Stadium Status: A Documentary by Internet Celebrities

“It’s hard being a sports fan these days.”

Stadium Status is a documentary which examines the rush of new sports stadiums in NYC as the latest example of an obscene national trend. New stadiums are built every year and the private businesses that own them benefit from huge sums of public money for their creation. Are we getting our money’s worth?

Internets Celebrities are Dallas Penn, Rafi Kam and director Casimir Nozkowski
Featuring Neil deMause and Killian Jordan
Additional Cinematography – Ian Savage
Original Music – Bless-1

Stadium Status was funded by fans of the Internets Celebrities via Kickstarter including a sponsorship from our friends at DIYThemes — the company behind the Thesis theme for WordPress. We are grateful for everyone’s support.

More videos and Internets Celebrities updates at internetscelebrities.com

The most comprehensive coverage about the stadium racket is available via Neil deMause at fieldofschemes.com

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The Caldwell by Zuriick: Plimsoll Version 2.0


Today we take a look at the Caldwell Canvas low profile sneaker from Zuriick.  The sneakers feature flat cotton laces through four metal eyelets, padded insole, and purple rubber outsole.  Plimsoll sneakers were invented 180 years ago and still continue to be popular. For Spring/Summer 2010, Zuriick pays tribute and looks to the future of this classic style with an update.

Available now at BlackBird

A plimsoll shoe or simply plimsoll is a type of athletic shoe with a canvas upper and rubber sole, developed as beachwear in the 1830s by the Liverpool Rubber Company (later to become Dunlop). The shoe was originally, and often still is in parts of the UK, called a ‘sand shoe’ and acquired the nickname ‘plimsoll’ in the 1870s. This name derived, according to Nicholette Jones’ book “The Plimsoll Sensation”, because the coloured horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship’s hull, or because, just like the Plimsoll line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole, the wearer would get wet.

-Courtesy of Wikipedia.org. Click here to read the full article.

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Kobe Bryant – All Together Now

The greatest player i have ever seen play basketball in life is on a quest to win his 5th NBA Championship title. Before you go off saying, what no Michael Jordan, notice that I said ever seen play in life. It was only appropriate that Nike create an ad to celebrate this occasion and this is what is seen here. The “All Together Now” commercial features a pantheon of NBA Greats, past and present paying homage to Kobe’s greatness. The commercial features an interpolation of the Beatles song “All Together Now” by another great, Andre 3000.

PF Flyers’ Bob Cousy Sneakers Summer 2010

For summer 2010, PF Flyers is reaching back into its heritage by making the old into new. PF bridges the classic sport shoe with modern fashion. PF Flyers continues to set the standard in timeless luxury sneakers. The PF Flyers Bob Cousy Lo is an easy to wear, lightweight sneaker perfect for upcoming summer activities!

The PF Flyers Bob Cousy Lo is a rare basketball low top, which was worn by the sport’s first superstar, Bob Cousy. It has a one-of-a-kind Gullwing Closure™ and model-specific logo markings as well as a Posture Foundation insole.

Forward fashion and classic sport intersect throughout the spring collection. A seven-decade tradition of sport and leisure come to life with the punch of pennant colors for spring.

Available in red canvas, as well as natural, black, navy, light grey, and ivory at Neiman Marcus department stores

Warriors Of Radness Presents: Gourmet & WOR

Introducing the Marina Del Rey collection, a collaboration between Warriors of Radness and Gourmet releasing in conjunction with the Tre WOR co-branded shoe.

Situated in Los Angeles County, just south of Venice, Marina Del Rey is one of the largest man-made small boat harbors in the United States. It is the carefree capital of LA County. Its many fancy shore side restaurants and yacht clubs seem a far distance from the hustle and flow of Los Angeles on a whole.

This sea green inspired collection reflects the listless cool of this affluent coastal community and is perfect for a champagne, sailing date with that slightly older, independently wealthy woman you met at the boardwalk last week.

The Marina Del Rey collection is available at Reserve LA, American Rag LA & OC, and Thalia Surf Shop.

Uristocrat NBA Finals Preview


ESPN (the Network) has gone into overdrive pushing the history behind the Lakers/Celtics rivalry leading up to this year’s Finals. If you watch an hour of Sportscenter, about 30 minutes will be filled with footage of Lakers/Celtics games from the 60s-80s, the Ray Allen layup from a few years ago, and random polls like ‘who’s the best bench player in this series?’

