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Why Coney Island Should Be on Your To-Do List This Summer

Whether you are a native or a new New Yorker, you should already know that no summer spent in NYC is complete without a trip to good ol’ Coney Island. Also known as Luna Park or Astroland (sorry Travis Scott),

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#WellnessWednesday: Cleanse vs Detox: What’s the Difference?

There’s no doubt, you’ve heard of juice cleanses, sugar cleanses, and detox diets. If you’ve ever tried losing weight, beating the bloat, or getting back on track after a little too much mac and cheese, someone has probably suggested doing a body

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The Wu-Tang Clan Is Working on a New Album

The members of the Wu-Tang Clan have revealed that the iconic hip-hop collective is working on a new album. The new projected will be led by Ghostface Killah, which comes to a surprise, as past projects were usually helmed by RZA in the past.

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A Review: Kanye West’s “Ye” Sheds Light on Bi-Polar Disorder, Family Woes and more

“The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the Darkest” seemed to be the bar which set the entire tone for Kanye’s newest project, Ye.  After a controversial 2 year hiatus, The new-found Super Hero has returned to rescue those of us

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Four Reasons Why Fanny Packs are a Summer Must Have

Fanny packs have been making a comeback for a while now, and for good reason — they are versatile, hands-free, and due to a few recent updates, they aren’t bad on the eyes either. Just think about it: How great

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A Review: A$AP Rocky’s “Testing”

🚧⚠️🚧 A post shared by PRETTY FLACKO (@asaprocky) on May 25, 2018 at 1:12pm PDT Since his emergence on the music scene in 2011, A$AP Rocky has always colored outside of the lines and pushed the limits of who and

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Balenciaga Debuts Fall 2018 Collection Look-book

In recent years, Balenciaga has proved to be fashion’s hottest brand  and they sure do live up to the hype. The house is well known for creating avant-garde structural pieces, straddling the edge of fashion and forecasting the future of

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Parley Launches Sunglasses Made from Plastic Waste

After announcing a collaboration with Adidas, Parley for the Oceans continues to advocate for sustainable manufacturing practices. Now, the environmental organization introduces a line of luxury sunglasses made from recycled ocean plastic. Crafted in Italy, the spectacles are made from plastic waste like

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Salt-N-Peppa & En Vogue Make History at the BBMA’s

This year’s Billboard Music Awards was filled with all kinds of Black girl magic. From Janet Jackson being the first Black woman to receive an Icon Award to Normani’s killer performance – we couldn’t help but notice supreme talent that graced the

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Swizz Beats is Looking to Fund an Art Show for 20 Artists

If you are in need of funding for your art, you might want to hit up Swizz Beatz. The Dean Collection (an arts organization started by the producer and his Grammy-winning singer wife, Alicia Keys) is launching the ‘Dean Collection

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Jungle Pussy’s ‘JP3’ Should Be Every Woman’s Summer Soundtrack

After two years, our favorite Brooklyn rapper is back with more tunes for our headtops! Like Jungle Pussy’s sophomore album, Pregnant With Success, JP3 includes 10 songs but features a number of guest appearances from Rico Love, Gangsta Boo, Wiki and Quiñ. The album

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Four Ways to Stay Positive During Graduation SZN

Graduation season is finally here! If you aren’t graduating, it’s pretty hard to miss the Instagram and Twitter photos of new graduates in their caps, gowns, and joyful smiles. For most of us, college wasn’t only an academic experience. In the

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Which Smoothie is Best for You?

Warm weather is approaching, making it even more crucial for us to stay hydrated and physically prepared to spend all day in the sun. One classic way to get your daily dose of vitamins all in one drink is to

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Gucci and Dapper Dan Collab for an Iconic Spring/Summer ’18 Collection

Gucci has opened its first ever location in SoHo on May 6th, and the Italian luxury label will also be exclusively selling its Gucci-Dapper Dan collection before the capsule becomes more widely available this fall/winter. As a Harlem folk hero

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Tech Tuesday: Spotify’s New App Helps You Find Music Based on its Artwork

With technology constantly evolving, it’s always a good feeling when there are new ways to connect old techniques of enjoying music with new ones. After Spotify redesigned their look last month, a new picture-recognition app has been created to compliment the

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Destiny’s Child to Join Beyoncé for ‘On The Run Tour 2’

Beyoncé’s recent Coachella performances were iconic for many reasons. In addition to the legendary HBCU references, her superb vocals, and killer choreography, Beyoncé brought her set to the next level when she took us back to our younger days by

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Should McDonald’s Bring the “McVegan” Burger to America?

