Supreme’s First Fall/Winter 2016 Teaser Has Arrived


Brace yourselves streetwearheads — the first teaser for Supreme’s FW16 collection is here. Just the one image has been leaked by the NYC brand so far, featuring an oversized piece of outerwear with a bootleg-looking version of the brand’s “Astronaut” graphic plastered on the back. Also included in the image is a strapback cap, which looks to have the word “Supreme” embroidered on the back, as well as what appears to be a pair of loose-fitting track pants.

New Fall/Winter 2016 collection coming soon.

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No official word yet but most likely we can expect the Fall/Winter 2016 preview to hit next week and at the latest, the week after that. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more news rolls in.

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Will Smith Started As a Gangsta Rapper

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Will Smith Was a Gangsta Rapper

Before there was NWA, there was … the Fresh Prince?

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Will Smith started out his career as a gangsta rapper.

I understand that it feels stupid to read or consider that for the first time, but did you know that when Alfred Wegener first presented the idea of continental drift in 1912, he was widely criticized and mocked? That’s true. Scientists used to think that there were mountains on the earth because the earth was shrinking and the mountains were just excess material pushing up on itself, like how after you blow a balloon up real big and then let all the air out of it, it gets wrinkly. So:

There was this album that came out in November of 1987 called N.W.A. and the Posse. Occasionally it gets listed as NWA’s first album, but it was just a compilation album that starred NWA. (This was about nine months before they released Straight Outta Compton, the album that made them the most famous gangsta rap group of all time.) N.W.A. and the Posse had 11 songs on it. Five of the songs were by acts that had some sort of tie to NWA but weren’t actually in the group (the Posse, as it were), and the remaining six featured members of NWA. I mention this all because one of the songs led by an NWA member has an important connection to Will Smith, otherwise known as the Fresh Prince, otherwise known as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The song is called “Fat Girl.” It’s by Eazy-E and Ron-De-Vu, and it’s about a woman Eazy-E says is overweight and also in love with him.

In the second verse, Eazy-E describes an altercation between the two: She begins aggressively pursuing him, hugging him and kissing on him without his permission. There’s a point where she gives him a hug so big that she lifts his tiny body up off the ground, and that’s just a great and happy thing to think about — his little Nike Cortez gangster shoes dangling at the end of his helpless legs.

But then he breaks free of her grip, runs to his house, and begins loading a gun to defend himself. (This seems like an overreaction on his part.) She comes running at him and he tries to shoot her, but his gun jams so he grabs a harpoon gun(!) and swings it at her. It’s unclear whether or not he hits her with it — he raps, “As I swung, the fat girl fell,” which leaves it open to interpretation — but based on the provocative nature of Eazy-E’s songs, I’m inclined to believe that he connected. (However, prior to this moment, I was also inclined to believe that Eazy-E was not an avid marine-life hunter — having ready access to his own harpoon gun would seem to suggest otherwise, so there’s a chance I’m wrong here, too.) It’s a weird scene and a hostile scene, but not one that seems even a tiny bit strange happening in NWA’s version of the universe.

And this all connects back to Will Smith, whose gummy-rap music is generally considered the antithesis to NWA’s gangsta rap anarchy. Here’s how:

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Seven months before N.W.A. and the Posse was released, Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff put out their first album, Rock the House. The first song on the album is called “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” and it’s about how girls aren’t anything but trouble (rappers in the ’80s liked to title their songs in the most direct ways possible). It’s fun and it’s catchy and Will Smith is Will Smith so it all feels very nonthreatening to listen to, even today. But the thing of it is: Nearly the exact same scenario plays out with Smith and a girl as in Eazy-E’s “Fat Girl,” and it ends just as violently, if not more so, depending on how you feel about trash cans. Smith meets a girl, they make chitchat, then she becomes aggressive. He raps, “She started grabbin’ all over me and kissing and hugging,” and so what do you think Smith does to this girl who is grabbin’ all over him and kissing and hugging? I’ll tell you what he does, because if you don’t already know then you’ll never, ever guess: He fucking punches her in the chin. Can you even believe that? Picture that. Picture Will Smith punching a woman in the chin. It’s as unfunny to think about as it is funny to think about Eazy-E getting lifted up off the ground during a hug.

