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A Look at New York Through the Lens of Jamel Shabazz

TheSource Feed - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:29am

Words by Fatima Barrie

Born and bred in Brooklyn, NY, Jamel Shabazz is one of New York’s most prominent and influential photographers. For nearly 40 years, Shabazz has captured images of the evolving era of culture, Hip-Hop, and street style of young black and Latin people of New York. He’s most popularly recognized for his breathtaking photos that documented the emergence of Hip-Hop in the 1980’s.

After being enlisted into the Vietnam War, Shabazz came back to an unfamiliar Brooklyn. His once beloved hometown was now struck by violence, and the crack epidemic was slowly trickling in. His aim as a photographer was to preserve the culture and uplift his community by shedding light on positivity. Shabazz was able to fulfill this by engaging and building relationships with every person he photographed. Doing this, he captured the essence of their being, telling a unique story through their pose. The influence of Hip-Hop heavily shined through in his shots. Boomboxes, bamboo earrings, shelltoe sneakers, and oversized glasses were elements that pinpoint authentic 80’s and 90’s style. In an interview with the Bronx Museum Teen Council, Shabazz explained that one of his first published works was featured in The Source Magazine’s 1998 100th issue, “The Greatest Moments of Hip-Hop.” The sold out issue dedicated multiple pages to his photos, introducing readers to a whole new world; images of regular people in the hood who looked just like them. What people appreciated then and now about his work is his perspective of beauty and embrace of diversity in African-American neighborhoods. His powerful photos oozed cool and originality like no other. His images have been shared in several exhibitions worldwide and he has written books displaying his distinguished catalogue. Enjoy this blast from the past gallery celebrating Jamel Shabazz’s legacy.

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MTV’S New TRL Announces DJ Khaled As Its Godfather

TheSource Feed - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:22am

Words by Shanice Stephanie

The Miami-native producer, social media star, platinum selling artist, proud dad and now Godfather of MTV’s TRL; it’s no wonder DJ Khaled is forever Grateful.

Khaled proudly and energetically inaugurated the new TRL show alongside Ed Sheeran, Migos and TRL host DC Young Fly and Tamara Dhia, which launched October 2nd at 3:30 pm in New York’s Time Square. This week’s lineup includes Noah Cyrus, Playboi Carti, PRETTYMUCH, Demi Lovato, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Why don’t We, Travis Scott and Romeo Santos. Dc Young Fly, Tamara Dhia, Amy Pham, Erik Zachary and Lawrence Jackson are said to rotate their hosting duties.  

DJ Khaled will make a few more special appearances on TRL throughout the year.  For those of you who missed the premiere, there was one memorable moment that had fans in awe. Now as we all know, the ball in Times Square only drops on New Year’s Eve but for Godfather Khaled and the TRL re-launch they made an exception.  DJ Khaled and his son Asahd were brought out to drop the ball which definitely created a monumental moment in pop culture and TV. TRL is said to become the main connection for youth culture and millions of fans. Almost ten years later after Total Request Live was put to bed we’re definitely glad and excited to have it back. The people look forward to what TRL has in store.

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Tidal X Brooklyn Combines Music and Philanthropy

TheSource Feed - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:15am

Words by Shanice Stephanie

Looks like Tidal X Brooklyn is the place to be. A couple of weeks ago Tidal released the line up for the upcoming benefit concert and it looks like Joey Bada$$ couldn’t miss out.

A member of Hip-Hop group Pro Era Joey teams up with Tidal to support victims affected by natural disasters worldwide. Joey will be performing alongside various entertainers such as JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Vic Mensa, Yo Gotti, Fifth Harmony, and A$ap Ferg. Other artists that are said to take the stage are Kaskade, Daddy Yankee, Willow Smith, Chloe x Halle, Cipha Sounds, Jesse Reyez, Iggy Azalea Princess Nokia, Tee Grizzley and many more.  

