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John Legend Performs on ‘Letterman’

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The soulful sounds of John Legend filled New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater on Tuesday during his performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” The R&B crooner performed a mini concert, which was streamed live earlier in the evening.

In addition to “Made to Love,” “Greenlight,” and “Ordinary People, he sat down at the piano and performed his new ballad “All of Me,” inspired by his fiancée Chrissy Teigen.

The song will appear on his upcoming album Love in the Future, due Sept. 3.



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Jay Z’s Foundation Awarded Over $1 Million To Students To Study Abroad

Jay Z caught some flack from civil rights activist and actor Harry Belafonte for not using his wealth and influence to aid in social issues. It appears that Hov has indeed used his fortune for good by giving away over a million in college scholarships for students since starting his foundation and has assisted students in studying abroad.

Website Diverse Education writes that 21-year-old behavioral neuroscience major Laquisha Springer says that her time at Connecticut College has been bolstered by spending a semester earlier this year at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. Because of Jay Z’s charitable organization, Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, Springer and three other students were able to travel and study in various parts of the world.

From Diverse Education:

Springer was one of four students to receive one of the Shawn Carter Foundation-Gilman International Scholarships through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Institute of International Education, or IIE, administered the scholarships in a one-year pilot partnership that was announced earlier this year but has generated surprisingly little publicity since.

In a society where philanthropic support for socioeconomically disadvantaged students in higher education is often seen as the province of rich White men, the Jay Z study abroad scholarships stand out as a refreshing departure from that norm.

Springer praised Jay Z’s program in a chat with Diverse.“It makes me proud, you know, to know that someone who is relatively close to my age and someone I can relate to who’s had to struggle to get to where he is, that he’s investing in my future,” she said.

Since its inception, the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation has awarded .3 million in scholarships. Last year, 188 students benefited from the Foundation’s support as well.

Springer, who recognized Jay Z’s massive wealth, had a few words for critics who think he’s not investing enough.

“So I’m assuming people, when they say he’s not doing enough, they’re expecting him to literally help the world,” Springer said. “But for me, personally at least, his foundation has helped me out at lot since I’ve been a scholar.”

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Nicola Formichetti Makes His Mark as New Artistic Director at Diesel with JOGG JEAN Video

In light of the recent appointment as artistic director of Diesel, Nicola Formichetti presents striking visuals in celebration of the Italian brand’s latest venture — the JOGG JEANS collection. Crafted with a hybrid of traditional and progressive denim techniques, the JOGG JEANS collection sees the durability of denim with the relaxed attitude and comfort of sweatpants. With a denim exterior and a jersey, sweatpant fabric interior, the JOGG JEANS allows both comfort and flexibility — motifs which are communicated in its campaign video. Shot and directed by Tim Richardson, Formichetti enlists a cohort of street dancers who put the resilient denim into motion. Soundtracked by Azealia Banks’ “ATM Jam,” here’s a quick glance at Formichetti’s latest creative efforts.


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GROUNDHOG DAY: Rapper DMX ARRESTED In South Carolina After Driver Makes An ILLEGAL U-Turn, Claims He Was SETUP!

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Rapper DMX was arrested in South Carolina last night after cops claims they found weed and discovered an outstanding warrant after a routine traffic stop.  Find out more deets inside…..

 

Last night, rapper DMX and a friend were pulled over in South Carolina after the driver (not DMX) "allegedly" made an illegal U-turn.  During the stop, cops say they found marijuana and noticed that X had an outstanding warrant from driving without a license. So you know what happened next….that hauled his ass to jail.

But before he was put in the cop car, the rapper (who’s starring in the new Chris Rock project) put on a full-fledged performance while ranting about being "setup."  As a female bystander filmed the arrest, the rapper can be heard screaming, "This ain’t no normal traffic stop. 18 cops, 5 cars, get the f**k outta here man. It was legal … they got nothing."

During one part of the rant, you can hear him say, "I’m sweatin’ like a motherf**ker, yo." In fact, cops believe he had an asthma attack so they had paramedics come treat him.

