Friday, November 15, 2013

DC SHOES ‘STREETS & BOARDS & BEES & SWORDS’ WU-TANG CLAN DOCUMENTARY


As a companion piece to the DC Shoes x Wu-Tang 20th Year Anniversary Collection, celebrating the anniversary of the groundbreaking album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)DC Shoes presents “STREETS & BOARDS & BEES & SWORDS.” The short documentary film chronicles the parallel stories of one album’s effect on the music and skate scene upon its release in 1993, and the near simultaneous launch of , a brand that would forever alter the footwear industry. The film is told through first person accounts by notable names in the worlds of music and skateboarding: pro rider Jefferson Pang, photographer Atiba Jefferson, filmmaker RB Umali, producer Dante Ross, as well as Wu-Tang mastermind the RZA. Check out the video below.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

POLYTRON – FUNCTIONAL TRANSPARENT SMARTPHONE PROTOTYPE PREVIEW


Technology is moving forward so quickly that sometimes it is hard for consumers to keep up with the latest advancements. A gadget is highly likely to become obsolete in terms of performance and functionality in about one year after its launch. “So what does the future of smartphones look like? “ you may ask. Taiwanese electronics company Polytron may have a clue. They have released some preliminary images of their proposed transparent smartphone prototype. Reported to be functional, but lacking an operating system, it gives an indication of possibilities for the future. As this is one of their first prototypes, a much more refined version should be ready by the end of this year. Check out the details in the videos and photos down the page.









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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Serena Williams Impersonation: Is Caroline Wozniacki's Imitation Of The Tennis Star Racist?


Serena Williams' assets became the focus of a mid-game prank by tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki. Stuffing both her chest and shorts with padding, Wozniacki pranced out onto the court mid-game to the guffaws of the crowd. Serena wasn't there. Caroline went on to lose to her opponent, Maria Sharapova.
The reactions to this joke have been mixed. Yahoo Sports called the impression, "hilarious" and noted, "The likeness to Serena, you'll surely agree, is uncanny."
On Tumblr, bloggers weren't so happy about it. One blogger adding:
...this isn’t “harmless fun” as one article described it. its racist. out and outright racism. mocking and making fun of the bodies of black women for a laugh? real funny, stupid white girl. real real funny.
So a white woman can do something like this, but Serena Williams can’t crip walk to celebrate a victory? Wozniacki stuffed her bra and underwear so that she could appear like Serena. It may have been done in “jest,” but I love how people can can turn a black woman’s body and sexuality into a caricature. However, we should not have the autonomy to celebrate any successes of our own.
Check out some responses on  Twitter:
 
Domo

 yes... the legacy of the Hottentot Venus. This is an old racist trope about our supposed hypersexuality and sexual abnormality.
 
Domo

 Even as champions, all that matters is the deviation of our sexual organs from the white standard and that we are hot to trot.
commenter on Youtube was kind enough to provide Woznaicki with some helpful advice, saying, "Maybe if she imitated Serena's actual tennis, she'd win a little more." Very helpful.
Black women's bodies, in game of tennis, have been a topic of controversy and discussion before. Just this year, Taylor Townsend, the top-ranking junior tennis player in the world, was under the microscope for her shape and size, after the USTA tried to deny her access to a tournament because of her weight.

This isn't even the first time Serena's body has been mocked on the tennis world's stage. Wozniacki has already done this once last year, that time dancing out onto the court to a Rihanna song.
Source: Huffingtonpost.com
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jay-Z Documentary: 'Where I'm From' Shows Rise Of Barclays Center (VIDEO)



Life+Times, Jay-Z's culture website, posted a 24-minute documentary about the rise of the Barclays Center. The video takes viewers behind the scenes of his run at the new Brooklyn venue. It's replete with admiring angles of Jay, his DJ and engineer Young Guru and the rest of the Roc Boys rehearsing for the big shows, but otherwise doesn't reveal much in the way of new information.

Highlights include Guru rapping Jay's "Run This Town" verse as the latter walks the arena in advance of the first show (around 13:50), Beyonce's appearance at the 15-minute mark (she's spotted walking just behind Jay as he makes his way to the stage) and Jay taking the subway just like a normal person and starting a near-riot (shouts to the lady who asked him if he's famous). Notably absent? Beyonce performing, as she did on night eight of the run.


Jay turned 43 on Tuesday, making it a fitting day to release the documentary. Mr. Carter isn't the only one getting a close-up: His wife Beyonce is the subject of a self-directed documentary that will debut in February on HBO. (Jay executive produced his documentary.)
Source: Huffingtonpost.com
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H&M FOR BRICK LANE BIKES – SPRING 2013 COLLECTION


H&M is set to make a foray into the world of fixed gear cycling through an upcoming partnership with theBrick Lane Bikes shop of East London. The resulting H&M for Brick Lane Bikes collection combines functionality with city style for looks both on and off the bike, highlighting sustainable materials as part of H&M’s Conscious work. The following preview video features interviews with H&M designer Petter Klusell, who explains that H&M reached out to Brick Lane Bikes for their legendary status in fixed gear culture. Chris Christodolo, creative director of BLB, describes the true collaborative nature of the project, highlighted by extensive testing and feedback. Check out the video below, and look for the collection to launch worldwide on March 7th, 2013.




