Longtime pals Corey Shapiro (of Vintage Frames Company) and 40oz Van have come together once again, this time for a special eyewear collaboration. As Van is known for his signature gold specs, he partnered with Vintage Frames to release a limited edition collection of 24kt gold-plated frames.
The glasses in turn come in four different lenses options, with a total of 40 frames being produced. Each pair of 40oz Vans x Vintage Frames sunglasses arrives numbered, alongside a personally signed authenticity card.
Look for availability to begin June 28 at 12 p.m. exclusively through Vintage Frames.
The worlds most consumed drug, Caffeine has long been known as the most commonly used nootropic substance.
It’s used in practically every nootropic supplement we’ve tested to varying degrees, and is commonly stacked with numerous other nootropics like L-Theanine and GABA.
The most interesting thing to note about Caffeine is that it is widely marketed under different names and in different forms. If you see the ingredients yerba mate, methylxathine, Trimethylxanthine, or 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, don’t be fooled.
It’s pretty evident that this year’s Olympics in Rio would call for a wide selection of USA-themed footwear. This time around Jordan Brand is joining the festivities with a special edition of the iconic Air Jordan 1 silhouette. Keeping things simple, the high-top model hosts a white base with “Deep Royal Blue” along its side panels and around the toe box. For a victory-inspired touch, its Swoosh is covered in “Metallic Gold Coin,” as is the “Wings” logo. Red branding can also be seen on the Jumpman logo along the tongue.
The “Olympic” Air Jordan 1 Retro High will retail for $140 USD are drop worldwide later this summer.
Damn it, physicists, and your insistence on killing time travel theories.
Researchers confirmed the existence of a “pear-shaped” atomic nucleus — compared to most nuclei, which are disk-like, spherical or football-shaped — that might help us better understand the universe. Unfortunately, that understanding could be a real bummer for Back to the Futuretruthers.
All matter in the universe is comprised of atoms, each containing a nucleus. Until recently, scientists believed all those nuclei were symmetrical. That means the nuclei didn’t “point” to a specific direction in space, or a related direction in time, so we couldn’t prove backward time travel was out of the question.
But now, we can:
“We’ve found these nuclei literally point toward a direction in space,” Marcus Scheck from the University of the West of Scotland, one of the study’s researchers, told BBC News. “This relates to a direction in time, proving there’s a well-defined direction in time and we will always travel from past to present.”
Well, shit, Scheck.
The discovery came in 2013, when an international group of physicists, including Scheck, published a study in the journal Nature describing the pear-shaped nucleus of an atom called radium-224. The latest research, published in Physical Review Letters, confirms those original findings with a new atom, barium-144.
This isn’t the first time the laws of physics have thrown a wrench into science fiction’s real-life potential.
Take, for instance, the time-travel paradox that was recently introduced in season six of Game of Thrones. While the element of time travel ties storylines together, its physics don’t exactly hold up: Wormholes are the closest working theory of actual time-travel that could explain Bran’s ability to visit the past, but they’re too volatile to be viable time-travel devices.
Even if wormholes were stable enough, you could only travel back to when the wormhole was created — not use it like an infinitely versatile, Doctor Who-ian shuttle bus. And that’s assuming atomic nuclei don’t point in the direction of time — and according to the new findings, some of them do.
And because Scheck apparently gets off on all of this, he and his team plan to run the experiment again — this time using the high-tech Isotope Separator On Line Detector lab at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Because when physicists kill your dreams, they like to do it right.
adidas Y-3′s most popular silhouette, the Qasa High, receives its stealthiest colorway yet in this dystopian “Vista Grey” colorway. Aesthetically suitable for an oppressed population of a future state, the triple grey sneaker sees a neoprene upper bound with elastic support for a super-snug fit, rounded out with hits of nubuck and suede on the toe and heel. The distinctive Tubular sole provides the last touch to the avant-garde silhouette. Pick up a pair online now at The Good Will Out for €340 EUR ($373 USD).
Sunday night viewers tuned in to BET‘s annual award show only to be met with much more than the usual pyrotechnic-backed performances and slapstick attempts at humor many have come to expect from such celebrity-driven gatherings. An appreciation for artistry, a deep sense of social awareness and repeated calls to action prevailed over the course of the politically-charged evening.
Between the many tribute performances to legendary artist Prince and a lengthy discourse on the politics of racism by Grey’s Anatomy actor and former teacher, Jesse Williams, the evening went beyond merely celebrating the accomplishments of minorities in music.
