Hip Hop Culture | Hip Hop Arts and Lifestyle – The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:10:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Nike Aims Towards Afro-Futurism with 2019 Black History Month Collection http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/nike-black-history-month-collection-2019/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/nike-black-history-month-collection-2019/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:27:54 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483732 Nike's 2019 "Black History Month" collection pushes the power even further by giving us new colorways for our favorite Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse silhouettes.

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Every year since 2005, Nike has gone all out with a special set of Black History Month-themed sneakers and apparel as a way to commemorate the influence that African-American culture has made on sports as a whole. The collection for 2019 pushes to take things even further by giving us new colorways for some of our favorite silhouettes under the Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse imprints alike.



Included in this roundup are two colorways (“Home” and “Away”) for the LeBron 16, a Kyrie 5, KD 11, PG 3, Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 2, Why Not Zer0.2, Nike Air Force 1 Utility, NikeCourt Flare 2.0 and two Converse Chuck 70 High Top options. Each incorporates the running theme of “Afro-futurism in sport” according to the Swoosh’s official description, seen in the form of kente cloth-inspired accents, Nike’s official “BHM” logo etched into the design and the “EQUALITY” tagline imprinted as well to really make the message be heard.

The Nike 2019 Black History Month Collection will drop in dosages over the next month, with the first being the Nike LeBron 16 “EQUALITY” for $185 USD next Monday (January 21), followed by the Nike Kyrie 5 “BHM” ($130 USD), Nike KD 11 “BHM” ($150 USD) and Nike PG3 “BHM” ($110 USD) on February 1, then the Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 “BHM” ($125 USD), Air Jordan II “BHM” ($190 USD) and Air Jordan 1 “EQUALITY” ($120 USD) dropping the following day on February 2 and finally the Nike Air Force 1 Utility “BHM” ($200) on February 20. No set info on the Converse Chuck 70 High Top “BHM” colorways and the NikeCourt Flare 2.0 “BHM” right now, both those should follow within the same timeframe. Get a look at the full set below:

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R. Kelly Protestors Rally Outside Of Sony Offices In NYC http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/r-kelly-protestors-rally-outside-of-sony-offices-in-nyc/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/r-kelly-protestors-rally-outside-of-sony-offices-in-nyc/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:17:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483640 The Big Apple ain’t havin’ it! Protestors gathered outside of Sony Music offices today (January 16) the echo the sentiments of the supporters of the victims who wish to #MuteRKelly amid his sexual assault accusations. Protestors united in front of Kelly’s label in a united front with chants and billboards to finally bring an end […]

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The Big Apple ain’t havin’ it!

Protestors gathered outside of Sony Music offices today (January 16) the echo the sentiments of the supporters of the victims who wish to #MuteRKelly amid his sexual assault accusations.

Protestors united in front of Kelly’s label in a united front with chants and billboards to finally bring an end to the career of Kelly. Three states have reportedly opened investigations aimed at the R&B legend since Surviving R. Kelly hit the TV airwaves last week.

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NYPD Admits To Surveilling #BlackLivesMatter Protestors http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/nypd-admits-to-surveilling-blacklivesmatter-protestors/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/nypd-admits-to-surveilling-blacklivesmatter-protestors/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:43:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483568 The NYPD was backed down by a state judge who ruled that the department must answer to a public records request about its surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters’ cell phones and social media activities. State Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth agreed with members of the civil group on Monday, rejecting the NYPD’s argument that […]

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The NYPD was backed down by a state judge who ruled that the department must answer to a public records request about its surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters’ cell phones and social media activities.

State Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth agreed with members of the civil group on Monday, rejecting the NYPD’s argument that releasing the information would compromise its counterterrorism and criminal investigations, the New York Times reported.

In 2017, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a Freedom of Information Law request on behalf of Millions March NYC, a group that’s linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The department initially rejected the request for information with the blanket statement that it could “neither confirm nor deny” the existence of those records, citing what’s known as a “Glomar response” that’s mostly used in national security surveillance cases, according to the NYCLU.

Bluth warned the department that it’s violating the law if the police used cell-site simulator technology and “cannot hide exposure of that fact through a Glomar response.”

