Jahan Loh ‘Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth’ Book

Famed for his chromatic illustrations that hold folds of narrative, Jahan Loh has collected a list of enticing imagery in a tome titled Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Aptly finding commonality between East and West and fine art versus street art, the Singaporean artist delivers 242-pages of flamboyant visuals enlisting neo pop girls and intergalactic heroes as accomplices in his work. Alongside the dreamscape of characters and pop culture renderings captions illustrating Loh’s creative process. A genre-defying piece to say the least, Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth is now available from BOOKSACTUALLY at USD.

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SPOTTED: Michelle Williams OUT AND ABOUT In NYC + Jennifer Hudson At LAX

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Singer Michelle Williams and Jennifer Hudson were both spotted and about recently.  Find out where the ladies were and what they were up to inside…..

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"If We Had Your Eyes" singer Michelle Williams was spotted in New York City yesterday.

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Michelle was snapped near the offices of Essence Magazine where she gave the folks a sneak peek at her upcoming musical project.  She tweeted, "#Repost from @essencemag!! I had a fabulous time sharing my new music with the Essence Family!! Thank you for sharing with me today @essencemag!!"

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Pairing a turquoise dress with hot pink pumps, Michelle also stopped by the offices of Sirius records to give them a taste of what’s next from her. She’s already completed two music videos for the upcoming album, which should be hitting music shelves before the end of the year.


And at LAX……

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 Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, who’s starring in the new biopic Winnie Mandela with Terrence Howard (opening Sept. 6th) arrived looking very comfortable in a gray top, baggy harem pants and a pair of combat boots.


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A few days ago, Jen was honored by VH1 at their 2013 Do Something! Awards  for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. She also hit the stage with J. Cole to performed “Crooked Smile”.  Nice!


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Nicki Minaj Explodes Over Ghostwriting Claim

”You Must Be Real F**king Desperate”
6:00AM ET August 8th, 2013
Contributor : Chris G.
A Rocky Williform Company

Nicki Minaj Explodes Over Ghostwriting Claim

Former Nicki Minaj collaborator Ransom started a firestorm when he released his song “Man Alone,” with lyrics that seem to imply that he was ghostwriting verses for the future superstar in her earlier days. After TMZ asked Minaj about the rumors, she let loose with a diss aimed squarely at the rapper and his claims.

“What?” she said. “I rap better than him. Who the f**k is he, crazy?”

“Yo, I’m not even a man and n***as got my d**k in their mouth. Are you serious?” she continued. “I’m undisputed because I’m the only female rapper, that, day one, I don’t need no motherf**king ghostwriter. So if you tellin’ that lie, you must be real f**king desperate and you still ain’t gunna pop. How ’bout that?”

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Live Look: FILA 96 “Olympic”

The FILA 96 “Olympic” is back for the very first time. Made famous by Grant Hill in the Atlanta Summer Olympics, this retro release remembers his great games in OG style. From the speckled midsole to the classic colors, get all the details on the FILA 96 “Olympic” in today’s Live Look. This retro release will be available tomorrow at shopnicekicks.com.

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EMINEM x Casio G-Shock GD-X6900MNM Watch

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30 years after and thousands of new designs later, the GW-6900 and variations of the 6900 series still reign supreme in the number of sales among consumers. Because of all the interests Casio G-Chock decided to update this timeless classic for the brand’s 30th Anniversary. Officially unveiled at last night’s Casio G-Chock “Shock The World 2013″ event in New York City, the new GD-X6900 isn’t just a larger version of the 6900, it is also considerably better with a complete re-design both inside and out. As a way to highlight the GD-X6900′s importance among the G-Shock product line, Casio collaborated with hip-hop artist EMINEM on a special edition, the EMINEM x Casio G-Shock GD-X6900MNM. Donned in a black on black color scheme, the GD-X6900MNM features EMINEM’s signature reverse “E” in red on the dial face along with a red skyline of downtown Detroit, EMINEM’s hometown, on the band. Like all other special G-Shocks, Casio created a matte black caseback for watch with a “Shady” autograph etched on.

One of the more limited releases of this year, EMINEM x Casio G-Shock GD-X6900MNM Watch will be available through select retailers worldwide starting in December 2013.

Release Date: December 2013

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Mya Is Still Angry At 50 Cent

”People Don’t Lie On Their D**ks”
6:00AM ET August 8th, 2013
Contributor : Monica Coleman
A Rocky Williform Company

Mya Is Still Angry At 50 Cent

Those Mya/50 Cent rumors are old news, but apparently its still a very sore subject for pop star Mya. 50 claimed that he slept with the sexy singer years ago in a diss song aimed at his rival Game, but Mya let it be known that she has no love for the Queens rapper’s shenanigans.

