Kendrick Lamar
Posted on March 17, 2015 by

Kendrick Lamar: Chaos & Opportunity

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The New York Times brings fresh light on Kendrick Lamar’s new music. The new music is as honest as ever and in an article worth a look, the Times offers, “Rather than relief, his escape from Compton has brought only more opportunities for sin and self-doubt, an internal chaos reflected not only in Mr. Lamar’s intricate stories but also in vigorous jazz- and funk-inflected production that builds on the smoother West Coast sounds of his debut.”

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Posted on April 18, 2014 by

Idris Elba Is A Father Again (PHOTOS)

British actor and every Black Twitter  crush object is a dad, y’all!  The handsome actor and DJ broke the news on Twitter, writing, “My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing :+”

A photo, below,  accompanied his Tweet.
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This is Elba’s first child. Previously, he disclosed that a child he thought was his was infact, not. This child, a boy, is with his girlfriend and make up artist Naiyana Garth, seen above at Glamor Magazine’s Women of The Year Awards earlier this year.

Congratulations,  Idris!

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Jourdan Dunn
Posted on April 17, 2014 by

Maybelline Signs Jourdan Dunn (PHOTOS)

“I am proud to say that I am a Maybelline girl and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisements growing up,” British model and mum Jourdan Dunn said in a statement today after it was revealed that the foodie will represent the cosmetics giant.  “The brand imagery is always beautiful and positive.”

Dunn joins Erin Wasson, Emily Didonato, Christy Turlington, Charlotte Free and Freja Beha Erichsen in ripping the brand. Her first campaign for Maybelline will be print and TV ads for the brand’s Go Extreme mascara, which will debut later this month.

Calvin Klein, USA and Burberry were Dunn’s earlier campaigns.

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Posted on April 16, 2014 by

Puff Daddy Wears Biggie To Coachella (PHOTOS)

The first weekend of the Annual Coachella Music Festival is a wrap and we missed the best thing ever: Puff Daddy attending the Samsung Lounge dressed in a Notorious B.I.G. longsleeved printed tee at the Neon Carnival presented by NYLON,Guess and Olay Fresh Effects.

Samsung had a huge presence throughout Coachella, including their popular space – the Samsung Galaxy Owner’s Lounge – which attracted the likes of Fergie, Emmy Rossum, Camilla Belle, Miles Teller and Puffy who stopped by to check out the new Galaxy S 5 and Gear Fit and MILK Music.

Dope shirt.

The print is from a portrait made by photographer Barron Claiborne.

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Posted on April 7, 2014 by

Lancome Signs Lupita Nyong’o (DETAILS)

Lupita Nyong’o stans got an early weekend gift when the actress and producer tweeted that she is the new face of cosmetics giant Lancome.

Nyong’o tweeted “@Lupita_Nyongo Me + LANCÔME. #TGIF The secret’s out. And it feels GREAT.”

Fans of the actress were pushing for a cosmetics campaign after the Yale graduate wowed us with her beauty on red carpets and fashion editorials after her incredible performance as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.  To our delight, Nyong’o went on to win an Academy Award last month.

Nyong’o is the first black ambassador for Lancome which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. In a statement Friday, Nyong’o said she was proud to represent Lancome, adding “beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”

Lancome ads featuring Nyong’o will start appearing this summer


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Posted on April 1, 2014 by

Miranda Kerr Bares All For British GQ (PHOTOS)

Supermodel Miranda Kerr is clearly comfortable with or without clothes as evidenced by her recent shoot for the May 2014 issue of British GQ. The Victoria Secrets model and mom, who looks like she was conceived and is living in amber, was photographed by Mario Testino and confessed that men chat her up all the time.
“I still get chatted up a lot” she told Jonathan Heaf. “I’ve had some crazy, ridiculous proposals – stuff that you wouldn’t even see in the movies.”

Yeah, we can see why.

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Posted on March 25, 2014 by

Reflections of The Gear 2 and Galaxy S5 (PHOTOS)

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Last month I was one of many thousands of journalists who were on hand to check out Samsung’s new flagship phone the Galaxy S5 and the new iteration of the Galaxy Gear watches, the Gear Neo and the Gear 2, updates of the original Gear smart watch launched last fall.

I saw the presentation at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Soho as it was beamed around the world from Barcelona at the annual mobile world conference.

While we were waiting for the big reveal, which was revealed a hour before anyway, Samsung fed us sliders, crab cakes, salads, and lots of liquor. The hour long presentation was boring as fuck but when we finally got our mitts on the devices the stupor we were in was worth it. Or so I thought at the time.
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I dunno about you but I’m so over cellphones.In fact, I’m over devices because they take away so much of our time dealing with people in the real world. Do you know how much time I spend scrolling through Twitter while my partner looks at me like I’m crazy? I am glued to my phone and thats not a good thing.

I used to love phones but lately their bells and whistles in the form of huge screens and large pixel cameras doesn’t cut it for me any more.
I should confess that I have been spoiled by the Galaxy Note devices so any phone that’s an inch or two smaller that my Note 3 will automatically fall under my Hate radar. Once you go Note, it’s difficult to go back to a small phone despite the suped-up soft and hardware.

If I seem conflicted, it’s because I am. I love the device I have but I am weary of new devices coming out every 8 months with the New Best Thing installed. Samsung is notorious for doing this, sometimes unleashing products on the public that seem more like test runs than finished products. They did this with the Gear last fall.

In regards to the S5, do consumers really need a fingerprint ID system on their phone? Sure, if they’re spies with nuclear secrets.

The S5 has AMOLED, a 5.1 screen, fingerprint recognition, a 16 gig camera and a bunch of cool apps meant for fitness enthusiasts. Great. Americans are fat, maybe these apps will make us work out harder, longer, faster and more but I doubt it. It’s just another device for us to brag about.
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The S5 felt tiny in my hand. Ditto the Gear 2 and watches which come with a new operating system as well as a curved screen, a 320 x 320 resolution; the same 512MB of RAM; the same 4GB of built-in storage; and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity as the original Gear. Also improved is battery life and processor.

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The watches have a 1GHz chip rather than 800MHz and the battery, now 300mAh rather than 315mAh. Samsung claims the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will last two to three days on a single charge rather than the Galaxy Gear’s one day charge but we’ll see when we get our hands on it.

More to come.

Another confession: I’m intrigued by these watches because of the fitness aspect. I started a new exercise program and am looking fwd to monitoring my progress.

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Posted on March 25, 2014 by

Jay Z, Biggie Cover New York Magazine (PHOTOS)

New York Magazine posted images of its annual Yesteryear issue and Jay Z and Biggie made two of the seven covers. Hova was photographed at the age of 29 in 1997. Really feeling the colors of that cover. The Biggie cover isn’t that interesting, however.

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Lou Reed, Billie Holiday and others can be seen on the other covers which hits newsstands this week.

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Posted on March 25, 2014 by

Pantone Get Fleshed Out By Spanish Photographer

Pantone, the world authority on color, sets what colors most of the fashion and design world will rock during the year. This year its Radiant Orchid so expect to see tons of purples.
Curious about how Pantone’s swatches compare to human skin, Spanish photographer Angelica Dass began Humanae, an ongoing project where volunteers, found via Tumblr and Facebook, are paired and photographed with Pantone color backgrounds. For example, Dass takes an 11×11 pixels sample of the subject’s face skin tone to determine the background color then makes a portrait.

Dass’s work is represented by Max Estrella Gallery.

Samples of her work found below.

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