Protesters Clash With Police After Black Teen Shot Dead Near Ferguson


Protests erupted Tuesday night after an 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police after allegedly pointing a gun at an officer at a gas station in a St. Louis suburb of Berkeley, a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri. The region has become a flashpoint for racial tension since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in the summer. 

According to local media, St. Louis police were on a routine stop around 11:30 p.m. when the officer approached two men at a Mobile Gas station. As the officer approached the men, one reportedly pulled out a gun. The officer, who claimed he was "fearing for his life," fired several shots and fatally wounded him. The other man fled the scene.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, per a statement released from the St. Louis Police Department. The police haven’t yet identified the teenager, but his mother, Toni Martin, told the St. Read More

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Nike Sportswear 2015 January “Polka Dot” Pack

Nike Sportswear releases an early preview for the upcoming "Polka Dot" pack that is set to launch in January to kick start the year of 2015. The pack features three models, which includes Internationalist, Air Max 1 and Air Max 90. Each silhouette is done in a grey based canvas upper with off-white polka dots, complemented by black, white or Anthracite panels and laces, and finally rounded off with hits 0f bright crimson. Check out the images of the Nike Sportswear "Polka dot" Pack and keep an eye out for them to drop at select Nike Sportswear stockists in early 2015.

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Adult Swim’s “Black Dynamite” to Air a Musical on Police Brutality featuring Erykah Badu, Tyler, the Creator and More

As the tensions between America’s law enforcement and it’s citizens continues to boil, Adult Swim’s blacksploitation parody Black Dynamite plans to air an hour long musical special themed around police brutality. Titled "The Wizard of Watts," this particular episode calls upon the likes of Erykah Badu, Tyler, the Creator, Tim Blake Nelson, J.B. Smoove and more, as Black Dynamite — played by Michael Jai White — must return from a vacation to defend his community from violent cops. During the scuffle however, Black Dynamite begins to hallucinate into the "Magical Land of Oz-Watts" after being struck in the head by a brick. Director Carl Jones spoke on the special, stating “As a comedy writer, I feel it’s my job to make people laugh while using constructive social criticism to evoke thought and inspire dialogue.”
"The Wizard of Watts" will air January 10 at 10:30pm EST on Adult Swim.

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Q-Tip Gives Iggy Azalea A Sociological History of Hip-Hop (on Twitter)

Iggy Azalea recently found herself at the focal point of the discussion on race in America when she struck back at Azalea Banks’ recent comments in an interview with Hot 97. Azalea, known largely for her relationships with Nick Young and T.I. alongside her hip-hop influenced music, went on to claim that her music isn’t particularly intertwined with race or politics – ostensibly pointing a finger at Banks for ‘coloring’ her work. Being that Twitter is a public forum, none other than Q-Tip quickly jumped into the conversation, astutely explaining hip-hop’s origins (and purpose) as a means of social-political expression. As he goes on to say: this doesn’t necessarily make hip-hop always pertain to race per se, but modern hip-hop artists ought to concede to hip-hop’s original role in empowering the current generation of dream-chasers. Admittedly, this discussion is more faceted than a Twitter discussion, but Tip does admirably well to tie music into the conversation of dissecting privilege. Head here to read the full interaction.

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A Closer Look at the Air Jordan “Ultimate Gift of Flight” Pack

In what will be a highly anticipated release, take a closer look at the upcoming Air Jordan "Ultimate Gift of Flight" Pack. The pack consists of all-new colorways of the iconic Air Jordan XI and the latest Air Jordan XX9. United by an identical shade of electric Legend Blue, the Air Jordan XI’s upper is constructed from a patent leather and is finished with a white midsole, and translucent icy outsole. The one-piece woven white upper of the Air Jordan XX9 is outlined by the same Legend Blue, and also features gray elephant print that matches the sneaker’s translucent grey tinted midsole. The Air Jordan XX9’s also sport the same icy bottoms as their XI counterpart. The shoes come packaged in a simple two-tiered box, dipped in Legend Blue, with white printed accents. The "Ultimate Gift of Flight" Pack is set to launch this Tuesday, December 23 on Nike’s online store for the retail price of $500 USD.

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A Closer Look at the fragment design x Beats by Dre Collection

Following the announcement that Hiroshi Fujiwara’s fragment design would produce a limited capsule with Beats by Dre, we now take a closer look at the products offered. Consisting of a Beats Pill and Beats Solo2 headphone, the capsule collection features fragment design’s signature blue detailing, as complementing white overlays along the exterior provide an alluring contrast. A reflective metallic coating decorates the Solo2 headphone, providing the finishing touch to the refined aesthetic. The fragment design x Beats by Dre collection is available now at select Beats by Dre accounts and its online store.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Featured in Balmain’s 2015 Spring/Summer Campaign

After giving you a brief look at Balmain’s upcoming collection earlier in the year (seen here), the Parisian fashion house unveils its upcoming menswear advertising campaign featuring Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. The steamy photoshoot for Olivier Rousteing’s collection caps off an impressive year for the power couple, which saw Kim named "Women of the Year" by British GQ in September, and the announcement of Kanye’s highly-anticipated Yeezy 3 collaboration with adidas, not to mention the couple gracing the cover of Vogue’s 2014 April issue. Stay tuned for more information on the campaign.

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Wale – The Chess Match

Wale shows you that Wu-Tang aren’t the only rappers to make a chess dedication. While his collaborative Festivus mixtape with A-Trak is dropping on December 23 — which is in two days, the Washington D.C. rapper drops a track titled "The Chess Match," produced by BKS. Featuring an intro from Jerry Seinfeld, the electric guitar-ladenContinue Reading

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Nike Air Flight ’89 “Black Reptile” Black/White-Cool Grey

Nike’s Air Flight ’89 receives the reigning black-on-white makeover with texture details in the latest "Black Reptile" edition. The shoe sports a black nubuck suede upper, in addition to flairs of reptile print detailing that rise from the speckled black midsole. The Air Flight ’89’s are then finished with a clean white outsole, a black Air unit on the heel, and a solid black rubber bottom sole. Retailing for approximately $150 USD, full sizes have been stocked for purchase over at AFEW.

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“Rone, A Portrait” Documentary

Active in the international graffiti scene since 2001, Melbourne-born street artist and muralist Rone has built up a global following for his portraits of beautiful muses done in his haunting black-and-white trademark aesthetic, seen anywhere from New York, Paris, Tokyo and London to Christchurch, Santo Domingo and Port Villa. In this documentary by Robot Army, Rone talks about everything from his initial perceptions of doing graffiti for a living, the legitimization of the art form, and his own personal journey to where he is today, doing what he loves for a living. Filmed to coincide with a blockbuster year for Rone, who was picked to do massive mural installations as featured in Jean Paul Gaultier’s retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, among other sell-out shows in Melbourne and the U.K., watch the short film above as we see Rone paint the largest mural in the Southern Hemisphere in Melbourne.

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