May 20, 1996 | Michael Jordan earns a record 96.5 percent of first-place votes (109 of 113) from the media to win the 1995-96 NBA Most Valuable Player trophy, his fourth overall NBA MVP Award at the time.
ON THIS DAY: May 18, 1998 | Michael Jordan is named the 1998 NBA Most Valuable Player, earning his fifth MVP honor, tied for the second-most league MVP awards with the legendary Bill Russell. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named NBA MVP a record six times.
BACK IN THE DAY | May 3, 1994: Golden State’s Chris Webber, who became the first rookie in NBA history to total over 1,000 points (1,333), 500 rebounds (694), 250 assists (272), 150 blocks (164) and 75 steals (93), was named the NBA Rookie of the Year.
Nike has tapped on renown Polish artist, Filip Pagowski, to rework all 30 NBA logos for their latest collection. The artist, who is known for creating the iconic CDG heart logo, is now loaning his unique illustrative style to the NBA. To tackle the challenge, Pagowski decided on three elements of each team to toy with: the team name, the city it represents and its mascot.
“The idea behind the project was not to replicate the original or the official logos of each team, but rather come up with something that portrayed the team or the place they are coming from, or both, and to have it done in some fun way,” explains Pagowski.
The logo tees are all available on white T-shirts exclusively through the Nike Connected NBA app. Check out a few highlights below!
Whether it's a pair of glittery boots, caged stilettos or a graphic vintage tee- Kendall Jenner comes to slay when she's sitting courtside. As the rumored girlfriend of (former Clipper) Blake Griffin, her appearances at basketball games have now become regular sightings. Check out how Kendall's game day style has evolved since first becoming a Staples Center regular in 2015. Pictured above, Kendall is wearing the highly sought after crystal encrusted YSL boots, which retail for $10,000.
Gap Inc. is digging deep into their archive with a reissue of some of their most iconic logos. The collection is dubbed the "Logo Remix," and will include styles for both men and women that includes T-shirts, sweatshirts and rugbys featuring logos from across the five decades of the brand. Available at gap.com on Jan. 27 and select Gap stores globally beginning Jan. 29.
The capsule will also include limited-edition pieces! There are 30 one-of-a-kind items, made by deconstructing and reworking vintage Gap logo sweatshirts and T-shirts from the brand’s archives.
To launch the campaign, Gap created a short film featuring an array of artists including: Awkwafina, Bria Vinaite, Connor Franta, Maya Jama, Metro Boomin, Miles Heizer, Naomi Watanabe, Sabrina Claudio and SZA.
"Afro Latina" is a term gaining a lot of steam and mostly confusion amongst Americans. The most recent example comes our way via Love & Hip Hop: Miami star and Dominican singer Amara La Negra. After stopping by morning hip-hop program The Breakfast Club on Monday, host Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy almost immediately sparked a debate about her "Latinidad" as they questioned her Afro-Latina experiences in the entertainment industry.
The conversation initially took a turn when she was asked “What are you?” from Charlamagne. When she responded "Dominican. Afro-Latina" they revealed that their impressions of "Afro-Latina" meant being half-black, half-Latino or more redundantly a “Latino with an afro." Now, given that Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polanco has also made an appearance on the show, with the same discourse, the hosts seemed to forget the takeaways from the prior conversation. So, let's break this down...
What' is being "Afro-Latino," and the "Afro Latinidad"?
On a base level, we should understand that a person of color (POC) is defined as “A person who is not white or of European parentage." So, does being a light-skinned Latina/Latino mean you are not living the POC experience? NO. Does it mean you have privilege over your darker counterparts for sometimes being “white-passing”... well sometimes, yes. You'll definitely see more people playing 'Latina' roles in movies and on Latin-focused media outlets with lighter skin tones (ex in America: Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Sofia Vergara and even Cardi B.). But the fact remains that the Latina experience is a layered one because: you are either considered just dark enough (exotic, but white passing), too dark (are you black?) or not dark enough at all (I had no idea you were from ___, You don't look like ___!!). Yet, you will never be considered "white," even if you are fair skinned.
