Ariana Grande is supporting a number organizations in an effort to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. She announced her support and encouraged others to join her in a post on social media, Friday, according to Fader.
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“While we are social distancing and doing the best we can to protect one another, my heart hurts for the small businesses, individuals, and families affected by this,” she wrote on her story. “I am supporting the organizations below, and if you are able to, you should too.”
Grande then gives a shout out to the Opportunity Fund to help small businesses, Give Directly for emergency cash funding, Feeding America, which supports food banks, the Italian Red Cross, and WHO’s COVID-19 solidarity response fund.
Grande was joined by Rihanna on Saturday who also announced she’d be donating to relief efforts for the Coronavirus. Rihanna pledged $5 million through her Clara Lionel Foundation.
Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Caroline Polachek and more have all also made public donations to relief funds or encouraged social distancing.
As Saturday, there have been 304,493 total cases the Coronavirus worldwide and deaths have reached 13,000. 793 new deaths were recorded in Italy alone on Saturday bringing the country’s total to 4,825. Italy surprised China in total Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, according to CNN.
Coronavirus is ficially a national emergency. After Trump faced criticism over the administration’s approach to testing, he held a press conference following the unsettling growth the virus to declare that he’ll be freeing up billions in federal funds and put Federal Emergency Management Agency in action. This falls under the Stafford Act that gives the government authority for “most federal disaster response activities.”
“To unleash the full power the federal government … I am ficially declaring a national emergency,” Trump said. “Two very big words.”
Up to $50 billion will be freed for financial aid to Americans in wake the virus. Trump explained that he’s working with each State to provide quick and effective responses to cases Coronavirus. This also means that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will have the authority “waive provisions applicable laws and regulations to give doctors, hospitals – all hospitals — and health care providers maximum flexibility to respond to the virus.”
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused many issues including the cancellations concerts and other public gatherings. The NBA has essentially suspended the season indefinitely to curb the risks contracting the disease while Coachella has pushed back their annual festival to October.
The Ultra Music Festival in Miami is canceled this year — but attendees aren’t getting refunds.
Instead, organizers have shared an email with attendees to let them know their options. There are plenty of perks for the next Ultra Miami, but no cash for the one that won’t happen. Organizers say they’ve worked hard to provide ‘extra value’ to Ultra Miami 2021 hopefuls.
Some of those perks include discounts and exclusive access, but no Ultra Miami 2020 refunds.
“All tickets purchased will, of course, remain valid and will be honored at either the 2021 or 2022 Ultra Miami event, at your option,” organizers explain. “You will have 30 days to choose which Ultra Miami event you want to attend. Additionally, we are also working to offer a digital online Ultra experience as soon as possible,” the statement reads.
Many Ultra Miami ticketholders are furious about the lack of refunds. The email sent out to ticketholders also included an upsell for Ultra merchandise. Remember, many attendees are eating the cost of their flights and hotels.
Some of the options for 2020 Ultra Miami ticket holders include:
- One ticket to Ultra Music Festival 2021 or 2022
- An extra hour at Ultra Miami 2021
- Free ticket to an Ultra Worldwide or Resistance event in 2021 (excluding Miami)
- A discount for up to 50% off $250 in merchandise
- $99.95 Premium GA private sale to Ultra Miami 2021
- Exclusive access to buy two more GA passes for Ultra Miami 2021
- A chance at 10 Ultra Golden Tickets that admit an additional guest
At least two of those benefits are just an extra chance and not guaranteed. The decision not to refund is a strange one. and both offered attendees refunds at their chosen point of sale. SXSW is also facing an uncertain future over this year’s cancellation – it l The SXSW 2021 event may also be in doubt.
Spencer Dinwiddie is one those players you would be a fool to underestimate. He has been lights out for the Brooklyn Nets this season and has 20.6 points per game in Kyrie Irving’s absence. If he keeps playing at this pace, there is a solid chance that the Nets end up making it to the playfs, albeit for a short amount time.
