Jeremy O. Harris Defends Rihanna’s Texting During "Slave Play" Broadway Show

Jeremy O. Harris, the writer for the Broadway show Slave Play has responded to backlash against Rihanna for her actions made at the preview his show. As the story goes, Rihanna not only arrived late at the event (forcing Jeremy to push back the start time) but was also seen texting during the show. Considering that Rihanna inspired certain aspects the play, Jeremy made it clear that he has no regret towards the “Work” singer’s actions.

Jeremy O. Harris Defends Rihanna's Texting During "Slave Play" Broadway Show
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“Two things I learned today about the Type theatre maker I am: When my idol texts that she’s running late. I hold the curtain for her. When my idol texts me during a play I’ve written, I respond,” he shared on Twitter. 

Directly responding to a user who wasn’t pleased with Rihanna getting special privilege, Jeremy wrote: “To dead this weird discourse that has popped up… The patron saint the play I wrote is literally a pop star, fashion icon, and Demi-goddess named Rihanna. Her words are all over it. She’s a 9th character in the play. When Dionysus is coming you hold the curtain,” Jeremy added. 

At the end the day, Rihanna and Jeremy are over it and everyone else should be too. 

Endeavor Aims to Raise $700MM+ In Its Upcoming IPO

Earlier today, Endeavor Group Holdings, which controls one of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, announced the price of its initial public offering (IPO).

The company is pricing shares somewhere between $30 and $32.  With more than 19 million Class A being issued, the company’s IPO could raise more than $700 million while valuing the company at around $8 billion.

Endeavor, which is run by executive chairman Patrick Whitesell and CEO Ari Emanuel, disclosed all this information in an amended S-1 filing they submitted to the SEC.  Once the IPO has been completed, the company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange. “EDR” will be its ticker symbol.

Endeavor filed for its IPO in May of this year, but this was delayed until the company completed its $700 million acquisition of On Location Experiences, which focuses on hospitality and live events.

The acquisition of On Location Experiences was not first for the agency, which merged with William Morris about 10 years ago.

They have also acquired the Professional Bull Riders tour, the sport and fashion management group IMG, streaming provider NeuLion and the UFC mixed-martial arts circuit. These acquisitions have led to $4.5 billion in debt.

But not everyone is happy about Endeavor’s expansion outside of traditional representation. Some say that the company is creating a conflict of interest because they are expanding production facilities while representing talent at the same time. This is what led a number of writers to fire their agents at Endeavor. The WGA has further criticized the IPO on a number of occasions.

According to the SEC filing, Endeavor earned a little more than $2 billion during the first half of 2019. This is an increase over the $1.5 billion it earned during the same period in 2018. While the company recorded a net loss for the period, its losses of $220 million were down from the more than $475 million it lost in the prior year’s period.

Sacai x Nike LDWaffle Pack Reselling For Four Times The Retail Price

Nike and Japanese fashion label Sacai have more sneaker collabs in the pipeline, including a trio  Sacai x Nike LDWaffle colorways that debuted today, September 12.

Just like the first run Sacai x Nike LDWaffles, the silhouette represents a combination two iconic Nike sneakers – the Waffle Daybreak and LDV – fused together for a hybrid, double-themed design. As a result, the collaborative kicks come equipped with double tongues, shoelaces and swooshes with a co-branded Nike x Sacai logo on the heel tab.

The initial release consisted two colorways, “Green Multi-Color” and “Blue Multi-Color,” both which retailed for $155 and were easily resold for an average $700 on StockX. Needless to say, sneakerheads’ selling on StockX can expect the latest Sacai x Nike LDWaffle collabs to also fetch four times the retail price.

Sacai x Nike LDWaffle Pack Reselling For Four Times The Retail Price

The three new colorways are as follows: “Black/Anthracite-White-Gunsmoke,” “Summit White/White-Wolf Grey-Black,” and “Pine Green/Clay Orange-Del Sol-Bright Magenta.”

