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KITH Gets Help From Ray Liotta to Launch Its Fourth Collection With Bergdorf Goodman

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 3:36pm

KITH and Bergdorf Goodman are ready for round 4 in their ongoing collaborative efforts, this time linking with legendary actor Ray Liotta for the lookbook.

The Goodfellas thespian models the apparel range here, showing off two premium tracksuits in “Scarlet Red” and “Navy”. Both sets feature a two-tone herringbone taping, custom-branded gold zippers by Excella, and metallic branding that truly fits the king status they were going for with these images. While the white version will go out exclusively to family and friends, the other two will see a wider release alongside hoodies, headgear, and T-shirts.

Expect the KITH x Bergdorf Goodman collection to drop this coming Monday (April 23) at all KITH locations and online.

Peep Liotta in the lookbook below:



Images: KITH/Nolan Persons

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J. Cole 10 Greatest Sneaker Moments

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:44pm

Today, the hip-hop world is probably doing one of two things: smoking weed or listening to that new J.Cole album, simply titled KOD.

The album — a sleek and powerful testament that tackles themes of drug abuse, falling in love via Instagram photos, hip-hop’s current obsession with trap drums, and even filing taxes — is Cole at his finest. However, quality raps aren’t the only thing that Roc Nation’s star player is a pro at.

Any true fan of J. Cole knows his long standing love for sneakers (Air Jordans if we’re talking favorites), so we decided today would be a perfect day to remind you all of how fresh his sneaker game has been over the years.

Keep scrolling to see why the “k” in KOD might just stand for “Kick King”, too:


(12/2014) That time he wore the Air Jordan 1 “Carmine” on the cover of his third LP, 2014 Forest Hills Drive


(7/2013) That time he hit the stage rocking the Air Jordan 4 Retro “Toro”


(2/2012) Hitting up LAVO in sneakers — the coveted Air Jordan 3 Retro “White Cement” to be exact


(12/2016) The super wavy pair of Saucony Grid 8000 “Aqua” he had on in the “False Prophets” video.


(8/2015) Putting on a stellar performance (in the pouring rain at that!) at the 2015 OVO Fest in a pair of Air Jordan 1 Retro “Chicago”


(10/2011) When he held his own next to Beyoncé in the “Party” music video rocking Louis Vuitton’s Tribe Tobacco Sneaker Boots


(10/2011) That time he stopped by Fuse TV’s now-defunct Hoppus on Music — a music-themed talk show hosted by blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus and, surprisingly enough, Amy Schumer — to perform in a pair of YSL Malibu sneakers


(5/2011) Celebrating his nomination for Best New Artist at the 2011 BET Awards nominee ceremony in the super clean Air Jordan 6 Retro “Infrared”


(7/2012) Hitting up the club again in kicks, this time overseas at Funky Buddha in Mayfair rocking the Nike Air Foamposite One “Dark Neon Royal”


(9/2011) Where it all began: donning the Air Jordan 7 Retro “Raptor” on the album cover of his debut album Cole World: A Sideline Story.


Honorable Mention: (8/2015) the J. Cole x Bally 2015 Collection. Technically not sneakers, but we had to give him a shout for having his own footwear collab.


Have you heard J. Cole’s new album KOD yet? Let us know some of your favorite (or least favorite) tracks over on our Twitter and Facebook.

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Knicks’ Owner James Dolan Believes Kristaps Porzingis Will Be Sidelined For All Of Next Season

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 2:27pm

There might be a black cloud or black cat lingering inside Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks and their fan base have suffered for years without a championship, and their latest franchise savior Kristaps Porzingis will not be around for the foreseeable future.

Knicks’ owner James Dolan said Porzingis could be sidelined for the entire 2018/2019 season.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Dolan said he doesn’t see Porzingis’ returning to the hardwood floor in the foreseeable future.

“I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don’t know what to expect on that. But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back.”

In 48 games last season, the 22-year old All-Star averaged a career-high 22.7 points in addition to 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He underwent ACL surgery in early February, a procedure which typically warrants a 10-12 month recovery period.

Porzingis flew back to Latvia following his exit meeting with the team last Saturday, and he’ll continue rehab on his ACL for the majority of the summer in his homeland of Latvia.

Dolan called Porzingis a “great player” when speaking to Brooks, but stressed the importance of building a strong, supporting cast of players around him. The Knicks will be in the NBA Lottery in May, with an opportunity to draft potential high caliber talent to pair with Porzingis.

 

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Understanding the Removal Of Controversial Medical Figure Dr. Sims’ Statue in Central Park

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 1:21pm

Many people may fondly remember Dr. J. Marion Sims as a medical pioneer. However, the Black community still feels the scars left by his “progress” on female slaves in America.

While some may have thought Dr. J Marion Sims was a pioneer, we know that his work was highly unethical and deeply racist. A monument to recognize a serial torturer of enslaved black women has no place in our city & today action is being taken to finally remove it. pic.twitter.com/9scaaBRp5Q

— NYC Public Advocate (@NYCPA) April 17, 2018

In recent months, many states saw statues of Confederate soldiers and historical figures taken down. The NYC Public Design Commission followed this trend on Monday (April 16), voting unanimously to take down the statue of the “father of modern gynecology” Dr. Sims. In 1855, the doctor opened the first hospital just for women. His pioneering led to the technique for repairing a vesicovaginal fistula, which was a condition that obstructed childbirth. Despite these medical accolades, there was a deeper, more sinister method to the good doctor’s success. He gained these medical advancements by savage experimentation on black women.

