Post Date: 05/16/2012
Nike Celebrates LeBron James’ Third MVP Award With A Special LeBron 9 “MVP” Sneaker
There’s a Nike LeBron 9 colorway for everything this year, isn’t there? So, why should LeBron Jameswinning his third Most Valuable Player award in the last four years be any different?
To help Bron-Bron celebrate his big accomplishment last weekend, Nike just released these LeBron 9 “MVP” sneakers that are meant to help publicize LBJ being named the “Employee of the Year” in his field of work. In addition to the sneakers, Nike also put together the ad that you see above to help shed some light on the fact that although LeBron has won three MVP awards now, he still has one more thing that he really wants to add to his trophy case—an NBA championship. Still, for now, the MVP award is something to celebrate.
Let’s talk about the “MVP” sneakers for a second. As you can see, they come in a colorway that includes hits of white, black, red, and yellow that are meant to pay homage to the team colors worn by the Miami Heat. There’s an MVP logo on the heel of the sneaker and MVP trophies that make an appearance on the sock liner. And the speckled sole is something that really hasn’t been seen on many of the other LeBron 9 colorways that are out there. But, it’s meant to symbolize that fact that theres still work to be done for King James.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be very hard for you to get your hands on a pair of these. Presently, only Bron-Bron (and his celebrity friends) have access to them. But, it sounds like Nike is going to be releasing them in very limited quantities sometime next month. So, be on the lookout and stay tuned for additional details once they’re officially released.
In the meantime, get a better look at the “MVP” sneakers below:
Post Date: 05/15/2012
Drama Beats Donates $50,000 To Rob Dyrdek’s Skate Park Dreams
When you’re mega-successful and take care of family, the best result is when that day rolls around and they can repay the favor.
Fantasy Factory star Rob Dyrdek has nurtured the career of his cousin (and former assistant) Chris “Drama Beats” Pfaff over the years, introducing him via his long-running MTV show (Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory) and encouraging him as a producer for artists like Chris Brown and Yelawolf. Now a certified businessman in his own right, Drama has just donated $50,000 of his own money to Dyrdek’s current passion: building a safe, 24/7 skate park in Los Angeles for teenagers.
Drama has also gone one step further, donating a portion of the profits from a new shirt and new hoodie that his popular clothing brand Young & Reckless will be selling.
A spokesperson for Drama tells TMZ, “[Pfaff] worked as Rob Dyrdek’s assistant for multiple years picking up a lot of the skills and knowledge that Rob had for his businesses. Now it’s Drama’s turn to give back to Rob’s foundation by opening his very own safe spot skate spot.”
Drama will present the check this weekend in Los Angeles at a charity event for the Rob Dyrdek Foundation. The exact location of the park has yet to be determined.
Post Date: 05/15/2012
What do you think of T.I.T.S.?
By Ebony Ellis
Two In The Shirt is a controversial new clothing line that is designed to provoke, to possibly offend and to be hard to forget.
The clothing line consists of tees, crews, hoody’s (and soon to come beach towels) for both men and women. The aim of the clothing line is “bringing tastefully provocative clothing to the forefront of fashion.” The name Two In the Shirt is taken from the acronym T.I.T.S., and it is quite the apt description considering the eye-popping images on just about every piece.
T.I.T.S. merchandise uses original designs that showcase provocative prints of nude or semi-nude women. The depictions may come off as too sexy or sexist to some, being that some of the women are depicted not only nude, but participating in ‘housewife’ like activities such as ironing and vacuuming or sexual consensual touching. However, it seems to be a tongue-in-cheek depiction of what is held up in popular culture as ordinary or mainstream.
The Uncle Sam t-shirt, for instance, with a caption “Show Me Your T.I.T.S,” is a pretty raw but funny twist on that old military recruiting poster that is now an icon of patriotism.
Another shirt that uses the ‘Parental Advisory’ symbol on a nude woman is ironic and in your face. You (and anyone who sees it on you) can’t ignore this shirt, and that’s T.I.T.S.’ point. The brand’s tag line says it all: “Like a training bra, support T.I.T.S.”
check out the celebrities wearing TITS!!
