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Karmaloop is a sinking ship. The menswear clothing brand is millions of dollars in debt, suffering major loses from not-so-smart investments, and fell victim to customers’ shunning of traditional brands. But don’t worry, Kanye West and Dame Dash are here to save the day, Billboard reports.
“We linking up and we decided to buy Karmaloop — we just talked about it, it’s gonna happen,” Dash said in an Instagram video about his joint venture with West. “We just about to do some new sh**, you know, stick together culturally — take over the world and create a whole new industry and just play the game fair.”
Karmaloop spiraled out of control and eventually had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last Monday, according to The Boston Globe. Some say the streetwear brand was overly ambitious when it decided to launch other businesses Monark Box, Miss KL and Boylston Trading, which cost money but yielded no returns.
The fashion retailer also thought it was a good idea to launch Karmaloop TV, which was also a flop.
According to The Boston Globe, Karmaloop incurred between $100 million and $500 million debt. The company is chained to Insight Venture Partners of New York for $8 million and owes $1 million to Google. And there are several more creditors.
“Approximately $10 million is owed to Eastward Capital Partners V, L.P., and another $15 million of debt owed to other junior and subordinated secured lenders. In addition to certain trade debt, the Debtors also owe certain creditors unsecured amounts on promissory notes and loans,” JD Supra Business Advisor wrote.
Despite the troubles, Dash and West are feeling emboldened and told Greg Skelkoe, the founder and CEO of Karmaloop, that they are willing to revive the brand for a piece of the pie. Skelkoe was in talks with the duo on Tuesday and said, “I am here to stay no matter who we join forces [with].”
Dash, in particular, is passionate about reviving Karmaloop, especially since he’s out to get the company’s rival. “I’m going to put Complex out of business for f**king with me. I don’t like them. It’s a war between me and them,” Dame declared, according to AllHipHop.
Like most of us in various Internet communities across the country, the good people of Very Smart Brothas, were discussing Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and their recent comments directed at their shared ex, Amber Rose. The article was good (as expected) and generally expressed what I felt about the situation (minus the love I have for Amber Rose). Essentially, Panama, the author of the piece, was arguing that it was super wack for both Wiz and Kanye to attempt to slut shame or berate Rose now that they were no longer with her; especially Wiz, considering Amber is the mother of his son.
Both Kanye and Wiz knew she was a stripper and both decided to date and perhaps love her anyway. But the minute the relationship went sour, all of a sudden her being a stripper was a huge problem. And not only was it an issue, Amber, a woman they had both publicly and repeatedly acknowledged as their lady, was suddenly dirty and unworthy of their time and affection.
But it was in the comment section that I found something I wanted to ask you all, our readers and commenters, about and see if you agreed with the statement: You never know a man until you tell him no.
Now that is interesting.
You might be wondering did Amber tell Wiz and Kanye no? Why yes, yes she did. She’s said that she is the one who broke up with Kanye. That’s a hard no. And in response to his infidelity, she told Wiz no [more] when she filed for that divorce.
But it didn’t just happen with Amber and these rappers. It happens to us, “regular women” everyday.
I believe the commenter or someone responding to her referenced the men on the street who, when they’re trying to holler at you, call you all types of Queens and Goddesses. But the minute you tell that same dude you’re not interested or have a boyfriend, then suddenly you morph into a bitch who was ugly anyway.
Beyoncé even had a song about something like this about a man who flipped when she said they couldn’t have sex. It’s called “Yes.”
Ladies, sing along if you know it:
I said yes to your number and
And yes to you dating me
Yes we can be together
But you got to wait for me
The first time I said no,
It’s like I never said yes.
In the name of fairness and equality, we could say the same is true for woman. No one likes rejection. But men, who have largely been programmed to place much value on their pride and ego, are perhaps more likely to take a bruise to the ego far more personally and lash out because of it.
