Serena Williams’s Broken Racket Could Fetch $50K At Auction After Ball Boy Sells It For $500

A ball boy is suffering from major regret after learning that a tennis racket he once owned is about to fetch big bucks at auction. Justin Arrington-Holmes was a ball boy during the 2018 U.S. Open final match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. During the match, a frustrated Serena threw her racket onto the court with enough force to break it. Later, Justin asked the world-renowned tennis champion if he could keep her dented racket, and she told him she didn’t mind.

Serena Williams's Broken Racket Could Fetch $50K At Auction After Ball Boy Sells It For $500
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While many would have either held onto the item and kept it in pristine condition or sold it for a nice chunk change, it seems as if Justin placed it away. According to Newser, Justin was doing a bit Spring cleaning and over the Summer he sold it to a collectibles store in New York City for $500. An employee the unnamed shop knew its value and soon resold it.

Now the racket will be sold Goldin Auctions and it projected to fetch around $10K, although the auction house’s owner, Ken Goldin, reportedly told the New York Times that it could go for upwards $50K. “I wish I’d had someone help me with the process,” Justin said after learning that he undersold himself. The ball boy reportedly told the Times that he hopes that the seller will donate some the money to a charity, adding “I just hope they are looking out for the greater good.” 

Michael Bloomberg Apologizes For Stop-And-Frisk Police Strategy

Gearing up for a rumored run to join the race for the presidency, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing away from his support the extremely controversial stop-and-frisk policing strategy.

According to the New York Times, in Brooklyn, Bloomberg apologized to a mostly black crowd for the program which disproportionally targeted Latinx and black communities. 87% the stop-and-frisk searches in 2011 were performed on black or Latinx New Yorkers.

“Over time, I’ve come to understand something that I long struggled to admit to myself: I got something important wrong,” Bloomberg said. “I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities. I was totally focused on saving lives, but as we know: Good intentions aren’t good enough.”

“New York City had 650 murders a year when I came into fice, and the toll fell heaviest on black and Hispanic young men,” Bloomberg explained to Politico last year. “We were determined to do everything possible to stop gun violence, both by taking guns f the street and by taking on the NRA—when few other elected ficials were willing to do that.”

If Bloomberg runs, The New York Daily News is reporting that he plans to spend upwards $100 million on anti-Trump advertising.

 

 

Niecy Nash Wants To Interview Her Ex-Husband’s Next Girlfriend

Not all Hollywood divorces are as amicable as Niecy Nash and her estranged husband Jay Tucker. The Claws actress recently announced that she and Tucker, her husband eight years, have decided to pull the plug on their marriage, but it’s obvious that these two aren’t bitter about their break up.

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Niecy caught up with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet for the 2019 Glamour Women the Year Awards in New York City where she was presenting an award to Ava DuVernay. After sharing why she admires her filmmaker friend, the actress was asked about how she was handling her split from Tucker.

“For me—For us, it’s easy because we love each other,” Niecy said with a smile. “The love has just taken on a different form, but that’s always gonna be my friend.” ET correspondent Rachel Smith told Niecy that she deserves love, and the actress agreed while adding that Tucker does, as well.

Although she’s single, she’s not ready to mingle. “What is this foolishness you speak ?” she joked when asked if she’s been dating. “Girl, I’m just over here drinking my water and healing,” she said. “No. I ain’t ready to put all this back on the block. It’s too much too soon.” She did add that she would like to sit down with Tucker’s next girlfriend. “I would love to interview any girl who’s gonna be on his block,” she said. “I gotta make sure he’s taken care .” Would you let your ex interview your next?

"Fantastic Beasts 3" Gets Greenlight To Start Production In 2020

According to Deadline,Warner Bros. has greenlit the third Fantastic Beasts movie in the Harry Potter spinf series. Production is slated to start spring 2020. The first Fantastic Beasts was set in New York City, while the second was shot mainly in Paris. The third entry will use Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro as the main location for the plot. Comedian and actress Jessica Williams, who appeared briefly in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Grindelwald, will have a bigger role this time around with her character Pressor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks. Hick is a teacher at Ilvermorny School Witchcraft and Wizardry, the American equivalent Hogwarts.

