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Celebrity Cyber Report – LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Dave Chappelle, Kanye West

LeBron James

YouTube has added another big name to its Red subscription streaming service. NBA legend LeBron James will get executive producer credit for “Best Shot,” an eight-episode documentary covering a high school basketball team. The team is being mentored by former NBA star Jay Williams. “Best Shot” follows the players struggles with life’s everyday challenges while simultaneously chasing their hoop dreams.

The documentary will be directed by Michael John Warren. Warren has impressive credentials and is best known for his documentaries on hip-hop stars Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj. No date has been released for “Best Shot” so look for it on Red sometime in 2018.

Dwayne Wade

Another NBA star showing up on streaming media is James’  teammate Dwayne Wade. Facebook is offering a reality based show with the NBA star.  The show, which premiered on November 20th,  gives fans a look inside the star’s daily life.  Entitled “BackCourt” cameras follow the three time NBA champion as he travels to Europe for fashion events, attempts to master golf all the while managing his business interests.

Wade will be joining other pro athletes with Facebook programs to include Lonzo Ball of the L.A.Lakers and his family,  and Raider’s running back Marshawn Lynch.  Episodes of “BackCourt” will air on Mondays.

Dave Chapelle

According to Variety comedian Dave Chappelle’s third Netflix special, “Dave Chappelle: Equanimity,” is set to debut on the streaming service on New Year’s Eve.  This is Chapelle’s first exclusive comedy special for Netflix. Last year Netflix announced that Chapelle would perform three specials for the channel.  The first two performances, released in March, were  shows performed at Austin City Limits entitled “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “The Age of Spin: Live at the Hollywood Palladium.” Both were previously un-released performances. 

In addition to Chappelle’s specials, Netflix is rumored to have dropped $40 million for the rights to two Chris Rock specials.

Kanye West

Rapper and all around attention getter Kanye West is taking his business empire into cyber space. According to reports West’s business people recently filed a trademark for a new service called “Yeezy Sound.” “Yeezy Sound” is intended to do everything from stream music to broadcast television.

“Yeezy Sound” trademark statement reveals the service will offer “streaming music, audio, images, video, and other multimedia over the Internet, mobile devices, wireless networks, and other computer networks and electronic communication networks.”

Essentially Kanye is getting into the merciless combat that is fought among the likes of  Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube. Other services from “Yeezy Sound” will include “providing online chat rooms, online electronic bulletin boards and community forums” allowing fans and other users to communicate.

Kanye is known for his ego and grand aspirations. “Yeezy Sound” is no different. It appears that the bruising he is sure to receive in the music streaming game is not enough. “Yeezy Sound” will also seek  “broadcasting of cable television, television and radio programs” as well as “video streaming services via the Internet, featuring independent films and movies.” So it seems he is also picking a fight with heavyweights Hulu and Netflix. Good luck brother!

Gabrielle Union Victimized by Hackers

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Gabrielle Union

Here we go again. Another bunch of nude images posted on the Internet of female celebrities. According to reports actress Gabrielle Union had nude images stolen and posted on the the Internet for all to see. According to Union the images were shared with her husband NBA star Dwayne Wade then deleted. Union has vowed to contact the FBI over the leaked pictures.  Union and Wade released a strongly worded joint statement saying, “It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures.”

The obvious question has to be where the images are coming from. Apple continues to deny  its iCloud service was been hacked. Instead Apple claims the images were stolen as a result of brute force password attacks against individual accounts.  

“After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the internet,” Apple said in a statement at the time.

“None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone.” But Apple has admitted that there was a flaw in its system that allowed an unlimited number of password attempts on its iCloud servers. Apple immediately repaired the flaw after the last batch of nude photos were released.

Breaking it down

Internet Rule #6,  Nothing is ever completely deleted.  If Gabrielle Union reads this I want her to understand this rule and all the others. If you know her and she has an iPhone then tell her that each time she places that phone on the charger it is communicating with the iCloud and every other app she has on her phone. Information is being transmitted. Please keep this in mind. 

Like the Jill Scott incident this was an unforgivable invasion into a black woman’s personal privacy. But lets get this straight; its not all about black women. It’s about the over objectification of all women. We will always objectify women. Its a natural part of our openly sexual culture and the rampant use of sex in our advertising imagery. We see sex everywhere. But we have to exercise some personal and societal limitations. If you want female nudity then indulge in all the porn you want online. Leave these women alone!

This act only reveals the efforts of the lowest in our society to be hurtful and cowardly. They will never stand up and admit to this because they know it was a sleazy thing to do. They fear the wrath of those with decency and respect for other’s privacy. To Gabrielle; you did nothing wrong. Even as a celebrity you are still entitled to your private moments. We as a society have wronged you and other women by tolerating these events. This is simply not acceptable. Lets hope the FBI tracks these assholes down.