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Kyrie Irving Could Still Make $19 Million Not Playing; Kevin Durant Still Hopeful Things Will Work Out [Video]

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Kyrie Irving Could Still Make $19 Million Not Playing; Kevin Durant Still Hopeful Things Will Work Out [Video]

While Kevin Durant is hopeful the Kyrie Irving situation will work out, Kyrie stands to make $18 Million not playing a single game for the Nets.

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Kyrie Irving is standing strong and firm on his stance to not get vaccinated before the start of the official NBA 2021-2022 season. After his recent Instagram live, it’s clear he has no plans on doing so, either. Many believe he will give in, but enough evidence has shown us that he will stand on what he believes in regardless of who likes it. As long as he is unvaccinated, we will not be seeing Kyrie on the court, but he promises he isn’t retiring.

Last night, after the Nets game, ESPN is reporting Kevin Durant addressed the decision to not let Kyrie play unvaccinated.

“Definitely want Kyrie to be around,” Durant told reporters on Thursday. “I wish none of this stuff would happen, but this is the situation that we are in. Kyrie made his decision on what he wanted to do and he chose to do what he wanted to do, and the team did the same.”

“It’s on me to just focus on me, and do my job, and let those two parties handle that situation. I want our whole team together, and I want us to be at full strength, but sometimes it don’t work out that way. But I am still positive that things will work out the best for both parties.”

Perhaps the most insane part of Kyrie not playing is that he will be leaving $380,000 per game on the table and potentially lose more than $15 million for the season. The flip side to that is Kyrie is one of the highest-paid players in the league and without playing a single game will collect $19 million and STILL be one of the 100 highest-paid. The biggest risk on the table, for now, is up to the Nets if they decide not to offer him a $185 million dollar contract extension. With endorsements and other business ventures, it’s clear money isn’t an issue for Kyrie.

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Virgil Abloh: 5 Things About The Iconic Louis Vuitton & Off-White Designer Dead At 41

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Virgil Abloh: 5 Things About The Iconic Louis Vuitton & Off-White Designer Dead At 41

Design icon Virgil Abloh, who was formerly Kanye West’s Creative Director, has passed away after a private battle with cancer.

The fashion world is mourning over the loss of Virgil Abloh at 41-years-old. The Illinois native was the Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton and creator of iconic contemporary label Off-White who worked closely with a number of celebrities over the years, including Kanye West and Hailey Baldwin. The news of his death after a private two-year battle with cancer was announced via his Instagram page.

Virgil Abloh. (Gregory Pace/Shutterstock)

“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues,” the message began, going on to share details of his health battle.

“For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture,” it read.

“Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, ‘Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,’ believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations,” it also said. “We thank you all for your love and support, and we ask for privacy as we grieve and celebrate Virgil’s life.”

Learn more about Virgil here.

He was from Illinois.

Virgil was born on September 30, 1980 in Rockford, Illinois to parents Nee and Eunice Abloh. He is one two siblings, and is the older brother of his sister Edwina, 46.

After completing his high school diploma at Boylan Catholic High School, he went on to pursue his post-secondary studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 2002. He fell in love with fashion while studying for a  Master of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 2006.

He worked with Kanye West.

Virgil Abloh first met rapper Kanye West in 2007 while on the steps of Chicago print shop Custom Kings after Don C had commissioned the young designer for some work.

“Kanye wasn’t going to put his art form in the hands of the art department at the record label. So he was like, ‘I am going to hire you, and let’s literally work on this 24–7, laptop in hand, nonstop,’” Virgil recalled to GQ in 2019. “So more than any title, I was just his assistant creatively. I believed that this was going to be another chapter in hip-hop,” he explained.

The pair then collaborated on Kanye’s first sneaker collaboration with Louis Vuitton back in 2009, which put streetwear on the map in a big way. “When Kanye and I were first going to fashion shows, there was no one outside the shows. Streetwear wasn’t on anyone’s radar, but the sort of chatter at dinners after shows was like ‘Fashion needs something new. It’s stagnant. What’s the new thing going to be?’ That was the timeline on which I was crafting my ideas,” Virgil also said. The two also interned together at Fendi.

He later worked as creative director on Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album and tour in 2011.

He was Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.

Virgil took the reigns of Louis Vuitton‘s mens line as Artistic Director in 2018 — a role formerly held by fellow fashion icon Marc Jacobs. “When I was in college, Marc Jacobs was the American designer that went to Europe and injected life into Louis Vuitton by bringing Takashi Murakami or Stephen Sprouse,” Virgil said a year after the history making appointment, which made him the first Black person to lead the French luxury house’s mens line.

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Virgil Abloh attends the Met. (RMV/Shutterstock)

“When I stepped into the role, my office is [Marc’s] exact same office. I’m coming in at a time to re-interpret or channel this brand into the modern era. And I’m very much following in the steps of someone who I admire and put a great deal of belief into. I was carrying on a tradition that I believed in,” Virgil also said.

