Take a Look at Kyrie Irving’s ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ Collab With Nike 

Kyrie Irving is preparing to release a new set of colorways for his latest signature shoes with Nike, and the theme for this drop centers around the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series Spongebob Squarepants.

The pack gives us designs inspired by five main characters from Spongebob — the show is one of Irving’s favorites of all time — including Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Crabs, Sandy and of course the series’ titular character. The silhouettes chosen for this collab are the Kyrie 5 and summer-ready Kyrie Low 2, and each option incorporates a signifying detail that’s specific to the character. From the wavy Swoosh on the Spongebob iteration to the money-green inner lining on Mr. Krab’s version, nothing goes unnoticed in terms of the creativity put into these kicks. With this collection, in addition to the Rocko’s Modern Life reboot arriving this summer, it’s looking like all of our childhood faves are making a return for summer ’19.

Kyrie Irving’s “Spongebob Squarepants” pack, featuring the Kyrie 5 and Kyrie Low 2, arrives this August. Peep the preview below:

Images: Roc Nation Sports

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Sentence to Life in Prison 

El Chapo’s illustrious drug lord career is officially over. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison.

A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday, five months after Guzman’s conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case.

The 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by an army of gangsters and an elaborate corruption operation, was brought to the U.S. to stand trial after he twice escaped from Mexican prisons.

Before he was sentenced, Guzman complained about the conditions of his confinement and told the judge he was denied a fair trial. He said U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct.

“My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching,” Guzman said in court through an interpreter. “When I was extradited to the United States, I expected to have a fair trial, but what happened was exactly the opposite.”

The sentence — life plus 30 years — was pre-ordained. The guilty verdict in February at Guzman’s 11-week trial triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole. Cogan also ordered Guzman to pay $12.6 billion in ill-gotten proceeds- money his drug-trafficking organization made distributing cocaine and other drugs around the United States.

Depending on U.S. Bureau of Prisons decisions, he could be sent to the so-called Alcatraz of the Rockies, the “administrative maximum” prison in Florence, Colorado. There he would join, but likely never meet, fellow inmates such as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols.

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ABC Network Changes Twitter Name in Honor of Beyoncé 

ABC Network has officially joined the Beyhive.

The television network sat down with Beyonce for the world premiere of “Spirit.” The song is the lead single on the upcoming soundtrack for The Lion King. Queen Bey stars at Naila in the film. Knowles-Carter opened up about the film as well as its star-studded soundtrack during an ABC special with Robin Roberts. In honor of Queen Bey, the network has changed its Twitter to ABeyC.

“I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she said. The Lion King film takes place in Africa and is a classic amongst 80s and 90s babies alike. Beyonce also added the artistic expression that stems from the continent led her entire curation of the soundtrack. In order to do so, she collaborated with a number of talented African artists including WizKid, Tiwi Savage, Tekno and more.

“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” she told ABC News.

The soundtrack also features Beyoncé’s better half, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar,  Pharell, Childish Gambino, who stars in the film and many more. The Lion King is sure to be a family affair. The movie hits theaters Friday, July 19. Aside from Knowles and Donald Glover, the film features Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and more.

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SOURCE SPORTS: Big Baller Brand to Big Baller Clearance, LaVar Ball’s Brand Selling Discounted Items at Local Volleyball Game 

Big Baller Brand might not be so big and baller after all.

LaVar Ball’s brand debuted just a few years ago with the ZO2 sneakers, which his son Lonzo turned down lucrative shoe deal offers from Nike and Adidas to promote. However, the demand for the products never really peaked. The ZO2’s insane price tag of $495 and questions of whether it could fill online orders accurately might have had something to do with BBB’s struggles.

BBB-branded tees that were once priced at $50 are now being sold for just $5, while a bundle including a shirt, hoodie, sneakers, and pair of socks is listed for $100.

Back in May, not long after Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster reportedly stole more than $1.5 million from Lonzo, LaVar reportedly signed public relations firm EAG Sports Management with the hope of relaunching his beloved brand.

Considering the company’s official site remains under construction, things don’t look good for Ball’s company. Clearly, the Big Baller Brand has seen better days.

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Quavo Reveals He Was Also Mistreated by Swedish Police 

The Hip Hop community is screaming #FreeFlacko ever since A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden after defending himself from a “fan” who was following and harassing him.

TMZ caught up with Quavo and asked about his thoughts about the entire ordeal and he revealed that he was also mistreated by Swedish cops. He didn’t detail when the incident happened but he made it clear that he’s well aware of the way Swedish authorities give it up.

“Sweden had us down on the curb as soon as we went to Sweden,” he said. “They had me and my cameraman on the curb, and they were trying to lock us up too.”

“Free my boy Rocky,” Quavo added.

As a result of his arrest, a few artists have vowed to stop performing in Sweden including, Tyler The Creator, SchoolBoy Q, and T.I. There’s a petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures urging for the Harlem rapper’s release.

Ahead of his arrest, Rocky took to social media to upload videos of the men harassing him and alleged that one of the men sexually assaulted several women.

The two men are currently under investigation for sexual assault and molestation.

