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Drake announced a partnership with Nike’s Jordan brand of sneakers during his concert in Portland, OR on December 3 using as many cuss words as he could possibly squeeze into a minute and a half. So the video above is NSFW for language. Keep the volume low at the office.
The new kicks are already in the works; Drizzy posted pics on his Instagram showing the Air Jordan 10′s and OVO Stingray 12′s.
While he was at it, Drake also mentions that Portland made it to the top of the list for cyclists, microbreweries, and single women in Shape, the women’s fitness magazine. And BTW, he got caught up in a snowstorm on the way to the concert. OK!
What isn’t clear are the details of the partnership. MTV says it was in touch with Nike (which is based in Portland) but hadn’t heard back.
It’s a crazy time for sneaker companies with Kanye going off about the way Nike treated him recently, saying he wasn’t properly compensated for his Air Yeezy sneakers. He’s now signed a deal with Adidas, which announced that partnership yesterday. “For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West,” the company said in a statement (via Complex). “Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
And then we got news today that Teyana Taylor officially got the heave-ho from Adidas over her Twitter tiff with Rihanna. And there are those funky new kicks that Solange made with Puma as part of her new gig as their creative director.
The sneaker industry is really working overtime for the holidays.
There’s an underlying myth plaguing the African-American community that wearing one’s natural tresses is an impediment to success. In the case of Vanessa VanDyke, a 12-year-old girl threatened to be expelled due to her voluminous mane, many people deemed her natural hair to be “unprofessional.” But is the issue much deeper than this?
For centuries, the unique characteristics of Black women have been undermined by Eurocentric standards of beauty and we’ve all been wired to believe that somehow our hair — in its purest, natural state — affects our skills, abilities, and competence in the workplace. Check out some of the ladies who challenged these erroneous notions and grabbed success by the horns — coils, kinks, curls and all.
As much as Jay Z and Beyoncé like to do their private jet-setting, yacht-riding thing together, from time to time, every gal (famous or not) needs a girls-only trip. Go somewhere sunny with a nice beach and do the things you wouldn’t do in front of your man–like completely pig out on some local food and drink like a fish. Bey did exactly that (or something like that) as she spent some special time during a short break from her tour with her one and only sister and her friends, posing for pictures, drinking Red Stripe and showing off some serious body. Shall we be nosy? Let’s!
If you’ve ever had to deal with a bully as a kid, you know how difficult it can be to get them off of your back. Luckily for a young Solange Knowles, she had a secret weapon, two in fact: Her sister Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Solange sat down with Angie Martinez to promote her compilation album Saint Heron, and in the process was asked had she she ever used the Knowles name after Beyoncé became famous for perks or to get out of trouble. She talked about the time she threatened a boy who kept messing with her by saying she would bring her sister to the school (Bey then gaining fame after the release of “No, No, No Part 2″) to deal with him. He didn’t believe it…until Beyoncé showed up with Rowland. Check out the details from that story, as well as what she says about disciplining her son Julez, and why she tries to keep him humble despite the money and clout their family has.
On Using The Knowles Name (Or Card) To Deal With An Out Of Order Bully As A Kid:
“When I was like in 7th or 8th grade, I used the card because there was this one kid who was so obnoxious. He was constantly kinda bullying and doing the most . Actually, my mom came and was a chaperone on a field trip and he called her the B-word. This kid was out of control. I wrote petitions to get this kid out of school. Really couldn’t stand this kid. His name was Brandon, I remember that little…So one day, “No No No Part 2″ had just come out, the remix, part II, and I did say ‘my sister is gonna come here and you’re going to be really surprised who she is.’ I had been telling my sister and Kelly [Rowland], ‘You gotta come check this kid.’ Of course, he wasn’t paying any attention to what I had to say. But they pulled up and I will never forget the face Brandon made. I can’t even recreate it. They were coming to beat him up, he was sick. It was Destiny’s Child coming to beat him up. It was a really wide range of emotions. I loved it so much.
On Moving With Julez To New Orleans, Keeping Him Humbled, And Giving Him Whoopings
“I really, really limit what he can have access to. He just got an iPad for Christmas. That was a Grandma gift. Hell no, he doesn’t have a phone. Ten maybe is the age. I think maybe once I let him walk to school that would be an appropriate time. I feel like moving to New Orleans and putting him in school there was a good move in keeping in humble. He’s just around a lot of sweet, nice, normal kids. And also around a lot kids who get disciplined.
If he gets completely out of line and I’ve tried the three steps…the look, the talk is one. Two is taking away something that’s of value to him. And three, if one and two didn’t work, you need your butt popped. You don’t have to do it often, it’s like twice or three times a year. And he remembers it.”
We really dig us some Solange. She always keeps it 100 and has successfully carved out her lane of influence (and style). Kudos to you, boo! Check out the interview below, as well as our own one-on-one with her, which you can find here.
Bey’s little sister is doing her thing these days, but if you’ve even paid half an ounce of attention to pop culture in 2013 you already know that. Today Solange dropped her first album from her very own record label, Saint Records, and the album, titled “Saint Heron,” is an R&B compilation featuring some of our favorite voices like Jhene Aiko, Cassie, and of course, Solange, as well as lesser-known vocalists like BC Kingdom and India Shawn.
On Sunday, Solange hosted a series of trunk shows throughout Harlem, Soho, and Brooklyn to build the hype for her album debut and we were right on-site with her to chat about the record label launch, what Saint Heron means to her, and what we can expect from the album which we have to tell you we already love! We also chatted a bit with the style icon about her innate sense of fashion, wardrobe regrets, and how she has the balls to kill the red carpets like she does. Solange summed it up best when she told us, “When I look back at my life at 40 or 50, at least I can say I did it…and that night, I thought I was hot sh!t.”