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Pelosi Requests the President’s ‘State of The Union Address’ Be Delayed Until Gov’t Shutdown is Over http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/pelosi-requests-that-presidents-state-of-the-union-address-be-delayed-until-govt-shutdown-is-over/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/pelosi-requests-that-presidents-state-of-the-union-address-be-delayed-until-govt-shutdown-is-over/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:26:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483617 The government shutdown is really getting in the way. On the 26th day of the closing of the United States government, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to delay his State of the Union Address. In this possible position of grandstanding for President Trump, many critics are almost certain that the controversial POTUS will […]

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The government shutdown is really getting in the way.

On the 26th day of the closing of the United States government, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to delay his State of the Union Address.

In this possible position of grandstanding for President Trump, many critics are almost certain that the controversial POTUS will not turn down the opportunity to thumb his nose at the opposing Democrats and all those who are against his “build a wall” policy.

Pelosi added in a letter addressed to Trump that security will be an issue during the scheduled January 29 speech, being that the Secret Service has not been receiving funding due to the government shutdown.

Presidents traditionally deliver the address, which lays out the administration’s goals for the upcoming year, in the House of Representatives chamber before a joint session of Congress and the majority of the Cabinet.

The White House had no comment on Pelosi’s request and her letter appeared to take aides by surprise. It pointed out that she had invited Trump to make the State of the Union address at the Capitol, but said the shutdown made even the address’ location a difficult situation.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress,” Pelosi wrote.

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Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne Headline 2019 Broccoli City Festival http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/childish-gambino-and-lil-wayne-headline-2019-broccoli-city-festival/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/childish-gambino-and-lil-wayne-headline-2019-broccoli-city-festival/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:15:58 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483560 With lineups for festival season continuing to pop up, the Broccoli City Festival has released their line up for their weekend Washington D.C. takeover. Broccoli City will be a two-day festival that will include an all-night block party, a 5K and fitness day, Trap Karaoke and a Friday Night Preview event, along with the Saturday […]

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With lineups for festival season continuing to pop up, the Broccoli City Festival has released their line up for their weekend Washington D.C. takeover.

Broccoli City will be a two-day festival that will include an all-night block party, a 5K and fitness day, Trap Karaoke and a Friday Night Preview event, along with the Saturday line-up headlined by Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne.

Joining the headliners of Broccoli City are 6lack, Ella Mai, Lil Baby, Teyana Taylor, Wizkid, Gunna, City Girls, YBN Cordae, Ade, and New Impressionz. The festival will be hosted by Scottie Beam, Rodney Rikai, and Rock Creek Social Club. The Friday night Preview will be headlined by Trippie Redd.

You can check the announcement below and cop your ticket this Friday.

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Fenty Family Feud: Rihanna Sues Her Father Over Her Brand Name http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/fenty-family-feud-rihanna-sues-her-father-over-her-brand-name/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/16/fenty-family-feud-rihanna-sues-her-father-over-her-brand-name/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:00:14 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483389 It looks like Rihanna wasn’t playing when she said, “Please don’t call me on my bluff. Pay me what you owe me.” Not even her father is exempt from payment. In fact, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” songstress is willing to fight her in court to ensure she receives every penny. The Fenty family […]

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It looks like Rihanna wasn’t playing when she said, “Please don’t call me on my bluff. Pay me what you owe me.” Not even her father is exempt from payment.

In fact, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” songstress is willing to fight her in court to ensure she receives every penny.

The Fenty family feud ensued after Ronald Fenty established Fenty Entertainment in 2017. Fenty Ent is a talent development company. On the contrary, Rih trademarked the family name to use on an assortment of businesses including beauty products, and clothing.

Rihanna alleges her father and his company are profiting from a name she worked tirelessly to build. Furthermore, she says that in 2015, her father and his business associates falsely presented themselves as her representatives. In doing so they were able to swindle promoters out of millions of dollars.

Perhaps their most brazen attempt was booking the singer for 15 shows throughout Latin America for a price of $15 million. Shockingly, all of this shady business was conducted without her knowledge.

