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NBA Player Kevin Durant For The Hollywood Reporter

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NBA player Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s The Sports Issue‘. On the cover and for the fashion spread, the D.C. native and OKC forward sported a Givenchy tee-shirt and camo pants. He completed his outfit with a Mitchell & Ness Oakland Raiders cap and Air Jordan sneakers. Inside, he talks about signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Below are some excerpts:

The Oklahoma City Thunder star, 24, has nabbed the regular-season scoring title three times, won Olympic gold in London and memorably squared off against LeBron James‘ Miami Heat in the 2012 Finals (the series’ decisive game pulled in 18.4 million viewers on ABC).

In 2010, the Washington, D.C., native signed a five-year contract extension with the Thunder reportedly worth $86 million, and he’s already preparing for future negotiations: In June, Durant became the first basketball player to sign with Jay Z‘s agency Roc Nation Sports.

“I thought it would be cool to have a group that’s focused on helping me out and helping me grow off the court,” he tells THR, adding, “My mind-set is: Play the game the right way, you win, you show people what kind of player you are, then the endorsements or the off-the-court stuff will come.” (He now has contracts with Sprint, Gatorade, sports memorabilia company Panini, General Electric, game developer 2K Sports and Nike, with earnings adding up to an estimated $13 million a year.)

Durant singled out the star-studded Staples Center as one of his favorite places to play; it’s where he met Denzel Washington and “told him I was a big fan.” Asked if he contemplates life post-NBA, Durant says: “Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it. The years have been going past so quickly.”

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter’s 

Photos Credit: The Hollywood Reporter’s  | Kenneth

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Queen Latifah Covers The Hollywood Reporter, New Talk Show Premieres September 16th

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Dirty Jerz (my birthplace and stomping grounds) is looking good again, thanks to Queen Latifah. The Grammy Award winning singer/rapper, Golden Globe Award winning actress and Emmy & Academy Award nominee is set to return to daytime television this fall (September 16) with her new syndicated talk show, The Queen Latifah Show. The show is being produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television and will be taped in front of a live studio audience at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. It is being reported that the show will be a multi-topic, daily syndicated show featuring celebrity interviews, human-interest stories, musical performances and Latifah’s take on pop culture.

It’s her choice what she chooses to talk about,” says Holly Jacobs, executive vp syndication and reality programming at Sony Pictures Television. “It doesn’t feel relevant to me because we’re just making a big, entertaining show and celebrating all of life. There’s a difference between talking about one’s personal life and one’s point of view and perception of the world and how they see it. And I respect that people need to put boundaries to whatever they want to talk about.”

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Laitfah is also covering the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter and according to the publication, “The rapper-actress is taking another shot at daytime success — with help from producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith — but she insists she’s not aiming to be the next Oprah Winfrey and laughs off concerns that another black host will cannibalize that audience: “You’d need about 10 African-American hosts on TV for it to be saturated, but we’re nowhere near that.”

On whether she’s worried that another black daytime host will cannibalize the African-American audience:

Absolutely not. There’s a reason that Steve Harvey is succeeding. He has a huge fan base. I listen to him on the radio. I watch him on Family Feud. Wendy Williams was a big-time radio host. And that’s an underserved market. You’d need about 10 African-American hosts on TV for it to be saturated, but we’re nowhere near that.”

 On if she aspires to be “the next Oprah:

There is no such thing,” she answers. “Oprah is Oprah. And she’s still being Oprah, in case anyone didn’t notice.”

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Read the story/interview in its entirety over at THR.

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