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Champion of Service: Celebration of Muhammad Ali

Although Muhammad Ali is universally revered as The Greatest of All Time (or G.O.A.T.) for his exploits in the boxing ring, he also became a champion for humanity through his commitment to service outside the ring.

The full life and legacy of this global icon will be celebrated in a national virtual event at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, on the PBS Books Facebook page.

Through a partnership led by PBS Books, USA TODAY and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, the evening’s program will highlight his dedication to courage, generosity, kindness, and compassion in recognition of his 80th birthday on January 17. Additional partners include the Louisville Courier-Journal, Metro Louisville United Way, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

His widow, and vice-chair and co-founder of the Ali Center, Lonnie Ali, will introduce the one-hour event. Guest speakers will include PBS filmmaker Ken Burns; Hana Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter; John Ramsey, a personal friend; David Chaudoir, a longtime employee; and Dr. Richard Lapchick, who is a human rights activist, author, scholar and the 2021 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award recipient. Each participant will draw upon their personal experiences with Muhammad and share their own unique perspectives on his life and legacy as a humanitarian.

Along with learning more about the unique contributions Muhammad Ali made in sports and society, this national virtual program will also encourage others to participate in The Greatest Giveback through service projects across the country, which are organized each year on January 17, Ali’s birthday. Due to recent COVID spikes, the on-site event at the Ali Center has been postponed until June. In 2022, Muhammad’s birthday coincides with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, offering another opportunity to give back to those in our communities who are suffering racial or social injustices.

The virtual program will include a short video about the Ali Center and Ken Burns sharing some inspirational comments and a segment from his PBS documentary, “Muhammad Ali.” In addition, inspirational authors and celebrities will explain what Ali’s legacy means to them and reveal their personal Red Bike Moment©–a defining moment in their lives, much like the one that changed the future of then 12-year-old Cassius Clay when his red Schwinn bike was stolen, an incident that led him to a Louisville boxing gym and which became a catalyst for his athletic career and life’s purpose.

About the Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was cofounded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, racial and gender equity, and global citizenship. The Ali Center is formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, and in 2020, became one of the newest stops on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please click HERE.

About PBS Books

PBS Books is a multi-platform initiative celebrating the love of reading. Through social and digital engagement and live coverage of important literary events across the country, PBS Books celebrates books and writers and works to foster a passion for reading among public media viewers and listeners. In 2019, PBS Books launched a free Library Engagement Program, which currently has more than 1,800 library partners that share its content and programming.

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Bitcoin Latinum × Tapstats – Genesis

Bitcoin Latinum (LTNM) and TapStats, Inc. announce a new partnership that immediately redefines fan engagement and the economics of sports. The GENESIS NFT platform harnesses the power of creators, athletes, and contributors who combine to make sporting events entertaining and compelling content. Influencers, super fans, celebrities, icons, coaches, and more can now join the best fighter athletes today in a gamified hybrid-reality metaverse where NFT values are actively developed, and the fan base is continuously enriched with live digital and crypto-based content.  

The red-carpet launch event will be held on Wednesday, December 1st at Art Basel Miami, and is hosted by founders Dr. Don Basile (Bitcoin Latinum) and Sensei Paul Misir (TapStats), joined by MMA superstar Paige VanZant, Erik Apple, UFC icon Mike Chandler, World Champion Boxer Helen Joseph, Best Rising Sports Star Gable Stevenson and over 40 leading Instagram model influencers at Mr. Jones ( 320 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139) hotspot in Miami.

TapStats is a “fan-certified” digital platform, and Bitcoin Latinum is a newly released cryptocurrency 3.0. The partnership of two leaders creates an exclusive event that features a never-before-seen combination of power brokers, combat sports, and crypto. This celebrity-filled event will be attended by the best-recognized MMA fighters and tomorrow’s superstars and will include a special musical performance by Quevo of Migos.

GENESIS tickets are NFTs themselves, and the inaugural event tickets will be issued as a tradable NFT that grants perennial access to the GENESIS annual event in the future. Only 200 GENESIS tickets will be minted, and future GENESIS attendees will need to hold or buy an existing Genesis Ticket NFT.

