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ONE37pm Speaks With Pamela Slaughter, founder of PDX People of Colors Outdoors

Today is National Hiking Day. Also known as “Take A Hike Day,” thousands of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will be coming together to celebrate the trails that have changed their lives. We’d like to introduce Pamela Slaughter, founder of PDX People of Colors Outdoors. Founded to create a safe, inclusive space for people of color in Portland, Oregon to enjoy the outdoors together, the organization brings awareness to the environmental injustice in the outdoor African-American hiking community while also creating a safe space to pursue their hiking passions.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), true environmental justice is reached when everyone has the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. 

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PDX People of Colors Outdoors

Focusing on these critical elements and motivated by the experiences of her grandson and nephews’ outdoor experiences, Slaughter established the PDX People of Colors Outdoors community to learn about all things about hiking, trail running, biking, and canoeing. She was also recently nominated for the first-ever Facebook Community Awards for the local category. We spoke to Slaughter about her endeavors and bringing heightened awareness to the African-American hiking communities.

ONE37pm: Great to speak with you Pamela! First, we wanted to ask you about the process of finding and developing PDX.

Slaughter: Last year (2020), I started the Facebook Community group PDX People of Color Outdoors. By then, I had already established a Meetup group called People of Color Outdoors (POCO), which I founded in 2017. I actually never felt the need to have a Facebook group, because our group was growing rapidly. But during the pandemic, the POCO community wanted to share some of the obstacles and issues they were facing in addition to COVID-19. 

Some had dealt with racism from roommates and dreaded going home. Some felt overwhelmed from teaching their children at home. A few were homeowners that felt fearful because their tenants couldn’t pay the rent. Then you had tenants that felt afraid because they couldn’t pay the rent. Some had relationships that were deteriorating. Others felt fortunate and blessed, and wanted to remain that way, and to give back. 

Even though the group members had diverse lives, they had one common thread: to spend more time outdoors. They wanted to maintain their mental health by spending more time in nature with other BIPOC outdoor enthusiasts. During the pandemic, I decided to take a step back from my real estate business in order to plan POCO’S transition from a Meetup group to a new non-profit. I found a fiscal sponsor, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and Advisors, Soumary Vongrassamy and Greg Wolley, and wrote a book called “Hi! My Name is Robin!”, to encourage families to learn all about birdwatching, especially home schoolers.

After I published my book, I officially started our Facebook community group, PDX People of Color Outdoors, and in 2020  POCO hosted 30 gatherings, including several virtual gatherings due to COVID safety precautions. This year, PDX People of Color Outdoors hosted 42 outings with more outings set throughout November and December!

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ONE37pm: When did you first discover your love for the outdoors and what kind of impact has that had on you?

Slaughter: I was born and raised in Oregon, which is an incredibly beautiful state. I can’t remember not loving nature since Ive been surrounded by it my whole life but I really grew an appreciation for nature when I visited family in Chicago when I was 10 years old. I found all of the cement, tall buildings, and the lack of forest and trees depressing. Once I returned home, I realized my love and need for nature. I made an effort to connect on a deeper level by signing up for 4-H and Girl Scouts. I’ve been sharing nature with others ever since!

ONE37pm:  What does a day in the life look like for somebody who is actively involved in the outdoor life be it hiking, trail running, canoeing, etc.

Slaughter: I don’t know a lot of athletic outdoorsy people, which is ironic. I’m active, but I work all day like most people. I get my outdoor time in small bites. I pack my lunch, eat in my office, then drive to a favorite natural area 10 minutes away, and walk the loop there , then drive back to work within the hour. When people want to go out for brunch or lunch on the weekend, I’ll sometimes suggest a walk instead. I’m very spontaneous, and will pull over and explore a trail if I have time while I’m driving. In a nutshell, I grab lots of little opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, in addition to going to group events such as the ones offered by People of Color Outdoors.

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PDX People of Color Outdoors

ONE37pm: According to the EPA, true environmental justice is reached when everyone has a healthy environment and the same level of environmental protection. How is People of Color Outdoors working to eliminate racism and discrimination in the outdoors?  

Slaughter: Black ball players, golfers, swimmers, gymnasts, tennis players, have all survived hostility and obstacles from racism. The color barrier was broken and years later, it’s not shocking to see BIPOC professional athletes. People of Color Outdoors is getting BIPOC outdoors into natural spaces on a regular basis. Four years ago we would be stared at when we explored certain trails. I have deliberately repeated our outings frequently. Now no one looks at us twice when we visit those same places, four years later, because it’s normal for us to be there. The very act of going into a space repeatedly is helping.

ONE37pm: Where do you hope to see People of Color Outdoors five years from now?

Slaughter: We would love to acquire our own wooded acreage by then, so that we can train our leaders, teach outdoor skills, host outdoor events, camp, and meet. Ultimately, we will have our own retreat center that will be open to the public.

ONE37pm: People of Color Outdoors has a very close-knit community. What do you guys do for fun and fellowship?

Slaughter: Some of our favorite outings take place when we rent a camp for the day and have the entire day to enjoy each other’s company, good food and nature!

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BEYOND THE STREETS and NTWRK Partner For Their 2021 Event

BEYOND THE STREETS prides itself on being a celebration of society’s most creative misfits. Focusing on talent who’s impacts are undeniable but often overlooked, the iconic company is gearing up for their official BEYOND THE STREETS fair that will be hosted exclusively by NTWRK on December 1st and December 2nd. The second iteration of the fair will be directed by renowned artist Cleon Peterson, and will feature an unprecedented number of artists debuting new work — including paintings, sculptures, limited-edition prints, skate decks, drawings, and more.

