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Kanye West sues Walmart for selling knockoff Yeezy sneakers

Billionaire rapper Kanye West's complaint, filed Thursday in California court in Los Angeles, claims the giant discounter has been selling fake versions of his bizarre-looking Foam Runner slides.

“Consumers likely would have purchased the Yeezy Foam Runner were it not for the cheaper, knock-off imitation shoe,” according to Kanye West’s complaint against Walmart.FilmMagic; Getty Images; Walmart

Kanye West and his Yeezy sneaker label have sued Walmart, accusing the retail giant of selling fake shoes.

Specifically, the billionaire rapper’s complaint, filed Thursday in California court in Los Angeles, claims the giant discounter has been selling fake versions of his bizarre-looking Foam Runner slides.

Introduced last year at a retail price of $75, the genuine Yeezy slides initially drew unflattering comparisons to Crocs. Nevertheless, they “instantly” sold out, and now sell for upwards of three times that on the secondary market, according to the suit.

The knockoffs on Walmart’s site, meanwhile, have been retailing for between $21.99 and $33.99 a pair. While Yeezy has sent Walmart legal warnings demanding that it yank the ripoff sneakers from its site, it has thus far failed to do so, according to the suit.

Yeezy is concerned partly because the lookalikes being sold on Walmart.com appear to be “virtually indistinguishable” from the real thing, the suit says. “My son has been wanting the Yeezy slides but these look similar and are much more affordable,” one customer wrote on the site, according to the suit.

“Consumers likely would have purchased the Yeezy Foam Runner were it not for the cheaper, knock-off imitation shoe,”

In addition to stealing Yeezy’s market share, the fake sneakers are of “subpar quality,’ which in turn is hurting the “reputation and the goodwill of the Yeezy brand,” according to the suit. It cited various customer complaints that the shoes fit poorly and “ripped after 20 minutes of wear” with one advising, “Don’t buy this garbage.”

Walmart appears to have removed most of the counterfeit Foam Runners from its web site, though some could still be found in a search of its site on Thursday afternoon. Indeed, a review of Walmart.com pulls up other fake Yeezy merchandise, including a pair of “Yeezy Inspired Slides” that sell for $38.99. Yeezy is exclusively sold by Adidas.

In a statement, Walmart said “The product referenced in the complaint is not sold by Walmart, but rather by third party Marketplace sellers. We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim. We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been seen.

Thursday’s suit comes on the heels of a trademark dispute between West and Walmart over a “rays from the sun” logo design West wants to use for Yeezy, but which Walmart says looks too similar to its 13-year-old sun logo.

In response, people close to Yeezy have scoffed at the idea West’s upscale brand — whose shoes typically retail for hundreds of dollars a pair — wanting to piggyback off Walmart’s image.

“Celebrities are regularly photographed wearing Yeezy clothing and footwear and using Yeezy products, which enhances the brand’s popularity and appeal to the general public,” according to the Thursday lawsuit. “Some celebs include, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Jay Z, Hailey Baldwin, Gigi, and Bella Hadid, and Snoop Dogg.

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Warrant issued for Antonio Brown with no bond

An arrest warrant has just been issued for Antonio Brown with no bond, according to Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640.00:00/04:1300:00Next VideoCancelAutoplay is paused

On Tuesday, a heavy police presence was outside of the wide receiver’s home in Hollywood, Fl. after he and his trainer allegedly assaulted the driver of a moving truck.

Court records obtained by TMZ Sports state that the driver was hired to deliver Brown’s belongings, but that when he asked Brown for $4,000 in payment, Brown refused.

The driver then attempted to leave Brown’s home with Brown’s belongings still in the truck, resulting in Brown picking up a rock and throwing it at the vehicle, causing a dent and paint chipping in the driver’s side door. The drive reported the damage to police.

Shortly after, the moving company called the driver to tell him to deliver Brown’s belongings, stating that Brown was willing to pay the $4,000 plus an extra $860 to cover the damage caused to the truck.

When the driver got back to Brown’s home, Brown gave the driver the $4,000 but refused to pay for the damages. The two argued, and Brown then entered the truck and begin to hit him before the 31-year-old was restrained by his associates.

Brown’s trainer, Glenn Holt, proceeded to grab the keys out of the ignition and open the side of the truck so Brown could get his goods, but once the driver told Brown and Holt that they were taking items that belonged other people, the items were thrown back into the truck, causing damage to the goods.

Holt has already been arrested for battery and burglary.

Orlando Brown Claims Nick Cannon Gave Him Oral Sex: ‘Nick, I Let You Suck My D**k’

A video surfaced on WorldStarHipHop Wednesday in which former That’s So Raven actor, Orlando Brown, claims Nick Cannon gave him oral sex.

“Fine, you want me to tell everybody? You want me to let everybody know? Okay, fine. Nick, I let you suck my dick,” Brown said. “I let Nick suck my dick… Everybody knows you did it as a female. But, Nick you sucked my dick. Nick been sucking dick.”

It’s unclear what prompted Brown to claim that he and Cannon had a sexual encounter. Nor, is there any evidence that this is true. They both grew up as child actors and entertainers in the 1990s and 2000s. It is possible they crossed paths in some shape or form in the past.

This comes on the heels of Nick Cannon’s recent battle with longstanding foe, Eminem. On his track “The Invitation,” Cannon throws a similar shot at Eminem that Brown threw at him.

“I heard your chauffeur got a video of you sucking a cock,” Cannon raps. “You paid him off then laid him off/Now who really the opps.”

Orlando Brown’s reemergence has been marred by bizarre behavior. The actor has gone on the offensive against Raven-Symoné, claiming that they’ve engaged in a sexual relationship.POST CONTINUES BELOW

He’s also been arrested on several occasions. Some of these legal encounters have resulted in drug charges, sparking rumors of addiction. After this, Brown made an appearance on Dr. Phil in Dec. 2018 where he spoke about his battles with homelessness, mental health, and drug abuse.

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African American photo collection being auctioned by Johnson Publishing in Chicago

CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) – It’s being called perhaps the most significant collection of African American photos in history, and soon, we’ll know who owns it.

Millions of pictures from the archives of Chicago’s Jet and Ebony magazines went on the auction block Wednesday and the winning bid will be announced in the next few hours.

Inside a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s West Side, archivist Vickie Wilson led FOX 32 into a storeroom containing a treasure trove of African American history.

“We’re looking at the archive images from Johnson Publishing down through the years,” said Wilson. “Over 70 years of history.”

Nearly four million photographs from the magazines packed neatly into folders inside thousands of cardboard storage boxes.

“This is a picture of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King,” said Wilson.

There are African American athletes, Billy Williams, Reggie Jackson and Ray Robinson. Musicians like James Brown, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. Even poet Maya Angelou as a young dancer.

“This is African American history,” said Dr. Margena A. Christian, author. “We have more than seven decades worth of our images, our stories.”

Dr. Christian is a former Johnson Publishing employee who recently wrote a book about the company, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year. It’s now auctioning its photo archive to repay its debts.

Dr. Christian says it’s important the collection remain in the public eye.

“It’s the hope and desire that whoever owns this does the right thing,” said Dr. Christain. “And is able to see the beauty and importance of why these images should be seen. Why these stories should continue to be told.”

At one point, the collection was valued at $60 million. But its significance is priceless.

“You see things you’ve never seen before,” said Wilson.