Tag: NIKE

Lil Nas X Delivers His Healthy, Happy 15-Track Debut Album, Montero

Lil Nas X Drops Debut Album ‘Montero,’ Trolls With Billboards As we’ve previously noted, Nas X has a “Machiavellian mastery of social media,” which has consistently inspired provocative promotions for his debut EP, including a self-planned solo baby shower at which he ended up the only person in attendance. Published as a video, Nas X […]

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SNX DLX: Featuring New Onyx Yeezys, A ‘Fight Club’-Inspired Pair Of Adidas, And The Latest From Supreme

Welcome to SNX DLX, our weekly roundup of the best sneaker drops to hit the market. We are no longer in the summer sneaker season and… what’s this? A week that finally isn’t dominated by Nike? This year, that’s been virtually unheard of — Nike has been consistently killing it week after week — but […]

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Following the Satan Shoes Controversy, Lil Nas X Calls Out the Hypocrisy in Another Blood-Filled Drop

Lil Nas X Calls Out the Hypocrisy in Tony Hawk’s Blood-Filled Drop G/O Media may get a commission Of course, many were quick to point out that the offense taken was to a perceived exploitation of Christianity, not the use of the blood itself (which, off the record, is just gross). Lil Nas X’s only […]

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SNX DLX: Featuring Tour Yellow Jordan 4s, Starfish Jordan 1s, Casablanca New Balances, And More

Welcome to SNX DLX, our weekly roundup of the best sneakers to hit the market. We’re officially in the back-to-school season and the sneaker drops are finally starting to wind down, after weeks of being spoiled with fire drops. Our wallets definitely need the break, but if you were hoping for some monetary respite, we’re […]

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The Funk Boutique: Fashion-Forward Fitness with Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Fitbit

It’s no secret streetwear is taking over the design world by storm—and HBO Max has found a way to tap into that. The Hype, is an HBO Max original series that focuses on 10 streetwear designers and their process. The winner will receive a $150,000 prize and a cosign from the show’s three judges—rapper Offset; […]

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Is Wale One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time? A Discussion

There’s a lot to unpack here. On Instagram and Facebook, I put forth the challenge to get a person—other than Wale—to make the case that supports this statement. A pretty lively and, honestly, enlightening at times, conversation spawned from it; several people made cases. So let’s start at the top: What makes a person the […]

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Athing Mu Becomes the First American Woman to Win Olympic Gold in the Women’s 800 Meters Since 1968

Athing Mu Became the First American Woman to Win Olympic Gold in the Women’s 800 Meters Since 1968 “It’s awesome. I feel like I’ve just accomplished one of my goals. I just wanted to be a medalist,” Mu told reporters after her win. “I wasn’t really putting gold on that, but as it got closer […]

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Kyrie Irving Released His First Statement About The Nike Kyrie 8s After Calling Them ‘Trash’

Kyrie Irving turned some heads with a recent Instagram comment that expressed serious disappointment on his latest signature sneaker through Nike. After a handful of images of the Kyrie 8s leaked, Irving hopped into the comments, called them “trash,” and stressed that “I have Absolutely nothing to do with them!” It’s unusual for a guy […]

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In Lil Nas X’s World, There’s No Such Thing As Bad Publicity

Screenshot from “Industry Baby  There’s not much that can keep Lil Nas X down. Not the industry’s attempt to exclude “Old Town Road” from the country charts, nor the backlash from his hellish music video for “MONTERO.” And even his performance at this year’s BET Awards, which ended with a sensual liplock with a male […]

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With ‘FourFiveSeconds’ Until His Donda Listening Party, Kanye West Does More Things

Kanye West leaves after a game between the Killer 3’s and 3’s Company during the second week of the BIG3 on July 17, 2021; Sha’Carri Richardson in new Beats by Dre commercial.Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images), Screenshot: Beats by Dre/YouTube (Getty Images) Hump Day has a specific meaning this week because we have to get […]

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Video Soul Was My Entry Into the Wide World of Blackness

Graphic: Rachelle Baker I gathered my things as quickly as I could. I left school in a rush and ran to my bus. Advertisement I had things I needed to do. I needed to eat dinner—Pizza Hut’s deep dish with pepperoni and hamburger; I had to do my homework because my mom was a teacher […]

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#FreeLilNasX: The ‘Montero’ Rapper Heads to Court—and Social Media—Over Controversial ‘Satan Shoes’

Screenshot: Lil Nas X (Twitter) Nike, are we for real still doing this? Frankly, we thought the battle over MSCHF and Lil Nas X’s too-ridiculous-to-be-taken-seriously “Satan Shoes” was settled in April, when Nike’s suit of the streetwear brand resulted in an agreed-upon recall. At the time, MSCHF offered to buy back all 665 Air Max […]

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Data quality, COVID response, saving the coral reefs and more during Transform’s Data, Analytics, & Intelligent Automation Summit

