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The New Orleans Gators Sign Metta World Peace Formerly Known as Ron Artest

New Orleans, LA — The New Orleans Gators have signed Metta World Peace formerly known as Ron Artest. It was announced today by team owner Percy “Master P” Miller. Per GMGB League policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Team trainer Donald Hogan stated, “It was a no-brainer inking the deal with Metta World Peace. He’s in super shape and he’s well able to help any NBA team. He will be a huge factor in our league. He’s tough, competitive and plays excellent defense.”

The New York native has won a national championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has also garnered four NBA All-Defensive Team selections and made the post season nine times with four different franchises.

Fans in New Orleans and the Global Mixed Gender Basketball (GMGB) League itself are excited and anticipating to see Metta World Peace play in the exhibition game on September 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Cox Pavilion where The New Orleans Gators will take on The Atlanta Heirs.

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“Thugs And The Women Who Love ‘Em” Will Come To Life In Hip Hop Musical Set For National Tour This Fall Featuring A Star-Studded Cast

New York, NY — August 28, 2017— “Thugs And The Women Who Love “Em,” a hip hop musical inspired by New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark’s 2005 book “Thugs and The Women Who Love Them,” is scheduled to tour nationally this Fall. The stage production will boast an all-star cast of R&B and hip hop music’s notable names including Ray J, K. Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Jamal Woolard, Boosie Badazz, Lyfe Jennings and Karlie Redd and will debut in Oakland, California on October 3rd.

“Thugs and The Women Who Love ‘Em” is produced by veteran theater producer Melvin Childs of Produced By Faith and directed by Zadia Ife. The music featured in the stage play will be existing songs from each artist.

“I'm truly excited about the opportunity to bring something I think is new and innovative to black theatre across the country,” said Melvin Childs. “I think it’s time the hip hop/R&B community of today had a chance to tell their stories as they see it to a supportive audience.”

“Thugs and the Women Who Love ‘Em” features four different perspectives from four extraordinary women who’ve built a sisterhood through some very difficult times. Now, one by one, each of them will be asked to choose between the men they love and the life they want. Are they really four strong, independent, black women ready to write their own story and be the stars of their own lives? Or are they destined forever to be nothing more than co-stars in somebody else’s script…nothing more than Thugs and the Women Who Love Them.





Oakland, CA October 3 & 5 Paramount Theatre

Sacramento, CA October 6 Convention Center

Los Angeles, CA October 7& 8 Dolby Theatre

Atlanta, GA October 14-15 Fox Theatre

Detroit, MI October 21-22 Fox Theatre

Dallas, TX October 27-29 Dallas Music Hall

Houston, TX November 4-5 Smart Financial Centre

Chicago, IL November 10-12 Arie Crown Theatre

New York, NY November 17-19 Kings Theatre

Philadelphia, PA November 22 Liacouras Center

Baltimore, MD November 24-26 Lyric Opera House


Join the conversation and stay informed about “Thugs and the Women Who Love ‘Em” on social media using the hashtag #ThugLove and by following the musical on Twitter, and Instagram @InLuvWithAThug and Facebook at


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Jay-Z and Beyonce Carry $52.8 Million Mortgage on New Bel-Air Mansion

*Public records show that Jay-Z and Beyoncé paid $88 million for their new estate in Bel-Air, and used conventional financing in order to complete the purchase, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The couple shelled out the $88 million through blind trusts, and carry a mortgage amount of $52.8 million, records reveal. That amounts to about 30 years of monthly payments at $252,075, based on an average interest rate of 4%.

The Times put it all into perspective, saying “that’s roughly 40% of the July median sales price — $610,000 — for single-family homes in Los Angeles County, according to CoreLogic. It’s also about $50,000 more than the U.S. median home value of $200,400, according to Zillow.”

The estate comes with approximately 30,000 square feet of living space, four outdoor swimming pools and a spa and wellness center. It sits behind gates on about two acres and comprises six structures. There’s also a media room, separate staff quarters and a full-sized basketball court.

The off-market transaction is now the highest sale of 2017 in Los Angeles County, besting the $85-million deal for David Geffen’s Malibu compound that recorded in May. It’s L.A.’s sixth-largest sale of a single-family home ever, trailing last year’s pair of $100-million deals, the 2000 sale of the Conrad Hilton estate for $94 million, the $90-million sale of Owlwood and Fleur de Lys, which traded three years ago for $88.3 million.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a combined net worth of $1.16 billion, according to Forbes.

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