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Virgil Abloh and Nike Gifted High School Soccer Team Co-Branded Football Kits

http://uristocrat.com/author/admin/page/1645/ and http://uristocrat.com/tag/paperball/ have each elevated the contemporary fashion scene in their own respective ways, however, form something completely all its own when partnering with one another. Together, both sides recently outfitted the http://uristocrat.com/category/events/page/45/?wpmp_switcher=desktop frontman’s alma mater with brand new kits to hit the pitch with.

Boylan Central Catholic High School hit up Instagram to thank both Abloh and the Swoosh brand for the generous gift, posting both boys and girls teams sporting their new uniforms. The fellas received the previously-teased black and white check-printed top with signature Off-White™ stripes hitting the sleeves, while the ladies were gifted home-style white jersey’s featuring bold orange branding on the front. According to the post, the featured fits will be available later this summer.

In other fashion news, here are 10 drops you don’t want to miss this week.

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The Feature & Production Credits for A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’ Are Insane


After months of hype, A$AP Rocky’s long-anticipated third album, Testing, has arrived.

Shortly after midnight, Rocky took to Twitter, where he unveiled the album’s production and feature credits. Unsurprisingly, the rapper-slash-influencer has dipped into his Rolodex to enlist a galaxy of famous names, with Frank Ocean, Playboi Carti, FKA Twigs, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes, Skepta, and Kid Cudi just some of the big hitters contributing to the project. Lauryn Hill, who is sampled on closing track “Purity,” is also given a guest credit.

On the production front, Flacko has worked closely with longtime collaborator Hector Delgado, while the likes of Dean Blunt, Clams Casino, Boys Noize, and, of course, Moby also got behind the board. Curiously, Rocky’s close friend Tyler, the Creator doesn’t feature at all, but there is an executive producer credit for Juicy J. It should be noted, too, that Rocky himself contributes heavily to the production side, and is credited on most tracks.

The feature and production credits for Testing in full are:

1. “Distorted Records”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Nesbitt Wesonga
Mario Loving

2. “A$AP Forever” (feat. Kid Cudi & Moby)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Jordie X

3. “Tony Tone”

FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

4. “Fukk Sleep” (feat. FKA Twigs)

Hector Delgado

5. “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” (feat. Skepta)

Skepta

6. “Calldrop” (feat. Kodak Black)

Boys Noize
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

7. “Buckshots” (feat. Playboi Carti & Smooky Margielaa)

Kelvin Krash

8. “Gunz n Butta” (feat. Juicy J)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

9. “Brotha Man” (feat. French Montana & Frank Ocean)

Rico Love
D-Town the Great
French Montana
A$AP Rocky

10. “OG Beeper”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

11. “Kid$ Turned Out Fine”

CharlieMumbles
Estiee
Hector Delgado
Flacko

12. “Hun43rd” (feat. Dev Hynes)

Devonté Hynes

13. “Changing”

Jim Jonsin
FnZ
Hector Delgado
Flacko

14. “Black Tux”

Clams Casino
Tank God
Hector Delgado
Flacko
Krash

15. “Purity” (feat. Frank Ocean & Ms. Lauryn Hill)

Dean Blunt
FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

When you’re done digesting the above, learn more about Moby’s importance to hip-hop here and then bump Testing below.

via Highsnobiety

The Feature & Production Credits for A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’ Are Insane


After months of hype, A$AP Rocky’s long-anticipated third album, Testing, has arrived.

Shortly after midnight, Rocky took to Twitter, where he unveiled the album’s production and feature credits. Unsurprisingly, the rapper-slash-influencer has dipped into his Rolodex to enlist a galaxy of famous names, with Frank Ocean, Playboi Carti, FKA Twigs, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes, Skepta, and Kid Cudi just some of the big hitters contributing to the project. Lauryn Hill, who is sampled on closing track “Purity,” is also given a guest credit.

On the production front, Flacko has worked closely with longtime collaborator Hector Delgado, while the likes of Dean Blunt, Clams Casino, Boys Noize, and, of course, Moby also got behind the board. Curiously, Rocky’s close friend Tyler, the Creator doesn’t feature at all, but there is an executive producer credit for Juicy J. It should be noted, too, that Rocky himself contributes heavily to the production side, and is credited on most tracks.

