Lebron hired his friend Rich Paul to be his agent with no experience or degrees in sports related fields. Rich Paul is now the #1 agent in the NBA
Lebron hired his friend Rich Paul to be his agent with no experience or degrees in sports related fields. Everyone said it was the worst decision ever. Today, LeBron is worth $1 Billion in contracts and endorsements. His friend Rich Paul is now the #1 agent in the NBA and he's expanding to MLB and the NFL.
After graduating from high school, Paul bought his first house at 19 and was mentored by Distant Replays owner Andy Hyman on selling vintage jerseys. ... In 2002, he met LeBron James at the Akron–Canton Airport, where James was impressed by Paul's authentic Warren Moon throwback jersey.
Paul’s agency, Klutch Sports Group, is a part of United Talent Agency and represents LeBron James, Ben Simmons, John Wall and Anthony Davis, among other NBA players. Rich Paul is known for driving hard bargains for star clients, giving them new power in the N.B.A.
He launched the agency in 2012, with Forbes reporting that Klutch received over $1 billion in contract values and the company’s football division represented two of the first three players who were drafted in 2020.
See what happens when you sometimes give people a chance to prove their worth and put your friends in a position to win!! Uplift each other!
Wall Street has $110B for homebuying spreeBlackstone, KKR among firms gearing up to purchase single-family rentals
Wall Street has amassed a considerable war chest to take advantage of the shifting housing market.
Institutional investors have earmarked up to $110 billion to purchase or build single-family rentals, Insider reported. The estimate comes from Zelman & Associates, which hailed the amount as the most ever accumulated by investors to acquire U.S. homes. Of the $110 billion, $30 billion has already been committed to properties being leased or developed, a Zelman investment banker added.
The money is enough for roughly 400,000 homes. Institutional investors already own about 700,000. That is only 3 percent of the nation’s 20 million single-family rentals, according to Roofstock, but MetLife Investment Management predicts it will grow to 40 percent by 2030.
The players gearing up for a homebuying spree in the $4.4 trillion single-family rental market run the gamut, but include major names. Invitation Homes, Tricon Residential, Blackstone and KKR are among them, as are wealth managers and pension funds such as CalPERS and Invesco.
Investors are looking for a better bet than their traditional property holdings, including office buildings, which are struggling. In addition to single-family rentals, they have been drawn to multifamily buildings and industrial assets.
Institutions pumped $50 billion into the single-family rental market during the first two years of the pandemic, John Burns Real Estate Consulting estimated. But the market has shifted in recent months as rising mortgage rates sidelined not only individuals but institutions.
Single-family rental transaction volume was down 70 percent year-over-year through November, according to an estimate by Adam Stern, the CEO of Strata SFR.
The housing market is presenting an opportunity for investors, though, as many individuals want to live in houses but don’t want to buy at the moment because prices and mortgage rates have jumped — or they expect to move in the near future.
Prices could decline in 2023 as more homes are listed for sale. Investors are also working with builders on built-to-rent communities, allowing investors to score deals and builders to ease inventory crunches.
Source: The Real Deal
Every New York Fashion Week, certain designer items emerge as the fashion crowd’s favorites. Last year, everyone was wearing the Prada logo tank tops and minimal strappy heels by The Row. This past week, however, dainty Manolos were eclipsed by one shoe destined to go viral: MSCHF’s big red boots, aptly named the Big Red Boot.
If you’re unfamiliar with MSCHF, they’re the experimental fashion brand that loves using their product releases to make a statement (often controversial ones). They’ve released boots that resemble medical casts, Birkinstock sandals made out of Hermès Birkins, and even Satan sneakers in collaboration with Lil Nas X that featured a drop of real blood in the soles.
The label loves to push the boundaries of fashion and, more importantly, to make headlines. Their latest release—which looks like something Mario from Super Mario would wear—comes out today. They retail for $350, are made of TPU rubber and an EVA mid-outsole, and take design cues from a video game. “Cartoonishness is an abstraction that frees us from the constraints of reality,” the press release for the boots read. “If you kick someone in these boots, they go boing!”
The monstrous boots were spotted on celebrities and street style stars at New York Fashion Week. Vogue’s street style photographer Phil Oh captured them on Dorian Electra, who styled them with a graphic coat, mini skirt (to fully show the shoes) and a matching red beret. Model Sarah Snyder paired with a glossy red skirt and white tights; TikTok star and model Wisdom Kaye styled them with athletic shorts. The consensus seemed to be to allow the statement boots to be the focal point (and it would be hard not to).
