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CASSIUS Releases June Digital Cover ‘The First Supper’ featuring “30 Unapologetics”

On the heels of its inaugural “Culture Vultures” digital cover, CASSIUS — the latest brand from iONE Digital (formerly Interactive One) and the definitive digital destination for urban millennials – has announced its June 2017 cover: The First Supper.

‘The First Supper,’ a graphic illustration featuring 30 of the most talked-about, controversial figures in pop culture and American history, is divided into four covers featuring distinct groups of ‘Unapologetics’-cultural disruptors as they are known in the CASSIUS world. The series features critical essays penned by CASSIUS top editors and on video, extended conversation about the covers’ ultimate message and the sheer power of its many subjects.

The June cover is in keeping with CASSIUS’ mission to cut through today’s headlines with stories and critical commentary that are relevant to millennials and directly address the global impact of Black culture. Each month, CASSIUS will create original covers underscoring their unique point of view on themes such as power, identity, and race. Video content will accompany each cover.

“This month, we wanted to nod to ‘The Unapologetics’ of then and now,” says CASSIUS creator Kierna Mayo, SVP, Content and Brands at iONE Digital. “We determined that people throughout time who change the world and never apologize for it, fall into fascinating sub-categories worthy of exploration. Deciding which ‘disciples’ should have a seat at the ‘First Supper’ table was hotly debated in our office. The truth is, the world is filled with ‘Unapologetics’ -fearless individuals who push us to think differently and for everyone depicted, there was also the case for someone else. We hope our audience has the same endless discussion we did. Who really moves culture forward?”

The June cover art was illustrated by Mark Hammermeister.

At a time when mainstream media is dominated by political theater and extreme narratives, CASSIUS provides readers with a rare lens that positions Black culture as central to the world’s key issues.

Cadillac and The Coca-Cola Company are the proud launch partners of CASSIUS.

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Fashion

Willow & Jaden Smith Cover Interview, Sit Down With Pharrell Williams

Willow and Jaden Smith aren’t your run of the mill social media obsessed teenagers. The uber-woke offspring of Will and Jada have managed to remain unapologetically themselves; conquering everything they’ve set their sights on across the realms of acting, music, and fashion.

Covering September’s issue of Interview magazine, this unstoppable sibling duo has managed to not only fully grasp the underbelly of today’s technologically savvy world; but conscientiously maneuver the landscape to inspire, cause contemplation, and spark change amongst the millennial generation.

Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview
Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview

15-year-old Willow, and 18-year-old Jaden also sat down with Pharrell Williams for an interview that only further propels these two moguls in the making as pioneers of the future. Always humble, they discuss using social media for an intended purpose–to benefit the greater good of course–being able to express themselves without judgement from their parents, and understanding the role they play is elevating the minds of a generation that has the power to deeply impact the world.

Check out highlights from the Q&A below.

ON WHO THEIR BIGGEST INSPIRATIONS ARE

WILLOW:

“My parents. Growing up, all I saw was my parents trying to be the best people they could be, and people coming to them for wisdom, coming to them for guidance, and them not putting themselves on a pedestal, but literally being face-to-face with these people and saying, “I’m no better than you, but the fact that you’re coming to me to reach some sort of enlightenment or to shine a light on something, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you.” They always give back what people give to them.”

Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview
Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview

JADEN:

“I 100 percent agree with Willow on that one. My parents are definitely my biggest role models. And that’s where me and Willow both pull all of our inspiration from to change the world. It all comes from a concept of affecting the world in a positive way and leaving it better than it was than when we came.”

WILLOW ON BEING ABLE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES EARLY ON

“Me and Jaden, when we were younger … [laughs] Ooh! We would wear the craziest things. Jaden would only wear his Spider-Man costume. I would freaking mismatch every single shirt and pants in my closet. We would just be so rambunctious with our clothing choices. And when we were old enough to start dressing ourselves, my mom was like, “Are you sure you want to go out like that?” And me and Jaden would be like, “You know what? Yes.” And she’d totally accept it. I feel like that’s where most of our confidence comes from. Because we weren’t told, “Oh, you don’t look good in that. You look crazy. People are gonna think this about you.” Like, obviously, that was going to be happening regardless, but it wasn’t like that ruled what we did or the choices that we made.”

Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview
Photo Credit: STEVEN KLEIN for Interview

JADEN ON THEIR SIBLING DYNAMIC

“So there’s always been competition, but we’ve always worked as hard as possible to do the things that we want to do. We never got upset because we could always do the same thing. It happened so that me and Willow were able to go through every level or different section of life that we wanted to. If we wanted to act, we could act. If we wanted to dance, we were dancing. And we could do it on the level that we wanted to do it. So there was no, like, “I’m mad at you.” Well, we would get mad at each other when we were young, but that stopped when we were, like, 9.”

You can head over to Interview to check out their entire conversation with Pharrell and hit the gallery below for all the FIERCE shots from their cover shoot.

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Music

The Black Eyed Peas Remake “Where’s The Love,” Inspired By Series of Tragic Events

The Black Eyed Peas are back to once again to ask the masses “Where’s The Love?”

FergieWill.I.Am, Apl.De.Ap and Taboo recreate their hopeful anthem to inspire a new generation to take a stand.

Featuring an all-star line-up that includes Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Nicole Scherzinger, The Game, Jessie J, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Usher, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky, Jaden Smith, and Justin Timberlake; Will.I.am told ATTN:,

“Everyone was calling on us, like, we need that song again.”

The remake was sparked by the tragic events that have taken place here and abroad. From the terrorist attacks in Paris, Belgium, and Turkey; the deaths of Philando Castille, and Alton Sterling at the hands of police; to the attacks on law enforcement in Dallas; and the Orlando mass shooting, the group felt it was a message the world desperately needed to hear.

The group hopes the record will resonate with Millennials like it did with the masses back in 2003. Will.I.am explains,

“Millennials are powerful. I don’t think they realize just how powerful they are. I hope this song inspires the millennials to go all out, scream from the tallest mountain, care like your freedom depends on it. Pay attention like that is at risk.”

The song is set to debut later on today. Until then check out a clip of Will.I.am, Apl.De.Ap and Taboo discussing with ATTN: what inspired the original and what led them to create a remake.

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New Music: Raury & Jaden Smith “Losing Your Mind” off ‘The Get Down’ OST

Netflix‘s new original series The Get Down along with the corresponding soundtrack drop officially drop tomorrow. Executive produced by Nas, so far we have received soundtrack offerings from Miguel and Janelle Monáe.

Today, Jaden Smith and Raury debuted their contribution to the soundtrack on Beats 1 with Ebro like Monáe earlier in the week. The record puts a spin on CAN‘s 1972 hit “Vitamin C.”  The duo manage to inject their modern-day flows to the 70’s hit, creating a record that perfectly compliments the series.

Listen to it below. Skip to the 4:45 mark if you’d like to skip over the interview and get right to the music. The Get Down OST will be available tomorrow on iTunes.

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Will Smith, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie and More Hit The Black Carpet For NYC Suicide Squad Premiere

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uicide Squad has been the talk of the town, hell the country since reviews hit the web (some scary) about DC’s latest crack at the big screen. On Monday, August 1st, stars of the film hit the black carpet for film’s premiere at the legendary Beacon Theater in NYC.

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Viola Davis, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto

The films main players Will Smith (Deadshot), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) Jared Leto (The Joker), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Adam Beach (Slipknot) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) celebrated the release of the highly anticipated film with excited fans. David Ayer the film’s director was also in the building to celebrate the huge occasion.

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Also on hand to celebrate was Will Smith’s son and known caped crusader (see his prom photosJaden Smith. No he was not in costume this time around but it would have been really dope if he was.

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Jaden and Will Smith

Everyone looked absolutely amazing and in good spirits and with the news of those impressive first week box office numbers they should be. Who cares about a negative review at this point right? One question though, does Will Smith look 47-years-old to you?

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Well you know what they say, “good black, don’t crack” and Will Smith doesn’t look a day over 30! Suicide Squad hit’s theaters August 5th, but if you want to know what I thought about the film checkout our review.

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Olivier Rousteing 30th Birthday Celebration: The Kadashian’s, The Smith’s, Mary J. Blige, J. Lo, Tyga & more

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Kylie Jenner, Tyga and Olivier Rousteing attend Olivier Rousteing & Beats Celebrate In Los Angeles at Private Residence on October 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Apple)

Recently, multi-platinum recording artist Tyga surprised Balmain‘s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, with a live performance at his 30th birthday celebration sponsored by Beats by Dre.

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The night was filled with Olivier’s closest friends, fashion colleagues and great music. What better way than to have his best-friend, Kylie Jenner plan a surprise of a lifetime, as she stands right by his side. But it doesn’t stop there!

