Nike is selling LeBron James' new basketball shoes for $315. No, that's not a typo. Nike blames the absurd price on the "increased costs of materials" such as cotton and shipping costs. The 'LeBron X Nike Plus' shoes debuted during the USA vs Spain gold medal game at the 2012 London Olympics.

LeBron's 1st sneaker release was in 2003. That shoe sold for $110. The price increase comes as Nike continues its free-fall in the stock market. Nike's margins are now lower than most of its direct competitors, including rival Adidas, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Critics of Nike's price increases are taking to social networking websites to urge others not to buy the high-priced sneakers.

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Gabrielle Douglas, who won 2 gold medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics, covers today's Washington Post. The 16-year-old, who is nicknamed "the flying squirrel," wowed the crowds with her incredible athletic prowess.

In any other culture such amazing achievements would be a source of pride. But in the black community, there is a raging debate on the style and texture of Gabby's hair -- and the media is lapping it up. As a race we are already scraping rock bottom in America, but who ever thought we could go even lower?

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Strippers in New Nork will have to find another butt shot practitioner to administer their butt shots. Whalesca Castillo who prided herself on fleecing hundreds of customers for $1,500 a pop was sentenced to 1 year in prison.

Castillo was arrested for continuing to operate her "underground augmentation factory" after being busted in 2011.

Police serving a search warrant on Castillo's Bronx home found empty bottles of Columbian silicone, used needles, bloody gauze, and "dozens" of tubes of superglue to seal injection sites to prevent leaking silicone.

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Gay couples impulsively rushed to get hitched when New York passed the Marriage Equality Act on June 24, 2011. It wasn't the matrimony or the sanctity of marriage that they were after, for some it was the fame or the bragging rights that comes with being the first to do anything, like owning the newest iPhone.

In their haste to marry the woman of their dreams, Katie Marks and Dese’Rae Stage danced in the streets, then rushed up the steps of the courthouse to say "I do."

Katie wearing a magenta dress and Des dressed in skinny jeans and pink Chuck Taylors joined 23 other couples at the Pop Up Chapel, a one-day wedding event in Central Park, according to TheAtlanticwire.com.

By January, the newness of marriage had worn off, and a stark reality had set in: they really weren't made for each other after all. By March, Katie moved in with her new lover, a woman she met on Instagram. Now Katie and Des are among the first gay couples -- if not the first -- to get a divorce in NY.

"I'm trying to find the most loving way to get us through this practically," Des told a reporter, "but I do believe we never should have been anything more than friends."

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Facebook is in big trouble.

First, the much-hyped initial public offering of Facebook stock barely cracked its launch price of $38 on May 18 before plummeting to $26 today.

And now shareholders are accusing the world's #1 social network of vastly overestimating the value of its stock by claiming to be worth more than Microsoft, Kraft Foods and Ford Motor company.

Small shareholders, who lost millions on the first day of the IPO launch, are screaming foul amid a flurry of lawsuits and complaints. It seems that Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg knew his company didn't have the revenue to justify his $1 billion valuation.

The shareholders accuse 28-year-old Zuckerberg of dumping millions of shares of his own stock for a billion dollar profit before the IPO launched.

And now, in what some are seeing as a desperate move, Facebook has announced it is developing technology to allow children under 13 access to the network.

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By now you've all heard the horrific story of the naked Miami man who mauled another naked man's face with his bare teeth.

According to Miami law enforcement officials, the cannibal might have been under the influence of common household "bath salts" when he ate the flesh of an unidentified homeless man on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami on Saturday.

Rudy Eugene, 31, (pictured above) was shot and killed after a Miami police officer was flagged down by a bicyclist who happened upon the gory scene. Eugene continued to eat the man's face even after being shot once in the chest. He reportedly growled like an animal as he swallowed pieces of flesh.

According to the Miami Herald, Eugene was shot six times by the cop who is being hailed by his superiors as a hero.

The victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma center where he remains in critical condition. The man's face is reportedly unrecognizable as human after Eugene ate part of his nose, cheeks, ears, and gouged out his eyes.

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Gabrielle Union was spotted at ABC Studios in New York City for an appearance on 'Good Morning America' this morning. Gabby's longtime boyfriend, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his teammates lost a close game to the hapless Indiana Pacers. The Heat who lost starting center Chris Bosh to a groin injury last week seemed to struggle without Bosh during last night's game. The Heat and the Pacers are tied 1 game apiece in the NBA playoffs. Game 3 is Thursday in Indiana.
Photo: Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

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Remember the transgender person who was kicked out of the Miss Universe pageant for not being a biological female? Well, the pageant officials have caved under the intense pressure from the LGBT groups. It doesn't matter that this person has no chance of winning the coveted crown. The important thing is to be allowed to compete as a girl.