The main cast is all returning, including Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore), Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone, a.k.a. Aurelius Dumbledore),  Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), and Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski).  Dan Fogler previously declared the start date and location for the film at a fan convention, but it was unconfirmed at the time. “We haven’t started filming yet. We start in February,” Fogler stated. “Last we heard, J.K. … she’s been writing furiously, everyone was really happy with what she submitted, and we’re all just waiting for the new script. And that’s where we’re at … The reason we were given is that the movie is bigger than the first two combined. They needed more time to prep and they didn’t want to rush anything so they pushed it back …. I can tell you that we are going to Brazil. I don’t really know much… laughs]. I’ll get a script closer to when we start shooting.”

Jada Pinkett Smith Glows Wearing Technicolor Faux Fur Coat In NYC

On Monday (Nov. 4), Jada Pinkett Smith stepped out in New York City on Monday in an outfit that surely turned heads. Whoever caught a look her likely had to squint, due to both her radiant beauty and technicolor faux fur coat. The knee-length coat’s design consisted a swirl purple, blue, orange and red. The super comfy-looking garment is designed by Stella McCartney and retails for $2,875. It belongs to the “All Together Now” collection, inspired by The Beatles’ 1968 cartoon film, Yellow Submarine. As if the coat wasn’t colorful enough, Jada paired it with bright yellow trousers and white sneakers with pink laces. 

Jada was in NYC promoting her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, which recently started premiering new episodes. It returned with an episode about her husband, Will Smith, gathering the whole family for an emergency meeting about healthy eating. On the latest episode, the women the Pinkett-Smith family invited Demi Moore and her daughters to discuss a range sensitive topics, as the show is praised for doing. 

While Jada spearheads Red Table Talk, Will has been sharing his own online content through his YouTube channel. A few days ago, he posted a vlog him and his wife attending the grand opening Tyler Perry Studios, where he was honored with a soundstage named after him. 

Kanye West Considering Name Change To "Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West"

It was a busy day yesterday in New York City for Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian. The recording artist and successful businessman has been on the East Coast, attending the WSJ Innovator Awards and surprising people by also showing up at the Fast Company Innovation Festival. Aside from reaffirming his intention to run for President the United States in 2024, Kanye West told fans and journalists that he is considering a name change in the future so people take his accolades a little more seriously.

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After Forbes failed to recognize him as a billionaire when he showed them a check worth $890 million, Kanye decided that he wants to make sure the world is fully aware his financial wealth. “When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is… It will be on the license plate,” said Ye at the festival. “When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million receipt and they still didn’t say ‘billionaire.’ They don’t want us to know that we can buy land; they don’t want us to have the 100 percent ownership that] I have at Yeezy.”

Elsewhere during his appearance, West spoke about a deal he had planned with LVMH that fell through, his upcoming Presidential run, his headquarters in Wyoming, and much more. Do you think he’ll actually change his name?

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A$AP Rocky Honors Tyler, the Creator at WSJ. Innovators Awards

Tyler, the Creator was celebrated at the WSJ. Magazine‘s 2019 Innovators Awards.

A$AP Rocky took the stage during Wednesday’s ceremony at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to present his friend with the Music Innovator Award.

“It’s an honor to present this award to my best friend today, but little do y’all know that I hate that motherf**ker, that’s the truth,” joked Rocky before getting serious. “He’s one of my inspirations. Even though he’s a friend. People don’t know this, but when we first came into the rap game, we didn’t even like each other. Our crews didn’t like each other. And now, being in hip-hop, I don’t identify with anybody but my real true family and friends. It’s an honor to present this award today.”

Rocky went on to pay tribute to the IGOR hitmaker. “He innovates, he changes music, not only that, just comedy, music, culture, television, entertainment, fashion, style,” he added. “It’s an honor to be here. I’m proud of you, bro.”

