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Jay-Z Is Puma’s New Creative Director Of Basketball

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Jay-Z has had many roles in his career. After surprising fans with a joint album with his wife Beyonce, Hov was announced as the Creative Director for Puma.

“We’ve been working with Roc Nation for quite some time. They’ve been great partners to us for several years. We’ve done many different deals with many different ambassadors,” Adam Petrick, Puma’s global director of brand and marketing, told Complex. When Puma approached him about this opportunity, JAY-Z felt it “was something he wanted to be a part of,” according to Petrick.

Hov will have a hand in the players selected to join Puma’s basketball division, as well as assist in the art design and overall concept and direction of the brand.

The global shoe and sportswear company has announced the signings of top draft prospects DeAndre Ayton (Arizona), Marvin Bagley III (Duke), and Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech). Ayton is considered the unanimous favorite to go No. 1 to the Phoenix Suns in Thursday’s draft, while Bagley and Smith are also expected to go in the lottery.

“What’s important to him on a day like today is that it’s clear we’re making a serious push with players like Bagley and Ayton and Smith. We’re making a serious statement about the entry of the category, that we want to be a performance brand, but then also very culturally focused. It’s clear that we’re looking at basketball through the lens of culture, and thinking about the fashion of basketball, the music of basketball, all the aspects of culture around basketball as much as the on court presence that we will have,” Petrick added.

 

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Drake Sues Woman Over Extortion And Fruad

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Drake is suing the woman that made false pregnancy and rape allegations against him in 2017.

According to TMZ, in the suit, Layla Lace met Drake during last year’s Boy Meets World Tour in Manchester, England, where he claimed they had consensual sex.

He claimed that when he stopped responding to subsequent messages, she allegedly began threatening to leak their correspondence, publicly claimed he had impregnated her, accused him of rape, and demanded “millions of dollars” in exchange for silence. Drake is reportedly suing for civil extortion, emotional distress, fraud, defamation, and abuse of process.

The suit claims Layla refused to take a paternity test and Layla and her lawyer went radio silent. Drake says the whole thing was a scam … “There is no credible evidence of pregnancy, nor any baby, which would have been born last Fall.”

According to the lawsuit, Layla switched tactics and went to authorities in New York and alleged Drake had raped her during their one-night stand.

The Manchester police reportedly interviewed and cleared Drake of sexual assault accusations when the case was referred to them.

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Michael Jordan Is Donating $2 Million Dollars For Hurricane Florance Relief

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Michael Jordan is donating to hurricane aid for his home state.

Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund. The American Red Cross is providing food and shelter to thousands of people who have been displaced by the hurricane, while the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund directs funds to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm.

Jordan also reportedly stressed the importance of the long-term recovery from the storm.

“People need to understand this will not be a week-long process. This is going to have a huge disruption on people’s lives – not for 10 days, but for years,” Jordan told the Charlotte Observer, adding that he hopes his donation will spur people to get involved.

Hurricane Florence made landfall over the weekend across the Eastern seaboard, leaving at least 33 people dead and causing flooding and widespread power outages in the areas hardest hit by the storm in Virginia and the Carolinas. More than 10,000 residents have reportedly been displaced amid the devastating aftermath

 

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Will Smith Reveals Fresh Prince Jordan 5s

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Will Smith is celebrating The Fresh Prince anniversary with the Jordan brand.

Today Smith revealed the “Fresh Prince” Air Jordan 5, in an unboxing video. He also revealed a second friends and family version—limited to just 23 pairs—which uses traditional shoelaces and the “Grape” accents but covers the entire upper in a gold sateen sheen.

Ahead of Smith’s 50th birthday on Sept. 25, fans can sign up at Omaze for a chance to spend the day with the Fresh Prince and take home one of the 23 friends and family Air Jordan 5s.

As for the retail version, 19,000 pairs will be released on Smith’s birthday.

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