Monday, February 28, 2011
At the end we had a few giveaways. We asked a few questions and gave away a few shirts for students that answered correctly, we also gave away DM wristbands so we hope that everyone got something. Hopefully everyone had as much fun as we did, thanks for having us!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I don't know how I missed this video before; it's both the Clipse and Travis Barker at their best off Travis Barker’s Let the Drummer Get Wicked Mixtape!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This video is alright, I'm just mad they cut Fergie verse out. "Did I not mention that I was about to lose my mind."
Thursday, February 17, 2011
"Fuck rolling papers i'm a rebel bitch I'm ashing blunts"
Odd Future (Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats) went absolutely bat-shit crazy on Jimmy Fallon last night while performing, and Mos yelling "SWAGGGGGGGGGG" at the end just put their performance over the top. I’m glad I had a chance to see Odd Future at the U Street Music Hall on Monday, their show is amazing, I’m pretty sure they're on they're way to being huge which is great to see because they guys actually don’t give a fuck!!!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, film producer and rapper. He has enjoyed success in music, television and film. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor on the planet. Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won multiple Grammy Awards.
In the late 1980’s Smith acheived modest fame as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as a producer. They gained critical acclaim for winning the first ever Grammy in the Rap category (1988). In 1990 the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him.
The show ran for nearly six years on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith transitioned from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films that received box office success. In fact, he is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office as well as being the only actor to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the #1 spot in the domestic box office.
Fourteen of the 19 fiction films he has acted in have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million, and 4 of them took in over $500 million in global box office receipts. He also earned critical praise for his performances in Six Degrees of Separation, Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, receiving Best Actor Oscar nominations for the latter two.
RoyalRae provides this short documentary of a day in the life of Wale which was filmed during his recent show in the ATL. It's good to see Wale give advice on how to build a fanbase as he really breakdown his grassroots grind at about 5:20!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sir Richard's and the Original Condom Co. claim to offer better, swankier condoms. Sir Richard's condoms come in graphic-designy wrappers and the name implies some sort of English elegance. But what’s even cooler about Sir Richard’s condoms is that for every condom you purchase, the company will send a condom to a developing country struggling with the AIDS virus.
Luxurious and giving, what could be better?
By 1902, Johnson had won at least 50 fights against both white and black opponents. Johnson won his first title on February 3, 1903, beating "Denver" Ed Martin over 20 rounds for the World Colored Heavyweight Championship. His efforts to win the full title were thwarted, as world heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries refused to face him then as the world heavy weight championship was then off limit to African Americans.
Johnson finally won the world heavyweight title on December 26, 1908 after beating the reigning world champion, Tommy Burns, which came after stalking Burns around the world for two years and taunting him in the press for a match.
In 1910, former undefeated heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries came out of retirement to fight Johnson. The "Fight of the Century" took place on July 4, 1910 in front of 20,000. In the 15th round, after Jeffries had been knocked down twice for the first time in his career, his people called it quits to prevent Johnson from knocking him out, Johnson earned $65,000 and silenced critics.
Johnson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954, and is on the roster of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2005, the United States National Film Preservation Board deemed the film of the 1910 Johnson-Jeffries fight "historically significant" and put it in the National Film Registry.
Muhammad Ali often spoke of how he was influenced by Jack Johnson. Ali identified with Johnson because he felt America ostracized him in the same manner because of his opposition to the Vietnam War and affiliation with the Nation of Islam.
The Alomar takes styling cues from the classic Vans Chukka Boot and infuses those subtleties with the fashionable aspects of a modern, slimmed down high top to push the boundaries between skate and fashion. Constructed with premium materials, the Alomar features leather binding, metal eyelets and a tonal embossed tongue as well as a full-length EVA midsole for comfort. Vans OTW give us a look into three new colorways, set to release this Spring through select OTW accounts.
"God bless the child that can hold it's own, God bless the woman that can hold Patrón"
Cole World finally delivers a proper visual for one of the fan-favorite tracks off Friday Night Lights featuring Drizzy, which was filmed in Paris!
Monday, February 14, 2011
A prominent figure in the history of jazz, and a figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, composing stage musicals, and world tours.