The Data, Analytics, & Intelligent Automation Summit at Transform 2021, presented by Accenture, took a deep dive into how data, analytics, and intelligent automation can help the greater good, the bottom line, and more. The day kicked off with the Big Bytes in AI & Data breakfast, presented by Accenture. Leaders from Accenture, American Express, […]

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After Snagging Big Wins at the ESPY Awards, Naomi Osaka Is Honored With Her Own Barbie

Photo: Naomi Osaka (Instagram), Mattel Naomi Osaka already aced the ESPY Awards on Saturday, winning Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player. Now, she may well be on track to win Best Barbie, as the tennis phenom has also earned a permanent place in the brand’s Role Model line. Advertisement Mattel announced the new […]

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Naomi Osaka, Allyson Felix Detail Their Journeys to the Tokyo Olympics In Latest Issue of Time Magazine

Photo: Julian Finney, Richard Heathcote (Getty Images) In recent months, much has been said about some of our favorite female athletes. But now, just a few weeks ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Time Magazine has provided the perfect platform to allow these transcendent women to speak on their own behalf. Advertisement In this special issue, […]

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IDK Hands Out Free Pairs Of Signed Nike Sneakers In His Neighborhood

In addition to rolling out his second album USee4Yourself, IDK also recently announced his partnership with athletic wear giant Nike, tweeting, “Im officially apart of the Swoosh family” ahead of releasing the album’s third single, “Pradadabang” featuring Young Thug. Although the details of just what IDK — who is close with Kevin Durant, a longtime […]

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Are ‘Air Issas’ the Shoe of Summer 2021?

Photo: Converse “I just designed TF outta my Air Issa’s” read a Thursday tweet by Tristen Winger—also known as Issa Rae’s hilariously cryptic, gang-banging neighbor “Thug Yoda” on Insecure. At this point, it’s no secret Rae is an all-star—seriously, is there any creative genre this woman hasn’t put her magic touch on, as of late? […]

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Bitch Better Have My Money: NCAA Allows Student-Athletes to Finally Cash In on Their Name, Image and Likeness

Photo: NCAA Allows Student-Athletes to Finally Cash In Their Name, Image and Likeness (Shutterstock) On Wednesday, I was minding my Black-ass business while indulging in my favorite pastime—devouring crab legs—when this happened: Advertisement In my confusion, I assumed Boiling Crab’s Rajun Cajun sauce was so magnificent that it was making me hallucinate. But nope! Per […]

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Jesus Wasn’t Walkin’ in These: The 5 Ugliest Yeezys Currently on the Market

Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. adidas and Kanye West announce the future of their partnership: adidas + KANYE WESTPhoto: Jonathan Liebson (Getty Images) In a world full of lies, this is the truth: Almost every pair of Yeezys is ugly. Last Friday, The Root wrote about Kanye West […]

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The Funk Boutique: The Season Ushers in a Bevy of Star-Studded Collabs—and Ballet

Photo: Getty Images (Getty Images) Here are some words the uniformed might use to describe ballet: “awkward,” “formal,” “slow,” “complex”… you get the gist. Now, imagine a ballet full of beautiful silhouettes, iridescent fabrics and magical movement—that’s what the New York City Ballet (NYCB) will be giving us this fall as they’ve slotted Christopher John […]

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With the Tokyo Olympics on the Horizon, Gwen Berry’s Time Is Now

Photo: Toru Hanai (Getty Images) When last we left Gwen Berry, the U.S. Olympic hammer thrower was dismissed and disgraced after raising her fist during the national anthem at the 2019 Pan American Games. In response to her decision to protest racial injustice in America, she was slapped with one year of probation for violating […]

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Telfar’s Going to the 2021 Olympics—With Team Liberia

Screenshot: Time (YouTube) Long before he was an award-winning designer and the creator of the “Bushwick Birkin,” 2021 The Glow Up 50 honoree Telfar Clemens emigrated with his family to the United States from the West African nation of Liberia in 1990. The then-5-year-old likely never dreamed that 31 years later, he’d be representing his […]

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$55 Million Later, Naomi Osaka Becomes the World’s Highest-Paid Woman in Sports for the 2nd Consecutive Year

Photo: Scott Barbour (Getty Images) If you thought a global pandemic would stop one of the greatest athletes of our time, you’re sadly mistaken. Advertisement Over the course of the past 12 months, tennis phenom Naomi Osaka has not only been named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year and added a pair of […]

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The Funk Boutique: Turning a Corner in Supporting Black-Owned Brands in Fashion

Image: Courtesy of District of Clothing May 25 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, and though it has been a year—which saw the conviction of Floyd’s murderer, former police officer Derek Chauvin—countless activist organizations and efforts are still working towards justice and awareness of the continued police brutality in the United […]

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One Year After Protests for Racial Justice, Corporations Must Go Beyond Their Statements and Commit to Racial Justice Through Their Policies

Protestors hold pictures of George Floyd as they march during a Juneteenth rally at Grand Army Plaza on June 19, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP (Getty Images) Last year during the protests for racial justice, almost every major corporation released a statement standing in solidarity with the Black […]

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