According to StockX, the black and white colorways are already selling for an average $670, while the eye-catching multi-color joint is going for approximately $600. In other words, if you’re looking to cop a pair strictly with the idea flipping them, you should target the neutral colorways first.

Take a look at all three the Sacai x Nike LDWaffles below, and head on over to StockX to see how much they’re selling for right now.

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Sacai x Nike LDWaffle Pack Reselling For Four Times The Retail Price

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Odell Beckham Jr. Sports $350K Watch During Browns Debut, Twitter Reacts

Odell Beckham Jr. has always been a flashy football player on and f the field. The man is a fashion-obsessed individual and in addition to clothes, he also likes to show f his expensive jewelry. While most people would flex their watches before or after a game, Odell would rather show you what he’s got on during the proceedings. Yes, that’s right. During yesterday’s season opener, OBJ took to the field with a $350,000 Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Flyback Chronograph.

This may seem like the ultimate flex and we assure you, it is. Unfortunately, the watch didn’t exactly help the Browns win the game as they fell to the Tennessee Titans by a score 43-13. Brown was able to make a couple catches in the game but quarterback Baker Mayfield was a disaster as he threw three interceptions. The Browns are already in trouble as the team looks disjointed under their new head coach, all while their divisional rival, the Baltimore Ravens, put up 59 points against the abysmal Miami Dolphins.

Fans took notice to OBJ’s timepiece and took to Twitter in droves to comment on his large flex. Needless to say, fans were pretty impressed with how bold Beckham Jr. was and will surely be looking forward to him doing it again next week.

Air Jordan 8 Launches In Wild Colorway Exclusively At Dover Street Market

If you were hoping to add an eye-catching Air Jordan 8 to your sneaker collection, boy do I have just the sneaker for you.

Dover Street Market unexpectedly released an outrageous pair 8s on Friday morning and select sizes are still available – though these sneakers certainly aren’t for everyone.

The kicks are patently ridiculous, featuring semi-translucent pink and blue straps that swipe across the black tongue and laces in classic Air Jordan 8 fashion. The silhouette is also highlighted by splashes yellow throughout, with all three the neon flavors combining on the chenille tongue logo.

Check out the ficial images below and click here if you’re interested in copping a pair. Of note: the Dover Street Market exclusives are priced at $225.

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Air Jordan 8 Launches In Wild Colorway Exclusively At Dover Street Market

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Paradigm In Settlement Talks With Fyre Festival Trustee

Talent agency Paradigm is participating in settlement talks with the trustee overseeing the Fyre Festival bankruptcy.

Even though the is more than two years old, multiple lawsuits are still simmering.  Just recently, a Fyre Festival trustee attempting to recover stolen funds launched lawsuits against high-profile celebrities who promoted the festival to their fans.  Those lawsuits include Kendall Jenner, Blink-182, and Emily Ratajkowski.

The trustee asked the celebrities to return the money received from the Fyre Festival organizer, Billy McFarland.  The suits allege that the payments made to artists were part of the scheme to defraud investors.

Lawsuits against Ratajkowski and Jenner specifically say that these celebrities were and chose not to attend themselves.

The trustee is suing CAA for $585,000, ICM for $350,000 and UTA for $90,000. Agency IMG and twelve of its fashion models are participating in settlement talks, and Paradigm asked for more time to resolve the case.  Litigation lawyer Fred Stevens says the two sides have voluntarily agreed to extend the deadline.

“The Trustee and Paradigm Parties intend to continue to engage in discussions regarding the Potential Claims, but will be unable to complete doing so before the deadline expires.”

Paradigm is the only talent agency for music acts currently in settlement discussions.

Agents for Paradigm are responsible for booking several acts for the failed festival. Major Lazer, Sergio Munoz Martinez and Israel Salazar of Fur Coat are just a few names. All said and done — Paradigm was paid $690,000 to secure the talent for the show.

The talent agency now has until January 17th, 2020, to agree to a .  Most artists who accept bookings from unknowns like McFarland typically require payment upfront.  They usually have a stipulation in the contract that says the artist keeps the money even if the festival is canceled.

