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The basketball star wed in a posh and private affair at San Diego’s The Grand Del Mar

LeBron James wed high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson in a lavish, private affair.

Basketball living legend LeBron James married his high school sweetheart over the weekend in lavish style and perfect privacy. While the NBA star had a strict no phone policy, he sure didn’t restrict much when it came to the weekend's food or entertainment.

The weekend wedding at The Grand Del Mar was reportedly kicked off with a "welcome barbecue" and ended with a "farewell brunch." The details surrounding the festivities are scant, due to the couple holding guests to a very strict privacy policy, but The Village Mill Bread Company, a local vendor near the wedding site, reportedly told Fox affiliate KSWB that someone ordered 500 loaves of brioche from them to be delivered Saturday, but didn’t confirm it was for the wedding.

The actual reception reportedly featured a five-course meal with many appetizers, but in the interest of privacy, the director of catering at The Grand Del Mar declined to comment on what was actually served. Based off of the luxury services and attention to detail the wedding venue proudly boasts, we are sure King James’ taste buds we not disappointed.

Though the event itself was under tight security, a few members of the star-studded guest list, as well as celebrities pals, did tweet their congratulations to the happy couple:

Congrats to @KingJames getting married!!!!! Every King needs a Queen that holds him down!!

— Diddy (@iamdiddy) September 15, 2013

What a beautiful wedding. Congratulations to @KingJames and his beautiful wife @SavannahRB. #happiness #forever

— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) September 15, 2013

What a wonderful evening!!Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. James...Thanks for sharing Ur night & love with us

LeBron James Says He 'Fueled the Wrong Conversation' About Ma'Khia Bryant's Death with Controversial Tweet

LeBron James is addressing the controversial message he posted on Twitter last month regarding the fatal police shooting of Ma&aposKhia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl from Columbus, Ohio.

The NBA star&aposs tweet, which has since been deleted, featured a photo of officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot Bryant. James&apos caption alongside the photo read, "YOU&aposRE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY" with an hourglass emoji. (James&apos message was seemingly a reference to the guilty verdict that day in the murder case of Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd.)

James, 36, deleted the tweet after receiving backlash from many. He later shared two follow-up messages at the time and said his original comment was "being used to create more hate."

On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers star again addressed his comment in a Twitter post that also included the link to a Vox article written by Fabiolo Cineas titled, "Why they&aposre not saying Ma&aposKhia Bryant&aposs name."

"I fueled the wrong conversation about Ma&aposKhia Bryant and I owe it to her and this movement to change it," James said in his latest message on the topic. "Thank you @fabiolacineas for educating us about Ma&aposKhia and her story and why this needs to be about her #sayhername#Blacklivesmatter."

Cineas&apos article extensively covers the April 20 death of Bryant and the public response to it. (Bryant was holding a knife amidst an altercation with two other young women over housekeeping chores at the foster home they shared when she was shot four times by Officer Reardon, police have said.)

In the piece, Cineas wrote that "it&aposs worth considering whether the police officer would have fired shots if Bryant or the people involved in the altercation were white."

After being shot, Bryant was transported to Mount Carmel East Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:21 p.m. local time, police told The Columbus Dispatch

Reardon, a Columbus police officer since December 2019, has been placed on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.

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UPDATE - LeBron James Refuses to Pay Baker for $3000 Cake

&ldquoThis is turning into a cake war,&rdquo said pastry chef Alethea Hickman.

It&rsquos a cake war-a battle at bakery-all over LeBron James&rsquo birthday cake. Hickman said she designed a Heat-red cake with edible gold dust and an edible crown on top for James&rsquo birthday party held New Year&rsquos Eve.

Hickman, of Passion for Pastry in Boca Raton, said representatives from the Shelbourne Hotel in Miami Beach asked her to create a three-foot cake one day before the New Year&rsquos Eve party.

Hickman said that in lieu of payment, she would get publicity for the cake and tickets to the party.

