Self-proclaimed influencer and brand ambassador, Kenny Hamilton is a consultant for nightlife powerhouse the H.Wood Group — a Los Angeles-based lifestyle agency that owns some of LA’s premier venues, including Bootsy Bellows, Henry’s and The Nice Guy. A former Atlanta radio personality and road manager for Justin Bieber, Hamilton is somewhat of a nightlife connoisseur for celebrities and high-profile people alike. He’s the go-to-guy for a packed club with good music, good people and good drinks.
The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for publicly confirming the team’s upcoming free-agent deals with DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews, league spokesman Tim Frank said Tuesday, confirming an ESPN.com report.
Sources said the Mavericks were informed of the fine Tuesday.
Teams and players are allowed to strike verbal agreements on new contracts during the league’s annual moratorium period in early July while the league’s salary cap and luxury tax figures are being calculated for the coming season, but team officials are not allowed to openly discuss those deals.
Cuban addressed both signings via his Cyber Dust app and did multiple interviews last Friday after Jordan verbally agreed to join the Mavericks on a four-year max deal worth in excess of $80 million.
It’s the first known fine Cuban has incurred from new NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Sources, however, say Cuban previously was fined $25,000 for a tweet about the lack of calls for Monta Ellis in March. The tweet later was deleted.
The Mavericks’ owner racked up nearly $2 million in fines in clashes with former NBA commissioner David Stern over a 14-year period that began with Cuban’s arrival in the league in January 2000.
Kevin Garnett agreed to return to the Timberwolves on Tuesday, the same day that Minnesota signed No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns.
Garnett and the Timberwolves agreed in principle to a two-year deal, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Garnett will sign the deal when the NBA’s moratorium on new contracts is lifted later this week.
“I’m incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be part of this talented, committed team,” Garnett told KSTP Sports, which reported the deal earlier Tuesday.
Minnesota is expecting the 39-year-old Garnett to play in the 20-minute range next season, sources told Stein. The 2004 league MVP would play past his 40th birthday if he sees out both years of the contract.
The Timberwolves also announced the signing of Towns, the top overall draft pick, and fellow rookie Tyus Jones, the No. 24 pick.
Towns’ three-year contract is worth just over $14.9 million, according to RealGM.com, and it includes a fourth-year option.
Garnett was reunited with the Timberwolves last season in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Garnett spent his first 12 seasons in Minnesota before being traded to the Boston Celtics prior to the 2007-08 season.
The rebuilding Timberwolves hope that Towns and last year’s No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, can be a formidable duo for years to come. Minnesota acquired Wiggins in the blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland last summer.
THINK IT’S A GAME RECORDS’ RECORDING ARTIST
RICH HOMIE QUAN’S “FLEX (OOH, OOH, OOH)” HITS #1
AS THE MOST PLAYED SONG AT URBAN RADIO
AND CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE
AS THE FIRST INDIE ARTIST AND INDIE LABEL AT #1
ON THE URBAN CHARTS SINCE 11/11/06
SONG OF THE SUMMER CONTINUES SIZZLING AT MULTIPLE FORMATS;
AS ATLANTA RAPPER CONCLUDES COAST-TO-COAST MULTI-MEDIA PROMOTIONS
Think It’s A Game Records’ Rich Homie Quan’s irresistible smash “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” distributed by Empire Distribution, claims its independence in the number 1 slot over the July 4th holiday weekend as the MOST PLAYED SONG AT URBAN RADIO and solidly becoming the indisputable Song of the Summer! Think It’s A Game Records and Rich Homie Quan are the 1st independent artist and independent record label to achieve the #1 urban radio slot since DJ Unk’s “Walk It Out” on Big Oomp/Koch on November 11, 2006 according to Mediabase, a music industry service that monitors radio station airplay in 180 US and Canadian markets since 1985. “Flex” is currently #9 on the US digital single sales chart according to Nielsen
SoundScan an information and sales tracking system of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada.
Video, social and streaming sites have shown major support for Rich Homie Quan scoring #5 at Vevo; over 1.2M followers on Instagram; streaming more than 600,000 daily streams of “Flex” at Pandora, Top 15 on Shazam, and holding court on Spotify’s “Most Necessary” playlist where Quan released his Summer sampler on May 19th and also garnered a feature on Jay Z’s Tidal Summer playlist.
The Atlanta based rapper concluded a round of west coast interviews last week in Los Angeles when he dropped by the BET Awards radio room, KKRL and completed extensive on-camera filming with Music Choice, a media partner for Quan’s upcoming fall release. He then headed to Silicon Valley and was welcomed by Pandora, YouTube, Facebook, InstaGram, Twitter/Vine, Soundcloud and KMEL for an on-air interview before returning home. “I’ve got nothing but love for all the fans, media outlets and supporters who helped take “Flex” to the top”.