Experimentation on Blacks in America is nothing new. See below:

  • From the Tuskegee Experiment, where poor blacks were unwittingly part of a syphilis study.
  • The cloning of Henrietta Lacks‘ cell for medical study: without her or her family’s consent, Henrietta’s cells were cloned from her cervix and the medical records were published way after her death.
  • Experimental measles vaccines: The CDC notoriously hid the results that these MMR vaccines increased the risk of autism in Black children under three years old.
  • Dr. Sims conducting multiple experiments on enslaved women who justified not using any anesthesia because he believed the operations weren’t “painful enough to justify the trouble.”

To be blunt, Dr. Sims’ experiments were unethical and deeply racist. They were built on the foundation that Blacks being second class citizens (if being considered human on the same level as whites at all) made them the perfect guinea pigs for his experiments. This progress was built on the most vulnerable of the population, since Black women didn’t enjoy the same protection under the law as white women. Historians and social justice activists maintain that these medically unethical experiments were possibly even done without the expressed consent of the female patients involved.

The removal of his statue in Central Park, and the relocation to his burial site in Brooklyn, is without a doubt a big win. Though Dr. Sims’ medical breakthrough saved lives in the 1850s, advancements in medicine should never come at the expense of breaking the Hippocratic Oath. Historically taken by physicians, it is known first and foremost by its English translation, “Do no harm.” What happened to the Black women that served as his test subjects in pursuit of his end goal is nothing less than abuse. It speaks heavily to the racial divide that existed at the time.

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James‘ statement on the relocation should be reiterated:

“While some may have thought Dr. J Marion Sims was a pioneer, we know that his work was highly unethical and deeply racist.”

NYC Public Design Commission voting to take Dr. Sims’ statue down is a way of letting Black women know that the city understands their violent and abusive history in America. They should not be made to suffer a tribute to a man that built his success off the back of those less fortunate than his station in life.  The commission’s decision to remove the statue came about eight months after a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to order a review of all “symbols of hate” in the city.

Public Advocate Letitia James has been the public eye lately for the staunch support in legalization of weed. Like gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, James believes that the prosecution of minorities for the sale, possession, and consumption of marijuana is a means of racial profiling and persecution.

If New York truly wants to be a leader on criminal justice reform, in economic justice, in ensuring a fair and equal state for all, and in combatting decades-old policies that continue to hold communities of color back, then it is past time that we legalize marijuana here. pic.twitter.com/is9SIarusj

— NYC Public Advocate (@NYCPA) April 17, 2018

 

The removal of this statue from a public area shows the city’s willingness to understand the complicated and historical relationship that Blacks have had with those in authority.

 

Let us know what you think of the statue’s removal my sounding off on our Facebook and Twitter.

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Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani Joining Trump Legal Team

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:36pm

After President Trump‘s personal lawyer John Dowd stepped down from Trump’s legal team last month, Trump has been seeking a replacement to defend him, in regard to the Russia investigation that has been clouding his presidency. On Thursday, former New York City Mayor and Trump loyalist, Rudy Giuliani, announced that he will be joining Trump’s legal team.

The former NYC prosecutor first told the news to the Washington Post on Thursday saying, “I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller.” Robert Mueller is currently the one heading the Special Counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow, also told the Post that two other former federal prosecutors, Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, will be joining the Trump legal team.

During the 2016 campaign, Giuliani was one of Trump’s most vocal supporters. Giuliani was often seen on Fox News defending the now president and even gave a high energy speech at the RNC convention prior to the election. On one Fox News appearance, Giuliani claimed that Trump went to him personally to ask how he could legally execute the controversial “Muslim ban” that was one of Trump’s first major executive orders that was blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii shortly after implementation.

After Trump was elected, Giuliani was reportedly in the running for the Attorney General job before pulling himself out of the running. That position is currently held by former Alabama Governor Jeff Sessions.

“Rudy is great,” Trump said in a statement to the Post. “He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”

President Trump has continuously refers to the Russia investigation as a hoax and has even teased the idea of firing Mueller which could be bad for the President. Trump is reportedly being looked into for obstruction of justice as well after he fired former FBI director James Comey who was heading the Russia investigation before Mueller.

Trump admitted in an interview with Lester Holt last year that he fired Comey because of the Russia probe, but is now denying that this was the actual reason.

 

 

 

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Kanye West Dropping New Album June 1, Joint Album with Kid Cudi June 8

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:49am

Social media went crazy on Thursday when Kanye West recently returned to Twitter, and made a few big announcements from his account. Starting off, Yeezy announced his own 7-track solo album will be released on June 1st. This album is probably what had artists like Drake and Lil Uzi Vert spotted traveling to Ye’s studio in Wyoming where he was reportedly working on his new music.

Following this announcement, he also announced that his rumored joint album with Kid Cudi will also be dropping in June exactly a week after his solo project drops. The “Graduation” rapper tells his 10 million followers that the Kanye x Cudi album will be titled “Kids See Ghost” which is also the name of their duo, according to Kanye.