Disqualified Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova better start practicing that wave: Officials have reversed their decision to kick her out for being born a boy. The 23-year-old can now compete on the condition she "meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions," although they still haven't clarified exactly what those requirements are. Source

My guess is that one of those requirements is to have a gay advocacy group in your corner that has the power and the money to topple pageant sponsorships.

I will also go out on a limb and guess that another requirement is to have powerful lawyers threatening to put the Miss Universe pageant on ice.

Thanks to loyal reader Dawn Sheen for the tip!

Last week, a roar of laughter went up in locker rooms all around the NBA when sports groupie Stiletto Jill broke the news that Chicago Bulls star Carlos Boozer was spraying his hairline on.

But last night, during the Celtics vs Bulls game, there was scant little evidence of spray dye on Boozer's head. Apparently, Boozer washed that dye out of his hair, in favor of a new, not-so-conspicuous technique to reclaim his hairline -- hair tattooing.

You see ladies, men are vainglorious about their hair too -- or lack of hair, as in Boozer's case.

As JD Anderson explains on his blog:

If you’re losing your hair and don’t want to waste your time with silly toupee’s or expensive hair replacement surgery, you can visit one of the HIS (Hair Ink Scalp) Hair Clinics in the US or UK where you can get a procedure performed that will leave you with a permanent buzz cut. Developed by Ian Watson who suffered from alopecia for $3,000 you can have hundreds of hair sized dots placed on your head to make it appear like you have a head full of hair you just don’t like to grow.

The spray on hair fad has been made more popular by celebrities such as rapper Flo Rida and Chicago Bulls star Carlos Boozer. Boozer rocked his spray on hair during a recent televised basketball game.

There is an entire line of spray on hair that is dedicated to bald men or men with receding hairlines who want to look young again.

Barbers have used spray on hair dye to spruce up their clients' heads for years. Spray on hair is big business on Amazon.com where a bottle of Hair Color Thickener sells for just $7.37. That's cheaper than hair plugs or hair pieces.

The spray on hair craze is fueled by vanity, or the growing obsession with our own self-image. So if women can wear weave to bolster their self-image, why can't men wear spray on hair to improve theirs?

Source: Jill

Remember when troubled singer Chris Brown made the tasteless decision to wear that mink backpack to an industry event? Well, the British version of GQ magazine named Brown the worst dressed male in the world.

GQ even put together a slideshow of Brown's fashion choices that is truly laughable! It probably doesn't help that Brown wears his pants off his butt like a 2-year-old with a loaded diaper.

For someone who seems to have so much disposable income - he boasts on one track about spending "15 grand on a phone" and charged over $500 for meet-and-greets on his last tour - Brown seems utterly adverse to investing in tailoring, combining the worst excesses of XXL sizing with a penchant for deeply unflattering costumes.

Brown's emotions are very fragile right now. I wonder how he's taking the news? The last time his personal style was attacked, he took to his Twitter page to rage about it:

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About 4 years ago, Louis Vuitton announced its plans to discontinue the custom orders division of its luxury brand. This meant they would no longer accept custom orders for bags or clothing from celebrities or the public.

This news came at a time when Kanye West's custom $6,300 LV backpack was all the rage on the blogs.

I wanted a smaller version of that backpack, but a rep at the Louis Vuitton corporate office assured me that LV would "probably" resume accepting custom orders "in the future" (this was 3 years ago).

So imagine my surprise when I saw the pictures of Justin Bieber wearing what appeared to be a custom made Louis Vuitton jacket to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week.

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What kind of girl would want to look like Canadian rapper Drake? Answer: a feminine, girly girl, of course!

This Asian chick takes the makeup video tutorials to a new level by teaching you how to transform yourself into the Emo rapper.

It seems chicks can't get enough of Aubrey Graham -- maybe because he reminds them so much of themselves?

One mentally disturbed woman even went so far as to have Drake's name tattooed, in big block letters, on her forehead so that everyone would know who was constantly on her mind.

We don't understand the physical attraction to Drake who resembles a light-skinned Shrek. But we LOVE his music.

Watch the video tutorial, courtesy of WSHH, after the break!

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Thousands of frenzied shoe enthusiasts battled it out in long lines all over the country as they wait to be among the first to buy the new retro Air Jordans X1s. They couldn't wait a few days when the supplies are replenished because they lack self esteem and they need the hideous shoes to impress their friends and boost their own egos. How pathetic.

There are reports of pepper spraying and fisticuffs as lines queued up for hours, and some for days. According to celebrity gossip blog TMZ.com, from Baltimore to Washington to Atlanta, people waiting in lines for the new Nike Air Jordan shoe are getting CRAZY violent -- except at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

TMZ spoke with several people at the Bev Center who have been waiting in line for hours ... and some for days ... and they all seem to say the same thing -- it's been cold, but everyone has been extremely cordial.