&ldquoSo I jumped on it&rdquo she said. &ldquoI was so excited telling me the original person she has for the cake backed out and said, &lsquoAre you able to do this?&rsquo I said, &lsquoYes, I&rsquod loved to&rsquo and wouldn&rsquot pass up that. I&rsquom a Heat fan so I was honored to do it.&rdquo

So Hickman said she baked and baked for almost 24 hours before hand delivering the vanilla custard cake to the hotel.

But when she came back later that night her cake was missing in action.

&ldquoWhen I went into the dining room where I put the cake it wasn&rsquot there and I was like I don&rsquot get that. What&rsquos up with that?&rdquo she said.

The next day the blogs were filled with James&rsquo big birthday bash at SL nightclub, where he also proposed to longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson, but there was another cake stealing the spotlight. It was an ivory-colored rum cake with gold lion&rsquos heads from Miami&rsquos Divine Delicacies, a company that has made cakes for Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James, among other celebs, in the past.

&ldquoEverything just sunk so I can&rsquot believe this is happening,&rdquo Hickman said. &ldquoI don&rsquot get it. I was totally betrayed. They dissed something that was not easy to come up with. It&rsquos very traumatic. I&rsquom an artist. That was a masterpiece to me.&rdquo
A spokesperson for the Shelbourne released a statement Wednesday saying, &ldquoThe cake was very nice, however, LeBron&rsquos team had also commissioned their preferred purveyor (Devine Delicacies) to create an over-the-top birthday cake LeBron had no idea that there were two cakes.&rdquo

So it was clear James&rsquo cake was the slam dunk, and Hickman&rsquos cake was the rejection.

&ldquoWould you do it again?&rdquo CBS4&rsquos Lisa Petrillo asked.

&ldquoYes, without a second thought. I&rsquom a big fan been my whole life,&rdquo Hickman said.

Hickman said she just wanted James to have his cake and eat it too.

The cake that was presented to James was from the same Miami bakery that did last year&rsquos cake, Divine Delicacies.

The fondant-covered vanilla rum cake featured edible gold lions and was topped with James&rsquo initials.

Divine Delicacies&rsquo Laura Candeau tells the Miami New Times that as of the morning of Saturday&rsquos party they hadn&rsquot received an order, but she had extra cakes baked just in case.

&ldquoI knew he played on his birthday in Minnesota the day before and wasn&rsquot at home to celebrate,&rdquo she says, &ldquoAnd I knew that if he was going to do a birthday affair he would have his team contact us for the cake. What the King wants he gets!&rdquo

LeBron James Surprises Wedding Party: Heat Star Poses With Shaun And Jamie Kolnick (PHOTO)

It would be tough to upstage a bride as pretty as Jamie Kolnick, but the glowing Heat fan met her match Saturday in Miami's freshly crowned narrative-slayer, LeBron James.

The NBA champion of all of two days happened to be meeting a Sports Illustrated reporter at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove just before Kolnick tied the knot on the property, and the Miami native and new husband Shaun were able to snag the pre-wedding snap of a lifetime -- never mind that eager onlookers uploaded cell phone photos of the bride to Facebook before she'd even walked down the aisle.

"I was like, 'Who cares? It's a photo with LeBron!' It was really unexpected and exciting," said Kolnick. "Shaun was like, 'That's enough! We don't need to get married anymore.'"

Buzz had begun building hours before the ceremony that James was at the Ritz, said wedding planner Jen Schwartz of Anje Soirees, but no one was sure they'd actually spot the city's new hero.

"It was funny, because the bride's brother was just dying, he was beside himself with excitement," Schwartz said, laughing. "And at some point, she looked at him and said, 'Okay, you're more excited that LeBron James is here than you are for my wedding!'"

But once James was spotted in the hotel's courtyard, the group would not be denied. Kolnick said she and Shaun had just enjoyed her reveal -- when the groom sees the bride in her dress for the first time -- and had gathered in a hallway for pre-ceremony wedding party photographs when James had to move through the room to leave the hotel.

"He said, 'Yeah, yeah, no problem,'" Kolnick said. "The crazy part for me was that we had the wedding photographer taking our picture, plus 50-60 people taking pictures right next to our photographer!"