This is Tidal’s third annual benefit concert which is set to take place in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 17th hosted by the Voice of NY, Angie Martinez. All proceeds will go to organizations that support those affected by the recent horrific natural disasters including, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the numerous earthquakes that has hit Mexico. Some of the charities that are involved are The Empire State Relief and Recovery effort for Puerto Rico, Global Giving, All hands volunteers, Kids in need foundation, Direct relief, One America Appeal, Greater Houston Community Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Miami community foundation, and Habitat for humanity in Puerto Rico.

Tidal’s benefit concert is sponsored by Bacardi Rum who has already committed to donate $1.3 million to the charities. Since 2015 Tidal x Benefit concerts have raised more than 3 million dollars.

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Jared Leto to Play Hugh Hefner In Upcoming Biopic

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 6:16pm

Hot on the heels of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s death, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Jared Leto will star as the American businessman on camera. Director Brett Ratner began thinking about this project earlier on in the year. Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment initially obtained the rights to the film, but when they expired, the rights went to producer Jerry Weintraub for Warner Bros. Ratner purchased them in 2015 when Weintraub passed away. Leto is apparently the man for the job.

“Jared is an old friend,” says Brett Ratner, the director of the upcoming film. “When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”

It was initially believed that Robert Downey Jr. would be playing Hugh Hefner, but the role has gone to famed Suicide Squad actor Leto. Leto had planned on meeting Hugh in April of this year, yet the 91 year old wasn’t in proper health and the get together never took place. Ratner states “There’s enough footage on Hef out there that Jared will be able to get as much information as he wants.”

 

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LG’s Wallpaper TV Is Impossibly Thin

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:24pm

Thinner is considered better when it comes to technology. Slimmer, smaller and sleeker is preferred in tech products nowadays. LG has considered this fact and in turn has created a cutting edge TV. Producing a television as thin as most smartphones, LG’s new Wallpaper TV features a 65 inch or 77 inch screen and weighs about 17 pounds.

Due to its extremely thin stature, an external sound bar speaker for power and video will be packaged in. The new piece of technology truly looks as if it is animated wallpaper when its in a mounted state.

Check out a video unboxing of the product in the video below and buy now on LG for $7,000.

 

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O.J. Simpson Was Acquitted for the Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson on This Day in 1995

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:27pm

The double murder of O.J. Simpson’s estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman turned into a sensational trial that made its mark in history.

The epic 11 month trial was ended once O.J.’s “dream team” convinced jurors that Simpson’s guilt had not been proved “beyond a reasonable doubt”. A single glove found outside of OJ’s home matched the glove found at the crime scene. O.J.’s blood was found on the glove from a wound that he had on his hand, as well as the blood of Nicole and Goldman. Her blood was also found on a sock inside of O.J.’s estate. Additionally, he purchased a “Stilleto” knife, which is believed to be the murder weapon.

Notable defense attorney Johnnie Cochran encouraged the prosecutor to have O.J. put on the glove found at the crime scene. Many were skeptical arguing that the glove shrunk after examinations and being drenched in blood. However, Cochran was sure that the glove didn’t belong to his client and made one point that resonated with the jury, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”.

On October 3rd, 1995 O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder on both counts.

 

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Travis Scott x Ksubi Collaboration Detailed

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:24pm

At the Night Show 

This past April, Travis Scott unleashed plans to produce a collaborative collection with Austrian denim designer Ksubi. The denim and apparel collections aesthetic is an ode to his home state of Texas’ culture. Speaking to Vouge exclusively, Travis Scott divulged more details about his new Ksubi collaboration.

“That shit is dope. Dumb crazy. It makes you feel like you’re in an action movie,” exclaims the artist. “Certain brands cater to the culture … Sometimes clothes make it through generations of artists, and it’s just because the designer is designing to the time and the culture. That’s what I think is dope about brands [like Ksubi]: It’s dope when a brand can captivate what’s going on with kids—it’s not out of touch. With or without me.”

 

Distressed denim is an integral part of the ten piece collection. “Distressed jeans are a sign you’ve been through some sh*t, more so than a clean jean,” stated La Flame. “I just wanted to keep it Texas culture—just real simple. Ready-to-wear dope sh*t.”

