Netflix to Film USWNT at 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup for Docuseries
A documentary series highlighting the USWNT squad that will compete in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup will stream on Netflix this fall, the streaming platform announced Monday. The series is a co-production between Netflix, Time Studios, Words + Pictures, and Togethxr. “Issues ranging from racial diversity, LGBTQ+ rights, equal pay, family, and motherhood are all brought to light as the narrative unfolds,” Netflix teased in a statement obtained by Deadline. First-time World Cup players who are a part of the project include Sofia Huerta, NJ/NY Gotham FC star Lynn Williams and Kristie Mewis, and 18-year-old phenom Alyssa Thompson alongside two-time champions Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, the latter participating in her final event as a member of the USWNT. A title for the program has not been announced as of this writing.
Inter Miami Confirm Lionel Messi's Debut for Friday, July 21
Inter Miami CF finally unveiled Lionel Messi as the newest member of its team when the GOAT was tearfully introduced by club co-owner David Beckham on Saturday. This week, fans will finally be able to witness the superstar striker make his debut for the club on Friday when they face off against Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup. According to CNN, tickets are reportedly selling for as much as $110,000, making history as one of the most expensive ticket prices ever recorded for an MLS team. For the Argentinian’s MLS debut on Aug. 20 against Charlotte FC, passes are averaging $288.
LeBron James Returns to No. 23 'Out of Respect' for the Late Bill Russell
For the fourth time in his 20-year professional career, LeBron James is changing his jersey number. His agent, Rich Paul, confirmed to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on Saturday that the Los Angeles Lakers star will switch his jersey from No. 6 to No. 23, adding that James “chose to out of respect for Bill Russell.” Following Russell’s passing last year, the NBA decided to retire the No. 6 across the league.
James wore No. 23 in high school and kept the number when he was drafted into the NBA by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. When James joined the Miami Heat in 2010, he switched to No. 6, stating at the time of his decision that it was in honor of another famous No. 23: Michael Jordan.
AAFCA Pays Homage to Hip-hop's 50th Anniversary With Screening Series
As we approach hip-hop‘s 50th anniversary on Aug. 11, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will celebrate the occasion with a screening series that honors the genre’s lasting impact in the film industry. Scheduled to run from July to October, showings will occur nationwide in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. The films chosen to air nationwide are The Wood, Dope, and Brown Sugar, all written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. The LA native will also participate in a Q&A session following each screening, per Deadline.
Patrick Mahomes Announces Museum of Mahomes II Digital Collection
Patrick Mahomes’s digital memorabilia from his 2021 Museum of Mahomes I collection can be redeemed for physical replicas, the Kansas City Chiefs QB announced Monday. This news comes in anticipation of the mint of the second iteration of the Museum of Mahomes coming later this year in September, which features 15,000 digital collectibles. The forthcoming capsule boasts artistic renditions of pivotal moments from the Super Bowl champion’s first six seasons in the NFL and will be paired with autographed physical Museum of Mahomes-themed jerseys, footballs, and helmets. A portion of the proceeds from the Museum of Mahomes II drop will benefit the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation’s various upcoming initiatives with underserved children. All redemptions and purchases will take place at www.museumofmahomes.com.
Gunna Set to Headline First Shows in Years
Gunna is hitting the road this fall. For his first headlining shows in two years, the rapper is scheduled to perform on Sept. 9 at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn and on Sept. 28 at the Youtube Theatre in Los Angeles. Both concerts will be to promote his latest LP — A Gift & a Curse — a 15-track project released in June that shot to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-hop albums. One dollar from each ticket sold will go to The Goodr Foundation, a non-profit that “strives to end world hunger by cultivating countless resources for their partners and network of recipients.”