Post Date: 05/09/2012
The Nike Air Jordan 11 Low White/Varsity Red Sneaker Drops Today
Are you out of money yet? You must be out of money by now! I mean, with all of the sneaker releases that have been hitting stores over the course of the last few weeks, you must be coming dangerously close to emptying your bank account at this point. But, we sincerely, sincerely hope you’re not tapped out just yet.
If you are, then you’re not going to be able to get your hands on these gorgeous Nike Air Jordan 11 Low White/Varsity Red sneakers that are hitting stores today. Priced to move at $140 (how crazy is it that you can really consider sneakers that cost 140 bucks “priced to move” these days?), these have already been spotted out and about on celebrities—including on Lil Wayne, who wore a pair to play ball recently—but now everyone can get their hands on them as they’re hitting stores today. And, if you’re looking for the perfect spring/summer sneaker, it’s going to be tough to find one better than this.
We’re pretty sure that you know the deal with the Air Jordan 11 sneakers. They are, after all, arguably the most popular Air Jordan on the market. So, we’ll skip all the specs here and just let you enjoy what you really came to see—quality shots of the sneakers. Check them out below (along with a photo of Weezy wearing them on the court). And, if you love them, you’d better act on it, like, now. These will go quickly and they’ll be pretty damn expensive to buy in a couple of weeks when they start hitting sites like eBay. So, get out there and get yours before it’s too late. Assuming, of course, you’ve still got enough cash on hand to even consider them in the first place.
Post Date: 05/04/2012
The Avengers Is The Best Superhero Movie Ever
Run, don’t walk to see The Avengers as soon as you can today.
At first I was skeptical to see how such big characters (Captain America, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor and bad guy Loki) and a great supporting cast (Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye et al) would all share screen time and be given their deserved shine, but writer-director Joss Whedon and crew pulled off an even, magnificent movie that will engage even the biggest of superhero/comic naysayers.
Highlights of the film include:
-Balance: Where Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo) is unassuming, introverted and afraid of his power (“My secret,” he says, “is that I’m always angry”) Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (played magnificently once again by Robert Downey Jr) provides his counterbalance, an unapologetic, confident wiseguy who does things his own way (and always to great results).
-Focal Bad Guy: Honoring the 1963 Avengers original comic, Loki is presented as the one and only villain in a sea of characters that could at any point turn into potential villains themselves. It gives the film a common denominator, a cohesiveness and a reason for obvious opposite personalities like Thor and Captain America to join forces.
-Comic Relief: Yes, the film is funny. And not corny funny, either. The banter between Tony Stark/David Banner and Tony Stark/Captain America (basically, Tony and every character with dialogue) is especially entertaining.
-Fight Scenes: There are some incredible fight scenes in The Avengers but none so much as between the Hulk and Loki (special mention: Hulk’s sideways punch, for absolutely no reason besides his anger issues, to Captain America). During the film’s biggest battle scene (where Loki’s mechanical, flying death machines have come down from the heavens to wreak havoc) Hulk not only lays the bad guy out flat inside Tony Stark’s hi-rise apartment, he knocks his body so hard into the ground it becomes almost buried there.
The Avengers is playing in cinemas across America from today.
Post Date: 05/04/2012
Justice For Trayvon Martin: Other Killings And The Liberal Media Bias Myth
A 90-year-old D-Day veteran was beaten and his wife raped and murdered. A young Knoxville couple was brutally tortured and killed. And two British tourists were shot dead during a late night mugging.
According to some chain emails and Facebook postings, these stories and others like them haven’t made national headlines because the victims were white and the assailants were black. Some conservatives proudly wave these stories as proof of a liberal media bias, asking why they have not received the same outpouring of media attention and popular protests that still follow the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. But these angry conspiracy theorists completely miss that race was a single element in a case most importantly about seeking justice and action when there was none- and their anger exposes the darkest corners of self-indulgent conservative rhetoric.
Trayvon Martin did not make headlines just because of the gruesomeness and senselessness of his death. Thousands of violent deaths occur every year in the US, and few of these merit coverage from the national media. As far as I can tell, the Martin case had three unique and newsworthy features that captured the nation’s attention: 1) Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, was known and had confessed, but remained uncharged for weeks; 2) Zimmerman’s actions could have been legal thanks to controversial “stand your ground” legislation; and 3) the victim himself has been accused of looking suspicious, and even of provoking the attack. Fox News host Geraldo Rivera went so far as to say that Martin would still be alive if he had not been a young black man in a hoodie.