Despite multiple cease and desist order sent to Mr. Fenty on his daughter’s behalf he proceeded to file a “Fenty” trademark request for resort boutiques. Ultimately he was unsuccessful.

As a result of continued underhanded business practices by her dad, Rihanna is requesting a judge placed an injunction on her dad using the name Fenty as well as payment for damages.

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Serena Williams Returns to the Australian Open With Another Amazing Fashion Statement http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/serena-williams-returns-to-the-australian-open-with-another-amazing-fashion-statement/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/serena-williams-returns-to-the-australian-open-with-another-amazing-fashion-statement/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:45:15 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483359 Only a few people can make a grand entrance to a Tennis tournament like Serena Williams. At the Australian Open on Monday night, the tennis legend didn’t disappoint, debuting an incredible new look: a mint-green Nike leotard-type number with fishnet tights. View this post on Instagram Playing solo this time 😉 A post shared by Serena […]

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Only a few people can make a grand entrance to a Tennis tournament like Serena Williams. At the Australian Open on Monday night, the tennis legend didn’t disappoint, debuting an incredible new look: a mint-green Nike leotard-type number with fishnet tights.

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Playing solo this time 😉

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Following the match, Williams opened up about the Nike leotard, which they had designed “really far in advance.” In the off-season, Williams said she’s been working “really, really hard … to be incredibly fit and incredibly ready,” adding that, with this look, Nike wanted “to make an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms that are trying to get back and get fit.”

When asked if she had a name for her new look, she jokingly replied, the “Serena-tard.”

A lot of people were digging the look including Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian.

Serena famously wore a black tutu at the 2018 US Open, mixing in a mauve version as well. She also wore a black catsuit at the French Open, which sparked controversy when the tournament boss criticized the outfit.

As for her play on the court, Williams crushed good friend and neighbor Tatjana Maria 6-0 6-2 in 49 minutes.

This match marked Williams’ first time at the Australian Open since she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia.

 

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‘Tha Carter V’ and ‘Queen’ Certified Platinum on Same Day http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/tha-carter-v-and-queen-certified-platinum-on-same-day/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/tha-carter-v-and-queen-certified-platinum-on-same-day/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:04:23 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483328 Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj prove that Young Money/Cash Money Business is still alive and well. The Cash Money business side has been settled for Wayne making 2018 indeed a winning year. Young Money’s first lady Nicki Minaj came out strong with the release of Queen and then we finally received Tha Carter V a month […]

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Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj prove that Young Money/Cash Money Business is still alive and well. The Cash Money business side has been settled for Wayne making 2018 indeed a winning year.

Young Money’s first lady Nicki Minaj came out strong with the release of Queen and then we finally received Tha Carter V a month later. Perhaps two of the most highly anticipated albums of 2018s have added another platinum album to the artist’s laundry list of accomplishments. Making the feat all the more special, both albums were certified platinum by the RIAA on Friday, January 11, 2018.

A lucrative coincidence, to say the least, the Young Money year was kicked off with Drake’s uber-successful Scorpion album.

It is refreshing to see Lil Wayne return to the top of the Billboard charts. In fact, Tha Carter V  marks his fourth album to top the Billboard 200 chart.

Furthermore, its safe to say that his fallout with Birdman helped fuel the demand for his album. On-demand streams propelled the album to the third biggest album sales week of 2018. The high demand was reflected in the first week as the also had the second the second biggest streaming week in history, behind Drake.

Meanwhile, Ms. Minaj’s Queen debuted at number two on the Billboard chart behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld. 

As Weezy once said, “its Y-M. And we at ya neck like a violin.”

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Netflix Announces Price Increase for All Subscription Options http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/netflix-announces-price-increase-for-all-subscription-options/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/netflix-announces-price-increase-for-all-subscription-options/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:54:08 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483355 With the success of Bird Box, You, Black Mirror and the tons of original content that will be coming to Netflix this year, the video-streaming giant has announced a price increase. CNBC details Netflix will be having a price hike across the various levels of subscription and is also experiencing a rise in stock. The […]

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With the success of Bird Box, You, Black Mirror and the tons of original content that will be coming to Netflix this year, the video-streaming giant has announced a price increase. CNBC details Netflix will be having a price hike across the various levels of subscription and is also experiencing a rise in stock.

