Supreme Week 10 // Bangers, Sleepers & Duds

As mentioned in last week’s post, the high caliber collaborations for this season are never-ending. After plenty of hype, typical for most releases between these two mega-brands, the Supreme x Nike Humara collaboration is finally upon us. This is the second Nike collaboration of the season (and possibly not the last as the Supreme x Nike Shooting Sleeve from the lookbook has yet to drop), but the first to feature a full apparel line. This collection will lace you with enough hiking heat to warrant a visit from Smokey the Bear.

Shh, the fireman comin’.

Bangers

Subtle from afar, the Trail Running Hat encapsulates this collaboration perfectly. The hat is constructed primarily of nylon with a mesh overlay on the crown. The two-tone paneling adds a great balance of color and highlights the structure of the cap. The final detail to this piece is the crowd favorite 3M reflective branding found on the front panel and strap, with the Swoosh and “Air” on the former and Supreme (featured twice) on the latter. The hat will retail at a modest $ 45.

The standout piece of the collection is the Trail Running Jacket. The jacket comes in the same 4 colors (Black, Lime, Cyan, and Magenta) as the rest of the collection. This piece is cut in the same windbreaker shape that was popularized in the 90s with an elastic drawstring to adjust the tapering of the jacket to your liking. The only flaw of this pieces is found in the zippered pockets as they sacrifice function for fashion. The tricot mesh defeats the purpose of a water-resistant shell as all of your items will get soaked in the rain. However, the mesh overlay adds a dimension that has rarely been seen over the iconic Supreme branding giving life to the piece as a whole. The 3M details on the zippers, swoosh, and of course Supreme Logo finishes off this as the best aesthetically designed garment of the year. Retail for the Trail Running Jacket is a reasonable $ 130.

The Trail Running Pants use the same mesh pocket aesthetic as the jacket but highlights the Swoosh with prime real estate. The water-resistant nylon pants come strapped with a built-in belt, elastic ankle cuffs, and zippered sides. This garment can easily be styled with a neutral hoodie and your favorite (Nike) kicks. The Trail Running Pants will retail at $ 90.

Rounding out the head to toe trail collection is the Air Humara. Supreme and Nike’s desire to feature the Air Humara is the reason for the hiking theme of their collaboration this week. The Air Humara utilizes the most 3M out of the collection, using the material on; the perforated body of the upper, toe box, heel, lacing system, as well as the Supreme and “World Famous” branding on the toe and heal respectively. This is easily enough reflective material to overexpose a photo of you and the homies, as well as keeping you visible on the trails. The Air Humara isn’t only equipped to help you shine but also to keep you comfortable with its Zoom Air forefront unit and Air Sole heel unit. This is a polarizing piece to the collaboration, due in part to its aggressive hiking silhouette. We are entering the winter months and these Air Humaras will pair nicely with quality denim and a flannel that incorporates subtle hints of whichever colorway you decide to rock, adding a nice pop of color to the normally mundane winter palette. Dads like to hike. What’s cool right now? Dad Shoes. So at a retail of $ 170, these kicks are a solid alternative to the pricey high end take at the dad shoe.

Sleepers & Duds

As you may be thinking, all of the items in this weeks collaboration have already been covered. You are correct. This weeks installment of Bangers, Sleepers, and Duds has shamelessly omitted the rest of the column. I have to come clean, this entire collaboration is pure fuego. Whether you plan to style each piece individually or shut it down in the full black tracksuit, this week’s drop has something for you.

How to Cop

It has been rumored that this collaboration will have a Nike drop at some point. I’ll go out on a limb to say that the leaked images of the collection last week were from a Nike campaign as they were not featured in the offical news release from Supreme and didn’t have the same subtle flex aesthetic that Preme lookbooks do. If Nike was creating an ad campaign for this release then its safe to assume that they will also drop the collaboration at some point.