Starting on May 25th, hip-hop fans will get three weeks straight of G.O.O.D music reminiscent of the days when Mr. West hosted G.O.O.D. Fridays that gave us songs like ‘Start it Up’ and ‘Christian Dior Denim Flow.’

The G.O.O.D. music CEO also announced that singer and star of the “Fade” music video, Teyana Taylor, will drop her album on June 22 and on May 25, the G.O.O.D. music president Pusha T will be dropping his new album.

In light of this news, Kanye was also spotted leaving the studio with Radio Personality Charlamagne Tha God who supposedly has heard some of the music set to drop this summer. Despite their spats on the Breakfast Club after Kanye’s “Yeezus” album dropped, Ye always seems to keep Charlamagne in the loop with his work presumably because Kanye wants the honest feedback that C Tha God has no problem giving.

This past week has been filled with album announcements. J. Cole is still dropping his ‘KOD’ album this Friday and Drake also announced his new album ‘Scorpion’ is set to release in June. With all these big names putting out work this year, it looks like 2018 is not going to be a dry year for hip-hop.

my album is 7 songs

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

June 1st

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

me and Cudi album June 8th

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

it's called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

Teyana Taylor June 22nd

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

Pusha T May 25th

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

 

 

 

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Laz Alonso Talks His New Film “Traffik” and How it Powerfully Mirrors Society

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:55am

Actor Laz Alonso reunites with Paula Patton from their 2011 film, Jumping the Broom, where the pair top billed the romantic flick of two polar opposite families coming together in the name of love, for their new thriller Traffik. More than just adrenaline inducing action and sharp cinematography, Traffik, written and directed by Deon Taylor (Meet the Blacks,) also lends it’s platform to a much distressing issue, sex trafficking.

The Avatar actor plays Darren, friends of John and Brea, played by Almost Christmas veteran Omar Epps and Patton, the cocky sports agent who lends the pair his isolated estate for Brea’s birthday weekend. Their visitation takes a menacing sharp turn when Brea, a news reporter, discovers a harrowing secret leading the group to the deadliest challenge of their lives.

We caught up with the Washington D.C. native as he give us insight on his character, the diversity topic in Hollywood and more.

The Source: Tell us about your character Darren.

Laz Alonso: “Everybody has this friend- whether male or female, that you got to work yourself up when it’s time to hang with them because it can be a lot to handle and deal with. That’s him. He definitely doesn’t muffle his words. He’s going to tell you what’s on his mind and you won’t have to figure him out. At the end of the day he’s a typical person trying to mask his insecurities with his successes and his ego by trying to distract you with all the great things he’s done, like a humble bragger.

What’s interesting about Darren in this movie is to get to see both things- you get to see him at his highs and his lows.”

Can you relate to him in anyway?

“I think we all have a bit of Darren in us at different times. The problem with Darren is that his [ego] is his suit of armor, he wears that 24/7. He doesn’t understand how to get out that mode. He feels like his mouth is his super power and he doesn’t understand sometimes you just got to be still. This movie shows a lot of that; everybody has something to hide and everybody gets exposed, and at the moment when you try to be still, everything goes crazy.”

It’s all about balance!

“We have this sense of entitled security. We think we live in a safe place and it isn’t until something drastic happens that we’re reminded that we’re not safe, and no one has our back. Some of us get reminded of that more than others unfortunately, but we have to remember we are not living in the utopia of safety. Just going to your car, something can happen. You always have to be aware.

That’s something else this movie did for me- it removed the veil. I used to think sex trafficking only happened overseas, or that little side shop there, something shady is probably happening, but I’m not going in there. But there could be someone’s daughter in there. Or that moving truck going down the street may be filled with people and not furniture. That’s what makes you think.”

Diversity is the hot topic – six months from now we’ll be done with it?

“I don’t ever want that conversation to stop. We have to keep talking about diversity. We have a long way to go. Just because a couple people get a few Oscars- doesn’t mean we’ve arrived. As long as we as a society is integrated with blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, Middle Eastern- every race, as long as they make up our audience, those same people should also make up the people who make the films, behind the cameras and the executive suites. Producing, writing, editing and sound design- everything!

Diversity could never not be a topic because the idea that, ‘I got a permanent seat at the table’ I think we’ve come to realize that does not exist. We all have to do our part so that it’s something we don’t overlook.”

I see you got the NBA playoffs on, who’s your team?

“My Wizards! I’m from Washington, D.C.”

Nice! I’m from Cleveland. Do you think LeBron James is staying next year or moving to another team?

“That’s a tough one- I don’t know because it’s so hard to predict with LeBron because he can do whatever he wants. Anything that happens, I wouldn’t be surprised; if he stays, I wouldn’t be surprised or if he leaves I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Traffik opens in theaters nation wide today!

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Today In Hip Hop History: MF DOOM’s Debut Album ‘Operation Doomsday’ Released 19 Years Ago

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:51am

April 20, 1999 marks the day that the eclectic and iconic MF Doom launched his career with his debut record Operation Doomsday.