 Dr. Don Basile, Founder of Bitcoin Latinum & CEO of Monsoon Blockchain Corporation expressed, “We are very excited about the opportunity to allow end consumers to participate in the blockchain future of NFT and use crypto in this emerging exciting sports metaverse…”  about the partnership with TapStats!

GENESIS will also feature the first-ever “Fighter Draft” (like NBA and NFL Drafts) where the top-25 unsigned MMA and boxing fighters will be nominated by fans and the TapStats Draft Board that includes legends of MMA and boxing. Between November 1-30 fans can click HERE to vote for their favorite fighters. 

Bitcoin Latinum is the only cryptocurrency available today that offered the features and technical capability required to power the GENESIS metaverse and real-time fan engagement on its hyper-scalable mainnet. Watching MMA events is now rewarding and lucrative too!  As fans tap on their TapStats app screens to record strike data, they earn Bitcoin LTNM. The more events fans watch and record, the more coin they receive! In addition, fans can tip fighters at any point (before, during, or after matches) with LTNM. Tipping, along with NFT sales, creates new economic opportunities for fighters who can now go directly to fans based on their social media capability and audience demand.  

GENESIS NFTs provide favorable economics for creators compared to the current industry economics of NFT proceeds in addition to the potential perpetual royalties. Additionally, NFTs can be “fused” during special 4-hour windows during events to create “super NFTs” creating a rarer and more valuable asset. Genesis NFT’s will utilize the LTNM blockchain that has appreciated by approximately 1000% since its October 2021 launch, giving GENESIS NFTs the benefit of a fast-growing underlying currency. Fans across the globe that were previously limited by access to content or participation can now fully experience and engage in a sport that is beloved by 450 million fans.

Sensei Paul Misir, the Founder of TapStats, states, “This game-changing partnership immediately alters the combat sports landscape and opens up a fun-profit factor never seen before.”

Art collectors, MMA fans, investors, and event-goers alike will join surprise special guest celebrity hosts, including MMA superstar Paige VanZant, Eric Apple and UFC star Mike Chandler to usher in the future of Sport at the #1stFIGHTERDraft event on 12/1/21.

Lil Baby × Drai’s Nightclub

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Lil Baby delivered an electrifying performance with his return to the Drai’s LIVE stage for the first time in nearly two years. Lil Baby packed the house with hits like “Sum 2 Prove,” “Woah” and “Freestyle.” Lil Baby’s unforgettable show followed the highly anticipated fight between boxing champions Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant in Las Vegas, which made Drai’s the perfect place to party after the fight.

Fellow Grammy Award winner and Drai’s resident, 2 Chainz, who performed the night before, was in the crowd to witness Lil Baby’s return to Drai’s. On Friday night, 2 Chainz performed crowd-favorite tracks like “I’m Different,” “Birthday” and “No Lie.” The weekend was closed out with the SunDrais experience, the best Sunday night party on the Strip hosted by legendary DJ and producer DJ Franzen.

Lil Baby has recently been awarded the title of “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2021 BET Music Awards, and his album entitled “My Turn” won “Hip-Hop Album of the Year” at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. His most recent album, which was released in July of this year in a collaboration with Lil Durk, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Verzuz Commemorative NFT

Triller announced the drop of a limited Verzuz commemorative NFT bundle of 10 of the best-ever moments of Verzuz battles. The new NFT collectibles are the first ever NFTs to debut from Verzuz, the ground-breaking music artist “battle” live-stream event series created by music icons Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

Ranging from the electrifying Earth Wind x Fire-Isley Brothers battle to the dramatic Method Man x Redman to the divine Eve x Trina and many others, the Verzuz NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are 10 memorable images from some of the most unforgettable “battle” moments in Verzuz history. The Verzuz commemorative NFT bundle is priced at $199 and is available for purchase HERE.Ea

Subscribers to the TrillerVerzPass, the popular $2.99 per month subscription that provides premium access to all TrillerVerz events and Verzuz battles, will receive two bonus NFTs representing the best moments from the October 16 and 17 TrillerVerz III Weekend takeover event at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. The October 16 TrillerVerz program includes world class boxing and the debut of the Verzuz Iconz concert series starring reggae superstar Super Cat with surprise guest artists. The October 17 will feature one of the most anticipated Verzuz match-ups ever, with rap legends Big Daddy Kane x KRS ONE, two pioneers of the rap genre, going head-to-head with their ground-breaking hits.

