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NikeLab’s Dunk Lux Low Goes Green

Just earlier this week, we saw NikeLab give the Dunk Low an all-leather revamp as the Lux Low. The premium sneaker debuted with an all-black upper, and now only days later is joined by an “Urban Haze” colorway which hopefully signifies more to come. The overall look and feel is more minimal, with monochrome leather throughout, an embossed logo on the tongue, and branding removed from the back heel. The new silhouette is expected to hit international retailers July 14.

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Father John Misty “Claims Responsibility” For Stealing Crystal From L.A. Juice Bar

Last week, Los Angeles juice bar Moon Juice posted on its Instagram that a rose quartz crystal had been stolen from its shop. The post asked that the crystal be returned, warning the thief that they “did not want the energy of a stolen crystal.” Not long after the original post, Father John Misty took to his Instagram to “claim responsibility” for the theft.

“There’s been, understandably, a not insignificant outcry regarding the alleged ‘theft’ of the rose Quartz crystal from the Echo Park Moon Juice™,” he wrote. “To claim that ‘something has been stolen’ is in [i]tself a tacit endorsement of the capitalist values that blended superfoods and locally sourced produce stands, ironically, in direct opposition to. The universe, however you may define her, brought this crystal into my life at what can only be described as a ‘pivot moment.’”

As the mystery continues to unfold, today Misty tweeted a screenshot of a fake Huffington Post story charging him for the caper with a headline that reads “Charges brought against singer/songwriter in Salt Lake crystal controversy.” He also tweeted one from People saying that he and Gwyneth Paltrow were spotted at the shop together just before the theft. Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic responded to Misty’s tweets: “You need a healing mantra or guru to help get through your trying times. #MyPrayers4You” Find the tweets and his full Instagram post below.

There’s been, understandably, a not insignificant outcry regarding the alleged "theft" of the rose Quartz crystal from the Echo Park Moon Juice™, pictured above. I am here to claim responsibility, though I do not condone the rhetoric employed in Moon Juice’s post. To claim that "something has been ‘stolen’" is in tself a tacit endorsement of the capitalist values that blended superfoods and locally sourced produce stands, ironically, in direct opposition to. The universe, however you may define her, brought this crystal into my life at what can only be described as a "pivot moment". As my (again without trying to be didactic in my terminology) Saturn returned within the last year I found myself unsatisfied with a culture at large that insists on attributing rigid, currency based value to objects (I do not mean in a pejorative sense) that are naturally occurring and can be procured freely at any number of energy-central dispensaries located nearly anywhere within the well-defined boundaries of globalization. While I empathize with your loss I do believe that there is a larger lesson to be gleaned from this experience: namely that material goods, no matter how sacred, WILL come and go from your life. As a practicing Buddhist I can only advise you to try and remember the crystal is only random phenomena, and if it HAPPENS to find its way into my pocket, and that pocket HAPPENS to leave your store, creating some ownership/theft/possession narrative will only cause you more pain – as you will be attempting to find significance where there is none. Also your smoothies are inconsistent to say the least but largely impossible to steal so that is an injustice that I must face, and I accept with an open heart knowing that each watery gulp is an invaluable teaching moment. 🙏🏻 @moonjuiceshop

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Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Pharrell, Chance the Rapper & More Explain “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America”

With all the headlines surrounding the recent race and police brutality issues in the United States, a laundry of high profile, respected stars have been recruited for a new campaign put together by Alicia Keys and the We Are Here Movement. Dubbed the 23 Ways You Could Be Billed If You Are Black In America, the vignette features a series of powerful statements regarding the various alleged ways African-Americans have died at the hands of American police officers. Involved with the campaign are Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Janelle Monae, Chris Rock and more. You can check out 23 Ways You Could Be Billed If You Are Black In America vignette above.

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The Worst Foods for Your Skin

Popcorn, cappucinos, bottled water—some of the most delicious (or most boring) foods can be hard on your skin if you overdo it.

White bread, bagels, popcorn… “Foods with a high glycemic index give you a sugar rush that will be terrible for your skin,” says Ava Shamban, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA. “When you increase sugar levels in the blood stream, the sugar that’s not picked up by the liver can get into your collagen, which your body may then identify as damaged goods and chew up. It can also cause inflammation that could make you break out.” You can find out a food’s glycemic index at glycemicindex.com —anything under 55 is considered low.