The basic plan of Netflix will now cost $9 opposed to 8. The high definition standard plan will now be $13, which is a two dollar increase and the premium offering, which is shown in 4K, will be $16 instead of $14. The price increase is effective immediately for those who will have new accounts on the service. Those who already are enjoying Netflix will be eased into the pricing adjustment over the course of the next three months.

The funds that are coming from your wallet are stated to assist in the payment for the original content you are enjoying and to help buoy the debt from the competition they face currently.

Is the Netflix rate adjustment too rich for your blood? Let us know.

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R. Kelly Survivor Lisa Van Allen Joins Jada Pinkett-Smith for ‘Red Table Talk’ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/r-kelly-survivor-lisa-van-allen-joins-jada-pinkett-smith-for-red-table-talk/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/r-kelly-survivor-lisa-van-allen-joins-jada-pinkett-smith-for-red-table-talk/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:03:10 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483294 On her hit Facebook show Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett-Smith sat down with Lisa Van Allen, one of the several R. Kelly accusers featured in the Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. Along with co-hosts daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne, they discussed the accounts that were given in the provocative docuseries. Jada noted that […]

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On her hit Facebook show Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett-Smith sat down with Lisa Van Allen, one of the several R. Kelly accusers featured in the Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. Along with co-hosts daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne, they discussed the accounts that were given in the provocative docuseries.

Jada noted that everyone is “complicit” because for over 25 years allegations of sexual abuse, misconduct, and pedophilia were levied against Kelly but most still supported him and his music. She even pointed out that one of Kelly’s signature songs, “I Believe I Can Fly,” was essentially the background music for her husband Will Smith, as he was skydiving over the Grand Canyon to celebrate his 50th birthday in September 2018.

Willow observed, “What made me start crying was I had listened to Aaliyah and had known about R. Kelly and listened to his music when I was super young. I had an inkling that he was slightly sus.”

Lisa Van Allen spoke of how Kelly was controlling and a master manipulator. She said, “When he first told me he had never had a threesome, I felt like I needed to do that for him because we were together, and I was living with him, and I did it. And then he wanted another one and another one. That’s when it was like, ‘Uh oh.’”

You can watch the entire first part of the conversation here.

 

 

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Women’s March on Washington to Take Place This Weekend http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/womens-march-on-washington-to-take-place-this-weekend/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/womens-march-on-washington-to-take-place-this-weekend/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:50:21 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483282 On January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, millions of women throughout the country protested in solidarity against his impending presidency and his blatant sexism.  The Women’s March (partially organized by activist and the march’s co-president Tamika Mallory) became the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. The purpose of the […]

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On January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, millions of women throughout the country protested in solidarity against his impending presidency and his blatant sexism.  The Women’s March (partially organized by activist and the march’s co-president Tamika Mallory) became the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. The purpose of the annual marches is to advocate for legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, workers’ rights and tolerance. Two years later, the women are back and prepared to take the streets over once again.

Read More: SOURCE EXCLUSIVE: “Street Politicians” with Tamika Mallory & Mysonne

According to womensmarch.com, the 2017 Women’s March inspired hundreds of women to run, millions more to vote, and dozens to win elected office. The 2019 Women’s March marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years of training new activists, and two years of building power. And this time, we’re coming back with an agenda. On January 19, 2019, we’re going to flood the streets of Washington, D.C., and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us.

Read More: Viola Davis Speaks Truth At The Women’s March To Crowd Of Thousands

The major protest will be held in Washington D.C. but other marches will take place in cities across the county.

For more information visit their site here.