Where this becomes problematic for others to understand, is that we (Latinas/POC) often face these issues first amongst our own families and platforms. And that is especially true if you come from a colonized country. Due to generations of "colorism" first via the colonial mentality, it is ingrained in many of us as children that a “perfect color” exists and that usually means being fair skinned and that those with darker skin tones are perhaps less desirable. You are also encouraged not to marry someone "dark" as to assure that your kids don't end up with "pelo malo" (bad hair). These demands are only the first level of offensive, as they get way worse, and they will certainly be told to you by your blackest family member with a completely straight face! This is a dilemma first and foremost amongst our own people, politics and societal anti-blackness. But what is historically undeniable, is that the Black and Latino identity is deeply linked together, thanks to the trans-atlantic slave trade. However, it does not mean you are "African-American." It actually means that your family was likely on a caribbean island like the Dominican Republic and the colonials came with slaves and raped your women, and now some of you look "mixed," "light" and some of you don't. But either way you slice it, there's some 'Afro' in you. It is apparent it in our varied skin tones, facial features, hair textures, food and music. However, many of us have been taught to ignore our African heritage, let alone identify as "Afro Latino."
"Since Latino is not a race, its really not even an ethnic group, it is false to say that folks are Black and Latino, we are racially Black and then many refer to their ethnicity or i.e Afro-Boricua, Afro-Dominican. Often in the US Black becomes synomus [sic] with those that are African-American which then does not take into account the millions of african descendants, Black people globally that are in the world and in the USA.” — Rosa Clemente, Ph. D candidate at UMass Amherst’s W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.
According to the Central Intelligence Agency, 11 percent of the population in the Dominican Republic is Black while 73 percent of the population is mixed-race Black. Latin Times defines Afro-Latino as being “people with African descent whose origins are in Latin America and the Caribbean." So, can you be light skinned and be an Afro Latino? Absolutely (refer to: Mariah Carey & Rosario Dawson). It's important to highlight that this identity is more about where people and their ancestors came from vs. their language and where they live. But, if we don't first address the denial of these facts within our own families and communities, I'm not sure others will be willing or able to understand them either. The conflict amongst our own, is that admitting ones 'Blackness' is often perceived by many Dominican people as a betrayal, as it's the antithesis of Dominican national identity (ps: It's not, this is irrational thinking). In Amara La Negra's case, she often has to prove first to the American community that she's not just some 'exotic, dark skinned' woman, but that she's also equally as LATINA as J.Lo and Shakira.
“We tend to look for European roots and reject the indigenous and the African, and that’s disgusting,” Dominican actress Zoe Saldaña has said. “Being Latina is being a mix of everything. I want my people not to be insecure, and to adore what we are because it’s beautiful.”
Personally, coming from a Dominican household I (a light skinned Latina) identified as "Afro-Latina" and battled a sister who shunned the possibility of even considering herself as such. Her colorism and self-loathing played a huge part in that, making it a huge source of pain and heated debate between us. But, when your dad is greeted as "Habibi" in arabic at your local Dunkin Donuts because his ethnicity is undentifiable and many of your uncles are thought of as "black" and your aunts are considered "rare for a Dominican woman" because they have pale skin and green eyes... I guess that happens.
So in the simplest form, it's a personal choice on how you identify. By calling yourself an "Afro-Latina" it embraces your Afro-diasporic roots/ancestry and makes them central to your "Latinidad" and "Hispanidad." And whether or not you admit it, it's always going to be there.
We feel you AMARA! And hopefully someone stumbles on this article & learns something new.
For their Spring 2018 campaign, adidas Originals has cast 10 new "creators" in a short film by French director Manu Cossu. The cast of creators includes: singer/song writer Dua Lipa, model Adrianne Ho, rapper Playboi Carti and A$AP Ferg, producers Kaytranada and NBA player Nick "Swaggy P" Young.
The “Original Is Never Finished” campaign is based on the concept that "complacency is the death of creativity and inspired by the pre-animation technique of zoetrope." Participants were chosen with a focus on the “slash” generation, zeroing in on their professional hyphenates. You'll also be seeing a range of adidas Originals product from adicolor to NMD's. Take a look at some of the stills below, prior to the film's launch on Jan. 25.