According to TMZ, X was taken to jail in Greer County, SC and will see a judge this morning.  He is expected to be sentenced to 15 days behind bars, but may only serve 10.

X was arrested in South Carolina just last month for driving without a license, and allegedly driving under the influence (which his rep denies).

 

Watch DMX explain his side of the story to a bystander: 

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hanon x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five “Northern Lights”

Following a teaser pic, the hanon x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five “Northern Lights” is officially unveiled. Dark purple, blue and grey distinguish this colorway, dressed in plush calf suede. Red pops on the lux satin lining, with sunburst perforation taking to the toe box. You won’t have to wait until the winter to see the hanon x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five “Northern Lights” as they release on August 31st at hanon, followed by a global launch on September 7th.

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United Arrows x Harris Tweed x VANS Authentic + Slip-On


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Traditionally, Harris Tweed fabrics are used to create suits and hats, yet designers from various facets of fashion industry have embraced the Scottish company. United Arrows have been a fan of the tweed brand for many years, designing collaboration products on regular basis. Their latest venture involves another long time collaborator, VANS, on a pair of Authentic and Slip-On kicks. Rather than implement the fabrics in a symmetric manner, their playful nature comes through in this asymmetric execution. These examples will be available at select United Arrows stores in Japan from late September and pre-orders are offered through their online shop right now.


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DMX Arrested In South Carolina, Says It Was A Set Up [VIDEO]

In news that will surprise no one, DMX was arrested, again, in South Carolina last night after being caught in a car with weed. Surprisingly, he wasn’t driving.  Also, Dark Man X claims he was set up, and told the cops so. 

TMZ reports:

According to DMX, the cops pulled over a car he was riding in for making an illegal U-turn. During the stop, cops say they found weed in the car and put the rapper in ‘cuffs. Cops say they also noticed a warrant out for DMX stemming from a previous driving without a license case and informed him that he needed to go to jail.

X was pissed and began ranting about the situation while a female friend of his recorded the entire incident.

“This ain’t no normal traffic stop,” X screamed … “18 cops, 5 cars, get the f**k outta here man.”

X also claims the driver did nothing wrong — and the car should never have been pulled over in the first place.

“It was legal … they got nothing.”

At one point, you can hear X say, “I’m sweatin’ like a motherf**ker, yo.”

X was eventually hauled to jail in Greer County, SC — and he’s scheduled to face a judge sometime this morning.

X won’t be walking out of the courthouse on bond or with just a fine, though. Authorities say he will likely have to serve 15 days behind bars but can get out in 10 with good behavior.

Hey, at least he wasn’t behind the wheel since, ya know, he doesn’t have a driver’s license. The “Get At Me Dog” also suffered an asthma attack during the arrested but was treated at the scene.

Back in July, DMX was arrested for driving with no license and without a seatbelt after being pulled over in his station wagon.

This man’s struggle has reached epic levels. Watch video footage of DMX’s latest arrest below.

Photo: TMZ

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Matt McGhee – Good Luck

After releasing his fresh album AWARD earlier this year, Grammy Family’s very own Matt McGhee returns to the scene with his new single and video “Good Luck.” Produced by the talented rMell, the Maryland native gives us a real impression of his clever wordplay and aims at potential foes over the jazzy production, thus whetting the appetite for his upcoming new project 1920. The minimalistic visual companion was helmed by Thomas Smith. Press play above and let the buzz grow.

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Video: Ty Dolla Sign ft. Wiz Khalifa – Irie

Off Ty’s Beach House 2 mixtape, out now.

Previously: Wiz Khalifa Signs Ty Dolla Sign to Taylor Gang | Ty$ x Wiz Khalifa – Irie (In-Studio)

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Gunplay – Gallardo f. Rick Ross & Yo Gotti (Video Trailer)

The third installment of Maybach Music Group’s Self Made series impacts in less than a month, September 17th to be exact. And it looks like Gunplay’s latest single is next up to receive visual treatment. Take a look at the official trailer above and be on the look out for the Rick Ross and Yo [...]
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