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HEAT PARADE: LeBron James, Juwan Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh And The MIAMI CELEBRATE Their 2013 NBA Championship + Jay-Z SIGNS Kevin Durant TO ROC NATION SPORTS

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LeBron, Juwan, Dwyane, Chris, Ray and the Miami Heat celebrated their 2013 NBA Championship with a parade outside of the AmericanAirlines arena today.  See the victory pics inside and find out what OKC Thunder player signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

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NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and the entire Miami Heat franchise and their families celebrated their 2013 NBA Championship victory with a parade outside of the AmericanAirline Arenas today.

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Tens of thousands turned out to pay salute to what culminated in a "…franchise-record 66 wins, a 27-game winning streak, and a second straight championship". 

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Team president Pat Riley commented on the parade to the Miami Herald saying, 

“It really is about respect. And this is what players, I think, ultimately play for. You don’t merely want to be considered the best of the best in anything you do. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do. You separate yourselves from the pack. And I don’t think there’s any doubt they’ve separated themselves from the pack this year. And their names are going to be respected and honored.

 

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2013 NBA MVP LeBron James blasted a few fans with shots of his Super Soaker. 

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Photographers caught Ray Allen, who was the hero of Game 6 and Game 7, waving to the screaming crowd of fans.  Later, he also hit fans with the Super Soaker.  

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And Chris Bosh held on to that trophy for dear life.

 

LeBron James also posted a few videos from the parade to his Instagram account.  Watch the clips here and here.

In other sports news…..

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Now that rap mogul Jay-Z is an officially licensed NBA agent, he’s added Oklahoma City Thunder baller Kevin Durant to the Roc Nation lineup. We told you to expect this signing a few days ago and Kevin revealed the news to his IG folllowers earlier today.  Kevin joins a growing roster of clients Jay-Z has built up including Robinson Cano and Geno Smith

 

Photos via Splash/Kevin Durant IG/Getty

 

Azealia Banks CAT-ASTIC “Life Ball” PERFORMANCE + Jay-Z INVESTIGATED For ROC NATION Signing + Kanye West’s “New Slaves” SCREENING Halted In Houston

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Rapper Azealia Banks hit the stage at the "Life Ball" in an outfit that had nine live.  See her performance inside and get the deets on a new ROC Nation Sports investigation and how the Houston Police Dept. shut down Kanye West’s "New Slaves" screenings.

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Rapper Azealia Banks performed at the "Life Ball" in Vienna, Austria last night and she proved why she’s truly a darling of the fashion world. 

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Before an A-list crowd that included Fergie, Bill Clinton and Elton John, the "1991" rapper donned an outfit which made her look like a human feline.  Fans of Azealia will note that she’s an avid lover of cats…so the outfit made perfect sense.

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Thought her Broke With Expensive Taste disc has been pushed back, we’ve learned that her next single will be "ATM Jam" and feature Pharrell.

 

Watch Azealia prepare to hit the stage here:

Watch "212" here:

 

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Remember the Roc Nation signing of Geno Smith from a few days ago?  Though the signing was good news for Roc Nation Sports, it wasn’t such a good look for rapper Jay-Z.   Because The NFL Players Association has a “runner rule” that bars non-agents (e.g. Jay-Z) from helping recruit athletes for agencies, an Instagram pic of Jay-Z and Geno looking like old pals has raised red flags.

According to NFL.com,  Jay-Z is being investigated for violation of the runner rule, and that  isn’t good news for ROC Nation Sports, which has signed Skylar Diggins and Robinson Cano in the past few weeks.

So what happens next? Right now, The NFLPA plans to send a letter of inquiry to Kim Miale, Geno’s ROC Nation rep, to find out what "role" Jay-Z’s played during the process.

On a snarky note Geno’s former adviser, John Thornton (whom Geno fired BEFORE he signed to Roc Nation) told CBS, "I was in those meetings, and Jay-Z connected with him on many levels."

Hmmm…..after John’s quote went public, he backtracked and said he had been "misquoted." We doubt that seriously…

We’re sure this will be a minor blip for Jay-Z’s legal team….and we won’t hear anything else about that "inquiry". Remember the "inquiry" into the Cuba trip? Neither does anyone else….

 

 

And down in the Bible belt…

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Fans in Houston, TX will have to wait for Kanye West’s "New Slaves" video to hit YouTube and VEVO after three planned screenings all failed to start…thanks to authorities.  We’re not sure what the Houston Police Dept. has against Yeezy, but they wanted no parts of his political b.s.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Kanye tweeted on Friday that he’d be screening his "New Slaves" video at the Rothko Chapel, Central Library downtown and the George Bush Monument….but those sites were ALL effectively shut down by the HPD before the screenings ever started.

