*Chris Brown is set to appear next week on “Skee Live,” a weekly music and culture series hosted by DJ Skee and airing on Mark Cuban’s new AXS TV.
The singer will give a live performance and participate in an interview with DJ Skee on Tuesday’s edition.
Brown recently showcased his passion for graffiti art at a Los Angeles promotion for his “Skee Live” appearance by tagging DJ Skee’s Skee Lodge with his own original design.
The art, part of the Aaron Axelrod “Bad Reception” installation commissioned by AXS TV to promote the series in Los Angeles, will remain up through at least Sept. 24. (Watch the video below.)
The show also will feature giveaways, including copies of Brown’s single “Love More,” featuring Nicki Minaj, and offer five fans the opportunity to win an exclusive and original graphic art framed poster signed by Brown.
Brown is currently prepping his new album, “X,” due for release in November. He also appears in the movie “Battle of the Year,” hitting theaters Sept. 20.
“Skee Live” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on AXS TV network. Previous guests on the new series have included Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz.
*The NBA may recruit its first girl every (not really, but it would be really interesting).
Mark Cuban told ESPN that he’d totally draft Brittney Griner because she’s just that good.
The Baylor women’s basketball beast, towering at a shocking 6-foot-8 stature, is a three-time All-American and Big 12 player. And she’s just getting started.
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban said before the Mavs’ Tuesday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”
She could be NBA ready, y’all. Slamming records, Brittney finished her college career with an amazing 758 blocks, 18 dunks, and 3,283 points.
Um, yeah, she’s worthy of the cause. This stuff is way too easy for her.
While the rules are what they for the NBA, Mark is totally serious about her coming out to play with the fellas in the summer.
“She’d still have to make the team,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to carry her just to carry her. I don’t think, anyways. But I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to giving her the opportunity.”
Meanwhile, even though Brittney thinks she could hang, NBA analysts at ESPN aren’t convinced she can play competitively with the big boys:
Daymond John attends the 2013 Miss America Judge’s Press Conference held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (January 9, 2013)
Daymond John (in powder blue) in an ad for FUBU
That boldly-colored “For Us, By Us” t-shirt in the back of your closet helped pad the pockets of its founder Daymond John, better known to folks born after the 90s as the “branding expert” on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
Now in its fourth season, the series has been a quiet ratings force on Fridays, with whole families tuning in to watch Daymond and his fellow panel members weigh business and product pitches from entrepreneurs seeking their investment money.
And when that rare pitch comes along that looks like a sure moneymaker, the panel does not play nice.
“That’s the beautiful thing about this season. We are really starting to figure each other out and hate each other,” John told reporters in January about his fellow sharks: Mark Cuban, owner of HDNet and the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, technology innovator Robert Herjavec, venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, and guest shark Lori “Queen of QVC” Greiner, a prolific inventor of retail products
When two or more of them latch onto an entrepreneur’s idea, Daymond says it’s fun sometimes to just jump into the battle, even if he has no interest in the product.
“I really like to, if it’s something in one of their respective areas, I think, ‘Well, I don’t want to be a shark. I want to be a catfish, and I want to suck the blood out of one of them and get a free ride,’” he said, with his fellow sharks seated beside him in the interview. “So either I ratchet up the number another, you know, $300,000 or they’re going to give me a piece and let me in on the deal. So I sit back and start working on you guys.”
Daymond’s FUBU millions began with a simple desire for a tie-top hat, but being unable to afford one. The only child of a single mom in Hollis Queens, Daymond asked his mother for sewing lessons and soon, the budding entrepreneur was hooking up his own tie-tops in the morning and selling them on the streets at night. He created the FUBU logo and began sewing it on all kinds of apparel, including hockey jerseys, t-shirts and sweatshirts. Buzz skyrocketed in 1993 after Daymond got his neighborhood friend, LL Cool J. to wear one of the t-shirts in a promo campaign.
Daymond and his mother mortgaged the home they collectively owned for the $100,000 in start-up capital, then, Mom moved out so Daymond could use the entire house as a factory and office space. In 1994, he took his talents to Vegas for an industry trade show and returned to Queens with $300,000 worth of orders. Soon, the company had a contract with Macy’s and began expanding to include jeans and outerwear.
As CEO and president, Daymond’s FUBU hustle earned him $350 million in revenues in 1998. And in the years since, Daymond has remained in the fashion business as a sought after branding expert and keynote speaker, with multiple business ventures on his plate.
However, missing in his rags-to-riches story is the pursuit of a college degree. In fact, none of the sharks have a business degree.
“I think people today spend too much time thinking that college is a guarantee of a great life,” said Herjavec. “And they burn all their savings and their money, all their parents’ money on going to college. I’ve got an English degree. I barely finished university, and I did okay, as did most of us. I think the only thing you can invest in in life that’s a guarantee to success is yourself.”
Added Greiner: “I think watching ‘Shark Tank’ lets people see that, whether they get a college degree or not, to be creative, to be inventive, to think outside the box, to not think that you just have to go into some normal 9 to 5 job, that you can go into anything that you want to, give it your all, and try to make it happen. I think that that’s really important about the show. It gives people other hope than the traditional path.”
Daymond, however, isn’t so sure that the show’s subliminal anti-college message is a good thing.
“Shark Tank” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Watch last week’s episode below.
*Get used to seeing this image a lot during the NBA season.
Paps caught 27-year-old Khloe Kardashian cheering on husband Lamar Odom in his first game playing for the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Cameras for their E! reality series “Khloe and Lamar” were rolling for season 2 earlier this month when the NBA star was unexpectedly traded to the Mavs from the L.A. Lakers.
Odom, 32, scored 14 points and seven rebounds in the pre-season game against Oklahoma City. The Mavs lost the game (by a score of 106 to 92) but according to ESPN, Odom received a warm welcome from the crowd.
The Texas team is also excited to have Khloe as part of their team family. Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban told Extra, “We all decided that Khloe is the official favorite Kardashian of the Dallas Mavericks. She’s welcome with open arms.”
Khloe, who tweeted earlier this month, “I ride or die for my Lam,” is looking forward to life in the Lone Star state. “I’m excited,” she wrote to a fan. “Heard only great things!”
In a post on her blog today, Kim Kardashian unveiled the family’s annual Christmas card photo, featuring all of the Kardashians and Jenners posed together…in 3D.
Card recipients this year will get 3-D glasses to view the 11 members of the extended family (including little Mason) dressed in elegant tuxedo-inspired ensembles.