The trustee argues that artist payments should be returned in this case because the funds were fraudulent. McFarland defrauded investors and paid talent, and the trustee argues the funds are “unfair expense of Fyre Festival’s defrauded investors, creditors, and ticket holders.”

OBJ’s Nike Air Max 720 "Desert Ore" Drops This Weekend: Official Images

There is no denying that Odell Beckham Jr. is one the most prominent and bombastic players in the NFL. He has a vibrant personality that always seems to be on display whether he is on or f the field. One the ways OBJ has been able to express himself over the years has been through his fashion choices and sneaker brand Nike has taken full notice. 

Earlier this year, Nike helped OBJ release his first Nike Air Max 720 collab which featured a plethora vibrant colors and an updated upper with new materials. This weekend, OBJ will be dropping his second Air Max 720 colorway which is being dubbed “Young King Of The People.” The shoe comes in a sleek “Desert Ore” which will go great with your Fall outfits. The upper comes in a nice light brown while creamy beige and red highlights make their way throughout.

We have the ficial images courtesy Nike and according to Sole Collector, this shoe will be dropping on Sunday, September 8th for $200 USD.

Let us know in the comments what you think about this shoe and whether or not you will be copping.

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Heron Preston & UGG Reveal Brand New Collaboration: Release Details

Cooler months are upon us which means consumers will be looking for some comfortable clothes and footwear to keep them warm over the next few months. One the brands that have been at the forefront comfy footwear is UGG who have teamed up with Heron Preston for a brand new collection. Fashionistas everywhere will be rejoicing in lieu this collab as both brands are leaders in their respective fields.

The collaboration will feature two UGG models in the Classic Mini Urban Tech HP and the Tasman HP. Each model will have a black colorway, while the Tasman HP features an orange model. The Classic Mini Urban Tech HP will have a neutral “Dune” colorway which is mostly grey. These models are fairly interesting and will certainly appeal to those looking for a basic slip-on shoe/boot for the colder Fall months.

If you’re interested in this collaboration and wanted to cop something, you’ll be happy to know that the collection is coming out on September 26 and will be available online. According to Hypebeast, the Classic Mini Urban Tech HP will cost $450 USD and the Tasman HP will go for $400 USD. 

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Heron Preston & UGG Reveal Brand New Collaboration: Release Details

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Heron Preston & UGG Reveal Brand New Collaboration: Release Details

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Heron Preston & UGG Reveal Brand New Collaboration: Release Details

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Adidas x Ninja Announce Official Partnership

Richard Tyler Blevins, more commonly known as the gaming and streaming guru Ninja, has announced an ficial partnership with Adidas Originals, marking the brand’s first endorsement deal with a pro gamer. 

It remains to be seen what will come the Adidas Originals x Ninja partnership, such as a potential sneaker and apparel collab, but we expect to learn more details in the near future.

Check out Ninja’s announcement video in the tweet embedded below.

As now, the Adidas x Ninja landing page simply reads:

It’s the hunger. The fire. The burning desire to perform. It’s the late nights. It’s the grind. It’s the never-quit, grit-your-teeth-and-keep-going attitude. It’s paying homage to the creators, the innovators and the artists whose work spans the creative gamut and lays the foundation for all those who follow. It’s the intangible debt that all creators pay to reach the top their game. It’s the time you put in.

There’s never been a better time to blur the lines between the cultures gaming and fashion.

Whatever your craft is, we invite you to clock in and stay tuned for big things to come.

Keanu Reeves Reveals Bizarre New Look On The Set Of "Bill & Ted"

Keanu Reeves is considered to be one the most handsome men in Hollywood thanks to his tall and dark looks. Back in the 90s, Reeves was much more clean shaven and cut but now, he has been sporting a more rugged look. Keanu is now known for long black hair and a pretty think black beard underneath. This look is known as the John Wick style and has been a huge reason why we’ve seen a bit a resurgence from Reeves over the past little while.