The event will also launch exclusive products  across fine art, collectibles, apparel, and home goods, and offer unique content experiences from around the world throughout the event.

We spoke with BEYOND THE STREETS founder Roger Gastman to get a behind the scenes look at what they are putting together this year, while also diving into the world of virtual shopping, the current and future landscape of street art and graffiti, and the future of BEYOND THE STREETS.

ONE37pm: Congratulations on the launch of BEYOND THE STREETS. How has it been putting together this event thus far?

Gastman: Putting it together this year was an entirely different beast. It was a whole new challenge because last year’s festival came during a time where everybody was locked in. Now we are in a time where everybody is slowly starting to get back out there, and it’s been such a positive experience. There were so many days where we were bored, and ended with us creating great content. A lot of great video content as well. We were really thinking from the perspective of everything getting back to normal in the world.

ONE37pm:  Can you give a quick rundown of the event and NTWRK in general for those being introduced for the first time.

Gastman: BEYOND THE STREETS is the ultimate art show. It’s been a passion of mine since I was kid, and now we are really seeing that everything has exploded in the digital art world. We have 100 of the greatest artists in the world, and over 100,000 people have come knocking on our door. BEYOND THE STREETS is a pop museum of some of the world’s most exciting art, and it’s a place for people to collect limited edition one-of-a-kind-pieces.

ONE37pm: Some of the topics being discussed are: Art in the Age of Virtual Shopping, The Landscape of Street Art, and the Future of BEYOND THE STREETS. Anything else we can expect?

Gastman: A Lot of surprises and conversations. We are going to be covering and talking about everything!

ONE37pm:  Renowned artist Cleon Peterson will be directing. How has it been working with him?

Gastman: He’s great! Cleon is not a graffiti/street artist and he is incredible. He’s an artist inspired by magical paintings, who focuses a lot on simplicity. He’s great to work with. Sometimes he’ll be on a call and won’t say anything, and then he’ll pop in with something out of nowhere to show that he was listening to every word the whole time. He inspires a lot of fresh ideas.

ONE37pm: Anything else you want the world to know about BEYOND THE STREETS?

Gastman: It’s going to be a complete new experience in terms of our content. We’ll have our holiday shopping, and our artwork will be accessible for many to see without necessarily having to go into a gallery. We’re excited to be partnered with NTWRK because they give us the technology and opportunity to showcase artists.

We really have a diverse range of people, and our formula is very fast-paced. There will be a new episode every ten to 15 minutes where a new product will become available to purchase, and like we said before, we always have new content continuously rolling out. Each episode will be able to reach somebody with many different curation changes. We work with many different types of artists because we really aim to tell strong and different stories.

There’s also another exciting announcement in store, as it was announced today that J Balvin will serve as the emcee for the event. 

BEYOND THE STREETS will take place on NTWRK December 1st and December 2nd. 

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How eBay and Sneaker Con Are Elevating The Sneaker Community

The 2021 Sneaker Con trail continues to blaze, this time with a weekend stop in the city of Atlanta where hundreds of sneakerheads gathered to buy, sell, and connect with fellow sneaker lovers who share the same passion. ONE37pm attended the event for the first time this year, and met with eBay’s General Manager of Sneakers, Garry Thaniel to discuss the over $21B retail sneaker market, the $2B resale sneaker market, and what makes eBay the number one marketplace for sneaker reselling – including eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee and zero seller fees. 

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With eBay recently reaching over one million items authenticated, the sneaker category continues to explode on the platform with an average of 1.64M sneaker listings each day. Last year eBay sold a total of 7.69 million sneakers in North America with an average of 15 pairs of sneakers bought every minute on eBay, while also boasting their fastest-growing – yet frequently under-served community of female sneaker collectors and enthusiasts in an estimated $80 billion market.

The women’s sneaker category is another fast-growing area on eBay growing more than 80% through the course of 2020, and sales of men’s sneakers bought by female shoppers doubled over that same period.

We spoke with Thaniel more about the continued sneaker growth on eBay, and what we can expect in this final quarter of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.

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ONE37pm: What’s it like being here in Atlanta for Sneaker Con?

Thaniel: It’s great being here! I love Atlanta, and there’s a lot in the sneaker culture that is blowing up from here. ATL is definitely an influential place, and eBay is here partnering with Sneaker Con. We’ve been at the forefront and the OGs to some extent when it comes to the resell market online specifically. This is a great opportunity for us to also show people what we are doing in terms of the authenticity booth we have, and we just hit a milestone of authenticating one million pairs of sneakers which is amazing.

We’re also not charging any fees right now for people to sell on eBay. On average we save people roughly $17 to $20 million dollars in authentication fees. We want to get exposure and show people what we are doing!

ONE37pm: You guys aren’t new to this as people have been buying and selling sneakers on eBay since the very beginning. Can you talk a bit about that evolution?

Thaniel: We’re always trying to make sure that we evolve to meet the market’s expectations. When we first started, authentication wasn’t table stakes and now it is. How the marketplace is going gets us excited in the eBay community. We’re aiming to make eBay the most inclusive sneaker community out there including the older people like myself who bought their first limited edition sneakers on eBay.

Whether you are like me and want to search and find the most rare thing or just a person that wants to look fresh. I’m the kind of person who will go down a rabbit hole of searching for what I want. Ultimately it’s our goal to make the sneaker community as welcoming as possible.

ONE37pm: Is there a specific sneaker you’ve seen in 2021 that’s popping off?

Thaniel: The Travis Scott shoes, Fragment, and Dunks have been huge for us this year. Dunks are up over 300 percent, and then of course the Jordans. Yeezys are up significantly on our platform as well, but then we also have some stuff that you wouldn’t expect. Donovan Mitchell’s adidas D.O.N. is up over 100 percent for us in sales. Kawhi Leonard’s sneaker releases are up over 400 percent.