The feature and production credits for Testing in full are:

1. “Distorted Records”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Nesbitt Wesonga
Mario Loving

2. “A$AP Forever” (feat. Kid Cudi & Moby)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Jordie X

3. “Tony Tone”

FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

4. “Fukk Sleep” (feat. FKA Twigs)

Hector Delgado

5. “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” (feat. Skepta)

Skepta

6. “Calldrop” (feat. Kodak Black)

Boys Noize
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

7. “Buckshots” (feat. Playboi Carti & Smooky Margielaa)

Kelvin Krash

8. “Gunz n Butta” (feat. Juicy J)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

9. “Brotha Man” (feat. French Montana & Frank Ocean)

Rico Love
D-Town the Great
French Montana
A$AP Rocky

10. “OG Beeper”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

11. “Kid$ Turned Out Fine”

CharlieMumbles
Estiee
Hector Delgado
Flacko

12. “Hun43rd” (feat. Dev Hynes)

Devonté Hynes

13. “Changing”

Jim Jonsin
FnZ
Hector Delgado
Flacko

14. “Black Tux”

Clams Casino
Tank God
Hector Delgado
Flacko
Krash

15. “Purity” (feat. Frank Ocean & Ms. Lauryn Hill)

Dean Blunt
FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

When you’re done digesting the above, learn more about Moby’s importance to hip-hop here and then bump Testing below.

via Highsnobiety

The Feature & Production Credits for A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’ Are Insane


After months of hype, A$AP Rocky’s long-anticipated third album, Testing, has arrived.

Shortly after midnight, Rocky took to Twitter, where he unveiled the album’s production and feature credits. Unsurprisingly, the rapper-slash-influencer has dipped into his Rolodex to enlist a galaxy of famous names, with Frank Ocean, Playboi Carti, FKA Twigs, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes, Skepta, and Kid Cudi just some of the big hitters contributing to the project. Lauryn Hill, who is sampled on closing track “Purity,” is also given a guest credit.

On the production front, Flacko has worked closely with longtime collaborator Hector Delgado, while the likes of Dean Blunt, Clams Casino, Boys Noize, and, of course, Moby also got behind the board. Curiously, Rocky’s close friend Tyler, the Creator doesn’t feature at all, but there is an executive producer credit for Juicy J. It should be noted, too, that Rocky himself contributes heavily to the production side, and is credited on most tracks.

The feature and production credits for Testing in full are:

1. “Distorted Records”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Nesbitt Wesonga
Mario Loving

2. “A$AP Forever” (feat. Kid Cudi & Moby)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Jordie X

3. “Tony Tone”

FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

4. “Fukk Sleep” (feat. FKA Twigs)

Hector Delgado

5. “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” (feat. Skepta)

Skepta

6. “Calldrop” (feat. Kodak Black)

Boys Noize
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

7. “Buckshots” (feat. Playboi Carti & Smooky Margielaa)

Kelvin Krash

8. “Gunz n Butta” (feat. Juicy J)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

9. “Brotha Man” (feat. French Montana & Frank Ocean)

Rico Love
D-Town the Great
French Montana
A$AP Rocky

10. “OG Beeper”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

11. “Kid$ Turned Out Fine”

CharlieMumbles
Estiee
Hector Delgado
Flacko

12. “Hun43rd” (feat. Dev Hynes)

Devonté Hynes

13. “Changing”

Jim Jonsin
FnZ
Hector Delgado
Flacko

14. “Black Tux”

Clams Casino
Tank God
Hector Delgado
Flacko
Krash

15. “Purity” (feat. Frank Ocean & Ms. Lauryn Hill)

Dean Blunt
FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

When you’re done digesting the above, learn more about Moby’s importance to hip-hop here and then bump Testing below.

via Highsnobiety

The Feature & Production Credits for A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’ Are Insane


After months of hype, A$AP Rocky’s long-anticipated third album, Testing, has arrived.

Shortly after midnight, Rocky took to Twitter, where he unveiled the album’s production and feature credits. Unsurprisingly, the rapper-slash-influencer has dipped into his Rolodex to enlist a galaxy of famous names, with Frank Ocean, Playboi Carti, FKA Twigs, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes, Skepta, and Kid Cudi just some of the big hitters contributing to the project. Lauryn Hill, who is sampled on closing track “Purity,” is also given a guest credit.

On the production front, Flacko has worked closely with longtime collaborator Hector Delgado, while the likes of Dean Blunt, Clams Casino, Boys Noize, and, of course, Moby also got behind the board. Curiously, Rocky’s close friend Tyler, the Creator doesn’t feature at all, but there is an executive producer credit for Juicy J. It should be noted, too, that Rocky himself contributes heavily to the production side, and is credited on most tracks.

