Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman Talks Sacramento Kings, WNBA & Russell Westbrook

Thursday afternoon, Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympian Nancy Lieberman participated in a Google Hangout session with a panel of esteemed reporters.

The first woman to ever play in a men’s professional league; the USBL to be exact, in 1987 the discussed a myriad of topics like the surging play of the Oklahoma City Thuders’ Russell Westbrook, how serving as coach of the D-League’s Texas Legends helped paved the way for other women in sports and the direction of the WNBA Players Association.

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Best Hip-Hop of the Instagrams

Instagram saw plenty #TBTs aka Throwback Thursday posts today, (March 5). Although there were many uploaded, it’s safe to say Ludacris had one of the best. The rapper took it back to 2004, posting a scene from Academy Award winning film Crash. As that film is certain to be on nearly everyone’s favorite list, the Larenz Tate accompanied photo racked in likes.Tthe rapper is now gearing up for his eight album release, as well as the debut of yet another film, Furious 7, the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.

Meek Mill tossed up a post that read “ASSOCIATE YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE SAME MINDSET.” Accented with two Lamborghinis in the background, Meek left the picture without a caption.

As NY was piled in snow, 50 Cent had a quite interesting appearance on the social network. “Listen I’m free tonight if you aren’t busy girl,” he wrote. “What I gotta do send a jet, or Uber?Lol I already took my pants off and it’s snowing.

She Finally Speaks: Nicki Minaj Speaks On Lil Wayne & Birdman Issue

The Young Money artist finally opens up about the YMCMB conflict that has been going on for the last couple weeks.

Nicki Minaj says she loves both Birdman and Lil Wayne.

She says the beef between her mentor Lil Wayne and CEO Bryan “Baby” Williams aka Birdman will come to an end soon. Nicki Minaj stopped by BBC Radio to explain her standpoint on the matter.

“People know that I love Wayne and I have loyalty towards him, but I love Baby too,” Nicki Minaj says. “I’m very close to Baby, and I don’t think people know that.” She proceeds to say that she refuses to entertain the idea of permanent separation between the two.

“I am banking on the fact that they’re gonna work this out like family,” Minaj says. “They’ve gone through things before just like family does and it is what it is. They gonna get through it. I’m not even gonna think that way.”

We hope that the duo will get past this but the way it’s looking, this will continue on for a little while longer than expected…

 

-Bri Christian (@brirezy)

Sotheby’s Hosts An Evening Of Contemporary Art

Sotheby’s generously featured some samples from its Contemporary Arts auction taking place in Doha recently at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City.

The seven pieces of selected works give a broad look at the innovative state of contemporary art. Brazilian artist Vik Muniz’s 2013 interpretation of Claude Monet’s “Nympheas” involves classic collage style composition, but with a focus on color and emulation while effectively balancing pop culture. One could easily get lost in this piece, noticing the little clippings from the news, the Internet, and magazine they identify with. It’s convincing and fits well in the context of personal involvment. Monir Farmanfarmaian’s 2007 “A New Spring” evokes this reflective composition of cut mirror and paint in the classic geometric tendencies the artist has clung to for so many years. It’s therapeutic through its gradient density and lightness.

Worth noting is Abdullah Qandeel’s “The Race”, a Basquiat inspired work with broad reckless paint strokes and exposed raw canvas. Qandeel has repeatedly exceeded auction estimates, often by ten of times the estimate. His works are large, statement pieces that beg for attention peripherally, but are rather clean and soothing upon study. That feeling is coming from the directional tendency through easily replicable patterns, evoking a landscape of sorts, despite a nonexistent horizon. The work zooms away from the viewer towards the top of the canvas, terminating in a truly Basquiat-esque crown symbol. The demand for this to-the-trade style art seems to be reaching a tipping point- speaking of works that are tactile without being sculpture; dimensional without being realistic. It feels off the cuff, in the moment and the definition of improvisation in art. But it doesn’t feel particularly unfinished either.

50 Cent’s Son Lands a $700K Modeling Deal

The rich keeps on getting richer.

After starting the interview with a shot of EFFEN Vodka, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo sat down with Power 105.1‘s Angie Martinez for an entertaining interview. While discussing his past girlfriends, 50 shared the news that his youngest son Sire landed a big time modeling gig.

“I have so much fun with him, even my spirit change. I light up when I talk about him,” said the Queens MC. “He’s got a [modeling] deal now with an audio company. They paid him a big payment too, $700K. He’s super cute.”

So what’s going to happen with the money Sire earns? Initially Fif said that it was going to go into his son’s trust account that young model won’t be able to touch until he’s 18. But instead he added, “he’ll get 700K and be the face of their company; already he made his own money. I was about to say this is your college fund but I got to handle that part and let him just have that.”

That’s a nice dad move. 50 Cent said he’s still friends with the baby mama, model Daphne Joy. 50 also discussed his relationship with estranged son Marquise Jackson, Vivica Fox claiming that he’s the love of her life and what he thinks about Fox’s hit show Empire. 50 explained to XXL that it was Sha and Epic’s involvement that kept him away from the GS9 crew, “I stayed away from it because I knew that they were already tied into something, they weren’t gonna go nowhere. You can’t take something like that and turn it into… You see what it turns into. You see what I’m sayin’? They knew.” He also reflected with us on the tenth anniversary of The Massacre. 

