Virgil Abloh’s Converse Chuck Taylor Finally Has a Supposed Release Date

After staying out of the limelight for a few months, Virgil Abloh‘s remastered Converse Chuck Taylor may re-release sooner than fans thought. Though it wasn’t part of the recent "The Ten" drops, the shoe did initially launch last year when Abloh’s collection first debuted as part of the "Ghosting" shoes. These Nikes offered translucent uppers along with the usual quotation marks & black text seen on the other models. An orange zip-tie adds a pop of color, complementing the icy outsole.

Mark your calendars for the sneaker’s purported release on May 10 and stay tuned for the official announcement from Nike.

Elsewhere, we discussed the racial implications behind Abloh’s Louis Vuitton appointment.

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Virgil Abloh’s Converse Chuck Taylor Finally Has a Supposed Release Date

After staying out of the limelight for a few months, Virgil Abloh‘s remastered Converse Chuck Taylor may re-release sooner than fans thought. Though it wasn’t part of the recent "The Ten" drops, the shoe did initially launch last year when Abloh’s collection first debuted as part of the "Ghosting" shoes. These Nikes offered translucent uppers along with the usual quotation marks & black text seen on the other models. An orange zip-tie adds a pop of color, complementing the icy outsole.

Mark your calendars for the sneaker’s purported release on May 10 and stay tuned for the official announcement from Nike.

Elsewhere, we discussed the racial implications behind Abloh’s Louis Vuitton appointment.

Click here to view full gallery at HYPEBEAST



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Supreme Week 7 // Bangers, Sleepers & Duds

Don’t call it a comeback!

I won’t throw out any excuses for the lack of content the last three weeks other than the drops since Week 3 have lacked inspiration of their own. The Public Enemy x Undercover collaboration had some stand out pieces but still felt as if it had all be done before. The lookbook items for the past three weeks were frankly forgettable. But…

Bump that! We are all positive vibes around here and this week’s drop is realigning our hypebeast chakra. It’s nearly halfway through the season and Supreme has decided to not make us wait until the end of Spring/Summer for the always anticipated and highly sought after Supreme x The North Face collaboration.

Let’s GET IT!

Bangers

The graphic used on The Metallic Hooded Sweatshirt gives off Terminator vibes and brings the subtle badass looks to match. This piece flips the loud theme of the collection and creates a cleaver rendition of the metallic box logo. Produced with The North Face materials the hoodie has an added value of quality and comfort that we have come to know and love. Retail for this cyborg hoodie will be $138.

Next up in the series of heavy hitters that is the Supreme x The North Face mixtape is the Borealis Backpack. There is a color for everyone with these backpacks, silver is easy to rock every day, the rose gold is perfect for the ladies and the gold is that ultimate flex piece. This backpack model has more functionality than the bags we’ve received from the collaboration in past seasons with its size and varying compartments. Retail to look like Tony Stark carrying his newest suit on his back is a reasonable $148.

This season’s Mountian Parka is the most polarizing release this silhouette has ever seen. The Mountain Parka is the quintessential garment for the Sup x TNF collaboration as a whole, and it’s good to see the styling go back to its roots. Being loud and like nothing that TNF has ever produced, on their own, is what gave recognition to this now seasonal link-up between streetwear giants. This is a piece for the collector not for everyday use and that’s okay. Hang some art in your closet and don’t forget that Supreme can still be a niche for a shining $388.

Sleepers

The preview photo of this week’s Soccer Polo is reminiscent of the find on the back of a rack because no one could see past the ugly thing on the front. Aside from the white and purple colorway, these jerseys are perfect for the warmer months… if they ever come. The fabric historically used on Supreme soccer jerseys is a breathable poly blend that’s perfect for wearing all day, and the collar can even get into strict dress code scenarios. Retail to slide tackle into the club cozy boy style is a cool $118.

 

The Woven Striped Batik Jacket is a sleeper due to both its subtle branding and its lack of desire by the masses. Don’t let it fool you, the details in the DIY printed graphics are only matched by high-end designer pieces. The woven cotton blend and “COEXIST” artistry makes this the ideal jacket to throw on during a cool spring night. Express your worldly culture for more than minimalist $188.

The Channel Hooded Sweatshirt is the subtle flex piece of the week. Nothing more than a regular Supreme blank, this is a great staple to any wardrobe. The only flaw is that Supreme went with its regular faux paw of dating the piece instead of using the establishing year of 1994. Humblebrag for $158.

