Beyonce was none too happy after E! News "confirmed" that the singer was pregnant with her second child, and sent out an Instagram message to show her frustration.
"I can't stop the rumors from starting, and I can't really change peoples minds who believe them, all I can do is sit back and laugh at these low life people who have nothing better to do than talk about me."
Many fans and Bey's celebrity friends, including Russell Simmons, congratulated the "Bow Down" singer on her second pregnancy, and now Bey's message has thrown everything back up in the air.
Floyd Myers, brother of the late rapper Heavy D, is looking to assert control over his brother's estate, by imposing a will that would prospectively leave nothing for D's 13-year-old daughter, his parents, or his other siblings.
Myers, who served as Heavy D's business manager for a period of time, filed legal docs last week, claiming Heavy wrote the will back in 1999, and gave him a copy of it. Floyd wants the courts to grant him all legal entitlement to D's estate, despite the will being signed before his daughter was even born.
Apparently, Floyd's lawyer is claiming that Heavy D's family is cool with this set up, because his filed documents are only a formality. Floyd is simply trying to clear the title on a condo him and D owned, so that he can actually sell it.
TMZ tried to reach other family members but had no luck.
Italian clothing company Slam Jam, who some of you might remember for their recent Asics x Slam Jam Gel Lyte III, have teamed up with Converse First String for their take on the classic Jack Purcell.
Taking what was originally a badminton shoe in a new direction, the Slam Jam Jack Purcell was influenced by “a nautical summer journey”, according to Luca Benini, founder of Slam Jam. Water-proofing the canvas material synonymous with the classic shoe to add durability around the shores, this low-cut Summer staple would be as perfect for a trip to the beach as a trip on the seas. Adding to the summer theme are the words “Summer Journey”, added to the left and right shoe’s tongue, respectively. A red button closure added to the upper makes the shoe easy to remove while also giving the iconic design a unique Slam Jam twist.
Releasing at Slam Jam and various Converse First String locations across the world, for €110 (about $142 US), the Slam Jam Jack Purcell will be available in unisex sizes 5-13. Will you be picking up these shoes for your summer rotation? More a “Nike Air Lebron Slide ‘South Beach’” type of guy? Let us know in the comments below, and check out more pics of this ultra-clean shoe after the jump.
Via Nike, Inc.
A woman recently posted a photo of a black BMW 7 Series with the word "Illuminati" on the trunk, along with the Freemason symbol, and claims that Suge Knight was behind the wheel. While only photos of the outside of the heavily tinted ride were shown, it's been speculated that the car belongs to Suge.
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If you follow the sneaker news circuit, you’ve probably seen posts in regards to the winner of the Air Jordan XIII (13), from the “28 Days of Flight” month-long contest held in February, selling his pair on eBay. What you might not know about this story is the fact that the seller, Franaldo Hanna, a 27 year old cleaning technician for his family’s cleaning business, is donating every cent from his sale to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, one of the worldwide leaders in children’s cancer research. Oddly, some sneaker blogs/websites have chosen not to even mention this part of the story, which to me is much more newsworthy than any shoe could possibly be. I understand that we as sneaker writers are tasked with writing about, y’know, sneakers, but to not even mention the fact that this guy was willing to give every single dollar from the sale of this shoe away to charity was a travesty.
For those unfamiliar with the contest, the “28 Days of Flight” contest was held by Jordan Brand during the month of February, in the lead-up to the release of the Air Jordan XX8. Utilizing the black and green theme used for the Air Jordan XX8, Jordan Brand created a pair of each of the Air Jordan signature models, from 1 through 28, each crafted with high-quality materials and each a 1-of-1. Starting from February 1st, Jordan Brand held a daily contest for the model coinciding with the date, meaning that for February 1st, it was the Air Jordan I (1); February 2nd, the Air Jordan II (2); February 3rd, the Air Jordan III (3); etc. The contest consisted of sending in an original picture featuring the particular shoe of that day. One winner was picked for each day, with the winner receiving the special “28 Days of Flight” pair from that day, sent with a special wooden case for storing and displaying the shoes. Considering that there was only 1 pair of each model, and the fact that this shoe would most likely never be made again, you could imagine the craziness this contest caused. People were racking their brains in trying to come up with the winning picture for their favorite model of Air Jordan. With each pair featuring a striking black and fluorescent green colorway, reminiscent of the Air Jordan XIII (13) “Altitude”, along with high-quality materials, these shoes were truly works of art, and would be a welcome addition to most every sneaker aficionado’s collection.