ONE37pm: Could you give us a little more insight into the authentication process?

Thaniel: We have partnered with Sneaker Con to authenticate every pair of shoes that’s over $100. We have a process where they look at everything on the shoe in terms of the stitching, labeling, smell, etc., but they will also look at smaller things like the box, the picture on the box, and the paper in the box.

For many people sneakers are investment pieces that are an alternative stream of income, and with anything you are investing in, you want to make sure you have the real deal. Sneaker Con has an amazing team, and this process gives us the trust of sellers using the platform while obviously gaining the buyers confidence as well. 

ONE37pm: What makes eBay the best?

Thaniel: For me eBay is the best for two reasons. First because we have anything that you are looking for across our platform. There’s a lot of gems that you can find here that range from brand new to pre-owned rare gems. The other reason is our place in the community. As I said before, we want to make sure everybody feels welcome in our community. This was the first place I found my most expensive pair of sneakers.

When I was in college around 2001 and 2002, I wanted a pair of the Tim Duncan Foamposite Max shoes from 1998. I didn’t have the money to buy them when they came out, but in 2002 I did. I found them on eBay and to this day they are in my closet. When I wear them people pause. That’s why we are the best because we have a platform to allow people to tell their stories. Most sneakerheads will tell you that they got their start on eBay.

ONE37pm: We’re heading into the holidays and the first quarter of 2022. What can we expect?

Thaniel: I think we’ll continue to see sneakers being one of the top sneaker items. Our business has seen triple digit growth. I’ve been in touch with many of the sellers in our buying community when it comes to items people are most excited about, and I think you will still see people buying a lot of the items they’ve always wanted like Travis Scott, New Balance, Dunks, etc. As much as new releases will be super important, so will the things people have been watching for a while that they are finally going to pull the trigger on. We are already excited about 2022, and many of the things that we are working on right now on eBay to better serve our customers.

Be sure to follow eBay on Instagram and Twitter for more exciting updates.

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What Is Dr. Dre’s Net Worth?

When he first came around in the 1980s as part of World Class Wreckin’ Cru and N.W.A., predicting the way that Dr. Dre’s career ended up panning out would have been impossible. Three and a half decades later, Andre Young has earned himself a net worth of $820 million. Here’s how he did it.

Music

Throughout his career, Dre has sold millions of albums and singles and been a part of some classic tours.

Songs like ‘Still D.R.E.’, ‘Forgot About Dre’ and ‘The Next Episode’ from his 1999 album 2001 still make him a lot of money with big royalty checks today.

It’s also worth noting that Dre has produced big singles for other artists. A few months ago, KXNG Crooked was talking about working with Dr. Dre and implied that a beat from him costs $250k. Of course, when things get to that price, it’s rare that a musician actually makes that every time they do a song, usually settling for a lower price for a frequent collaborator or a trade of some sort.

Aftermath Entertainment

Although he’s undoubtedly made millions of dollars over the span of his own career (both with his own music and production for other high profile artists), Dr. Dre has been one of the Hip-Hop artists that has really proved how much other ventures can be financially lucrative.

In March of 1996, Dre left Death Row Records over concerns about Suge Knight’s financial situation. The same month, he teamed up with Death Row’s distribution label Interscope Records to form his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. The same year, he signed Group Therapy, The Firm, RBX, and King T to the label. None of those are massive names but were a great foundation at the time.

To date, Aftermath has been the home of some of the biggest names in the music industry. Some of its former acts include 50 Cent, The Game, and Busta Rhymes. Today, it’s arguably more successful than ever. Current acts under the label are Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak. Em has been signed since 1998, Kendrick since 2012 and .Paak since 2016, which means that Dre has made millions off of his own artists. As he bragged on ‘Talk About It’, “still got Eminem checks I ain’t opened yet”.

Beats By Dre

In the summer of 2018, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine launched the first line of Beats By Dre headphones, a company that they had founded two years prior. The line consisted of Beats Studio, Beats Tour, Beats Solo, Beats Spin, Heartbeats, and Diddy Beats, the latter pairs being collaborations with Lady Gaga and Diddy, respectively.

For years from that point, it wasn’t unusual to see Beats ad placements in many of the biggest music videos like Keri Hilson’s ‘Knock You Down’, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pills N Potions’ and Soulja Boy’s ‘Turn My Swag On’, to name a few. Over years, with these placements and collaborations with many celebrities like LeBron James Lil Wayne, they had made a massive name for themselves and Apple took notice.

In May of 2014, it was reported that Apple was in negotiations with Beats to purchase them for $3.2 billion, which would be their biggest purchase of all time. The deal was officially announced soon after, with $400 million paid in Apple stock and the rest in cash. Dre owned 20-25% of the company at the time and the deal is widely known for dubbing him Hip-Hop’s first billionaire.

In 2018, Dre appeared at #98 on Forbes’ list of the year’s highest celebrity earners with $35 million. That was based only on the money he was still making from the Apple deal and music income from his back catalog.

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A Look At Tom Brady’s TB12 Brand With Co-Founder Alex Guerrero

The key to longevity as an athlete is health and consistency. At 44-years-old, Tom Brady has been able to have one of the longest and most successful careers in the history of professional sports, and as Brady begins this NFL season with yet another Super Bowl win under his belt, people are once again asking how he does it. If you want the answers on how he does it, look no further than TB12, the health and wellness brand he co-founded with longtime body coach Alex Guerrero in 2013. With the season back in full swing, we spoke with Guerrero about TB12, the importance of athletes caring for and maintaining their bodies, and how you can live a pain-free life. 