 

Travis Scott wears Ksubi on the regular so this collab is one that the artist intends on actually donning with consistency. “This is the sh*t that I’m like, man, when I’m dippin’ at my crib … This is what I want to slide out in, wear everyday, all day, when I’m chillin’ at the crib, when I just wanna take a shower after getting out of my pajamas, and put these on, go outside, and chill. And it’s fresh, too, [for a] party. I like to mix up levels. I didn’t want to make nothing that was too out of reach.” Travis Scott’s latest Vogue feature is now available online.

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Donald Trump’s Visit to Puerto Rico Was Very Interesting

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:52pm

As promised, Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico and it was interesting to say the least.

Donald told the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico that they “should be very proud” that only an estimated 16 people died in contrast to the hundreds of people that died in “a real catastrophe like Katrina.”

“Every death is a horror,” Trump said, “but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous — hundreds and hundreds of people that died — and you look at what happened here with, really, a storm that was just totally overpowering … no one has ever seen anything like this.”

After downplaying Hurricane Maria that left the island powerless and completely destroyed, he downplayed the death poll some more.

16 people certified,” Trump said. “Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud. Everybody watching can really be very proud of what’s taken place in Puerto Rico.

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Christian Louboutin is Open to Meeting Cardi B

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:22pm

Christian Louboutin’s red-soled shoes has become an icon in the Hip Hop community. His brand has gained the admiration of so many people like JAY-Z, Kanye West, Future, Nicki Minaj, and now Cardi B.

Cardi’s platinum-selling, No. 1 hit references the brand in a notable line: “These is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes”. The line breathed new life to the luxury footwear because now everyone is out here trying to make money moves.

The New York Times caught up with the French designer and he admitted that he wasn’t a rap fan but he does know of the Bronx emcee. “She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song? […] I don’t know much more than that, to be honest,” Christian said. But he is open to meeting her one day, and that’ll probably make Cardi very happy considering that that she has about 90 pairs of red bottoms.

Cardi’s stylist unveiled the shocking amount of shoes the rapper has in an interview with Billboard. He also explained why the luxury shoe is a status symbol in the Bronx.

She has to have over 90 pairs […] She usually buys a pair or two every couple of weeks. Where she’s from, when girls are ready to get dressed up that’s what you wear. And in real life, before ‘Bodak’ blew up, she wore red bottoms because that’s what it means to make it in the Bronx. It’s a status symbol that the masses can relate to; everyday girls work hard and save up their money to have that shoe. Cardi did the same.

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Watch Miley Cyrus’ Pop Rendition of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:44pm

Miley Cyrus stopped by The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and played a game of ‘Musical Genre’, and of course “Bodak Yellow” appeared on the generator. Miley was cued by xylophones and sung an impromptu pop version of Cardi B’s platinum-selling, No. 1 hit.

The performance was actually pretty impressive, as Miley edited the curse words on the spot. Jimmy Fallon came through with the melody, and it actually sounded like they practiced this before.

Although Miley did a solid job, it should not be mistaken as a re-acceptance into the Hip Hop community. She has been a controversial figure in Hip Hop following her 2013 VMAs performance, and collaboration with Mike WILL Made-It. After all that appropriation Hannah Montana suddenly realized that Hip Hop is misogynistic, and wanted to distance herself from the genre. But apparently she couldn’t get too far.

Check out Miley Cyrus’ pop rendition above for yourself. It begins at 4:05.

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A Closer Look at The Latest adidas x Alexander Wang Sneakers

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:42pm

Wang Kicks 

adidas originals and Alexander Wang have collaborated once again and their latest footwear is on point. Two color way options of, both the the adidas AW Run Mid and adidas AW Skate Mid will release come October 7. The adidas AW Adilette comes dressed in gum, black and white. 

Made up of suede the AW Skate Mid is gum bottomed while  the AW Run Mid is composed of a knit upper with a color riddled  cushiony midsole. The full collection of kicks will be made available at Alexander Wang’s official website and select retailers on October 7.    Check out the rest of adidas and Alexander Wang’s second drop and read about how he stepped down as CEO of his own company. 