“What Swizz and Tim have built with Verzuz is an entirely new form of entertainment, one that continues to grow and excite audiences literally around the world,” said Bobby Sarnevesht, co-controlling shareholder of TrillerNet, parent company to TrillerVerz, Verzuz, Triller Fight Club, FITE and Amplify. “We wanted a way for our fans to be able to own a piece of Verzuz for themselves and tapping into the unique ownability and collectability of NFTs seemed like the perfect way to do that. This is the beginning of many exciting Verzuz NFT drops.”

The entire TrillerVerz two-day weekend event will be broadcast exclusively on their website and FITE through the TrillerVerz subscription package priced at $2.99 per month which provides a minimum of one TrillerVerz event staged each month.

TrillerVerz was created to bridge the worlds of boxing and music produced by Triller Fight Club, the company known for pairing world class boxing with iconic music legends. The entire weekend will be produced by Triller Fight Club visionary Nigel Lythgoe.

About TrillerNet

Triller is a first-of-its-kind company consolidating technology and content platforms to lead the move to Internet 3.0. TrillerNet pairs the culture of music with sports, fashion, entertainment and influencers through a 360-degree view of content and technology. TrillerNet owns the globally popular Triller app, which is used by musicians, celebrities, athletes, and overall culture setters and has more than 350 million downloads worldwide. The Triller app—unlike other popular short-video apps it is often compared to, encourages its users to post the content created on the app across other social media platforms and websites. The app uses proprietary AI and Machine Learning technology which is uniquely tied to the content rather than the user. By tracking the content, Triller empowers its tastemakers and users to push their content virally to affiliated and non-affiliated sites and networks reaching hundreds of millions of additional users. Data and insights gleaned from the Triller network, its creators, artists and users (from the app and off network) are used to program longer-form content, connect users across the web with the content, and provide unprecedented opportunities for engagement and monetization. TrillerNet has developed highly successful campaigns that begin with the app and continue throughout the entire content and technology ecosystem with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Pepsi, McDonalds, Weedmaps, DraftKings, L’Oreal, and many others. TrillerNet additionally owns Verzuz, the massive live-stream music platform launched by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland and Triller Fight Club. Other holdings include leading AI-powered customer engagement platform Amplify, and FITE, the premier live event and PPV, AVOD, SVOD streaming platform.

Lil Baby Will Return to Drai

Lil Baby to Make Grand Return to Drai’s LIVE Stage on Saturday, Nov. 6

Mega-star artist will perform at Drai’s Nightclub for the first time in nearly two years on the same night as the Canelo Álvarez vs. Caleb Plant fight

Tweet it: Vegas, are you ready for an epic fight night afterparty? After the Álvarez vs. Plant fight on 11/6, head over to @Draislv where Lil Baby (@lilbaby4PF) will make his grand return to the Drai’s LIVE stage with an unforgettable performance. #fightnight #Vegas #DraisLIVE #LilBaby

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Drai’s Nightclub will welcome Lil Baby back to the stage for the first time in nearly two years. The mega-star performer will make his grand return to the iconic rooftop nightclub with an unforgettable full-length Drai’s LIVE show. Lil Baby’s show will follow the highly anticipated fight between boxing champions Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant set to take place in Las Vegas, making Drai’s Nightclub the ideal place to party on fight night.

Lil Baby has recently been awarded the title of “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2021 BET Music Awards, and his album entitled “My Turn” won “Hip-Hop Album of the Year” at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. His most recent album, which was released in July of this year in a collaboration with Lil Durk, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Drai’s LIVE brings full-length performances to the rooftop of The Cromwell, set to the stunning backdrop of the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Frequent Drai’s LIVE performers include superstar artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and many more. The full list of upcoming Drai’s LIVE performances can be found here.

