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Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine made such a large donation to the University of Southern California that they’re getting an entire school named after them! Find out about their new school inside….
Recording industry legends Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine recently blessed the University of Southern California with a million donation. In return, the university will use the endowment to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
Launching next year, the four year program will offer undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship; technology, art, design and marketing. How fun will that major be?!
USC President C.L. Max Nikias thanks the moguls in a statement,
"The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media. USC provides an extraordinarily rich academic, research and artistic environment. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world."
The academy will enroll its first class of 25 students in the fall of 2014.
Dre was named as the #3 Hip Hop Cash King last year by FORBES. And the #1 musician based on his income. His networth was around 0 mill last year, and he even raked in 0 mill at the end of last year thanks to the 0 mill sell of his BEATS headphones to HTC. So it’s good to see him giving back to the youngins who spend their dollars on his headphones.
Great job Dre & Jimmy!
Pharrell Williams and his brand BBC have cooked up yet another collaborative diffusion label with American designer Mark McNairy. The profound mutual respect for one another will manifest itself over a brand known simply as BBC Black. Aptly chosen in its name, the #allblackeverything formula will embrace a certain degree of technicality over traditional streetwear silhouettes. The line will be available starting this fall but for the time being, check out GQ’s video involving the two personalities as they discuss the line and their own personal relationship.
It’s time for another WNBA star to get a signature sneaker, right? We think so. While we celebrate Mother’s Day and look forward to the next shoe to sport the name of a female athlete, we look back at one of the best basketball shoes to do so. The Nike Air Zoom Swoopes was one of the many great models worn and endorsed by Sheryl Swoopes. Progressive and aggressive, elegant and elite, the shoe still looks stylish sixteen years later. Can we get these back, Nike? We sure hope so. Bring ‘em back!
Kicks: Nike Air Zoom Swoopes
image via Complex
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In their quest to pass time till the release of Star Wars Episode VII, martial arts/sci-fi fans clubs Golden Gate Knights and The Stunt People decided to create their very own Star Wars sequel, with one peculiarity however – a first person view of lightsaber duel.
So after a quick rehearsal within a soundstage thrown together and a new GoPro Hero3 setup, the team went to work on Star Wars: Vader Strikes Back. In just about 2 minutes long, the short video focused on the plight of an unknown Jedi and young Padawan, cornered into an epic lightsaber duel with the powerful Sith Lord Darth Vader. The film also highlights the ongoing KICKSTARTER initiative by The Stunt People to turn Vader Strikes Back into an original web series, an enticing proposition since Star Wars Episode VII won’t be out till 2015…
Ok, we admit it. Most of us weren’t ready for the adidas Kobe 1 when they first retroed in 2006. Then again, most of us weren’t ready for the Penny 1 when they first came back in ’00– or the Air Jordan 5 in ’99 for that matter. Time, variety, and a Kicks On Court sighting has these space boot sneakers looking good again. No, these aren’t going to look great with skinny jeans or even camo cargos, but maybe with basketball shorts? Like, on a basketball court? Of course these don’t have to be restricted to the hoop game, as they always looked awesome with leather racing gear, too. We just need some variety. Bring ‘em back!
Kicks: adidas The Kobe 1
Released: 2001, 2006
image via Mis Zapas
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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
“The Great Gatsby” soundtrack is packed full of all-star contributions from Jay-Z, The xx and Florence and the Machine, but one of the most interesting collaborations is Beyonce and Andre 3000′s duet “Back To Black.” A cover of the late Amy Winehouse, the song debuted on Mark Ronson’s East Village Radio this weekend.
Ronson, who has worked with Amy previously, called it “wonderful” but Amy Winehouse’s father was less than thrilled. Earlier this month, he told the Daily Mail that Beyonce “doesn’t bring anything” to the song. “‘I wasn’t asked for my permission if they could record it.,” he added.
