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Versace’s Miami Mansion To Be Sold At Auction

The 83-year-old oceanfront mansion is for sale 16 years after the internationally known designer was killed on his front steps.

File photo, 1997, of fashion designer Gianni Versace

he Miami Beach mansion once owned by Italian designer Gianni Versace and the place he was fatally shot is headed for the auction block.

The steps leading to the entrance to Casa Casuarina in the south beach district of Miami Beach

The 23,000 square-foot oceanfront mansion had previously been listed for $125m (£82.3m).

Originally built in 1930, the 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom, gated home features a 54ft long mosaic pool lined with 24-karat gold.

It also includes numerous frescos, ornate statues, arched doorways and an open air courtyard.

Versace mansion in Miami Beach

The oceanfront home has 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to manage the sale of this one-of-a-kind property,” said Lamar Fisher, President and CEO of Fisher Auction Company, who is handling the sale, set for September 17.

In 1997, the 50-year-old Versace was shot dead in front of the property by Andrew Cunanan who later committed suicide.

Versace had purchased the home in 1992 and spent about $33m (£21.7m) renovating and adding another wing.

Versace's Home To Become A Hotel On Miami Beach, Florida

The Miami Beach mansion had been operating as a hotel

Tourists can still routinely be spotted taking photos in front of the house.

The property had been operating as a 10-room boutique hotel for several years but closed earlier this year.

A bankruptcy court has appointed Fisher Auction Company to handle the sale, in conjunction with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

Versace had many famous friends including Princess Diana, Madonna, Elton John and Cher.

 

Nipsey Hussle (@NipseyHussle) – Blessings

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SoundCloud: Blessings

Nipsey Hussle is back with this new track titled Blessings produced by 1500 Or Nothin and The Futuristiks. Nipsey Hussle is still putting the finishing touches on his project TM3: Victory Lap, which is coming soon.

Legendary singer Stevie Wonder is boycotting the state of Florida

According to the Hollywood Reporter the “Ribbon In The Sky” singer will not perform in Florida until its Stand Your Ground law is “abolished.” He added that he won’t perform in any state that recognizes the law, which many say helped defend Zimmerman when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in what he claimed was self-defense.

“I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said this weekend while performing in Quebec City. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”

Jay-Z (@S_C_) On The Cover Of NME

jay-z nme

Jay-z will grace the cover of the London’s New Musical Express magazine. Here is a preview of what Jay-z had to say in the interview for the magazine.

Michael Stipe of REM has told NME that he is “thrilled” that Jay-Z chose to include lyrics by his band on his latest album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’. Speaking to NME as part of this week’s cover feature on the US rapper, Stipe discussed his relationship with Jay-Z and his reaction to words from his  song ‘Losing My Religion’ appearing on his new song ‘Heaven’. “I’ve known Jay  for a long time, he’s super cool, super grounded, super smart and super  talented,” says Stipe in the magazine, available digitally and on newsstands  from today (July 17). “I’ve always had the deepest respect for him, and his  music and choices. We’re thrilled (for our lyrics) to be included, it’s a really  great honour.

2013 AND1 Summer Remix Basketball Tournament.

NBA Legend Shawn Kemp, Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson, Music Artists Michael Bivins, Jermaine Dupri, Rico Love to Captain Teams for the AND1 Summer Remix Tournament

Six Time NBA All-Star, Rising NBA Star and Three Basketball Lifers From the Music World Amongst First Official Captains to Form Teams for $100,000 Winner-Take-All signature event, scheduled for August 29-September 1 at The Liacouras Center at Temple University

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

The AND1 apparel and sneaker brand and event partner IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, today announced a mixture of music and basketball luminaries who will form teams and are scheduled to participate in the launch of the 2013 AND1 Summer Remix Basketball Tournament. The inaugural event will be a 12-team, $100,000, winner-take-all tournament, the largest cash prize for one event in streetball history, to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University during Labor Day Weekend (August 29 – September 1).

Leading the list of headliners who will captain teams in the streetball tournament are NBA legend Shawn Kemp, who will form a team of players from the Seattle area, Indiana Pacers star and AND1 athlete Lance Stephenson, who will lead a team of players selected from open tryouts from across the country, and a trio of music legends with a passion for basketball in Michael Bivins, Jermaine Dupri and Rico Love. Teams will be comprised of several former NBA and pro players, streetball legends as well as some of the most accomplished individual basketball and streetball talents in the world.