The newlyweds, who met at the University of Texas-Austin, have even more reason to cheer King James. Not only did he deliver an NBA title to the avid Miami fans in the wedding party -- many of whom attended the game Thursday night while the others watched in the hotel bar -- but by winning the Finals in 5 games, he ensured the Kolnicks' guests wouldn't be bailing on the Saturday evening service to watch a possible Game 6.

"We were actually terrified [the final game] would be on our wedding day," Kolnick said. "And no one would come!"

Instead, for a flash, she had the most exciting guest of all: "He was really nice. And then he disappeared into the tall man abyss."

Founded in 2004, the LeBron James Family Foundation commits its time, resources, and efforts to the kids and families in Akron who need it most. Focusing on education as the fundamental key to generational change, the Foundation serves more than 1,400 at-risk students and their families with interventions, incentives, and complete wraparound supports to help them create a better future. In 2018, all of the Foundation’s programming culminated in the opening of the I PROMISE School, a groundbreaking Akron Public School rooted in the Foundation’s “We Are Family” philosophy that is creating a model for urban, public education.

A kid from Akron has inspired kids and people from around the world with his relentless commitment to pushing for more, to striving for greatness. Central to that pursuit is his commitment to the youth coming after him in his hometown of Akron and across the globe – made visible by the I PROMISE bands they wear on the wrist daily. In the LeBron James Store, you can be a part of that commitment to being best with various versions of the bands LeBron wears each and every day as a reminder of this shared promise to lift each other up.

Allen Onyia for INC regular-fit abstract-print twill jacket (was $150, now 30% off with code "FRIEND")

The excellent tie-dye jacket in question comes from a collaboration between the venerable chain’s in-house INC line and designer Allen Onyia, and is part of a larger project called “Icons of Style” involving five über-stylish Black creatives. A lot of the pieces from that series, particularly the vintage-inspired joints by Brooklyn Circus founder Ouigi Theodore, point a new way forward for Macy’s: thoughtful, easy-wearing, still totally affordable. And even outside their collaborative efforts, Macy’s (under the fashion direction of GQ alum Matt Sebra!) is showing signs of life: INC recently dropped a pair of legitimately sick snakeskin loafers, just in time for suiting up to dominate the dance floor at every post-vax wedding this summer.

Will a Super Tuscan Make an Appearance at a Royal Wedding?

Markle has made no secret for her love of wine, in particular the iconic Super Tuscan Tignanello. Her (now defunct) blog was named “The Tig” in honor of the wine, a Sangiovese-dominate blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Though it’s not cheap ($105 for the 2013, which received 94 points and made our Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2017 list) we can assume money is no object at a Royal Wedding.

Markle went into greater detail for Delish, where she reveals, in addition to her favorite Italian bottling, she’s also a fan of Malbec from Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon from France and Pinot Noir from Oregon. If you want to drink like the bride-to-be without breaking your budget, click on the links to peruse bottles under $25 for each category.

Not content to just stick to reds, Markle continues, “In the summer…when I’m out with my friends, it’s rosé all day.” We’d like to suggest that rosé is a royal wine year-round. What would look more delightful in a glass at such a momentous occasion?

Curious about other high-profile fans of Super Tuscan wines? LeBron James goes for Sassicaia.

LeBron James' Wedding: NBA Star Reportedly Sets A Date, Sends Cute Save-The-Date

More than a year after getting engaged, LeBron James has finally set a wedding date.

The Miami Heat player is reportedly set to wed his girlfriend of nine years, Savannah Brinson, during the weekend of Sept. 13 to 15, 2013, in San Diego, according to a save-the-date released by TMZ Thursday. The invitation features a caricature of James, Brinson and their two sons.

James proposed to Brinson, his high school sweetheart, at a New Year's 2012 party just after midnight. He told Oprah that his teammate, Dwyane Wade, held the $300,000 ring until James was ready to pop the question.

In other NBA wedding news, Michael Jordan applied for a marriage license Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has been engaged to Cuban model Yvette Prieto since December 2011.

