawn to be added to the eclectic cast.

Though the ficial reveal trailer has yet to showcase the characters in action, it does set the table for the madness to come. Also included in the upcoming Kombat Pack DLC are longtime mainstays Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and Sindel, but the three cultural staples are likely to garner the most buzz. It’s not entirely to see Joker slide into the MK universe, given that he was already an established presence in Injustice, a game designed by NetherRealm Studios – the studio responsible for Mortal Kombat 11. 

Should you be among the rabid player base, sound f in the comments. Will you be buying this new DLC pack? If so, the release dates for each character are as follows:

Shang Tsung & Nightwolf – Available now
Terminator – October 8th
Sindel – November 26th
Joker – January 28th
Spawn – March 17th

Kieran Culkin Opens Up About Michael Jackson Allegations

Kieran Culkin, brother child-star Macaulay Culkin and successful actor in his own right, has been making press rounds for the upcoming season HBO’s Succession. During a recent sit-down with The Guardian, Culkin answered some questions about Michael Jackson and the documentary Leaving Neverland from earlier this year.

When asked directly, Culkin claimed that he hasn’t spoken with a publicist on how to handle the situation but had this to say, “To me, it seems like there’s two sides to this thing and because I can’t be helpful on one side or the other, anything I say and anything that gets put out in print could only hurt somebody and there’s already a lot really hurt feelings. There are already a lot people who are in a difficult position and if I contribute in any way, it’s just going to hurt someone because I can’t actually help.”

Kieran Culkin Opens Up About Michael Jackson AllegationsWin McNamee /Getty s

Michael Jackson and his estate have always denied any allegations pertaining to sexual misconduct. Jackson has stated publically that he shared a bed with both Kieran and Macaulay Culkin at the Neverland ranch. In a 2003 documentary, Living With Michael, Jackson explained, “When Macaulay Culkin was little], Kieran Culkin would sleep on this side and Macaulay Culkin on this side, his sister is in there. We’re all just jammed in the bed. Then, we’d wake up, like, dawn and go in the hot air balloon.” Macaulay Culkin has defended Jackson in the past. 

 

Lil Uzi Vert, Jeezy & Missy Elliott Conquer This Week’s "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

This week’s edition the FIRE EMOJI playlist begins on a subtler note than last. The new entrants represent a wide field interests, beginning with Missy Elliott‘s submission  “Throw It Back” in a year where she’s been on the receiving end the greatest plaudits imaginable for musicians in North America, whether it’s through her enshrinement in the Songwriter’s Hall Fame, or simply the way she’s bandied about in conversation. Adding her to your barbershop Top 50 is a good place to start; kudos to her for turning back the clock in the week that was Sunday the 18th through Saturday the 24th August.

This notion second or third chances remained consistent throughout the week. Yo Gotti, himself a veteran type by most people’s standards, kept his rep going strong by mixing with the new generation- “Pose” his collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert earning him a spot above other deserving candidates. Elsewhere, Jeezy and Rick Ross figure in the conversation as well, f the strength “’06” – as did Moneybagg Yo, Wiz Khalifa, Peewee Longway, Tyga, Brockhampton, Lizzo and DaBaby for an ensemble cast like no other in recent memory. Enjoy your listening and be sure to follow all HNHH Spotify playlists below

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Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams’ New Court Designs Leaked

The 2019-20 NBA season is a little less than two months away and teams across the league will soon be unveiling their new alternate uniforms for the upcoming season. Some teams have already announced their special edition jerseys and home courts, but others are keeping the details under wraps for now.

However, a number the alternate home court designs have already leaked, giving fans and idea what to expect from their franchise’s “Classic” and “City” Edition uniforms. This includes the Atlanta Hawks’ Peach State design, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ 50th anniversary celebration.

Judging from the leaks, it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will be throwing it back to the 90s for select games with their “Classic Edition” uniforms and court, similar to the Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Hornets and Utah Jazz which were revealed a few weeks back. Some teams, like the Los Angeles Clippers, will have an entirely new everyday home floor to matchup with their new-look roster.

Scroll through each the rumored court designs below and stay tuned for the ficial announcements. 

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

Clippers, Raptors, Cavs & Other NBA Teams' New Court Designs Leaked

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Dutch Regulators Force Ticketmaster to Refund Fees on Canceled Events

Ticketmaster Netherlands has announced that it has adopted a new policy that will provide refunds on ticket service fees to events that were postponed or canceled.

They are the first ticket agency in the country to adopt such a policy, and they did so after both a Dutch consumer affairs association and a government regulatory agency requested them and others to modify the policy.

When fans in The Netherlands — and most other countries — buy a ticket to an event such as a concert, ticketing agencies like Ticketmaster add a bevy of surcharges.  These fees range anywhere from 2-10 euros and are mostly tolerated by consumers.  But until now, they were nonrefundable regardless of whether the event happened or not.