She was approached at a recent red carpet from a correspondent from ThisIs50, and she refused to talk to the outlet.

“Oh no no–we can’t do that. He dissed me and I don’t support that,” she said.

When the interview tried to say that 50 was just joking about the rumors, Mya fired back, “He needs to say that to the public. Cause people don’t lie on their d**ks, OK?”

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Jay Z Spotted With Dame Dash

After his very public bittersweet response to Hov’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail album, Dame Dash linked up with Jay Z at a mutual friend’s birthday party in New York City. After years of distance since their very public fall-out in 2005, Dame took to Instagram to share a picture of the two rekindling their friendship, while Mr. Carter shared his positive thoughts on his ex-partners personality and future on a recent interview with Hot 97.

I have ultimate confidence in him that he’ll find his way ’cause he’s an amazing and smart guy…. He’s a hustler and he’s highly intelligent, so I always root for him and always believe that he’ll find his way out of it

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Video: Goodie Mob & Schoolboy Q on RapFix Live

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Opening Ceremony Announces Belgium For 2013 Fall/Winter

This fall/winter season, Opening Ceremony is paying tribute to all-things-Belgian. With their world tour previously taking them to Japan, Korea, the UK and Argentina, the online retailer now has their sights set on the bustling fashion industry of Belgium. Showcasing iconic and established masters of Belgian fashion, founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim also promise to bring about fresh young talent in stores. With the Belgian series set to hit this September, you can expect to see designers such as Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons, as well as recent graduates from the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

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OPRAH SPEAKS: “The Butler” Star Responds To Jay-Z Vs. Harry Belafonte Drama & Paula Deen

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Oprah Winfrey has given her interesting take on the recent beef between Harry Belafonte & Jay-Z.  And you may be surprised about who she says is "right".


Find out what she said inside, plus her response to the Paula Deen controversy….

Oprah’s close friends have been embroiled in hot topic issues lately.  So it’s only natural the world would want to know her take as she has close personal relationships with these folks. 

While doing promo for The Butler, Lady O spoke to The Urban Daily about her good friends who are currently beefing, Harry Belafonte & Jay-Z. 

When asked if she would moderate a sit down between the two men, she said laughing:

"Oh wouldn’t that be a great show. That’s an "Oprah’s Next Chapter"".

And when asked who’s "right" in the war of public words taking place between Mr. Carter & Mr. Belafonte, Oprah drew a parallel with the clash of ideas in "The Butler" between father and son.  Cecil, the butler, and his pro-Black Power movement son were raised in two different eras and had different racial & human experiences and, therefore, fought "the fight" in two different ways.

Oprah concluded by saying:

So who’s right, Harry Belafonte or Jay-Z?  Both are right.  For Harry Belafonte’s day and his way of operating in the world and what was necessary in the marches and protests, and his way of warring and protesting.   His warrior, that was necessary for that time.  Jay-Z, does this through his music, his work and his art.  Also necessary.  Both are right.

Interesting.  And we completely agree. Check out the full video below:


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And we’ve all been wondering what Oprah has to say about her good friend Paula Deen and her complete insensitivity toward the black community as of late.  From the N-word usage to the gross and disrespectful words she used within the past couple years to the black people who work with her (both caught on video and said in a deposition.

The 59-year-old told Entertainment Tonight:

"In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up," Winfrey, 59, tells Entertainment Tonight. "In time she will be fine. For me, it all just felt kind of sad."


She said people need to let the dust settle before having a real conversation about racial relations in America.And she says she’s suffered certain feelings of discrimination in the workplace, but hasn’t suffered from it in her personal life in years:

"Nobody in their right mind is going to call me the N-word. You know, you see those fools on Twitter sometime say ridiculous things. But nobody in their right mind is going to do that to my face, because true racism is being able to have power over somebody else.  So that doesn’t happen to me that way."

"It shows up for me if I’m in a boardroom or situations where I’m the only woman or I’m the only African American person within a hundred mile radius. I can see in the energy of the people there, they don’t sense that I should be holding one of those seats. I can sense that. But I can never tell, ‘Is it racism? Is it sexism?’"

But she wasn’t so forthcoming when the folks at Extra asked her about her dear friend Paula.

"Oh my god! I don’t have anything to do with Paula Deen," she insisted. "She is not the first white lady to use the N-word! Good lord!"

Guess there won’t be anymore sleepovers at that "white lady" who used the N-word’s house though…


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Meanwhile, this week the director and stars of Lee Daniels’ "The Butler"Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Danny Strong and Patrick Harrison — attended The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an official Academy member screening of the film at The Academy Theater in New York City. 

Loves it.


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