I was discussing this notion with a man earlier today and he argued that a woman can learn just as much from a yes as she can from a no. Basically, he said you don’t know a man until you see his reaction to all of your responses.
But I still think watching someone when they’re not getting what they want is far more character revealing and informative than watching them when they’re satisfied and content.
But those are just my thoughts. What do you think about the statement? Do you think it applies to men and women equally or does it tend to be more egregious in men due to pride and ego? Share your thoughts.
Growing up, I didn’t have a crystal clear picture of what I wanted to do or the woman I wanted to become. You always heard about how accomplished doctors and lawyers were, along with educators and those employed in the civil service who try to pay it forward.
Nowadays, I’m a bit scared about what we consider success and the concept of leaving a legacy.
To celebrate his wife reaching 30 million Twitter followers, Kanye West thought it was a good idea to post nude images of Kim Kardashian for all to see. This is nothing new for the couple as they both seem to think it’s a wonderful idea for assets typically left for the bedroom to be on full display — and full frontal for that matter. For just $10 bucks, folks could view Kim Kardashian completely nude in last year’s Paper magazine, or pay $18 to see everything she’s working with in Love Magazine. Aside from questioning an obviously askew moral compass, I have to stop and think about what it is that drives Kim, Kanye and their brand. Is success for them having millions of social media followers who they entice with explicit photos? What legacy are they leaving, and how will it impact their daughter North’s concept of what it takes to build a brand and leave something for the next generation?
Kim and Kanye certainly aren’t the only ones capitalizing on questionable behavior. Many would consider Mona Scott-Young a trailblazer when it comes to the entertainment industry. Her company, Monami Entertainment is responsible for popular reality television shows like the Love & Hip Hop franchise with spin-offs in Atlanta and Hollywood (the original takes place in New York City). Will her legacy be her ability to break through doors previously closed to African Americans, or criticism about the “ratchet” content she creates that continues to exploit Black stereotypes?
Or what about the new cult-classic show Empire that has quickly made its network the most-watched in Black homes? Is it another case of exploitation or pure entertainment that shouldn’t be taken so seriously? Many would argue how refreshing it is to see an all-Black cast deliver memorable performances on a show co-created and executive produced by Blacks.
At the end of the day, life and business is about supply and demand. Should we get mad at those in a position to create content for the general masses who capitalize on what people want to see, or question their ideals about building a legacy of value, going beyond gimmick and popularity?
We’ve seen how folks who we thought were on the straight and narrow can easily tarnish their legacy due to poor decisions. Bill Cosby was a pioneer in creating positive images of Black family life with The Cosby Show and A Different World. Yet, his legacy continues to come under fire after numerous allegations of sexual assault. And what about Dr. Ben Carson, the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head? It’s safe to say some have lost respect for him after his remarks that equated Obamacare to being the worst thing since slavery.
What is your definition of being successful or leaving a legacy? Is it always about the bottom line, or should your morals affect your business decisions?
Many of us have been wondering why Kanye West is okay with nude photos of his wife floating around the Internet—including R&B singer Tank, who recently called out the rapper. His rant came during an appearance on web show Have a Seat Radio during a segment called “The Golden Chair,” where celebrities are afforded the opportunity to give someone else the Sit The F-ck Down” award.
The 39-year-old prefaced his rant by explaining that although he is a fan of Kanye, he can’t really get with Yeezy’s obsession with folks gawking at Kim’s naked body.
“As much as I am a fan of this guy, I think he definitely deserves this golden chair. Im’a go Kanye.”
“I just want to know how many pictures of Kim are we going to put out there with barely no clothes on? I just want to know how many pictures of your wife—with a baby—like you know what I’m saying?”
The “Please Don’t Go” singer went on to say that this type of behavior sets a poor example for the couple’s only daughter, North West.
“At a certain point we have to grow up and we have to be examples for our children. Alright? Let’s stop putting this married woman’s assets all over the place.”
