Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But prior to proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Yvette Prieto, in December, the couple moved out of his 32,000 square foot Chicago mansion, and into a modest 2,600 sq ft house in a suburb of Miami.
According to the Huffington Post, the asking price for Jordan's Chicago mansion is $29 million. The 32,683 square foot house is being sold fully-furnished, including the customized gate with the Chicago Bulls star's former number, 23.
The contemporary 2-story house, which was built in 1995, contains nine bedrooms, 15 full bathrooms and 4 half baths. (And of course, a full basketball court.) It boasts an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor tennis court and a driving range and putting greens for those golf enthusiasts among you.
If you're interested in purchasing Jordan's former home, you can contact the listing agents Baird & Warner, but you must be pre-qualified for a $29 million dollar loan before you can take a tour of the home.
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Rapper Tyga's name is synonymous with gay. Whenever someone mentions "gay rapper," Tyga's name often jumps to the forefront of the discussion.
If you recall, Tyga was the rapper sitting with Chris Brown in the Bentley outside a Miami nightclub, when the singer snatched a fan's cell phone for captured incriminating evidence of the two men.
So it seems odd that Tyga would hurl anti-gay slurs on his Twitter page after another gossip blog outed him... again. Expect to see a statement soon from angry gay groups demanding an apology or retraction from Mr. Tyga.
Pseudo-singer Cassie is still on the public's radar for some odd reason. She has only one hit record that we know of, which makes her a one-hit wonder. But she also has connections -- mainly Sean "Diddy" Combs, who is insistent upon making Cassie a big star.
According to industry veteran JD Anderson of the LifeFiles.com, this is Cassie's year to take the industry by storm:
For nearly a year we’ve got to watch as Cassie preps for what’s looking like the biggest year of her career, with a number of music, fashion, and commercial projects in the works. We’ve traveled with her to appear as a spokesperson for Carol’s Daughter, watched her record new music at Daddy’s House Studio, partied with her at NYC hotspot SL and even got a personal tour of her home closet.
Watch the video after the break!
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Eddie Murphy and Toni Braxton are dating -- each other -- according to US Weekly magazine.
The singer, 44, and comic actor, 50, "are seeing each other and very into it," a source tells Us Weekly, adding that the romance started up four months ago.
Both Murphy and Braxton have a troubled history with relationships. But as they grow older, both stars are finding stability with each other.
The Tower Heist star -- who has eight kids from previous relationships -- even cheered on the mother of two (who's been separated from singer Keri Lewis since 2009), backstage at her Feb. 19 L.A. concert.
While Braxton's rep insists "Toni and Eddie are just friends and have been fans of each other's work for a long time," the insider says, "Their kids have met and everything. It's getting very serious." Source
A troubled 14-year-old Detroit boy broke into his step dad's bedroom, stole a 12 gauge shotgun and used it to fire 10 shots into his mother as she slept on a couch in the living room of her home.
Police say Joshua Smith killed his mother, Tamiko Robinson, 36, in a hail of gunfire just after midnight on Monday. Grieving family members have custody of Robinson's surviving 5-year-old daughter -- Joshua's little sister -- who witnessed the crime.
According to FOX Detroit News, Robinson's fiance was also in the house at the time of the shooting. He leapt through a plate glass window to avoid being shot.
After the shooting, police caught the teenager driving around in his mother's stolen car. He is being held at a juvenile detention center without bond. A judge will determine this weekend if Joshua will be tried as an adult.
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Trouble seems to follow rapper Rick Ross wherever he goes. TMZ.com reports that a man was found dead inside the gates of Ross' $1.2 million dollar Miami Gardens mansion.
Sources tell TMZ that the former corrections officer-turned-rapper left the premises before homicide detectives arrived. Police found the 40-year-old victim laying inside a gate at the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police sources tell TMZ that they don't know if the victim had any connection to Ross, but since Ross is listed as the homeowner -- and the death occurred on his property, cops want to ask Ross a few questions about the situation.
Public records show that Ross purchased the mansion in 2008. Miami Gardens is a suburb just North of Miami, Florida.
Pop icon Whitney Houston's sudden death will be ruled an accident, according E! News, who quoted a source with knowledge of the ongoing investigation.
E! News reports that Houston's family always believed her death was accidental -- and not as the result of a deliberate suicide attempt.
The autopsy toxicology screen could be in the Beverly Hills Police Department's hands by next week and, depending on the status of other elements of their investigation, the case could be closed very soon afterward.
Houston, 48, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel in LA on Feb. 11. About a half dozen prescription bottles containing anti-anxiety medications, analgesics (pain meds), and the antibiotic Amoxicillin were found in Houston's hotel room.