 

 

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Carol Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison Release ‘Roots Of Rap’ Children’s Book http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/carol-boston-weatherford-and-frank-morrison-release-roots-of-rap-childrens-book/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/carol-boston-weatherford-and-frank-morrison-release-roots-of-rap-childrens-book/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:46:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483279 The history of Hip-Hop is a story that cannot be told enough. The history of the culture will only be preserved if it’s passed down to the next generation. Thankfully, Carol Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison have taken it upon themselves to ensure that the story of hip-hop’s rich history will never be lost will […]

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The history of Hip-Hop is a story that cannot be told enough. The history of the culture will only be preserved if it’s passed down to the next generation. Thankfully, Carol Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison have taken it upon themselves to ensure that the story of hip-hop’s rich history will never be lost will their newest book The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop details origins of Hip-Hop that precede DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Kids will learn about how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and break dancing that formed around the art form and gave birth to the musical artists we know today. Written by award-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison, Roots of Rap beautifully depicts how hip-hop is a culture and a language that is spoken the whole world ’round. Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop rapper, DJ, and record producer Swizz Beats give the foreword.

Released on this month, Roots of Rap is available on all formats.

Check out the trailer below:

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Bryshere Gray Stars in ‘Canal Street’ That Tackles Chicago’s Racial Divide http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/bryshere-gray-stars-in-canal-street-that-tackles-chicagos-racial-divide/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/15/bryshere-gray-stars-in-canal-street-that-tackles-chicagos-racial-divide/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483276 Bryshere Y. Gray, of Empire and The New Edition Story, stars in a provocative drama Canal Street that tackles the deep racial divide in Chicago. The Red Guerrilla Entertainment production, which directed and co-written by Rhyan LaMarr, tells a story about the reasons for the deep-seated divisions within the city of Chicago and the city’s […]

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Bryshere Y. Gray, of Empire and The New Edition Story, stars in a provocative drama Canal Street that tackles the deep racial divide in Chicago.

The Red Guerrilla Entertainment production, which directed and co-written by Rhyan LaMarr, tells a story about the reasons for the deep-seated divisions within the city of Chicago and the city’s diversity, touching on themes of family, friendship, and forgiveness as reported by Shadow and Act.

After being arrested for the murder of a white classmate, a young black man’s father fights in court for his son’s vindication. Against all odds, they embrace their undying trust in each other and find faith in God.

Explaining the intent of the film, executive producer Keith Mullens says, “When you watch ‘Canal Street’ we pray that it becomes a visual tour guide that launches you on an in depth emotional and spiritual journey. May this story convict and inspire you to take every action necessary to make the world a better place.”

The film debuts on January 18th. The full trailer is below:

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Calvin Klein Jeans Turns Rare Andy Warhol Images Into Fashion With “LANDSCAPES” Collection http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/calvin-klein-jeans-andy-warhol-landscapes-collection/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/calvin-klein-jeans-andy-warhol-landscapes-collection/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:33:32 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483230 After cooking up some ready-to-wear steez with the estate of Andy Warhol last summer, both with apparel and underwear alike, Calvin Klein is at it again with another collaborative collection that incorporates some of the deceased art tycoon’s rarest imagery. The “LANDSCAPES” capsule collection showcases photos that Warhol took in Aspen, Colorado, said to be […]

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After cooking up some ready-to-wear steez with the estate of Andy Warhol last summer, both with apparel and underwear alike, Calvin Klein is at it again with another collaborative collection that incorporates some of the deceased art tycoon’s rarest imagery.



The “LANDSCAPES” capsule collection showcases photos that Warhol took in Aspen, Colorado, said to be taken sometime during the 1980s while documenting his stay in the snowy setting in close to 30 diary entries. The photographs of icy mountains and the wildlife able bear the breeze are plastered on the set of pants, tees, crewnecks, hoodies and skirts for the HERSource fam. Also included are a few pieces that simply state Warhol (as with the bomber jacket seen above), proving that his name alone can draw in the fashion elite who’ve praised his works of art for the past three decades since his passing in 1987.

Pick up the Calvin Klein Jeans “LANDSCAPES” collection in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation right now online. See the pieces in detail below:



Images: The Andy Warhol Foundation / Calvin Klein

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Outkast’s Big Boi Steps In For Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/outkasts-big-boi-steps-in-for-super-bowl-liii-halftime-show/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/outkasts-big-boi-steps-in-for-super-bowl-liii-halftime-show/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:14:43 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483136 The original ATLien will be in the building for the Super Bowl! It has been confirmed that Outkast’s Big Boi will be added to the Maroon 5 and Travis Scott half time show for the 49th Annual Super Bowl being held in Atlanta on February 3, 2019.   View this post on Instagram   #SBLIII […]

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The original ATLien will be in the building for the Super Bowl!

