Thursday, June 30, 2011

VH1 Behind The Music: Missy Elliott


Missy Elliott was the latest artist to have their life chronicled on VH1′s Behind The Music. The episode aired last night, but if you missed it, here’s the full version.

Here's one of our fave Missy Elliott videos:

New Video: Lupe Fiasco x Trey Songz “Outta My Head”

Lupe drops the visual for his 3rd single from "L.A.S.E.R.S" featuring Trey Songz. Check it out and let us know what you think ladies & gents.


Air Jordan XII (12) Obsidian, Taxi + Playoffs Releasing Summer 2012

Come 2012, the Air Jordan 12 will return! So far three originals plus one new colorway will release in 2012. Confirmed releases are the Obsidian’s, Taxi, and Playoffs. The new colorway on the Air Jordan XII (12) is Cool Grey/White-Team Orange. We have seen the Obsidian and Taxi release in a low top (the Taxi was also apart of the CDP), and the Playoffs retro’d in their original form. 
 

Expected launch date is Summer 2012, and the year is looking strong for Jordan releases. We'll post the other color of the retro 12's as soon as we get a glimpse of them ourselves ladies and gents !!!



Controversy Sells PART 3 !!! : FAREWELL TO THE FLESH (AMBER ROSE EDITION)




KING-MAG TV: AMBER ROSE from Billet Video Studios on Vimeo.


Here it is again, the controversy sells post being brought back from the dead. Who better to breathe life back into it than the person who it started with on BlvdAve ??? You got it right, miss Amber Rose !! By now I'm sure you all have seen the infamous new explicit pics of Amber Rose. But the BlvdAve team had to put our own stamp on it. So not only will you see the explicit photos, we're giving you guys a video with some background music ! LMAO Courtesy of Tazo C ( @legendkillerzo). But as it is with all stories, we believe in telling both sides of the story. Here's Amber Rose's response to these pics from her twitter page:


No matter what I go thru or how embarrassed I am I have a man that Loves me & has my back thru everything. @RealWizKhalifa thank u. :-) I was gonna wait until my radio show to address this but I want to say this now. I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times, I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately. Wiz & I & both of our families have known about this for 2 months now. We tried to prepare ourselves for this day. Those pictures r 2 1/2 years old just sitting in my computer. I’m really hurt & embarr#!@%*#ed because I have so many young girls that look up to me. I would never put those pics out of myself. The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family. Its a messed up situation when someone so evil comes into ur life and tries to destroy it. I know I’m not the only girl in the world that has taken pics like that but they were very private. I’m sorry for letting my young Rosebuds down. Pls understand this was a result of trusting a person that didn’t deserve my trust. I have cried for the past 2 days but I know this to shall p#!@%*#. Thank u for all of ur support.




So without further ado, heres Ms. Amber in all of her glory !!! 

video
CLICK HERE 











Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Game News: Official Batman: Arkham City Box Art




It looks like we've now received the final and official art for Batman: Arkham City directly from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment. The game will be available beginning Oct. 18 in North America for the Xbox 360, Windows PC and PlayStation 3.

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – and the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Here's a couple of trailers for the game as well:






Penny Hardaway x Nike Air Force 1 Low



Penny Hardaway took to Twitter last week to expose his Nike Air Force 1 Low which has left many in awe. Today a detailed look has has showed up of the Penny Hardaway x Nike Air Force 1 Low.

First we have the 1/2 Cent logo heel tab and sole, leather mixed in with tumbled leather, silver and black striped tongue for Penny’s Orlando Magic Jersey (also printed on the tongue is Penny Hardaway), blue Nike Swoosh with black electric design and translucent sole/outsole.


According to Penny Hardaway, his Air Force 1′s are releasing, but other sources say this is a 1 of 1. As always, check back for updates and additional info.  


Week In Sports: NFL

What's up my Ave, back again for a quick look at what happened this week in sports. In the wake of the NBA season things have slowed down quite a bit as far as buzz in the NBA and NFL but the stories are still pumping.

So let's take a look at some of the more notable stories in sports this week.


BlvdAve & Your Sports 1st: This Week in Sports: NFL






T.O.'s Last Stand/ NFL Talks.... Again


Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens playing day's weren't expected by most to end well.

They just didn't expect it to end quite like this.