Drai’s Nightclub is open Friday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets and VIP table reservations are available on the website here. Other special requests are available by emailing here.

Useful Things to Think About When Moving to a New Home

Moving can be a stressful experience, especially if you are doing it for the first time. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps that you can take to make the process less daunting and more manageable. This article aims to highlight a handful of these steps so that you can enjoy the process of moving to a new home.

Planning Your Move

Easily one of the most important things you can do when it comes to moving is to make a solid and comprehensive moving plan. This helps to keep you on track and guide you through the process of moving. Plus, it can show you how to delegate the tasks that need doing, so that your family can help you too.

Create a Timeline. The first thing you should be doing when making your moving plan is to create an overall timeline for your moving process. By knowing when you need each major step of your move to happen, you can start planning around these events. Plus, it’ll allow you to delegate between your most and least important tasks for the moving process.

Set Yourself Deadlines. One of the best ways to make sure you stay on track for your move is to set yourself deadlines for the various jobs and tasks that you need to keep on top of. For example, saying you will fully pack the garage in two weeks’ time allows you to focus on getting the garage sorted, meaning you aren’t trying to focus on everything that needs doing all at once.

Moving Service or Move Yourself? You should decide early on whether you want to hire the services of a moving company or move yourself. Either is a viable option but knowing ahead of time allows you to make preparations for whatever possibility you decide on.

What Are You Packing?

Once your moving plan is in place, the next most important thing to think about is what you are packing for the move and how you are doing it. After all, packing your belongings is how you get everything from point A to point B. One thing to remember, though, is that packing will always take longer than you expect.

Declutter as You Pack. One of the best things you can do to help make your packing process easier is to declutter as you pack. There is no sense in moving items you don’t want, so by decluttering as you go, you can reduce how much you have to move overall.

Is There Enough Room? An important question to ask yourself when you are packing is whether you are going to have enough space in your new home for everything you are packing. If the answer to that question is no, then you might need to consider hiring a storage unit, like the kind you find at storagearea.com. This allows you to keep all of your belongings while still not overloading your new home.

Make Your Move

Finally, all that is left for you to do now is to make your move. Whatever your plan is, you can follow it through now. Relax, enjoy the process, and get excited to move into your new home! After all, it’s not every day that you move into a new place.

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Champion X Muhammad Ali Collection


Champion® Athleticwear Announces a Multi-Year Collaboration with the G.O.A.T.

The Partnership Kicks Off with a Knockout Muhammad Ali Collection that Embodies What it Means to be a Champion.

Champion Athleticwear, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919, and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a global brand development company today announced a multi-year collaboration for the Muhammad Ali brand. Through the partnership, Muhammad Ali will be the muse for a comprehensive, global campaign that will include integration across the Champion platforms and a series of product collections and limited edition drops. Champion will utilize Muhammad Ali’s iconic imagery, quotes, and his six core principles that fueled his journey.

“Champions are defined by how they carry themselves in sports and beyond,” said David Robertson, Director of Champion Global Brand Marketing. “Muhammad Ali’s legacy and Champion share a common foundation of authenticity, confidence and inclusivity. We are incredibly excited to see how consumers react to this new collaboration and interpret how we’ve incorporated designs that reflect self-expression to help them feel comfortable, confident and ready to take on any challenge.”

As “The People’s Champion,” Muhammad Ali was the ultimate personification of what it means to be a champion – not for what he did inside the ring but for what was inside of him. The first drop of the Champion X Muhammad Ali collection is based on Ali’s six core principles: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality. Champion wants to inspire everyone using these core principles to feel strength from within and to be empowered to start a movement of staying true to oneself, on and off the field.  

The partnership kicks off with the launch of the Champion X Muhammad Ali Collection, which evokes Ali’s spirit, celebrates living like a champion, and is an embodiment of sportsmanship. Ali’s core principles are reflected throughout the collection in the apparel designs, which feature iconic images of Muhammad Ali and some of his most famous quotes.

