Lamar Odom is looking GOOOOOOOD … new sparring footage obtained by TMZ Sports shows the ex-NBA star is really getting the hang of boxing ahead of his bout with Aaron Carter.
The 41-year-old has been training like a mad man for his June 11 Celebrity Boxing tilt against the pop singer at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City … and it’s clear the former hooper has hands!!
Check out the footage … Odom — who by the way is looking svelte and in shape — is stringing together combos and moving around the canvas like a pro.
The power might not be there just yet — but, hey, it’s still a month away from fight night!!
As for Aaron, he’s been taking the scrap seriously too … getting in training sessions constantly and hitting the mitts as well.
In fact, we’ve also obtained some clips from one of Carter’s recent sparring sessions … and he ain’t looking half bad either!!
We know … it’s not exactly Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury here — but the event is still shaping up to be some must-see TV.
Plus, we’re told Ice-T will be on the broadcast providing color commentary!!
Four more weeks away … getcha popcorn ready.
IKEA Under Fire for Fried Chicken, Watermelon Menu Items for Juneteenth
IKEA is under fire after one of its stores in Atlanta allegedly listed fried chicken and watermelon as menu items for its employees to supposedly honor Juneteenth.
The furniture giant reportedly sent an email to employees last week alerting them that “to honor the perseverance of Black Americans and acknowledge the progress yet to be made” it was also going to roll out a special menu.
And that’s where IKEA dropped the ball BIG TIME … because the so-called special menu — again, for a holiday commemorating the end of slavery — included fried chicken, watermelon and mac n’ cheese … some of those items, of course, perpetuate racial stereotypes.
An employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS46, “You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don’t even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time.”
The outrage led to 20 employees calling out from work. Word that workers were furious quickly began to spread at the store and it ultimately reached the store manager … who sent out another internal email apologizing. The menu was ultimately altered to include cornbread, mashed potatoes and meatloaf.
An anonymous employee reportedly said none of the coworkers who sat down to create the menu was Black, but we reached out to IKEA and a spokesperson refutes that … saying there were Black co-workers involved, but it offered no further details.
The spokesperson added, “We value our co-workers’ voices and changed the menu after receiving feedback that the foods that were selected are not reflective of the deeply meaningful traditional foods historically served as part of Juneteenth celebrations. We got it wrong and we sincerely apologize.”
As we’ve reported … President Biden signed Juneteenth into law last week, making it the 12th federal holiday.
Britney Spears Keeps Dancing as Big Conservatorship Hearing Approaches
Britney Spears doesn’t seem to be stressing over her highly anticipated court appearance this week … she just keeps on dancing.
Just days after Brit told her fans she has “no idea” if she’ll ever take the stage to perform again, she busted out some serious moves in a silver bodysuit … grooving to Prince’s “Sexy Motherf***er.”
She posted that she was going on a boat for dinner Monday night and asked her followers if she should wear the bodysuit or go with a dress. Spears also revealed she just took a trip to Maui with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, and didn’t want to leave.
Britney had to leave though, because she’s due in court Wednesday for her conservatorship case … where she’s planning to testify before the judge, instead of letting her lawyers do the talking.
As we’ve told you … Britney’s made it clear that she won’t be on stage again until her father, Jamie, is no longer in control of the conservatorship, so it’s interesting she’s answering fan questions about it on IG.
She said, “Will I ever take the stage again? I have no idea. I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life, and I’m enjoying myself so, that’s it.”
It’s unclear what she means by that, but our sources say as recently as a few weeks ago Britney was not making any moves to launch a tour or plan a show or anything.
Maybe she’ll divulge more in court … everyone will be paying attention.
Jenn Harley Allegedly Said N-Word Leading Up To Domestic Battery Arrest
5:15 PM PT — Jenn Harley dropped the n-word while pointing a gun and threatening to shoot her boyfriend … at least that’s what the guy told cops.
According to the arrest report from Jenn’s domestic violence bust, her bf Joseph Ambrosole told cops she told him “I’ll shoot you n****” and “I’ll kill you right f****** now” before cocking the gun.