Many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz. Ellington led his band from 1923 until his death in 1974. His reputation increased after his death, the Pulitzer Prize Board bestowing a special posthumous honor in 1999.
To read more about Bessie Coleman click here or here!
After that horrible X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine I pledged that I would never see another X-Men flick again but maybe I spoke too soon, seeing as how this trailer for the new X-Men: First Class looks awesome! From first glance it seems as if they got everything right as this movie will explore early friendship and eventual rivalry Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender). Can't wait to see more from this movie!
Friday, February 11, 2011
In September 1921, she became a media sensation when she returned to the United States. "Queen Bess," as she was known, was a highly popular draw for the next five years. Invited to important events and often interviewed by newspapers, she was admired by both blacks and whites. She was often billed as "the world's greatest woman flyer" while she quickly gained a reputation as a skilled and daring pilot who would stop at nothing to complete a difficult stunt.
Bessie died April 30th, 1926 in a flight accident at the age of only 34. After her death she recieved great honors, In 1927, Bessie Coleman Aero Clubs sprang up throughout the country. On Labor Day, 1931, these clubs sponsored the first all-African American Air Show, which attracted approximately 15,000 spectators. She was also later inducted into The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, honored with her image on a U.S. postage stamp, and was inducted into the Women Aviation Hall of Fame.
Good to see Tyga getting getting shine!
ODD FUTURE WOLF GANG KILL THEM ALL ON TOUR
02/14 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
02/15 – New York, NY @ Santos Partyhouse
02/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
02/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
04/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar and profane language, he reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of his era: Jerry Seinfeld called Pryor "The Picasso of our profession"; Bob Newhart has called Pryor "the seminal comedian of the last 50 years".
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A suburban family is torn apart when 14-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.
Nixon has released three brand new colorways of it's popular Rubber Player watch for Spring '11. I'm not a huge seafoam or green/navy color guys so i'll have to say that the black/pink is by far the standout of this collection . However all three watches are available now at Nixon.
In 1951 Dandridge had a successful run in the nightclub circuit as a solo singer, which eventually lead to her becoming an international star and performing at luxurious venues all over the world. She won her first starring film role in 1953’s Bright Road, opposite of Harry Belafonte.
Her next role was the eponymous lead in Carmen Jones in 1954 which lead to Dandridge becoming the first African-American to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 1955, she was featured on the cover of Life magazine, and was treated like visiting royalty at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Following the success of Carmen Jones, Hollywood filmmakers could not seem to create a suitable role for the light-skinned Dandridge, and her career began to decline until her untimely death on September 8, 1965 of an accidental drug overdose.
To read more about Dorothy Dandridge click here or here!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I'm not deaf, I understand 99% of the video is spoke in Russian, but none the less it's actually an amazing advertisement. Only 60 seconds long and made me wish I lived there. Plus I can't remember the last time I heard or seen Naomi Campbell. The commercial is actually for a new Russian luxury apartment complex in Moscow called "Legend of Tsvetnoy". And if you're wondering why/how Naomi Campbell was picked as the ad's leading lady; the building is owned by her billionaire boyfriend Vladamir Doronin.
The complete package includes:
• Five nights at The Villas at The Mirage with exclusive 24-hour butler service, private backyard with a pool, hot tub and putting green.
• Rolls Royce transportation to The Mirage and gated entrance to ensure private arrival.
• An "ultimate crystallized celebration" with Bling H2O, Moet & Chandon bubbly and a six-course Decadent egustation Menu in your private villa.
• A private makeover session with Hollywood style guru and celebrity colorist Kim Vo, along with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and make-up session.
• A private table with bottle service at the resort's JET Nightclub.
• A backstage tour of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil show.
• Be a dolphin trainer for a day at Siegfried and Roy's Dolphin Habitat.
• Be the on-stage assistant at Terry Fator: Ventriloquism in Concert.
• Be in charge of the button and launch the activation of The Mirage Volcano.
Think it's worth it?
Her first career breakthrough in modeling came after she decided to sidestep the agencies and go directly to fashion photographers leading to her getting the cover of the New York Times’ August 1967 fashion supplement. She became one of the first successful black models while still in her teens, and achieved worldwide recognition from the late 1960s into the early 1970s.
