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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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We Like: Reebok Classic announces Golden Barbie as its newest face for Lady Foot Locker campaign

Reebok officially welcomes international supermodel, actress and fitness maven Jasmine Sanders as one of its newest faces for the Reebok brand, joining the likes of Gigi Hadid, Teyana Taylor and Future. Adored by her millions of social media followers, Sanders will serve as the face of Reebok’s Women’s Classic campaign and collection with Lady Foot Locker.

Known widely for her bold and effortless merger of fitness and fashion, Sanders quickly gained international notoriety as a style icon – having walked countless catwalks around the world for top designers and striking poses for the most legendary fashion photographers. A self-proclaimed fitness maven, Sanders credits her success to hard work, both in her career and the in the gym. Sanders discovered early in her career that fitness was the key to balance and tranquility in an industry where the pressures of beauty could be overwhelming.

In the new Reebok Classic campaign, launching nationwide in key Lady Foot Locker stores, as well as on Reebok.com, Jasmine Sanders was photographed at the sun-dappled Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which served as the perfect backdrop to this streetwear collection. Blending key performance and street sensibilities, the collection includes directional designs that cater to the modern fashionista. Standout styles include the coordinating red/white/blue Striped Crew and the long Striped Skirt, paired with the Aztec Garment and Gum sneaker in white with gumsole, as well as Iconic Crew Sweat and matching Fitness Leggings paired with the Classic Leather sneaker in white. The 26 piece collection is rounded out by additional key pieces including the cropped Rib Tank Top, various Tees, a Knit Track Short, and various styles of the Aztec sneaker in black, white, red and clue, along with Classic Leather sneakers in white, black and neutral colorways.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of Reebok and its unique take on street style and fitness, so when I was asked to become the latest member of the Reebok family, the answer was simple,” said Sanders. “I love how versatile this Reebok collection is and allows me to go from the street to the gym and back, which works so well for my busy schedule. This collection really shows women and young girls that you can be fit and fabulous – and that message is very important to me as I live it every day.”

“We’re very excited to have Jasmine Sanders join the Reebok Classic family because she has a unique sense of style that crosses over from fashion to fitness and beyond,” said Todd Krinsky, Global Vice President of Reebok Classic and Entertainment. “Not many people have the credibility to do this. We think that Jasmine is a bold voice for her generation and we’re very excited to share what’s in store for Reebok Classic and Jasmine in the future.”

The Jasmine Sanders campaign for Reebok and Lady Foot Locker launches nationwide in-store and online today. Please visit http://www.ladyfootlocker.com or http://www.reebok.com/us/jasmine_sanders for additional information.

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#AllStarWeekend: Reebok ‘Classics In The Courtyard’ Caps Weekend in Big Easy with Cam’ron, Teyana Taylor & Curren$y

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Teyana Taylor (L) and Cam'ron attend as Reebok Classic and Footaction host a star-studded concert with Cam'ron, Teyana Taylor and Curren$y on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

Capping off the big weekend in the Big Easy in style, Reebok and Footaction hosted Classics in the Courtyard, a pop-up sneaker customization store and concert on Saturday afternoon right in the heart of Bourbon Street featuring Reebok brand ambassadors Cam’ron, Teyana Taylor, and Curren$y. The three artists took turns performing some of their biggest hits in front of a packed house of fans while wearing iconic Reebok styles like the Club C, Freestyle, and Instapump Fury.

Cam and Teyana have a long history with Reebok, with both artists previously collaborating with Reebok on their own shoes. Today, they were supporting the most iconic Reebok styles, with Cam’ron wearing the Club C, and Teyana rocking bright red Freestyle Hi – a style that Teyana was recently named the face of for 2017 . Matching his seersucker outfit, Curren$y wore a recent local collaboration with Sneaker Politics, the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Seersucker Thursday.

Bringing some Harlem flavor to NOLA, Cam’ron performed some of his biggest hits, including classics “Oh Boy” and “Hey Ma,” while Teyana played and danced on the balcony to some of her biggest hits, including “Maybe”.

Reebok Classic x Footaction “Classics in the Courtyard” was accompanied by a Footaction pop-up store right on Bourbon Street, where fans could purchase a variety of Reebok styles and also customize their own artwork on the silhouettes.

