Comedian Amy Schumer is following pop singer Rihanna’s lead in not participating in Super Bowl LIII.
In a Friday post on Instagram, Schumer said she has decided to turn down any offers to participate in commercials for the Feb. 3 game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The move, she said, was in support of the “take-a-knee” protests by NFL players that was started in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ESPN reported. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.
“Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote. “I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living?
Earlier this week, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show as a way to support Kaepernick.
In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a politically-themed Bud Light ad, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50, ESPN reported.
In her Instagram post, Schumer said she hoped Maroon 5, set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, will reconsider and withdraw.
She also suggested that white NFL players should join black players by taking a knee.
“Why not kneel next to your brothers?” Schumer wrote. “Otherwise, how are you not complicit?”
Kaepernick was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.
He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the league.
A Nike ad campaign featuring Kaepernick as the face of the athletic retail giant’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary has sparked debate, controversy and boycotts.
Schumer was arrested Oct. 4 during a protest in Washington against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN reported.
It was not clear if Schumer was approached to appear in an ad to run during Super Bowl LIII, ESPN reported.
Update Aug. 4, 2018 11:52 p.m. EDT: Referenced in President Donald Trump’s tweet denigrating Lebron James, Michael Jordan is showing support for James.
“I support LJ,” Jordan’s spokesperson told Yahoo Sports. “He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
Update Aug. 4, 2018 3:52 p.m. EDT: First lady Melania Trump issued a statement in support of LeBron James Saturday, in response to President Trump’s late-night tweet attacking the basketball star.
The statement regarding President Donald Trump’s late-night tweets about James was prompted on social media, as the hashtag #BeBest trended on social media -- referring to the First Lady’s anti-cyber bullying campaign, according to the Washington Post.
In the statement, Melania Trump said James is “working to do good things” and she would be open to visiting James’ new I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.
Below is the full statement from Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's spokesperson, from CNBC:“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today. As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative. Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron.”
Original Story: President Donald Trump attempted a slam-dunk Friday night on NBA icon LeBron James, taking a swipe at the intelligence of the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Referencing an interview CNN’s Don Lemon did with James about the I Promise School for at-risk students, the president tweeted that James “was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon.”
“He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” Trump tweeted, making a reference to NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
Lemon did the interview with James on Monday, when the NBA all-star launched the elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
“Sports has never been something that divides people," James said to Lemon. "It's always been something that brings someone together."
However, James said he believed Trump was “using sports to kind of divide us.” Lemon asked James what he would say to the president if he was sitting in front of him.
“I wouldn’t sit across from him,” James said. “I’d sit across from Barack (Obama), though.”
The ball has been in James’ court before. In September he called Trump a “bum” for rescinding his White House invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
"Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!" James tweeted at the time.
James had not responded to Trump’s tweet as of early Saturday.
Glenn Jacobs won his biggest match Thursday night, as the man who wrestled professionally as Kane won the Knox County mayoral race in Tennessee, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.
Jacobs, 50, a small business owner who ran as a Republican, defeated Democrat Linda Haney. With 100 percent of the 89 precincts reporting, Jacobs held a 66-34 percent advantage over Haney with nearly 80,000 ballots cast, WATE reported.
“This professional wrestler got into a no-holds-barred, last-man-standing match, and when the bell rung, he was victorious," Jacobs told supporters. "We were victorious."
Jacobs grew up in Missouri and earned an English degree at Truman State University, the News-Sentinel reported. An injury while playing football pointed him toward professional wrestling, where the 6-foot-8, 300-pounder starred as the younger brother of World Wrestling Entertainment star The Undertaker.
In May, he defeated Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders by 23 votes to win the Republican nomination, the News-Sentinel reported.
Jacobs and his wife run an insurance and real estate company in Tennessee, ESPN reported. He takes over his new post on Sept. 1, and has not ruled out a return to the ring for a special appearance, ESPN reported.
Longtime sports radio host Larry Cotlar, 66, was killed Saturday night after his van was swept away by a flash flood in Des Moines, Iowa.
Des Moines police said that he was swept out of his van, which had apparently stalled in flood water. His body was found several blocks away from the van.
Cotlar was a local sports radio personality and broadcaster who covered the Iowa sports scene for decades.
