Strip Club DJ Nando’s Death Marked the End of an Era in Atlanta Hip-Hop

Strip Club DJ Nando’s Death Marked the End of an Era in Atlanta Hip-Hop

Hannibal Buress has this joke about Atlanta strip clubs, the sort that Drake and Future shut down in lyrics and real life. “Those DJs are the most amazing DJs vocally, ever, because they drive the tipping,” he once said. “They crack jokes. It’s just so funny, it’s like, ‘Man, you need to pay the pussy!’” The way his imitation goes, they talk like auctioneers. But it’s a style so distinct, Buress could only be talking…

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Cornel West on his “Uniform”

Cornel West on his “Uniform”

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and…

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John Henrik Clarke Remembered

John Henrik Clarke Remembered

DR. JOHN HENRIK CLARKE — JANUARY 1, 1915 – JULY 16, 1998″A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” ~John Henrik Clarke “I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world…

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Dottling Guardian Travel Safe

Dottling Guardian Travel Safe

If you’ve been casually throwing your Pateks and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s in your bag on your travels, you may want to invest in something a little more secure. Germany’s luxury safe purveyor, Dottling, has created an extraordinary travel safe constructed out of a top-secret architecture of carbide and layers of tear and cut-proof aramid carbon fiber and impact-resistant polycarbonate. And of course, it contains a GPS tracker just in case Danny Ocean finds your valuables. Timezone

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Ralph Lauren to Close Rugby Stores in 2013

Ralph Lauren to Close Rugby Stores in 2013

Breaking: Ralph Lauren announces they are shuttering their Rugby brand in their fiscal reports today. It is difficult for me to describe how saddened I am by this. The image above is one the fall rig shots from my tenure there. The brand that was put together by Lee Norwood and John Fiske and displayed in that room was classic, irreverent and full of wit and humor. The designers I worked with there were among…

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Legendary Detroit Boxing Trainer Emanual “Manny” Steward dies at 68

Legendary Detroit Boxing Trainer Emanual “Manny” Steward dies at 68

Boxing trainer Emanuel Steward passed away Thursday in a Chicago hospital at the age of 68.   Steward was hospitalized after undergoing stomach surgery for diverticulitis at a Chicago-area hospital last month. Members of the boxing community gathered for a prayer vigil in Walled Lake, Mich. on Sept. 23rd.   Often called the Godfather of Detroit boxing, Steward became a legend for training championship boxers like Lennox Lewis, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns andWladimir Klitschko. He was also a popular ringside commentator for HBO.    …

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Life in Marvelous Times

Life in Marvelous Times

Bright moments Bright moments always come back vivid. The fifth great was epic citywide test pressure The pre-crack era! Mr. Schollmen, what a prick, attitude matches wardrobe, uglier then sin. This is Bed Stuy 82′ 9th floor three tiny rooms one view. Buck-town, Roosevelt house They green grass is green Our green grass is brown. Shots rang my phone wasn’t touch tone A heavy beef in the street ET had to flee Grey heavens! good…

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A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part I — The Gods and Goddesses

A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part I — The Gods and Goddesses

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. Greek mythology might sound like an obscure area of study, as if it is only relevant to wizened old professors in posh offices at Ivy League schools.  Or perhaps you associate the topic with vague memories of sensationalized Hollywood summer movies.  Ancient Greek culture, however, contributes much more to the modern world than we might realize. The influence of the Greek mythology on western civilization…

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Serena Williams wins fourth U.S. Open, 15th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams wins fourth U.S. Open, 15th Grand Slam title

NEW YORK — Serena Williams was let down by her serve at times but not by her nerves Sunday in the U.S. Open women’s final. Coming from behind in the third set, Williams won her fourth U.S. Open championship and her 15th Grand Slam title. After trailing 5-3 in the final set, Williams beat No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. After the last point Williams dropped to the ground and let loose with a…