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Chuck Low From ‘Goodfellas’ Died Last Month & Everyone Just Found Out

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:19pm

It regrets us to inform you that Chuck Low has passed away.

The actor died on September 18th in a nursing home in New Jersey according to The New York Times. He was 89.

Chuck connected with De Niro in the 1970s when he worked as a realty developer and De Niro was one of his tenants. The two became good pals and Chuck made his acting debut in The King of Comedy. He went on to play other roles including Shlomo Teittleman in The Sopranos, The Mission, Once Upon A Time in America and others, but he is best remembered for his role as Morrie in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.

Press play above to watch the infamous scene in Goodfellas where De Niro’s character choked Chuck with a phone cord.

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Trump Is Walking the Streets of Puerto Rico Right Now

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:57pm

President Trump is currently meeting with victims of Hurricane Maria and speaking face to face with residents of the devastated island. The leader is joined by Governor Ricardo Rossello and first lady Melania Trump.

“Your governor and your mayor have done a real fantastic job,” Trump told a man whose home had been devastated.

 

Trump explained at the start of a briefing on Hurricane Maria recovery efforts the difference between the death toll in Puerto Rico to the deaths from Hurricane Katrina.

“Every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the tremendous, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody’s ever seen anything like this, and what is your death count as of this moment? 17?”

 

Governor Ricardo Rossello clarified by saying “16.”

 

Trump stated, “16 people certified. 16 people versus in the thousands, you can be very proud. All of your people, all of our people working together. 16 versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.”

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Here’s Everything We Know About the Gunman from the Las Vegas Massacre

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:56pm

Stephen Paddock has been identified as the shooter who opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, causing this massacre to be the deadliest in American history.

Police said Paddock had at least 23 guns in his hotel suite that he owned legally and began shooting from two windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino just after 10 p.m. into a crowd of 22,000 people.

Here’s everything we know about him according to Business Insider,

  • In Nevada, where Paddock lived anyone who is 18 years old can own a firearm.
  • He is a white 64-year-old retired accountant.
  • His father was a notorious bank robber on the FBI’s most wanted list as “Patrick Paddock
  • He executed the shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where he had been staying since last Thursday.
  • He lived within driving distance of the Las Vegas strip in an upscale retirement community.
  • Nevada does not license gun owners, require guns to be registered, limit the number of guns a person can purchase in one sale, or impose a waiting period on gun purchases.
  • Paddock had no criminal record beyond a routine citation several years ago that was handled in court.
  • Paddock has no religious affiliation nor political.
  • ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting but provided no proof.

The exact reason for the attack is yet to be determined.

 

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Fabri Fibra: The Real Italian Rap Phenomenon Goes Platinum Again

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:11am

Fabri Fibra is a pivotal figure in the Italian Rap/ Hip Hop scene, with over ten albums under his belt and having collaborated with the likes of Redman, Organized Noize and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Fibra’s credentials speak for themselves.

In a career that spans three decades, the Senigallia native has released numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records. At 40 years of age, Fibra continues to dominate the Italian music landscape with his recent single, “Fenomeno,” reaching gold status. This album titling single addresses the current state of Italian Hip-Hop, a scene Fibra believes is plagued by culture-vultures who release music lacking soul, due to being preoccupied with their image.

Although a legend in his homeland, Fibra has remained somewhat of an unknown entity beyond the peninsula’s shores, in no short part owing to the language barrier faced by listeners from non-Italian speaking backgrounds. Fibra did however recently gain rotation on Ebro Darden’s Beats1 radio through Apple Music, the first Italian artist to achieve this accolade, reaching an audience in over 100 nations.

Earlier this year Fibra also gained the attention of skating legend Tony Hawk after the Italian rapper released an online dedication to the skater’s unwavering commitment to his culture, a parallel Fibra draws with his own involvement in Hip-Hop. Hawk shared the song “Tony Hawk” on social media; joking that “I can cross “featured in an Italian rap song” off my bucket list”.