The feature and production credits for Testing in full are:

1. “Distorted Records”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Nesbitt Wesonga
Mario Loving

2. “A$AP Forever” (feat. Kid Cudi & Moby)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Jordie X

3. “Tony Tone”

FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

4. “Fukk Sleep” (feat. FKA Twigs)

Hector Delgado

5. “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” (feat. Skepta)

Skepta

6. “Calldrop” (feat. Kodak Black)

Boys Noize
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

7. “Buckshots” (feat. Playboi Carti & Smooky Margielaa)

Kelvin Krash

8. “Gunz n Butta” (feat. Juicy J)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

9. “Brotha Man” (feat. French Montana & Frank Ocean)

Rico Love
D-Town the Great
French Montana
A$AP Rocky

10. “OG Beeper”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

11. “Kid$ Turned Out Fine”

CharlieMumbles
Estiee
Hector Delgado
Flacko

12. “Hun43rd” (feat. Dev Hynes)

Devonté Hynes

13. “Changing”

Jim Jonsin
FnZ
Hector Delgado
Flacko

14. “Black Tux”

Clams Casino
Tank God
Hector Delgado
Flacko
Krash

15. “Purity” (feat. Frank Ocean & Ms. Lauryn Hill)

Dean Blunt
FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

When you’re done digesting the above, learn more about Moby’s importance to hip-hop here and then bump Testing below.

via Highsnobiety

The Feature & Production Credits for A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’ Are Insane


After months of hype, A$AP Rocky’s long-anticipated third album, Testing, has arrived.

Shortly after midnight, Rocky took to Twitter, where he unveiled the album’s production and feature credits. Unsurprisingly, the rapper-slash-influencer has dipped into his Rolodex to enlist a galaxy of famous names, with Frank Ocean, Playboi Carti, FKA Twigs, Kodak Black, Dev Hynes, Skepta, and Kid Cudi just some of the big hitters contributing to the project. Lauryn Hill, who is sampled on closing track “Purity,” is also given a guest credit.

On the production front, Flacko has worked closely with longtime collaborator Hector Delgado, while the likes of Dean Blunt, Clams Casino, Boys Noize, and, of course, Moby also got behind the board. Curiously, Rocky’s close friend Tyler, the Creator doesn’t feature at all, but there is an executive producer credit for Juicy J. It should be noted, too, that Rocky himself contributes heavily to the production side, and is credited on most tracks.

The feature and production credits for Testing in full are:

1. “Distorted Records”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Nesbitt Wesonga
Mario Loving

2. “A$AP Forever” (feat. Kid Cudi & Moby)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Jordie X

3. “Tony Tone”

FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

4. “Fukk Sleep” (feat. FKA Twigs)

Hector Delgado

5. “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” (feat. Skepta)

Skepta

6. “Calldrop” (feat. Kodak Black)

Boys Noize
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

7. “Buckshots” (feat. Playboi Carti & Smooky Margielaa)

Kelvin Krash

8. “Gunz n Butta” (feat. Juicy J)

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

9. “Brotha Man” (feat. French Montana & Frank Ocean)

Rico Love
D-Town the Great
French Montana
A$AP Rocky

10. “OG Beeper”

Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky
Mario Loving
Nesbitt Wesonga

11. “Kid$ Turned Out Fine”

CharlieMumbles
Estiee
Hector Delgado
Flacko

12. “Hun43rd” (feat. Dev Hynes)

Devonté Hynes

13. “Changing”

Jim Jonsin
FnZ
Hector Delgado
Flacko

14. “Black Tux”

Clams Casino
Tank God
Hector Delgado
Flacko
Krash

15. “Purity” (feat. Frank Ocean & Ms. Lauryn Hill)

Dean Blunt
FnZ
Hector Delgado
A$AP Rocky

When you’re done digesting the above, learn more about Moby’s importance to hip-hop here and then bump Testing below.

via Highsnobiety

The ‘IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME fund’ has $36 million to invest in Black female founders

Backstage Capital, a venture fund that invests in underrepresented founders — “women, People of Color, and LGBT founders,” according to the firm’s website — announced a new $36 million fund on Saturday that will invest exclusively in black female founders.

“They’re calling it a ‘diversity fund,’” tweeted Arlan Hamilton, the firm’s founder and managing partner. “I’m calling it an IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME fund.”

It’s no secret that women, especially women of color, are underrepresented in venture capital and the tech industry. The venture capital industry is dominated by men — only 9 percent of VCs are women, according to Forbes — and as a result, men get most of the investment capital. Only 15 percent of VC money went to female founders last year.

Hamilton wants to change that by redirecting who gets the money to build their idea.

“My big idea is that investing money, time, resources, access, belief—all of that—into black people, Latinx people, all people of color, and women in the US is not something that should be looked at as doing us a favor,” she told Quartz earlier this year. “It is doing you a favor if you are a white male, because we are the future.”