Until then…

The full collection will release at Supreme online tomorrow, October 26th, in Europe and the States, with brick and mortar locations only receiving the apparel portion of the drop.  Followed by the Japan release of the entire collection online and in stores on Saturday the 28th of October.

Good luck!

Experiencing the HyperAdapt 1.0 at Nike Town London

If we haven’t been introduced, I’m Hannah AKA MrsTeriyaki. Born and bred in the United Kingdom with a love for sportswear and sneakers since a kid.

I have been increasing my trips to the London capital over the last few months and have been experiencing more and more sneaker events. I always find myself engulfed in the experiences with a real passion and appreciation for the fine details these big brands give us.

So here I present the Nike Hyper Adapt 1.0 at Nike Town London.

Welcome to the Nike Hyper Adapt 1.0 / E-A-R-L space in Nike Town London.

A few weeks ago I took another trip down to London, this time a little more spontaneous. I went with the primary purpose to pick up some VaporMaxes from NikeLab 1948 but also to check out this space – fingers crossed tightly behind my back.

I was really fortunate to experience everything just like a normal customer (reservation only), which is exactly what I’d hoped for. My number one goal is to always capture the encounter with accuracy  – the impressiveness of the shoe but more so the experiential space.

Shoes are always obtainable, but the experience isn’t.

The HyperAdapt space is located where you would normally find the Sneakers Cube on the Sportswear floor of Nike Town London, Oxford Street. A major thank you to Emile and the team for allowing me to capture everything freely and experience this incredible achievement in footwear technology.

Once you pass the front desk, you are welcomed into a booth which changes colour once assigned. Take a seat and put on the VR headset.

Surprisingly, this was the first time I’d ever looked into a virtual reality world. The signal flickers and you find yourself in Tinker’s office. It’s a full 360 experience so I found myself spinning around on the chair more interested in Tinker’s sketches on the wall than his conversation with me. But I did listen, and he gives an overall insight into the Hyperadapt and where the inspiration for it came from.

Next, the exciting part…

I take a 6 but the closest available to try out was a size 7.5 (if you were thinking they looked a little large). At the time I wasn’t really able to put into words how I felt about the Hyperadapt. The experience and sensation of the shoe automatically fitting itself to your foot took words out of my mind – the entire experience blew me away.

An illuminated runway — a hat tip to the three blue dots on the heel of the HyperAdapts — runs down the spine of the room, available to those who want to test out how they look and feel. At the start is a mirrored area which captures your movement from three different camera angles, this is then sent to you via email. Another nice touch, the kind that I really appreciate.

If we ignore the self-lacing technology for a second, the HyperAdapt 1.0 is still a solid shoe. I found it comfortable and it looked nice on foot – the two major areas people like to check off before they purchase. I didn’t push them beyond that, but I was informed by staff that they were tested on athletes of multiple sports in their early stages of production. For a break-through shoe, I like that it has been kept relatively simple in its shape and colour schemes so it’s easy to match with outfits. This shoe doesn’t need anything else to do the talking.

The more I experience, the more my love for the sneaker world grows. Excellence and innovation from Nike – a killer combo. Thank you again to NTL.

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Five Artists Who Should Have a Shoe Deal

words & opinion by Creighton Phillips

With Influencers playing a major role in sneaker and apparel sales, there’s an influx of artists who could garner the appeal to take a storied brand to the next level. Here are a few suggestions of some of my favorite artists that could catapult a brand to new heights.

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has had a mystique that rivals some of the greatest artists of the previous generations. Waiting roughly five years to bring his latest works to the graces of his fans, Ocean’s ENDLESS visual album, inspired by the works of two time Nike collaborator Tom Sachs, and Blonde were both masterpieces in their own right. Appearing at festivals this year wearing JW Anderson Converse sneakers and Virgil Abloh’s Nike x Off-White Prestos could only make one wonder why is it that the guy who has crafted modern R&B masterpieces has evaded the spotlight of a sneaker collaboration? Could it be saturation or is it that the best is yet to come? We’re hoping for the ladder from fans of the Blonded crooner. We all really want a pair of NIKES from this guy.

