If it wasn’t apparent before, it is now. Any sports player who signs up with Jay-Z and his sports rep company will be treated with perks. ESPN is reporting that one of Jay-Z‘s earliest high profile stars, Tulsa Shock‘s Skylar Diggins, has gotten a great gift for graduation: a Mercedes Benz.
Photo courtesy of Skylar Diggins
Skylar graduated from The University of Notre Dame and posted this picture on Instagram, saying “Got surprised with a new mercedes! Thanks so much to Jay and @rocnation, and @dancyautogroup!” Not bad!
Every time I hear someone say something like racism isn’t a problem anymore I have to wonder in what sheltered world do they live in. Because stories like this remind me that race relations in this country are still a major issue. An Asian fraternity by the name of Lambda Theta Delta at the University of California – Irvine has been under fire after posting a video where one of the members portrays Jay-Z by wearing blackface. Using Justin Timberlake‘s Suit & Tie as the soundtrack, the clip shows snippets of events that the fraternity has hosted. It then segways to a group of fraternity members singing along with Justin, when all of a sudden a member in blackface comes out as Jay Z.
The group has since then issued an apology on Facebook, saying that the use of blackface was insensitive and wrong. They also claim that the video was the creation of only a few members and not by the fraternity as a whole. They close by saying that the video does show that racism and ignorance still exists today and they in no way condone it. It was a great apology but I’m not sure I buy the “we didn’t know this was being made” angle. But, maybe that’s me. Check out the video in question plus the full apology below:
Time Magazine has been doing it’s list of 100 Most Influential People for a long time. And every year they present us with people we know and love and are new to others. This year, the list consists of some of the most powerful Black people in America. Even the world. Among the chosen are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Not to be outdone, JayZ and Beyoncé also turn up on the list. And one of America’s favorite storytellers, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes, also carved out a place for herself.
When Time Magazine presents the list, they have a group of peers type up the write-up for each person. President Obama‘s write up is written by Hilary Clinton, JayZ‘s write up is written by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Shonda Rhimes is written by Oprah Winfrey. Big names and heavy hitters all around! Check out the full list of influential people here.
Twitter is pretty famous for giving us regular people a more detailed look into the mind of celebrities. Not every celebrity bares themselves and shares their souls on the internet, but the ones that do can be a bit surprising. Take Stacey Dash for instance. After she tweeted her support for presidential candidate Mitt Romney it was kind of hard for me to take her serious, ever again. Now she’s spoken out on Twitter again, this time about Beyoncé and Jay-Z wedding anniversary trip to Cuba. Check out the tweet below:
Uh. If they haven’t started already, I’m sure that Beyoncé‘s BeyHive fans are dicing up her mentions like a Ginsu knife. Pretty much anyone that says anything again Bey catches their wrath, for that matter. But earlier today the US Treasury Department DID make a determination today on whether their trip to Cuba was legal.
Even when you think Jay-Z is at home chilling with little Blue Ivy, it seems that he’s still at work. Not too long ago, his Roc Nation company partnered with Creative Artists Agency to form a sports representation business. And now it seems Jay is looking to obtain an agent certification from the NBA. The only problem is, is that he’d have to give up his share of the Brooklyn Nets. According to Yahoo! Sports, the NBA has a rule in place that basically states that any one who is affiliated with a player representation company can’t own any stake in an NBA team.
Jay-Z has a small stake in the team, owning only one 15th of one percent, but he’s been vital in their new rebranding and location change from New Jersey to Brooklyn.