Tonight, the Nets are in Los Angeles to take on the Western Conference-leading Lakers. Dinwiddie is actually from Los Angeles which led him to take to Twitter and write “I’m coming home.”
Typically, a tweet such as this one wouldn’t exactly create any suspicion. However, Lakers fans failed to realize who their team was playing tonight. This led to a bunch excited tweets the Dinwiddie might be leaving the Nets and signing with the Lakers. Of course, the logistics this are pretty well impossible but we’re talking Lakers fans here. We aren’t talking about beacons reason.
There were plenty people in the comments section who tried to calm the Lakers fans down and remind them the Nets game tonight. Of course, this brought the noise down although the reactions were funny, regardless.
Check out some the replies, below.
Saturday night, Israel Adesanya’s defended his title against Yoel Romero. The fight ultimately concluded with a fifth-round decision in favor Adesanya and left many fans unsatisfied with the uneventful turnout. Notably, Dana White expressed his regret for setting the fight up, citing fighter Paulo Costa as a much more formidable opponent.
“When I’m sitting here today talking about this, the matchmakers didn’t love that fight and didn’t want to make that fight,” White said post-fight. “They didn’t want to make Romero vs. Adesanya, but the goy fan in me said, ‘Are you sh*tting me? Come on, this will be a fun fight to do. And the fact that (Adesanya) wants to fight a guy that nobody else wants to fight.’ Now hindsight is 20/20, probably shouldn’t have done that fight and should’ve waited for (Paulo) Costa, but oh well, we did it.”
It was an injury that kept Costa, the rightful No. 1 contender, from taking on Adesanya. Per White, pitting the Brazilian against the Nigerian-born Adesanya will be his next move.
He adds: “Costa vs. Adesanya will be a ridiculous fight. I guarantee it, I absolutely guarantee it. He got what he wanted, he got him (Romero) on his resume, he beat him, and onto Costa.”
Patrick Beverley has consistently been one the most talked-about defenders in the NBA over the last couple years. He is a constant thorn in the side opposing players and while he does have some f nights, he remains a key piece the Los Angeles Clippers puzzle. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that Beverley has a bit reputation when it comes to his playing style. Beverley has been very open about the way he plays and doesn’t seem to think twice about speaking his mind.
In a recent report from Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN, Beverley spoke about why he plays the way he does and what he would be doing if it weren’t for basketball. At one point, Beverley even joked that he would probably be an elite drug dealer.
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“Mouths need to be fed, you know?” Beverley said. “Coming from where I come from, I didn’t have the luxury having a trust fund. Or money from generations. Or the luxury hoppin’ into the family business, you know? It’s either hoop or you sell dope. I probably would’ve been the best drug dealer in the world.”
Luckily for Beverley, things never got to that point and now, he’s thriving in the NBA. In fact, Beverley and the Clippers are frontrunners for the NBA title. A championship win would certainly make Beverley’s grind all that more worth it.
Stephen A. Smith is known as someone who wears many hats. At times, it seems like the man never stops working. Perhaps it’s a testament to just how much he loves what he does. The First Take host has been everywhere over the past couple years and his prile continues to be on the rise. Stephen A. has branched out into various other fields, including the film industry. Recently, Smith hinted at a potential role in Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James.
Today, Smith shared yet another acting endeavor. Taking to Twitter, Smith posted a trailer to the new animated film Rumble which is set to drop in 2021. At about the 0:40 mark, you can see Smith depicted as a monster wrestling analyst who is contemplating the future the sport as one monster continues to dominate opponents.
When you think about, Smith is the perfect man to do voice acting for this kind role. He is incredibly animated when he talks and in turn, he’s one the most entertaining people on TV. With this in mind, his role in Rumble should be a whole lot fun.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re excited to hear Smith’s voice on the silver screen.
Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid came out the All Star break with a bang on Thursday night, scoring a game-high 39 points with 16 rebounds in a 112-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The 25-year old center has established himself as one the most dominant big men in the NBA today, and his confident seems to be at an all-time high, as he described himself as “the best player in the world” following the win over Brooklyn.
