Zion Williamson Has No Desire To Compete In NBA Dunk Contests

Zion Williamson is the most talked about incoming NBA rookie since LeBron James entered the league in 2003 – and like LeBron, Zion doesn’t have any desire to compete in the annual NBA Dunk Contest.

The 18-year old phenom has shown f his ridiculous hops and thunderous slams both pre-game and in-game dating back to his high school days, but he says he simply isn’t a dunk contest guy. During a pre-draft interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Zion explained:

“Honestly, I don’t think I’m gonna do it. To be honest, but, unless something can change my mind.”

“I’m not much a dunk contest person. It’s kinda like, I just do it in warmups to get myself going.”

When pressed further, the soon-to-be No. 1 overall pick added, “They already got some great dunkers, they ain’t missing nothing with me.”

We’ll have to wait and see if “something can change his mind” but basketball fans can still look forward to watching Williamson’s prolific in-game dunks, including lobs from Lonzo Ball. 

During one his many pre-draft interviews, the former Duke Blue Devils star spoke about the new-look New Orleans Pelicans, specifically Lonzo and Brandon Ingram. Says Zion, “Lonzo, I think he’s a great PG, very old school and I respect that about him. Brandon Ingram I think he’s a bucket-getter, he can give you 25 or 30 a night.”

Kim Kardashian’s Lyft Partnership Will Help 5,000 Inmates Get Free Rides To Job Interviews

Kim Kardashian paid a visit to The White House last week where she spoke at a press conference next to President Donald Trump about her initiative to assist 5,000 inmates to get back on their feet once being released from prison. TMZ now has more on the initiative and details how Kim has partnered with Lyft, to give freed inmates rides to their job interviews. 

Kim Kardashian's Lyft Partnership Will Help 5,000 Inmates Get Free Rides To Job Interviews
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The largest group prisoners are set to be released on July 19th and through Kim’s efforts, they will also be provided with housing assistance as well as job assistance. There’s said to also be a long term plan to assist inmates for years to come. As Kim has previously stated, she’s taken the time to visit prisons and hear exactly what it is the inmates need assistance with once stepping back into the free world. 

“While I have been able to fer support to some the individuals I have met, the obstacles to success are an everyday struggle for thousands and more needs to be done,” Kim wrote on Twitter.

Kim’s recent visit to The White House was her second in a year and we can only assume that there are more visits to come. 

Charlamagne Tha God Tells Elizabeth Warren She Sounds Like Rachel Dolezal

Charlamagne Tha God might stir the pot up a bit but as a journalist sorts, he does make a concerted effort to ask the tough questions to his subjects. Whether it’s Kanye West, Kamala Harris or Cardi B, he very rarely holds his tongue during interviews. Most recently, 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, Elizabeth Warren, sat down with The Breakfast Club where Charlamagne inquired about her Native American ancestry. 

Charlamagne Tha God pressed Elizabeth Warren about her ancestry claim, comparing her to former NAACP president the Spokane, WA chapter, Rachel Dolezal. While Elizabeth tried to side-step the question in an attempt to appear to be an ally to Natives and People Color, Charlamagne continuously inquired why she identified as Aboriginal on a few applications. She continuously said that she only said she was Native because that’s what she learned from her family. 

“I’m not a person color. I’m not a citizen a tribe, and tribal citizenship is an important distinction and not something I am,” she said. After claiming that her statements from September didn’t actually impact her career in any way, Charlamagne came through with the Ether. 

“You’re kind like the original Rachel Dolezal a little bit,” he said before cracking up. 

“This is what I learned from my family,” she replied.

Peep the full interview below. 

Jussie Smollett’s "Attackers" Had Gun & Ammo Seized During Raid: Report

Police finally unsealed Jussie Smollett’s case files yesterday which contained over four pages interviews, logs, and records since Smollett filed his police report. Even after the charges were dropped, Smollett faced a ton backlash from the public who still believe that he staged his own attack. According to TMZ, the latest development from the documents revealed that the police found a stash firearms after raiding the home the Osundairo brothers.