During his acceptance speech, Tyler reflected on feeling like an outcast throughout his life. “My whole life I felt like a stepchild, in school, at home, and especially in music and rap where I have a profession,” he said before recalling being rejected from basketball, drama class, and band class. “When all that happened, I said, ‘Fuck ’em.’ I didn’t let none of that shit stop me from doing anything I wanted to do.”

He acknowledged other Innovators including Pharrell, Kanye West, Hype Williams, Dave Chappelle, and André 3000. “I feel like we’re all free and we create from this honest place, this really honest space where we don’t give a fuck what no one says. And because of that, that’s why I always felt like a stepchild,” he said. “But WSJ. finally made it feel like that family was celebrating my birthday, so thank you.”

Tyler and Rocky didn’t start out as friends. After exchanging words online and in interviews, they eventually came together for a tour in 2015 and collaborated on several tracks including “Who Dat Boy” and “Potato Salad.”

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian honored Fashion Innovator Riccardo Tisci at the WSJ. Innovators Awards, while other honorees included Eddie Murphy, Melina Matsoukas, and Julianne Moore.

Kyrie Irving’s Nike Kyrie 6 Releasing In 11 City-Inspired Colorways: First Look

Kyrie Irving’s sixth Nike signature sneaker, the Nike Kyrie 6, will make it’s retail debut on November 11th in 11 different colorways exclusive to 11 different cities. Yes, the No. 11 holds a very special place in Kyrie’s heart.

Nike has ficially announced release details for the Kyrie 6 Preheat collection, which serves as a nod to his connection to the number 11, as well as the 11 cities that have a special meaning to him.

The 11 cities included in the Nike Kyrie 6 Preheat collection include: Beijing, Berlin, Guangzhou, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Miami, New York City, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. 

Per Nike:

“Kyrie Irving has a special connection to number 11. It begins with his dad, Drederick Irving, who wore #11 during his basketball career; Kyrie wore it in high school and does now with Brooklyn. The connection extends to a metaphor for balance and harmony (1+1) that resonates with Kyrie, and cascades from there. “K” is the eleventh letter the alphabet; “Kyrie Irving” is 11 letters; Irving played 11 games at Duke University; he was drafted round 1, pick 1 in the 2011 NBA draft and he surpassed the 11,000 point mark on March 11.”

The Kyrie 6 preheat collection will be available 11/11 exclusively in each respective city. The kicks will also be available globally on November 22 in a clean “Jet Black” colorway, that won’t be nearly as hard to get your hands on as the Preheat collection. 

Continue scrolling for a look at each colorway.

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Canelo Alvarez Becomes 4-Division Champ In Victory Over Sergey Kovalev

Saturday night, Canelo Alvarez defeated Sergey Kovalev with an 11th round knockout, stripping him his light heavyweight world title before the crowd over 14,000 that was gathered inside Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

With the win, Alvarez, who is already the current middleweight world champion, earned a world title in a fourth division. He is now only the third former junior middleweight to also win a belt in the light heavyweight division, making for a difference 21 pounds. He joins the company International Boxing Hall Of Fame Alumni Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Mike McCallum.

Canelo Alvarez Becomes 4-Division Champ In Victory Over Sergey Kovalev

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On the scorecards, two judges found him in favor 96-94 with the third scoring the matchup 95-95.

“I’m very thankful,” said Alvarez. “This is just a step in my career, in my history, and all I ask you is to be patient because Canelo will make history. That’s a guarantee.”

The fight was initially delayed due to the fact that UFC 244 was also going on across the way in New York City. To avoid any conflict, Alvarez and Kovalev did not begin until 1:18 a.m to accommodate broadcaster DAZN’s streaming and subscriber aspirations. In the meantime, MGM Grand sought and obtained permission from ESPN to broadcast the UFC matchup on its screens for fans waiting inside the arena.