Backstage isn’t the only fund working to change the flow of money to women and minority entrepreneurs. Another new venture firm, The Helm, is investing exclusively in women entrepreneurs, and other female investors are investing in more women. All Raise, a group of more than 30 female VCs from some of Silicon Valley’s most well-known firms, is a recently-formed non-profit with goals to increase the number of female investors and female founders.

“Investing in us—people of color, LGBT people, and women—is good business, good sense,” Hamilton told Quartz. “And you are foolish if you think otherwise.”

via Recode – All

Alligator blood is the key to your startup’s success

Alligator blood: an unusual company culture metaphor, but one that works for my team.

Borrowed from a poker term, “alligator blood” is one of the oldest terms in the game. It refers to any player who seems both resistant to the endless psychological blows (have you seen how long those competitions can last?), but also competitive enough to keep pounding away on others when they’re ahead. Difficult to kill, relentless until the end. If it’s good enough for poker stars — and alligators — it’s good enough for my startup team.

Think the alligator metaphor is a bit dramatic? I hear you, but this is why it’s imperative to maintain such a relentless mindset when you’re running a startup. Whether you just hired your first employee or you’re trying to push through to the next round of funding, startups will always be volatile environments. Fight or flight, win or lose. And they have to be that way in order to move forward quickly.

Successful companies don’t start out by moving at a glacial pace. They also don’t back down easily from competition, no matter where they are — miles behind you or right in front of you. You and your team have to be ready, willing, and able to take whatever challenge comes and keep moving forward.

The work we do isn’t easy, but we don’t become entrepreneurs because we crave easy. Alligator blood has become central to our core values and is woven into the fabric of our environment. It constantly reminds us that we can’t quit who we are. The conference rooms are named after places alligators inhabit, featuring The Bayou, The Swamp, The Everglades, and The Gator Pit. We even tell new recruits that we’re going to hang a few bags of alligator blood and start the drip.

If you are planning to start your own company one day, or you just need a fire to motivate your employees, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Figure out who you are and stick to it

One of the most important things a founder can do at inception is figure out the company identity. Are you going to be a company that embraces a challenge or hides from it? Assuming you say the former, you have to be consistent in that commitment. Never back down. Never turn away. Always welcome the Alpha alligator who wants to kick your ass. You know you can take him.

Amazing ideas come to you when you take on big challenges. Others will be inspired and want to join. You’ll attract the right people and the right energy. Then, when all the old ways of doing things fall to the wayside, it makes room for a clean slate, which is more powerful than you can imagine. Your team will go farther and push harder than you ever thought they could.

2. Everyone on your team has to be on board.

Not all team members will know how to channel a gnarly reptile who can bite down with 2,960 pounds of force. It won’t make sense to them. For my team, we knew that this would be a very difficult road and were driven by the grittiness of the metaphor, but we had to get everyone on board.

Our team set out to change an entire industry, to improve the quality of life. We wanted to create a product that was so far beyond what anybody had seen, we knew that there would be challenges. To aspire to such innovative feats, there is no way around it — everyone on your team has to be willing to take it that far.

Rather than have regular conversations about how hard this business is and was this the right thing to do, we choose to accept that as fact and not waste time whining about it.

If you don’t have a team built yet and you want to establish a team that’s ferocious — use this vision to attract the right kind of person. Leverage a clear and strong intention to make sure people can handle it from the beginning.

3. Don’t quit until you get to the end

When interviewing Navy Seals who make it through the infamous Hell Week, the common theme is they never considered quitting; it wasn’t even an option. They could cross the finish line on a broken foot because they decided they would finish.

When investing in tough challenges, business leaders have to be prepared for the pressures that come with them. You might experience anxiety, fear, frustration and uncertainty before you experience success. To achieve success, you have to invest in top notch people, systems and processes to combat those inevitable pressures and overcome the hard challenges, and of course, don’t even consider quitting.

Ultimately, not everyone will be able to run on alligator blood. It doesn’t make sense for every personality type or every business. However, if the leader can’t embody the company mission, it will fail. You cannot ask your team to do something you cannot do yourself.

To make alligator blood work, you have to embrace the idea that you’ll never give up. Sometimes people fail because they forget what their core values are, so you need to incorporate the theme in everything you do. Constantly remind yourself that what you’re doing is really hard, but never give up the fight.

via The Next Web

Our “modern” Congress doesn’t understand 21st century technology

Lorelei Kelly
Contributor
Lorelei Kelly leads the Resilient Democracy Coalition, a group working to make sure Congress succeeds in the Information Age.
Robert Bjarnason
Contributor
Robert Bjarnason was formerly a game company executive in Silicon Valley. He is now the President and CEO of Iceland’s Citizens Foundation.

When Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before House and Senate panels earlier this month, he explained how his company uses the data of millions of Americans. This particular set of hearings was urgent because our elected leaders have realized the power that lies in Facebook’s hidden trove of networked knowledge — its potential to violate privacy and the menace it poses to the integrity of our democratic institutions.

Facebook is a business that sells social connection, its algorithms are made for targeted advertising.  The data that we users provide via friends, likes and shares makes their model lucrative. But connecting a person to a pair of shoes cannot be the same engagement algorithm that we use to build a cohesive democratic society.  Watch any hearing on Capitol Hill.

It’s a durable, if old fashioned bridge between leaders and citizens. Informed deliberation could be a lot more compelling, but it can never compete on the same turf with funny GIFs and targeted videos.   Algorithms optimized for commercial engagement do not protect public goods like democratic discourse. They are built for shareholders, not citizens. To the contrary, they can exploit and damage democracy’s most precious resource– civic trust.

One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Advocacy group Avaaz is calling attention to what the groups says are hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress is the world’s most powerful representative assembly.  Yet, like much of the US government, it does not have adequate 21st century technology knowledge, nor modern digital infrastructure for citizen input, much less interaction.  Until we have an alternative that protects civic engagement data, the prevailing business models that rely on selling social connection will continue to be the equivalent of strip-mining democracy.  

If we think we can use a corporate profit model for civics, we will get an increasingly coarse and volatile public life. Malevolence is cheap and conspiracy scales quickly. Junk news costs little compared to credible journalism.  When clicks are the currency, the shortest path to a sale is vulgarity or shouting, which often stops inclusive participation altogether. It’s true that crowds are sometimes rowdy. But our democratic institutions are supposed to moderate this behavior and they are decades behind the private sector who themselves are struggling with online civility standards.

Another challenge is the scant institutional capacity our democracy has for coping with a digital world.  For decades, Congress has purged its own expertise, especially on technology.  The result is that it can’t match the White House when it comes to policy and it relies on the narrow perspectives of lobbyists more than ever.  Congress does make available a great deal of information but–like a banana republic of data-– it lacks the resources to purchase the analysis products for its own workflow, or to create a competitive version for itself.

The longer we wait to build modern engagement capacity for our democracy, the more citizens will pay the price. In a political system awash with anonymous money,  Congress is not building an integrity engine to audit the supply chain of data into policy.  It is not optimizing the underused capacity of public serving knowledge already on Capitol Hill. It’s actually not far beyond  hot lead type. Even the computer science interns still carry around 3 ring binders full of hard copy letters to sign.

Congress got a lot of attention for the Facebook hearings–much of it negative.  But instead of focussing on the inadequate interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg, Americans should consider creative possibilities to enrich democratic discourse.  

What if ⅓ of the committee hearing questions were open to colleagues with subject matter expertise from either party in either the House or the Senate? How about a preparatory “question challenge” to the verified citizens of the districts of the committee members? What about a curation platform to vet and incorporate audience feedback within the hearing itself?  How about a stack exchange for the fresh questions so the rest of us watching from afar could rank them? And, why doesn’t Congress already have a computational intelligence capacity for every committee– one that could assist human staff with complex input in real time or asynchronously?

This future-dream is a steep hill, but it is not impossible.  Until our governing institutions develop public-serving standards and systems,   let’s follow the lead of truly modern democracies and put the civic engagement data of our nation where it will be safe and not for sale – in our collective hands. The urgent task for Congress and the rest of us is to restore civic trust.  How about a series of follow-up hearings on who should be the information intermediaries for 21st century democracy?

Given the current international political climate, multi-lateral talks are another steep hill to climb.  But we’ve looked abroad for common good norms in the past. We can start now by recognizing that open democratic standards are a modern source of power and influence. Iceland created a civic non profit to engage citizens and protect their data.  

Estonia already gives a digital identity to online businesses.  Starting next month,  Facebook will adhere to the European Union’s privacy rules for the US, Europe and Canada. Identifying and upholding these promising practices is vital in a world where the reputation of democracy is at stake.  

In an unfortunate step backward, the Facebook hearings returned us to the old familiar Russia vs. the West framework.  But it is worth remembering how –in the last century– democracy won the Cold War because of off-shored norms.