Flips

While some people despise the Mountian Bib Pants, or overalls, there are no Duds this week. So allow me to introduce “Flips” the corner of the Supreme bubble that is seldom expressed in the open: reselling.

When it comes to flipping, it’s better to minimize risk. The Metallic Logo T-Shirt will retail for $54, which isn’t a deep hole to get out of on the rare occasion that you can’t sell something for this coveted collab. Last season’s short sleeve is now selling for an average of $175, including shipping that’s still nearly three times retail. This season resale will easily reach that with the addition of a metallic bogo on the tee.

Again minimizing risk, the Shoulder Bag will retail for $66. While a quick flip is always preferable, this is a piece that will rise in value over time. Even if you decide to rock it once or twice the embroidered logos give the bag durability that should still allow you to double your investment.

The Don’t Ask Me 4 Shit Stamp is a glorious flip. With a retail of $18, there is nowhere to go but up after you cop. Last week we saw the Illusion Coin Bank go to the top of the charts when it came to volume on the resale chart and this accessory will be no different. If it flops you still have a dope accessory that will never run out of uses.

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I do not provide personal investment advice and I am not a qualified licensed investment advisor. Flip at own risk.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting.

via Nice Kicks – Air Force Ones, Air Jordans, Release Dates and sneaker news.

Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day” Drops Next Week

Mamba Day is fast approaching and Nike has a few tricks up its sleeve with the newly released Kobe 1 Protro. The shoe is set to release in a “Mamba Day” theme styled in black and gold.

The annual tradition set to take place every April 13 pays tribute to Kobe Bryant’s towering legacy. Here, the Kobe 1 Protro sees “4.13.18” written at the heel while “XX” marks the lace fixtures to honor Bean’s 20 years of service with the Lakers. To close, a graphic of Bryant walking out to the court dons the insole as a reference to his warrior spirit.

Look for the Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day” on April 13. Retail locations have not yet been announced.

Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day”

Colorway: Black/Black-White-Metallic Gold
Style #: AQ2728-002
Release Date: April 13, 2018

Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Mamba Day"
Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day”
Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Mamba Day"
Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day”
Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Mamba Day"
Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day”
Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Mamba Day"
Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day”
Nike Kobe 1 Protro "Mamba Day"
Nike Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day”

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New Colorways Of The 1 Reimagined Collection

Today, the second go-around of The 1 Reimagined collection releases in Light Blue, Luminous Green, Geode Teal, Cinder Orange and Violet Mist flooded colorways.


Chiyo Takahashi, Nike Senior Color Design Director and one of 14 women who worked on the collection, explains how and why designers landed on these five colors.


When it came to designing the color collection, our initial ideas were to create different color palettes for each archetype. But halfway through our process, we shifted our aim to bring the collection together with a simple but bold palette.


We were interested in colors that created moods on their own and had an exciting synergy when together. Limiting to five bold colors instead of 10 made the collection more symbiotic. They became the glue for the relationship that binds the collection.


We landed on Light Blue, which is calm and soothing; Luminous Green, which is optimistic and progressive; Geode Teal, which is grounded and bold; Cinder Orange, which is warm and spicy; and Violet Mist, which is light and ethereal.


Each of these colors is quite expressive and unique on their own, but we really loved how fresh and playful the shoes became when all the colors came together. In a way, this symbolized what this collection was about: individual designers coming together to contribute, but it’s the power of the collective that really makes it special.


The new colorways of the 1 Reimagined collection are available today on Nike Unlaced and the SNKRS app.

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Slim Jxmmi’s ‘Chanel’ Will Make You Want To Buy All The Bags

Slim Jxmmi is vital. Rae Sremmurd is a duo, but for the bulk of their existence media has portrayed them as the Swae Lee show featuring his brother.

Writing off members of musical groups is easy comedic fodder. Takeoff not being on “Bad and Boujee” is a meme, Big Boi can’t get through an interview without getting asked about André 3000, and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child got an entire hashtag devoted to being the third wheel. Thankfully, Slim Jxmmi is here to quiet all the doubts with “Chanel” featuring Pharrell and Swae Lee.

