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Morning Bop: Years & Years Is The Cure For Breakup Blues

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He Got Game Turns 20 Years Old // This Day in Sneaker History

20 years ago today, May 1, 1998 to be exact, Spike Lee’s He Got Game released to the masses.

More dramatic than White Men Can’t Jump and less rural than Hoosiers, Spike’s cinematic take on the game we love and how it touches lives touched all who watched it in a way that still registers as real today.

Nike Air Foamposite Pro He Got Game

Casting a young Ray Allen as the son of Denzel Washington in the NBA star’s acting debut, the player prodigy and accomplished actor told the tale of a high school hooper on the rise and a fallen father looking for redemption.

While the storyline and acting was the selling point for thespians, sneakerheads will forever remember the footwear. A highlight reel of Nike models from the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Ray’s wears of the Nike Air Foamposite Pro, Nike Air Hawk Flight, Nike Air Max Uptempo III and Nike Air Total Max Uptempo as Jesus Shuttlesworth catapulted the kicks into pop culture fame. While Ray’s Nike rotation impressed, ultimately it would be his pops paying for and playing in the Air Jordan 13 that took on the title associated with the flick.

20 years later, the Spike Lee joint still registers as relevant and as a must watch. With a score composed by Public Enemy and wardrobe done by Nike, the sonics and aesthetics paint NYC’s basketball scene in the late ’90s but the story itself hasn’t aged a bit.

From Nice Kicks to Spike, Ray, Denzel and Rosario, thank you.


Logic And Jessica Andrea Have Reportedly Split After Two Years Of Marriage

Sad news for one of hip-hop’s favorite couples: Logic and wife Jessica Andrea have reportedly called it quits.

The rapper, 28, and social media star-turned-singer, 25, have decided to separate after two years of marriage, according to TMZ. Though the couple has not yet filed for divorce, a reconciliation “does not seem likely,” the outlet reported.

Just a few weeks ago, the married duo looked like the epitome of happiness while attending the Grammys, where Logic was nominated for Song of the Year for “1-800-273-8255.” It’s unclear when they called it quits, though fans noticed that Andrea unfollowed Logic on Instagram not too long ago, further fueling rumors of trouble between the two. Neither of them have commented on the reported split yet, but they’re both still following each other on Twitter.

Logic — who’s fresh off the release of his Bobby Tarantino II mixtape — and Andrea tied the knot in October 2015 after two years of dating. The Everybody rapper told MTV News shortly after their engagement, “I think it’s just something I’ve always wanted. I was just waiting for the right person. … I [proposed] in a photo booth. It was pretty epic. It’s just a spot that we both went to. It was real special to her. She took me there on one of our first dates. We went back again and when the photo booth counted down – 3, 2, 1 — I pulled out the ring and got it on film.”

Until we find out for sure what happened between these two, revisit the couple’s recent interview with MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson on the Grammys red carpet.


I Spent An Entire Day Breaking Bread with Mr. Cartoon and Nike Sportswear Celebrating 45 Years of Cortez

photos & words // Ray P.:

Being born and raised in NYC, I never understood the Nike Cortez because we didn’t wear those. However, we always respected the silhouette because it was the Air Force 1 of the West Coast. This shoe is an example of a product that transcends sport and is representative of a culture. As a new resident of the city of angels, I can’t think of a better way to be welcomed to Los Angeles than with legendary tattoo artist Mark Machado, more famously known as Mr. Cartoon, celebrating 45 years of the Nike Cortez.

Kicking off the two part experience, Nike arranged lunch at Guelaguetza, Mr. Cartoon’s favorite Mexican restaurant, serving a special catered menu that included Mole, Quesillo Fundido, Empandas, and fresh fruit refreshments.

While enjoying all these cultured dishes, which by the way would get a 5-star review on Yelp from me, Mr. Cartoon broke down his connection to the Nike Cortez and how the sneaker became assimilated to culture. From being recognized as the choice of footwear for notorious gangs to being the go-to shoe for students, cheerleaders, and common people alike, the Cortez now in 2017 is symbolic of style with lots of heritage behind it.

We were into Low Riders and we looked at the Cortez as a car for our feet. We would find different ways to trick it out and that had a lot to do with getting creative with our pants that had starch ironed creases.