One shut down was blamed on "technical difficulities, meanwhile, fans were threatened with arrest for trespassing at the other spots. With no official word on why the -ish didn’t happen, we will defer to Kanye’s Hurricane Katrina rant…"George Bush doesn’t care about Black people"

 

Photos via Rap-Up/Getty/Instagram

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports SIGNS New York Jets BALLER Geno Smith + Foxy Brown DENIES Bashing Jay-Z & Beyonce

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New York Jets rookie Geno Smith is the latest high-profile athlete to join Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.  Get the deets inside and read what Foxy Brown said about rumors she bashed Jay-Z and Beyonce in an alleged industry tell-all.

 

After signing Tulsa Shock star Skylar Diggins and NY Yankees baller Robinson Cano, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports has added New York Jets rookie Geno Smith to its rooster of talent.  Roc Nation proudly tweeted the announcement earlier, "We would like to welcome @genosmith_12 to the #RocNationSports family!"

During an interview with the NY Daily News, Eugene revealed that Jay-Z only played a minor role in why he chose to sign with Roc Nation.  He added that his primary focus is on playing football, not creating a certain "image".

“The only thing that’s important to be is the image that is perceived around this lockerroom, the guy that I am to my teammates, to my coaches and the work that I put in on the football field.. I’m all about football. I’m all about getting better and that’s the one thing that I’m focused on: Better myself daily and prepare myself to be there when the time comes.”

“I don’t worry about the outside world’s perception. I’m comfortable with who I am, strong in my faith. I know that this isn’t because of an image thing or trying to market myself. It’s just being comfortable with the guys who’s going to represent me. That’s ultimately why I made that decision.”

Congrats to Geno.

 

In other Jay-Z news….

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Foxy Brown has denied rumors that she penned a tell-all biography bashing her mentor Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce. 

In an interview with TMZ, Foxy shot down the false report (which claimed Jay gave her gonorrhea and took her virginity) saying,

"The atrociousness of this story sickened me to my stomach. Any and everyone involved will be contacted by my attorney. In all my years in the music industry, these are the most disgusting and disrespectful allegations I’ve ever experienced. This fictitious story … with NO audio, visual or written interview, clearly was concocted with malicious intent."

She continued,

"Jay has only been wonderful to me and my family, a great friend throughout all the years I’ve known him and we had nothing but great success as a team."

Foxy also disputed reports that she made distasteful comments about Jay’s wife Beyonce.

"Beyonce, his wife, has always been gracious and sweet to me … I will NOT let any undercover hater create discord and disrespect my name and reputation. This disrespect will NOT be tolerated."

Mind you….we never reported on any of the speculation surrounding the alleged Foxy Brown biography as there was never any credible proof presented.  And now we know why….

WNBA STAR Skylar Diggins SIGNS With Roc Nation Sports + Nicki Minaj CAST “The Other Woman” Flick

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Skylar Diggins has announced her arrival at Roc Nation Sports.  Get the deets inside about Weezy’s fave WNBA baller and find out about Nicki Minaj’s new movie role….

 

Earlier today Roc Nation Sports announced the signing of WNBA star Skylar Diggins.  The Tulsa Shock baller was the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft.  And she’s been on the radar of Jay & his new Roc Naton Sports crew for a while.

Skylar, who became the only player in Notre Dame history to be a four-time All-America selection rose to fame as both the "alleged" crush of Lil’ Wayne and as a two-time recipient of the Nancy Lieberman Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard.

Skylar tweeted her excitement after the announcement….

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Skylar will earn her bachelor’s degree in management-entrepreneurship from Notre Dame in May 2013.  And this is another big move for the Roc in just a matter of weeks.  Win-Win for everyone.

 

And on the big screen….

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Nicki Minaj has just landed a role in the upcoming Cameron Diaz flick The Other Woman.  Nicki will be directed by Nick Cassavetes in the film, which centers on Cameron’s character enacting revenge on her boyfriend after she learns that he’s married.  But here’s the kicker…she teams up with his wife to do the damage!  Sounds like Nicki’s kind of movie right?

Nicki will play Cameron’s sassy, blunt & sometimes lethal assistant in the film which starts shooting in New York in May. Actors Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Chicago Fire‘s Taylor Kinney also star.  Nice movie Nic!

Beyonce & Andre 3000 COVERING Amy Winehouse For “The Great Gatsby” Soundtrack + Jay-Z LAUNCHES Roc Nation Sports, SIGNS NY Yankees Baller Robinson Cano

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Beyonce’s planning a remake of Amy Winehouse’s "Back To Black" with Andre 3000 for the Jay-Z helmed "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack.  Find out more inside and get the deets on the new Roc Nation Sports launch….

 

Music sensation Beyonce is among the high profile music acts tapped to appear on the highly-anticipated soundtrack for the Baz Luhrmann-directed adaption of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby. 

Teaming with rap legend, Andre 3000, (who appeared on her "Party" single off the 4 album), Beyonce will contribute a cover of the Amy Winehouse’s hit "Back To Black" for the movie soundtrack to The Great Gatsby, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

Set to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, the movie’s star-studded soundtrack will be executive-produced by Bey’s husband, rap mogul Jay-Z.  His contributions will be woven into a music score by long-time Luhrmann collaborator, composer Craig Armstrong, and used to drive the feel of Gatsby’s champagne-infused dance floors and illegal speakeasies, while articulating the film’s “1920s-Meets-Now” sound.

