LeBron James Surprises Teens In Harlem With Citi Bike Memberships

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are in New York City this week for a pair matchups against the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, which gave LeBron an opportunity to surprise some unsuspecting fans.

On Tuesday, the Lakers superstar paid a visit to the Harlem YMCA to announce that he Lyft have teamed up to give free Citi Bike memberships to local youths in the spring. LeBron shared the news with his twitter followers on Wednesday, and couldn’t help but mention how much he loves NYC, especially playing at Madison Square Garden.

According to the New York Post, the 50 teens in attendance were gifted the first one-year memberships.

“I was a kid who grew up in the inner city back in Ohio riding bikes,” said James. “What bikes did for me — to be able to travel across the city with my friends to get from my home to school, or to get to basketball practices or football practices … it’s a segue to be able to do so many things that can also carry you for the rest your life.”

“Safety is always first, and for the city to understand that bike lanes is very important for the kids’ safety,” he added. “For adults that want to ride, too. So this is very important.”

LeBron enters tonight’s matchup against the Knicks needing just 80 points to tie Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. We’ve seen him post some monster numbers at MSG in the past – does he go f for 81 tonight?

LeBron James Surprises Teens In Harlem With Citi Bike Memberships

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LeBron James Surprises Teens In Harlem With Citi Bike Memberships

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Kash Doll Announces "Dollhouse" North American Tour

Detroit emcee Kash Doll has unveiled a new schedule for her forthcoming Dollhouse Tour, which will take the rapper through a series fourteen total dates that include her hometown, Philadelphia, Houston, Toronto, and Los Angeles.

Kash Doll Announces "Dollhouse" North American Tour
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“Damn this is my very own tour,” penned Kash Doll in tandem with the trek’s announcement. “I’m so grateful I can’t wait man.”

The new tour marks Kash Doll’s first major headlining tour and arrives in support her most recent Stacked album. The run begins on March 15th in Detroit and will end on April 9th in Boston. The tour will feature supporting acts Rubi Rose and Jucee Froot. Both are female emcees rising the ranks in the south with the former hailing from Atlanta while the latter represents Memphis.

DOLLHOUSE’ TOUR DATES

March 15 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

March 20 Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre

March 23 New York City, NY – Gramercy Theater

March 24 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry

March 26 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Hell

March 27 Birmingham, AL Zydeco

March 29 Houston, TX Studio @ Warehouse

March 30 Dallas, TX Trees

April 1 Los Angeles The Roxy

April 3 Oakland, CA The New Parish

April 5 Washington, D.C. Union Stage

April 7 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop

April 8 Toronto, ON Opera House

April 9 Boston, MA Middle East – Downstairs

Leslie Jones Boycotted The Comedy Cellar Over Louis C.K. Support

The Comedy Cellar is one America’s most well-known institutions in the world comedy. The New York City venue has hosted most stand-up legends and continues to be a hub for up-and-coming talent and established acts alike. A stain was left on The Comedy Cellar’s respected history when the owner allowed Louis C.K. to perform there in late 2018 after admitting to multiple incidents ual misconduct. Protesters gathered outside the club to express their disapproval the disgraced comic being granted this platform. Leslie Jones protested this decision in her own way. 

In a freshly-published prile for The New York Times, Jones divulged that she stopped performing at The Comedy Cellar in light its support Louis C.K. “I am at the age when I will get f the boat and get on another damn boat,” the former Saturday Night Live star said. The prile highlights that Jones was the only comedian to boycott the club for this reason. “I knew girls,” she told the Times, “and they got to walk into the club and see him talking to the owner. That ain’t cool.” 

Jones has since returned to testing out material at The Comedy Cellar. Her comedy special for Netflix, Time Machine, was released this week and she is set to star in the Coming To America sequel.  

Mariah Carey, The Neptunes to Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Mariah Carey and The Neptunes will become the latest inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They lead the class of 2020, which also includes The Isley Brothers, former Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Rick Nowels, William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Steve Miller.

With 19 No. 1 hits, Carey is the most successful female songwriter in chart history. In addition to her five-octave vocal range, she has written or co-written 18 of her 19 chart-topping songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including her most recent “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and holds the record as the songwriter with the most weeks spent at the No. 1 on the chart, with 77 weeks.

“I can’t believe it… The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME!!!!” tweeted a humbled Carey. “This is truly one of the greatest honors of my career. I’m so proud and humbled to be in the company of such legendary songwriters – both previously inducted as well as the incredible class of 2020!”