Before hearing about this story, I remember having read about a winner of another one of the “28 Days of Flight” Air Jordans, this one being the Air Jordan XI (11), which was most likely the most desired shoe of the bunch. This seller was also selling his pair of shoes on eBay, with a starting price of $15,000. With this auction, however, there was no mention of donating the proceeds to a charity. I don’t say that to disparage the seller of that pair of shoes, either. I imagine that most people wouldn’t be willing to donate the money if they were in a similar position, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, the fact that most people wouldn’t do what this man did is what makes this story that much more exceptional.
After hearing about the contest from another sneaker site that shall remain nameless, Franaldo, a life-long sneakerhead, jumped at the chance to enter; the only problem was that he was currently staying in Harlem, NY, while his shoe collection was in East Hampton, NY. By the time he was able to get to his collection, the contest was already at day 13, which lowered his chances of winning significantly, since, according to Hanna, “roughly 90% of my Jordans are I through XIV”.
With little time to spare, he immediately started snapping pics, uploading a total of 3 pics for the 13th day/Air Jordan XIII (13). Ironically, the photo that would end up winning was his least favorite of the bunch. Still, the photo, an other-worldly shot depicting the Air Jordan XIII (13) “He Got Game” standing on what could easily be mistaken as Martian land, was an excellent pic, worthy of being the winning entry. “I drew inspiration from the first moon landing and how MJ’s game was not from this planet”, said Hanna, and the finished photo definitely reflects that.
After also entering pics on the 14th, 23rd, 24th, and 26th, all that was left to do was wait (with the thousands of other Air Jordan fans that entered the contest). Although he had never won any contest in his life, Franaldo regularly posted “kick pics” to Instagram, so snapping photos of some of his Js and tagging them with the appropriate keywords was a no-brainer. Still, there was a long way to go before he’d know if he won – 6 long weeks, to be exact.
Towards the end of March, Hanna got the message, from Jordan Brand’s official Instagram account, that every entrant was hoping and praying to receive:
“@Throwuponyaself, We’ve selected this photo as our winner of #AJ13 Day of #28DaysOfFlight!”
Initially thinking the message was a hoax, he decided to play along and replied with the required one-word response needed to confirm his win: “OK”. They then asked for his address, which he sent to the requested email address. At that point, Franaldo’s work was done; the only thing left to do was wait for his pair and figure out how he was going to spend the money he’d get from selling it – so long as he’d actually won.
A few weeks after that email, a large package was left on the porch outside of the home he shared with his family. Since he was not expecting any mail, having decided the whole thing was bogus weeks ago after not receiving a response to the last email he’d sent them (the one with his address included), he assumed the package was for someone else. After walking past it several times, curiosity finally got the best of him and he took the package inside. Seeing his name on the package, he tore it open, nearly fainting when he saw a Jumpman logo from inside of the box, peeking out at him.
Included in the package was a sample Air Jordan shoebox and a wood crate. “I opened the box and saw the empty JB shoebox and thought somebody (robbed) me before delivery”, said Hanna. However, once he opened the crate, those fears were assuaged. The shoes were really there, and he’d really won! Now he could finally celebrate his victory, and plan how he’d use the spoils from his win.
At least, that was the original plan. After giving it some thought, those plans changed: “To be honest, when I won, I told myself I’d cash out and buy a bunch of shoes that were (originally) out of my price range”, said Hanna, “but once I had the shoes in front of me, I was like ‘I’m never selling these!’.” He also realized that he would need a lot of space to store his newly-won shoes and, more specifically, the accompanying crate, space that he didn’t have.
Before long, Franaldo started seeing pairs from the contest appearing on eBay, and was “blown back by some of the (prices), especially $15,000” for one of the pairs. He laughed to himself after seeing some of the asking prices, having “never (expected to) see shoes selling for those prices, unless it was for charity”. But in a day and age where a $250 pair of sneakers routinely sells for $2000-plus (See: “Nike Air Yeezy 2”), those higher prices are becoming less unusual by the day.