Coming off of his time as half the former duo KMD, Doom wasn’t ways the quirky character with the humorous rhetoric we know and love him as today. He suffered a great deal after the loss of co-KMD emcee, and younger brother, Subroc, after he was struck by a vehicle. Years would pass before DOOM would take his identification for Marvel character “Dr. Doom” and turn it into his own hip hop persona with the release of Operation Doomsday in 1999.

Containing 19 tracks, the album was blended together with skits from Hanna Barbera‘s 1967 classic cartoon series Fantastic Four. Between the skits and the guest starring of underground Hip Hop’s finest emcees and producers, like that of Cucumber Slice and MF Grimm, the album became an instant classic.

The odd blending of cartoon classics that were a staple of the generation’s childhood, and underground lyricism only extended his already vast audience of Hip-Hop’s truest heads. With this, the album paved the way for his lineage of work that has become legendary for both the classic Hip-Hop listener, and new school crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX8jv6T7NCU

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J. Cole Puts Mumble Rappers In Their Place On His New Album ‘KOD’ outro, ‘1985’

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:40am

J. Cole released his highly anticipated fifth album KOD Friday morning (April 20) and the 12-track project already has his fans buzzin. The album had Cole take more of a minimalist approach to the production, while his friendlier-conscious lyrics took center stage. Cole also once again followed his n-features format, outside of his alter-ego, kiLL Edward.

But one particular track that has been an early standout is the album’s outro “1985.” The song’s title represents the year of Cole’s birth and his longevity to being on earth. No longer seen as a young rapper at the age of 33, Cole took this opportunity on the track to subliminally diss the new wave of “mumble rappers.” He also gave friendly advice while letting a new-generation rapper know he’s Cole’s son, presumably Lil’ Pump.

What makes this track so great, is how Cole doesn’t take on the old-head, holier-than-thou perspective. Instead, he uses reason to open the track, relating to them that he too, had the thinking process of the current generation at their age.

“1985, I arrived
33 years, damn, I’m grateful I survived
We wasn’t s’posed to get past 25
Jokes on you motherfucker, we alive
All these niggas popping now is young
Everybody say the music that they make is dumb
I remember I was 18
Money, pussy, parties, I was on the same thing
You gotta give a boy a chance to grow some
Everybody talkin’ like they know somethin’ these days”

Next, he offers advice to the anonymous rapper.

“I heard one of em’ diss me, I’m surprised
I ain’t trippin’, listen good to my reply
Come here lil’ man, let me talk with ya’
See if I can paint for you the larger picture
Congrats ’cause you made it out your mama’s house
I hope you make enough to buy your mom a house
I see your watch icy and your whip foreign
I got some good advice, never quit tourin’
‘Cause that’s the way we eat here in this rap game
I’m fuckin’ with your funky lil’ rap name
I hear your music and I know that rap’s changed
A bunch of folks would say that that’s a bad thing
‘Cause everything’s commercial and it’s pop now.”

The next few lines are signature Cole, in which he rhetorically asks the new generation of rappers if they have thought about their true impact. Cole states that while white fans listen to their music to be cool, they will never experience what it’s like to be black. It also could be a shot at non-black rappers such as Post Malone and Lil Xan, who use black culture to sell records.

“I must say, by your songs I’m unimpressed, hey
But I love to see a Black man get paid
And plus, you havin’ fun and I respect that
But have you ever thought about your impact?
These white kids love that you don’t give a fuck
‘Cause that’s exactly what’s expected when your skin black
They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill
They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels
And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real
They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels
So when you turn up, you see them turnin’ up too.”

Lastly, Cole points out the one thing that the newer generation of rappers lack: experience.  From a seasoned rapper to the experienced music head, both sides have seen the changes over the years with music. The mid 2000’s brought us snap/ringtone music, while the late 2000’s gave us autotune. Building off auto tune, trap music took shape in the early 2010’s until 2012, where trap music’s offshoot, drill music was the wave. Drill music birthed mumble rap, which turned into the present day offshoot drug rap. But in each era mentioned, numerous rappers came in riding the wave of what was currently hot. Dem Franchize Boyz was popular during snap music, while Chief Keef helped birth drill music. Neither are relevant as they once were, as the music they made only was made for the times they were in. Cole sends a warning to the new age rappers, giving them a glimpse of an undesirable pitfall.

“I know you think this type of revenue is never endin’
But I wanna take a minute just to tell you that ain’t true
One day, them kids that’s listening gon’ grow up
And get too old for that shit that made you blow up
Now your show’s lookin’ light cause they don’t show up
Which unfortunately means the money slow up
Now you scramblin’ and hopin’ to get hot again
But you forgot you only popped ’cause you was ridin’ trends
Now you old news and you goin’ through regrets
‘Cause you never bought that house, but you got a Benz.”

J. Cole could have been way more ruthless, but he decided relating to them was the best alternative. To check out the entire album, you can buy it now on iTunes.

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Interview: Omar Epps Talks New Film ‘Traffik’ And Why He Respects Ryan Coogler So Much

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:02am

Omar Epps is the epitome of Hollywood longevity. Decades invested into entertainment, Epps is not only a household name, but a driving force. His new film, Traffik, an exciting action-packed thriller with an all-star cast, including Paula Patton and Laz Alonso, keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

The movie’s premise? John and Brea, played by Patton, set sail to a romantic weekend getaway for her birthday weekend. Joined by close friends, the group must fight for their life when a dangerous biker gang strives to keep their deadly secrets just that.