There’s a version of “Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble” that came out in 1988 and it had a proper video, so it’s the way more popular version of the song. In that one, he just shoves her away after she starts kissing on him. But the punch is there in the original version on Rock The House. The full line is, “She started grabbin’ all over me and kissing and hugging / So I punched her in her chin, I said, ‘You better stop buggin’!’” After he punches her, the woman starts yelling that she’s been raped(!!), and so guess how he responds to that? He hits her again, except this time WITH A GODDAMN TRASH CAN. The full lyric: “I got scared when she started to yell / So I hit her with a trash can and ran like hell.” (They scrubbed this part from the 1988 version as well. In that version, he gives her his wallet and runs away. Which is not a better solution.) The police eventually catch him, beat him, and he’s sent to prison for aggravated assault. All of that happens in the first verse of the first song of the first album of Will Smith’s rap career. He hits a woman, gets falsely accused of rape, hits the woman with a trash can, gets beaten near to death by the police, then goes to prison.

Will Smith was Eazy-E before Eazy-E was Eazy-E.

There are more examples, too. There’s a part in “Just One of Those Days,” which is also from Rock the House, where Smith admits to having grabbed a girl’s butt because she was so beautiful that he just couldn’t control himself. When he gets scolded by the teacher about it (the fondling happened on school grounds), Smith explains it away as “just a bad habit,” which would, to me, imply that he was habitually attacking women sexually, a hallmark of a specific type of gangsta rap. When the school’s disciplinary staff presses him further, Smith passes the blame: “She put it in my face, she must’ve wanted me to grab it,” he says, and it sounds like when Ice Cube rapped, “I once knew a bitch who got slapped / ’Cuz she played me like she was all that,” on “A Bitch Iz a Bitch” a few months later.

Will Smith was also Ice Cube before Ice Cube was Ice Cube.

Later in the same song, Smith steals a bicycle from a kid, gets chased by the police, and crashes the bicycle because he gets distracted when a different attractive girl walks by and he has to look at her (despite running from the police). After he crashes he gets caught again, arrested again, then locked up again. While in jail he threatens to fight the police if they don’t let him go, and there’s of course a long and storied history of gangsta rappers versus the police.

On “Rock the House” he advocates drinking alcohol and shames people who don’t. On “Just Rockin’” he describes himself as someone who will strangle people, and I’m reminded right now of the time Eazy-E described himself as someone who would “smother your mother” on “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988.

On his and Jazzy Jeff’s second album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (1988), the first song is called “Nightmare on My Street” and ends with Smith narrowly avoiding death, but then having to listen to his best friend get killed. Nearly getting killed is a common theme in gangsta rap, as is the experience of suffering through the loss of a loved one. On “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” Smith steals a Porsche, then uses it to pick up a woman he sees walking around and hopes to sleep with, only he finds out after he gets arrested that she was 12 years old, and all of a sudden we are into very dicey and uncomfortable territory. There’s an entire song on HTDJITR about a 6-foot-6 monster named Charlie Mack with whom Smith travels. Smith says Mack killed a man over a waffle and has, on several occasions, chosen to eaten a person’s face because the person was being discourteous. The most telling moment, though, comes when Smith narrates an attack in real time and tells Mack of his victim, “Kick his face again, I think you missed a spot.” Do you understand how vicious that is? This person has been kicked in the face at least one time already, and one kick to the face is generally plenty. But Smith wants another kick, simply because he can. That’s bloodlust. That’s a desire for destruction, for chaos, for mayhem.

These sorts of things disappeared from Smith’s music as his career moved forward, a move that wasn’t altogether unexpected given the way “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” evolved from the original version to the popularized version. Soon he was a sitcom star, a movie star, a “Summertime” star. Will Smith certainly didn’t end his career as a gangsta rapper. But he started it as one.

