Thursday, September 30, 2010

Visions of Visionaries:Janelle Monae


JD [^_-]

RIDER [^_-] from 'J' [^_-] 'D' on Vimeo.

Shot entirely on the streets of Chicago, IL

"Nearing the date of completion of Rider we (Jason & myself) began to notice that it had been nearly a year since Chicago’s Derrion Albert had been killed to circumstances similar in the visual. Unplanned and not even inspired for context, we knew that certain spirits were working with us.

For myself, this visual is not a your average HD, wall post, easy baked videos. Rider is a visual for Chicago, not for people who just know about the city but people who have lived these headlines. People who don’t just look for landmarks in an independent visual, but can identify with the very textures and grooves of this great city.

After a while we began to see the need of strict treatments futile to the project. How can we explain these aimless acts of violence happening in our city everyday without showing/telling it how is really is. This visual represents the hidden cry of today’s generation, our youth that could have the same fate as Derrion, no matter what age (hence the mask)."-JD [^_-]

Director: Lewis "Filmboi" Vaughn

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

End of an Era: The 13 Best Allen Iverson Shoes

being a kid from Philly A.I and everything he represented(for better or worse)had a crucial effect on my adolescence.He changed the game forever #shoutout to him for that

Back in 1996 Reebok took a chance on a brash Virginian out of Georgetown to carry their brand and basketball line. Despite his checkered past and unwillingness to be what the league or world wanted him to be, Reebok signed a young Allen Iverson to a 10 year $50 million contract. His debut shoe the Question was a success and one of the few times a rookie sported a signature sneaker in their season opener. From then on they would release a series of Answer sneakers each season and Bubba Chuck would re-up with Reebok signing a lifetime contract with the brand. Over the weekend a source at Reebok confirmed that the infamous Reebok Answer line has ended with no more new models to follow. With the Answer 13 being the last model made for Iverson we recount the 13 best Iverson shoes from Reebok.

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