The collection spans sizes XS – 2XL and will include Reverse Weave® hoodies, crewnecks and graphic t-shirts in a red, white, gold and black color scheme and a Hyped X Wash. The Special Edition Men’s Reverse Weave Hyped X Wash is a tie dye design, with each hoodie being one-of-a-kind and hand dyed by local Los Angeles artisans. Each hoodie is pre-washed for broken-in softness and has graphics including a photo-realistic, archival Ali image on the sleeve, and an elevated felt and satin The Greatest applique.  The collection is rounded out with a limited-edition pin set available as an exclusive gift with purchase while supplies last in select Champion retail stores, that celebrates Ali with iconic images and words that commemorate his journey to greatness.  Future collections and drops will be announced in the months to follow.

“The Greatest of All Time and Champion are a natural fit for a partnership, and we are really proud of the Champion X Muhammad Ali collection that drops today,” said Marc Rosen, President, Entertainment, ABG, which in conjunction with Lonnie Ali as trustee of the Muhammad Ali Family Trust (MAFT) owns Muhammad Ali Enterprises. “To quote Ali himself, ‘Champions aren’t made in gyms, Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.’ This partnership will honor that sentiment and we are excited for it to kick off.”

To shop the Champion X Muhammad Ali collection, visit Champion.com, Champion Retail stores, Social Status or RSVP Gallery beginning today.  Retailing between $40 and $125, the items are the first of three collection drops with Muhammad Ali in 2021, with the second and third drops slated for later this year and more collections planned for 2022.

To learn more about the Champion, visit Champion’s website and follow the brand on InstagramTwitterTikTok and Facebook.

About Champion®

Since 1919, Champion Athleticwear has offered a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including activewear, sweats, tees, sports bras, team uniforms, footwear and accessories. Champion uses innovative design and state-of-the-art product testing to ensure uncompromised quality and innovative apparel for its consumers. Champion Athleticwear can be purchased at department stores, sporting goods, specialty retailers, and at their website.

About Authentic Brands Group

Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development, marketing, and entertainment company, which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment, and lifestyle brands. Headquartered in New York City, ABG elevates and builds the long-term value of more than 50 consumer brands and properties by partnering with best-in-class manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Its brands have a global retail footprint in more than 100,000 points of sale across the luxury, specialty, department store, mid-tier, mass, and e-commerce channels, and more than 6,000 freestanding stores and shop-in-shops around the world.

ABG is committed to transforming brands by delivering compelling product, content, business, and immersive experiences. It creates and activates original marketing strategies to drive the success of its brands across all consumer touchpoints, platforms, and emerging media. ABG’s portfolio of iconic and world-renowned brands generates more than $14 billion in annual retail sales and includes Marilyn Monroe®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Sports Illustrated®, Dr. J®, Greg Norman®, Neil Lane®, Thalia®, Nautica®, Aéropostale®, Forever 21®, Juicy Couture®, Vince Camuto®, Herve Leger®, Judith Leiber®, Barneys New York®, Brooks Brothers®, Frye®, Lucky Brand®, Nine West®, Jones New York®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Bandolino®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Volcom®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Thomasville®, Drexel®, and Henredon®.

For more information, visit their website.

Follow ABG on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is one of the most influential athletes and humanitarians of the 20th century and has created some of the most legendary moments in sports and civil rights history. More than 50 years after he emerged as a Gold Medalist in Boxing at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Ali’s legacy extends beyond the ring and he continues to be widely recognized as one of the most celebrated and beloved icons of all time.

His incomparable work ethic, signature boxing techniques, and fearlessness towards standing up for his beliefs, all contribute to the legend that is Muhammad Ali. Among his countless awards and accolades, he was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Century,” GQ’s “Athlete of the Century,” a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Amnesty International Lifetime Achievement Award. Muhammad Ali’s legacy is celebrated across cultures and continues to inspire today’s most influential athletes, artists, musicians and humanitarians around the world.