Forty three years ago, 35 national leaders gathered in Finland to collaborate on reducing tensions with the eastern bloc, then dominated by the Soviet Union. The resulting Helsinki Accords championed Rule of Law and Human Rights. These western democratic norms became the guide posts of eastern Europe’s dissidents.  In Czechloslovakia, the Charter 77 movement drew strength from exposing the hypocrisy of their government, a signatory to the Accords.  The norms were ultimately successful in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Democratic societies require trusted connection in order to survive. They also need credible, capable institutions.  If we Americans want to rebuild our national confidence, we’ll need a digital engagement system that optimizes for human dignity, not corporate dollars.  The first step is for Congress–our most democratic institution– to fund its own digital capacity. Even then, it will need trusted, privacy protecting partners.

There is no IPO that monetizes engaged citizens, there’s just a society that sticks together enough to keep talking, even when a lot of people are fed up and angry.  Once we decide to protect the public trust, we can succeed and even lead again. But to be cautiously hopeful and paraphrase Benjamin Franklin,  let’s offshore our democracy’s civic data norms until we can keep them ourselves.

via TechCrunch

Ryan Coogler Tells Us What Happened to Killmonger’s Mom

In Black Panther‘s upcoming Blu-Ray release, director Ryan Coogler revealed some interesting information about Erik Killmonger’s mother over the commentary notes. Played by Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger already had a tragic story to begin with, growing up as an orphan in Oakland while his family ruled the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda unbeknownst of his existence.

During the onset of the film, Killmonger’s father, N’Jobu (Sterling Brown) and his brother Zuri (Denzel Whitaker) are seen devising some sort of plan in an apartment. Coogler states, "The idea was when you see those guys talking over the paperwork in the beginning of the film, they’re talking about a way to break her out of jail. The idea was they never got her out, and she passed away in prison, so Killmonger didn’t come up with a mom either."

Director Francis Ford Copolla also reportedly saw an early cut of the film and expressed to Coogler that the most important part of the movie was when audiences learned about T’Chaka (T’Challa’s father) killing N’Jobu after learning about his plans to arm oppressed people with Vibranium. "It’s the original sin of Wakanda and the original sin of T’Chaka," Coogler explained.

For additional commentary and deleted scenes, Black Panther will release digitally on May 8 and on disk May 15.

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Donald Glover Brings His Black Renaissance To ‘Saturday Night Live’

Stormy Daniels may have kicked off Saturday Night Live with her guest appearance in a star-studded opening sketch, but last night’s episode was all about a different Donald getting his rocks off.

Not only did Donald Glover host the show, he acted in nearly every sketch, then debuted two new Childish Gambino songs during his musical performances. Indeed, the man of many hats wore them all. (Overnight, he also simultaneously released a shocking new video for one of the songs, a surefire protest anthem called “This Is America,” below.)

“I’m an actor, a writer and a singer — some people like to call me a triple threat, but I kinda like to call myself just a threat,” Glover said in an opening monologue that satirized his seeming ability to “do anything.” The one thing he’d failed at was getting cast on the sketch comedy series, despite auditioning for SNL twice, as he informed the audience before spending the rest of the monologue disastrously trying to one-up other cast members.

It’s doubly funny considering the history of black players on SNL is one of talented performers, often underutilized and unappreciated, being forced to exit in order to find their true comedic voice — from Chris Rock to Jay Pharoah. The exceptions, like the undeniable talent of Eddie Murphy or the unprecedented tenure of Kenan Thompson, are extremely rare. Meanwhile, Glover’s been busy breaking form on FX, where he’s successfully reimagined the American sitcom on his hit show, Atlanta, with its surreal look at life for everyday black folk. (This week’s “FUBU” flashback episode on bullying was one of the most heartfelt half hours in recent TV history.)

Fans who came to SNL expecting to see Glover remodel the variety show after his own image found just how restricting the form can be, but also how adaptable Glover’s brand of cerebral humor is on-stage. Glover was best in pre-recorded skits like “Friendos,” a Migos send-up that found the kings of trap rapping with deadpan glee about group therapy. (In the session, Thompson mimics Takeoff’s penchant for barking out ad-libs to a T.)

The sense of alienation that comes through in his recent New Yorker profile was best captured in a skit that found him reprising his role as Lando Calrissian (from the forthcoming Star Wars film Solo). Calrissian hosts “the first-ever Galactic Summit For All Black Humans,” only to discover the turnout is surprisingly low: a total of three people show up. But the best skit of the night was “Kanye Place,” which lampooned the artist’s neverending string of controversial statements in a scary-movie setting that showed how our collective inability to resist Kanye’s trolling is the real threat to humanity.

Glover’s own alter-ego, rapper/singer Childish Gambino, effectively stole the show, if such a thing is possible. Introduced by Zoe Kravitz, Gambino performed a new song as tropical and summery as his last album, Awaken! My Child, was rap-less and funky. Though he chose to forego performing any of the hits from that album, including “Redbone,” he still showed off his falsetto on the R&B/dance song about weekend love.

