Tag - downtown la

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Drake hosts ESPYS, including hilarious skits
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Skybar hosts Pre-Espys Celebrity Kickoff Party
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“Ball Up” Street Ball takes over downtown LA
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DJ Wells celebrates his birthday from downtown LA rooftop
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“Hollywood Divas” spotted at Exclusive Burlesque Show
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Clippers return to Staples Center for first time since Donald Sterling ban
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Glass Basketball Court in Downtown LA for Chris Paul Shoe Release
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Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown and French Montana for The Game’s “Ali Boomaye” Video

Drake hosts ESPYS, including hilarious skits

TTonight as everyone tuned into the ESPYs, one of the highlights was Drake hosting and carrying the show throughout the night. Drake is beyond talented – from music to acting to hosting. Tonight included everything from a Drake vs Blake war, songs about side pieces and honorable mentions, as well as a kiss from his crush, WNBA star Skylar Diggins. Check out the hilarious videos below:

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Skybar hosts Pre-Espys Celebrity Kickoff Party

WWith the ESPYs in town this week, Los Angeles is buzzing with athletes and entertainers from all over the world. Skybar in Hollywood hosted the 9th Annual All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party for the ESPYs. The event was not only a party but was a fundraising event to benefit The Artists & Athletes Alliance. There was a variety of people there, ranging from NFL players, NBA players, WWE legends, Olympians, Singers, Actors, Reality TV Stars and more. Check out the red carpet action in the photo gallery below!

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“Ball Up” Street Ball takes over downtown LA

SStreet Ball legends took over the Nokia Live in downtown Los Angeles for an acrobatic display of basketball. Ball Up, formerly known as And-1, is a team of the top street ball players in the country. They travel the world playing against local talent from each city. At the end of each game, one player is chosen from each city to come compete at the final game in Las Vegas at the end of the summer. From there, one player will be chosen to join the Ball Up team and travel the world with them.  They are not only amazing basketball players but awesome people as well! I have worked with Ball Up and many of the players for years and they are really great to be around. The atmosphere at the games is very playful and fun. Many of the NBA rules do not apply, leaving for the creative minds of these ball players to take over – From insane ball handling skills to hanging off the rim after a monster slam dunk.

The opposing team in LA included a lot of local guys who can be seen balling at the Drew League, Venice Beach League and Air West. The celebrity guest coaches of the team were James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Gilbert Arenas (NBA Allstar). The halftime performance included a show from the group LMFAO. Many stars were seen sitting courtside enjoying the game as well!

Ball Up is currently touring the country right now and will be concluding the summer in Las Vegas! Be sure to check out a game when they come to your town. Check out the photo gallery below!

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DJ Wells celebrates his birthday from downtown LA rooftop

The sounds of DJ Wells can be heard throughout some of the biggest events in Los Angeles. He is not only a talented DJ but also a sneaker head with quite an impressive collection! (You’ll never see him in public without rocking some dope kicks). He celebrated his 32nd birthday in downtown LA with family and friends. I’ve worked with Wells for a while now and I had the pleasure of capturing his birthday party! See all of the fun in the gallery below

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“Hollywood Divas” spotted at Exclusive Burlesque Show

Last night on the rooftop of 3100 Wilshire Blvd, Elise Neal hosted a Burlesque show along with her cast-mates for the new reality show, Hollywood Divas. The other “Divas” were in attendance as well. The lounge was the perfect setting to showcase talent on a stage for all to see. The show was hosted by the lovely Kym Whitley (She was making us all cry of laughter!). The show included everything from a Burlesque show, Pole Dance routine and lots of singing and dancing. The amazing Echoing Soundz staff was running things as well! Stay tuned for their new show coming soon, but in the mean time check out the photos from the event!

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Clippers return to Staples Center for first time since Donald Sterling ban

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The morning before the game 5 playoff between the Clippers and the Warriors, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that Clipper owner Donald Sterling would be fined 2.5 million dollars for his racist statements, along with a lifetime ban from any NBA related activities. Just hours after this news released, I headed down to staples center to see how the atmosphere was at the game. There were many fans outside protesting against Donald Sterling remaining the owner. Because many of the sponsors had also pulled out from working with the Clippers, there was a very different atmosphere – It was quiet and a bit sad before the game started. Before the players came out, we as fans were urged to stand as one and support these Clippers players who are out here fighting for a championship despite all of the controversy. The Clippers stated, “We Are One”. The fans really got up the energy which fed the players throughout the game. As the players continued to play well, it livened up the entire arena – ultimately resulting in a Win for the Clippers. They will be headed to Golden State to play game 6 of the series. Check out the video below for a recap

 

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Glass Basketball Court in Downtown LA for Chris Paul Shoe Release

Jordan Brand has a reputation of creating nothing but the best. For the Chris Paul shoe release, they set up a see through box with a basketball court inside. The event went on throughout the week, but I headed over to support some of the High School players that were invited down to participate in some events. There were different booths set up all around the court for the kids in attendance to come and do different activities. Everyone made their way towards the bleachers as Chris Paul came out and was interviewed about the shoe. He took some questions from the audience and then a few lucky guests were invited to come inside the glass court and show off their ball handling skills. One one of the boys from the boys and girls club got a chance to play Chris Paul 1 on 1 as well! It was a beautiful display and a great overall event.

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Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown and French Montana for The Game’s “Ali Boomaye” Video

This past weekend the Game filmed his new music video for the song Ali Boomaye. The 2-day shoot included appearances by MANY familiar faces – Including Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown and more. Check out the exclusive pictures below

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