Here are the last two commercials in the NBA’s not-so-innovative green screen “Where Amazing Happens” commercial series featuring rare archive footage of today’s NBA phenoms, filmed during basketball practice while they were still in high school.
Most kids dream about being in the NBA, but in the commercial series — which have been described as “creepy” — NBA fans are sent back in time to “foresee” the futures of their favorite NBA players, including 17-year-old Amar’e Stoudemire, Kevin Durant and Steve Nash.
The worst of the lot is the Chris Paul commercial, which looks like a high school student edited it. You can practically see the green screen when the kid steps in front of Paul. CLICK HERE to watch.
Everyone agrees that the best commercial by far is the one featuring a teenage Steve Nash and a kid from the future who tells Nash: “You’re going to be a 2-time MVP, a 7-time All-Star and you break your nose, like, a dozen times.”CLICK HERE to watch.
Stephen Curry’s “Where Amazing Happens” commercial is the last installment in the series. Stephen was the 7th draft pick by the Golden State Warriors in 2009.
In the commercial, a young boy from the future interrupts Steph as he’s warming up alongside his All-Star dad, Dell Curry, prior to the the start of a Toronto Raptor’s game in 2000. The boy tells Steph: “In 10 years, I’ll be with my dad… and we’ll be watching you.”
When 18-year-old Latisha Frazier went missing last August, her case was assigned to a homicide detective rather than the missing person’s bureau. Latisha would never run away and leave her 4-year-old daughter, her parents told police.
Family and friends say Latisha was a good mother and student, who went to school in the mornings and worked in the afternoons so she could take care of her daughter at night. Her father, Barry Campbell, often wears a t-shirt with a picture of himself and his daughter.
“It’s so sad. It’s hurtful,” he told NBC News in an interview.
Investigators say a group of 6 people — 3 men and 3 women — lured Frazier to an apartment in D.C.’s poverty-stricken Parkland neighborhood on August 4. There, police say, her hands and legs were bound together with duct tape and a bag placed over her head. The men and women took turns beating and stomping her with their fists, feet and blunt objects.
The group then put her in a closet inside the apartment. When she began to make noises, they pulled her out of the closet and beat her again. When she fell unconscious, they took a stick and poked her to see if she was still alive, then they stuffed her back in the closet for 2 days.
At some point, her body was discarded in a dumpster behind the apartment building. Her remains have never been found.
Months went by without a trace of her. Then a tip was called into the Metropolitan police department, leading detectives to believe she had been murdered.
5 people were taken into custody months after Frazier was first reported missing. The 6th suspect, 23-year-old Brian Gaither of Southeast Washington, was arrested yesterday at the same location where Frazier was murdered. He is charged with 2 counts of murder and ordered held without bail.
The defendants told detectives they believed Latisha stole money from one of them.
“Nonsense,” say Latisha’s parents. The suspects don’t work. The suspects don’t have any money. They say Latisha was the only one among them who had a job.
The latest missile has been fired in the ongoing custody battle between Halle Berry, 44, and her ex-boyfriend, underwear model Gabriel Aubry, 35.
According to gossip website TMZ.com, sources say Gabe “goes nuts” whenever someone refers to his 2-year-old daughter Nahla as black.
Sources connected with the former couple tell TMZ … whenever Gabriel would read a story about Nahla that referred to her as “black,” he would go off, insisting his baby was white. We’re told Gabriel would tell Halle and others they should demand a “retraction” when such references were made regarding his daughter.
I’m going to have to agree with him there.
Nahla is not black. If anything she’s biracial or mixed, but she’s definitely not black. I don’t see that as a problem — if it’s true.
But sources also tell TMZ that Gabe once called Halle a “ni**ga” – indicating that he might be a racist. That would be dead wrong if he called her the N-word in front of their child. Not that Nahla even knows that the word is offensive. But you can imagine the manner in which the N-word was delivered. No wonder the kid is terrified whenever daddy and mommy get together.
I’m so tired of seeing Willow Smith all over the blogs. Okay, the 10-year-old had a cute, catchy single with “Whip My Hair” last year. But now she’s doing magazine covers. music videos and movies — all while admitting she can’t multiply or subtract.
In the latest issue of Teen Vogue magazine, on stands now, Willow says, “I used to go on tour with my mom and dad and see what they were doing, and I’d tell them, ‘Oh, I wanna do that, I wanna do that.”
How many kids aspire to grow up and be whatever their mommy and daddy does for a living? Most adults encourage their offspring to get an education first. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are raising their kids backwards!
