Wmn Dunk Low Colourways....

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Nike are releasing several colorways in the Women’s Dunk Low model. They feature leather uppers along with ripstop inserts on the toebox and quarter panels. They also feature patent leather on the Nike swoosh logos along the side panels. They are available in the three colorways shown here.
Pics & story via Kicks on fire

Becks Bottle Designs...

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In tune with their support of contemporary art for the past 20 years, Becks have released these new bottle designs that feature the work of 4 artists.
The art pieces chosen in partnership with London Royal College of Art show the works of Tom Price, Charlotte Bracegirdle, Riitta Ikonen & Simon Cunningham.
Previous years have seen artists such as Tracey Emin & Damien Hirst grace the bottles of Becks, but this year will the artists work in mass-productions as Becks will produce over 27 million bottles all over the country.


"Black Lipstick" an art exhibition by Adelaide Damoah

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Adelaide Damoah will be unveiling her latest collection 'Black Lipstick' @ The 24/7 Art House, Clapham Park Road SW4 on the 28th of August. The unveiling will be from 1800-2100 and the exhibition will run until the 28th of September; check out the Damoah Arts site for more info.



The collection features a series of paintings of Damoah in various poses exploring the "dominant sexual side of herself" and looks to be another acclaimed collection like previous ones from the artist. If you thought that the 'Black Brits' collection pushed boundaries then you'll enjoy this collection for doing the same on a whole new level.




To add a finishing touch to the evening you can head down to The Whitehouse in Clapham for the Black Lipstick after party.

Bank Holiday Weekend...

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SATURDAY...



The Urban Nerds are back with another Carnival Special, following on from the success of last year's Notting Hill warm-up party and a one-off EXTRA late license to PARTY!!!
Urban Nerds always throw great party's with good vibes and great tunes! They're also bringing back the steel drum BBQs!
Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Rice and Peas and all your favorites will be on sale to get you in the Carnival mood!



+++GRAFFITI DISPLAYS FROM ONE TRICK PONY COLLECTIVE+++

DUBSTEP | REGGAE | JUNGLE | DANCEHALL | SKA | DUB | DRUM AND BASS | OLD SKOOL GARAGE AND MORE!

12:00PM - 4:00AM
FREE BEFORE 8PM, £8 AFTER!















SUNDAY...

Ain't It Black present Carnival Funk, bringing back house party vibes with dance lines, power moves, booty bumps and soul trains.

Expect to hear electro basses, 80's funk, Synthesizers, Techno Hop and some serious Soul!

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The policy is simple...Don't pose. Just dance!

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Nike Wmns Dunk High, Octagon...

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Nike have released plenty of hot colorways exclusive to their ladies’ line- up.
A new Nike Dunk High has been released for us ladies. Inspired by the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they feature a full metallic silver construction with the use of an all over octagon print. They also sport a black outsole along with light blue laces. They are now available at select Nike retailers and retail for £55.


Pics Via Sneaker Manic

Adidas 'Elements of Hip Hop' Collection...

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Over the next few months, Adidas will be releasing their 4 Elements of Hip Hop Collection, which will feature sets of shoes inspired by DJ’s, Graffiti Artists, B-Boys, and MC’s, all elements of Hip Hop.



This particular pack ^^ was inspired by the B-Boy element, and includes the Decade Hi, Superstar 2, and the Superstar 86. They pay tribute to break dancers, who played important in the early stages of Hip Hop. The Decade Hi model features an interesting design, designed to look like dirty cardboard which resembles the surface that b-boys used to dance on.


A-Trak x Nike Dunk High...

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Nike has joined forces with DJ and producer A-Trak for the launch of his debut album Running Man: Nike + Original Run - a mix of electro and hip-hop.
They feature a blue leather upper with yellow and black inserts, as well as a Running Man logo on the heel area of the shoe.
I actually got a chance to meet A-Trak last week playing at Plan B, his set was amazing!
*Shout out to Jennifer W-O, much fun was had :-)




Pics via NiceKicks.