The song is a showcase for all the things that make Jxmmi talent’s undeniable. Efficient, direct, and brief, Slim knows how to craft an infectious hook that does enough and never too much. “Take her to Chanel, ’cause she fine” relentlessly repeated shouldn’t work as a hook. It is so simple it borders on unoriginal, but Jxmmi is a salesman. By the fourth time you hear the phrase, taking that special someone to Chanel sounds like a sane idea.

Pharrell and Swae also show up for the assist. Skateboard P uses a stilted falsetto across his verse and adlibs on the chorus. His “Gotcha like J.R. with the eyes” is a blink and you miss it bar that is more clever than it has any right to be. Swae decides to put his more melodic inclinations on ice to match his brother’s energy with a nice 16 bar rap.

Between “Brxnks Truck” and “Chanel,” Slim Jxmmi is proving fans would be foolish to doubt him.

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Drake is releasing a new single “tomorrow night”

Looks like a new single from Drake is imminent.

During a surprise appearance at Majid Jordan’s concert in Toronto on Thursday night, Drake announced that he’d be dropping a new single tomorrow night. “The reason I’m here tonight is because I’m back in the city finishing my album,” he said. “I’ve got a new single dropping tomorrow night too, just in case you got some free time.”

The untitled single comes on the heels of Drake’s two-song Scary Hours EP, which was released at the top of 2018. The EP contains the chart-topping single, “God’s Plan”, as well as “Diplomatic Immunity”. Last month, he hopped on a remix of N.E.R.D. and Rihanna’s “Lemon”.

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New Album: Cardi B ‘Invasion Of Privacy’

Cardi Takeover

Cardi B’s time is now. After garnering much success over the past year, the Bronx native finally releases her long-awaited debut album, Invasion Of Privacy. Featuring the chart topper and breakout hit “Bodak Yellow“, Cardi continued her money moves with 21 Savage (“Bartier Cardi“), a warning to her man (“Be Careful“) and the boastful track with the Migos (“Drip“). Guests include Chance The Rapper, SZA, Kehlani, YG and more.

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David Letterman Interviews JAY-Z

No Introduction Necessary

JAY-Z interviews are rare, but sporadic. But recently, the rap artist and mogul sat down with David Letterman in the latest episode of Nextflix’ series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. In the one hour chat, which premiered in full today, Shawn Carter discusses Donald Trump, racial divide, criminal justice reform, parenthood, his mother, Kanye West and much more. The interview can be viewed in its entirety on Netflix here.

 

 

 

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4 Ways To Develop Leadership Skills In Your Everyday Life

When you’re aspiring to a leadership role but perhaps not yet in one, developing the skills you need to be successful can seem like a Catch-22: How do you become a great leader when you haven’t yet had the opportunity to lead?

And developing leadership talent matters. A February 2018 DDI study found that organizations that develop high-potential talent below senior levels are 4.2 times more likely to financially outperform organizations that don’t based on a matrix of factors. Developing leaders can have a widespread effect throughout the organization.

But whether your company has thorough development programs or takes a more laissez-faire approach, the reality is that every day, you have opportunities to hone your leadership abilities, says Libby Gill, founder of leadership coaching firm Libby Gill & Company and author of The Hope-Driven Leader: Harness the Power of Positivity at Work. Often overlooked, these simple practices in your everyday life can help you on the job as well.

Make More Intentional Decisions

One simple practice Gill advocates is to begin being more intentional about your decisions. Whether it’s your relationships, finances, health, or other areas that matter in your life, be more thoughtful about what you’re doing and whether you’re making the best choices, she says. As you cultivate more mindfulness in decisions and actions you may be taking for granted or dismissing, the practice will help you develop a stronger sense of self and identity, which will also help you in the workplace, she says.

“You’ve got to be a leader in your own life and that sounds obvious, but some of us just sort of float along, while others who are the real leaders make specific and intentional decisions that serve not only our best interests, but those of the peoples in our lives,

Cultivate A Diverse Network

Recent Boston Consulting Group research found that companies reporting above-average diversity on their management teams enjoyed innovation revenue that was 19% higher than those with below-average diversity (45% versus 26%).

Just as there are benefits to cultivating diverse teams, there are benefits to having people with varied backgrounds and life experiences in your life, says social scientist, speaker and coach Frank Niles, PhD. Make cultivating a diverse network a goal in your personal life. Getting involved in your community and becoming acquainted with different people will lead to surprising outcomes, often professionally, he says.