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Embiid told reporters, per ESPN:
“The All-Star Game was fun. Being there in the fourth quarter, doing my thing at the end the game, I thought it was great.
“But the All-Star Game, just proving I’m here, I belong, and being the best player in the world, I just intend to keep coming out every single night and just play hard and trying to get wins and just go out and try to win a championship.”
In response to his comments about being the best player in the world, Embiid was asked if there is any added significance to the Sixers’ upcoming showdown with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
“For sure. We beat them pretty bad in the first matchup, they got us the last one, so it’s on us to go out there and try to beat them again.”
“I felt like the first part the season I was trying to make sure everybody was comfortable, tried to take a step back,” he said, per ESPN. “But if we are going to go somewhere, I’ve got to be one the guys doing it].”
Through 40 games this season, Embiid is averaging 23.3 points, 12 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. The Sixers (35-21) will visit the Bucks (47-8) on Saturday night in a game that will air on ABC at 8:30pm ET.
After a successful season in which the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, the NFL is looking into some massive structural changes for next season. Over the past few months, the idea a 17-game season has been brought to the table. While many players have opposed this idea, it seems like negotiations are inching closer towards approval, according to Adam Schefter. The 17-game season would see a decrease in pre-season games which would be capped f at just three.
Perhaps the biggest changes come in the form the playfs. The NFL is proposing a 14-team playf field. In this model, there would be three wild card teams and only one team from each conference would get a buy, as opposed to two. This means Wild Card weekend would feature a total six games with three on Saturday and three on Sunday.
The NFL playf structure is already a big hit amongst fans so these proposed changes are leaving many skeptical. With more Wild Card teams, there is potential for squads with losing records to end up in the postseason. Regardless, more playf games mean more fun for football fans, so it isn’t all bad.
Let us know what you think about these potential changes, in the comments below.
Kawhi Leonard was a force to be reckoned with at this year’s NBA All-Star Game. He ended up winning the Kobe Bryant MVP trophy after propelling Team LeBron to victory. Leonard had 30 points in the game and was all over the court. Playing with the likes LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Leonard was given some space to shine and he made the most it. In an era where he Kawhi is preoccupied with load management, he shocked fans and came through with a blistering performance.
Following the match, Leonard was asked about LeBron and AD. Of course, Leonard could have joined the Lakers in the fseason but instead, he decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Had the three teamed up, they would have been unstoppable. Either way, it’s clear Leonard enjoyed his All-Star experience with the Lakers stars.
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“It was fun,” Leonard said according to Lakers Nation. “I played with Bron and A.D. last year, and I think the year before that or so. But it’s always fun just to get around guys that are very competitive, see what they do on an everyday basis. Just talking, just being their teammate. We go at each other all year round, and just, like I said, it’s great to be able to pick their brain and just be around them and joke and laugh.”
If you’re a Lakers fan, all you can do at this point is hold your head in your hands and think what could have been.
Nick Cannon has no plans on getting married again, according to Complex.
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He explained his decision on Nick Cannon Mornings, telling listeners, “My mindset has changed. I have done that. I don’t like doing things that I am not good at. … If you jumped out a plane one time and it did not work out—you would not do it again, would you?” Cannon asked. “I barely survived. Why would I jump out the plane again?”
Cannon was married to Mariah Carey in 2008 and Carey birthed twins, Moroccan and Monroe, three years later.
The two filed for divorce in 2014, reconciled on and f for two years, and finally broke things f for good in 2016.
“It’s the funniest thing, my kids call me a player. I was like, ‘Who taught you that word? Who’s been talking to you?’ And Moroccan’s] like, ‘Dad you can’t be a player forever.’ I’m like, this is the worst,” Cannon said.
“I am a hopeless romantic,” he continued. “So I was like, to be able to engage with someone and kinda just have a real moment opposed to always being about, ‘Oh, I’m searching, I’m looking, I’m single. I’m trying to fall back on that.”