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EMINEM’S MMF

EMINEM’S MARSHALL MATHERS FOUNDATION TO RELEASE EXCLUSIVE DOWNTOWN BOXING GYM COLLAB ON BLACK FRIDAY

Just in time for Black Friday, the Marshall Mathers Foundation is releasing a limited-edition line of clothing for a good cause. The designs also make a nod to “Stan” and the 20th anniversary of The Marshall Mathers LP. 

The Marshall Mathers Foundation x DBG #Stan #MMLP collab on Carhartt gear will raise funds to help the Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG Detroit) knock out COVID-19 related learning loss. DBG is a free academic and athletic program on Detroit’s east side that’s working around the clock to prevent students from falling behind during the pandemic. 

“We’re facing a crisis like we’ve never seen and we’re doing everything we can to support our kids and help them make it through,” said Khali Sweeney, DBG’s founder and CEO. “To have Eminem and the Marshall Mathers Foundation step up during this time and help raise much needed funds means the world to us. This is what we do in the D. We take care of each other. And we are truly grateful.” 

Royce Da 5’9”, Director of Community Engagement and Social Justice Initiatives for The Marshall Mathers Foundation, said: “I’ve experienced firsthand the discipline, commitment, and focus that boxing training instills in young people. I’m passionate about the sport, and I’m passionate about the role that DBG plays in our community.  We need to make sure the important work they do continues.” 

The t-shirts and hoodies sell for $30 and $60 and are available online at the Eminem Store (shop.eminem.com) while supplies last. 100% of the proceeds will support DBG’s tutoring, mentorship, enrichment programs, college and career prep, social-emotional skills building, and basic needs support like transportation, meals, and more. Learn more at dbgdetroit.org

The Marshall Mathers Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding communities. Our mission has expanded to stand as an ally in the fight against social injustice and for racial equality nationwide.  

After being featured on ESPN’s UFC 257 creative for the last month, Eminem will debut his new music video for “Higher” during ESPN’s UFC 257 Countdown: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 at 2 p.m. ET this Saturday, January 23 on ABC. The video will also re-air on ESPN just prior to Saturday’s main event.

The song comes from the latest Eminem release, Music To Be Murdered By – Side B (Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records), which was released on December 18, 2020 and is the expanded edition of Music To Be Murdered By, his 11th studio album released January 17, 2020. The music video prominently features footage from ESPN’s UFC coverage and centers around Eminem inhabiting roles as both a musician and a world-class athlete, drawing allusions between the way a musician creates and prepares to perform and how an athlete trains and prepares for competition. The video, featuring cameos from Dana White and ESPN’s Michael Eaves, will revolve around Eminem’s most important battle: the one against his own demons. 

“We have always been interested in fostering the synergy between music and sports and along with ESPN we have created many great moments together,” says David Nieman, VP, Sports and Gaming for Interscope Geffen A&M. “Working together to amplify Eminem’s artistic vision in such a unique way for this highly anticipated UFC event is absolutely a high point.” 

“It’s always been amazing to be able to work with Eminem for promotional and programming content on various ESPN properties over the years,” said Kevin Wilson, ESPN music director. “To be able to work on this video together with his team – not only featuring our team’s great UFC coverage but also debuting it exclusively on ABC, is just invaluable.” 

Eminem has been featured in a number of promotional and programming content for ESPN recently, including UFC 248, UFC 246, a spot with a custom remix and the tease for this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship, featuring him narrating the introduction and more.

Jamaine Ortiz Illustration for 360 Magazine by Kaelen Felix

Q×A with Jamaine Ortiz

Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz, an up and coming, 23-year-old boxer, is making his name in the world of boxing. After growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts, the young boxer turned pro in 2016. His amateur record is 100-14 and he has already won many awards for his skill.