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Mac Miller & Anderson .Paak Treat “DANG!” To A Warm & Bright Video

Mac Miller & Anderson .Paak Treat "DANG!" To A Warm & Bright Video

Just last week Mac Miller announced his new album The Divine Feminine with the unveiling of the summer-screaming Anderson .Paak collaboration, “DANG!.” And while the world is surely still two-stepping the day away to that pleasant surprise, the duo has just unveiled a warm and bright visualization for the track, that finds them doing the whole Groundhog’s Day loop until they finally get it right. You can watch the video down below, just be sure to pre-order your copy of the new album on iTunes ahead of its official September 16th release. You can also catch Mac on the road in support of the album throughout the late summer and fall, the dates for which are listed below.

Mac Miller Tour Dates:
09-18 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09-25 Los Angeles, CA – Fool’s Gold Day Off
10-02 New York, NY – The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
10-15 Orlando, FL – Carnage Festival
10-17 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10-18 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
10-19 Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
10-21 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
10-22 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
10-23 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10-25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10-26 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
10-27 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10-29 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
10-31 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Ampitheater
11-01 Magna, UT – The Great Saltair
11-02 Boise, ID – Revolution Center
11-04 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
11-06 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
11-07 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11-09 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11-15 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
11-16 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
11-19 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
11-20 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
11-21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11-28 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
11-29 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
12-01 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
12-02 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
12-03 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
12-05 Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Pavilion
12-06 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
12-08 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy
12-11 Boston, MA – House of Blues
12-13 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
12-16 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
12-17 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
12-18 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage

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Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ Gets Chopped and Screwed by OG Ron C

OG Ron C has just let loose of his latest rework, awarding Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo with his signature chopped-not-slopped treatment. Aptly retitled The Chops of Pablo, Ye’s recent album now has an all-new feel thanks to Ron C’s signature style which completely morphs standout tracks like “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” “Waves,” “Wolves” and “30 Hours” into fresh audio candy.

Although, the highlight from the re-up is surely the seven-minute rendition of “Ultralight Beam.”

See below to stream/download the chopped-not-slopped delivery.

After listening to the revamped version of The Life of Pablo, be sure to check out Kanye’s new interview with Annie Mac where he discusses a $30 adidas shoe, wanting to work with IKEA, and possibly running for President.

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Frank Ocean’s New Album ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Drops Friday

After much delay, and speculation, Frank Ocean’s long-awaited Boys Don’t Cry album is now scheduled to arrive this Friday.

According to a person with knowledge of the release plans, the much-anticipated project will be arriving through an exclusive deal with Apple Music. To coincide with the drop, Frank is also expected to let loose of a new music video as well as a printed publication called “Boys Don’t Cry” that will be distributed at Apple stores.

The aforementioned source has also revealed that Boys Don’t Cry will be an Apple exclusive for two weeks before becoming available on other platforms.

Boys Don’t Cry will act as a followup to Ocean’s wildly celebrated Channel Orange debut which arrived back in 2012. Frank went on to announce Boys Don’t Cry roughly three years ago, and it’s been a roller coaster ride revolving the impending release since.

While you wait on Friday’s delivery of Boys Don’t Cry, be sure to take a look at everything we know about the album so far.

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Will Smith Speaks on Racism in America: “Racism Isn’t Getting Worse, It’s Getting Filmed”

Will Smith stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon recently to promote his upcoming Suicide Squad film and was asked by Jimmy for his thoughts on the current racial tensions in America and the controversy surrounding the democratic and republican national conventions.

“Hearing people say that race relations are worse than they’ve ever been, it doesn’t feel like that to me,” Smith says. “Racism isn’t getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”

This observation comes at a time where many of the recent incidents involving police brutality were from officers killing unarmed Black men.

“It feels to me like what happens in marriage counseling: once everything gets out on the table, the truth, once everybody’s said everything they’ve been harboring, there’s a really dark time when you’re just looking at your partner like, ‘Oh my god, that’s what you think?,’” Smith says. “But there’s a dark before the dawn. When everything gets out, it’s a good thing. It just sucks bad when the truth is out. But I think everybody can see it now. And I think it’s just a little darkness before the cleansing that we’ll have as we move forward.”