By 1972, she was offered the title role in the movie Cleopatra Jones, but when Sims read the script, she was appalled by the racist portrayal of blacks in the movie and turned it down. Sims ultimately decided to go into the beauty business for herself. In 1973, she retired from modeling to start her own business which created a successful wig collection fashioned after the texture of straightened black hair. It eventually expanded "into a multimillion-dollar beauty empire and at least five books on modeling and beauty."
And while not the only black model in the 60’s she did help pave the way for many others.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Ebony, in its 40th year of publication had a circulation of 2,300,000 and was the primary reason that Johnson was considered one of the 400 richest individuals in the United States. In 1982 the founder, publisher, chairman and CEO of the largest African-American publishing company in the world became the first African-American to be placed on Forbes' list of 400 wealthiest Americans.
The world has been waiting for a few months now to get their first look at the new Captain America movie due out this summer... I don't know about the world but after watching the trailer during the Super Bowl last night, I was unimpressed. I know that it's unfair and unreasonable to judge an entire movie based on a 30 second trailer but first impression are important right? While Captain America certainly has potential to be great, his costume at first glance looks a little Geeky and the action scenes seemed a little underwhelming, however I hope that i'm proved wrong when a few more trailers drop.
The Norse God of Thunder, Thor looks to be a classic Marvel movie in the making. From the scenes shown, it appears that very close attention to detail was paid not only to the characters but especially to realm of Asgard (home of the Norse Gods), where the environment comes off as serious and awe inspiring instead of shiny and corny.
The Deceptacons launch an all-out-assault on Earth is what I’m guessing happens this time around, it's hard to figure out what's going on from this Trailer, however Optimus Prime looks awesome! I hope the story is much better than Transformers 2 but one thing this movie won't lack is action.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
It seems like Anderson Cooper stays in some shit, below is the description of what exactly is going on with all of the chaos in this video:
"The anchor was "punched 10 times in the head," CNN producer Steve Brusk Tweeted. Anderson Cooper was attacked in Egypt Wednesday. CNN producer Steve Brusk Tweeted, "Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration." - The Hollywood Reporter
Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist, world renowned for his Neo-expressionist paintings. His career in art began as a graffiti artist in the late 1970s and 80s however he became one of the leaders of the Neo-expressionist movement, eventually collaborating with Andy Warhol from 1984-1986.
Basquiat was infamous for painting all-night in $1,000 Armani suits and often appearing in public the next day wearing the same paint-splattered suit. In February 1986, he graced the cover of The New York Times Magazine in a feature entitled "New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist". He was one of the successful artists of his time, however increasing drug addiction eventually led to his early death on August 12, 1988.
To read more about Basquiat click here or here!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I read Reginald Lewis' biography (Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun?) my junior year in college (around the time that I was ready to drop out) and I was instantly inspired. Lewis was a very driven individual at a very young age with an incredible work ethic, that very same work ethic eventually led him to being one of the wealthiest African American's in American history.
Reginald F. Lewis (December 7, 1942 – January 19, 1993), was an American businessman, who was one of the most successful business leaders during the 1980s. He was the richest African American man in the 1980s. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he grew up in a middle class neighborhood. He won a football scholarship to Virginia State College (now Virginia State University), graduating with a degree in economics in 1965. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968.
In 1992, Forbes magazine listed Lewis among the 400 richest Americans with a net worth estimated at $400 million. He also was the first African American to build a billion dollar company.
Black and white videos always have a classy and vintage
feel to them as both Pac Div and Fab prove here.
Fabolous - Wolves in Sheep clothing off his new mixtape
The S.O.U.L. Tape.’
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Black History Month is upon us! I try to watch Roots all the way through every Feb. (unsuccessful thus far) but to help you do something positive during this special month we decided to provide you with a little information about some of the brave, innovative, and inspiring people that paved the way for us to be who and where we are today:
Madam C.J. Walker (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. At her death she was considered to be the wealthiest African-American woman in America and known to be the first self-made female American millionaire.
To read more about Madam C.J. Walker click here or here!
So I randomly tune into the Kardashian shows just to hopefully catch Scott in a douche bag moment, however until I saw this clip above I was totally unaware of the pictures below... wow (I need to be photographer)!