“This announcement today is reflective of the wide scope of interest in our relaunch, a mix of former stars like Shawn Kemp, rising stars, like Lance Stephenson, and some well-known musical talents who all have a passion for basketball in Michael, Jermaine and Rico,” said AND1 marketing director Maurice Levy. “We are looking forward to seeing the teams they assemble, as we continue to form the other teams to be announced in the weeks to come. For sure, Philadelphia will become the AND1 Streetball capital for all basketball fans during our Labor Day weekend event with this, the largest and most lucrative streetball tournament ever.”

Kemp was a six-time NBA All-Star during his 14-year NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers. One of the most dominating big men of his era, “The Reign Man” teamed with Hall-of-Famer Gary Payton to lead Seattle to the 1996 NBA Finals as he averaged 14 ppg and 8 rpg during his NBA career.

One of the NBA’s rising stars, Stephenson, who recently signed an extension to represent AND1, is entering his fourth season with the Eastern Conference finalist Indiana Pacers. A skilled defensive player, former Big East freshman of the year at the University of Cincinnati and the all-time leading scorer in New York State High School basketball history, Stephenson has become a protégé of Hall of Famer Larry Bird, and is a key member of a young Pacers team.

They will be joined by a trio of accomplished music stars, all of whom have a passion for basketball. Michael Bivins is the founder and member of the R&B group New Edition and the hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe. He also discovers, manages, and produces for other acts, most notably Another Bad Creation, MC Brains, Boyz II Men, and 702, all of whom were signed to his Motown distributed label Biv 10 Records. He serves as the music entrepreneur and A&R man of both of his own acts as well.

So So Def Recordings founder, and the creator/owner of Global 14, Jermaine Dupri is a multi-Grammy award winning producer/songwriter that has developed and created music talents like: Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith), Xscape, Jagged Edge, Lil Bow Wow, Da Brat, Anthony Hamilton, Leah Labelle and others. With a discography that started at the age of 14, Dupri is also credited as Executive Producer of Mariah Carey’s “Emancipation of Mimi”, Usher’s “Confessions”. He has also worked with: Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Monica, Ludacris, Lil’ Jon, Destiny’s Child, Janet Jackson and many others.

Rico Love has written and produced hit records such as Usher’s “There Goes My Baby” and “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”, Nelly’s “Just a Dream” and “Gone”, Beyoncé Knowles’ “Sweet Dreams” and has contributed to Grammy Award performances such as Beyoncé’s 2009 Best Contemporary R&B album I Am… Sasha Fierce, Usher’s 2010 Best Contemporary R&B album Raymond v Raymond, and Usher’s 2010 Best Male R&B Vocal Performance “There Goes My Baby.” In addition, Love has written and produced records for Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Fergie and Fantasia. Love is also the CEO of Division1, his record label named after his passion for hoops, which partnered with Universal Motown in 2010.

Dupri’s team will be made up of talent from Atlanta, Bivins’ team, clad in green and white, will represent the city of Boston, and Love’s team will be a mix of talent from the south. The remaining captains, as well as musical talent and special guests from the sports and entertainment world, will be announced in the coming weeks.

ABOUT AND1 — The AND1 basketball apparel and sneaker brand got its start in Philadelphia is currently owned and run by Galaxy Brands of New York who recently acquired the business and orchestrated its revival. The mission remains the same as it always has been, to focus on those who are passionate about basketball and use the game as a metaphor success in everything they set out to do in life. The celebration of hard work, freedom of expression and dedication to excellence is reflected in the unique and iconic product that the brand has and will continue to create for both the dedicated player and the casual competitor. AND1 has worked with a number of professional players in its storied history, and currently sponsors Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. The brand also created the AND1 Summer Remix Basketball Tournament, a 12 team, $100,000, winner-take-all event to held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University over Labor Day Weekend (August 29 – September 1). For more details on the brand vision and programs visit The AND1 apparel and sneaker brand, http://www.and1.com and follow AND1 on Twitter: @And1basketball and Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/and1basketball