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Congressional Black Caucus Cites Human Rights Violations in A$AP Rocky Imprisonment 

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are getting involved in the attempt to free A$AP Rocky from a Swedish jail. It was previously reported that he was facing inhumane conditions, but those claims were later refuted by a Sweden authority.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York says the Congressional Black Caucus will “continue to weigh in forcefully” until we say #FreeFlacko backward.

“The situation with ASAP Rocky is unfortunate, it’s outrageous, it needs to be addressed,” Jeffries explained. “You can expect that members of Congress, particularly those of us who are part of the Congressional Black Caucus, are going to continue to weigh in forcefully until ASAP Rocky is free.”

Jeffries added that Rep. André Carson has been applying the pressure on the State Department to stay on top of the Swedish government and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State delivered a statement addressing the Swedish government over Rocky’s alleged treatment. “There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns,” a spokesperson for the department said. “We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see ASAP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”

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Cardi B Publicly Supports Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Presidential Campaign 

It’s about five more months left of the year, and the race to get Donald Trump out of the White House has already begun.

The Democratic party is receiving lots of celebrity endorsement. According to filings by the 2019 Federal Election Commission, Barbra Streisand donated $1,000 each last quarter to the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.

Anna Wintour and Shonda Rhimes have both made donations to candidates also. Bernie Sanders is noticeably missing from the list, but Cardi B just put his campaign in the eyes of millions of young people.

“I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016 This man been fighting for equal rights,HUMAN rights for such along time,” Cardi wrote. “Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

“Our fight for justice is far from over,” Bernie wrote.

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[WATCH] Official Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu 

Ever since it was announced that Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Lizzo would all be starring in a stripper film titled, Hustlers, everyone has been waiting for the official visual. Well, the wait is over. The official trailer for Hustlers has been released.

In the new trailer for Hustlers, Ramona (Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu) scam a number of high profile Wall Street clients in an effort to bring their white-collar crimes to justice.

“They stole from everybody. Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail,” Lopez as Ramona says. “The game is rigged and it does not award people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”

Lopez and Wu are joined by an all-star lineup of fellow strippers, including Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper, who previously worked as a stripper before her music career catapulted, also provides some background music for the trailer with her song “Money.”

Hustlers is based on an article titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, which chronicles the real-life “modern Robin Hood story” of a ring of strippers who ripped off wealthy clients. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” director Lorene Scafaria wrote, directed and co-produced the film.

Hustlers is set to hit theaters Sept. 13.

Check out the trailer below.

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Chance the Rapper Reveals Cover Art and Release Date For ‘The Big Day’ Album 

For a while now, Chance The Rapper has been teasing the world what his official debut studio will drop sometime in July. The Grammy-award winner took his talents to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to announce the project’s title and release date.

Chance first let Fallon show off the cover of the project. The cover is a photograph of a hand holding up a transparent CD covered with raindrops. Then looking directly in-camera for dramatic effect, he announced:

“My name is Chance the Rapper and I will be releasing my debut album on July 26, entitled The Big Day.”

The Big Day will hit is set to drop on July 26. Fallon also revealed the album’s cover art. Leading up to this, Chance has released “Groceries” featuring TisaKorean and Murda Beatz.

“I’ve been waiting to make an album for a long time. So, the process has been just me being back in the studio all the time. Just making two songs a day. And trying to have fun,” said Chance in May. “But at the same time, I understand that it’s going to be more. More songs. More flexes. More dancing. Just more. It’s my album.”

Chance also told Jimmy Fallon that his pal, The Lion King star, and occasional collaborator Donald Glover/Childish Gambino got him a gig on the recent The Lion King remake.

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Celebs Get the “Old Age” Treatment Courtesy of FaceApp Filter 

Drake once notoriously said, “If I die, I’m a legend.” But what happens when hip hop artists and other celebs don’t die and instead, just get old? That’s the question that several internet users have hoped to answer with FaceApp’s “old age” filter, a filter that adds about 60 years onto a person’s age.

The staff at Buzzfeed compiled a list of some of today’s hottest celebrities to see what they would look like in their golden years. Most, such as Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, get the standard treatment with bags around their eyes and slightly sagging skin. Justin Bieber, however, bears and an uncanny resemblance to Tom Selleck while Will Smith doesn’t seem to age at all. Cardi B looks a little worse for the wear, but can still rock a tight purple dress in her senior citizen years, as can her sometimes rival Nicki Minaj. (Rihanna, unfortunately, looks like her dentures may be coming loose in her age progression prediction.)

For the male celebrities, the app’s standard go-to seems to be a white beard, with both Chris Evans and Drake looking suspiciously like Sean Connery.

Beyonce, on the other hand, somehow manages to look a lot like her mother while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson still looks a lot like himself.

Former President Barack Obama, who would be 117 if 60 years was added onto his current age of 57, looks eerily similar to Yoda from Star Wars.

For the full lineup, check out the list on Buzzfeed.

Will our favorite celebs eventually match up with their time-lapse prediction? Only time will tell.

FaceApp is a mobile application for iOS and Android developed by Russia company Wireless Lab which uses neural network technology to automatically generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs. The app can transform a face to make it smile, look younger, look older, or even change gender. It is available for download on both IOS and Android operating systems.

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