As for his own personal life, Tank says that you’ll never see any wife of his plastered all over the web in her birthday suit.
“As a man, when I get married, I’m not putting my woman’s assets out on the blogs for people. That is mine,” he said. “When I oil it up, I’m oiling it up for me.”
What are your thoughts on Tank’s comments? Is he sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong?
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Dr. Kanye West. We’re sure Kanye likes the sound of that. The rapper and sometime designer, will receive a honorary doctorate degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. Of course, West made the announcement himself in an interview with Clique. According to West, the honor will be bestowed upon him on May 5.
West, who made his 2004 debut with the CD entitled The College Dropout, boasted he has always been gifted.
“I was a gifted artist since age five and won national competitions and went to art school,” West said.
The 37-year-old Chicago native did briefly attend the American Academy of Art and Chicago State University (where his late mother was a professor) before leaving school out to pursue music when he was 20, reports Black Enterprise.
West seems to be in a collegiate mood. Just last month, he gave a lecture to the Oxford Guild Society at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History where he said he regretted not attending the Art Institute.
“If I could have done it again, I would have gone to the Art Institute over the American Academy,” Daily Mail reports the Grammy winning hip hop star as saying.
Amber Rose is tired of being shamed and dogged for her assumed behaviors while men are congratulated for them and women with lighter skin and faker bodies are rewarded. So she’s arranging a Slut Walk in Los Angeles. And she sat down with “Entertainment Tonight’s” Brooke Anderson to talk about just a few of the recent actions that caused her to put this whole thing together, like the Twitter back and forth with Khloe Kardashian and Kanye West’s recent comments about having to take 30 showers after the two broke up.
Check out a few highlights from the interview and then the whole thing in the video below.
Why she’s having a slut walk?
It’s important for me because I deal with it everyday. I deal with it via social media, people out on the street. They don’t quite understand why I post what I post and how I speak on social media. I just recently dealt with that with my ex saying that he had to take 30 showers after he’s been with me.
We were happy when we were together and now all of a sudden I’m getting slut shamed because we’re not together anymore and it’s unfair. And I feel like women deal with that constantly on a daily basis and I’m sick of it. And I’m here for my girls and we’re going to do the Amber Rose Slut Walk this summer and it’s going to be awesome. I’m going to do it in LA this year and then hopefully, New York, Chicago, Miami like branch off.
How are she and Khloe these days?
She can come to my slut walk too. I mean, I don’t hate Khloe. I don’t hate her.
This is the thing because I was a dancer at a very young age– yes, I could have totally minded my business when it came to her younger sister and her relationship; but me being a dancer at such a young age, dealing with older men gave me the humility and knowledge to speak on such a subject. So I can understand why it came across the wrong way to her. I get it. But that’s a phone call she could have had with me.
She didn’t have to tweet 11 times and try to humiliate me when the only reason why these girls have careers is because their older sister had a little fun on tape. Let’s be realistic. Which I never ever hated on that. I’m all over a woman making something out of nothing. If you can do something and bring your whole family on, make millions of dollars? That’s dope to me. I love that. But I feel like because Kim is dating my ex is kind of weird. But I would love for them to reach out. I don’t have a problem with those girls.
Check out the full video below.
In a recent interview with Clique TV, Kanye West described racism as “dated.”
When asked about the topic, West said “It’s like a silly concept that people try to touch on…to separate, to alienate, to pinpoint anything. It’s stupid.”
“It’s like a bouncing ball in a room with two cats, or something, when you don’t feel like playing with a cat. Let them literally fight over the bouncing ball. And the bouncing ball has nothing, no purpose, anything other than that: It bounces. That’s racism. It’s not an actual thing that even means anything.”
Kanye went on to say, “It’s something that was used to hold people back in the past, but now there’s been so many leaps and breaking of the rules that it’s like it’s played out like a style from the 1800s or something.”