And when he returned later in the show for a shirtless performance of “This Is America,” introduced by Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), the message of American dominance and the exploitation of black lives was further underlined by the show’s closing skit — featuring Glover and the show’s two black men (Thompson and Chris Redd) playing prisoners assigned to work as call center customer service reps for 30 cents an hour.

It was a tour-de-force for Glover, who has proven himself to be the smartest working man in TV today — and, ironically, possibly the most overqualified SNL host to ever wear the hat. Suffice it to say, the man twice deemed not quite ready for SNL finally nailed that audition.

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Kanye West Unveils YEEZY 700 V2

After clarifying that the designs he shared of Tony Spackman’s work were indeed stolen by a former employee at YEEZY (the person was let go immediately) and issuing an apology, Kanye West is back on Twitter sharing his own work. ‘Ye has just taken to the social media platform to share the second version of the 700 sneaker which is called the 700 V2. From the initial image, this looks like a crossover between the 700 and 500 silhouettes.

Sporting two beige tones similar to the "Blush" version of the YEEZY 500, the sneaker is constructed with suede and mesh and offers a white shoelace in this instance. Let us know if you’re feeling this latest design from Kanye. Stay tuned to see if he gives us a closer look at anymore of the never-before-seen YEEZY sneakers he teased back in mid-April.

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Childish Gambino Drops Powerful New Song & Video “This is America”

Childish Gambino just released a brand new song called “This is America”. Watch the accompanying music video above. Directed by Hiro Murai, the political visuals find the rapper amidst and causing chaos in an abandoned warehouse. There’s even a cameo by none other than SZA. The song was produced by Gambino himself along with Ludwig Göransson

“This is America” is Childish Gambino’s first new music since his 2016 Grammy-nominated full-length “Awaken, My Love!”. Earlier this week, the musician announced new tour dates with Vince Staples, which will follow the first leg of his previously announced tour with Rae Sremmurd. Peep the tour dates below.

09-06 Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena $
09-08 Chicago, IL – United Center $
09-10 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre $
09-12 Boston, MA – TD Garden $
09-14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden $
09-15 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden $
09-18 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center $
09-19 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena $
09-22 Houston, TX – Toyota Center $
09-23 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center $
09-26 Inglewood, CA – The Forum $
09-27 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena $
09-29 Seattle, WA – Key Arena $
09-30 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena $
10-02 San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose ^
10-03 Inglewood, CA – The Forum ^
10-05 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena ^
10-09 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center ^
10-12 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena ^

$ with Rae Sremmurd ^ with Vince Staples

What do you think of Childish Gambino’s new song and video? Let us know in the comments below.

In other music news, after Kanye West’s controversial comments about slavery, a Nigerian lawmaker has invited him to visit Africa’s slave ports. Get the full scoop right here.

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Watch the First ‘Superfly’ Trailer Starring Trevor Jackson

After releasing a teaser in March, SuperFly is back with its first full trailer. The film stars Grown-ish star Trevor Jackson, who plays a young drug dealer Youngblood Priest. He is trying to get out of the drug business but is trying to make a money move before he switches careers. The film will take place in Atlanta instead of Harlem.

"Atlanta today is kind of what Harlem was back then in the ’70s," says Director X. "The music of the city is the music of the world. The culture of the city is the culture of the world. Trends that happen in Atlanta reverberate around the planet. So when we were looking for a place to set this movie again, Atlanta made a lot of sense. I mean, there’s a Whole Foods on 125th St. [in Harlem]. It’s just not the same. Times have changed. We’ve had to move with the times."

Superfly will hit theaters on June 15. Watch the trailer above.

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Jessie Reyez Shares Empowering Anthem “Body Count”

Jessie Reyez has returned with a brand new song titled "Body Count." The track finds the songstress delivering catchy vocals over a guitar-driven instrumental. According to her, "Body Count" is "meant as an anthem to empower" and "asserts that women and men are equally allowed to embrace their sexuality rather than be modest."

"The luxury of not getting judged for ‘loving’ who you want to love should be given to everyone — including women," she adds in a press release. "I feel like so often we’re encouraged to keep our ‘body count’ low, where as men get high fives for a high number; which is cool, do you, but I think the double standard is wack and women should get high fives too. I’m not saying go f*ck the world — I’m saying f*ck the unfair judgement."

Stream the song via Spotify and Apple Music below.