Jussie Smollett's "Attackers" Had Gun & Ammo Seized During Raid: Report
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In the new documents released by the Chicago PD, the Osundairo brothers were found with a GunVault that contained a ton guns and ammunition including a hipoint model C9, 9MM caliber semi-auto pistol,  9MM caliber magazine with live rounds, 45ACP caliber magazines, boxes labeled Remington 22 Rounds, and a box labeled Hornady 00 buck shotgun shells.

The guns are in addition to the five bottles bleach, a red hat, and two laptops that were found during the raid. However, the information about the GunVault was never released to the public. 

Police also said they found a paper packet that contained two small plastic bags with white powder but they never identified what exactly the white substance was.

Whether or not Jussie staged his attack, he’s still dealing with the repercussions the incident. It’s incredibly unlikely that he’ll return to Empire and he’s also facing a lawsuit that was filed by the City Of Chicago over investigative costs.

Rae Solomon Files $25 Million Against Live Nation for Allegedly Stealing All-Female Country Music Festival Idea

Rae Solomon has filed a $25 million lawsuit against Live Nation.

Filed at the Davidson Country, Tennessee Circuit Court, the Nashville-based country singer claims the global concert promoter outright stole her idea for an all-female country music festival.

The Zenitheve Music Festival, which would’ve taken place in Chicago on May 19th, would’ve featured Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, and Lindsay Ell.  These artists will instead perform in an all-female opening day of Live Nation’s Country LakeShake Festival in Chicago on June 21st.  The three-day festival will wrap up on June 23rd.

In the lawsuit, the country singer alleges “the opening day of the Country LakeShake is, essentially, a mirror image of Zenitheve.”  She also claims to have created the idea of an all-female country music festival as early as 2017.  Solomon purportedly gave interviews to local media outlets about her idea and even created a website.

In a likely fatal blow to the country singer’s lawsuit, Lambert, Morris, and Ell’s respective management teams said they had never heard about the Zenitheve Music Festival nor had ever been booked to perform.

Lambert’s management team said,

“There was no offer for Miranda, and I am not familiar with the Zenitheve festival.”

Nevertheless, Solomon claims in her lawsuit she had discussed the idea with Live Nation’s Women Nation Fund.  The company then asked her for a list of acts she had “pursued” for Zenitheve.  She had allegedly also secured a venue, contract, and budget proposal for the inaugural event.

Immediately following the all-female opening day lineup, the country singer claims investors quickly backed out.  They “[cited] the direct competition from Live Nation.”  Thus, Solomon had to cancel her Zenitheve Music Festival idea.  She subsequently filed the lawsuit on May 7th over “Live Nation’s fraudulent misrepresentations about the nature of their supporting Zenitheve.”

Douglas S. Johnston, Solomon’s lawyer, has asked for a jury trial for “compensatory damages of $25 million, as well as punitive damages and litigation costs.”

Live Nation has declined to issue a statement over the lawsuit.

 


Featured image by Rae Solomon (Facebook photograph).

"Surviving R. Kelly" Follow-Up Gets A Premiere Date

When Surviving R. Kelly first aired, it became one the biggest stories the year. For such a long time, we had been hearing about R. Kelly’s inappropriate sexual history with young women and girls and finally, something was being communicated about it to the masses. Lifetime did a good job in making sure most his accusers got a word in but with the high number girls that have allegedly been assaulted by the singer, they obviously could not reach everybody. The months following the documentary’s premiere brought several arrests, an explosive interview, and more to the table and the network would be silly to miss their chance to follow up on the success the first series. That’s why Lifetime will be coming back with Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact next month.

"Surviving R. Kelly" Follow-Up Gets A Premiere Date
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As reported by Deadline, the 2-hour special will air on May 4 and it will go through all that has happened since the documentary aired. It will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien, highlighting how the series impacted our culture, how it’s changed discussions about sexual abuse, and more. The special will feature original footage from the documentary, interviews with journalists and lawyers, and an in-depth breakdown Kelly’s interview with Gayle King. 

A trailer has been released for the special, which you may watch below.