The Source caught up with the Brooklyn native as he dished on his new role, the diversity topic in Hollywood and why he respects Ryan Coogler so much.

The Source: Tell us about your character John:

Omar Epps: “I try to build an everyday man; blue collar, humble, hard worker, who loves and respects his woman. Just trying to celebrate her birthday weekend when they’re thrusts into incredible circumstances.”

Can you relate to him in anyway?

“I relate to his passion, conviction, his moral compass, doing the right thing even when it’s tough.”

Any challenges on set or any funny stories?

“Everyday was a challenge- it was a very intense shoot. But we had a lot of fun as the cast and the crew. Deon Taylor is such an infectious, positive dude and it’s all genuine and with him. I’ve known Paula and Laz for years and this was our first time working together and we had a blast even though it was super intense.”

The talk lately has all been about diversity. Everyone’s emotions are high and it’s the trending topic. Six months from now, are we still going to be talking about diversity?

“That’s a good question. In 6 months, you can’t please everybody, there’s always going to be somebody that has something to say. But the scales have been unbalanced for so long that they can’t be fixed in six months. It’s a natural progression. For obvious reasons, it’s been such an uproar because people are tired from there not being diversity- if you look at a film like ours, it’s organic. You have Latino, African American, mixed- it represents in an organic way, it reflects what our society is. It’s not just one or the other.”

Better late than never! But you’re right, it won’t happen overnight, even though Black Panther changed the game.

“Oh yeah “Black Panther” changed the game and that’s what it’s about. It’s about us taking advantage of the opportunities and showing up. What “Black Panther” has done is so amazing because outside of the country, it exceeded the expectations. So in that regard it’s a wake up call for Hollywood- that we travel. I’ve been saying this for years- look at the music business. We travel everywhere. Hip hop is the dominate force. Period. This is us. But again let it be natural; organic stories, organic story telling and people will flock to it.”

Roselyn Sanchez, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Omar Epps star in Traffik
Photo: Scott Everett White

Now you’ve been in Hollywood for over two decades, how has Hollywood changed since “Juice?”

“It’s changed and in some way it hasn’t changed. I’m excited for this younger generation because of the way you can connect with people through social media that wasn’t available to us when I was coming up. You had to go through these machines – marketing and PR machines, and when you do it that way everything gets fragmented down. Now, you have people like Kevin Hart where you can have a natural exchange with people and it’s him right there, not someone speaking for him but receive this connectivity. From a business stand point it’s direct to consumer, a massively powerful tool.

Half of the cats that are out right now wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for Soundcloud. They put what they want out into the world and people flock to it! Boom, they’re on. And we’re pushing forward. When I look at young directors like Ryan Coogler it just makes my heart smile. This is a guy who went “Fruitvale Station” to “Creed” to “Black Panther.” That trajectory is phenomenal. But you can tell he respects his craft and the history we’ve had to go through, so he knows he’s standing on the shoulders of giants while he’s blazing his own trail. And that’s a beautiful thing. If we can do that across the board; writers, producers, directors and executives, then we can all make some lead way.”

Whose music you listening to right now?

“It depends on the mood. I’m really vibing with Nipsey Hussle album right now- that’s like my go-to for the gym. I been rocking with that since it came out, it gets me motivated. I’m proud of that young brother.”

Traffik is open today in theaters everywhere. Click here for tickets!

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Big Daddy Kane To Celebrate 30th Anniversary of ‘Long Live The Kane’ With Free Brooklyn Concert

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:03am

This summer will mark the 30th anniversary of Big Daddy Kane‘s rousing debut album Long Live the Kane. The Golden Era king will commemorate the milestone in the fashion of essential showmanship this June in his hometown of Brooklyn.

Presented by the City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Festival slated as Big Daddy Kane: Long Live The Kane 30th Anniversary, fellow legend in rhyme Doug E. Fresh will host the event with The Finisher Mister Cee hitting the ones and twos. The class act lyricist will perform the album’s favored hit tracks, along with reportedly special guests taking the stage.

During Hip-Hop’s most prolific era came the debut of the Juice Crew’s most savvy MC, Big Daddy Kane. With a voice of authority, lyrics full of wit and intelligence, and funk bapping beats, Long Live The Kane served Hip-Hop culture as a gem that certainly tested its time.

Big Daddy Kane displayed a side of MCing that demanded respect and combatted the rest. Lifetime classics from hip-hop’s Golden Era rest on this gem; “Raw (Remix)”, “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’”“Just Rhymin’ With Biz”, and many more. Long Live The Kane will forever be recognized as a Golden Era classic which showcases the fascination of Big Daddy Kane.

Big Daddy Kane: Long Live The Kane 30th Anniversary will take place on June 20 at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island. No tickets required. The celebration is free under the banner of the SummerStage Festival. For more information, visit the City Parks Foundation website.

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The FILA Mindblower Is Back In Over 40 Limited Edition Colorways

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 7:10pm

FILA is pulling out one its most classic silhouettes from the archives for a drop that exceeds over 40 collaborations.