However, Ye had a different perspective on the N Word. The rapper stated, it’s “difficult for black people right now. It does hurt when we hear that, because we’re still in a generation that remembers when racism was a big thing that held people back.”
“And it’s now it’s more classism,” he continued, “you’re social status can hold you back now.”
West definitely has unique views on things. I, personally, actually enjoy his interviews. What do you guys think? Do you agree?
Lindsay Lohan has found herself in some hot water for getting a little too comfortable on social media recently.
According to the Daily Mail, the actress and troubled starlet is in Paris for Fashion Week and attended a performance by Kanye West where he did his new song, “All Day.” In case you haven’t heard it yet, the lyrics for the chorus alone go like this:
How long you ni**as ball? All day, ni**a/How much time you spent at the mall? All day, ni**a/How many runners do you got on call? All day, ni**a/Swish, swish, how long they keep you in court? All day, ni**a/Take you to get this fly? All day, ni**a/Tell your P.O. how-how long you been high? All day, ni**a/You already know I’m straight from the Chi, all day, ni**a/South, south, south side! All day, ni**a
Well, she was having so much fun at the show that she posted the following caption to a picture she shared of Kanye on stage:
After realizing the error in her ways, the 28-year-old went ahead and edited her caption, replacing “#kanye&kimAlldaynigga$” with #kanye&kimAlldayn$.” But it was too late. Her followers took notice of the tweet and IG caption, and immediately asked her what the hell she was thinking. After trying to carry on and posting pictures in Paris as if the whole snafu didn’t happen, Lohan decided to put out a statement through her rep. She apologized for her mistake and said that she didn’t intend to offend since she’s ‘friends’ with Yeezy.
“She is a friend of his, it is his new song, her intention was not to offend anyone and she apologizes!”
She has since dropped any reference to the N-word in the photo’s caption.
This isn’t the first time a white actress has found herself in trouble for quoting Kanye lyrics. Gwyneth Paltrow was heavily criticized when she posted a picture backstage at Jay Z and Kanye’s Parisian Watch The Throne tour stop in 2012. In the pic, she smiled while posing next to Jay, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee and The-Dream, and captioned it with “Niggas in Paris for real.” When people quickly blasted her for the tweet, she said, “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!” Paltrow’s famous friends tried to defend her, including The-Dream, who even initially claimed that he sent the tweet while drunk from her Twitter account.
It’s an interesting conversation, the whole topic of non-black people using the N-word while trying to make reference or rap to songs that have the word in it. This is especially interesting at a time when artists often encourage their audience to say the word during shows. But what we’ve learned is that what people seem to get away with at packed concerts they will get blasted on social media for if they get too comfortable…
From The Grio
According to The Telegraph, a Pennsylvanian eBay user by the name of stangeedon1 has a listing under “Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour Air For Sale.” In the description, he even guarantees that he “held bag open and sealed air in” while attending a concert.
Despite the fact that there is no way to substantiate these claims, the post has somehow been getting attention. The price for the bag of air has now skyrocketed to $60,100, with 90 people competing for the prize.
Read more about this bizarre business sale at TheGrio.com
When we’re in love, our noses are often blasted wide open and we can’t see our lives without the new person who has stolen our heart. And sometimes, when we’re feeling that person a little too much too fast, we start talking about them like they’re the best thing since sliced bread–and throw shade at our exes in the process. These stars found love again and instead of just being happy about that, they decided to crap all over the people they were once in love with. Not cool…
I can partly understand why Kanye West dissed Amber Rose. I mean, she did call his wife a whore on Twitter while beefing with Khloe Kardashian. But West went a bit too far with his jabs on The Breakfast Club:
“It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose…I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.”
And that wasn’t all he had to say.
“She’s just soakin’ in the moment. If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn’t be an Amber Rose.”
Ouch. Rose would respond, reminding him that since they were in love once, she wouldn’t pull all of his skeletons out of the closet–she’ll just let the Kardashians do it when they’re done with him.