It seems to be a sharp contrast from other shoe lines across the country -- so far, there have been reports of pepper spraying at a mall in Washington, a brawl in Kentucky and girl fights in North Carolina. Source

The shoes have been re-released numerous times over the years. The $180 shoes quickly sold out after midnight today, and are currently selling on eBay for $400.

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Rapper Nicki Minaj, 29, was bored during a recent shoot for GLAMOUR mag, so she decided to start a new trend similar to the asinine 'planking' trend that swept Twitter.com a few months ago. This new trend is called 'fridging' -- and just as the word implies, you strike odd poses, preferably inside your mother's refrigerator.

Nicki demonstrated the new trend for her Twitter Stans, who happily followed her example by tweeting their own 'fridging' pics. One Stan even tweeted a pic of her cat fridgin.

See more lunacy after the break!

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After contributing to the deterioration of the black community by promoting prison culture such as wearing his pants off his butt, ex-convict Lil Wayne now hopes to encourage your sons to wear women's leggings as a fashion statement.

Lil Wayne's performance on the MTV Video Music Awards was memorable mainly because of the tight, form fitting, leopard print spandex pants that he wore. He tried to make the feminine leggings look more manly by pairing it with a multi-colored Louis Vuitton belt. But that particular belt is mainly worn by chicks, not men.

Weezy's fashion gamble caused Twitter to implode with tweets ridiculing his leggings, which he called skateboarder pants. But according to Tripp NYC's Facebook page, Wayne was wearing their leggings, which are sold as female pants.

Pretty soon, your sons will be wearing spandex pants as fashion statements just like Lil Wayne.

And why not? Greedy record label owners have long succeeded in emasculating the black man with the assistance of ignorant rappers who care more about the dollars and nothing about the sense of what they're doing to their community.

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A Florida lawmaker made headlines across the country Monday when he handed out 200 belts to students to help them abide by a new law by pulling their pants up.

Democratic State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando pushed for a so-called Pull Your Pants Up law for six years, before finally getting it passed last Spring.

The state legislature voted overwhelmingly to enact the ban at the start of the 2011-12 school year, making Florida and Arkansas the only two states with such a widespread prohibition against saggy pants for students. Source

Siplin, who is black, met with strong resistance from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who argued that the new law unfairly targeted blacks.

Unlike other states which have outright banned wearing saggy pants in the populace, Siplin's law only affects students and it carries no jail time or harsh fees for repeat offenders. The law instead subjects repeat violators to suspensions from school and extracurricular activities.

"We want our kids to believe they're going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally," said Siplin, who spent Monday morning handing out over 200 belts to students at three largely minority high schools in the Orlando area.

"I'm not going to hire anyone, white or black, with saggy pants," he said. "I want to make sure our kids qualify."

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Planking is a dangerous game during which a person (usually an idiot) lays down in a strange place, arms by his side, imitating a plank of wood (it has nothing to do with slave ships unless you think a slave is a piece of wood).

White college students started the planking craze on Facebook and it caught on with other social networking mediums. I actually thought planking had fizzled out on Black Twitter but I guess not.

This unfortunate sista almost got herself killed when she attempted to "plank" on a stove top and the stove fell on top of her! Check out the video after the break.

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There is no doubt that singer Chris Brown influences the fashion style and trends in today's popular culture. I can't go anywhere with my MCM Visetos Cognac backpack, like the one Chris Brown has, without being stopped by young thugs asking me where I got it. I had to stop wearing it! Will Brown do the same for the brand new backpack from the Louis Stewart Collection?

The Rockstar backpack comes in black nubuck with leather pockets and leather trim, accessorized with Swarovski Crystals! Brown was spotted wearing the hawt backpack on the set of his new music video yesterday in Los Angeles. Every bag in the Louis Stewart Collection is handmade and custom ordered to your specifications and comes in a variety of colors and skins, including Ostrich and Gator!

This backpack can be yours if you hurry over to www.louisstewartcollection.com before it's sold out!

Thanks to Alex Thomas for the pics!

The Internet craze "planking" made headlines around the world last month when a young man fell to his death from a hotel balcony in Brisbane, Queensland. According to London tabloid the Daily Mail, the man tried to "plank" himself by laying across the balcony railing.

Planking involves participants lying down in unusual places and then uploading pictures of themselves to social networking websites.

Ever since planking claimed it's first victim, there have been other deaths and serious injuries connected to the fad. What once was strictly isolated to groups of idle middle class teens on Facebook has now reached black Twitter.

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