Ellen DeGeneres and other stars are set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor.
The medal recognizes people who have made “especially meritorious contributions” to the United States, the White House said.
President Barack Obama will honor the 21 people at a ceremony on November 22.
The president said the medal was a “tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better”.
“From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”
Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Diana Ross and Robert Redford are among the other honorees from the entertainment world.
Bill and Melinda Gates and SNL producer Lorne Michaels will also be recognized.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to people who have contributed to the security or national interests of the US, the White House said.
It also rewards people who have contributed to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Honorees from the sports world include basketball players Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, along with veteran sports broadcaster Vin Scully.
Architect Frank Gehry, attorney Newt Minow, designer Maya Lin, polymath physicist Richard Garwin, mathematician and computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton and Eduardo Padron, and president of Miami Dade College in Florida will also receive the medal.
Posthumous honors will go to Native American advocate Elouise Cobell and Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.
Closed store Dominick’s has been ordered by a federal jury to pay Michael Jordan $8.9 million for using his identity without permission in an advertisement.
Moments after the verdict was announced Friday at the Dirksen US Courthouse, Michael Jordan said “it was never about the money” adding that he would give the award to charities in Chicago.
“It was all just about protecting my name and my likeness,” the basketball legend said.
Lawyers for Dominick’s owner, Safeway, had argued that it should pay just $126,900 for using Michael Jordan’s identity without permission in a 2009 ad for its Rancher’s Reserve steaks in a special issue of Sports Illustrated commemorating Jordan’s elevation to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After deliberating for more than six hours at the end of a weeklong trial, the jury came up with a number on August 21 that was far closer to what Michael Jordan asked for – $10 million.
Before the case even went to trial, the court had decided that Dominick’s was liable for running the ad without Michael Jordan’s permission. That meant jurors only had to decide how much Safeway should pay.
Michael Jordan offered some comments of his own about race, in a biographic book, Michael Jordan: The Life, released Tuesday.
Michael Jordan: The Life is a biography of the former NBA star written by Roland Lazenby.
In the book, Michael Jordan explains how growing up in an area of North Carolina heavily influenced by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1960s and ’70s shaped his views on race and they were far from what would be viewed as politically correct.
Michael Jordan offered some comments of his own about race, in his biographic book, Michael Jordan: The Life
Reportedly, these views really took shape shortly after Michael Jordan watched the iconic television miniseries Roots, and after a girl at his school called him the N-word in 1977.
“So I threw a soda at her,” Michael Jordan says in the book.
“I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people.”
The book also includes anecdotes of Michael Jordan’s time on the school baseball team, when he was one of only two black players and was called inferior while on the team.
In many ways, the book serves as a testament to Michael Jordan’s drive, which many people close to him believe was fueled by negative experiences, particularly in his early life.
Michael Jordan was among the first NBA owners and high-profile figures in the sport to go on record against Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments when they were first released, issuing this statement: “I look at this from two different perspectives — as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I’m confident that (NBA commissioner) Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA — or anywhere else — for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”
In a new song, Kanye West blamed Chicago Bulls for ending Michael Jordan’s career.
At his Yeezus concert in Chicago’s United Center this week, Kanye West added in a special tribute to the NBA star, harping on his main point: “We should’ve never ever let Michael Jordan play for the Wizards.”
After retiring in 1999, Michael Jordan returned to the league a year later as part owner of the Washington Wizards – a team he’d suit up for in 2001.
“Why did that happen?” Kanye West chanted.
Kanye West blamed Chicago Bulls ownership for their decision.
“When a player that made the NBA wants to become an owner of the team that he brought so much glory to, a team he brought so much story to/a team that has his statue in the front of the m———ing building/But do you know what the owners of that team told MJ? You’re just a player, homeboy,” the rapper sang.
“I’m talking about one of the most important people in our civilization,” Kanye West concluded.
“And in order to make his point he had to put on a m———ing Wizards jersey.”
Kanye West blamed Chicago Bulls for ending Michael Jordan’s career
“Til I die, MJ represents the Bulls,” Kanye West finished.
Michael Jordan and his second wife Yvette Prieto are expecting their first child, according to Us Weekly.
Michael Jordan and his second wife Yvette Prieto are expecting their first child
Yvette Prieto, 34, and Michael Jordan, 50, were married seven months ago in Florida. Michael Jordan has three adult children — Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine — from his previous marriage to Juanita Vanoy.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy divorced in 2006.