Recent news that Owens suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament more than likely will serve as the proverbial death knell. ESPN reported that Owens won’t be able to return until at least November. The agent for T.O. Drew Rosenhaus reported Tuesday that the receiver had surgery to repair a torn ACL this offseason, but said his client will be ready for the 2011 season and is not considering retirement.
The last boo-hoo for T.O.?

 "He's many, many months into his recovery now. He's doing fantastic," Rosenhaus told reporters. Rosenhaus stated Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Owens, was confident the 37-year-old receiver had a chance to play as soon as August.

 Rosenhaus also called the speculation that this is it for Terrell "non-sense"


"He is a legendary healer. He comes back from injury faster than anybody I've ever seen," Rosenhaus said.

 He also would not speculate on the origin of the injury, although it has been reported that Owens suffered the injury during a taping for a VH1 television show. Although opposing sources claim that he suffered the injuries during a personal workout.

Whatever the matter, looks like T.O. was lucky enough to get a head-start on his next endeavor after football.

Hopefully for Owens it's not sooner than later.





NFL Talks

The NFL owners and NFL Players Association met again on Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota with hopes of potentially striking a deal. And if you don't know before you read this blog...... There still is no deal.

According to reports, the only two that showed up to the meeting were NFL commisioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. The two sat and had a one-on-one without any owners or players in the room.

Still at odds.
For the past couple of weeks the talks have been deemed "complex" and "complicated" by owner Roger Goodell, however both sides are aware that a deal needs to come together in the near future, in order to preserve team training camps and the preseason. Bear Down.

One topic at the top of the list is the rookie wage scale. Owners have been adimant about reducing the value of the a 1st rounder's rookie contract. However, some players are still saying that the rookies entering the league need to get these big money contracts.

Last year's No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford received about $50 million guaranteed in his rookie deal, and the owners have long looked to drastically mark down those type of price tags.

Another issue on the table is revenue sharing, which boils down to owner's and player's not being able to split a 9.3 billion dollar pot.

The key topic unquestionably is how to split revenues in the future. The NFL is a $9.3 billion industry, with projections such revenues will increase substantially soon when broadcast contracts come up for renewal. For the 2010 season, the NFL set TV ratings records.

If you had a choice between T.O. being healthy and the NFL coming to terms, which one would you pick?!





BlvdAve Note: Good news for Chicago Bears fans, Bears TE Greg Olsen told the "Waddle & Silvy" show on Monday that Jay Cutler looked great during throw arounds and that we should not expect his injury from the NFC Championship game to affect him at all this season.

"I am not a doctor [but] yeah, he looks fine," Olsen said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "He looks completely normal to all of us. I think he feels fine so I don't think there is any lingering effects from anything."



He also expects the Bear's offense to play a huge role this season.


"For awhile here we've been the stepchild," Olsen said. "The offense has always played second fiddle, deservingly so because we've had some of the top defenses and top defensive players in league history. But we feel like we have a good core nucleus of young offensive players and Jay being right up there as the guy. With Matt [Forte] and our receivers, Earl [Bennett], Johnny [Knox] and Devin [Hester], I think we've got a lot of guys who are ready to have a little bit of consistency."


Let's hope so...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Video: Eminem “Space Bound”

Em drops another video from off "Recovery", Starring former adult actress, Sasha Grey and directed by Joseph Kahn. "Recovery" is in stores now.


Jimmy Choo Men's Fall/Winter 2011 Footwear Collection






The hiatus is over. Jimmy Choo has finally relaunched its men's footwear line after it was discontinued back in 2002. The Fall/Winter 2011 Collection consists of loafers, sneakers, and boots with leopard, tiger, crocodile, leather, and paisley jacquard print. There's a shoe to fit everyone's style. Although they're a bit pricey ($782-$1,431), the brand's top-notch craftmanship and ability to make extremely comfortable shoes should make these good investments. If you're ready to drop some cash, the collection is available now at Jimmy Choo.








The LeBrons – Episode 10 Pt. 2 ‘The Comback’

As promised, here's part 2 of the last episode of "The LeBrons". Check out the last episode and share your thoughts ! Did you guys enjoy the series ?