The new FILA Mindblower, which first came out back in 1995, will come in a whopping 47 new looks that highlight each intricate design in the shoe. Collaborators will include Kinfolk, Kasina, Sneaker Lab, Burn Rubber Detroit, and 10 Corso Como to name a few.

For a proper rollout, FILA will host a number of Mindblower pop-ups with each of its collaborators, all expected to be limited edition drops.

Take a look at all 47 below, and check out the official FILA Mindblower landing page by clicking here.

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Billionaire Boys Club “Egyptian Lover” Global Summer 2018 Collection

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:41pm

Billionaire Boys Club is ready to walk like an Egyptian into the spring season, offering up a wide array of gear inspired by the Middle East.

The Global Summer 2018 collection, aptly named “Egyptian Lover”, features all the basics: pocket tees, polos, graphic-heavy short sets, bowling shirts, cargo shorts, and ripstop Nylon M-65 jackets among other sahara-ready pieces. The set as a whole tells a story of Egyptian mythology, astrology, hieroglyphics, and iconography, like the Egyptian deity Isis popping up on more than a few items.

Look out for the Billionaire Boys Club “Egyptian Lover” Global Summer 2018 collection to start arriving next week at the BBC flagship store in NYC, with more arriving at the overseas flagship later this month.

Peep the lookbook in the gallery below:

Images: Billionaire Boys Club / Anton Gottlob

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Colin Kaepernick Invokes Jackie Robinson’s Iconic ‘I Cannot Stand’ Quote

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 6:04pm

Never one to hold his tongue, Colin Kaepernick is known for using his famed social media platforms to speak up and speak out for civil and human rights, especially when it comes to the controversy over America’s National Anthem and the ways it tears down the Black community. But Monday (Apr. 15), Kaepernick reminded us all that he’s not the first Black athlete to challenge the anthem as he used his celebrity to recognize baseball hall-of-famer Jackie Robinson on #JackieRobinsonDay.

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— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 16, 2018

Like many sports icons who used their platform to challenge issues of racism, diversity, and civil rights, Colin Kaepernick is continuing the legacy of outspoken athletes fighting for change. But some 70 years later, it’s sad to think that the same issues Robinson faced while fighting to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball are still being fought across various sports leagues today.

Many mainstream media outlets make Kaepernick the scapegoat, and note him as the first athlete of color to protest during the national anthem. However, he is joined by good company and a bold roster of athletes that saw irony in America’s message of “land of the free” when a percentage of its population are still held in bondage. Whether it be in the shackles and chains courtesy of the transatlantic slave trade or social bondage created by Jim Crow and the segregation era, Blacks are reminded that constitution continues to fall short in protecting their rights as Americans.

During the post Jackie Robinson pre 9/11 world, the NFL gave Tommie Smith & John Carlos a shot to play in the league.

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— Resist Programming (@RzstProgramming) April 15, 2018

On the podium after the 200-meter race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, both gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos displayed a raised fist during the National Anthem. Both athletes were noticeably wearing the Olympic Project for Human Rights badges. What makes them relevant to the conversation is that despite their world-changing black power fist demonstration, they were both offered NFL contracts. Smith played three seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, while Carlos played one season for the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the Canadian Football League, respectively.

Although Jim Jones (the new co-owner of the Richmond Roughnecks, an Arena Football League team) has offered Kaepernick to join his roster, the NFL has refused to follow suit. Why is that some players are rewarded for their willingness to challenge a broken system that doesn’t guarantee, “liberty and justice for all,” while others are penalized for it? As a nation, a black athlete shouldn’t have to fight the same battles that other players had to fight in 1947, when Branch Rickey brought Robinson to the then-Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson courageously weathered the slings and arrows of the conventional thinking of the time that celebrated racial segregation. Robinson and Kaepernick both used their platform to “un-stand” unapologetically and to challenge Americans to uphold the ideals of the flag.

The official Jackie Robinson website says:

“In 1997, the world celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Jackie’s breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier. In doing so, we honored the man who stood defiantly against those who would work against racial equality and acknowledged the profound influence of one man’s life on the American culture.”

Will Kaepernick have to wait 50 years before the country can appreciate that he chose to take a knee to protest, among many things, the death of unarmed Blacks by police officers? For a country that supposedly celebrates the whistleblowers, why is Kaepernick’s message being swept under the flag as disrespect for the “Stars and Stripes” and the soldiers that uphold its banner?

Jackie Robinson may bring more clarification with an unabridged quote from his memoir, I Never Had It Made, winner of the 1973 Coretta Scott King Award:

“There I was the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps it was, but then again perhaps the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.”

 

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Raf Simons x adidas Originals Spring/Summer 2018 Stan Smith

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:31pm

The Stan Smith silhouette is one of the most comfortable shoes you can rock this time of year, and thankfully Raf Simons and adidas Originals are giving us more options for the spring season.

So far, the newest additions to the roster come in “Burgundy/Power Red” and “White/Night Sky” color combos, with both options donning a premium leather build on the upper. The signature perforated “R” branding is also in place on the inner and outer portions of the shoe, with both versions also featuring Raf Simons full name on the heel.