King Krule

Another songwriter extraordinaire in need of a sneaker cosign from fans of the artist is none other than bluesy Archy Marshall, also known as King Krule. With albums like 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, A New Place 2 Drown, and his most recent offering The Ooz, Krule could fare well in the UK with a collaboration along the lines of what Skepta was able to accomplish with the Swoosh. The Zoo Kid himself could get a pair that resembles something of a JD Sports collaboration/exclusive, which would resonate pretty well with fans of the young artist and trainers alike. Think like what Wale did with Villa in the US only overseas. What better way to go out and get ribs than with a pair of Archy Marshall’s?

Lil Uzi Vert

Next on the list of Influencers deserving a pair to represent their stylistic impact would be the enigmatic Lil Uzi Vert. After a slew of mixtapes and a gold charting debut album in Luv is Rage 2, the “XO Tour Llif3” rapper is ready to be endorsed by the major brands he so comfortably sports. Whether it be with the Three Stripes or Nike, Uzi has been on the cusp of snatching the title for the most stylish young artist in the music industry. After having an album cover designed by
Off-White and being seeded some of the most coveted pairs of the Virgil Abloh x Nike collaboration, Uzi is ready to take it vertical. With major brand backing — perhaps that of Off-White itself — the rapper with the most stage presence not named Travis Scott could now do what he really wants: stunt.

Solange

Solange has been on a tear artistically and style wise, and there aren’t many women in the industry or everyday life that could match her. With sold out shows at the Guggenheim and Radio City Music Hall, Solo has been ready to follow up her earliest endorsement with Puma. After seeing other performance artists like FKA Twigs and frequent collaborator Dev Hynes getting their just due from the likes of Nike and Adidas respectively, it’s a toss up with who could be the most fitting outfitter for the “MAD” and “F.U.B.U.” songstress. It’s about time for Solange to get another seat at the Influencers table in my opinion, and what better brand to outfit her head-to-toe than adidas?

Beyoncé

What better way to end an opinion piece about Influencers ready for endorsement than Ms. Ivy Park herself, Queen Beyoncé. After a career that rivals some of the greatest entertainers ever, Beyoncé is more than ready to be outfitted by a brand like Nike, specifically NikeLab. Pair her star power with the innovation of NikeLab and give Ivy Park the same backing that the YEEZY imprint has gotten from adi and watch the brands simultaneously flourish. Just think about the great strides that Rihanna’s Fenty line has made with Puma and imagine the platform that Nike could provide for Bey. It’ll definitely be one that won’t plateau. It’s a party indeed.

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Interview // Jalen Rose Talks College Recruiting, Fab 5 Retros & NBA Season

Running the point, standing 6’8 and walking to the beat to of his own Serato, Jalen Rose was a big guard like Magic Johnson, a style icon like Big L and a leader like Rakim Allah. These days? Well he’s just a damn good broadcaster that runs a free charter school.

Still outspoken, still outstanding, the fearless leader of the Fab 5 is two decades removed from Ann Arbor but not an inch more distant from Detroit. Breaking bread in Bristol as part of ESPN’s NBA Countdown crew and one-half of Jalen & Jacoby, #5 still packs a 313 phone number and has raised nearly $ 6 Million in scholarship funds in 2017 alone for graduates of his Motown-based charter school.

Fresh fade and fresh takes, we caught up with Jalen on the cusp of the NBA season to hear his Association sleepers, insight on the roles brands play in college recruiting and what music he plays when he DJs parties for his uncles.

Nice Kicks: Let’s start with style. Fashion wise on and off the court, who did you look to growing up?