“I was tired after Round 6 because I had my last fight very close to this one,” Kovalev, who defeated challenger Anthony Yarde on August 24th, admitted at the end the bout. “But it’s OK. It’s a new experience for me. Canelo is really a great champion. I didn’t recover from my last fight. But it’s OK. Thanks for the fight, Canelo. I have big respect for him. He made history.”

Protests Erupt In NYC After Police Crackdown on Fare Evasion

Earlier this week, an unarmed black teenager was arrested on the New York City metro after jumping the turnstile to avoid paying the $2.75 fare. Swarms ficers rushed the young man and one brandished his gun. Now, protests are breaking out across the city claiming the incident was an act excessive force and an example police targeting lower-income areas to make arrests on those who can’t afford the subway fee. 

Many have responded to the incident, including presidential-hopeful Julian Castro who wrote on Twitter, “This man didn’t pay his subway fare—but is tackled by at least ten ficers in a crowded station. Officers should be working to deescalate—not putting dozens lives at risk over $2.75.”

The NYPD’s transit Twitter account responded writing, “What the video doesn’t show is a credible witness alerting our ficers to a man brandishing a gun. When ficers approached the man in question, he fled into a subway station and onto a train to escape. Minutes later, ficers at the next station took him into custody.”

Many are calling the response untrue. One user wrote, “NYPD has used this exact tweet multiple times to respond to commentary about their forceful and militarized arrest a fare-beater as if it somehow makes pointing a firearm into a crowded subway train without having actually seen a man brandishing a gun acceptable police action.”

Angela Yee Speaks On Issues With Charlamagne Tha God In New Interview

New York City, NY –

Following a recent back and forth with Gucci Mane over an alleged ban from The Breakfast Club — and the rapper’s subsequent October 17 interview with Charlemagne Tha God — Angela Yee addressed the situation in a new interview.

During his sit down with Charlamagne, Gucci called his Breakfast Club co-host Yee a ”punk-ass bitch” as well as threatened to run up on DJ Envy. It appears that Yee is taking particular offense to the lack defence on Charlemagne’s part.

When the situation came up in conversation during her sit down with Say What’s In Live TV, she asked her interviewers, ”Would you do that?” DJ Quicksilva responded, stating there would have likely been a conversation first.

Yee noted that she was aware of the interview taking place, but was nonetheless taken aback once seeing it.

“I just think that in general if you work with somebody and someone’s saying things like negative things — nasty things you can’t even say on the radio — you can’t just sit there and laugh and [let] something like that happen.”

“I have never called anybody out of their name. I think that’s the real issue.”

Gucci says that following his 2016 interview on The Breakfast Club, where he accused Angela Yee of coming on to him, he was banned. Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne have all collectively denied that claim.

This recent situation is causing personal friction between the trio.

One viewer noted in the comment section of Charlamagne’s interview that he isn’t a friend of Yee’s — just a co-worker, which he promptly liked. Yee reportedly stopped following “@cthagod” on social media as a result.

Aaron Paul Reveals The Items He Stole From The "Breaking Bad" Set

Aaron Paul recently paid a visit to Stadium Goods in New York City for a new episode “Sneaker Shopping” with Complex’s Joe La Puma, where he discussed all things sneakers and Breaking Bad, including some the iconic items he stole from the set.

For instance, Paul says he kept some Jesse Pinkman’s memorable gear from Breaking Bad and El Camino, as well as the pink teddy bear and the Los Pollos Hermanos truck doors. Despite all the dope shit he took home from the set, Paul says he was prohibited from keeping the one thing he really wanted – the pair Nikes that Jesse wore in the early episodes.

La Puma and Paul also broke down his love for Vans and Converse, Jesse’s style, Walter White’s Wallabees, and his Price Is Right appearance many years ago. Check out the full episode in the video embedded below.