Fortnite Developers Detail Toxic Work Culture, Working 100 Hour Weeks: Report

Fortnite is undoubtedly one the most successful video games out right now. With their constant updates and revamps to the game, they keep things refreshing for their users. Unfortunately, this comes at a price that employees at Epic Games have to play. According to a new report, employees from the company detail excruciating work weeks — upwards to 100 hours — in order to maintain the success the video game.

Fortnite Developers Detail Toxic Work Culture, Working 100 Hour Weeks: Report
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Polygon conducted interviews over the past few months with employees and contractors at Epic Games who’ve admitted they’ve been working extensive hours at the company to maintain the Fortnite‘s success. These laborious hours have many employees working 70-hour weeks while others are logging in 100-hours. A few people have reportedly suffered health issues due to the hours.

“I work an average 70 hours a week,” said one employee. “There’s probably at least 50 or even 100 other people at Epic working those hours. I know people who pull 100-hour weeks. The company gives us unlimited time f, but it’s almost impossible to take the time. If I take time f, the workload falls on other people, and no one wants to be that guy.

Working crunch is reportedly expected and a few people have admitted that those who’ve refused to work weekends got fired. Another source said that the demand has impacted his sleeping patterns and general behavior at home.

“I hardly sleep. I’m grumpy at home. I have no energy to go out. Getting a weekend away from work is a major achievement. If I take a Saturday f, I feel guilty. I’m not being forced to work this way, but if I don’t, then the job won’t get done.”

Despite the claims made by employees, a spokesperson for Epic Games denied that the 100-hour weeks were a common recurrence.

“People are working very hard on Fortnite and other Epic efforts,” a spokesperson said “Extreme situations such as 100-hour work weeks are incredibly rare, and in those instances, we seek to immediately remedy them to avoid recurrence.”

Draymond Green, Steph Curry And Kevin Durant All Fined By NBA: Details

The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant have all been fined by the NBA today for criticizing NBA ficials on social media and during their post-game interviews. Of the three, Green was fined the most – $35,000. Meanwhile, Curry was fined $25,000 and Durant $15,000.

The fines stem from various points during and following Golden State’s 131-130 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 29.

The trio Warriors were particularly annoyed with ficial Marat Kogut, who Durant and Curry dubbed the “MVP the night” and “the best player on the floor” after the loss in Minnesota. Draymond posted a pair tweets, “TD” and “MK,” which were clearly a reference to Kogut and disgraced NBA ficial Tim Donaghy.

The NBA’s ficial statement on the matter reads:

“Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $35,000 for making statements on social media which impugned the integrity NBA ficiating; Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been fined $25,000 for his actions and public statements impugning the integrity NBA ficiating; and Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been fined $15,000 for public criticism the ficiating, it was announced Tuesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.”

The first place Warriors (52-24) will host the second place Denver Nuggets (51-25) tonight in a pivotal matchup that could determine home court throughout the Western Conference playfs.

Tonight’s game, airing on TNT, is scheduled to tipf at 10:30pm ET.

Blueface Forced To Revisit His "High School Musical" Past In Nardwuar Interview

Nardwuar was in Austin, Texas for SXSW this previous weekend, as you’d count on from a music journalist/interrogator whose workflow consists manic sprawls throughout campgrounds. When a music pageant rears into city, The Human Serviette isn’t far behind. With his media cross in hand, Nard units up store proper the place they preserve the VIP tents, within the hopes rounding up as a lot content material as attainable, so we’re result in consider.

The Winterlude is ostensibly the place music festivals pack go to hibernate. That’s primarily when Nardwuar runs a dragnet on his listing targets. How he manages a lot personal data is anybody’s guess.

After importing the primary two interviews from SXSW (Rico Nasty and J.I.D) in no matter order he noticed match, Nardwuar got here out swinging on the third submission, an actual fbeat session with Blueface. The footage says all of it: Nardwuar actually walks as much as Blueface with no care on this planet, conjuring a response so nonchalant and compliant, it is virtually uncomfortable. 

I will not spoil the method, however The Game, WC, and Suga Free information get handed round gratuitously. Blueface is requested about his athletic previous, his dance repertoire, and the musical endeavors he took up in highschool. Peep the entire interview on the high the web page, and tell us the place it ranks amongst Nardwuar all-time bests.

