Some fans might have thought Jay-Z would struggle to find his groove as a sports agent, but his latest move might have even the most critical haters out there changing their tune. Taking a note from other famed agents, Jay opted to show college basketball star Skylar Diggins, a recent Notre Dame graduate, he wants her on his team.
BET reports Hov surprised the graduate with a brand new Mercedes-Benz to congratulate her on her accomplishment and getting picked in the draft. Diggins was selected third overall at the 2013 WNBA draft pick and she signed to Jay's Roc Nation Sports agency in April. Diggins signed with the Tulsa Shock and was just that - shocked - by her expensive gift from Jay.
"I got 99 problems, but a Benz ain't one," Diggins posted on her Instagram and Twitter accounts along with a photo of her new ride.
Jay seems to be showing the love to women athletes and agents, as Forbes reports the business savvy rapper recently hired Kimberly Ann Miale from Boston, Ma., as a contract advisor for Roc Nation Sports. Miale was brought on board to help represent any football players Jay's new company scores.
Do you think Jay is doing well as an agent? Are you surprised by the gift he got Diggins?
Charles Barkley was a force on the court, though fans of today most likely tune in for his outrageous sports commentary on NBC. Despite his popularity off the court, some sneaker enthusiasts might be thrilled to learn his wild kicks from his time with the Phoenix Suns, the Nike Barkley Posite Max, will be released May 18.
According to Kicks On Fire, the latest in the Nike family is full of life and color, just like Barkley himself. The sneakers boast an almost entirely purple colorway with fun silver crocodile print adding major flair to the bottom portion of the kicks. Sneakerheads are sure to look fly when they rock these shoes, as they also feature an orange midsole, Nike Swoosh symbols and pops of teal on the sole of the high-tops.
The colors work perfectly to pay homage to Barkley's time on the Suns team. Sole Collector reports the scaly texture of the sneakers also plays on Barkley's personality - representing Barkley's Godzilla alter ego. Fans looking to add these kicks to their collection might also be pumped to learn the outsole glows in the dark. Those interested in purchasing the Nike Barkley Posite Max - Phoenix Suns can check out Jimmy Jazz stores or JimmyJazz.com.
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Monica made a name for herself in the late 1990's with her hit single "The Boy is Mine" alongside Brandy, and now she's back in the news for having a boy (or a girl). BET reports the R&B singer, who is married to Phoenix Suns star Shannon Brown, announced her pregnancy on her social media page.
Monica not only let followers in on her and Brown's happy news, but gave fans a glimpse of her growing bump in her Instagram shot, which she also posted on Twitter. The photo was accompanied by a message letting her followers in on her little secret.
"5 months & counting," the singer simply stated.
Brown also expressed his overwhelming excitement, sharing another snapshot of him and Monica attending an event. The photo clearly shows off the singer's bump. The basketball player added his thoughts on the impending arrival, writing, "Hallelujah!!! Thank God!!! Thank you Jesus!!! I'm so Blessed!!!" on Instagram and Twitter.
According to BET, this will be the couple's first child together, though Monica has two sons, Romelo and Rocko with ex-love, rapper Rocko. Brown also has one child, son Shannon Christopher, from a previous relationship.
Are you surprised by Monica and Brown's announcement?
âRapper T.I. seems to be on cloud nine - not only does he have a successful album out, but also a clothing line and a reality TV show that airs on VH1. It's all of these positive and money-making endeavors that has the MC thinking record labels should be bending over backwards to sign him. The Atlanta native recently ended his 10-year contract with Atlantic Records, and he's putting the word out there that he's ready to be picked up - for the right price. T.I. discussed what he's looking for in a record label with Billboard magazine. Even though he's good, some are speculating he might be setting the bar a bit too high, since he's asking for an eight-figure deal.
"They going to cut that check, man, and it's going to be eight figures. I ain't doing no deal if it ain't eight figures. I don't even wanna sit down with you. I don't wanna waste your time nor mine. I can do this [expletive] on my own. $5 million, $2 million, $4 million, $3 million - I can do that [expletive] on my own," T.I. told the publication. "I got that in the pipeline already. Don't even talk to me if it ain't eight figures. If y'all don't feel like I'm worth it, I'ma show you."
Despite his somewhat cocky attitude, the rapper also makes it known that he takes care of his protege's. During an interview with AllHipHop, T.I. opened up about his love for helping younger artists achieve their dreams, as long as they're willing to put in the work.
Do you think T.I. deserves an eight-figure contract, or do you think he's getting a bit greedy?
Bullying is one topic that has continued to evolve and progress for the worse in recent years, largely due to kids' ability to tease and harass other youngsters via the Internet. Recently rapper and mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs teamed up with the WWE to help take a stand against bullying. BET reports Diddy's Public Service Announcement first aired during the May 6 "Monday Night Raw" show.
Diddy spoke out against bullies of all kinds while wearing a shirt that read, "Invisible Bully," a famous line from Diddy's friend, the late Notorious B.I.G.
"Bullying takes on many shapes and forms. And in this digital age sometimes it just doesn't stop when the days end," Diddy said in his PSA message. "No matter the form or the location, it's gotta stop. If it's not you being bullied, help someone who is."