We’ve also obtained Jenn’s booking photo … and she doesn’t look happy.
“Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is a newly engaged man, putting a ring on his girlfriend’s finger the same weekend his ex, Jenn Harley, allegedly pointed a gun at her new boyfriend.
Ronnie asked Saffire Matos to marry him over the weekend with a beachside proposal in Los Angeles on Saturday … according to People. However, while the 2 celebrated, Ronnie’s ex, Jenn, and her boyfriend had some fireworks of their own.
Law enforcement sources tell us Jenn and her bf Joseph Ambrosole pulled up to the legendary Crazy Horse 3 in Vegas and were allegedly arguing about where to park and about Jenn’s drinking.
We’re told things got so heated at the bar, security actually asked them to leave … which they did, but sources say the fighting didn’t end there. We’re told that on the drive home, Jenn allegedly started wailing on the back of Joseph’s head … and then, we’re told she chucked his phone out the window — forcing him to pull over to get out and look for it.
Once Joseph was out of the car, our sources say Jenn got in the driver’s seat and took off — leaving Joseph in the street, where he had to find a ride home.
We’re told things intensified even further when they got home — where the fight continued — and Jenn allegedly pointed a gun at Joe.
Cops say Jenn allegedly said something along the lines of “I’ll shoot and kill you,” but Joseph was able to get out of the way … while Jenn fled the scene again.
We’re told cops were called at that point, and they eventually tracked her down … hauling her to jail and booking her on charges of domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.
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Bobby Shmurda Helps Struggling Dads for Father's Day, Free Cuts & Meals
Bobby Shmurda might not have any kids of his own — but still wanted to make someone’s dad feel special on Father’s Day … rolling out the proverbial red carpet for those in his own backyard who needed it most.
The NYC-based rapper — who’s fresh out of prison after a long six years — gave back to the community Sunday … namely, by helping out struggling dads from different men’s shelters in his home borough of Brooklyn with free grub, haircuts by pro barbers (pro bono) and even toys for their own kiddos.
We’re told Bobby made at least a couple stops on his Father’s Day tour — first hitting the Win Shelter … and then moving on over to the CAMBA Men’s Shelter after that, while serving up hot meals from a Caribbean-inspired brunch menu … which had some sweet dishes to choose from.
Some of the food available included jerk salmon, curried chickpeas, stew chicken, mac and cheese, scrambled eggs, mixed veggies, fried chicken wings and even waffles. Good eatin’, no doubt. BTW, Bobby’s godchildren were on hand to assist with the hot food handouts.
Speaking of kids … our sources say Bobby made sure to hook up the kids who were on-site as well, handing out gaming consoles, Hot Wheels sets, board games, action figures, footballs, jump ropes, princess-themed costumes … and a whole Santa bag of other goodies.
And, yes … we know you’re wondering about the obvious. We’re hearing Bob’s been recording of late — but no word on when he might be dropping anything. Stay tuned …
Damon Dash Fires Back at Roc-A-Fella, Jay-Z Over 'Reasonable Doubt' NFT
Damon Dash says Jay-Z attempted to buy his share of Roc-A-Fella records for a price that was way too low — so he’s out to find a new buyer — and not even a lawsuit from the label will stop him.
Damon’s firing back after getting sued by RAF for attempting to sell off Jay’s “Reasonable Doubt” album as an NFT. Dash tells us the lawsuit is full of inaccuracies, and it’s not the album he’s trying to sell … it’s his ENTIRE stake in Roc-A-Fella!!!
In fact, Dash claims as recently as March of this year, Jay-Z attempted to buy his 1/3 share of RAF at, “a price I deemed unacceptable” … so he’s looking for a buyer on his own.
If he comes to an agreement with someone, Dash says, “Under the terms of the deal with a potential buyer, the buyer would buy my share of Roc a Fella Records and Jay-Z will have exclusive administration rights.”