Every time Willow gives an interview there’s a blizzard of red flags indicating future problems for the child prodigy. Here’s an example of Willow’s parents pushing the child towards failure:
“Whenever I don’t feel like working, they say, ‘You don’t want that career? You have to work hard. They think I should keep working harder and harder.”
Hello? She’s only 10!! This is what happens when narcissists are allowed to raise children. Luckily, Tron’s mother saved him from a similar fate.
Is rapper Bow Wow aware that a groupie is having his baby?
That’s the rumor floating around the blogosphere this week. As rumors go, this one is pretty ridiculous. But some bloggers earn six figures from their gullible readers who will believe anything.
The groupie, named Joie, whom I introduced you to here last June, is indeed pregnant. But she’s not confirming — or denying — that Bow Wow is her baby daddy. In fact, she’s keeping the rumors alive on her Twitter page at least until the real father comes forward.
This past weekend, Bow Wow, real name Shad Moss, 23, was spotted at Atlanta’s Compound nightclub partying with his current LSLH flame. Both Bow Wow and his new lady seemed oblivious to all the baby talk that’s making the rounds. The two cuddled and made love faces at each other in the VIP all night long. She made sure that everyone in the club knew she was with Bow Weezy.
Bow Wow and his cutie pie girlfriend partied with friends into the wee hours of the morning before leaving the club together. He sure isn’t behaving like a man who’s about to be a daddy for the first time (that we know of). He’s acting more like a man with no worries — or baby mamas at home.
I wonder what Miss Joie, who lives in LA, thinks about these pictures?
Industry veteran Mike Kyser has been named the first-ever President of Black Music for the Atlantic Records Group.
The announcement was made yesterday by Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. Kyser, who began his music career two decades ago at Def Jam Recordings, joined Atlantic Records in 2004 as Executive Vice President of Urban Music.
In the early years of his career, Kyser (who was a DJ) worked and toured with such artists as Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Method Man, Redman, Foxy Brown, Warren G, and Montell Jordan. Kyser was instrumental in staging the historic, record-breaking “Hard Knock Life” stadium tour with Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, and Redman in 1999.
In 2009, Kyser was a key player in one of Jay-Z’s most successful releases to date, The Blueprint 3. He spearheaded Jay-Z’s achieving his 11th #1 album, surpassing Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most #1 albums, while leading the team that delivered Jay-Z his first #1 Billboard Hot 100 single as a lead performer, the
multi-Grammy nominated “Empire State Of Mind” duet with Alicia Keys.
“To say that this is a dream come true is an understatement,” said Kyser in a press release. “The heritage of black music at Atlantic Records is second to none in this industry, and it is both humbling and thrilling to take on this new post at a label with such an amazing legacy. We have a fantastic roster of talent, combined with the best staff in the business, and I’m looking forward to building on our achievements to take black music at Atlantic Records to new heights.”
Some of you may know Kyser as the elusive, but popular @Littleburger on Twitter.com. For a while, many in the industry believed @Littleburger was really singer chris brown.
The initiative will be officially launched next month at the start of “LGBT History Month” — an initiative to encourage teaching about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues.
The lesson plans, spread across the curriculum, will be offered to all schools, which can choose whether or not to make use of them.
But critics last night called the initiative a poor use of public money which could distract from the teaching of “core” subjects.
Among the suggestions are:
Maths — teaching statistics through census findings about the number of homosexuals in the population, and using gay characters in scenarios for maths problems;
Design and technology — encouraging pupils to make symbols linked to the gay rights movement;
Science – studying animal species where the male takes a leading role in raising young, such as emperor penguins and sea horses, and staging class discussions on different family structures, including same-sex parents.
Bit actress and sometime model Kim Porter, 43, was spotted out & about in Beverly Hills yesterday. Kim was seen shopping for high end sunglasses. She listened to music on her iPod while she tried on expensive frames. As you know, her famous baby daddy’s are music mogul Sean Combs and 80’s R&B crooner-turned-radio jock Al B Sure. Between them she has 4 children.
Later, Kim was spotted waiting for the elevator outside a dentist’s office in Beverly Hills. She told the paparazzi that she’d just had a root canal, yet she was sipping on a large soda. The pap advised Kim that the cold soda only makes the pain worse, to which Kim replied that she needed the soda to calm her nerves. Kim eventually got tired of waiting for the elevator and opted for the stairs. At age 43, she still looks like a teenager.
Soulja Boy, whose last album sold a measly 13,000 copies, released his latest single, “Mike Vick” on his Twitter page last night. This is more brainless music from the 20-year-old rapper whose young fans have outgrown his grade school rhymes and moved on to Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa.