Monday, June 27, 2011

Nike Air Max 90 – White – Navy – Grey


What’s the perfect recipe for a fresh Air Max 90? Step 1, start with a strong two color combo for accenting that will stand out on the white base of the shoe. Step 2, apply to the shoe using OG colorblocking and materials ala the Infrared Air Max 90. Step 3, drop them right in time for the summer season and you’ve got yourself a hit. This new pair of ′s in White/Navy/Grey comes off looking like a more laid back version of the beloved Infrared’s, with a dark navy hitting on the mudguard and some nice doses of an almost cool grey found throughout the shoe. Continue reading to get a full look at these and head over to Premier to scoop up your pair now.
Nike Air Max 90
White/Navy/Grey
325018-110


New Video: Dj Khaled (Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne) - I'm On One

At last here's the video to the song that is slowly become the Anthem of the Summer, "I'm on One"



DJ Khaled's "We the Best Forever" is in stores July 19th
You can pre-order it here:
CLICK HERE

Weekend Box Office June 24, 2011 - June 26, 2011


As expected, "Cars 2" came in at number 1 at the box office this past weekend.
Despite dismal reviews, the Pixar sequel took the number one spot at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $68 million. Cars 2 makes Pixar’s number one opening weekend record 12 for 12. Predictions were all over the map, from 50′s to 70′s. In 2006, Cars earned $60.1 million, but with the increase in ticket sales, that number would translate to around $72.1 million today. Overseas it has earned $42.9 million giving it a total of $110.9 million worldwide. This weekend’s other wide release was "Bad Teacher", got the number two spot with a total of $31 million. The comedy, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, was rated R and had mixed reviews, which made predictions around the low 20′s. However, it was the only new adult choice at the box office this weekend.



TW
Title Studio Weekend Theaters Total Week
1
Cars 2 Disney•Pixar
$68,000,000
4,115
$68,000,000
1
2
Bad Teacher Columbia Pictures (Sony)
$31,000,000
3,049
$31,000,000
1
3
Green Lantern Warner Bros. Pictures
$18,350,000
3,816
$89,311,000
2
4
Super 8 Paramount Pictures
$12,100,000
3,424
$95,186,000
3
5
Mr. Popper's Penguins 20th Century Fox
$10,300,000
3,342
$39,448,000
2
6
X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox
$6,600,000
2,633
$132,815,000
4
7
The Hangover Part II Warner Bros. Pictures
$5,865,000
2,755
$243,943,000
5
8
Bridesmaids Universal Pictures
$5,372,000
2,031
$146,659,000
7
9
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
$4,702,000
2,244
$229,060,000
6
10
Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics
$4,481,000
951
$28,580,000
6
11
Kung Fu Panda 2 DreamWorks Animation
$4,150,000
2,527
$153,042,000
5
12
The Tree of Life Fox Searchlight Pictures
$1,360,000
215
$5,875,000
5

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Video: Rick Ross x Lil Wayne “9 Piece”


Props to rap radar !!
RoZay !! Ross is keepin that fire alive and burning by releasing video after video in steady promotion of himself and his Maybach Music Compilation "Self-Made". Here's "9 Piece" feat. Lil Wayne. Ross was even able to snag a cameo of 8 Ball & MJG in the clip !



added bonus:
Original version of  "9 Piece" feat. T.I.

MIXTAPE dOWNLOADS: wEEKEND EDITION


Now normally we'd break down our mixtape download post into to 2 parts, but since its saturday screw it, just get all of ur download advice in one post !! Click the picture for the download link. Enjoy your weekend ladies and gents !!!









Friday, June 24, 2011

Jordan Brand August 2011 Footwear Releases





Jordan Brand‘s August 2011 Footwear Releases have just been released, so take a moment to look at all the new releases below. First up, we have a new Air Jordan 1 that features a black faux-carbon fiber upper, similar to the white pair that is set to release in July. Two new Jordan CMFT Viz Air 13 colorways of Varsity Royal/Black and a tonal-black elephant print version will release, as will two nubuck-uppered Jordan CMFT Air Max 10 editions – one in obsidian and a second in Imperial Blue. Other notables include two new Jordan V.9 Growns, yet another  release, and the all-new , which draws some inspiration from the Air Jordan III and IV. We’ve got the stand out pairs of the August 2011 releases below, so check ‘em out and let us know what you think.
 props to SNEAKER NEWS !!!

Stand out pairs: 



Black/Black
364770-004
$100



Jordan CMFT Viz Air 13
Black/Metallic Silver-Stealth-Anthracite
441367-006
$115

New movies in theaters now

Green Lantern came in at the Number 1 spot last weekend at the box office, but faces stiff competition this week if it hopes to reclaim its position once again this week ! 3 new movies arrived in theaters today, the highly anticipated sequel "Cars 2", and the Cameron Diaz comedy "Bad Teacher". Also Conan O'Brien has a movie in theaters as well by the name of  "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" that should definitely be hilarious as well. Check back on Monday for the Box Office Battle results !!