However, it’s impossible to discuss this matchup without looking at the legacies (After reading Bill Simmons Finals preview that literally took the words out of my mouth at some cases, I tried and failed to come up with a different angle. I guess you can call this full disclosure). There’s just too much at stake for nearly everyone involved.

A 2nd title in three years would place both teams (the Big 3 Celtics and the Kobe/Gasol Lakers) in the discussion with some of the greatest teams of all-time. Phil Jackson would add to his case as the greatest coach ever with an 11th ring, while Doc Rivers would become one of the few coaches in league history to win multiple titles. Winning this championship would mean a lot to the legacies of eight of these players (Bryant, Garnett, Pierce, Gasol, Allen, Rondo, Artest, Fisher), especially if they play well during the series.

The end result of this series will be more important than most because it will shape the way we remember many of these players and the particular teams of this era. This is one of the few series where we know what’s at stake historically headed into the Finals. That said, how do you predict a winner in this series?

At times, both teams have looked unstoppable on their way to the Finals. At other times, the Lakers have been somewhat slow to adjust to their opponent and can lose their way strategically, while the Celtics have looked old at points during the playoffs.

The better team, I think, is the Lakers. They have the best player, the best post player, the best wing defender, the best coach and a better bench. However, the Celtics have two major advantages: the Rondo/Fisher matchup and they are a much more physical team, especially in the front court.

Fisher’s liability on defense has played out three times in the playoffs so far. He struggled against Russell Westbrook (OKC), Deron Williams (Jazz) and Steve Nash (Suns) at time, but the Lakers overcame this by using Kobe Bryant at times and a strong focus on team defense. The key to defending Rondo is shutting down his driving/passing lanes and making him shoot outside shots.

However, the physical advantage the Celtics have might be tougher to overcome. A lot of this depends on the perennially inconsistent officiating. If the refs let them play, the Celtics have a huge advantage. Gasol and Odom, LA’s healthiest big men, end up on the perimeter a lot and can get flustered by rough play. I’ll stop short of calling them soft, but they are more dangerous has finesse players than bangers.

The Celtics were able to beat up on Dwight Howard for many of the games they won against Orlando, while their bigs ended up in foul trouble in the games Orlando won. Officiating is probably the biggest wildcard in this series.

I think Boston has an excellent shot of winning because of their two advantages. If Rondo is a problem, whatever adjustments LA makes could open up better scoring opportunities for Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. If Gasol and Odom don’t show up, it will be hard for an injured Andrew Bynum to hold down the post.

That said, I think the Lakers will win this series in six games. Kobe Bryant is playing the best basketball of his career and seems more focused than ever. He knows how much this championship means to his legacy. Now that the finals are here, we can finally turn off the hype machine and enjoy this rubber match of the two best teams of the past three years.

@215tayyib and @Questlove Present: Stupid Easy Art Show

Join us this Friday for a great evening of Art and Music at the Stupid Easy Art Gallery. Should be a great time!

When:
June 4th
Stupid Easy Gallery (307 market st)
5 to 11pm
RSVP: required – Space is limited. – MRX@215mag.com

Featuring:
Myles
Saga Moore
Rah Crawford
Tatyana Fazlalizdeh
Flygirrl
Yadira Torres

Stupid Easy Gallery is a Collaborative art spaced  owned by Thomas Buildmore and Dan King.

Influencer, Change Agent, Little Giant, Ambassador: two.one.five’s Tayyib Smith

Tayyib Smith

Uristocrat’s own Alhaji Sesay sits down with Tayyib Smith of two.one.five magazine to discuss a variety of topics. This is in advance of the two.one.five magazine release party for its highly anticipated annual Sound + Style issue at Silk City on December 1st.

AlSesay: Tell us a little about yourself?
Tayyib: I’m an Influencer, former nightlife Impresario, Social Change Agent, Artist Conduit, Founding Publisher at two.one.five magazine, 215mag.com, my clients call me Little Giant.

AlSesay: Is it true that your beard holds all the creativity?
Tayyib:No not at all, my inspiration for creativity comes from my parents, mentors, peers, environment, friends, and a few muses.