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ONE37pm: You and Tom Brady launched TB12 in 2013. What was that process like then, and how has the company evolved since?

Guerrero: When I first started working with Tom, he couldn’t toss a ball without feeling pain. I worked with him using what would later be coined as muscle pliability, and he noticed a difference within two days of receiving his treatment. From there, our friendship and partnership began. I remember one day in 2012, we were sitting in Tom’s living room during a break in their offseason training and we reflected on the impact our work together had made on his ability to improve his performance.

I asked myself: If what we’re doing works for you, why wouldn’t it work for everyone? And so, the TB12 brand was born. TB12 is really a holistic approach to optimize pain management, performance, and recovery, with a focus on nutrition, hydration, and movement – and it can be applied to anyone. We are hoping to change the game for health and wellness globally and help people live their lives to the fullest and do what they love for as long as possible.

TB12 has a large and growing web presence, including virtual workout sessions.

The eCommerce store sells everything from pliability and performance equipment to the highest-quality nutritional supplements on the market.

ONE37pm:  These last few years one of the biggest questions in regards to Brady is how he has been able to achieve this type of longevity and stay in such great shape. Can you give us more insight into his overall process?

Guerrero: To perform your best is to perform pain-free. Tom and I work on several things to prevent overload to elbows and shoulders and maintaining mobility and strength through his hips and spine.  But the constant through it all was the hard work and determination that propelled Tom personally.  There are many ways to stay healthy, but one key part of longevity is muscle pliability.  For applying some of the practices of pliability that Tom works on,  you can roll out your muscles pre-and post-workout.

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One of the best ways to experience deep-tissue manipulation is with a TB12 Body Coach whose process is modeled after my work with Tom. If you don’t have access to a Body Coach, you can perform pliability work at home using devices like the TB12 Vibrating Pliability Roller, our Vibrating Pliability Sphere, or our Vibrating Mini Sphere. The second way to get pliable is to pursue a lifestyle that minimizes inflammation, which comes from a balanced approach to nutrition and an emphasis on proper hydration. A lifestyle that supports your pliability also has to include a good amount of sleep, which helps your brain to recover and develop. The result of pliability is that you recover faster, play better, and spend less time on the sidelines.

ONE37pm: Some of the core elements of TB12 are pliability, hydration, and living a pain-free life. A lot of our readers are young athletes that want to have long careers and just be healthy in general. Can you expand upon those concepts?

Guerrero: TB12 is centered around a holistic methodology for your overall health and athletic performance with personalized services from Body Coaches mirroring my approach to training Tom. TB12 integrates revolutionary concepts in deep-force muscle pliability work, hydration, nutrition, movement, and mental fitness. With a focus on performance and recovery, we help people do what they love better and for longer. Through this work, it is our mission to empower people to live pain-free and perform their best. 

Some of the key differentiators of the TB12 Method are the emphasis on pliability and recovery as a whole:  

At TB12, we believe everything begins with pliability, which is the daily lengthening and softening of muscles to promote recovery and help protect from injury. 

Core pillars of the TB12 Method include pliability, hydration, mental fitness, movement, and nutrition. We also believe that the recovery process is multi-faceted – it includes rest, hydration, diet, and pre and post-workout pliability. 

Overall, the body and brain need re-centering, rest, and recovery in order to perform their best 

ONE37pm: Last but not least, is there anything else that TB12 has in store for the rest of 2021. Obviously, the season is back in action which is exciting.

Guerrero: In addition to our Tampa, Boston, and Foxborough locations, TB12 has major growth plans that include expansion into markets such as NY, LA, and Florida. Our vision is to become the world’s most trusted authority on health and wellness.

You can continue to keep up with TB12 on both Instagram and Twitter.

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Here’s How Lil Uzi’s Net Worth Has Skyrocketed in Recent Years

Lil Uzi Vert aka Uzi is one of the most popular rappers and songwriters in the world. In the process of rising to fame, he has also been able to achieve a growing net worth through his hit records and popularity. While it takes time to build an empire, Uzi is already off to a fast start with an estimated net worth of $25 million. Now you may be wondering how he has been able to hit the 25 million mark in just a few short years, so we’re going to break it down for you right now.

Early Beginnings
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Lil Uzi

The 27-year-olds journey began in Philadelphia where he grew up inspired by the rappers and artists of the late 1990s and early 2000s. During that time period, he began dabbling into his own musical skills when he started rapping in high school. According to Wikipedia, Uzi began rapping with different music groups such as his group Steakhouse and released his first EP Purple Thoughtz Vol. 1 in 2014. The project captured the attention of music industry executives, and the rapper released his follow-up mixtape The Real Uzi later that same year, eventually signing a record deal with Atlantic Records.

Career Success
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Uzi began building even more steam in 2015 setting himself up for his 2016 breakthrough where he was a part of XXL’s 2016 Class. Each new release was more successful than the previous and thus resulted in the artist earning more with each new project. Uzi also began working with some of the music industry’s most elite artists like Migos, Gucci Mane, and Playboi Carti while also elevating his presence in the touring scene. Similar to the way most major athletes make more from their endorsement deals than their actual playing contracts, musicians tend to earn more from live performances and tours as opposed to their albums/EPs.

In 2017, Uzi landed a gig performing on the European leg of The Weeknd’s Legend of the Fall Tour, and began piling on the hits with his feature on “Woke Up Like This,” and the August 2017 release of Luv Is Rage 2 which paved for his April 2019 signing with Roc Nation. 