  When McDonald’s recently announced the introduction of a vegan burger in Sweden and Finland, Twitter responded with a mix of enthusiasm, a little disgust, and a touch of curiosity from those who swore they’d never even go near Mc Donald’s after

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Sango Remixed Kanye West’s “Lift Yourself” and it’s Amazing

With all of the drama surrounding Kanye West’s controversial tweets and new music, Sango decided to give us something we can get off of Twitter and dance to! After dropping his sophomore album In The Comfort Of  in March, Sango is by

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Recap: Vashtie and Friends Rock Out at Schimanski like it’s1992

Once again, Downtown’s Sweetheart cured our nostalgic sweet tooth with another 1992 Party featuring DJ D-Nice, Jus-Ske, and Stonie Blue rocking the one’s and two’s. It’s safe to say that since these parties began in 2006; they’ve captivated all of

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#VashtieFeels: Feel Good Friday

Fridays aren’t just like any other day of the week. They symbolize the end of the work/school week and the beginning of the freakin’ weekend. Whether you’re spending quality time with family, a night out with a bottle of Hennessy

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#DoinItWellWednesday: 21-Year-Old Brooklyn Girl Opens a Vegan Restaurant

Let’s be real, while it’s important to maintain a nutritious diet, it isn’t always the easiest to purchase healthy foods, especially for those living in neighborhoods that fail to provide grocery stores and restaurants with fresh and whole foods. Well,

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Ms. Lauryn Hill to Headline 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival

It’s officially festival season, and while we may still have to deal with a few more weeks of some rain and wind, we can be sure that this spring and summer will be filled with some amazing concerts and performances!

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BET & Youtube to Partner in making a “Freestyle Friday” Reboot

During the early 2000’s, every Friday at around 6 pm, kids (and even parents) from New York to Florida gathered around the television to watch the classic show, 106 and Park. Not only was this show known for showcasing the most

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Recap: Bebe’s Flagship Store Opening Party

Last night, Downtown’s Sweetheart rocked the 1’s and 2’s for Bebe’s Grand Opening Party in their new Flagship store on 34th Street. The captivating sounds of the greats ranging from the Notorious B.I.G to Level 42 could be heard from

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Fitness Friday: Can A Hot Bath Burn As Many Calories as a 30-Minute Walk?

Finding ways to burn calories in between your daily routines can be a bit demanding, but there may be a glimmer of hope! Researchers are saying that relaxing in a hot bath and doing absolutely nothing may be just as

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#WellnessWednesday: 5 Ways to Avoid Travel Sickness and Jet lag

With all of the traveling currently going on, whether it be to your favorite music festival or Miami Beach for Spring Break, it is important to remain healthy. Traveling can be loads of fun, but also exhausting and take a toll

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: Bold Shadows are IN!

With springtime rolling around, it may just be time to trade in your neutral eyeshadow for more vibrant tones. Finding ways to wear bright eyeshadow is a great way to transform your everyday look. From hot pinks to electric yellows, there

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Joey Bada$$ Presents ’47 Minutes’ Podcast on Tidal

Brooklyn’s own, Joey Bada$$, has teamed up with Tidal and launched the inaugural episode of the 47 Minutes podcast, alongside his co-host Nastee (a longtime sound engineer and mentor.) In this first episode, Joey invites fellow MC’s Vince Staples and Styles P to

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#TBT: A Fresh Prince Reboot May Be in the Works

For all the nostalgic 90’s babies, there’s some great news on the horizon! The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air might be getting a reboot! The sitcom, which ran from 1990 to 1996, may just be joining the ranks of shows like Full

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#TechTuesday: Apple Music Worth $10 Billion and Expected to Grow More

In the past few years, streaming has become the new wave for hearing the latest music, podcasts, or watching music videos. According to U.S Money News, Apple’s revenue has grown 24% in 2017, while Apple Music specifically grew by a

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#SelfCareSunday: Can’t Beat the Stress? Try A Mind Cleanse

In the age of technology and with so much going on in the world, it can be difficult to put your mind at complete ease. Setting aside time to meditate each day can be extremely beneficial, but what do you

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Drake’s old Lyric Book Is Up for Grabs

For anyone who’s ever wanted to figure out how the 6 God has managed to write a mean hook and catchy chorus for his hit singles, it’s your lucky day! Drake’s old notebook of handwritten lyrics was recently found, and

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Migos “Culture II” Surpasses 1 Billion Streams

The Migos are already starting off 2018 with a bang! Their recent album ‘Culture II’ is currently at the number two slot on Billboard’s 200 charts and has just surpassed one billion streams in a month’s time. Culture II contains the

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Black History Month Highlight: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Five-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and producer, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has consistently pushed the boundaries of Hip-Hop with a string of classic hit singles and memorable music videos. She is a businesswoman who holds full creative control over her

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Travis Scott Rents out Two Theatres for Kids to go see Black Panther

Travis Scott gave a great surprise to the kids of his hometown in Houston, Texas. On February 17th, The rapper announced on his Instagram that he would be renting out two theatres to screen Marvel’s Black Panther. The film was shown at

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Film Friday: Kanye West Produced Film “Honor Up” Drops Today

For everyone who’s been wondering where Kanye West has been, we may have found what has been keeping him M.I.A – executive producing! A couple years ago, producer, Damon Dash released a trailer for an upcoming film project that was

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Black History Month Highlight: Lovebug Starski

Kevin Smith (May 16, 1960 – February 8, 2018), best known by his stage name Lovebug Starski, was a respected MC, musician, record producer, and DJ. Aside from his name being mentioned in the lyrics of iconic musicians such as

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Spike Lee Announces 30th Anniversary Screening of “School Daze”

Spike Lee’s iconic film, School Daze, will be having a special screening in celebration of its 30th Anniversary of being released. For those who’ve never experienced a Spike Lee joint, this movie is one of Spike’s many sagas that depict

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Black History Month Highlight: DJ Spinderella

The art of being a Disc Jockey requires a ton of fearlessness, perseverance, and consistency. For a woman in that field, it requires even more. In the early stages of Hip-Hop, there were a few female DJ’s who paved the

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