Last month, the Dutch Consumers Association, which is also known as the Consumentenbond, demanded that ticket agencies change their service fee policy. They indicated that there was no good legal reason not to refund the service fee along with the price of the actual ticket when a scheduled event fails to take place.

The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), which is a government organization that protects consumer rights, agreed with Consumentenbond.

At the moment, the Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster is the largest ticket agency in the country. But Eventim, which is the second-largest agency, is said believed to be quickly narrowing the gap.  While Eventim has yet to change its service fee policy, the ACM is asking that it and other ticket agencies in the country follow the policy as well.

The price of seeing concerts in the Netherlands has been getting higher, irrespective of service fees. Not only did the price of concert tickets rise 3% this past year, but value-added taxes (VAT) on concert tickets rose as well, from 6% to 9%.

Ariana Grande’s Lawsuit Over "God Is A Woman" Has Been Dropped

As reported back in February, Ariana Grande has been facing a lawsuit over her “God is a Woman” music video for many months now. Finally, that suit has been dropped. According to The Blast, Las Vegas-based artist, Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas filed a notice voluntary dismissal, effecting ending his suit against the pop-star. 

The notice reads, “Plaintiffs VLADIMIR KUSH and KUSH FINE ARTS LAS VEGAS, INC. hereby give notice that the above-captioned action is voluntarily dismissed against all Defendants, with prejudice, as the parties have reached a resolution.”

Originally, the fense stemmed from a shot soon after the one-minute mark in her music video. A woman appears inside a fire atop a candle in the sky. Kush believes this idea was stolen from a painting he finished twenty-years-ago. The piece was apparently copyrighted in 1999 and 2000. The amount for which he was suing is unspecified. Alongside Grande, Universal Music Group, the video’s director, producer, and production company were all listed in the suit. 

The case, as well as all charges that have been filed against the aforementioned parties, will be dismissed. Check out the music video for Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” below.

"Black Panther 2’s" Release Date Has Been Officially Unveiled

Lo and behold, Marvel fanatics and film buffs alike, can rest happy with the knowledge Black Panther 2′s theatrical release: May 6, 2022. Ryan Coogler and his creative figureheads were on hand at Disney’s D23 Expo this weekend to share the news, as well as other details such as the progress they’ve made since they sitting down to write the script (Oct. 2018).

“We’re really hard at work on it trying to give you something special,” director Ryan Coogler told those in attendance while at the podium. “We’re gonna take our time; we want it to be right.”

If I understand Coogler correctly, he and his cohorts are going to take their time with their brainchild in order to set it right. In the interim, Marvel fans will be asked to enjoy the other, less striking titles in the itinerary, be it another The Eternals starring Gemma Chan or the Black Widow spinf starring Scarlett Johansson, all slated to hit theaters in the middle to late months 2020.

The 3-year window leaves Marvel fans with enough a cool-f period, after witnessing what is likely to be a sh-storm political content leading up to, and after the Presidential Elections in 2020. Make like an oracle, and be your own superhero for once.

50 Cent Throws More Shade At Wendy Williams On Instagram

Last weekend, the ongoing 50 CentWendy Williams rivalry was fired up again when 50 tried to kick her out his Tycoon Pool Party. He posted a video on Instagram her being asked to leave the party with the caption: “You can’t just show up to my PARTY if you been talking about me. BITCH wait out side.” Williams’ only retaliation to this power move by 50 was posting photos with Snoop Dogg in the party, proving his plans were foiled. 50 learned from this experience and made sure he would not be defeated again. He explicitly told security at his Madison Square Garden showing  Power‘s new season premiere that Wendy Williams was not to be allowed in the building – and she was not. 

Despite that victory under his belt, 50 seems to still not be satisfied with his Wendy to teardown. On Friday night, he publicly mocked her again by reposting a photo her and comedian, Tiffany Haddish. In reference to Wendy’s head poking out from behind Tiffany, 50 wrote this caption: “Tiffany wait, there’s a monster on your shoulder don’t move.” Not one to believe in any limits, he even went as far as calling her an “ugly motherf*****.” Wendy might be fine with being excluded from some parties, but criticisms this harsh might cause her to respond differently – maybe even aggressively. 

Netflix Finally Announces Drake’s "Top Boy" Premiere Date

The revival  Top Boy has been in the works from some time now ever since Drake  announced his role in bringing the British cult following back on the television airwaves back in 2017. While the “Feel No Ways” singer was performing in London back in April, he debuted the trailer for his fans that showcase some the events set to take place in the 10-episode season run. 

As we posted, the show will pick up right where it left f when it got canceled in the UK, following the lives Sully and Dushane who continue to do what they have to so they can be the leaders London’s underground drug trade. The latest news surrounding the series comes from the show’s ficial Twitter account where they responded to an eager fan looking to get a premiere date. Plain and simple, the response was “13th September” letting us know to mark our calendars for the arrival. 

Considering the mega success HBO’s Euphoriawhere Drake played executive producer, we only have high hopes for the next show he’s attached to. Who’s watching?