Jalen Rose: Great question. Initially it was Don Cornelius on Soul Train, he was super clean. I used to like George Jefferson’s fashion because if you think about it he was a business owner, married and about family and entrepreneurship. I appreciated that. In sports, Clyde Frazier was somebody whose fashion I looked up to. Then Ron O’Neal with the zoot suits and the long coats! That was the Detroit thing. There’s also a different style we got from New York City with the PUMA suits and the Suedes with the thick shoe strings then later Run DMC with the leather bombers and adidas with no shoe strings. Boogie Down Productions had the bubble coats, then you had Slick Rick and Dana Dane with the suits and the Ballys. I put a gold cap on my tooth in high school to be like Slick Rick and Larry Johnson!

Nice Kicks: A lot’s made of the baggy shorts, shaved heads and black Nikes while at the Michigan. You always seemed like the leader swag wise of the Fab 5. What influenced those fashion choices and what was it like seeing peers imitate?

Jalen Rose: Initially it was all about camaraderie and I think that’s a thing that gets lost with the Fab 5. It was a one-for-all mentality. If we were going to the student union for a party, we’re all going. If something was going down at Eastern Michigan, we were all going. If one us was going down to Freaknik, we were all going!

Based on that, the style choices were a way to signify that it was a time to turn it up and get serious. While the world recognized that we had five special freshman, we still appreciated our veterans and teammates who allowed us to be who we are. That was just a sign of solidarity. It wasn’t that a couple of us were gonna shave our head bald or wear black socks, we were all gonna do it.

With the shaved heads, at that time it was looked at as a sense of rebellion like sagging pants. At that time, rocking a baldie was considered rebellious. Then it was considered super handsome and fashionable if you were Michael Jordan! [Laughs] But if you were Onyx it was considered the opposite. Being influenced by EPMD and Naughty by Nature, I was the kid who would walk around campus in the middle of winter with a piece of tissue in his nose like Redman.

Nice Kicks: Michigan became THE Nike school during your tenure. How much did brands play a part in picking your school then and what do you think of all the conversation regarding their roles now?

Jalen Rose: Recruiting for me had a lot to do with familiarity because you wanted to see people that you knew who were where you were from have success around the country. Fortunately for me, I appreciate my time with the Fab 5 but it might not even be the best team I ever played on! When you go to Detroit Southwestern, it wasn’t about me being a McDonald’s All-American it was about the fact that Perry Watson had a successful program a decade before I even got there. I was able to see Anderson Hunt go to UNLV and win Final Four MVP. I never would’ve thought that when I was in the basement rockin’ my Michigan shorts to me knees as a high school senior watching UNLV lose to Duke in the Final Four that I’d be playing against them in the finals the next year. Then watching Derrick Coleman at Syracuse — he’s a Detroit native. So, those were my visits. They were Detroit players that I had love for and had success. Coincidentally at the time, just like Detroit Southwestern, they were all Nike schools.

The thing that gets overlooked for a young athlete is that you’re not only signing a letter of intent, you’re actually signing an endorsement deal with a shoe company — it’s just that you’re not getting paid. I don’t see it changing in the future. Do I think that NCAA, a 501c3, is going to share some money with their players? I don’t think that’s going to happen. Remember, the shoe contracts aren’t with the players, they’re with the schools. So I’m not just signing to go to the University of Michigan, I’m also signing to wear Brand Jordan. I can’t go to campus and say, ‘I’m going to wear adidas.’ The school isn’t going to pay for gear ever, especially if they’re getting millions of dollars, so that business model works great for them and they’ll fight tooth and nail to do anything they can not to change it. It’s no coincidence that the shoe companies have branched off into summer camps, the trainers that work out multiple players, the high schools that are sponsored by brands, it’s no coincidence that the player now goes to a college that represents that same brand and then wears that brand when they get to the pros.

Nice Kicks: When you were coming up, Nike had their own camp, Converse had Five Star and adidas had ABCD Camp. Were those camps influential to players picking schools at that time?