Hanna was set in his desire to keep the “28 Days of Flight” Air Jordan XIII’s for his own collection, until one evening, when, while watching TV, a St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital began playing on his screen.
“I was moved”, said Hanna. “If those commercials never moved you, you’re lying or heartless… A light bulb went off; let me help them by selling my shoes” and giving them the profits.
Admittedly, there were a few times where Franaldo considered backing out, which is only natural for someone in the situation he was in, but the thought of his mother, one of the driving influences in his life, and the values she’d instilled in him is what pushed him to stay the course. Franaldo wanted to show the world that “it’s not all about self in the sneaker community”. To people on the outside of the culture looking in, it might be easy to see sneakerheads as self-absorbed, materialistic people that are only concerned about what shoes they’re wearing, and are willing to do whatever to get those shoes – even robbing and, in the worst cases, killing people. It’s easy to miss the good parts of the culture, especially when the only things covered and reported on are the negative things.
As mentioned earlier, most sneaker-centric websites chose not to report the charitable side of this story, instead focusing only on the shoes and how much money they’re likely to make. Why didn’t they mention it? Is it because we’ve been conditioned to believe that this facet of the story isn’t “newsworthy”? But regardless of why, only we can make the change on what we chose to cover. To this writer, the true story is Franaldo and his decision to put aside his needs and help others instead with the money made from the sale of his XIII’s.
If you were in his situation, would you have the courage and strength to sell your pair and donate the profits to a charity? Or would you take the easy road, doing what feels comfortable and makes you feel good? We can’t all donate thousands of dollars to charity, but what we can do is stand up and do the right thing whenever we have the opportunity, and try to help each other instead of worrying only about self. We at SneakerFiles.com commend you, Franaldo Hanna, and thank you for giving us the chance to cover your truly amazing story.
For those interested in seeing this amazing, one-of-a-kind pair of kicks, they will be available for your viewing pleasure at Sneakerology in East Hampton, Long Island, NY, for the duration of the auction. Franaldo views sneakers as “…art and a way of expression”, so for those of you who’d like to view these pieces of art, swing through while you can! The eBay auction can be viewed here.
The Billboard Music Awards kicked off on Sunday live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Celebs walked onto the the blue carpet in their most show-stopping looks, and leading the pack was Selena Gomez in a form fitting Versace white and neon number.
Other celebs who stood out include Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad, Amber Rose, and Ke$ha in a very revealing black dress. Hit the above slide to view more photos of celebs at teh Billboard Awards:
Divine feces this was a slow week. Not that much really dropped so I didn’t have a lot to choose from. I think you’ll like what we do have. See you in seven.
01. Wu-Tang Clan – Execution In Autumn
02. Alpha Male Society Ft. Rapper Big Pooh – On My Mind
03. Da Villins Ft. Sean Price – Bucktown Freestyle
04. Jon Connor Ft. Talib Kweli – Rise Up
05. Prodigy – Dough Pildin (Prod. by The Alchemist)
06. The Black Opera Ft. Mayer Hawthorne – Queen of Hearts (Oddisee Remix)
07. Citi Lightz – Memory Lane
08. Statik Selektah Ft. Sean Price & Mac Miller – 21 & Over
08. Da Villins Ft. Sean Price – Bucktown Freestyle
09. Patrick Starr – Hello Morning (Prod. by Jon Glass)
10. Allen Poe Ft. Von Pea & Basement Up – Gina
T.I. and Tiny recently celebrated the birthday of their youngest child, Major Harris. They kicked it with close friends and family, including Monica, Shannon Brown, Toya Wright, and Rasheeda from Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta. Even Lil Wayne's son Dwayne Carter III was there.
Tiny posted a collage of photos on her Instagram for the big day, proclaiming Major the smartest 5-year-old she knows.
The caption reads, "5 yrs ago May 16 I was blessed with Major Philant Harris! He is such a mommy's baby! He's the smartest little 5 yr old I no!"
Check out the pictures from Major's birthday party above, including one of him cooling out with rapper Rocko and singer Monica's kids.
Action Bronson has his fair share of collaborative projects in his catalogue. The one that has a lot of rap fans talking is Saab Stories with Harry Fraud. Based on a recent update by Bronson, there is a tentative release date for it.
Bronson tweeted that the pair are currently finishing up the album. It will soon hit the Internet and stores sometime in early June.