Actor Tyrone Burton, 31, got his start in the straight-to-DVD movie, Squeeze. From there, Mr. Burton played “T.K.” on the WB show ‘The Parent ‘Hood’. When ‘Parent Hood’ was canceled, he got a plum role as Raven Symone’s boyfriend “Andre” on the Nickelodeon hit TV show ‘That’s So Raven’.
After disappearing from the scene for a few years, Burton, 31, turned up today selling DVDs on a Los Angeles street. Like clockwork, the LAPD’s best showed up to place him in cuffs in full view of the paparazzi. His charge: bootlegging his own DVDs.
According to Burton’s Myspace page, he was hustling his own comedy play “Promise”, which is available on DVDs for $20. If you want to support Tyrone (and help pay his bail) you can call his business line at (323) 481-1447 to place your order.
Burton’s case is reminiscent of the 2007 arrest of Grand Hustle’s mixtape king DJ Drama, who was busted along with DJ Don Cannon during a raid of their mixtape operation by the feds and local authorities who accused them of trafficking their own mixtape CDs. The charges against both men were later dropped.
Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles and actors Mehcad Brooks, Hosea Chanchez (‘The Game’) and Tristan Wilds (‘The Wire’) attended the Hennessy Privilege #Intime Dinner hosted by Mehcad Brooks at Soho House in West Hollywood yesterday.
Clothing giant Kenneth Cole tweeted this today on his Twitter page in an effort to promote his Spring 2011 clothing line. It worked. Understandably, his 9,000 followers, and the rest of the blogosphere, are in an uproar.
As I typed this post, Mr. Cole removed the insensitive tweet. He tweeted this moments ago, “I have removed this morning’s tweet. Please visit this link to see my apology.”
First and foremost, stalking is not funny. It is a federal offense in all 50 states and stalkers who are caught in the act can face up to 90 days in jail — or more if they commit bodily harm.
That being said, a local radio personality and blogger is herself the victim of stalking in the form of online death threats, and other threats of bodily harm, all because a Lisa Turtle lookalike accused her of being racist on Facebook.
Anh Vu of BeeHive FM radio took to her blog today to share her harrowing experience as a stalking victim with her readers.
After being threatened on my YouTube Channel numerous times by different people, I realized the epidemic of lonely, insecure, angry, bitter people in the world is REAL and not something to be played with. A woman took the time to steal pictures from my Facebook page and stole a clip from one of my YouTube videos and created a 10 min. video about me trying to depict me as a racist towards Black Women. Anyone that knows me personally knows that’s the furthest from the truth so I’m not even
going to dignify that with a response.
This is a picture of the woman that made me a target in her video:
Anyway, this created a frenzy as I’m sure you can imagine other angry women and men came on her page to bash me. The bashing became so bad that people began to threaten to kick my ass if they ever see me out in public to a woman being bold enough to come on my actual YouTube channel and posted a threat to my life.
The reason I’m writing this blog is to help others that have been a target of negative publicity or threats.
Of course I know negative publicity is going to come with the territory but no one should have to put
up with threats!!
You have rights and this is something that you CAN and SHOULD report. Do not let people get away
with the bullying. That’s what bullies do, they try to target those that they feel won’t do anything in
return. ALWAYS REPORT THEM!
Lots of bombshells this week in Tabloid Land. Not only has Dr. Star Magazine diagnosed Angelina Jolie’s twins with Down Syndrome but now Kourtney Kardashian has a brand new beef with boyfriend Scott: he’s in love with Kim!
OK! has more sister news, reporting on the reality TV feud between Beverly Hills Real Housewives Kim and Kyle Richards. Speaking of reality TV Teen Mom’s Cory and Leah are back together.
Halle Berry, on the other hand, is not happy with her baby’s father. She’s taking Gabriel Aubry to court in order to battle a rather ugly custody battle. Meanwhile, Khloe Kardashian and Katie Holmes both are pregnant or soon to be or want to be.
Also: Oprah’s sister Patricia meets the National Enquirer and Prince Charles has alzheimers?
Earlier this week, I received a tip from a confidential informant that rap mogul Jay Z, 41, was in town dining at that very moment at Atlanta’s popular Busy Bee soul food restaurant with Mayor Kasim Reed.
It seems that Atlanta is on a short list of cities being considered by Jay Z for his franchise 40/40 sports bars. But everyone who does business in the city of Atlanta knows that they must wine and dine Kasim Reed, who seems to do nothing other than get wined and dined by wealthy businessmen looking to extradite their paperwork.
I’m sure Jay Z, pictured above with Reed and rapper Jeezy, knows the rules by now.
According to the AJC blog, The Buzz, the original 40/40 Club in Manhattan (owned by Jay-Z and partners Juan and Desiree Perez) is scheduled to be shuttered for “renovations” soon.