Real Estate Agent Found Stealing from Homes of Usher, Adam Lambert

A pair of real estate agents in Beverly Hills are accused of stealing from celebrities’ homes in Southern California.

Prosecutors say real estate agent Jason Emil Yaselli and Benjamin Eitan Ackerman have been charged with seven criminal counts. They are accused of stealing more than $500,000 through fraud and embezzlement.

According to the County district attorney’s office, some victims included and .

Ackerman was arrested on August 16th while Yaselli was arrested on Wednesday. For almost two years, the duo managed to steal luxury items from 14 homes. The items were then sold, and the money was used to make payments on Yaselli’s credit card.

Prosecutors say the men identified their targets and then committed the burglaries during open houses. Thefts occurred in Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, and Brentwood.

Both men have been charged with money laundering, residential burglary, and identify theft. Conspiracy to commit robbery and money laundering are also included in the charges.

Ackerman has pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment on Monday. His bail is currently set at $1.2 million. Yaselli is expected to be arraigned later today.

According to authorities, Ackerman was arrested in connection to the burglaries last year. However, he was released after prosecutors could not definitively link him to the thefts.

His attorneys say they will have no better chance to do so now. His attorneys accuse the district attorney of trying to attract public attention to the case by name dropping.

“The district attorney’s press release, by specifically naming Usher Raymond and Adam Lambert as alleged victims, only emphasizes what we have believed from day one, that this is a publicity driven prosecution.

The people’s case is no better today than it was a year ago. Unlike a fine wine, this case does not get better with age. Mr. Ackerman is not just presumed to be innocent; he is, in fact innocent.”

If the duo is convicted, they face a maximum sentence of 31 years in state prison.

Drake, Lizzo, A Tribe Called Quest, Mac Miller & More Flourish On Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist

Former president Barack Obama is back with his annual summer playlist and this year is just as diverse as ever. Obama tweeted out a screenshot of the 44-track sonic adventure on Saturday morning (August 24).

“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy.”

From Drake’s “Too Good” collaboration with Rihanna and The Spinners classic “I’ll Be Around” to Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino and Oumou Sangaré’s “MOOD 4 EVA”and Lizzo’s “Juice,” Obama’s tastes are all over the place.

Obama, who’s always been outspoken about his love for Hip Hop, also included Lauryn Hill’s classic “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” SZA’s “Go Gina,” Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak’s “Dang” and — yep! — Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ massive hit, “Old Town Road (Remix).” 

And for those Hip Hop purists, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” and Erick Sermon’s “Music” featuring Marvin Gaye is on the list as well.

Check it out above (obviously).

The Obamas’ Summer Playlist Features Drake, Rihanna, Lizzo & More

It’s that time year when Barack Obama flexes his great taste in art. While originally a presidential tradition, since leaving the White House, Barack has carried on the habit sharing what he’s reading and listening to during the winter and summer. After sharing his summer reading list last week, he is now back with a curated playlist for us. The 44 songs cover a variety genres and eras, as the best playlists ten do. 

So here’s a breakdown some the playlist’s highlights. As Hillary Clinton did just the other day, Barack proved that he’s with the times by including a Lizzo track in there, specifically “Juice”. He also sought to do this by including song the year, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road (Remix)”, but loses some points for not choosing the version with Young Thug. Other 2019 summer anthems make an appearance, like “Señorita” and “Con Altura”. Obama exposes himself as being a tad behind by featuring “It’s A Vibe”, “Go Gina”, and “Dang!”, though they all are certainly summer vibes. He shouts out his friends, Beyoncé and Jay Z, by putting in two their songs together, “MOOD 4 EVA” and “Shining”. 

The rest you can see for yourself. Would you let Obama DJ your party? 

Jamie Foxx, Michael B Jordan & Brie Larson To Star In Upcoming Drama "Just Mercy"

Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan & Brie Larson are all set to star in a new drama titled Just Mercy based on the 2014 bestselling book Just Mercy: A Story Justice and Redemption. The film centers around the true story Walter McMillian in 1987. McMillian was wrongfully sentenced to death row for the murder a young white woman. It took the coercion by Sheriff Tom Tate and others as well as perjury by witnesses to land McMillian the false conviction. 

Luckily, he was exonerated in a famous decision. The forthcoming film will focus on McMillian’s lawyer as well as himself. The IMDb description for the film reads, “Just Mercy shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.” Stevenson will be played by Michael B. Jordan. Jamie Foxx will star as McMillian. O’Shea Jackson Jr. will support as another wrongly convicted black man whom Stevenson will defend. Rounding out the remarkable cast will be Brie Larson. Larson will take on the role the local operations director the Equal Justice Initiative, lending a hand to Stevenson.

Jamie Foxx, Michael B Jordan & Brie Larson To Star In Upcoming Drama "Just Mercy"Andrew Toth / Getty s

You’ll be able to catch the film in theaters on Christmas Day.