Ayesha Curry, the wife of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, was very vocal throughout the entire NBA Finals. Now that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the 2016 title, Cavs fans are wasting no time mocking Ayesha. Brandon Lamp, the creator of Lamp Apparel, designed a t-shirt inspired by the film Friday that reads “Bye Ayesha.” He decided to create the shirt after a heated Game 6 prompted Ayesha to take to Twitter and go on a rant about the NBA. “I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… Or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry,” she posted and later deleted. The shirts, which are priced at $25, saw a surge in sales after the final game of the series. “It came out of nowhere and we whipped them up in 30 minutes,” said Lamp. “Once Cleveland won, it went crazy. The orders have been non-stop.” Read more.
Rapper Troy Ave Avoids Murder Charge
Brooklyn-bred rapper Troy Ave, real name Ronald Collins, avoided a murder charge in relation to a shooting at a T.I. concert in NYC. Although Collins won’t be charged with murder, he has been hit with five other felonies that can possibly put him behind bars for decades. According to court documents, Collins was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of attempted second-degree murder. His bodyguard Ronald McPhatter was killed during the incident, but the firearm that caused his death was not the one Collins fired. “The video does not show everything nor explain what happened in the VIP room before Troy came running out, as a victim, after he was shot,” said his attorney Scott Leemon. Leemon is expected to ask the judge to release Collins on bail during his next hearing, which is slated to take place this week. Read more.
Pittsburgh News Anchor Fired After Racist Facebook Post
A Pittsburgh news anchor has been terminated from her job after posting a racist message on her Facebook page. Wendy Bell, who formerly worked for WTAE, posted a statement in March saying that unidentified suspects during a shooting were probably Black. “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. … They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s,” she posted. “They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before.” After receiving backlash, Bell, who worked at the station for 18 years, issued an apology and stated that her comments “could be viewed as racist.” The apology wasn’t enough to salvage her job. After the station let her go, she is now filing a lawsuit claiming that she was fired because she is White. “Had Ms. Bell written the same comments about white criminal suspects or had her race not have been white, Defendant would not have fired her, much less disciplined her,” said her attorney. She is asking to return to work and to be compensated for emotional and mental damages and the back pay for the period of time that she was jobless. Read more.
TV Series about Michael Jackson’s Final Days in Development
A book written about the late singer Michael Jackson’s final days will be adapted into a television series. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is teaming up with talk show host Tavis Smiley, the co-author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, to bring the memoir to television. The book, written by Smiley and David Ritz, delves into Jackson’s final months. The television series will be created under Warner Bros. Television and Smiley and Abrams will serve as executive producers. There is no word on which network the series will be featured on, or when it will be released. Read more.
Zoe Saldana Claps Back at Nina Simone Biopic Critics
Actress Zoe Saldana is clapping back at those who criticized her for playing the role of Nina Simone. Many people accused her of doing blackface by darkening her skin and using a prosthetic nose for the role. “I’m black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I’m raising black men. Don’t you ever think you can look at me and address me with such disdain,” said Saldana. “Nina looks like half my family! But if you think the [prosthetic] nose I wore was unattractive then maybe you need to ask yourself, ‘What do you consider beautiful? Do you consider a thinner nose beautiful, so the wider you get, the more insulted you become?” Saldana said that the focus should be on the opportunity to have the story of the legendary singer told on a large platform. “The fact that we’re talking about her, that Nina Simone is trending? We f*ing won. For so many years, nobody knew who the fk she was. She is essential to our American history. As a woman first, and only then as everything else … Let it be the first movie,” she said.