2019-2020
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Uzi has spent the last couple of years continuing to build his catalog with a steady stream of releases. Unfortunately, the pandemic has halted/delayed a lot of performing opportunities for entertainers, which means they haven’t been able to get out on the road as much. Uzi spent the majority of 2021 releasing the anticipated deluxe addition to Eternal Awake, which added fourteen tracks to the original and included major features from Future, Lil Durk, Gunna, and more. The album was number one with 400 million streams during the first part of the pandemic, making it the largest streaming count since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter 4

2020- Present
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So what’s in store for Lil Uzi in the future? The only thing we know right now is that he’s currently in the studio working on new projects. According to Wikipedia, Uzi is recording an album called Forever Young, and has plans to release a follow-up to 2017’s Luv Is Rage 2. At the moment there are no confirmed concert dates in the works, but we imagine that Uzi is probably waiting it out to see what the landscape will look like in terms of this ongoing pandemic and how safe live performances will be. That said, a lot of artists have returned to the performing scene, so it’s possible that we can see Uzi back on stage once he releases again. 

Lil Uzi’s career and net worth is continuously growing, and it will be interesting to see what other major moves he makes in the years to come.

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Why Diverse Creators Are Choosing NTWRK

If you are involved in the world of content, entertainment, and e-commerce, then at some point you have probably seen something from NTWRK pop up in your social media scrolling. The North American premier live stream platform has become the go-to incubator for diverse, world-class creators, catering to the growing digital-native consumer market while also partnering with multicultural creatives and brands to amplify both their stories and products. NTWRK focuses on a target audience of Gen Z and Millennial consumers actively zooming in on partnerships that allow them to grow as creators while bringing in revenue.

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Simply put—NTWRK is a creators’ dream regardless of which level you’re currently at in your journey. The company has already achieved several monumental milestones, including being named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies and Ad Age’s Hottest Brands, and is only getting started. NTWRK continues to partner with a wide range of diverse collaborators, including Bad Bunny, Sophia Chang, and J Balvin.

Recently coming off their latest partnership with DJ turned jeweler Ben Baller for an exclusive MTV chain, the company has big plans for the remainder of 2021. We spoke with NTWRK’s CMO Jason Brown on why creators, specifically those of color, are choosing the company as their e-commerce platform of choice.

ONE37pm: How did the concept of NTWRK come to fruition?

Brown: Actually, the funny thing is I’ve personally only been here for 60 days, but I’ve been on the outside looking in for a while because I’ve had a close relationship with the CEO Aaron Levant dating back to the early days of their comic book store on the Hollywood Strip when I was the head of marketing at Foot Locker. So I’ve always been on the outside looking in.

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NTWRK CMO Jason Brown

ONE37pm: How do you feel your previous career experiences have helped your new role at NTWRK?

Brown: All of my career experiences have helped in a number of ways, as well as the life that I’ve been living since I was five years old. I’ve always been enamored with culture, sports, music, and entertainment, even before I officially entered corporate America. So this is like everything coming together along with tapping into my life experiences.

ONE37pm: NTWRK has received numerous accolades already. What do you feel has contributed to that quick growth?

Brown: A couple of things. First, I would say it’s the vision of our CEO Aaron Levant, who understands the white space in the culture. Then it’s all of the people that work at NTWRK, which is over 100. One hundred employees might sound like a lot of people, but their execution and team effort is needed and have helped with our growth.

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NTWRK’ Diverse Creators

ONE37pm: You guys have done a lot of partnerships with world-class multicultural creators to tell their stories and showcase their products. How has that been?

Brown: Many of us here at NTWRK have similar lifestyles to these creators in terms of our passion, and some of us had previous existing relationships with these same creators before coming here. NTWRK is one of the most curated platforms in the world. People see what we’re doing and want to join us, for example—our Ben Baller partnership. We knew Ben Baller before becoming a jeweler. He was previously a DJ and lived the cultural lifestyle in a very different way than what he does today. It was definitely a full-circle moment! 

Other creators who have been able to utilize NTWRK’s far-reaching platform include:

**A first-generation Guatemalan born and raised in California, Joshua Vides is a graphic artist known for transforming everyday objects and occupiable space through sleek, hand-drawn illustrations. Vides has previously partnered with Fendi, Harrod’s, and Converse. 

**Afro-Mexican artist, Cristina Martinez finds beauty in the unexpected. Martinez’s work is an amalgamation of her love for both creating on a canvas and at a sewing machine.

**Dexter the Creator is an American artist of Mexican & Jewish descent who communicates his messages through the medium of footwear. At 21, Dexter began creating his now-signature bespoke sneaker pieces, composed of high-quality exotic materials sourced from around the globe.

**Sophia Chang is a pioneering Taiwanese American entrepreneur who, in less than a decade, managed to champion a name for herself in the art, design, and streetwear community worldwide. Chang has collaborated with a-list names such as Samsung, Nike, Apple, and HBO.

**Korean-American Ben Baller comes from a family with 35 years of jewelry-making history. The self-proclaimed “best jeweler in the world” has a clientele that includes Mariah Carey, The Weeknd, Kanye West, and even Michael Jackson. 

**Bad Bunny, the chart-topping Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and producer based in San Juan is a dominant voice in Latin trap and a general trendsetter for música Urbana. The multi-faceted artist has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, won a Latin Grammy, and received Variety’s Achievement in International Music Award in 2020. 

**Award-winning Colombian Urbano singer J Balvin is a chart-topping recording artist whose polished urban singles and multi-platinum-selling albums have made him a top-tier Latin pop crossover act. 

**Jeff Staple (born Jeffrey Ng) is a creative visionary with work encompassing graphic design, fashion design, footwear design, and brand marketing. He is the founder of the streetwear brand STAPLE, the creative agency REED ART DEPARTMENT, and the creator of the infamous NIKE x STAPLE PIGEON DUNK. Jeff has worked on creative projects ranging from startup brands to Fortune 100 companies.