Outside of the fashion set, there’s also been a handful of stars rocking them as well. Basketball player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wore them to the arena before a game; Diplo wore them to watch a Knicks game; Janelle Monae even shot hoops in them.
Given how impractical and unusual the footwear is, it’s been a surprise to see how quickly—and how widespread—the fashion world has hopped on them, before they’re even released no less. They’re certainly a commitment to wear: A number of TikTok videos show how much of a workout it is to get them on and off. But if fashion people love one thing, it’s a gimmick, and these boots had everyone talking and noticing them this season. Those who dared to wear them get bonus points for the risk-taking. Though something tells us they’ll be as obsolete as a Nintendo 64 come next season.
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New York Fashion Week 2023
Art Hearts Fashion is the leading platform dedicated to bringing innovative designers and artists to the forefront of fashion week.
Our coast-to-coast contemporary events get the most renowned designers and the sharpest up-and-coming emerging designers to the runway in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and beyond.
Founded in 2010, AHF has become a driving force for fashion, art, and entertainment.
The shows have featured designers including Nicole Miller, Carmen Steffens, Hale Bob, Michael Costello, Trina Turk, Orlebar Brown, Patbo, Onia, Furne Amato, Walter Mendez, Vilebrequin, Jovani, Cotton INC, Black Tape Project, Mr. Triple X, and Michael NGO.
A go-to for stylists, media, and celebrities, AHF has been attended by Britney Spears, Oscar Winner Adrien Brody, Kelly Rutherford, Nick Cannon, CeeLo Green, Drew Barrymore, Adriana Lima, Curtis Young “50 Cent”, Jason Derulo, Tyson Beckford, Garrett Neff, Philip Bloch, Steve Madden, Nicky Jam, Linsday Lohan, Floyd Mayweather, Terrell Owens, Ashanti, Food God Jonathan Cheban, and many more.
Art Hears Fashion has been covered by Vogue, WWD, Glamour, Forbes, VonoiMag, Refinery29, Daily Front Row, Los Angeles Times, E!, MTV, US Weekly, ET Online, California Apparel News, and countless others. In addition, the platform has been seen on TV shows including America’s Next Top Model, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Les Angels, I Supermodel (#1 fashion TV show in Asia), Fashion TV, Mob Wives, WAGS and LA Hair.
Art Hearts Fashion has partnered with several prominent charities including Make-A-Wish® and Project Cancerland. The platform is active in advocating for inclusivity in fashion and was named #1 for progressive milestones in the fashion industry by Forbes Magazine. AHF runway moments and milestones frequently make People Magazine’s top highlights of Fashion Week.
This week, we are celebrating all of the contributions older adults have made to the world. Their accomplishments can be seen in art, sports, science, humanitarianism, and many more places across the board.
While success is defined in many ways, it really boils down to doing what you love, engaging with your community, and being a positive light for those around you. Individuals who are finding success as seniors and older adults are proving that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and make your mark. People who found success later in life if you need a little inspiration as we get ready
The famously adored chef, author, and television personality is a familiar name in the homes and hearts of Americans to this day. But, she wasn’t always known for her delicious recipes and humorous dialogue.
After working in media and advertising, Julia decided to learn how to cook while living in France. She turned her newfound hobby into a trailblazing career – not without hitting some major bumps in the road.
Julia published her first cookbook at 50 years old. Then, she turned into a celebrity chef with her own TV show. She also became the first woman to be inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame.
The past decades of Marvel movies have become some of the biggest storylines to hit the big screen. Many superheroes came from the much loved comic book creator, Stan Lee, who you could often spot in a cameo in the movies based on his comics.
Stan Lee didn’t catch his break until he was nearly 40 years old when he published The Fantastic Four. From there, the rest of our heroes were history.
As one of the most famous designers today, it’s hard to imagine Vera Wang doing anything but building her fashion empire. But before she was creating runway clothing and wedding dresses, she was a figure skater and a journalist.
Vera did not enter the fashion industry until she was 40 years old. It just goes to show that it’s never too late to change careers, or to chase a passion.
The acclaimed novelist of the black experience has been celebrated for decades for her books, which include The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, and Beloved.
Did you know that Toni Morrison did not explode in the public eye until 1993 when she became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature? She was 62.
Another great name in African American history is Laurel Richie, who was the first African American to head a national sports league. In 2011, Laurel became president of the WNBA at 52 years old.
Before heading the WNBA, Laurel was not doing so bad. She was chief marketing officer for the Girl Scouts USA and was a senior partner at the advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather. Laurel continued to build her career when many would have decided they had already accomplished enough. We admire her determination to accomplish her goals!