The Reebok Classic Club C is available at Reebok.com and Footaction for $69.99, and the Reebok Freestyle Hi is available at Reebok.com for $69.99.

Photo Credit: Josh Brasted/Getty Images provided by Reebok

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New Brand Ambassador Teyana Taylor Gets Physical In Reebok Freestyle Campaign

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Today, Reebok proudly announces the newest member of the sneaker family with the appointment of R&B artist, dancer, actress and famed sneakerhead Teyana Taylor, as an official brand ambassador. Taylor will join Reebok’s like-minded collective of innovative and inspirational creators, including the likes of Future, Gigi Hadid, and Top Dawg Entertainment Recording Artist Kendrick Lamar.

Taylor will spearhead the re-release of the Reebok Classic Freestyle Hi, the first fitness sneaker that was specifically designed for women. First introduced in 1982, the Freestyle Hi was a groundbreaking silhouette that embodied then exactly what Taylor represents today: fearlessness and bold expression. Taylor is known for her provocative moves, her unapologetic style, and her freedom of language in music, fashion and dance – all characteristics that also describe the Reebok Classic and the Freestyle Hi in particular.

Teyana officially launched the partnership today via her social channels through new campaign images and video that she shared with fans worldwide. With her trademark ferocity and her personal message to everyone to “Free Your Style,” Taylor is pictured wearing the Freestyle Hi, which will include three OG colorways — the Triple Red, Triple White, and Triple Black – launching this month.

“Teyana Taylor is the perfect collaborator to join the Reebok family,” said Todd Krinsky, Global Vice President of Reebok Classic and Entertainment. “She is a risk-taker who brings her own perspective to every project and she stands uniquely at the intersection of fashion, music and fitness, which are the core tenets of Reebok Classic. This partnership continues to solidify Reebok’s commitment to women who express themselves through confidence in style.”

Commenting on the partnership, Taylor said:

“Reebok has always been a brand that’s been very special to my heart ever since I was young. Freestyles were all I wanted to wear growing up so it feels like everything’s come full circle with this partnership. The 5411’s really opened the door for creativity in women’s fashion, it gave permission for sneakers to be feminine. I’m honored to be the face of the Freestyle campaign for everything it stood for yesterday and what it still represents today.”

Taylor and Reebok have notably worked together in the past, collaborating on her own brazen red colorway of the Question Mid as part of the 20th Anniversary of the iconic Allen Iverson sneaker in 2016, called the “Question Mid Teyana T.”

Taylor will initially support the re-release of the Freestyle Hi in 2017 with its three OG colorways currently available at www.reebok.com and select retailers nationwide, with additional colorways to come throughout 2017.

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R. Kelly Is The New Face of Alexander Wang’s SS17 Digital Campaign

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GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer, R.Kelly has officially joined the #WANGSQUAD. The global superstar is featured in renowned fashion designer, Alexander Wang’s SS17 digital campaign with fashion model Anna Ewers.

R.Kelly performed a couple of his hit singles at the exclusive Alexander Wang & Beats by Dr. Dre collaboration holiday party surrounding the campaign. Other notable celebrities in attendance were Rihanna, Zoe Kravitz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Teyana Taylor, and more.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: INEZ AND VINOODH
CREATIVE DIRECTION: FERDINANDO VERDERI

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Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Fat Joe & Remy Ma Win Big at Soul Train Awards 2016

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.

Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)

The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.

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Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”

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Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”

 

An endearing and  inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

 

Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”

The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.

Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell

Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak

Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé

Song of the Year – Beyoncé

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)

Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”

Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET

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LHHATL’s Tommie Lee Recreates Teyana Taylor Infamous “FADE” Video

Can’t get enough of Kanye West‘s Fade Video featuring Teyana Taylor? Don’t worry, Hollywood Unlocked has you covered! Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast member Tommie Lee pays homage to Teyana Taylor on Halloween with a recreation of West’s Fade.

In the clip, Tommie shows that she isn’t afraid to show off her natural curves all while saluting Taylor for an ultimate, inspiring visual clip.

Take a look & let us know your thoughts!