BlvdAve's Personal pick to be # 1: Cars 2, slightly edging out Bad Teacher

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop


Bad Teacher



Cars 2


Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Video: T-Pain x Joey Galaxy “Booty Work”

New T-Pain video featuring Kevin Hart called "Booty Work" . Yall feeling this or not ???



and in case you havent got it yet, here's T-Pain's latest mixtape. Click the pic to download:



Nike ACG Takao Mid GTX – Summer 2011 Colorways



Summertime is synonymous with swimming and fun times at the beach, but do you count yourself among the group who see warm weather as an opportunity to enjoy your area’s best hiking trails?  If so, look no further than the Nike ACG Takao Mid for your off-road needs.  These rugged trail runners feature Gore-Tex waterproofing and one of the most aggressive treads you’ll see this side of an Abrams tank.  Click through to see close-ups of the three colorways that just hit Nike Harajuku and stick with Sneaker New for word on the US release dates.
Nike ACG Takao Mid GTX
Concord/Black-Khaki
415076-400

Neutral Grey/Black-Resin
415076-001

Black/Pecan-Brown Velvet
415076-200


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New music: Curren$y- Money Machine + Drake - Trust Issues

Havent posted some new music singles on here since Nas' "Nasty" joint. So here's some new ish from Drizzy and Curren$y the hot spitta !!







Bonus cuts:

Lil Wayne - Dear Anne


Nas- NASTY (CDQ)

Lupe Fiasco On O’Reilly Factor


Lupe was on the O'Reilly Factor a couple days ago, and we wanted to post this to show our viewers that hip-hop does reach a vast variety of platforms and our favorite artist are even being invited to said platforms to speak their minds on current issues and discuss their statements (i.e. Lupe Fiasco calling President Obama a terrorist). Take a look below:

Your Sports First & BlvdAve Mock Draft: Top 10

Hello again everyone, and it's good to be back to the Ave'. Had to let things simmer down after that crazy NBA season, but right when you think it's all over, the NBA Draft comes and the excitement about next season comes right back. This year's NBA Draft, quite like the NFL, will be marred in controversy in the wake of the recent NBA CBA talks, which could ultimately lock the very players being drafted out of their teams respective training and practice facilities.

But with all the politicin' aside, we take a look at this year's top 10 Draft prospects and where they might land:




BlvdAve & Your Sports First NBA Draft Top 10



1. Cleveland Cavaliers -- SF/PF Derrick Williams, Arizona
  The consensus No. 1 point guard in the nation is Kyrie Irving, but the Cleveland Cavaleirs are in no position to draft the kid. After owner Dan Gilbert's behind closed-door-style rant, and the terrible season that followed, the Cav's can't afford to draft pure unproven upside? They need immediate, reliable production that can stay healthy, both of which Williams showed in his two seasons at Arizona. Derrick has a good face-up game that can pull forwards away from the basket and a wide enough body to bully small forwards in the post game. I think Cleveland fans are giddy at getting behind another strong scoring threat, and Williams just might be the guy.

Note to Cleveland. Derrick Williams will not be LeBron James. Ever.



2. Minnesota Timberwolves -- PG Kyrie Irving, DUKE

 T'Wolves owner David Kahn seems hell bent on drafting 100 points guards before he gets fired, and he may be pretty close to his goal, on both. Even with Ricky Rubio joining next season, there is concern about his inability to be productive in a less than NBA competitive Spanish League. So why not up the ante a little bit? 

It is to be noted that Irving skipped the combine, although he did get measured, at 10 percent body fat. This would ultimately suggest that either Kyrie couldn't work out because he has not fully recovered from his injury, or he feels that he has nothing else to prove beyond his dominant 11-game run at Duke. However, non of this will scare away David Kahn, who never met a point guard he didn't want to draft. 




3. Utah Jazz -- PG Jimmer Fridette, BYU

Speculation among the top analysts is that Utah is waiting to take Jimmer at the No. 12 spot. But I'm going to keep it 100 with my avenue. Jimmer Fridette has Utah written all over him, being a BYU alum, and practicing Mormon, the Jazz couldn't have a better ambassador for the state and the organization in the wake of losing pillar and pioneer Jerry Sloan and fan favorite and next best thing to John Stockton point guard Deron Williams.

