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A nod to the chorus of A$AP Rocky’s “Purple Swag,” the Black Scale x The Cuts COMME des FUCKDOWN “Everything Is Purple” Pack is set to release today at Black Scale’s nationwide locations and website. The collaboration includes SSUR’s associated “The Cuts” line “COMME des FUCKDOWN” design on snapbacks, hoodies and tees, but reworked in purple for fans of Pretty Flacko, codeine or Barney the Dinosaur. Look for the capsule collection to release at Black Scale locations in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and online on May 18.
Previously: Future ft. Rick Ross, Birdman & French Montana – Karate Chop (Remix)
Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, Earl Sweatshirt Also Taking the Stage
Rock The Bells has announced its 2013 lineup; which includes of some of the most iconic names in hip-hop alongside some of the genre’s biggest current superstars. Rakim, the Black Hippy collective, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, E-40, Big K.R.I.T., Too $hort, Common, Juicy J, Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Earl Sweatshirt, Kid Cudi, Lecrae and Wu-Tang Clan are among the acts scheduled to perform at the festival.
Rock the Bells is celebrating its 10th year this year, and will kick off in early September at San Bernardino, CA.
“We have curated a multi-generational line-up that includes the best and brightest artists in the genre,” says Chang Weisberg, owner and founder of Guerilla Union, the company behind Rock The Bells. “It is not just great Hip Hop music. It’s great music, period. It’s a collection of artists who represent, respect and recognize everything that Rock The Bells…has accomplished in its storied history.â
Former CNN morning anchor Soledad O’Brien made waves in the news world with her successful Black In America documentary series. According to O’Brien, White critics of the documentaries, which examined race relations throughout the nation, saw the series as divisive.
Speaking at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Of Government, O’Brien was joined by WGBH-FM public radio host Callie Crossley as the pair discussed race, journalism and the impact of social media. The appearance was part of a video segment produced by the school’s Institute of Politics and opened with O’Brien speaking directly to the criticism.
“People would sometimes, when I give speeches, stand up and say, ‘You know, I think your Black In America documentaries is divisive,” said O’Brien. “’I think like, you know, listen, we shouldn’t think of ourselves as African-American. We’re Americans, and everybody should stop separating themselves out.’”
O’Brien added, “First of all, it’s only white people who ever said that – ‘If we could just see beyond race. If only people didn’t see race, it would be such a better place, and you are responsible for bringing up these icky race issues, Soledad, you should just let sleeping dogs lie.’”
O’Brien concluded her statement with, “I was like, again, ‘OK, white person, this is a conversation you clearly are uncomfortable with, and I have no problem seeing race, and I think we should talk about race.’”
O’Brien, a graduate of Harvard, was recently named a distinguished visiting fellow for the Graduate School of Education. Although she left her CNN post last March, she still works with the network as a documentary reporter and has started her own production company.
Watch the Institute of Politics segment below.
[Spotted at Washington Examiner]
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.
Yesterday, the Grey Kaws Companion “Passing Through” figure hit the web store and sold out in roughly a minute. The final color of the Kaws Companion “Passing Through” series expects to do the same as it releases tomorrow at 12 noon EST online and in- store at the OriginalFake Flagship shop in Tokyo. Done in a stark all black colorup with only the Xed out eyes in neon green peeking through, pick it up before it sells out and ends up in the shadows of someone else’s shelf.
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A judge in the case against NYPD officer Richard Haste, over the shooting death of a Bronx teen, might rule for a dismissal. Haste gunned down 18-year-old Ramarley Graham last year.
Issues with the jury is what caused Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Barrett, to question whether or not the trial should go on.
DNA Info reports:
Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Barrett, after reviewing the grand jury minutes in the indictment of NYPD officer Richard Haste, said Tuesday that prosecutors may have improperly told jurors they did not have to consider what other officers told Haste before Haste made the decision to fire the shot that killed the unarmed 18-year-old.
Lawyers for Haste have said he was repeatedly told by fellow officers they believed Graham had a gun. However, no gun was found on Graham.
“What he heard may have very well informed what he did,” Barrett said.
Barrett said he considered the issue very serious and would give the Bronx District Attorney a chance to present the case again to a grand jury if the indictment is thrown out. Barrett instructed lawyers for Haste and the district attorney’s office to submit short memos and scheduled a time for them to make oral arguments before the court next week.
Haste pleaded not-guilty to manslaughter charges last June. He and members of an NYPD narcotics unit burst through the Bronx residence of Graham’s grandmother, believing the teen was a drug dealer and carrying a weapon.
Graham was fatally shot in the chest by Haste.
The state of Wisconsin released new statistic about its prisoners and the racial breakdown is shocking. According to a report from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, one out of every eight men in the state are behind bars.
Even worse, Wisconsin is leads in other prison-related feats.
Among the most jarring of findings was that nearly one of every eight black men of working age is currently in prison in Wisconsin. The state also leads all other states in the number of incarcerated indigenous men at 7.6%, with South Dakota following with 7.3%.
The number of Wisconsinites in prison has nearly tripled since 1990 primarily due to “increased government funding for drug enforcement (rather than treatment) and prison construction, three-strike rules, mandatory minimum sentence laws, truth-in-sentencing replacing judicial discretion in setting punishments, concentrated policing in minority communities, and state incarceration for minor probation and supervision violations,” according to the study. The demographic most significantly affected by these changes is African-American men, whose incarceration rates have skyrocketed to nearly twice the national average. Conversely, the national average for incarcerated white men is nearly identical to the state average in Wisconsin. Indeed, according to the study, in Milwaukee County alone, over half of black men in their 30s have spent some time in prison.
Wisconsin holds a steady lead in the percentage of incarcerated black men in the state, beating Oklahoma, the next state, by approximately three percentage points.This gap, NPR notes, is “bigger than the total distance between the second- and 10th-place states.”
The study notes that there is no “quick fix” to solving this alarming trend, but there are several things that can be done to help recently released inmates assimilate to life outside of prison and help gain employment, such as expanded workplace training and reintroduction programs.
With so many arrests on the books, Wisconsin’s 2013 violent crime rates are still expected to be lower than that of 2010, when the state’s numbers were nearly 42 percent below the national average.
Photo: Black Youth Project
Perfectly fitting to Givenchy’s established neo-renaissance aesthetic is a newly released footwear silhouette for Spring/Summer 2013: the Black Leather Star-Detail Sneaker. As the name might suggest, the high-top sneaker is primarily composed of premium leather, taking slight military cues in its multi-paneled upper. Metal star embellishments decorate the ankle strap at the top of the shoe, adding a distinguished feel to an otherwise subtle shoe. A black rubber sole completes the shoe, which is proudly crafted in Italy. Look for the Black Leather Star-Detail Sneaker at select retailers, including SSENSE, with the shoe priced at 0 USD.