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Ice Cube is about to seriously f**k over his investors’ bank accounts–NO VASELINE! Apparently Ice Cube and his partner, Jeff Kwatinez, founders of Big3 Basketball League are headed to court after a group of Qatari nationals misled them into believing they had a connection to the Qatari Royal Family and only paid a little more than half the money agreed to invest in the league!

via The Jasmine Brand

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Jeff Kwatinez

In the suit,  they accuse the investor group of defamation, libel, and interference with contractual relationships. The complaint alleges that one of the investors spread a false and harmful rumor about Kwatinetz, referring to the league’s African-American players as “Rich Nigg*s,” racist language he said he “never had and never would” use. It also claims the investors told players and outsiders that the league was poorly managed. They argue in the lawsuit,

When Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz pursued their lifelong dream of starting a basketball league from the ground up, and invested their personal assets and time in doing so, the last thing on their list of plausible concerns and impediments would be the malicious and reckless conduct of foreign actors and compromised agents and actors working on their behalf. 

The investors included Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, a former Qatari diplomat and head of Qatar Investments; Faisal Al-Hamadi, managing partner of Ory Capital; and Ayman Sabi, a Libyan-born American citizen who claims to be a board member of the Qatar Investment Authority. Together, they formed Sport Trinity, an investment vehicle whose benefactor, the suit alleges, is Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Sau Al Thani, chief executive of the Qatari Investment Authority. The suit says,

Touting their love of basketball and their familial connections and relationships with the royal Al-Thani Family in the State of Qatar, and thus access to vast resources and capital, defendants were brought to Big3 as passive investors and introduced by the league’s former president and commissioner. 

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In the lawsuit, Kwatinetz and Cube say they expected the investors to be passive, but instead they were too involved in the league. They give examples of their over involvement which they claim included: showering select Big3 employees with lavish gifts, hosting parties on yachts and in their Los Angeles mansions, extending use of their expensive cars, and bragging about their association with the league’s celebrity investors and NBA stars. The suit claims,

These members and associates of the royal family made excuse after excuse for not paying, all of which is documented in text messages and emails, where the blame for their failure to fund the millions they owed to Big3 ran the gamut from their ‘sinuses,’ ‘hiking,’ it being a ‘long day bro,’ and to bad press regarding Qatar associations with alleged funding of terrorism. 

In the suit, Kwatinetz says that he was confronted after a memorial service in February for Big3 player Rasual ButlerHe says that he asked Al-Rumaihi  if the balance, believed to be $4 million, would be wired the following Monday. In response, he says that Al-Rumaihi proposed a surprising counteroffer: a 25% stake in the league, for Ayman to be named chief operating officer and to be afforded “respect as a royal family member”. An argument ignited between the two and Kwatinetz says that Al-Rumaihi threatened. The suit alleges,

“Al-Rumaihi became incensed and loudly screamed at Mr. Kwatinetz and threatened his life and his family, noting, ‘You don’t know who I know in LA and what they’re capable of’. ‘You should think of your safety and the safety of your family.’

Reportedly, that matter is now is in arbitration. The civil suit is a separate action, seeking a jury trial to recover approximately $20 million per player in harm to Big3 and its founders’ reputations.

Yikes! We hope Ice Cube and Jeff get a happy pay day. This is definitely why they say all money is not good money! We will keep you posted!

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Prayers! Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) Checks Into Mental Health Facility!

Destiny’s Child was undoubtedly one of the hottest girl groups in history. Although the group had its ups and downs–especially with its roster changes–in its final form we were blessed with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Together they survived it all. Now it seems, the latter member, Michelle, is struggling with mental illness and has opted to check into a mental health facility.

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Destiny’s Child was undoubtedly one of the hottest girl groups in history. Although the group had its ups and downs–especially with its roster changes–in its final form we were blessed with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Together they survived it all. Now it seems, the latter member, Michelle, is struggling with mental illness and has opted to check into a mental health facility.

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We have nothing but prayers, pride, and love for Michelle Williams. It takes a strong person to realize they need help and a wiser one to understand that mental illness is a serious issue.