She was seen by a Beverly Hills doctor who treated her for a sore throat a few days before she died.
Despite all of her denials, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is indeed pregnant. The portly star of the insufferably boring "Jersey Shore" reality series has already brokered a deal to break the news of her pregnancy on the cover of US Weekly magazine, according to the NY Daily News gossip column Page Six.
Although none of us watch "Jersey Shore," this news is creating a buzz all over the blogosphere. So I thought it was my duty to at least mention it.
This is the first made-for-TV child for Snooki, 24, by her boyfriend Jionni LaValle. She is about three months along.
Snooki is your typical addictive personality type who rides the Dopamine waves from one man to the next. So don't expect her and Jionni to stay together for the live birth.
Kim Kardashian is somewhere seething that she won't be the first reality star to give live birth to a made-for-TV baby.
Dallas Mavericks star forward Lamar Odom did not return to his team Tuesday after taking a leave of absence for unspecified "personal" reasons last week.
Odom, who was scheduled to return to the team after the All-Star break, was not in the Mavericks lineup for the NJ Nets vs Mavs game Tuesday night in Dallas. He also missed the previous game the Wednesday night before the break, against his former team the Lakers.
Speculation is running rampant about Odom's future with the team. Coach Rick Carlisle and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have both refuted rumors of a possible buyout of Odom’s contract.
“I knew I’d get the question over and over again until I said I wouldn’t do it,” Cuban told the Washington Post, adding there hadn’t even been a discussion about a buyout. “We want him to contribute. We want him to help.”
Sources close to Odom's camp told Sandrarose.com that Odom, a 13-year veteran, missed a game last week to re-shoot scenes for his reality show 'Khloe & Lamar' on E!
Another NBA team that could be affected by the reality TV shooting schedule of one of its star players is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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British songstress Rita Ora is on fiyah right now! Since being introduced to the U.S. market by her mentor Jay Z, people can't stop talking about how she is set to replace Rihanna as Urban/Pop music's "IT" girl. Rita hopped on British rapper Tinie Tempah's new single "R.I.P." Fittingly, Rita sings R.I.P. to another girl's career. "Her days are OVER!," Rita sings.
"R.I.P." was written by Young Money rapper Drake and produced by dubstep kings Chase and Status. The tracks follows the release of Rita's debut single, "Party And Bullsh*t," off her upcoming album. Rita's new album is shaping up to be a classic, with contributions from Drake and big time producers, The Dream, Tricky Stewart, Polow Da Don, Ne-Yo, Rico Love and Stargate!
What do you think of Rita's new single?
Actress Meryl Streep pulled an upset win over "The Help" star Viola Davis when she took home the Oscar for her role in "The Iron Lady," at this year's Academy Awards.
As a small consolation, Streep donated $20,000 in cash to 2 of Davis' favorite charities.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
The Oscar winner wrote a check for $10,000 to Upward Bound to honor Davis, the program's director Mariam Z. Boyajian confirmed to TheWrap.
Boyajian said it was the largest donation in the organization's history.
"I was writing to her when you called," Boyajian told TheWrap. "I wanted to give her a chance to settle down from the hectic weekend before I gave her the good news."
Streep followed up that donation with a separate $10,000 check to Segue Institute for Learning, according to the Providence Journal.
Both Davis and her sister Dolores Davis Grant attended Upward Bound, a federally funded program that prepares low-income high school students for college.
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When singer Beyonce took her newborn infant Blue Ivy out for a stroll on Saturday, everyone noticed that she ditched her 6-inch heels for the comfortable lIsabel Marant Bekket Wedge suede sneakers from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The wedge heel sneakers are not as dangerous as they sound. The wedgies are safer and far more stable for post-pregnant women than pumps. And they retail for only $725.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, who is pregnant with her 2nd child, was also spotted wearing the Isabel Marant wedge sneakers this week.
Photos: WENN via Upscalehype.com
A third victim has died as the result of a school shooting in Ohio yesterday. 17-year-old TJ Lane went on a shooting rampage in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Monday. Lane gunned down 5 students, killing Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Russell King Jr, 17, yesterday. Demetrius Hewlin was the third victim to die Tuesday. 2 other students remain hospitalized from gunshot wounds.
Demetrius' family described him as a happy boy. "We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community," a family statement said.
The statement continued: "Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation."
The rampage occurred around 7:30 a.m. local time on Monday as the students were sitting down to breakfast in the cafeteria. The shooting ended when Chardon football coach Frank Hall chased Lane out of the school. Students and teachers are praising Hall for his bravery and quick thinking. "Coach Hall, he always talks about how much he cares about us students, his team and everyone," student Neil Thomas told CNN.