Watch the full interview above.

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adidas Originals Has Revealed a Pack of Totally Tonal NMDs

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For FW16, adidas Originals is bringing full color-blocking to the insanely-popular NMD silhouette for the first time ever.

The “Color Boost NMD” pack features two iterations of the NMD_R1 – one featuring all-over tonal details in “Solar Red,” and the other in “Core Black.” Both shoes see its respective color covering the stretch-mesh construction, welded three-stripes, heel patch, and the iconic BOOST tooling.

An accompanying NMD_XR1 silhouette boasts a striking two tone effect in different shades of black, with micro-rib knit and premium material overlays. Tonal EVA plug inserts add the final touch.

The “Color Boost NMD” pack is available on September 17 over at the adidas Originals web store.

For more great Three Stripe kicks, here are the 15 best sneakers the brand has released in 2016 so far.

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Is Frank Ocean About to Release ‘Boys Don’t Cry?’


Just a few minutes ago, what appears to be a live stream appeared on Frank Ocean’s homepage (although you’ll need to be on the latest version of Safari for it to load).

The site’s header currently shows a black and white workshop featuring an Apple Music stamp. Below the visuals, a sub header reading “Endless” sits beside the site’s navigation. Although the site only seems to be emitting white noise as of now, with the occasional cough heard throughout, it’s fairly safe to expect that new music will be on the way soon.

The visual follows an anxious month of July, in which all rumors seemed to point to Boys Don’t Cry finally dropping. In addition, with Apple Music seemingly behind Ocean’s next project, it’ll be interesting to see how Kanye West reacts now that he’s called for a truce between the music streaming giants.

While you’re waiting, catch up on what we know about Boys Don’t Cry so far.

[UPDATE] August 1, 2016 6:00am EST A new image of Frank Ocean was found embedded in the source code of his website, formatted into a playlist titled “champaign.m3u8,” leading us to believe that “Champaign” could be the title of a new track.

Additionally, the new video is the work of Francis Soriano, who has directed music videos for Ocean in the past. Soriano shared an image of the stream on Instagram, with the location tagged as Apple’s California headquarters.

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Is Frank Ocean About to Release ‘Boys Don’t Cry?’


Just a few minutes ago, what appears to be a live stream appeared on Frank Ocean’s homepage (although you’ll need to be on the latest version of Safari for it to load).

The site’s header currently shows a black and white workshop featuring an Apple Music stamp. Below the visuals, a sub header reading “Endless” sits beside the site’s navigation. Although the site only seems to be emitting white noise as of now, with the occasional cough heard throughout, it’s fairly safe to expect that new music will be on the way soon.

The visual follows an anxious month of July, in which all rumors seemed to point to Boys Don’t Cry finally dropping. In addition, with Apple Music seemingly behind Ocean’s next project, it’ll be interesting to see how Kanye West reacts now that he’s called for a truce between the music streaming giants.

While you’re waiting, catch up on what we know about Boys Don’t Cry so far.

[UPDATE] August 1, 2016 6:00am EST A new image of Frank Ocean was found embedded in the source code of his website, formatted into a playlist titled “champaign.m3u8,” leading us to believe that “Champaign” could be the title of a new track.

Additionally, the new video is the work of Francis Soriano, who has directed music videos for Ocean in the past. Soriano shared an image of the stream on Instagram, with the location tagged as Apple’s California headquarters.

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Watch this Tribute of 80-odd years of Shake It Off

 

Fifty residents, staff and grandchildren from Julia Wallace Retirement Village spent a week making this special tribute to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.
With an average of 82 and a combined of more than 4,000 years, these retirees proved you’re never too old to Shake It Off and have loads of fun

 

 

 

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25 iOS apps with dark themes

The stock Clock app in iOS 10 features a dark theme.


If you’re like me, you look at screens all day and late into the night. Your eyes could probably use some relief. Fortunately, an increasing number of applications offer dark themes, which display text, images, and videos on top of dark backgrounds. At least for me, they’re easier on the eyes in the nighttime, and even in the daytime.

