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SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor started his music career in in the late 80’s when he dropped out of school to form the (now infamous) band Nine Inch Nails. By transforming the industry and bringing a new genre of music to the mainstream, Nine Inch Nails has

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Recap: Vashtie’s New York Birthday Ball

Last Thursday our Downtown Sweetheart Vashtie threw the ultimate New York themed Birthday Ball. Many people stopped by Kola House to enjoy “Vashtie Kola’s” and “1992 Nutcrackers”, the specialty drinks of the night. Odalys opened the show and was followed

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The Best Sneakers to Crush Your Workout

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, in the right pair of shoes. According to a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, “exercisers who used multiple pairs of sneakers were 39% less

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Woman Crushin’ It Wednesday: Jane Roberts

The story of Dorothy Jane Roberts may be a tad peculiar to some but ultimately the eerie life she led has inspired many throughout the years. Roberts was an author, poet, self-proclaimed psychic, and spirit medium during the 1960’s. She is

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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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Cinematic: All The Ways Director Chris Cunningham Left Me Drooling

Still shot from Aphex Twin’s Music Video, “Windowlicker” Directed by Chris Cunningham (1999) Rewind to a young Vashtie Kola, growing up in the hood of downtown Albany New York. Wait, why am I speaking in 3rd person?! Anyways, as a

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LIFE: My Parisian Birthday Adventure – Shopping and Visiting The Moët & Chandon Caves!

So, last week I dipped real quick to Paris to celebrate my birthday in Parisian style. It was the second time I was so fortunate to do so. The first time was in 2014 (See the trip that I bogged

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Quickie: Wifisfuneral

T H E S H O R T… Name: Isaiah Rivera Nickname: Lil Zay From Out The Bridge Birthday and Astrological Sign: March 20th, 1997 – Pisces Born & Raised: Born in the Bronx, Raised in Palm Beach Currently Residing…:

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Featured: Quickie With DJ Kayper

T H E S H O R T … Name: KAAJAL BAKRANIA Nickname: KAYPER Birthday & Astrological Sign: August 6th, 1983 – Leo Born & Raised: London, England Currently Residing…: NYC The Last Song You Played?: “Bad Girl” – Usher Lyrics

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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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SHOP: The Limited-Edition Vashtie Bootleg Tee Is Back!

In honor of Vashtie’s Born Day, she is re-releasing her Violette New York collaboration with J.P. Pascual titled The Downtown’s Sweetheart Bootleg Tee. After countless requests for a re-stock, the highly-demanded tee is now available once again for Vashtie’s special day. Cop yours here! The shirt originally

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Farewells & Fond Memories of Angelica Kitchen

Angelica Kitchen has been–for many generations of the young, hungry, and weird–a gateway to New York City. Today, the pioneering East Village vegan eatery closes, after forty years of operation. Rising rent and a changing neighborhood led to its demise. If

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Featured: Quickie With Quiana Parks

T H E S H O R T… Name: Quiana Parks Nickname: Qui Astrological Sign: March 20th, Pisces Born & Raised: Patterson, NJ Currently Residing: New York The Last Song You Played?  Passionfruit, Drake Lyrics That Changed Your Life?  “All Falls Down,” Kanye Hidden Talents? I’m

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Featured: Quickie with Vashtie Kola

T H E S H O R T… Name: VASHTIE Nickname: VASH, VEE, VA$H MONEY, VASHTIE SPYMANTI, KING VASHTIE, KOLA Astrological Sign: APRIL 23rd —–>  Taurus Born & Raised: Albany, New York via my Trinidadian parents. Currently Residing: Manhattan – East Village NYC! The Last

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Dyson Supersonic to the Rescue: Vashtie’s Morning Routine Featured by Coveteur

Vashtie Kola is busy. Between DJ gigs, directing, designing, globetrotting (while at her place, we helped plot her upcoming pilgrimage to the Louis Vuitton store in Paris during Fashion Week), we think it’s fair to say that she has approximately

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BEAUTY: The Innate Life Scalp Treatment & Rose Hair Elixir

As some of you know, at the age of twelve, I became all about vegan eating, wellness and all things natural. My journey has been an interesting one, filled with lots of discoveries. I’m really fortunate to be able to share any

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Vashtie Teams Up With Bally To Style Their Staple Suzy Bag

Bally, the powerhouse high fashion company founded by Carl Franz Bally and his brother Fritz in 1851, has been a constant force in style, design and branding. This being said, it should come as no surprise that their latest creation,

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5 Easy Stretches to Get Your Body Primed For the Day

Instead of hitting the snooze button in the morning, PopSugar Fitness wants you take the extra 10 minutes to stretch. It’s a great way to energize the morning and release tension from the previous day or a funky sleeping position.

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Vashtie Creates the Perfect Cardio Playlist for SELF Magazine

The life of a disc jockey is not conducive to your typical healthy lifestyle. Spending hours in the club means a sporadic sleep schedule, and traveling two to three times per month can make it tough to maintain a steady

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Why Complex’s ‘Hot Ones’ Web Series is One of the Greatest Things on the Internet

If you’re a Complex head like most of us, you probably enjoy a range of channels like Complex Hustle—for tips on being knowledgeable to the game of business–  to Complex Sneaker Shopping—to checkout the best sneaker boutiques–and Complex First We Feast’s, Hot Ones, for the raw,

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One Year Later: VICELAND Has The Best Shows Ever

Just one year ago, a new channel created to target millennials popped up on cable television called VICELAND. This Spike Jonez, Vice Media and A+E Network joint venture resulted in an eclectic medium which offers what television has been missing

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Waist Beads: The Gateway to a Wombman’s Throne