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, known professionally as The Neptunes, are among the most successful producers of all time, co-writing hits for JAY-Z (“I Just Wanna Love U”),” Britney Spears (“I’m a Slave 4 U”), Nelly (“Hot in Herre”), and Justin Timberlake (“Like I Love You”).

Twenty-four acts were in the running for the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, including Outkast, R.E.M., Patti Smith, Journey, Vince Gill, and Gloria Estefan. Only six songwriters are inducted each year. A songwriter qualifies for induction 20 years after the first commercial release of a song.

Past inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame include JAY-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Justin Timberlake, and Missy Elliott, who became the first female rapper inductee last year.

The 51st Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Missy Elliott Travels Through Time in ‘Why I Still Love You’ Video

It’s another Missy Elliott exclusive.

The rap icon takes it back in time in the throwback video for “Why I Still Love You.” The cinematic clip, which she co-directed with Derek Blanks, opens with a cameo from Monica, who gives her daughter a history lesson on Missy and The Demeanors, a girl group who “stayed on the top of the charts for three decades.”

The visual then turns to black-and-white as Missy and her bandmates perform in glittery gowns on a retro 1960s set. She then shows off her acting chops as she travels to 1971 where she and her girls are getting ready for a show backstage at Drip 54. The last scene takes place at American Dripstand in 1981 where a timeless Missy switches up her style yet again, rocking a mohawk.

“Why I Still Love You” is one of five tracks off Missy’s Iconology EP, her first project in 14 years, which was released last August. She previously released videos for “DripDemeanor” and “Throw It Back.”

In June, the hip-hop trailblazer will return to the stage at the 2020 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. The performance marks her first major NYC headline show in over a decade.

Watch her journey through time in the retrospective clip.

Wendy Williams Lowers Price Of New Jersey Mansion She Shared With Kevin Hunter

Last year was a big one for Wendy Williams as she ended her 21-year marriage with Kevin Hunter after he cheated on her for a second time and got his mistress pregnant. “I never thought that I would be in this position. I’m a very forgiving person, but there’s one thing that I could never be a part , and that one thing happened,” Wendy said her divorce. When the talk show host served her husband with divorce papers, he had 48 hours to vacate their shared New Jersey mansion. 

Wendy Williams Lowers Price Of New Jersey Mansion She Shared With Kevin Hunter
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Once Kevin was all moved out, Wendy also made the move to New York City full time but despite her efforts to sell her former home, it’s still on the market. The Blast now reports that Wendy has relisted the Livingston, New Jersey home at a lower price since she’s looking to put her past to rest. The stunning 5,700 sq ft home with five bedrooms and 4.2 bathrooms was originally on the market for $1,895,000 and now it’s been lowered to $1,699,000. We can only hope Wendy grabs a sale soon so she can fully move on with her new life. 

“I talk filthy about Kevin], but that is when I get in my apartment and the door is closed and I am talking to myself in the mirror,” she previously stated, detailing how Kevin was her “first true love” and she wouldn’t disrespect him in public. 

Method Man Joins Mary J. Blige In Starz Spinoff of 'Power'

Rapper Method Man has been cast to star opposite Mary J. Blige in Starz’s upcoming spin-off of the TV show Power.

According to information provided by the network to TVLine, the show will be called Power Book II: Ghost. It is “the first of a collection of series to expand the world of Power,” and it “will continue the journey of some of Power‘s most controversial characters.”

In the series, which was created by Courtney Kemp in cooperation with Lionsgate, Method Man plays a successful attorney who Bilge’s character entices into the New York City underworld in which she rules. At the same time, his character has to deal with a number of secrets from his past life that are surfacing.

The series was first announced over the summer, and it is expected that some of the cast of Power will also appear in it. So far, the network has not announced when the show will premiere or at what time it will air.

This is not the first time that Method man has acted.

His credits include:

  • The Deuce
  • The Last O.G.
  • The Wire
  • Oz

It is also not the first time that Method Man and Blige have worked together. In 1995, they performed a duet on the single “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By.” The song eventually reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while going platinum with more than 800,000 sales. It also won the duo a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1996.

Method Man, whose real name is Clifford Vincenzo Smith Jr., rose to fame as a member of the East Coast hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan in the 1990s. He took his stage name from a 1979 martial arts film staring Casanova Wong.

Moneybagg Yo Talks Megan Thee Stallion Breakup & New Relationship With G Herbo’s Baby Mother

New York, NY – Moneybagg Yo let the cat out of the bag on Wednesday (January 8) when he confirmed his break-up with Megan Thee Stallion and his new relationship with G Herbo‘s baby mother Ari Fletcher. Moneybagg paid a visit to TT Torrez at Hot 97 in New York City and revealed the news.

