Guilty! On four counts of attempted murder. The most important count was First degree murder. This was left undecided and therefore a hung jury. This was the verdict that would determine the fate of Michael Dunn for killing unarmed Jordan Davis. Basically, Michael Dunn is going to jail for leaving the other three teens alive. Quite the irony, huh? This ignited a firestorm across social media and people all over the country. Many asked “Was justice really served?” I simply asked “”WTF?!!!!!!”
The events of that fatal summer began when Dunn asked the teens to turn down their loud music, and the teens refused which led to a heated argument. Now we all know the story of Jordan Davis. Another young black teenager shot and killed by a racist white man who claimed he saw a gun and feared for his life. This case closely resembled the Trayvon Martin story. We cannot forget about the public outcry when his killer, George Zimmerman, (who is half white, half Hispanic) walked free. For Dunn however, he would not suffer the same fate. He will serve at least 60 years and will more than likely die in prison. In both these cases, nobody wins. read more
Feb 26, 14
Forbes released its first “Hip-Hop Princes” list last week. It’s a slideshow that’s a de facto who’s who of hip hop this year. Technically, these ten artists are likely nominees for its elite Cash Kings club, reserved for those stacking the most serious paper in the industry. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the following ten performers aren’t going anywhere but higher in 2014. read more
Feb 26, 14
According to Kanye, “everything in the world is exactly the same.” In his appearance on last night’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, the divisive music legend dug into the fashion world for not accepting his latest designs. Haven’t we heard the same thing about his music? Is it really the same?
West accused fashionistas of stereotyping him as a “celebrity.” In other words, a good musician doesn’t make a good a designer. For my money, Kanye’s got a valid defense. Who says you can’t be good at both? Unfortunately for him, he can only seem to talk about it in garbled Kanye speak:
“I have synesthesia. I can see sound. So when I do fashion, I want to give you sculptures. It’s like Michaelangelo. The church wanted him to paint, and he wanted to do sculptures.”
Feb 26, 14
The hipster beard spillover into pop culture is nothing new. 2013 welcomed an era of bearded male models, and we’ve since seen Tumblr, celebrities, and gimmicky t-shirts usher scraggly facial hair further into the fold. You can’t argue with James Harden’s steeze. Zack Galifianakis just doesn’t look right without one. The question is: if you can’t grow a beard, are you willing to pay for one?
Feb 26, 14
Last night VH1 aired the second installment of Steve Stoutes documentary The Tanning of America during which rap innovators such as Nas, Jay Z, and Rev Run spoke on the influence of rap culture on the United States.
The documentary tells the history of Hip Hop depicting how the fashion, culture and message of this once underground genre has infused and revitalized mainstream music even providing a bridge across cultural divides. ”I can draw a direct line between 1520 Sedgewick in the Bronx, the apartment complex where Hip Hop was born to 1600 Hundred Pennsylvania avenue” said Stoute of the effect of Hip Hop culture on America’s political landscape.
Feb 24, 14
Parking tickets are infuriating, especially when they seem undeserved. If you familiar with parking in NYC you know the signs are impossibly difficult to understand (purposely or nah?). But most people don’t want to invest the time and energy to would take to dispute them.