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On The Gram: Celebs Show Out With Their Impressive Halloween Costumes!

Halloween is here and it’s safe to assume it’s our favorite celebrities favorite time of the year. We guess it’s because they get become someone else besides themselves. Regardless every year they take to the gram and show off their very impressive and might we add most likely expensive costumes.

We scoured the gram to find our favorite Halloween looks and from our celebs and we got some heat. Beyonce, Jay ZLeBron James, Savannah Brinson, Diddy, Katy Perry, Khloe Kardashian, Kate Hudson,Teyana Taylor, Chris and Adrienne Bosh, Big Sean, Jhene Aiko and more all showed off their Halloween looks on the gram. Hit the gallery below to see the great costumes:

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Donned As Hip-Hop’s Newest Rock Star, Travis Scott Covers Paper Magazine

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Travis Scott has been making major music waves as he tops the charts with his hip-hop/rock-filled music, while being praised because of his personal style, catching eyes of many including major fashion designers. Not to mention, he conquers the stage during his epic performances.

This week, the official cover of Paper Magazine‘s Living For Fashion issue has surfaced with Travis front and center. Others, like Kanye West‘s “Faded” protege, Teyana Taylor and Rita Ora also have their own covers for the exclusive issue.

Above, Scott rocks a jacket and trousers by Givenchy, shorts by Alexander Wang and a durag by Rags Worldwide.

Here, Travis Wears Jeans By Louis Vuitton and carries a blanket by Raf Simons from David Casavant archives.

Travis wears a shirt by Prada, shirt and socks by Supreme NY, shorts by Raf Simons from David Casavant archives, belt (top) by Gosha Rubchinskiy, belt (bottom) by Prada, and shoes by Adidas from David Casavant archives.

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And last, Travis wears a shirts by Eckhaus Latta, trousers by Givenchy and belt by Dior Homme.

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Though he’s only 24, the rapper, born Jacques Webster, has been working hard to achieve this kind of success for years. The son of a drummer and grandson of a music scholar who grew up in Missouri City,Texas, Scott recalls being bitten by the music bug early, but his eureka moment didn’t happen until he was 17 with the release of Kid Cudi’s acclaimed debut Man on the Moon:The End of Day. “I was like whoa, this is a route you can take like therapy,” he recalls, comparing Cudi’s sounds to an escape from reality. Under pressure from his parents to go to college, he enrolled at the University of Texas at San Antonio before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, but says he often blew the money his parents sent him for “books and shit” on studio equipment and flights to NewYork and Los Angeles for meetings with record executives. He eventually dropped out of school to pursue music full-time and re-christened himself “Travis Scott,” a moniker inspired by a favorite uncle.

Read more of the cover story HERE.

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Reebok introduces the Question Mid “Teyana T” designed by Teyana Taylor, Teyana Co-Hosts A “Ladies Night Out” at VILLA

As a native of Harlem, New York, Teyana Taylor’s childhood, teen years, and adulthood have been shaped by her passion for sneakers. With Reebok Classic and the inimitable Question Mid silhouette, Teyana shows the world just how her palate for sneakers has evolved.

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Designed by Teyana, this all-red concoction of Allen Iverson’s iconic Question Mid sneaker reflects not only her elevated taste in fashion, but her identity as a self-proclaimed “tomboy.”

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The full-grain leather upper is pressed with a luxurious reptile print to exude a level of luxury, while the solid-red midsole and Hexalite lends to her sporty nature. Above all, the bold red hue and the icy blue outsole is still a nod to Allen Iverson, the colors of Philly, and the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Question Mid.

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It’s nothing new for Teyana to be in the spotlight, whether it be in a sultry music video or in a pair of eye-catching sneakers, and on today, she basks in the limelight once again thanks to the much-awaited release of this shoe, which SOLD OUT within minutes.

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The photo above and more shows Teyana’s appearance at the VILLA store in Chicago last night where she co-hosted a “Ladies Night Out” with Reebok for consumers, including meet and greets, hair braiding, manicurists and caricature artists.

The Reebok Question Mid “Teyana T” is available for $160 at select retailers including Reebok.com, Jimmy Jazz, Villa and DTLR.

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