Wombmen in Africa have been known to wear these adornments as far back as Ancient Egypt, for more reasons than one. According to history, the Egyptian wombman wore waist beads as a symbolism of status and in Ghana; babies are

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#VASHTIEVITALS: Watch Vashtie Get a Colonic Treatment

Warning: This Vashtie TV episode might be highly anticipated and simultaneously highly unanticipated. This latest episode explores the world of Gravity Hydro-Colon Therapy, a procedure I started about five years ago. In the beginning, I went maybe a couple times

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Watch ‘This Machine Kills Racism’ Mixtape Visuals by Vashtie

Back in July 2016, I made a mixtape titled “This Machine Kills Racism”. At the time, I was overwhelmed with all that was happening and had been happening in the world, specifically in my beloved homeland of America. I think

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Vashtie & HypeBae Do Hip-Hop Yoga With Studio Y7

Vashtie teamed up with HYPEBAE for a sit down with Sarah Larson Levey, owner of  hip- hop yoga studio Y7. Sarah first opened the space alongside her husband back in 2013, and it’s been expanding ever since, both in locations

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FEATURED: Quickie With Young M.A

T H E S H O R T… Name: Young M.A. Nickname: M.A. Astrological Sign: Aries Born & Raised: Brooklyn Currently Residing: Brooklyn Five Favorite Things… 1. Music 2. Sneakers 3. Henny 4. Money 5. Traveling Top 3 Favorite Albums or Songs: 1. 50 Cent

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Longing In Long Beach With Greg Noire

I met Houston’s Greg Noire while DJ’ing in Texas last year where he also shot some classic images of me in my hotel room. Since then we were also able to grab iconic shots in NYC and now during a

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Happy Halloween From VASHTIE.COM

In true Halloween spirit our downtown sweetheart donned three costumes mustered up from her imagination. Her interpretations of Joan of Arc and Lizzie Borden are fun and done only the way Vashite could do it.  Tonight be safe and have

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That Time I Wrote, Directed and Starred in an Art Film to “Hotline Bling” Featuring Johnny Stevens (of Highly Suspect), ASAP Bari, Luka Sabbat & More

Note: This post was originally posted October 6th, 2015 Still from the #UOGLB Art Film. 2015 Me and this girl are very different… Yet… Me and this girl are very much the same. I wrote this story about “Lolita” in

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Open Letter to Our Beloved Scott Mescudi

We’ve come a long way since our downtown New York City years. You worked at the Bape store and I was just starting my brand Violette while doing the parties at Santos with Q-Tip. It seems like just yesterday we

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Vashtie’s Girls Get Together with Moët Nectar Rosé at Jacks Wife Freda

I haven’t done a random and useless “Life” post in forever. For those of you who are new to Vashtie.Com, you might not be familiar with this portion of my site. When I launched this little platform of mine in

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Vashtie’s Morning G.L.O. Recipe

Welcome back for another DOIN’ IT WELL WEDNESDAY edition, where me and the Vashtie.Com Team share Wellness Tips! For today, I thought I’d share my famous morning routine that I have featured on my Snapchat (@ VashtieKola) since it gets a lot

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SHOP: Violette New York’s ‘Jump & Wave’ Bandana is J’ouvert Ready

Just in time for the weekend, Violette New York celebrates the countries of the Caribbean with a special limited edition of the “Jump & Wave” bandana. Vashtie shares her inspiration for the drop: “As the daughter of Trinidadian parents, I am proud

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CULTURE: Watch Vashtie’s Fire Ass Dancehall DJ Set for Boiler Room

Check out Vashtie‘s fire blazin’ debut DJ set for Boiler Room’s Ray-Ban Face Critics event, full of classic dancehall tunes from the 90s and 00s. You’re sure to hear favorites from Sister Nancy, Beenie Man, Chaka Demus & Pliers, mixed with

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CULTURE: Five Things We Love About Frank Ocean’s New Releases

We all have been waiting four years for Frank Ocean‘s highly-anticipated second studio album, but we’re not surprised that the hysteria surrounding the project didn’t affect the final product and rollout of his digital and visual albums. In fact, it just makes

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LIFE: Vashtie Has ‘No Filter’ For Playboy Feature

Vashtie is featured in the September issue of Playboy, on sale today. “I grew up a tomboy in New York. I also grew up pretty poor. I couldn’t afford name brands, so I’d go to the Salvation Army, buy something

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CULTURE: Vashtie’s “This Machine Kills Racism” Mixtape

Shocked. Disillusioned. Heartbroken. Angry. Disgusted. I’ve been feeling this way for a while now, but, the incidents that surfaced in the past week have had me feeling these emotions (and more) to the maximum. Yet, I can’t decide which is worse. The disturbing

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FEATURED: Quickie with The Bodega Boys

T H E S H O R T… Name: Desus Nice Nickname: Yung Chipotle aka Pockets Stay Fat Like Terrio aka Kristaps Porslingdick aka Desus Fuego aka Boutros Boutros Gully aka Solbadan Mightknowyabitch aka Eli Lit B aka Yung Day Party

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STREAM: Vashtie’s New Bangers Spotify Playlist

Summer is finally here and Vashite has you covered with a playlist full of essential vibes for the season. Stream Vashtie’s Spotfiy playlist below full of her current favorite bangers featuring hits from Drake, Future, Chance the Rapper and more:

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LIFE: Happy Birthday Kendrick Lamar! Directing “A.D.H.D.” Music Video

In honor of Kendrick Lamar‘s 29th Birthday, here’s a flashback post of when I directed this Gemini man’s music video for Section.80-featured favorite, “A.D.H.D”. It was blazing hot summer — July 23rd of 2011 to be exact — when two days of

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