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Early diagnosis is essential for children with autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children, according to an article on Huffingtonpost.com.
HuffPo quotes an expert on autism who says cultural differences can lead to delayed diagnosis of autism in black children.
"The biggest thing I want parents to know is we can do something about it to help your child," says Dr. Rebecca Landa, autism director at Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute.
She gives examples of cultural differences, for instance, toddlers pointing before they talk is a key early sign of normal development. But pointing is considered rude in some cultures, and some black parents might miss that important sign due to cultural beliefs and superstitions.
And some new parents don't worry if their child is slow to start talking because other members of their family were slow to talk.
Singer Toni Braxton's 9-year-old son, Diezel (pictured above), was diagnosed with autism at age 3.
“I’m lucky,” said Braxton in an interview with OK magazine. “I try to tell most parents ‘don’t dismiss the signs.’ It’s OK. When you find out early, you can get them all the help they need."
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The backlash from her recent collaboration with abusive boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, has Rihanna feeling depressed and lonely. According to British tabloid, the Daily Mail, the once stylish "Umbrella" singer has ditched her brand name clothing for a loose-fitting Religion Union Jack jumper over tattered jeans and a black sun visor.
RiRi was seen leaving her London hotel today, on her way to a studio where she's recording a music video. The normally jovial singer seemed depressed and out of sorts. According to a well-connected source, Rihanna is depressed about the public's reaction to her duet with Brown on her full remix single "Birthday Cake," which dropped on her 24th birthday.
Urban radio programmers have embraced Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" remix by inserting the upbeat single into their daily rotations. But after the initial flood of spins on mainstream radio fell off, the single has failed to chart at all.
"Birthday Cake" failing to chart, and her former mentor Jay Z severing ties with her, except professionally, has Rihanna in a bad space right now. She has no one to blame but herself.
Photos: Splash News Online
In last night's episode of VH1's 'T.I. & Tiny: family Hustle,' Tameka "Tiny" Harris and her fiery hair stylist, Shakinah, decide to go into business together after Shakinah comes up with a prototype to dry their clients' weaves faster.
The prototype involves using drinking straws to "direct" the flow of heat directly to the scalp. Of course, Shakinah's "invention" is laughable, but reality shows wouldn't have an audience if it weren't for gullible viewers who believe everything they see on TV.
Tiny and Shakinah's discussion about the money aspects of their partnership descends into arguments and hurt feelings. So, in a typical reality show move, the ladies decide to go see a mediator to mediate their arguments.
Also, T.I. goes into the studio with singer Usher to record a new collabo. Hopefully, the finished song will sound a whole lot better than the snippets that we heard.
Watch the full episode after the break.
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Director/playwright Tyler Perry's latest movie 'Good Deeds' soared to #2 behind 'Act of Valor' at the box office this weekend. 'Good Deeds' earned a respectable $15,583,924 on 2,132 screens, while 'Act of Valor' brought in $24,476,632 -- on ? more screens than 'Deeds' was shown on.
'Good Deeds' is about an anal-retentive, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Perry), trying to 'save' an exotic, LSLH cleaning woman (Thandie Newton) who works for his computer software firm.
Wesley Deeds is a hard-working, compassionate man who looks out for his narcissistic brother, Walter (Brian White), despite the fact that Walter sabotages his every move.
Deeds is so attentive to details that his daily routine can easily be predicted by his live-in fiancee, Natalie (Gabrielle Union).
Union turns in a wonderful performance as the understanding, submissive girlfriend who makes breakfast for her man every morning, while allowing him to go about his day without "checking in" with her (because she trusts him not to break from his routine). The warm, beautiful Natalie is every black man's dream.
What could be more perfect?
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Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com reports that rapper Jim Jones has been arrested for the 2nd time in 3 days.
According to TMZ, Jones was pulled over by police earlier today in New York City -- and subsequently arrested for driving on a suspended license.
TMZ says he was booked and released.
This latest arrest comes 3 days after Jones was cuffed for resisting arrest following a brawl in a Connecticut casino. At first it was reported (on Twitter.com) that Jones was fighting with his long-time girlfriend, Chrissy, who starred alongside him on VH1's reality series 'Love & Hip Hop'.
But according to TMZ, the slugfest involved a random man who reportedly walked up to Jones and began talking smack to him at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Friday. Then the man started throwing punches at Jones, who fought back. Several of Jones' boys jumped into the fray. It took five officers to mace and subdue Jones, who was later released on $40,000 bail.
Jones was charged with assault on a police officer and breach of peace in the Connecticut incident.