During the recent Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight that was shown on pay-per-view, Ortiz was victorious over Sulaiman Segawa of Silver Spring, Maryland. After scoring a technical knockout in the last 10 seconds of the seventh round, Ortiz gained the WBC USNBC Silver lightweight title. This was his first fight outside of New England and he certainly made himself known in the fighting community. After winning this fight, Ortiz jumped from 76th to 44th in the world for the lightweight division. If he keeps winning, Ortiz is predicted to fight for a major world title by late 2021.

360 Magazine sat down with Ortiz to ask him questions about his professional career, personal life and future.

What was your upbringing like? Was there always a focus on athletics?

I started boxing at seven years old, and I was always an athletic kid, playing sports and outside.

Where did you learn to box?

I learned how to box at the Boys & Girls Club of Ionic Ave.

Why boxing?

I use to get into fights as a kid, I like that its a one on one sport I don’t have to rely on anyone. Over time, I noticed I was winning a lot and kept it going.

Who are your role models, boxing or otherwise?

My role model was my coach Carlos Garcia.

You’re currently the Undefeated World Boxing Youth World lightweight champion. What does this accomplishment mean to you?

I’m actually the former Youth World lightweight champion due to my age since I turned 24 last April, currently, I hold the WBC USNBC Silver lightweight title. The accomplishment is just a stepping stone, I have far more to go and I understand its a process and this is part of the process.

Your nickname is ‘The Technician’ where does this come from?

A technician is a person skilled in an art or craft by dictionary standards and when it comes to boxing, and me being a carpenter, I’m now an active trader. It was a perfect fit since everything I do, including things in my personal life, I’m technical about it. So it’s a name that reflects more than just boxing.

You’ve been boxing competitively for more than a decade. How have you evolved during that time, technique-wise and also personally?

Time is the mother of greatness, practicing repeatedly overtime is only natural; I’m going to get better.

How has your career been impacted by COVID-19 and 2020?

Luckily I was able to get a fight right before the impact of covid came I didn’t get to fight as much as I normally would. I probably would have had about 4 fights in a year but I had two with the last one being a great exposure bout.

Tell us about your interests outside of boxing.

I enjoy nature and I spend most of my time with family. Always working on self-development, a lot of stocks, and trying to find real estate deals.

Do you still have Olympic aspirations? What are your future boxing goals?

Olympics of boxing is an amateur sport but recently I think in 2016, they allowed pros to compete but it is heavily dominated by amateurs. In the next year, I see myself becoming World Champion at the lightweight Division and reaching for that pound for pound list.

What is your go-to move in a fight?

Not sure, probably switching from orthodox to southpaw.

What makes you unique as a boxer?

My ability to switch stances easily and my technique.

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Behind The Ropes

Tyson vs. Jones Jr. x Roots of Fight

by Justin Lyons

“Iron” Mike Tyson and Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. will step back into the ring Nov. 28 for an exhibition fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Roots of Fight, the official apparel partner for the match, is getting fans ready with the official Triller Presents Tyson vs. Jones Collection, a collaboration with Triller, an AI-powered video app that will present the fight.

The collection is exclusive to Roots of Fight and includes graphic apparel across five styles on sweatshirts and shirts. It is inspired by the colors of the promotional posters that sport bright yellow, pink and blue.

It also draws inspiration from retro concert tees worn to support for the event, to show off your favorite star or even just to wear around town.

Items in the collection retail at $48 and $80 depending upon the style. It is available by clicking right here.

The match itself features two boxing legends. Tyson, 54, is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world while Jones Jr., 51, racked up 66 wins in his career and held belts in four different weight classes.

Tyson is one of the most well-known and feared fighters in the history of boxing. He opened his career with 37 consecutive wins and finished at 50-6. His last professional fight was June 11, 2005.

After retiring as one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, Tyson’s stock rose as a pop culture icon, appearing in television and film, including as the lead of “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” an animated series that sees the heavyweight champ solving Scooby-Doo-like mysteries.

The fight is available on Pay-Per-View by clicking right here. It will begin at 9 p.m. EST and cost $49.99.

While Tyson vs. Jones Jr. is the main event, Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson, Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan and Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter are also part of the main card.

Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright, Irvin Gonzalez vs. Edward Vazquez and Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones will be preliminary fights.

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