Red-velvet cupcakes, pistachio ice cream cones… Sweet stuff that’s irritating on your Instagram feed—looking at you, artfully arranged plate of macarons—is even worse for your skin. Once again, too much sugar can break down collagen and elastin, making your skin look dull and causing wrinkles over time. When you can substitute for sugar, “honey is the best sweetener since it’s loaded with antioxidants,” says Shamban.

Yogurt, cappuccinos… Dairy gets a lot of flack for being bad for your skin, but the truth is “we don’t have enough data to know for sure, so we can only say it’s a potential culprit,” says Shamban. So far, studies have shown a correlation between dairy and acne but not causation, and anecdotal evidence is less reliable than you’d think. “If you gave up eating yogurt or drinking skim milk every day and had fewer breakouts, you wouldn’t know if it were because of the dairy or its sugar content,” says Shamban. Your best bet is to look for dairy that’s made a) without added sugars and b) from cows that are not treated with hormones. “The hormones cows are fed can be steroid analogues, which can make you break out,” she says.

Bottled water. “The BPA in water bottles is another steroid analogue, which means it could act like hormones in your body,” says Shamban. “You don’t think about your bottled water breaking you out, but we don’t know yet—and anyway, there are a thousand reasons not to use plastic bottles all the time.”

For the complete list of foods, check out the full article here

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YG Keeps It G for “Still Brazy” Video

YG is on a roll right now. Following the release of his acclaimed new studio album Still Brazy, the Compton rapper has served up a visual for the project’s title track. Both keeping it minimal and bringing some friends — such as fast-rising L.A. rapper RJ — along for the ride, YG gives us a red-and-white-streaked gangster party for his new video. While not the politically-charged, controversial release that was the "FDT (F*ck Donald Trump)" piece, the "Still Brazy" clip is more than effective and should warrant plenty of rewinds from many of YG’s fans. Earlier this week, YG and AD served up a video for their collaborative cut "Thug."

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Curren$y Flips An Erykah Badu Gem Into “Good Cop, Bad Cop”

Curren$y Flips An Erykah Badu Gem Into "Good Cop, Bad Cop"

Throughout her career Erykah Badu‘s music has been used, abused and reused almost as often as any soul great. In the last few years alone, we’ve heard Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Bishop Nehru and more repurpose her classics (more than often “On & On”) for their own hits. Today, however, Curren$y steps up to the plate with his own take Queen E. Badu’s “Other Side Of The Game” (which boasts writing credits from Questlove, James Poyser and the late, Rich Nichols,) using its breezy and spacious arrangement to reflect on our current struggles with police brutality while ruminating on his own experiences with crooked officers. You can hear Curren$y make “Other Side Of The Game” his own down below. As for Erykah Badu, you can catch her on the road this summer, the dates for which are listed just under the player.

Erykah Badu Tour Dates:
July 15 @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL
August 03 @ The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk – Brooklyn, NY
August 04 @ Tower Theatre – Upper Darby, PA
August 06 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
August 12 @ Chene Park Amphitheater, Detroit, MI
August 13 @ Eaux Claires Festival – Eau Claire, WI
September 08 @ Hopscotch 2016 – Raleigh, NC
September 10 @ Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA

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Goop.com on Moon Juice, Sex Bark, Spirit Truffles & a Moon Juice Kitchen Takeover

Moon Juice is magic. Like, real magic. When it first launched in 2011, it was pretty stealth about this fact: The fresh-pressed juices were some of the more delicious ones in LA, and the nut milks were outrageously good, sure, but over the years the concept has become strikingly unique.

For one, the founder, Amanda Chantal Bacon is a bad-a$* entrepreneur and single mom who built her business from the ground up. But she is also other-worldly: She literally glows from within, making any encounter with her, an “I’ll have what she’s having” moment. For the past few years, Amanda’s been hard at work developing an extensive line of healing and really, really obscure (and rad) dusts, powders, and other concoctions that are unlike anything else out there (pearl powder anyone?). Don’t know what Mucuna, Ho Shou Wu, and Brain Dust are? Neither did we, so we asked her to come over and show us how to use them: We had a blast learning about their healing powers while making some seriously delicious drinks and chocolates. If you’re going to be in NYC tonight (January 22), Amanda will be at Story in Chelsea from 6 to 8pm serving up lattes and some other Cosmic Provisions.

