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The ultimate IKEA collab: An internet love story for the culture

Back in April, everyone  including the world of social media caught wave of Balenciaga‘s latest leather bag priced over $2,000 that strikingly resembled the $0.99 blue bag sold through IKEA. As a joke the internet took it in their own hands to create their

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The National Puerto Rican Day Parade Brought Culture Alive

Every second Sunday in June marks one of the most highly anticipated events amongst the Puerto Rican community of New York City: The National Puerto Rican Day Parade. The parade is an annual celebration of Puerto Rican heritage in New

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A$AP Ferg Debuts Traplord Home Collection

As if we couldn’t get enough from the mob, A$AP Ferg has extended his Traplord brand into your home. Yup, you heard correctly, alongside Fancy.com, Ferg has gotten into the business of producing home goods. In his own words, “I’ve

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28 Years Later, Tank Man is Still One of The World’s Biggest Heros

Through mass shootings and police brutality we quickly learned that violence isn’t the answer, but through peaceful protest, a statement can be made much bolder than bloodshed. Today marks the 28th  year anniversary of China’s “Tank Man” who bravely and

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IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW: Lupita/Rihanna Movie, #Ctrl, and More

1. Twitter has made a fantasy become reality with a movie starring Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna. It all started with a Tumblr post from two years ago of Rihanna and Lupita at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014. The

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The Messanger of Strength, Resilience, and Equality: Bob Dylan

  Bob Dylan is a singer/songwriter, poet, painter, writer, and activist. Spanning a career of over five decades, Dylan’s influence has stretched over many genres from folk to blues, to gospel, and to rock. Dylan’s most prized work as a

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A Tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.

Born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, the Notorious B.I.G. led a very short but very successful career that left him as one of the most influential rappers in the game. Being murdered shortly after hitting his peak as a musical artist,

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The Celebration Of An Icon: Grace Jones

Today, we celebrate the birth of the legendary Grace Jones. Over the years, the Jamaican model-turned-signer, has contributed to the fashion, art, and music industry unprecedented by any other artist of her era. From hit singles such as “My Jamaican

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THROW IT BACK: Remembering 90’s R&B Group ‘Xscape’ Back Then and Getting to Know Them Now

“Kick off your shoes and relax your feet, party on down to the Xscape beat. Just kick it…” Xscape was once one of the most popular female groups during the 90’s along with Destiny Child’s, SWV, and TLC. The group

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Celebrating The Goddess Of Pop, Cher

The 1990’s was undoubtedly a generation of boy-bands and girl-groups-galore and nothing says sweet nostalgia more than the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain and, of course, Goddess of Pop, Cher. Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known as Cher, has been in show

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Juvenile, Nike, Jay Z & More!

1. Juvenile had an Anniversary Last Week Soulja Rag, the popular album by rapper Juvenile turned 20 this week. The album was Juvenile’s first studio album with Cash Money Records, and all the songs were produced by Manny Fresh. When reminiscing

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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling started his career at the tender age of 13 on the Mickey Mouse Club. He shared the spotlight with other kids who would go on to be some of the biggest names in the industry, including Justin Timberlake,

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Raphael Saadiq: Singer, Songwriter, and Innovator

  From leading the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné to working side by side with the likes of Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, John Legend, and Mary J. Blige, everyday should be a celebration of Raphael Saadiq. The very active R&B icon and producer

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Isn’t He Wonderful: Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!

Put a ribbon in the sky today for Stevie Wonder! Mr. Wonderful himself has been building his legacy for over 50 years in the entertainment industry. Stevie made his debut with Motown Records as a musician in 1960 and has since

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Cinematic Saturday: Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn’

It’s been 23 years since Crooklyn dropped in theaters and it will forever be a classic. The Spike Lee directed feature debuted in 1994, peaking at number three in the box office. How? Well, Crooklyn is probably as real as life gets

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NYPD No Longer Allowed To Shut Down House Parties In NYC

According to the NY Post, a new directive instated by NYPD will forbid law enforcement from entering residences unless the owner of the property grants them permission. In other words, it’s LIT. “Members are advised that in cases where an unreasonable

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Stuntin’ Has Always Been A Habit For Bow Wow

Shad Moss aka Bow Wow has had quite a week. To many, his recent debacle may be good for laughs, but let’s not forget the man was a super star. It has been almost 20-years since the Ohio-bred rapper dropped debut album, Beware

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The Hood Incubator Helps POC Get Into The Cannabis Industry

As the cannabis industry begins to grow, more states are legalizing the drug and opening up more doors for people to venture into that business. Unfortunately, the main people that are involved in the cannabis industry are still predominately white males,

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Quickie: Naomi Yasuda of Naomi Nails

T H E S H O R T … Name: NAOMI YASUDA Nickname: NAOMI NAILS Birthday & Astrological Sign: August 9th, 1984 – Leo Born & Raised: JAPAN Currently Residing: NYC The Last Song You Played?: “Blem” – Drake Hidden Talents?: I can play

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One Time For Ghostface Killah’s Classic Tune “Cherchez LaGhost”

Cheers to one of the legendary, most influential rappers of all time, Ghostface Killah. Where would Hip-Hop be with out Wu-Tang? Honestly… Truly. Ghostface, along with RZA, founded Wu-Tang in 1992. They we’re roommates at the time Ghost introduced GZA, Ol’ Dirty

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School Girl Crush: Freddie Prinze Jr.