Here’s what went down…
Beyoncé Finds ‘Freedom’
Queen B has been markedly absent from the last few BET award shows, but this time she stuck around just long enough to open the show with an invigorating rendition of ‘Freedom’ from her Lemonade album. Clad in a sheer black bodysuit, Yonce was backed by a troupe of dancers, accessorized in custom Zana Bayne harnesses, who splashed through ankle-deep water, sending sprays towards the audience. She was also joined by an impassioned Kendrick Lamar whose raw verses helped set the tone for the evening.
Beyonce later won the “Video of the Year” award for ‘Formation.’ Her mother, Tina Lawson, accepted on her behalf as the chanteuse had promptly boarded a flight to be at her next engagement.
Prince Was Remembered Fondly…
Comedian Dave Chapelle opened the heartfelt tributes to Prince with a bit of humor, regaling the audience with his first memories of the artist’s music. Shortly after, iconic neo-soul band The Roots joined Erykah Badu and Bilal on stage for a soulful celebration of Prince’s life.
Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and Maxwell followed with their own rousing renditions of some of Prince’s greatest hits. Yet it was Prince’s young mentee, Janelle Monáe, who donned pants complete with butt cutouts and performed an energetic medley that included “Delirious,” “Kiss,” “Pop Life,” and more, to honor of the singer.
Lastly, Prince’s longtime collaborator and one-time lover, Sheila E, closed the show alongside a slew of performers and dancers including the singer’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia.
Jesse Williams Broke the #StayWoke Hashtag
Former teacher turned actor and activist, Jesse Williams, set a more sober tone when he accepted the award for “Humanitarian of the Year,” making it clear the honor was about much more than him. “This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers of students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do,” Williams stated.
He went on to address the controversy surrounding the disproportionate death of black people taken into police custody, demanding accountability and widespread changes in the justice system. He ended his speech by taking aim at the practice of appropriating black culture while devaluing the lives of black people, stating,
““We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment… ghetto-lyzing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is — just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
Williams left the stage to a thunderous applause and as the cameras panned across the audience, more than a few of its members had been moved to tears.
The Performances Were Lit
Despite the reoccurring political messages, the evening still had its share of lighthearted performances from a slew of rising and established names. Future took to the stage with DJ Esco to treat the crowd to a sizzurp-y rendition of “Wicked” from his Purple Reign project.
Desiigner lost his mind to his hit song, “Panda.”
But it was Marsai Martin, who plays Diane Johnson on ABC’s Black-ish, who won the evening (and possibly life) with her enthusiastic dance moves during Bryson Tiller’s performance.
Lastly, all of the madness, Anthony Anderson still found time to put his cakes on display.
If you liked Desiigner’s BET performance take a listen to his surprisingly coherent ‘New English‘ mixtape.
The BET awards may have concluded for another year, but the hip-hop celebrations are still rolling in thick and fast. DJ Khaled unveiled his long-awaited track with Jay Z, “I Got The Keys,” which featured, along with many others, a cameo appearance from A$AP Ferg. Not content with this alone, the “New Level” rapper has just dropped the visuals for his song “World is Mine.”
The contemplative track features Big Sean, and the accompanying video sees the pair dressed in rich, vibrant garms as they swan around a luxurious coastal estate. Ferg’s love interest in the video seems to enjoy the lavishness bestowed upon her, but he knows that she’s not quite satisfied. The clip ends tragically, with him walking in on her on top of another man as Big Sean raps, “She tried to tell me that the world is mine / I know that ain’t true.”
Kevin Durant is in full-on Nike KD 9 mode. After his launch event in Austin, Texas earlier this month, KD hand delivered a few pairs of the shoe this weekend while riding his bike through the streets of New York City. Nike, in a joint effort with delivery service Postmates, make this unique experience possible. […]
We’re only a few short days away from the full unveiling of Maxwell‘s new album blackSUMMERS’snight, capping off a triumphant campaign that’s brought no shortage of feels or nostalgia. Today, the resurgent r&b star brings us what may be the final glimpse into his new album with the release of “All The Ways Love Can Feel,” an uptempo lament on the trials and tribulations of a lustful heart. You can hear the latest from Maxwell in the player below, just be sure to pre-order your copy of the new album on iTunes ahead of this Friday’s release and check out his full touring itinerary just below.