Get involved in community organizations, a church, or other groups where you’re likely to meet people who have different experiences and backgrounds. Being around people who have varied experiences can expand your thinking and teach more about yourself, he says.

Listen And Communicate—Even When It’s Tough

How often do you tune out certain people in your personal life? Yet listening is an essential skill if you’re going to be a leader, Gill says. Who better to help you perfect that skill than the people who may challenge your listening ability sometimes?

“Put your gadgets away, look them in the eye, nod, listen, reflect what they have to say so they know, not only that you’ve heard them, but that you’ve understood them,” she says.

Additionally, while many of us take great pains to communicate clearly at the office, we may slack off a bit when we get home. Niles says that in working with leaders across a broad range of organizations, one of the things that most often derails careers is not technical performance, but the way in which they relate to other people, he says. There is often a code of conduct in the office that defines expectations in the way people communicate. Without that “safety net,” personal relationships offer an opportunity to improve how we receive, process, and relay information for the best outcome, he says. And with better listening and communication, we may also find that our relationships improve, too.

Take The Lead

Get involved with a cause you care about and raise your hand when a leadership opportunity arises, Niles says. When he was in graduate school, he volunteered in a local faith community. He had the opportunity to take on a leadership role with another person, and he got a crash course in strategic planning. “All of a sudden I’m here with another individual, we’re setting strategy for the next year. We’re vetting volunteers, so we’re doing interviews and writing the descriptions. We’re coming up with procedures and processes around how to do background checks and all the rest,” he says.

While the role had a lot of responsibility, the stakes were lower than if he was doing these things on behalf of an employer. Niles says the education was invaluable.

“We often talk about leaders leading from behind, and that’s absolutely correct. Leaders create the conditions for people to flourish,” he says. By using the many opportunities in your daily life to improve and strengthen the skills to help your own leadership skills flourish, you can hone those critical skills, even outside of a formal training program.

via Fast Company

How Facebook Devalued The Birthday

As you’ve probably noticed if you’re on Facebook, the service has become ever-more aggressive about encouraging you to celebrate the birthdays of those in your social graph. It reminds you of your friends’ birthdays via notifications (“Wish them the best!”) and allows both those with a birthday and their friends to exchange sentiments via a special interface designed for efficient bulk celebration. It’s even experimented with pre-filling out birthday wishes, allowing you to thoughtfully mark a friend’s special day with a single click.

For years, I played along. This year, however, I marked my birth date as private, which shut down Facebook’s whole birthday ritual. The difference was surprising: I didn’t get a single socially networked greeting from the previous broad cross-section of well-wishers.

While this was the outcome I wanted, it still left me stunned at Facebook’s birthday hegemony. We may have outsourced our many happy returns to Mark Zuckerberg as part of his return on investment. (Though Facebook doesn’t directly monetize birthdays, anything it does to keep people engaged on its platform makes it a more powerful advertising medium.)

At the moment, this might seem like the least important complaint you could possibly lodge against the embattled Bay Area tech behemoth. But unless you’re quite young, think back just a few years and recall the relative privacy of your day of birth, with or without its year attached. It was something you could choose to share or not, and many people among my acquaintance didn’t. Some preferred to celebrate their birthday only with family or a select few friends; others simply felt it was a fact about themselves–like their weight or the hospital in which they were born–that was nobody’s business but their own, save certain government agencies, financial institutions, or a bar’s ID checker. As one poster to Quora noted, “[M]y birthday is personal and I believe its celebration is less about me, but more about my parents who brought me into this world.”

Birth dates were once private enough that in 1990, a waitress who sued her employer on the basis that she was fired due to her age (68 at the time) noted that the inclusion of her age on a birthday card was a violation of privacy and “intended to humiliate, embarrass, and or demean her.” A federal court deciding the suit against her for several reasons in 1995 noted, “The Court concludes that in this case the plaintiff’s age is not such an intimate or personal fact that it can be the basis of a privacy claim.” That may pass the legal test, but not the smell test.

In a more recent decision in Texas, however, a court of appeals found that birth dates could be private. The case involved requests under the state’s public information act for information that would include the birth dates of several members of the general public, not public officials or employees. The appeals court determined in 2015, quoting in part from a Texas Supreme Court decision, that “public citizens have a privacy interest in their birth dates such that the ‘publication [of birth dates] would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person.’”