To commemorate its 50th anniversary, New York Magazine is calling on fifty artists to loan their creative vision for their covers. The magazine will begin debuting them in October and continue launching throughout the year.
We'll see works from the likes of Marilyn Minter to Barbara Kruger. Kruger’s “PRUMP/TUTIN” and Mel Bochner’s “OBLITERATE” covers are amongst some of the initial art works that we've seen previewed. It's also said that elsewhere in New York, artists ranging from KAWS to Jeff Koons will take part in a large scale sculpture exhibit.
“It seems so obvious,” says Hank Willis Thomas, the artist who made the ALL LI_ES MATTER poster seen below, “that many people are lying when they say ‘All lives matter.’ If you believe all lives matter, then you’d also acknowledge that black lives matter, and those same people would be marching alongside if they believed that.” Take a peek at some of the initial covers in the gallery!
PUMA, in collaboration with spokeswoman Selena Gomez, is launching its En Pointe line. The line taps into the women of the New York City Ballet for "insight into what a dancer needs to be at their best during hours of rehearsals and performances."
The new sneakers were created by taking this feedback and incorporating the needs of a dancers foot, such as linear elements, wide strapping, and woven details. We thus see the Phenom Satin, Phenom Low Satin, and Fierce Satin done up in the ever-popular “Millennial Pink” as well as other pastel shades.
Priced between $90 and $100 USD, visit PUMA to shop its new En Pointe collection today.
Following up the success of Virgil Abloh's 'The Ten' collection, Nike has selected a group of female designers to rethink the Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan 1. The collective includes 14 women who specialize in color, materials and footwear design. Together they've produced some firsts for the silhouettes, such as "the tallest stack height ever on an Air Force 1 (12mm)," the first "Air Force 1 Mule in the AF1 Lover XX," and corset lacing on the sneakers.
The reworked Air Force 1 and Air Jordan 1 models include the all-new AF1 Explorer XX, AJ1 Explorer XX, AF1 Lover XX, AJ1 Lover XX, AF1 Sage XX, AJ1 Sage XX, AF1 Rebel XX, AJ1 Rebel XX, AF1 Jester XX, and AJ1 Jester XX. “The Ten” for women will also be available in sizes up to 13.
For more on the sneakers and the women who designed them, visit Nike.
The NBA is no stranger to collaboration, as they've mmost recently partnered with brands like Nike and The Elder Statesman. Maison Kitsune is the latest apparel brand to collaborate with the league.
For now, the details are vague but you can check out Maison Kitsune’s initial Instagram announcement concerning the new NBA collaboration below.
via the @Kitsune instagram.
The power of the internet came full circle when it outed Alessandro Michele for cultural appropriation after his resort collection featured a recreation of a Dapper Dan piece (originally made for the Olympian Diane Dixon in 1989) without permission. But luckily for all parties involved, Gucci and Michele saw it as an opportunity to collaborate with Dan.
Now in a beautiful new partnership, Gucci has supported Dapper Dan in reopening his own Harlem Atelier after having closed it in 1992. The brownstone anchored studio will reopen on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, not far from its original location, on a “by appointment only” basis starting in January 2018. You can expect to find one-of-a-kind custom pieces "using Gucci’s raw materials, fabrics, prints, embroidered patches, and hardware."
The space will also feature archival photograph’s from Dapper Dan’s previous shop. To celebrate the partnership, a Gucci x Dapper Dan capsule collection will be part of Gucci’s Fall 2018 collection, available in Gucci stores worldwide.
Can't wait for opening day!
Our girl Cardi B is popping up everywhere these days, including a new Steve Madden campaign. In the most perfect partnership that we could think of for the Bronx rapper, she is promoting shoes and sunglasses. Cardi will also be starring in a video series called “Daily Tips With Cardi B” where you can pick up some of her go-to fashion advice.
“I’m so excited to be collaborating with one of my all-time favorite shoe designers!” Cardi said in a statement. “As a little girl I would die for a pair of Steve Madden shoes, now I’m working with him! It’s really a dream come true.”
Check out the first installment of "Daily Tips With Cardi B" below.
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