Jalen Rose: Of course. It creates a relationship but a funnel is what it becomes. I was fortunate enough to be influenced by the godfather of all this, Sonny Voccaro. As somebody that went to Nike Camp, I didn’t go to Five Star. I got the chance to play in the McDonald’s Game, but I also got to play in the Dapper Dan game in the final year because Sonny put it on.

Nice Kicks: Sonny Voccaro is someone I’ve always admired and I feel like with the current dialogue regarding brands, schools and recruiting he could be vilified with all that’s going on. To be clear, it seems like you still highly regard him and speak of him with reverence, correct?

Jalen Rose: No question! That’s why I call him the godfather. I’ve got nothing but respect for him, and his lovely wife, Pam.

Nice Kicks: As an unofficial endorser, you made the Air Force Max and the Flight Huarache famous. How does it feel to see them come back and how do you feel about new colorways?

Jalen Rose: Initially I felt bitter. I’m the founder of a tuition free charter high school and you would at least think I could get them to sponsor my school, ya know?

Here’s what happens, usually collegiate athletes aren’t fortunate enough to have the longevity that we’ve had. The documentary, Chris and I working in television, Juwan coaching for the Heat and Ray and Jimmy still coaching in high school. We’re still alive, breathing and active. Normally the system gets the chance to take advantage of that once, we’ve allowed the system to take advantage of it twice.

So, when I see Nike bringing back the Huarache and when I see the Brand Jordan Fab 5 shoe with the logo that we came up with in South Quad dorm on the back of the shoe, I’ve gotta get on my grown man and get on the phone with these people now. We’re not 19, 21 year old kids anymore. We want to be viewed as endorsers, we want to be used as partners. Send us some boxes, I don’t wanna see this stuff online!

Nice Kicks: In regards to the Fab 5 Jordans, were you sent a pair?

Jalen Rose: I’ve been in contact with them and I now have a relationship with someone there who hopes to work with us. If I would’ve had this conversation three months ago I would’ve been a lot more flagrant than I’m gonna be right now [laughs], but I will say it’s in motion. But again, think about what you said? One pair of shoes? It’s not a lot. I’m not a 19 year old college student in the dorms anymore, c’mon now! [Laughs]

Nice Kicks: So when celebs were getting the Fab 5 Jordans the actual Fab 5 was not?

Jalen Rose: Initially, correct.

Nice Kicks: That’s messed up but I’m glad it was rectified. Hopefully a free pair here and there leads to sponsorship of your school from a brand.

Jalen Rose: You know what I mean? Tuition free public charter high school. I entered that fingers crossed, but I did enter all that stuff with the Huarache remakes at the mall and the Fab 5 Jordan shoe with a level of frustration when you’re not treated like a partner or endorser. They get multiple bites of the apple and what allows them to do that is not only what we did 20 years ago, but that we’re still current right now.

Nice Kicks: Transitioning to the NBA, they just switched to a Nike deal and got new jerseys. Looking back at your pro career, was their a uniform that sticks out as the one you felt freshest in or conversely the most swagless?

Jalen Rose: Oh, pinstripe Pacers! Those were cold. The crazy thing for me is that my high school colors at Detroit Southwestern — blue and gold. Michigan — maize and blue. Pacers — blue and gold. So JRLA is blue and gold also.

Nice Kicks: I remember your Pacers team with Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin and Rik Smits rocking black shoes and black socks for the playoffs.

Jalen Rose: Yup! And bald heads, this stuff travels don’t it!

Nice Kicks: It’s hard to imagine in this day and age with all the swagged out haircuts and individual marketing that a team would ever shave their heads for a playoff run.

Jalen Rose: Right, and that’s a strong statement: I’m not able to give up me for we.

Nice Kicks: Much is made of the shoes you wore in college but not always when you were in the league. For example, you were one of the select players to rock Jay Z’s Reebok S. Carter BBall shoe on court. How did that come about?