Michael Jordan and his new wife Yvette Prieto surfaced in Greece on Thursday as they enjoyed their honeymoon.
Michael Jordan, 50, treated his bride to some shopping in Mykonos after days aboard his luxury mega yacht.
They have been sailing around the Greek Islands, docking off at the so-called millionaires playground of Spetses, since their lavish April 27 ceremony.
Obviously still on a high from the wedding – which was reportedly attended by anywhere from 300 to as many as 2000 guests – the pair strolled hand-in-hand as walked up the cobbled streets into the town.
Michael Jordan and his new wife Yvette Prieto surfaced in Greece on Thursday as they enjoyed their honeymoon
Mingling with the other tourists, who were oblivious to the famous former Chicago Bulls player, Michael Jordan still turned heads as at 6’6” he towered above the other holiday makers and his wife.
Michael Jordan was obviously glad to be back on solid ground immediately sparking up a massive, and no doubt very costly, cigar.
With cigar in his hand, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats made sure to link arms with his new bride.
Yvette Prieto, 35, looked stunning in her resortwear look wearing a brown figure hugging tank tucked into a two toned flowing brown and white skirt which she wore with t-bar sandals.
Michael Jordan donned one of his own Air Jordan white long sleeved t-shirts with a safari green pair of lone khakis and a matching jacket.
The pair enjoyed the sights before grabbing a bite to eat at a beachside restaurant.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto tied the knot after a year-long engagement in Palm Beach, Florida, last month.
The wedding took place at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea before they headed to the private golf club for the reception.
For the occasion, Michael Jordan erected world’s largest tent which was 40,000 square feet where his guests – who included Tiger Woods, Patrick Ewing, Spike Lee and Ahmad Rashad – feasted and danced the night away.
Former NBA champion Michael Jordan married his girlfriend of five years, Cuban model Yvette Prieto, on Saturday, April 27, in a jaw-dropping 40,000 sq ft tent.
According to local realtors Jeff and Cary Lichtenstein, Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto’s venue is the “largest tent in wedding history,” and is actually 5,000 square feet larger than their home. Jeff Lichtenstein, who took the photos of the wedding venue, markets homes in Jupiter and Palm Beach real estate for sale.
Michael Jordan, 50, and his new wife, 34-year-old Yvette Prieto, hosted upwards of 2,000 people at their Palm Beach wedding, according to People magazine.
Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan got engaged in 2011 after dating for three years. Michael Jordan was previously married to Juanita Vanoy from 1989 to 2006.
The newlyweds’ 40,000 sq ft wedding tent was placed on a golf course and was designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Michael Jordan married Yvette Prieto on April 27, in a jaw-dropping 40,000 sq ft wedding tent in Palm Beach
More than 2,000 guests have been invited to join the couple for their reception at the Bear’s Club golf course in Jupiter, Florida, which is just feet away from Michael Jordan’s sprawling Florida mansion that is 5,000 sq ft smaller than his wedding tent.
Michael Jordan’s enormous home was deemed too small for the couple’s reception so he had to resort to erecting the tents, the size of three football fields, for the wedding revelers.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been working weddings for a while. It looks like he’s having about 2,000 people over,” and unidentified insider told GossipExtra.
On Thursday, a crew of 50 staffers spent the day on setting up three tents in the backyard.
On Friday, employees set up a sound system for the fete.
The equipment is said to have arrived in four semi-trailers.
Musicians in the wedding band were heard practicing on Friday and golfers who were playing on the course were said to have enjoyed the set list.
The wedding tent allowed guests to enter in a spacious reception area that leads into a dining room.
Connected was a gigantic ballroom and dance floor, darkened with paneling to allow for lighting and effects.
On Friday, the lovebirds and their wedding party descended on the exclusive Bethesda-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach for their rehearsal.
Michael Jordan’s mother was seen headed into the church where her star athlete son is going to get married Saturday afternoon.
Though neither Michael Jordan nor Yvette Prieto were seen in public on Friday, they likely were inside the church as they prepare to wed.
Local police have been ordered to order back up security for the church between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, giving the crew of revelers more than enough time to arrive, attend the ceremony and leave.
Bethesda-By-The-Sea is the same church where Donald Trump married his third wife Melania in 2006.
Earlier in April, it was the venue for the memorial service for socialite designer Lilly Pulitzer, who died on April 7.