Dash claims the lawsuit filed against him Friday was only a scare tactic to prevent him from selling something he believes he has the legal right to sell.
TMZ broke the story, RAF, with the help of attorney Alex Spiro has asked the court to step in and stop Dash from selling “Reasonable Doubt” as an NFT and want him to turn over any NFTs he may have already minted.
Steve-O Shaves Scores of Dudes' Pubes for His Sasquatch Suit
Steve-O‘s getting back to “Jackass” basics — doing something incredibly vile and stupid, but also hilarious … all to the delight of his fans, who were happy to donate to his cause.
The stunt performer and comedian says he’s been working on a homemade Sasquatch suit for more than 2 years now, and by homemade he means … made entirely out of pubic hair.
Problem is, Steve-O’s own body’s not capable of producing enough body hair for his Bigfoot suit, so earlier this week he decided to call on “dudes with lots of pubic hair” to contribute to his vision … and boy, did they come through for him.
The “Jackass” star held a pube-shaving party Thursday night in Carlsbad, CA … with the only requirements being that the fellas had to be 18 or older, have a nice man bush, and bring their own razors.
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From there, Steve-O took matters into his own hands … collecting pubes from all over his volunteers — armpits, crotches and even some ass hair — and depositing it all in a large plastic bag.
Disgusting? Check. Hard to look away? Also, check. We’ll say this … it’s an impressive amount of hair he hauled in, and Steve-O clearly viewed this as mission accomplished.
Still, a Sasquatch suit requires A LOT of hair, so we’re guessing there will be another pube drive soon. God help us.
Macy Gray Wants to Redesign American Flag to Reflect Modern U.S.
Macy Gray thinks America’s ready to walk away from its national flag, and even though we may stumble … she thinks it’s for the best, and that the time has come for a new design.
The “I Try” singer penned an op-ed this week for, of all outlets, MarketWatch … in which she made the case for giving Old Glory a facelift — because, as she puts it, the current version is “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect” … just like the Confederate flag, apparently!
Macy’s justification basically lies in a couple of points — one, she says the American flag’s rep was dragged through the mud (permanently, and beyond repair) due to the events of Jan. 6 … when a bunch of MAGA truthers carried it high, alongside Trump flags, into the Capitol.
She also says that numerically … the stars are off, and should be adjusted to 52, to take D.C. and Puerto Rico into account — which have been lobbying for statehood for a good long while now. Lastly, she suggests some color changes … to reflect modern-day America.
Here’s what she has in mind — in addition to adding a couple of stars — for her vision of
Old New Glory. For starters, she thinks the stark white stripes should be off-white … and that the stars themselves should be changed to reflect every skin tone of melanin in our fine nation.
OPINION: "Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us," writes singer Macy Gray. https://t.co/VTezKfjxdr
She says the blue square and red stripes — which stand for vigilance/perseverance and valor, respectively — can stay … because she believes the U.S.A. is still very much that.
Macy ends her pitch with this … “Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us.”
Cop Under Investigation After Video Shows Him Kicking Suspect in Head
A Sheriff’s deputy in Southern California is under investigation due to a video of him winding up and kicking a suspect in the head AFTER the guy appeared to surrender.
Surveillance footage from a Toyota dealership in Victorville, CA captured Wednesday’s violent interaction on camera … you see the suspect roll out from under a parked car before he’s confronted by a deputy with a flashlight, who appears to order the suspect on the ground.
The man complies, but then the cop takes a big step and unloads a couple kicks to the suspect’s face.
Video shows the cop stand over the man for a few seconds before beginning to slap some handcuffs on him as another deputy arrives to assist.
The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department tells TMZ the incident started with an attempted traffic stop of a motorcycle. Police say the driver led cops on a high-speed chase, and ditched his bike near the dealership before fleeing on foot. Cops say they found the suspect hiding in the dealership lot, and admit there was a “use of force” during the arrest.
The Sheriff says a review of the footage raised immediate concerns about the deputy’s actions and he’s on leave while under investigation.
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