Art and community go hand in hand. Hubert Jones saw this at the age of 69 when he founded the Boston Children’s Chorus in 2003. The nonprofit organization includes young people of different ages, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds and combines artistic achievement with social change.
The group has performed around the world and continues to harness the power of music to connect individuals in communities.
As the United States’ oldest female BMX bike racer, Kittie Weston-Knauer has the scars to prove she is one tough athlete. She began by competing in off-road bicycle races in the late 1980s and was often the only woman on the track.
Now 71 years old, Kittie does not intend to slow down. Her passion for biking started as a dare, and since then she is the oldest BMX racer in the country and still wins championships.
Ray Kroc Ray
Kroc wanted to build a restaurant system that would be famous for providing food of consistent quality and uniform preparation. At 52 years old, he did just that.
Ray founded the McDonald’s System, Inc. in 1955, a predecessor of the McDonald’s Corporation, and bought the exclusive rights to the McDonald’s name and operating system six years later
Dawn M. Blackman Sr.
Gardening can be a great hobby, but Dawn M. Blackman Sr. turned it into a way to engage and serve children in her neighborhood. The former caterer and dress shop owner’s gardening project turned into the Randolph Street Community Garden in Champaign, Illinois.
At 55, Blackman Sr. became a garden steward. Her project makes a huge impact on her community because it is located in a food desert where fresh and affordable produce is hard to find.
You may not recognize the name, but Tom Allen is Britain’s oldest yoga instructor who still teaches at 90 years old. He didn’t start doing yoga until his mid-fifties, but has since has been passing on his vast experience with flexibility that defies his age. With what started as a way to keep busy and active after early retirement, Tom turned his passion into a lifestyle that inspires all ages.
NICOLE LYNN MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST BLACK WOMAN AGENT TO REPRESENT AN NFL QUARTERBACK IN THE SUPER BOWL
Congrats are in order for Nicole Lynn, agent to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, on becoming the first Black woman to represent an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl.
The Eagles triumphed against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the same day the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals in a 23-20 victory in the AFC Championship game. The Eagles and Chiefs’ victories mean they’re the two teams headed to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, CBS Sports reports.
There’s some Black history associated with the 2023 Super Bowl, thanks to the two teams who’ll be playing. For the first time in NFL history, two Black quarterbacks will be playing in hopes of leading their team to victory, as noted by CNN.
But there’s more history Hurts is bringing to Super Bowl 2023, thanks to him breaking the mold with his all-female team of agents. With Hurts playing as a quarterback in the Super Bowl, his agent, Nicole Lynn, has become the first Black woman to represent a quarterback in the coveted faceoff.
On Monday, Diverse Representation dedicated a post celebrating Lynn’s latest accomplishment.
It highlighted how Lynn, an NFL agent, attorney, and President of Operations at Klutch Sports, is making history this Black History Month.
“Thank you!!” Lynn wrote in response, along with two prayer hand emojis. Over on Twitter, users praised Lynn and Hurts ahead of the historic Super Bowl.
“Congrats to Nicole Lynn for being the first black woman agent to represent an NFL quarterback (Jalen Hurts) in the Super Bowl,” one user wrote.
Jalen Hurts has shared his pride in serving as a trailblazer in the NFL by being the first player to hire an all-women team of agents.
“I’ve seen that now with tons of different women in my life that are hustlers. Athletes, coaches, women in the business world of sports. I see it all the time. And they deserve their flowers too. So if me saying something about it brings more attention to it, then I’m all for that.”
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Beyoncé Just Stayed in This Bonkers Penthouse Suite in Dubai—and You Can, Too, for $100,000 a Night
The 12,141-square-foot Royal Mansion residence at Atlantis The Royal Dubai will open to guests next month.Looks like the crown jewel of Atlantis The Royal Dubai is Queen B–approved.
This past weekend, the lavish resort hosted a star-studded opening weekend that ended with a one-hour private concert from Beyoncé—who sparkled in $7.5 million worth of jewelry during the performance, which reportedly cost the hotel $24 million—and a spectacular firework display that could be seen from miles away. While the activities brought out A-listers such as Black Panther‘s Winston Duke, Kendall Jenner and Jay-Z, the real star of the show was the stunning Royal Mansion, the lush accommodation where the Renaissance singer resided during the extravaganza. And now you, too, can stay at the insane digs when the property officially opens next month—for $100,000 a night.