Click through the slideshow below to see our most anticipated celebrity weddings.

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How LeBron James’s Wedding Planner Entertains for the Holidays

After spending more than 30 years in the events business—and amassing a covetable roster of clients that includes the likes of LeBron James, Nate Berkus, and Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon—New York–based wedding planner extraordinaire Marcy Blum has learned a thing or two about the fine art of hosting a crowd. Perhaps no time of year does that skill come in more handy than during the holidays. Luckily, she was willing to impart some of her wisdom on everything from curating the perfect playlist, and welcoming guests the right way, to how to master the potluck party. The best part: You don’t have to empty your wallet to make an impression, as the HomeGoods fan proves. Here, she shares the tips that make friends and loved ones feel at home no matter where you are.

Architectural Digest: How do you welcome guests during the holidays?
Marcy Blum: Offer a drink (whether warm or cold) as soon as a guest walks in—it sets the right ambiance for the evening. And always take their coat. Planning a designated coat room in advance seems like such a minor detail, but it makes a difference. No one likes to dump their coat and bag on someone’s bed like you’re at Grandma’s house. Simply clearing out some space in a closet will do the trick.

AD: What are your go-to tips for easy holiday prep?
MB: It's not necessary to do everything yourself. Baking bread, for example, which I did for years, is a major time-suck. Buy quality items from specialty stores that will offset what you make. I like to pick up fancy condiments and imported mixed nuts from the gourmet food section at HomeGoods and put them out in pretty bowls to make everything look more festive. While you’re planning, lay out all of your serving pieces with Post-its that specify which food is going into which dish. And don't forget to lay out the serving spoons, forks, etc., to avoid the scramble at the last minute.

AD: What are some easy but effective ways holiday hostesses can make guests feel at home?
MB: I'm a firm believer in place cards and thoughtful seating, as well as a heartfelt welcome toast by the host or hostess.

AD: What are your favorite holiday traditions? What are some good ones readers can start for their families?
MB: Favorite holiday traditions range from a yearly rousing game of Pictionary to going around the table and asking everyone to say what their favorite part of the last year was.

AD: What are your tips for hosting a potluck holiday?
MB: First, I think the host should plan on carrying a major part of the meal responsibilities, including setting the table and providing either appetizer platters or a dessert spread. Beyond that, give your guests guidance. A nice touch when sending invites is to include a general list of what you’d like people to bring: something for dinner, something to drink, etc. For the attending guests, I always recommend buying a beautiful, inexpensive dish in your host’s preferred style at a store like HomeGoods, which you can leave behind with them.

During the meal I always like to start with a served dish like a salad. That way, when guests finish their dishes, they can trickle over to the buffet. It saves everyone from queuing up in line for the food all at once. Lastly, I’d have plenty of take-home containers available. I like to send my guests with some slices of cake or cookies from a dinner or a mini-bottle of artisanal gin from a cocktail we served—if you throw in the recipe, leftovers end up making for great party favors.

AD: What are the most important things to consider when entertaining?
MB: Certainly, the guest list, but if it’s family, then you are stuck. A seating chart saves awkwardness when people are finding their places around the table. Music and lighting are equally important. Some of us find Christmas music overly sentimental and prefer an upbeat mix to add some energy to the gathering. I’m partial to some old-school hip-hop.

Much like her husband Kobe, Vanessa Bryant has been a contradictory, at times polarizing public figure

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 5, 2004.

Television news crews descended upon Marina High School in Huntington Beach that spring morning. A helicopter flew overhead.

The previous day, a young Kobe Bryant had announced his engagement to a woman he declined to identify. Word quickly leaked it was an 18-year-old senior at the school.

Everyone wanted a glimpse of the mysterious fiancee whom the Lakers icon referred to as “my star.”

Vanessa Laine had been swept into the spotlight overnight. She would soon marry Bryant and become something more than just a side note to his storied basketball career.

After all these years, it is probably inevitable that — much like her famous mate — Vanessa strikes a contradictory figure in the public eye, by turns glamorous and cartoonish, admired and disdained.