He was named Iowa’s Sportscaster of the Year in 2006.
Several people had to be rescued by boat from homes and apartments on Saturday during a significant amount of flooding Saturday night.
Six to 8 inches of rain fell in the Polk County area during a 12-hour period, CNN reports.
A few waterways remained in the major to moderate flood stage Sunday, but floodwaters have subsidized as heavy rain moves away from the area.
Andy Garman, a KCCI reporter and Cotlar's former radio co-host, told CNN that Cotlar worked in Iowa sports radio decades, covering college teams and serving as the voice of Drake University basketball.
“There just wasn't anybody who didn't like Larry Cotlar,” Garman told CNN. “He touched people at all the schools.”
Cotlar was a recent survivor of prostate cancer and became an advocate to get checked, KCCI reports.
“The guy was overwhelmingly positive,” Garman said. "He'd had some setbacks, dealt with cancer and any number of things, but always had a smile on his face and always was ready to attack the day.”
It’s never too early in the day to take a nap.
While cradling her slumbering son, the new mom seemed determined not to disturb the bundled up baby as she mouthed a few words to the camera.
Teigen, 32, and the 39-year-old “All of Me” singer are also parents to daughter Luna Simone, 2.
Teigen’s sweet moment with Miles comes just days after she and her husband donned their best ‘70s threads for a glamorous disco date night.
“slayin alive slayin alive aaaahahahahhhaahhahhahhagaggaggaghahakdkdkjdjdishsbjsidiixjshshyznsizos,” Teigen captioned a shot of the pair lounging together by a pool table as she referenced the classic Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” used in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”
But even though the pair seemed to be enjoying their night, Teigen might be suffering the consequences for the rest of the week.
While popping her body in another pool table-adjacent shot, Teigen jokingly wrote, “I will be sore from this” all week.
After welcoming their second child, Teigen and Legend only waited a couple of days before sharing the first photo of their baby boy along with his name. Teigen also told her Twitter followers that Miles was born “a few weeks early” ahead of his June due date, “so he’s litttttttle and makes the teeniest noises.”
While the couple’s 2-year-old daughter hasn’t had that much time to adjust to being a big sister yet, the pair are already having some sweet sibling moments.
On Tuesday, Teigen shared a sweet photo of Luna giving her newborn brother his pacifier as he laid on a fuzzy surface in his crib. Fittingly, the new mother captioned the image with a heart emoji.
Kylie Jenner‘s social media following has always been an integral part of her business — and now it’s more valuable than ever.
She may be the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family, but Jenner, 20, has quickly become the highest-paid family member, per post, on social media.
According to a new report from D’Marie Analytics, a social media insights firm, Jenner is now the first member of the KarJenner family “to grow her ad equivalent value to over $1,000,000 per post across her social media portfolio.” In other words, every #sponsored or #ad Instagram post, Snapchat story or tweet Jenner posts is worth $1 million based on her hefty social following an engagement. (To put that number in perspective, a 30-second commercial during the 2018 Super Bowl reportedly cost $5 million.) The firm also states that Jenner’s role as “the highest-valued influencer currently on social media today” was previously held by the one and only Beyoncé.
“Kylie is an undeniable global brand, which may make some roll their eyes,” D’Marie Analytics’ CEO, Frank Spadafora, said in a press release. “But the reality is this young, female entrepreneur’s savvy helped her reach a milestone in the influencer marketing and advertising industry which many seasoned professionals have failed to achieve.”
Overall, according to data compiled from D’Marie Analytics, as of today, Jenner has 154,775,091 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (that’s not even including Snapchat, which confirmed she was the No. 1 most followed person on the platform in 2016) and since April 1, she’s gained approximately 25,530 new followers a day across her social channels.
But what makes her posts so valuable isn’t necessarily her number of followers, as much as the engagement she receives. Despite Jenner’s enormous following, she doesn’t have the most followers, even among her sisters (that title belongs to sister Kim). However, the content she posts resonates with her fans, and she receives an incredible amount of impressions and engagement.
In the past 30 days alone, Jenner’s posted to her social accounts 156 times, all of which generated a total of 186,152,410 engagements — which is why landing a paid placement on one of her pages comes with such a high price tag.