In the past, it wasn’t easy to find out someone’s date of birth. In the United States, births are registered with county clerks, but if you don’t know in which county someone was born, you would have been out of luck a couple of decades ago unless you paid a private detective or a background-checking service to run someone’s life history down. Even today, while records are largely computerized, hurdles typically remain in place to prevent wholesale access to deter identity theft. Facebook, however, is a surging sea of dates of birth, many of them shared publicly. That’s a boon to identity thieves, and yet another consequence of the company’s birthday fixation that should give us pause.

Birthdays Before Facebook

In the early days of the internet, sharing one’s birthday didn’t seem like a big deal, because the network was all twisty passages full of geeks, mostly alike. We didn’t think information we posted in venues such as Usenet newsgroups would persist forever–how would it be stored for the next few months was often a pressing concern. Nor did the misuse of something as innocuous as a birth date seem plausible. As we built communities, our birthday seemed like intimate trading material, something we could share that was meaningful to us and allowed a greater personal connection with close-knit groups that formed in every nook and cranny. Search for birthday in Google Groups’ archive of old Usenet newsgroup postings in the 1980s, and you can find people sharing their full day and year of birth with aplomb, along with detritus such as my 1988 insights about traveling with a Mac Plus as carry-on on a plane.

But it’s still worth thinking of the current ease with which you can find someone’s month and day of birth–if not always the year–as one of the many ways in which Facebook has slowly boiled the privacy frog. Even though you choose to share your date of birth and who gets to see it, the efficiency with which you can do so erodes notions of the private self in an age in which Facebook and other sites live and die by how much of ourselves we give over. The Pew Research Center found in a 2013 survey that 82% of teens surveyed post their birthdate to their social media profile, ostensibly with little idea of how that might be used to their detriment.

Several years ago, when I first added the date of my birth to Facebook, I limited it to friends and thought nothing of it. I’ve also tried to be careful about who I add as a friend, trying to connect only with people with whom I have some sort of interaction that defines friendship for me more than passing acquaintance. Over time, I’ve been worse at enforcing that rule, and have friended many people I barely know or met briefly many years ago.

My feeling about the devaluation of birthdays has grown for years. This is certainly in part because of the calendar software I use, which can pull in birthday calendar from my personal address book, as well as Facebook, Google, and other sources that track that information. When you see birthdays every day on your calendar, including the ones of people with whom you’ve never celebrated–and some you’ve never met in person–it starts to disassociate you from the people in question. One birthday is important; 100 is a list.

Which led to my experiment. I wanted to do a Tom Sawyer funeral, and see who would recall my birthday without a Facebook reminder. This wasn’t to sit in judgement and feel dissed by those who didn’t remember. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been less interested in marking my biological age myself. Certainly, before Facebook, I’d heard from fewer people beyond family and close friends. I’d been less likely to send birthday wishes myself.

A few days before my birthday this year, I set my birthdate to private, or “Only Me” in Facebook parlance. And then on the actual date, digital crickets. No birthday messages on my Facebook wall, no shoutouts on Twitter (apparently driven by people seeing my birthday on Facebook?), no random emails from people I barely knew, all of which had happened in the Facebook era. (The random emails had already begun tapering off in recent years, and they seem to have come from an old birthday-list server or site that must have finally wandered off into the dark.)

Instead, I heard from my father and stepmother, my aunt and uncle, other family members, a few friends, and, in one Slack team I’m part of, a colleague who had made a note of our close-knit group’s birthdays. In that Slack thread, one friend replied “WAT? Facebook didn’t tell me, so it must not be true,” which was itself a revelation. (When I asked this friend if I could quote that private communication, he agreed and added, “Birthday wishes on FB are pretty much the top reason for keeping FB.” He gave me permission to quote that, too.)

Facebook’s increasing aggression about birthdays led to my personal backlash, echoing another comment by the Quora poster I mentioned above: “I don’t like that people say happy birthday to me when they otherwise wouldn’t have remembered to.” We recognize what’s authentic, and Facebook’s attempt to pivot itself back to a more personal service, now that so many other initiatives at manufacturing attention have waned, shows the strain.