Al: What made you start two.one.five?
Tayyib: The initial idea was my partner Matthew Bacine’s. ?He owned a retail space and found it frustrating that there were no suitable options to reach the local youth with the media options in 2006 locally. I was looking for new career path to get away from the music business, so when he approached me, the timing was perfect.

Al: How many hours go into each issue/publication?
Tayyib: Many man/woman hours – we have 8 full time staff and approximately 20 interns per semester, plus contributors and there never seems to be enough hours in the day..

Al: What is your mission statement?
Tayyib: Our primary purpose in developing two.one.five is to create a space where ethnically diverse social exploration can be realized, allowing Philadelphia to help transcend last-century models while documenting the city’s new 21st-century reality. And to have fun doing it.Our hope is that two.one.five grows increasingly more influential, becoming synonymous with engaging forward-thinking and stylish interlocution, a positive vehicle of influence for natives as well as transplants to the region.

Al: What’s sets two.one.five apart from other magazines?
Tayyib: I would prefer to allow our audiences to make that assessment.

Al:What do you think draws people to two.one.five?
Tayyib: The design, paper stock, photography, good writing, and locally focused stories with national relevance.

Al: What do you and the magazine have planned for the next couple years?
Tayyib: For me personally I will be dedicating more time to the parent company Little Giant Media, which is a more traditional creative agency, relaunching the Philly 360 campaign in our partnership with GPTMC (Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing corporation). I will also be learning, growing and finding ways to increase my creative productivity. For the two.one.five brand, we will continue to do good work, increase our market share, improve our distribution model, and tweak our online presence 215mag.com. So in a couple of years? Lets just say a lot, because a few yrs. ago, my life was completely different and none of this existed.

Al: In the past couple years we have seen a few big magazine fail leading to bankruptcy… What do you think has caused this to occur?
Tayyib: A host of reasons, the high cost of printing, astronomical shipping cost, many publications sacrificed quality for quantity, and market saturation with the same content.  I believe for a magazine to flourish and prosper in the future it will have to be a keepsake, reference, or coffee table show piece. Nothing worth having in life comes easy, I think the pressure is there regardless of what you do today, if you are not pressed to succeed in the worst economic climate in 50 yrs., you are NAIVE! Or you inherited so much loot you can’t fuck it up in this lifetime.  In my previous career in music the sky was falling everyday, so I’m accustomed to the dome and gloom industry talk. It motivates me in the sense that two novice entrepreneurs with no back ground in publishing are succeeding at producing a top notch quarterly journal, while large corporations are closing the doors of established and trusted periodicals.

Al: What motivates you to keep two.one.five magazine going?
Tayyib: I’m motivated by my love for Philadelphia in general, my family has lived here for four generations, and I am going to be an intricate player in re-forecasting how locals and the world perceive this city.

Al: What other magazines impress you?
Tayyib: Waxpoetics, Interview magazine, The Fader, URB magazine, Wall Paper, Adbusters, Juxtaposed, Swindle, Foundation (support Locals!) The New Yorker, Wired, Rolling Stone (only for the political articles)

Al: Any regrets?
Tayyib: None I would admit to.

Join Tayyib at Silk City on December 1st as two.one.five magazine celebrates the release of its highly anticipated annual Sound + Style issue. Attendees will have the opportunity to have the very first look at the 6th issue, while enjoying copious drink specials from Sailor Jerry, Heineken and Amstel, top-notch entertainment and a variety of door prizes.

Follow Tayyib on twitter at twitter.com/215tayyib and visit  www.215mag.com or http://twitter.com/215mag

Tayyib will be hosting the Stupid Easy Art Show on Friday June 4th. Find out more Details here..

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A Conversation on The Boondocks featuring @JimFKennedy and @MichelleHux


This season of The Boondocks has earned mixed reviews. Some say it’s hilarious while others claim it’s not funny at all. Some say it sends a deep message and others say it’s pure ignorance. Today on Uristocrat, Jim Bean and Michelle Huxtable discuss season 3 being the last season of The Boondocks, Satire vs. Coonery, and Dave Chappelle.

On Season 3…

What is your opinion on Season 3 of The Boondocks?

JimBean: I think with a show designed at taking a look at stereotypes there are only so many things you can take a stab at.  So with this season you see him focusing a lot more on current events. The problem with that is it takes so long to make the show that some of the events are dated, i.e. the Sgt. Gutter’ episode.

