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September 18, 2023

Diddy Runs New York, Granted Key to the City

Sean Combs is no stranger to running New York City. Now, Mayor Eric Adams simply made it official. The mayor bequeathed the key to the city to the entertainer and entrepreneur following the release of The Love Album: Off the Grid. The event in Times Square was part of a huge week for Diddy, following his receipt of the Global Icon Award at Tuesday’s MTV Video Music Awards.


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Nike Brings Out Basketball & Hip Hop’s Biggest Stars for NYC Event

The Nike World Basketball Festival took over New York City’s iconic Lincoln Center on Saturday. The event celebrated the intersections of basketball and culture, bringing together some of the biggest names in hoops and hip-hop. Additionally, it featured a tournament showcasing some of the top talent of the next generation of ballers. Current Nike basketball talent including Kevin Durant, Sabrina Ionescu, Devin Booker, Chet Holmgren, Paige Bueckers, Jewell Loyd pulled up alongside legends such as Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Scottie Pippen and Carmelo Anthony. Meanwhile, Lil Yachty and Lola Brooke put on a show. Travis Scott served as the event commissioner.

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Drake Bumps “For All the Dogs” Release to October

Drake fans will have to wait two extra weeks for his eighth studio album. The Canadian superstar announced over the weekend that For All the Dogs will drop on Oct. 6. He took to his Instagram stories to make the announcement, citing a dilemma caused by timing due to his “It’s All a Blur” tour. Drake is currently scheduled to play two hometown shows on Oct. 6 and 7 at the Scotiabank Arena. He released the album’s lead single “Slime You Out” featuring SZA on Friday. The single features Halle Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. However, Berry has said she did not grant permission for the cover art

NFL Will Release Weekly Rundown of Fines

The NFL announced that it will release a weekly rundown of fines incurred after each slate of action. The NFL will tally all fines on its website, which features a dashboard highlighting the number of offenses and the overall proportion of all plays that they represent. In Week 1, there was a total of 32 fines, the equivalent of 1.3% of all plays. The Cardinals’ Kyzir White had the dubious honor of the top billable call for unnecessary roughness, for which he was fined $18,056.

Carlos Sainz Snaps Max Verstappen’s Record-setting F1 Run at Singapore GP

Max Verstappen’s record-setting 10 race streak is over. The Red Bull racer took home the fifth place position in Sunday’s Singapore GP. This week, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claimed the first-place position. The win marked his second overall, and first since 2022’s British Grand Prix. Mclaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took the second and third positions, respectively.

'Oppenheimer' Approaches $1 Billion in Global Sales

Oppenheimer is very close to joining an elite club. The Christopher Nolan film eclipsed the $900 million global box office mark over the weekend after it took in an additional $12.8 million in sales. The film is the third on the top-grossing list for 2023, behind Barbie ($1.41 billion) and The Super Mario Bros Movie ($1.36 billion). The film’s huge performance has been driven, in large part, by its filming with IMAX cameras, which have bolstered its cinematic release.