Upon your arrival, you’ll be chauffeured through the private entrance of the two-level four-bedroom penthouse. From there, feel free to roam around the 12,141-square-foot space, which includes a private white-and-gold-hued-foyer complete with 100-year-old olive trees and sky-high ceilings that allow an abundance of sunlight to entry the room. The residence is flush with modern details throughout, from the white-marble flooring to the terrace’s wood furnishings to the uniquely vivid chandeliers, that make the ultra-contemporary Royal Mansion feel just as its name suggests.
Not to be forgotten, the swanky four bedrooms, which hold three king-size and two queen-size beds, can accommodate up to nine people and come with their own exclusive Hermès bath products. The primary bedroom, found on the second level, has an en-suite bathroom facing the expansive terrace, so you can soak in the tub while taking in the sights. Don’t worry about checking in at the lobby: With your stay at the Royal Mansion, everything is completed in-room, so you jump right into relaxation. The personal butler service is also on call to cater to any and all your needs, along with 24-hour room service—just in case you get a late-night craving. And you can experience spa-like serenity without having to leave the massive penthouse, since you can choose to unwind in your personal steam room.
Outside, meanwhile, you can lounge in privacy on the 5,123-square-foot terrace that boasts sweeping views of Dubai’s skyline, as well as the Arabian Sea. To escape the city’s famous heat, you can dive into the glistening infinity pool to cool off. You can even choose to have your meals prepped in the outdoor kitchen or eat inside, thanks to the luxe 12-seat dining room. Back indoors, there’s also an entertainment room complete with a library and a bar, if you decide to keep the party at home.
And the hotel itself may be just as awe-inducing as its most luxurious suite. The 795-room property includes the largest jellyfish aquarium in the world, an insane water fountain that “breathes fire” and 17 different restaurants and bars for you to test out, including a few run by Michelin-star chefs.
Sounds like it may be time to plan your next trip to Dubai.
Rates for Atlantis The Royal’s penthouse suite start at $100,000 per night.
Source: Robb Report
The big, red brick building down the road is where you get your groceries. You have to drive there, past the shiny chrome car dealership, turn left by the green gas station. The yellow fast-food place is your kids’ favorite. It’s in the same block as your grocery store. And that large brown building? That’s where you do your banking and keep your money.
But, as in the new book “The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America” by Emily Flitter (Atria/One Signal Publishers, October 2022), can you get that money out?
Some years ago, while covering her beat as a banking reporter for The New York Times, Flitter tried to follow a lead on a Black man who had been fired from his job at a major financial company. It turned out to be a weak lead, but along the way she met a lawyer who turned her toward a much bigger issue: racism in the financial industry.
Recent polls show that most Americans have no idea that a racial wealth gap exists in the United States. They know nothing about the Black/White gap in family wealth. Neither do they have a clue that Black families fared much worse than whites in the 2008 financial crisis, nor that Black families are struggling again in this post-Pandemic time.
The truth is, racism thrives in banking institutions where, Flitter says, white bank employees often profile Black customers as “suspicious,” even when those customers have a paper trail of proof for their own money.
Black borrowers are often given inferior service and more wrong information. Flitter also found instances where skin color determined interest rates. Bank customers who are Black aren’t always offered the valuable perks that white customers get. Similarly, insurance companies are not servicing Black homeowners the same as they do white homeowners.
Not even Black business owners escape racism within the financial industry. Not to mention the proportionately low number of Black employees in those institutions, or the sparse number of high-level leaders.
Clearly, says Flitter, “Corporate America has a long way to go.”Pick up your copy of “The White Wall,” hold it tight, and make room on your lap for your jaw. It may be dropping a lot while you’re reading this shocking book.
Or maybe not.
What’s in this book may not be much of a surprise to readers who live this reality every day. Flitter has some words for those readers, starting with this: What you’ve experienced is no anomaly.
She also has words for Wall Street and every large business in the nation, devoting an entire chapter to ideas on how to do better by making financial services more accessible for Black Americans. There’s good news in Flitter’s final words on the ideas she puts forth, and that’s a happy start. But, judging by the many, many stories she shares, readers absolutely could be forgiven for any lingering pessimism.
“The White Wall,” Flitter’s debut book, is a powerful narrative about the demoralizing and dehumanizing actions of an industry that has yet to do away with redlining and other policies of the Jim Crow era (1877-1964) of legally enforced racial segregation.
Yet, the book is easy to read – and, hopefully, put to use – even for the busiest executive. With an essential message that shouts to be heard, it has the potential to create new consciousness.
To paraphrase Flitter, America’s financial system has a long way to go.
Source: The Network Journal
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