MichelleHuxtable: I agree on the relevance aspect of the show.  I’ve always said I enjoy the comic strip more than the show and that’s one of the reasons. If an event happened one day, the very next week he would be making fun of it or critiquing it in some way.  Do you prefer the show or the strip?

On the Show vs the Strip…

JimBean: That’s a tough comparison because he has hundreds of comics versus a few episodes of the show. In a perfect world, it would only take him a week to make a show. I prefer the show only because it’s 30 minutes vs a few panels but I wish Caesar made the show.

MichelleHuxtable: Me too! Him and his “BROOKLYN!” shout outs were priceless. For me, the TV show is much easier to laugh at. There are a lot more jokes and then you have John Witherspoon from Friday so it’s bound to be funnier.  But the comic strip was smarter in my opinion. He definitely discussed a lot more politics in the strip than he does on the show.  Overall I prefer the comic strip.

On the audience…

JimBean: Touché. Good points. So who do you think the audience of the show is?

MichelleHuxtable: I think the audience of the comic strip is slightly different for the show.  I think the show’s goal is definitely to be funny while still pushing the message of challenging stereotypes like you said. The comic strip didn’t need to be as LOL funny so it was able to tackle less funny/more serious issues. Example: You wouldn’t see/hear that on the show:

JimBean: Yeah. He had to package his take on US/China relations in a ridiculous episode about kickball.

MichelleHuxtable: Exactly.

JimBean: I think the show is elitist to the core, which is where you have a lot of people getting offended.  Since it is a cartoon, I think a lot of people outside of the target audience tune in and don’t get it. He’s laughing at, or making fun of a lot of people that think they’re laughing with him.

MichelleHuxtable: You think the people who don’t “get it” are offended?

JimBean: Yes, I do. Maybe that’s an elitist stance to take but there are a lot of people who think the show is demeaning to Black people where for me it’s a lighthearted way of saying #wegottadobetter

On writer Aaron McGruder…

MichelleHuxtable: So are you saying McGruder is elitist for laughing at black people or the show draws an elitist audience who thinks other people don’t get it?

JimBean: I’m saying McGruder is an elitist. There’s really only one socially aware person on the strip/show. Everyone else is aloof at best and I think a lot of people who are fans of the show/strip are elitist too. We make fun of people who watch BET all day, follow the trends of mainstream hip-hop and are unabashedly ignorant like, “Look at these coons”. By stripping the political focus away from the show, it really puts more of the microscope on black people.

MichelleHuxtable: I don’t know McGruder personally so I can’t vouch for his elitism or non-elitism but I definitely think the show has an elitist following. You see this in academic circles a lot. We sit around and discuss this “other” this “some people” that always shows up in conversation. “Some people” aren’t going to get this. “Other people” don’t analyze the show like we do. That said, I like to think McGruder isn’t so much elitist as fed up with what we as a people are doing to ourselves.  And so he critiques it through comedy hoping we’ll see how foolish we can sometimes be.

JimBean: Well said.

On the goal of The Boondocks…

MichelleHuxtable: What do you think is the overall goal and message of the show?

JimBean:I think you nailed it earlier. Our behavior as a people has gotten out of hand.  We need to do better.  At the same time, I think McGruder is skeptical that that’s going to happen. This clip sums up the show’s message nicely.


MichelleHuxtable: I agree. I think that clip perfectly sums up anyone who’s ever felt fed up with the current state of Black America.  At the same time I think he feels a comedic obligation and that can sometimes hinder that message. The episode I’m thinking of is “The Story of Jimmy Rebel”. There was a lot of debate on whether it was funny or intelligent.

On Satire vs. Coonery…

JimBean: Yeah. I think the need for the show to be funny leads for it to be over the top. Which leads to my next question: Does The Boondocks sometimes cross the line from satire to coonery?

MichelleHuxtable: At times. I think that the satire on the rap industry is obvious. The scene where Gangstalicious is running away from some guys trying to shoot him and Riley asked where his G4 plane is from his music video or his fast car from the music video, he sheepishly admits that they were all rented. Quality stuff.  Then you have him critiquing Black people’s blind faith via the R. Kelly Trial episode and the Obama episode. His critique of BET is just complete excellence. He hasn’t done as much commentary on the n-word as I would like but overall I give him an A- on balancing comedy and satire. Until Season 3. That’s when it all went out the window. When I say I didn’t think an episode was deep, someone says “Well it isn’t always gonna be deep. Sometimes you just gotta laugh.” If I say it wasn’t funny, someone says, “Well it isn’t always gonna be funny. Sometimes it’s deep. You didn’t get it.” Well to me, Season 3 hasn’t shown itself funny or deep.