Jalen Rose: Basically you go through different periods as a player. There was a period where I was adidas, a period where I was rocking Nike and a period where I was rocking Reeboks. Usually, whatever I was rocking was what was comfortable for me and what I thought was fly. Hov came out with that kick when I was with Reebok, I was a fan, and they looked good so it was only right. If I’m out here getting buckets it’s only right I do it in the S. Dots.

What a lot of people may or may not realize is that the NBA was truly the first league to embrace hip-hop. A lot of people don’t remember when it happened, but it truly happened with MC Hammer and “U Can’t Touch This” with the Pistons.

When the Pistons were winning championships in ’89 and ’90, MC Hammer was the #1 artist in the world. He did his “They Put Me in the Mix” video at Joe Louis arena in downtown Detroit. That created a kinship that Detroit and Oakland still have to this day, though it initially started in the ’60s and the ’70s with the Civil Rights Movement and a lot of outspoken inviduals that were passionate about change in our country that happened to be from Detroit and the Bay Area. So, when you transfer and remix that relationship to the ’90s, the tagline for the Pistons became ‘U Can’t Touch This’ and if you look back at those Bad Boy Pistons shirts that’s what they say.

Even back then when Too Short was saying Detroit was just like Oakland, that’s because we were out there at KKBT Summer Jam in the ’90s! Hanging out with him, Mark Curry, Spice-1, all of those cats. The great thing is I really got lucky because that was the hottest concert and I went back to back years and all my favorite artists — EPMD, Naughty by Nature, The D.O.C. — all were there.

Nice Kicks: Getting into broadcasting, you’re working now with Chauncey, Paul and previously T-Mac, who you all would’ve checked during your pro career. How’s it been working with them as teammates now and as a trash talker turned broadcaster whose on-court demeanor is the most different from their TV tone?

Jalen Rose: First off, wow, I’m the oldest one of all them, oh man! I consider all of them brothers. I’ve been working at ESPN now ten years and each of them have made a really nice transition to television and I’m really happy with all the progress they’ve made. One thing about the league is you have a kinship with all of them and you never know how it’s going to transform. When Paul got drafted, I was staying in LA and had a spot so we were working out everyday back when he got drafted to the Celtics so we’ve been homies for that long. With Chauncey, when I got drafted to the Nuggets he was in college at Colorado so we had friends and then he played for the Pistons. With T-Mac, he got drafted by Isiah and you know how I feel about him and he does a good job trying to keep everybody together. We were always connected.

I think each of them does a good job of resembling what they do on TV. Because as players, especially T Mac and Chauncey, they weren’t much of talkers they were more about business. I’m happy for T Mac because he got signed to be a special assistant for the Magic. Paul signed with ESPN and he’ll be not doing only Countdown but also The Jump. I think each of them have done a good job of staying true to who they are and to me that’s how they could have long careers in TV if they choose to.

Nice Kicks: In a sport like football, preseason or Week 1 doesn’t mean a thing but I feel like in basketball it can be a bit more telling. Who’s impressed you or surprised you so far?

Jalen Rose: I think a surprise to the casual fan will be Minnesota. People sleep on the fact that Karl Anthony Towns averaged 25 and 12 last year and they still have Wiggins who averaged over 20 and they brought in Jimmy Bulter. A real sleeper as a player is Nikola Jokic from Denver. He’s only 22 and a lot of people don’t realize that he was fourth in triple-doubles behind Russ, Harden and LeBron as a center!

I love seeing what OKC did this offseason, I like CP3 with James in Houston, I like Kryie and Gordon Hayward in Boston, I like the super teams in Cleveland and Golden State and the Greek Freak is gonna go off again this year.

Nice Kicks: You were about twenty years ahead of your time in regards to being a big guard/hybrid player and bringing your love of hip-hop to your style on the court. In an evolved game and a 360 marketing space, how do you think you’d fair in the game and the endorsement space today?