While the iOS operating system does have an Invert Colors option (Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations) that forces apps with a light background to go dark, iOS is lacking a full-blown dark mode that keeps photos and other content looking the way it should. So app-specific dark themes are generally a good way to go at this point.

Here’s a list of 25 apps that currently ship with dark themes. They’re all free, unless otherwise noted.


1. iA Writer

iA Writer's dark theme on iPhone.

Above: iA Writer’s dark theme on iPhone.

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This is a simple writing app with support for Markdown formatting, Word documents, the WordPress content management system, and Dropbox sync. It costs $3.99.


2. Word Flow

Word Flow for iOS.

Above: Word Flow for iOS.

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This was originally the default virtual keyboard that Microsoft shipped with Windows Phones. Microsoft brought it to iOS in April.


3. Spotify

Spotify.

Above: Spotify.

Image Credit: Screenshot

You may have heard of this music streaming app. It’s easy to overlook that the default user interface, on mobile, web, and desktop, is a dark theme.


4. iBooks

iBooks.

Above: iBooks.

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Apple has offered a dark theme in its standard-issue book-reading app since 2011.


5. Clock

Clock app in iOS 10.

Above: Clock app in iOS 10.

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Apple has refreshed the look of its default Clock app for iOS 10. It now uses a dark theme by default.


6. Pocket

Pocket.

Above: Pocket.

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The dark theme in this read-it-later app is so good — it’s what inspired me to put together this article in the first place. I love to read longer stories in bed before going to sleep in Pocket.


7. Pocket Casts

The new look for Pocket Casts.

Above: The new look for Pocket Casts.

Image Credit: ShiftyJelly

A dark theme became available in this podcasting app from independent developer Shifty Jelly just a few days ago.


8. Weather Underground

Weather Underground.

Above: Weather Underground.

Image Credit: Screenshot

This app is more sophisticated than the default iOS Weather app, with interactive maps, radio and video feeds, and health information.


9. Instapaper

Instapaper.

Above: Instapaper.

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This read-it-later app offers a helpful text-to-speech (TTS) feature.


10. Google Maps

Google Maps.

Above: Google Maps.

Image Credit: Screenshot

When you’re driving at night or travel through a dark area like a tunnel temporarily, the standard mode of this map app goes dark. But you can actually enable the dark theme for the entirety of all your trips. When you’re in the middle of a trip, tap the three dots on the bottom right, tap “Navigation settings,” and hit the night option in the “Color scheme” section.


11. Twitterrific 5 for Twitter

Twitterrific.

Above: Twitterrific.

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This free third-party Twitter client from The Iconfactory has some premium advanced features, including an ad-free experience.


12. Ulysses

Ulysses.

Above: Ulysses.

Image Credit: The Soulmen

This premium writing app from third-party developer The Soulmen won an Apple Design Award earlier this year. It supports Markdown and Word formatting, lets users publish drafts to Medium, and provides a Style Exchange where users can download themes from third-party developers. It costs $24.99.


13. Tweetbot 4 for Twitter

Tweetbot.

Above: Tweetbot.

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This premium Twitter client from third-party developer Tapbots offers a Stats view so you don’t need to check Twitter Analytics so frequently. It costs $9.99.


14. Simplenote

Simplenote.

Above: Simplenote.

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WordPress company Automattic acquired Simperium, the company that built this notetaking app, in 2013 and has thankfully kept the app alive and up to date.


15. Coda

Coda.

Above: Coda.

Image Credit: Screenshot

Development studio Panic’s premium Coda app includes a text editor, file transfer capability with support for Amazon S3, a terminal, and even a playground for experimenting with JavaScript code. It costs $24.99.


16. YouTube Gaming

YouTube Gaming.

Above: YouTube Gaming.

Image Credit: Screenshot

Google introduced this live game streaming app last year, following the rise of Twitch and its acquisition by Amazon in 2014.


17. YouTube Music

YouTube Music.

