Monday, February 28, 2011

I have nothing but respect for these 3 men, Pioneers of Hip-Hop: Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.


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Nike Dunk High ACG Pack

Nike Dunk High ACG Pack Sneakers
The Nike Dunk High channels three classic ACG color schemes in this new pack that is starting to arrive at Nike stores. The mix of pebbled and smooth synthetic leathers, textured canvas, and ACG color blocking gives the time-tested silo a different look for 2011.




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Jay-Z – Evolution of My Style



Jay-Z talks about how his style has evolved over the years... This video can also be found on Jay-Z's official "Decoded" iPhone application.

Get the official "Decoded" app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/decode...

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Nike Dunk High by ?uestlove – Black Colorway

Nike Dunk High Sneaker by Questlove - Black Colorway
Following the yellow and red colorway of the Nike Dunk High Pack with Questlove, I present today the black Dunk High from this collaboration. The Dunk High comes in a black leather colorway with black outer sole and Questlove logo embossed on the heel. The sneaker releases along with the other two at Concepts, in Boston on March 4th.



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Chris Brown Goes Blonde

Chris Brown recently made a personal change and revealed it to fans on Twitter. Breezy is definitely making a bold statement with his new blonde hair.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

1970s Harlem Brought Back to Life at Studio Museum

By: dnainfo

Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

HARLEM — The photographs — proud men and women frozen in time — reveal a Harlem that many people can't imagine.

A new exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem by photographer Dawoud Bey and titled "Harlem, USA" showcases an intimate, black and white portrait of black life in the historic neighborhood in the 1970s — a daily life that was rarely seen in the media.

One of Bey's photos, which were taken in Harlem from 1975 to 1979, shows a well dressed older black man wearing a top hat and a barber posing proudly in front of his chair. In another, a woman cradles her baby and in another a boy poses in front of a now-demolished Movie theater.


See photo slideshow at DNAinfo.com >

"It was one of those moments when images of African-Americans were not always positive," said Lauren Haynes, assistant curator at the Studio Museum of Harlem. "They capture the subjects in every day moments."

Bey, who had family members who lived in Harlem, was connected to the neighborhood. His mother and father met at church in Harlem. Bey's interest in photography was sparked as a teenager after seeing the photographs of famed Harlem photographer James VanDerZee at his 1969 "Harlem on My Mind" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bey combined his twin interests when he began strolling the streets of Harlem. The Studio Museum in Harlem first displayed Bey's photographs in his first museum exhibit in 1979.

Haynes said Bey has continued a relationship with the museum during the past three decades. He now teaches at Columbia College of Chicago but recently worked at the museum's "Expanding Walls" program for teenagers.

"There's a timeless quality about a lot of the images," said Haynes. "You will still find a lot of scenes like this in Harlem but the faces have changed."

The Studio Museum in Harlem is located at 144 West 125th Street. Bey's exhibit will be on display through March 13.

Photo credit: T - Deas McNeil, the Barber, 1976 (Dawoud Bey; Courtesy the Studio Museum in Harlem)

B- A Boy in Front of the Loews 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976 (Dawoud Bey; Courtesy the Studio Museum of Harlem)
 
 
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Banksy request to appear at the Oscars in disguise rejected

With The Oscars Being Tonight and My Recent Found Fascination With Banksy, I Thought I Would Share This...

Banksy, mysterious street artist and art man of the moment, has told the British press his request to turn up at this week’s Oscars in disguise in a bid to keep his identity a secret, has been declined.
He told Metro that Academy award chiefs said no amid fears that such a move would invite copycat gatecrashers.
The artist, famous for his stencils daubed on street walls, is up for a best documentary award for his debut feature film, Exit Through The Gift Shop.

Academy executive director Bruce Davis told Entertainment Week: “The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage all saying, “I’m Banksy,” who the hell do we give it to?”
After the nominations were announced, Banksy called his Oscar nom a “big surprise.”

He said in a statement: “This is a big surprise. I don’t agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I’m prepared to make an exception for the ones I’m nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me.”


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Deltah 3008's By: Taboo (Black Eyed Peas)

Taboo of Black Eyed Peas promoted his sneaker brand, “Taboo Deltah 3008″ at Loveless Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan this past week.