Not a single one of the crimes mentioned in the first paragraph, nor any other similar crime story I know of, shares a single one of these features. In each of the black-on-white crime cases mentioned above, a suspect was arrested within days, if not hours- and that’s without the benefit of a confession. None of them raised questions about controversial legislation. In two of the three cases, the suspects have since been convicted- the third is awaiting trial. And all of the cases involved robberies, not arbitrary attacks- no one dared to suggest that the victims had somehow provoked their own deaths just by their appearance.
Zimmerman is of course innocent until proven guilty; but the confessed shooter of Trayvon came close to never having to face his day in court. The flood of media coverage and public outrage was not just over the crime, but over the lack of a criminal prosecution- a problem completely absent in the other cases. A quick look at Google Trends would suggest that attention to the case was connected to seeking action: search volumes and news references drop off drastically after Zimmerman was formally charged on April 11.
The Trayvon Martin shooting didn’t become a media sensation just because the victim was black, and those other stories weren’t “ignored” because the victims were white. The media reported on a shocking and newsworthy story with unanswered questions, and gave less coverage to the tragic but less controversial cases.
There seems to be a morbid fear lying behind these accusations of bias: that when we die, no one will care because of who we are. This nonsense must stop. Don’t resent the sympathy and attention a senseless tragedy receives; it doesn’t diminish your life at all. When justice is denied and action is needed, it’s newsworthy, regardless of color.
Post Date: 05/04/2012
Wireless Coverage Coming To NYC Subways… For A Price
Strap hangers in New York will have even more reason to ignore everyone around them thanks to a new partnership between Boingo and Transit Wireless. The company best known for providing hotspots at airports and other major public places will be bringing Wi-Fi to stations throughout the four subwayed boroughs over the next five years.
But public Wi-Fi doesn’t mean everyone will use it: Boingo is a subscription service. According to their website, plans in the US start at $7.95 a month (daily and pay-as-you-go plans are also available).
With cellular service (slowly) spreading to subway platforms, many might opt to avoid the extra service charge. And it sounds like for the time being, the wireless will also serve the platforms, not the trains.
As a writer, I can definitely appreciate some extra time to research articles and access WordPress, even if it does make me look like a tech addict who can’t put their devices down for two seconds. (Sorry Sheryl Sandberg, we can’t all leave it behind at 5:30pm!)
But will this just help New Yorkers zone out the city all around them, for better and worse? If you’re glued to your iPad, you might never notice something like this.
What do you think? Would you pay for Wi-Fi on the subway platform? How about on the train?
Post Date: 05/04/2012
Spike Lee Gets His Own Custom “NYC” Nike Foamposite One
Looking for Spike Lee? Well, you’ll be able to catch him front and center at the New York Knicks playoff game on Sunday against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden in New York City. And, there’s no doubt that Spike will be in rare form. With the Knicks in danger of getting swept in their best-of-7 series, Spike is going to have to do all that he can to will his team to a win tonight. So, he’ll be cheering hard, yelling at the Heat, and, in all likelihood, rocking a pair of these custom “NYC” Nike Foamposite One sneakers that were designed with the royal blue and orange Knicks colorway. They were created specifically for Spike by Marc Dolce, the lead designer for NSW Basketball.
“Growing up in Brooklyn, I was always a big New York sports fan, too,” Dolce said earlier this week. “I went to Pratt for college and remember passing Spike’s store and offices in Fort Greene everyday. The ’90s were a great time to be a basketball fan in New YUork, and Spike was a huge part of the energy surrounding the Knicks. To thank him for his time with Nike and his time as a Knicks fan, these were done as a special gift to Spike from Gentry Humphrey, Georges Labossiere, and myself.”
As you can see by checking out the images of the sneaker, these will compliment a Knicks fitted and a jersey perfectly. With plenty of royal blue and orange to go around, they’d make an ideal gift for any Knicks fan. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get your hands on a pair of them because these were created with Spike in mind and are one-of-ones (for now, at least). But, that doesn’t make them any less dope. Make sure you check for Spike sitting courtside and rocking these. And, try not to hate him too much for doing it, okay?