It has been confirmed that Outkast’s Big Boi will be added to the Maroon 5 and Travis Scott half time show for the 49th Annual Super Bowl being held in Atlanta on February 3, 2019.

 

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With much fanfare, it was reported that Cardi B wanted $1 million to perform, which pushed her out of the runnings for a performance spot, but critics say that her support for Black Lives Matter activist and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick kept the “Bodak Yellow” star away from the Super Bowl.

It has also been reported that Jay-Z reached out to Travis Scott in an alleged attempt to get him to halt his halftime performance.

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Texas Mother Claims Elementary School Forced Her Son to Cut Dreadlocks http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/tiffany-brown-dreadlocks/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/tiffany-brown-dreadlocks/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:00:58 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483081 Tiffany Brown is outraged after her son Jonathan’s elementary school demanded that he cut his dreadlocks off. Spring Valley Elementary School sent the 6-year-old with a letter home ahead of Christmas break saying that his hair was against the dress code and that he returns to school with a hair cut. Brown, who is also […]

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Tiffany Brown is outraged after her son Jonathan’s elementary school demanded that he cut his dreadlocks off.

Spring Valley Elementary School sent the 6-year-old with a letter home ahead of Christmas break saying that his hair was against the dress code and that he returns to school with a hair cut.

Brown, who is also an author, shared the disgusting letter on Twitter asking what does his hairstyle have to do with his ability to learn.

“Hair must not be lower than the bottom of the ears or collar in the back,” the letter dictates, accompanied by a handwritten note stating “please cut by Jan. 8th.”

“Children of color have been targeted for many years, because of what others see as the norms in our society,” Brown told Yahoo Lifestyle. “Because of these norms that are blinding people in our society, some people have stated that dreadlocks are a fashion statement and my child should conform and express himself when he’s older. Dreadlocks are part of my African culture, not a fashion statement.”

Jonathan returned to school with his dreadlocks still intact and was called into the office to have a discussion about his Christmas break. But of course, the conversation was about his hair.

“My son Jonathan went from loving his hair yesterday to opting to cut his hair today, after this meeting,” Tiffany said. “Yesterday, he loved his hair and didn’t want it cut; today he’s frustrated and doesn’t, after speaking with a school official.”

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Travis Scott Reportedly Agreed to Perform for Super Bowl if NFL Donates to Social Justice Cause http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/travis-scott-halftime-donation/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/travis-scott-halftime-donation/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:00:52 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483091 Travis Scott and Big Boi are confirmed to join Maroon 5 to perform for the Super Bowl halftime show. But La Flame only hopped on board under one condition: The NFL donated to a social justice cause. Scott was confirmed to perform since December, but the donation was required for it to be final. The […]

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Travis Scott and Big Boi are confirmed to join Maroon 5 to perform for the Super Bowl halftime show. But La Flame only hopped on board under one condition: The NFL donated to a social justice cause.

Scott was confirmed to perform since December, but the donation was required for it to be final. The ASTROWORLD rapper plans to partner with the league to donate half a million to Dream Corps, among other charitable endeavors.

The donation arrives after the Friday launch of the NFL’s “Inspire Change” initiative.

Travis Scott agreeing to participate in the show was controversial due to the Black community’s support of Colin Kaepernick. Meek Mill tweeted that he didn’t understand why the Houston rapper accepted the gig.

Al Sharpton told TMZ, “I think anyone that goes into the halftime show is in effect directly violating those that want to raise the question that the NFL should come to terms with what they have done and continue to do to Colin Kaepernick and those that protest on criminal justice issues.”

A number of artists reportedly turned down the offer in support of Kaepernick including, JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Cardi B.