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Sex Bark

This quick and potent chocolate recipe is perfect for a sweet bite after a romantic dinner. Ho shou wu is an herb tonic used for centuries to enhance youthfulness, reproductive function, and sex drive and Moon Juice’s Sex Dust is an aphrodisiac warming potion promoting enjoyable sex and fertility for both men and women.

SERVES 4-6

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup ghee

1 cup Moon Pantry cacao

3 teaspoons Moon Pantry Sex Dust

2 teaspoons Moon Pantry ho shou wu

¼ cup raw honey or several drops stevia

1 ½ tablespoons Moon Pantry cacao nibs

Combine coconut oil and ghee in a glass bowl set over a simmering pot of water, and stir until completely melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in cacao, powders, and the sweetener of your choice. We like this very chocolaty and not too sweet, but feel free to adjust with more stevia or honey. Pour into an 8×8 glass or metal baking dish, sprinkle with cacao nibs, and freeze for about 20 minutes, or until firm. When ready, pop the bark out of the dish with a butter knife, and break into pieces.

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Vitamin C, The Powerful Ingredient You Need for Brighter Skin

We all know that vitamin C is beneficial for the immune system, but many women don’t know that when applied topically, it gives skin that boost of radiance we constantly covet. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C protects against free radical and pollutant damage that can wreak havoc and age the skin.

It also activates collagen production, lightens hyperpigmentation and accelerates the skin’s natural repair system for an overall brighter, more youthful complexion. Incorporate this potent antiaging ingredient into your skincare regimen and watch yourself glow from within.

 

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Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign and Meek Mill Join DJ Drama on New “Boyz in the Hood” Track

While promoting the upcoming project Quality Street Music 2, DJ Drama has tapped the talents of Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign and Meek Mill for the brand new song, “Boyz In the Hood.” Unfortunately, the new cut will not appear on the forthcoming project due to legal issues which surrounded Meek Mill during the time of its development. Thankfully, though, you can listen to the collaborative cut below

Quality Street Music 2 will officially release on July 22.

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Justice Release First New Song in Five Years, “Safe and Sound”: Listen

Justice Release First New Song in Five Years, “Safe and Sound”: Listen

French electronic duo Justice have released “Safe and Sound,” their first new track since the release of 2011’s Audio, Video, Disco. “Safe and Sound” initially premiered as the first track of Ed Banger head Pedro Winter’s (aka Busy P) DJ set at Sónar. Today, Annie Mac aired it on BBC Radio 1. Listen to it and see the single artwork below.

Revisit our review of Justice’s excellent debut album as well as our take on their 2013 live album Access All Arenas.

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Lazy Oaf Embraces Leisure & Inactivity for 2016 Fall

Lazy Oaf has low expectations for the upcoming fall season, and you should, too.

Embracing a theme of inactivity and apathetic identity, the London label presents relaxed silhouettes for Fall 2016 that range from bright sweatshirts and “All Teams” rugby jerseys to graphic T-shirts and six-panel caps. Alongside the “Primary Panel Puffer” jacket, standout pieces from this drop include the “Face It” and “Face Off” hooded sweats that come detailed with a “Sorry I’m Late” slogan as well as 3D-embroidered illustrations on the back. If you keep others’ expectations of you low, life will always be okay, right?

Check out the latest offering in the Connor Williams-shot lookbook above, and catch the collection’s first drop online and in-stores at Lazy Oaf locations, out now. Remaining styles will be released sometime early August.

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Nike Continues to Remember Kobe’s Career With New Kobe 11 Colorway

It’s still a surreal feeling knowing that NBA fans won’t see Kobe Bryant lace them up next NBA Season. As Kobe Bryant’s career is just a memory now, that won’t stop the Swoosh from continuing the legacy of his innovative signature line. Similar to Nike’s last installment to the “Fade To Black” Collection, the upcoming Nike Kobe 11 “Great Career Recall” will sport the same black dominated Flyknit upper with a gold Swoosh on both lateral and medial sides. The difference between the two is seen within the upcoming Kobe 11′s sole as it will be white instead of black. Each heel tab will host 24 gold stars as a nod to Bryant’s jersey number as well as four red stripes going down the heel of the left shoe in remembrance of Kobe Bryant’s unfortunate achilles injury back in 2012.