Her marriage has endured a sexual assault charge against her husband and divorce proceedings that were subsequently dropped. In darker times, she has been parodied on “Saturday Night Live” and dubbed “the new Yoko.”

Through it all, the woman who had “ICE QN” license plates on her Mercedes has tried to keep the world at arm’s length, rarely granting interviews. But her life has been anything but private.

It was the summer of 1999 when Vanessa, an attractive but otherwise outwardly unassuming teenager from Orange County, was recruited to appear in videos for Snoop Dogg’s hip-hop trio Tha Eastsidaz and others. Her mother accompanied her to shoots.

Barely in his 20s, Bryant was also moving in music industry circles, trying to launch a side career that would never get far. He met Vanessa and, according to her friends, began sending roses to Marina High and picking her up after school.

“She’d bring pictures of Kobe to school and we’d be like ‘Omygod,’” classmate Monica Squadrilli told The Times in 2005. “Even then, a lot of people didn’t believe her.”

The couple announced their engagement at her 18th birthday party and were married at a Catholic church in Dana Point in April 2001. Bryant’s parents did not attend.

His father, former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, would later acknowledge they disapproved of their son’s new wife. Kobe said it was partly because she was a Latina.

Joe denied any racial animosity but said at the time: “Once he decided to get married, it’s his life now.”

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 5, 2004.

(Frank Micelotta / Getty Images)

In those early years, Vanessa adeptly played the role of NBA wife, attending games and accompanying Bryant to social occasions. She gave birth to a daughter, Natalia Diamante, in January 2003.

It took a while for negative headlines to pop up. There were occasional stories about her remaining aloof from other Lakers’ wives or behaving rudely with store clerks. The media criticized her for wearing a T-shirt that read “Fashionable [expletive]” to a game.

But that was merely a taste of things to come.

Six months after Natalia’s birth, Bryant was charged with sexual assault stemming from a complaint by a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado. In his initial interview with detectives, Bryant denied having sex with the woman the previous night and fretted about the impact her allegation could have on his basketball career and image. After the detectives pledged not to tell his Vanessa, he acknowledged consensual sex with the woman, according to a transcript of the interview later released in court documents.

“If it becomes public,” Bryant told the detectives, “I’ll lose my wife . and all my endorsements.”

The woman, who worked as a receptionist and concierge, told detectives that she gave Bryant a private tour of the lodge on June 30, 2003, then returned to his room where they consensually kissed, according to police records. She told the detectives that when she tried to leave, he blocked her path, bent her over a chair, held her by the neck and raped her, according to sheriff’s records.

Bryant remained adamant during the interview with detectives that the encounter was consensual and he ceased intercourse when the woman said no.

Two and a half weeks after the interview, Eagle County prosecutors charged Bryant with one count of felony sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Later that day, Bryant sat next to Vanessa during a news conference at Staples Center.

“I didn’t force her to do anything against her will,” Bryant said of the woman. “I sit here in front of you guys furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making the mistake of adultery. I love my wife with all my heart. She’s my backbone.”

During that time, Bryant continued to play for the Lakers. He commuted from Los Angeles to Colorado on private jets for court hearings, sometimes missing practice or other team events. He called the basketball court “an escape” in the midst of the legal proceedings.

On Aug. 10, 2004, the woman filed a civil lawsuit against Bryant in U.S. District Court in Denver for sexual assault. The complaint sought unspecified damages for pain and suffering.

The criminal case against Bryant abruptly collapsed three weeks after the civil filing when prosecutors asked Eagle County District Judge Terry Ruckriegle to dismiss the case because the woman didn’t want to proceed.

Kobe Bryant signs the court late into the night at the Staples Center.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant kisses his wife Vanessa long after his last game at the Staples Center.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant leaves the court for the last time as a Laker, heading to the locker room after scoring 60 points and leading the team to a 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant is all smiles after his final game at Staples Center Wednesday.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant shares a laugh with former teammate Derek Fisher on the court after scoring 60 points in his last game as a Laker at Staples Center.

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  3. Kevan

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