Jeff Gebhart Prairie Village, Kansas is fering $25,000 to anyone who can help him find a girlfriend, as reported by Complex.
The 47-year-old Kansas man launched the website DateJeffG.com to announce the proposition: “I’m single, and I don’t want to go back to the normal, app-based dating stuff,” Gebhart explains on the site. “I think that a lot people treat each other pretty poorly through that, and it’s a toxic community. I kinda have a choice there, and I’m choosing not to do that…I’m trying to develop a better way, and I think this is it.”
As part the deal, he’s fering to make $25,000 donation to a no-kill dog shelter or charity.
“I don’t need a person to complete me, but I’m looking for a person with qualities that will allow us to complement each other,” Gebhart writes. “I’d like to find someone who is fun, easy to spend time with, someone who is confident, driven, shares the same interests as I and has a zest for life. Funny, goy, and doesn’t take themselves too seriously.”
The logistics the deal are as follows: The earnings cannot go to a prospective girlfriend (meaning you can’t nominate yourself), the money will be given out if they stay together for at least one year, and it will be given out in five yearly installments $5,000.
If you’re familiar with Josh Hart, then you know he is frequently disrespected when trying to go for a high five with his teammates. Since his days with the Lakers, Hart has been seen dapping himself up after being left hanging. Hart’s propensity for being left with his hand in the air has made him a meme sorts, throughout the NBA. Despite this, Hart has been able to keep a positive attitude and continues to high five himself when left disrespected.
Last night, it was Zion Williamson who gave Hart the cold shoulder. As you can see in the clip below, Hart keeps his hand in the air for at least five seconds but Zion won’t even acknowledge him. Hart was to the right Zion so this can be chalked up to Williamson not seeing his teammate in his peripheral vision. Regardless, it made for a hilarious clip.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see Hart dap himself up but we’re sure it happened. At this point, it seems like Pelicans players are doing it on purpose because they know it will go viral. For some, this bit may be getting stale but you have to admit, it’s still pretty funny. Even Hart finds it amusing which is all that matters.
Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala won three championships together all while making it to five straight NBA Finals. The two were known for their staunch defense and will forever be considered legends within the Bay area. This summer, the two were split up as Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. After holding out for the first half the season, Iguodala was traded to the Miami Heat where he is playing for one the most fun teams in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight, the Heat and the Warriors will be playing against each other. These two teams are on completely different trajectories as the Warriors are at the bottom the league while the Heat are fourth in the Eastern Conference. Regardless, Green is ready to see his former teammate and he jokingly said today, he can’t wait to commit a flagrant foul towards Iggy.
Green has been known for his flagrant history although considering it’s Iguodala he’s talking about, we know it’s a joke. If Green does get a Flagrant 2 against Iguodala, it would be under some pretty extreme circumstances. Either way, there will certainly be some history between these two teams tonight and we can’t wait to see how Iguodala responds.
In his first game with the Heat, Iguodala recorded two points, six rebounds, and three assists. Heading into tonight, he’ll be looking to make more an impact. It remains to be seen if Green will let him.
In 2015, Australian director George Miller delivered the most ambitious film his career, the sun-drenched apocalyptic bloodbath that is Mad Max: Fury Road. The film was an instant critical success, securing ten Academy Award nominations and taking home six wins. At the time, Miller was open about his desire to continue the saga, teasing future stories involving both Tom Hardy’s Max and Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. It appears that Miller’s vision will manifest once more, as The Daily Mail has confirmed another Mad Max film has been ficially greenlit.
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Though little plot details are known save for a working title — Mad Max: The Wasteland — the upcoming flick is set to begin production this autumn in Australia. As now, neither Tom Hardy nor Theron has committed to reprising their roles, though we can hope they can swing a return. Given how much fun both actors appeared to have during the making- Fury Road, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them making the scheduling work to the best their ability.
Keep an eye out for details on The Wasteland to surface. There are many who deem Fury Road to be a modern classic and expectations for a follow-up will be high. In Miller we trust.