Others in attendance for the big celebration were:

Willow Smith

J. Lo

The Kardashian Clan along with Mary J. Blige, Jada Pinkett-Smith & Jaden Smith

Just get into this moment with The Smith’s & Olivier 

Cara Delevingne, Kendall & Kylie & The Balmain Army Girls

Fly Girls: Sigail Currie, Chanel Iman & Jourdan Dunn

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Happy Birthday Olivier! -From SFPL

Photos by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Apple & Olivier’s Instagram

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Now, Pose For The Camera: Kendall Jenner Signs Willow Smith To Her Modeling Agency

Willow Smith/Instagram
Willow Smith/Instagram

The Jenner Empire continues to make it’s mark in fashion!

This week, it has been officially announced that Kendall Jenner has signed Willow Smith to her Modeling Agency, The Society Management.

The Society Mgmt is the NYC division of Elite World & represents individuals who collaborate with prestigious international brands in arts & culture. This is indeed, a perfect fit for the young Willow as she has been killing the fashion game as of lately; appearing in fashion ads from Marc Jacobs to i-D Magazine.

Willow will joins the model likes of: Adriana Lima, Liu Wen, Kendall herself and more.

Congrats to Willow and Kendall!

Source: InStyle

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Last Night In NYC: A$AP Rocky, Vic Mensa, Amber Rose, Jaden Smith, Gunplay, and More Celebrate #PeterPaloozaIV

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As seen on Revolt and more, On Wednesday July 23, 2015 Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97‘s Ebro in the Morning with Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg celebrated his birthday through his sold out #PeterPalooza concert at Best Buy Theater in NYC.

Every year Rosenberg gathers great lyricists to put on a show for his birthday and it’s a big party. This year was no different. The line up consisted of key players in the rap game right now such as A$AP Rocky and the entire A$AP Mob, Vic Mensa, Gunplay, Bodega Bamz, Remy Banks, and Worlds Fair.

The emcee of the event was Larry Legend. Surprise guests included Jaden Smith, Smoke Dza, Laura Stylez (Hot 97), Ebro (Hot 97), Odell Beckham Jr. (The NY Giants), while Amber Rose appeared as “The Cake.” Music was provided by DJ Juanyto and DJ E. Stylez.

Images below provided by Karl Ferguson and Daniel Vasquez.

Peep the gallery below:

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#BETWeekend: Samsung and Roc Nation Host Exclusive Concert with Meek Mill, Fabolous, Vic Mensa, Casey Veggies and DJ Mustard at Samsung Studio LA

 

Vic Mensa got the crowd going with U Mad before Casey Veggies took the stage to perform Back Flip and Tied Up.
Vic Mensa got the crowd going with U Mad before Casey Veggies took the stage to perform Back Flip and Tied Up.

Last night, Samsung and Roc Nation hosted an exclusive concert with Meek Mill, Fabolous, Vic Mensa, Casey Veggies and DJ Mustard at the Samsung Studio LA across from the Grove.

The private event drew an A-list crowd including actor Jaden Smith, actor Boris Kodjoe, Angela Simmons, recording artist Justine Skye, actor Damien Dante Wayans, recording Jazmine Sullivan, recording artist Wale, TV personality Terrance J, model Sean Ross, and more.

 Fabolous performed his latest tracks including Ball Drop and Lituation along with favorites Breathe and Throw It in the Bag. DJ Mustard kept the crowd going with a special hour-long set.
Fabolous performed his latest tracks including Ball Drop and Lituation along with favorites Breathe and Throw It in the Bag. DJ Mustard kept the crowd going with a special hour-long set
 Meek Mill closed out the night with an energy-filled performance of his new tracks, Check and Monster while also playing fan favorites Dreams and Nightmares Intro and House Party. In a surprise appearance, Wale joined Meek on stage to perform his hit Clappers.
Meek Mill closed out the night with an energy-filled performance of his new tracks, Check and Monster while also playing fan favorites Dreams and Nightmares Intro and House Party. In a surprise appearance, Wale joined Meek on stage to perform his hit Clappers.
Casey Veggies took the stage and commanded the crowd.
Casey Veggies took the stage and commanded the crowd.

Meek and Mustard graced the black carpet for a fews quick pics upon their arrival.

#GoodTimes

(@GabrielofSFPL)

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The Hero Your Prom Needs: Jaden Smith Attends His Prom In a Batman Costume

Jaden Smith Prom PictureThe Smith children are definitely very unique and definitely not of this world or dimension. Jaden Smith had folks staring confusingly when he sat front row in a Batman costume. Well how about an encore as the Dark Knight returned this time for his high school prom.