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ONE37pm: You sort of covered our next question! We were going to ask why you think creators are choosing NTWRK, but is there anything else you want to add?

Brown: Part of our ability to book talent is definitely NTWRK’s credibility, but it’s also the steam we’ve been able to build on our own too, like with the Cheetos x Bad Bunny capsule. People are much more inclined to work with us because they’ve seen our body of work. We also make a conscious effort to provide a platform for multicultural creators and amplify their voices while giving them a unique avenue to profit from their passions.

ONE37pm: What else is NTWRK bringing us for the rest of the year?

Brown: We have a handful of plans starting with our TRANSFER festival with Edison Chen, which is all about design culture. Then we have our second iteration of “Beyond The Streets” which is a digitized way for artists and creators to celebrate their work. That’s as close to “IRL” we’re getting this year, but we will also be launching our first official NTWRK campaign.

It sounds crazy, but we haven’t had a consumer-facing brand introduction in nearly two years, and there’s still a lot of people who don’t know who we are or what we do. We want to introduce ourselves and have conversations about creators who aren’t Ben Baller or Sophia Chang. Also, I can’t reveal too much yet, but we will have a NTWRK gift guide coming out in November for the holiday season so we are looking forward to that as well.

And so are we. You can keep with NTWRK’s latest updates on Instagram and Twitter.

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What Is Michael Jordan’s Net Worth?

We’re already familiar with Michael Jordan’s legacy as a basketball player, but sometimes his legacy as an entrepreneur and mogul gets lost in the mix of his GOAT status. One could very well argue that Michael Jordan continues to have the most impactful individual brand in the history of sports. According to a report from Forbes, Jordan has an overall net worth of $1.6 Billion, with the majority of those earnings having come off the court.

The six-time champion and Hall of Famer continues to be a powerful earning force in the entertainment industry as evidenced by last year’s ESPN docu-series The Last Dance, and his weekly sneaker releases that oftentimes have the sneaker communities fighting for a shot at snagging new pairs to add to their collections. We’ll be looking closer at Michael Jordan the businessman, and chronicling his evolution.

Early Beginnings
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Every story has a first chapter, and for Jordan, that chapter starts in 1984 when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls. The NBA landscape was a lot different in that era, and players weren’t earning as much as they can command today. Nonetheless, Jordan’s signing with the Bulls marked his first professional basketball contract, and thus the start of his career earnings.

According to a June 2020 article written by Kriel Ibarrola, the iconic Jumpman logo brings in roughly $3 billion annually, and MJ nets roughly $100 million in Nike Royalties.

Other Endorsements
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Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

When looking at Jordan’s entrepreneurial rise, it’s important to understand that it took years (maybe even decades) to fully build the Jordan brand. While super successful, MJ wasn’t raking in hundreds of millions at the very beginning, and Jordan didn’t have ambassadors signed to shoe deals until he was near his first retirement.

Prior to that Jordan was viewed as the “competitor” which meant his NBA peers likely wouldn’t be sporting his shoe because, well, you can’t exactly wear your enemy’s shoes. As number 23 continued to grow the business element of his career, he also signed endorsement deals with Gatorade, McDonald’s, and later on Hanes.

Jordan has also partnered with other big-name brands like Coca-Cola, Wheaties, and Upper Deck over the years, and like most other athletes, earned more from his sponsorships than basketball which only netted him $90 million for the entirety of his playing career.

Space Jam
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Michael Jordan Space Jam

In 1996 Jordan signed on to star in the now cult-classic basketball film Space Jam. While nobody knows exactly how much he was paid to do the movie, Space Jam was a monster box office success grossing over $250 million worldwide, eventually going on to become the highest-grossing basketball film of all time.

Post-NBA Earnings
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Michael Jordan

We already mentioned earlier the massive earning power of the Jordan brand due to its hype, popularity, regular releases, and signees, but since his second retirement in 2003, Jordan has also continued to earn money in other areas. In 2010, MJ took majority control of the Charlotte Hornets. Additionally, an April 2021 report from Clutchpoints states that Jordan bought the Hornets for a whopping $175 million, which wound up being an excellent investment for him as the franchise is now worth roughly $1.5 billion.

Surely nothing in this article is a surprise. Michael Jordan has been a force to reckon with both on and off the court for nearly four decades. He’s one of the most prolific athletes of all time who was able to crossover and have an impact on people who weren’t even major basketball fans. Jordans remain the most popular and in-demand sneaker, MJ’s presence still commands major attention, and he remains one of the most powerful people on the face of this planet. 

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ONE37pm Has A Conversation With The Harlem Globetrotters

If you are anything like me, then you have been fascinated by the Harlem Globetrotters for pretty much your entire life. Since being founded in 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters have been capturing global attention for decades, passing down their immense basketball talent, entertainment skills, and mind boggling tricks literally through generations. Of course, as you all know, last year was tough in many different capacities, and for those of us that are sports lovers, our outlet is, well, sports. For the first time in our lives, sports were completely taken away from us, and the world stopped. Whether you were an athlete or an avid sports fan, that period of time felt like a part of your life was missing.

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Harlem Globetrotters

Now over a year later sports are fully back, and so are the Harlem Globetrotters. Kicking off their 2021 Spread Game Tour, the Globetrotters are putting on a show as usual, while welcoming the addition of some new on-court characters. The tour has been a massive success so far, with plenty more U.S and International dates lined up through October. We caught up with players Nate aka “Big Easy,” Corey aka “Thunder,” and Cherelle aka “Torch” to discuss how the season is going so far, what it means to them to represent black excellence on and off the court, and the meaning behind being a Harlem Globetrotter.