The sneakers were developed in conjunction with JUMP USA and the new collection, Taboo Deltah 3008 is composed of three different silhouettes; the Delegate, Diction and the Denizen. The sneakers are crafted out of ballistic nylon with a patent exterior, featuring ‘Taboo’ stitched in the tongue and a matching white sole.


“In 3008, there will be no war, race or turmoil. That is where Deltah 3008 comes from,” said Taboo. “I remember not being able to afford the cool shoes everyone had when I was a kid so for my own brand I wanted to create something amazing that everyone can afford.”


 The sneakers ranging from $65 to $85.

Taboo Deltah 3008″ at Loveless Aoyama on February 25, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tsubo Wexler Brogue Shoes & Bowery Lane Bicycle

Tsubo Wexler Shoes & Bowery Lane Bicycle
I Would Wear These, Might Order A Pair Soon!

The Tsubo Wexler  mates oxford brogue styling with sneaker tech for piece of footwear that feels more like a sneaker than a dress shoe. Regular guys will love these. Tsubo also teamed with Bowery Lane Bicycles for a custom bike, complete with shoe shine station, as seen at PROJECT Las Vegas.


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The Boombox Project by Lyle Owerko

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The Boombox Project features contemporary fine art portraits of an array of vintage boomboxes, as well as scores of documentary photographs of the people who brought the boombox movement to life back in the day. New York based photographer Lyle Owerko put together this book with historic shots by Jamel Shabazz, Ricky Flores, Josh Cheuse, and Lisa Beck with a forward by Spike Lee. 

The book is more than just a collection of images, though; it’s also an oral history of the early days of hip-hop, featuring memories from Fab 5 Freddy, Bob Gruen, Rosie Perez, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Lisa Lisa, DJ Spooky, and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, among others, on the role this once ubiquitous machine played. To pick up a copy visit – HERE.






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Original Fake Cotton Varsity Jacket

Original Fake Cotton Varsity Jacket
From the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection of Original Fake the cotton varsity jacket has been released. The jacket comes in solid navy and black versions, as well as in a gingham pattern colorway. On the front the jacket remains clean, while some embroidery details are featured on the back of the jacket.




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Heat’s Dwyane Wade voted NBA’s best-dressed

Smooooooove!

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and forward LeBron James were rated among the NBA’s best-dressed, according to the league’s players.

A poll in this week’s Sports Illustrated asked 137 players, “Who has the best fashion sense off the court?” Wade topped the list by garnering 29 percent of the votes, followed by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (13 percent) and James (11 percent).

New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul and newly acquired New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony rounded out the top five.

Wade and James have long been known for their fashion sense, each appearing recently on the cover of GQ magazine.

WRITTEN By Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel & FULL STORY HERE

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Lupe Fiasco Lasers Album Photoshoot



Lupe Fiasco gives us a behind the scenes look of his his Lasers album cover photo shoot and talks about the inspiration for the project. The album hit stores March 8, 2011.

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Swizz Beatz x Reebok



Karmaloop TV catches up with Swizz Beatz to talk about his upcoming collaboration with Reebok on a sneaker. We already showed you zoms detailed images of the sneaker here. Check it out!

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Nike Air Royal Mid Lite VT

For Spring/Summer 2011 Nike Sportswear presents an interesting new version of the Air Royal sneaker – the Air Royal Mid Lite VT. Large perforations on most of the upper make the sneaker an interesting choice for the warmer months of the year. Premium leather has been used all over the upper and it comes in black, grey and light brown.



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Nike Air Max 90 Premium QS ‘CBF’ Ostrich

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I Need A New Pair.

Several retailers have taken stock in a new Quickstrike Air Max 90 from Nike. “Part of the True Colours series, this is a collaboration between Nike NSW and the Brazilian Football Federation is a subtle and premium reworking of the famous Air Max 90. The use of leather, mesh and Ostrich skin – as featured in some of Nike’s most revered shoes – works brilliantly in this monochrome colourway.” Now available through End.



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Sophnet x Nike Blazer Mid AB TZ ‘Blackout’

Sophnet x Nike Blazer Mid AB TZ 'Blackout' Sneakers
Black Is Always A Good Choice.


Japanese brand SOPHNET designed the new Blazer Mid AB TZ – basically a Blazer with the All-Court toe-cap and a zip-up side. Available Friday February 25, 2011 at select retailers such as Caliroots.


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