When Torrez asked about the rumors of the two becoming an item, the Memphis rapper responded with a smile. “We’re rocking,” he said in regards to the new relationship in the Instagram clip. “What you see is what you get.”

In his last relationship, Moneybagg was seen out in public frequently with Megan and he wants to switch things up with Fletcher this go around. “I really don’t like to put the media to be in the situation like that,” he said. “Hopefully this situation can go with the flow.”

Fletcher also shared the cover to Moneybagg’s upcoming mixtape, Time Served, set to release Friday (January 10) on Instagram. “All 99282729 hours in the studio was worth it, this shit so hard. Proud of you! First to hear it @Moneybaggyo 1/10/20,” she wrote in the captions.

The dating rumors between Moneybagg and Fletcher first began when they were seen at a strip club in Atlanta in December. Fletcher added fuel to the rumors on her Instagram when Moneybagg’s hand was seen in one of her stories.

Fletcher ended her relationship with world boxing champion Gervonta Davis in August.

Kate McKinnon Shares Awkward Golden Globes Encounter With Beyoncé & JAY-Z: ‘I Blew It’

Los Angeles, CA – Actress Kate McKinnon was a recent guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she opened up her recent trip to the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards. McKinnon, who took her older sister Emily Lynne Berthold, was particularly horrified by her awkward encounter with JAY-Z and Beyoncé.

“I mean the table that we were at — well you’re there and you are to me, everything,” McKinnon said. “And then Portia [de Rossi], everything. And then we had Carol Burnett, you know, American legend. And then there was also Beyoncé and JAY-Z at the table, which, I mean, they’re the king and queen of America, they were unbelievably gracious.” 

Ahead of the event, she and Berthold tried to figure out how to play it cool around the famous couple.

“But my sister and I found out we were gonna be at their table and started panicking and making a list, ‘Well what do we say? We live in one bedroom apartments in New York City,” she continued. “What can we say? Do you use Hello Fresh? What kind of milk do you like to drink?’”

When it came down to it, she panicked and fumbled their encounter.

“So my sister went right over and had balls of steel and Beyoncé was so nice and I was just such a, I just pretended I had something on my pants,” she added. “So I blew it. I blew it.”

The Golden Globe Awards were held the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 5).

Shaquille O’Neal Held Up NYC Traffic To Help Woman Who Fainted In Crosswalk

If you’re ever in trouble and Shaquille O’Neal just happens to be in the neighborhood, just know Superhero Shaq is on the way. The NBA icon has developed a reputation for helping those in need when dire circumstances seem to arise, and things weren’t any different on Monday. According to TMZ, Shaq was making his way through the East Village in New York City when there was a bit commotion on the street. He saw that a woman had fainted in the middle a crosswalk, so he rushed to her aid.

Shaquille O'Neal Held Up NYC Traffic To Help Woman Who Fainted In Crosswalk
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Shaq reportedly jumped out his car and with the help a few other NYC residents, helped the woman regain consciousness. Shaq and company stayed by the woman’s side until emergency responders arrived, although drivers weren’t happy, and it’s reported that her fainting episode was connected to her diabetes diagnosis.

Back in 2018, Shaq was on his way to hand out turkeys during the Thanksgiving season with the Broward Sheriffs Office when he witnessed a car accident. There were children in one the vehicles with their mother, so Shaq stayed with them to help calm them down from the jarring situation. While the deputies on site handled the situation with the adults, Shaq acted a makeshift babysitter. Check out a clip that moment below.

Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape & Sexual Assault In Los Angeles

The ual assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein fueled the fire under the #MeToo movement and led to crucial conversations about power dynamics in Hollywood and inappropriate behavior in the workplace. The world has been waiting to see whether Weinstein would be held criminally accountable for his alleged predatory acts. At his pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles today, prosecutors charged him with crimes involving two women.

The disgraced producer is being accused by two unnamed women  two separate incidents that occurred over the course two days in 2013. The first woman claims she was ually assaulted on February 18th that year, when Weinstein allegedly forced his way into her hotel room and raped her. He allegedly assaulted another woman the following evening in a Beverly Hills hotel suite. Weinstein is facing felony counts forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, ual penetration by use force and ual battery by restraint. He faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted these charges. 

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“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” said L.A. DA Jackie Lacey in a statement. “I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them. It is my hope that all victims ual violence find strength and healing as they move forward.”

On Monday, Weinstein’s trial for five crimes – including rape and predatory ual assault – in New York City started as well. If convicted on predatory ual assault charges alone, he could face life in prison.