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When we have people who would rather commit suicide than seek professional help we really need to uplift the ones who choose to stay, fight, and live. God bless you Michelle, we love ya honey!

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“We Are All Self-Made…” Kim K (@kimkardashian) Defends Kylie Jenner, After Forbes Backlash!

It looks like it is “Big Sister to the rescue” in the “Kardashian Kamp,” as Kim is stepping up to defend her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, after her controversial cover story in Forbes Magazine.
As you recall, Kylie is set to become the youngest billionaire in history, being worth nearly 900 million dollars thanks to her make up and cosmetic lines. No one denies her success, but many argue that she is not a self-made billionaire having come from an already wealthy family and being given a head start thanks to social media and reality television from a rather young age. Kim not only states Kylie is self-made, but also expresses she does not understand the backlash.

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It looks like it is “Big Sister to the rescue” in the “Kardashian Kamp,” as Kim is stepping up to defend her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, after her controversial cover story in Forbes Magazine.

As you recall, Kylie is set to become the youngest billionaire in history, being worth nearly 900 million dollars thanks to her make up and cosmetic lines. No one denies her success, but many argue that she is not a self-made billionaire having come from an already wealthy family and being given a head start thanks to social media and reality television from a rather young age. Kim not only states Kylie is self-made, but also expresses she does not understand the backlash.

via People

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on’t mess with Kim Kardashian West’s siblings.

The mother of three, 37, came to her little sister Kylie Jenner’s defense after the latter came under fire for her Forbes cover in which she was called “the youngest-ever self-made billionaire” at 20-years-old.

Kardashian West recently told Refinery29 she “really didn’t get” the backlash“because she is ‘self-made,’ ” explaining that she was proud of the creative way in which her sister took “an insecurity of her and [found] out how to make a really successful business off of it,” referring to Jenner’s lips.

“We are all ‘self-made,’” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star said. “What, because we came from a family that has had success? To me, that doesn’t really make sense… I know so many people like that [who] haven’t turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I’ve seen the complete opposite.”

Kardashian West added, “Me, Kylie, not one [of the KarJenner siblings] has ever depended on our parents for anything besides advice.”

Many, including us, would beg to differ about Kim’s last statement. When you grow up with parents like Robert Kardashian, Sr. and Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn), a celebrity lawyer and Olympian, respectively; and managed by Kris Jenner you have virtually unlimited resources. We are not hating on Kylie’s success by any means, however, we do feel her being described as “self-made” is not only a fallacy–IT’S A REACH!

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Prayers…Tina Turner Loses Oldest Son, Craig Turner, to Suicide…

Anyone who believes mental illness is not a major threat to our society deserves a spot in the Funny Pages. Yet again another life has been claimed to suicide. This time the tragedy hits a dearly loved and revered artist, Tina Turner, as her oldest son, Craig, committed suicide. Apparently he was found in his home dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Anyone who believes mental illness is not a major threat to our society deserves a spot in the Funny Pages. Yet again another life has been claimed to suicide. This time the tragedy hits a dearly loved and revered artist, Tina Turner, as her oldest son, Craig, committed suicide. Apparently he was found in his home dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Tina Turner, Ike Turner, and her their sons. Craig is in the top row to the right of his father

Craig is Tina’s oldest son and first child. She had him with saxophonist, Raymond Hill, when she was just eighteen years old. He was adopted by her ex-husband, Ike Turner, when they wed in 1962.

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Craig worked as a real estate agent in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Craig Turner

Just hours before her son took his own life, Tina attended Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture fashion show in Paris, France, as part of the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.

The iconic singer has lived in Europe since 1995 with her German record-executive husband Erwin Bach. In 2013, she relinquished her American citizenship.

Tina has been open about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Craig’s adoptive father, Ike, who died in 2007.

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In May 2005, Tina revealed to Oprah that it particularly took a toll on Craig, who “was a very emotional kid.”

There are few pains greater than the loss of a child. We are sending our prayers and thoughts to Tina Turner during this tragic time. As always we encourage each of you to do your part. If you, or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please alert the proper authorities and/or call 1-800-273-8255, the American National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Remember you are NOT alone and people do care. Suicide is NEVER an option. YOU MATTER!

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