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Louis Vuitton remembers Virgil Abloh. (Credit/Twitter)

LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, also issued a statement paying tribute to Virgil after his death. “LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years,” a tweet read, including a statement from chairman Bernard Arnault.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard wrote.

He created Off-White.

Off-White has become one of the most influential contemporary fashion labels in recent years, blending high fashion and streetwear. American-born Virgil founded the label in Milan back in 2012, which quickly went on to become a celebrity favorite worn by the likes of Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Beyonce, Travis Scott and more.

He also designed Hailey Baldwin’s wedding dress for her nuptials to Justin Bieber in 2019.  “@virgilabloh thank you for making my vision come to life and creating my dream dress. You and your @off____white team are incredible and I’m forever grateful I got to wear your beautiful creation,” she wrote on an Instagram post after the wedding. The backless gown included a long veil that included one of Virgil’s signature design traits of bold text statements, this one appropriately reading “Just Married.”

He has a family.

Virgil married wife Shannon Abloh (née Sundberg) in 2009 after initially meeting in high school. The couple are parents to kids Lowe and Grey.

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Mick Jagger, 78, Snuggles Up To GF Melanie Hamrick, 34, As They Enjoy The Miami View – Photos

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Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Melanie Hamrick were spotted having a conversation and cuddling while standing on an outdoor hotel balcony in Miami, FL, where they’ve been enjoying time under the sun.

Mick Jagger, 78, and Melanie Hamrick, 34, looked like a loving couple on a hotel balcony in Miami, FL last week. The Rolling Stones rocker and his girlfriend were dressed in comfortable-looking casual attire, including a long-sleeved shirt for him and a tank top for her, in pics as they happily chatted and got cozy with each other during the relaxing day. They flashed smiles as they enjoyed the seaside vista below and appeared relaxed.

At one point, Mick was seen wearing a pair of white-framed futuristic-looking blue light glasses when he hung out on the balcony by himself. The blue light shades are reportedly therapeutic and supposed to help improve mood, regulate sleep and ease depression, anxiety, chronic pain and seasonal affective disorder. Once he removed them, he was joined by Melanie.

Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick during a previous outing. (MEGA)

The lovebirds’ latest outing comes after they were photographed having fun on a Miami beach together on Nov. 23. They were walking barefoot along the sand and dressed in stylish clothing. Mick donned a black V-neck shirt and black sweatpants with orange detail down the sides as well as a white hat and sunglasses while Melanie wore a long sleeveless red floral patterned dress with a black sweater draped over her shoulders.

Mick also took to Instagram to share pics of himself sitting on a lounge chair and standing on the same beach and admitted he was enjoying his time in the sunny city. “Enjoying Miami… See you at the show tonight!” he wrote, referring to the Miami show on The Rolling Stones No Filter tour.

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Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick looking fashionable during a night out. (MEGA)

When Mick and Melanie are not spending time alone together, they’re doing so with their son Deveraux, 4. The proud mom brought him to a screening of Peter Rabbit 2 along with Mick’s Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood‘s wife Sally Wood, 43, and their four-year-old twin daughters Gracie Jane and Alice Rose, in May and posed for pics on the carpet. The little tot looked just like his dad as he adorably walked with the group and stopped in front of the cameras.

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RHONY Heather Thomson Heard Ramona Singer Say Racist Comment

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Heather Thomson Says She Heard Ramona Singer Make Racist Comment During RHONY Filming, Shares What She Heard

Heather Thomson is revealing she did in fact hear Ramona Singer make a racist statement amid filming on the 13th season of The Real Housewives of New York City as she also reveals what the alleged comment was.

A few weeks ago, reports came out stating the show’s first black cast member Eboni K. Williams filed an official complaint with Bravo regarding Ramona, which then led to an investigation that failed to confirm Eboni’s accusation.

In a new interview with The Post, Heather first makes it clear that she’s completely done with the Real Housewives franchise and its fake scenes — according to her.

“I went to the show because [producers say they] want to empower women, but at the end of the day they actually do the total reverse of that,” Heather shared. “They’re showing women behaving badly, and at each other’s throats.”

Heather then went on to drop a bombshell by sharing the alleged racist comment she heard Ramona make during the most recent season of the show. The investigation into this comment is what delayed filming for the RHONY season 13 reunion, ultimately leading to the reunion being cancelled.

Page Six previously reported that Ramona allegedly said, “This is why we shouldn’t have black people on the show” after  Luann de Lesseps demanded Eboni leave her home.

“I was there and I heard Ramona say that and I freaked out,” Heather stated about the reported racist statement.

“Bravo said there was an investigation. To my knowledge, they’ve never offered or required unconscious bias or sensitivity training to the cast or producers on the show ever. I was never asked,” said Heather. “Do they know and care about the effects [the show] has? It’s nonsense. They are not interested in people, they are interested in money.”

Bravo declined to comment on this story to The Post, and as for Ramona, she has vehemently denied making the racist comment, calling it “a terrible lie.”

For the time being, RHONY remains on hiatus amid unconfirmed rumors stating the show might not return in 2022.

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