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Fresh off of releasing their most recent EP “The Young, Dope & Gifted,” the New York City based trio consisting of Willy Dope, Gif The Great and Young Wit, collectively known as Par-City have been riding high from the rewards of their work. Already a mainstay in the NYC underground scene and championed by the likes of Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Par-City look to carve out their own niche. Today, the trio stake their claim with the very royal visual for the EP’s intro track “Coronation.“
Long Island native Reek Da Villian connects with Pilz and Dris to release his latest effort titled “Whole Thing,” released courtesy of ItsBizkit.
Well if MTV picked Miley Cyrus to host the VMAs for ratings, they got exactly what they wanted. According to the LA Times, the awards show, hosted by oft-controversial pop star Cyrus, was the most tweeted about non-sports program in Nielsen social history (which is to say, since October 2011).
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially considering the events that took place, including the real/fake beef between Cyrus and superstar Nicki Minaj, the 12-minute acceptance/presidential speech given by Kanye West, and of course Taylor Swift was there.
In the United States alone, 21.4 million tweets were sent about the ceremony by 2.2 million individuals. In turn, 11.8 million people received those tweets, which resulted in the VMA tweets themselves potentially being seen 676 million times. This is a significant increase over last year’s social media effect, when just 12.6 million tweets were sent.
All this means is that Kanye might just get the votes for his presidential nomination.
King Jut (@KingJut92)
Alexander Wang and his friends have decided to “Do Something”
Alexander Wang enlisted the help of a few celebrity peers and friends in an effort to promote and showcase his labels newly released message centric apparel collection. Inaugurating a decade of Alexander Wang fashion, a street wear ready selection of hoodies and T-shirts is now available online and at Wang retail locations worldwide. Blatantly and boldly inviting purveyors of the gear to “Do Something”, the statement pieces were devised by creative director Alexander Wang in an effort to advertise youth activism and volunteering. The clothing’s statement is attached directly to a charity organization, with 50% of all proceeds from sale of the monotone styles being directed to DoSomething.org.
View the gallery above to check out a host of youth influencers, iconic faces and overall a squad that has Wang’s personal admiration donning the clothing pieces. “We felt like, let’s do a campaign and bring together people that we really respect or who have been a big part of our brand, who helped support us, who’ve given us support, been supporting us all these years,” Wang told Yahoo Style. For this campaign musical talents such as Asap Rocky, Tyga, Rod Stewart, Pusha T, Angel Haze, Weeknd, Jhene Aiko, Haim and Grimes all dedicate their image to a cause backed by one of the biggest names in high fashion. Models like Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Kate Moss strike signature poses alongside personal friends of Wang Kanye West and the most followed woman on Instagram Kim Kardashian. Photographed by Steven Klein and creative directed by Pascal Dangin of KiDS Creative, the star studded campaign will hopefully reinforce the idea of positive youth activity while also providing fashion fans with new black and white tops.
The author of the iconic book turned movie series, James Bond, ruffled a few feathers Tuesday morning with a comment that’s become the prevalent topic of social media today.
While doing an interview with the Daily Mail, Anthony Horowitz, who is promoting his new novel, Trigger Mortis, spoke on why he doesn’t see Black actor Idris Elba playing James Bond.
Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.
This sparked outrage, and Horowitz has quickly become a Trending Topic on Twitter. Many question if the comment that Horowitz made is racist, being that he describes current James Bond, Daniel Craig, as the “total return of the gritty seriousness of it,” while Idris Elba is “too street” for the role. Horowitz says that he sees British actor Adrian Lester as a good successor.
Were Horowitz’s comments racist? Or did he choose the “right Black man” to play Bond?
The former co-host of ABC’s The View is under fire Tuesday for suggesting that the activist movement, Black Lives Matter, is a hate group. While interviewing writer Kevin Jackson for her show Fox and Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Jackson, “why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified as a hate group? How much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”
Jackson, who is African-American answered, “Well they should do it, but unfortunately it’s being financed by the leftists…Ironically, it’s people that have nothing, really no concern at all about black lives.” This sparked anger and outrage to many people. Hasselbeck, a Conservative, is no stranger to controversy. Following the death of Sandra Bland, Hasselbeck suggested that Bland might have “threatened” the police and that’s what led her to her death.