While I liked the ego stroking of having a special day remembered by lots of people for a time, the artificiality of Facebook trying to raise a cheer for its own benefit on my behalf has worn thin. I’ll keep my birth date private, thank you. But I’d be happy to celebrate yours if you like.

via Fast Company

Drake Says He’s Releasing a New Song Tonight, Wears YEEZY 500 Sneakers and adidas Pants


Start your weekend off right with the news that Drake is releasing a new song Friday night. Oh, and he’s close to finishing his album, too.

The news came to fruition after the rapper made a surprise appearance during a Majid Jordan set in Toronto yesterday. “The reason I’m here tonight is because I’m back in the city finishing my album,” he told the hometown crowd. “I got a new single dropping tomorrow night, just in case you got some free time.” Check out the fan recorded footage below.

SCARY HOURS 🦉

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Another interesting note from the show was how, just a day after being seen wearing Nike Air Max 1 sneakers, Drake opted to rock adidas track pants and YEEZY 500 creps. Drizzy’s contractual situation with Jordan Brand and Nike remains unclear, but it seems he’s enjoying the will-he-won’t-he-leave saga that has developed in light of any potential move to the Three Stripes.

Drake stormed into 2018 with Scary Hours, a two-track EP featuring “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan,” the latter of which has enjoyed a 10-week stint at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In February, he jumped on buzzy Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive.” It’s unclear what the new single will be, but last month during an Instagram Live session, Drake said he was working on a song with producer Murda Beatz.

How hyped are you for Drake’s new album? Leave us your thoughts in the comments, and then revisit the internet-breaking video for “God’s Plan” below.

Does the above video leave a bad taste in your mouth? It shouldn’t. Here’s why it’s more than just a PR stunt.

via Highsnobiety

Will Smith’s Custom Nike Air More Uptempo “Bel Airs” Are Outrageous


Following a very intimate encounter with Sophia the Robot, Will Smith recently turned to Instagram to share a pair of custom kicks. Gifted to him by tattoo artist Jimmy Butcher, better known as @thebutcherbrand, the all-white Nike Air More Uptempo shoes were given a steezy makeover Fresh Prince of Bel Air style.

As seen in the pictures below, the custom creps feature a spray paint job across the upper inspired by the logo from the hit ’90s television show. The “AIR” lettering on the side comes in a green gradient with a pink outline, while the toe box features green and purple dot work.

Smith, who served as the lead character for all six seasons of Fresh Prince shared an image of the “Bel Airs” with the caption “Hot Art & Kind Words.”

Take a closer look below and let us know in the comments if you’d cop these custom Nike Air Uptempos.

In related news, Nike’s Air Force 270 surfaces in a “Sherbert” colorway.

via Highsnobiety

Watch Sampa The Great’s Beautifully Crafted “Black Girl Magik” Music Video [Premiere]

Watch Sampa The Great's Beautifully Crafted “Black Girl Magik” Music Video

Track no. 6 from Sampa The Great’s Birds And The BEE9 album, “Black Girl Magik,” aims to heal audiophiles from experiences of hurt and pain.

The Zambia-born, Sydney-based rapper known around this great blue ball as Sampa The Great has become an award-winning creative force in the music industry—and you’d be right to give her her propers. The charismatic rapper-songwriter has been touring around the globe off the strength of her album, Birds and the BEE9, which recently won the Australian Music Prize. A leader, a star and a bonafide purveyor of positivity, Sampa (real name Sampa Tembo) has shared exclusively with Okayplayer her music video for “Black Girl Magik,” which was directed by Sanjay De Silva.

Dripping with finesse and black femininity, “Black Girl Magik” is another high point in the career of Sampa Tembo, who is truly great in presenting this spiritually-minded-and-beautifully-designed visual to our ocular devices. Carrying her identity as a black woman who is powerful, resolute and God divine, Sampa, along with actors Abuk, Ajok Marial, Awak Kongor, Fatuma Olow, Gloria Kolya, Mwanje Tembo and sisters Nyibol and Amani Wol, showcase how clearly-defined black awesomeness can be, while keeping the listener aware of the obstacles and adversities that face them on the daily.

Watch Sampa The Great's Beautifully Crafted “Black Girl Magik” Music Video

“[‘Black Girl Magik’] was written for my younger sister Mwanje,” Sampa told us via e-mail. “I often wondered what Mwanje saw when she looked back at herself in the mirror. We’re surrounded by beauty standards that we cannot fulfill as they’re not made with us in mind. In this video I wanted to depict something beautiful, strong, and royal — all that she embodies. Mwanje features in the video and continues to be a source of my inspiration and through my artistry, I hope to create a path for her.”