According to USA Today, Diddy will be speaking out against bullies as an ambassador for the Be a Star campaign created by the WWE and The Creative Coalition. The goal of the initiative is to reach out to kids and teach them that being a bully isn't cool and that learning how to be tolerant toward one another is.
Do you think bullying is an important problem for Diddy to get behind? Do you think he'll be able to make a difference?
Just call him Jerry Maguire because Jay-Z is looking to show some athletes the money. Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting the rapper-turned-sports-agent has his sights set on signing Brazilian soccer star Neymar to his Roc Nation Sports agency. Neymar plays for Santos, and the 21-year-old athlete is certainly a hot commodity.
The young Santos star also boasts personality, a flair for fashion and good looks, making him a perfect fit for Jay and his latest endeavor. In fact, SportsPro Magazine named him as the world's most marketable athlete in 2010, with the editor claiming he's a triple threat.
"Neymar is very much the perfect storm: young, gifted and with an Olympics and a home World Cup on the horizon," editor David Cushnan said back in 2010. "He is already a superstar in Brazil, one of the world's most robust economies and a vast market to boot."
Sport newspaper is also reporting Jay has his sights set on signing a few other Brazilian-born athletes including PSG's Lucas Moura and Leandro Damiao who plays for Internacional.
Do you think the rumors are true? Do you think these players would consider signing to Jay's label?
Fans of famed baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. are most likely thrilled to learn that his popular Nike Air Max 360 Diamond Griffey kicks will soon be back on the shelves. In fact, the sneakers, which come in a variety of fresh colorways, are set to be re-released May 11. Sneaker News reports one of the most popular styles of the collection is the turquoise sneaker with pops of neon yellow, perfect for the bright colored craze that's still sweeping the nation.
Not only do the bold colors stand out on their own, but people walking by are also likely to stop and stare at who's wearing these kicks thanks to their unique patterns. The 360 Diamond Griff's, as they've come to be called by fans, boast what's meant to look like three blue waves on the sides, mixed in with neon green crisscross vertical stripes that seem to imitate lasers.
Aside from the colors, sneakerheads might also be psyched that the kicks are comfortable to wear. According to Kicks on Fire, the cross-training sneakers have a Dynamic Flywire upper for ultimate support.
Extra Butter NY adds that even though the latest sneakers to be brought back from the Griffey collection are a perfect addition to a collector's summer wardrobe, they aren't the only colorway of the shoe that's been released from the vault this year. In fact, the red and white version of the Air Max 360 Diamond Griffey's came out just a month earlier on April 16. This earlier version boasts an almost all-red look with just a few pops of white, mainly on the wave lines, the lace holes and wherever the famous Nike swoosh symbol shows up.
Fans excited about the release of the Nike Air Max 360 Diamond Griffey kicks in the neon and turquoise style can check out Jimmy Jazz locations or Jimmy Jazz's website to pick up a pair May 11.
Are you excited about the re-release of these sneakers?
New York's top spot for hip hop and R&B is of course Hot 97, and this year, like every year, the radio station is gearing up to host its most popular concert, Summer Jam. According to BET, this year's lineup is even more stacked than ever since the radio station is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Summer Jam.
This year fans heading to MetLife Stadium June 2 will be able to see a slew of world famous artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Wale, Fabolous, 2-Chainz, French Montana, A$AP Rocky, Joe Budden and a special appearance by "the biggest surprise guests in hip hop," Hot 97's official website reports.
Even though most people heading to the summer event will be going to see these big name acts, the radio station also tries to help those in attendance take in some fresh talent. Prior to the main acts hitting the stage, hip hop and R&B newcomers will entertain the crowds at the Hot 97 Summer Jam Festival Village, the news outlet reports.
Noted for being a great place to get one's name out, the festival will introduce the crowds to up-and-coming artists like Action Bronson, Smoke DZA, Vinny Cha$e, Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave and Kid Ink. Kendrick Lamar, who is one of the headliners of this year's Summer Jam concert performed at the festival a few years back. Other now-famous rappers like Pusha T have also been given a chance to shine during this event.
According to the Hot 97 website, the winner of this year's Who's Next Battle for the Best title, Radamiz will also hit the stage at the festival. The contest, run by Hot 97 and Power 106, looks for the best new MC's from both New York City and Los Angeles. This year's contestants battled it out during a concert in Austin, Texas, in March.
Are you going to Hot 97's Summer Jam? Are you interested in seeing the new acts performing at the festival?
Time is likely standing still for sneakerheads around the nation who are anxiously awaiting the midnight release of the Air Jordan 5 Retro kicks. Not only are these sneakers going to be a perfect addition to any summer wardrobe, they also fit right in with the popular, old-school vibes of 2013.
According to Sneaker Files, the shoes, which boast a white, emerald, grape and ice blue colorway, are perhaps more in style now than they were during their original release. In fact, when the kicks were first created in 1990, they were anything but popular with consumers. The sneakers sat on the shelves for months and were then sold at a discounted price.
Times have certainly chanced, as now fans will be lining up at retail stores like Jimmy Jazz or checking out the Jimmy Jazz website to try and get their hands on these too-cool-for-their-time kicks. The sneakers, which cost $124.99 in 1990 and will go for around $160 in 2013, feature an all white-body with accent pops of purple, green and black, making them the perfect summer accessory.
Are you going to try and pick up a pair of these kicks at midnight?