JimBean: I don’t think the show has crossed into coonery. I just think he’s kind of run out of steam. The Obama episode was funny but he’s taken on Black people’s blind faith before.  The 2nd episode on Obama was outdated and I don’t think the kickball episode was funny nor did it really get the point across.  The Jimmy Rebel episode had a good message, but it wasn’t that funny.

MichelleHuxtable: What was the message of the Jimmy Rebel episode?

JimBean:I think there were a few messages. First, racists don’t really know why they hate us, they just do.  Second, even when faced with a situation that completely destroys whatever notion their racism was built upon, the concept of being racist is so irrational that it doesn’t matter. Like when the racists found out Uncle Ruckus was Black, they still hated him even though he was singing about how much he hated Black people. Third, if hating Blacks becomes uncool, there’s always Mexicans.

MichelleHuxtable: I can agree that those were good messages but I doubt people walked away with the feel good message that racism is wrong.

JimBean:Do you think the show has been effective in getting the message across?

MichelleHuxtable:I don’t know.  I feel like regardless of how good you are at sending your message, the people who want to receive it will, and the people who don’t, won’t. I think the show gets people talking and thinking. I know there was more talk of the pros/cons of BET after he went in on them.

I don’t know. I feel like regardless of how good you are at sending your message, the people who want to receive it will and the people who don’t, won’t.

I think it got people talking and thinking. I know there was more talk of the pros/cons of BET when McGruder went in on them.

On Dave Chappelle…

JimBean: So Chappelle’s Show has come and gone and The Boondocks will be done after only three seasons… what’s next? Will someone else step up and fill in that void?

MichelleHuxtable: I was wondering the same thing. I’m curious as to why shows that perfectly balance smart and funny like Chappelle’s Show and The Boondocks don’t last.  In both those cases it wasn’t low viewership.  It was the decision of the writers – Chappelle and McGruder – to end the show.  Maybe it’s like Kanye said, “No one man should have all that power!” I think the stress gets to them.  We as a people look to leaders for answers.  When The Boondocks is funny, McGruder is funny. When Chappelle’s Show is cooning, Dave Chappelle is failing our race. It’s the nature of the beast. What’s next? I don’t know but we need something to fillt he void. We need our faces on TV. Animated or live.

JimBean:I think sometimes when you’re a writer, entertainer or whatever, you wonder, “What’s the point if people don’t get it?” And maybe McGruder is at that point.  “People don’t get the show so whatever I’ll make it as funny and over the top as possible.  I won’t touch on many issues.” I don’t know the man.  I don’t know if that’s what he’s thinking, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s thinking something along those lines.

The Boondocks will definitely go down as one of my all-time favorite shows.  While it sucks that this is the last season, I can respect him getting out before the show became really stale.  Hopefully there are some more creative minds out there willing to push envelopes and make us laugh, think and scratch our heads at the same time.

MichelleHuxtable: While the show has been hilarious, I don’t know if The Boondockswill go down as one of my favorite TV shows of all time. However the legacy will definitely live on via the comic strip in my heart.

So Uristocrat readers, what do you think: Does the end of The Boondocks mark the end of an era? What will replace the show once it ends? Does McGruder sometimes cross the line or is his controversy helpful in sending a message?

Charles Hamilton Freestyle on Toca Tuesdays

Charles Hamilton went on Toca Tuesdays to promote his new music series “The Multihamiltonization Process” as well as his new single “Gauchos”. Being the off the top rapper that he is, Tony put him on the spot. Tune in to Toca Tuesdays each and every Tuesday from 8p – 12a on Shade 45/XM 66.

Nike Air Presto: Sport Red & Neptune Blue

Nike Presto’s rivaled the first Nike Shox as my favorite sneakers when in High school. If you have ever tried them on, then you understand how comfortable and light they are. They were amazing. It makes me happy to see Nike releasing the original version of the Prestos. Here we take a look at the Sport Red and Neptune Blue versions of the sneaker.