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Lasonic Bluetooth Boombox

Lasonic Bluetooth Boombox

We miss ghetto blasters. Even if we managed to dig one of them up, we wouldn’t have any cassette tapes to put in the damn thing anyway. If you’ve ever dreamed about walking down the street blasting tunes off your shoulder again, or maybe pulling a Cusack and getting vertical with it, you need to check out this Lasonic Bluetooth Boombox. Bluetooth streaming, external 3.5mm jack (for the stuff without BT), alarm functions, a functional…

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The Tanning Effect: Pharrell Interview

The Tanning Effect: Pharrell Interview

I had been telling him, “Yo, I got these Michael records…and I’ll never forget Michael’s manager saying, “Yo, Michael wants some ‘Superthug!’” And I was like, “What?” I just remember being so baffled and so crushed, ’cause he still is my idol. And I just had these records sitting around and I was like, Man, this kid is primed and ready to go for this. And I had that conversation with him and he was…

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Winston Churchill’s Custom Land Rover up for auction

Winston Churchill’s Custom Land Rover up for auction

While the SUV buyers have their eyes set on the 2013 Range Rover, the vintage car lovers are waiting to place their bids to own one of the rarest, custom made Land Rover once owned by Sir Winston Churchill. The vintage vehicle stored in a shed for 35 years is special for more then one reason. The original Series 1 Land Rover was given to the wartime prime minister as a present from car maker…

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Straight Outta L.A.

Straight Outta L.A.

Director Ice Cube explores the unlikely marriage between the NFL’s rebel franchise, the Raiders, and America’s glamour city, Los Angeles. In 1982, Raiders owner Al Davis beat the NFL in court and moved his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. With a squad as colorful as its owner, the Raiders captivated a large number of black and Hispanic fans in L.A. at a time when gang warfare, immigration and the real estate boom were rapidly…

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Al Davis Tribute

Al Davis Tribute

“I’m in pro football to win, to have the Raiders dominate, to have the Raiders global, and we’re not going to be able to do that with a half-filled stadium.” This quote, in my eyes, describes Al Davis in a nutshell. He showed an undying commitment to winning, put his heart into his franchise, but was also not afraid to say and do things that fans didn’t want to hear. Perhaps his two biggest moves…

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Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson: Rebel Sojourner

Jack Johnson—born in Texas, the son of former slaves—was the most famous black man on the planet. As the first African American World Heavyweight Champion (1908–1915), he publicly challenged white supremacy at home and abroad, enjoying the same audacious lifestyle of conspicuous consumption, masculine bravado, and interracial love wherever he traveled. Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner provides the first in-depth exploration of Johnson’s battles against the color line in places as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape…

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Cunning as a Serpent, Innocent as a Dove: The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Back when I was in high school, a mentor of mine gave me a copy of a small book that I’ve read and re-read several times over the years. The Art of Worldly Wisdom or The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence, is a book of 300 maxims and commentary written by a 17th century Jesuit priest named Baltasar Gracián. Considered by many to be Machiavelli’s better in strategy and insight, Gracian’s maxims give advice on how to…

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“Violence in America” HBO Documentary 1995

“Violence in America” HBO Documentary 1995

Exploration of the tradition of violence in the United States of America, drawing on the history of invading settlers and native peoples, frontier outlaws and modern-day murderers, racist violence, the urban underclass, and domestic abuse. From the punishment of defenseless Native Americans by Christopher Columbus, to the domestic and racially motivated assaults that run rampant today, American history is shown to be permeated by cycles of violence fueled by guns, whiskey, prejudice and greed. Using…

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Avery Sunshine- Ugly Part Of Me

Avery Sunshine- Ugly Part Of Me

Who is AVERY*Sunshine? “I am a self-proclaimed therapist! I want to start the conversation that will lead to individual healing and in turn will affect our collective healing. Let’s get people talking about their experiences so that we can learn from them, grow from them and more importantly, move on from them. ”AVERY*Sunshine is a native of Chester, PA where she nurtured a natural talent by singing in church and leading and directing choirs. A…

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