Right now, Reeves has been on the set  Bill & Ted Face The Music which is the long-awaited third installment in the “Bill & Ted” series. Photos Reeves on the set have surfaced recently and now, he’s sporting what can only be described as a weird hair style and sense fashion.

In the image above, we see Reeves with a bit a mohawk mullet. His black hair is shaved on both sides and extends down to his neck in a way that looks pretty uncomfortable. Meanwhile, he’s wearing a shirt that is three sizes too small all while his jeans struggle to stay on. Not to mention, his beard is looking thicker than normal.

This is certainly a look that is being used specifically for the film but it’s jarring to see it nonetheless.

Blueface Reveals Secret Behind The Easiest Racks He’s Ever Made

Blueface is living the dream. That is, if your dream includes getting paid to do nothing. Last night, the one they call Bleed’em took to Instagram to boast about his latest fiscal accomplishment. Opening up an envelope stuffed with hundreds, Blueface reveals that he earned his latest batch racks by simply hitting the club. Allow him to explain for himself. “This how much they pay the famous Crip just to come to the club,” he says, spreading his bills across the counter. “Pour shots in bitches mouths. Free bottles, free tables, all that. This how much they pay me. I don’t pay for no tables. The fuck?”

Blueface Reveals Secret Behind The Easiest Racks He's Ever Made

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Clearly, club owners understand the value Blueface’s presence. One has to wonder how much he increases the total prit on a given night. Should they market the evening as “Blueface Night,” it’s entirely possible that the lineup would stretch ’round the corner. Perhaps an envelope full racks is a small price to pay, even if it means doing the mopping once he departs in whirlwind fashion.

Should you ever find yourself owning a business, would you allocate a little space in the budget for a Blueface appearance? 

A$AP Bari’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Sexual Assault Accuser Dismissed: Report

A$AP Bari’s faced some serious allegations over the past few years. Over the past two years, his career’s been plagued with accusations sexual assault. In July 2017, a video the VLONE co-founder harassing a woman in a hotel room emerged. He was later charged with sexual assault but he struck back with a lawsuit his own. He pled guilty to the charges earlier this year but now, he’s taking yet another loss after the judge dismissed his suit.

A$AP Bari's Defamation Lawsuit Against Sexual Assault Accuser Dismissed: Report
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According to TMZ, a judge has thrown out A$AP Bari’s defamation lawsuit against his accuser. The decision was made because the woman filed both a lawsuit and a police report. A$AP Bari didn’t have any basis to sue the woman because both were protected speech. Bari initially filed the suit against the woman, not only accusing her defamation but also civil extortion. He said that she only made allegations sexual assault after she got a lawyer but when she was being questioned by police, her only concern was having the video her being harassed deleted. He claimed that she was trying to pressure him into settling the case with him. 

A$AP Bari pled guilty to the charges earlier this year to avoid jail time. In exchange, the fashion designer was required to pay a $5K fine and a $3,150. 

In Day One of 'Dark Horse' Damages Trial, Capitol Records Reveals The Label Spent $11.7 Million to Promote Katy Perry's Hit

So, how much did Katy Perry actually earn from ‘Dark Horse?’

According to Christian rapper Marcus Gray’s attorneys, .  Universal Music’s Capitol Records allegedly received $31 million from the track’s success.

According to Capitol’s defense attorney, however, the label only brought in around $630,000 in profit after factoring in costs.  Perry’s legal team also say ‘Dark Horse’ only netted the singer $3.2 million, excluding $800,000.

Now, with the first day of the damages trial over, both sides have explained how much Gray should – or shouldn’t – receive.

Making a ‘Joyful Noise’ over a ‘Dark Horse.’

Speaking before a jury in a California federal courtroom, Steve Drellishak, a vice president at Universal Music Group, said ‘Dark Horse’ earned the label $12 million in revenue.  However, Universal Music spent $11.7 million to produce, promote, and distribute the hit single.  Thus, Capitol Records only brought in $629,000 in profit.