Birds and the BEE9 has received a lot of acclaim and recognition from places such as TIDAL, Rolling Stone AUS, The Guardian, XLR8R, Vibe and other publications of note. As she continues her rise as an artist, storyteller and pushes against all boundaries — Sampa The Great truly is and we are excited to share with you the full, awe-inspiring video for “Black Girl Magik,” which you can see for yourself below.

Check here for upcoming dates for The BEE9 Experience, which is touring live and unfiltered throughout 2018.

The post Watch Sampa The Great’s Beautifully Crafted “Black Girl Magik” Music Video [Premiere] appeared first on Okayplayer.

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New Balance to Debut Limited Edition MADE 990v4 at Original Retail Cost

Back in 1982, when New Balance first released the innovative 990 silhouette, is was filled with first for its industry. Most notably, the New Balance 990 was among the first $100 athletic sneakers, produced in nondescript grey pig suede and mesh. The shoe far surpassed initial sales projections and quickly became a staple to casual wearers and aficionados the same.

Following re-releases in 1998, 2012, and most recently in 2016, New Balance returns the time-honored style once again, this time as the 990v4 — modernized with contemporary technology for comfort and cool to carry the shoes masterful legacy forward.

New Balance 990v4 "1982"
New Balance 990v4 “1982”

Today, in 2018, New Balance’s limited edition 990v4 “1982” marks a union of two classic New Balance colorways – grey and navy – to create the exclusive release. The shoes upper is dressed in traditional premium grey pig suede and mesh alongside a navy tongue logo with “1982” scripted at the foxing.

In celebration of the New Balance 990V4 “1982” edition, the Cambridge-based brand will release 1,500 pairs of the limited edition shoe at its original $100 cost at select pop-up locations across the U.S. on Saturday, April 14. Take a closer look below and also find the seven Stateside retailers.

New Balance 990v4 “1982”

Release Date: April 14, 2018
Price: $100

New York City, NY – New Balance, 150 5th Ave
Atlanta, GA – Foot Locker, Greenbriar Pkwy SW
Palo Alto, CA – Shoe Palace, 451 University Ave
Philadelphia, PA – Kicks USA, Roosevelt Mall, 2339 Cottman Ave
?San Francisco, CA – New Balance, 856 Market St
Washington, D.C. – YCMC, 1060 Brentwood Rd NE
Windsor Mill, MD – YCMC, Security Mall, 6901 Security Blvd

New Balance 990v4 "1982"
New Balance 990v4 “1982”
New Balance 990v4 "1982"
New Balance 990v4 “1982”
New Balance 990v4 "1982"
New Balance 990v4 “1982”
New Balance 990v4 "1982"
New Balance 990v4 “1982”
New Balance 990v4 "1982"
New Balance 990v4 “1982”

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Opens up About His Battle With Depression


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the second highest-paid actor last year, raking in a cool $65 million. But even with a boatload of money in his disposable, the Hollywood A-lister revealed that he was secretly battling depression, according to UK-based tabloid publication Express.

Dwayne Johnson expressed, “Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed,” after witnessing his mother’s attempted suicide. He added, “I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

Johnson, 45, was just 15-years old when his mother Ata tried to kill herself in front of him, due to the exponential stresses of recently being evicted from their apartment.

“She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic.. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road,” he said.

He continued, “What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.”

While his mother’s attempted suicide was the main factor in his battle against depression, Johnson also revealed that years later, a break-up with his girlfriend and his failed attempt of becoming a pro-football player was his “absolute worst time.”

Eventually finding success in the wrestling ring before turning to acting in 2000, Johnson said he could have easily become suicidal as well.

“We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he said. “We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

For additional details, be sure to read the full story on Express.

Recently, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson debuted his new Under Armour collection.

via Highsnobiety

Nike Launches Women’s Digital Sneaker Boutique Unlaced

Some silhouettes will include the opportunity to remove logos and change or add accessories (for example, the Air Max 1 patch can be removed or moved). “It’s about reinventing a classic, but rather than it just being a different colorway, there’s a different detail…the tag is here, or the Swoosh has been moved and stuff like that,” she says.

via NikeInc.com