The new Raf Simons x adidas Originals Spring/Summer 2018 Stan Smith colorways are available right now at Feature for $320. Get a better look at both below:

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Union Takes Cues From the Black Power Movement With New Spring/Summer 2018 Lookbook

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:59pm

This weekend, Union Los Angeles will be dropping a range of apparel for the spring/summer 2018 season that packs a powerful-yet-political punch.

Arriving as a part two delivery, the new collection includes long-sleeve and short-sleeve tees with motifs inspired by the Black Power Movement. These pieces extend on a theme that was previewed earlier, which include bowling shirts embroidered with the names of black activists Charles Mingus and Stokely Carmichael.

Other standouts in this set include tie dye tees with skull graphics, “power to the people” T-shirts, and “UNION” branded hoodies that would pair perfectly with an Infrared pair of Air Max 90s or Retro 6s.

Check out the Union Spring/Summer 2018 part two lookbook below, and expect the set to arrive online & in stores beginning Saturday (April 21).

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10 Sneakers on Classic Rap Albums That You Can Still Cop Right Now

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 1:34pm

Hip-hop and sneaker culture have gone hand-in-hand since Run-DMC first rapped about their adidas in 1986 — a move that led to a lucrative partnership between the Three Stripes and the three-man band, and ultimately created a lane others swiftly followed. From Jay-Z’s S. Carter deal with Reebok to Kanye’s current YEEZY deal with adidas, there’s no telling how far hip-hop will take it when it comes to the sneaker game.

We decided to look at 10 of our favorite sneaker moments on the covers of classic rap albums, and even went a step further to show you where you can get those same kicks now if you’re pockets are feeling a bit nostalgic. Keep scrolling to see our picks:



Missy Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly (1997)
The Sneaker: Nike Air Force 1 Mid

On top of redefining the genre of hip-hop for a new era of female emcees in the mid ‘90s, Missy Elliott was also known for her eclectic style. On the cover of her debut LP Supa Dupa Fly, the rapstress proved to be just that with a custom leather baseball jersey and a pair of super fresh white-on-white Uptowns. When it came to steez, Missy always put her thing down, flipped it, and reversed it for the culture.

Available At: Foot Locker



LL Cool J – Radio (1985)
The Sneaker: Air Jordan 1 Hi “Bred”

Technically this is the back cover of the original King James’ debut album, but it still counts! Who would’ve known that a sneaker — the “Bred” 1s to be exact — he was donning during his “Rock The Bells” era three decades ago would still be a sought-after shoe in 2018. The shoe is so iconic in fact that it’s dropping again this Friday in Chicago (and again next month as a wider release) with a completely warped style from the original design.

Available At: Flight Club



The Game – The Documentary (2005)
The Sneaker: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi

No sneaker in the history of West Coast hip-hop defines the region more than a pair of Chuck Taylors. For The Game’s debut album on Aftermath/G-Unit Records — what is it about first albums and sneakers? — he chose black high tops with the white toe box and equally crisp laces. Five million copies later, The Documentary is still a classic. Whether or not the All Stars helped pushed those numbers is arguable.

Available At: Converse



Busta Flex – Busta Flex (1998)
The Sneaker: Air Jordan 13 Retro “He Got Game”

Dropping some UK flavor on us, French MC Busta Flex busted out more than a fresh jam on his, yep, debut album. Ironically, the LP’s lead single was called “Kick avec mes Nike” (translation: “Kick with my Nike”), which probably influenced him to rock these classic sneakers we now know as the “He Got Game” 13s famously worn by Denzel Washington in the 1998 film. In the words of the French, c’est d’la bombe!

Available At: Stadium Goods



A$AP Mob – Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy (2017)
The Sneaker(s): [on J. Scott] Reebok Club C 85 / [on A$AP Rocky] adidas x Rick Owens Cargo Sandals.

Last year A$AP Mob had one of the best crew rap albums of 2017, with each member adding an element that proves why they work so well together as a unit. Of course, anyone familiar with the Mob knows how important they take their fashion game. While Rocky dons a pair of Rick Owens that only he could pull off, DJ J. Scott balances it out in a Reebok model we all know and love. Cozy Boys for sure.

Available At: Reebok / eBay



Wale – The Album About Nothing (2015)
The Sneaker(s): [on Wale] Air Jordan 4 Retro “Black Cement” / [on Seinfeld] Air Jordan 6 Retro “Sports Blue”

In a match made in sneakerhead heaven, Wale and Jerry Seinfeld (yes, THE Seinfeld) came together for a meeting of the minds on this perfectly-executed album cover. While the D.C. MC chose a more general Jordan release, our guy Seinfeld stayed true to style and rocked the same “Sports Blue” 6s he’s been championing since his days on primetime NBC. We still can’t believe how well this duo came together.

Available At: Stadium Goods / Flight Club



J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014)
The Sneaker: Air Jordan 1 Retro “Carmine”

As we prepare for J. Cole’s pleasant surprise called KOD arriving tomorrow, it’s never a bad time to look back at his previously-released modern classic, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Themed around his childhood home in Queens, the Roc Nation golden boy sits atop said house with a pair of kicks that any sneaker fiend wouldn’t mind having in their daily rotation.