06-28 Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Resort and Casino
06-29 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
07-01-03 New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival
07-04 Montreal, Quebec – Olympia Theatre
07-05 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
07-06 Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center
07-08 New London, CT – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
07-09 Brooklyn, NY – Coney Island Amphitheatre
07-11 Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
07-12 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
07-14 Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theater
07-15 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
07-16 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
07-18 Austin, TX – Moody Theater
07-19 San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
07-22 Coachella, CA – Spotlight 29 Casino
07-26 Greenville, SC – The Peace Center Concert Hall
07-29 Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
07-29 Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheatre
07-30 Chattanooga, TN – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
07-31 Birmingham, AL – Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
08-03 Orlando, FL – Walt Disney Theatre at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts
08-04 Clearwater, FL – Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts
08-06 North Augusta, SC – Richmond County Civic Center
08-07 Jacksonville, FL – Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
Despite subtracting household names such as reigning NBA Champion & Finals MVP LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry, USA will still host a strong roster going into this year’s Olympic Games. Officially announced today, the 2016 US Olympic Men’s Basketball Team will be comprised of Carmelo Anthony, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, Demar DeRozan, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson. As the US Team looks to add more gold to its collection, Nike will be taking the reigns yet again by outfitting the team with brand new threads, which can be seen below.
Do you think Team USA will take home the gold this year?
Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day, is a global celebration of music. This year saw influencer collective Pain O Chokolat hold a free celebratory concert in Paris; upping the ante for the 11th year in a row with performances from A$AP Rocky, Skepta, the Patta Sound System and a host of underground MC’s.
Partnering with Coca-Cola, the Pain O Chokolat posse gathered influencers from around the globe to attend the Northern Ireland vs. Germany game at Parc des Princes. La Machine du Moulin Rouge then housed Pain O Chokolat and guests to shut down the City of Light before a heated crowd.
Pain O Chokolat is a collective of designers, musicians, artists, and directors, deeply rooted in the red-light district of Pigalle. In its 11th year, the night brings together the community’s youth, giving them access to underground and world-famous musicians. Coca-Cola’s support increased their capacity to unite friends to share in the vibrant experience.
Brooklyn rapper Desiigner, who recently made it onto the XXL Freshman 2016 list and has been dubbed Kanye West’s protégé, has dropped his much-anticipated debut mixtape featuring 12 previously unheard tracks sitting alongside his hit “Panda.”
On Friday, Desiigner teased the mixtape on Twitter before making it available Saturday at midnight. New English features guest appearances from G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T and King Savage; the rest of the mixtape is solely Desiigner.
Bill Cunningham, the legendary New York Times fashion photographer, has died at 87. He had been recently hospitalized after having a stroke, and the Times confirmed his passing.
In his nearly 40 years taking pictures of New York’s colorful characters, Cunningham became an indelible fixture of the fashion and social scenes, wearing his signature blue jacket and often riding a bicycle. Over his incredible career, he tracked the city’s street style from the downtown set to the mainstream, and thrilled in the city’s characters that pushed boundaries with how they dressed. "Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life," he said. "I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization."
In a documentary about his life, Anna Wintour declared, "I’ve said many times, we all get dressed for Bill." For the fashion community, to be sure, New York Fashion Week will never be the same.
Cunningham’s work relied on observation, and he shied away from the spotlight—even in the wake of numerous awards and honors, from the French Legion d’Honneur to the CFDA Media Award. The New York Landmarks Conservancy even named him a Living Landmark in 2009.
In his obituary for the Times Jacob Bernstein writes, "The sartorial moments Cunningham captured spanned 40 years, and his portfolio as a whole is notable for charting the move from formal conformity to the individual style now celebrated by the street-style photographers who have followed in his path."
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jaÿ-Z’s classic debut album, Reasonable Doubt, a few responsible for crafting the piece give their take on creating the project and what it means to them two decades later. Guests include Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Jonathan Mannion, B-High, Emory Jones, Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith, Memphis Bleek, DJ Premiere, Young Guru, Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua, DJ Clark Kent and more. Peep the trailer above and watch the 36 minute documentary in full on Tidal.
This album literally saved my life…….. I can’t thank you all enough.
Sad news from the NY Times: legendary street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham has died today at the age of 87.
In his nearly 40 years working for The Times, Mr. Cunningham operated both as a dedicated chronicler of fashion and as an unlikely cultural anthropologist, one who used the changing dress habits of the people he photographed to chart the broader shift away from formality and toward something more diffuse and individualistic.
At the Pierre hotel on the East Side of Manhattan, he pointed his camera at tweed-wearing blue-blood New Yorkers with names like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt. Downtown, by the piers, he clicked away at crop-top wearing Voguers. Up in Harlem, he jumped off his bicycle — he rode more than 30 over the years, replacing one after another as they were wrecked or stolen — for B-boys in low-slung jeans.
I saw Cunningham out on the streets of NYC twice and both times chills ran up my back watching a master at work. Unless Cunningham had something in the can before he died, it looks as though the last of his On the Street features is about black and white fashion. Tonight might be a good time to watch the documentary Bill Cunningham New York — it’s available on Amazon (free with Prime).