"Leaving Neverland" Director Considers Sequel About Michael Jackson Trial

10 years after his demise and the allegations sexual abuse are nonetheless haunting Michael Jackson’s legacy. Since January, one the largest tales has been the explosive Leaving Neverland documentary which focuses on the allegations baby molestation made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson. While Dan Reed, the director the docuseries, does not intend  focusing his profession on Michael Jackson’s life, he did say that he would like to make a sequel to Leaving Neverland revolving across the singer’s 2005 trial.

"Leaving Neverland" Director Considers Sequel About Michael Jackson Trial
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In a latest interview with The Film Stage, Dan Reed defined that there is a model the docuseries that ran for 5 hours and included interviews with many individuals related to Michael Jackson’s 2005 trial together with the LAPD and Santa Barbara Sherriff’s Department who carried out investigations in addition to the primary prosecutor and deputy DA. Those clips did not make it onto the ultimate minimize the docuseries however Reed mentioned that he is keen on making a sequel to Leaving Neverland revolving round Michael Jackson’s 2005 case.

“The movie I would like to make following this one is the trial Michael Jackson,” he mentioned. “I may solely do this if the sufferer and his household take part. It could be a a lot weaker movie in the event that they didn’t.] I don’t need to comply with Leaving Neverland with a weaker movie. If Gavin Arvizo and his household would conform to take part, I’d very very like to inform the story that trial. I feel it’s fascinating and astonishing that Michael was acquitted. The manner that occurred is an incredible story and one which must be informed.”

"Avengers: End Game" Reveals First Full Look At Armored Thanos

Avengers: Endgame is anticipated to be the largest film all time. It is unquestionably probably the most anticipated movie in cinema since Return Of The Jedi, so expectations are by the ro. Marvel has given followers three trailers for the movie to this point. The first highlighted Tony Stark in house, the second was a Super Bowl promo clip that gave followers a couple of glimpses on the assembled staff, and the newest trailer launched Captain Marvel to Thor. Throughout all the pieces we have seen to this point, the final consensus is that Marvel is just exhibiting followers the primary 15-20 minutes footage within the trailers to allow them to hold issues secret. We all imagine this can be a time journey flick, however Marvel has but to point out their hand. Throughout the three trailers, we have solely see Thanos, probably the most well-known villain since Darth Vader, for a break up second. Now, that has modified. 

Empire has launched the covers for his or her upcoming situation which focuses on Endgame. The situation guarantees to present readers in-depth interviews with the unique six (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Hawkeye) who have been all spared (which is not any coincidence) from Thanos’ snap. One  Empire‘s covers shows the unique six, whereas a second restricted cowl provides followers their first take a look at Thanos in his full armor. It seems that his arm and the Infinity Gauntlet are nonetheless intact and never destroyed like they have been on the finish  Infinity War after the snap. His armor appears to be like a little bit totally different as nicely. Is trace that we’re taking a look at Thanos in a distinct time stream? The potentialities are infinite.

Netflix’s Next True Crime Doc Is On The Infamous Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann

Netflix has been pumping out some fairly good true crime documentaries about real-life abduction and homicide circumstances that also stay a thriller. From Making a Murderer, The Ted Bundy Tapes, and Abducted in Plain Sight to the most recent fering that’s The Disappearance Madeleine McCann.

Three-year-old Madeleine was kidnapped whereas she was vacationing along with her household in Portugal in 2007 and 11-years, 10 months and four days later her case remains to be open and has been labeled as one essentially the most closely reported investigations. The documentary blends interviews with greater than 40 people who’re journalists, pals, and investigators associated to the case. However, dad and mom Madeleine, Kate or Gerry McCann, usually are not concerned. 

“We are conscious that Netflix are planning to display screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance,” they wrote on their website. “The manufacturing firm instructed us that they have been making the documentary and requested us to take part. We didn’t see and nonetheless don’t see how this programme will assist the seek for Madeleine and, notably given there may be an energetic police investigation, might doubtlessly hinder it.”