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Unpaid TSA Workers Play Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ on Loudspeaker at JFK Airport http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/tsa-jfk-shutdown/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/14/tsa-jfk-shutdown/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:00:09 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=483088 If you’re living under the rock, we are currently in the second-longest government shutdown which began on December 22nd. At least 800,000 federal workers are showing up to work every day without getting paid and without a clue when the shutdown will end. But there are a group of government workers trying to find the […]

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If you’re living under the rock, we are currently in the second-longest government shutdown which began on December 22nd.

At least 800,000 federal workers are showing up to work every day without getting paid and without a clue when the shutdown will end. But there are a group of government workers trying to find the silver lining in the grey cloud.

Passengers flying through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City tweeted about hearing songs that wouldn’t typically play at the airport. The uncensored version of Travis Scott’s Drake-assisted hit single, “Sicko Mode,” as well as Kanye West’s “Lift Yourself” were blasting through the loudspeakers.

A spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told Business Insider that TSA and airline employees have control over the playlist and certain locations.

Apparently, the playlist also included Ludacris, Beastie Boys, and Paramore.

Read some of the reactions below:

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Comedian Barry Brewer to Use Stand-Up Special to Provide $1 Million to Chicago Schools http://thesource.com/2019/01/11/barry-brewer-chicago-schools/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/11/barry-brewer-chicago-schools/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:00:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=482904 Barry Brewer is using his gift of comedy to give back to his hometown of Chicago. The BET Comic View alum will release his latest comedy special Chicago I’m Home this coming February and will attempt to raise $1 million to give to Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Charter Schools. Chicago I’m Home will focus […]

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Barry Brewer is using his gift of comedy to give back to his hometown of Chicago. The BET Comic View alum will release his latest comedy special Chicago I’m Home this coming February and will attempt to raise $1 million to give to Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Charter Schools.

Chicago I’m Home will focus on the background and upbringing of Barry Brewer in what is referred to as the “other” Chicago. The Chicago referenced is the opposite of the skyline and Michigan Avenue that is flaunted to tourist and instead is his home neighborhood of Englewood, which was an area of survival.

Looking to make a positive impact on his city, Brewer will look to make a positive change to those growing up in Chicago now and will donate a percentage of the proceeds of his debut special to the school systems. Aiming to donate $1 million apiece to both.

“Being born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and being a product of the Chicago Public School System, I personally know what it’s like to be offered basic programs and be underserved as a student,” Brewer said. “That is why I am making it my mission to give back to CPS, so we can have better programs to further educate our children, expand their interest in different professions and keep them off the streets. My hope is that the money we donate can help fund the supplies teachers need to help provide a better experience for our youth.”

Aside from Comic View, Barry Brewer has been featured on TV One, Comedy Central and more. You can view the entire trailer below and pre-order the special here.



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Trump Threatens to Use National Emergency Budget For Border Wall to End Government Shutdown http://thesource.com/2019/01/10/trump-threatens-to-use-national-emergency-budget-for-border-wall-to-end-govt-shutdown/ http://thesource.com/2019/01/10/trump-threatens-to-use-national-emergency-budget-for-border-wall-to-end-govt-shutdown/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:26:41 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=482791 For the government shutdown, which has affected the United States for over two weeks, has just went from bad to worse. Today, President Donald Trump threatened to use emergency funding to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the United States’ southern border as a partial U.S. government shutdown […]

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For the government shutdown, which has affected the United States for over two weeks, has just went from bad to worse.

Today, President Donald Trump threatened to use emergency funding to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the United States’ southern border as a partial U.S. government shutdown over the issue stretched into its 20th day.

“If we don’t have a barrier, a very substantial barrier of some kind, you’re not going to be able to solve this problem,”

Trump said at a press briefing where plastic-wrapped kilograms of heroin, seized guns and abag full of an undisclosed amount of cash were displayed.

Trump is adamant that a government funding bill to end the shutdown include $5.7 billion for a border barrier, which he promised voters during his 2016 campaign. The standoff has left a quarter of the federal government closed down and hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay.

Trump signaled he was prepared for the showdown to stretch into late January, canceling plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which is scheduled to start on Jan. 22.

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