Available At: StockX



Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner (2003)
The Sneaker: Nike Air Max BW

This king of Grime is an innovator in every sense of the word, especially when it came to bringing brand endorsements overseas. Dizzee has done tons of collabs with Nike since gaining notoriety for this album, and his influence has gone on to inspire his successors in the game. Stormzy and adidas? Skepta and Air Max? It all started with this guy.

Available At: eBay



Chi-Ali – The Fabulous Chi-Ali (1992)
The Sneaker: Air Jordan 6 Retro “Infrared”

The fabulous Bronx MC also has on some fabulously fly kicks for his first and only album to date. While the sneakers he had on are probably more memorable than the album itself, we still give the Native Tongues affiliate props for his contributions to the culture. We wonder if Chi still has his OG pair, especially since the last time we saw these bad boys drop was in 2014.

Available At: Stadium Goods



Grandmaster Flash – The Source (1986)
The Sneaker: PONY Slam Dunk

Of course, we had to bring it home with all puns intended on this one. On the cover for Grandmaster Flash’s fourth LP, he kept it fresh in a classic product of New York. Both Flash and PONY are considered icons of the ’80s, so this pairing ended up being a match for the ages. Calling your album The Source, well, that’s just an added bonus.

Available At: Amazon



Honorable Mention: Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda” [Single] (2014)
The Sneaker: Air Jordan 4 Retro GS “Game Royal”

One look at “The Generous Queen” on the single cover of her record-breaking single is enough to turn heads (or crash a car), but the Js that she’s rocking are pretty clean too. Of course, you get a pass if they weren’t the first thing you noticed in this picture though.

Available At: Flight Club



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Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Cardi B Lead Billboard Nominations

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:21am

Words by Jasmine Johnson

Billboard has released their nominees for their annual Music Awards. Kendrick Lamar is the leading artist this year with over 15 nominations that includes: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Selling Album and more. Drake is right behind him with nine nominations this year. Cardi B is the leading female artists with seven nominations that include: Top New Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Streaming Artist and many more. She also shares a nomination with Bhad Barbie and Nicki Minaj in the Top Female Rap Artist.

It will air on May 20 on NBC. Peep a few of the nominations below and click here for more of the list.

Top Artist
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift
Top Female Artist
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Halsey
  • Demi Lovato
  • Taylor Swift
Top Male Artist
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran
Top Hot 100 Song
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
  • Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
  • Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
  • Ed Sheeran, “Shape Of You”
Top Selling Album
  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  • P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
  • Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
  • Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
  • Taylor Swift, Reputation
Top New Artist
  • 21 Savage
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Khalid
  • Kodak Black
Top Streaming Songs Artist
  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Kendrick
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran
Top Rap Artist
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Migos
  • Post Malone
Top R&B Artist
  • Chris Brown
  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • SZA
  • The Weeknd

 

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Jay-Z Wins a Peabody Award For His Documentary Film

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:12am

Words by Jasmine Johnson

Earlier this week, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced the nine winners in the Documentary category, which includes Jay-Z for his film, Time: The Kalief Browder Story. It was described as a “powerful miniseries illuminating the greatest flaws of our criminal justice system,”

Time: The Kalief Browder Story faced-off against 60 other nominees, which were chosen from nearly 1,200 entries. The award is the first Peabody for Jay-Z, but not the first for the Carter-Knowles family. In 2017, Beyoncé’s Lemonade won a Peabody in the entertainment category.  

Hov hasn’t yet mentioned his award-winning film, but he wanted to pay tribute to the late rapper Kalief Browder as modern prophet. “Our prophets come in many different shapes, forms, or mediums,” Jay said. “This young man just by the fact that he brought all of us here today lets you know how powerful of a soul he was.” This past weekend he surprised everyone by appearing at Beyoncé’s Coachella set rapping a verse on “Deja Vu.” The On the Run Tour II will start on June 6 in the UK.

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Senate Repeals Obama-Era Law Fighting Auto Loan Discrimination

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:01am

A new report by the Washington Post reveals that the Senate has voted to rollback a regulation set in place by former President Barack Obama that fights against auto loan race-based discrimination. The final vote was held at Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with 51 senators voting to move forward with the bill and 47 voting against it — a vote that was largely along party lines with the exception of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III.

The bill was first introduced on March 22 by Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, a Republican, who claims that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was hurting the auto industry because of the legislation.

“The CFPB wrongly used its over-reaching indirect auto-lending guidance as an enforcement weapon, proceeding down the path of an aggressive enforcement action in search of ‘market-tipping settlements,” Moran said on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

According to the Washington Post, The CFPB believes that auto dealers would charge Black and Hispanic borrowers more for an auto loan than a White person even if they had the same credit score. Several auto lenders were fined millions of dollars by the federal agency for discrimination  according to the report.  These watchdog tactics by the federal agency is what led Senator Moran and others in Congress voting for the new legislation to believe that auto lenders feared being fined thus freezing their willingness to offer discounts, or any other benefits to those seeking auto loans.

“They may try to dress it up with political spin, but today the Senate endorsed discrimination,” Karl Frisch, executive director of the consumer watchdog organization Allied Progress told the Washington Post.

With the bill now passing the Senate, the House of Representatives will take a vote on the legislation before it reaches President Trump‘s desk. There is no reason to believe this bill will not be easily passed through the majority republican House and signed by President Trump.

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