Nike Air Max 90 “Bacon” Rumored To Re-Release For Air Max Day

The “Bacon” Nike Air Max 90, originally released in 2005 as part a collab with New York City sneaker boutique Dave’s Quality Meat, is reportedly making a return to retailers in the near future. 

According to sneaker source @Py_Leaks, the classic Air Max 90s are slated to re-release in March right around Air Max Day, which is celebrated on March 26.

As the “Bacon” name suggests, the red, pink and sail colorway – done up in a combination premium leather and suede – was designed to resemble the delicious cut pork belly. The OG pairs go for roughly $1,000 on the resale market, making it one the most coveted AM90 collabs in existence.

2020 marks the 30th anniversary the beloved silhouette, so sneakerheads can expect plenty classic and new colorways to drop throughout the year but it’ll be tough to top DQM’s Bacon collab. Stay tuned for more details.

Jordan Peele’s "Hunters" Series To Be Released Next Month On Amazon: Watch New Trailer

Good news for fans Jordan Peele and watching Nazis get served: the highly anticipated action-thriller series, Hunters, produced by Peele’s company, Monkeypaw Productions, will ficially be available for streaming on February 21st on Amazon Prime. The series, which is set in New York City in the 1970s, follows a group skilled “hunters” who set out on a quest to take down a massive string undercover Nazis residing in America who plan to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The premise the series, which was originally titled The Hunt, is based on true events that occurred in 1977. Along with the release date, Amazon Prime dropped the ficial trailer, which gives viewers a better idea what to expect.

Veteran actor Al Pacino is the series lead, playing a Holocaust survivor named Meyer Offerman. His character co-founded the vigilante hunting squad before the events the series take place, alongside the late grandmother Logan Lerman’s character, Jonah Heidelbaum. The “Psycho Killer”-featured trailer introduces us to each hunter, including a lock-picker, a spy, a soldier, a master disguise, and two weapons experts. Along with Pacino and Lerman, the main cast includes Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor, Kate Mulvany, Tiffany Boone, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Dylan Baker, Carol Kane, and Lena Olin.

Man Filmed Allegedly Attempting To Kidnap Girl From Subway Says She Asked For Help

Over the last few days, a disturbing video has gone viral showing an alleged kidnapping incident that took place on a New York City subway. In the video, a man later identified as Sonny Alloway, is seen sitting across from two sleeping passengers. A person records Alloway as he watches the two people, then he taps one them on the foot to get their attention.

The verbal exchange between the two is difficult to decipher, but the resting passenger goes back to leaning on her friend. When the train stops and the doors open, Alloway suddenly gets up, grabs the girl, and runs onto the railway station. She screams for him to put her down and he does before she makes her way back onto the subway to tell everyone about what just happened. Alloway is seen sitting on a bench outside the subway as if nothing happened.

Another video went viral showing Alloway getting beaten up by vigilantes who recognized him from the video. It’s reported that Alloway only lived blocks from the subway station he exited, for Bronx residents were quick to spot him. Because the publicity, it’s reported that the New York Police Department arrested Alloway for unlawful imprisonment, but he was later released. Now, another video has surfaced Alloway explaining why he grabbed the girl and ran.

According to Alloway, the girl is not a child but an adult, and she asked him for help because the man she was with was holding her hostage. Alloway said he told her to just get f the train but she said she couldn’t, so he took it upon himself to grab her and go. The alleged victim has not come forward. However, another video Alloway came to light showing him singing about an underage girl who is “just so beautiful.” Check it all out below.

David Stern, Former NBA Commissioner, Dead At 77: Report

Former NBA commissioner David Stern passed away on Wednesday afternoon, the league announced. He was in serious condition following surgery for a brain hemorrhage on December 12. Stern was 77. Stern’s wife, Dianne, and their family were with him at his bedside, the league stated. “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action,” current NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “He was a mentor and one my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the fice, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us. Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals — preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.”

Stern was NBA commissioner from 1984 to 2014 and helped grown the NBA into one the most popular sports leagues in the world. Stern was inducted into the Basketball Hall Fame in 2014, and was the longest-tenured NBA commissioner by far. Stern also founded the WNBA in 1996. He was known for implementing rules that aimed to control players; Stern introduced the league’s first drug testing and salary cap, and he instituted a dress code (infamously condemned by Allen Iverson).

Stern brought in seven expansion teams: the Bobcats, Grizzlies, Heat, Hornets, Magic, Raptors, and Timberwolves. He also helped relocate six other teams, including the Supersonics’ move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Stern was born in New York City in 1942, and spent his childhood in New Jersey as a Knicks fan. He was married to his wife for 56 years at the time his death. 

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