Fabri Fibra recently travelled to California to film his latest video “Stavo Pensando A Te” and is going from strength to strength, showing no sign of letting up in representing Italian Hip-Hop’s quality on a worldwide scale. “Fenomeno” is out now through Universal Music Group and has just gone platinum itself.

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Lords of the Underground’s DoItAll Evolves Into Politics

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 9:59am

Words by Ime Ekpo

One-third of one of Hip-Hop’s most notable trios, Lords of the Underground has made the decision to step into the world of politics.

With a goal to expand the music and arts industry in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, Dupre “DoItAll” Kelly of legendary Hip-Hop trio, Lords of the Underground recently announced his planned candidacy as Councilman for the 2018 May election.

Last month, on September 14th, DoItAll announced his campaign in front of his Newark childhood home on 19th Street with over two tons of supporters, including UTFO’s Kangol Kid and Rock Steady Crew’s own Crazy Legs.

As a councilman, I will utilize my years in the entertainment business to expand our arts and cultural industry in Newark to hire more, to empower more, to do more for our great city.

DoItAll is currently the CEO of Newark-based media production and event planning company, 211 Media Group and also the co-founder of 211 Community Impact– a nonprofit organization dedicated to the youth that focuses on matters in the likes of gun violence, mental health and literacy.

Prior to his candidacy, Kelly has been active in the Newark, New Jersey community through his 211 Community Impact organization by providing community education programs, accessible public policy resources and forums for inclusive dialogue.

All nine of Newark’s city council seats will be up for election May 2018 and of course, this is Kelly’s first attempt at running for office.

Lords of the Underground are best known for their funky rhymes and lyrical acrobatics with classics in the likes of “Chief Rocka”, “Funky Child”, and “Tic Toc”. The trio  won BET’s best rap group award in 1993.

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LaVar Ball Is Pulling His UCLA Commit Son MeLo Out Of High School To Be Homeschooled

TheSource Feed - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 8:57am

LaVar Ball will not have a third son graduate from Chino Hills High School. Ball is pulling his youngest son, junior LaMelo Ball, from the school. Instead, LaMelo will be a home-schooler and train for the next two year, according to media reports.

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The UCLA commit’s oldest brother, Lonzo Ball, is currently a Los Angeles Lakers rookie. Lonzo was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft after one season at UCLA. LaVar’s middle son, LiAngelo Ball, will be a freshman at UCLA during the upcoming college basketball season.

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General Motors Announces All-Electric Car Line By 2023

TheSource Feed - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 8:53pm

AFter over 100 years of selling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This morning, the American automotive giant announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future. That starts with two new, fully electric models next year—then at least 18 more by 2023.

That product onslaught puts the company at the forefront of an increasingly large crowd of automakers proclaiming the age of electricity and promising to move away from gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. In recent months, Volvo, Aston Martin, and Jaguar Land Rover have announced similar moves. GM’s announcement is particularly noteworthy because it’s among the very largest automakers on the planet. It sold 10 million cars last year, ranging from pickups to SUVs to urban runabouts.

“General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product. “We are far along in our plan to lead the way to that future world.”

Reuss did not give a date for the death knell of the GM gas- or diesel-powered car, saying the transition will happen at different speeds in different markets and regions. The new all-electric models will be a mix of battery electric cars and fuel cell-powered vehicles.

General Motors’ history hasn’t been especially kind to electric mobility. Its invention of the automatic starter helped kill the first wave of electric cars at the start of the 20th century. This is the company that experimented with battery power in the EV-1, only to recall the two-seater from its owners, crush them all, and pile the carcasses up in a junkyard. In the first years of the 21st century, while Toyota was making hybrids popular with the Prius, GM was hawking the Hummer.

Over the past decade, the Detroit giant has positioned itself for a different sort of future. First came the hybrid electric Chevy Volt. Then came GM’s great coup, the Chevy Bolt, the 200-mile, $30,000 electric car that hit market long before Tesla’s Model 3. GM is seriously pursuing semi-autonomous and fully driverless cars. It offers the first car on US roads with vehicle-to-vehicle communication capability. Now, it talks about its plans to eliminate vehicle pollution, congestion, and traffic deaths.

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