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Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Refugees After Trump’s Muslim Ban & Other News


Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.

What some dismissed as the unhinged rantings of a racist madman has become reality: on Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order – completely undemocratically, by the way, as there was no consultation with the state or justice departments or his republican lackeys in congress or the senate – that imposed an indefinite ban on U.S. entry of Syrian refugees, a 120-day ban on refugees in general, as well as a 90-day ban on anyone born in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, regardless of which passport they hold.

The ban also extends to holders of U.S. green cards. People were removed from U.S.-bound flights on the other side of the world, families divided, all because of where they happened to be born. Passed under the guise of an anti-terrorism measure, it totally ignores the fact that not a single citizen from any of these countries has committed an attack on U.S. soil, while the likes of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, the world’s main exporters of jihadism, aren’t banned. There is no logic or policy underpinning this measure – it is the politics of hate and spite designed to satisfy Trump’s racist base. – New York Times

In response to Trump’s stupid and racist ban on Syrian refugees and citizens of six other Muslim-majority countries, Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, has said that it plans to hire 10,000 refugees in 75 countries over the next five years. While Starbucks should be commended for helping people in need, it shouldn’t be ignored that the company pays a pittance in tax, fostering economic disparity and, by extension, the social discord that such disparity causes. A few refugees, which are ultimately employed to serve its profits, doesn’t make up for that. – Reuters

As the New York Taxi Workers Union declared that it will be suspending pickups at JFK airport for an hour as a show of solidarity with protestors, Uber found itself in hot water after it declared that there will be no surge pricing for rides ordered at the airport. This was regarded as an attempt to exploit the strike, and the #DeleteUber hashtag started trending, with instructions how to delete the app. In attempt at back pedaling, the company said it will compensate any employees affected by Trump’s recent executive order, and its CEO, Travis Kalanick, will raise the issue with Trump when they meet next, because Uber is just one tech company that seized the opportunity to jump into bed with his transition team. – NBC News

Following the Golden State Warriors’ narrow 113-111 win against the Portland Trailblazers, Golden State coach, Steve Kerr, turned his attention to more pressing matters and denounced Trump’s Muslim ban as “a horrible idea” that will only foster more anti-American attitudes. Kerr has personal experience of this: born in Lebanon, his father was murdered by extremists in 1984 when he was president of the American University in Beirut, so he’s not just another famous person ranting on Twitter and he should be commended for not hiding behind spineless apoliticism. – CBS Sports

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Ubiq x Diadora N.9000 “Whiz Wit” Is Inspired by the Famous Philly Cheesesteak


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Needless to say, combining food and sneakers typically isn’t a good idea – that is, unless you have a fresh bottle of Crep Protect to keep them safe. Aside from that instance, however, Diadora and Ubiq have officially found a way to make it work, using the famed Philly Cheesesteak sandwich as inspiration for their latest sneaker.

Officially titled the “Whiz Wit” N.9000, the duo opted to utilize Diadora’s most premium materials to reconstruct a shoe reminiscent of the regional favorite. The upper is a contrast of materials, with premium leather and suedes to represent the blend of tasty ingredients used in the Cheesesteak sandwich. One of the most intriguing aspects of the sneaker is the yellow leather used on the side to represent cheese, due to quality colored leather being a rarity in today’s sneaker world.

The Ubiq x Diadora “Whiz Wit” N.9000 will debut on January 28 both in-store and online at Ubiq.

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Here’s an Official First Look at the Air Jordan IV “Royalty”


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After months of teasing and anticipation, Jordan Brand is set to release the Air Jordan IV “Royalty. The brand has had strong start to year following a string of releases this month alone and the Air Jordan IV “Royalty” looks set to be one of the hottest drops this quarter.

The Tinker Hatfield designed sneaker was originally worn by Jordan during the 1988-89 season, when he was the league’s top scorer. The classic silhouette comes in a luxury combination of black and gold, with the design featuring premium black suede all over,  with hits of metallic gold on the Air Jordan IV’s most iconic elements.

The Air Jordan “Royalty” will be available in selected stores and online from February 4 and retails at $190.

In other Jordan related news, Serena Williams was honored with a commemorative Air Jordan 1 to celebrate her 23rd grand slam title victory at the Australian Open.

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Watch Drake Preview a New Song at ‘Boy Meets World’ Tour Opener


After multiple delays, and some very public planning to restart his acting career, Drake finally kicked off his ‘Boy Meets World’ Tour in Amsterdam over the weekend. And as a reward for all the fans who had their concert abruptly postponed, Drizzy gifted everyone with a brand new track. Watch him sing it in the concert footage below.

Currently untitled, the song will appear on Drake’s enigmatic upcoming full-length More Life. He has recently discussed in an episode of the podcast Cal Cast that the project is less of an album proper and more of a mixtape, or in his words, “a body of work that I’m creating to bridge the gap between my major releases.” Listen to him discuss it below.

Stay tuned for further details on More Life to emerge. In the meantime, here’s a great video of his performance of “Hotline Bling” from his new tour:

In other music news, A$AP Rocky has dropped a new track inspired by Calvin Klein’s own Raf Simons. Listen to it right here.