Yvette Prieto, Michael Jordan’s new wife, is a Cuban-American model born on March 1, 1979, who has posed for famous designers such as Alexander Wang.
The Cuban-born model went to school for business management and, in 2008, she began dating Michael Jordan, and the two moved in together a year later.
Yvette Prieto, 34, and former NBA champion Michael Jordan, 50, live in Kendall, Florida, a suburb outside of Miami in a three-bedroom house.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto got engaged in 2011 and married on April 27, 2013, in a Palm beach lavish ceremony.
Yvette Prieto, Michael Jordan’s new wife, is a Cuban-American model, who has posed for famous designers such as Alexander Wang
Yvette Prieto once dated Julio Iglesias Jr., brother of more famous singer Enrique Iglesias and son of legendary Julio Iglesias.
Julio Iglesias Jr., now 40, once called Yvette Prieto “simple”, saying: “She’s a fantastic girl and I like her. Aside from her beauty, which is obvious, she is loving, simple and very good person.”
According to The Urban Daily, Yvette Prieto and Julio Iglesias Jr. met while “freak dancing at a not-so-sexy club in Miami”.
Yvette Prieto is Michael Jordan’s second marriage. MJ was married to his first wife, Juanita, for 17 years. Forbes magazine reported their divorce settlement was possibly more than $150 million, which, at the time, would have made it the most expensive divorce in entertainment history.
Yvette Prieto was first registered as a Republican, according to Fox News, then she changed her affiliation to Independent.
Michael Jordan married former model Yvette Prieto in Palm Beach, Florida, the former NBA champion’s manager Estee Portnoy said Sunday.
Newlyweds Michael Jordan, 50, and Yvette Prieto, 35, took their first spin around the dance floor as married couple at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida Saturday.
The wedding took place at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea with nearly 300 guests in attendance, including Tiger Woods, Patrick Ewing, Spike Lee and Ahmad Rashad.
The ceremony was followed by a reception at the luxurious private golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus. Michael Jordan owns a home near the course.
There were fireworks at night as part of the celebration.
In lieu of wedding gifts, donations were made to the James R. Jordan Foundation. The wedding flowers were donated to the Jupiter Medical Center.
Michael Jordan married former model Yvette Prieto in Palm Beach
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto met five years ago and were engaged last December.
Yvette Prieto wore a French silk voile corseted sheer sheath gown by J’Aton Couture, in an ecru palette with accents of flesh tones, with handmade silk lace created especially for her, and enhanced with Swarovski crystals.
The gown featured French seamed crinoline borders, which cascaded into a dramatic cathedral train finished in the lace, with accents of a peacock-feathered design.
The newlyweds and their guests were entertained by DJ MC Lyte, singers K’Jon, Robin Thicke and Grammy-Award winner Usher and The Source, an 18-piece band.
Everyone enjoyed an all-white, seven-layer white rum wedding cake that was covered in white fondant and sugar crystals, and adorned with crystal brooches and the couples’ monogram on the top layer.
Guests sat at tables that were a continuous candle-lit landscape with a myriad of crystal candelabras and mercury glass vessels, each filled with one variety of white flower, including roses, peonies and tulips, and one accent of purple.
Michael Jordan’s fiancée Yvette Prieto has reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement as the basketball legend doesn’t want to make the same mistake as he did with ex-wife Juanita Vanoy.
Juanita Vanoy reportedly scored what was at the time the largest celebrity divorce deal in history.
According to the National Enquirer, the prenup will protect nearly all of Michael Jordan’s $650 million fortune.
“Michael loves Yvette, but he won’t let that interfere with his common sense – and his money – like it did before,” a source allegedly told The Enquirer.
Michael Jordan, 50, and Yvette Prieto, 33, who will apparently tie the knot on April 27, will each keep the assets that they bring to the marriage, it has been reported.
Should the couple end up divorcing, Yvette Prieto will allegedly receive $1 million for every year that they were married.
If the marriage lasts for 10 years, Yvette Prieto will receive $5 million per year if they split up.
Yvette Prieto has signed a prenuptial agreement to protect Michael Jordan’s $650 million fortune
Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model, reportedly is “OK with the agreement”, because she doesn’t believe the prenup will ever come into play.
“She feels they have a strong relationship. She can’t imagine that they’d ever split up!”
The insider added: “Yvette knows Michael was once a serial cheater, just like his buddy Tiger Woods.