I Am 90 Sound: Maniac

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The AM 90 sounds are a series of original music cuts featuring eight young musical visionaries to celebrate the iconic Nike Air Max 90. This particular AM 90 sound focuses on London and Maniac, a highly rated producer on the grime scene. His work has featured in film and TV, including appearances in Adulthood, Eastenders and a number of Channel 4 projects.
MANIAC has recently completed a project with Tinchy Stryder. Music: 'Man Dem' by Maniac featuring Chipmunk.

City Of Music...Glasgow?

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UN cultural body, Unesco, has today announced that Glasgow has been named a United Nations City of Music.
Its been given the award to acknowledge 'the city's musical past and its role in music-making, performance and enjoyment.'
Glasgow joins 10 other members of the 'Creative Cities Network' which was launched back in 2004 to encourage cities to fulfill their musical potential.

Old Men On The Block...

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New Kids On The Block will perform a free show to fans in London next month.
The short set, which will comprise of three songs, will be held at HMV on Oxford Street on September 8th.
The recently reformed boy band will be promoting their new album 'The Block', as well as signing copies of the CD.
This is the first New Kids On The Block UK live performance in 15 years.

Don't play, I know you were a fan.
All together now...oh oh ooh right stuff!

'Pretty Please'

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New video from fly girl Estelle, this time it features cameo appearances from Jackie Long, Taraji Henson and randomly one of the girls from Danity Kane.



Estelle Featuring Cee-lo 'Pretty Please'

Sway Hustles...

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A while ago I posted Sway's latest single 'Saturday Night Hustle' off his next album 'The Signature' due for release next month.
Well the video is finally completed...


Nike 1948...

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There seems to be a growing trend of big name brands expanding into the East London area, and Nike is the latest with '1948'.

The new sportswear concept store in Shoreditch is a melting pot of futurism, old-school, and styled like your school gymnasium...minus the smell.
The display units are made of basketball hoops, parallel bars and gym horses, all mixed up with bright, bold, mismatched shoe and sportswear designs.
The rainbow hi-tops were a personal highlight (I'm seriously considering copping them in blue and yellow).




Pics Courtesy of Urban J!


Check out this exclusive interview and tour from the people at StlyeSlut & Urban Nerds...

Cool Kids 'Pennies'

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Lupe Fiasco 'Birds and Bees'

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Mr Wasalu Muhammad Jaco talks about the bird and the bees, with the help of Kanye West.

Clark Wallabees....Fly or Die??

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Footwear store Clarks and David Z have teamed up to create the Metal Pack on Britain's arguably iconic, Wallabee.
The high quality leather features a deliberate wrinkled treatment with a black patent leather trim. These represent some of the boldest offerings ever for the Wallabee which has traditionally been released only in relatively subtle styles. The Metal Pack will be released on Thursday, August 21st.


So is it 'Fly or Die?'

Santogold 'Lights Out'

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Topshop X Afrikids...

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Topshop has announced yet another collaboration, but this time it is for a good cause.
The high street store has teamed up with Humankind and AfriKids to create a six-piece summer capsule collection of vivid print dresses and camisoles inspired by traditional West African design.

Handcrafted on a Fairtrade basis, each piece will go towards a collection to raise money for impoverished communities in Northern Ghana.

To be launched in stores this month, the aim of the collection is to help AfriKids set up an "eco-lodge" venture, which aims to transform the local economy by providing sustainable changes through jobs and increased tourism.

Georgie Fienberg, international director at AfriKids, which was founded in 2002, said:

'Opening the AfriKids Lodge will mark AfriKids out as a new kind of NGO; one that genuinely aims to become indigenously run and sustained, eliminating the need for Western donors and putting itself at the centre of its local economy's development.'

FREE Screenings This Weekend...

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Two days of Street Art related screenings at the Tate Modern this weekend.
All FREE, but limited capacity, so a first come first served basis.
If you’re in the area make sure you head down as this is a great filler for those of you saving your money for the Bank Holiday weekend!

DIAMOND ft. Terri Walker

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Absolutely loving this track right now

A lil' something from Diamond ft. Terri Walker, as a producer I must say he is definitely doing his thing at the moment; check out his Myspace page for some more big tracks including some featuring Kele le Roc and Gappy Ranks.