While recognizing what the Nike Cortez meant in decades prior, Mr. Cartoon is very accepting of all the new materials, shapes, and themes placed on the silhouette to keep it alive. Some may think hipsters are ruining the Cortez, but Mr. Cartoon loves how you don’t have to be scared to wear the shoe anymore. In fact, during our lunch Nike previewed a new collaborative collection designed by Cartoon that won’t debut until July. All I can say for now is Cortez lovers will go crazy about the details and the people of Los Angeles will be drooling.

Capping off the lunch, Nike and Mr. Cartoon gifted me my first pair of Cortez. Of course I had to have the OG sign the pair. What a true honor it was. Soon after Cartoon pulled out his low rider for a photo op.

Just when I thought the day couldn’t get any better, Nike brought me to Delicious Pizza for an exclusive pop-up party which hit max capacity in no more than half hour. Sounds provided by Soulection and DJ Mustard coupled with sangria, modelo beer, and tons of food on deck turned the party into an serious dance pit. And how could I forget a small bodega in a corner of the venue with free snacks, drinks and all the candy you could possibly want.

Los Angeles has a lot of love for the Cortez and I could show you better than I could tell you. Browse ahead as I recap my day and night with Nike Sportswear and Mr. Cartoon for the 45th anniversary celebration of the Nike Cortez.

Continue browsing for an exclusive inside look at the Nike Sportswear Delicious Cortez Pop-up Party


Fashion Girl of Today:29 years

29 years
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Five Years Later, Remembering the Devastation Caused by the…

Five Years Later, Remembering the Devastation Caused by the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami

When the massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeast Japan in March, some 25,000 people were killed, many of them swept out to sea. Here is what happened to eight children who went to school that morning. 

(Photos by Richard Mosse)


What This Year’s Oscar Nominees Should Wear to Tomorrow’s…

What This Year’s Oscar Nominees Should Wear to Tomorrow’s Academy Awards 

The most stylish Oscars ever? It could be if these A-listers go all out this Sunday.


adidas Skateboarding Celebrates 30 Years of Skin Phillips

As with every year, the culmination of an anniversary is always due. Whether that is the form of a particular event, act of infamy or a relationship, anniversaries are a distinct marker in time. adidas Skateboarding is celebrating a landmark of their own by commemorating the 30 years of Skin Phillips. Phillips, who is a world renowned photographer, has been taking photos of various skaters for decades and his work is celebrated within this event. Taking place in Los Angeles, adidas Skateboarding featured exclusive photographs, plaques and more to celebrate the icon.

To see for yourself, check out the detailed images below.

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Shameik Moore, the breakout star of last year’s Dope. GQ,…

Shameik Moore, the breakout star of last year’s Dope. 

GQ, February 2016


CSS Spotlight // Wiz Khalifa Over the Years

Still young, wild and free, Wiz Khalifa is a decade deep in the game. Over the last ten plus years, the Pittsburgh product has put the Steel City on the map and achieved star status, winning over a core fan base with ever-evolving mixtape content while sweeping Billboard with big singles.

Just as his music has evolved, so has his style. While certain sneaker silos have remained relevant in Wiz’s rotation, his favorites in footwear and fashion continue to shift with the release of each album. On the day of the Khalifa launch, we take a look at Wiz Khalifa’s style and go-to kicks over the course of his come-up in this installment of CSS Spotlight.

Early Albums & Mixtapes

Show & Prove/Deal or No Deal

Wiz Khalifa mixtapes

Heavy Rotation: Air Jordan retros, Converse Chuck Taylors, Nike retros

Wiz Khalifa’s rise to the top has been a winding road paved by hard work. At only 16, Wiz was already getting attention from record labels and putting out mixtapes. His first album Show and Prove released in 2006, followed later by the success of the single “Say Yeah.” While Deal or No Deal would make noise, a string of acclaimed mixtapes saw Wiz rise up as one of the most buzzing young artists in hip-hop.

Early on, Wiz’s style was reminiscent of many of his next generation peers. Topical streetwear and retro sneakers were a staple of Khalifa’s wardrobe, with Flight Club apparel and grail status Jordans standing out on stage. Chuck Taylors also saw rotation early on, with many of his beginning footwear staples remaining relevant throughout his career.

Wiz Khalifa in the Nike Air Hoop Structure

Wiz Khalifa in the Nike Air Hoop Structure (photo via

Wiz Khalifa in the adidas Superstar

Wiz Khalifa in the adidas Superstar Black/White (photo via imgkid)

Wiz Khalifa in the Air Jordan 7 DMP Raptor

Wiz Khalifa in the Air Jordan 7 “DMP Raptor” (photo by Skavenger Brandon via The Shoe Game)


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