Finishing SAAAB STORIES WIT MY BROTHA @harryfraud RIGHT NOW. THIS WILL BE OUT EARLY JUNE 10000000% no matter what
— YUNG RICK PITINO (@ActionBronson) May 19, 2013
Bronson and Fraud have kept the project under wraps, but have given us a hint of their chemistry in the first single titled “Strictly 4 My Jeeps.” The visuals—which feature an appearance by Riff Raff—are currently being shot in Queens and will be directed by Jason Goldwatch. If you haven’t watched it yet, catch Mass Appeal‘s behind-the-scenes look here.
The post Action Bronson Says ‘Saab Stories’ Is Releasing In Early June appeared first on XXL.
A 14-year-old girl was tragically and senselessly murdered on Saturday in Queens, after an unidentified shooter emptied 10 shots at an idling Q6 bus.
Daja Robinson was simply sitting in her seat when her bus was barraged by bullets, one bursting through a window and hitting her in the head. Robinson was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, but it was simply too late.
The bus was cordoned off by NYPD and investigated for ballistic evidence, as it remained on the corner throughout the night.
Witnesses say they saw a group of teens following Robinson before she got on the bus, right before shots were fired at the bus. Jamaica resident Jamaal Jefferson knew the teen girl, telling the NY Daily News, "She was sweet. She was young...she was going to school, living her life. It's just a tragedy."
Neighborhood resident Christopher McIlwain had maybe the most appropriate response to the tragedy out of anyone. He told reporters, "It's outrageous. First of all, it was a young girl. Secondly, it was useless. A life wasted for what?"
Check out pictures of the crime scene above.
Since Ja Rule got out of jail, almost everyone is waiting to see what kind of music he'll release. But, it's not music that has everyone surprised.
Fellow Queens rapper Noreaga aka P.A.P.I shared a picture with him fresh off his bid, and Ja looks like a bodybuilder. He apparently hit the weights hard while locked up.
EVEN BARRY IS GETTIN NICE TO DAT SOUPKITCHEN EXCLUSIVES!! NOTHING BUT THE REALEST IN UNDERGORUND HIP HOP!! FEEDIN DA NEEDY!!! 1. EMCEE WIZARDRY - DANEGUROUS FT DJ TRICKLOME 2. NIGHTHAWKS - J LOVE FT LARGE PROFESSOR, KILLA SHA, TRIFE DIESEL, & TOMMY WHISPERS 3. RANT - 101 4. HELL ON EARTH - J BLCK FT MASS MAJOR 5. CONER STORE COMMANDO - GNETICZ FT D LOW & SHA KING 6. FAIR ONE - D STRONG & MACKAPELLA FT WILDELUX 7. CASE CLOSED - REDMAN 8. JUST CANT QUIT - DEMIGODZ 9. LEGAL ALIENS - GODILLA FT CAPITAL I - MAN 10. HER LITTLE SISTER - CASUAL 11. DUMHI UNIVERSITY - REEF THE LOST CAUSE AND HAJ 12. ROLLIN UP - GANGRENE 13. RIDIN & SMOKIN - HAYZE
The hype surrounding Kanye West's upcoming album "Yeezus" is building rapidly. Only a few days after debuting his "New Slaves" video worldwide by projecting it on buildings, Kanye revealed the cover artwork for the album. It's very Kanye, to say the least.
Additionally, Virgil Abloh was able to take a picture of the album cover next to an unreleased pair of red Air Yeezy II's, while Kanye appeared on SNL. Check both out above.
According to the gossip site TattleTailzz, Foxy Brown is starting some serious drama with the man who started her career, Jay-Z. In her accusations, Foxy came at Jay, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, and even ex-Knick Larry Johnson.
Foxy claims that when she first got in the business, her rising status under Jay-Z came at a price. She says Jay forced her to give up her virginity to him at 15, while also buying her clothes, hair salon visits, other luxuries. Her, him, and Jamie Foxx allegedly had a threesome as well, which was taped. She says the tape was stolen shortly after.
She's also claiming that the Roc Nation mogul is a tranny chaser, from which he picked up gonorrhea and proceeded to give it to her. And that's not all--Brown claims Jay and ex-NBA player Larry Johnson were f*** buddies at one time,
Yikes. Take all of this with a grain of salt.