Above: YouTube Music.

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Google launched the YouTube Music app last year, as a place to discover music that’s already available on YouTube. From this app you can upgrade to the YouTube Red subscription service with audio-only mode, background play, and offline support.


18. Steam Mobile

Steam Mobile.

Above: Steam Mobile.

Image Credit: Screenshot

With its dark blue background, the iOS app from gaming platform Steam looks a lot like the desktop version. And that’s a good thing. You can chat with friends, browse the store, and peruse your library.


19. Reddit

Reddit.

Above: Reddit.

Image Credit: Screenshot

Online discussion board Reddit launched its official iOS app just a few months ago, after acquiring third-party Reddit client Alien Blue in 2014.


20. Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2.

Above: Fantastical 2.

Image Credit: Flexibits

This app from developer Flexibits has dedicated iPhone and iPad versions, for $4.99 and $9.99, respectively. It won an Apple Design Award in 2015.


21. Portfolio

Portfolio.

Above: Portfolio.

Image Credit: Screenshot

If you’re not happy with Apple’s pre-installed Stocks app, which itself has had a dark theme since iOS 7 came out in 2013, the Portfolio app from developer Mazuma Labs is worth checking out. You can import trades from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance, and it can send you notifications for price movements, earnings, and news.


22. Feedly

Feedly.

Above: Feedly.

Image Credit: Screenshot

This RSS reader picked up lots of usage after Google announced that it was killing Google Reader in 2013. And this whole time the Feedly iOS app has had a dark theme.


23. Evernote

Evernote.

Above: Evernote.

Image Credit: Screenshot

This notetaking app has a dark theme, but it’s not available when you’re viewing or editing files, or when you’ure using the Work Chat feature.


24. Overcast

Overcast.

Above: Overcast.

Image Credit: Marco.org

This 2-year-old podcasting app offers a dark theme as a “Patron” feature. That is, you can get it if you pay $2.99 for three months, $5.99 for six months, or $11.99 for a year of support for the app’s maker, Marco Arment, the founder of Instapaper and a cofounder of Tumblr.


25. Xbox

Xbox.

Above: Xbox.

Image Credit: Screenshot

This app from Microsoft lets you check updates from friends, exchange messages, browse the Xbox Store, check your achievements, and interact with content on your Xbox One.


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Enjoy the Beauty of Traditional Ghanaian Festivals in This Exclusive Photo Series

28-year-old, Accra-based photographer Ofoe Amegavie captures the lifeblood of the city. Whether he’s shooting portraits of the area’s most fashionable denizens, documenting celebrations on Labadi beach or snapping effervescent scenes outside of perpetually open nightlife hangouts, Amegavie’s photographs re-contextualize outdated notions of the African continent.

In his latest series, he travels Ghana documenting the many tribally and regionally specific traditional festivals happening throughout the country. Though the series will be a years-long project, Amegavie provided us with some photographs he’s already compiled, and shared a bit more about how the project started and what it means to him…

Tell us a bit about your focus as a photographer…

My focus as a photographer is storytelling. I like to take photos of everyday Ghanaians and their movements around my city, Accra, though occasionally I do go out of the region to visit other parts of the country. Aside from that I also do fashion and creative art photography.

Why did you want to concentrate on traditional festivals specifically?

Last year I was on a volunteer project in Jamestown, a specific part of Accra, and it was Homowo, a traditional festival of the Ga people. I was teaching some children who allowed me into their homes to experience the festival with their families. I was lucky because one of their grandfathers was a sub-chief so I really got to take part in everything as an insider.

After that, I decided to expand the project to other parts of the country to show the diverse, rich culture of Ghana. The plan is to eventually turn it all into a photo book and host exhibition tours.

Are you planning on expanding the series outside of Ghana?

Yes, I plan to start another project that covers the major festivals across West Africa. Eventually I’ll expand into other parts of Africa. Right now it’s just a matter of getting the sponsorship to make it possible.

What do you want viewers to learn from the series?