Khia 'Nasti Muzik' Karaoke

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I'm sure everyone remembers Khia's 'My neck...' those of you who caught her on Miss Rap Supreme know she's alive and kicking (",) and still making music. Her music is what can be described as direct and raw, and when I came across this sing-a-long video for her song 'Be your lady' I thought I may as well share. Please be aware it is explicit.

Karaoke on a whole new level

Deviation Music

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Reasons to attend...

Morgan Zarate will be playing! For those who are unfamiliar with his work he is a producer, drummer, beatmaker and musical connoisseur from London.
Also known as Morgan Spacek, he has been working as an influential producer and remixer for many years, continually pushing forward the sound of future soul music.

Recently Morgan has collaborated with great artists including Raphael Saddiq and Slum Village plus many more which will remain under wraps until his long awaited solo full-length LP is released.
The single "Sticks and Stones" features Ghostface of Wu-Tang Clan and one of our finest UK vocalists Eska, enjoy.



Miss Vula is set to perform too, I'm so excited to see her perform again :-)

eLZhi 'The Preface'

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Like many others I'm a fan of Slum Villiage so when I was sent news of eLZhi's new album it got my ears instantly. Listening to his tracks on his Myspace he almost immediately got my stamp of approval, so much so I was unable to choose a favorite. His music commands your attention and gains your arrpoval all in one swoop whether it be through; the beat the, carefully structered lyrical flow and deliverance or the content. eLZhi's 'The Preface' definitely delivers.

Fatlip - "What's Up Fatlip? (Breakbot RMX)"

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Self criticism is a hard character trait to find, there are a few people who openly flout their short comings. So Fatlips 'Whats up Fatlip' definitely caught my attention and I'm really feeling the new Breakbot RMX, a nice summer jam to match the little explosion of summer we've been experiencing. The track and the video definitely get a thumbs up from me.

Light Art...

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British artist Alan Jaras turns light into amazing works of art.
A majority of the works are analogue images of the refraction patterns from a beam of light passing through a transparent object (He uses pieces of textured glass). The image is captured directly on to 35mm film, no camera lens is used, the transparent object replaces the lens. Colour is then introduced by placing specially prepared colored filters directly in the light beam.

'These images have not been computer generated or color treated. The colors you see are a faithful reproduction of those captured on film,'
- Jaras.






Shout out to Tony 'the marvelous' for introducing me to his work!
Images via Hypebeast

Rapex??

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Rapex is a anti-rape condom, worn by women premeditatively. It has barbs on it so that during an attack, the barbs get stuck on the male genitalia and they are only removal by a doctor.



Err...I have a few questions:

When and how often do you actually wear this?

What if the attacker gets pissed and tries to kill you?

What if the barbs get stuck in you?

Are we really going to call this invention 'Rapex'??

And surely if the barbs are stuck on his penis the rape has already happened, has'nt enough trauma occured?
Unless you warn the guy ahead of time 'Hey if you do that you are gonna get barbs stuck in your dick."

Hmm...I'll just stick with the killer moves I learnt from Bruce Lee, thanks.

Insa 'Represent' Tee...

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To celebrate his latest exhibit, Insa made this Represent tee. If you weren’t able to get one at the show, you can purchase them now in three different colours. Most importantly they also come in female sizes!




Cavalli Is Tasty...

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The man may have skin that resembles my leather my sofa but Roberto Cavalli is still a fly guy and he is the only one that could make me look at a bottle, sound like homer and say 'Mmmm...sexy'[1]

Check out his limited edition Coca-Cola Light designs for the Italian market.





[1] Ok...so that never happened, but it was a nice visual was'nt it? :-)
Pictures via Highsnobiety

ILUVLIVE...I Really Do!

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ILUVLIVE presents an evening of top UK artists, fly girl Tawiah is set to cause a stir with her unique brand of soul, Tinchy Stryder will be dropping 'a double one liner', Jessie plans to share one of the industry's best kept secrets, Matti Roots is sure to plant some food for thought and Adaggio will give Kanye's violinist a run for a her money.

And it's all going down tonight at ILUVLIVE's new home, Favela Chic!

Time: 7:30pm – 12am
Entrance: £3 B4 8.00pm, £6 after. Guest list £5 after

Favela Chic,
91-93 Great Eastern Street,
London, Old Street,
EC2A 3HZ


See you there!