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October 19, 2023

Serena Williams Is Set to Release 2 New Books in Publishing Deal

In a new deal with Random House Publishing Group, Serena Williams is set to publish two new books. The first will be a memoir, which will take an “intimate” look at her upbringing, decades-long career, and life as a wife and mother of two. The second project will be an “inspirational book,” with Random House saying that “Williams will offer rules for living that draw on her experiences as a philanthropist and advocate, her career as an investment unicorn with Serena Ventures, and someone who has long sought to lift a diverse and emergent generation of young women whose aspirations are not confined to the court.” Williams previously released a memoir in 2009 titled “On the Line.”


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Netflix Adds 9 Million Subscribers After Cracking Down on Password Sharing

Looks like the password-sharing crackdown is working in Netflix‘s favor. In its third-quarter earnings, the streaming platform disclosed they’ve added 9 million new subscribers, with $8.54 billion in revenue. Operating income was $1.7 billion versus Wall Street’s estimated $1.9 billion. So, what’s the consumer’s reward for Netflix‘s success? A price increase. In the United States, Yahoo Finance reports that Basic and Premium plans will now cost $11.99 and $22.99, respectively. That’s up from $9.99 and $19.99 price points. However, Netflix will not raise the cost of its $6.99 ad-supported plan.

NFL Extends Roger Goodell through 2027

The NFL has officially extended Commissioner Roger Goodell‘s contract. This marks the fourth extension for the 64-year-old exec, and he dismissed speculation that he could walk away from the role when his new deal expires in 2027. “We’ll see what the future holds. I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m not making any commitments other than the next three years,” Goodell told reporters Wednesday at the Fall League Meeting in New York. While it’s uncertain how much the extension is worth, Goodell reportedly made an average of $63.9 million annually in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

SMAC Unveils New Docuseries Chronicling 2 Live Crew’s 'Uncle Luke'

On Wednesday, SMAC Entertainment and Swirl Films announced a new docuseries, Coach Luke, which chronicles Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell’s path from a leader of the influential rap group 2 Live Crew to head coach of the underfunded Edison Senior High School football team in Miami. Coach Luke is directed by Mandon Lovett, and among the list of executive producers are SMAC co-founders Constance Schwartz-Morini and Michael Strahan, as well as Deion Sanders. Viewers can expect parallel storylines in the project, one that recounts Uncle Luke’s remarkable backstory and the story of this year’s football season.

X to Charge New Users $1 Annually for Ability to Post

X is experimenting with a feature that charges new users an annual fee of $1 “to post & interact with other posts,” the company revealed Tuesday evening. The social media platform formally known as Twitter is calling the project “Not A Bot” and will be first tested in New Zealand and the Philippines. Those who decline to pay the annual fee will only be able to view tweets, follow accounts, and watch videos. In its reasoning, X said this program is another way to combat bots and spammers “who attempt to manipulate the platform and disrupt the experience of other X users.” It is unclear when “Not A Bot” will roll out worldwide.

Jack Harlow Kicking Off F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix with Exclusive Concert

Jack Harlow will kick off the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix next month with an exclusive concert on Nov. 16 for SiriusXM and Pandora at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Free to attend, SiriusXM subscribers, Pandora listeners, and fans can RSVP to attend the show here. For those unable to hear Harlow live, they can listen in on SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation and tune into the stream on the SiriusXM app. Organizers added that SiriusXM Hits 1, Pandora NOW, and The Heat will also air select songs from the show.