Fans had mixed feelings about the track and many expressed displeasure for anyone covering Amy Winehouse’s music. “Don’t mess with perfection,” said a supporter of the original while another tweeted, “Hate to say it, but Andre 3000 and Beyonce’s cover of Back to Black does Amy Winehouse no justice.”
Beyonce’s hubby, Jay-Z, scored “The Great Gatsby.” Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film trailer currently features Watch the Throne’s “No Church in the Wild.” The movie, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, is set to hit theaters this summer and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan.
Tags Amy Winehouse, Andre 3000, Beyonce
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Snoop Dogg may be embracing the good vibrations as his reggae-loving alter ego Snoop Lion, but he’s not mincing words about his collaborator Bunny Wailer. In an interview with Rolling Stone Snoop responds to Bunny’s allegations that his music was not a true portrayal of Rasta culture.
Snoop explained the dispute, “I couldn’t tell you. To me, it’s a miscommunication, and I’m not gonna speak nothing negative because I love him too much. Any relationship, you gotta be able to disagree. The last time I seen him, it was all love, but when I heard the negative remarks, I paid no attention. If I’m gonna be Rasta incorporated, loving energy is the only way I can match his negative energy.”
Snoop was asked if he was open to having a conversation with Bunny about the “miscommunication” and he responded, “I mean, it would be meaningful for him to talk to me. He’s the one supposedly putting out the negative energy. I coulda said, “F— that n***a. Bitch-ass n***a.” I’m still a gangsta – don’t get it f—ed up. I’m growing to a man, so as a man, do I wanna revert back to my old ways and fuck this n***a up, or move forward, shine with the light? It’s nothing. I’ve been hit before.”
Despite cosigns from reggae personalities including Rohan Marley, Bob Marley’s son, Bunny Wailer went on the record to say that he was not supporting the Dogg’s evolution. Wailer told TMZ, that Snoop was guilty of “outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” — and has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments.”
Tags Bunny Wailer, snoop lion
With Joe Johnson lacing up an upcoming retro release in the playoffs and sunny summer days on the horizon, we’re thinking about Air Jordan 11 Lows. While the newly updated White/Black-True Red makeup has grown in favor for many, it’s hard to go wrong with the White/Columbia Blue colorway from 2001. This spring release dropped in the perfect season for immediate wear, coinciding with warm weather and peak popularity of the soft blue shade. This model and color code have rested long enough, bring ‘em back!
Kicks: Air Jordan 11 Low White/Columbia Blue
Released: April 2001
image via Kixclusive
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After the initial snippet had people talking, the full-length track of Beyoncé & Andre 3000′s “Back to Black” Amy Winehouse cover has surfaced. The track will join a long and heralded list of other works on the upcoming The Great Gatsby soundtrack which has all the makings of one of the standout albums of the year. Check the radio stream below.
Beyonce has just teased some carefully selected shots from her "The Mrs. Carter Show" World Tour. See the "candids" inside and listen to her "Back To Black" remake with Andre 3000.
Fan fans waiting for "The Mrs. Carter Show" to stop through their town, they can get a glimpse of Mrs. Carter in action, with a few carefully choreographed "candids" from her stop at the LG Arena in Birmingham, UK last night.
Previously, we told you that Mrs. Carter had banned photographers from her live shows, and now the only professional pics you’ll see of her on-stage are those hand picked by her and her team.
We imagine Bey knows exactly when she’ll be photographed and the show’s photographer, Frank Micelotta, knows exactly when to press "click". We don’t mind…it makes for a great picture.
And in new releases….
On his East Village radio show, producer Mark Ronson debuted the "Back To Black" remake that Beyonce and Andre 3000 created for The Great Gatsby soundtrack (May 7). When asked what he thought about Bey and Andre remaking the Amy Winehouse track, he said, “I’m flattered and honored. I know Amy would be too."
Helmed by executive producer Jay-Z, the soundtrack will feature Fergie, Q-Tip, Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé, will.i.am, and others.