Jalen Rose: You look at all the major sports in America: there colors are red, white and blue. But the NFL is a flag, a shield, and the NBA is a player in Jerry West. The NBA has done a better job of marketing its players and individuals as the encouragement of building the game which has now allowed what you say has happened. The Forbes list is hoopers, the most followed on social media are, too. The new Madden commercial has James Harden and CP3 on it…no NFL players were available? We’re talking about storylines going into the NBA season and the breaking news for the NFL is the protest, Ezekiel Elliot and what happened to Cam recently.

I hope, that as I talked about for years and I talked about it on First Take, that the game has evolved to positionless basketball. Positions were truly created so that a novice could follow the game. It use to be point guard, now it’s lead guard or as I say ‘primary ball handlers.’ These guys like John Wall, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas are now giving you 25 points. Just because you’re a power forward doesn’t mean you’re a physical presence playing in the paint the entire game. That guy now is Draymond Green spreading the floor.

I would think that at my size, playing multiple positions but drafted as a point guard, I would hope to flourish. I’m happy to see big guards back in the game like Lonzo Ball.

Nice Kicks: When watching today’s game whether it’s swag or playing style, is there anybody particular you watch and say, Man, he reminds me of me?

Jalen Rose: I used to feel like that with players that played three positions. And by no means do I think I am a trendsetting player, but normally there aren’t guys that play point guard and also small forward. There are point forwards like Paul Pressey, Grant Hill or LeBron James and then there are tall point guards like Magic Johnson, Steve Smith and Penny Hardaway. But, it still in theory doesn’t exist today where a guy is running the 1 and guarding the 3. That again goes towards positionless basketball. I like that KD can play the 4 or the 5, Melo is gonna start at the 4, Kevin Love is gonna play the 5 and Porzingis might play the 5.

Nice Kicks: Sticking with the youth, you do a lot to help kids in Detroit with your school. Could you tell us about how that started  and what you and the kids have gotten out of it?

Jalen Rose: Anybody that’s followed my trek as an athlete or a public figure: I’m just like you. I wouldn’t have thought that I’d mature to the point where I’m the founder of a charter high school, I didn’t see that either. It wasn’t my goal, it wasn’t my plan, I didn’t need protesting in the NFL to happen or things to transpire for me to give back to my community. JRLA was really just a graduation of a mission to give scholarships to local kids through charitable donations. We were giving five students scholarships for about eight or nine years. I sat back from my seat and noticed that we were closing public schools but opening prisons. I wanted to do something more to motivate young people and truly give back and make change and I felt no better way was through education.

We’re open enrollment, we’re tuition free, we’re public charter and we’re a 9 through 16 model. So our goal is not only to graduate our young people from high school but also graduate them from college as well. This is our first year where we have both high school seniors and college seniors and I’m really proud of it. We’re looking to bridge the education gap and make our students successful in college and the workplace and make their dreams come true. As an adult you don’t get as far with a high school diploma as you used to so we have a board that monitors our students and makes sure they’re going to schools that are not just high school but four-year universities, trade school and the military, just putting themselves in the position to have a secondary opportunity after high school.

And we get zero state funding for our facilities, how about that? Please go to http://www.jrladetroit.com/ for more information about what we’re doing. These are the type of outcomes that are really game changing in our community and I’m really proud of our parents, our students, our staff, our deans and our board. Now for us to have the progress from being an expansion team in 2011 to now a contending team in 2017, I’m really proud of that progress.

Nice Kicks: Moving to music, we know back in ’92 it was EPMD, Naughty by Nature and others blowing up your headphones. What’s in heavy rotation for you today?