On the brink of freshman high school life, I thought the lottery was upon me. No, not the actual financial lottery I’d like to hit now as a hum drum adult; I’m talking the adolescent lottery–features teens were overloaded with

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‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ Is Cool… But Welcome To ‘Beckman’s World’

As most of us know Bill Nye recently returned as “The Science Guy” via Netflix. His show was very popular in the 90’s and was filled with educational information for the science enthusiast. I may catch some heat for saying

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Behind The Scenes of the 1992 Classic Film ‘Juice’

Even though we will always associate the 90’s film Juice as being a classic, there was much untold that went down behind the scenes in order to really make the film happen. The film was originally rejected in 1984 when

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Nirvana’s Legendary MTV Unplugged Performance

Just before the strumming out the opening riffs to Nirvana’s About a Girl, Kurt Cobain says, “This is off our first record. Most people don’t own it.” It’s almost a little bit crazy to think someone wouldn’t own a classic

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WOMAN CRUSHIN’ IT WEDNESDAY: Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi is the ultimate millennial. She’s smart, funny, and speaks up about the issues that impact people who look and feel the same way she does. Since stealing our hearts as Zoey in ABC’s Black-ish, she’s been nearly unstoppable.

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Met Gala Fashion Faves: Past & Present

Annually, celebrity A-listers flood New York City for The Met Gala.  To most people it looks like prom night for celebrities but The Met Gala has a deeper purpose.  The Met Gala is an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum

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5 Ways ‘Mean Girls’ Taught Us to Recognize Our Frenemies

It’s that time of year again — The day that Mean Girls released and embarked on our memories forever. It’s been fourteen years since it became a staple in pop culture and film history–and still, in 2017, we’re here for it! For

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Master P: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

It’s not often we have the opportunity to walk among icons as many–sadly–meet their maker prior to gaining recognition for their accomplishments. Fortunately, Master P–one of hip hop’s major moguls–is still making us say “ughhh” and encouraging today’s youth and

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Flashback Friday: ’90s Hairstyles That’ve Made a Comeback

The ’90s brought us many great things.  From music, to our clothing and hairstyles choices, the length of our favorite era’s gifts is a long one. As history tends to repeat itself, these four hairstyles have found their way back

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Remembering The 1992 L.A. Riots 25 Years Later

Many of us know of the infamous 1992 L.A Riots, but what really caused all of that violence and unrest in the city of Los Angeles over twenty years ago? Here’s a bit of a timeline of events that led

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Throw It Back: When Rap’s Queens Reigned Supreme On “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)”

  Queens, queens and more queens. That’s who Lil’ Kim lined up for the remix of her single “Not Tonight.” To remix, back then, meant upping the ante by several bars, and with emcees Da Brat, Angie Martinez, Missy Elliott and

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23 Years Later: Remembering Outkast’s ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’

Back in the ’90s, rappers were recognized by the coast. The west side had rappers like Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, Spice 1, and Warren G. The east coast had The Notorious B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, and Public Enemy. Even though greatness

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Fashion Designer Melody Ehsani Empowers Women and Explores Iranian Heritage

Dreamy and ethereal, Melody Ehsani’s designs are to die for. Many of her products are reminiscent of ’90s Hip-Hop style and her bold ME logo connotes a simple confidence and self love. Her aesthetic brings the playfulness of childhood and

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Current Must See Art Exhibitions Around the World

Have you ever been so excited to see an amazing museum exhibit, only to find out you already missed the dates for your city (i.e. The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Brooklyn Museum)? Whether you’re the next Kehinde Wiley,

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Complex’s ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ Examines ‘Damn’ and ‘More Life’

Last month, the “Champagne Papi” commonly known as Drake gave us More Life which consisted of 23 tracks ranging with features from Kanye, Young Thug, Sampha and Jorgia Smith. Once it dropped, it was the topic of conversation for the Patwa, the variety he

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Past And Present: The Evolving Role of the DJ

Written in assistance, first half, by Adam Bandoo The DJ has always been and continues to be the mitochondria when it comes to moving crowds and keeping the parties bumpin’ all at the power of their fingertips. Culturally speaking, in

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Brothers Of Climbing Seek To Diminish Generalizations Of Minorities In The Outdoors

REI has delivered a fresh new documentary directed by Duncan M. Sullivan which explores the world of Brothers of Climbing–a New York crew of diverse rock climbers. Co- founders Mikhail Martin and Drew Bellety sought out to change the perception

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The Making of A Movement: Broccoli City Festival 2017

Broccoli City, an urban initiative redefining cool by bringing overall health to the forefront, has finally announced an official date and line up for their healthy living and eco-fueled D.C. celebrated festival. Broccoli City Festival, held at the historic Gateway DC,

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Do Your Part: 10 Ways To Help Save The Bees

Bees, so tiny and minuscule in contrast to our great planet’s size, are a vital species whose duties offer us the luxury of every one out of three bites of food. Seriously, the numbers behind their performance are astonishing. They

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Vince Staples Covers Complex and Talks Second Album ‘Big Fish Theory’

Last year the lyrically devastating rapper from the “norfside,” Vince Staples, delivered his Prima Donna LP. Prima Donna was a follow up to his impressive debut album, Summertime 06′. He has features like Kilo Kish — who he just wrapped up his Life Aquatic Tour with–,

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