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How Dominican Ballers Al Horford and Karl-Anthony Towns Formed An Unbreakable Bond

The duo met when a 15-year-old KAT played for the Dominican Republic National Team alongside Horford at the 2010 FIBA games.

Al Horford and Karl-Anthony Towns have been friends since the two met at the 2010 FIBA games when they teamed up on the Dominican Republic national team. Towns was only 15 at the time and Horford was the star of the team, but still made it a point to mentor the young New Jersey native. The best advice he received from the new Boston Celtic was to "Never take a day off. Always go to your full potential." This was only the beginning of a great bond and friendship being formed, as Horford saw a little bit of himself in the young KAT, attempting to help him in "anyway that he could".

Fast-forward six years later, the two NBA big men are preparing for the most important seasons in their careers yet. Horford recently signed a four-year, $113,000,000 contract to bring his All-Star abilities to Boston, where expectations are sky-high for the Celtics. Which is a big change from the small-market Atlanta team he has played on since 2007. The Puerto Plata native will look to fill the shoes of the most famous Dominican athlete in Boston, with the Red Sox David Ortiz retiring.

Karl-Anthony Towns is coming off a stellar rookie season in Minnesota where he took home Rookie Of The Year honors, averaging more than 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old has a world of potential, and many expect him to take the leap into stardom with coach Tom Thibodeau at the helm for the Timberwolves.

KAT gets his Dominican blood from his mother's side, which has helped mold him into the player as well as the man he is today. The 20-year-old gives the glory to Al Horford, among other mentors as the main reason for his success and bright future in the NBA. "When you have someone who is trying to guide you in the right direction it makes life much easier and also more fun, me and Al Horford became good friends, his attitude is full of humility," Towns told the Mentor IRL program in the video above.

The two will forever be linked as they formed an unbreakable bond. This is a huge year for the two ballers as well. They will cross paths again when the Celtics and T-Wolves meet up next month, for their first head to head matchup in Minnesota, on Nov. 21.

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Popular Celeb Spot 'La Marina' Shut Down After Drug Bust

Adored by celebrities like French Montana, Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio, New York hot spot La Marina might be closing its doors for a good after a drug bust led to a suspension of their liquor license.

A statement released Dec. 6 by the New York Liquor Authority (SLA) broke down the case, which overlapped with an investigation by the NYPD in July. Bar manager Christian Mendez, 33, was arrested in November on felony charges after he was caught selling large amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and other drugs to undercover NYPD detectives. Their investigation into the venue also revealed 72 violations of the state liquor law like selling liquor to minors and impaired customers.

Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Lily Fan condemned the venue and hope to yank their liquor license for good. “When a bar manager is able to traffic and sell these types and quantities of narcotics from within an establishment it is incredibly alarming," Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano said.

“Licensees have a responsibility to ensure their establishments are operating within the law, and the SLA is obligated to take emergency action as it is clear that this licensee has failed to take any meaningful actions to protect the public.”

La Marina was also hit with sixteen violations of the ABC Law, including seven counts of operating disorderly premises for permitting the trafficking of controlled substances, six violations for fire, health and more safety code violations. Their inspection grade in July was something close to an F minus for mishandlings of food, shoddy plumbing and the presence of mice and flies.

The venue has been a staple in the area since its opening in 2012, attracting big celebrities and brands like Red Bull and HBO. The New York Post notes La Marina has a 15-year lease, where they make up to $7 million a year in revenue.

Their social presence hasn't acknowledged their current status, but their calendar for upcoming events has been scrapped from their website.

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Judge Awards Cardi B Release Without Bail After Alleged Bartender Attack

Cardi B reported to court Friday morning (Dec. 7) in efforts to resolve an ongoing court case, which stems from an alleged altercation back in August at a Queens strip club involving two bartenders named Jade and Baddie Gi.

Prior to attending court, the "Money" MC was threatened to face jail time by the judge in charge of the case if she missed today’s court date. She reportedly had a court appearance on Monday (Dec. 3) that she failed to report to.

In October, the Bronx rapper (born Belcalis Almanzar) turned herself in to authorities after being accused of orchestrating a physical attack on the servers at Angels Strip Club. Per TMZ, she was arrested for two misdemeanor charges: assault and reckless endangerment.

One of the bartenders, Jade Gi, was accused of having an affair with Cardi’s (now possibly estranged) husband, Migos member Offset. The “She Bad” rapper was released without bail. Prosecutors reportedly wanted to charge her with a $2,500 bail, but the judge felt she wasn’t a flight risk, meaning she wouldn’t leave the country before the case is over in its totality.

However, the judge did warn Cardi to have “no contact” to Baddie and Jade Gi, after he granted both an order of protection against the 26 year-old. She’s also not allowed to make any threats or comment on the two on social media.

Cardi is reportedly scheduled to head back to court sometime next month.

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Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

Watch the video for "Dancin" below.

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