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November 30, 2023

Darius Garland Joins Jamal Murray, Kawhi Leonard on New Balance Roster

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland is the newest member of the New Balance basketball family. The 2019 fifth overall pick and 2022 All-Star joins Jamal Murray, Kawhi Leonard, Tyrese Maxey, Zach Lavine, and Dejounte Murray as NBA ambassadors for the sportswear brand. “The brand’s commitment to individuality and their respect for athletes to be themselves is something I deeply respect,” said Garland about joining New Balance.

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Alicia Keys & Swizz Beats to Showcase Iconic Art Collection at Brooklyn Museum

Power couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats will display their private art collection at the Brooklyn Museum. Titled “Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys,” the exhibit will feature works by nearly 40 notable Black artists, including  and . The show will run from Feb. 10 to July 7 of next year. Per Artnet, one section — “On the Shoulders of Giants” — pays homage to creatives who “have left an indelible mark on the world.” Another portion, “Giant Conversations,” dives into Black social issues, while “Giant Presence” shows monumental artworks such as Abney’s Catfish (2017).

Salt Lake City Named as Preferred Host for 2034 Winter Olympics

Salt Lake City has been named the preferred host for the 2034 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday, making it essentially a shoo-in to host the international athletic competition. According to the Associated Press, Salt Lake, which hosted the 2002 Games, stood alone in the 2034 race to bring the tournament back to Utah’s capital, with strong support from all levels of the American government. The IOC also named France (French Alps) as the preferred site for the 2030 Winter Games, while inviting Switzerland to host the 2038 Games.

Michael Jackson Moonwalks Into YouTube's Billion Views Club

The music video for Michael Jackson‘s 1982 classic “Beat It” has become the latest to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. First posted on the online video-sharing platform 12 years ago, YouTube confirmed the news Wednesday, Billboard writes. “Beat It” becomes the late King of Pop’s third music video to reach the Billion Views status, following “Billie Jean” and “They Don’t Care About Us.” The song is part of Jackson‘s sixth studio album, “Thriller,” released in 1982. Other notable Billion Views Club members include “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

Foot Locker Shares Surge After Thanksgiving Rush

Foot Locker shares surged Wednesday in premarket trading after the shoe and apparel company posted surprise earnings over the Thanksgiving holiday. Per CNBC, Foot Locker now boasts improved projections to close the year, expecting sales to fall by 8% to 8.5% compared to the previously issued estimate of an 8% to 9% drop. Same-store sales decline is now projected at 8.5% to 9%, compared to its previous guidance of a 9% to 10% drop. In speaking with investors, CEO Mary Dillon credited a new marketing deal with the NBA and a strong start to the holiday quarter as catalysts for this upturn.

Shoppers Spend $12.4 Billion Online on Cyber Monday

Shoppers took full advantage of the massive savings on Cyber Monday in 2023. According to Yahoo Finance, using e-commerce data from Adobe Analytics, customers spent $12.4 billion online on Monday, up 9.6% compared to last year. The total for Cyber Week — the five days between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday — reached $38 billion, an increase of 7.8% year over year. The news comes on the heels of Black Friday bringing in a record-breaking $9.8 billion, up 7.5% compared to a year ago.