ONE37pm: First of all, we just wanted to congratulate you guys on the tour! How has that been for you guys so far?

Big Easy: It’s been good! We haven’t been out here in about sixteen months, and I think the fans need something to do right now because everybody has been locked up due to Covid. It’s been good to just get out there and make people smile, and give them something to do with their families. We are doing that times 10!

Thunder: I’ll piggyback off what Easy said. The last sixteen months has not been what we’re accustomed to, and one thing the world definitely needed was the Globetrotters. We’re representing joy and spreading it all over the world creating memories. It’s definitely been good to get back to what we love, and I’m enjoying it!

Torch: I feel the same as the guys! To get back into these arenas and see these fans has been nice.

ONE37pm: This piece is about getting to know you all off the court. For those that don’t know you on a personal level, what do you like off the court? What are your hobbies and interests?

Big Easy: I’m a girl and boy dad! I’ve got two girls and two boys. For me, I’m all about spending time with my family. I’ve been a licensed real estate agent for the past six years, and I’m big into that. Especially during Covid where I had time to be home consecutive months. I’m all about that and doing good for the next generation. I’m trying to teach kids what I’ve learned at 30 and 40, and give them that knowledge at 17. I talk to these kids not about basketball, but about the importance of having credit, saving money, and just things in general that you aren’t taught in the black community. My dad passed and he never had a debit card. My mother is 60 and she still doesn’t have a credit card. I want to help those that are coming behind me understand what’s important. I’m a golfer too, and I just ordered some new golf clubs. Hopefully my game will get better! I like to chill, sit back, and relax.

Thunder: I’m a girl dad! When I’m not working, whatever I do involves them. I enjoy being with my family and friends, and if it’s a weekend you are definitely going to catch me at somebody’s brunch. I’ve got to get my brunch and mimosas in! I also just picked up golfing and I’m into real estate as well. I’ve got a few properties and have some real estate in Florida, so that’s been going well. I just enjoy life, and I’m very happy and outgoing. The person I am on the court is who I am off of it. I like to dance, laugh, and have a good time.

Torch: I love to play flag football! I’m a daughter and a sister, and I love all sports. I’m into acting which I began doing after Covid, and I started spending time with family during the downtime that we had. I was just trying to make up for time that we normally spend on the road because you miss a lot of memories. During Covid I just tried to do other things because even though I love the game of basketball, I love other sports and family time too.

ONE37pm: The Harlem Globetrotters exemplify black excellence on and off the court, and you guys are working together to target racial and social injustice, anti-bullying, and just using your voices in general to make a change. Could you speak a little more about that?

Big Easy: I think it’s super important. I did the Amazing Race three times, and I wanted to do it because I knew 14 million people were going to be watching. That was also good for the Globetrotters from a PR standpoint. I wanted all the black and brown kids to look on the screen and see a black athlete that could compete for a million dollars, and wasn’t a bad person that was getting in trouble, being disrespectful to women, etc. I wanted them to see somebody who was doing all of these cool things in the community.

I’m straight from the projects in New Orleans, and I understand what some of these kids are going through, but I want them to know that I’m on the other side. They need to know that the stuff they are going through is part of their journey, not their destination. I’ve been through all of the same things, and I want them to feel that they can come out and do it better than me. I love that responsibility. We started on somebody’s shoulder, so now we have to reach out and pull up.

Thunder: I remember when I first joined the Globetrotters, Big Easy put me on to so much game. The knowledge he spread was so important, and when I go to camps, I’m not talking to kids about basketball. I’m talking to them about how to set themselves up for life because the ball is going to stop bouncing one day. You want to leave a legacy, and that is what I’m about right now. I’m also about breaking curses, and it’s time to break a lot of those cycles that Easy already spoke on. If I could use this Globetrotters name on my chest to get their attention, I am absolutely going to do that.

Torch: I feel that representation is so important. A lot of times at games when I run out with the guys—there’s a great chance that there is a female in the stands that didn’t even know that female globetrotters exist. Everyday I try to be the best that I can be, and just about every night there is a parent that tells me that their daughter was inspired. Being a positive role model for young black and brown girls is all that I can ask for every single night. It’s truly been a blessing to have this position.

ONE37pm: What does it mean to represent the Harlem Globetrotters?

Big Easy: Being a Globetrotter is like being a superhero! We were in an elevator recently, and this man asked if we were really Globetrotters. He was in town with his son who has brain cancer to start radiation treatment for him. He asked if we could take a picture with his son, and we went downstairs to take the picture. There’s no telling what this kid is going through and how his family is suffering, but for that moment he was able to smile, and his mom was able to smile and start crying.

We were able to make a kid who probably hasn’t smiled in weeks, laugh and smile. We could tell you hundreds of stories about our impact around the world and in our communities. When I come home they treat me like a hometown hero, and it’s something that feels good.

Thunder: The Globetrotters have an annual draft, and I was one of the players drafted in 2013. I had just graduated college, and I told my mom that I’d gotten an email from them (the Globetrotters), and she was just so excited. She instantly told me the story of Curly Neal coming to her school, and she remembered it vividly. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into until I played my first game and saw these kids going crazy. I had a chance to meet this kid named Michael George in Houston who was dealing with Leukemia. I visited his class, went to his house, and showed him the Globetrotter video. He started crying and shaking, and he told me how excited he was to see me. To be a part of something like that changed my life. It means a lot to be a Globetrotter.