“But she believes Michael has sown his wild oats and only has eyes for her now. They’re both very happy and looking forward to the wedding.”
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto appeared at the main Palm Beach County courthouse in Florida to apply for a marriage licence in the early morning of March 7, according to Kathy Burstein, a spokeswoman for the clerk’s office.
Applicants must apply in person and a licence is good for 60 days.
Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy had no prenuptial agreement, but Juanita walked away from the marriage in 2006 with $168 million, their shared Chicago mansion and custody of the couple’s three children.
NBA legend Michael Jordan is set to tie the knot with Cuban-American model fiancée Yvette Prieto.
Michael Jordan, 50, appeared at the main Palm Beach County courthouse in Florida on Thursday morning to apply for a marriage licence, according to Kathy Burstein, a spokeswoman for the clerk’s office.
Applicants must apply in person and a licence is good for 60 days.
Michael Jordan got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, 33-year-old Yvette Prieto, in December 2011.
Yvette Prieto began dating in 2008 and live together in a modest three bedroom home in Florida.
She has modeled for designers such as Alexander Wang and once dated Julio Iglesias Jr., Enrique’s older brother.
Michael Jordan is set to tie the knot with Cuban-American model fiancée Yvette Prieto
It will be the second marriage for Michael Jordan. He married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989, and they split in 2006.
The end of the 17-year-marriage resulted in one of the most expensive divorce in history, costing him over $150 million in the settlement.
They have two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine.
Michael Jordan’s application for a marriage license comes just days after he asked a Georgia court to dismiss a paternity suit against him, calling it a “shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system”.
The La Gorce Country Club in Miami, Florida, reportedly kicked Michael Jordan off the links in the middle of his golf game and banned him from ever returning because he violated the club’s strict dress code.
Not even Michael Jordan, with his six NBA championship rings, reported half-billion-dollar fortune and worldwide recognition, could escape the policy at the golf course that demands a tucked in collared shirt and Bermuda shorts.
The New York Post reports that Michael Jordan was midway through his game when a country club employee approached him and said he had to return to the clubhouse and change into different pants.
“I’ve been there many times and no one told me a thing,” Michael Jordan told ESPN Chicago by text message.
“Then all of a sudden they come to me on the 11th hole and say I can’t wear cargo shorts. Wow! The round is almost over and you want me to buy shorts now? Yeah, right!!”
When the retired Chicago Bulls star refused to lose his cargo shorts, he was reportedly told to leave and that he would no longer be welcome back at the club.
The La Gorce Country Club in Miami kicked Michael Jordan off the links in the middle of his golf game and banned him from ever returning because he violated the club’s strict dress code
“We were not aware that he is not allowed to return to La Gorce. I guess it’s their loss – as MJ is a great golfer, and a great guest,” Michael Jordan’s publicist said in a statement.
The country club has not commented on the incident.
Despite endorsing a full line of clothing for Nike, Michael Jordan has become infamous for his fashion sense.
His appearance at the Ryder Cup in Chicago wearing faded bluejeans and blue puffy vest led to the creation of a blog devoted to his dubious choices in attire called “What the F*** is Michael Jordan Wearing?”.
Michael Jordan left the NBA for good in 2003. He is currently owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, one of the worst teams in the league.
However, Michael Jordan retains his star power and reportedly rakes in tens of millions of a dollars a year in endorsement deals.
Michael Jordan, the legendary Chicago Bulls player, has just got engaged to his long term partner, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto.
Michael Jordan, 48, and Yvette Prieto, 32, have been dating for the last three years.
The former basketball star got down on one knee recently, and his spokeswoman confirmed today Yvette Prieto had accepted his proposal.
However, the spokeswoman added that rumors Michael Jordan was spending this week celebrating on a private yacht overseas were untrue.
So far there are no details about when they plan to walk down the aisle.
Michael Jordan, the legendary Chicago Bulls player, has just got engaged to his long term partner, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto
Michael Jordan has been married once before, and was with his first wife Juanita for 17 years before their relationship ended in divorce in 2006.
Michael Jordan and Juanita had two sons together, Jeffrey, 23, and 12-year-old Marcus, and both went on to play the game that made their father famous at university. They also have an 18-year-old daughter Jasmine.
The couple had been set to get divorced in 2002, but they attempted an unsuccessful reunion, before finally dissolving their marriage in 2006.
Juanita’s reported $168 million divorce settlement was the biggest celebrity settlement up to that point.