In June, Quan was featured in Billboard magazine, on Rickey Smiley’s national syndicated morning show and performed for Hot 107.5’s 20th Birthday Bash shortly after his NYC promo run to promote “Flex” at Vevo, Music Choice, Fuse, Clear Channel, Sirius XM, BET, Fuse, Complex, XXL and The Fader.
With a well-planned combination of marketing strategies, appearances, impressions, sales and radio growth helped Rich Homie Quan to claim the #1 slot in just two months while simultaneously climbing the rhythmic radio chart. Other successes include his Spotify exclusive summer sampler, ESPN’s Highly Questionable guest appearance, Pandora’s SXSW live stream, Revolt’s Takeover for the Fast and Furious live performance and the feature on the soundtrack’s single “Ride Out” with Wale, Kid Ink and YG. “Think It’s A Game Records congratulates Rich Homie Quan on a well-deserved #1” says the label’s CEO Girvan “Fly” Henry.
“Flex” has been picked up by the Washington Post, GQ Magazine and also as a 2015 NFL draft pick walk up song by Cameron Irving of the Cleveland Browns resulting in the rapid break out of “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” back in April. Prepping for a European debut, Quan recently completed his first BBC Radio One1 interview.
Referred by Complex Magazine as “2015 the Year of Rich Homie Quan”, in June XXL.com said that “Rich Homie Quan’s “Flex” Dance Is Taking Over Vine” as fans continue to upload their dances. Rich Homie Quan is now in full gear for his debut album release and tour slated for fall 2015.
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/flex-ooh-ooh-ooh-single/id965916276 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWMw4vE3J8s
The FBI and state police searched the Indiana home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle early Tuesday.
The Indianapolis Star reports that electronics were removed from Fogle’s house in Zionsville, Ind., and loaded into a mobile forensics van parked in his driveway.
Fogle was seen entering and exiting the van during the search.
According to Fox’s Indianapolis affiliate, state and federal agents served warrants at Fogle’s home in connection with a child pornography investigation. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the agency was conducting an investigation in the area, but would not specify its nature.
“We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee,” Subway said in a statement to CNBC. “We are very concerned and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don’t have any more details at this point.”
In April, Russell Taylor, the executive director of the Fogle’s Jared Foundation, was arrested on child pornography charges. Authorities said a search of Taylor’s home turned up more than 400 videos with images of child pornography.
Fogle quickly distanced himself and his foundation from Taylor.
“I was shocked to learn of the disturbing allegations against Mr. Taylor,” Fogle said in a statement. “Effective immediately, the Jared Foundation is severing all ties with Mr. Taylor.”
Taylor, 43, attempted suicide in jail a week after his arrest.
Fogle, 37, gained national fame as the restaurant’s pitchman after losing more than 240 pounds — weight loss he attributed to eating Subway sandwiches.
According to the New York Daily News, Fogle has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
He started the Jared Foundation in 2004 to eliminate childhood obesity “by raising awareness and developing programs that educate and inspire kids to live healthier, happier lives.”
“I am starting The Jared Foundation to help kids who are in the same situation I was in growing up,” Fogle told Food Processing magazine at the time. “I was an overweight kid who turned into an even heavier teenager who turned into an obese young adult and this negatively affected every aspect of my life. Now I am in a position where I can have some influence with kids and hopefully, can help them learn to make better choices.”
The State Attorney’s Office released surveillance video today of Florida State University quarterback De’Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar last month.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said he decided to charge Johnson, 19, with misdemeanor battery after viewing the footage from the West Tennessee Street bar Yiannis on June 24.
Johnson was identified after being named by witnesses at the scene and was confirmed through video evidence. He was suspended indefinitely from the football team last week for a violation of “athletic department policy,” the school announced in a statement Thursday.
A full probable cause affidavit naming Johnson was released Tuesday. Last week in a heavily redacted report of the incident, Johnson’s name did not appear, but the suspect’s race, sex and estimated age of 22 or 23 years old were made available.
The victim’s name and contact information, however, appeared in the report — leading to much dismay and criticism of the Tallahassee Police Department on Friday.
“We are treating this case like we treat all other cases,” TPD spokesman David Northway said in a phone interview with the Tallahassee Democrat on Friday.
“We redacted it, per Florida statute. And we had to release the victim’s name because she did not fall into an exemption, and we’re not allowed to just take their names out. And we had to — we had — to redact the suspect’s name in the case because it’s an ongoing investigation.”