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Bill Cunningham Exhibit to Be Shown at New York Historical Society

The late Bill Cunningham will be remembered in an upcoming exhibit at the New York Historical Society. Items from the notable lensman’s personal collection were donated to the institution by his close friends and family starting last year. Aptly titled "Celebrating Bill Cunningham," the memorabilia will be on display to the public at the Upper West Side museum from June 8 through Sept. 9.

The New York Times photographer could easily be spotted in the city donning his trademark blue workwear jacket and Nikon camera in tow. Inspired by the streets of New York, he would ride around on his Biria bicycle capturing everything from the high-brow events like the Met Gala, to casual passersby on their way to work. Now, all of these articles will be on view during the exhibit to help celebrate the legacy of the venerated street photographer. Visitors will also be able to see his first Olympus Pen-D 35mm camera, handwritten notes, along with his custom-made hats from when worked as a milliner under the name William J.

Celebrating Bill Cunnigham
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at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
June 8 – Sept. 9

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Official Images of the Derek Jeter Air Jordan 11 Low “RE2PECT”

After previewing the shoe back in mid-April, we now have official imagery of the Derek Jeter Air Jordan 11 Low "RE2SPECT." One of the rarest Jordans to ever be made will finally get a general release for New York Yankees fans and Jordan Brand fans alike.

Covering the upper is premium suede in the shade of the navy blue that dons Yankees uniforms. The midsole stays true to the uniform with a clean white coating and the outsole is finished off with translucent material. Details include embroidered #2s on the heel pull tab and the same number as well as "RE2PECT" on the insoles. Flat wax laces and regular metal-tipped laces accompany this release.

This pair of highly coveted Air Jordan 11s are set to release on May 14 for $200 USD at select retailers and online. AJ11 fans will be busy this month as an all-black "Cap and Gown" Air Jordan 11 is set to release at the end of this month as well.

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The Nike Cortez Gets a Tranquil Japanese-Inspired Makeover

After releasing custom PUMA Suedes late last month, sneaker customizers http://uristocrat.com/2013/09/babylon-cartel-2013-lookbook-codenamephantom/, and once again in conjunction with http://uristocrat.com/2009/07/neighborhood-2009-2nd-ex-series-w-d-w-y-f-w-collection-catalog/, have this time recreated http://uristocrat.com/author/admin/page/88/‘s classic cialis precio colombia silhouette.

Just like the PUMA Suede, the Cortez has been hit with traditional Japanese elements on the Swooshes such as a black "Koinobori" carp, which is a symbol of Japan’s auspicious Antai. The carp also signifies the greatness of all fathers. The minimal white uppers are then finished off with a Japanese antique accessory crafted from cloth, beads and a leather strap.

Interested fans of this custom pair of Nike Cortez "Koinobori", you can pre-order your pair now over at http://uristocrat.com/2013/09/babylon-cartel-2013-lookbook-codenamephantom/ between Saturday May 5 until Sunday, May 13.

For more Cortez silhouettes, TDE’s Dave Free debuted the next Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez.

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Gucci Unveils Dapper Dan Collab Ahead of New SoHo Store Opening


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After confirming an official collaboration back in September and opening an exclusive store in Harlem, Gucci and Dapper Dan have unveiled their first collection of ready-to-wear apparel and accessories. The collection will be previewed at Gucci’s new space on Wooster Street in New York City’s SoHo, where it will be exclusively available until a wider roll-out for the Fall/Winter season.

The Gucci-Dapper Dan collection takes its cue from the Dapper Dan archive and re-imagines the types of garments he is known for – essentially a variety of decorative tracksuit and jacket styles – in Gucci’s luxury materials.

Gucci will open its first ever presence in SoHo, New York at 63 Wooster Street on Sunday, May 6.

Be sure to revisit our interview with Dapper Dan and A$AP Ferg from Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 15 here, and let us know what you think of the collaboration in the comments below.

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The Nike Cortez Gets a Tranquil Japanese-Inspired Makeover

After releasing custom PUMA Suedes late last month, sneaker customizers The Flying Hawk Studio, and once again in conjunction with Simple Union, have this time recreated http://uristocrat.com/tag/paperball/‘s classic Cortez silhouette.

Just like the PUMA Suede, the Cortez has been hit with traditional Japanese elements on the Swooshes such as a black "Koinobori" carp, which is a symbol of Japan’s auspicious Antai. The carp also signifies the greatness of all fathers. The minimal white uppers are then finished off with a Japanese antique accessory crafted from cloth, beads and a leather strap.

Interested fans of this custom pair of Nike Cortez "Koinobori", you can pre-order your pair now over at The Flying Hawk Studio between Saturday May 5 until Sunday, May 13.

For more Cortez silhouettes, TDE’s Dave Free debuted the next Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez.

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