Michael Jordan has had an eventful time since finally retiring from the NBA following a spell at the Washington Wizards in 2003.
He was fired from his position as the Wizards’ director of basketball operations that same year, and went on to concentrate on playing charity golf tournaments, promoting his Nike clothing brand and riding motorbikes.
However, Michael Jordan also set up a motor-racing team called Michael Jordan Motorsports in 2004, and bought a stake in NBA side the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006.
He extended his stake in the latter, and became the side’s majority owner last year.
Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the finest basketball player off all-time, and his trademark slam dunks led to him being named Air Jordan and His Airness by fans.
Nike used his nickname to produce the Air Jordan brand of training shoes and other athletics apparel that have become a worldwide sales phenomenon.
Chaos is the name of what happened across the U.S. stores when a re-issue of shoes first worn 15 years ago by basketball legend Michael Jordan went on sale.
Madness was breaking out yesterday in many stores across the U.S. as impatient shoppers queued up to get their hands on the first new Nike retro Air Jordan shoes that went on sale for $180 in the morning.
Police used pepper spray in Seattle, Washington; four people were arrested in Atlanta, Georgia; there were fights in Louisville, Kentucky, and unruly crowds forced two stores shut in Austin, Texas.
Fights broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina; a gunshot was fired in Richmond, California; 1,500 turned up for 300 pairs of shoes in Indianapolis, Indiana; and a boy was injured in Troy, Michigan.
In Pineville, North Carolina, dozens of police officers had to break up fights and restore order inside Carolina Place Mall as early as 5:00 a.m. on Friday.
Outside the Foot Locker on the second floor, two could be seen throwing punches as they waited to get their hands on the Air Jordan XI Concord tennis shoe.
Moving west to Seattle, police used pepper spray on around 20 people to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a mall to buy the shoes.
One man was arrested there for assault after police say he pushed an officer. Authorities said more than 1,000 people lined up to buy shoes at 4:00 a.m. at four stores, which all sold out quickly.
In Atlanta, four people were arrested in a mad dash by customers hoping to purchase a pair of the shoes and up to 20 squad cars responded.
Police said a large crowd broke down a door to get inside before a store opened. Authorities escorted most of the people back outside, but took four into custody.
Officers said they had to break a car window to get two toddlers out after a woman went in after the shoes. They said she was taken into custody when she returned to the car.
Meanwhile in Indianapolis, 1,500 people were waiting for 300 pairs of shoes hours at Castleton Square Mall before they went on sale when police were called by security because of shoving.
Shoppers were throwing things at each other and officers, police told ABC affiliate WRTV. Authorities also had concerns that a glass window on the storefront could break because of the crowd pushing.
The shoes named for Michael Jordan are still generate huge sales years after the retirement of the NBA legend
The front doors of Lafayette Square Mall were broken off their hinges at 7:00 a.m. as shoppers ran inside and several people were knocked over in the mad rush, reported the Indianapolis Star.
Over in Charlotte, North Carolina, three malls reported unruly customers and dozens of police officers were called to restore order at Carolina Place Mall in Pineville after fights erupted.
The unrest started at 5:00 a.m. as a crowd of about 200 that had been waiting pushed inside. Women were seen throwing punches. There were also disturbances at SouthPark and Northlake malls. Police at both asked patrons to leave.
The shoes named for Michael Jordan are still generate huge sales years after the retirement of the NBA legend, who now owns the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.
Two malls with Foot Locker stores in Austin, Texas, were shut down on Thursday night at around 10:00 p.m. when shoppers began pushing each other and police called in backup to control the crowd.
In Richmond, California, crowds waiting to buy the shoes at the Hilltop Mall were turned away after a gunshot rang out at 7:00 a.m. No injuries were reported but a suspect, 24, was taken into custody.
There were also reports of Florida police using pepper spray. In Louisville, Kentucky, witnesses said police had to break up around 100 shoppers who were fighting over the shoes at Jefferson Mall.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT AIR JORDAN SHOES
Air Jordan’s are hugely lucrative for Nike and bring in around $1 billion in revenue each year.
Oregon designer Tinker Hatfield first developed the iconic shoes and they were made famous by basketball legend Michael Jordan in 1996 while he was playing for the Chicago Bulls.
“Jordan 11s only come around once a year, so don’t miss this highly anticipated release,” a Nike press release said earlier this week.
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