Add the fact that Jimmer lead the country in scoring and you have yourself a fall-in-the-hands No. 3 pick to rebuild a franchise in desperate need of it. 




4. Cleveland Cavaliers -- PG Kemba Walker, UConn
As mentioned before, the Cavs need to put some exciting talent on the floor. And owner Dan Gilbert needs make sure his foot stays aptly away from his mouth. So it looks like Cleveland is doing everything within their power to make sure that he is true to his word and can put up a championship team before the LeBron James South Beach Miami Heat. 

And by drafting Kemba Walker the Cav's are doing just that, there is no other players in this draft more exciting than Kemba. Much is made about his lack of height, but he stood a legit 6-1 in pre-draft measurements. Players like Raymond Felton, Chris Paul, and Allen Iverson are comparable in height, while Walker actually stands taller than players like Aaron Brooks, Jameer Nelson, and Ty Lawson. It wouldn't be unprecedented to see Walker succeed as a point guard in the NBA. He will play in a more structured offense in the NBA than that of the NCAA. He will play in a more collective system than that of the isolation he was used to running at UConn as well. Look for Kemba to be the franchise player the Cav's are looking for. 

Also look for Cleveland to maybe pick Kemba up at No. 1


5. Toronto Raptors -- SF/PF Jan Vesely, Partizan Belgrade (Czech Republic)

Vesely more than likely spend most of his time facing the basket in the NBA, since despite his 6'11'' frame he is not a very strong post up player. His ability to shoot over small forwards and outrun power forwards plus an above average shooting range will make him a tough match-up problem. Much like that of a former Raptor named Chris Bosh. Jan is also a willing defender which is something that the Raptors can use, and also a player that can contribute to the young team immediately. Despite the need at center, the Raptors can't afford to draft any current front court talent and wait out their lengthy development time. 




6. Washington Wizards -- PG Brandon Knight, Kentucky

Knight ultimately loses the point guard battle in this year's draft by default. And despite Utah Jazz owners love affair with the play Knight all last season, the temptation to take Fridette early and the undeniable ability of Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight kind of falls right into the hands of the Washington Wizards. Looking to move on from the Gilbert Arenas era with John Wall and developing talent, Brandon Knight will fit right in to the team and should be able to produce early and often in their one-on-one style system. With any type of structure, the combo of Wall and Knight should be one the most dynamic in the league. But without, it could look more like Golden State Warriors with guards Monta' Ellis and Stephen Curry. 



 
7. Sacramento Kings -- SF Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State

Leonard's off-season workout has been dedicated toward making him a more explosive wing player, something that the Kings could use. Lacking the efficiency at the wing positions, the Kings were forced to have to rely on Tyreke Evans creating through iso and Demarcus Cousins and Spencer Hawes cleaning up the garbage. The Maloof's were looking to land a bigger name such as Jimmer or Kemba, but with those players leaving in the earlier picks, this is still a fair consolation for a team looking to find a way to let Evans drive and DeMarcus Cousins operate down low.



 
8. Detroit Pistons -- C Enes Canter, Kentucky

 The best player last year from the Piston's roster appears to be their top pick Greg Monroe, who played well in the post for the team. The Pistons will be looking to get another low post option to complement the play of Monroe. Kanter offers the best inside scoring ability of the three. Defensively, and in rebounding, his effort appears to range from indifferent to uninterested. Maybe after one year of getting hammered in practice by veteran bruiser Ben Wallace should either increase that effort greatly or pound him into Jell-O.



 
9. Charlotte Bobcats -- SF Marcus Morris, Kansas

Morris will by no means make up for the absence of recently departed Gerald Wallace, but he could potentially step into the starting lineup day one. He has a good enough shooting range to keep defenders honest and away from sagging on Stephen Jackson. He probably won't turn out to be an All-Star caliber player, but right about now owner Micheal Jordan is just looking for players less likely to bust. I'm sure Jordan is tired of hearing about Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison.


10. Milwaukee Bucks -- PF Tristan Thompson, Texas

 The Bucks are looking to build on their defensive performance from last season, and with strict coach Scott Skiles at the helm, Thompson appears to be NBA-ready on defense, but his raw offensive game and iffy rebounding ability could paint him as a situational stopper.

Also look for the Bucks to take peeks at Washington State SG Clay Thompson and Florida State SG Chris Singleton



So tune in on June 23rd @ 7PM ET on ESPN, and ESPN3 for the first two rounds of the 2011 NBA Draft to see where tomorrow's stars are picked.

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