Torch: I’m fortunate to be a part of an organization that has been changing lives for 95 years globally. It doesn’t matter if I’m in Australia or Tupelo, Mississippi, everybody has the same stories and it trickles down through generations. It’s amazing! I feel it’s our job to keep this legacy going because they talk about the Curly Neals, but one day they are going to talk about Big Easy. It’s like a dream come true. When I come home my family will ask me how Jerusalem was and the rest of my travels. My family looks at me and holds me to a higher standard, and we make them proud. I want to continue the legacy of us being great basketball players and great people.

ONE37pm: Last but not least, what can we expect for the rest of the season?

Big Easy: I look forward to the kids who will experience seeing us for the first time. I want to make sure those same kids are on YouTube showing their children Harlem Globetrotter videos 20 or 30 years from now and passing it on. This has been going on for 95 years and I am not about to mess it up. We’re going to keep this going. I’m getting closer to the end, but I know we’re in good hands. I want to make sure every night there is somebody new watching that leaves in the arena happy. If I do that, nothing else matters.

Thunder: Every night when I’m put on that jersey I feel like a superhero. That’s the swag I have every night. Each game is going to have somebody that has never seen us before, and we might even be in a place where there aren’t many Black people. We want to counter those stereotypes of us, and I want to change any negative mindsets. That’s how I rock and that’s how I feel every game.

Torch: I feel like the guys said everything I was going to say! Whether there’s three people in the stands or hundreds, we are going to do what we do every night. Like Big Easy said, there is a kid each game that hasn’t seen us, and that is who we go hard for.

Be sure to check out the Harlem Globetrotters on tour this season, and visit their official website to purchase tickets. You can also follow the Globetrotters on Instagram.

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Everything To Know About Lebron’s Agent Rich Paul

Ohio stand up! At this stage of the game, Rich Paul is an instantly recognizable household name. The literal definition of a power player, Paul has established himself as one of the most prominent sports agents in the world with his sports management in company Klutch Sports Group, which represents a large number of some of the best athletes in the world including: Trae Young, Anthony Davis, and of course, longtime friend and business partner Lebron James. Like many success stories, Paul’s journey to the top wasn’t easy, and if you are from Ohio (I lived there for several years during my childhood), then you are more than familiar with his story.

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Rich Paul, Lebron James, Maverick Carter, and Beanie Sigel in 2005

Through the years there have been plenty of documentaries and written pieces (such as Lebron’s 2008 documentary More Than A Game) crafted on the business side of Lebron James and his team, but working with James early on in his career was just the beginning, and now names like Rich Paul, Maverick Carter, etc., stand completely alone with their own set of power. Ten years ago you may have automatically associated Rich Paul with James, but that is not the case in 2021. Simply put, Paul is a massive force in the sports and entertainment industry as a whole, and this is only the beginning of plenty more to come. Here’s a breakdown of how he was able to do it.

How Did Rich Paul Meet Lebron James?
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In Paul’s case, his meeting with Lebron James was a bit different than the others. Maverick Carter and James were teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School prior to Carter leaving for college, and Randy Mims’ relationship with James dates all the way back to his childhood. If you’ve ever been to Akron/Cleveland, then you are aware of how small the city can be. It can be one of those places where everybody knows one another, but as fate would have it James and Paul didn’t cross paths until James was in high school. According to a 2014 article from Business Insider, the two met at the Akron-Canton airport in 2002 while both were waiting to board their respective flights.

Apparently the then 21-year-old Paul was rocking a Warren Moon throwback jersey (which James was impressed by), and was headed to Atlanta to buy more jerseys (Paul had a business where he sold jerseys out of the trunk of his car). Paul gave James the name of his Atlanta connection, told him to drop his name for a discount, and the two eventually became friends as Lebron continued to soar through his historic high school career.

Shortly after James was drafted as the No 1. pick in the 2003 draft, Paul came on board as James’ personal assistant.

What Were The Early Years Like?
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Rich Paul

Paul quickly went from James’ personal assistant to part of his agency/marketing team, taking a position working under Leon Rose (James’ agent at the time) at Creative Artists Agency. Rose had previously negotiated James’ 2006 contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Paul spent six years under his tutelage before deciding it was time to start his own agency.

Enter Klutch Sports Group
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Rich Paul, Maverick Carter, and Jay-Z

You had to be there. Nearly ten years later we can look back at the start of Klutch Sports as a “moment in history,” but at the time this was a move that received quite a bit of skepticism and even negativity from certain individuals. In 2012, Paul was known more so for his work with Leon in regards to James’ career, and there was some chatter about his ability to strike out on his own and create a successful sports agency. Well, Paul certainly proved all of those critics wrong.

James immediately left CAA and signed with…Rich Paul and Klutch Sports. In the span of six-short years, Paul went from working with James’ agent to being actually his agent, and from there the doors opened for Paul to sign more high-profile clients. Through the years, Klutch Sports has added on a long list of signees to their roster such as Anthony Davis, John Wall, and plenty more, along with James’ negotiations to return to Cleveland in 2014, and his move to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

What Is Rich Paul’s Net Worth?
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Rich Paul and Kobe Bryant

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Paul is currently worth a whopping $100 million, which should come as no surprise seeing as though he represents some of the most elite figures in sports. To date, Paul manages over 20 NBA players and added a football division to Klutch in 2019. Paul has been reported to earn over $70 million from his rising players, so one can only imagine what he rakes in from his all-star and superstar clients.

Of course the emergence of new NIL rule amongst college athletes will be something to keep an eye on from Klutch Sports as collegiate athletes can now profit from their name, image, and likeness. Paul has already gotten started in that department as it was announced two weeks ago that USC quarterback Kedon Slovis would be signing with the agency for representation.

For as much as Rich Paul has accomplished in such a relatively short amount of time, it still feels like bigger is on the way. Time will tell what else Paul has up his sleeve in terms of his major business moves, but if history is any indication, those moves will be massive.