Hours after making the comment, many celebrities expressed their feelings about the comment. Blogger Perez Hilton wrote, “Wow. This is so offensive it’s hard to know where to begin.”
Hasselbeck’s former co-host, Rosie O’Donnell, took to Twitter to express how she felt. “Some r slow to wake,” tweeted O’Donnell. She continued, “when r we going to declare Donald Trump as a hate group?”
– Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)
photo credit: talkingpointmemo.com
Better have my fries.
In a video that’s–understandably–gone viral, a couple of young folks pull up to a McDonalds drive-thru with an apparent set of problems. Rather than stick her hand out of the window to accept her #6 with no mayo, the girl in the backseat of the car got up on her knees and immediately began arguing with the McDonalds employee, and before their voices escalated high enough to make their disagreement audible, the drive-thru worker was flying out of her job’s window, and through the car’s, by way of a very angry customer.
Watch the scandalous clip here.
Poor Joshua. I mean, what are the odds?
18-year old Joshua Rosene of Virginia took pranking to a new level, and he’s in a new type of trouble for it. According to the Washington Post, the young, not-thinking-straight native of Manassas got some fake police lights, and threw them on his Pontiac, with the goal of tricking a roadster into thinking he was a real police officer when he hit the lights behind them.
Unfortunately for Rosene, he hit the lights behind an actual police officer–one that was undercover, and smart enough to realize that Rosene’s Pontiac wasn’t regulation. So, he kept driving, and Rosene sped off. He wouldn’t make it far. Some more real police officers caught up to Rosene, and he was arrested for impersonating a police officer.
Next time, wait for Halloween Josh, you’ll have a better defense.
Yes, Tim Cook has plans to take over the world. This isn’t news.
It appears that Apple is preparing to throw themselves into the extremely competitive arena of online TV show and movie streaming, according to reports from Variety. The hundred-billion dollar company allegedly sent a team of trusted employees to Hollywood to speak with execs about “their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content.”
Sure, Apple has no experience dabbling in the entertainment industry, but the resources they have at their disposal alone should be enough to make the guys at Netflix, Hulu and Amazon drip a little sweat on their respective desks this morning. It’s long been proven that Apple may not always be the first to the party–tablets, watches, music streaming–but when they do show up, they show out.
Plus, imagine Leonardo Dicaprio or Idris Elba making a Drake-esque speech at the reveal conference for Apple’s Netflix equivalent? Scary.
Sound Culture Fest stands to fuse cultures by bringing two of the world’s biggest musicians to NYC
Labor Day marks one of the biggest celebratory weekends of the year for Americans that identify with (or embrace) Afro-Caribbean culture. Fittingly, this weekend stands to be packed with countless fetes, bashments, concerts and day parties surrounding Carnival – with a wide variety of options sure to cause paralysis by analysis, if you think too hard.
Among the huge concert events taking place in the Big Apple this weekend is Sound Culture Festival (September 5th, Irving Plaza). This first iteration of the festival series features two of the world’s largest musicians, representative of Caribbean and African sound. According to W&R Projects – the organization that collaborated with Live Nation and Big Moose Entertainment to make it all happen – the main objective is to unite both cultural communities in NYC, and promote authentic sound. This years headliners include the Nigerian-bred “koko master”, D’banj (formerly of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music label), and the self-proclaimed “King of Soca”, Machel Montano (of The HD Family).
In addition to this stellar headlining duo, Oga’Silachi (w/ DJ Lady Lane), Sedale, and Wildfire will be gracing the stage in an opening capacity. Spinning for the evening is a coalition of talented DJ’s: Young Chow (of Hot 97), Tunez, El-G, The Busy Twist and Black Moses. And acting host/MC for the evening is British comedian and presenter, Eddie Kadi.
Tickets are on sale now, via Live Nation!
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