Watch the trailer under and catch the eight-part collection on Netflix as March 15th.

Richard Pryor Widow Claims He Wouldn’t Be Ashamed Of Marlon Brando Fling

Quincy Jones delivered some essentially the most stunning interviews 2018 when he sat down with Vulture and spilled the tea on nearly everybody. He claimed that he dated Ivanka Trump and alleged that Michael Jackson stole music. He additionally spoke about Richard Pryor very candidly, revealing the comic as soon as had a fling with Marlon Brando. “He was essentially the most charming motherfucker you ever met. He’d fuck something,” he mentioned about Brando. 

Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee, confirmed the information however acquired some critical backlash from the comic’s daughter, Rain, who denied the declare and referred to Jenner as “my dad’s so-called widow” who “must hold legitimizing herself and tarnish our dad even after he’s useless.”

Richard Pryor Widow Claims He Wouldn't Be Ashamed Of Marlon Brando Fling
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Jennifer Lee instructed The Daily Beast that she instructed that the comic’s youngsters did not know him the best way she did. 

“He wasn’t ashamed it!” she mentioned about Pryor’s fling with Brando. “And when individuals say, ‘Well let him relaxation in peace, Jennifer, what are you doing?’ you then’re not a fan, as a result of Richard mentioned this. He could be speaking about it right this moment if he had been right here. He’d be pissed f that Q was getting a tough time. He’d most likely fill you in on the small print!”

She added, “They don’t know their father the best way I do know him, clearly, and I feel she’s f-base. But that’s OK, I want them properly.”

Zacari’s TDE Debut "Run Wild Run Free:" Tracklist Has Leaked

As you may need heard: Zacari is the most recent vocalist making waves over at TDE. After debuting two video singles, and sitting down for numerous interviews, Zacari is inching ever so near launching his debut EP with the label. Unsurprisingly, Zacari who could be the primary to explain himself as “a realized dropout,” is not one to boast or brag or inconsequentially. That’s why the tracklist for his TDE debut reveals him taking in a host contributions from artist’s he is labored with previously, together with his go-to producer J. Louis.

Zacari introduced the tracklist himself by displaying it f the old school method: the again cowl shot the EP uploaded to Instagram. Lil Yacthy is the lone rapper blessing the undertaking along with his vocal musings. The manufacturing the 7 songs is undertaken by a bunch that features the likes  Teddy Walton, Syk Sense, IAMNOBODI, Cubeatz, and the aforementioned J. Louis. Run Wild Run Free is anticipated to drop as deliberate tomorrow, or somewhat tonight at midnight. Are you stoked, hit us together with your ideas?

Run Wild Run Free

1. You Can Do Anything
2. Midas Touch
three. Ten Outta Ten
four. Don’t Trip
5. Young & Invincible (Ft. Lil Yachty)
6. Lone Wolf
7. Run Wild Run Free

Kevin Hart Announces First Netflix Comedy Special Since "PreviousTweetsGate"

Kevin Hart has bounced again from an Oscars-related controversy sooner than you may delete your most incriminating outdated Tweet. You could recall the time when Kevin Hart was all set to host the Academy Awards, earlier than his prepare was derailed by the invention some former Twitter posts. In response, the Academy tried to drive Hart into apologizing, which he refused to do. As a end result, they dropped him as host, prompting mnay followers to voice their help Hart’s coronary heart. Now, the comic has ficially launched “comeback season” with the announcement his new Netflix particular Irresponsible.

“Mark your Calendars for April 2nd,” writes Hart, Instagram. “My “Irresponsible” comedy particular will probably be debuting on Netflix. I’m past enthusiastic about this one.” While it has but to be confirmed, it is probably that Hart will acknowledge the notorious “PreviousTweetsGate,” in addition to his determination to depart from his Oscar gig. Of course, he is already defined his place a sequence interviews, however search for him to open up concerning the scenario in a brand new, much more comedic mild. 

Will you be tuning in to Kevin Hart’s “Irresponsible?” 

Kevin Hart Announces First Netflix Comedy Special Since "OldTweetsGate"

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