Jalen Rose: One of my hobbies in my spare time is DJing. I could go with my favorite break beats…man lemme hit my Google Play. I could go old school with Mantronix, Sam Cooke, Kraftwerk… Then I could go to R&B Soul with Rod Stewart “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,” people sleep on that! I’ve got my Bill Withers, I’ve got my Kano “I’m Ready,” then we could fast forward to KRS-One, Rakim, Public Enemy, NWA, that whole era, Outkast… then you could graduate even further to of course my Detroit homies! Marshall, Nickel Nine, Sean Don, my guy Tee Grizzley, and then obviously I’m a huge fan of bars so Kendrick, J Cole, Pusha T, I could go a lot of different ways from R&B to pop. That’s one thing being from the Midwest as you know: we weren’t married to one sound. So I got exposed to everything from P-Funk to Hall & Oates to MoTown. I didn’t get a strong techno influence being from Detroit, but it was more just the songs like “Egyptian Lover” or “Tour de France.”

I’ve done DJing as a job and for fun. When you’re a DJ you play what the audience wants to hear. If I’m playing for my uncles I’m gonna play Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, if I’m playing for a more universal crowd I’ll play Michael Jackson and Prince. It all depends on the audience really. As for records at the moment, I like Cardi B.

Nice Kicks: Just the same, it was black Nikes on the feet back then. To close it out, which kicks get the most burn from you in 2017?

Jalen Rose: On my feet, man it’s hard to find some PUMAs in a size 15! For me, as I got older I wanted to buy a lot of things that I couldn’t afford growing up. I catch myself wearing Gucci Lace Ups, Cartiers, Cazals, adidas Top Tens and Forums… the motivation!

Catch Jalen on ESPN all NBA season and for more on Jalen’s charter school visit http://www.jrladetroit.com/

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Nike Air Force Max “Light Carbon” // Preview

Don C released his widely celebrated Jordan Brand shorts last week to a crowd of welcoming ’90s hoops purists and modern fans alike. The Michigan Wolverines design was the most sought after largely thanks to the nostalgia of the Fab Five. Chris Webber and company often times wore the classic “M” logo shorts alongside Charles Barkley’s Nike Air Force Max. Pairs of the retro basketball shoe are set to release soon.

Fans of the elder style can expect this “Light Carbon” edition to release soon. And although they’re not an OG pair even traditional fans of the shoe won’t be mad at this subtle rendering. Hopefully it’s the start of more leaks of the Air Force Max before official releases.

Nike Air Force Max "Light Carbon"
Nike Air Force Max “Light Carbon”

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Fashion Girl of Today:whitefish point

whitefish point
by selectivepotential

Inside The adidas NYC Xeno UltraBoost Custom Design Party

photos // Jordan Keyser

Live in the concrete jungle that is New York City, adidas threw a midnight party to celebrate the first time XENO technology has ever graced the UltraBOOST. Nice Kicks was on-hand at the 5th Avenue adidas Flagship store for the private unveil event to prepare for the public release on October 20th.

XENO is a light responsive technology from adidas Originals that has evolved from the wilderness of Southeast Asia. In natural light, the black material appears faint with deep shimmers of iridescent colors. But with the flash of a camera, the material explodes with bright colors, spanning the entire rainbow spectrum. The material doesn’t just reflect one color but changes as the angle of the light shifts. The shoe is completely transformed through the lens of a smart phone camera in both video and photos, appearing at first glance as an optical illusion.

This exclusive party featured a mi-adidas customization center, pretzels & popcorn stands, material breakdown stations, live musical performances and best of all, an opportunity to design our very own pair of XENO UltraBOOST. Three main color options were available for the Primeknit in black, white & navy, while XENO cages and heel counters added pop to the otherwise neutral upper. Adding to the moment, adidas also brought black BOOST to the party just in case you wanted to switch your design out of the traditional white.

We can show you better than we can tell you… Browse below for an exclusive inside look at the mi-adidas XENO UltraBoost design party. If you’re looking to earn an opportunity to design your own pair, keep it locked to @adidasNYC or stop inside the store today for more information.

Fashion Girl of Today:upper tahquamenon falls

upper tahquamenon falls
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