Source: Freshnessmag.com
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Check Out Beyonce Documentary Trailer: w/ Baby Bumps, Concerts And More (VIDEO FOOTAGE BELOW)



A teaser trailer for Beyonce's HBO documentary has made its way online, and the clip promises about what you'd expect: a wide array of vignettes featuring Mrs. Knowles-Carter as performer, model and, yes, expecting mother.
Blue Ivy makes an appearance in the video, though she's still a mere baby bump when she appears around the 17-second mark.
"I always battle with, 'How much do I reveal about myself?'" Beyonce says. "If I'm scared, be scared, allow it. Release it."
“Everybody knows Beyoncé's music, but few know Beyoncé the person," said Michael Lombardo, HBO president of programming, in a statement about the film. "Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman."
If this sounds familiar, that's because the Beyonce documentary was first reported by The Los Angeles Times back in August. At the time, Beyonce and her representatives were reportedly shopping the film to studios around Hollywood; it appears they landed on HBO because of Beyonce's own taste.
"HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity," said Beyonce in a statement. "Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home."

The documentary will debut Feb. 16, 2013 on HBO, and marks Beyonce's directorial debut.
Source: Huffingtonpost.com
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Serato Icon: "Z-Trip"






There are few DJs that work as hard as Zach Sciacca aka Z‑Trip.
On the road or in the studio. In front of thousands of fans or alone on the side of a mountain, Zach is always working at his craft and trying to be the best he can be. His passion is music, no matter what the style. Always trying to innovate and find new ways of blending tracks and constructing sets. It's this passion and dedication that has led him to become one of the worlds premier DJs.
"I'm constantly living on no sleep. I'm constantly living on deadlines. I'm also constantly trying to outdo my shows and myself, get better and pay attention to what's coming in. There's a lot of processing.
"I wake up every morning ready to go on some, whats next? What can I do? How can I learn? How can I absorb?"
Rather than on stage, in the heat of the moment, it's the time away from the spotlight where Z‑Trip finds his inspiration.
"Being up on top of a mountain, or being, you know, in some remote place. Getting in touch with nature, getting in touch with yourself and clearing your thoughts. Its very therapeutic.
"I found that snowboarding for me was the one thing where I had this physical thing that I was doing but I could get lost you know. Listening to music, I could just get lost in it.
"You just start going on this journey and it's because you took yourself out of the everyday and put yourself into a different situation that forces you to think outside the box.
"It's just one of those things where for me, breathes inspiration."
Zach craves music and is a DJ who doesn't want to be put in a box. His hunger for so many different styles and his talent to mix it all together is what defines him.
"I love house music, I love electro music, I love all kinds of music. I want to know as much as I possibly can about every style of music.
"The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. I don't want to sound like everybody else. There's too much great music out there to just play it safe.
"I want a reaction, good or bad, I just want a reaction."
Preparation is only the beginning. It's once Zach gets on stage that the real work starts.
"I grew up watching Djs put in the work and mix records live and I'm trying to take that a step further. I'm trying to get all the different pieces of songs; acappellas, instrumentals. I'm trying to mix things together, mix 8 bars of this and then bounce out!
"It's one half spontaneity, one half preparation. I want be up there sweating, putting in work. I want people to see that i'm up there working. I want moments when I stop and hear the crowd give me that energy back. I want that!
"There was a moment where I was a little reluctant to jump from analog to digital. Once I did make that jump, I started to realize that it's infinite. The possibilities are endless and I can actually manipulate this music even more than I could in the past. It gave me a whole second breath of fresh air that I didn't even realize."



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Michael Dunn, Florida Man, Invokes 'Stand Your Ground' Law After Shooting Black Teen





Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is back on the national stage after the murder of yet another unarmed, black teenager.
Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old Florida resident, is invoking the controversial law after a recent confrontation turned fatal, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
According to authorities, 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis, a black teenager, and several friends were confronted by Dunn, a white man, who pulled alongside the teens' SUV in the parking lot of a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station. Dunn asked them to turn their music down, and after an exchange of words, he fired between 8 and 9 shots at the vehicle, several of which hit Davis, causing his death.
Dunn was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder and attempted murder. His lawyer said that her client acted "responsibly and in self defense."
During a telephone interview with ABC 25, Dunn’s daughter Rebecca defended her father, saying he did not intend to kill anyone and was responding to a threat.
"He got threatened and had to do what he had to do, and it's sad, so sad," Rebecca Dunn said. "A terrible tragedy on both sides. It really is. I don't know. What are you going to do in that situation? You don't know what you are going to do. He just reacted."
Dunn’s self-defense claim falls under Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law, which was the same claim used in the defense of George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin earlier this year.
Davis was a student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School, a magnet school in Duval County. He will be buried in his hometown of Marietta, Ga. His family plans to start a foundation in his honor for at-risk youth who have been the victims of tragedy.
Original post on Huffingtonpost.com
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