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Chance The Rapper, Stephen Colbert & Ziggy Marley Recreate the ‘Arthur’ Theme Song

Chance The Rapper always manages to appear with new material at the right time and with everything that’s been happening across the world, a small dose of feel-good music is probably what people need. Taking to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Chance the Rapper teamed up with Ziggy Marley, bandleader Jon Baptiste and the host himself to perform a cover of the much-loved Arthur theme song.

In 2014, Chance released a cover of the Arthur theme song which became popular following his collaboration with Nico Segal, formerly known as Donnie Trumpet. The original theme song was written and performed by Ziggy Marley and it was only fitting that the son of the late Bob Marley would feature alongside Chance The Rapper on stage.

The performance comes a few days after Chance The Rapper’s brother and fellow rapper, Taylor Bennett released his short film Broad Shoulders, inspired by his debut album of the same name.

In other news, check out this futuristic Alfa Romeo C18 concept design.

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Watch Drake Preview a New Song at ‘Boy Meets World’ Tour Opener


After multiple delays, and some very public planning to restart his acting career, Drake finally kicked off his ‘Boy Meets World’ Tour in Amsterdam over the weekend. And as a reward for all the fans who had their concert abruptly postponed, Drizzy gifted everyone with a brand new track. Watch him sing it in the concert footage below.

Currently untitled, the song will appear on Drake’s enigmatic upcoming full-length More Life. He has recently discussed in an episode of the podcast Cal Cast that the project is less of an album proper and more of a mixtape, or in his words, “a body of work that I’m creating to bridge the gap between my major releases.” Listen to him discuss it below.

Stay tuned for further details on More Life to emerge. In the meantime, here’s a great video of his performance of “Hotline Bling” from his new tour:

In other music news, A$AP Rocky has dropped a new track inspired by Calvin Klein’s own Raf Simons. Listen to it right here.

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Listen to Jesse Boykins III’s New Single, “Live Love”

TOKiMONSTA has been gearing to release a new compilation project through her label called Young Art Sound. Today, the imprint releases the second single from the project called “Live Love” featuring Jesse Boykins III and multi-genre sound maestros, Two Fresh. This silky-smooth cut will be joined with additional singles from Gavin Turek, Anderson .Paak, GCRi, Mono/Poly and others. TOKiMONSTA will also embark on a tour this year with Montreal-based producer Cri. Press play to listen below.

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Listen to Jesse Boykins III’s New Single, “Live Love”

TOKiMONSTA has been gearing to release a new compilation project through her label called Young Art Sound. Today, the imprint releases the second single from the project called “Live Love” featuring Jesse Boykins III and multi-genre sound maestros, Two Fresh. This silky-smooth cut will be joined with additional singles from Gavin Turek, Anderson .Paak, GCRi, Mono/Poly and others. TOKiMONSTA will also embark on a tour this year with Montreal-based producer Cri. Press play to listen below.

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Brand New adidas EQT Support ADV Colorways Are Coming & Here’s Where You Can Cop Them


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adidas EQT built a torrent of momentum last year thanks to a string of new releases, and in 2017 the drive isn’t stopping. To kick start the year, Foot Locker is exclusively releasing brand new colorways of the updated silhouette, and we’ve got all the details.

adidas simultaneously looked to the past and into the future when reinventing the iconic EQT. In this way, the brand reinterpreted the classic sneaker for the modern era but maintained the retro look and old school appeal. The reintroduction of adidas Equipment marks a return to functionality and essentialism and a rejection of excess and gimmickry. EQT represents a purposeful design philosophy; the footwear and clothing range features only essential core components, each with a specific function.

The new EQT Support ADV has a slimmer and more lightweight construction than the original from 1991 and is reinforced with extended lace straps supporting the joint mid-foot and heel cage. The new green model consists of a cargo green knit upper with black lace straps and a translucent black heel cage. The upper sits atop a white outsole with a turbo red heel beneath; the turbo red is repeated in the contrast stitching and EQT ADV 91-16 tongue and insole logos.

The green versions gray counterpart trades cargo green for a digital gray camouflage knit, gray lace straps and translucent gray heel cage. It features the same white outsole and turbo red logo detailing.

The new adidas EQT Foot Locker exclusives are available…

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Brand New adidas EQT Support ADV Colorways Are Coming & Here’s Where You Can Cop Them


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adidas EQT built a torrent of momentum last year thanks to a string of new releases, and in 2017 the drive isn’t stopping. To kick start the year, Foot Locker is exclusively releasing brand new colorways of the updated silhouette, and we’ve got all the details.

adidas simultaneously looked to the past and into the future when reinventing the iconic EQT. In this way, the brand reinterpreted the classic sneaker for the modern era but maintained the retro look and old school appeal. The reintroduction of adidas Equipment marks a return to functionality and essentialism and a rejection of excess and gimmickry. EQT represents a purposeful design philosophy; the footwear and clothing range features only essential core components, each with a specific function.