Check out the video below and tell us what you think about Solange’s new venture. Have you checked out “Saint Heron” yet?
To fro or not to fro? That is the question. The afro, which was once a somewhat political statement proudly worn by the likes of Angela Davis and members of the black pride movement, now sits comfortably in hipster culture as a signifier of being cool and stylish and current. Just look at celebrities like Solange and Questlove whose hairstyles are almost as famous as they are. As such, our next question goes out to the current pro-fro community: Is your hair a statement, an expression of self, or is your hair just simply your hair?
The New York Times today reports a variety of answers to that question. It seems that today’s young afro wearers are thinking less critically about their what their hair means, and instead considering more rational reasons for going au naturale. The affect hair products have on the environment, for example, is what worries one 16-year-old in Brooklyn who claimed ““I’m an environmentalist. That’s where the locks come in. It’s like all natural.”
Another girl in Brooklyn doesn’t see the big deal with hair anyway, and just wants to stay true to herself. She says “This is just how my hair grows out of my head. I’m not trying to make a statement. I’m just more comfortable being who I am.”
Others still just enjoy the aesthetic. One girl told the author of Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair, “I don’t wear my hair natural because I’m strictly Afrocentric or don’t believe in the white man’s perm. I wear my hair this way because I truly think I look adorable with natural hair.”
Solange Knowles has never really been one to follow the rules set in place by society, instead, she creates her own. During a recent interview with Necole Bitchie, the “Lovers In The Parking Lot” singer revealed that she makes her own rules when it comes to the game of love too.
“I’ve been in a relationship now for five years. Certainly, in the beginning I was the one who approached him so I have always sort of historically been one of those girls that goes after something that I’m into,” the 27-year-old said.
“I’m not very old school in the like, I’m gonna wait on you to approach me type of situation. I have a lot of guy-like quintessential relationship qualities that I have had to work on.”
The Saint Records founder also discussed writing music for her big sister, Beyoncé.
“The part about songwriting that I love is that I wouldn’t necessarily sing [the songs] myself. [It's a] really fun expression of myself in a another way.”
“I actually wrote “Why Don’t You Love Me” for my sister and it was one of those things where I had just been in a relationship situation where I was just not getting it and then it just came very naturally. I was just like, sonically this just doesn’t really work for me so there are those situations where I have an artist in mind, whether they sing it or not.”
She also expressed an interest in having Mariah Carey sing some of the songs she’s written.
“I have a ton of songs that I would just kill for Mariah Carey to sing. And I write them like, ‘What would Mariah do?’ She’s actually a brilliant songwriter and writes her own music but if she were ever open to it I would surely…I mean it’s really cool. I’ve written gospel songs. I’ve written country songs. It’s a really, really great space to be in where sonically those songs don’t fit really fit at all on my record but I still love the expression of writing them.”
Watch her interview on the next page.
There have been many times when a biopic was made and you wondered how a particular actor got the lead role. You know, you said something like,”they look nothing alike” or “they can’t even act,” that’s why if we could be in the director’s chair these would be our 15 actor picks for biopics.
Zoe Saldana as Phylicia Rashad
Zoe Saldana sure doesn’t look like Nina Simone, but if a director ever casts for a young Phylicia Rashad—she’s it! No word that there is a biopic on Mrs. Cosby, but it would be great to see. Phylicia Rashad’s poise and elegance can surely be pulled off by Zoe.
Have we said we love Solange this week yet? I don’t know what sparked these Twitter musings from Bey’s younger sister yesterday afternoon, but I just love the pro-black message she randomly put out there — not to mention the sarcastic tone in which she did it.
Around 2pm Tuesday, Solange tweeted:
It’s just so fun to “play black” huh?
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) September 24, 2013
Liiiiike……Lets all dress up, and “play black” today because that Isht is more fun than six flags!!! “Whhheeeeeeee”
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) September 24, 2013
Truthfully, there could be a million things that set the stylish 27-year-old off. There’s Miley Cyrus, the most notorious cultural offender around today. Then there’s the issue of gentrification that’s likely seeping into her Brooklyn neighborhood. And then there are the random acts of white people wanting to be down that occur roughly every 27 seconds in an American city in 2013. Everybody knows (certain) white people want to be black until ish gets real. Everything about being black looks cool in pop culture, until we get into the reality of being black — you know stop-and-frisk, blatant racism, and all that good stuff going on in the criminal justice system.
At the end of the day, I don’t know what made Solange say what she did, I’m just glad she said it.
When she’s not having fans at the edge of their seat on Scandal (we can’t wait until October 3!), these days, Kerry Washington is out on these red carpets being a sartorial slayer; rocking colors and fabrics that others are too scared to, wearing unique fabrics and patterns, and taking her spot at the front of the Hollywood A-list. And while we’ve noticed her fabulous fashions for a while now, People magazine has also taken notice, and decided to name her the “World’s Best Dressed Woman.” As my co-worker would say, the love for Kerry is real.
When asked by the magazine the key to her style, Washington says, “I like to find balance in an outfit where it doesn’t feel too much of any one thing. It’s not dressing like a nun and it’s also not dressing like I’m in a swimsuit competition. It’s finding the middle ground.”
Runners up behind Washington include Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, Kate Bosworth, Jessica Chastain, Solange, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Lily Collins. You can check out the full list over at People.
Washington is definitely one of our favorites and her style is truly impeccable. Check out just a few of our most loved looks from her below and let us know if you agree with the “fixer” winning the title of the “World’s Best Dressed Woman.”