Officer Who Was Fired For Killing Eric Garner Is Suing To Get His Job Back

Due to the power social media, the world watched as Eric Garner was choked to death by New York police ficer Daniel Pantaleo. On July 17, 2014, a group NYPD ficers questioned Garner for selling single cigarettes on the street. He told the ficers that he wasn’t selling anything and that he didn’t want to be harassed anymore, but they attempted to arrest him, anyway. When he became uncooperative, he was placed in a chokehold by Pantaleo. Garner repeatedly told the ficers “I can’t breathe,” but they ignored him as he weakened and fell to the ground. They killed him on the streets Staten Island.

It would take five years for the NYPD to terminate Pantaleo’s employment, and in August 2019, the former ficer found himself without a job. However, he hopes that he won’t be unemployed for long, because Pantaleo is reportedly attempting to get back into the NYPD. Pantaleo, along with his legal team, have continuously insisted over the years that he used the necessary and proper amount force on Garner. It was Garner’s prior health conditions that aided in his demise, not a chokehold that killed him, claims the disgraced ficer. In June, it was announced that charges would not be filed against Pantaleo. Following an administrative trial, Pantaleo was terminated, however, in the lawsuit to get his job back, he calls the move “arbitrary and capricious.” 

CBS New York states that Al Sharpton sahas said, “If Pantaleo’s case goes to trial, the National Action Network, Black clergy members, and civil rights leaders will pack the courts while wearing neck braces to show solidarity in our fight for justice for the Garner family and victims police brutality. And if Pantaleo wins this lawsuit, he will continue to pose a threat to all Black and Brown people in New York City.”

Nate Diaz Pulls Out Of UFC 244 Over Tainted Test Allegations

The highly anticipated UFC bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal is apparently f.

Diaz took to social media on Thursday afternoon to explain that he’s been informed he tested with “elevated levels” that may have been caused from taking illegal supplements. He vehemently denies taking any banned substances but clearly has no plans traveling to New York City next weekend for the UFC 244 main event. 

Nate Diaz Pulls Out Of UFC 244 Over Tainted Test Allegations

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According to Diaz’s statement, the UFC still wanted him to compete and “keep quiet,” but he didn’t want this news to come out afterward, which would have make it look like he was cheating or had something to hide.

His statement reads in part:

“I’m not gonna make it out to NYC for fight week next week because they say I tested with elevated levels that they say might be from some tainted supplements. I call false on that cause I only take Whole Food or natural food supplements. I don’t even eat meat. So until UFC, USADA, or whoever is FUCKING with me fixes it, I won’t be competing. I’m not gonna play their game and try and hide it or keep quiet, as they suggested. I’m not gonna have my name tainted as a cheater like these motherfuckers who keep quiet until after the fight just so they can get paid. fuckin cheaters.”

Diaz and Masvidal were slated to square f for the “Baddest Motherfucker” title at Madison Square Garden in the main event UFC 244 on November 2. The UFC has not announced any backup plans, but we’ll keep you posted with any developments as the situation unfolds.

Shabaam Sahdeeq Teases "Precious Stones" LP With New Video

New York City, NY – With his upcoming LP Precious Stones (produced entirely by J57) about to drop before the end of 2019, one-time Rawkus roster member Shabaam Sahdeeq drops a new visual for the bubbling second single, “Steady Pace.”

Featuring cuts from German turntablist Chinch 33, the single has been getting a consistent burn from the incomparable DJ Premier his weekly Live from HeadQCourterz show on Shade45.

“Steady Pace” is the follow-up to August’s “Razor Sharp Vernacular” single featuring Born Unique and Tri state. In an interview with HipHopDX, Shabaam said his collaborative project with J57 had been years in the making.

“Me and J57 met at the Fat Beats flagship store In NY years ago, and we always stayed cool,” he says. “I went to events their frequently and did business with Fat Beats on some independent records that I put out over the years. We finally got to work together on a song called ‘GMR,’ which I put out as a one-off single … it did very well.”

The third single from the LP “Man Down,” which features former D-Block rhymer J-Hood and DV Alias Khryst, is set to drop next week.

Stream Shabaam Sahdeeq and J57’s “Steady Pace” above.