The new EQT Support ADV has a slimmer and more lightweight construction than the original from 1991 and is reinforced with extended lace straps supporting the joint mid-foot and heel cage. The new green model consists of a cargo green knit upper with black lace straps and a translucent black heel cage. The upper sits atop a white outsole with a turbo red heel beneath; the turbo red is repeated in the contrast stitching and EQT ADV 91-16 tongue and insole logos.

The green versions gray counterpart trades cargo green for a digital gray camouflage knit, gray lace straps and translucent gray heel cage. It features the same white outsole and turbo red logo detailing.

The new adidas EQT Foot Locker exclusives are available…

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Official Images of the Highly Anticipated Nike Air Zoom Generation Retro

The wait will soon be over as LeBron James’ first signature shoe with Nike will make its debut as a retro. James is set to launch his 14th signature model with Nike and is geared to turn back time with the launch of the Nike Air Zoom Generation. LeBron James previously announced via UNINTERRUPTED that his first silhouette would return, we now have official imagery to accompany the launch and heighten your anticipation.

Set to hit shelves on January 25, you can expect these to go rather quickly due to high demand and limited quantities for a retail price of $175 USD.

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The NBA Lists This Season’s Most Popular Jerseys and Team Merchandise

The last two NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, sit atop the league in merchandise sales so far this season. Based on NBAStore.com sales from October 2016 through December 2016, Stephen Curry wears the most popular jersey in the league, followed by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, with Russell Westbrook rounding out the top five. The Warriors also take the crown with the most popular team merchandise, with their rivals the Cavaliers right behind them, with the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks completing the top five in that order.

Peep the lists below, and note the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks making his debut on the jersey sales list.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls
7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
8. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
9. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
10. Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. James Harden, Houston Rockets
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Boston Celtics
9. Philadelphia 76ers
10. Toronto Raptors

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The NBA Lists This Season’s Most Popular Jerseys and Team Merchandise

The last two NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, sit atop the league in merchandise sales so far this season. Based on NBAStore.com sales from October 2016 through December 2016, Stephen Curry wears the most popular jersey in the league, followed by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, with Russell Westbrook rounding out the top five. The Warriors also take the crown with the most popular team merchandise, with their rivals the Cavaliers right behind them, with the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks completing the top five in that order.

Peep the lists below, and note the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks making his debut on the jersey sales list.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls
7. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
8. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
9. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
10. Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. James Harden, Houston Rockets
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Boston Celtics
9. Philadelphia 76ers
10. Toronto Raptors

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The Internet’s Syd Shares New Solo Single, “Body”

After announcing her plans to release a solo album back in December, The Internet’s lead singer shares the first official single from the project today titled “Body.” Produced by MeLo-X, the song made its world premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show earlier today and from the looks of it, she’s exploring a more a sensual side of the music this time around. Press play to listen above and stay tuned for Syd’s Fin album set to release on February 3.

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The Internet’s Syd Shares New Solo Single, “Body”

After announcing her plans to release a solo album back in December, The Internet’s lead singer shares the first official single from the project today titled “Body.” Produced by MeLo-X, the song made its world premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show earlier today and from the looks of it, she’s exploring a more a sensual side of the music this time around. Press play to listen above and stay tuned for Syd’s Fin album set to release on February 3.

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The Internet’s Syd Shares New Solo Single, “Body”

After announcing her plans to release a solo album back in December, The Internet’s lead singer shares the first official single from the project today titled “Body.” Produced by MeLo-X, the song made its world premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show earlier today and from the looks of it, she’s exploring a more a sensual side of the music this time around. Press play to listen above and stay tuned for Syd’s Fin album set to release on February 3.

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Nike Air Max 90 OG Colorways Releasing in Flyknit Construction

If you don’t own a pair of “Infrared” Air Max 90s’ by now, well, you just don’t like the shoe as much as you think. It’s been one of the most released shoes over the past decade, with countless variations dropping year in and year out. Now Nike is updating the style with Flyknit construction.

Alongside the women’s OG “Concord” colorway, the Nike Air Max 90 Flyknit comes a year after the success of the Air Max 1 Ultra Flyknit. Updated with woven detailing across the base that alter the look slightly, all other nuances of the shoe remain the same.

Both these Nike Air Max 90 Flyknit colorways are due at international retailers on March 2, 2017. Stay tuned for Stateside release details.

Nike Air Max 90 Flyknit "Infrared"
Nike Air Max 90 Flyknit “Infrared”
Nike Air Max 90 Flyknit "Concord"
Nike Air Max 90 Flyknit “Concord”

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Oregon Ducks Get Laced With Nike Kobe 11 PE

The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team is resting comfortably at the No. 11 spot in the national rankings following an easy win over the in-conference Stanford Cardinals this past weekend. During that 69-52 victory, the team laced up this Nike Kobe 11 PE.

Featuring a grey Primeknit upper much with glowing green accents at the Swoosh and tongue logo, this team exclusive also denotes a gradient fade at the midsole which we haven’t seen on the Kobe 11. Give them a look for yourself and stay tuned for more from the Ducks as we grow closer to March Madness.

Nike Kobe 11 "Oregon Ducks" PE
Nike Kobe 11 “Oregon Ducks” PE

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