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NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Global Content Company Creative 7

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Portland Trail Blazers basketball player Carmelo Anthony will now be taking jump shots alongside his business partner Asani Swann, with their new global, multiplatform content company, Creative 7.

The 36-year-old athlete announced the partnership via his Instagram page.

@creative7productions has arrived. We’re here to elevate the stories of those who have paved the way for us, and continue writing our own.

 

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Creative 7 is a multiplatform content company that plans on developing and producing original content, scripted and non-scripted, including content from documentaries, television, feature film, animation, and podcasts.

Anthony stated, “Asani and I founded Creative 7 because we both share a passion for creating original content that will give a voice to the silenced, advocate for the underserved, and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit. We are in a time of profound transformation so we believe it is more important than ever to spotlight the individuals and the stories that will uplift the world and inspire lasting change.”

Swann also adds, “At the core, our goal is to amplify unheard voices and groundbreaking stories that push the envelope and will leave a profound impact. As a Black woman, I am proud to co-found a company like Creative 7 that celebrates diversity and inclusion and will strive to push representation in this industry forward.”

The company is already busy with projects including one with Will Packer and it’s partnering with Get Out producers Shaun Redick and Yvette Yates Redick’s Impossible Dream Entertainment for another one. It also has a project with Emmy-Award winner Jonathan Hock and his production house, Hock Films, and a limited narrative series with the Oscar-winning plan Plan B Entertainment.

Anthony tells Variety why the company is named Creative 7.

“It’s no secret in the basketball world I have an affinity for the number seven and what it stands for — it was my jersey number on the court for years, I honor it with my fashion label STAYME7O and it has become significant for me across all of my pursuits. Asani and I wanted the name of the company to be straightforward and honest while leaving room to color outside of the lines in terms of what people may think a production company should do and create. We don’t subscribe to being boxed into one way of creating content, or the type of content that we produce.”

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Today is Malbec World Day. This is how it is celebrated in Mexico

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Wines of Argentina celebrates the eleventh edition of Malbec World Day with a Mexico online store. The festivities run from April 15 to May 15.

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Vegan Fried Chicken Entrepreneur Rejected $1 Million Shark Tank Offer; Acquired Multi-Million Dollar Facility to Expand Company Vision

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California entrepreneur Deborah Torres pitched her vegan fried chicken on season 11 of ABC’s hit TV show “Shark Tank.”

Torres offered the Sharks a $500,000 investment opportunity in exchange for a 10% stake in the company. Instead, billion-dollar investor Mark Cuban decided to partner with guest shark Rohan Oza and offer $1 million for 100% of the company. Torres would receive a 10% royalty.

Torres rejected the offer. Recently, her company acquired a multi-million dollar former food production warehouse in a San Diego Opportunity Zone to expand their vision.

“We are so blessed and excited to acquire our own warehouse facility while still maintaining 100% ownership of the company. I have God, my family, our team, and our awesome fans and customers alike to really thank for the incredible support. Dreams really do come true when you don’t give up or let someone steal your imagination. This is only the beginning,” said Torres told Times of San Diego.

Vegan Fried Chicken Entrepreneur Turned Down Shark Tank Offer

When Torres introduced her fried vegan chicken to the Sharks, they immediately fell in love with it. “This batter is extremely tasty,” shark Lori Greiner said. “It’s got some zip to it.”

“You fooled me,” Barbara Corcoran said.

The Sharks bought into the idea of fried vegan chicken but challenged the financials that Torres delivered.

“On [Shark Tank] there were many edits of conversations to make it appear that I wasn’t intelligent enough for obvious dramatic effects of the ‘shocking’ ending,” Torres told VegNews.

She felt that her appearance on Shark Tank did not accurately portray her business acumen. Torres graduated from high school at 15 and received her first degree at 17.

“I think God works in mysterious ways because what was meant to harm me propelled me to where I am today—the proud and sole owner of the world’s largest vegan fried chicken manufacturing company and 100-percent owner of a multi-million dollar manufacturing facility.”

Torres felt that the Shark Tank offer was not a reflection of the true value of her company. In 2019, she declined the offer and now she projects exponential growth for the company going forward.

Giving Birth to a Plant-Based Brand

Deborah Torres is the founder of Atlas Monroe. The plant-based company specializes in fried vegan foods. According to VegNews, Atlas Monroe is on track to become the largest manufacturer of deep-fried vegan chicken in the world.

What motivated the creation of vegan fried chicken? Her father’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Torres decided to experiment with a vegan diet. One of her main priorities was to develop delicious foods that were healthy.

“My whole family and I went on a raw, vegan and organic diet for 90 days. We grew really ‘hangry’ at each other from just eating salads and fruit salads,” Deborah told CNBC. “After the 90 days, [my father] was completely healed. We vowed to stay organic, plant-based and natural. We continued to experiment, and Atlas Monroe was born.”

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