“Influencer valuations move up and down like the stock market, but Kylie is methodical about consistently generating aspirational content for her social audience, without jeopardizing authenticity,” Spadafora explained. “Her use of social media to personally connect with and listen to her fans enables her to deliver products they will actually purchase. This is a true case study for how brands can greatly benefit from working with social media influencers like Kylie.”
Last fall, Jenner’s mom, Kris Jenner, confirmed to CNBC that her daughter’s company, Kylie Cosmetics, generated $420 million in revenue in just its first 18 months of operation, which, according to WWD, sets her on track to become a billionaire by the time she’s 25.
“Right now she’s super smart about keeping it all in the business,” the Jenner Communications CEO told CNBC. “She owns it 100 percent herself, and she doesn’t have any investors. It makes for a wonderful opportunity to expand.”
“It was always Kylie’s dream to have a beauty brand and makeup company. She said (to me), ‘I really want you to help me do this and figure it out.’ And we tried launching some lip kits and they sold out in minutes, if not seconds,” Kris Jenner shared. “I realized that we have a real viable business on our hands. It was crazy. The fulfillment center couldn’t really get them out fast enough and the site crashed three times. I realized we had to get a manufacturer really quickly that could handle the volume and get a fulfillment center pulled together.”
On this day in 1932, Sharif was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Lebanese family of Melkite Catholic descent.
It wasn’t until 1955, when he converted to Islam, that he changed his name to Omar Sharif, a surname that translates to “noble” or “nobleman” in Arabic.
Before becoming an Egyptian and Hollywood actor and playing the iconic role of Arab warrior Sherif Ali in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif worked for his father’s lumber company.
According to Al Jazeera, Sharif also attended Cairo University and graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics. He left the family lumber business to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
He married Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955, soon after converting to Islam, but the pair divorced in 1974.
After being nominated for an Oscar for his role in the Hollywood hit “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif went on to gain international fame, scoring roles as a king of Armenia in “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), a Mongol leader in “Genghis Khan” (1965) and a Russian doctor in “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) among others.
He also earned two Golden Globes and a UNESCO Einstein medal, an acknowledgement of his contributions to cultural diversity, Google wrote in its doodle blog.
At one point, Sharif even ranked among the world's top contract bridge players and co-wrote a syndicated column on the game for the Chicago Tribune.
But according to Al Jazeera, “international recognition came at a hefty personal price.” In an interview with The Associated Press in 2003, he said the global fame “separated me from my wife, from my family ... We didn't see each other any more and that was it, the end of our wedding. I might have been happier having stayed an Egyptian film star."
Sharif, 83, died of a heart attack in Cairo, Egypt, on July 10, 2015. His ex-wife, Hamama, had died six months earlier.
While most girls her age have their mothers to thank for their outfits, this young trendsetter has someone on the payroll.
From wearing a custom dress and wig to her grandmother Tina Knowles Lawson’s Wearable Art Gala and the custom Valery Kovalska white suit to the 2018 Grammys, the future heir to the Carter throne credits Manuel Mendez for dressing her in high-fashion ensembles.
Mendez — who has also worked as Beyoncé’s personal assistant — often shares the fashion credits of his young client but it was not until Thursday that Beyoncé’s rep confirmed to Women’s Wear Daily that he is, indeed, Blue Ivy’s stylist and personal shopper.
Mendez, who has been a longtime member of Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment company, appears to have started working with Blue Ivy since September 2013 at just 20-months-old. He first shared Blue’s fashion credit on social media with where fans could shop her leopard print one-piece suit.
Fast forward to the present, Blue Ivy has collaborated with Mendez for projects like her father’s star-studded “Family Feud” music video, countless of her mother’s glamorous Instagram photo shoots as well as the annual Carter family Halloween costumes.
Not only is Blue Ivy a stylish child, but she’s also been speaking up for herself as well.
“I told her to get in the car the other day because she was asking a thousand questions and we had to leave for school,” the father of three told the talk show host. “So we’re driving, and I hear a little voice. ‘Dad?’ I turn around and she said, ‘I didn’t like when you told me to get in the car the way you told me. It hurt my feelings.’ ”
Though she’s only 6, JAY-Z was proud of his little girl for speaking her mind and standing up for herself. “That’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever said to me,” he said.
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