Watch the interview above and stream G-Unit’s The Beast Is G-Unit EP here.

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Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and More to Roast Justin Bieber

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It looks as if Justin Bieber will be facing some lofty competition. According to production obtained by TMZ, the upcoming roast of Justin Bieber will be headlined by rappers Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, homemaking expert Martha Stewart and former NBA center Shaquille O’Neal, among a host of others. (This might not be enough for Bieber, who took to Twitter to repeatedly ask Seth Rogen to attend and pay him his comeuppance.) The roast will take place Monday, March 30 on Comedy Central.

It’s telling that Snoop and Luda will be participating, as Bieber’s recent music has made inroads into the world of hip-hop. Having already collaborated with up-and-coming stars like Chance The Rapper, the Canadian heartthrob-turned-petty criminal has recently been in the studio with artists like Tyga and Chris Brown. In fact, the DJ Mustard beat that eventually because Big Sean’s E-40-featuring hit “IDFWU” was originally intended to become a Justin Bieber song. Sean appeared alongside Diplo on “Memphis,” a cut from Bieber’s 2013 compilation Journals. That record also included guest turns from Chance, Lil Wayne, Future and R. Kelly.

Watch the latest promotional video for the roast below, and tune in at the end of this month to catch all the action. The night will reunite Bieber with Ludacris, who appeared on the canuck’s early hit “Baby.”

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All 15 G-Unit LPs, Ranked From Worst To Best

In honor of G-Unit releasing their new EP, The Beast Is G-Unit, we at The Source decided to rank all the albums that came out on G-Unit Records throughout the years. There were a total of 15 studio albums released from the likes of Game, Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and legendary Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, and while some of them were legendary, some were pretty obvious misses. We ranked them from worst to best, here.

-Ulysses Achonye (@XSlurRtyX)

Vanilla Ice to Perform at BET Concert in Selma

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BET has announced that it will be hosting a three-hour concert to commemorate the 50th anniversary o the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legendary March On Selma. The show will take place on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the exact location where police forces attacked the peaceful protesters as they tried to advance toward Montgomery. The event, dubbed Bloody Sunday, took place exactly 50 years ago this March 7; the concert to memorialize it will feature Vanilla Ice.

Speaking to AL.com, Parker Baxter, the General Manager and Executive Vice President of Centric TV and President of BET Event Productions (both of whom are putting on the show), defended the controversial decision. “Vanilla Ice was in the Soul Train Awards two years ago and he’s a really cool person,” Baxter said. “When we call him for things he likes working with us, and we like working with him.” Baker went on to add, “He’s one of the people we call to participate in things with us, and if he can do it he absolutely will. I sent him a text and within two minutes his response was two words: ‘I’m in.’”

The concert will center on a reprise of “Self Destruction,” performed by Ice, Rick Ross, Bell Biv DeVoe, Flava Flav, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, D-Nice and more.

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Chris Paul Wanted To Kill Deandre Jordan Last Night…Why?

Chris Paul was incensed with a play that Deandre Jordan kinda forgot to make

Last night, the Los Angeles Clippers seemed to have everything under control. They were in a tough battle against the resilient Portland Trailblazers, who sit two spots above them in the Western Conference standings, and with just three minutes left in the game, it appeared CP3 and company had everything sewn up. However, a huge run from the Blazers, backed by some sharpshooting from Nicolas Batum, had Portland right back within striking distance, and eventually, knotted up with the Clippers heading into the final seconds.

Doc Rivers drew up a nice play that freed Chris Paul up just long enough for him to get a rather clear shot at the rim, but the All-Star couldn’t connect. Deandre Jordan cleaned up the glass, and mistook the shot clock buzzer for the end-of-regulation buzzer. So did several of Portland’s players. So, rather than put the ball in the hoop for an easy, last-second, game-winning layup, Deandre Jordan just stood there with the ball in one hand as time winded down, and Chris Paul jumped up, screamed and flailed trying to tell Jordan to put the ball in the hole.

Demonstrative isn’t really the appropriate word to describe Chris on this play, is it.

The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes Sheds Eurodance for Lounge on New Track

Nathan Sykes of the Wanted has stepped out of the club and into the lounge on his debut solo track “More Than You’ll Ever Know.” The sultry R&B-tinged track is now available as a free download. The 21-year-old’s new sound is a far cry from his band’s Eurodance vibe, which came across on some of their biggest singles like “Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun.”

Sykes’ as-yet-untitled debut album is set to be released later this year, with an official first single arriving later this spring. On the LP, the pop star collaborated with Babyface, Diane Warren and British producer-songwriter Harmony Samuels.

Previously, Sykes had worked with Samuels on “Almost is Never Enough,” his duet with ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande off Grande’s 2013 debut Yours Truly. “He really helped me create the sound and he’s now the executive producer on the album,” Sykes told Hunger TV when he announced his solo career earlier this year.

The youngest member of the Wanted is the first to step out on his own following the UK boy band’s hiatus last year. Prior to the announcement, the band had released their third album, Word of Mouth, and starred in the E! reality series The Wanted Life. The show chronicled the band recording their third album alongside Sykes’ throat surgery to remove a nodule from his vocal cords.

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