Breaking down the costs, Drellishak revealed the label spent $13,600 for a wardrobe stylist for a single night.  In addition, Capitol spent $11,212 on hair styling for the Video Music Awards, $600 on a manicure for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and over $3,000 on hair styling for Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Justifying the expenses, he explained,

It’s an important part of Perry’s image.  She always has to be in the most fashionable clothes and makeup.  Those are core to the ‘Katy Perry’ brand.

Fans purchased 1.2 million physical units of Prism, which featured ‘Dark Horse.’  This netted the label $11.5 million in revenue.  Capitol brought in $9 million in digital album revenue.  Breaking down the profit earned, ‘Dark Horse’ generated $816,000 in physical album sales and $648,000 in digital album sales.  Katy Perry’s single also brought in $9.9 million revenue after fans streamed ‘Dark Horse’ 1.8 billion times.

Combining physical and digital sales along with track sales and licensing deals, Capitol Records earned $31 million in revenue.

Marketing costs totaled $1.1 million.  Prism production costs totaled around $8.2 million.

Returning to the stand, New York University professor Lawrence Ferrara told the jury ‘Dark Horse’ only copied 3% of the composition in Gray’s ‘Joyful Noise.’  He previously told the jury the similarities in both songs were a  Both songs had used basic notes dubbed “the building blocks of music.”

In addition, Jason King, a professor at NYU Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, said ‘Dark Horse’ only raked in so much money due to Perry’s massive star power.

Katy Perry had enormous celebrity brand value before the release of ‘Dark Horse.  That kind of celebrity can drive the success of a single, because the public is primed.

Thus, the ‘technical aspects’ of the song’s similarities with ‘Joyful Noise’ is a moot point.

It’s just one element of a constellation of elements that contributed to the success of ‘Dark Horse.

 


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WWE Updates Seth Rollins’ Status Following Brutal Brock Lesnar Attack

The Paul Heyman era WWE Monday Night Raw is ficially underway, and wrestling fans noticed a seismic shift in the product on the July 29 edition  the company’s flagship program.

Among the highlights last night’s episode  Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins’ one-way ticket to Suplex City, courtesy WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. The Beast Incarnate interrupted Rollins’ match against Dolph Ziggler and proceeded to pummel “The Beast Slayer” throughout the arena.

As seen in the footage embedded below, Lesnar hit Rollins with several German Suplexes before dishing out a series painful F5s, including one into the ring post and another onto a chair that was set up in the ring. The assault continued in the parking lot in vintage WWE fashion, as Lesnar pulled Rollins out the back an ambulance to deliver a final F5 onto a stretcher while the former champ coughed up blood.

WWE issued a statement regarding Rollins condition on Tuesday morning. That message reads, “Seth Rollins is reportedly undergoing a series evaluations and we will have more details as they became available on WWE Digital.”

Rollins will challenge Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam on August 11, taking place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Bandulu x Nike Kyrie 5 Drops This Weekend: Official Details

Kyrie Irving is no longer a member the Boston Celtics but that hasn’t stopped him from collaborating with Boston-based entities. The Nike Kyrie 5 has been one the most popular signature sneakers this season and has released in a plethora interesting colorways. With this latest collaboration, Kyrie is teaming up with Bandulu which is a store known for taking older products and transforming them into fashionable clothing pieces. This DIY approach is present on this new sneaker which will be released on the weekend.

The shoe has a creamy beige upper with paint splotches all the way throughout. The midsole has a bit red in it which is a color that appears on the Kyrie Irving logo on the tongue. There is Kyrie and Bandulu branding on the front and back the sneaker while the words “Basketball Street Couture” are written along the back.

According to Sole Collector, these kicks will be released on Saturday, July 27th for $130 USD.

Bandulu x Nike Kyrie 5 Drops This Weekend: Official Details

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Bandulu x Nike Kyrie 5 Drops This Weekend: Official Details

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