Jay-Hova, who was introduced to Baz by Leonardo, spoke of his involvement saying,

“As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”

The soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records.

 In case you missed it, watch "The Great Gatsby" trailer here:

 

In other Jay-Z news,

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The mogul has launched a new full-service sports management company called Roc Nation Sports. With rapper Juan Perez serving at the company’s president, they partnered with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency to co-represent NY Yankees star Robinson Cano (shown above with Jay-Z) as their first client. Jay-Z explained the expansion saying,

“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years."

Meanwhile, Robinson, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, signed his Roc Nation Sports contract earlier today and added,

“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field.  I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates."

 

Congrats to the new Roc Nation Sports family.

 

BREAKING: Chris Brown In Car Accident While Being Chased By Paparazzi Before Charity Event…AND Hits Roc Nation Brunch With Rihanna

Things always seem to go down the day before the GRAMMYs.  This afternoon, Chris Brown was involved in a car accident where his vehicle was totaled…due to four cars trapping him and approaching him with cameras.  He also popped up at the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch with Rihanna.

 

Pics inside….

Chris Brown had a super busy afternoon.  He was chased down by paparazzi in L.A. while he was riding solo in his car on his way to the Symphonic Love Foundation event.  Four cars cut him off with people aggressively hopping out the cars to take pictures of him, and his own car was totaled.  But, he still made it out to see the kids (pics above).

EXTRA reports:

Brown’s rep told “Extra” the rapper, alone in his car, was headed to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy for a Symphonic Love Foundation event when two vehicles cut him off. The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle. 

In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley at which point his was cut off by two additional vehicles. Brown’s vehicle was totaled as a result, but his rep said he is fine.  Despite the accident, Brown still attended event for the kids.

And he also made time to attend the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy brunch with Rihanna today.  The two were spotted canoodling inside the event at Soho House, likely with Rih offering him some comfort:

 

Glad he’s OK.

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RANDOM BITS: “BBW” Star Evelyn Lozada Says, “I Need To Be A Better Example,” MIA Signs To Roc Nation Management & More

Wiz Khalifa has released a visual for "Work Hard Play Hard." Watch it inside along with Evelyn Lozada’s apology for bottle tossing and get the deets on MIA’s new management deal.

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VH1 has released a clip from the "BBW" Season 4 Reunion where Evelyn Lozada apologizes for the bottle tossing. She said, “Every time I’m interviewed, I’m asked if there’s something you could take back from all of the seasons, it’s that moment. Not too long ago I was driving with my step-daughters in the car, and they watched that scene and they think it’s funny. But it’s not funny, and I need to be a better example.”

The reunion will air in two parts, on Monday June 4 and June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Wiz Khalifa, (Billboard’s Top New Artist) has a new video for his O.N.I.F.C. single “Work Hard Play Hard.”  The clip highlights the variety of citizens who reside in Pittsburgh.

His Under The Influence of Music tour, featuring Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Chevy Woods, kicks off on July 25 in Atlanta.

Watch the video above.

 

And in management moves……

M.I.A. has signed a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. The announcement was posted to the ROC’s website and Rihanna welcomed her tweeting, “welcome home MIA.” M.I.A.’s fourth album Matangi is due this fall on Interscope Records and she’s also set to drop “Bad Girls” featuring Missy Elliott, Azealia Banks, and Rye Rye.

Watch BTS of the "Bad Girls" shoot here:

Shakira Hires Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to Manage Her Career

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Latin pop siren Shakira has inked with Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation for management services, reports XXL. The Colombian singer is a powerhouse in the music world Continue reading

Rihanna, J.Cole, Christina Milian, Kelly Rowland & More Party It Up With ROC NATION At Pre-Grammy Brunch

The Roc family was out in full force for the annual Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch yesterday at the Soho House in L.A.  Peep the pics of Continue reading

Rihanna Receives Car Gift From Roc Nation

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What do you give a woman who is the top-selling digital artist of all time? A car, of course. Rihanna went on Twitter to show off her new ride, a black Jeep Wrangler.

In the photo, the black car boasts some mag wheels and is wrapped in a nice red bow. The vehicle was a gift from her boss Jay-Z at Roc Nation. “Foot out dat b—h, ride dat s— like a skateboard!!!,” Ri-Ri tweeted, quoting lyrics from Jay-Z’s banger ‘On to the Next One.’

Rihanna would have to return the favor now that she’s a new aunty. Jay and Beyonce welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, over the weekend. “Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih,” she wrote.

In other news, Rihanna reportedly will team up with Kanye West on a ‘Talk That Talk’ remix with Jay-Z. If it’s true, it will mark the second time the trio came together for a powerhouse song since Hov’s 2009 hit ‘Run This Town.’ Maybe in the video, we will see RiRi in the driver’s seat of her new Jeep with Hov and Yeezy in the back. Vroom, vroom!