First Male Transgender Pro Boxer Wins Debut Fight

The first professional transgender male boxer in U.S. history made his pro debut on Saturday— with a decisive win.

Patricio Manuel, 33, defeated Mexican super-featherweight Hugo Aguilar in a bout at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported. The judges unanimously ruled Manuel the victor.

Although the bout only lasted for 12 minutes, Manuel’s journey to the fight began years ago, the Times reported.

Manuel decided to transition to become a man a few months after he fought in the 2012 Olympic trials as a woman.

In addition to complex medical treatments, including surgery and hormone therapy, Manuel faced added challenges to preserve his boxing career. Besides working to get a new license, Manuel also lost his coach and his training facility, which were unwilling to work with him after his transition, the Times said.

Manuel told the Times that he was excited to be in the ring.

“I wouldn’t trade any of it. It was worth everything I went through to get to this point,” he said. “I’m a professional boxer now.”

Manuel told an interviewer after the bout that he is determined to keep moving forward.

“I’ve got some naysayers out there— I need to prove that I deserve to be in there as well. I’m not in here for one show, one fight— this is something I love. I’m not done with this sport and I’ll be back,” Manuel said.

Aguilar, who had learned that his opponent was transgender two days before the fight, reportedly handled his defeat with grace.

“For me it’s very respectable,” he told the Times in Spanish. “It doesn’t change anything for me. In the ring, he wants to win and I want to win too.”

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Antonio Marras Makes Theater Debut

ON TOUR: Antonio Marras will bring his stage show outside his native Sardinia island next year.
The fashion designer and artist recently made his debut as theater director with the “My heart, I’m suffering. What can I do for you?” show, which was staged in Italy at Cagliari’s Teatro Massimo theater Nov. 21–25 and at the Teatro Civico in Alghero on Nov. 27.

The “My heart, I’m suffering. What can I do for you?” show. 
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Written and directed by Marras, the show includes 15 acts bringing to the stage the dreams, disturbances, nightmares and obsessions of different generations. “I enrolled 20 performers, great artists, upcoming theater talents,” said Marras, who is known for his theater-like approach to fashion shows. “I involved them into this madness and, while I told them that this might have ruined their careers, they all spontaneously embarked on this project.”
In 2019, the show, which is produced by Valeria Orani and which mixes visual arts, theater, cinema and dance, will travel across the countries with stops in Milan, Rome and Bari. Then, in 2020, it is expected to make its American debut in New York.

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AJ Tracey Announces Debut Album, Drops “Doing It”

AJ Tracey shares that news that he’s releasing his debut album on Feb. 8. To go along with the announcement of the self-titled LP, the U.K rapper drops the lead single from the album titled “Doing It,” which you can stream above. The Swifta Beater-produced track is a high-octane banger that marks AJ’s long-awaited return to his grime roots

The forthcoming album was recorded between London and L.A. over the past twelve months. Since emerging in 2015, AJ Tracey has dropped a number of EPs, including early projects The Front and Alex Moran plus last year’s Secure The Bag!. His summer 2018 single “Butterflies” featuring Not3s was recently cerified gold in the U.K.

Tracey will embark on a world tour in support of the album. Scroll down for the details of the U.K. and Ireland leg of the tour.

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6/3, Dublin Academy
7/3, Leeds O2 Academy 1
8/3, Cardiff Y Plas
9/3, Bristol Sxw
10/3, Norwich Nick Rayns Lcr
12/3, Brighton Concorde 2
14/3, Newcastle University
15/3, Glasgow O2 Academy
16/3, Manchester Albert Hall
18/3, Oxford O2 Academy 1
19/3, Cambridge Junction
21/3, Birmingham O2 Institute 1
22/3, Nottingham Rock City
23/3, London O2 Brixton Academy

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Facebook Goes After TikTok With the Debut of Lasso

First, they came for Snapchat. Now, they’re coming for TikTok.

They, of course being Facebook, just launched Lasso, according to an Engadget report. It’s a new app for short videos aimed at teenagers.

The move comes after Facebook already took on Snapchat with the debut of stories, photos, and videos that appear for 24 hours on a user’s profile on both Facebook and Instagram. Stories were what set Snapchat apart, aside from its disappearing messages.