There’s is no official release date slated for the Nike Kobe 11 “Great Career Recall,” but stick with us and we’ll provide release information upon availability.

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Gucci Mane Builds Anticipation for His Upcoming Album With A New Track, “Multi Millionaire LaFlare”

Gucci Mane has joined forces with the likes of Migos and Drake since becoming a free man. With Gucci fans eagerly waiting for his Everybody Looking project to drop later this month, the Big Guwop blesses us with tasty appetizers in the form of tracks such as “1st Day Out Tha Feds,” “Back on Road” alongside Drake and “All My Children.” The newest SouthSide produced song to emerge is dubbed “Multi Millionaire LaFlare” and highlights the amount of currency Gucci Mane is possibly swimming in. Along with mentioning his material possessions, it’s already looking like Gucci Mane aka the Trap God is back like he never left.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Nike Gives the Cortez Ultra Moire the “Forrest Gump” Treatment


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Much like they did with the fragment design Roshe LD-1000 last year, Nike has awarded its latest Cortez variation the “Forrest Gump” treatment. Showcasing the same colorway as the OG pair that Tom Hanks laced up in the iconic film, the Cortez Ultra Moire revamps the Swoosh’s first running shoe with a modern appeal, all while paying tribute to the heritage of the original silhouette.

The low-top sneaker in turn boasts a one-piece, moulded upper with notable perforations, providing enhanced breathability. The midsole then features three foam densities for superior cushioning, with a durable rubber outsole that notes a herringbone pattern for multi-surface traction.

Fans of the Swoosh and Forrest Gump can look forward to this take on the Cortez Ultra Moire releasing on Thursday, July 14 at Nike retailers such as The Chimp Store.

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ONLY NY & Vans Reveal a Special Co-Branded Collaboration

Manhattan-based ONLY NY has been a streetwear staple since 2006, taking design inspirations from a mixture of the wilderness and the city. Recently the brand has teamed up with iconic footwear brand Vans to create a special capsule collection featuring headwear, footwear and apparel for Fall 2016. Two Vans Old Skool Pro models are included, available in either a white/green or dress blue/cream colorways with the ONLY and Vans co-branding embossed on the tongue and footbed. The release is set for this Thursday, July 14 at 12pm online and at ONLY’s New York store. Checkout the collection and lookbook above.

ONLY NY
176 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
United States

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Jay Z and Beyoncé Named Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple of 2016

Looks like our favorite power couple are back at the top of being the highest-paid celebrity couple. According to the  Forbes Celebrity 100 list, Jay Z and Beyoncé topped the list taking in a regal $107.5 million USD with Bey placing at No. 34 with $54 million and Jay placing at No. 36 with $53.5 million. Beyoncé’s earnings came in large part due to her No. 1 album Lemonade which debuted on Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal (which is also co-owned by other Celebrity 100 artists).

Bey took the slight edge from her 19-show Formation World Tour while Jay Z continues to make bank on his Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac and entertainment company Roc Nation. Last time Queen B and Hova topped the list was back in 2013. Last year’s title went to Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris. If it wasn’t for T-Swizzle’s break-up to be with Loki, the couple would have topped the list again this year. Check back in with Forbes to see just exactly how much they made along with other celebrities who topped the list.

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Action Bronson is Launching A 10-Episode ‘Ancient Aliens’ TV Series

Action Bronson took to his Instagram page today to announce his Ancient Aliens show will be continuing with a new VICELAND series. An admirer of Anicent Aliens host Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, the Albanian-American rapper will be doing two of his favorite things: smoking weed and talking about aliens as he hosts his all-time favorite TV show (The F*ck, That’s Delicious host first appeared on Ancient Aliens earlier this year for 4/20). The first season will kick off with 10 episodes with featured guests like Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Too $hortKnxwledgeSimon Rex a.k.a Dirt NastyThe Alchemist, ScHoolboy Q, MC EihtBig Body Bes, Melissa Etheredge, and more. Tune into the series’ premiere on July 21 at 11 pm. Check out a preview of Ancient Aliens with Action Bronson featuring cameos from The Alchemist and ScHoolboy Q below.

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