I really want to show the beauty and heritage of my people. I want people to see how diverse we are and how beautifully we live. Festivals happen once a year in different parts of the country for different reasons, and I want people from all over the world to take part in them through my photos. Ghana is an experience, and once in a person’s lifetime they should be a part of it. Most of all, I want to show people something new.

Was access an issue? Did you have to clear taking photographs beforehand?

Yes, the project is still ongoing and having access is a bit of a hustle since the dates for the festivals are not consistent; they happen based on the traditional calendars and systems. Sometimes I have to make the trip twice or even three times to get the information and photographs I need.

What has been your favorite part of starting this series?

Well, my favorite experience so far has been the Aboakyer Festival of the Winneba people in the Central Region. I was allowed access to the shrines and the all of the customary rituals that are performed before everyone goes into the forest to catch the bushbuck for the day. It was really a new and exciting experience for me, plus my friends came to join me for the weekend which made shooting even more fun.

What have you learned from it?

I realized I need to travel more. Since starting, I’ve traveled to 9 out of the ten regions in Ghana, which has only motivated me to travel more frequently and further. I’d say I have become more of an explorer and more of a storyteller.

Where can we see more of your photos?

The project will be on a dedicated website soon. In the meantime, I share a lot of my photos on Instagram.

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Here is The Air Jordan 7 “Olympic Alternate”

The “Alternate” concept, known through the Air Jordan 4, is making a comeback through an Olympic variation featuring
an alternate colorway. It is reported that Tinker Hatfield sketched up this colorway when he was working on MJ’s Dream Team version of the shoe. The Air Jordan 7 “Olympic Alternate” has been previewed a few times earlier this year, but above, you can now check out first official images of the model. The shoe will be available at Jordan Brand retailers next Saturday, August 6, in a full family size run for an exchange of $190.

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Drake & French Montana Present Latino Alter Egos in Video for “No Shopping”

Less than two weeks ago, French Montana dropped the track “No Shopping” featuring none other than the 6 God himself. Now, the two are back to present the visuals for the summer jam.

The video starts with a parody golf tournament, affectionately titled the El Coke Boys Clasico, as the two do their best Latino impressions as hosts of the tourney taking place in the Dominican Republic. Afterwards, we’re treated to a typical rap music video pool party where perhaps the best scene takes place around the 3:40 mark with Drake cheesin’ hard. Besides that, it’s business as usual with OB Obrien and producer Noah “40” Shebib making cameos throughout.

Towards the end, the two reprise their role as hosts and practically break the fourth wall, with Drake telling French, “you speaking Spanish is legendary.”

via Highsnobiety

Watch Kanye’s “Wolves” New Video, Starring Sia, Vic Mensa, Kim Kardashian, More

Watch Kanye’s “Wolves” New Video, Starring Sia, Vic Mensa, Kim Kardashian, More

Kanye West has just released the music video for “Wolves,” from his most recent album The Life of PabloDirected by Steven Klein, the black-and-white video includes appearances from Vic Mensa and Sia (who both are featured on the track), plus Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, and many more. As Vogue reports, the video is a partnership with Balmain, and is part of the fashion house’s fall 2016 campaign, which stars Kanye. Kanye is wearing the same outfit he wore to this year’s Met Ball.

The video features yet another new version of the track, which has gone through several metamorphoses throughout the Life of Pablo cycle.

Read "Kanye West Is Still Changing The Life of Pablo. Does It Matter?" on the Pitch.

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Malia Obama skips out on Democratic National Convention for Lollapalooza

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton made history becoming the first female to be nominated for president of a major American party. First kid (and future presidential hopeful?) Malia Obama wasn’t there to see it, however, as she instead opted to attend Lollapalooza.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Malia was spotted watching EDM artist Cashmere Cat on Thursday evening. Photos and video of her in the crowd were posted to social media, and all I can say is — worst. secret. service. detail. ever. So many drunk bros.

Malia previously attended Lollapalooza in 2014. I wonder if she’s excited for Radiohead tonight.

Update: If you’re wondering, here’s how the Secret Service dresses for Lollapalooza:

via Consequence of Sound