Now, TikTok takes the role as the emerging app of choice for younger users, a demographic that’s been moving away from Facebook. TikTok offers short videos with music, stickers, filters, and other special effects. Lasso operates similarly, but being part of the Facebook family also integrates with the parent company site and Instagram. You can already cross-post Lasso videos to Facebook stories, and the Verge reported, the same ability will be coming to Instagram stories as well.

Lasso launched this week on iOS and Android without much attention. There wasn’t an announcement from Facebook posted, as similar changes usually are.

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With $50 million debut, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is no poor boy

The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and 20th Century Fox are — for now, at least — champions of the world.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as the late Queen frontman, shrugged off production troubles and mediocre reviews to debut with $ 50 million in weekend ticket sales in U.S….

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Brawl Between Rockets and Lakers Casts Shadow Over LeBron James’s Debut in L.A.

LeBron’s L.A. debut was spoiled by a spectacular performance by James Harden and the ejection of Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram after a fight in the fourth quarter.

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James Captivates Crowd In His Los Angeles Lakers Debut

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer’s table, yelled “Yes!” to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers’ new era was underway.

Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his regular-season debut for Los Angeles 39 years ago, James captivated the crowd from the start of the Lakers’ exhibition opener Sunday night, a 124-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

The opening tip came James’ way and he tapped it to fellow newcomer Rajon Rondo, who threw an alley-oop pass to JaVale McGee for the game’s first score.

James missed his first shot, a turnaround fadeaway, but then made a no-look bounce pass from about 27 feet out to Brandon Ingram for a dunk. A minute later, James hit a long 3-pointer.

He finished with nine points, three rebounds and four assists in just more than 15 minutes.

“It was great to get back on the floor and then just start a new journey for myself and hear the Lakers fans that we have here in San Diego,” said James, who was married here in 2013. “It was great feeling to go out there and hear the roar from the fans here. I very much appreciate it.”

The three-time NBA champion, four-time NBA MVP and 14-time All-Star said he played a little more than expected, “and I felt pretty good.”

Seeing James in a Lakers uniform for the first time “was awesome,” said coach Luke Walton, who grew up in San Diego. “When you’re coaching the Lakers and you look out and see LeBron wearing your team’s colors, it’ a pretty good feeling.”

While the Lakers have a lot to work on, fans hope James’ arrival will turn things around after the worst half-decade in the franchise’s lengthy history.

He left the Cleveland Cavaliers for a four-year, $ 153.3 million free-agent deal with the Lakers.

“It always feels different for me anytime you change uniforms,” he said. “It felt different when I changed from wearing a St. Vincent-St. Mary jersey to wearing a Cavs jersey from a Cavs jersey to a Heat jersey, back to a Cavs jersey and now being a Laker. It definitely feels different and takes a little bit of time getting used to.”

He, Rondo and fellow veterans McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley signed to team with the Lakers’ talented young core.

James was the focus on and off the court Sunday night.

He was cheered from the minute he ran onto the court with his new teammates for warmups. He played the first eight minutes before being subbed out.

When he came back in midway through the second quarter, he was greeted by a roar.

As he stood near the scorer’s table during a video review, a fan yelled: “LeBron, we love you!” and the superstar responded with a hang-loose sign.

Walton said James and Rondo “were great. Their commitment to pushing it, defensively. I thought the first group as a whole played really well, to start. Both groups were fouling way too much. They hit 30-some free throws. It’s going to be tough to win a game like that. But there’s some new rules we have to get adjusted to from this summer. The first group I thought played really well, obviously being led by the two of them out there.”

Asked before the game what stands out about James, Walton said, “His intelligence. He sees everything. He knows even before drills. He knows where he’s going. His work ethic. He’s out there pre-practice with the guys, post-practice with the guys. Taking care of his body in the weight room.

“He’s the ultimate professional.”

The Lakers’ regular-season opener is Oct. 18 at Portland. Their home opener is two nights later against Houston.

This was another big night for an L.A. basketball team at San Diego’s sports arena.

In 1975, John Wooden coached his final game here, leading UCLA to its 10th NCAA title in 12 seasons. In 1979, Johnson made his NBA debut when Los Angeles beat the then-San Diego Clippers in the season opener. After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made a buzzer-beating sky hook, Johnson hugged the center like they’d just won the championship. Seven months later, they did win the NBA title.

Johnson is now the Lakers’ president of basketball operations and James was the prized acquisition of an offseason roster revamp.

As a kid, Walton used to watch his father, Bill, play for the Clippers, although the Hall of Famer’s years in his hometown were largely marred by injuries.

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